Booknook Leadership Pack: They Call Me Archie, The Bold New Normal, Broken for Use (3 Exceptional Ghanaian Leaders)


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They Call Me Archie

There are some life stories you just cannot beat. Each time the names of such champions drop, one might as well perform a rite of acknowledgment…any. Their lives have graced hundreds of lives, and hundreds of lives continue to be redeemed through them. They have seen it all. Done it all. They love and they are loved. These individuals have given, and still have more in store.  According to the Canon of the Classics, these persons, even the gods envy.

Rosina Aboagye Acheampong is one such mortal.  From the precocity of her childhood, her dance with life has been one amazing ball of faith … and chance, nay, destiny. These captivating pages reel out the adventures of a pathfinder, a mould breaker and a pacesetter. Yes, her name might be synonymous with Wesley Girls, but be it at the national or community level, to list what she has achieved is to embark on the impossible.

Beautifully, however, Archie the Matriarch does not seem to see the power of her influence. She only wants to give thanks and praise.


Broken For Use

Broken for Use is a moving, intimate memoir which takes you on a truly tumultuous journey with Rev’d Akua. By the time she takes you from her early days in school, through the various turns in her life that finally bring her to the priesthood, you feel you have experienced many lifetimes. She tells her story as it is, straight and unadorned.

Reverend Akua Buabema Ofori-Boateng is an expressive clergy and philanthropist with a strong belief in excellence.


The Bold New Normal

Have you ever wondered what it will take to transform each African country into a prosperous nation where each citizen has a real opportunity to thrive? Africa’s narrative has been shaped by a vision of the future that remains bleak. A vision that says a little more is okay for the African. It is time to challenge and change our paradigm of what great outcomes look like for an African country.

It is time for The Bold New Normal of an Africa where citizens of each country genuinely have the opportunity to prosper.

The formula for sustainable prosperity has been tried and tested world over. Why then do we continue to hope that a different method, that has thus far failed the continent, will create sustainable prosperity?

The Bold New Normal is a timely publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery: the year of return. 400 years since the unraveling of African began, it is time to piece her back together and focus forward. It is surely the time for The Bold New Normal!

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Akua Buabema Ofori-Boateng

Reverend Akua Buabema Ofori-Boateng is an expressive clergy and philanthropist with a strong belief in excellence.
Upon graduating from Ghana International School, Reverend Akua obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and a Master of Arts degree in Ministry.

After over eighteen years of working in design engineering and corporate management, she turned her attention largely to ministry and philanthropy. She became an Anglican priest, and she established Aequitas - a fairer world, a faith-based foundation which seeks to transform lives by infusing the love of Christ into social imbalances to make the world a fairer place.

Reverend Akua has spoken and regularly speaks on several youth and women’s platforms, with the aim of using her story and her experiences to encourage young people.

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Lucy Quist

Lucy Quist is an international business leader, author and distinguished global speaker on leadership, business and technology who believes that it is possible to deliberately create prosperous futures for marginalised societies around the world.

She particularly believes that in this time, Africa has the chance to raise a generation of young people who will create a new continent built on bold visions.

She is the first Ghanaian woman to head a multinational telecommunications company as the former CEO of Airtel Ghana. She is a co-founder of the Executive Women Network in Ghana.

Lucy is a chartered electrical and electronic engineer with an MBA from INSEAD and a First Class Honours degree from the University of East London. She is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK).

She is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to advance development in Africa. She also advocates for greater participation in STEM especially for young people across the continent.

Lucy is committed to empowering young people across the African continent to fully realise their potential. In response to young people, she started writing in 2014 to engage, inspire and empower the next generation of African leaders.

To learn more about Lucy’s work, please visit

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Rosina A. Acheampong

Dr. Rosina Acheampong started her elementary education in Pepease on the Kwaku Plateau and entered Wesley Girls’ High School in 1954. She was elected Senior Prefect of the school when she was in Form Five and set a record by holding the position for three consecutive years; in Form Five, Lower Sixth, and Upper Sixth. With her classmates, they were pioneers in the Sixth Form course in Wesley Girls’ High School and they laid the solid foundation of academic excellence which has become the hallmark of WGHS.

She graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with BA honors degree in French and pursued her professional course (PGCE) at the University of Cape Coast.

She commenced her teaching career in 1965 which spanned a period of 34 years when she taught French Language and Literature in schools that catered for either single sex or co-ed students in various parts of Ghana: St. Monica’s Secondary School, Mampong Ashanti Region; Prempeh College, Kumasi Ashanti Region; Tamale Secondary School, Northern Region; University Practice Secondary School, Cape Coast and Wesley Girls’ High School, both in Cape Coast, Central Region.

She served as Head of the French Departments in all the schools above and as Assistant Headmistress in Tamale Secondary School, University Practice Secondary School and Wesley Girls’ High School.

In 1981, after three years as the Assistant Headmistress of WGHS, she took over the reins as Headmistress and became the first Old Girl, non-missionary Ghanaian Headmistress of the school.

After sixteen years as Headmistress of WGHS, she was promoted to Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education service (GES), becoming the first woman to hold this position. She also acted as Director-General.

As Deputy Director-General and as Acting Director-General, she was in charge of the National Education Budget Pre-tertiary. In this capacity she led a delegation to the UK to negotiate for funds to support the first strategic plan for interventions to improve the quality of education in Ghana.

During her time at the GES, she also implemented the genesis of the decentralization of the education delivery in Ghana.

Under her watch, the decentralization structures were put in place and the District Directors of Education (DDEs) were trained and empowered to promote management efficiency. Workshops were organised for district staff to equip them with skills, to educate communities in their responsibilities as stake holders in education.

District Education Oversight Committees (DEOCs) were formed and School Management Committees (SMCs) were introduced. She travelled the length and breadth of the nation to monitor the progress of the decentralization process. She also set up the Implementation Co-ordination Unit at GES Headquarters to reduce duplication and fragmentation of intervention strategies being offered by development partners.

Upon her retirement, she was appointed by GES as a decentralization support and consultant to ensure continuity and sustain momentum and to help entrench the numerous initiatives she had presided over.

In retirement and as support and consultant to DFID/MOE (Department For International Development/Ministry Of Education) she travelled from Cape Coast to Tumu, from Keta to Wiawso to visit schools in remote areas, to monitor grassroots participation and to support Head Teachers and teachers in supervision and monitoring of instruction.

An inevitable consequence of her participation in education has been the opportunity to address issues of gender inequalities in education and society at large. As a gender consultant and a member of FAWE International (Forum for Women Education) and FAWE Ghana Chapter, she has participated in numerous workshops to plan advocacy strategies to protect and empower the girl child.

She organised workshops to educate girls on maturation and how it affects their bodies and habits. She embarked on research into the role menstruation plays in the drop-out rate in girls and how maturation affects their enrollment and persistence.

Workshops, seminars, talks and school visits were organised to sensitise school authorities, housemistresses, teachers and students – especially boys – to raise their awareness of the plight of the girl child.

Dr. Acheampong seeks to rally support of all concerned for the girl child to make the school environment girl friendly, to help the girls to be focused. Through mentoring, she and her team helped raise the self esteem of the girl child to maximise opportunities offered them.

She and her team visited schools in the most remote areas of the country to monitor the progress of beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme for needy girls, funded by the American Embassy and administered by the Peace Corps and FAWE Ghana Chapter.

For Dr. Rosina Acheampong, education is a life-long preoccupation and education of the girl child is a passion.

When she retired in 1999, the University of Ghana, Legon, awarded her LLB (Honoris Causa) in recognition of her immense contribution to secondary school education in general and girls education in particular.

“As a teacher, as Headmistress, as a school Administrator and manager she has touched many lives, she has made many great and has produced many prominent women and men.”

Indeed, Dr. Acheampong‘s achievements chronicles the journey of a nation from Gold Coast to Ghana as well as representing a period of huge changes in social norms, values and attitudes, that has brought great benefits as well as challenges. In all of this she has not been only a witness but a moderator to navigate young minds towards becoming responsible human citizens, for that her endeavors are worthy of study.

In her retirement Dr. Acheampong spends her time baby-sitting her grandchildren and globe-trotting. Her favorite hobbies are dress-making, experimenting with recipes and cooking; she also enjoys reading and music.

She has a son and two daughters and four adorable grandchildren.

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