Dr J.B. Danquah: A Man of Many Parts
“In all he did or attempted during his life, Dr. Danquah was imbued with a sense of dedication. The richness of his personality and diversity of his interests and accomplishments as a “great scholar, lawyer, poet, politician and parliamentarian will be cherished by posterity. May his example of courage and fortitude be an inspiration to us the living and our offspring!” — Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria
Monday, February 4, 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the death of Dr. J.B. Danquah at Nsawam prison in the most inhumane circumstances. On this day, a ‘compilation’ of 120 plus pages will be released to honour him.
It gives an insight into the very full life of a man who was not only a politician, but also many other things – Student Politician, Lawyer, Author, Newspaper Editor, Legislator, Poet, Friend of the Cocoa Farmer, Chief Letter Writer etc etc.
And then there are the tributes from people who walked this life with him. Baffour Osei-Akoto, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Pa Willie Ofori-Atta, Joe Appiah and Obafemi Awolowo.
“It must not be forgotten that the strain and stress of the new civilised life – it’s motor and steam transport, its machinery, its preserved foods, its rapid changes, its travel and bustle, all its constant demands upon our nervous system and energy – are incomparably greater and more exacting than what our lives used to be fifty years ago. …it should therefore be made a point in our national programme of progress to see that in accepting the civilisation of the whiteman, – its comfort and luxury – we should also take measures to live according to the health and medical precepts of a civilised life. The care of health should be greater than our desire to amass individual wealth by the methods of the white man, for without health we cannot enjoy wealth. Health without wealth is blind, and wealth without health is empty…”
— An Excerpt from J.B. Danquah’s Epistle, “To the Educated Young Man of Akim Abuakwa 1929”