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EXCLUSIVE: Brilliant COP Maame Tiwaa’s son now Dr. Akosah speaks about life, Awards and More

Twenty-five(25) year-old Edward Akosah Danso who made history at the University of Cape Coast(UCC), Medical School has broken his silence in an exclusive interview with

The Alumnus of Prempeh College and son of Son of the Director-General of Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau, Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah became the poster boy of 54th graduation ceremony of the university sweeping 15 of 21 awards to set a new record at the School of Medicine. caught up with him on Saturday, December 18, 2021, and this was the unedited conversation that ensued. Your phone must be busy after the last Thursday’s Historic feet

Dr. Akosah: That is true. It has been buzzing every minute with congratulatory messages  At what age did you enter the Medical School?

Dr. Akosah: I entered UCCSMS in August 2015 at the age of 18, young, naive and without a clue of what life had to offer. These past 6 years have greatly shaped my life and my way of thinking and three people have played significant roles in this journey. Did you expect these awards?

Dr. Akosah: I actually didn’t expect to get 15 awards. I knew I would get a few but did not expect to get that many What was the feeling like after being announced to receive these awards?

Dr. Akosah: The feeling was overwhelming. I started shaking a bit when the Pro VC was mentioning my name but the best moment was when I saw the smile on my mother’s face. What has been the reaction of your mother after the awards?

Dr. Akosah: She has been ecstatic. I think she has gotten more congratulatory messages than me. I believe she deserves it because she has sacrificed a lot for me What’s the way forward or what do you anticipate in the future

Dr. Akosah: I want to eventually end up in academia as a Professor of Surgery. I am considering specializing in transplant surgery, a subspecialty of general surgery and establishing a transplant center to serve the country and continental subregion What advice do you have for the younger ones who want to be like you?

Dr. Akosah: For the younger medical students, take your preclinical years seriously. If you have a comprehensive understanding of your basic sciences, your clinical years become a walk in the park. Do you have anything you want to say?

Dr. Akosah: First is my mother, Commissioner of Police Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah. What a phenomenal woman! My mother is the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. These past fewyears have been amazing and a mother-son relationship has blossomed into a beautiful friendship. She always tells me: “Kwabena, life is all about your heart; be kind to everyone and always live for people because fulfilment comes from the joy you give others”.

My boss and mentor, Dr. Leonard Derkyi-Kwarteng who happens to be the Vice Dean of the School of Medical Sciences. I owe my academic success to this great father and teacher. I remember when I got to second year and he told me “Akosah, I know your potential and I cannot let you just pass through the school; I will guide you and make sure you excel” Dr Derkyi-Kwarteng has also been a great friend and advisor to me and I’m glad we are finally colleagues in the profession.

Finally, my Senior in Morning Star, Prempeh College and UCCSMS, Dr. Kojo Okyere Adu and one of the few people who still call me “Edward”. I would say Kojo brought out my social life in medical school. He told me: “Edward, you are more than just an academic; you have more to offer to yourself, the school and even the country” He introduced me to student politics when we ran for the office of President and Vice President of the Medical Students Association. I eventually succeeded him as the President of the Association.

I leave UCCSMS in December 2021 as Dr. Edward Akosah Danso with 15 out of 21 awards including the overall best graduating medical student. Now, I believe I know my next step and have the world at my disposal. In the end, we live for family, for God and for the country.


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