Did you know that the great Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has produced more and counting great, notable, and prestigious people around the world?
Some of the few that KNUST has produced are;
1. Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela. From 1954 to 1957, Annan attended the elite Mfantsipim, an all-boys Methodist boarding school in Cape Coast founded in the 1870s, and began studying economics at the Kumasi College of Science and Technology, now the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana in 1958.
He received a Ford Foundation grant, enabling him to complete his undergraduate studies in economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, in 1961. Annan then completed a diplôme d’études approfondies DEA degree in International Relations at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1961 to 1962.
2. Nana Otuo Siriboe is a Ghanaian traditional ruler, an electrical engineer and an entrepreneur. He is the Omanhene of the Juaben traditional area. He has served in several capacities in chieftaincy affairs and held many Government of Ghana appointments. He is currently the Chairman of the eighth Council of State of the Fourth Republic.
Nana Otuo Siriboe II was born in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He was admitted to study electrical engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the 1960s. He graduated in 1969 and after a brief stint as an engineer was installed as the paramount chief of the Juabeng traditional area.
Nana Otu Siriboe II was installed as Paramount Chief of Juaben Traditional area in 1971, with the official title of Juabenhene – Chief of Juaben. While serving as a traditional ruler, he has acquired vast experience in the fields of business, governance and chieftain affairs in the ensuing years after his instalment. Nana Siriboe II performs several assignments with and for the Asantehene and the Asante Kingdom. In February, 2017, he accompanied the Asantehene, Osei Tutu II, to Seychelles, where they met the President of Seychelles, James Michel.
3. Yaw Osafo-Maafo is a Ghanaian politician serving as Senior Minister of the Republic of Ghana in the Akufo-Addo Administration, since 2017. He was Member of Parliament for Akim Oda from 1997 to 2009, and previously served as Finance Minister and in other cabinet roles in the Kufuor Administration between 2001 and 2009.
He is a former Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, Ghana. He was appointed Minister of Finance in February 2001 and later Minister of Finance and Economic Planning during the Kufuor Administration.
Between 2005 and 2006 he was Minister of Education and Sports, where he commenced the implementation of major education sector reforms aimed at improving the quality of basic, secondary and tertiary education. The reforms also sought to align the education system with the needs of the broader economy. He implemented the new free basic education referred to as the Capitation Grant.
With respect to sports, his reorganization and restructuring of the finances and management of football in the country played a significant part in helping Ghana qualify for the 2006 World Cup. He attended Akyem Awisa Presbyterian School and Achimota School.
He went on to study Mechanical Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, and was the Vice President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).
4. Chris Attoh
He is a Ghanaian actor, film director, on-air personality, television presenter and Producer. He is best known as “Kwame Mensah” in Nigerian soap opera Tinsel. He attended New York film academy, Achimota School and Accra Academy.
5. Alex Mould is a Ghanaian chemical engineer and politician who is a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. He is a member of the National Democratic Congress of Ghana. Before he was appointed CEO of GNPC, he was the CEO of National Petroleum Authority.
He attended Accra Academy and graduated in 1978. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he studied Chemical engineering. He graduated from the university in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He enrolled at the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford where he obtained a Postgraduate diploma in Oil Marketing and Economics in 1989. In 1994, he obtained a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, Accounting and Decision Science from J.L Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University, Illinois.
6. John Dumelo is a Ghanaian actor, farmer and politician. On 1st April 2014 he emerged as the first Ghanaian to hit a million likes on Facebook. He attended Achimota School and was part of the Drama Club and also won the Fliers Guy in Mo-TOWN prize.
He furthered his studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and studied Civil Engineering. He contested in “Mr. University” and won at KNUST.
Later, he enrolled in GIMPA‘s School of Public Service and Governance. He started acting in the early 1990s in a 1991 movie called Baby Thief while he was attending Christ the King School and was paid 20 thousand (currently 2 cedis) at age 7.
7. Nwando Phina Okpalaeke is a Nigerian Citizen who recently became the first lady to land a plane at the new Anambra Airport in Nigeria. The new Anambra International Cargo And Passenger Airport at Umueri was inaugurated by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano on Friday, 30th April 2021.
Nwando is one of the pilots that landed an aircraft at the airport during the test run which officially makes her the first female pilot to land a plane at the new Anambra International Airport.
Nwando hails from Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State in Nigeria. She pursued Computer Science in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana as a foreign student. She later trained at an air school in South Africa where she was certified to fly a commercial airplane.
On the Friday, April 30, 2021, she flew the first Air Pace jet that land in Anambra International Cargo Airport.
8. Professor Rita Akosua Dickson is a Ghanaian phytochemist and the first female Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She attended to the St. Monica’s Secondary School in Mampong-Ashanti where she studied for her GCE Ordinary Level examinations and later Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape-Coast, for her GCE Advanced Level examinations.
She graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1994 and acquired an MPharm at the same university in pharmacognosy in 1999. She received her PhD in pharmacology from King’s College London in 2007.
Dickson began her career as a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the year 2000. After leaving to pursue further studies in the UK, she returned to Ghana in 2007 and continued lecturing at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In 2009 she was promoted to a senior lecturer and further to an associate professor in 2014.
In September 2018, she was appointed the pro vice chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, making her the first female to occupy that position. Prior to her appointment as pro vice chancellor, she was the dean of the faculty of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.
Dickson currently serves as a board member of the Pharmacy Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. On June 25, 2020 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology announced her appointment as the first female Vice Chancellor of the University effective 1 August 2020. She is to serve a four-year term.
9. Deborah Owusu-Bonsu better known by her stage name as Sister Derby is a Ghanaian television presenter, musician, model and academic, of Akan origin and a former presenter at e.tv Ghana. She attended Christ the King International School, then Wesley Girls’ High School. Owusu-Bonsu graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Publishing Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) followed by a Master Degree in Book/Journal Publishing from the University of the Arts London.
10. George O. Hughes
Also known as Kwesi Afedzi, he is a Ghanaian-born American artist specializing in painting, poetry and performance art. Hughes received his master’s degree in art education at The College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.(1992) He received his Master of Fine Arts in painting at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.(2001)
Hughes’ paintings and performance art works have been exhibited internationally in Europe, Africa and America. His work references violence and tragedy of colonialism juxtaposed with contemporary global conflicts. His performance art works are interdisciplinary, combining ritual, poetry, sound effects, video, and allegorical configurations. His large paintings feature human and animal body parts combined with commercial signage and global symbols. His two dimensional works are assemblages often incorporating toys and small robots.
He is represented in Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg, and Austria by Artco Gallery based in Herzogenrath, Germany. In Portugal he is affiliated with Influx Contemporary Art Gallery, based in lisbon, Portugal. In Africa he is represented by Artists Alliance Gallery, located in Accra, Ghana.
All these very notable personalities and many more passed through the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Some, foreigners, some Ghanaians, which include Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Alex Tettey-Enyo, Aliu Mahama, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, Thomas Mensah, Francisca Oteng Mensah, Nii Okai, Eugene Arhin, among others.