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Akufo-Addo, Mahama sign book of condolence for Prince Philip

President Akufo-Addo and John Mahama were among the first dignitaries to sign a book of condolence for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Accra

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  • "Prince Philip's life had a positive impact on us in Ghana. Over 750,000 young Ghanaians have benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the great initiative he established in 1956, sixty-five (65) years ago, to unearth talents amongst young people the world over."

Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has signed the book of condolence in memory of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the British High Commission in Accra.

Prince Philip, the consort of Queen Elizabeth II, died in Windsor, England, on Friday 9 April 2021 at the age of 99.

Akufo-Addo said the late Prince Philip had a positive impact on Ghana, and that over 750,000 young Ghanaians have so far benefited from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

“On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, after delivering the keynote address at the National Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining, I went to the British High Commission to sign the book of condolence opened for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,” he posted on Facebook.

President Akufo-Addo added: “Prince Philip’s life had a positive impact on us in Ghana. Over 750,000 young Ghanaians have benefited from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the great initiative he established in 1956, sixty-five (65) years ago, to unearth talents amongst young people the world over.

“It is now known in Ghana as the Head of State Award Scheme, and I had the honour, two days before his death, of cutting the sod for the construction of its own administrative office building, making Ghana one of the few countries in the world, and the second in Africa, to have such an office.”

“His place in Ghanaian history is secure, and we appreciate very much his contact with us.”

He touched lives

For his part, the former president John Mahama said Prince Philip touched many lives globally by living a fulfilling life.

He made these remarks after signing the book of condolence at the British High Commission on Wednesday.

“I signed a book of condolence opened at the British High Commission in Accra for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He lived a long and fulfilling life during which he touched the lives of many across the world, especially young people,” Mahama said, in another post on Facebook.

He added: “At this time, our hearts go out to Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. May his gentle soul find peaceful repose.”

Fred Dzakpata

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