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Angela Ofori-Atta: I survived breast cancer

Professor Angela Ofori-Atta reflected on her experience during what she says were very difficult times for her and her family

Professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ghana Medical School and host of “Beautiful Minds” on Asaase Radio, Angela Ofori-Atta, has revealed that she survived breast cancer.

The chairperson of the Ghana Psychology Council, told her story in a conversation with Sangu Delle, the chief executive officer (CEO) of CarePoint (formerly Africa Health Holdings), a tech forward healthcare system operating across the continent, focused on “building Africa’s healthcare future” on the 14 October 2022 edition of “Beautiful Minds”.

In the course of their discussion on the theme; “reflections”, Professor Angela reflected on her experience during what she says were very difficult times for her and her family.

“Indeed, those are moments for reflection when life throws its challenges in twos and in threes.

I remember going through a similar experience when I was diagnosed with cancer and my mother took a turn for the worse in the same week” Professor Angela Ofori-Atta said.

“I got the diagnoses and actually, yes, in the same week she (mother) took a turn for the worse and she passed away a few days later. Actually before she did, my question to myself was am I going to be able to leave her and go for treatment or shall I wait.

There was never any question in mind, I was not going to inform her (mother) about my diagnoses but life has a way of throwing curveballs like that. In those moments, pausing to reflect how the journey has been so far is really key” she added.

Reflection and prayer

Sangu Delle, who is also the Founder and Chairman of Golden Palm Investments Corporation (“GPI”); an investment holding company focused on building world class technology companies in Africa, noted that that closely attached to the concept of reflection is a life of prayer.

“I generally recommend daily reflections. I think that it is a good practice to be able to spend a bit of time each day and just reflect on the day” Sangu Delle said.

“For me, reflection also has a close relationship with prayer. Prayer is a great time to also reflect because effect prayer requires reflection” he added.

More about Delle

Sangu co-founded Cleanacwa, a nonprofit which worked in underdeveloped communities in Ghana to ensure that water and sanitation, basic human rights, were provided.

Cleanacwa operated from 2007 until 2022 and its projects impacted over 200,000 people across 160 communities in Ghana. In 2022, Sangu launched the Sangu Delle Foundation, a grant-making non-profit focused on education, mental health and job creation.

Sangu is a Trustee of the Peddie School, a board member of Ashesi University, a member of the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Global Health and Service Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of Harvard’s Center for African Studies, a board member of Ghana International School and a member of Harvard University’s Joint Committee on Alumni Affairs and Development.

He is a member of the Selection Committee of the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa. Sangu previously served as an Elected Director on the Board of Harvard’s Alumni Association and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory panel at AXA.

Sangu graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honors) in African Studies and Economics from Harvard College, a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School, a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master’s in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and a PhD in African Studies and Anthropology from the University of Birmingham.

He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Sangu is the author of Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa, which was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize for best business book by an author under age 40.

Wilberforce Asare

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