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Paul Ofori-Amanfo - A hot magma waiting to erupt

By Mutala Yakubu
Paul Ofori-Amanfo
Paul Ofori-Amanfo

There are few who right from birth are destined to be prominent figures in the society.

Paul Ofori-Amanfo is one of such individuals, the teacher who has a passion for politics is like a time bomb waiting to explode and spread his knowledge to other parts of Ghana.

Paul can be likened to a 'Palm Tree', he is useful in every way, many call him 'Jack of all trades'.

Let's take a minute to really know who the man Paul Ofori-Amanfo is.

Paul Ofori-Amanfo is a Teacher by profession; a Retired Broadcast Journalist by practice; a Politician by passion; and a Life Coach by duty. He is a native of the Berekum East Municipality and proud royal son from Kutre No 2 (commonly called Kutreketewa or Kutrekumaa).

Paul’s checkered elementary education journey started from the Agravi L/A Primary School in the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region, and then at Alhajikrom L/A Primary School also in the same district and later moved, to Wamanafo R/C ‘B’ Primary school in the Dormaa East District, and finally ended it all at Kutre No 2 R/C Primary School in the Berekum East Municipality.

During his brief periods in these schools, Paul was so popular among his peers, teachers and even the community folk at the time (due to reasons many of his contemporaries remember even up to today), and as a result was selected the School Prefect; Junior Prefect, (J P) at Kutre No 2 R/C Primary School. He was later chosen as the Assistant Boys’ School Prefect at Presby ‘A’ JHS (Presby Continuation) where he had his junior high school education.

He is a man of varied skills and talents- a craftsman, a barber, a singer and occasionally played No 7 or 3 in his schools’ teams and also offered the safest pair of hands to keep the goalpost in his colts teams in his neighbourhoods.
Paul holds Bachelor of Education (Bed) (Hons) degree in Science, in Chemistry and Biology and also holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Science Education in Chemistry from University of Cape Coast after reading Science at Berekum Senior High School.

He is currently in his 3rd and final year pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Science Education in Chemistry at University of Cape Coast and hopes to complete the course by the end of the 2019/2020 academic year. Paul trained as a professional teacher at the St. John Bosco College of Education, Navrongo.

He is currently a Chemistry Lecturer at OLA College of Education, Cape Coast, after teaching Chemistry and diligently serving St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast for 10 years. He is also a Senior Course Tutor for Science, at the College of Distance Education (CoDE), University of Cape Coast, having been engaged by the college since 2011.
Again, he is a Course Tutor for Chemistry, at College of Education Studies, School of Educational Development and Outreach, Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast since 2018.

Paul has held the following positions:
Former Member, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Governing Council;
Former President, Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG), UCC;
Former Chairman, Executive Council, GRASAG, UCC;
Former Member, University of Cape Coast Landed Properties Committee;
Former Member, Directorate of University Health Services Committee, UCC;
Former Member, Medical Welfare Fund Committee, UCC;
Former Member, Residence Committee, UCC;
Former Member, Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Publicity and Media Relations, 23rd Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games, Hosted by UCC;
Former Member, Disciplinary Committee on Admission Malpractices, UCC;
Former Teacher, Voice of Deliverance JHS; Madrasati Islamic JHS; and Anyinasu M/A JHS; in the Berekum East Municipality.
Former Patron, Child Rights Club, and Drama, Debaters, Writers, and Culture Club(DDWCC), St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast;
Former Entertainment Prefect, St. John Bosco College of Education, Navrongo;
Former Broadcast Journalist, ATL FM, UCC;
Former Broadcast Journalist, Class Media Group, Class FM, Accra;
Former Broadcast Journalist, Radio Valco, UCC;
Former Broadcast Journalist, Shalom Radio, Berekum;
Former Broadcast Journalist, Chris FM, Berekum;
Former Correspondent, Joy FM, Citi FM, Accra, Radio Maxx, Takoradi, Rite FM, Somanya, and a number of radio stations in Ghana, during Elections 2004 and 2008 in the then Berekum Constituency;
One-time Correspondent, Akasanoma Radio, Amsterdam;
Patron, Tertiary Students Confederacy of NPP (TESCON), OLA College of Education, Cape Coast;
Interim Secretary, University of Cape Coast Central Regional Alumni Association;
and Interim Secretary, Berekumman Citizens’ Association, Ghana Chapter.
He is a researcher of education and has special interest in curriculum related issues. His MPhil Thesis was in analysis of the WASSCE questions in Integrated Science for a selected period in Ghana. He is currently working on text difficulty analysis of chemistry textbooks used at the senior high school level in Ghana. Paul is a Baptist and worships with Living Word Baptist Church, North OLA, Cape Coast. He is married with four(4) children.