The president, Nana Akufo-Addo, was the special guest speaker at the 2019 speech and prize giving day of Adisadel College (ADISCO) and he chose the occasion to take a lighthearted dig at the school that produced the infamous Nana Appiah Mensah.
The March 9, 2019 event is part of the celebration of 109 years since the all-boy school was founded by Anglican missionaries in Cape Coast.
In his speech, President Akufo-Addo noted with glee the contributions of ADISCO in producing some of Ghana’s eminent members of society.
These include business mogul Sam Jonah, politician Alan Kyeremanten and former chief justice George Kinsgley Acquah.
The president also chipped in the school’s production of entertainers and it was at that point that his reference to Nana Appiah Mensah received a loud mix of funny jeers and cheers.
Mensah, or NAM 1 as he is popularly known, is the beleagured founder of the collapsed gold investment firm, Menzgold.
Currently, the businessman is believed to have been held on fraud charges in the United Arab Emirates.
Back home in Ghana, his company is accused of having traded illegally in gold collectibles and defrauded thousands in the process.
Police are also looking to press charges against him in Ghana. Tens of thousands of aggrieved customers of Menzgold have at various points in the last six months, taken to the streets in protest. Others also accuse government of being complicit in the matter.
It does not beat imagination why NAM 1’s name will not be well-received by teachers, students and guests at ADISCO.
For a man who seemed like he was going places on the right path, NAM 1’s tragic fall is a matter ADISCO will not be eager to be associated with.