Congratulations have been pouring in from all over the country following news that ace journalist Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako will be awarded an honorary Doctorate degree by the University of Professional Studies Accra.
Leading the congratulations is US-based academic Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare, also known as Prof Kwaku Azar, who believes Kwaku Baako deserves the honor because he is a “walking encyclopedia.”
“The case for an honorary doctorate is straightforward. Nobody, in my humble opinion, comes close to my brother’s knowledge of Ghana’s political history. He’s a walking dictionary.” Azar penned an essay.
Prof Kwaku Azar urged the University of Ghana to emulate the UPSA gesture by also honouring Kwaku Baako.
“Congratulations 🎊🎈🍾 Kweku Baako! You deserve this honorary doctorate and still deserve one from the University of Ghana.”
In December 2016, I made an open appeal to my alma mater to confer a honorary doctorate to my brother, Kweku Baako. That was not the first time, I made that appeal, having made similar appeals on other pre-Facebook platforms, including [email protected], SIL, etc.
The case for the honorary doctorate is an easy one. In my humble estimation, nobody comes close to my brother in his knowledge of the political history of Ghana. He is a walking encyclopedia.
Add that to his journalistic skills as a long-time managing editor of crusading guide and one of those who stood up and fought against military dictatorship.
It is not an exaggeration to add that he may be the father of investigative journalism, considering his collaboration with my brother, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Then also is his sheer acumen in intercepting secret documents and interrogating matters of public interest. He is one of the few people that I will pay to listen to his analysis of national issues.
It is, therefore, with utmost joy that I received the news that UPSA had done what I asked my alma mater to do years ago. This is an overdue award and I commend UPSA for doing the right thing.
Congratulations 🎊🎈🍾 Kweku Baako! You deserve this honorary doctorate and still deserve one from the University of Ghana. I know you won’t mind if I added that #SALL is the cardinal sin of the 8th Parliament.