And I heard a voice from heaven saying "write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes says the spirit, for they will rest from their labor and their deeds follow them"- Rev. 14:13 NLT.
That fine University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) orientation comes to mind early August 2009 at the R.S Amegashie auditorium, UGBS where a colleague posed this question to the panel: "who is this distinguished personality that has the finest auditorium in the premier university named after him?"
I am not sure who asked that question but Ernest Ayim and Precious Dogbe remain the most probable candidates for obvious reasons. In answering the question, the panel paid a glowing tribute to the man R.S Amegashie describing him as the founding father of the School of Administration (SOA) now UGBS. I also gathered from the informative Legon Business Journal (LBJ) a featured interview of the man himself where his life was profiled albeit from the narrow perspective of the role he played as a founding father of the UGBS.
Today, I lend credence to the wise saying: "the true length of a frog can only be ascertained after it has died". R.S Amegashie was a true statesman who served mother Ghana in various capacities as a doyen of the accountancy profession in Ghana dating back to the days of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah where he was his right-hand man as far as accountancy is concerned. Let me use this opportunity to draw your attention to some roles our accounting legend R.S Amegashie performed:
1. He founded the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA), Ghana together with Mr. Harry Dodoo and Mr. Awuku Darko to regulate the practice of accountancy in Ghana on the mandate of Osagyefo.
2. R.S Amegashie served as the commissioner (now a minister) for Lands & Mineral Resources in the late sixties.
3. Founded the State Insurance Corporation (SIC) now SIC Insurance Company Ltd. He did this together with J.K Abbanset and Prof. J.C De-Graft Johnson.
My joy in celebrating the life of this accounting luminary is the fact that UGBS, the premier business school in Ghana was proactive enough to name such a magnificent auditorium after this man and celebrated him at the last Management Day.
I end with words coming from Leonardo Da Vinci: "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well-lived brings happy death”.
R.S spent his 86 years well in my view and has passed on the baton to you and I. How well do you intend to live your life my dear brother/sister?
Make your life count today because tomorrow remains a mystery known only to God Almighty.
R.I.P Dr. R.S Amegashie
Dickson Kofi Sackyi (CA)