On the 29th October, 2017, the Immanuel Congregation, Madina of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana held a service in honor of their member Prof. Emeritus J. H. K. Nketia for his contribution and the immense role he has played around the world and in the church towards the development of music and culture in the advancement of the kingdom of God. The service was attended by various dignitaries and invited guests which included Rev. Ebenezer Ashietey, Director of Ecumenism and Social Relations, representing the head office of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Prof. Philip Laryea (Dean/Associate Professor-Akrofi Christaller Institute) Rev. Dr. Abamfo Ofori Atiemo (Lecturer – University of Ghana), Hon. Abubakar Siddique Boniface (Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development and Member of Parliament for Madina), Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana), Rev. Prof. P. F. Ayeh-Kumi (Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana) Prof. Akurang Parry (Director, Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies), Prof. Kwabena Agyemfra-Tettey (Personal Assistant to Prof. J. H. Nketia). The Host Congregation Agents made up of the District Minister, Rev. Michael G. Anim-Tetey, Rev. Elizabeth A. Osabutey, Rev. DSI Michael Baakwaw, Cat. Jacob Odonkor, Cat. John Gainsford were present. The following Elders; Eld. Charles Asante, Eld. Enoch Apeadu, Madina District Clerk, Eld. Charles Asante, Senior Presbyter and Eld. Jeffrey Mingle, the Clerk of Session of the Immanuel Congregation were also present.
The sermon was delivered by Rev. Prof. Philip Laryea who spoke on the importance and role of music in the Church and how God has used Prof. Emeritus Nketia to develop and transform the usage of music in Christendom. A citation was presented on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana by the Immanuel Congregation extoling the role of Prof. Emeritus Nketia by Rev. Ebenezer Ashietey, representative from the head office, Rev. Michael G. Anim-Tetey, Eld. Charles Asante, and Eld. Jeffrey Mingle. Hon. Abubakar Saddique Boniface also donated an undisclosed amount to the Professor as a show of appreciation and honor.
We give glory to God for blessing our generation with such a man who has advanced the kingdom of Christ through music. We appreciate this man and we say Ayekoo!! to Prof. Emeritus J. H. Nketia and God bless him abundantly.