History and tradition always affirm that the Ashanti Golden Stool descended and landed from the sky and was the force behind uniting the Ashantis and the establishment of one of the most powerful Kingdoms in Ghana, and West Africa.
The kingdom extended even beyond the borders of Ghana.
“The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too”, the new African edition book authored by Dr. Thomas Owusu Mensah is to be launched at Manhyia Palace, this year, under the chairmanship of His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The foreword of the book was written and signed by Otumfuo himself, who is the Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; the alma mater of the author Dr. Thomas Mensah.
His autobiography details his work in fibre optics and his journey from Kumasi where he was born, to Wesley College Practice School, Adisadel College, KNUST, Montpelier University in France and to MIT in the United States.
Before the book launch, a mahogany wooden stool will house the book and will be delivered by a drone from the sky to land on the grounds at Manhyia. The symbolism cannot be missed since the contents of the book represent a road map for development and modernization of not only Kumasi but the entire country of Ghana and Africa.
This book chronicles the life of Dr. Thomas Mensah as an innovator and co-inventor of fibre optics and worldwide nanotechnology expert, who was born in Kumasi but was educated in Ghana and overseas in some of the world’s leading universities, notably; Montpelier in France and MIT in the United States.
He received industrial training at Corning Glass Works and AT&T Bell Laboratories in America, both recognized as two of the top leading research laboratories in the world.
The book also discusses many of the awards and honors bestowed upon him, including the Guba Awards in the United States, the Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award in Accra, the World Nanotechnology Conference Award in Dubai, named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors USA recognition, Percy Julian Award in the USA, AIChE 100 and the Trumpet Award among others.
The creation and set up of the Silicon Valley of Ghana by him at the Kofi Annan ICT Center is also discussed. The African edition displays pictures of him and American presidents, as well as African head of states.
This book discusses developments and industrialization in a way that will let Ghana achieve 90% of its SDGs in a short time frame.