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Mrs. Araba Ata Sam

By James Harry Obeng.

 

THE ‘Spectator’, in settling on her Personality of the week, could not have paid a blind eye to the relevance of Sunday, October 5, 2008, as has indelibly been scribbled in the chronicles of the Methodist Church, Ghana.

 

The Wesley Cathedral in Accra was, on this day, the centerpiece of attraction, drawing personalities of all walks of life, predominantly the clergy, who donned their official gowns and robes in apparent fulfillment of the Lord’s assignment. It was a divine mission!

 

All the top-shots in the ministerial roll-call of the Methodist Church, from the national to the diocesan level, could not have afforded to be left out of the day’s business. In fact, they were all there, with the Most Rev. Dr. Robert Aboagye-Mensah, the Presiding Bishop, leading the long but impressive priestly bandwagon that featured the Rt. Rev. Kow B. Egyir – Administrative Bishop; Rt. Rev. Nicholas Asane – Cape Coast; Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante – Kumasi; Rt. Rev. John Harvey-Ewusi – Sekondi; Rt. Rev. Joseph Kow Ghunney – Winneba; Rt. Rev. Frederick Nnuroh – Koforidua; Rt. Rev. James Baffour Awuah – Sunyani; Rt. Rev. John A. N. Y. Adubah – Tarkwa; Rt. Rev. E. Maclord Afriyie – Northern Ghana; Rt. Rev. Paul A. Brewu – Akyem Oda; Rt. Rev. Samuel Agyemang Kwakye – Effiduase; Rt. Rev. Benjamin K. Asare – Obuasi; Rt. Rev. Samuel O. Achamfour-Yeboah – Tema; Rt. Rev. Albert Ofoe Wright – Somanya; and Rt. Rev. Charles K. Konadu – Wenchi, all of whom graced the occasion.

 

The day was the Induction ceremony of Mrs Araba Ata Sam, currently the Diector of Industrial and Allied Services Limited, as the Lay President of Conference of the Methodist Church, Ghana, succeeding Mr. James A.A. Abadoo-Brew, the 14th Lay President. She has been the Lay Chairperson of the Accra Diocese from 2004 to 2007.

 

 Mrs Araba Ata Sam, affectionately known to all as Auntie Araba, was born a twin in Accra on Tuesday February 2, 1943 to the late Mr. Emmanuel Wolseley Prah of the Owrenkyen Royal family of Assin Kushea, who was the first African Treasurer of the Methodist Church of the Gold Coast District of the British Conference, and the late Mrs. Flora Prah, a very keen Girl Guide from Komenda.

 

She started school at the Adabraka Methodist School at age 5 before proceeding to the then ‘Sister Rose’ for standard One.  Her father passed away when she was only 7 so she had to move with her mother and siblings to Sekondi where she continued her primary education until she passed the Common Entrance Examination to Wesley Girls’ High School in 1954.

 

She sat for both the Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates at Wesley Girls’ where she was made the Bellamy House Prefect and Assistant School Prefect.  She was also the Secretary to the Students’ Christian Movement (SCM) and President of the United Nations Students’ Association.  She continued to further her education at the University of Ghana, Legon, graduating in 1966 with B.A. (Hons) in Geography.

 

In her career as a teacher, Araba taught Geography and English Literature at Technology Secondary School (KNUST), Kumasi between 1967 – 1969 and Accra High School where she was appointed the Acting Assistant Headmistress in1976.

 

In 1975, during the International Women’s Year, she had the opportunity to undertake a study tour of the USA where she received a Certificate in African Educators’ Programme at the George Washington University, Washington DC.

 

She has, since 1988, served in various capacities in the Methodist church, including being the Bible Class Leader in 1988; Poor Fund Steward – 1989 – 1996; Member of Synod – 1989 to date;  Member of Conference – 1990 to date;  Diocesan Coordinator (Women’s Division) – 1988 – 1998;  Acting Director (Women’s Division) – 1997; Local Preacher – 2002 to date;  Member, Editorial Board –The Methodist Times – 1990 to date; and Member, Editorial Board – The Christian Sentinel – 1996 to date.

 

 

She has also served on various educational, religious and social fronts. These are as Member, YWCA Finance Committee (1970 – 1972), President, WGH Old Girls’ Association of Accra Branch  (1989 – 1992), Member, Board of WGHS (1991 – 1999), Member, Board of Accra Wesley Girls’ (2004 to date),  Member, Christian Council Women’s Support Committee (1988 – 2005), Member, Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (1989 to date),  Member, Ghana Bible Society  (1995 to date), and Member, World Day of Prayer Committee (1995 – 2000).

 

Auntie Araba has also served as Secretary of Board of the Ghana Emmaus Community – 1998 – 2008, and Community Lay Director, Ghana Emmaus Board – 2008. She is now the Vice President, West African Area of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

 

Araba is a member of the Women’s Fellowship (served to Circuit level); Christ’s Little Band (Treasurer and Financial Secretary); a Patron, Calvary Singing Band, Patron, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade and SUWMA.

 

A staunch Methodist by all indications, Auntie Araba has been happily married to Mr. Cramer Welsing Sam (Uncle Ebo) for 45 years and they have four children, namely  Victor – Marketing Manager of IAS Ltd; Yacoba – a physician in general practice; Nana Efrima – an Architect and Nana Aba Kweiba who holds a doctorate degree in Developmental Studies, and eight grand children.  All these, she says, has been made possible “by the grace of God”.

 

 

 

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