Mfantsipim School (Cape Coast)
Mfantsipim is a high school in Cape Coast, in Ghana, established by the Methodist Church in 1876 as an all-boys secondary school dedicated to fostering intellectual, moral and spiritual growth. Its founding name was Wesleyan High School and the first Headmaster was James Picot, a French scholar, who was only eighteen years old on his appointment.
Mfantsipim is nicknamed “The School” by its old boys for the fact that several other schools in Ghana, including Prempeh Collegeand Achimota School were born out of it, as these schools were started with students from Mfantsipim.
Alumni of the school include Kofi Annan, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Kofi Abrefa Busia, former prime minister of Ghana; Joseph W.S. de Graft-Johnson, academic, engineer and politician; J.E. Casely Hayford, journalist and politician; and Alex Quaison-Sackey, diplomat, first black general-secretary of the UN General Assembly; H.E Arkaah, former vice president of the Republic of Ghana; H.E Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, former vice president of the Republic of Ghana; Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, former president of ECOWAS; Kobina Arku Korsah, first chief justice of Ghana.
Some other Notable Alumni
• Tsatsu Tsikata — Notable Ghanaian Lawyer and politician
• Philip Addison — Renowned Ghanaian Lawyer
• Henry Martey Newman— Former Ghanaian Chief of Staff
• Hon. Joe Ghartey— Politician and former Ghanaian attorney-general
• Albert Ocran— Renowned public speaker
• Kakra Baiden— Pastor and speaker
• Obour— Ghanaian musician and president of MUSIGHA
• Joseph Van Vicker— Actor and movie director
• Majid Michel— Actor
• Nii Lante Vanderpuyje — Former Ghanaian sports minister
• Derek Boateng— Ghanaian footballer
• Razak Pimpong— Former Ghanaian footballer
• Afari Assan— writer