Mfantsipim School (Cape Coast)

Mfantsipim School (Cape Coast)

Mfantsipim is a high school in Cape Coast[1], 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.

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Mfantsipim is nicknamed “The School” by its old boys for the fact that several other schools in Ghana, including Prempeh Collegeand Achimota School[2] were born out of it, as these schools were started with students from Mfantsipim.


Alumni of the school include Kofi Annan[4], 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.

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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[5]

• Razak Pimpong— Former Ghanaian footballer

• Afari Assan— writer