PERSONALITY PROFILE- PROF. KONOTEY-AHULU.

“…the patient is most important. There is a lot of focus on the disease. I focus on the patient… Do u know about my achiever’s foundation? Persons living with sickle cell disease like you. Medical students, doctors, even consultants meet up and share their experiences living with the disease…”-Prof. Konotey-Ahulu.
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Professor Konotey-Ahulu and yours truly. If you can tell me the biography of the Kardashian clan from before Kim got famous, and you don’t know of this man, it is really unfortunate. As he says, HTGT-Here today gone tomorrow. The passing of Prof Kofi Awoonor (RIP) reminded him again of HTGT. We have living African legends to celebrate. to inspire our youth to greater heights. Get ready to be blown away!

Professor Felix Israel Domeno Konotey-Ahulu, is one of the world’s foremost experts on sickle cell disease. He, in collaboration with some colleagues, undertook research that led to the discovery of Haemoglobin Korle-Bu and Haemoglobin Osu-Christiansborg. (Exactly, it goes beyond HbSS and HBSC). Oh, he actually coined the term gnatopathy. (Yeah, that’s who I’m talking about)

I heard about the good professor many years ago and I knew I had to meet him. There simply, in my opinion, is no one, who has as much knowledge on this condition as he. It was a pleasure  meeting and interacting with him.

Professor Konotey-Ahulu was one of the recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Award “for outstanding research in Sickle Cell Anaemia” in 1972, and in 1976, received the Guinness Award for Scientific Achievement in the Commonwealth “in recognition of his work in applying science to the service of the community”. He also received the 1999, Third World Academy of Sciences Award for outstanding work in the Basic Medical Sciences. In the citation to this award “his outstanding contributions to haemoglobinopathy” were mentioned, but also his “first description of some 5 new physical signs in clinical medicine” and  invention of the ‘Male Procreative Superiority Index’  (MPSI) which shed light on aspects of  African anthropogentics, among others. In 2008, he received the Ghanaian state award, The Order of the Volta-Officer for “distinguishing himself in medicine/research into sickle cells”These are but a few of the many awards he has won over the years.

In 2004, Professor Konotey-Ahulu was named one of the 100 greatest Africans of all time, in a publication by, New African, a popular monthly based in London. The list included greats like Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Kofi Annan, Martin Luther King, W E B Du Bois among others. Prof Konotey-Ahulu requested that he be replaced by Dr. J E Kwegyir Aggrey, about whom he wrote an article in the same publication later that year. (link below)

Professor Konotey-Ahulu, is well travelled, holding lectures in many countries all over the world. He was Annual Visiting Professor to Howard University College of medicine, and Honorary Consultant Physician to Howard University’s Centre for Sickle cell disease, Washington DC. In 1998, He was appointed ‘Chief visiting clinician/scientist, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)’ where he is on the editorial board of the African journal of Health Sciences. Between 1965 and 2001 he published more than 185 articles, editorials, book reviews and comments. (261 with 10 yet to be published at last count)

A prolific writer, he was at one time, the Editor of the Ghana Medical Journal. He was also a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on human genetics and a temporary consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Medical department in London. Among his published works, are a 643 page book titled THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE PATIENT and a 32 page booklet titled, SICKLE CELL DISEASE-THE CASE FOR FAMILY PLANNING. Having visited many sub-Saharan African countries, studying AIDS, he published a 227 page book titled, WHAT IS AIDS?

He is a visiting consultant physician at Cromwell Hospital, London and Valco Trust Hospital Ghana, where he is involved in community work and adult education in the local languages. He was an external examiner in the University of Ghana Medical School’s department of Medicine and Therapeutics. Professor Konotey Ahulu was appointed Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics by the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in April 2000.

Professor Konotey-Ahulu is very active on new media. His website www.sicklecell.md is a very credible source of information for persons living with sickle cell disease and everyone interested in the subject.  There is a blog associated with the website. Please check it out sometime. He is also quite active on Facebook and Twitter, please like or follow his pages.

Prof. Konotey-Ahulu  is Ghanaian, born in Odumase-krobo on 12TH JULY 1930. He is married to Mrs Rosemary Konotey-Ahulu with 3 adult children and several grand kids. His early education was in the Gold Coast (Ghana). He proceeded to the United Kingdom for his premedical and medical training. After which he returned to Ghana. Most of his graduate work was  in the United Kingdom, but he always returned.  Professor Konotey-Ahulu is a devout Christian and has even written a hymn. He was also one of the founding fathers of Korle-Bu Community Chapel (Accra Chapel).

I am really very grateful for the opportunity to meet Prof Konotey-Ahulu and for all the work that he has done and is still doing in the area of sickle cell disease. I read his work, and I am impressed with the passion with which he educates people and corrects the misinformation out there. I wish him the very best, good health and  many more years of life.

Sources:

[pdf] Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu FGA Key achievements.

[pdf] DR FELIX I D KONOTEY-AHULU, CURRICULUM VITAE. September 2002.AD

http://www.modernghana.com/newsthread/132669/52/8289

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11 thoughts on “PERSONALITY PROFILE- PROF. KONOTEY-AHULU.

    1. juanbankas Post author

      U r welcome girl. I actually posted a pic of myself and Prof 2 weeks ago on instagram. I must say, I was quite disappointed by the response. Very few recognized the face and majority of people who liked the pic were actually medical students. Probably because we had all heard his name in passing at one point or another during our medical education.
      I really wish I could make the youth of Ghana and Africa aware of this great man. The older generation probably know of him. It is time for us to get inspired.

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  1. Ama Ekem

    Finally there’s someone who understands how much love I have for this man! it’s been an honour sitting to listen to him. I could do that all day! We bless God for people like Prof. May God help us to make such an impact as he has done….

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    1. juanbankas Post author

      Thanx Ama. I get it. I am glad you feel this way. I am trying to get young people to know about him. I should probably talk to your mom about this. Actually, next time we meet up let’s come up with something creative to get our mates talking about him. In the mean time, just spread the word however you can. Miss you.

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  2. yellospace

    Whoo!
    Love the fact that you dedicated one post full post to this man!
    Its an utter joy and pleasure listening to him I’m glad to have read this.
    Thank you for the information young one.
    God bless us all! 🙂

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  4. Caleb Otu-Ansah

    Juan Sefakor Bankas….great work, ingenuity and farsightedness there. Like been said, am also glad there are others out there who see this epitome of a godly, fulfilled life as i do. Tremendous inspiration to do exploits. The limit is truly beyond the skies…..more Grace for us all!

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