A ceremony has been held at the University of Ghana to honour Professor Florence Abena Dolphyne, a retired professor of Linguistics. The ceremony highlighted her sterling contributions to the Linguistics Department in particular and the University of Ghana in general.

Prof. Florence Abena Dolphyne addressing the audience.

Speaking at the event, the Dean of the School of Languages and co-convener of the conference Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo mentioned the significant contributions made by the celebrant towards the establishment of the Linguistics Department. She described Professor Florence Abena Dolphyne as an inspiring teacher and tenacious mentor who has impacted the lives of several individuals including herself.

Prof. Dolphyne cutting her birthday cake assisted by Prof. Amfo together with some friends and family

  The Provost of the College of Humanities, Professor Samuel Agyei Mensah who spoke at the event asserted that the celebrant was a renowned scholar in other fields besides Linguistics. He also commended Professor Dolphyne’s calm disposition and demeanor and flaunted her as a model for the younger generations to emulate. 

A cross-section of some lecturers present at the programme

 Madam Mercy Haizel-Ashia, the Registrar of the University of Ghana, mentioned that at age 80, Professor Dolphyne had aged very gracefully. She also commended the celebrant on her achievements at the time when few women were in the limelight in academia.


 The dignitaries with Prof. Florence Abena Dolphyne

At the event, several goodwill messages were read in appreciation of the efforts of the first female Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana while others highlighted her feats and accomplishments as a female academic. Various presentations were made to the celebrant and a cake was cut in her honour.

Group photograph of some dignitaries and some lecturers with Prof. Dolphyne.

The dignitaries at the ceremony included the former Vice President, H.E Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda Amissah–Arthur, the venerable Professor Gilbert Ansre, Professor Kweku Osam, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana and co- convener of the conference, Professor Kofi Agyekum, Professor K.K. Saah and Professor Felix Ameka amongst others. The ceremony was well attended by students, faculty and staff of the University.