As a result of the present condition of the Achimota school, some young Ghanaians may be nursing the feeling that this landmark school never produced outstanding individuals in the society. They may also be thinking that for one to get good education and become an important personality, he or she must attend one of Ghana’s elite schools. Most of the times, students of this government school feel inferior to their counterparts in the expensive private schools, thinking that they are less privileged to find themselves in such a school and are also limited when it comes to the height or success they will attain in the society.
This is completely a false impression as records have shown that this despised school has really produced beacons and icons of notable history in Ghana. The school has educated many African leaders, including Kwame Nkrumah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Jerry John Rawlings, and John Evans Atta Mills, all of whom were former Heads of State of Ghana. Even the current President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, is also an alumnus of Achimota School along with many other famous Ghanaians:
15 very successful and popular Ghanaians who passed out from Achimota School:
1. John Dramani Mahama
He is currently the President of Ghana. It is worthy to point out here that the first president of Ghana, Kwame Krumah also schooled at Achimota.
2. Kwame Addo-Kufuor
Renowned doctor and politician. He is currently the richest man in Ghana. He is a brother to a former president of Ghana, Dr. John Kuffuor who also attended the Achimota school.
3. John Dumelo
4. Patrick Awuah Jr
President and Founder of Ashesi University, a non-profit institution in Ghana which has brought tremendous innovation to Ghana’s higher education.
5. Ayi Kwei Armah
Writer and author of The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born. Armah is widely considered one of the most important African writers to have emerged in the post-colonial period.