Bernard Clement Kwasi Botwe was born to Opanyin Kwasi Botwe and Madam Akua Nsonwaah both of blessed memory on 24th April, 1958 at Assin Nyankumase in the Central Region of Ghana.

He is the second of three children born out of the marriage.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

He started his formal elementary education at Samreboi in the Western Region, where his parents had gone to settle as cocoa farmers in 1963, and came to complete at his home town, Assin Nyankumase, in 1973 with distinction in the Middle School Leaving Certi_icate examination.

He had his secondary school education from 1974 to 1979 at Agona Swedru School of Business, where he obtained his Ordinary level certificate. He continued to Tweneboa Kodua Secondary School (TK), Kumawu in the Ashanti Region, where he had his

Advanced level

certificate in 1982.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Administration (B.Sc. Admin), Health Services Management Option degree from the University of Ghana School Of Business in 1988, and later proceeded to Leeds University in the United Kingdom where he successfully studied for the award of a Master degree in Hospital Management (M.A) in 2001.

He holds Post-Graduate certificates in Organizational Change Management from Denmark and International Health Management Systems Strengthening from the Galilee International Management Institute, Israel. While studying in Israel, he took time to visit some sacred places as acts of religious devotion, which earned him the certificated

title of JP (Jerusalem Pilgrim). Kwasi has also attended several leadership and Management courses in Europe, Asia and Africa.

WORK EXPERIENCE

He has many years’ working experience in supervision, administration, coordination, process re-engineering and change management. His working life started at the Western Regional Hospital, Effia-Nkwanta, Sekondi, as Health Service Administrator from 1989 to 1991, from where he left to join the Presbyterian Hospital at Dormaa Ahenkro. He was later transferred to Agogo Presbyterian Hospital in 1994. While

working at Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, the Most Rev. Dr. Samuel Asante-Antwi (then Chairman and General Superintendent and President –elect of Conference) paid a pastoral visit to Agogo and met Kwasi at the instance of the Superintendent Minister, the Very Reverend Albert Owusu Ansah, now a Supernumary. Paa Asante Antwi challenged Kwasi to hold himself in readiness to go and manage the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, which at the time was in distress. The momentum of the persuasions increased with the then Sunyani District Standing Committee also asking Brother, Prof. Samuel A. Akor (then District Medical Consultant) to visit and speak to him on the same matter. The role played by the Kumasi District Standing Committee in this matter cannot also be underestimated in any way. Kwasi was finally appointed Administrator for the Wenchi Methodist Hospital in 1997. In the last twenty years (20 years) Kwasi has led the effective supervision, administration, coordination, process reengineering and change management in the hospital, to turn around the Wenchi Methodist Hospital from a near collapse into a vibrant and active one to the glory of God. He has also risen through his carrier progression to become a Chief Health Services Administrator.

Kwasi worked as the Church’s Director for Health from 2010 -2014, before becoming the General Director for the Social Services General Directorate to date. His decision to bring on board the current Director for Health and Sanitation during the time, has really paid off very well as the Directorate has become very vibrant and making positive impact on our communities.

He has taught as Part-Time Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Hospital Administration at the Faculty of Public Health and Allied Science (PHAS), Catholic University College, Fiapre, Sunyani, 2012/2013 Academic year; and also at the Methodist University College, Ghana Faculty of Applied Sciences, Wenchi Campus, in Principles of Management and Organizational Psychology.

ROLE IN THE CHURCH

Kwasi Botwe, as he is affectionately called by many, was introduced into the Methodist tradition in 1972 at his hometown by his father, who used to describe himself as a nominal Christian, but wanted him to be more committed. To demonstrate his desire, his father bought a Bible for Kwasi before he left home to start his Secondary School education, with a charge that his success in life would depend on his commitment to the Word of God.

While working at Dormaa Ahenkro, Kwasi led the Youth Fellowship for the three years he spent there, and encouraged most of the young people to become local preachers, visiting the societies in the villages regularly.

In 1994, he was appointed the Circuit Steward and also tasked to strengthen the Lay Movement in the Circuit. He attended his first Synod, and as God will have it, got elected among others to represent the then Sunyani District at the Kumasi Conference. Since then, he has continued to be an active Synod and Conference member serving the church in various capacities, including Advisory committees on Finance and Development, Social Services, Education and Youth Development and Ministries.

Kwasi is credited as one of the people who played a key role in the preparatory works towards the creation of the Wenchi Diocese from the mother DIOCESE of Sunyani; having taken part in the development of a unique 15-Year Development Plan for the then Sunyani District, that provided the road map for the systematic creation of the Wenchi Diocese.

It therefore came as no surprise that he was elected the first Lay Chairman for the Wenchi Diocese when it was first created in 2003. At the Diocesan level he is a member of the Standing Committee and patron of a number of the Church Organizations, and was until recently the Chairman of the Connexional council of Patrons for the Methodist

Guild. Kwasi is a member of the two highest decision-making bodies of the Methodist Church Ghana; General Purposes Council (GPC) and Conference.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

He served for four years as the President of the Association of Health

Service Administrators Ghana (AHSAG) 2007-2011.

Chairman of the Parent/Teacher Association of the Methodist Girls’ High School, Mamfe Akwapim. 2006-2011

He has served as a Board Member of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) from 1993-2000, and from 2012-2014.

Chairman of CHAG Finance Committee 1993-2000, and Member of the Committee till 2014.

Member of the CHAG delegation to The Hague (Netherlands), to negotiate with CORDAID for funding to develop Health Management Information System for CHAG Institutions.

Member of the Focal group that Developed a five-year Strategic Plan for CHAG (Dec. 2002).

Member of the CHAG Team that Drafted the Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Health Ghana (2003).

Member of the Technical Team that Developed the Memorandum of Understanding between CHAG and the Ghana Health Service (2013).

Led a technical team to develop a paper on the proposed establishment of Regional CHAG Secretariats from 2013-2014,

Regional Chairman for the Brong Ahafo Regional CHAG between1998-2000 and 2003-2009

National Council Member, – Ghana Red Cross Society (2013 -2015)

Regional Vice Chairman: Ghana Red Cross, Brong Ahafo Region. (2013-2015)

Municipal Chairman: Wenchi Municipal Red Cross Society Chairman: Tender Review Committee –Wenchi Municipal Assembly (2007)

Government Appointee – (Assembly Member): Assin North Municipal Assembly. 2005-2008.

Life Member: Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International.

President: Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International (Wenchi Chapter) 2003-2005

First Vice President: Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International – Wenchi Chapter (2001-3)

National Treasurer: Association of Health Services Administrators Ghana (AHSAG) 2003.

Course Prefect: Senior Health Personnel Course GIMPA (1993)

Chairman: Presby/Methodist Students Congregation – University of Ghana, (1987)

President: Assin Students Union (1986/87)

He was also the Assistant School Prefect at Swedru School of Business 1979.

Senior Prefect at Tweneboa Kodua Secondary school – Kumawu. (1982)

In all the positions he distinguished himself creditably.

AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT

Kwasi recounts his greatest achievement as being able, by God’s grace, to have led a team to the turn-around the Wenchi Methodist Hospital from near collapse to a vibrant and active one.

For his exemplary leadership both at work and in the business of the Church, Kwasi was given an award for accomplishment at the Sunyani Diocesan Synod held at Berekum in 2003, and others from Organizations.

The Wenchi Diocesan Synod and other Church Organizations have also shown appreciation with Certificates of honour. At the 2006 Conference held at Akyem Oda, Kwasi’s impressive performance at leading the transformation of the Wenchi Methodist

Hospital was recognized and appreciated with a Certificate of honour by the Church.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT HIM

Writing about Kwasi in the IRISH METHODIST NEWSLETTER, Mr. Tim Dunwoody, the Development Officer of the Irish Methodist World Development and Relief Committee (WDRC) had this to say, after one of his trips to Ghana to inspect their sponsored projects:

“B.C.K Botwe is a visionary and dynamic man who has handed over all his gifts and skills to God for him to use as he wishes. He is a warm personality, and is a great story teller who is proud of the Wenchi Methodist hospital and has instilled the same pride in his staff..

He has been in charge of the hospital since September, 1997, and during the time has built confidence in overseas partners, by the wise way he has used their funds.

He has passion for his patients, which has led him to focus on developing the skills of his staff and the infrastructure of the hospital, ensuring that the staff are relatively comfortable.

He has had offers of better paid employments elsewhere, but is committed to Wenchi until God tells him otherwise. The development of the Wenchi Methodist Hospital over the last number of years is mostly due to him, as an individual with his vision, energy and passion”. (TIM DUNWOODY- VOL.41 NO. 439 FEBRUARY 2016)

APPRECIATION

“I am made up of thousands of others. Anyone who has ever done a kind deed for me, or spoken one word of rebuke or correction, or encouragement to me has entered into the make of my character, and of my thought, as well as my success”. (George Adam, a renowned musician),

Brother Kwasi Botwe is extremely grateful to God for how far He has brought him, indeed from nowhere to somewhere, and to all who have entered into the molding of his character as summed up in the quote above. Kwasi renews his Commitment to God with the words of Charles Wesley’s hymn (MHB 594):

1) Lord in the strength of grace, 2) Thy ransomed servant, I

With a glad heart and free, Restore to Thee Thy own

Myself, my residue of days, And, from this moment live or die

I consecrate to Thee. To serve my God alone.

He further appreciates the opportunity offered him by this great Church of God and her leadership, past and present represented by the Most Rev.

Titus K.A. Pratt and Brother K.A Boafo to be nurtured and be used for service in this capacity.

Paa Asante Antwi and the V. Rev. Albert Owusu Ansah, however, deserve mention for the special roles they played in getting me relocated at the right place where the Lord could use me most.

Kwasi is most obliged to the past and present Bishops and Lay Chairmen of both the Sunyani and Wenchi Dioceses. To Paa Charles Kwasi Konadu, Mr. Thomas Ahima, and the late Nana Sarfo Gyan, Kwasi says your counsel worked and your desire for him has come to pass.

To his late parents who made special sacrifices to enable him get the best foundation in life, Kwasi is grateful. His heartfelt gratitude is extended to his siblings, and to the entire Oyoko Family of Assin Nyankomase, New Edubiase and Adansi Abedwoom, as well as the Bretuo family of Assin Nyankomase.

Kwasi’s gratitude to Aunties Naomi Okine, Miriam Hornsby Odoi, Lucretia Quist, Gladys Odoi, Araba Ata Sam and the present Directors at the Directorate for Social Services, knows no bounds.

To his former teachers and tutors both at the Elementary and Secondary School and classmates, he says thank you for contributing towards shaping my life for today. Kwasi Botwe cannot forget his Scripture Union brethren at Swedru School of Business, particularly Brother Dr. J.K

Onumah (lecturer- University of Ghana School of Business) who sacrificed a lot to nurture him to Christian maturity.

He is equally grateful to the past and present Leadership of the Christian Health Association of Ghana, Brother Dr. Ken Sagoe for the roles played in his advanced training in the United Kingdom in 2000/1, the entire staff of the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, the people called Methodists in the Wenchi Diocese, the entire Wenchi community, represented by the Omanhene, Omanhemaa and the Municipal Chief Executive for the immense support given me.

FAMILY LIFE

Brother Kwasi Botwe is happily married to Joanna, and they have two biological adult children; Ko_i and Akua, and an adopted son Kwasi Bernard, with two grandchildren. Joanna deserves his highest commendation for being a traveller in prayer’ always interceding for him, and his work in particular, and the family as a whole. Kwasi sees

‘Mama Jay” (as she is affectionately called by the children), as the most perfect partner in life, whose unalloyed support has enabled him to reach this height. Kwasi is grateful to his family for the warm affection and support.

Indeed, to have come thus far from a family where both parents weren’t active Christians con_irms the power in the word of God as recorded in Jeremiah Chapter 1 vs.

5: “Before I formed thee in the Belly I knew thee …

This is marvellous in our sight”. To God be all the praise!!!

Brother Boafo was the Secretary of the Scripture Union and President of the Red Cross Society whilst a student at Kumasi Academy, a member of the students’ Representative Council of the University of Ghana, Legon and Chairman of its Entertainment Committee from 1974 to 1975. He was also the President of the Greater Accra and Eastern Regional Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) from 1974 to 1975 and the President of the Kumasi Academy Old Students’ Association from 1982 to 2007.

From 1982 to 1985, Brother Boafo was the Secretary of the Ghana Bar Association (Ashanti Region Branch) and ipso facto a member of the National Executive Council of the Ghana Bar Association, became a part-time lecturer in Law at KNUST from 1984 – 1985, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Kumasi Academy from 1995 to 2001, and a Government Appointee to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly from 2001 to 2002.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Christian Service University College, and the Chairman of the Constitutional Committee that drafted its Statutes for its University Status, the Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Lands Commission and member of the National Lands Commission from April 2002 to April 2008 and on several occasions became Member/Secretary of the Management and Board of Asante Kotoko Football Club and the Director of Legal Affairs of the Club.

Kwame is a Life Member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (Kumasi Chapter), National Advisor of the Aglow International, an Alumnus of Haggai Institute, a Leader of the Wesley Cathedral, Kumasi, a Local Preacher and for many years a member of Synod, the Standing Committee and the Legal Co-ordinator of the Kumasi Diocese of the Church, a conference member and member of various Boards and committees of the Church including Law and Polity, Methodist Faith Healing Hospital, Ankaase, Commercial Projects Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee.

Brother Boafo is a Chorister and Patron of the Cathedral Choir, Patron of the Susana Wesley Mission Auxiliary and Patron of the Association of Methodist Brigades. For many years, Brother Kwame Boafo has personally and through his legal firm, represented the church in legal suits at the Connexional level and at many of the Dioceses, circuits, societies and organisations of the church and provided them with legal advice and services gratis.

He became the third Lay Chairman of the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana in 7 and the Vice Chairman of the Connexional Lay Movement Council in 2011. He is married to Mrs. Esther Boafo with whom they are blessed with six children.

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