A warm Sunday evening at the plush Fiesta Royale Hotel, a conclave of notable personalities in Ghana, there could not have been a better atmosphere for the launch of ‘The President’s Physician: Bumps on a Smooth Road’ by Dr. Bettina Ama Boohene-Andah.
Dr Bettina Ama Boohene-Andah was the physician for former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
“The main title, The President’s Physician is self explanatory, but the sub-title, Bumps on a Smooth Road seeks to explain the journey; the experience of my life thus far”, Dr Boohene-Andah explained at the book launch.
The author further revealed that her narration of some of the events in the book, is aimed at drumming home the point that “even at the highest level in political, social and academic circles the journey to succeed is laced with landmines which may explode even under the most gentle and careful feet”.
Renowned author, Mrs Elizabeth Baitie, who reviewed the book, notes that Dr Boohene-Andah’s crisp narration of her experiences during her role as the personal physician to former President Kufuor “is not a titillating report of salacious goings on in the corridors of power.”
“It focuses on the balancing act that she had to play, maintaining a level head despite the ever changing pace of her job; keeping her ears and eyes on her assignment and not on the naysayers, but learning the value of professional team-playing and sound family relationship and keeping a good work-family balance”, she stated.
Mrs Baitie further notes that Dr Boohene-Andah has succeeded in encouraging girls that despite the constraints of their gender, it is possible to carry out any demanding role and excel at it.
The Minister for Gender, Women and Children’s Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, commended the author for her efforts and promised to ensure that girls in secondary schools get a copy of the book to read.
Professor Agyeman Badu Akosah, who was Chairman of the ceremony, praised Dr Boohene-Andah’s efforts.
He underscored the need to adopt the habit of writing autobiographies and called on the dignitaries gathered at the ceremony to do so.
The launch was graced by former President John Agyekum Kufuor and his wife; former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings; representatives of Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, (Esama of the Benin Kingdom in Nigeria), former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Asantehene, Otumful Osei Tutu II.
Also present at the ceremony was Dr Lawrence Tetteh, Mrs Joyce Aryee and Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Paul Afoko. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | [email protected]
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