Seniors, we bring you the 2019 edition of the MOBA News letter. This second
issue, we admit has come too late and sincerely apologize for this.
Though it is late, the content is all very relevant because consistent with our
editorial policy, the bulk of the information contained herein is retrospective.
Nonetheless, we promise to work very hard to make up for lost time and to restore normalcy to the periodicity of our publication in 2020. We trust that you will all cooperate with us in this endeavor.
Day in and day out, MOBA continues to make good strides in pursuit of its mandate. However, our successes are not without challenges, but we prevail and we shall hold on to our firm belief that much more good is in store for us as a fraternity, if we all joined hands to work for the common cause set before us.
Without dwelling on the negatives, we must accept the fact that there s ll persists some level of apathy regarding participation in MOBA events and meeting certain obligations as Year Groups. There certainly must be reasons for this, but what is important is for us to use available channels such as the MOBA National Council to bring them forward so they can be resolved.
This may seem like a long term solution, but in the short term It is very necessary to once again make a passionate appeal to Old Boys not only to show interest but participate actively in the affairs of MOBA.
Our elders say in the Fante language that ‘Wonsom wonsom wɔnye nyimpa.’ Drawing on the essence of these wise words, we are reminded that the success of every endeavor depends on the support, active cooperation and patronage of the people associated with it. Our Fante elders again say that ‘Tsir kor nkɔ egyina’ – one head cannot constitute a council. In other words, it takes the collective efforts of all members of the MOBA fraternity to effectively prosecute our agenda and maintain the Mfantsipim brand and leadership position.
Last but not the least, our inspiring school song, ‘Dwen Hwe Kan’ also expressly reminds us of our mandate to hold firmly onto the great treasures bequeathed us; ‘Hen nananom botae pa wɔ dze yɛ edwuma pa, abɛyɛ hɛn akakyirfo hɛn botae pa.’
|And in the wisdom of our forbearers, they purposefully used the word “hɛn” to stress the need to keep this charge as a collective.|
The king’s colorful kente cloth which his subjects so admire, is made up of individual co on strands. But the beauty and durability of the cloth cannot be seen when the strands are pulled apart – In fact there will be no kente cloth to admire. So it is with us as an association. We are the object of leadership, admiration and inspiration to others. But more importantly, we have a responsibility to Mfantsipim, MOBA and to ourselves. These are obligations we must diligently discharge – and with concerted efforts from all – not a few – not some.
To the younger generation of Mfantsipim Old Boys and Year Groups we gently but firmly remind you that the charge to keep is not in the distant future; it is here and now. The prestigious Mfantsipim brand in which we all take great pride, was built with dedication, sacrifice and cooperation by devoted men who came before us.
One good turn indeed deserves another. Therefore we must return the ‘favor’, honor those devoted pacesetters and continue their legacy by committing to the active participation in the affairs of MOBA. The scepter of leadership will doubtless be passed on to you someday. but the preparatory process begins with your genuine commitment and active participation in MOBA activities.
As Fredrich Nietzsche rightly said, “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”
To the older generations, MOBA and Mfantsipim thank you. We urge you to continue to offer your wise counsel as well as your material and other non-material help and to add your voices to the clarion call for all hands to be on deck. Our great fraternity needs us all.
God bless Mfantsipim, God Bless MOBA and God bless us all.