UPSA Lecturer and Faculty Dean Passes On

It is with deep sorrow that the university community announces the death of Dr. John Bosco Kuuka Damnyag, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies (FITCS).

According to the family, the astute Senior Lecturer passed away on Tuesday, October 27 after a short illness.

“Dr. Bosco”, as he was fondly called, joined the University of Professional Studies, Accra (then Institute of Professional Studies – IPS) in 2005 as a lecturer. Prior to that, he lectured at Regent University College and Koforidua Polytechnic (now Koforidua Technical University).

Within a year of his employment, he was appointed the Head of the Mathematics Unit of IPS, a position he held until 2009 when he became the Research Coordinator of the institution.

In 2013, when the institution had attained university status, he was appointed the Coordinator of the Evening School. He was later promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2016 and Head of the Department of Information Technology Studies.Dr. John Bosco Damnyag (in August 2019) lecturing SHS students during the Vice-Chancellor’s Free Vacation Class Program for second cycle students in the community

Due to his hard working nature and his commitment to his duties, Dr. Damnyag was promoted to the position of Vice Dean at the same faculty when the position became vacant in April 2018. After a year of strong leadership and dedicated service, he was appointed the substantive Dean of the Faculty in February 2019. He held that position until his passing.

Dr. Damnyag served on several boards and committees of the university including the Academic Board, the Executive Committee and the Appointments and Promotions Board.

Dr. Damnyag was born on 3rd February, 1972. He is a native of Fielmuo in the Upper West Region of Ghana. His vast professional expertise included data analysis, training in information management, actuarial analysis and pension fund management.The late Dr. John Bosco receiving an ‘Award of Gratitude’ for his dedicated service to his Faculty at a special send-off party for some faculty members

He held a PhD in Finance from the Universidad Central de Nicaragua (UCN) as well as a Doctorate of Finance from the Swiss Management Centre University. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management Information Systems from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics and Statistics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Damnyag was the founder and the Executive Director of Sustain the Future (SUTF), a non-governmental organisation based in Ghana. He was also the Managing Director of JBK Farms, a company that specialises in both crop and animal production.

Dr. Damnyag authored various books in Quantitative Methods for tertiary students: Mathematics for Senior Secondary Schools and Junior Secondary Schools. He also wrote several books on voting patterns in Ghana and on Information Technology Management.The late Dr. John Bosco (middle) in a heartily conversation with former colleagues.

In a tribute to him, the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Professor Abednego F. O. Amartey, described the late Senior Lecturer as an industrious faculty member who was diligent in his duties.

He said his absence would be missed by the entire university, but most especially, the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed the condolences of Management and the university community to the bereaved family, especially his wife and children.

“The University mourns with the wife, children and family of Dr. John Bosco Kuuka Damnyag,” he said. “May the soul of our hardworking Dean rest in eternal Peace.”

The funeral arrangements for the late Dr. Bosco are as follows:

Brief Burial Service: Thursday, 26th November, 2020 at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Adentan.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Laying in State: Friday, 27th November, 2020 at Fielmuo, Upper West Region
Burial: Saturday, 28th November, 2020, at the Family Cemetery, Fielmuo, Upper West Region
Thanksgiving Service: Sunday, 29th November, 2020 at St. Paul Parish, Fielmuo, Upper West Region.

Source: UPSA

How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

  • Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
  • Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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