Julius Amua-Sekyi an internationally renowned reggae icon, known by his stage name Shasha Marley, is scheduled to deliver an electrifying performance in the United States of America this July.
The legendary international reggae artist Shasha Marley will take the stage at the St John’s Old Boys North American Chapter Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
The convention, set to occur from July 14-17, 2023, will be hosted at the luxurious Hilton Hotel located at 9333 South Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, Illinois. The purpose of this special performance is to raise funds for the school’s state-of-the-art science laboratory.
The St. John’s Old Boys Association’s North America Chapter comprises former students of St. John’s School in Sekondi, Ghana, who are currently residing in Canada and the United States. In recent years, the Association has organized its annual conventions in different cities across the United States, including Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Providence, Rhode Island, and most recently, Dallas, Texas.
The attendance of members residing in North America and other regions of the world is crucial for the success of the annual convention.
After graduating from St. John’s School in 1983, Shasha Marley, who was a prominent member of the St. John’s Boys School Matthew Chapter 5 Band, pursued a career as a professional artist. Since then, he has actively participated in a variety of activities and projects associated with St. John’s Boys School.
As part of the 70th Anniversary Celebration for the St. John’s Boys School in Ghana, Shasha Marley is set to deliver a captivating performance. The event will take place from July 17th to 23rd, 2023, during which the funds raised will be generously donated to the school.
St Johns Senior High School History
St. John’s School is an all-boys’ second-cycle Roman Catholic school located at Sekondi in the Western Region of Ghana. It is one of the best senior high schools in Ghana and the best in the region.
The present curriculum falls within the Senior High School system in Ghana, with overall oversight by the Ghana Education Service. Old Boys of St. John’s School are affectionately called Old Saints. The Old Saints Fraternity includes some of the most notable and prominent men in the country.
Old boys include award-winning Ghanaian journalist, communications expert and social entrepreneur David Ampofo, Dr Frank Abu former minister of Mines and Energy, former Chief Executive of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Dr.Felix Anyah, M.K Onnomah, Ghanaian Politician and the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Shasha Marley and a whole group of prominent and notable alumni.
The origin of St. John’s School can be traced to an English Churchman who came to the Gold Coast in 1933 from Nigeria where he had been the General Manager of Catholic Schools. He discovered to his dismay in the Gold Coast that the Catholic Church which had been a fountain of education for centuries elsewhere had not catered for Second Cycle Institutions in the country. He therefore, worked tirelessly to found St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast in 1936. This man of vision and courage was the late Archbishop W. T. Porter of Cape Coast.
The Second World War fizzled out all arrangements for overseas financial aid and staffing for other schools and colleges. However, the Government’s Accelerated Education policy of 1951 to cater for the educational needs of Middle School Form 4 leavers after their Primary School Education spurred on the Church to establish a number of Catholic Secondary Schools in the country in 1952. Bishop Herman College in Kpando, Volta Region, Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, Ashanti Region and St. John’s School in Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region, were all established by the Church to meet the needs of the numerous Middle School leavers whose future looked quite bleak.
The Government took on the church’s challenge and also established the following schools: Keta Secondary School in the Volta Region, Dormaa Secondary School in the then Ashanti Region and Fijai Secondary School, Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region
St. John’s was founded as a private Secondary School by the Roman Catholic Church on 29 January 1952. It was the first Secondary School to be established in the Western Region and was named after Rev. John Beenker of the SMA Society who shortly after assuming the post became seriously ill and had to return to Holland where he died, and so Rev. Father Francis Kwamena Buah who was pursuing his postgraduate studies in Cork University Ireland was recalled to head the school. Before his arrival, however, Rev. Father Donelley, SMA, temporarily held the fort.
The school started with three masters, Rev. Father F. K. Buah, Rev. Father Donelley, Mr. John Quansah and 47 students at St. Paul’s Catholic Primary/Middle School, Anaafo Sekondi, in two temporary classrooms