Emeritus Archbishop Peter Akwasi Sarpong of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, Ghana is set to launch his Autobiography dubbed ”From the Hut to Oxford” on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the St. Louis College of Education , AshTown-Kumasi.
Chronicling his life experience from childhood through to the present stage, the literary piece will critically highlight his journey from the early days, his priestly ministry and his encounter with humanity and most importantly, how He struggled through a small community within the Ghanaian setting to sail through to Oxford University.
The Autobiography is also aimed at providing younger folks the insight into ‘real-life encounters’ and how to overcome obstacles.
The Prelate was born on February 2, 1933, in Offinso, Ashanti and ordained priest on December 11, 1959
Shortly after his ordination in 1959, he made his way to Italy where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the St Thomas Aquinas University, Rome, in 1962, and a Doctorate degree in Sacred Theology in 1963. He also obtained a Diploma in Anthropology and Master of Letters (M. Litt.) in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, England in 1965. He had his Episcopal ordination on March 8, 1970, at age 37.
On January 17, 2002, he was appointed the first Archbishop of the then newly elevated Archdiocese of Kumasi by His Holiness Pope John Paul and retired from the Archbishopric on March 26, 2008, at the age of 75. Before retiring, he held various appointments at various times at The Vatican, including being a long-term member of the Peace Council.
The Prelate is one of the brainiest academics in Africa and the world, and the most cited social anthropologists in Ghana, Africa and the world at large.
He has written over 1,000 books and articles on Anthropology, Theology and African Culture, among others.
His articles are published in different national, continental and international journals. Among his well-known and most cited published works (books) are The Sacred Stools of the Akans (Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1971), Ecumenical Relations in Ghana, Gambia, and Uganda (1973), Ghana in Retrospect (Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1974), Girls Nubility Rites (Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1977), Libation (Anansesem Publications Ltd, 1996), Ancestral Stool Veneration in Asante (St Francis Press, 1996), Dear Nana: Letters to My Ancestor (Franciscan Publications, 1998), Cultural Perspectives on Ghana’s Development and Other Essays on Ghana at 50 (St Francis Press Ltd, 2011), Christian Reflection on Poverty, The One Honest Man (Sedco Press), Odd Customs: Stereotypes and Prejudices (Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2012), Archbishop Sarpong Explains Key Christian Topics (SNAM Ltd, 2016), and Culture and the Kingdom (Good Shepherd Publications, 2016), among others. He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia Africana.
He has received various awards, including Freedom of the Tuskegee Award, USA, 1973, Companion of the Star of the Volta by Ghana The government in 2006, and Prize for Distinguished Writers by Ghana Book Development Council and lectured in both second cycle and tertiary institutions in Ghana and other parts of the world.