Mr. Speaker, it is with a very heavy heart that I also join my Hon Colleagues to speak in honor of the late Efo Kodjo Mawugbe.
Efo Kodjo Mawugbe was my mate in Mawuli Secondary School from 1967 up to 1974. When we went to form one, he was called "Pascal Mawugbe," but along the line, his name became very popular on the scene as Efo Kodjo Mawugbe.
As rightly said, as early as form one, he started exhibiting this potential of theatre arts and in any play that took place in those days, inter-house competition, because of the talents that he exhibited, "TROST House" for that matter came first.
Mr. Speaker, it is a fact that God has implanted talents in each and every one of us. The most important thing is to be able to identify the talent God has given us and use it to the benefit of mankind.
I believe that it is not the number of years one lives here on earth that really matters. It is really a matter of how much one is able to impact the lives of other people. Death is inevitable; at the age of 5 6, one would have asked why now? when we need more of such people to build up the youth, especially in the areas that he has been endowed with?
But I want to believe that most of us - and those who have had any interaction with him, either on television or any programme-will know that even though he never lived very long, he has actually imparted and left a landmark on the soils of this country where the youth will one day remember.
It is in this vein that I also want to support my Hon Colleague, Hon Asiamah, that in recognition of what he has done, making Ghana proud - Winning a BBC award among 12,000 participants is such a feat. It is such a feat that we must as a
nation recognize and make a monument in his honor, so that future generations would one day want to find out who this Efo Kodjo Mawugbe is and what he has contributed to the affairs of this nation.
We of the Mawuli fraternity are highly, saddened by his departure.
Mr. Speaker, this evening, the body will be laid in State at the National Theatre; and tomorrow at the Forecourt of State House, by 8.00 Am., There would be a burial service in his honor before being given a State burial. It is in the light of this that I want to invite as many of us who can, to pay their last respect. But most importantly, let us do something to recognize - And let the youth of today try to identify what potentials they have and see how best they can develop along that potential.
More often than not, we want to copy from other people but that may not be our gifted area so it is better we identify it. This is because when we were in school, when some of us were talking Mamafi, that is, physics and mathematics and we thought that we were on top of the class, he was talking of theatre arts. Those of us who did physics and mathematics and priding ourselves in those days maybe, might have not made that achievement as he had.
Therefore, let nobody look down on any area of human endeavor because they are all important. Let us identify them and use them to the benefit of humanity.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.