Nothing Is Impossible...If You Were Born to Achieve it, but if You Loose Vision.. You Forfeit Your Calling.
The Dr Christian Ayebeng Botchway Story
Dr Christian Ayebeng Botchway was born in the Gold Coast West Africa on the 4th of December 1934. He attended the Elite Achimota College and had planned to pursue medicine but an illness of chicken pox prevented him from attending the interviews. He was mentored by his relative the famous Dr Morton ( physician to Kwame Nkrumah) to apply for dentistry a profession very little known of in the then Gold Coast. He pursued dentistry at Kings College Dental School in England and returned to Ghana as a pioneer dentist who was immediately sent to the forest regions of Ghana where he was immensely popular as the dental officer for the region. He later attained a masters Degree in the university of Toronto and A PHD in Manchester University.
His vision however was to set up the first ever dental school in Ghana. For this cause he dedicated his days at the university to negotiate , brainstorm advocate and breakdown the believe systems in the medical quarters that declared dentistry to be a low priority in the ever changing political climate.
Whilst battling to set up the dental school he built and set up with much toil a dental clinic on the coast of Ghana at Teshie Nungua to service the population of the surrounding area whose population might not have have had dental care otherwise. Known for his "no problem" attitude many travelled many miles to see him . Despite many challenges Dr Botchway's courage and hard work paid off and he set up the Ghana Dental School in the mid nineties.
The building of the dental school as well as his own clinic clearly outlines his strategic and disciplined mind set and sets him apart as one of Ghana's foremost visionary thinkers and doers.
Dr Botchway after an illness retireed to Alberta Canada in 2015 and immediately began planning his next vision which was aligning his dental clinic with a university to be used for the continual academic contribution of his nation which he loved so dearly.
This in itself was a difficult task, but he was tireless in search of a University that shared his vision of education mentorship international collaboration and prevention. In 2016 he donated his property to The University of Health and Allied Sciences an act of philanthropy seldom seen in Ghana.
His clinic which is a historical emblem of this remarkable visionary stands today on one acre of prime land donated to the university awaiting transformation into the historical educational preservation piece he envisioned . His legacy is vibrant and alive in us the witnesses and the narrators of his story of vision and love for his nation.