Late Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Professor Albert Adu Boahen was broke as a historian and continued to be broke, his son has revealed.
Charles Adu Boahen said his father’s plight made the good old professor advise his children against pursuing history.
Mr Adu Boahen said his father wanted them to study engineering at the university. He, therefore, had to enroll at the University of Ghana as a Chemical Engineering student before abandoning that course after just one year for the United States of America (USA).
The son of the late academic made this known at his vetting on Tuesday, March 28. He has been nominated as a Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.
During his vetting, he revealed that his father did not want his children to follow the same path that he did, probably not politics.
The Deputy Finance Minister-designate revealed how his senior brother had to also enroll as an engineering student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana but left a year later.
Charles Adu Boahen revealed how he had to change course after receiving counseling later in the US, where he took up citizenship.
He has since completed a process to denounce that citizenship. Professor Adu Boahen was one of the foremost Ghanaian historians.
He was posthumously awarded Order of the Star in 2006. He was NPP’s first presidential candidate but lost the 1992 presidential polls to Jerry John Rawlings. He died on May 24, 2006, exactly 74 years after he was born.