Dr. Victor Adolphus Nii Ankrah Ankrah
July 23, 1959 - September 26, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017 11:26 AM
I would like to send my deepest condolences to Palm and Victor’s family.
I was privileged to have first met Victor during the UNICEF results-based management (RBM) training, and the following year when we trained the UNICEF Lesotho and Botswana Office together on RBM. I also had an opportunity to work with him in my Regional Office capacity. Victor was a passionate RBM champion for UNICEF and for the UNICEF Lesotho Office, to ensure better delivery of results for children. I was always impressed by his dedication for children in Lesotho and his kindness towards others, and his genuine laughter.
It was a cold winter time when we had the RBM training in a place called Leribe, Lesotho; and the colleagues often times sat near a fire place to reflect and talk. I remember during a lunch when he talked about how he started his career as a National Officer in UNICEF Ghana, after working as a medical doctor; he fondly talked about his time in Swaziland, and working in Lesotho, where he progressed from the Chief of Health to the Deputy Representative position. He would talk about his joy for long walks in Maseru with Palm; and he talked about his children; Lesotho seemed like his second home away from home.
While recently in Lesotho for a long mission from September to November, I had a chance to hear from UNICEF friends and colleagues their fond memories of Victor. Colleagues always mentioned his dedication to his work, his genuine kindness towards them, and referred to him as a “mentor”, “friend” and “brother”; they also sang beautiful hymns and payed tribute to Victor through prayers. The office also received an outpouring of messages of condolences from many colleagues around the world and from colleagues of other UN agencies and partners, including donors and government that have worked with Victor. This is a testament to his dedication, integrity and character; he has made an indelible mark and contribution to children as well as the colleagues he worked with. May his soul rest in peace.
Hyun Hee Ban (Nairobi)
Monday, October 23, 2017 8:54 AM
Our thoughts and prayers remain with you. His memorial service was definitely a TRIBUTE to him and we were glad that we were able to attend. Such a beautiful service and I know that Dr. Victor was smiling down from Above! God Bless all of you and may you continue to walk with the Lord. :>)
Tom Albright (springdale, AR)
Friday, October 13, 2017 5:01 PM
To the Ankrah Family, we know how much Ntate Victor meant to you all, we had the opportunity to witness this special bond that you shared, from the meals that Arnold prepared, to the setting of the table by Claudia and Georgina. How the family lit up with the arrival of Alexa and her Mom. What we take condolence in is we saw how much Ntate Victor loved each one of you and how much you loved him back. The bond shared by Me Palm and Ntate Victor was incomparable a match made in heaven, one that was to be copied by every person and couple that new them. Ntate Victor was a true father to all, and wanted the best for each person that crossed their path. He rewarded good work from buying sweets to our daughter and son to say well done in passing a test, to a pat on the back for passing an interview. We laughed together, sang together, now we celebrate his life and still together. He truly wanted the best for us P3, is what we would say when we got it right, and when we didn't we would try again using another approach, the whole aim was to beat the rat race "Rich Dad Poor Dad". I still can hear the way he stretched out the word Ntate (Ntaaateee). Ntate Ankrah was a father figure who would always advise us on work issues, motivated us and always saying we would make it. We can fill two whole books about Ntate Victor, it is just too soon to be writing this way, but as we say "May Gods will be Done". Me Palm you can do all through Christ who strengthens us. The Lord we serve is never failing, He will stand by you and we will too. With love from the Makumbi family.
Kizito and Itumeleng Makumbi (Maseru, MA)
Friday, October 13, 2017 3:49 PM
Dear Ankrah Family,
Words cannot describe the pain coming from the sting of death of our beloved and dear friend, colleague, mentor, motivator and confidant, Dr Ankrah. The unmatched and good legacy left behind by Dr Ankrah speaks for itself at a personal, family, community and work environment. Flowers may wither but the fond memories of Dr Ankrah will remain alive with us forever. Farewell my brother and friend
Chibwe Lwamba (Lusaka, Zambia)
Monday, October 09, 2017 12:18 PM
Aunt Palm, Arnold, Claudia and Gina,
Thank you allowing my family and I to be a part of yours. As we celebrate the departure of Uncle Victor, I hope it can bring joy to all of us in remembering the altruistic life he lived and the blessing he's been to us. His legacy lives. We all look forward to follow in the examples he set. Da yie W)fa
Dunwell Eku (Tulsa, OK)
Saturday, October 07, 2017 8:50 PM
I met Victor Ankrah in 1973 our freshman year at Accra Academy. Victor had a special quality that caught my attention. I was an extrovert and a bit noisy. Victor was an introvert and very quiet. Victor made being an introvert seem in vogue. He had many special qualities. Victor was gifted. Very smart yet humble and soft spoken. He was a man of few words but the little he says adds the most value to discussions. As our friendship developed, victor became my math tutor, my counselor and a very good friend. We had plans to meet in Ghana but the good LORD has better plans for you. Victor rest in perfect peace till we meet again.
Andrew Alabi (Bleoo 78) (Bristow, VA)
Thursday, October 05, 2017 12:37 PM
Rest In Peace Sir. You have left behind a wonderful family, who will keep your memories forever in their hearts..
Danielle Osagie (Tulsa, OK)
Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:50 AM
Ankra family Im deeply saddened by the loss ofa colleague and friend.It's not long we were together at work shop.We were laughing as usual.My thoughts and prayers are with him and the family.May his soul restin peace.
Thandi Dlamini (Mbabane)
Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:44 AM
Dear Ankrah family,
I was deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Victor's passing. It seems surreal as it feels like only yesterday that I was in his company (UNICEF Lesotho). I can only imagine what you as family are going through at this time. Victor was rare in this world -- calm, measured, supportive, kind, and humble. He had a dignified presence that will stay with me for a long time. It was a deep pleasure and honor to have known him, and through him to have met his family. Wishing you all such strength in this trying time. Warmly, Naseem
Naseem Awl (Riyadh)
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 10:21 AM
The news get to me as a very sad one because I was the one driving him and his lovely wife around in Nigeria and he was actually getting strong before leaving Nigeria but all the same I send my condolence to the family and I pray that God Almighty gives the family the gratitude to bear the loss.