„MWI scholarships enable the future leaders of the church in Africa and Asia to acqire the knowledge they will need in thier future roles. There is hardly any way to help more directly and more personally than by supporting a scholarship holder.”
Cardinal Walter Kasper
Gabriel Anokye was born in Emenaa, not far from Kumasi/ Ghana, on May 27, 1960 . He was the youngest of eleven children. Many priests, even priests originating from Germany, came to visit the family. As he was the youngest child in his family, he directly witnessed these visits, and the wish arose in him to become a priest himself.
He studied in Ghana and in the DR of Congo. With the help of a scholarship provided by the MWI, he graduated at the Catholic Institute of Paris and at the Sorbonne. In his thesis, he investigated the theme "Eucharist and Liberation".
Since 1999, he has been working as theological expert for RECOWA (Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa) and at the SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar). Since 2007, he belongs to the Standing Committee of both institutions. In 2012, he was ordained Archbishop of Kumasi. In June 2013, he was appointed Vice-President of the SECAM. He is mainly involved in the evangelization of Africa, and he wants to make his contribution towards the elimination of social, political and economic deficits. For example, the SECAM is committed to ensuring that everyone in Africa has access to sufficient drinking water, which is currently not the case.
He is extremely grateful for the scholarship. After his return to his native country, he passed on the knowledge that he acquired during his studies to the 270 students of the St. Peter's Seminary. Ninety % of these students become priests themselves and they finally disseminate his teachings into the 13 dioceses of Ghana. That is why, in the end, the scholarship bears fruits not only for himself but also for the whole Ghanaian country.
During his last visit at the MWI, in January 2014, Archbishop Gabriel Anokye expressed once again his gratitude for the scholarship, and he asked God to bless the donators of the MWI: "May God bless you abundantly!"