Mike Eghan, the Emperor’s
Mike Eghan, 83-year-old Ghanaian veteran broadcaster of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has launched a book that he shares his life lesson.
The 284-page book, titled “Mike Eghan, The Emperor’s Story, From the Centre of the World,” captures the life story of Mike Eghan, an ‘Emperor’ whose reign was over the airwaves rather than a Kingdom in a memoir.
From the Sekondi-Takoradi sea-shore to the studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Mike Eghan autobiography blow the minds of many, as readers of his book would really under whom the celebrated king of the airwaves “Emperor’s was.
“My father’s passion for radio eventually also got me addicted. I liked to listen to other radio stations. At that time radio sets, we’re not transistorized as we have them today,” portion of the memoir reads.
Launching the Book in Accra last Tuesday, August 27, Prof. Esi Sutherland-Addy of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana described the Memoir as an “incredibly generous piece of work that captures every minute detail of his ups and downs throughout his lifetime.”
She added, “Some of these he tells us, others are implied and tucked away in different parts of the narrative for us to deduce, but we get the feeling of the privilege of being invited into the life of this man.”
Prof. Sutherland-Addy noted that the book highlights other people in diplomatically probing into their lives and bringing out the best in them, stating, “and he enthusiastically invokes the contributions that others have made to his life.”
She said Mike Eghan not only talked about himself but spent a large proportion of the book projecting other people, which to her is very intriguing
The event attended scores of veteran Journalists including Robert Owusu, Kabral Blay Amehenre, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Kwaku Sintim Misa, Fritz Baffour, and other retired and senior Journalists.
Dr Sarah Dorgbadzi, of faculty of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana reviewed the 284-page book that captured an inspiring life story about Mike Eghan, the “Emperor’s”.
According to her, the memoir of The Emperor’s was told in a simple conversational tone, stating, “Mike’s eloquence and dexterity to hold his audience’s attention as has been his hallmark in radio and television is exemplified in this piece of writing”.
In her view, the book simply revealed issues of humans, the Ghanaian tradition and cultural practices and other forms of pictures from what was known in among the general public.
Dr Dorgbadzi said, “we get the backstories of some developments in our country, the hands behind the hands that take the action, the songs behind the songs that we hear and many interesting details.”
Mr Eghan, seized the opportunity to express to appreciation to all those who encouraged and advised him to came up with the memoir of his life, stating, he has nothing much to say about the book as Dr Dorgbadzi review has encapsulated all that needed.
He acknowledged key individuals including Professor Stephen Addae and Ladi Nylander for their respective significant contribution to the realization of the book on his Life.
After the acknowledgement, the Retired broadcaster said he had nothing more to state after the tributes from the various speakers about his life.
Mr Mike Eghan worked with GBC as a show host after Ghana’s independence in 1957, when Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah updated the Ghana Broadcasting Service to include the external radio service to promote the African culture and personality.
As Mike Eghan put it, “We broadcasted in Swahili, Hausa, Arabic, French, Portuguese, English and other languages and dialects. My friend, David Larbi, and I compiled programmes, especially those that included music in the various languages and dialects that the listeners would identify with.
This reinforced the message being transmitted to the listeners. The core message was the liberation of the Black Race from the shackles of imperialism and neo-colonialism.”
At a juncture in his career, the author felt the need to travel overseas to study to become a better broadcaster in Ghana. He wrote: “The UK attracted me the most. I saved enough money to sponsor myself to London. My return airfare cost me about 300 pounds sterling. I left Ghana for the UK in May 1966.
One did not need a visa to travel to the UK in those days since Ghana was a member of the Commonwealth and Ghanaians were held in high esteem in Western Europe and North America.”
Citing some historic episodes in the book, Mike Eghan noted: “One of the highlights of my career as a disc jockey and radio presenter was my role as emcee (master of ceremony) for the historic musical concert dubbed ‘Soul to Soul’. The aim of this musical extravaganza was to bring
Africans and African-American artistes together to jam on the African continent to retrace their historical roots. It was believed that such an attempt would galvanise Black people all over the world along with the vision that Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah had for the Black Race.”
The “Soul to Soul” event at the Black Star Square in 1971 was the West African version of “Woodstock”, and attracted a galaxy of stars never before assembled on the African continent: Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, The Staple Singers, Carlos Santana, Roberta Flack, Willie Bobo, the Voices of East Harlem, etc.
The Ghanaian stars included The Magic Aliens, Guy Warren (Ghana), the Damas Choir and Charlotte Dada of the Uhuru Band.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba