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First African King to be Knighted in Malta

Modern Ghana | Feb 21, 2009

By M. Bell/TBG Media Consultants

knights_hospitallerHis Royal Majesty Drolor Bosso Adamtey I of the Se Traditional area of Ghana will soon receive another royal title: Knight.

On February 28, 2009, King Adamtey will become the first African leader to ever receive investiture as a knight in the historic Knights of Malta. By virtue of King Adamtey’s current status as a traditional ruler in Ghana, he will enter the Knighthood ranked as the third highest individual in the order. The Investiture ceremony will take place at 11:30am at Castello dei Baroni in Wardija, Malta. The press and the public are invited to witness this historic occasion.

The Knights of Malta, whose history dates back to Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire, is one of the world’s oldest and most influential orders of chivalry. The Ecumenical Order is more active today than at any time during its continuous long history. The Order’s worldwide charitable activities, active on nearly every continent, still carry out the unbroken tradition of its founding charter: to care for the sick and the poor, regardless of race, religion, or language. In 2008, the Knights of Malta contributed over $40 million in goods and services to charitable causes.i e.

King Adamtey, who is known in private life as Dr. Kingsley Fletcher, divides time between homes in Ghana and the United States. He has been a coronated king of the Se (Shai) traditional area of Ghana since 1999 and admits it is unusual for an African leader to be invited into Knighthood, but says that “because it is an effort of nobility, I gladly accepted.” His passion is the educational and economic development of Africa and he hopes this honor will allow him to become an even greater voice for the people there and bring attention to the challenges and opportunities affecting the continent. “It is my desire to use my position to positively influence progress on behalf of people who are marginalized. I feel very strongly that my mission is to give hope to Africa,” says King Adamtey. Currently, two of his primary focuses are technology development and job creation in Ghana. He hopes to expand his efforts throughout the continent.

A citizen of the United States and Ghana, King Adamtey is a former special advisor to the Assistant Secretary General and Director of the United Nations Development Program and is the founder of Life for Africa, a nonprofit humanitarian organization which seeks to address the ever-growing need for support of sub-Saharan African nations. He lectures around the world several times a year discussing globalization, social justice, conflict resolution, faith-based leadership, and his broad vision for Africa.

In 2008, King Adamtey was a keynote speaker at the World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece – the first African leader ever invited to address this international event. The author of fourteen books, he holds doctorates in philosophy and theology and is currently pursuing the Ed.D. in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst… King Adamtey is also a member of the prestigious University of Oxford Round Table.

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King Adamtey I – Wikipedia

King Adamtey I (Drolor Bosso Adamtey I) (born 1 April 1956), known in private life as Dr. Kingsley A. Fletcher, is the Suapolor of the Se (Shai) Traditional Area, in Ghana.

Adamtey I was crowned as a traditional ruler in 1999. His targeted initiatives for the Se Kingdom include educational advancement, economic empowerment, healthcare and medical services, employment and housing development, community and social development, and technology expansion.

His vision for a new Africa led him to found Life for Africa, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist Africa with resource mobilization to foster economic empowerment, educational development, technology, and health care.

He is also a former Special Adviser to the Assistant Secretary General and Director of the United Nations Development Programme in Africa.

Education

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Adamtey holds doctorates in philosophy and theology, and his undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering. He is currently pursuing the Ed.D. with a concentration in Social Justice Education.

Public life

Adamtey is a speaker and consultant in the areas of international relations, resource mobilization, conflict resolution, social justice, leadership, globalization, and African economic development. He has traveled to over 100 countries. In 2008, Adamtey was a keynote speaker at the World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece. He is the first African leader ever invited to address this international event.

Known in private life as Kingsley Fletcher, Adamtey has written several books, including When Kings Pray and Fast, A Place Called There, and The Power and Influence of a Woman. His most recent book, Who Says You Can’t?, was released in January 2009.

Links

World Public Forum
The forum “Dialogue of civilizations” has become a practical realization of the United Nations General Assembly resolution “Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilizations” adopted on November 9, 2001 at the initiative of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Khatami.

Nicholas S. Papanicolaou, co-chairman of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”

Nicholas S. Papanicolaou was born in 1949 in Greece. He studied at Athens college (Greece) and Willinston Academy (USA). Mr. Papanicolaou received an economics degree at Harvard University and the degree of master of business management at the University of Columbia. Nicholas Papanicolaou is the President of Lion Finance S.A. and Titan Capital Corporation. Earlier he held the post of Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. N. Papanicolaou is Grand Master of Order of John of Jerusalem. In the past – president of the Athens Polo Club. Mr. Papanicolaou is also a member of board of directors of range of public organizations engaged in the studying of the Greek culture and the Orthodox Church. Since 2003 he is co-chairman and co-sponsor of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”.

Life Community Church
Dr. Kingsley A. Fletcher is a senior pastor of Life Community Church, a multicultural and international church in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and its affiliate, Kingsley Fletcher Ministries.

Oxford Round Table

Various sessions of the Round Table have been sponsored by the British Council, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rockefeller Foundation, Apple Computer, Boeing, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Hague, Netherlands.

Kingsley Fletcher Ministries

Life for Africa – Technology Enhancements for Globalization

United Nations Development Programme in Africa

Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem

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