By George Kpator
The “sugar of his tea,” Mrs. Betty George Amah, calls him the best husband that gives her anything a woman can dream about. His six surviving children – Victoria, Victor, Alphonso, Jaso, Alfreda (now Mrs. Alfreda Clark), and Alfred N. Amah, Jr. – call him the best father any child needs, wants, and deserves. Extended family members call him the umbrella that unites them. Friends and colleagues call him professional par excellent. Friends call him a man you can turn to in good times and in bad times. Whatever nick names he has earned for himself throughout his life, his real name is Alfred Ndebe Amah, and he is currently a Professor of chemistry at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
On October 22, 2009, Dr. Amah reaches a major milestone of his life when he turns 60. In commemoration of this important event, Dr. Amah’s family, colleagues, and friends have decided to throw a festive party in appreciation of the cherished love and commitment to his wife over the past years, his enviable love and continuous support to his lovely children, his leadership role in his family, and his ever-present passion for friends.
Already massive preparations have begun for the event, dubbed birthday party of the century, which will be held at his ranch-type mansion in Baltimore onOctober 24, 2009. As the date draws near, the ace cameras of Saybah Photo World recently zoomed in on the preparations with Dr. and Mrs. Amah themselves in the midst of things to ensure that guests get a life-time memory of the event. These photos present a prelude to what the party will look like. Enjoy them, and keep tuned for details as they emerge:
About Dr. Alfred Ndebe Amah
Professor Armah was born on October 22, 1949 in Ngolavolu, Tahamba Clan, Kolahun District. Lofa County. His parents, Mr. Toko and Mrs. Lusu Amah, have predeceased him. His middle name – Ndebe – means “cat fish” in Gbandi, his native tongue. His last name – Amah – is also the Gbandi word for “on me.”
This great reservoir of knowledge began his grade school at the St. Agnes Elementary, St. Cyprian Junior High, and St. Augustine High Schools respectively, all in Bolahun, from 1961 to 1970 when Mr. Foday, then called “Teacher Foday,” was principal of St. Agnes; while Teacher Paul D. Kovah was principal of St. Cyprian and St. Augustine Schools respectively. After completing the 12th grade at St. Augustine High, Dr. Amah moved to Suacoco, the provincial city of Bong County, central Liberia, where he enrolled at the prestigious Cuttington University College, owned and run by the Episcopal Church of Liberia. He earned hisBachelor of Science in Chemistry from Cuttington in 1974.
After graduating from Cuttington, Dr. Amah’s thirsty (as always) for more knowledge – traveled to the United States to further his studies. He enrolled at theBall State University in Muncie, Indiana, graduating in 1977 with a master’s degree in organic chemistry. In 1978, still not satisfied with the enviable academic credentials he had piled up, Professor Amah matriculated to the prestigious Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, graduating in 1984 with a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry. Between 1991 and 1993, after earning his PhD, Professor Amah did post-doctoral research in bioorganic chemistry at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
Dr. Amah currently teaches organic chemistry, general chemistry, and chemistry for allied health professionals, physical science and technology, and human affairs courses. He also teaches organic chemistry courses at Towson University and Villa Julie College on a part-time basis.
Dr. Amah’s research interest is in the areas of organic and bioorganic chemistry and synthesis of novel organic compounds using Flash Vacuum Pyrolysis (FVP) techniques, as well as the isolation, purification and synthesis of natural products; uses of spectroscopic methods (1H- NMR, MS, 13C-NMR and IR) to studyorganic reactions. He is also interested in computational chemistry and computer assisted molecular model studies of organic compounds.
His professional responsibilities include activities such as Coppin State Chapter of the Beta Kappa Chi, an honorary scientific society, Advisor of the Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) at Coppin State University, Chairperson of the Minority Section of the American Chemical Society The (Chesapeake Chemist ) for the State of Maryland.
He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), International Foundation for Science (IFS) and Pan African Union of Science and Technology (PUST).
Prior to the Liberian civil war, Professor Amah served as instructor, assistant professor, professor, and dean of the College of Science and Technology of theUniversity of Liberia. In 1991, he was appointed coordinator of the University of Liberia by then Interim President Amos C. Sawyer. In this role, Dr. Amah led efforts that cleaned up and re-opened the UL, a battleground between AFL and NPFL forces in 1990.