From his earliest recollection, Ade has always been involved in community activity, either being organised to clean the gutters in front of the family house with the younger ones so that they can indulge in their ‘gutter to gutter’ football games or indeed going to the beach to help the fisherfolk. For him this was all play activity without pay but activity that had to be done. So as soon as he entered school, he joined the Cubs, became a Scout and eventually joined the Young Pioneer Movement where this passion for community work was honed with some leadership training by these movement.
In secondary school he did not play much sport in school but was always on hand as a good cheerleader and therefore very much part of supporting the team in all their training, cheering them on and celebrating with them on victories. He was however very much involved in community activity such as going to the village abounding the school to organise Sunday school and engage the younger people in homework activity. He was involved in so many support groups as university playing his role in the business school associations as well as hall activities.
After university he immersed himself in local community activity involving the mobilisation of people in the community in support of social action and development issues and good causes. He helped to form the Accra Newtown Development Association at a time when there were social challenges within the local area. Discussions with the local councillor resulted in the formation of this organisation with other residents, the retired local school headmaster, a retired army officer and others were involved with me barely out of university as secretary. Our mandate was to keep the area functioning by monitoring the activities of the utility providers and liaising with them on behalf of the local community when there were problems and organising monthly general cleanups of the area.
Ade acted a peer counsellor at the Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics and continued this work when he came to study at Manchester in helping in 1981 to establish the Sickle Cell circle in Manchester.
He has e been a member of the Brixton Community Neighbourhood Association and the Black Business Brokerage, the Brixton Community Forum and the Brixton Business Forum playing executive roles in these. My community activism led me to become a Governor of a special needs school and also acted as a trustee of the then newly set up South East London Community Foundation that we helped grow to become the London Community Foundation now distributing over £50 million yearly to small community organisations in the London area.
For four years between 1987 and 2001,he served as Chairman of Ghana Union London and helped to increase the membership four-fold and developed a strategy for over 100 small Ghanaian groups to affiliate to the organisation.
He is associated with many youth organisation providing them with my expertise as I try to operate in an intergeneration way a role model to several.