One of the phrases I am repeating quite often now at the end of almost every internal meeting at my workplace is “Integri Procedamus”. If you have ever been to the University of Ghana, you would know this phrase quite well; it is emblazoned across the school crest and has been the motto of the school since 1963 or so when UG evolved from the then UCGC – University College of Gold Coast. Until then, the motto was “Vigil evocat Auroram” – warning that the venture of university education in the Gold Coast could only succeed if the college behaved like the cockerel. “Integri Procedamus” was chosen by the 1st VC, A. A Kwapong, meaning “progressing with integrity”. This was further solidified in the crest by Prof. Manwere Opoku who chose the 3 ferns and interlocking ram horns as the visuals. The symbolism there is also not lost – the ferns have a quality always growing straight up in the forest to represent straightness, truthfulness, integrity and the ram horns, which we know never stop growing, depicted continuous progress. These are centralised to my thought process and actions now because of three things; There is so much progress but very little progress with integrity and I believe that if we all think from the point of aligning our growth and actions with integrity, the world will be a better placeIntegrity has always been one thing I would struggle with. You can ask my Dad. Up until late 2015, I was probably your guy if you needed something done and had no issues with cutting corners.I spend so much time in UG, it is only right that beyond academic education, I allow the tenets of the school to be fundamental in my life also.I am surrounding myself with consistent symbolic reminders to be upright and straight in my dealings – my dog is called Fern and I have a couple of potted ferns scattered around my house. It is a long process, but try to ask yourself if all the progress and success you have achieved or otherwise was acquired with integrity. The corrupt politician is rich and “successful”, but can he can he claim to have integrity?