9 February 2016: Fourteen students from eight public and private universities in the country have received the Kufuor Scholars awards at an impressive ceremony at the premises of The John A. Kufuor Foundation in Cantonments, Accra. The awardees are the pioneers of the Kufuor Scholars Program that seeks to prepare future transformational leaders.
Speaking at the ceremony, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the chairman of the Foundation, bemoaned Africa’s poor leadership and urged the newly-enrolled scholars to lead exemplary lives that will be beneficial to the country and the continent as a whole.
“The bane of African’s development has so far been poor leadership in the past. We have had too many people assume the leadership mantle especially in politics who have had very little training, preparation and comprehensive awareness of what their role entails,” the former president said.
He thus charged them to use the opportunity to also get to know and learn about the many and diverse challenges confronting Ghana. According to him, the award will serve as a test of their leadership qualities and deepen their commitment to the well-being of citizens as pioneers of the scholarship program.
President Kufuor concluded by urging the students to “prove yourselves worthy missionaries and ambassadors to serve as the stems on which branches will grow for the good of the nation and Africa.”
The 14 awardees were selected following a rigorous online recruitment exercise that began in August last year. From the more than 500 applicants, 50 were selected for further review out of which 20 were called for interviews. The full list of awardees, comprising eight ladies and six gentlemen and their institutional affiliations is as follows:
- Mohammed Salman – University of Cape Coast
- Judith Serwaah Agyenim-Boateng – Webster University, Accra
- Anafo Ernestina Lariba – GIMPA, Accra
- Angela Addai Boadu – Univ of Science & Technology(KNUST), Kumasi
- Marilyn Adoma A Christian – University of Ghana, Legon
- Nana Yaw Opoku-Baadu Owusu-Acheaw – University of Ghana, Legon
- Elorm Bona-Mensah – KNUST, Kumasi
- Adutwumwaa Owusu Sarpong – University of Ghana, Legon
- Esther Emmanuella Spio – University of Ghana, City Campus
- Aaron Atimpe – KNUST, Kumasi
- Yaw Oku-Ampofo Anakwah – University of Energy and Nat. Res., Tarkwa
- Bemmah Clara Antwi – Unversity of Cape Coast
- Martin Selorm Kwaku Attopley – KNUST, Kumasi
- Alhaji Elvis Alirimbey – University of Development Studies, Wa Campus
The Kufuor Scholars Program aims at adding value to formal education at the tertiary level by providing specialized orientation through programmed mentorship, skills and experiential activities apart from giving annual stipends to beneficiaries.
The program focuses on providing a specialized three-year leadership preparation for Ghanaian youth, targeting second-year university students. It is expected to produce leaders who are innovative, imbued with a strong sense of patriotism, problem solvers, and creative thinkers who are knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavor.