Ghana would launch the second Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Awards at a ceremony in Accra on June 7.
A statement, copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Tuesday said the 2017 Awards would be employed to create networking opportunities that would ultimately inure to the future of the African youth, the business and scientific communities.
The African Genius Award is a biennial continental platform to celebrate excellence and recognie the contribution of the African Genius to the making of civilisation, a joint statement issued by the Board of Governors of the Awards scheme and the Communication for Development and Advocacy (CDA Consult), a development communication consultancy.
The statement, signed jointly by Mr Enimil Ashon, Executive Director of the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Foundation and Mr Francis Ameyibor, Executive Director of the CDA Consult, named personalities expected to participate in the launch as members of the Board of Governors, including the Grand Patron, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhen of Essikado.

Others are Professor Kojo Yankah, Founder of African University College of Communication (AUCC) and Board chair, and Mr Kwaw Ansah, Chairman of Film Africa Limited.

Others are: Professor Francis Nkrumah, former Director Noguchi Memorial Centre and son of the first President; Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr, former Vice Chancelor, University of Ghana; and Mr Alhassan Andani, CEO Stanbic Bank.

Mr Daniel Asiedu, Managing Director, ADB Bank; Dr Mrs Ellen Hagan, CEO L’Ainee Services; Nana Adwoa Awindor, CEO of Premier Events and Promotions, Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, CEO of Reroy Group, Prof Kofi Asare Opoku, Professor of African Studies and Nana Owusu Afari, Chairman of Afariwa Farms and past President of the Association of Ghana Industries

The rest are Dr Joseph Ampofo, representing the scientific community; Dr Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow, Director General, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation; and Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, MD of Graphic Communications Group and Mr Kwesi Darku, MD Innolink Ghana Limited.

Representatives from the African Union, corporate bodies; Ambassadors and High Commissioners; and religious Leaders will also participate in the launch.

The statement said this year’s awards event, which coincides with Ghana’s 60th anniversary of statehood, will reflect on the vision of the founder, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah who, aware of Africa’s role in world civilisation in earlier centuries, was determined to demonstrate the Black man’s indispensability in the world, especially in the twentieth century

It said the Board of Governors of the Awards scheme and CDA Consult had initiated networking platform through email: [email protected] and urged corporate bodies, embassies, governmental and non-governmental organisations to connect for the necessary association modalities.

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