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Ashesi President Patrick Awuah wins Millennium Excellence Award
On December 4th, 2010 Patrick Awuah was awarded the Millenium
Excellence Award for Educational Development. Held once
every five years, the Millennium Excellence Awards celebrate
individuals and organizations that have had a positive impact on
African society. The Millennium Excellence Awards are
managed by the Millennium Excellence Awards Foundation and
headed by the Life Patron, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.
Awuah was recognized for his outstanding leadership in the area
of educational reform. He was cited as an outspoken champion of
improving the quality of education in Africa and lauded for his
work founding Ashesi University College. Under Patrick's
guidance Ashesi has grown from a student population of just 30
students in 2002 to over 500 today. Ashesi is known for
its innovative liberal arts curriculum and focus on quality
Awards were given in many categories including Scientific
Development, Humanitarian Work, Medical Leadership,
Environmental Protection and Literature Development. The
prestigious Gold Coast Award was presented to Dr. Kwadwo Afari
Gyan, the head of Ghana's National Electoral Commission, which
oversaw successful democratic elections in 1992, 1996, 2000,
2004 and 2008. Under his leadership the Electoral
Commission has overseen two peaceful transitions of power
between political parties (2000 and 2008).
Ashesi laughs to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS
day without laughter is a day wasted because laughter, they say,
is cheap medicine. The more you laugh, the healthier you become.
Research has illustrated the many health benefits of laughter.
Thank God it is Laughter Day!
On Friday 1st October 2010, the Health Centre, Ashesi
Peer Educators group – with support from Family Health
International (FHI) – put together a series of events to mark
the first ever Ashesi Laughter Day.
During the day, student volunteers including some peer educators
distributed de-wormer tablets, educative pamphlets, chocolates,
handkerchiefs to students, staff and faculty of Ashesi to put
smiles on their faces. Funny jokes were sent via intranet and
funny images were posted all over campus for passers-by to
capture the essence of the day.
The day was crowned with a comedy night show that attracted
about 250 Ashesi students, faculty and staff and other invited
Ashesi’s very own Philip Lawer Alimo (C2012) and
Ilerioluwa Olufemi Akinkugbe (C2011) a.k.a. Ileri
were the co-MCs for the show.
highlight of the night featured a guest performance from David
Oscar of Viasat 1 ‘Laugh a Minute’ fame. His jokes were relevant
and very funny. By the time he was through with us, there was
continuous vibrant laughter in the air and everywhere. Everyone
had caught the laughing fever and no doubt, everyone’s lifespan
had also increased significantly due to excessive laughing!
David also used the opportunity to advocate positive sexual
behavior among the Ashesi youth. The purpose of the comedy night
was not only to get the Ashesi Community laughing but also to
educate them on the prevention of
STDs (HIV /AIDS) and ultimately to promote positive sexual
health. For this reason, there was also a condom-use
demonstration session that was delivered by the University Nurse
Administrator, Sharon Rominiyi with support from one of the peer
Captivating Playlets on HIV/AIDS and its devastating ripple
effect in the society were delivered by Ms. Quaynor-Mettle and
Nana Konadu Darko Mensah (C2013). There was also a
brief poetic and creative delivery of the pathophysiology of
HIV/AIDS by Diana Dayaka Osei (2012).
We had a fantastic musical performance from three (3) students
of the class of 2012; namely, Derrick Crentsil on the keyboard,
Ato Addei Mensah and Prince Addoquaye Acquaye
Ashesi’s Human Resource Manager, Alex Baah Inkoom, delivered an
interesting presentation on how to read all the books in the
library in one week. Two students from the class of 2013 tried
out their comedy skills and did manage to get people laughing.
Two other guest comedians dressed as clowns also performed to
the amusement of the gathered audience. It was simply
Overall, the programme ran quite smoothly and the participants
enjoyed the refreshments at the end. President of the peer
educators, Sydney Oduro (C2013), gave the Vote of
Keep Smiling; yes, smile all the way to the end of the year.
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