The West Africa Alumni Network of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), in collaboration with the Mandela Washington Fellows Association of Ghana (MWFAG), has organised its maiden edition of the YALI Alumni mega convocation at the Knutsford University College in Accra. It was on the theme, “Sustainable Governance; a major tool to curb poverty”.
The conference brought together youth leaders from different backgrounds, student leaders, Entrepreneurs, Civil society enthusiast, Youth Activist , IT professionals, Civil and Human rights activists, among others.
The Mega Convocation conference was in commemoration of Mandela Day which was celebrated worldwide on July 18, 2018, on the theme ‘fighting against poverty’.
According to the President of the YALI West Africa Alumni, Ghana, Bismarck Gyamfi, “the Mandela Day is an occasion to remember and emulate the passionate legend Nelson Mandela and admonish ourselves to learn from his exemplary leadership style, as well as challenge ourselves to do more.”
He explained that should the poverty menace be curbed, the following thematic areas would be looked at holistically; Education, Agriculture, Science and Technology, IT, Sanitation, Infrastructure, Health, Media, Industrialization and Commerce.
“We believe if we are able to give committed attention to these areas for development, we will be in a better position to fight the menace; till then we have a long way to go,” he stated.
A renowned media personality and entrepreneur, Anita Erskine, charged the youth to get out of their comfort zones and take initiatives on their own and not to rely solely on the government and the media to bring them to the limelight.
“It is time to look beyond government, you must not wait for the media to shine their light on you before you impact and put smiles on the faces of others,” She stated.
The Mega Convocation Conference was graced by personalities as Alfred Akrofi Ocansey (TV3), Prosper Amuquandoh, Johannes Thomas Arthur, Anna Amegatcher, Wendy Frempong, among others.
Source: Ophelia Allotey || ghananewsonline.com.gh