Nurturing Young African Leaders

On Tuesday, the 26 th September, following the arrival of the honourable guests and the warm welcome offered by the ASA staff, the students had a wonderful session networking with the mentors. Present were some of the important decision-makers of Africa and the whole ASA family could not help but mention the honour of having them in our presence.

The program started at 1pm and the ASA choir and dance troupe entertained the visitors with performances of ‘Halleluiah’, ‘Akwaba’ and Fuse OGD’s ‘T.I.N.A’ to welcome the guests. One of ASA’s core values is diversity and on the day we were fortunate to hear the various and interesting backgrounds of the other students and mentors. The most fascinating aspect of the day was the mentoring session. The girls wished this time would not end because it was very inspirational and informative. In short, it was a particularly memorable day because we got to have conversations with influential people, who are working in the various fields that we would like to venture into.

From the Nurturing African Leaders Conference, I was particularly inspired by Jessica Horn’s welcome key note speech. She stated that we should be attentive to the fact that we all live surrounded by science in our everyday African lives, and suggested that technology is about redefining and modifying ideas that were invented years ago, to take our world to the new level.

Following this speech, we began the ‘Symposium’. In our various groups, we had prepared presentations on an innovative invention that we believed had the power to take Africa to a new level. Although only one team won, and were rewarded with a day of work experience and mentoring with Tullow Oil, we all learnt the value of teamwork, and are now doing our best to understand our weaknesses so that we can work on them and come out better people.

The theme for the day was ‘Nurturing African Leaders of Tomorrow’ and the ASA girls certainly enjoyed and benefited from the interactive and informative sessions that we were so grateful to have organised for us. We hope to remember all the advice offered to us , and employ it as we move forward in our education and careers.

  • written by ASA student Wendinoda Chivambo, African Science Academy

A special Thank you goes to all our mentors :

Kwasi Boateng, Charles Darku, Jessica Horn, Dr. Elsie Kaufmann, Dale Quist, Prof Matilda Steiner- Asiedu, Esi Tunde-Anjous, Aniedi Udo-Obong, and Ato Ulzen-Appiah.