Our own Joseph Wemakor rewarded among other students and individuals
May 26, 2016 at 9:25pm
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At its first edition of the ‘campus clique’ award ceremony held at the school premise some weeks back, the Ghana Institute of Journalism, GIJ acknowledged the hard work demonstrated by a number of students in the school.
Joseph Wemakor being awarded
One of the awardees, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, who was adjudged as the most influential student media personnel for diploma and degrees level is a freelance journalist with Ourblurbonline and an ardent online reporter for numerous news websites in Ghana. Kobla is currently a student leader and a diploma student reading communication studies
The honor was an acknowledgement of his immense contribution towards reporting on developmental issues that affects lives of women and children including contributing his widow’s might to help eradicate poverty in the society.
The campus clique event is a brainchild of Sparkplug-Gh aimed at providing a platform to engage, motivate and mentor students to enable them think broadly to become creative and innovative in diverse ways.
Joseph is highly passionate about using his God-given talent in solving pertinent problems affecting lives of people in the society and that has helped him carve a niche for himself within the media cycle. Through his writing ability, Kobla influenced certain donors outside the country who came to support the Mother of All Nations Foundation, an NGO to expand its nursery training classrooms from 3 classrooms to 5 classrooms which caused the rise of school population from 80 to 112.
As a result, an International donor, Olaf Schrem came to the rescue of the school by providing funds to paint the school building, procure some teaching and learning materials for the school including other assistance resulting into the expansion of the classroom blocks of the school.
The Mother of all Nations Foundation is a community based NGO running charitable nursery school to assist the Madina Zongo community in Ghana to grow by providing a quality nursery training service to salvage lowering education standard at a reduced rate with the aim of giving children in the community a pre-school experience.
Joseph has also supported some Corporate Organizations and Civil Society Organizations in the country including 350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (G-ROC), The Light Foundation, Ghana (TLF) the Abibiman Foundation, the Purim African Development Youth Development Platform (PAYD), Community and Family Aid Foundation (CAFAF), the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Toyota Ghana amongst others to achieve their mandate of eradicating poverty in Ghana.
For his prize, Joseph Wemakor was handed a bountiful gift hamper and a beautifully crafted certificate of recognition.
Other students who were awarded are Eugene Nyavor- the most influential student on campus and Martin Thompson Ntem- as the most entrepreneurial student for Degree and Diploma levels respectively. They both received a hamper and a certificate of honor as a sign of recognition.
The foundation also presented citation to honor 3 prominent personalities whose achievements have propelled the Sub-Saharan’s premier communications university to greater heights. They are Hon. Fiifi Kwetey, Minister for Transport, Naa Ashorkor a renowned media personality and Mr. Tim Quashigah, Senior lecturer and Academic Board Representative of GIJ.
Addressing the students at the event, Minister for Transport, Hon. Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey charged the students to be driven by vision and passion which will ignite the power in them to be the instrument of change and transformation they deserve.
He cautioned them to desist from negative thinking which only limits great minds, urging them to be constructive in using their minds to identify problems offering solutions to solve those problems.
“Every problem you see is an opportunity, there are so many problems all over the world around but each one of them remains a massive opportunity. Some of these opportunities will turn you billionaires overnight why? Because you spot an opportunity and you position yourself to solve this problem and in the process you make money,” he stressed.
Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku a renowned actress and radio/ TV broadcaster advised the students to disciplined and exercise decorum in every sphere of their lives as a mark of a leader. "To be a leader, every part of your body has to be discipline, start small, walk the distance, use well every opportunity, don't forget to be simple and neat no matter how wretched you have been". Aim higher and make sure you don't add up to the unemployed graduate association, start now,” she added.
President of Sparkplug Ghana, Annabelle Naa Ayorkor in an interview noted, Sparkplug-Gh is greatly inspired in bringing out the best in every student.
Established in 2015 by a group of young talented students championing the course of mentorship in leadership training in GIJ, Sparkplug-Gh is a foundation aimed at providing platform to encourage various individuals especially those in the academic sector to unearth their talents.
Sparkplug-Gh commended Joy Industries Limited (Main Sponsor), Surfline, Gh-links and Mr. Edward Botchway, Chief Finance Officer (Ecobank) for their immense support in making the campus clique event a success.
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