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ACT1: Patrick Awuah - or challenge your mind!

The man I chose to shadow is Patrick Awuah, a founder end president of Ashesi University College in Accra, Ghana, because of his intellectual abilities, determination, vision of better future of Africa and extreme sensitivity for individual problems of people around him.

When you lisening to him, you can see and almost feel the positive energy and simplicity of his ideas and visions.

I watched his speech, about future leaders of Africa, on TED Conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-KfKxCaDVA), and it was very convincing, powerfull, and above all very honest with true determination to help the people of Africa.

Ashesi University College, in Ghana is "ofering students to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform a continent".

Here is a link to homepage of the Ashesi University College: http://www.ashesi.edu.gh/

About Patrick Awuah: http://www.microsoftalumni.org/fellowFinalists/Patrick-Awuah.aspx

"Ashesi University is a coeducational institution whose mission is to educate African leaders of exceptional integrity and professional ability. By raising the bar for higher education in Ghana we aim to make a significant contribution towards a renaissance in Africa"

Awuah solicited massive financial support from the private sector, particularly American corporate donors, like Microsoft. Beginning with a pilot class of thirty students in 2002, Ashesi University now has 352 students.

It is important to say that most of Ashesi University College graduates, 95%, are working in Ghana, some of students continued their studies abroad, but at list in this case the "brain drain" is lowered.

Ashesi College has also collaborative partnerships with Clausen Center at the University of California, Berkeley, faculty at Swarthmore College, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University...

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Comment by Josh Judkins on March 9, 2010 at 8:41am
Thanks for bringing Patrick Awuah to my attention! I look forward to checking out his talk!
Comment by Jerry Rae Leyland on March 9, 2010 at 8:55am
The "brain drain" is definitely an issue in South Africa at the moment! It will be interesting to see how Patrick Awuah is combatting this. Thanks!
Comment by Ssozi Javie on March 10, 2010 at 8:25am
strong social innovators are problem solvers.Kudos Patrick Awuah, sounds like he is doing a good job in Ghana!

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