2nd Kwame Nkrumah Africa Genius Awards held in Accra

Prof Frimpong Boateng (second left) handing over the award to Prof.Oheneba Boachie-Adjei

Prof. Frimpong Boateng (second left) handing over the award to Prof.Oheneba Boachie-Adjei

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has advocated a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to propel Ghana’s development.

He said global trends indicate that development and growth was the result of strategic plans to develop human capacities in STEM that allowed countries to develop solutions to challenges that derailed their progress.

“Everything in the world revolves around STEM. If we are to grow as a country, we must deliberately outline moves to promote the education of STEM. We cannot sit back and expect miracles when we can use STEM to accelerate our progress,”he stated.

Professor Boateng made these remarks over the weekend in Accra at the second Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Awards 2017 on the theme, ‘Celebrating the contribution of African genius to the making of civilisation.’

The event was also in celebration of the renowned late Professor of Mathematics, scholar and nuclear physicist, Francis Ampenyin Allotey, for his achievements and influence in the study of STEM in Ghanaian and international schools, colleges and universities.

Other award winners included Professor Akua Kuenyehia in the leadership category, Dr. Thomas Owusu Mensah in the Science, Technology and Innovation category, Professor Ablade Glover in the Visual Arts category and Dr. Daniel Amponsah, popularly known as Koo Nimo in the Performing Arts category.

The geniuses awarded are Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei for his exploits in Medicine, Professor Opanyin Kofi Agyekum, language; Professor Kwame Gyekye, Philosophy and Elijah Djan, young icon category.

As part of the promotion of STEM education, the Prof. Boateng reiterated the need for the creation of science clubs in basic schools to drive interest in science related activities among young people.

Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, Omanhen of Essikado traditional area and Grand Patron of Kwame Nkrumah Genius Awards, said the scheme was to bring to light African inventors and geniuses who have expelled in their various fields to inspire the current young and future generations.

He said the objective was to shed light and celebrate the contributions of Africans and most especially Ghanaians to science, technology, arts, innovation and culture.

 

By Claude Nyarko Adams

 

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