Japan Commends Prof. Owusu For Promoting Ghana, Japan Relationship

prof jpgVice-DeaN of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has been commended by the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Naoto Nikai for his efforts in maintaining a bilateral relationship between Ghana and Japan.

At Japan’s Foreign Minister’s 2013 Commendation ceremony held in Accra, Mr. Nikai, congratulated the Professor for winning the prestigious award and encouraged everyone to emulate the professor by involving in activities that will strengthen the Ghana-Japan bilateral relationship.

The Foreign Minister’s commendation is awarded to individuals or groups all over the world for their immense contributions and outstanding roles in the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.

Professor Owusu was among 97 individuals and 31 groups over the world who were honoured at this year’s event.
Mr. Nikai said Prof. Owusu’s contributions, which played an important role in strengthening Japan-Ghana relations, has helped to improve the social and economic partnership between the people of the two countries.

He stated that, Prof. Owusu is a founding member of Internationalization and Kochi Annual Minna Port Soccer festival (dubbed “Owusu Cup”) and the founder of Kochi Foreign Students Association, during his time as a student.

Professor Owusu is a founding member of Ghana Yosakoi Festival and an executive member of Ghana Alumni of Japanese Universities (GAJU).

He is a member of Japanese Language Speech Contest Committee and a regular Judge of the Speech Contest as well as member of Japanese Government Scholarship selection process team.

He worked for a Japanese company with specialty on Japanese grant aid proposal development and project management in Ghana.

In September 2012, Professor Owusu became the first African to be selected as Kochi Prefecture Ambassador for Internationalisation and Tourism by the Governor of Kochi Prefecture in recognition of his outstanding efforts in internationalising Kochi Prefecture and introducing Yosakoi Festival in Ghana. -Michael D. Abayateye

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