Man becomes great when he works for the welfare of his fellow-men. – Gandhi
For every GoWoman, there is a “Correct Guy”; a stand up guy who does the right thing. A man who dreams of change, then wakes up to seize the right moment to make it happen.
Who: Patrick Awuah
What & Where: Founder of Ashesi University in Ghana
Why: Patrick Awuah was introduced to me by African Voices on CNN as the; “Millionaire who quit Microsoft to educate Africa’s future leaders.” I was instantly intrigued and wanted to find out more about the man who left the security of a well established international brand like Microsoft to start from scratch. He himself had often wondered until the famous words of Goethe reminded him; “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it — begin it now.” Ashesi is Akan for beginning and it is a fact that a good education is a formidable way to start the journey to living a successful life. Believing that Africa is in dire need of a rebirth, Ashesi University opened its classrooms 10 years ago with the aim to provide better education opportunities in Ghana and create a new generation of leaders who will change the face of Africa. The university takes a liberal approach to education, an experience that is unlike anything else that is currently available in the continent. The curriculum transcends academic merits and allows for the education of the whole person.
In May 2013, Patrick Awuah was awarded an honorary Doctorate for his outstanding entrepreneurial leadership in Ghana from Babson College in the United States of America. Right on the heel of this achievement, the university hosted its biggest graduation ceremony to date in June. Speaking to the graduating class of 2013, Mr Awuah said; “As future leaders of Africa, you have a unique responsibility to find ways to collaborate with others, in a way that benefits your continent and the world. The person who truly sees himself as equal to another has no difficulty learning from or sharing information with others. Learning from someone else does not take anything away from you.”