A Ghanaian educationist, Nana Obokese Ampah has launched a maiden virtual educational institution which he named after himself “Obokese University of Excellence”.
The University to begin on September 21, 2020, will operate an online digital platform to offer courses such as e-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, leadership and Education, Political Science, African History, Technology, and Tourism. The programme is under the theme: “Transformation through leadership and Technology”.
Nana Ampah speaking via zoom in the United States underscored the urgent need for a full-fledged Pan African Higher Institute of learning where students are guided to their fullest potentials devoid of any form of manipulation.
He said, “during these uncertain times of COVID-19, it is crucial to create legacies of educational institutions to move beyond the crisis, embrace substance, elevate our people, and prepare for the future success of society”.
Nana Ampah said the creation of the University in Ghana was part of the ‘Year of Return’ legacy and a call to encourage all African descendants throughout the diaspora to come together to build the homeland.
“President Nana Akufo-Addo initiated the “Year of Return” in 2019 in Accra, an unprecedented event as part of his vision for “Beyond the Year of Return”, hence the creation of this noble higher learning educational institute.”
The “Year of Return” celebrated the cumulative resilience of all the innocent victims of the Trans-Atlantic Trade who were scattered and displaced throughout the new world.
It represented the commencement of the long-awaited initiative to unite Africans on the Continent with their Brothers and Sisters in the diaspora.
Nana Ampah said: “The e-Commerce programme will offer branding solutions and a rich array of digital display of advertising solutions, strategic marketing, and promotions to have global buyers discover anything they want to buy through the platform”.
Dr Kwa David Whitaker, the Provost of Obokese University pledged to serve as a model of ‘excellence’ that would reflect and reinforce the spirit of the University’s vision and bring honor to all African Ancestors.
Dignitaries present include Dr Jane Edwards, the African American Studies Department, Fordham University New York, Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao, the former African Union Ambassador to the US, Professor Samuel Amoako, the Consular General, Ghana Embassy in New York, and Mr Kofi Tonto, the Press Secretary, Ghana Embassy Washington DC.