So throughout my time in Ghana I have met some very special people and one person I’m going to highlight to you today is Prince Asamoah. A liberal, democratic and logical person, prince questions how things are currently done in Ghana and creates a well-structured and coherent argument. He is a breath of fresh air often challenging the orthodox and traditional ways in a country that’s political system has become stale. These are the people that will ignite change in Ghana and aid positive development. Please take a moment to read Prince’s story:-
Why I speak out! – Prince Asamoah
“I have been speaking for the most part of my life. Two years ago, I really learnt the ability to speak by meeting the ability to think critically and analyse issues and speak to influence people. I have learnt throughout this period how to make the information I have a positive influence for my community and together with other people, I have founded an organisation that teaches the speaking abilities I have learnt to kids who need to be the future voices of discernment of my country – Speech Forces (like our Facebook page! – https://www.facebook.com/speechforces/?fref=ts ).
Today, I embark on a journey that means so much to me. I am set to be up against the best of the world in debate as I go into the Worlds Universities Debate Championship in December. In preparation for the tournament, I have been accepted to participate in a competitive debate tournament organised by the Oxford Union – The Oxford IV. At this tournament, I get to compete against the best as preparation for the World Championships where I and my team mate hope to put Ghana on to the centre stage. This means a lot to me because I get to live a dream I have had for some time now. But more importantly, I get to learn from the best because my ability to speak and influence is a constant quest to learn to be more impactful in the lives of others.
In the coming year, I will be training a new breed of young Ghanaians to learn to debate as ferociously as I. My hope is that they will continue on their own quest to be the best they can be at the World Schools Debate Championships. It’s always a path of learning in a country where debating on such a scale is relatively new through Speech forces I am trying to maximise my impact by teaching others how to question the world around them and speak out!
I can’t tell you how much it would mean to go and debate with the best and brightest minds at one of the most prestigious university’s in the UK. Every piece support I get from a share on Facebook to a donation goes further than just getting me to Oxford in November. It goes a beyond sustaining debate in Ghana as well. It helps to sustain a culture of speaking, researching, analytical thinking and respect for opinions in Ghana. Most importantly, you endorse the qualities debate embodies and its existence in young people from all backgrounds.”
Neil Walker’ Princes Counterpart at ICS Challenges Worldwide
“My name is Neil Walker, and I’ve spent the summer of 2016 working in Accra, Ghana. Whilst here I’ve had the pleasure of being paired with Prince Asamoah, a student at the University of Ghana entering his final year.
Prince is not only one of the nicest people I’ve met, he, along with his partner Aurelia Abane Attipoe, are debaters who have won Ghana national championships as well as numerous others. Prince has competed in Nigeria and in South Africa, and Aurelia is the chair for West African Women in Debate caucus. Both are incredibly worthy causes for money.
Prince and Aurelia will both be going to the World Championships in Amsterdam in December this year. In preparation for this they have been accepted to compete in the Oxford Inter-Varsity Debate Competition in November ( http://oxfordiv.com/ ). This highly prestigious tournament will pit Prince and Aurelia against some of the best in the world, and prepare them on their mission to be the first Ghanaians to win the World Championships.
Prince and his debate partner Aurelian are trying to raise £1000. The money raised will go to purchasing the flights, currently at £450 return each, for both of them. Funding is scarce, and with the World Championships so far away there is no help for the pair to reach Oxford.
Please join me in helping an incredibly deserving pair realise a dream.”
As you can see Prince here is articulate, talented and aspirational. If you wish to help his and Aurelia’s dreams become a reality and donate, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/2nhv6crg . Thank you for reading and I hope you find his story as inspiring as I have!