Category Ghana

Success Story from Ghana: Mabel Suglo, Helping Disabled Artisans Turn Trash into Eco-Friendly Footwear

Mabel Suglo was born in Jirapa in the West Region of Ghana on the 24th of September 1993 to Mr. Gaspard Suglo and Madam Mary Adolee. Mabel is the last born of three girls. Mabel’s mother and her late grandmother were inspirations to her early in life. They taught her to love humanity, be generous […]

Success Story from Ghana: Hikmat Baba Dua, An Advocate for Women’s Education

Hikmat Baba Dua was born in April 1990 in Tamale, the conservative northern regional capital of Ghana. As a youngster, Hikmat’s father, who is more than proud of her today, told her that “educating a girl is useless.” The statement so distressed young Hikmat that it became a turning point in her life, one that […]

Success Story from Ghana: Dr. Francis Amedahe brings Healthcare to 10,000 Villagers

Francis Kodzo Amedahe was born in the village of Kpoeta in Ghana’s southeastern Volta Region in 1953. Unlike most from his village he had the opportunity to receive an advanced education, including a Bachelor of Education (1984) and Master of Education (1989) from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana, and a doctoral degree […]

Success Story from Ghana: Dr. Boachie-Adjei’s Orthopedic Hospital

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei was born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1950. Oheneba fell gravely ill when he was only six years old. He was cured by a locally-born, Western-trained physician and vowed that he too would dedicate his life to saving others. He emigrated from Ghana to the USA in the early 1970s as a 21-year old […]

Success Stories from Africa: 13 Nobel Peace Laureates

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Adekeye Adebajo’s book from 2014, Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent, published by Zed Books. Africa’s Peacemakers describes the lives and accomplishments of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates from Africa (Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Frederik Willem de Klerk from South Africa, Anwar […]

Success Story from South Africa: Fred Swaniker and The African Leadership Academy

Fred Swaniker’s family left Ghana when he was just four years old. The family moved about such that Mr. Swaniker lived in four African countries before he was 18 years old. As a young man, while living in Botswana, Mr. Swaniker’s recently widowed mother was asked by her community to start a school. She agreed, […]

Success Story from Ghana: Patrick Awuah, Founder of Ashesi University

UPDATED January 5, 2016. I was first ‘introduced’ to Mr. Awuah through a snapshot of his life presented in William Easterly’s The White Man’s Burden (2007), a book my students read in their first semester of a multi-year academic service learning program called Periclean Scholars, for which I serve as the faculty adviser. The brief […]