[Photos] YALI Accra RLC Marks 4K+ Milestone

Messrs. Moore and Mr Kwame A. Prempeh (Rector of GIMPA) unveil the 4K+ logo

The YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa – Accra has marked the achievement of a project milestone at a colorful event in Accra.

Dubbed the 4K+ celebration, the event marked the Center’s success at training over 4,000 young African leaders within a three-year period, as against a project expectation of four years.

In her opening remarks, the Project Director at the YALI Accra RLC, Dr. Mrs. Shola Safo-Duodu, paid glowing tribute to USAID, past and present staff of the Accra RLC, and implementing partner, GIMPA, for their dedication throughout the period.

In terms of numbers, the Project Director indicated that the RLC, had so far trained 4,416 young Africans, with the number is expected to increase to over 4,500 by April, 2019. So far, the Center has organized 27 trainings workshops comprising 12 Cohorts in Ghana, 5 in Nigeria and 10 online.

In terms of training numbers, the 27 onsite or in-person Cohorts have trained 1,900 young people, which comprises 848 female and 1,052 male participants. Online Cohorts, on the other hand, have led to the training of 2,406 young Africans, made up of 798 female and 1,608 male participants.

The Project Director called on corporate organisations to partner the initiative to share in the project’s success, stressing that this was an opportunity for corporate entities to tag along the impressive YALI brand.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Director of General Services, Mr. Kwame A. Prempeh, the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, congratulated the Accra RLC on the remarkable feat, while emphasizing the pride of GIMPA, as the implementing partner, in this achievement. The Rector added his voice to the Project Director’s call for corporate bodies to invest in the project to ensure more young people are trained in the public policy, civil leadership and business and entrepreneurship tracks.

The Mission Director of USAID West Africa, Mr. Daniel Moore, congratulated Ghana Cohort 12 participants, while praising the efforts of some participants for their commitment to improving lives in their respective communities. The Mission Director reminded participants that they play a key role in shaping West Africa, stressing on USAID’s hopes on participants and graduands to be “agents to unite citizens within their communities and countries across all sectors to be builders of peace and development”.

Outstanding participants of Ghana Cohort 12 were presented with plaques for their sterling performance during the three-week in-person training, while Alumni from Ghana Cohort 11, Nigeria Cohort 5, Online Cohorts 7, 8, 9 and 10 received certificates of completion after completing  the 12-week post training process.

Jane Gomez, a participant of Ghana Cohort 12, displays her plaque after receiving the YALI Spirit Award

 

Eugene Osei-Tutu received the YALI Leadership Award.

The climax of the event was the outdooring of the 4K+ logo, which, as Dr. Mrs. Shola Safo-Duodu explained, signifies the Accra RLC’s milestone achievement and a constant reminder of the efforts of all who played diverse roles in ensuring the success of the initiative so far.

 

Messrs. Moore and Mr Prempeh after unveiling the 4K+ logo  while Dr. Mrs. Safo-Duodu explains the logo’s concept 

Past and present staff of the Accra RLC joined hands to cut a cake to signify the achievement of the 4,000 plus feat, to cheers from all present.

Past and present staff of the Accra RLC pose for the cameras after cutting the celebration cake.

The Project Director then announced the final list of award winners for the YALI Alumni Innovation Fund (YAIF).

The YALI Alumni Innovation Fund is a signature effort of the Accra RLC to provide financial support to YALI Alumni who have set up enterprises. The first set of ten winners will receive up to $10,000 in support to scale up their businesses.

FINAL LIST OF YAIF WINNERS

No. NAME COUNTRY COHORT
 

1

 

Jerald Kpaoulou

 

Liberia

 

Ghana Cohort 4

 

2

 

Alhassan Zakari

 

Ghana

 

Ghana Cohort 6

 

3

 

Lovell Bai Bangura

 

Sierra Leone

 

Online Cohort 7

 

4

 

Edem Boniface

 

Ghana

 

Ghana Cohort 10

 

5

 

Felix Nwose Onyeka

 

Nigeria

 

Online Cohort 1

 

6

 

Mohammed Abdul Hamid

 

Ghana

 

Ghana Cohort 5

 

7

 

Aminata F. Kandeh

 

Sierra Leone

 

Ghana Cohort 7

 

8

 

Folasade Bamisaye

 

Nigeria

 

Nigeria Cohort 1

 

9

 

Mbuih Zukane Retruyap

 

Cameroon

 

Ghana Cohort 4

 

10

 

David Adeola Adelakun

 

Nigeria

 

Nigeria Cohort 4

 

 

Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com