September 23, 2009 | General
In recent times, Ghana has been the point of discussion around the globe. Soon after the 2006 world cup, Ghana gained a more popular stand on the international scene till December 2008 when it exhibited its ability to be seen as one of the most important and dependable countries in the world when it democratically elected and transferred power to a new government after a highly competitive political election. Indeed, Ghana has produced highly recognized individuals all over the world, in various disciplines and activities. These individual have exiled in their line of work and their recognition as heroes has brought to the good people of Ghana honor, development and inspiration. The likes of Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Mrs. Patience Quaye who were acknowledge by the United States President, Barrack Obama when he visited Ghana in July, Michael Essien and the black stars who are making Ghana proud and many others needs to be commended for their good works.
Interestingly, there are many other Ghanaians worldwide who continuou to lift high the colorful flag of Ghana and excelling in their field of studies and work. The recent discovery is 26 years old Moses Kanduri who is currently studying at the City University of New York (Kingsborough Community College) and just got admitted into the CUNY – Leadership Academy. He has become the first student from the Kingsborough Community College and the first international students to be admitted into the program since its inception. The signature program of the Academy, the Fellows Program provides a unique academic and co-curricular opportunity for students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership on their campuses and in their communities. This innovative year-long program brings together best practices in leadership development from across City University of New York, and beyond. This year’s cohort represents 15 Colleges and 20 majors. The Fellows experience state of the art multicultural leadership education with emphases on service, community building, global perspectives, and innovation.
This is just one of the many achievement of Moses Kanduri who is also the co-founder of the West African Development Objectives, a Non-Governmental Organization that was recognized in 2008 when its innovation, “Turning Prisoners to Farmers” was selected as one of the 100 sustainable agriculture innovations by the World Bank, IFC, Bill & Melinda Gate foundation, GTZ, GEF and Agriculture and Rural Development- ARD. This innovation received applaudes from the international community and offered Mr. Kanduri an exclusive interview opportunity with Durren Taylor of Voice of America. During his two weeks trip to the States for the award ceremony that took place at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, Moses Kanduri was offered a study opportunity by President Dr. Regina S. Peruggi and Vice President Provost Dr. Reza M. Fakhari of City University of New York (Kingsborough Community College), after dropping out of the Catholic University of Ghana for financial reasons in 2005.
Moses Kanduri returned to the United States in February 2009 to continuo his career in International Politics and Governance and has since then not seized to impress and inspire his peers both at the university and back in Ghana. Six months in the states, Mr. Kanduri became a presidentail scholar, an Honors student and Inducted into the United States National Honors society (Phi Theta Kappa) and the National Society of Leadership and success (Sigma Alpha Pi). Kanduri is also a member of the Student Activities Coordinating Board, the Student World Assembly, represented the college at the 2009 National Model United Nations. Kanduri worked for Mayor Bloomberg’s Global Cities Summit and initiated the KCC Student Leadership Dialogue Series. Recently, he was appointed the editor on international news for the Kingsborough Community College News paper, “Scepter”
Shortly after President Obama had returned from a visit to Ghana and announced an increment in college funding in the United States of America, Moses Kanduri was among four students who were interviewed by Channel 12 TV News, Brooklyn on the impact of the increment on employment and the economy of the United States.
In 2005, he called for the extension of the GETFUND to student of the private universities arguing that, the fund is for every Ghanaian and should be shared equally, and that government should allow for cost sharing with private sector educational institution. Until Moses Kanduri left for his studies in the United States, he had worked as a youth and student advocate who lead and supported the call for the passage of the Ghana Youth Policy and a united front for youth groups in Ghana that saw the formation of the Ghana Youth Development Network, an umbrella youth group. He has written and published several articles with some recent one’s being: Evolving the Legacy of Accountable Leadership in Ghana, Obama’s Visit to Ghana; the social implication to the Youth of Ghana, Youth Participation in Ghana: The way forward, and many more others.
Moses Kanduri, a young Ghanaian from Worikambo of the Garu/Tempani district, Born and grew in Bawku of Upper East Region where he attanded Methodist Junior Secondary School and moved on to Tamale Secondary School is Indeed an inspiration to the youth of Ghana and across. This young man needs to be commended!.
By Sharee Martins
Ghana / Africa / Modernghana.com
Source: Sharee Martins