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The 100 Most Influential Personalities From Northern Ghana” Project Launched

Tamale, Ghana July 2, 2019  Rudder Communications (RudCom) and SavannahNewsOnline.Com have jointly launched a human capital development project that seeks toencourage young people to read the life stories of successful and influential people so as to boost their level of confidence to enable them achieve their goals in life.

 

Dubbed “The 100 Most Influential Personalities From Northern Ghana” (The 100 MIPs), the project would benefit children in basic and senior high schools as well as those at the tertiary level in the Upper West, Upper East, North East, Northern and Savannah Regions.

 

“The objective of this project is to use the success stories of successful and influential citizens from Northern Ghana to inspire school children and other young people to dream big.

 

“The project also seeks to whip up interest in reading amongstchildren at the basic and senior high school levels so as to enhance their level of literacy. Furthermore, it seeks to ignite the interest in entrepreneurship amongst the youth of Northern Ghana through the inspiring success stories of some of the personalities, Executive Director of RudCom, Joseph Ziem said in a statement on TuesdayJuly 2, 2019 during the launch of the project in Tamale.

 

We believe this would go a long way to boost the literacy level amongst young people vis-à-vis reading, comprehension and ability to write effectively. Besides, understanding how each of these profiledpersonalities made it in life, would also boost the level of confidence of young people and enable them to dream of anything they so desire to achieve in life he said.

 

According to Mr. Ziem, there are still families and communities in the five regions who have never produced a university or college graduate. 

 

He attributes the lack of university or college graduates in suchfamilies and communities to the absence of role models and mentors. 

 

“No one in your family or community has ever been to the university or completed a college of education or nursing. And so a sad situationsuch as this doesn’t really motivate you as a child to put in your best efforts in school. But if you have siblings who are in the university or college, you are most likely to get inspired or motivated by their success in school or after school, to take your studies serious”, heexplained. 

 

Mr. Ziem who is also the Chief Editor of SavannahNewsOnline.Com, said the farthest some children go in terms of acquiring formal education is up to may be Junior High or at best, Senior High School. 

 

“So in order to encourage more young people in the five regions to put in their best efforts in school, we decided to roll out “The 100 MIPs. The biographies and autobiographies of 100 Northern personalities, both home and abroad, would be published later on in the form of a novel or magazine and distributed to all basic and SHSs as well as public libraries across the various regions”, he emphasized. 

 

RudCom and SavannahNewsOnline.Com have jointly compiled names of some 200 high-profile personalities from different professional, career and social backgrounds. The names will be published on various social media and other news media platforms today so as to give the public the opportunity to vote to elect their favourite 100 most influential personalities out of the 200. 

 

“There are 10 categories. We have Education, Sports, STEM, Agribusiness, Politics & Governance, Health & Wellness, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Media & Law, Arts & Lifestyle as well as Humanitarianism & Diplomacy. Each category has 20 nominees. 

 

“We believe this concept which is solely being spearheaded by RudCom and Savannah News would make a lot of difference in the lives of our younger siblings who are still in school and even those who have completed JHS and SHS. Majority of those in school don’t get that opportunity of having someone who’s ahead of them in life to advise them on what subjects or courses to read in order to help them properly decide on their future profession or career. And we’re certain that the biographies and autobiographies of each of the 100 personalities which would be published later on would greatly influence our younger ones positively to decide which career path to chart, what challenges they are to expect in life and how they can overcome such challenges among others”, he pointed out.

 

Meanwhile, the public voting has already started and expected to end on the midnight of July 31st 2019 at 11:59pm. The public are expected to dial *713*714# to vote for their favourite personalities. Any member of the public can vote as many times as they want for an individual or more nominees. 

EDITOR’S NOTE

RudCom is a media and development communications non-governmental organisation based in Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana. RudCom is duly registered and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with the Registrar General’s Department under Ghana’s Ministry of Justice with registration number CG087852017. 

 

We also engage in journalism and media training and mentorship for mid-career and up-and-coming professionals, public awareness creation and education on any relevant social issue and building the capacity of young people in leadership, career and skills development among others.

 

SavannahNewsOnline.Com is a subsidiary of RudCom and one of the leading online portals in Northern Ghana. We provide extensive news coverage on development issues with much focus on agriculture, climate change, environment, water, sanitation, health, education, business, politics and human rights. 

 

SavannahNewsOnline.Com also serves as a vehicle for pro-development institutions such as non-governmental and non-profit making organisations as well as business establishments by helping them to tell their success stories to the rest of the world.

 

For enquiries, interviews or sponsorship, please call 0554799711 or email ruddercommunications@gmail.com.

 

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