The 2017 African Genius Award seeks to recognise the contribution of Africa’s creative geniuses in Arts and Culture, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Africans and Ghanaians who have demonstrated their indispensability in the world of Entrepreneurship; Leadership; Language; Visual Art; Music; Information Communication and Technology; Medicine; Writing; African Philosophy; Young Icon; and Lifetime Achievement would be selected through an open process for recognition.
A joint statement issued by the Board of Governors of the Awards scheme and CDA Consult, a development communication consultant stated.
The statement, signed jointly by Mr Enimil Ashon, Executive Director of the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Foundation and Mr Francis Ameyibor, Executive Director of the CDA Consult, said the award will also recognise “Young Icons” achievers, 30 years or below, who have pioneered an art form or a technological innovation.
The statement explained that the Africans in the diaspora with really outstanding, earth shaking achievements would also be identified and awarded.
The statement said the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Awards platform would also be used to create a network situation for Africans, both outside and inside the continent to work in the interest of Africa and the world.
The African Genius Award is a biennial continental platform to celebrate excellence and recognise the contribution of the African Genius to the making of civilization.
The statement said this year’s awards event, which coincides with Ghana’s 60th anniversary of statehood, will reflect on the vision of the founder, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
It said the Board of Governors of the Awards scheme and CDA Consult had initiated networking platform through email: firstname.lastname@example.org and urged corporate bodies, embassies, governmental and non-governmental organisations to connect for the necessary association modalities.
CDA Consult provides tailor made development communication tools necessary for operational transformation and translating dreams into achievable goals and equips clients with mechanism for public education on specific issues.
It also provided effective back-up or frontline monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure value for money delivery of projects, whilst providing clients with skills to deliver timely and accurate information on their activities, work, programmes and projects.
CDA Consult is also aimed at building a responsive working culture for corporate growth through a social process at institutional levels based on dialogue using a broad range of tools and methods.
It also assists client to use continuous and adaptive process of gathering, organising and formulating information and data into argument and to communicate to policy-makers through various interpersonal and mass media communication channels.
The Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award Board of Governors, including the Grand Patron, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhen of Essikado, Mr Kojo Yankah, Founder of African University College of Communication (AUCC) and Board chair, and Mr Kwaw Ansah, Chairman of Film Africa Limited.
Others are: Professor Francis Nkrumah, former Director Noguchi Memorial Centre and son of the first President; Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana; and Mr Alhassan Andani, CEO Stanbic Bank.
Mr Daniel Asiedu, Managing Director, ADB Bank; Dr Mrs Ellen Hagan, CEO L’Ainee Services; Nana Adwoa Awindor, CEO of Premier Events and Promotions, Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, CEO of Reroy Group, Prof Kofi Asare Opoku, Professor of African Studies and Nana Owusu Afari, Chairman of Afariwa Farms and past President of the Association of Ghana Industries
The rest are Dr Joseph Ampofo, representing the scientific community; Dr Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow, Director General, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation; and Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, MD of Graphic Communications Group and Mr Kwesi Darku, MD Innolink Ghana Limited.
Representatives from the African Union, corporate bodies; Ambassadors and High Commissioners; and religious Leaders will also participate in the launch.