The Social Science Faculty held its annual dinner and awards night on May 4th, 2019 at Bannivillas Hotel and Restaurant, Kentikrono. The dinner and awards night which was instituted to celebrate the accomplishments and successes achieved by student leaders, individuals and groups, kicked off a little late after the slated 7pm.

After a number of selections from the Faculty’s live band group, the dinner was started with a prayer to the Almighty Creator. The master of ceremony explained that the awards that were going to be given were as a recognition of the exhibition of exceptional leadership, creativity and innovation, ability to engage with the community and student.

Young Africans for Opportunities, KNUST (YAFO-KNUST) won the Student Group of the Year award, the first category of award during the dinner. The award was presented to the president (Mr. Kokroko Jesse Senyo), vice-president (Ms. Yamoah Stephanie) and Head of Recruitment (Ms. Aikins Rita) by the Faculty president Mr. Richmond Obeng Asare.

YAFO is an organization that enhance students, entrepreneurs and young professional to create for themselves a prosperous and a free society. YAFO has been involved a lot in helping to scrap backward and restrictive policies from the agenda of incumbent and incoming administrations through the “College, Faculty, Department and Hall Presidential Debates” programme. YAFO also engaged in community services such as clean up exercises among others. YAFO has an established chapter at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and also organizes seminars on literally every possible and educative topic under the sun and tries to guide the flow of everything it does using the free market principles.

Before accepting the award, the current president of the group, Mr. Kokroko Jesse thanked the Faculty of Social Sciences for recognizing the work YAFO has done since its inception no matter how little or big they might have been. He further thanked his executives both present and absent at the dinner for their support through it all and also the members for not losing sight of the mission and vision of the group.

The acknowledgements wouldn’t have been complete if he hadn’t thanked Mr. Nathaniel Dwamena the man who started the group. Mr. Kokroko in his parting message, advised members present to be steadfast in their beliefs and not allow for selfishness and greed to rule their hearts. Mr. Kokroko beseeched them to be selfless in their duties and service, manage the little they have to the best of their abilities and with God as their Protector and Guide, they can succeed wherever they find themselves. He finally thanked the organizers of the program and with help from his beautiful executives, received the award on behalf of the group, Young Africans for Opportunities – KNUST.

The fact that YAFO received this award speak volumes. The group though young, has been able to influence decisions in and beyond the faculty and it is a good thing they are finally receiving some recognition.

We Are YAFO!


Stephanie Yamoah

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