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Opinions of Friday, 2 August 2013

Columnist: Akpah, Prince

The Journey So Far With Akpah Prince.

Good Day reader, you welcome to THE JOURNEY SO FAR, a motivational interview hosted
by the young writer and speaker Akpah Prince. Today, I host one of the young people
working towards achieving the unity of Africa.

AK: AKPAH PRINCE.
ARY: ABDUL RAZAK YAKUBU.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Abdul Razak Yakubu my guest.

ARY: I am Abdul Razak Yakubu, Born on the 3rd of March 1984 to Ex-Staff Sergeant
Yakubu Moro and Hawa Yakubu in Tamale into a family of 8.I started my primary
education at the Tamale Military Barracks, when in 2000 I gained admission into
Tamale Secondary School to read business and completed in 2002.
AK; Before you continued your education, what happened.
ARY: I moved to Accra, to look for opportunities, continue my education and also
gain some knowledge in Computer. Because then in Tamale we had only UDS and the
Tamale polytechnic. Whiles in Accra, Madina to be precise I joined a Football team
named the Vision Football club who were then a 2nd division club from 2002 to 2003.
But seeing the trend of how people make it in football, that is for a long time you
will find only one person coming out, I decided to think twice about my life. But I
was then earning 2000 cedis, GH¢2 equivalent which wasn’t enough though but I also
manage to save part of it.
AK; How did you continue your schooling?
ARY: One day during one of our football matches in IPS now UPS one of the masters
discovered how I was very fluent in the English Language. So he approached me and
after our conversation he advised me to take up a diploma course that the institute
was running. So with the help of an uncle, I raised 800000 cedis also GH¢80
equivalent and I enrolled in 2003 and got my Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) after
two years in the institute. After that I did my industrial attachment at Internal
Revenue Service Adenta branch for a year and that was 2005 to 2006.
AK: how did you get to develop your passion to help people?
ARY: Whiles in IPS, I met a group called the Students World Assembly, so during
their international convention in Legon, I met an American who was interested in
putting up an NGO. I helped by Volunteering, to campaign and rescue slave victims in
Accra Kwame Nkrumah Circle. In 2008 I became the Programs Officer where I was
promoted to the Programs Director and became a Director till I left in June 2012.
But Whiles working there I also got enrolled into the Wisconsin University College
in August 2009 to read Business Administration and completed in December, 2011. I
was then posted to do my National Service at National Youth Council, Greater Accra
where I now serve as the Administrative secretary. But I have also gained admission
into a university in England to pursue masters in Conflict, Governance and
international Development.
AK: And now your NGO?
ARY: Ok. I co-founded Youth Movement for African Unity with Clifford Owusu Gyamfi
who is currently doing his masters in Switzerland, here in Accra on the social
media. We are currently doing educational projects on Human Rights, Youth
empowerment, citizen Right. We have visited 20 schools so far and have organised the
Gift OF Life Annual Health Fair. On December 1st this year we would also be
organising a condom give away and health fair to commemorate the international AIDS
day. We have being holding online campaigns too on Facebook, sharing scholarship
opportunities with youths also in Africa. We currently have 7 regional coordinators
and 15 country directors across Africa but hope to have it soon in all 55 countries
in Africa in the next ten years. We have about 15 objectives which are all
strategies in letting Africa have its unity. Some are to establish a youth movement
in all African states and to advocate for African unity and integration defend
women’s right in Africa, to develop the abilities of all African youth to work
towards protecting the sovereignty of all African states and to push all
governments in Africa to respect human rights and dignity for all persons etc.
What are some of positions you held so far?
ARY: In secondary school, I held the health prefect whiles in my second year and
also became e the cadet RSM. And other positions in EPAWA as director and now
president of my NGO and administrative secretary of National Youth Council.
AK: So far so good, are you content with what you have achieved?
ARY: Yes, as a young growing person with aspirations. But I am looking forward to
achieve most importantly African Unity.
AK; Have you heard of any impact your work/achievements have had on someone, do you
mind sharing with us?
ARY: Yeah all our programs and partnership, one was with ABAN where we went onto the
streets to pick girls and gave them training. Our library project which also took us
to the streets to teach hawkers how to read but unfortunately because of funding we
have paused it. Our visits to schools have also created great impacts.
AK; What were the challenges you faced on this journey?
ARY: Never had it come that easy, from my family to what I do now there have being
challenges on the way. In a family of 8, we have to make way for others to also to
continue their secondary education which made me had to work before paying my fees.
My life in Accra was a surprise to me because I thought I could just make it very
easy here but the story became different when I came. Even three square meals a day
was also there. But now to my organisation, challenges are there and we are still in
them where we don’t have adequate funding for our projects if not from our personal
contributions as members. We also have transportation problems.
AK: What greater achievements have you planned for the future?
ARY: to contribute to the economic independence and empowerment of Africa. When
Africa unites it would be my greatest joy and also to be part of the new generation
of world leaders. President of Ghana is also my very dear dream.
AK: Any mentors?
ARY: I draw inspiration from leaders who have worked for Africa’s liberation, Martin
Luther King, Kwame Nkrumah, Mandela. Mr. Emmanuel Abeliwene programs Director of
EBASE Ghana and Adwoa Bane, executive director for women initiative for self
empowerment have also being an inspiration to me. They are my mentors.
AK: Are you married?
ARY: No.
AK: What are your final words to your mentees and readers?
ARY: they should always be honest, never say never. You must motivate yourself
through within. It must not always be people who should motivate us with what they
do or say. Learn to challenge yourself, do what others haven’t done.
AK: before we go do you have anything to say about the ongoing Supreme Court
proceeding in Ghana?
ARY: it is a good choice and very commendable because we wouldn’t have contained the
violence. It also shows Ghana is practicing democracy to the fullest.
AK: What are your advices to Ghanaians about this?
ARY: we must live peaceful and work hard to see Ghana develop. If we choose war we
would loose everything we have worked for, love ones, brothers and sisters may
become victims too so we must be very careful.
AK: In your political life which you want to become president which political party
do you belong to?
ARY: for now I am studying them or may be if in future none of them are doing the
right thing I might put up my own political party in help people I want to.
AK: If you should be ranked by Forbes, what category would you like to be?
ARY: mmmmh, new generation of leaders, but I would like people to recommend me about
the things I have contributed to the world.
AK: Any acknowledgements to some special people?
ARY: yeah, Mr. Emmanuel Abeliwene have being very phenomenal in my life. My parents,
brothers and sisters have being very supportive. To all people who have work in the
area of liberating Africa and all my friends. Thanks to you all.
Thank for your time and see you on the next edition.
Akpah Prince
akpahprince@ymail.com
akpahprince.wordpress.com