The 2017 UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards nominees have been officially announced.
The biggest student-based awards scheme in Africa announced its 350 nominees out of 5,793 entries made, the highest so far since its inception in 2015.
In a ceremony held in Accra last Friday, the Chief Executive Officer of organizers, Youth Web Ghana, Richmond Amofa-Sarpong, made the list public.
During his keynote address, he expressed confidence in African students, saying that they were capable of, and indeed making a difference in their societies – in varied fields of industry.
He sought to correct the misconception that African students excelled only when they found themselves overseas.
Mr Amofa-Sarpong affirmed that, right here in Africa young people were proving themselves and causing change in academia, leadership and entrepreneurship – hence the institution of the Ghana Tertiary Awards (GTA).
He added that his organization aimed especially now at exploring understanding of entrepreneurship among students through the Awards.
The event saw representation of students from all tertiary institutions (157) including universities, polytechnics, professional institutions and vocational institutions across the country.
Voting has been opened for the thirty-nine (39) categories enlisted this year, including the Most Influential Student of the Year and the Tertiary Role Model of the Year.
The UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards closes voting at 5pm on November 25. To vote, visit www.youthwebgroup.com/2017nominees.html.
Meanwhile, a bulk voting App for the 2017 Awards is to be released on September 25, to make improve voting and make it easily accessible.
The 2017 UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards, dubbed the Fire Edition, was officially launched last April. This year’s edition, themed Mobilising for Ghana’s Future – the Role of Students, is scheduled to come off on November 25, 2017.
Betty Oforiwa Agu, Head of communication, Makolapapa.com