We should not interchange Integrity with smartness: Ex-World Bank Official speaks at Role Model Africa

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INVENTS Foundation, a mentoring organisation that focuses on raising young people as leaders and entrepreneurs before they turn 25, has rolled out a new initiative in the achievement of its objectives and vision, Role Model Africa. Role Model Africa is a mentoring platform that is created to engage African personalities whose commitment spans beyond Africa. The project has duly been launched at the African Regent Hotel on Sunday 27th September 2015. A guest is engaged in a discussion by a host, to a live audience. The posture is to engage the guest in an open dialogue with probing questions that transcend their personal and national engagements.

Dr. Samuel Onwona a former World Bank official honoured the platform as the first guest to be engaged on the dialogue.

Dr. Samuel Onwona (right), during the dialogue

Dr. Samuel Onwona (right), during the dialogue

Dr. Onwona inspired the youth to consider period of youthfulness as a strategic stage for preparation instead of just waiting. He brought to their attention the all-important nature of integrity and the price individuals, organisations and countries placing premium on such value. He pleaded with individuals and organisations not to interchange integrity with smartness.

In a rather compassionate tone, the former World Bank Official mentioned: ‘we have overemphasised smartness at the expense of integrity, and that is killing our society’.

In explaining how possible it is for everyone to cherish and uphold this priceless virtue, Dr. Onwona remarked: ‘integrity is not a function of poverty. It is what you do when no one is watching’

Dr. Samuel Onwona is a Ghanaian national and Agric. Economist by profession. He joined the World Bank Young Professional’s Program in October 1986 and worked mainly in the African Region of the Bank. His high point at the World Bank was the redesign of the World Bank-IFAD Cassava Project (US$162 million) in Nigeria which shifted focus from consumption demand to industrial demand by pharmaceutical, textile and confectionary companies.

He has worked with the African Development Bank, as the Resident Representative of ADB in Sierra Leone with oversight responsibilities for the Bank’s portfolio in Liberia. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences of the University of Ghana, Legon.

The Corporate Dialogue was moderated by Dr. William Okyere-Frempong, a medical Doctor by training and Certified Leadership Coach and It was preceded by a Keynote address by a former Governance Advisor to the UK Government in Ghana, Mr. Michael Ohene-Effah, who among others spoke on the invaluable roles that mentors play in the development of individuals and organisations.

Role Model Africa was also graced by Chief Kuffour , Mr. Mensah Seneadza (Operations Manager, Coca Cola Equatorial Africa Limited) and International Journalist; Mr. Martin Luther C. King, from Nigeria.

The Convener, Mr. Samuel Agyeman-Prempeh in an acknowledgment speech to the audience showed excitement at the many young people who have gathered for the dialogue, underscoring the value that young people place on mentorship. The Co-Founder of INVENTS mentioned that the platform which is scheduled to be held quarterly is designed to link African Role Models to the youth. Mr. Agyeman-Prempeh believes that mentorship is an invaluable ingredient in training and sharpening an individual and organisation.

About The Organizers

Role Model Africa is an initiative by INVENTS Foundation, a mentoring organization that focuses on raising young people as Leaders and Entrepreneurs before they turn 25. For over 7 years, Invents has been consistent in using personal Leadership models and projects to reach out to millions of young people. Our flagship programs include: She Magnate Project and Ideas Pulpit. Our events have attracted remarkable personalities such as Bishop N.A. Tackie-Yarboi; Founder and Presiding Bishop of VBCI, Dr. Yaw Perbi ; Global C.E.O. of the HuD Group , Dr. Mrs. Ellen Hagan; Founder and C.E.O. of L’aine Services, and Mrs. Comfort Ocran; Co-Founder of Legacy & Legacy

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