Saturday, May 29, 2010


One of Ghana’s profound and dignifies educationist of all times and one of the most eminent Africans of his day, Dr. James E. Kwegyir Aggrey once quoted ‘if you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a whole nation”.
This saying has had it true effect on our dear nation Ghana as our mothers irrespective of the situation, whether favorable or unfavorable conditions strive hard through thick and thin to educate their children to be equiped with Knowledge, Information and Education so as to assume responsible roles in their respective professions, and it is haertwarming to note that heir efforts have yielded positive fruits especially on the socio-economic development of Ghana. This saying of Dr Aggrey seems to have a profound effects on the lives of some few muslim professional women in Ghana and are spearheading a counselling and mentorship educational programs in basic schools located in and around deprived communities across the country and also providing assistance through scholarships schemes for needy but brilliant children.

Hajia Hannatu Kugblenu is an educationist with the Ghana Education Service - school feeding program unit and a member of AN-NISAA Foundation joined by her colleagues visited the Nurumustafia Islamic Basic School located near Tema.

The programm was well attended by pupils and it afforded them the opportunity interact with the visitors.The school children ages between 5 -15 years old really enjoyed listening to their mothers from AN-NISAA Foundation as they take them through series of counselling and mentorship drives.Just sit, relax and go through the pictures and you'll never regret you did..............................

By: Benjamin Nana Appiah Acquaye

Sunday, May 16, 2010


The future looks bright for youths who through good mentoring are able to pursue their dream career to it logical conclusion as one university lecturer at the University of Ghana Legon puts it. This means that assisting and shaping the minds of the Ghanaian youth today holds many illuminating prospects for our dear nation. It is sad to say that in the light of all the benefits , little or no attention is given to mentorship programs in area where it is needed most such as deprived communities be it in urban or rural centers. Its against this back drop that a Non Governmental Organization made up of professional female Muslims known as the AN-NISAA FOUNDATION has embark on a mentoring program with the aim of motivating, reshaping and empowering youths in such deprived communities especially ones in urban centers.

According to the President of the Association Rukiyatu Iddriss in an exclusive interview acknowledged that the youth in our societies are faced with countless challenges and based on some of these challenges, are not able to take the right decisions that would enable them pursue the right careers. She noted that most youths in such deprived communities do not get the necessary help from their parents and in such situations they seek solace in their peers who have no or less experience in life and drugs.

But AN-NISAA FOUNDATION according to Madam Iddriss is trying to close that gap and create an environment or a platform where youths in such communities would have access to any member of the foundation through e-mails, telephone conversations and periodical visit to these areas for encouragements and words of advice. The foundation which is made up of lawyers, Doctors, Business women, Accountants, Bankers and women from other career disciplines visited the Alwalid Islamic School in Nima over the weekend to impact their knowledge through interactions with students of the school.

The headmaster of Alwalid School Mallam Alhassan Sualah in his acceptance speechexpress his profound appreciation to members of the foundation and appeal said such gesture from the foundation will go a long way to assist the students become remodels in their communities. He then appeal for more such visits from other benevolent organizations.

The mentoring program is one of the benevolent initiatives carried out by the AN-NISAA Foundation to assist those who need help most in our society.

By Benjamin Nana Appiah Acquaye

Thursday, May 13, 2010


It’s interesting how Ghana is becoming the toast of international media coverage. Before writing this piece I was wondering why the foreign press are now trooping into the country to have some stories from here. Is it because Ghana has found what most refers to as “BLACK GOLD” oil in commercial quantity at Cape Three Point? Or could it also be that or beloved country is meeting the expectations of the western powers and the world powerful financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF? Well we’ll find out later.
But hey folks! My friends from Slovenia National Televison RTV-SLO National TV led by one of their renowned broadcast journalist Helena Milinkovic were in country to film an EU co-sponsored documentary titled ‘Raising Awareness of the development Impact of our lifestyles between Ghana and the People of Slovenia”, which would be telecast in Slovenia and other European Union Member States beginning from May 2010. The shooting took place in different locations from the ten regions of Ghana. The team for the first week hit their first location which happens to be a shanty town within the capital city -Sodom and Gomorrah and ended up in the Nzema East District in the Western region where the team visited Nkroful the birth place of Ghana first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, they met the District Chief Executive Mr. O.B Eshun and the Member of Parlaiment for Ellembelle Constituency who also double as the Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum Hon. Armah Kofi-Buah. He took the Slovenian team around his constituency and exposed some magnificent tourist sites including a newly developed Resort situated in between the sea and a lake to them.

by Benjamin Nana Appiah Acquaye