The inclusion of a lot more young people in governance is an initiative that youth in Ghana have been calling for in recent years.
Even though the number of young people in governance is not as much as would be expected, it is necessary to celebrate the few who have been included.
Shadrach Kyeremanteng Owusu is currently one of the youngest serving officials of the Government of Ghana.
The 26-year-old holds the position of Social Media and Digital Communications Strategist at the Ministry of Energy and doubles as a member of the public relations team for Dr Matthoew Opoku Prempeh (Minster for Energy).
Shadrach attended Adisadel College in Cape Coast, and later obtained a bachelor of science (BSc) degree in Petrochemical Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
He went on to obtain an MBA in Petroleum Accounting and Finance from the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), as well as a master of arts (M.A) in Political Communication from the Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.
Also a Communications Strategist, Shadrach holds various professional diplomas in communication and international relations from King’s College London, University of London, University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom, University of Washington, and Purdue University and Trinity College in the University of Dublin, Ireland.
He is a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) of the United Kingdom as well as a graduate member of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE).
He worked at the Birmingham City Council in England, after briefly interning with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) ‘The Big Question’ TV show in Cardiff, Wales, and later joined the UK’s leading multi-format specialist distributor of video games, Centresoft in Birmingham.
As a strong believer in youth leadership, Shadrach rose through the ranks to be elected National Coordinating Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) as well as playing several roles as a delegate of the International Model United Nations in Cardiff, Cambridge, and Oxford Universities respectively.
Speaking on youth inclusion in Ghana’s governance, Shadrach said: “the elderly in Ghana have laboured and we young ones now share the glory. Ours is to do more exploits and add to their gain, so that those who will come after us take up our story. With the right mentorship from the elderly and the willingness and humility to be mentored from the young ones, the young would be able to lead.”
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