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03. 21. 01:56h
Having just quit a highly lucrative job with tech giant Microsoft in the United States, where he'd made millions working as a program manager, Patrick Awuah would wake up once in a while wondering if he'd done the right thing. "And then I read the words of Goethe," remembers Awuah: "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it -- begin it now." What Awuah wanted to begin was to create a university in his native Ghana, a state-of-the-art education hub that would help educate the country's next generation of leaders. Inspired by the saying of the famous German writer, Awuah moved with his family back to Ghana. There, he invested his own money and with the help of other donors he founded Ashesi University. "Africa needs to have a renaissance," says Awuah, as he explains what drove him to take the risky decision. "The world needs to change in this way and I strongly believe that people like me who have had the privilege of a great education need to be part of the solution; that I need to be really actively involved in helping to drive this change in Africa so that 30, 50 years from now, the world will be a different place for all people of African descent in the world." Fostering leaders Located about an hour's drive from the capital Accra, Ashesi, which appropriately translates to "beginning," is the first Ghanaian university to combine technical majors with a liberal arts approach. Its vibrant campus, set on 100 acres in a town called Berekuso, was designed to be inspiring for the more than 500 young Ghanaians studying there. And while Ashesi has already come a long way -- when the school first opened in 2002 there was no campus, just a couple of rented buildings for its 30 students -- Awuah plans to expand his offering as part of his dream of finding and developing Africa's next problem solvers. "In this country, only 5% of college-age kids go to college," he says. "And there's two problems with that number: one is it's too small, but the second is that everyone who goes to college by definition is going to be running this country one day, the 5% -- they're going to be running the courts, they're going to be designing roads and buildings and infrastructure, they're going to be running the hospitals, the schools, the businesses. "So when I look at universities I see Africa fast-forward 30 years. When this 20-year-old is now in his or her 50s, that person is going to be a leader. And so I felt that engaging how that leadership, that future leadership core, is educated could be catalytic."
02. 01. 11:11h
Uganda's state owned automobile company, Kiira Motors Corporation, is building what's expected to be Africa's first solar powered bus. The prototype is in its completion stage and will be unveiled next month in the capital Kampala.
06. 28. 18:02h
Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, a Star of Africa, is set to penetrate the automobile industry with his classic vehicles. The cars, with their engines and body made in Ghana by the Dr Kwadwo, are styled to give them a sleeky touch appearance. The Kantanka branded vehicles range from talking cars that are started and controlled with a gold watch to solar and electric cars. Products which are also waiting to hit the market after the commercialisation of the Kantanka 4-wheel drives include the Kantanka Pickups, Buses, Saloon cars, Televisions, aircrafts, programmable robots etc