The City-State of Hamburg was on Saturday, November 2, 2019, set agog by this year’s African Youth and Education Awards (AYEA), where more than a dozen young mentors of African descent living in Hamburg aged between 18 years and 30 years, were recognised for their meritorious achievements in education.
Of this number from the whole of Africa, an impressive list of six were Ghanaian youngsters who have achieved remarkable educational milestones in Germany in the fields of Engineering Medicine Marketing, Business, etc.
The AYEA awards is the biggest of its kind in Hamburg, and it is organised by Desmond Bedie, a Ghanaian media mogul and owner of Top Africa Radio and general-interest Magazine based in Hamburg.
The programme was attended by the crème de la crème of the Hamburg and Germany’s academia and officialdom as well as established Africans in Germany.
The list of patrons to this year’s programme include: Johannes Kahr from the Hamburg Parliament; Professor Manfred Dietrich, the Honourable Consul for the Republic of Uganda in Germany, Bettina Rhensius-Krohn, the Honourable Consul of the Republic of Mali, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Education, the Ghanaian Deputy Ambassador to Germany, Henry Dwamena-Yeboah.
Other accomplished Africans in Germany were also on hand to give motivational speeches to the youth. They are, the Professor Sewodo Komlavi, a renowned Mathematics professor in Germany, Dr. Victoria Manu a Ghanaian Dentist in Germany, Dr. Stephania Mbianda a Cameroonian Gynaecologist, among hundreds of others that attended the event.
AYEA Awards has been organised annually for the past nine years to encourage African youth living in Germany to aspire to excellence. Every year, dozens of young achievers are rewarded for using their experiences to motivate other young Africans who are often prone to identity crisis and confusion over their future aspirations in Germany.