Education, they say, changes a person to change his or her environment! In fact, there is no significant difference between the people of old who made positive changes in history and our generation. They were those who came against the odds and refused to throw in the towel but instead, told the odds it was impossible for the odds to stop them from reaching their destination. We too can do same and even more if we eschew pessimism, culture of procrastination and inferiority complex.
“Pronny” is an acronym for Progressive Network of Northern Youth, a peace and development initiative pioneered by David Banaaleh (King-Dave), a Bachelor of Science Psychology student of the University of Cape Coast and a native of Nadowli-Dambaa but hails from Daffiama in the Upper West Region of Ghana, West Africa.
The idea behind “Pronny” is to mobilize young people with the desire to promoting peace and development in the three historically deprived regions of northern Ghana and also to repackage and portray the positive aspect of the area to the rest of the world in order to attract more investors to create jobs for the many jobless youth.
“Pronny” goes with the motto: Ambassadors for peace and development in Northern Ghana. In fact, “Pronny” is a non-partisan and non-profit making organization with membership cutting across Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions of Ghana.
As part of our mission, we visit conflict-prone northern communities to facilitate peace and development through education and cultural awareness creation.
We, in “Pronny” strongly hold the view that the northern part of Ghana is not a home of impoverishment, hooliganism and impunity as erroneously being peddled around or reported by an uninformed section of the general public and some opportunistic elements in the mass media. Northern Ghana is only a victim of stereotype, prejudice, stigmatization and discrimination. This is because historically, it would be recalled that the area was one of the latest in the country to have had formal education in the country after several years of political neglect and deprivation. It was also one of the worst victims of various atrocities such as slave trade perpetrated by western colonial powers .
Notwithstanding, there is an abundant unexplored natural resources such as sheanut, dawadawa, clay, huge fertile land, livestock, tourist attractions and unique diverse culture in the three regions of the north. In terms of human resources, the area has produced many hard working and honest people who are holding enviable positions in every nook and cranny of the Ghanaian economy and around the globe.
The unfavorable weather conditions, outmoded cultural practices and isolated conflict situations which almost every viable society is equally a victim cannot be the basis for any doom mongering and negativity as a yard stick for measuring the northern part of Ghana. After all, ” there is BLACK SHEEP in every family”!!!
Recent discovery of precious minerals like gold in large quantities in various parts of the north is not only a vindication but also an indication that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Join “Pronny” and be an ambassador for peace and development in Northern Ghana. Contact us on 0247113859 for more information!! Thank you.
By David Banaaleh (King-Dave)