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NUGs UCC, IYF Hold Leadership Symposium

The Local NUGs of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in partnership with the International Youth Fellowship (IYF), a Non-Governmental Organization that operates on Christian principles, has organized a leadership symposium at the CELST Auditorium 900 (UCC) on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

The 2017 Leaders’ Symposium which was under theme “The Making of Great Leaders” was chaired by Dr. Mike Boakye -Yiadom, a lecturer at the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, College of Education, who encouraged students to aspire to be good leaders.

The first speaker at the symposium, Mr. Emmanuel Gadze, a Manager at SIC LIFE, Cape Coast, touched on the various principles and benefits of investment and life insurances available to students who want to plan for the future. He encouraged students to have a plan for investment and save money for the future as “wealthy people invest first and spend what is left”.

“Investment is something we need to consider seriously. If you really want to invest, then it should be the Number 1 thing on your mind. You plan for it, you don’t wait to use the excess money you have to do investment. It is not the best. It will not take you far.”

According to Mr. Gadze, in investments, what is comfortable is rarely profitable. He therefore advised people who want to undertake serious projects to dedicate a significant portion of their income to savings or investments.

The General Secretary of IYF, Rev. Edwin Ato, who also doubles as a mind specialist spoke on the ideal mindset of a leader.
According to him, every good leader must have a different mindset, which he likened to that of Steve Jobs and Mr. Albert Osei, the brain behind KOKO KING.

He further explained that for a leader to have a different mindset, he or she must challenge the status quo, and also be observable, inquisitive and different from others. 

“Have a mind not to avoid difficulties. Every difficulty is training, do not avoid it. Do not think about shortcuts. If you do not have a mindset to suffer, then forget about success.”

Rev. Ato further added that every human mind is a battlefield and therefore encouraged students to be optimistic about every situation.

The Chairman of IYF, West Africa, Rev. Kyung Won Cho also cautioned students be God-fearing leaders.

The programme was graced by the UCC Local NUGs President, Mr. Albert Awortwi; SRC executives and executives of some departmental associations.

The symposium saw beautiful performances from the Ayeyi Choir and the Righteous stars.

Source: Nana Afia Tenkoramaa/