Senyo Akaba ’06 was born into a very strong and supportive family. He says, “the person I am today was mostly inspired by the strong family values I was exposed to, the education I received and the friends I’ve made along the way.”
Senyo came to Ashesi with the intension of studying Computer Science but he changed a lot during his first two years and decided to pursue a degree in Business Administration instead. During his time at Ashesi, Senyo founded the African Renaissance Movement (ARM), a platform for young Africans to discuss important issues facing the continent. As President of the ARM, he organized seminars that brought to the Ashesi campus many influential business and social change leaders.
“My stay at Ashesi would not have been complete without the rich friendships I developed” Senyo says. “One of the invaluable friends I made was the late Dr. Princess Awoonor-Williams. To me, and many others in the Ashesi community, Dr. Princess Awoonor-Williams means a lot. It’s the reason why I led my class to start the Princess Awoonor-Williams (PAW) Scholarship Fund.”
Senyo works with the Barclays Bank of Ghana’s Credit Assessment team; a place he has been for almost two years. He continues to raise funds to support Ashesi. In November 2008, Senyo and Fatou Traore ’06 led the campaign to raise GHS 5,000 for the PAW Scholarship Fund. The campaign is still on-going. “We continue to do this because we are inspired by Princess’s ideals of community spirit, hard work, gender equality and concern for others.”
According to Senyo, “with the awareness of what the right kind of education can do to a person, I look forward to developing projects in education. I will of course, emphasize ethics and integrity at every level.”