Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award

Dr Thomas Mensah awarded at the 2nd Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award 2017

 Dr Thomas Owusu Mensah who is a world legendary inventor with fourteen US and worldwide patents in Fibre optics over a period of six years , on Saturday December 16 received a citation and a wooden carving of Dr Kwame under the category Science Technology and Innovation.

According to Dr Mensah, this award is a prestigious one that he will forever honour in his life. After receiving his award he encouraged Ghanaians students to get involved in the study of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for National development. He advised them to aim higher and not be discouraged.

Speaking to schoolchildren who attended the function, Dr Mensah encouraged the children to be proud of themselves as Ghanaians and that they were capable of doing whatever their counterparts anywhere in the world could do.“The right stuff comes in black too and you are the right stuff, colour is immaterial. Be proud as a Ghanaian.”

Dr Mensah who was one of the eight personalities celebrated for their contribution as African geniuses to the making of civilisation at the event is credited with the fastest Fibre Optics draw and coating process, 50 metres per second.In 1986 he led a programme to develop the first laser weapons for the Us Department of defense programme which enabled development of missiles that travel at the speed of sound.

In an interview with the Business.com.gh, He said: “I feel honoured to receive this prestigious award in Ghana; this is one of the best awards I have received so far.”

Dr Mensah talked about his book “The right stuff comes in black too” which was launched on Thursday December 14, 2017 and how helpful it will be for all readers. He also spoke about the construction of the bullet train to aid 1D1F and the Silicon Valley of Ghana which he is spearheading.

His private company specializes in aerospace and communication products, focusing on advanced structural materials development for Supersonic US Fighter Aircraft like the F-22, the fastest jet in the world.

Other awardees are Professor Akua Kuenyehia, the country’s first female professor of law. She was pronounced the African Genius 2017 in the leadership category, Professor Ablade Glover, described as the grandfather of contemporary Ghanaian art, was adjudged the African Genius 2017 in the Visual Arts category, while Koo Nimo (Dr Daniel Amponsah), a renowned pioneer in traditional music, won the award in the Performance Arts category.

Professor Opanyin Kofi Agyekum was honoured in the Language category for distinguishing himself as an internationally recognised Akan scholar.

Others were Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, a global achiever for the treatment of spine deformity and the owner of FOCOS Orthopedics Hospital in Accra, received the award in the Medicine category;

Professor Kwame Gyekye, a renowned philosopher, picked the African Genius award in the Philosophy category, while 21-year-old South Africa-based engineering student, Elijah Djan, was adjudged the African Genius 2017 Young Icon for inventing bricks from recycled paper.

Dr Raphael Armattoe, credited with being one of the few world scientists in the 1940s, received one of the posthumous awards and the second went to Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, who passed on after he was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement category.

The event was graced bystudents to celebrate the geniuses of Africa who were making putting the continent high on the globe.

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, said he was one of the beneficiaries of what Nkrumah had done to humanity.

He said the ideas of Dr Nkrumah, when he became President, were still as relevant today as they were 60 years ago.

Ambassador Quartey described Dr Nkrumah as a freedom fighter, a strategist of genius against classical colonialism and a visionary leader, who sought to unit Africa.

He said it was time to sit down, reflect and take stock and reflect on Africa as the continent with the paradox of poverty amidst great lots, “The continent with the highest amount of sunlight, yet described as the dark continent.”

The Grand Patron of the African Genius Award, Omanhen of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, said the awardees had gone beyond excellence, whose geniuses had built institutions of learning and pioneered inventions in the sciences and the arts throughout the world.

The Board Chairman of the African Genius Award, Mr Kojo Yankah, said the awardees would inspire the youth and serve as role models.

The night was both a celebration and a funeral, as they celebrated Prof. Allotey and mourn his passing on.