The first edition of KNUST Awards has been launched on Friday, 6th November, 2015 at the CCB (Central Classroom Block) Auditorium, KNUST.
KNUST Awards is an annual event organised to recognise and celebrate efforts and works of students taking their own initiatives in extra curricula fields while in school.
Contemporary Ghanaian students are awakening to the culture of career-development and entrepreneurship. While some are using their talents to entertain and serve, others have setup their own businesses or ventured into innovation in a bid to help solve problems around them. These people (students) play a large role in making the social life on campus appealing to the larger crowd.
KNUST Award is to encourage students to develop their potentials while in school and pursue their passion. The event which comes off in April 2016 has five categories of awards with 21 awards in all.
The categories include:
Student Entrepreneur of the year
Start-up of the year
Event House of the year
Tech and Innovation
App Developer of the year
Student Innovation of the year
Art and Design
Fashion Designer of the year
Photographer of the year
Artist of the year
Graphic Design of the year
Student journalist/blogger of the year
Social media influencer of the year
Event host/Presenter of the year
Spoken Word/Poet of the year
Best performing actor of the year
Model of the year
DJ of the year
Event of the year
Nominations will be open online on 1st December, 2015 for students to nominate and submit their works for review by a panel of judges who have excelled in their fields. Each category will be reviewed by three judges.
Shortlisted candidates will be announced in February 1st, 2016 for voting online and through text by the students.
The award ceremony will be held on 8th April at the Central Classroom Block Auditorium. Award winners will be rewarded with cash prizes, internship positions, mentorship from seasoned business executives and job opportunities.
Speaking at the launch, event curator, Christian Junior Worgbah, observed that many students have dreams outside the lecture halls but the system doesn’t provide them opportunities to realise these dreams. KNUST Awards is a platform for people to make it even without grades. It is to reward potentials and not just credentials.
The night was graced with spoken word performances, comedy and live music by KNUST students and Nigerian superstar, Korede Bello.