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MONDAY MUSINGS – THE NEW WIND IN CAMPUS ELECTIONS

It is election season in tertiary institutions around the country. Potential leaders of tomorrow are trying to prove in whatever department, hall, hostels, or institutions they find themselves. The usual activities or shenanigans, whichever you prefer to call them, have already started in earnest.

Aggressive campaigns are being undergone, creative and some downright embarrassing slogans are being bandied about, and extravagant promises are being made. In addition, the fear of political intrusion into student leadership continues to grow. There is no outright proof yet but the rumors of some student contestants being bankrolled by some of the biggest political parties surface every year and it’s hard to believe that there is no fire somewhere behind this smoke.

There is a new wind blowing, however, a welcome one in fact, and if allowed to develop, it could become a really powerful force to be reckoned with in matters of student leadership. More females are now vying for leadership positions. More encouragingly, they are not restricting themselves to the traditionally female dominated offices like those of the General Secretary and Women’s Commissioner but are now vying for the top spot: President.

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Two of the notable young women championing the cause of females in the biggest leadership positions are Emmanuella Elikplim Katahena, who contested for the position of President of the Students Representative Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and Esinam Afi Seade who is contesting to be the President of the University of Ghana’s SRC. Acts like these are always welcome news especially in a country and continent where females in positions of power are still a novelty instead of the norm. More importantly, it shows the growing belief among today’s young ladies that they can influence the progress or development of their institutions at the highest level. This, in the short and long term, is beneficial to the institutions and the nation at large. Young girls growing up in basic and secondary schools all around the country can look up to young ladies like Esinam and Emmanuella as role models and proof that they do not need to settle for society’s or history’s restrictions on what a female can achieve. As other ladies in other institutions look to these examples, they may also be inspired to contribute whatever quota they can to student leadership. Along with the achievements of Ms. Francisca Oteng Mensah and Ms. Zanetor Rawlings in winning their respective political parties’ nominations to contest for a seat in the Parliament of Ghana, these young women are blazing a path that generations after them will be forever thankful for. Now, though, they need to convince their colleagues and the electorate that they can do the work that they want to sign up for. They can be rest assured though that they have already convinced this writer.

This, in the short and long term, is beneficial to the institutions and the nation at large. Young girls growing up in basic and secondary schools all around the country can look up to young ladies like Esinam and Emmanuella as role models and proof that they do not need to settle for society’s or history’s restrictions on what a female can achieve. As other ladies in other institutions look to these examples, they may also be inspired to contribute whatever quota they can to student leadership. Along with the achievements of Ms. Francisca Oteng Mensah and Ms. Zanetor Rawlings in winning their respective political parties’ nominations to contest for a seat in the Parliament of Ghana, these young women are blazing a path that generations after them will be forever thankful for. Now though, they need to convince their colleagues and the electorate that they can do the work that they want to sign up for. They can be rest assured though that they have already convinced this writer.

Along with the achievements of Ms. Francisca Oteng Mensah and Ms. Zanetor Rawlings in winning their respective political parties’ nominations to contest for a seat in the Parliament of Ghana, these young women are blazing a path that generations after them will be forever thankful for. Now, though, they need to convince their colleagues and the electorate that they can do the work that they want to sign up for. They can be rest assured though that they have already convinced this writer.

Author: Ferdinand Senam Hassan, threesixtyGh Writer

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