SAASUM Executive Pays Courtesy Call On Otumfuo
The co-founder of the St Andrews Africa Summit (SAASUM), Bradley Kwaku Poku-Amankwah has paid a courtesy call on the King of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, two months after the King’s sublime keynote address at the St Andrews University in Scotland.
Mr Poku-Amankwah was accompanied to the Manhyia Palace by his relatives and led by Ing Atta Poku, the Kumasi Metro Roads Engineer.
The courtesy call was on Sunday, November 26, 2023, during the Akwasidae festival.
Speaking on their behalf, Ing Atta Poku said the purpose of the official visit was to express their heartfelt appreciation to the King for honouring the invitation.
Asantehene, as part of his visit to the United Kingdom (UK) this year, addressed an audience at the St Andrews African Summit on September 16.
SAASUM’s primary objective is to provide a platform that stimulates a critical dialogue about the common discourses concerning Africa by bringing together professionals, students, and academics.
Its objective is to shape African affairs.
About Bradley Kwaku Poku-Amankwah
Bradley Kwaku Poku-Amankwah is the acting principal coordinator at the Ghana Energy Transition Office; a collaboration between United Nations Sustainable Energy for All and the Government of Ghana based at the Office of the President in Accra.
He previously served as senior technical assistant to Ghana’s Minister for Energy and was secretary to the country’s National Energy Transition Committee. He is also Ghana’s youngest board member of State Enterprise and founder of Play-it-Forward Africa; a social enterprise using sports as a vehicle for impact in the health sector.
He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, and the London School of Economics, as well as an incoming candidate for the MSc in Energy Systems at the University of Oxford’s School of Engineering Science which he will be reading part-time while continuing to lead Ghana’s Energy Transition Office. He previously served as a Trade Service Advisor at the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, stationed at the British High Commission in Accra.
Bradley was very active in the student entrepreneurship scene, where he founded his innovative waste cooking oil to biofuel concept named ‘Smart Fuel’. This initiative earned him numerous accolades, grants, and awards, including the Shell Live Wire award, the Mustard Seed Prize for Social Impact, the Tony Elumelu prize in Nigeria, and reaching the finals of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition.
He was also the campus director for Enactus St Andrews and established the university’s first chapter of the United Nations foundation-sponsored student entrepreneurship competition known as the Hult Prize, later leading as its country director for Ghana. During his time at St Andrew’s, he was awarded the best student achiever in the United Kingdom by the GUBA foundation, and voted as the 4th most outstanding student of African or Caribbean origin in Britain by the Powerlist Magazine, now called the Aleto Foundation.
Bradley is a proud son of Asanteman, descended from Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh I through his paternal lineage, with ancestors settling in Buokrom. On his maternal side, he belongs to the prolific Collingwoode-Williams family of Ghana and Sierra Leone. The late Joseph Collingwoode-Williams, a pioneering hotelier and one-time toastmaster to Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s First President.
His ancestors also include the late Toasehene Nana Kwasi Gyawu, who accompanied Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh I on exile to the Seychelles
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