A first-class graduate of Physics and Computer Science from the University of Ghana, Mr Prosper Amuquandoh, and four others from Nigeria, have been announced as the recipients of the 2018/2019 Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) scholarship programme.
The programme is a fully funded scholarship programme for young, outstanding West Africans with a passion for public service.
Commencing in 2017, for a period of five years, five scholarships are made available every year by AIG to talented West Africans from all backgrounds who are passionate about the public sector, to pursue the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Upon graduation, these scholars are expected to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.
The Chairman of the AIG, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, addressing the media said, “we are pleased to announce our second cohort of AIG scholars.
He stated that public service was one of the fundamental contributors to national development and it was, therefore, critical to encourage talented, young individuals on the crucial role that they play in the process.
“With AIG’s continuing support, these high-calibre women and men will acquire the skills and experience to drive best practice standards of public service and governance across Africa,” he stated.
The Chief Executive Officer of AIG, Ms Chienye Ogwo, for her part, said the awards selection process was a very competitive one, with thousands of talented individuals applying from Nigeria and Ghana.
“We congratulate this year’s awardees and remain committed to our mission to seek, attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector,” she noted.
Sense of achievement
Mr Prosper Amuquandoh also commenting on the announcement said, “I feel a great sense of achievement and very lucky to be given this opportunity.
He mentioned that the multidisciplinary nature of the programme would empower him with an advanced level of competence to achieve his goals of being an effective public policy practitioner.
AIG also used the opportunity to announce the opening of the application window for the 2019/2020 scholarships programme.
The application window will close on Friday, September 14, 2018.