Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, last Friday inaugurated the University Of Buckingham
Students of Ghanaian Origin (uBUSOGO), at a pioneering event on the sidelines
of UoB’s 2019 graduation ceremony in the historic English city of Buckingham.
association has Richard Sky of Citi FM and Citi TV, a student of the UoB, as
its founding president.
this association is very welcome and I would presume that powerful Ghanaian
alumni would be automatic members of it so that it will make me also a member
outside campus,” Dr Bawumia said, drawing huge applause from the group’s
founding executives and Ghanaian officials who had gathered inside the UoB’s
Vinson Building for the ceremony.
a distinguished alumnus of UoB, was in Buckingham on the invitation of the
University’s top management to address the school’s 2019 graduation ceremony as
an “Inspirational Speaker.”
see, having just talked to the Vice-Chancellor, a lot of potential for
increased collaboration…” he told executives of uBUSOGO at the inauguration
ceremony, which was also attended by Second Lady Mrs Samira Bawumia, Ghana’s
High Commissioner to the UK, Papa Owusu Ankomah, staff of the High Commission,
and some other top Ghanaian officials. Tino Santonocito, head of International
Recruitment and Development at UoB, also attended the event.
to discussions he had had with UoB officials on possible future capacity
building and training opportunities for Ghanaian civil servants and officials
serving in important public offices, Dr Bawumia stated, “We have very good
opportunities to build stronger ties between Ghana and the University of
Buckingham and we are going to work on it.”
signing the group’s inauguration certificate, Dr Bawumia declared uBUSOGO
officially inaugurated. He also used the opportunity to congratulate a member
of uBUSOGO, Kwasi Nyame-Baafi, who has since started studying for PhD in
Economics at UoB, for obtaining “First Class Honours in Economics (at UoB).”
Bawumia, whom himself graduated from UoB some 32 years earlier with First Class
Honours in Economics, told the packed hall: “It is not an easy field. This is
one of ours, and he has made us proud, and I am sure that all of you will
continue to make us proud.”
the group’s President, Richard Sky, has won two examination related academic
awards from the UoB School of Law, where he has been studying for a degree in law
since January 2018.
an award-winning Ghanaian journalist, was elected uBUSOGO’s founding President
a day earlier, having –– together with other Ghanaian students -played a
pioneering role in the establishment of the group.
group will represent the ideals of the Republic of Ghana –– The Ghanaian excellence
which is global, the excellence that you stand for Mr Vice President and the
excellence that all of us as Ghanaians stand for,” Mr Sky said in his remarks
at the inaugural ceremony.
group, he said, will primarily represent the interest of Ghanaian students at
the university, adding that it will also “bring together people with Ghanaian
parentage… people who are linked to Ghana in one way of the other” to help
contribute their quota to make Ghana a great nation.
added that the group also aims to work hard to invite “people from the
diaspora” to come and learn about Ghanaian culture and systems as part of plans
to deepen global knowledge about Ghana, a small but influential West African
country celebrated for its remarkable heritage and regarded as an oasis of
peace, stability and determination.
founding members, I am truly honoured to have been asked by the compelling
force of your collective wishes to be the lead servant of our very young
uBUSOGO,” Mr Sky said shortly after his election last Thursday. “I consider
this invitation noble and will work with all of us to carve our names and that
of uBUSOGO in the history of our University.”
“All of us have made the dream of forming the first ever Ghanaian Society for
The University of Buckingham a reality, and we can only be collectively
thankful for all our efforts.
elected Vice-President of uBUSOGO, Allen Jackson-Davis, echoed Mr Sky in his
own remarks after his election: “As our … President said, as we have been able
to dream and birth this group, it means that collectively there’s so much we
we’re embarking on is a journey with greater ambitions and goals. It is
therefore right that we use every fibre of strength to harness our potential and
strive for those goals.”
promised to “continue to work tirelessly towards supporting … our society.”
students from around the globe who are attracted to its popular two-year degree
programmes as well as its 10-month-long masters and 3-year long doctoral degree
on the school’s official website show that at least eight per cent of the
students are from Sub Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean. They include
countries like Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, The Gambia,
Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda,
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and
from Dr Bawumia, other notable alumni of UoB are Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin,
Member of Parliament for Efutu, Sandra Ankobiah, lawyer and TV personality,
Maame Ama Pratt, Chief Executive Officer of M.A.P Concepts Ghana.
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