The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu has taken his passion for Africa to another level, following the presentation of books to Accra Academy and Accra Wesley Girls Senior High schools, both in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
Mr. Elumelu who is a renowned African Entrepreneur and Philanthropist is in Accra, Ghana as part of UBA Ghana’s 10th anniversary, donated copies of a novel book entitled “The Girl Who Can”, written by legendary Ghanaian author, Professor Ama Atta Aidoo, to the two schools for their libraries.
Ms. Obi Ibekwe, an Executive Director, Resource at the UBA Group who read a speech for him at the donation ceremony held at the Accra Academy on Thursday (today), stated that Mr. Elumelu founded the UBA Foundation as a way of not just giving back to the community but also creating a dynamic educational platform for future generations.
Mr. Elumelu said: “Read Africa is one of our flagship activities; that encourages young people to not only read books of all kinds, but also explore and shape their own narratives”.
“In conjunction with this, we have also successfully run a National Essay Writing Competition, one which seeks to identify future literary greats and also highlight the breadth of talent we have across our great continent”.
To the students, Mr. Elumelu advised them to read widely and voraciously, saying: “Knowledge and its pursuit should be a lifelong activity that continues to enrich one’s life.
“My message to the rest of us gathered here of a slightly old vintage, is to seek ways in which to encourage and nurture the younger generation. They are our continent’s future business, cultural and political leaders and a word of encouragement be it in the written or spoken word format is often all that they need to realize their full potential”.
Mr. Elumelu therefore hopes that the Read Africa initiative will continue to grow in scope and impact, influencing the lives of all those involved in its activities, and becoming the benchmark in the new philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
The Headmaster of Accra Academy, Samuel Ofori-Adjei, thanked the UBA Group Chairman Mr. Elumelu and the bank for coming to the aid of the schools.
“There is wealth of knowledge in books. So, this donation is more valuable than any other support. I hope that the books donated to the schools will rekindle our students’ reading spirit”.
The short but impressive event was attended by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Mrs. Abiola Bawuah, and the Director, Marketing and Corporation Communications at UBA Africa, Ms. Bola Atta.