Former Wisconsin International University College – Ghana (WIUC-Ghana) student Louis Kofi Korankye has been elected Unit Committee Member for the Agbogba electoral area.
Louis, 27, who graduated with a BSc Management and Computer Studies degree in 2013, beat 11 other aspirants at the District Assembly Elections held nationwide on September 1, 2015.
He said: “I am very happy to be able to represent my community at grassroots level. I ran under the slogan ‘Building our Community: Doing it Ourselves’ because I wanted to create awareness that we can’t always depend on government for development.
He added: “I thought why can’t we as a community start doing something before we invite government to come in.”
The Wisconsin graduate plans to hit the ground running by introducing free apprenticeships within the community. The arrangement will see the unemployed matched with tradespeople (for example hairdressers, carpenters, mechanics etc.) in the community for a short period of free training.
Louis also plans to work with the local police and volunteers on a ‘neighbourhood watch’ scheme to improve security in the community.
The former Wisconsin student has also pledged to help local women to form a co-operative in order to access loans to start their own small businesses.
Louis says the experience at Wisconsin has helped prepare him for his new responsibilities as a community leader.
“Being at Wisconsin gave me practical skills, not just theory. I feel able to fit into different situations and face any challenge,” he said.
The former student encouraged those still studying to take the opportunity to learn seriously.
He said: “Wisconsin is one of the best universities in Ghana. If you are willing to study, you will come out well furnished and confident to rub shoulders with anyone, regardless of where they come from”.
Louis hails from Offinso Abrofour in the Ashanti Region, but has lived in the Agbogba area for over 16 years. He completed his basic school at Abrofour R.C. Primary School in Ashanti Region. He did his JHS at St Peter’s Mission School in Botwe, Accra and his SS at St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast.
Louis started developing his leadership skills at basic school, where he was class prefect for three years. He was Grounds and House prefect for the 2007/8 school year at St Augustine’s College, during which he was voted ‘Best Prefect’.
At Wisconsin, Louis served as campaign manager for fellow students vying for positions in the Student Representatives Council (SRC).
He is team manager for Dream FC, a football club in Agbogba.