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JACCD Design Institute Africa kickstarts the Creative Africa agenda with an ultra-modern campus

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JACCD Design Institute Africa, the first private creative university in West Africa and Ghana’s leading creative design university has opened its ultra-modern campus at North Legon in Accra to offer quality creative education to creative innovators.IMG 20220401 WA0020

The new campus hosts air-conditioned lecture halls, syndicated rooms, faculty and administrative block, tech enabled labs/studios, galleries and a design incubator, a state-of-the-art computer center, one of the best creative arts libraries in Ghana and a 400-seater-auditorium to facilitate public events.IMG 20220401 WA0018

Speaking at the launch, the President and Founder of JACCD Design Institute Africa, Madam Joyce Ababio reiterated her commitment to educating Africa’s creative thinkers and innovators. “Our focus at JACCD DIA is to develop curriculum that can be a standard to any design school in the world and have faculty design lessons in ways that makes students desire to solve problems critically. Our university will support students to be creative, think originality and unconventionally, and to push boundaries; above all, we will teach them to be ethical, professional, respectful, value diversity and inclusion and of course embrace the unknown”.IMG 20220401 WA0017

She added, “We are not here to reinvent the wheel but assist our students in Africa and beyond to take the wheel and add their own solutions to make it better. This can be achieved through critically adapting circumstances and providing solutions. Now more than ever, the world needs an abundance of creative thinkers and practitioners. Without individuals who think differently, who can reinvent the rules to solve the complex challenges today”.IMG 20220401 WA0016

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku Mantey, on his part stressed on government’s contributions in supporting JACCD Design Institute Africa to nurture a new crop of entrepreneurs and workers to drive the Creative Arts industry. He said, “for the implementation of policy based, innovation-oriented strategies to be developed in all aspect of national development, creativity is the key”.IMG 20220401 WA0014

The special Guest of Honour, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo-Addo was represented by the Director-General for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Service, Madam Mawusi Nudekor Awitey. Speaking on behalf of the first lady, Madam Mawusi Awitey congratulated Madam Joyce Ababio and her team.  She emphasized that creative education is the backbone of industries all over the world and we as a country cannot overlook this ‘goldmine’ with perceptions, attitudes and wrongful tagging, but rather encourage our wards to engage in creative and critical thinking to become better citizens.”IMG 20220401 WA0021

Several dignitaries and stakeholders within the creative arts and education sectors including the Director-General of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) Prof. Mohammed Salifu, representatives of the National Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programme (NEIP), representative of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency, Francis-Xavier Sosu, representatives of the University of Cape Coast and principals, career counselors of various high schools graced the occasion.

 

JACCD Design Institute Africa, is fully operational and accepting students. The institution now offers unique learning opportunities for students across numerous programs including; Animation and Game Development, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Film and Television, Photography and Special Effects Makeup.

 

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Encourage Decentralization to Accelerate Development – Okyenhene

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Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has encouraged governments and business leaders to decentralise their operations to accelerate development. He said this when the senior management team of Telecel Ghana, a leading telecommunications company in Ghana, paid a courtesy call on him.

The visit was aimed at advancing a stronger relationship between Telecel Ghana and Okyenhene as well as seeking his blessings and guidance in the company’s new journey as Telecel Ghana. In March 2024, Telecel Ghana officially unveiled its brand to Ghanaians in a spectacular event in Accra.

Led by Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO of Telecel Ghana, the delegation expressed their gratitude to the Okyenhene for his warm reception and unwavering support towards businesses operating within his jurisdiction. They also highlighted Telecel Ghana’s commitment to contributing to the socio-economic development of Ghana through its innovative telecommunications solutions and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

She reiterated the company’s dedication to ensuring seamless connectivity and digital inclusion for Ghanaians and affirmed Telecel Ghana’s readiness to partner with the Okyenhene ahead of his 25th anniversary celebration.  She added, “we will continue to work with other stakeholders to explore opportunities for expanding telecommunications infrastructure and enhancing access to digital technologies in Ghana.”

The Okyenhene commended Telecel Ghana for its efforts in providing reliable and affordable telecommunications services to the people of Ghana. He emphasized the importance of promoting decentralisation by key government agencies and business operations across the country to accelerate development, citing the vast land space in his kingdom which he is willing to release for development. He also threw a broader challenge to Ghanaian entrepreneurs to venture into setting up indigenous telecommunication businesses in Ghana.

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The visit concluded with an exchange of gifts and pleasantries, symbolizing the mutual respect and goodwill between Telecel Ghana and the Okyenhene.

Telecel Ghana remains committed to building strong partnerships with traditional authorities, government institutions, and other stakeholders to drive sustainable development and create shared value for the people of Ghana.