A blind Ghanaian scholar, Ebenezer Azamati who was recently in the news after being assaulted by Oxford University guards has made history after winning a landslide election as Oxford University’s African Society President, the first of its kind.
Our readers will recall it was MyNewsGh.com that FIRST broke news of Ebenezer Azamati’s assault at Oxford Union although it had happened 2 month earlier without any news media reporting it. Even Oxford student journals had not reported it. However, after MyNewsGh.com’s made two strong news report on Azamati’s assault which also featured on more than 17 other partner sites including Ghanaweb, major international news sites picked the story of Ebenezer Azamati prompting Oxford to punish the perpetrators and subsequently compensated Ebenezer Azamati thousands of pounds.
Rated as hhighly brilliant, Ebenezer Azamati is expected to provide leadership that transforms Oxford’s African Society and responds to Minority discrimination squarely.
Mr. Ebenezer Azamati, who is Doctoral student will be leading the Oxford African Society (AfriSoc) for the next academic year 2021-2022 academic year.
Dear AfriSoc members
Azamati is a Radcliffe Scholar reading for the DPhil International relations at University of Oxford and a member of University College. Previously, he was an MPhil International Relations Higby scholar at St. Johns and Mansfield colleges (2018-2020). He completed an MSc in International politics at SOAS as a Felix scholar (2018), an award presented to a single student from Africa. He received a BA in Political science from the University of Ghana in 2016.
Azamati has served in various leadership positions. He is the International Students officer at Univ where his role involves making the college welcoming to international students.
As the previous Equality and Diversity officer at Mansfield, Azamati organized the first equality and diversity conference which identified and improved on the shortcomings of accessibility within the college. He helped procure generators for all 16 halls to provide electricity during power cuts in his role as the Deputy Speaker of the University of Ghana SRC General Assembly. In Afrisoc, Azamati has been involved in various activities such as being a speaker on the Education panel in the 2019 Oxford Africa Conference.
Other elected Executives are profiled below:
Godwin Nwangele- Vice President
Godwin is a Nigerian Rhodes scholar passionate about driving energy transitions geared towards economic advancement in Africa. He has a background in electrical engineering from the University of Nigeria. In 2017 he co-founded Greenage Technologies, a renewable energy company, serving as the COO from 2017-2020.
From 2020, he started reading for the MSc in Energy Systems at the University of Oxford, studying the social, economic, political, and technological perspectives of an energy transition. He is also working on some energy sustainability and transition projects due to his commitment to improving energy access for domestic and Industrial uses for economic growth.
Shaan Pattni – General Secretary
Shaan Pattni is a Pershing Square scholar currently pursuing an African Studies MSc and MBA at the University of Oxford. His professional experience involves providing data analytics insights from public data sources, satellite imagery, and household surveys for commercial, development, and security clients in the U.S. and Africa. After working with some of the most exciting off-grid start-ups on the continent, he hopes to dedicate his career to delivering universal electrification in African countries that is reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective.
At Oxford, Shaan was the co-manager of the 2021 Innovation Fair at the Oxford Africa Conference where he co-designed a programme for 11 early-stage African ventures that received masterclasses, senior industry mentors, mentorship from Oxford MBA students, and the opportunity to win a share of £8,000 in a pitch competition.
Naima Nasir – Treasurer
Naima is a first-year DPhil candidate in Clinical Medicine at the Nuffield Department of Medicine and a member of Keble College. She previously completed an MSc at Oxford University and has over two years’ experience as a member of the Oxford University Africa Society. Having gained extensive experience in leadership and management through leading projects and managing people, finances, and commodities, Naima has been equipped with relevant technical and leadership skills to serve competently as treasurer of the Africa Society. Her background and work experience as a clinical and research fellow lend further credence to her competence for the role.
Towera Moyo – Welfare Officer
Towera is a software engineer from Malawi. She is reading for a DPhil in Computer Science where she is exploring human trafficking online. She was awarded the Rhodes scholarship from the southern African region. She is passionate about innovation through technological solutions particularly aimed at addressing problems in the African climate.
Towera graduated top of her class from the University of Malawi. She brings in a great deal of experience and perspective for the youth in leadership for African initiatives. Towera worked for the Reserve Bank of Malawi (central bank) as a System/Software engineer with her key focuses being designing and developing software solutions, maintaining existing software and training users on the use of different software. She also worked for a non-governmental society, Baobab Health Trust, as a Software Developer. While at Baobab, she designed and developed Electronic Medical Records Systems (EMRs) for public health centres
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