Patrick Asare, the acclaimed author of "The Boy from Boadu," has generously contributed five copies of his award-winning memoir to the Prempeh II Library of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST),Kumasi.
During the presentation ceremony held on the 6th October, 2023, Mr. Curtis Okyere, a Family Member of the Author, conveyed Mr. Asare's heartfelt message to the University Community. He emphasised that Mr. Asare, a native of Boadu near Akwatia in the Eastern Region of Ghana, has chronicled his life journey in the book titled, "The Boy from Boadu" as a testament of hope, aimed at inspiring and motivating readers.
Mr. Okyere also disclosed that copies of the book had already been distributed to select universities and senior high schools across Ghana. "The Boy from Boadu" has received numerous accolades, including the International Impact Books Award, The Literary Titan Book Award in the motivational category, and the Firebirds Award at the San Francisco Book Festival, among others.
Patrick Asare's upbringing in the Ghanaian village of Boadu, where pursuing education beyond middle school was an uncommon aspiration, serves as the backdrop for his captivating memoir. In "The Boy from Boadu," he narrates his remarkable journey of resilience, sacrifice, and determination in the pursuit of a dream, ultimately triumphing over adversity. Through his narrative, Patrick Asare illustrates that hope transcends mere sentiment; it is a transformative mindset capable of changing lives.
"The Boy from Boadu" is readily available for purchase on platforms such as Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble, with print production taking place in the United States of America (USA).
In accepting this invaluable donation on behalf of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr. Samuel Kotei Nikoi, the University Librarian, expressed the University's sincere gratitude. Dr. Nikoi underscored the University's commitment to enhancing the educational experience of its diverse student body.
He expressed concern about a prevailing challenge in Ghana, wherein institutions produce graduates with qualifications but lack the depth of education. He attributed this issue, in part, to a lack of reading culture among students, particularly the absence of intellectually stimulating materials. Consequently, he stressed the importance of encouraging students to explore storybooks as a means to inculcate a love for reading and learning, thereby enriching their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Dr. Nikoi further revealed the University's intention to embark on community outreach initiatives within its sphere of influence. This programme aims to promote reading culture and stimulate interest in literature among children.
Dr. Nikoi in his closing remarks, assured that the donated books would be meticulously catalogued, integrated into the University's vast library resources, and would be promoted actively. He confirmed that "The Boy from Boadu" would be available to students not only for academic purposes but also for their pleasure and inspiration.
Accompanying Mr. Okyere during the presentation ceremony were Dr. Faustina Dufie Wireko-Manu from the Department of Food Science and Technology at KNUST, Mr. Bennet Papa Kwadwo Yeguo, a Marine Engineer from the USA, and Ms. Faustina Okyere of the Crops Research Institute.