The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication, Ken Ashigbe has disclosed that activism is a part of him and there is no way he will part from it.
In an interview with Neil-Armstrong Mortagbe on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ, the former managing director of leading state news publisher, the Graphic Communication Group Limited (GCGL), said he has always been inspired from the works of some Ghanaians who stood and fought for the freedom Ghana is enjoying. Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president is one of the people whose works motivate him to work in the interest of the masses.
Mr Ashigbe, the key brain behind the formation of the Media Coalition against galamsey, an alliance that is helping government to fight the canker of illegal mining, assured that he will do his best to partake in activities that will benefit the country because he believes he was born to engage in actions that bring about social change.
“…it’s definitely a calling; I get passionate about some of the things. To me, the greatest passion for me is Ghana. I take inspiration from Kwame Nkrumah and the fact that he had to fight for us to be where we are today and all the people who were involved in the independence struggle. Being a black person, I think that it is part of my responsibility on earth to be able to help make Ghana a better place,” he disclosed.
His mom had always told him “Its people who make the difference” that they desire to see so there is no way he will relent in getting things done the right way. He noted that he believes “everybody has a role to play” in making Ghana a better place for her citizens.
His love for activism made him join the cadet in the St Augustines College as a student and at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi in the early 90s, he joined groups, led some to fight for the right of students.
His work at the Media Coalition Against Galamsey has helped improve the quality of rivers in which illegal mining was done with impunity across the country. The coalition has helped educated communities where illegal mining was rife on the dangers of condoning the act through sensitization programmes and town hall meetings with the help of the media.
He further advised Ghanaians, especially the youth to always consider what they can do to improve the state of the nation rather than thinking of how leaders can help them.
“Ask yourself ‘What can I aslo do to make a change?… There is more to Ghana than NDC and NPP. Ask yourself what have I done to make Ghana better?” he added.