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Profiling The Kufuor Scholars: Edem Kojo Doe

Edem Kojo Doe hails from Tegbi-Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana. He was born at Zogbeli and raised in Tishigu, both in Tamale in the Northern region of Ghana where he had his basic education at St. Gabriel’s Primary School and Bishops Junior Secondary School.

He attended Anlo Senior High School in the Volta Region and was later admitted to the School of Horticulture in 2008 where he graduated with a Certificate in Horticulture. He proceeded to University of Education, Winneba, where he earned Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health and Sanitation Education.

Growing up in Tamale, Edem encountered a myriad of challenges which he intentionally derived various positive lessons from that helped in shaping his perspectives of life. He recalls a time in 1994, when the Konkomba-Dagomba ethnic conflict led to the burning and destruction of properties.

At the time, young Edem felt those properties should not have been burnt simply because there was a conflict. However, this ethnic conflict imbued in him the spirit of collectivism, resilience and respect for humanity in service and leadership. As a result, prior to the 2012 general election, Edem organized a series of peace activities and campaigns to sensitize the people of the Northern Region so as to prevent such incidences of violence from occurring again.

Naturally born a leader, he is an active volunteer who dedicates much of his time volunteering for organizations such as Menarche Initiative Ghana, LeadAfrique International and Environment360.

As a gender activist, he is the Founding President of the Gender Association, University of Education, Winneba. He is also Co-Founder of Menarche Initiative Ghana, an initiative that seeks to sensitize the general public on the need for good menstrual hygiene management among teenage girls in rural areas in Ghana.

He has close to 10 years of experience in environmental landscaping as a Civil Servant with the Department of Parks and Gardens. In addition, he is the Co-Founder and Executive Secretary of Lukdem Consult, a non-governmental organization focused on peace and environmental advocacy.

Edem is passionate about using horticulture as a tool for attaining green cities for eco-efficiency in Ghana. He is a member of the Ghana Institute of Horticulturists and an alumnus of the Kufuor Scholars Program Class of 2019. He is also author of the book; “Critical Thinking in the 21st Century.”

Joining the Kufuor Scholars Program

Being an avid reader of many books on personal growth and leadership, he decided to seek professional leadership training in order to be able to lead effectively and efficiently. Just then, the opportunity to be part of the Kufuor Scholars Program came in handy.

He recounts that being a Kufuor Scholar afforded him a lot of memorable events such as his first personal encounter with the Former President, His Excellency John A. Kufuor at his residence in Accra. For Edem, the encounter was revealing and instructive especially his deep thoughts about what leadership meant.

Another unforgettable moment was his first Summer Camp in Kwame Danso – Atebubu, where he had the opportunity to observe closely other scholars and their thoughts of who they think he was. The minicamp debates also add to the list of memorable activities that had a positive impact on him, especially the ability to research with limited time and using relevant data to debate.

To him, his major learning from the Kufuor Scholars Program is that a leader must be thoughtful and practical.

Edem says “the greatest gift H.E John Agyekum Kufuor has ever gifted him is the sharpest and intelligent pool of minds he can mine.” And for this, he is forever grateful to the Former President.

In all his ways, Edem has stayed positive with Steve Jobs’ timeless thoughts that says; “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”