Speech Forces Ghana
Commonwealth Point of Light 221. Eric Asamoah Awuah
Eric Asamoah Awuah, representing Ghana, aged 32, is a debate and communications coach who created ‘Speech Forces’, an organisation which has engaged over 30,000 school pupils in Ghana, Nigeria and other African countries in critical thinking and public speaking programmes.
Eric set up ‘Speech Forces’ in 2014 with the aim of empowering young people to better express themselves and to support their personal development alongside their studies at school. The initiative hosts major international debate events, such as its flagship Accra Open, and since 2017 has managed the Ghana National Debate Team, training selected high school students from all over Ghana to participate in events including the World Schools Debate Championship.
“I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Points of Light Award in Ghana. Our work at ‘Speech Forces’ – of which I am privileged to lead – empowers young people of all backgrounds to think critically on issues, appreciate differences in perspectives in the quest to developing thoughtful leaders and active citizens in Africa. I receive this recognition on behalf of all the volunteers, sponsors and curious young minds who have kept the mission moving. My sincere appreciation to Her Majesty The Queen and the British High Commission of Ghana for recognizing our efforts.”
Harriet Thompson, British High Commissioner to Ghana, said:
“The Points of Light award is given to the truly inspirational working amongst us on projects that impact our communities; so often these people silently do exceptional things and today we have been able to celebrate them properly.
“It was my honour and delight to award Eric, the founder of Speech Forces, the 221st Commonwealth Points of Light award on behalf of her Majesty The Queen. Their work to support young people across West Africa to feel able really to express themselves has changed lives as these same young people go on to further education, internships and careers feeling empowered and confident.”
Pictured below: Eric receiving his award from British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson: