“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying” – B. F. Skinner.
It is ecumenically acknowledged that leadership is the cause and every other thing is effect. Inasmuch as the statement is replete with verity, the resulting challenge is sometimes imputing it to the wrong persons.
We need to acknowledge the fact that leadership is not necessarily about positions. It is about influence. Leadership is usually contrasted with management which Peter Drucker recapitulates in the following words: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Therefore, Change Agent Media celebrates leaders doing things right as leaders to contribute to National Development.
This is the story of Mr. Osei-Owusu Franco who had his basic education at St. Louis Jubilee School where he continued to the Asanteman Senior High School (SHS). With pertinacity and diligence, he graduated with “First Class Honors” in BSc. Information Technology Education.
Mr. Osei-Owusu had a terrible beginning as he decided to climb up the ladder of leadership in order to bring change to his society. However, he lost in almost every major election, from his Junior High School days through his first degree University education.
He aspired to occupy the position of a Senior Boys’ Prefect in Junior High School but unexpectedly failed. However, he was less inclined to throw in the towel. While in Senior High School (SHS), he still had the unwavering determination of rendering his dream of leadership a reality. Consequently, he contended for the position of a Senior Boys’ Prefect in Senior High School but, all his efforts proved unavailing.
Again, Mr. Osei-Owusu was blackballed when he vied for the Presidency of the Ashanti Regional SRC, and on two consecutive times, he lost in contests for the SRC President of UEW – K. Nevertheless, he gained inspiration from the current US President, Donald Trump’s assertion, “Sometimes, by losing a battle, you find a new way to win a war”. Therefore, he steeled himself for a greater opportunity.
After all these unpropitious circumstances, Mr. Osei-Owusu was not demoralized from creating his own space to make an impact. Therefore, the youth are not encouraged to give up but always to try as many as they can to reach your dream.
After losing the race as Senior Prefect in Asanteman SHS, he became the President of the Debaters’ Club where he expanded the scope of the club and added Drama.
As a visionary leader, he did everything possible for the Club to render it eligible in joining the Ashanti Regional Writers’, Debaters’ and Drama Club (ARWDDC), which eventually endowed them with regional recognition.
He tried to learn from the past, but he planned for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. Hence, at the end of his tenure as the President of the club, the club was adjudged second to none of the year.
Since his passion is to bring Change where ever he is, after losing the second race as the SRC President at UEWK, he founded the UEW-K Debate Society just to make a significant impact on campus.
Mr. Osei-Owusu was President of the Society and a former captain of the Debate Team where he mentored several students to aspire leadership positions and subsequently build their potentials.
When he became the President of the Society, within a year, the Society won the Best Association/Society of the Year which established a premise for him to gain a nomination for the most outstanding student leader of the year.
He led the debate team and emerged the second runner-up in the 2018 MPA/Kuapa Kooko Inter Tertiary Debate.
Due to his tremendous impact, the society has received a countless number of invitations to Debate contests.
The Society is currently the avenue through which the school’s name is being “sold” in the field of debate in Ghana (and soon in Africa).
Albeit he was defeated in several contests, Mr. Osei-Owusu held several leadership positions. To belabor this point, he was the SRC Disciplinary Chairman at Asanteman SHS, the Deputy Minority Leader, UEWK Students’ Parliament, Council Attorney of Opoku Ware II JCRC, UEWK and was an integral part of several committees.
Mr. Osei-Owusu is a spoken Word artiste specifically in Gospel Poetry and a founder of a Spoken Word Crew called SYNNERS (Seeking Yahweh Nearer Now to Elevate Righteousness and Salvation), the first of its kind on UEWK campus. He has also served as a volunteer in several organizations to bring change.
He is currently a Teaching Assistant at the Mathematics and IT departments at UEWK and also the coach of the UEWK Debate Team.
According to him, during his leisure time, he loves to solve mathematics problems, search debate motions, watch debate videos as well as listen to music.
He hankers to become a PhD holder, a Mathematics Lecturer, a Preacher of the Gospel and a world changer in the next 5 years.
His inspiration is God’s Grace and the struggles that come with “genuine” service in leadership.
Congratulations, keep inspiring the youth!
Editor: Mr. Kwabena Asare Baffour