Sarah grabs 1st Helena Chinbuah Nyamekye Prize

At the Academic Awards ceremony held on Friday, 13th of April, 2018, at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana, Miss Sarah Ofori Wadieh became the first recipient of the newly instituted Helena Chinbuah Nyamekye award for graduating as the best female student from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The award which is in memory of the late Helena Chinbuah Nyamekye, a member of the third cohort of graduating students from the department is meant to acknowledge and motivate female students who strive for and achieve academic and professional excellence in their studies. The award winner must have graduated with at least a Second Class, Upper Division.

Speaking at the end of the award ceremony, Sarah expressed her excitement at the recognition the award accords her hard work. She revealed that she heard of an award given to the best graduating student during her Level 100 orientation and this motivated her in the pursuance of academic laurels. 

She was however not expecting to win and so it was an exciting moment when she received the letter. She hopes to further her studies in BME. Asked about her strategies for success, she stated studying hard, having lots of group discussions and sacrifice especially in terms of foregoing majority of campus social events and fun. She encouraged those in the lower levels to work hard.
Captain Nyamekye speaking on behalf of the sponsors indicated that the family of Helena had sought to honour her memory after her passing and due to her inclination towards academic pursuits, they felt the best way to do that was through the set up of an academic award for outstanding female students. Helena was a PhD student at the West African Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens until her passing. She held a BSc in Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Ghana and an MSc from King’s College, London. On her part, Mrs Yaa Chinbuah, the mother of the late Helena hoped the award would have the impact of encouraging young ladies to be passionate about their work just as Helena was to achieve their potentials.
Miss Sarah Ofori Wadieh was one of several students and graduates from different disciplines who was awarded at the annually held event. Miss Emmanuella Nana Fosua Essilfie, a final year student, was also one of six students who received the Sadhu T.I. Vaswani/Indian Association of Ghana Endowment Fund Award for Science.

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