July 29, 2019 12:44 pm

On Saturday 27th July, 2019, the Hon. Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison graced the initial edition of the “JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Show” held at TV3 Executive Theatre in Accra. The show, to which Hon. Minister served as the Guest of Honour was put together by Junior Shapers Africa in collaboration with the Media General Group’s 3 Foundation.

The “JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Show” – a new addition to the annual JSA Future Men Bootcamp – was held on the theme “Building Better Men through Life Skills” to offer young males the opportunity to showcase and market their own unique handiworks. Over fifty (50) participants exhibited their handiworks which was scrutinised by selected Judges.

The event forms part of Junior Shapers Africa’s (JSA) activities for the year targeted at offering mentorship programmes and inspire young males.

Speaking at the event, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison commended Junior Shapers Africa for its contribution towards mentoring young men. She encouraged boys and men to do well to mentor and reach out to young boys on the streets and slums.

The sector minister advised mothers to dedicate some much-needed attention to grooming their sons and helping them to acquire life skills to assist their families in future. It is against that background that Hon. Cynthia Morrison shared a memorable story of her son exhibiting his unique life skills through cooking.

Young men from the Master Mind Art &Technology Foundation presented handmade art pieces in honour of the Minister.

JSA Founding Director; Mrs. Ethel Marfo in her opening address thanked the Media General Group for collaborating to host this maiden edition and also acknowledged participants, parents, invited guests and everyone present for gracing the occasion. She emphasized the need to motivate boys to nurture life skills that will make them well rounded in our ever-changing society. She urged parents to keep supporting the creative talents of their sons.

Mrs. Akosua Sono Adjei, Manageress of the 3 Foundation also delivered a solidarity message acknowledging their collaboration with JSA and importance of male youth development in our society. She encouraged corporate organisations to partner the efforts of JSA.

As part of the programme, there was a panel discussion with very seasoned men in their respective fields comprising of Mr. Timothy Dzikunu of Jayset Consulting, Rev. Claude Mann of Father Serve Africa, and Chef Elijah Amoo Addo; a Queens Young Leader award recipient and Founder of the Founder of Food For All Africa. They spoke about their values, and the challenges they faced growing up. They also advised the boys to be thoughtful and take advantage of the many opportunities available to them. Parents were also advised to allow their boys to experience the struggles of the real world and share their personal life experiences with them. Society should embrace life skills and provide inspiration for young males to pursue their passions and make careers out of them.

There also was an exhibition of unique handiwork by young males from the JSA Future Men Boot camp, Master Mind Art and Technology Foundation, Soup Kitchen and many others to showcase their gifted hands.

Source: MoGCSP / JSA

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