Some students of St Mary's Secondary School with Ing Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa and Cynthia Lumor

The Ghana Energy Awards (GEA) 2021 Energy Personalities of the Year have admonished students of the St. Mary’s Senior School in Accra to set clear goals for their future, keep and work assiduously toward them.

Interacting with over 600 students during the 4th Energy Personalities Outreach Programme (EPOP) held on the school’s premises, Cynthia Lumor, Deputy Managing Director of Tullow Ghana and the Female Energy Personality of the Year, urged the students to stick to their passion and stay true to themselves.

Falling on her own experiences, she encouraged the girls to not only concentrate on the knowledge they acquire in school, but also have ‘smarts’ which, she said, would guide them through life even in the face of challenges.

To this extent, she elaborated on five broad themes, which according to her, would help them go through school and join the professional world, and as well as grow in their personal aspirations. These ingredients include “emotional intelligence, the power of setting goals, the importance of working hard and working smart, taking risks, and the criticality of kindness.”

On his part, Ing. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Energy Personality of the Year (Male) also advised the students to show leadership at every turn in their lives, have humility ingrained in their DNA, and have it in their consciousness that “everything is possible, that every situation has a solution.

“I am colour-blind when it comes to challenges and setbacks,” he told them, “so whenever you make a mistake, don’t dwell on it, just pick yourself up, dust it off (learn the lessons) and move on,” the VRA CEO counselled the St. Mary’s girls.

As top executives in both the power and petroleum sub-sectors in the energy sector, the personalities advised the students to possess grit and the ‘can-do spirit’ to manoeuvre life’s highs and lows.

Energy Personalities Outreach Programme

This event is a distinct feature of the Ghana Energy Awards (GEA) scheme, put together by the awards organisers for winners of the coveted Energy Personality of the Year category. The platform is for these individuals to share their rare experiences with the younger generation, especially second cycle institutions to motivate the students to develop and sustain an interest in the country’s energy sector, which is a giant contributor to the growth of the economy.

Ing. Henry Teinor, CEO of the Energy Media Group, organisers of the GEA and the Event Director, said the purpose of the programme is to help inspire the youth to aspire to become the best they can be, encouraging them to stay true to their life ambitions, which will afford them the opportunity to positively impact society.

The GEA is an energy industry-owned initiative organised by the Energy Media Group in partnership with GP Business Consulting, and being executed with various government agencies within the sector.

The Awards scheme seeks to acknowledge and appreciate the exemplary efforts of stakeholders in Ghana’s energy sector.