Nana Yaw Oti Boateng, 15 year old Ghanaian boy based in the United Kingdom was adjudged as the Phenomenal Abrantie of the Year at the JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Academy Graduation organized by Junior Shapers Africa (JSA); the leading non-profit personal development organisation championing the “Raising Boys Right” Advocacy in Africa through life coaching, talent development & Godly counselling sessions to address the silent struggles of African Boys.
The graduation event held virtually on 19th September 2020 on video conferencing app Zoom also coincided with the 5th Anniversary celebration of Junior Shapers Africa.
Nana Yaw emerged tops out of a total of over 42 boys who participated in The JSA Phenomenal Abrantie (Gentleman) Academy; a 12 week virtual program to instill values and mindset change in our young ones and to assist them set goals to achieve their purpose in life.
The JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Academy, was the first ever virtual program borne out of an inability to meet physically due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and proved to be a phenomenal success with participation from African boys in Ghana, UK, US, and Thailand. For 3 months, the boys were coached and guided to acquire personal values, set S.M.A.R.T goals for themselves, and also cultivate the right attitude and mindset to help them attain their future ambitions as they grow up to become Phenomenal Gentlemen leading change in our society.
After 12 inspiring weeks of gaining knowledge on Values and Goals Setting at the Pre-Teen and Teen Classes between June – August, all participants were celebrated for their hard work and Nana Yaw Oti Boateng was crowned the JSA Phenomenal Abrantie of the Year 2020 after a grueling contest where the Top 5 shortlisted participants defended their project work and were challenged to relate their acquired knowledge on goal setting and values to nation building. Papa Yaw Appietu Ankrah was also adjudged the JSA Star of the Year for being the overall best performer in the Junior Division (Pre-Teen Class). Other participants were also acknowledged for their good work and tremendous effort throughout the Academy.
Inspired by the Akan word for Gentleman; “Abrantie” and paired with Phenomenal which means exceptional, a JSA Phenomenal Abrantie is an outstanding male figure who exhibits exceptional qualities of gentleman behaviour such as responsibility, integrity, purpose, self-awareness, confidence, respect for self & others, emotional stability, empathy and other good characteristics worthy of emulation and recognition. A JSA Phenomenal Abrantie is value driven and goal-oriented and possesses soft skills relevant for life including leadership.
Abrantie Nana Yaw exhibited these qualities and many more throughout the academy, and in his final assessment and essay. He also showed thoroughness, confidence and focus in his verbal presentations to answer all the questions thrown to him by the judges during the event. He will be an Ambassador of JSA for a period of one year. During this period, he will assist JSA in its advocacy projects for the less privileged in society and raise funds for JSA’s social intervention project in Jamestown. He will also be assigned leadership roles and tasks at JSA programs to increase his capacity and inspire him to give back to society.
Last year’s Phenomenal Abrantie of the Year Winner, Bryan Quansah participated in several JSA projects as part of his mandate. He assisted in fundraising activities to raise money for JSA’s annual SDG 4 Project and embarked on the trip with the team to implement the project at Somnyamekodur D/A Basic School, Twifo-Hemang (Central Region) where he also shared a few words of motivation with the students. This year he was also with the JSA team to launch the JSA Boys to Men Voyage in Jamestown where he shared his experiences to inspire boys in the area.
JSA Founding Director; Mrs. Ethel Marfo in her address congratulated all those graduating for their immense commitment to the program to acquire these values and goal setting skills that will shape them up to become Phenomenal Gentlemen for their country and the world. She also highlighted the 5 year journey of JSA and the impact made and urged all the boys to go out there and make a difference to further the impact and legacy of raising boys right.
Guest Speaker for the occasion Mr. Michael Adote of The Horesh Foundation shared an inspirational story with the boys and encouraged them to cultivate the right attitude in everything that they do. Some parents also shared their thoughts on the program and how their sons have been impacted by JSA.
We trust this experience will mold Nana Yaw and all other participants into becoming caring future leaders, husbands and fathers. Congratulations Abrantie Nana Yaw. We are so proud of you. Kudos to all the boys who took part in the Phenomenal Abrantie Academy, partners, judges, team and supportive Parents for a successful event.