Mrs. Samira Bawumia, Ghana's Second Lady has urged students to take their academic work very seriously in order to ably assume their roles as future leaders.
Addressing a number of African Undergraduate students at the Yale University in Connecticut at the weekend, she urged them to look beyond their immediate privileged environment and bring their knowledge and experiences to bear on society.
Mrs Bawumia, a former beauty contestant, lifestyle Television presenter who holds a Master of Business Administration for Project Management engaged the students in a chat as part of the programme organized by the Yale Undergraduate Association for Africa Peace and Development.
The highlight of the Second Lady’s participation in the programme was her participation as a panelist in a lively debate on Women and Government.
Mrs. Bawumia shared her life story with the students and advised them to apply themselves diligently to whatever they set out to do.
Using herself as an example, she informed the students that she believed her academic work and other life experiences would be greatly beneficial to her current role as Second Lady.
To this end, Mrs Bawumia,an advocate for women, encouraged them to draw lessons from their parents and elders as they have a brighter future ahead of them if only they tackled today's assignments well.
The Second Lady, who started her education as the Answarudeem Islamic School at Fadama in Accra and later read Bachelor of Social Science in Law and Sociology and Technology at the KNUST took time to share her own experiences with the students and responded to various questions on leadership, how she manages her time for the various responsibilities and household engagements..
Picture by R. Harry Reynolds show Mrs Bawumia sitting at the head of the table (in Kaba cloth) addressing the students. On her left is Ambassador Martha Pobee, Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.