Nana Darkwa  Eric Twumasi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa (GHA), Founding President of Youth Icons Ghana 

Eric Twumasi (GHA), Assistant Programs Manager

'Introducing Youth Focused Nonviolent Solutions in Ghana'

Workshop 1 - 11.00 - 12.30 / Friday June 15th 2018 / Jacob Pronk Hall


Ghana like many other nations has reached appreciable landmarks in its socio-economic life, yet finds it very difficult to deal with violence. Adversarial and armed methods of conflict resolution have dominated our culture throughout modern history where tribes demonstrated their superiority on others through war. From primary stages of upbringing we have been made to accept violence as a normal and necessary part of our culture. What we have learned from history of Ghana are lessons of inter-tribal and ethnic violence –mainly through heroic oral history of violent victories and defeats with little or no attention to the underlying social and political challenges and conditions that undoubtedly have had a greater impact in shaping our culture. Violence has been usually lauded as the supreme solution and consistently has been recused as justifiable behaviour for humanity. The tentacles of violence stretch into almost every aspect of our lives: our homes, work places, recreation, sports and music and with the youth at the centre as the main actors. In recent history, nonviolence has come to be recognized as a significant alternative for groups, communities and whole societies to effectively deal with conditions they face locally, nationally and internationally.

Learning Objectives

  1. Is to propose nonviolence conflict reconciliation as a viable platform for addressing issues where the goal of achieving a beloved community as the frame work for the future is central.

2. To disabuse the minds of young people that violence behaviour is the supreme solution, rather nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people whiles violence is the language of the inarticulate and cowards


About Presenter

Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa is a Communications professional by training and a social entrepreneur by choice. He is the Founding President of Youth Icons Ghana, a vibrant youth-oriented organization committed to the empowerment of the youth of Ghana and Africa through nonviolence and peace education and promotion. He is a certified nonviolence conflict reconciliation trainer from the Centre for Nonviolence and Peace studies of the University of Rhode Island USA. He has travelled extensively and have participated in several international conferences on peace sometimes as a resource person and other times observer. He has won several awards both local and international and has been a major contributor to critical national discourse on peace in Ghana through peace and nonviolence advocacy


About Presenter

Eric Twumasi is the Assistant Programs Manager of Youth Icons Ghana. He is a marketing professional but his deep love for issues bothering on youth development endeared him to Youth Icons Ghana first as a Volunteer in 2012 before finally getting employed in February 2015 after three years of dedicated voluntary service. Eric has been an effective assistant of Programs overseeing and managing events and programs of Youth Icons in the last three years with great success. He was named Youth Icons Best performance staff in 2017 for his unwavering and untiring commitment to delivering results.