Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako, a third year doctoral student in the school of Media Arts and Studies has been awarded the 2015 African Studies Association Royal Air Maroc Student Travel Award at an awards ceremony during the 58th ASA annual meeting in San Diego, CA. The award is to enable Kingsley travel to a West African country where he plans to conduct his research on the role the media played in the fight against the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
Antwi-Boasiako also led a team of three other innovative students, appropriately named “Media4health”, to win the 2015 Ohio University Global Health challenge competition. Participants were asked to submit a proposal in tackling the issue of non-communicable disease which accounted for about 37 % of all deaths in Botswana in 2014 alone. The group’s proposal which was judged the overall best had a multifaceted approach including hosting a 30 minute educational radio talk show on the dangers of NCDs and how one can avoid or deal with it, using mobile clinics to reach out to the people in the various communities and starting an outreach volunteer program where people are tested and informed about issues surrounding NCDs in Botswana. The group will be sent to Botswana in June to implement their ideas. Other members of the team were Keith Phetlhe, Kumba Gborie and Kingsley Lims Nyarko, all of African Studies, Com Dev and school of Film respectively.