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Meet the Rising Star of the Year

Peter Quarcoopome, an Economics with Computing student of Regent University College of Science and Technology was awarded the 2012 Rising Star of the Year Honorary Award at the Youth Excellence Awards organized by Waves International Ghana in March 2012.

Peter is one of Africa’s young entrepreneurs. He is the Founding President of Continental Thought Factory (CTF-Africa), a synergy of inspired African youth, students and professionals running with a vision of continental and global initiatives. Their initiatives focus on inspiring a new generation of visionary leaders that embrace the responsibility of shaping the future of Africa today through value-based development principles, patterns and approaches. CTF-Africa is a non-profit organization present in over 14 African countries namely; Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Uganda, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Benin, Kenya and Zambia.

The Rising Star of the Year Award reflects WAVES International's belief that recognizing excellent practice among young and enterprising people is integral to nurturing great leaders that will spur development on the continent. The award recognized Peter Quarcoopome’s contributions in areas such as establishing businesses that have created jobs and employment for youth in Ghana and around Africa, inspiring several young people to start their own businesses, developing innovative ideas for business growth and managing successful projects in African Markets.

Among those who received awards were George Andah, the Chief Operating Officer of Glo , Esi Ansah, the Chief Executive Officer of Axis Human Capital, among others.

The 2012 Youth Excellence Awards was sponsored by Interplast Ghana, Kampac Oil, Waves Business Services, British Council, and Davids Dreams.

During a press interview, Peter Quarcoopome acknowledged the award as a great inspiration and said he was greatly encouraged and advised young people to run with their visions in spite of the difficulties they may encounter. He remarked that when he was a young boy, his father used to remind him of a quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that “The heights that great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight; but they while their companions slept, were toiling upwards in the night.”

Other founding partners of Continental Thought Factory also attended Regent: Johannes Lucien Adotey and Gifty Golda Fynn.
Recently, the team established a platform under CTF called the CTF-Family of Friends. This platform brings Government leaders including ambassadors of nations, parliamentarians, ministers of state, and successful business leaders together to have round table interaction with young people. This platform is aimed at developing youth that will transform their organizations, communities and nations to greater levels of performance and achievement.

Aside Peter's leadership role at CTF, he also serves as a partner and Managing Director of a market research company in Ghana, Markets Speaking Ghana Ltd.

Peter functions from his primary base in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. He has designed and coordinated a number of leadership training, organizational transformation and education-based initiatives across Africa. Other professional experience includes public relations and business development for various companies and institutions.

According to Peter, his achievements and successes so far are inextricably linked to his educational experience at Regent.“I owe a greater part of my success to the value of education at Regent University College of Science and Technology and the opportunity to work with the university as an Administrative Assistant and Graphic Artist. I was greatly encouraged.”