The Chinese Students Association (CHINSA) of the University of Cape Coast was founded on May 6, 2022, at the Amissah Arthur language centre (Naana-Opoku Agyemang Auditorium). Dignitaries present at the ceremony were Prof Kwame Osei Kwarteng, Dean of Faculty of Arts, Mr. Ebenezer Aggrey, the Registrar of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Mrs. Georgina Agblobitse, headmistress of University Primary School, Mr. Alex Lavoe, the Head of Penuel International School, Mr. Kojo Sarpong, Board member of Penuel International School, and Prof. Ishmael Mensah, Ghana Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast. Also present were teachers and students of CIUCC.
In his opening remarks, the Registrar, Mr. Ebenezer Aggrey congratulated the students for forming the association. He advised the students that associations are not formed for the good of the members. He asked them to organize more programmes and activities that will increase people’s understanding of the Chinese culture. Mr. Aggrey further advised the association to have a unique identity that members will be proud of. He also advised the executives to be transparent and accountable. According to Mr. Aggrey “the leaders exist because of the members, so the leaders should bear in mind that they are leaders because of the members, so they should listen to them”.
Mr. Haneef Mohammed Sani introduced the association to the audience, providing details on its logo, slogan, as well as the aims and objectives of the association. One of the key aim of the association is to provide academic, social, and general welfare to its members and serve as the official mouthpiece of the entire Chinese student body. Mr. Haneef pointed out that the slogan of CHINSA is “Promoting educational unity between Ghana and China”.
The Assistant patron of the association, Dr. Isaac Ibrahim with the help of some dignitaries awarded the committee members with certificates for their hard work and swore in the new executives. The president of CHINSA, Joseph Kyeremanteng gave an acceptance speech on behalf of the other executives.
Prof Kwame Osei Kwarteng, Dean of the faculty of arts expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the students for coming up with such a great idea to form an association. He advised the leaders to provide leadership with integrity. He added, “leadership is about how to improve upon the association and leaving a legacy when one’s term of office ends”. He appealed to the members, to support the leadership, He further indicated that the criticisms of members should be supportive but not tainted with menace.
The launch was marked with a series of performances from the Chinese students including a musical performance by level 100 Chinese students, Chinese poetry by Mr. Ali, and Lion dance by Enock Essel and Patene.
The masters of the ceremony for the event were Mr. Joseph Kyeremanteng and Ms. Serwaa Assuman.