Nana Yaw OSEI-DARKWA is a young adult and dynamic social entrepreneur and youth activist from Ghana in West Africa. He is the Founding President of Youth Icons Ghana, a vibrant youth oriented non-governmental organization committed to the empowerment of the Youth of Ghana and Africa. Nana is a communications professional by training and a social entrepreneur by choice (passion).
He is a staunch advocate of Kingian Nonviolence in Ghana. He has coordinated two of Ghana’s most organized and successful peace and nonviolence education campaigns, the 1GHANA PEACE PROJECT in 2008 and the GHANA PEACE CAMPAIGN in 2012. These two projects were very instrumental in helping maintain peace and democratic governance in Ghana. Under his inspirational leadership hundreds of young people in Ghana have been educated in nonviolence conflict reconciliation training in the last three years. This he inspired through a formal working partnership he brokered between Youth Icons Ghana and the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies of the University of Rhode Island (USA).
In September 2012 Nana taking inspiration from his mentor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convened the famous Million People March for Peace in Ghana which had the sitting Vice President of Ghana and the Chairman of the biggest opposition party, trade union leaders and members, civil society organizations, women groups and students coming out to participate in this historic march. This march placed the Ghana Peace campaign project of which he was National Coordinator and indeed Ghana on the map among a few other projects globally that have attempted gathering a million people to march for a cause.
Nana was the proud recipient of the first ever BRUCE W. TANCRELL MEMORIAL Scholarship in 2011. An award he received from the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies of the University of Rhode Island for his sterling contribution to the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence in Ghana. He has been a resource person for several international conferences on peace both local and international. One of such high profile platforms is the Annual Peace and Sport Forum in Monaco where he championed the creation of a youth session and subsequently became one of the very first young people to serve as a panelist on this important peace platform which brings together Heads of States, Corporate Champions, Sporting Icons, UN Agencies, International Sports Federations et all every year to discuss the role of sport in promoting peace.
In August 2013, Nana was invited by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as a Special Guest Panelist for their 50th Leadership Conference (SCLC) which was founded by Dr Martin Luther King was instrumental in the fight against racism, injustice and discrimination during the civil rights movement. In December 2013, Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa was named as an Ambassador for Peace by the Ghana Chapter of the United Peace Federation (UPF) a global network of peace and nonviolence activists. Nana was named a recipient of the Giraffe Heroes Award in 2014 for his sterling and fearless work in the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence in Ghana. An award presented to change makers globally by the Giraffe Heroes Award organization based in the United States of America.
Nana is a pro-family individual and the Vice President of Family Focus International, a Ghanaian based pro-family organization. He is the Founding Executive Director of Innovative PR Solutions, a public/media relations and events management company he founded in 2005. He is a product of the prestigious Ghana Institute of Journalism. He is a level 2 Certificate holder in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation from the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies of the University of Rhode Island USA and indeed the only home based Ghanaian certified as a co-trainer. Nana takes inspiration from his mentors Joel Bouzou and Dr Marin Luther King Junior of blessed memory. Joel Bouzou is the President of Peace and Sport International Forum of Monaco, advisor to the Prince of Monaco and President of the World Olympians Association. Nana has several media articles to his credit.