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14.10.2008 Social News

Book on rediscovering of destiny launched in Kumasi

By Issah Alhassan, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle

A BOOK, which seeks to exhort and encourage the Ghanaian youth to rediscover their fate and success, in the face of increasing political and socio-economic difficulties, has been launch in Kumasi.

The 32-page book, also explores the life of Joseph in the Bible, and how he eventually triumphed, after being subjected to various forms of inhuman treatment by his own brothers, further touches on the need for Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of forgiving one another, and co-exist in peace and harmony.

The author of the book is a 33-year-old blind man of the New Suame Presbyterian Church, and the founder of Christ Foundation Ministry, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which supports God's work and donates to the needy and orphanages in the country.

Pastor Frank Ampofo Agyei is also the author of the bestselling book, “Are you busy?” which touches on time management and efficient use of man hours for productivity.

Pastor Ampofo Agyei, who says he is inspired by the famous religious leader and founder of the Central University, Pastor Mensah Otabil, told The Chronicle, in an interview during the launching, that he decided to write the book after the trials and ordeal he went through as a blind man, in his attempt to succeed in the field of academics.

He said he had faced a lot of challenges since he got blind at the age of 19, and felt like sharing his dreams and experiences with his colleague blind people, and other physically challenged in the country.

A graduate of Theology from the University of Nunstag in Germany, Pastor Ampofo Agyei said he used the Braille method to assemble his materials for the book, before being assisted by his wife to write them on hard copy sheets, for subsequent editing and typing.

He described the situation of disabled people in the country, as very horrendous, because past and present governments had not made adequate provision to secure the welfare of people who are physically and mentally impaired.

According to him, disabled people in the country would continue to be at a disadvantageous position, unless our political leaders put in place measures to tap the human resource capacities of people living with disabilities, adding there was a lot of potential in disabled persons, which could be explored to the country's benefit.

He said his long term mission and objective would be to establish a school up to the secondary school level, and also build a health facility to provide education and health services respectively, to the physically and mentally handicapped.

A copy of the book costs GH¢2.00 and would be available at the various bookshops and supermarkets across the country.