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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
December 2, 2016
Canadian Excellence


TK Mawuli Azaglo, Alumnus

TK Mawuli Azaglo (BA ’11) had a turning point in March 2007. It was the end of his second year and until then he hadn’t said a word in class. But after hearing retired Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire speak at an on-campus conference about his experience during the Rwandan genocide, TK found his voice – and his passion.

At the end of Dallaire’s speech, TK asked in front of the audience what the retired Lieutenant-General thought the future of Africa was. Dallaire told him he thought the future of Africa lies in the hands of children and youth who take leadership roles to address the issues they see around them.

“I was very inspired,” said TK. “I told him, ‘I am the future of Africa, and I will do all I can to make a difference.’”

TK got a standing ovation. He didn’t really feel like he had done anything yet, but it had planted a seed that a few months later grew into a campus club called the Future of Africa, which he co-founded with fellow Laurier student John Tsirimbis.

The club is dedicated to raising awareness and eradicating misconceptions about Africa, and encouraging students to act for change. It offers a Journey for Change service-learning program that provides opportunities for Laurier students to see the realities of African countries on a first-hand basis through local community projects. The Journey for Change team also meets with local university students to discuss challenges facing children and youth, and to encourage local ownership of change.

There are big plans for the Future of Africa, which now has a chapter at the University of Windsor. TK wants to see it expand to universities across Canada. The club is also in the process of becoming a registered charity in Canada. In addition, TK wants to build youth centres in different African countries.

“I believe I have a responsibility to go back to Ghana and use the experiences and knowledge I gained studying at Laurier to make a difference. I would love to use the work I do to benefit the continent of Africa,” said TK. “It’s time we stop thinking about our selfish desires. The future of Africa lies in the hands of Africans. We need to do something about it ourselves.”

Following his graduation in the spring, Azaglo returned to Ghana, where he is leading the creation of an non-governmental organization dedicated to African development issues.

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) recently recognized Azaglo’s accomplishments with a Student Leadership in Internationalization Award.