The Administrator of the youth wing of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Kwame Asafo-Adjei Ayeh, has been elected as the Vice-Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU). Nana Asafo-Adjei won during the union’s Council meeting held in Munich, Germany, on Saturday August 14, 2021.
He secured a landslide victory in the contest which had delegates drawn from more than 127 member organisations in 81 countries across the world. He contested against 20 other candidates from IYDU member organisations worldwide.
The NPP nominated Nana Asafo-Adjei to contest for the position on July 30, 2021.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference could not have a lot of delegates attending in person. Notwithstanding that, Ghana was represented by Martin Kofi Achempong and Kwadwo Baah Agyeman. All other delegates and participants joined the conference via Zoom.
The IYDU is a global alliance of centre-right political youth organisations which are united by a common desire for greater individual freedoms and governmental non-interventionism. The IYDU is the official youth network of the International Democrat Union (IDU).
Nana Asafo-Adjei’s victory comes as no surprise, given his enviable international and domestic reputation in youth development, governance, and political mobilization. He currently heads the directorate of international relations at the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO). He previously served as an Associate Policy officer in the office of the Secretary General of the African Union (AU) Commission in Addis Ababa and currently a member of the Elections Committee of Young Democrat Union of Africa (YDUA).
The Vice-Chairman-elect was a member of the Ghanaian delegation to IYDU Freedom Forum 2019 in Rabat, Morocco, and also part of the Ghanaian delegation to Grand Bassam, Cote d’voire, for the formation of Young Democrats Union of Africa (YDUA).
He holds an MBA in Marketing, MA in Public Relations, Executive Masters in Social Media Communications and MA in International Relations and Diplomacy. He is an avowed advocate of centre-right ideology, democracy, and human rights. It is expected that he will bring his vast experience to bear in his new role.
A statement issued by the National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, said “the entire NPP Party and the Youth Wing of the NPP congratulate him and wish him well in this important position.”