Patrick Awuah
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African Dream: Ghana's Patrick Awuah

After living in the United States for two decades, Patrick Awuah decided to go back to his native Ghana and set up the Ashesi University in the capital, Accra.

The name of the liberal arts college means "beginnings" in the Twi language.

When the university started in 2001 it had an enrolment of 30 students. Ten years later, student figures are close to 500.

For the African Dream series, Mr Awuah told the BBC's Kevin Mwachiro what inspired him to open a university and how his idea came into fruition.

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  • 17 Oct 2011
  • From the section Africa