Fullname: Divine Kporha
Category: Humanitarian Award- Physical and Mental Disability
Nominee's Bio: Divine Kporha graduated from the University of Health and Allied Sciences in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. He served the nation as a Registered General Nurse at the Keta Municipal Hospital, where he worked closely with the Nursing Administration and In-Service Trainings as a facilitator. He also serves as the Project Manager (Ghana) for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundation. Divine is also the Executive Director of the Divine Kporha Charity Foundation. While at UHAS, he served as President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and was also President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) Volta Regional Bloc. Dedicated to improving community mental health, he also served as President of the Mental Health and Well-being Foundation, Ghana-UHAS in 2016 and 2017. He graduated as the first recipient of the “Prof. Fred Newton Binka Prize for Best Graduating Student with Demonstrated Service to the University Community”. Divine was also the President of the National Service Personnel Association - Keta Nurses and Midwives Wing. As a young graduate of UHAS, Divine has continued to distinguish himself through his compassion for the less privileged, working with communities to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and leprosy through public workshops on healthy living and suicide prevention. He and his team have also been working to raise funds and awareness for people living with disabilities through several community development projects, resulting in improved quality of life. In 2018, he was honoured with the Kofi Annan Youth Inspirational Award for his dedication to community service; and in 2019, he was recognised with the highest accolade a young person can receive for social action and humanitarian efforts, the Diana Award “for selflessly transforming the lives of others and going above and beyond to create and sustain positive change.” That award was established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, with support from her two sons, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. Divine's interest is in community volunteerism by partnering with corporate bodies to maintain, preserve and promote quality healthcare delivery and stigma reduction on people with mental disorders through community participation, mobilization and public education.