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African Heroes Night to honor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng

Ghanaian heart surgeon is a leader in his field

Physician Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng will be honored at this year's African Heroes Night from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

This annual event sponsored by the Ohio University African Student Union (ASU) honors individuals that have made significant contributions to the continent of Africa.

Frimpong-Boateng earned this year's nomination based upon his dedication toward improving his home country of Ghana.

In 1989, Frimpong-Boateng established the National Cardiothoracic Centre and the Ghana Heart Foundation to educate Ghanaians on cardiovascular diseases and to raise funds to assist less fortunate children undergoing heart surgery. He brought the first ostrich farm to Ghana and collaborated with several scientists to start a CNC Machine Tool Centre. He has also been very active in Ghanaian politics.

"This is an opportunity to honor a man who has done so much to improve the lives of so many in Africa," said Christine Pirot, ASU event coordinator. "We are honored that he will be here at OU."

The event will cost $7 to attend, and tickets are currently available for purchase at the International Student and Faculty Service office now through Friday. The event will feature African food and a musical performance by the international music group, Melange. There will also be an open mic session during dinner showcasing a variety of poetry, dance, African fashion and songs.

"It is impossible to express how excited we are for this event," said Pirot. "Sunday night is a culmination of so many different people's contributions, and we are looking forward to a great success."

Frimpong-Boateng will speak before the event as well at the Center for International Studies Forum at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in Bentley Hall 124.