On the 7th December, Ghana will be going to the poll and many are those that have filled nominations to stand as members of parliament for their various constituencies. Among these aspirants is a young and vibrant youth leader, who is also a Yali Alumni (Cohort 9), Mr. Dimongso Kafari Benjamin. Mr. Dimongso, who is the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) candidate, standing as a member of parliament for Bunkpurugu Constituency aspires to win the seat with great support from smaller communities he works with within his constituency. His candidacy has caused a shake in the camps of many other political candidates standing with him.

Mr. Dimongso Kafari Benjamin is a Research and Community Development Expert, born on 25th October 1994 to a Mamprusi Father and a Bimoba Mother. He had his basic and junior high education in Binde L/A Primary School and Canteen Junior High School in Damongo, the West Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region of Ghana between the years 2000 and 2009. In 2009, he was admitted to the Northern School of Business Senior High (NOBISCO) to study Business. At NOBISCO, he was appointed as the Scripture Union (SU) President. Mr. Dimongso had his tertiary education at the University for Development Studies, Wa Campus, where he earned a BA in Integrated Business Studies (IBS). He also took other short courses such as Leadership Studies and Climate Activities from The Staley School of Leadership Studies (Kansas State University, USA)

In 2018, Mr. Dimongso was selected from among many young leaders from the West African region to receive Civic Leadership training at the YALI Regional Leadership Center on the GIMPA campus. His adherence and obedience to the course instructions saw him graduating in August 2018. Mr. Dimongso while in the university, initiated and implemented a project which is still ongoing called, “Empowering The School Child Project” on Career Development, Child Rights protection, Child Development, and Personal Coaching for Basic and Senior High Schools within the five (5) Northern regions of Ghana. This initiative has benefited over 15,000 students and 800 Teachers. He also, initiated a cassava production and processing business for income generation, for 12 women groups in the Damongo district of the Savannah region of Ghana.

According to Mr. Dimongso, he and his team have conducted a series of research on the upcoming election within his constituency and is confident to win the seat. Together with his team members, they have also analyzed certain geopolitical factors and other structures that would result in the doom of other contesting candidates competing with him in the election. He also added that most of their analysis was based on the performance of previous candidates in the 2012 and 2016 elections. In a recent interview with him, he lamented how the major political parties have failed to recognize the potential of the district’s numerous natural resources and their incapacity to come out with strategies and policies to make very good use of such resources to generate income and employment for the indigenes of the constituency. He also stressed that the Nakpanduri Scarp when well considered could employ not less than 12,000 rural youths with its value chain activities.

Mr. Dimongso stated that when voted into power he will establish a groundnut-processing factory in the constituency and employ the women and youth within the constituency since the people in the constituency are major producers of groundnut. He added that his target is to promote socio-economic development in the constituency through Agriculture, Tourism, Education, Entrepreneurship, ICT activities and many more. He believes that when the constituents are empowered in such activities they will be liberated from poverty and will be able to contribute their quota to national development.

-Yaw Sakyi