Addison International Center for Emotional Intelligence (AICEI), an organisation dealing with emotional intelligence, is organizing Emotional Intelligence Summit 2018.
The summit, taking place on the premises of the Knutsford University College behind the Mensvic Grand Hotel at East Legon in Accra, from Monday, December 10 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018, will have traditional leaders taking centre stage.
According to its host, Mr James Kwesi Addison, Ghana’s first certified Emotional Intelligence expert, the summit is under the auspices of the Vice-President of the National House of Chiefs Daasabra Kwebu Ewusi VII and the President of the Enyan Denkyira Traditional Area Osabarima Otsibu VI, and that other traditional rulers, including queens, will be attending the three-day event, and it will have both local and international speakers.
“The traditional rulers carry with them the rich history of our old ways and how in times gone, communities were held together by an invisible force – which today the world knows as Emotional Intelligence.
“It is therefore clear that our traditional leaders, with their deep roots in communities, have a role to play in resurrecting many of the old values and practices which build mentally strong communities,” Mr Addison said.
Mr Addison, also the CEO of Addison International Center for Emotional Intelligence (AICEI) and SESA Africa Director, both emotional intelligence organisations, says he grew at the knee of one of Ghana’s most celebrated and loved chief, Nana Antwi II, the then Paramount Chief Enyan Denkyira Traditional Area, now of beloved memory, from whom he learnt how to have the calmness of mind and self to handle issues of life and so it came to him naturally to connect SESA Africa with the National House of Chiefs following its establishment in the country.
It therefore comes as no surprise that Nanaanom have embraced the upcoming Emotional Intelligence Africa Summit under the auspices of the Vice-President of the National House of Chiefs Daasabra Kwebu Ewusi VII and the President of the Enyan Denkyira Traditional Area Osabarima Otsibu VI.
Mr Addison says he founded his Addison Center for Emotional Intelligence to provide Ghana with access to training and coaching which could be deployed into the hearts of communities, and so already aligns with the traditional leadership – a powerful joining of history and science for the good of Ghana.
According to him, he later forged an exclusive access to SEDi, learning, development and research infrastructure through a partnership with its international founder Jay Baughan. This provides him with the one-stop environment consisting of multi-domain expertise, learning and qualification resources and a leading-edge digital technology.
In January 2018, Addison and Baughan launched the Nanaanom Education Development Programme, in partnership with the National House of Chiefs, with the sole purpose of transforming education provision across Ghana, to ultimately establish youth emotional resilience and cohesion.
The Nanaanom role is to provide local management of learning groups within the programme and liaise with educational executives to ensure teachers are fully supported to complete their internationally accredited Certificate of Competence in Child Emotional Safety & Development.
Over the next 5 years, Addison, Baughan and the Nanaanom will support the sponsorship and professional development of 2,000 schools in all 10 regions – making Ghana the largest case study in Africa for excellence in whole-child educational development.