The University Hall in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), considered to be the best and most popular hall in Ghana have once again shown their magnanimity to support humanity.
This time round, they put smiles on the faces of over 100 orphans at the Kumasi Children’s Home on Saturday, December 22, 2018.
Members of the hall led by their abled president, Mohammed Kataba in partnership with the Global Alumni presented several items, including Milo, Milk, Sugar, Rice, Biscuits, Indomie, used clothes, shoes and toiletries to put smiles on the faces of the children.
Popularly known as KATANGA, the unversity hall has over the years taken it upon itself to undertake social responsibility projects during commemorative occasions and Hall week celebrations to support humanity.
It was songs and words of heart-felt gratitude in the orphanage home when the Fellows, with a great display of their rich culture visited the place during Christmas break.
Supervisor of the Kumasi Children’s Home, Mrs Mabel Boamah was exited for the kind gesture shown to them by the ‘katangees’.
President of the hall, Mohammed Kataba told EssienLive.com their motivation for the donation and indicated that it wasn’t going to be the last.
”It feels good to give back to society. We do so as part of our social outreach programs and we plan on coming back to mentor the young ones and volunteer at the orphanage some time,” He said.
Some students who were part of the visit were proud to be on the trail with the team. To them, it was a day well spent for putting smiles on the faces of the orphanages who received the gifts.
About The University Hall
The University Hall was named to commemorate the accession of the Kumasi College of Technology to full University status on 22nd August, 1961. It was an all male hall until 1st of August 2018, when it was converted into a mixed Hall. The main hall has 198 rooms excluding flats, and the annex has 95 rooms. It is popularly known as” KATANGA”.
From the humble beginnings in the deserted clearing in that virgin bush of KNUST, Katanga grew to become a formidable force in students’ activism in Ghana.
The pioneering members of the hall chose not to make it just a hall of residence like the others but to make it the fulcrum of students activism and a hall of academic excellence. The motto “Rest Not” (which is aptly depicted by a logo which shows a student sitting on a pile of books whilst reading one in his hands ) was therefore apt for the new vision carved for the hall.
Just before the hall was inaugurated, the Republic of Congo in Central Africa had been experiencing the early and unstable years of post-independence. The Katanga province of Congo was a focal point of the Congo story back then. Surprisingly enough, the University Hall identified some striking identical characteristics with the Katanga province.
In no time, the first Hall President was nicknamed Moise Tsombe (after the then leader of the Katanga province. The name Katanga was then bestowed on the University Hall and it has remained so till this day. It was not the Secession spirit of the Katanga province that appealed to us but their sense of purpose and their exceptional gallantry in determining their own destiny.
Facilities include Games room, A Gym, Chapel, Internet Cafe, A mini market, Communication centre, Barbering Salon, kitchen that serves food etc. Katanga has a very lively Junior Common Room