Broadcast Journalist Elected President of KNUST Law Students’ Union; Makes History with Part-Time Running Mate

A seasoned broadcast journalist with over 12 years of experience, Evans Osei-Bonsu, has been elected as the President of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s (KNUST) Law Students’ Union (LSU). In a historic first, Osei-Bonsu, a part-time student, won the LSU elections alongside his female part-time running mate, Esther Ohemaa Kwakye.

Osei-Bonsu secured 289 votes, representing 47.69% of the total valid votes cast in the keenly contested elections. His competitors, Eleazer Opoku Addae Owusu and Daryl N.A. Vanderpuye, received 161 votes (26.56%) and 146 votes (24.09%), respectively, out of the 606 valid votes cast.

KNUST law school traditionally consists of two streams of students: regular students, directly recruited from senior high schools, and evening students, or part-time students, who often hold advanced learning certificates like Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degrees. Over the nearly 20-year history of KNUST’s LSU, leadership has predominantly been held by regular students, with occasional blends of regular and part-time students in leadership roles.

This election, however, marks the first time two part-time students have been elected as president and vice president. Evans Osei-Bonsu, an alumnus of Opoku Ware School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from KNUST, where he also served as a teaching assistant during his national service.

He currently works as a broadcast journalist with Angel Broadcasting Network’s Pure FM in Kumasi, where he produces for seasoned broadcaster Kwame Adinkrah, the morning show host of Pure FM. Osei-Bonsu’s career includes stints at Angel FM-Kumasi and Kessben FM-Kumasi, and he has received several awards for his dedicated and disciplined work ethic.

His running mate, Esther Ohemaa Kwakye, holds a first-class degree in economics from KNUST and is a product of St. Monica Senior High School in the Ashanti Region. The duo is committed to leveraging the resources within the working group of students to advance the faculty’s cause and enhance its public image.