A RENOWNED herbalist in Kumasi, Mr Benjamin Daniel Bonsu, has been selected for the prestigious American Biographical Institute (ABI) Man of the Year award for 2009.
Mr Bonsu, 75, who owns the Sankofa Herbal Store and Clinic, was the only person to be nominated from Ghana for the award.
‘You are our choice for your country after reviewing hundreds of achievements that have had a positive impact on the lives of others world-wide,” a statement from ABI said.
The award exemplifies the importance and validation of deeds well done.
The ABI said of the nominee: “The institute’s board of research decided on your nomination due to its global efforts to locate accomplished individuals like you.”
Mr Bonsu has, for 50 years, treated more that 1,000 women of breast cancer.
“I have treated many people, yet I have not received the needed recognition in my own country,” he said with regret.
He said herbal medicine had something positive to offer the nation and it must, therefore, be given all the needed attention.
He is in the process of establishing a herbal school in Kumasi to give meaning to traditional medical practice.
Work on the project, which is about 70 per cent complete, has been suspended temporarily because of financial constraints.
Mr Bonsu has also offered support to students of the Department of Herbal Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in their practical work.