Fr. Alexander Bedekuru
Most people in Nandom, Ghana, know Fr. Alexander Bedekuru as the amiable, approachable parish priest of Hamile whose radio talks on peace they look forward to every Sunday. In addition to being a dedicated priest, Fr. Alex is also an untiring peacebuilder, a prolific writer, and one with a thirst for knowledge. He has this to say about his involvement with the PPP:
"You see, I do research in order to go and do the presentations so personally it [working with the PPP] is making me to be well informed. And it is changing my own perspective, attitude, and it is more fulfilling, that’s one. It touches people and people appreciate. And some didn’t know me but because of the program people want to see me, they want me to come and give talks here and there. So it has added more value to me. Yes it’s so it has brought a change in my life. And it’s my passion, I love to do it."
In his work with the Nandom Youth for Peace and Development (NYPAD), a local peace committee encouraged and supported by PPP, Fr. Alex frequently draws upon the training in conflict prevention and peacebuilding that he received during his time at the Vatican, and his knowledge of Nandom and its history to help engage people of different Nandom communities in dialogue on peace. Fr. Alex is a wealth of knowledge on conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and a tireless crusader in the pursuit of peace.