In Ghana, education is one of the most important things anyone can have. It has opened doors to riches and power for many people, including those from poor backgrounds.
That is why many Ghanaians desperately seek to acquire education.
Ask the average man what he so much hopes to achieve, and aside money – which is obvious – education will definitely follow closely.
For some, education brings power, class and respect – therefore attaining a university degree is top on their wish lists.
Others also believe education is the key to ultimate success and will do everything to educate themselves.
But there are people who have proven over the years that success is not always linked to education or a degree.
These are people who have excelled in their various fields to become millionaires, but are yet to either attend college or attain their first degrees.
Below are eight Ghanaians without university degrees who are rich in their own fields.
1. Asamoah Gyan
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan is currently one of the richest footballers in Africa and will easily make the top 10 on the continent.
However, despite being recently conferred with a honorary doctorate degree, the striker never attended college or university. Gyan started his professional footballing career immediately after completing Accra Academy Senior High School.
2. Joseph Siaw Agyapong
Currently serving as the CEO of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Joseph Siaw Agyapong is ranked as one of the richest on the continent.
The businessman is the founder of the Jospong Group, under which there are a sizable number of other companies operating. He however, has no university degree, but only boasts an honorary degree awarded to him for his output.
3. Osei Kwame Despite
Chief Executive Officer of the Despite Group of Companies, Osei Kwame Despite, has grown to become one of Ghana’s most successful businessmen.
Despite having never stepped foot in a college or university, he is the owner of Peace FM, UTV, Okay FM, Neat fufu, This Way chocolate drink, etc. He, however, has a honorary doctorate degree.
4. Jerry John Rawlings
Ex-Ghana president Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings is one of the rich people in the country who have never stepped foot in the university.
Rawlings is an old student of the Achimota Senior High School, but did not further his education, opting to join the Air Force.
5. Oscar Yao Doe
Businessman Oscar Yao Doe made his name renting cars, but little do people know that his educational background does not extend past degree level.
He is currently the Executive Chairman of Eurostar Limousine Group.
Undoubtedly Ghana’s fastest rapper, Sarkodie has travelled the world over with his music but does not own a degree.
The multiple award-winning rapper is also into business and opened the Sarkcess Clothing line a few years ago.
7. Nana Ama McBrown
The beautiful actress dropped out of school in JHS 2, but did not let that deter her.
She is now a successful actress, businesswoman and media personality.
8. Asoma Banda
Alhaji Asoma Abu Banda is not known to have a university degree, but has achieved tremendous success. His success has led him to be awarded with a honourary doctorate degree.
He is currently the chairman of the board of Antrak Group Ltd. He also serves as an executive director of Antrak Group Ltd. He serves as director of Antrak Transport Co. and CFAO (Ghana) Ltd.
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