A level 400 medical student of University for Development Studies (UDS), Joanna Gunab has emerged as the winner of first ever edition of Kareoke contest in Tamale.
Joanna Gunab, who is physically challenged, rose through all odds to become a first winner in the Kareoke contest organized by the Tamale City Hotel two weeks ago.
According to reports, Joanna who hails from the Upper East Region regardless of her disability, beat all other competitors to emerge winner of the contest.
Although Joanna at the age of 5 suffered some medication complications that affected one of her limbs, she has risen above all difficulties and she is inspiring many others.
From all accounts and indications, the physically challenged medical student is living, laughing and reaching for her dreams regardless of societal challenges.
Miss Joanna Gunab who spoke to Yen.com.gh months ago disclosed that at the age of 5, she fell into a short illness, which resulted in her present condition.
Joanna narrated that she arrived home from school one day feeling ill and was rushed to a nearby clinic, as her family were worried she was not going to make it through a journey to the general hospital.
She said upon her arrival at the clinic, there was unfortunately a blackout which forced the nurses on duty to use a lantern.
She said during the process, she was administered an injection and medication, which rather adversely affected one of her limbs, causing it to stunt in growth.
Joanna told YEN that, growing up, she had to deal with her peers and even adults shunning her and poking fun at her disability.
“There were times I wanted to give up cos I thought I didn't amount to anything but my family didn't allow me to do that. They never treated me differently from any of my siblings,” she said.
Joanna said she finally gained admission into the Kumasi Girls Senior High School where she faced same challenges, but managed to work hard through her science course to pass her exams.
Today, Joanna stands tall among her peers as a proud level 400 medical students at UDS who is inspiring many young students to pursue their dreams regardless of life challenges.
In the video below, the deputy education minister, Mrs Barbara Ayisi, speaks on how President Akufo-Addo inspires her, and how the president's success story must also inspire the youth of Ghana to greater heights:
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