- A former head porter, Janet Doku-Kwarteng, has opened up about how she acquired university education.
- Doku-Kwarteng, formerly known as Ama Kezia, took a benefactor's surname after he took her in and financed her education.
- She also revealed how a programme organised by a former chief justice compelled her to apply for university education.
Janet Doku-Kwarteng, who was born Ama Kezia, began dealing with challenges right from childhood.
At two years, she lost her father and had difficulties with getting herself educated until a Good Samaritan showed up in her life.
Anthony Doku-Kwarteng, whose surname she eventually took, did his best to take her through basic school till she completed Senior High School (SHS) in 2007, but was unable to continue because of financial challenges.
As early as class five, Janet had cultivated the habit of saving money as she sought to get herself a bright future.
Though she is a native of Chiana in the Upper East region, she lives and works at Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
Janet continued with her head porting business which she got involved in during her early years, because she was determined to save money to pursue education to the university level.
In June 2015, she attended a meeting of head porters in Kumasi where someone affiliated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), facilitators of the Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme, interacted with them.
Per a report by graphic.com.gh, a former chief justice, Justice Theodora Wood, introduced a programme to the head porters.
Janet, again interested in education, rewrote an examination after which she gained admission to the University of Education, Winneba, where she is currently reading a Diploma in Basic Education.
In other news, Maxwell Aladago, a young man from Googo, a small suburb of Zebilla, the capital of the Bawku West district of the Upper East region, is on his way to becoming Africa’s leading Artificial Intelligence researcher.
Information available shows he was teaching in a basic school when volunteers from the Ashesi University met him and encouraged him to apply for scholarship.
His decision to comply, set in motion a chain of events which have eventually led him to Dartmouth College, a private Ivy League research university in the United States of America.
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