From grass to grace to stories about Ghanaians who took actions owing a paradigm shift of their mindsets to change their circumstances including those who resolved to challenge narratives, 2019 has had some inspiring accounts.
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While there are many of these stories equally worth being retold, YEN.com.gh brings you a recap of six of these accounts that went viral and garnered global attention.
1: From kayayo to a Radio and TV personality, Melody Kukua Adjei, graduated from the African Institute of Journalism and Communication (AUCC).
Kukua Adjei shared a motivating story of her humble beginning in life on social media, reinforcing that even the most fortified hurdles can be surmounted by a fiercely determined urge to accomplish one’s dreams.
The Ghanaian Radio/TV personality inspired others with her grass to grace story, re-echoing that the ''charcoal seller’s [daughter] will one day wear a white dress''.
2: Richard Agbedor, another empowering individual stirred people up with his exceptional resolve to change his situation after he enrolled at the University for Development Studies (UDS) to pursue a degree programme.
Having started as a security guard (watchman), Richard Agbedor graduated with B.Sc. degree certificate with Second-Class Upper honours in Agriculture Technology from the University for Development Studies (UDS).
As a former ‘watchman’, his rise from grass to grace earned him a spotlight.
3: Amegah Alice Xorlaly, a first-class graduate of the University of Ghana recently completed her master's programme at the University of Oxford, UK.
Her journey to pursuing another academic feat started with daunting financial challenges, however, a determined Xorlaly braved the odds and graduated with a master's degree in Comparative and International Education.
Prior to chalking the laudable milestone, Xorlaly, had been ''in a desperate situation’’ and had to resort to a GoFundMe page which yielded positive responses from many who ''stepped in to offer advice, direction and ‘few strong benefactors emerged to ensure Alice went to Oxford.''
The native of Boadua, near Akwatia in the Eastern region made her country and people proud after successfully graduating with a master’s in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford.
4: Another uplifting moment of 2019 was the account of a former Ghanaian 'trotro' driver who graduated from the University of Ghana.
Mordzifa revealed the he gained admission in 2005 into the university but couldn’t start due to financial setbacks.
34-year-old Jacob Semekor Mordzifa gained admission again in 2015 and finally graduated as one of the best students with a degree in Geography and Resource Development, with an average score of 3.91 GPA from the University of Ghana.
5: After years of beating down the odds, Mac Sarbah, a young man from a relatively poor background graduated with a master’s degree from the Harvard University.
Giving a background about himself, the Harvard graduate explained he grew up in Yeji, a small farming community in Ghana. He says he lacked basic amenities like potable water and electricity. He recounts how he used to walk several miles to the Volta Lake to fetch water.
Mac Sarbah inspired many young people after he made headlines as the latest Ghanaian to graduate with a Master’s degree from the Harvard University.
6: Olivia Agbenyeke, graduated with 7As and one B2 from the Keta Senior High Technical School, Volta region.
However, parents of the brilliant young graduate had been faced with financial setbacks which her tertiary education.
Olivia Agbenyeke had to help her father operate his drinking joint within the slums of Agbogbloshie, serving as a bartender. Six years on, Agbenyeke, has graduated from the University of Ghana as a medical doctor.
The former student of St. Roses High School, revealed her struggles as a mother and wife who finally completed a two-year master's programme in four years.
She graduated with a master's degree in Home Economics and Family Resource Management.
7: Felicitas Adu-Acheampong completed a PhD programme in Economics at the Wayne State University, USA.
Dr Felicitas Adu-Acheampong was awarded the degree on December, 10, 2019.
The mother of two kids and wife shared photos online to announce her achievement.
Felicitas Adu-Acheampong revealed it took her six years of hard work and finally graduated with a PhD in Economics from the Wayne State University, USA.
8: While she may have not set out to challenge narratives, her achievement after graduating with a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow, UK, Angela Tabiri’s story served as an inspiration to young women especially young girls in Africa who either want to or are pursuing courses that would eventually lead to careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Angela Tabiri earned the accolade ‘math-goddess’ after making headlines for the higher quality of work she produced for her PhD in Mathematics for the University of Glasgow in the UK and after she successfully graduated as a doctor of Mathematics.
These stories and many more stirred people up to move and take a step at a time to change situation or bring to live, a life-long dream.
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