- A gentleman named Foster Akpakli in Ghana has risen from selling second-hand clothes at Kantamanto, to becoming a masters degree student in the USA
- Foster, whose parents also sold in the same market, had to support his studies by helping his parents due to the financial constraints
- According to him, his success has become a motivation to many young people in his locality to study hard
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Foster Akpakli, a young man with a humble beginning in Ghana who spent a great part of his teen years selling used clothes, has been able to rise to become a masters degree holder.
Akpakli was selling at Kantamanto, one of Ghana's biggest used clothing markets, where his parents also sold for a living but struggled to support his education financially.
The young man had to sell as well in order to help fund his education to senior high school level at Accra Academy.
Following that, Foster was able to have his big break to study at Ashesi University in Ghana through a scholarship program he was exposed to in his final year at SHS.
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Motivation to other children
Narrating his story in a feature article on Ashesi.edu.gh, Foster indicates that a lot of parents from his community now use him as an example for their children to study hard in school.
"One called me after my graduation recently to thank me and mentioned that I had inspired her children to believe that they could succeed through school as well," he recalls.
Currently, Foster is studying for his MSc in Finance program at Arizona State University (ASU).
From complete novice to a computer expert
In an equally exciting grass-to-grace story, a young man named Maxwell Aladago, who hails from Googo near Zibilla, a village, 45 minutes away from Bawku in the Upper East Region, lived almost his entire life never using a computer.
According to a publication on Ashesi University's official website, Maxwell settled as a basic school teacher until he met some volunteers from Ashesi University who told him about a life-changing scholarship.
Four years later, as a graduate of Ashesi University, Maxwell Aladago has proven to many that, with hard work and determination, one can conquer any roadblock.