- A Ghanaian student, Ali Inusah, has become the 2021 valedictorian of his graduating class at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA)
- He graduated with first-class and delivered the valedictorian speech during the 13th congregation of UPSA
- Inusah, formerly a herdsman, has been celebrated in a Facebook post by Citi FM/TV journalist, Umaru Sanda Amadu
A Ghanaian student, Ali Inusah, has emerged as the 2021 valedictorian during the 13th congregation of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
Inusah, who achieved a first-class degree in Accounting at UPSA, made history as the 2021 Overall Best Student of his graduating class to clinch the feat.
But he walked a rocky path to become valedictorian, according to a Facebook post by Citi FM/TV journalist, Umaru Sanda Amadu.
Amadu recalled how Inusah had to defy odds and achieve impressive grades in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
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After completing senior high school, he faced an impediment, a setback that threatened his dream to pursue higher education, Amadu said.
While still keeping hope alive, Inusah's senior brother would meet Umaru Sanda Amadu en route with his father to Katamanso near Ashaiman in the Great Accra Region of Ghana.
Amadu recalled how Inusah's brother emerged from the bushes and approached him with the WASSCE results.
''Four years ago, I was driving my father to visit his brother at Katamanso near Ashaiman when a gentleman emerged from the bushes brandishing the WASSCE results of his junior brother. I screamed in excitement when I saw the As on the paper,'' he said.
''His brother asked that I help. If I didn't, he told me, his little brother would remain a herdsman slaving in the bushes for next to nothing. I discussed the boy with my bosses at Citi FM, Sammens and Bernard Avle. They were wowed and decided this boy must not be left to "rot" in the bush.
''Citi FM and UPSA offered him a joint scholarship to study Accounting,'' he added.
After the four-year programme, Ali Inusah achieved first-class and delivered the valedictorian speech during the 13th congregation of UPSA.
''I am very happy and thankful to God, that one other under-privileged person has been given a leveller. Congratulations bro,'' Amadu said.
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Meanwhile, a University of Ghana alumnus, Frank Acheampong, has graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.
Before heading to the Asian country in 2019 to study for his master's, he had graduated from the University of Ghana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the same field.
In addition, Acheampong holds a diploma in Advanced Marketing from The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), which he bagged in 2015.
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