- A video of how a young Ghanaian man transformed beautifully has left many feeling motivated
- Kwadwo Poku shared a video of his time in Ghana and how his life transformed after moving to the UK
- Netizens congratulated the young man for defying the odds and making others believe that with hard work, everything is possible
A young Ghanaian man has left many people feeling inspired after sharing a video about his life's journey.
Taken to TikTok, Kwadwo Poku, in a clip, shared an old photo of himself in a town called Tubabodom, where he opened up on how he struggled despite being a university graduate.
He revealed that his breakthrough came after he was given a scholarship by the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to pursue further studies in the UK in 2022, an opportunity he made good use of.
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Today, Kwadwo, who has been accepted to pursue a PhD programme in Medical and Healthcare Studies, has also been selected among 20 scholars to help develop the UK economy with Data Science.
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He expressed profound gratitude to the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat for believing in him and giving him a chance to study abroad.
"My story changed because of you", a caption of the video read.
Three things motivated me
Speaking in an interview with YEN.com.gh, Kwadwo Poku revealed that despite the initial setback he faced in pursuit of his dreams, he was motivated by his past, his desire to take full advantage of his strengths to improve his situation and finally, his ambition to become a research scientist.
" I knew exactly what I wanted to become; a research scientist. I figured that out while in level 300 and started planning while in school. So even when all my colleagues wanted to go out to do their internships in hospitals, I decided to stay back as a teaching assistant so I could learn to work with lecturers to develop my research skills. I spent most of my time planning on how I could get scholarships for master's and PhD and thankfully from July 2022 to July 2023, I received 4 scholarships
Two were for my master's and two for PhD. So I think that clearly understanding what I want and what I needed to do to get there kept my hopes high all the time amidst the challenges.
Mr Poku urged the youth not to be discouraged by their failures but rather learn from them.
"If there is anything I will tell the youth, it will be from my motivations. That is they should focus more on the small successes they had in the past whenever they look back and not be discouraged by their failures; they should learn from them.
"And for those in the university, they should think about building relevant skills they could leverage to get what they want," he told YEN.com.gh.
At the time of writing the report, the video had gathered over 5000 likes and 700 comments.
Watch the video
Ghanaians commend Kwadwo for inspiring others
Netizens who saw the video showered praises on him for using his lived experience to inspire others.
Abena Safowaa indicated:
This is the type of blessing we need to tap into
God has always care for His children. May our God of Bono take care of you
AKOSUA KONADU KESSIE added:
Indeed our God is good. I’m super proud of your zeal for not giving up. Ski is your limit
Phafa Queen reacted:
God I know my story will change one day. I'm not even going to give up
Rejection by my lover inspired me to travel
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that another man who travelled from Ghana to the United Kingdom has recounted how his girlfriend reacted when she learnt he had travelled.
Alhassan Gyawu said his desire to travel abroad after his then-girlfriend rejected his marriage proposal because he was not financially sound.
He planned to travel in search of greener pastures so he could shame his ex-girlfriend.
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