The world tends to blind the eyes of the people in it and sometimes brain-wash their minds. The poor continue to regard themselves as less important whiles the rich continue to have dominance over them.Society has been structured in a way that tends to deepen the segregation and discrimination amongst people and barely gives hope to the poor.
There was once a young student who hailed from a deprived area in the suburb of Accra in Ghana who made his poor parents proud throughout his life time. Even though, his family was not rich and respected in society,he strived very hard to make himself proud wherever he found himself. He excelled academically at the basic school level and gradually progressed to the junior high school where he reckoned with other brilliant students,some of who were his seniors. Despite all the hardships he faced during his time in school with regards to payment of school fees, he sneaked in and out of the classroom when necessary for his quest for survival. After a period of time in school, he decided to find means to survive therefore he began selling bread and brooms his grandmother every single day before he went for school. Sometimes he was punished severely for being late but that did not change anything about his determination to survive academically and physically.
His devotion to his studies was impeccable as he always burnt the midnight candle in a a very unconducive environment where noise reigned. Has time flew and his days in the high began to be counted towards his final exams which is popularly know as Basic Education Certificate Examinations(B.E.C.E), he decided to make history in his family. He excelled with distinction and he was admitted into the Presbyterian Senior High School, Osu(OPREE). When he gained admission, his parents became very worried and contemplated on how to finance his education,but as the saying goes, “God makes a way where the seems to be no way”, his parents managed and sold some of the valuable properties such as cloths and gold necklaces and rings. Tears filled his eyes when he realized what his parents had done for him and there, he vowed to make them proud always.
When time was due for a new life in the senior high school, a prayer session was held to commit him into the hands of God as the Bible teaches. His first day was memorable as he found favour in the sight of those who encountered him. He became the favourite to the teachers and the seniors because the countenance of God was upon him. Real life began when he first sat for his terminal examinations which his performance was not anything above average. He then realized the need for urgency in his studies which he reaped the fruits of his labour in the subsequent exams. Soon he was elected a prefect in his first year to help in the administration of the school at the student level. Because of his diligence and tenacity, he was assigned numerous roles in the school, but these roles did not deter him from achieving his academic aspirations.
He was adjudged the overall General Arts student in his second year during the schools’ speech and prize giving day. His mother’s eyes where filled with tears as she witnessed the events. Indeed her son had already made her proud by excelling so well in his academics despite performing numerous roles in the school. He became the song of the teachers and his fellow colleagues as he sparkled beyond the walls of the school as he represented the school at various competitions winning laurels for the school. He was a true gem of hope for the hopeless school which was regarded as an “unknown school” amongst the giant schools at that time. Some people are born great,others achieve greatness, whether you become great or achieve greatness depends on your self-concept- which is how you see your self above situations. When one is determined to climb the mountain, he is not perturbed of the obstacles that confront him, because those obstacles make him stronger for the actual challenge.
This young boy continued to remain in the sight of GOD at all times as he excelled. Suddenly there arose the greatest threat to the faith of this young one as he was accused of conspiring with his colleagues to tarnish the image of a teacher in the school. Hence his entire class was suspended for a week without teaching and unfortunately, time was approaching for their final exams. This was indeed a bad news for the class,yet they managed to do with the situation as some students from the class took the role as teachers and helped each other.
He sat for the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Exams and passed with rainbow colours. He later gained admission to the nation’s premier university which is the University of Ghana to read the Bachelor of Arts. There also, he remained the talk of the talkative and the music to the listeners. He has currently been awarded a scholarship to further his profiency in an Eastern African language.
“Life is full of great challenges but how you approach it makes the difference. If you have the right attitude, no challenge will overcome you. With determination and faith one can do what they could never had done. When you fall when walking, stand up and continue the struggle for there is a reward for every effort made. Some of the rewards are shortly gained whiles others take quite long.
There is hope for those who know their God and serve HIM diligently and He makes them strong when they are weak. Those who always give up,end up looking down upon themselves, whiles those strive hard continue to hope for greater things in life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your part. There is HOPE for the hopeless. Fight the good FIGHT will your might and you will crowned the winner at the end of the day. BE HOPEFUL!”
By Samuel Nii Adjetey Cleland