- Olivia Agbenyeke graduated with 7As and one B2 from the Keta Senior High Technical School, Volta region
- Parents of the young brilliant graduate had been faced with financial setbacks which stalled her tertiary education
- 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 story about Olivia Agbenyeke, a young resilient high school graduate, who just six years ago, was stuck in one of Ghana’s worst slums, Agbogbloshie, serving as a bartender in her father's drinking joint despite attaining remarkable scores in Science.
Agbenyeke obtained 7As and one B2 after completing Keta Senior High Technical School as a science student but had been faced with financial hurdles.
The young graduate’s parents and family simply did not have the means to help their bright daughter to move up the education ladder.
A good teacher in her secondary school Ketasco, Foga Nukunu, took the significant life-changing initiative of asking a top journalist, Kofi Ambidextrous Yeboah of the Daily Graphic, to write and publish Olivia’s story to garner support for the realisation of Olivia’s dream.
Foga Nukunu still raves about Olivia’s academic brilliance, her humility, her discipline and respectfulness.
The story which was headlined ''Olivia, the glitter in the Agbogbloshie slum,'' was brilliantly written by Kofi Ambitextrous and shared on Facebook.
Following the report, Phoenix Life Assurance Company stepped in to offer support to Olivia.
Despite the bitter lemons life threw at a young intelligent girl, Agbenyeke saw beyond her challenges. She envisaged her dreams, driven by passion to change her world and the lives of her loved ones.
Six years on, Agbenyeke graduated from the University of Ghana as a medical doctor on Friday, November 15, 2019. Her achievement will continue to serve as a great inspiration to many, especially young girls.
From Agbogbloshie, one of the 'worst living spaces' in Ghana, the bartender’s daughter, now Dr Olivia Agbenyeke, will wear white.
Dr Olivia Agbenyeke’s journey to attaining this feat was highlighted on Facebook by Ben Dostei Malor. Read full story below:
In a related story, Professor Haruna, vice-chancellor of Federal University, Gashua (FUGA), Yobe state, started his early years doing menial jobs just to survive. From a tender age, he liked the idea of schooling and getting educated, his passion led him to attend school, even when his parents could barely afford it.
After completing his Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), he remained in Maiduguri and started working as a shoe maker, just to make ends meet and save money to further his education to university level.
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