Teni Agana: How She Moved From ‘Kayayo’ To An Award Winning Ashesi Graduate

This student is one of the strongest testaments to the power of determination, that Ashesi has ever seen.

Coming from a humble background, she arrived at Ashesi having worked as a ‘kayayo’ to put herself through high school; and having arrived on campus a week after her classmates, she powered through the initial challenges in and out of the classroom, and eventually became one of the strongest students in her class.

From serving as a student intern in Ashesi’s library to being a coach to high school students during Ashesi’s Innovation Experience programme, this student has continually demonstrated a spirit of service to her community

Having known the power of scholarships as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Ashesi, she was instrumental in raising funds to see four girls through their senior secondary school education.

She also led fundraising efforts to sponsor the education of 15 brilliant students from the Berekuso township, where she also teaches mathematics to children. In the words of a member of Ashesi’s team, ‘she is a constant reminder of the importance of equal opportunity and support for all young people’.

For many students in Ghana and beyond, who believe in their complete ability to overcome difficulty and pursue their dreams, Teni represents a remarkable example.

<This post was inspired by Ashesi’s citation to Teni when she won the 2018 President’s Award>

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