From Working In A Drinking Spot In Agbogbloshie To UG Medical School – The Story Of Olivia Agbenyeke

There are a lot of brilliant kids out there who have dreams and aspirations but are unable to fulfil them because their parents can’t afford to pay for their education.

Ben Dotsei Malor on Facebook narrated a story of a brilliant lady who went from serving as a bartender in her father’s drinking spot in Agbogbloshie to attaining her dreams of becoming a medical doctor.

This is a story of someone who just graduated from the University of Ghana as a medical doctor.

Read the story below:

Just six years ago, this wonderful young sister was stuck in one of Ghana’s worst slums, Agbogbloshie, serving as a bartender in her father’s drinking joint, despite attaining highly admirable results in Science – seven As and one B2 – with a great desire to become a medical doctor. “Can anything good come out of Agbogbloshie – one of the ‘worst living spaces’ in Ghana?” – some would ask.

Olivia Agbenyeke’s parents and family simply did not have the means to help their bright daughter to move forward and higher. 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 realization of Olivia’s dream. Mr Nukunu still raves about Olivia’s academic brilliance, her humility, her discipline, and respectfulness.

Some of us saw the stories of “Olivia, the glitter in the Agbogbloshie slum,” written nicely by Kofi Ambidextrous, and shared these on our Facebook pages and contacted others to chip in. The Phoenix Life Assurance Company stepped in, in a big way, to support Olivia. Indeed, IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

Just yesterday, SOME SIX YEARS ON, (“like-joke-like-joke” as we say in Ghana,) Olivia graduated from the University of Ghana as A MEDICAL DOCTOR. HALLELUJAH. Glory to GOD. Hurray. DREAMS DO REALLY COME TRUE.

CONGRATULATIONS, Olivia. Well done. Your achievement is a great inspiration to us and to many people. Many thanks to everyone, especially Phoenix Life Assurance, Foga Nukunu, and Kofi Yeboah, plus the Daily Graphic others not name now, for helping and supporting Olivia on this great journey. We pray for your greater success. Continue to be a blessing, Olivia. Continue to inspire.


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