Ephraim Danquah completed St Mary’s Boys’ School as the best performing student in the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Five years on, he has emerged as the 2021 Best Graduating Student in Communication Studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
After SHS, the course he wanted to study at the tertiary level was Ports Management. But, after taking time to examine himself, he realized that he only wanted that because his father worked in that industry.
“Taking a gap year after SHS really helped me package myself for university,” he said.
Ephraim then decided to pursue a degree in Communications at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
“I applied to UPSA because of its open access to information and its facilities,” he said. “At the time I applied a lot of people did not know about UPSA. The university is still growing and finding ways to contribute to student development. UPSA is a small community but it got a great staff and supportive faculty.”
Ephraim is fascinated by how people are able to persuade and interact using anything around them. The need to know more about the field of communication was key in his decision to study it at the university.
“The power of speech motivated me so much. Day in -day out, I developed the skills needed to understand the dynamics of communication. I still have a lot of curiosity and the field of communication keeps revolving every day.”
Ephraim, however, reveals that he was surprised to emerge as the best graduating student from the department of communications.
“Honestly, I was shocked and they inspired me to go for the graduation ceremony. When the Head of Department called me, I shed tears because I remembered all the toil and frustrations, I had to go through before I earned that award,” he said.
Ephraim is currently a Fellow at Lead for Ghana, where he is helping to bridge inequality in education.
He, however, dreams of establishing a communication firm that would focus on research into how emerging media can be used to bridge the indigenous communication gap between distant relatives. He also wants to help groom the next generation of communicators that will look beyond their backgrounds and contribute to knowledge in communication worldwide.
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