With what many may see as impossible, others see it as an opportunity and make hay out of it while the sun shines.
A 27-year-old young man Amos Ekow Coffie who was once a “Banana Bread seller” has now graduated with a First Class Honors degree in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
It was a moment of joy for him yesterday,13th November 2020, at the graduation ceremony when he was awarded the Degree.
Amos Ekow Coffie decided to break the odds of life and challenge himself to become of the best in the field of Journalism.
He started as a Journalist in 2014 when he didn’t even have any degree. He had a passion for the job and wanted to tell the stories of his people from the village he grew up Akuse.
The 27-year-old man started from Obonu FM in Tema as an observer who was always studying how productions were done, then after some time, he heard of the GBC Training school where he took a recommendation letter from the then Managing Director of the station to be allowed to participate in the next training sessions since he realised his potentials.
“I didn’t have any degree or certificate in Journalism, I didn’t even know anyone at the place by then, I only went there and I asked of the MD and he welcomed me after sharing my dreams with him, for some reasons I won’t mention his name but he has been first stone and shoulders I rallied on to get here today” he stated.
A few months later he got the opportunity to join the training session at the Headquarters of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
Upon arrival, he met his God-mother who is the Head of Religious department of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Very Rev. Helena Opoku-Sakordie whom after interacting with, advised him on what to do to achieve his dreams.
“She advised me to get a degree and after that many opportunities will come my way, but for now I won’t be able to get a job if I don’t have a degree, I welcomed her idea but the only challenge was the tuition fee and I didn’t know where to get the money from to further my education knowing very well where I am coming from, so I told her about it then she asked me to go and ask of the price of the forms for GIJ admission and come for the money to go and purchase it,” he said.
“I did that and she really assisted me, paid some part of my first-year fees and provided for me, but as vociferous as I am, I didn’t want to solely depend on her so I met, a young man at the corporation, his name is Selasi Sikanku, (visually impaired) he works with GBC as a presenter and lo and beholds, we happen to speak the same language, which is the krobo, so we started talking and in fact even before I came to GBC I once watched an interview which he was featured and he motivated me with his words because being a visually impaired person and at the same time, being a presenter was the motivating part for me”.
How the Banana Bread business started
He narrated how he started selling the banana bread.
“After meeting Selasi, he taught me a lot and he also taught me how to make money, he told me about his brother’s business which is baking banana bread and he needed someone he could work with so the person will be his salesman, then immediately I told him, please tell him I am in, I didn’t even know what goes into selling banana bread but I just had to survive in Accra so I accepted the offer before he could even talk. He linked me up and we started doing this business, every morning I go to office-by-office in GBC with a big smiling face and when I knock on your office door, the first thing I shout and say is “hello, Banana bread is here”,
“then with just that smile and happy mood activated you will definitely end up buying some, I could roam most of the offices in Kanda in the mornings just to sell the pieces of bread before I come to the class to start my training at the training school, this continued till I finished and I was sent to the newsroom for attachment, so before I got to the newsroom, I was familiar with most of the stars on GTV, after getting to the newsroom the business grew stronger and this time round people place an order before delivery and it was fun being a salesman,” he noted.
He went on to narrate how he could walk from North Kaneshie to Kanda just to work as an intern.
“I use to walk from North Kaneshie to GBC and sometimes when I am walking I get tired but I still have to get to work early before everyone does because I don’t anyone to see that I walk to work, in fact, I manufactured my own car called ‘the leggedise benz” this is because upon arrival my feet and soul of my shoe will be soiled with sand and dust so I usually go to the washroom and clean it with a rag I kept there hidden for the period I stayed there, sometimes my shirt will be wet with sweat and I had to take it off and dry it in the washroom and stay there for a while before it gets dry then I walk majestically to the Newsroom to have my seat” no one knew what I was going through, the pain and struggles I had to go through before coming to the office because I never showed or said it, but only God knew my pain and struggles because I always talk to him,” he said.
He went on to say; “I sometimes don’t eat the whole day because I was saving money to help myself in school and only depend on the tips I get when I am being sent by some of the senior staffs in the newsroom, they sometimes even buy the food for me personally because they know when they give me the money to buy the food I won’t buy it, I will rather save it for my fees, I was just in need of money to support myself in school so I didn’t want to spend much, all the profits and money I was getting from the sales of the Banana bread was what I was saving as well to support my self in school”.
“It got to a point, whenever I ask for help from people, I make sure to tell them the amount I have been able to raise and if they could add up for me, this was how I was able to manage and survive through school, and today here I am by the grace of God graduating with a First Class Honors in Communication Studies,” he said.
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Source: vicruz.com | Anna Mensah Benson