Valedictorian

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY
SAMUEL MENSAH (NOVEMBER, 2020)

I am Samuel Mensah born on 26th April, 1976 to Mr Samuel Degraft Mensah (the late since 2012) and Ms Comfort Anhwere. My birthplace was at the Bibiani Government Hospital in the Western Region of Ghana. I am a native of Tanodumasi in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region from where both of my parents hail. I am the second born of three males on my mother’s side, and the second of six children with three other women (four males, of which one is dead, and two females) on my father’s line. I am a resident of D Line, Buokrom Estate, Kumasi. My mother introduced me to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the 1980s together with my brother who comes after me. I was baptized into the Church at Buokrom Estate on 30th September, 1995.                            
I began my basic school education at Tanodumasi Anglican Primary from 1985 to 1989. I continued in Kumasi from 1989 to 1993 at Nigritian International Primary and JSS, Dichemso, where I completed with an aggregate of six (6) by God’s grace. From 1994 to 1996, I progressed to offer General Science programme at Opoku Ware School. My admission/school number was AU 368. God helped me to complete with an aggregate of twenty (20). I was denied admission for two consecutive times at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the years 1998 and 1999. I found some teaching work in a certain private primary school, Haiceford International, Buokrom Estate, between 1999 and 2000.                            
God guided me to enrol at Ofinso Teacher Training College from 2000 to 2003. While there,   I was nominated the president of the Adventist Students’ Fellowship (ASF) in the 2001/2002 academic year. I completed the college with a 3-year Post Secondary Teacher’s Certificate “A” in 2003. I taught for one year at Koninase/Nkran D/A JHS and another five years at Antoakrom D/A JHS from 2003 to 2009 in the Amansie West District of Education, Ashanti Region.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
In 2009, I got admission at KNUST under study-leave with pay to offer a four-year BSc Biological Sciences. The programme was challenging to me and so at the end of my first year, I had a Cumulated Weighted Average (CWA) of 45.00 (which is a weak pass) with three trailed courses out of the fourteen (14) for the year. I terminated the programme for a four-year BA Theological Studies at Valley View University (VVU), Oyibi, Accra, from 2011 until date due to financial constraints. The seemingly delay, to me was of divine initiation since the Lord has used that to perform many miracles in my life. He (God) brought sponsors to pay for my education and other necessities of life. This has been possible due to the earnest and continuous prayers of family members, friends and church members.                                                                                                                                                      
From my experience at KNUST, I always asked God to get me out of the darkness and shackles of sin and ignorance to His glorious light of wisdom and enlightenment. I implored the Lord to help me every day to put Him and His duties first and best in my life, and to joyfully do something “BIG,” in my own “small” way for Him. Indeed, I have never regretted doing that. This is because God has proven Himself to my burden Bearer, based on Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (KJV).                                                                                                                                                                                       
I am married to Mary Mensah who comes from Bekwai, Ashanti, since 2013 and we are blessed with three (3) children.  She has been inspiring me, together with the children to this end.
God led me to win the second-best basic science teacher award for the 2008/2009 academic year when I was on the teaching field in my stated District. Now He (God) has added to me the award of Valedictorian (that is, the overall best student) for the Graduation Class of 2020. I will forever adore Him among all humanity for His leading. Some of my interests are praying for others and my family, studying the Bible regularly and sharing the message with others, keeping God’s house of worship clean and in order, for service wherever I am, singing and at times playing the organ along at worship.
God richly bless everyone He has used to bring my spiritual and academic lives this far. Amen and Amen.