I was born in Apowa, which is a small town in the western part of Ghana, in West Africa. When I was a young child, I had to walk about eight miles round trip to fetch water. Even though I could carry only about a gallon or a gallon and half of water at a time, walking so many miles did not bother me at all because I walked with grownups. During the walk, they would talk about different kinds of people, their successes and failures, and how they were able to pass through those difficult times. I attentively listened to every word, and as I grew up, I made sure not to fall into the traps that led to the failed life stories I’d heard from those walking bodies.
I was whipped with different kinds of objects throughout elementary school by my various teachers, but the whippings were most frequent in my seventh year. Even though I was a good student and above average in my school work, my teacher thought I could do better, so whiles my classmates played during break, my teacher would call me to be punished for scoring just above average in an exam or on class work. Whipping for such performance is quite bizarre to think about now. I have studied and done school work with the light from lanterns and candlesticks, and I have studied often with the full moon light. I also willingly and enthusiastically walked twelve miles round trip to the only theater in the area to watch a movie.
Although my childhood was difficult at times, I would not trade those days for anything, because those experiences made me stronger, resilient, and independent. I left home when I was 23 years old. During my journey since, I have traveled to different countries, crawled through difficult situations, and struggled through darkness, but at the end of every day, I am able to come out into the bright light to
see the greatest place that God has prepared for me.
My father always said, “Little drops of water make a mighty ocean,” and my mother always said, “Never give up as long as you are still breathing.” I think of their sayings often, and I consider how those sayings apply to my life. Now I Have a saying of my own to pass down to my children and grandchildren: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” Thank you for letting me share my story.
THAT EVER CAME TO BE
I just want to thank Mr. J. J. Hebert and the entire Mindstir Media, including my editor, Mr. Rob Rop, and my illustrator, Mr. Justin Stier, for the great work they did with my script. I also want to thank my life partner, Kwame Adjin, and my children: Anastasia, James, Emmanuel, Richard, Christopher, and Veronica for their endless love and encouragements. I extend my deepest gratitude to the following families and individuals: The Wreh family, the Kwofie family, the Ansanyi family, the Ackom family, the Pobee family, the Revived Church of God family, the Yankson family, and Theresa Bacani. I also want to send lots of love to my grandchildren: Ernest, E.J., Elianna Mary, Eliora Vera and Serene Paris. I send love to my in-laws, my nursing school study partners during my Seton Hall University years, professor Veronica at Hostos Community College, my god mother Mina Ankrah, and my god children Nathaniel Asare, Eva Princess Acheampong, and Joy Fuentes. I also want to express gratitude to all my co-workers at Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center, Concourse rehab and nursing center, Maxim Home Care, T.F.C. Service Bureau, White Glove Community Care, and Promise Care Agency. Last but not the least, to my childhood friends: Cecilia Koomson, Victoria Yankson, and Grace Wood, thank you for your support. Thank you to Pastors and pastoral related personnel, all the various Law Enforcement Agencies, all Veterans, all Heath care Workers, Teachers, Journalists, Actors, Actresses, TKD ladies club members, and the entire Ghanaian Community for your existence . God Bless you and may you be safe always.
I attended Apowa Roman Catholic Elementary School from 1965 to 1975. In America, I attended Hostos
Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx New York from 2002 to 2004 and transferred to Seton
Hall University, South Orange New Jersey and got my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.