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A resilient young man, Debrah Sarpong, has given an inspirational grass to grace account of how he made it despite rounds of adversities

 Sarpong disclosed that he used to peddle illicit drugs, worked as a shoeshine boy, and later as a phone repairer to pay his school fees

 Despite the cycles of impediments, he has finally bagged a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

A young man who had worked as a shoeshiner is in celebration mood as he acquired a Master's degree in accounting and finance from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

In a post on social media, he recounted that before attaining this feat, he went through rounds of tough adversities due to his deprived background.

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Debrah Sarpong disclosed that at the age of 12, he used to hide small wraps of coca*ine in a matchbox to deliver it to a young man at Amakom in Kumasi without being caught in return for money.

Fearing he could either get caught by the police or be forced to taste the drug one day, he stopped getting closer to the man who used to be the drug dealer. He said:

''I started a shoeshine business to get my daily bread and finance my school bills."

With the little savings from his shoeshine business, he paid his Basic Education Certificate Examination(BECE) registration fee of GHc3.00 (old GHc30,000).

Sarpong completed junior high school as the second-best in the school when results were released by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), he said.

But he was yet to face another impediment because of his economically challenged background.

''Having no money to further to senior high school (SHS), I became a phone repairer at Adum in Kumasi and started evening SHS private classes for three years.''


''I registered and sat for WASSCE NOV/DEC exams. I performed creditably when the results were released. I moved to Kumasi Polytechnic (Kumasi Technical University) to pursue Diploma in Business Studies, Accounting (DBS).''
After bagging his diploma, Sarpong challenged himself to pursue BSc in Accounting at the University of Education, Winneba.

''Now I've graduated with a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).''
Sarpong shares his grass to grace story in the post below.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a homeless girl who has had to sleep in lecture halls celebrated as she bagged a master's degree.

At age 10, Jespher Nyaboke’s lost the ability to hear in one ear, owing to severe maltreatment from her aunt, who was assigned to cater for her after Jespher lost her mother during childbirth.

Born in the small village of Kiong'ongi in Nyamir, Kenya, Jespher managed to continue her primary education and proceeded to Kebabe Girl's High School and sat for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams in 2002.

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