The personality arena comes to you today with another thrilling moment where we get to hang out with one of our own Akumi Kwabena Collins Aka Papa Deco who is a 3rd year Agri Business student.
Who is behind Akumi Kwabena Collins?
A 21-year-old, fine gentleman who comes from offinso and resides at kronom (Kumasi). I’m the only child of my parents, and completed Dwamena-Kenten at offinso. A proud fellow as well. I’m a footballer, a professional footballer to be precise, I have creative skills as well as decorative skills. A funny and a cool guy, who creates a joyful atmosphere when around friends. I attend the church of Pentecost, English assembly of the Afrancho district, Suame area in Kumasi. I’m a member of the ushering and the organizing committee in my church. I was birthed by Mr. Kofi Akumi and Mrs. Cecilia Abena Ogyaa
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution? (Any teaser name back in SHS and fond memories)
In high school, my experiences with teachers and the non-teaching staff made it more enjoyable. I received unwelcomed remarks from my teachers because of my passion for football and my program (General science). I was not really enthused about God in high school because I had not had any encounter with him yet. I used to be called skype, they thought I was a fraudster.
There is this fond memory of my school qualifying for the milo games, our batch was the first batch to do that, and lucky for us we scored Opoku-Ware, it was a euphoric moment. There was this Friday in school when I was lashed at the palm with a rubber belt by a senior, those lashes were one of the painful memories in senior high school.
I chose KNUST because it was and is still is within my jurisdiction and I knew I was going to get it, having had an outstanding grade after my Wassce examination. I was also enthused by my senior brother because he was a katangee and he always spoke fervently of the hall. I liked Katanga a lot because of “Jama” but after encountering it for the first time and witnessing the activities going on, I realized it was not going to help my Christian life. But most at times you see me leading the organizing committee to sing uplifting songs because I enjoy them.
Collins can you tell us about BSc. Agri-Business?
Having witnessed how farmers struggle to make sales for their products they have harvested, I had this passion to make available alternatives which are better to the farmers such as processing their farm produce, and also to lessen the unemployment rate. Even if you are employed, the monthly stipend wouldn’t really carter for the family efficiently. Agri business exposes you to entrepreneurship, it provides avenues for you to create something for yourself as they take you to already existing companies to educate you on how they came about themselves and if you are really down for it, you can make do what they teach you over there. I would encourage people to read Agri-business because it teaches you how to organize your life and be useful to society too, but more importantly, focusing on God in business, creating consumables which are beneficial to human life and not ones which are in contrast to God’s word and principles.
How has campus been from first year to now?
I’m always grateful for this opportunity God gave me, I am always surrounded by good people, my studies, social and spiritual life has been wonderful, I would say from grass to grace. I don’t have much friends outside church, but those in my class and church are good themselves and we help each other. Master Blessed Charles (the valedictorian for 2018 in my faculty) really helped us with our time management, academics and social life as well. I’m going forward with the help of the church and am appreciative of that.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
It’s a family, an association that helps students (non-Pentecostals as well) that want to grow in their walk with Christ. A god-fearing family and I love Pensa-knust so much. I like the services, the activities, every department of the family works effectively and they are geared towards the lord. I love Pensa a lot and I can’t single out one thing from Pensa.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Organizing committee?
I had no idea of joining a committee, it was a conviction from the Holy Spirit and I heeded to it. I want to impact everyone who joins the committee. I became a part of them purposely for my ability to decorate but now I can boastfully say I’m the best stack taker amongst them. Though there are sub wings, it’s a family and helping each other is all that counts.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Knowing Christ and proclaiming his love, the bible talks about love and irrespective of the person, you have to love them as Christ loved us. You can not love without knowing Christ, the scriptures according to 1 john teaches us to love ourselves in doing so we love God, he is not visible for us to see him, it is what we do and how we apply his word that shows our love, we should meditate on his word day night, so we get to know him much more. We can’t love God and hate our neighbors
Are you born again?
Christian life is not very simple, but it becomes so with the Holy Spirit. If you are born again, you should know we solely depend on the Holy Spirit. Being born again has been a good experience, knowing how the Holy Spirit helps you live rightly, and He does so in all aspects of my life. To be born again is not only a confession, it’s a lifelong journey and you do not follow the worldly things.
How did you become born again and what are some changes you’ve seen after such an encounter?
I got convicted through a preaching in church, even though I was a believer. My life has changed drastically, from my prayer life, social life, what I say and what I do, I have moved from darkness to light. My friends from the senior high school are marveled when they see how I’ve transformed, it’s all by the grace of God.
Organizing committee members, I believe are lovers of the word so what part of the Bible really speaks to you?
I love to tell people about 1 Corinthians 15:58, it tells us to be stable about the work we do for God, we should stay under the feet of God, our lives should be an example to others, obeying his word and every commandment. We should always avail ourselves to God. In relation to my work, I use it motivate my fellow colleagues in the committee.
Who is your favorite Bible character?
He suffered for our sins, a great sacrifice nothing can comprehend. His love he has shown to us and still shows us even till now. His life is the perfect example to follow, he is powerful, and of all a good teacher, everything about him was perfect, pure and holy, there is literally no dirt upon him. He was very humble, the most of us all, even to his death on the cross.
Who inspires you?
Truly speaking, no one inspires me, my life on it own inspires me. I give a lot, and that is to inspire me to become someone that would help in the society, a supportive person in future.
What do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
I like playing football, decorating, reading, listening to music, bible study is on my timetable so I don’t classify that as part of my leisure.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision is to become a strong man of God, a great entrepreneur.
Education never ends, I would want to go the extra mile, as well as being in the pot of God, any path he would choose for me, be a motivational speaker, I have a lot to share about my life.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
I want to be one of the best decorators and event planners in the world.
Are you in a relationship?
If Yes can we know her name I’m sure our readers would be poised for that.
No! I’m single and not ready to mingle until the appointed time.
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
I think it’s unnecessary, it’s the root of most of youthful sins. Unless of course you can really comply with the Christian dating
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
A God fearing woman, who supports my vision and likes me for who I am.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
I Corinthians 15:58, and at the end of every tunnel there is light.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
My whole life is a testimony because I am not supposed to be here, others have similar predicament but are not graced like me. I thank God.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
To my committee, I would suggest we get protective clothing, one that helps alleviate any health hazards for the stack of chairs we carry, that would be of great help.
What advice do you have for the youth?
They should stick to God because in these times, nothing but God can save you. They should be happy serving the lord in everything they do, it should be out of love, because he would reward us and also always abide to his word, pray and seek for lost souls, they are perishing. God bless you.
Just to chip in, what’s your take on the new circular from headquarters of the church saying “No secular songs should be played during Pentecostal weddings?
I agree with them; the bible speaks to us not to conform to the world or the things in it.
God bless you lovely reader catch you on our next exclusive encounter as we bring to you yet another intriguing personality