Bright Amanful

Welcome to your weekly personality show where we are up close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. Today we meet a noble gentleman from the Computer Committee, relax, read and enjoy what he has to share with us.

Who is behind Mr. Bright?

Bright Amanful is my name, I’m a 23-year-old, third year chemical engineering student. I have ten siblings but I am the first of my dad and the second of my mom. I reside at Brunei Complex on campus, 109R is my room number. I live in Shama. I was the senior prefect in Shama Catholic Primary School, I then furthered my education at Shama Senior High School as my SHS. I am known to be a humanitarian, motivational speaker and suicide prevention activist. I am friendly and sociable. I am currently the youth secretary for the church, Apam Central Assembly, Vice President of Chemical Engineering Student Association and I’m aspiring to be the SRC president of KNUST.

Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution

SHS was my destiny changing ground; it modeled me to think rationally and allowed me to build a confident personality. I actually began to profess the Christian faith in high school, where I became a religious conscious being and kingdom-minded. I had the opportunity to serve as PENSA organizer, Scripture Union President and senior prefect. I emerged as 2013 best student of the school and best Mathematics student in Western Region, 2014.

Why KNUST?

To widen my scope of learning in view of becoming a professor in Chemical Engineering even though it wasn’t my decision to come to KNUST. I came to KNUST because I had a scholarship to offer chemical engineering.

Mr. Bright, kindly tell us about Chemical Engineering.

It is a branch in engineering that is concerned about processing raw materials into finished goods with branches like polymers, food and drinks, silicate, oil and gas and others, though I want to specialize in process simulation and control. It’s a prominent field and has good job prospects in developing our country Ghana.

How has campus been from first to third year?

Being in the university has been a great opportunity for me, in that it has exposed me to diverse schools of thoughts and principles for life and equipped me with vital networking opportunities. I have been able to engage people from different walks of life and have learnt different values prerequisite for becoming a leader and deepened my Christian faith to function effectively. I realized in first year that education is not all about learning, but rather the betterment of oneself in every aspect to suit into future.

What is your take on the structure of PENSA-KNUST?

I call PENSA a home because it has allowed me to build upon my Christian values and spiritual lifestyle. PENSA-KNUST has enabled me to network with vibrant people of God and has nurtured the sense of Christian leadership in me. The subdivision into committees engages students effectively and has enabled congregants to participate in decision making. The extension into zones and areas has also established a cordial relationship among the members.

Amongst all the committees, why Computer Committee?

Initially I felt deficient in matters pertaining to Information Technology so I had to venture or resort to a committee that could help me champion the course of computing in order to also contribute my quota in educating others.

What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?

Walking In the Will of God:  It is essential for a believer to entrust all his ways and thoughts in a divine being as a way of growing into maturity. We must constantly keep in step and press on towards the saving knowledge of God by doing His will. Walking in his will refines and chastens our personality to resemble Christ.

Abounding in Good Works: It is evident that signs and wonders follow them that diligently seek the face of God. His promise to be with us to the very end of time makes him our enabler and provider.

Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?

Romans 12:1 which says,” Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as  a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (NIV)

Who is your favourite Bible character?

Joseph. He considered the ultimate dream and didn’t settle for the immediate. He did not gratify the demands of the flesh but considered it as a sin against God and man just as Moses refused to a Pharaoh.

Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?

I enjoy cycling and driving. I read motivational and leadership books during my leisure.

What is your vision and mission in life?

My vision is to be at the forefront of change to impact lives as a humanitarian to join hands in giving hope to people in objection and disability.

My mission is to lead an exemplary life that is centered on probity, transparency and accountability, to rub shoulders against decadence

How did you become born again?

I became born again through meditation, comparing the lives of people and laying of hands.

What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I expect to have completed African Leadership Academy, and also to be an established Chemical Engineer. I also expect to have entered into pastoral ministry if it is the will of God

Are you in a relationship?

No

What is your take on dating on campus?

It is not a bad idea to date on campus if there is a “God factor”, that is being mindful of your identity in Christ and not doing anything that contradicts with the pattern and tenets of Godliness.

What do you look out for in your future spouse?

Basically, a God centered and virtuous woman who places God first in all things. She must also be vivacious as well.

What’s your motivation in life?

My dad and mom, not because they have qualified in their parenting roles but they have made me know Christ and taught me to be content with whatever I have.

Please do you have any testimony to share with us?

I was denied two different scholarship opportunities into university but I miraculously had four scholarships into the university. This was by the doing of the Lord

What improvement do you want to see in PENSA- KNUST?

I think we should have a short bible study before each service just as it is done in other local assemblies at home.

What advice do you have the youth?

The youth must resort to various disciplinary measures into being useful vessels in the advancement of socio-economic change. We should be defined by high moral values that fuel transformation in view of impacting generations, we must be devoted to service and have the impetus to shun evil in the society. Our effort must be geared toward nation building as patriotic citizens.

Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.