Welcome to the Personality Show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This week we meet a faithful gentleman of the church, Clement Osei Frimpong aka Astroboy.
Who is behind Astroboy?
Clement Osei Frimpong is my full name, popularly known as, “Astroboy” which came as a result of an awarding movie title I really loved. I’m a final year Computer Science student, an active member of the Computer Committee affiliated to Unity Hall. I hail from Asante Akyem, raised in Kumasi in a town called Kronum. I am 25 years born on 28th of June 1993 and the first born of 9 children. I am currently living with my dad and an elderly brother who is not from my mom. The whole of my life, I have been under the care of my aunties and grandmother since age 2. I wasn’t fitting in my dad’s family because of my behaviour and temperament. I was having no trace in there and I was wondering who I was because I never knew my mom until 2013, when I met her for the first time. I am an extrovert and that has helped me all this time, since I didn’t know my mom. I was emotionally unstable because of some harsh conditions I was exposed to in the hands of my dad’s family. I am very grateful for who I am because I am accepted mostly by other people.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution
I attended 9 schools after which I completed Penworth JHS in the year 2011 before I was admitted to Asanteman Senior High to read General Science in the same year, it wasn’t as I thought it will be when I got to SHS but God saw me through. I asked a lot of questions when in class at the basic level but not in SHS, that chance wasn’t there which affected the way I studied. The whole of my SHS life I didn’t know Christ that much. I was full of fun and comedy. I never took things seriously; I was concerned about making people laugh. I completed in the year 2014.
I am a kind of person that make some statements that comes to pass, I don’t know how or why; I saw Asanteman and I said this school, I will come here and there I was, I saw KNUST and said same and here I am though processing my forms to KNUST became a form of challenge but God knew what He was doing so He saw me through with the processing.
Clement Osei Frimpong, kindly tell us about Computer Science
Computer Science is a very good programme. When I came and got to know what the program was about, I was surprised. I realized it was a different thing altogether. It was a challenge for me in the beginning but glory be to God the desire to pursue Computing has kept me going. Computer Science is a programme you get to practice every day and at the end, you will get a job after completion, you can work at home as well. I think it’s a great program for anyone who wants to be abrupt with current generation and the future.
How has campus been from first year to final year?
When I first arrived at Unity Hall (Conti) in first year, it was like I had to begin a new life from scratch. Me, being an extrovert, gave me an advantage to really make new friends which my roommates were the first of them. It was a nice experience being with different people. There was one PENSA guy by name Yaw Anim Annof who made my stay a joyous one, we could easily relate because we were in the same church. My spiritual life was nothing to write home about. I focused on academics, hanging around with the few friends I made. Before getting to second year, my Christian life improved and I decided to join the Computer Committee, I was regular at church, I realized it was a nice place to be. Third year I became active at church. This final year, I am hoping for the best. Academically too, I am flourishing by God’s grace.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
PENSA-KNUST, in my view, is the best denomination. If I had not been active in PENSA my stay on campus would have been a waste. I would be sitting and listening to music when my roommates are not back. I would have missed a lot if I had not joined PENSA; after all I had no choice because I am full stack Pentecostal. Honestly, the best place to be on campus is PENSA. All one needs to do is to be active and participate in all our activities and there will be a sure growth in his/her spiritual and social life, not forgetting academic morale that builds up as well.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose the Computer Committee?
I joined Computer Committee from first to third year because I had been an I.T “guru” since I knew about computers. I saw the need to use this gift and talent in a committee that can utilize me. I moved to RVT of Music and Drama just before my 3rd year ended because I also have a talent in dancing and acting too.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: When someone asks such a question, you might ask, who at all is Christ? …God’s son who was sent to save us. When we need to become like Christ, we need to possess the character of living to save; the whole of our life has to be about saving a life and serving that life. He cared about us that’s why He came to save us and He has entrusted to us the duty to represent Him in order to let others know about Him and that raises the need to practically be like Him so others can actually know who they are giving their life to.
Abiding in His word: Christ is the word and we are abiding in his word; that is the key. We have to do what the Bible says. The only way to be like Christ is to read and abide by the word. Linking that to becoming like Christ, we know Christ is the Word and so we have to put on the word like a mask and that would be putting Christ on like a costume for people to see Him on us and within us.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Philippians 1:21, “to live is Christ and to die is gain,” Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that, he is dead and the life that we see him living, is only because of the faith he has in Christ. That means, the moment he loses his faith, he is no more and that explains why to live is Christ. To die is gain in the sense that we face tribulations and trials that causes us to die daily but Paul also admonished us that even as we die on the outward daily, inwardly we are being renewed. And to climax it, we believe that, when we finally leave this earth, we gain a place in His Kingdom.
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Elijah is my favorite. I read about him and I have also heard a lot about him. A good prophet who never died, he just ascended to heaven. I have always prayed desiring for his unction upon my life; which by God’s grace I have seen results.
Who inspires you?
Because I am an extrovert, I get to interact with a lot of people on daily basis which I believe I meet them for a reason, therefore, I take inspirations from them. The way they express themselves, perform a ministration, talk and study inspires me. I inspire myself as well. There are certain things I do and I am moved to do much better than my previous record.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I am into football and I play football related games. I love to hang out with friends and put a smile on their faces. I am not a comedian but I like to make people laugh. Anyone that comes my way falls a victim of my sense of humour.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision is to become who God has predestined me to be and that is becoming a spiritually matured, wealthy and successful person, capable of helping the needy in all spheres of life especially those in the house of God.
My mission is to be able to help the needy and the work of God.
How did you become born again?
In declaring and accepting Christ as my personal saviour, I have done so many times but there was a service held at Africa Hall and through prayers I was baptized with the Holy Spirit. That didn’t make me who I am today because I was still into other old lifestyle until one faithful revival Wednesday at Queen’s hall, when I had a second touch of the Holy Spirit, the best feeling ever, I was totally transformed into who I am today.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next five years, I would definitely be working, married for sure and as a lot of prophesies about my life which has been declared would have come to pass. I would be fulfilling my life purpose here on earth which I have started long ago. Philippians 1:6 says “being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in ‘me’ will complete it till the day of Jesus Christ.” and I’m very much optimistic about that.
Are you in a relationship?
No, please. I am not in relationship just because I am still searching. PENSA alone has a lot of ladies which meets my preference and that makes the decision to be with any of them tough. Outside of PENSA too poses the same challenge but I’m praying to God that at the end of final year, I would have grabbed.
What is your take on dating on campus?
Dating, I wouldn’t say is a bad thing, as our local churches see it. Dating is okay as long as both parties are believers and are attracted to each other. But before one enters into a relationship, that person should first have Christ seated on his/her heart. Any movement other than that would be chaotic at the end. I urge whoever meets a partner before meeting Christ, should consider ending the relationship and building a better self with Christ first.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
I made a quote that goes “One’s beauty can attract my physical being, one’s spirituality can attract my spiritual being but its only one’s character that can cause my soul to settle with her”. I expect my spouse to be of good character and also God fearing. Beauty is important too though.
What’s your motivation in life?
My motivation in life comes from two perspectives in life; spiritual and physical. About the spiritual, when you read Joshua 1:5, it talks about the fact that God said no man can be able to stand before us and that as He was with Moses so would He be with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. So, no matter what I go through I know He is with me and that I must press on for He isn’t a man that should lie. Physically, the way of life of some church members motivate me as a Christian to know how to put some of the bible teachings to practice.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
A lot of testimonies I have but the most awesome one to me was when a family member tried killing me spiritually by laying a hand on my chest whiles I was asleep. I was vibrating but was able to shout Jesus and indeed at the mention of His name, every knee bowed. I wouldn’t have been here by now and I’m very grateful He rescued me from the hands of the enemy.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA- KNUST?
New students are being enrolled each and every year and most of them need help financially and that I suggest, PENSA would be able to find such people and help them accordingly. I really appreciate the ‘check me’ activity done the last days of every semester but we should know not all people in need are able to open up. Visitation and Counselling(VnC) done off campus are doing a great job getting to these people but the feedback from the church to address their needs is very low. I also wish PENSA could extend the VnC work to campus brethren too.
What advice do you have for the youth?
The youth, which I’m included are fond of social media too much that instead of God being who to start our day with, we start with social media and that gradually is causing a lot to drift away from their spiritual life. So I would urge us that, in as much as we are trying our best to be abrupt with this generation, we must know God is the backbone of our existence and that we must do whatever we can do to please Him in all our doings even as Paul admonishes us in Colossians 3:17 and also in 3:23.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.