Today on the personality corner, we interview Elder Samuel Nkansa Appiah our personality for the week, a final year Biological Sciences student. Read on to find out thrilling gist about our personality as well as his ideas.
Who is behind Elder Samuel Nkansa Appiah?
I don’t think I really know this person, but I will attempt to tell you what I know about myself. I am the child of Elder Stephen Appiah Kubi and Deaconness Esther Appiah Kubi. I was born on 14th December, 1995. I hail from Mpobi and I live at Atimatim-Maase, both in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Interestingly, I have had quite a long streak in my educational journey. I had my lower primary education at these schools: Emmanuel International School, Seventh-Day Adventist School, Hilltop International School, Holy Trinity Lutheran School and Pentecost Preparatory School. I then began my upper primary education in Faith International School and then completed at Adventist Junior High School. I furthered on with my secondary school education at Kumasi Academy and then to KNUST, where I have currently graduated. I enjoy studying my Bible, listening to music and doing the work of God. And I also like to help people and make them happy.
How and when did you become born again?
By God’s grace, I happen to have been born in a Christian home, and so there was no deliberate confession to become a born-again Christian. However, in the course of my secondary education, I made some commitment to God when I started to know God for myself and understand the Christian faith. The personal commitments I made has given me the assurance of my salvation and is also helping me to grow in the character of Christ.
Which Second Cycle Institution did you attend?
Share with us your experience in Kumasi Academy ( Any nickname or fond memories)
I enjoyed the brief period in secondary school. I have always had a teaser name wherever I go, but PENSA-KNUST gave me “teaser names.” It’s all good. I was hilariously known as “Chapi Bolabola.” I was given this name because of the kind of attire I wore back in high school. Because of my Christian background, when I went to secondary school I used to wear big school uniforms. And so, my comrades used to tease me with the name “Bolabola” at the beginning. So as time went on, I happened to have served as the Bible Study Coordinator for PENSA and the Secretary for Scripture Union, so the Christian fraternity on campus called me “Chapi” (a name that was given to people who were into things of God). Therefore, my friends in the Christian fraternity who already knew I was called Bolabola then came with the name “Chapi Bolabola.” And so this was the origination of the name. It was disheartening at the beginning, but I later on had to accept it because I realized these friends of mine were not going to stop. In some way, the name helped because the fact that it had a godly touch (Chapi) made me conduct myself well and appropriately.
Why KNUST and why Biological Science?
Hmmm. Coming to read Biological Science in KNUST was a side option. The main plan was to pursue medicine in the USA. I had always loved to support God’s work, and so I had a desire in my heart to build churches for God in future and possibly help people. Therefore, when I heard that doctors were paid huge sums of money in the USA I decided to pursue the goal of becoming a doctor in USA. Though I had the admission to schools to study pre-medicine in the USA, God in His own wisdom found a way of closing the doors since He had His own plan for my life. And how it all happened is another long story for another day. So I finally found myself on the plains of KNUST. But I must tell you, I have never regretted coming to KNUST. Indeed, “Nyansabuakwa Nyame no hunu akyire ade ye no ne.” He knows best.
How has the campus experience been? (From first to final year)
As I stated earlier, I have not regretted for my feet to have touched the plains of KNUST. I have had a holistic education and training. In the course of the years, I have seen that I have been able to add value to myself. One strong reason I’m never remorseful of my coming to KNUST has been that my time on campus has made me to be so much assured of my purpose in life. God has confirmed it in diverse ways during my time on campus. In PENSA-KNUST, I had the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Bible Study Coordinator in third year. And in fourth year, I happened have served as the Vice President, Business Chamber Chairman and a member of the Counseling Team. I have learnt a lot of things that have helped shape me. My life has been impacted by many people and has also been a blessing to others. And I’m eternally grateful to God. I express my singular honor to Him for the grace, wisdom and strength. I’m also very grateful to the wonderful people I came into contact with – the Travelling Secretaries, my predecessors, my fellow Chief Servants and LCC members, Bible Study Sub-executives and others. I have been blessed by their fellowship and selfless support.
What would you say about the family which is PENSA-KNUST?
PENSA-KNUST is a big family, and I thank God to have been part of this family. In as much as it is big, there is a friendly and trusted system that seeks to churn out the best out of people who commit themselves in this family. If you are faithful enough to allow the system to pass through you, you would never be remorseful of being incorporated into this family. You must belong to a committee because that is where the family begins and then you get linked up to the big family. I advise that you find a committee, pertaining what you have interest in. This would grant you a platform to sharpen your gifts and talents in order to live a purposeful life. The committees are also avenues that you can add value to your life. Also, make good friends that can help you sharpen your skill and talents and ultimately fulfill your purpose in life.
Among all the Committees, why did you join the Bible Study Committee?
The decision to join the Bible Study Committee was a purpose-driven one. I have loved to study the Bible and desired to grow in the knowledge of God’s word which has the potency of making me achieve my goal of “becoming like Christ.”
How did you manage your academics with your position in the church?1 response
This Scripture helped me immensely, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). My understanding of this Scripture was a great spur to me. I came to understand that God has made enormous grace available to me to do exploits, but it was up to me to work hard with the grace given me to get to a successful end. The grace was given me not to be abused by being lazy, but the grace was to provide me with the strength to be able to work hard to achieve the best. So I did my best to work hard (both spiritually and academically) according to the grace that was given me. I’m grateful to God for the supplication of His great grace.
How did your position as the Vice President impact your life?
Assuredly, my life has been made better from the privilege I got to serve in God’s vineyard as the Vice President. I got the opportunity to learn a lot from the work and also from the leaders and people I worked with as executives. In fact, I treasure the people I got the opportunity to serve together with in God’s vineyard, both at mainstream PENSA and in my committee. Now, most importantly, God worked on me and streamlined His purpose for my life in my service in His Vineyard.
What were some of the difficulties you encountered in your term of office?
The journey hasn’t been that cozy but God has been faithful and good. The main challenge was combining academic work with religious work. It was that tough. As the Vice President, I was also automatically the Bible Study Coordinator according to the PENSA-KNUST constitution (which has now been amended) and a member of the Counselling Team. So combining the duties in the Committees and the responsibilities of the Vice President and academics wasn’t “a tasty pie on a plate” task at all. But I thank God for His grace and the folks I was blessed to work with. There were some commitments and sacrifices that needed to be made in the execution of the work. As the welfare chairman, I had to sometimes sacrifice some lectures and catch up with some of the school authorities if it happens that the need of a member was beyond the assistance of PENSA. There were other times that you would also have to skip a class to attend to a member in a critical condition who have been rushed to the hospital. There was also a need to forfeit class for some emergency meetings that were crucial to attend. As usual of all executives, there were also times that meetings extended beyond the time intended, and still we had to come and prepare for class the next day – and even sometimes for a quiz. But in all, the grace of God was sufficiently enough to sail me through. I’m grateful to God for seeing me through.
What is your favorite moment in PENSA-KNUST?
One of the incredible moments I enjoyed in PENSA-KNUST was during our Holy Ghost Revival dubbed “TIYROSH” last academic year. I received a number of testimonies from some of the members after my ministration, and this made me so glad. We give all the glory to God!
Who is your favorite bible character and why?
My favorite character is Jesus Christ because He is the one I want to become like. So, I’m fond of biblical characters who have a touch of Jesus in them like Samuel, David and Paul etc.
Do you have a Precious Pearl who is helping you spread your vision? If yes may we know her name?
Hahaha. Very interesting. A precious pearl who is helping me spread the vision is more like a wife. But I’m not married yet. Thankfully, I have someone I have considered to be a wife in the possible future.
Who is your ideal future spouse?
My candid response is in Ephesians 5:22-24. My ideal future spouse is the woman who is ready to assume the position as the beloved of Christ, the Church. The beloved of Christ is the church that submits to Him, Christ. So, my ideal future spouse is the woman whom I am convinced is ready to be of full submission – submission to the Lordship of Christ, submission to the Word of God, and submission to the husband as Christ demands.
Do you agree that Campus Relationship affects our academics?
Undoubtedly, the commitment and emotional influence of relationship pose some kind of negative impact on the academics of people involved in the relationship. The truth is that we are emotional beings (regardless of our faith), and so if we are not careful we may be victimized by the unfortunate circumstance of relationship. There is an undeniable fact that people in relationship tend to think about their partners because of the interest they have for each other. This kind of emotional influence sometimes makes it difficult paying rapt attention when learning or during lectures. This is why early dating on campus is somewhat condemned. It can have a drastic toll on your academics. Some people start dating on campus as early as first year and second year. Seriously! Another thing is the commitment that comes with relationship. That can also take some of your time which you could have invested in your studies. So you should not just consider being in a relationship because you have a feeling for it or because someone is showing interest in you or because someone is worrying you with proposals. You must be disciplined enough. You should know the right time to consider a relationship. You can’t start a relationship as early as second or third year when according to your life plan you want to marry after gaining a Phd. This is not realistic and very dangerous to your sexual integrity.
When you’re not involved in church duties or at lectures, what do you do in your free time?
I make some personal time to study God’s word and pray. There are times I listen to Christian spiritual songs and Christian movies. I enjoy sitting and chatting with friends too and having fun.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I personally have wild ambitions for the future, but I simply want to find myself where God wants me to be.
What is your take on this years’ theme?
As a church, it pleased the Lord that we run with the theme, “Knowing Christ! Proclaiming His love (1 John 1:1-3; Matthew 16:18).” I would like to take my inspiration from Galatians 1:15, 16: “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.” The Apostle Paul did not just go about proclaiming the love of God demonstrated through the giving of Christ for our salvation. He first sought for the knowledge of Christ (the Son) to be revealed to him. Likewise, we cannot preach Christ when we have not known Him for ourselves. The revelatory knowledge of Christ is very imperative to the minister of God in the proclamation of the Gospel. As ministers of God, we need an experiential knowledge (a knowledge beyond the theoretical knowledge) of Christ in our quest to make Him known. We cannot give to others what we don’t have for ourselves. And we can only have the knowledge about Christ through communion with the Holy Spirit in Word, fasting and prayers. And so we must wait on God for Him to reveal Christ to us, for an effective work of service.
A word of advice to the incoming house and the church in general
To the incoming house, I would like to share some inspiration that the Lord gave me when I was appointed into office from 1 Timothy 1:12-14: “It is by God you have been called, and it is by grace you shall fulfill this calling.” So if you understand that it is by grace you were called, and not because you were qualified or merited, you will be humble. And if you understand that it is by grace you are going to fulfill the calling you have received, you will not trust in your own strength and capacity but rather make God your sole dependence and source of strength. In summary, be humble and put your trust and confidence in God. Indeed, for He who has called you is faithful and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24)! Now to the church, I would humbly admonish that we endeavor to live as practical Christians (Christians by our way of life) and not ceremonial Christians (Christians by title). There is a kind of life we are expected to live if we profess to be Christians – and this is the Christ-like life. Reflect on this Scripture: “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2:19). The present diabolic onslaught of the enemy against the youth is on sexual integrity and the love of money. Let’s be on guard and fight the good fight of the faith, for we have a great reward that awaits us for our righteousness and holiness. One definite way we can become a glorious church to possess the nations is by our way of life. By this way, our light shines before all men for them to give glory to our Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).
God bless you lovely reader catch you on our next exclusive encounter as we bring to you yet another intriguing personality.