Welcome to the Personality Arena of PENSA-KNUST where we get to interact with some members of the church to know more about them. Today, we meet a member of the Evangelism Committee in the person of Deacon Emmanuel Addo offering BSc. Doctor of Optometry. Relax and enjoy the interview of our brother as he inspires us.
Who is behind Emmanuel Addo?
I was born on the 26th of January, 1997 to Mr. Samuel Kwame Addo and Madame Agatha Aggrey Addo. I am the last of eight siblings. I hail from Anomabo in the Central Region but I stay at Buoho, Kumasi. I had my basic education at Garrison Basic and JHS, Kumasi. I then proceeded to Mfantsipim School. I am a devout Christian and an officer (Deacon) of the Church of Pentecost. Naturally, I am very reserved and humble.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution?
In Mfantsipim School, I met several individuals who greatly influenced my life and that really helped shape my character and build the person I am now. Because I was the reserved type, most of my mates didn’t know I was their colleague (laughs). I was a member of the Scripture Union (SU) and a Prayer Secretary.
Initially, I wanted to go to UDS so as to experience the feel of having been to all the regions but the influence of my siblings, parents and some people I hold in high esteem in life informed my choice of KNUST.
Emmanuel Addo, kindly tell us about BSc. Doctor of Optometry?
It’s a primary health care profession that helps in providing eye care. Optometrists are frontline healthcare providers who attend to the visual needs of people. It is a noble profession and I’m glad I am pursuing such a programme.
How has campus been from first year to fourth year?
It has been wonderful so far. I have met a lot of people whose lives have had a great deal on my character formation. God has been so good. I have had the opportunity to build myself in various capacities serving in various leadership positions both in the church and at departmental levels.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
It is a wonderful family. It’s not just a group of students who meet every Wednesday and Sunday but an army that God is raising, a people full of the word of God and imparted in various ways through ministrations and holistic ministry, to inspire their generation.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Evangelism committee?
When I joined PENSA-KNUST, my intention was to become a member of the Prayer Force and Evangelism Committee. Their meeting times were unfortunately on the same days so I opted for Evangelism Committee. My decision was informed by my engagement in various evangelistic activities with my sister before I came to the University. This was a great opportunity for me to build myself in that ministry.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: It is very timely. In our days where everyone seems to be minding his or her own business, it is very expedient that, as a church, our members reflect the true beauty and glory of our lord Jesus Christ. Scripture has said that it is the will of the Father that we conform to the very image and likeness of his son in every way. It’s important that the fragrance of Christ will be spread abroad even here on campus KNUST. The will and heartbeat of the father is that those who have received of His fullness and grace will come to conform to the image of His dear son and grow in Him.
Abiding in His Word: To get to that point of becoming like Christ in every way, it is very important that we stick to the word of God which is able to transform our very minds and bodies to conform to the will of the father.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Mathew 5:16, “let your light shine before men, that may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Apart from Jesus Christ who is our central focus, Stephen is my favorite because in Acts 7, scripture says that he was a man full of the Holy Ghost, wisdom and power.
Who is your favorite member/leader in PENSA-KNUST?
My favorite is Deacon Samuel Ansong Aggrey, the immediate past transport officer of PENSA-KNUST, because of his display of commitment, wisdom and love.
Who inspires you?
Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (retired), because of his in-depth knowledge in the word of God and his leadership qualities.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I enjoy playing football. I sometimes write and listen to music during my leisure time.
What is your vision and mission in life?
I envision to be someone great in life and to be able to impart people positively in every way I can.
My mission is to live a purposeful life.
How did you become born again?
I was born into the church but as time went on, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ when an altar call was made at church. It was a normal service and I made the decision to give my life to Christ and since then my life has not been the same.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
Doing great in the kingdom of God and wherever I find myself.
Are you in a relationship?
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
All good and perfect gifts come from God and I believe when you trust in the Lord you will definitely be sorted. There is no cause for fear of not getting to meet that special one even on campus.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Humility and the fear of God and of course she should be beautiful.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
Nyame tease (God lives).
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
God has used me to impart a lot of people in diverse ways – healing, teaching, and encouragement and I see that as a great testimony. Also, my coming into the world was a great mystery. I was nearly aborted because my mum had a complication.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
PENSA needs to strategize in such a way that our first-year members are not lost to other denominations and also needs to strengthen the relationship between leaders and members,
What advice do you have for the youth?
1 Timothy 4;12, “let no one despise you because you are youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.