Welcome to the personality show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This month we meet our very own student from Bible Study Committee offering Bsc. Landscape Design and Management. Let’s get ourselves inspired by what he has for us.
Who is behind Joel Jojo Osam Mensah?
I am the fourth born of five children to my parent. I completed my JHS at 37 Millitary Basic School, Accra and furthered my senior high education at Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High before I finally came to KNUST. I am in my final year. I love arts, designs and nature. I am reserved. I am the HOD of Character Study Department in Bible Study Committee and the Vice President of Landscape Student’s Association, Ghana KNUST (LASAG).
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution?
SHS was where I got to understand the basics of Christianity. I started engaging in scriptures since SHS. The friends I made in school were very good people who inspired me each and everyday. I served as the SU property manager and as a PENSA house rep. I tried contesting for an SRC position but I couldn’t make it because I fell sick a few days before the vetting. In a nutshell, SHS was very interesting.
KNUST was the most approapriate university for me to pursue my favorite course, which was Architecture, but according to God’s plan, I ended up pursing BSc. Landscape and Design Management.
Joel Jojo Osam Mensah, kindly tell us about Bsc. Landscape and Design Management?
Basically, it is about designing the environment with the use of plants and some other materials. Personally, I have come to appreciate it as one of the sure ways of replenishing the earth. It harmonizes the built environment and the natural environment.
How has campus been from first year to final year?
It has been quite interesting. I have had the opportunity to meet interesting and inspiring friends. From first year till now, all the roommates I have had, have been quite easy to live with and accommodating. I believe all those people I have encountered have positively influenced my life. By God’s grace, academics has improved exponentially over the course of the years.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
It is a very interesting family. Taking a look at the individual committees for instance, each and every committee has this kind of atmosphere; bond, excitement, hardworking etc. The individual differences come together to make PENSA a wonderful place to fellowship.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Bible study committee?
I love to hear people’s views and understanding about scriptures. Bible discussion is one of the favorite things I love to do, especially when it leads others and I to arrive at a sound understanding and interpretation of the scriptures. Also, at the time, I needed encouragement to be steadfast in studying the Bible, so, Bible Study Committee seemed the perfect fit for me.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: The underlining meaning of Christianity itself is Christlikeness. It is therefore necessary that as believers, we get to understand this basis of Christianity and work towards achieving it. So, if truly we are Christians, we should exhibit Christ in our speech, habits and actions.
Abiding in His word: Abiding in His word acts like a mission to achieve the vision; becoming like Christ. Abiding in His word is both studying and doing what you have learnt in the word. (James 1:25), (2nd Corinthians 3:18).
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Hebrews 10:7, “then said I, lo, I come in (the volume of the books), It is written of me to do thy will O God.” Ref. (Psalms 40:7,8).
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Enoch. Not much is said about him in scripture but the little said about him carries a whole lot of weight. Bible says he walked with God for 300 years. When we talk of the walk, according to (Amos 3:3), it requires agreement. So, by implication, it means Enoch agreed with God for 300 years.
Who is your favorite member/leader in PENSA-KNUST?
Elder Michael Obu. I admire him for his dedication and consistency to the word and work of God and his desire to practicalize the word.
Who inspires you?
My siblings inspire me. My elder siblings have been great pacesetters, so I look up to them. My younger sister’s achievement has also been a great motivation to achieve the best.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I am not a fan of sports, but I love to play board games, especially chess. I watch movies and sometimes design during my leisure time.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My major vision is to be a kingdom financier to make as much money to support the furtherance of the gospel.
With regards to my mission, I’m working on becoming the best in my field as well as a successful entrepreneur through the guide of my mentors.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
I should have finished with my masters and become a chattered environmentalist as well as set up a landscape design firm.
Are you in a relationship?
Have you spotted any lady on campus or outside the border of campus?
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
I don’t see relationship as something we should rush into. The fact that most people are into it, doesn’t mean you have to join in. Focus on developing yourself, building friendship with both the opposite and same sex and when the right time comes to be in relationship, you will have a much appreciation of what it actually entails.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
God-fearing, intelligent, someone I can sustain an interactive conversation with for a long time, has a mindset to do the will of God and very beautiful and creative.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
“Everything that is a spiritual reality for the believer is also a spiritual responsibility”- John MacArthur
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
Last semester, we were having a program at the department and I collapsed. The testimony of the eye witnesses was that it looked like I was almost gone but by the grace of God, I am alive.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
During Bible study discussions, my experience and observation is that many of the members don’t really get interactive as much as they should. My encouragement to PENSA members is to be interactive and ready to share their views during Bible Study discussions.
What advice do you have for the youth?
They should build their relationship with God and build a right and pure relationship with one another and they should be analytical and creative in solving life issues in making the nation better.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you too.