The personality arena comes to you today with another thrilling moment where we get to hang out with one of our own, Damsah Ernest, a third year Business Administration student (Accounting option).
Who is behind Mr. Damsah Ernest?
I am the second of six children. I hail from Ho and currently, I’m with my dad at Burma camp in Accra. I went to Air Force Basic school. I then moved to Mawuli high school where I was the dinning hall prefect and doubled as the cadet second-in-command. I was also the captain for the handball team in the school. I read Business and I completed in 2016 but I stayed an extra year at home before coming to KNUST. My father is WO1 Damsah Japhet and my mom is Adolphine Anipa. My hobbies are playing handball, listening to messages, and reading articles.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution? (Any teaser name back in SHS and fond memories)
Upon all the bullying in high school, I survived. I used to scrub the gutter in front of our house, Lincoln House, and weed as well until I became the dinning hall prefect. Being the dining hall prefect, you had to be disciplined and friendly too. During the final examinations, I had to be teaching my friends even until the time for the papers, I nearly missed some because I hadn’t had enough rest. I remember dozing off during the Core Mathematics paper. I dislocated my arm while playing handball in the interschool competition. I continued anyways since we were going to the zonal and I was the halfback for the team, quite an important player. Second cycle was quite an experience for me, amidst spiritual growth flaws.
Legon was my priority in 2016. I bought three forms and in August 2016, I had admission to all three schools with the program of my choice but I had an injury and was admitted to the hospital for about 3 months. I was discharged on the 10th of October, 2016. It was a gruesome experience.
In 2017, I bought only two – Legon and KNUST. Legon came late and with fee paying so I accepted KNUST’s admission because I had been given the program of my choice.
Can you tell us about Business Administration?
Accounting deals with presenting information to make useful decisions. There are financial and managerial accounting. In a firm, accounting is one of the major branches where they keep data. In Ghana now, the international financial reporting standards which is used in presenting financial statements has been adopted. It brings uniformity. There is a lot to do in accounting; preparing journals, ledgers, cash book and final accounts. By the grace of God, I’m very good at preparing them and understanding them.
How has campus been from first year to now?
I was in Unity Hall. I thought schooling was all about learning. I was actually addicted to the library. I realized I had to involve myself in extracurricular activities. Thus, in second year, I joined the Unity Hall Christian fellowship and was made the organizer. I was coming for church service as well. During the second semester in second year, I was nominated as the SCC organizing secretary. I am also a member of the evangelism committee. Being the organizing secretary for the SCC, that automatically makes me a member of the organizing committee for PENSA.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
From experience, PENSA KNUST is a loving family. Students minister great sermons at no cost. There are a lot of members in PENSA and it’s difficult to get noticed so some join other denominations to be recognized. If you partake in activities, I think you will be seen. I can’t imagine myself without PENSA KNUST.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Evangelism committee?
From the local church, I’m in the evangelism committee and I love it. I love to talk to people about God. I have a passion for God. I am a very sociable person. Jesus Christ’s last command was that we evangelize. It is, thus, very important to evangelize.
How did you become born again and what are some changes you’ve seen after such an encounter?
I was born into the Global Evangelical church but when I got to Burma camp, I joined church of Pentecost and I was baptized on 9th October, 2010. We walk by faith and in all things, we give thanks to God. There are some things you don’t need to pray to God about. It’s just by His grace. I have grown to know that it’s a day at a time and God does a new thing every time. He does wondrous things every time. There is nothing same. It’s always new.
What’s your walk word?
I don’t have a particular walk word. I take inspiration from the messages I listen to. I love listening to the PCC chairman, Apostle Nana Yaw Adjei but I would say, “A day at a time”, keeps me going.
Who in the bible can you relate to?
I would relate myself to Daniel. The bible says he was a man of wisdom and he was true to his principles. I’m the type who wants to find out everything behind a story. Basically, he is the one I can relate to.
Who inspires you?
My current district pastor, Apostle Lt. Col. B. G Kumi-Woode and Elder Romeo Kpormegbe who is also the current presiding elder. Because of the love for the military profession, he combines the military with his pastoral work. For Elder Romeo, I would say his humility and discipline. My dad is also a big inspiration to me so that would make it three persons.
What do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
Listening to news and knowing what’s going on even far away from me.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next five years, I want to be known as a family man, and a chartered accountant with Godly principles wherever I find myself.
Are you in a relationship? If Yes can we know her name I’m sure our readers would be poised for that.
No, but there is someone in mind. I am just not ready for that yet. She is in PENSA KNUST too.
Would you advice the youths on having relationships even as they are on campus?
If you can balance your education, social and spiritual life, why not? However, you have to go in with the intent of marriage. It is stressful though so they would have to be cautious.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Submission is key, the bible emphasizes that. I want someone who would give me peace, someone who shares the same faith, Jesus Christ. She should believe in him. She should also be someone who has the heart of giving.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
I have this quote, “Preach the word always and if necessary, use words”. This is an evangelism quote which means to pray and act Godly. Another is “All is well”.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
The first testimony is, I know Jesus Christ and I am saved. It is also a testimony my hand came out of the Grinding machine, the injury which got me admitted for three months. My hand was in the machine for about fifteen minutes and it’s my mom that came to pour soapy water to aid my hand come out. It’s all God’s grace my hand still works. I’m very thankful. I love my parents too. It is a testimony I was born to them.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
I want to see much evangelism, and people should stop the segregation. People come to PENSA because they are in the local churches. They should start emulating this year’s theme. People should also partake in the committee activities. They have left it for a few people. The PENSA educational fund program has to be revived.
Your pastor is a military man who is sometimes dispatched for peace keeping in war -torn countries. Would you kill to defend yourself if you were in his shoes?
For a military system, you do what you are supposed to do. Nothing comes before that, but you do not kill. You shoot to wound in extreme situations. In worst situations, I would shoot to wound and escape.
God bless you lovely reader! Catch you on our next exclusive encounter as we bring to you yet another intriguing personality.