Welcome to the Personality Arena of PENSA-KNUST where we get to interact with members of the church to know more about them. We happened to meet our outgone secretary in the person of Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr. to tell us about himself, his portfolio and the church. Relax and enjoy the interview of our very own former secretary.
Who is Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr.?
I’m a twin. I was born on 24th April, 1997. I come from Mankessim and I reside at Santa Maria in Accra. My parents are Mr. Sampson and Mrs. Elizabeth Quagraine. I attended Kubinson International school for my basic education and proceeded to St Thomas Aquinas senior high school in Accra. I treat myself as a first priority because I believe that if I’m able to exemplify myself, others will draw close to me. I dislike talkatives and arrogant people.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution?
I entered senior high school with the sole vision to become the best student in the school. Unfortunately, that was not realised for many were equally as good as I was. I was hardworking in school. I was a day student and I guess that was a major contributing factor to why I didn’t achieve my goal. I have very fond memories of my time as a member of the SU and of the then SU president, Mr. Prince Twum, who really trained me in biblical teachings. Because I was quite reserved, I made few friends. I believe in individuality so I was not that interested in making so many friends but in doing the best for myself and being close friends with God first. Most of the students jovially called me ‘Father’ because they said I looked like the school’s father. I was also a choirester.
KNUST has been my dream school since childhood. Growing up, I wanted to become a doctor so I really wanted to come here because it was a science school. I also wanted to come to KNUST because KNUST is a university of spiritual training and PENSA-KNUST is much stronger here than in other tertiary institutions.
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr, kindly tell us about BSc. Biological science?
Biological science is simply Biology and Biology means life. Biological science deals with the study of all things that have life. Although Biological Science includes the study of all life, our main focus is on plant and animal life. It is a program with great potential since you can branch into research, academia, health, industry and several other fields. My favorite courses were Anatomy, Genetics and Microbiology. I have not regretted reading Biological science. However, I think some of the courses should be reviewed.
How was campus from first year till you took office as PENSA secretary?
At the time, I was not used to the style of teaching here in KNUST so I was close friends with my books. Most of the first years were under the influence of their peers and that reflected in their dressing and behavior. Campus has gradually evolved as a community. Coming to the spiritual aspect, I think the change has been fair. I believe we have been able to maintain the level of spirituality till now. When I took office as Pensa secretary, it was quite difficult but God’s grace was ever abundant for me to the time I handed over.
How did you become born again?
I had a birth-right membership because I was born into the church. I had the fear of God since childhood so at a point in time I saw the need to accept Christ again and receive a new birth.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
PENSA KNUST is one of the best Christian families on campus. It is a place where you are imparted to have a better life. It is a place where, at the end of your education, you realise you have really experienced something. PENSA on campus has become a household name. PENSA is now more of a standard to which the other Christian groups can look up to.
What are some of the challenges you faced during your tenure of office?
We faced a number of difficulties after the demonstration due to the disruption of our program outline. We had problems rescheduling the speakers and the programs. We only came back on track after we carefully made a number of changes to the outline.
What improvement have you seen in PENSA-KNUST during your time of office?
During our tenure, we reduced the number of times the members met. There were several meetings being organized and we wanted the people to really appreciate their personal devotion with God. Also, several opportunities were given to the students to minister during midweek services and that has been really productive.
How were you able to effectively combine your portfolio as the secretary with studies?
The role of the secretary is very crucial since it requires full dedication and hard work in order to be able to coordinate all activities. I felt that there was no justification to why any executive should drop in CWA because I knew that if I was not doing the work of God then I should be studying. As a result, I was academically stable. I believe that you have to give out in order to receive so I did the work with all my heart. It was not easy but God saw me through.
How has the portfolio affected your life?
It has really changed my life. I did not like writing but serving as secretary has helped me to build on my writing skills. It has also taught me a number of basic IT skills.
Which committee did you belong to and why did you join the committee?
I was a member of the prayer force committee. Initially, I had wanted to join evangelism committee but I happen to just settle for prayer committee. There was no particular reason for my joining.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: The theme is, Knowing Christ. The Bible makes mention of our transformation to become like Christ if we stick to the word of God. The theme speaks of the actual purpose of every believer because the purpose of every creature is to become like the Creator and that was demonstrated in the story of Adam and Eve. The theme was selected because we wanted the life of the members to reflect that of Christ
Abiding in His word: Abide means to remain and to settle down. What the focus sought to achieve was to cause Pensa members to settle down in the word of God. Abiding in the word of God means settling down in the precepts and principles of the word such that no one can move you because you are deeply rooted in the word. Jesus Christ is the word from the book of 1 John 5:1. As we abide in the word, we abide in Christ and become like Christ because it is only in abiding that one becomes like Christ.
What is your walk word?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: Habakkuk 1:5, “Look among the nations and watch— be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you“.
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: Mine is the Apostle John. John was hot tempered by nature but upon meeting Christ, he became the beloved of Jesus Christ. He was always sitting close to Christ and listened to Christ on countless occasions. He had humility, faith and trust in Christ and so Christ also reciprocated his love.
Who is your favorite member/leader in PENSA-KNUST?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: My favorite was my former prayer secretary when I was in first year. The second is the former Pensa secretary who actually became my close friend.
Who inspires you?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: My mother. She has really been influential in my life. She is a very strict mother, very prayerful and a devoted Christian. She has been and continues to be the backbone of my successes.
What is your vision and mission in life?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: My mission is to impart lives and my vision is to become of global and generational relevance.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: Exploits and the glory of God in all fields.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: “Before every stage, there is a stair”. This means that there is always a preparatory stage which is the staircase. There is a time for rising and a time for falling, a time for building and a time for breaking so you are taken through a lot in order that you will be prepared for whatever life throws at you.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: I’m a living testimony. During my SHS days, I one time felt dizzy while I was crossing the road. A speeding car suddenly appeared from nowhere and passed so close to me that all the people thought I would be hit by the car. By God’s grace and miraculous wonder, not even a hair on my skin was lost.
Are you in a relationship?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: I am not in a relationship.
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: Singleness is not a disadvantage or a deficiency but a period that has a beginning and end. When that period is ended, a new period will begin where God will make all things beautiful by bringing the right spouse to you. People go into relationships because of pressure but it is not supposed to be so. It is normal to be single.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: The fruit of the spirit and character. Other things I find attractive about ladies are decency and modesty. She should have a vision and should be able to support my vision.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: I like football. I play video games too. I mostly enjoy reading during my leisure time because I believe that books are not lifeless inks on paper and the greatest of all books is the Bible.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you will want to see when you visit us one day?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: A lot of proposals were worked on during our time with the help of the travelling secretary. I would be very happy if certain traditions – laid down church principles, are changed with time.
What advice do you leave with the church and the income house.?
Elder Quagraine Yaw Acquaah Snr: For the church, our vision states that we are possessing the nations in the next five years. Thus, the first years must allow themselves to be groomed in the spirit. The continuing students should also continue with the good work they are doing and they must allow themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit. For the current house, they should stick to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I also want them to know they are treasures in the sight of God and so they must give out their best so that the members can also look up to them.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.