The personality arena comes to you today with another thrilling moment where we get to hang out with one of our very own, Lois Obeng Atuah, a second-year Doctor of Pharmacy student.
Who is behind Lois Obeng Atuah?
My name has already been mentioned. I am 19 years old. I completed St. louis Girls’ school. My parents are Dr. Obeng Atuah and Mrs. Susana Obeng Atuah. I’m the third of four children. I reside at Deduako-kordiekrom. I attended Silicon Valley International school in Accra.
I like to listen to music when I’m free and I also design clothes. Blue is my favorite colour because it is peaceful.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution (Any teaser name back in SHS and fond memories?)
I virtually knew no one when I came to Kumasi at first and it was quite uncomfortable because of the transition in the language. Everyone expected you to speak fluently. My mates were fun, but we got to connect after the first term because in the beginning everyone wanted to impress someone. The school was fun especially when we had class parties. There was this particular teacher who made us work for no apparent reason and we didn’t like him. My class was the best. We had all sorts of people there. I was the shy type in school but I contested for and became general secretary, writing minutes and all the sorts. It helped build my confidence.
I chose knust because it was the university I wanted to attend. The first time I came to Kumasi, KNUST was the university I came to. Seeing the place re-enforced my decision to choose knust. Also, with regards to the program I had in mind, this university was the pioneer school so I thought it right to choose knust.
Can you tell us about Doctor of Pharmacy?
Pharmacy is not easy. I would not’t say it is difficult but it demands a lot of seriousness. It is stressful, you put a lot into the program, with quizzes and reports. The best thing to do is to manage your time because if you don’t, you will be drained and you’d find it difficult. Pharmacy is related to drugs, it also makes you understand the human body. You also study about plants to know what they contain. There are several branches you study under- Pharmacology, pharmaceutics, phytochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry. You have labs and class as well, starting mostly from 8am-5pm. Aside the stressful part of studying Pharmacy, you get to have fun during programs like the recent Pharmacy strongest. There are Christian programs as well that are mainly organised by the Pharmacy Christian fellowship with one being the well know Pharmakristo. In first year, the executives try to get you mentors which is a great initiative.
How has campus been from first year to now?
It has been interesting. I was in University Hall. Before I came, there was so much tension because the hall used to be an all-male hall but the leaders assured us that everything was alright. They didn’t organize programs for us because of the previous demonstration. They tried to compensate us by serving us breakfast. The guys used to come around and it was a bit uncomfortable because they had behaviors which were unpleasant. The “agenda” people also used to disturb a lot. I mean in their attempt to prove their points, they used to take much time and we were mostly tired. My current roommates are very nice. PENSA has also been fun. I have had the chance to go for scouting.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
I enjoy PENSA. A lot of people do a lot of things but they do it in unison. It’s nice and fun. It gives you the opportunity to be part of something. I learnt a lot from people here and the committees. I wanted to join Kings-vine but I decided to join Editorial committee first. They teach you to do a lot of things – writing pieces and excerpts and it makes you think far and wide.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Music and Drama?
I decided to join music and drama because I wanted to perfect my singing ability. The traveling secretary told us if you are good at something, you have to perfect it so I decided to join and perfect it. The MD is nice and welcoming. There are part leaders who help you to get the right thing. It’s a nice place to be, their slogan is quite comforting as well.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
For the first part it speaks mostly of the fellowship. If you don’t know God, you can’t express his love. We have to know him on a daily basis. Nobody can know God totally. We need to have fellowship with him. Proclaiming his love should be at the point that it is very difficult to describe it. To get to that point, you have to have fellowship with him every time, you have to know him.
How did you become born again and what are some changes you’ve seen after such an encounter?
I was born into the church. I didn’t understand why I had to confess publicly so I spoke to my mom about it and she explained. When I was 13, I told my dad to announce it so I could come together with those who had decided to give their lives to Christ. I was baptized in 2014 but I remember speaking in tongues in 2013. It was in December so the baptism was done in the new year. In a nutshell, it was a great experience.
Who is your favorite Bible character?
Joseph, the old testament Joseph. He was so faithful to God even in prison and he came out successful. He is my favorite character. I think God’s hand was always on him.
Who inspires you?
That’s a big question. My parents inspire me a lot, but I would say my dad inspires me more. Even with his position, he still wants to go far and he also likes to boast about God and gives a lot. He makes sure everyone is satisfied and he is a lovely person. He still wants to help people. He really inspires me and I look up to him. I want to be like him.
What should we expect from you in the near future?
A great pharmacist, a business woman, a fashion designer and married.
Are you in a relationship? If Yes can we know his name. I’m sure our readers would be poised for that.
YES! The person is not in PENSA. It’s a story for another day.
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
That’s the best parts of one’s life because during that time you get to make decisions that would actually affect you.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Someone I can connect with, a very God-fearing person, someone willing to help build me up, a romantic person. A very responsible person, a caring man and he should care for his friends.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
“It’s all good.” We all face problems and it depends on how you approach the problem. Listening to renowned preachers makes me understand that God can make you go through a situation to develop you and it’s all about how you see it.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
The bible reading should continue. The ladies wing should keep on doing their activities that help build ladies. The visitation shouldn’t stop as well as the mentorship programs. They really help a lot. The switch between the masters of ceremony during programs, it’s nice.
Pertaining to the recent “sex for grades” scandal, what would you have done if you were a victim or your dad was involved?
If I was a victim, I would have reported. I would not stoop so low for someone who just wants me because of grades. Even if I fail, he would be questioned and it could be reversed because I would have proof. If my dad was involved, I think my dad would have to take me outside of the country. I can not stand the stigma.
God bless you lovely reader. Catch you on our next exclusive encounter as we bring to you yet another intriguing personality.