Welcome to the Personality Show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This week we meet a handsome gentleman of the church, Nathan David Obeng-Amoako.
Who is behind Nathan David Obeng-Amoako?
I am the second of four siblings and the only son as well. I was born at the 37 Military Hospital, Accra on March 14, 2001. I live at Medie, Accra. I have fellowshipped with the Church of Pentecost in four different areas, including Kaneshie area and La area and I am currently at Achimota area. I had my elementary school education at Rene Educational Centre and continued in Kotoka Basic School, Burma Camp. I proceeded to Ghana National College and here I am in KNUST, a first-year student reading BSc. Civil Engineering by the grace of God. I am affiliated to Queen Elizabeth II Hall. People see me to be disciplined, time conscious and determined.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution.
In Ghana National College, I was often found doing things alone or with some few close friends. I can humbly boast of my success in balancing my christian and academic life appropriately in SHS. In second year, I aspired for the position of PENSA Secretary but instead I was appointed as the PENSA President. Although I held some other positions such as the SRC PRO in second year, I never allowed any of these to affect my academic life. I represented my school in this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz and by God’s grace we made it to the semi-finals. In school, I was a father and counsellor to many including my mates and juniors despite my age. By Gods grace, I was able to transform the life of lots of people mainly in their academics and spiritual lives.
It has always been my dream to read engineering since my childhood days because of my love for mathematics, although I nearly decided to divert into the health sector after reading Ben Carson life’s story, the neurosurgeon who first separated Siamese twins. With KNUST being one of the best engineering institutions, I quickly applied with my Nov-Dec results whilst still in school. I chose Civil Engineering as my first choice programme and had it by God’s grace.
Nathan, kindly tell us about Civil Engineering?
It is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built-environment including works such as roads and high-ways, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipe-lines and rail-ways. Civil Engineering is traditionally broken into a number of sub-disciplines. It is considered as the second oldest Engineering discipline after Military Engineering. All the buildings we see haven’t collapsed due to the good work of Civil Engineers, specifically Structural Engineers. Therefore the course is versatile and nice to read.
How has campus been so far in KNUST as a first-year student?
There is a vast difference between campus here and campus in SHS.Taking a look at it, everyone does what pleases him or her with little or no supervision. I live my life here carefully so I do not fall into trials, troubles or temptations. Life on campus has been a comfortable one so far.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
From my perspective, for the few weeks I have spent in KNUST, PENSA is one of the best Christian Students Fellowship in KNUST. PENSA-KNUST has all it takes to equip us morally, spiritually and academically. Also, it’s really preparing us for the future as we journey along our Christian lives by the word of God that is being constantly renewed in our hearts. I am delighted to be a member of this great family.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Ushering Committee?
Actually, because I am a keyboardist, I thought of joining the Music and Drama Committee but my inner self just told me that’s not where I am supposed to be. I then decided to join Ushering Committee because of the passion I have for ushering. I was even an usher in PENSA in SHS before I became the PENSA president and I therefore deem it great to continue this service here in PENSA-KNUST.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: It is just about we living a life that portrays Christ that even unbelievers will see the Christ in us. We should therefore ensure our light shines wherever we are placed.
Abiding in His word: According to John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God”. We as Christians siblings ought to, with togetherness, abide in God’s word and make it a point to do whatever it says.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have learnt from this quote that God’s ways are not our ways and that we should always avail ourselves for His purpose for our lives.
Who is your favourite Bible character?
David. I admire him because, although he was the least in his family, he still availed himself for God’s purpose for his life. Secondly, I admire him because he was a talented musician.
Who inspires you?
Dr. Ben Carson, I just love his life story. Although I have no plans of becoming a neurosurgeon like him, I like the way he was able to uplift himself from zero to hero and that inspires me to also yearn for excellence.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
Honestly, I don’t enjoy any sporting activity. During my leisure, I am either reading inspirational books, studying or playing my guitar.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision is to make my family, especially my mom and the Church of Pentecost proud of me. My mission is to avail myself for God’s work and also take my academics seriously in the best possible way.
How did you become born again?
At the age of 13, I accepted Christ as my Lord and personal savior and was baptized in water on 14th September, 2014.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
To have obtained my first-degree certificate in BSC. Civil Engineering with first class honors.
Are you in a relationship?
No, I am not ready to enter into relationship for now.
What is your take on dating on campus?
Dating is not something bad at all. In fact, it is a necessity for all Christians before marriage. One should be cautious of what happens during dating and must not engage in it if not ready for marriage.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
I expect her to be first of all, God-fearing, submissive, intelligent, loving, supportive, a good cook, a good decision maker, idealistic, responsible, dedicated and last but not least fair in complexion.
And what if you get a woman satisfying few of these requirements?
I will still search till I find one who satisfies most of the requirements if not all.
What’s your motivation in life?
It’s all about Ben Carson. Things were never easy for him as he was growing up but he fought the good fight to come out as a world best.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
God has never disappointed me. I lost my Dad the day before WASSCE started, that is Easter Monday this year. I had divided attention when writing my WASSCE. I thought my results will be a mess but God proved himself faithful and made me come out with good grades. Even during the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), I had no sound mind but God proved himself faithful that we went to the extent of emerging as one of the semi-finalists and I am grateful to Him for that.
What advice do you have for the youth?
I will advise that, they will learn how to balance their academic and spiritual lives and also, they shouldn’t waste time on unnecessary things.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.