Today on the personality corner, we interview our dynamic personality for the week, Ofori Michael, a final year economics student and a proud continental, Unity Hall affiliate.
Who is behind Ofori Michael?
I’m a sociable person. I like to make friends a lot, dancing and playing video games. I like being able to help people and knowing that my ideas work gives me satisfaction. I have two brothers and a sister. I hail from Gyenyase Kumasi but I’ve been in Accra my whole life. I attended my basic school in St. Theresa and Prince of Peace all in North Kaneshie, Accra. I attended Awudome 3 Junior High School. I was the compound prefect there. I had my second cycle education at Opoku Ware in Kumasi where I was the second in command of the Cadet.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution. (Any teaser name back in SHS and fond memories)
They used to call me Don Bollo. This was because I looked like my school father in stature. We had a number of qualities in common. There was this time we went to watch football and when we were returning, we got chased by the security personnel of the school. We had to go and hide in the pantry. It’s a day I don’t think I would forget, “then we make hot”. It was in the WASSCE period too. There were times when we broke some rules, especially getting food from outside. The food at school wasn’t appetizing at all.
Why KNUST and why Economics?
I actually wanted to go UG, but I had KNUST because our school’s results were withheld. Luckily for us, KNUST reopened the admission portal and I had admission. I have never regretted being here. I say so because I met someone I knew from home. We used to dance together so it was a great time. I got to join the best mass theatre in Ghana too (Mass Drama), due to KNUST.
Can you tell us about Economics?
I always loved mathematics back in high school and always tried to escape reading but it seemed to follow me everywhere I went. Economics is basically mathematics. You have to reason and calculate a lot. The course gets more challenging and exciting as you move forward and there is always something new. You get to analyze issues and suggest remedies. That’s why I love it when my ideas are taken up and they work.
A re-count of all the experiences from first year until this current year?
First year was very adventurous because we wanted to discover more about the school. First year was basically for discoveries. Second year was the time to find people you have same motive with to help you in terms of academia, social life and the others. The hustle begins in third year when you are left on your own, when parents teach how to survive on your own. It’s good because it has thought me how to be on my own and how to encounter certain situations and how to solve them. But in fourth year, there is stress, almost every facet is pulling you, right from social activities to academia but it’s a plus for me because it’s teaching me how to handle the pressure when I’m out in the world.
What would you say about PENSA-KNUST?
I feel really comfortable over here compared to the mother church at home. There are similar age mates. It’s fun and the spirituality is unforgettable. If not for PENSA I don’t think I would be on campus, because of them I’ve been able to utilize my time and taken my mind off certain things. The church is also concerned about the welfare of the members. I encountered it myself in third year moving to fourth year. I was aided so I know they care for their members.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose music and drama?
I love dancing a lot so I decided to join music and drama. After joining I’ve realized there is more, I can add to dancing such as drama, playing roles in it as well as the dancing. There’s also a ministry to our dancing in that we dance to touch lives.
What comment can you give about the year’s theme and focus?
Working on this year’s focus and theme has sparked up a love within us. We’ve become more bonded than I’ve ever seen since joining RVT because people have got to understand this year’s theme and focus and this has helped us as a church.
How did you become born again and what are some changes you’ve seen?
I became born again after high school. We had this conference at home, a youth program. After that I was talking to our area pastor and he asked me about my talent. After telling him he asked me why not channel my dancing into the church. That’s when I started joining dance ministry in church. I think we were the first. I and my friend. Basically, everything I’ve learnt is from the dancing ministry. I’m still learning, still improving and I’m hoping for the best.
Who is your favorite Bible character?
David. My whole life has been dancing. When he was showing praise to God, he was dancing. He even danced and forgot his authority and got naked. Another motivation is his craziness about God, he always focused on God even as a king and it keeps me motivated to do more for God.
Do you have an inspirational person?
My dad. He’s always positive about stuff. Anytime there is an issue, he keeps his demeanor and stays positive and things work out.
What do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
I dance and sometimes go for swimming.
What do you look to in the near future?
I’ve always wanted to be part of the military and doing my researches. I’ve found that I’m interested in the Navy and in the next two to three years, I pray I get the chance to join them.
Are you paired? If Yes can we know her name, I’m sure our readers would be poised for that.
Yes, she is not in PENSA but she is in mass drama. I got close to her because she had almost all the qualities I would want my future spouse to have. She is in third year, Kukua Prah.
How do you want your future spouse to be like?
I would want a supportive woman, a woman who shares the same vision as myself and God-fearing. The occupation I want to enter would keep me from home and I want someone who can cope with my schedules. A Ghanaian and a Fante or Ashanti at that. She should be educated and established. She should be fashionable and a good cook like mom
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
We should encourage members to join committee. It’s a more effective way of guiding and directing members on what to do. It keeps members still involved in church activities.
God bless you lovely reader. Catch you on our next exclusive encounter as we bring to you yet another intriguing personality