This is your weekly personality show where we are up close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. Meet a humble gentleman from the Editorial Committe; Prince Owusu Acheaw McCoy. Relax, read and enjoy what he has to share with us.
Who is behind Prince?
I’m Prince Owusu Acheaw McCoy, known to many as Prince McCoy. I’m the second of 5 children. I was born on 6th June some 20 years ago. I attended Holy Spirit Junior High School and Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Legon, where I studied General Science. I served as the Head Boy and the Maths and Science Club General Secretary in these schools respectively. I love God and kids greatly. I’m highly motivated by the desire to make a difference in the society and to impact people’s lives positively. I’m an avid debater, a humanitarian and strict believer of humanitarianism. I entered KNUST in 2015 as a first year undergraduate. I was in the University Hall. I’m currently a third year student of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and also the National Vice President of the Ghana Biochemistry Students Association. I hopefully will contest for the position of SRC President next semester God willing.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution.
Life in Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School has been very instrumental in contributing to who I am today. Being away from home, I really got to appreciate the beauty of living with people from different backgrounds and even of different beliefs. This was the point I started to understand what discipline actually meant and how to apply it. It was at this point in my life that I started to develop love for God and the things of God. I happened to even serve as the PENSA Prayer Secretary there.
Prince, kindly tell us about your programme of study.
It’s a fascinating course and it’s a course of central discipline, in that it cuts across several other fields of study. With good knowledge in KNUST’s Biochemistry and Biotechnology programme, you can do well in almost every walk of life.
I’ve always wanted to connect two somewhat fundamentally different programmes; Science and Law someday. And amongst the several other public universities in Ghana, KNUST was that which I thought could directly help me do that. So I chose Tech.
How has life been on campus being in your third year?
Life has been fairly good so far, and tough at times but all in all I would say KNUST has helped me discover who I really am though the discovery still goes on. First year was very calm and quiet. Second year was somewhat hectic I would say and third year is still unveiling itself. I trust God to make it a good one. I’ve also gotten to know more of God particularly through PENSA-KNUST.
What can you say about the structure of PENSA-KNUST?
I think PENSA KNUST so far has done so well in coordinating their structures to enable PENSA work as a family. The way PENSA is divided into areas and committees enables it to give its members direct attention to nurture their spiritual growth. The heads of the committees and areas are committed in their work which is why PENSA still remains a great family
Which committee do you belong to?
The Editorial Committee
Amongst all the committees, why Editorial Committee?
I’m a writer, a blogger and a speaker also. Amongst all the other committees in PENSA-KNUST I have viewed the Editorial committee as that which is best in sync with what I love to do; writing and speaking
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Walking in the Will of God: God has a perfect will for each man and so for us to be very useful to our society it is good that we find the will of God and walk in it accordingly
Abounding in Good Works: The scripture admonishes us as Christians to let our light shine that all may see and glorify our father in heaven. So it’s relevant that Christians today abound in good works every time. Taking care of the needy generally.
Which part(s) of the Bible really speaks to you?
Honestly 3 different scriptures speak to me really well. And they all speak on love for our fellow men.
Matthew 22:37-38, John 13:34-35 and James 1:27
Who is your favourite Bible character?
I admire David and Paul equally.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy? And any additional hobbies?
I love football and I admire long tennis also. I enjoy reading. I like listening to documentaries and I’m a debate lover. I’m a fun of soccer games too, FIFA particularly.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision is to achieve the purpose of God for my life. Making a difference in the society and impacting people positively through charity work, governance and leadership.
How did you become born again?
I was born into a Christian family. However, I confessed and accepted the Lordship of Christ in first year back in Presby Boys’ Legon where my Chaplain Preached Christ one Sunday morning in October 2012.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
I see myself as a lawyer working as a litigator, specializing as a forensic attorney. I should also have set up my first enterprise and be preparing toward starting my first charity foundation in the next 5 years.
Are you in a relationship?
What would you like to see in your future spouse?
I don’t necessarily have any laid down traits I look for in a lady. But she must love God above all. And she must be able to understand me. She must cook better than myself or be at par with me at least. I would be glad if we had common interests as well.
What’s your motivation in life?
I derive my motivation from the gift of life I still have from God, some very good and supportive people in my life like my parents and some good friends of mine too. The efforts they make in my life to ensure I have a better chance at life puts in me a certain sense of indebtedness that inspires me to do my best every new day. And anytime I walk the streets and see people of my age hawking, struggling and some even suffering from hunger I feel very lucky. I’m then reminded of the seemingly little but many opportunities I have and I’m inspired to take them.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
I think every day of my life is a testimony because of the gift of life.
What has been the most memorable day in life?
I have had a few memorable days even here in KNUST but I will say it’s the day I got baptized. That’s the day I remember most.
Any advice for the youth?
The youth should embrace morality more and more in this generation just as Titus 2:11 admonishes.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA- KNUST?
PENSA has done so much so far. I believe it would be good if they do more to equip their members not only in spiritual matters but also in other matters that build capacity as well. I would love that they form a gentlemen’s wing just as we have a ladies’ wing someday.
Any requests for the church?
I don’t really have any requests but I would recommend that they keep up with their good works.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.
God bless you too. Thank you.