Today on the personality corner, we interview our intriguing personality of the week, Mr. Samuel Boateng-Manu, a committed member of the Bible study committee and a fourth year Biological Science student.
Who is behind Mr. Samuel Boateng-Manu?
I am the first born of four siblings. I am from Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region. I was born on 25th April, 1997. I completed Central International in the Northern Region and furthered to St. Charles Minor Seminary school. I read science. I love reading and listening to gospel music.
I was the Catholic Charismatic Renewal secretary in senior high school. In KNUST, I was a family head in first and second year. I was the HOD for Topical Department in Bible Study and the vice president for the Biological Sciences Christian Fellowship in third year. Currently, I am the HOD for Character Department and the president for the Biological Sciences Christian Fellowship.
Share with us your experience in SHS.
Senior high school was one of the best but most challenging place for me. I wanted to attend Presec but I did not have it so I wasn’t really happy about the school I had. I met one friend there but he made my life unpleasant. He made me sleep on my trunk the whole night. I had no one to look up to and I was lonely. I was baptized before going to school so I was very engaged in the things of God. I kept a diary. My life changed when I met one senior on campus. He was the leader of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Entertainment prefect as well. After he became my friend, I became untouchable because of the influence he had on campus. My Christian life took a good turn because I met a lot of people who helped me along the way. I used to evangelize in class and I was loved by the teachers. My nickname was Kofi Discipline because I was very law abiding.
Why KNUST and why Biological Science?
KNUST is the best school anyone can attend in Ghana. I had interest in reading mechanical engineering because I was good in mathematics. I had admission to study Biological Science and I did not want to come but my family members encouraged me. My grandmother was ill so I decided to study Biological Science so I could study medicine after graduation and help her. We lost her anyways. It was the saddest experience in my life.
Can you kindly tell us about Biological Science?
It is the study of life but you’ll delve deeper into more courses like microbiology, cell structure, et cetera. It exposes you to nature and allows you to understand God better. Biological science has been an interesting course. It has trained me a lot. I never thought I would get this far but here I am.
What are your experiences from first year to this current year?
I am a Queens hall affiliate but I slept in Unity Hall in first year due to the lack of space. I met a wonderful roommate in first year. His name is Joseph. He really helped me spiritually and he was more like a father to me. I was on the eight floor and that created a lot of inconvenience especially when you remember you have forgotten something after descending. I met one of my mates from primary and she was also reading Biological Science so I was able to adapt. She helped and kept me informed. It was an interesting experience. First year was quite stressful. We were given a lot of assignments. I joined the bible study committee in first year. They were very welcoming so I decided to stay. PENSA Unity Hall was also a wonderful family. It was quite a challenge attending though because of I had to descend the long flight of stairs. It wasn’t easy but I was able to sail through.
Tell us about PENSA KNUST?
It is a place to encounter Christ. If only you avail yourself to know him, you will know him. It takes humility to understand the things done at PENSA. I used to attend a local assembly and I was confused when I first joined but the committees welcomed me and helped me to feel at home. PENSA is a large family.
Amongst all the committees, why bible study?
I wanted to really study the word. I was advised by one of my church members to join the Bible study. I decided to join because personally I wanted to study the word. I was inspired by II Timothy 2:15, “work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
What is your take on the theme in focus?
Through the theme, you will know that you need to know Christ to walk with him. Once you accept Christ you need to testify about him so I think the theme is good.
How you became born again and what are some changes you have experienced?
I attended a youth camp dubbed the, “Encounter” at Ghana secondary school in the North. I got baptized after the camp. I took my friend along when I was going to be baptized. I evangelized to him and we were both baptized. I realized I had changed after I took my first communion. I had this inner conviction so I stayed away from ungodly things. I faced some challenges but I was able to overcome them
Who is your favorite Bible Character?
Jesus because he is the perfect example. Hebrews 4:15, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing we do, yet he did not sin”
Who inspires you?
There are a lot but one I admire most is Apostle Alfred Koduah. I very much like the way he presents the gospel.
What should we expect from you in the next five years?
God willing, I should be done with my master and should be getting ready to read my PhD.
Are you in a Relationship?
No. It is a personal decision not to enter into a relationship now.
What do you expect from your future spouse?
She should be like my mom. She should be God fearing, prayerful, and hardworking.
What is your take on campus relationships and is it necessary to be anxious about it?
It depends on the individual. I have friends who have had successful relationships and others who have had failed relationships so it depends on the maturity of the person and how ready the person is. Some enter relationships out of peer pressure and ignorance. The individual needs to make the decision whether or not to enter a relationship and stick to it. It is not necessary to be anxious about being single.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA or any improvement you want to see?
The church should focus on the maturity of the members and not the numbers per say. Ephesians 4:15, “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ who is the head of his body the church”.
That’ll be all for today folks. Catch you next week for another exciting experience.