The personality arena comes to you today with another thrilling moment where we get to hang out with one of our own Solomon Twum Ampofo, a final year Geography and Rural Development student.
Who is behind Solomon Twum Ampofo?
I was born at Accra. My dad, Mr. Charles Ampofo, is an Ashanti and my mom, Mrs. Ampofo, is a Fante. I have six siblings and I reside at Amasaman. I went to Manhean Junior High School in Accra. I furthered my education at Abetifi Presbyterian High School in the Eastern Region. I read General Arts there. I like worshipping God and I enjoy recreative games such as basketball and football. I also like reading. I was the school prefect back in junior high school. I was the visitation rep for the Evangelism Committee in third year and I am still the rep for this current year.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution? (Any teaser name back in SHS and fond memories)
In high school, I was the president of the Geography Association, the Organizer for the Scripture Union and an usher in PENSA. In high school, my experiences were mostly leadership experiences, nothing much of regular. We had an inter-class debate and my class came out third in the entire school. I think that’s the only fond memory I can clearly remember.
SOLOMON, why KNUST and the program?
In junior high school, I always yearned to come to KNUST high school and proceed to KNUST. I only applied to KNUST and that’s why I am here. I chose Geography because I have great interest in environmental issues. As a General Arts student, I saw Geography as the avenue to broaden my scope on environmental issues, sanitation to be precise.
Can you tell us about Geography and Rural Development?
Geography is the study of the Earth’s surface and systems and the biotic relationships between man and the environment. There are several systems we study about. These includes the atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere amongst others
How has campus been from first year till now?
I didn’t get the campus experience because I wasn’t in a hall. I was in a hostel at New Site. You can imagine the struggle. I was there until third year when I moved to a hostel closer to campus. On campus, it depends on what you aim at doing, your target and goals. The way you see your future is how you live here. Although there is fun, there is also toil.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
What I would say about Pentecost and it associates is, it has been around for some time. It nurtures good people for God and society. They pray a lot. I had an experience for myself when I went for one of the Prayer Committee meetings. PENSA ushered me into deeper social life. They have helped me spiritually too.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Prayer force?
I wanted to improve my spiritual life. Initially, it was hard. It was only for two hours but it felt like a day whenever we met. Now, I can pray for several hours. I’m still improving though.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
With the theme, I understand it’s a call for an intimate relationship with God. You cannot know God if you don’t have an intimate relationship with Him. In Exodus 33, the Lord told Moses to meet him in the early hours of the morning on the hill, not letting anyone come near the hill. Due to his intimate relationship with God, he yearned to see God. Knowing God means you can give a vivid description of God even to the atomic level. If you know God, you will experience the love he has for us all and you will be able to tell others about it.
Are you a partaker of the Eucharist and what is your understanding of the practice?
Communion is a very holy component of Christendom. You are dining with our holy God when you take the communion. You must therefore be holy before you go to him. It is a practice that allows you to become a member of God’s family. It is a symbol of our close relationship with God. If you have defiled yourself and you see it as a drink and bread, I think there would be punishment, one that could last your whole life.
What part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Jeremiah 29 :11 and Psalm 37:19. The first has been in my memory since childhood. For the latter, I was once in a situation that made me feel downhearted. In my sleep, I encountered a man in white who directed me to read it. It has been my pillow of comfort for a while now. Recently, Romans 8:35 is also one scripture that I had in my dreams. It teaches me to trust in God always. There is also proverbs 6:4.
Who inspires you?
Bezalel! God testified about him that he blessed him with unusual wisdom of craftwork. He was very good at everything. You can find the story in Exodus 31:1-6.
What do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
I like singing worship songs and reading articles. Basically, that’s what I like to do when I’m free.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
I should be done with my Doctorate. I expect to be doing impactful things, maybe a lecturer or a minister of God.
Are you in a relationship? If Yes can we know her name.
I’m not in a relationship yet.
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
There is a right time for everything. People are anxious, especially the older people. People think relationships are full of distraction, but I don’t think so. It depends on you, if you give in to them.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Eey! future spouse? The person should be versatile, respectful, Christ loving and humane.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
I’d suggest a PENSA hostel. The executives could be accommodated there, and the members as well. I think buses are also a major need.
What advice do you have for the youth?
In Acts 2:40, Peter was entreating the people to save themselves from this crooked generation, and that society does not determine what is right, neither does democracy. The only thing that dictates what is right is God’s word.
The youth should refrain from the things God considers as wrong. It should not be what society dictates for us but what God says. For example, God hasn’t approved of the homosexuality enshrined in constitutions and the grace of God is not an excuse for doing what we like, but a burden to living a holy life. We shouldn’t take advantage of grace in a negative sense. In Psalm, we understand that God records our daily life and we should be careful how we live. We should work on our salvation and the youth shouldn’t think they are born again and at that they are saved. The Word cleanses us.
God bless you lovely reader. Catch you on our next exclusive encounter as we bring to you yet another intriguing personality.