Ezekiel Amevor talks about his experience in HCC’s Accounting program and how scholarships have impacted his life and his fellow students at HCC. As told to fellow HCC student, Dennis Abbey.

Dennis Abbey: Tell us about your background.

Ezekiel Amevor: I am Ezekiel Amevor and I come from Ningo* in the Greater Accra Region. I mostly grew up in the Volta Region but before that I was staying with my mum in Accra before my dad took me to the Volta region of Ghana as I was growing up. In the Volta region, at age 9, I was going to be working with him; I would be fishing with my dad on the Volta lake at the same time I would be trying to go to school. I did that till I was 12 years. I was very passionate about getting an education at that time and I wanted to be in school. So, I was very glad when my dad told me that I am going to go to school when I go back with him to the Volta Region. But unfortunately for me, that work was a difficult work—fishing at the same time going to school, combined the two was very difficult for me to do that.

Later in the year 2007, there was this American woman known as Pam Cope, she came with a Ghanaian man known as George Achibra [a local teacher who help purchase the freedom of seven children]. So they came rescuing children who were on the Lake Volta instead of being in school. Back then children were being trafficked on Lake Volta. They were going to send the children back to their families or to look for a place for them to go to school.

Pam Cope helped rescue Ezekiel from the hard life on Lake Volta and connected him with the Village of Hope.

At that time my dad was not around and I took advantage of that because also at that time, my dad was somewhat busy and I was so passionate about getting my education whereby I am fishing at the same time and going to school, it made my education life very rough. This is when I was around 9 years old until I was 12 years old.  I left that place in 2007.

Then, later on, Pam sent me to Village of Hope** in Gomoa Fetteh***, it is an orphanage and children’s home in the Central Region of Ghana. So that is where I grew up from the age of 12 years up to now. Right now I am 22 years and that was where I grew up as a child.

DA: That is very interesting. How many siblings do you have?

EA: My dad did not get married to one woman. Talking from just my dad and my mum, married two women, but between my mum and dad, we are 3 in number and I am the 2nd born of the 3; but, talking of all my dad’s kids it is getting to 11 or 12 kids.

DA: Ok, so, tell me, what are you reading here at HCC? And why did you choose that field?

EA: As you said early on, I am reading Bachelors in Business Administration—Accounting. I am reading that because that is what I did in senior high school. I read business in senior high school and it is my dream to become a chartered accountant one day and that is why I chose that field.

DA: Let’s come to why you chose HCC. What excites you about HCC that made you come here?

EA: That is a very important question. As I was saying, I grew up at Village of Hope so all my life I have been to private schools. So I am used to and love a small classroom of students. HCC once came to Hope College to talk to students about HCC and what HCC could offer students like scholarship and some level of technology and teaching staff. I was glad to hear that. So I sent a message to the president of HCC and said that I would love to come to Heritage. But also at that time the rules of, as a child of Village of Hope you could not go to a private school because the fees are very expensive. So when my senior high results came, I saw that I did very well. So I spoke to them saying that I wanted to go to Heritage, even though I knew the rules of Village of Hope were that we could not get a chance to go to private school because of the fees and stuff. So I spoke to them of the Business scholarship that HCC was going to offer me as part of my fees and stuff. This gave me a chance to come.

DA: Let’s come to scholarship. How do you think scholarship offered at HCC are impacting the lives of students and even yourself?

EA: I think scholarship to students of Heritage is important because it cuts off some of the burden from parents in terms of paying of fees. It is not every parent who can afford the fees of their students. And, a child who is passionate about education really needs help. And these are some of the [needs] of a student who wants to complete their educational life. So, scholarships to students of HCC is very important because as I am talking to you now, 25% of the fees are taken care of for me and that is going to make me be able to finish my program in the school. Scholarships are very important because some students do not have a chance at all to be in the school. So, if they get scholarships, that is going to help them and remove the burden from parents.

DA: That is a really great observation there from you. So tell me, what do you think would have happened if some of the students who are here now under scholarship—some who are under full scholarship, that is 100%, and some who are under 50%, and some who are under 25%—what do you think would have happened to such students if they were not to have it?

EA: Students without these scholarships would have things very, very difficult for them. If you look at Ghana right now, you can see that there is high unemployment, especially in Ghana right now. And these formidable students who have successfully completed senior high schools, if they were not able to get these scholarships, they may be ending up on the streets, I think.

DA: So you see that offering up the scholarships to students at HCC is a very important part of their activities.

EA: Sure. 100% important!

DA: So let’s get to this. Ezekiel, you have given us your background and it looks a bit rough. And now that you are here at Heritage, what are your aspirations, what are your hopes for the future?

EA: As I was saying, Dennis, I read business in senior high school and now I am mostly doing accounting. Also, as part of the activities of HCC, they encourage participation in professional courses and I am hoping to become a chartered accountant together with my degree. It is my dream, so that is what I am working on writing a professional exam with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG).

DA: What has been your experience on the campus at HCC so far? And, how long have you been here?

EA: I have been here at HCC since last year, 2017, October. My experience in HCC so far is great because, because as I told you, I am used to and I love to be in a class with small number of students and that is what I find myself in now and the environment is good. And also, looking at the learning system, the use of technology and stuff is also helping me to advance my knowledge in technology, which is helping me a lot.

DA: Share with us your favorite past moment or time.

EA: I don’t know whether I have one…

DA: (Laughs), you don’t know?

EA: …but I think that moment was when I was taken from the lake Volta to be sent to the Village of Hope, because when I was sent to the Village of Hope, that is when my life started over again.

DA: Wow! Interesting! Your favorite past time was when you were taken out from the Lake Volta.

DA: Thank you very much for your time, Ezekiel

EA: Thank you Dennis, you are welcome.


Editor’s Notes:

*Ningo is a suburb of Accra in Ghana.

**Village of Hope is an orphanage that provides for orphans and needy/destitute children.

***Gomoa Fetteh is also a suburb of the Central region of Ghana.