Mrs. Elsie Asiedu-Appiah, 60, just earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Her failure to pursue a degree earlier is due to a number of factors, the most important of which is that she opted to sacrifice and prioritize her family, providing them with all available assistance.
Elsie married her high school sweetheart, who was a coworker at the bank where they both worked. She then assisted him in obtaining a first degree from the University of Ghana, and she later cared for their children while her husband pursued his Master’s degree abroad.
She left her work at the bank to create her own company so that she could better care for their children. While their father was away for two years, she financed their tuition, made sure they were well cared for, fed them, and remitted money to her husband so he could finish his Master’s degree.
After the two-year period, her spouse finished his Master’s degree and returned to Ghana, where he gradually landed fantastic employment and prospered. According to their children, he has always valued their mother and continues to do so, which warms their hearts.
As the kids grew, Mrs. Asiedu-Appiah supported them the more. Her daughter explained that her mum has cushioned her failures and been a strong pillar for her successes as a career woman and mother.
Mrs. Elsie Asiedu-Appiah would travel with her daughter in her roles that required travelling while her babies were still nursing; and as such, she could not leave her babies behind. Her mum has accompanied her on work trips across Asia, the Middle East, West and Central Africa, and rural areas in Ghana to care for her babies while she worked: because “My mum didn’t want me to halt my career for a moment, and even insisted on buying her own tickets on such trips”.
Mrs. Asiedu-Appiah and her husband also supported their son’s study abroad to become a pilot, and apparently, he flew her for graduation pictures at KNUST in Kumasi together with his cabin crew as a surprise flight for his mum (she had no idea he was the pilot of the flight).
Finally, it’s her turn to shine too after years or better still, decades of putting herself aside so her family could excel, and after watching people rise up the academic and career ladder while she cheered them on. She took a decision which her husband and two children supported. She decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree as a grandmother after halting with her high school diploma from Okuapeman and Wesley Girls’ for decades.
In as much as her family knows her to be smart, they worried she wouldn’t be able to do this; yet they stood with her as she had done with them. According to her family, she had many sleepless nights studying for exams, attended lectures religiously; and had to come up to speed with the latest technology, and so wasn’t too available as a grandma (which we missed so much).
She struggled to keep up at times and almost gave up, but she graduated with a Second Class Upper in Sociology in her 60s. She doesn’t need this degree to get a job because her business is still doing well, but she is happy, which makes her family and many loved ones happy as well. “Indeed, by all means, no matter how long it takes to chase your aspirations and be successful,” her family says. Here’s hoping that someone sees this, grabs their bridle, and gallops on to achieve.”
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