James Mawuli Gawu writes; . “When I completed the University of Ghana for my undergraduate I obtained a 1st class and the best graduating student honour. I applied to a prestigious University in the UK then for a direct PhD in a medical field. The professors were more than happy to take me on after their international affairs office made sure to confirm my grades with Legon.
I went through interviews and wrote the standard entry exams all of which I aced. They were more than happy to take me on, offering me a 70% scholarship. But hey, the 30% remaining kraa I no get…why was I going to find thousands of pounds from?
So I applied to the scholarship secretariat for assistance. In fact the day I went the woman who received my credentials was so impressed along with a glowing reference I received from the legendary Prof. SAMUEL DANQUAH of blessed memory.
Well interview time came and I wasn’t called, so I went to the secretariat to enquire ..the beautiful lady took a list and looked through, and then asked me “who introduced you”?
To sum it up, it was apparent the scholarshps were not being awarded on merit, but by “connection”…Legon made me so confident I thought my brains could get me anywhere…it was a lie…that nonsense is for ananses3m.
Today when I see names of ministers of state on scholarship list an read the rot going on there in terms of donkomi scholarships for friends and loved ones I can only sigh in reverence for how thoroughly my own country has screwed me, and how incapacitated I am for not knowing or having friends in high places…anka mayeyie for Ghana, but the hustle goes on…I must just hurry and find a place for my daughter where she wouldn’t need connection in order to benefit from what she can get on merit.
James Mawuli Gawu