The 12th Congregation of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) was greeted with much ecstasy and pleasant outcomes.
Aside the tremendous number of Distinctions and First Class Honours that greeted the ceremony, a beautiful story that unravelled added to the beauty of the occasion.
The dramatic realisation of the story of a security guard at the gates of GIJ who graduated with a Second Class Lower Division last Friday remains inspirational.
Nicholas Okai is in his mid-forties, happily married and a father of four. He attended the St. Paul’s Anglican Basic School at La and completed the Labone Senior High School in 1995.
He went on to face the tussle of life and in 2010, got employed as a security guard at GIJ.
According to Nicholas, the decision to apply to be enrolled at GIJ was first suggested to him by the former rector of the Institute Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah. Dr Dzisah in a discussion advised him to enrol and take up the challenge; an advice which he heeded to and has never regretted.
In 2014, Nicholas enrolled to pursue Diploma in Communications Studies programme, after he graduated, he was promoted and made the Head of Security.
He did not rest on his oars after receiving a promotion, he further took the Top-up Course in Public Relations and was among the 800 students who graduated in style last Friday at the Institute’s new site at Okponglo in Accra.
“It has not been easy managing work, parenting responsibilities and school. I sometimes plan studying and doing my assignments only to arrive home extremely exhausted. It has been the self-motivational drive, determination and hard work that has seen me through.
“I am exceptionally grateful to Dr Dzisah, the former Rector, my supportive wife and above all to the Almighty Creator,” Nicholas stated.
“I find it self-gratifying to see some of my co-workers drawing motivation from my drive and taking after my steps by enrolling too.
“The way forward for me is marrying my acquired knowledge in public relations to my work as a security guard. Maybe that will be the next big thing to happen to public relations. I will call that ‘Security PR’,” he further stated.
By Edwin Abanga|Theprobegh.com|Ghanafirstname.lastname@example.org