With the dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur from childhood, Godwin Kofi, a young boy from Asesewa saw himself through school giving his peers exquisite haircuts for favours and has now graduated successfully with a degree in Administration from the University Of Professional Studies.
The 2018 batch of graduates from the University Of Professional Studies maybe a lot, but the barber with a degree even among the thousands couldn’t go unnoticed.
In an interview with Bernard Avle on Citi FM, he narrated how he meanders his way through school; from Senior High school to the University and life after University.
“After Junior High School, my Dad helped me opened up a space to space shop from which I raised money to pay my Senior High School fees at the Akuamuman Senior High School. In school, I was giving my colleagues haircuts all throughout till I graduated. Unfortunately for me, Dad was overburdened as my other siblings’ were also in school so I had to stay at home for a year before going to the University. During that period I was going from house to house to give people haircuts for free till a friend hooked me up with someone who helped open a shop for me at Asesewa to take care of the people who always had to travel to the Regional capital Koforidua to get haircuts. My first task was to impress them and to stop them from travelling to get a cut. At the time I was charging GHC 2.50 per cut.” Shared by Godwin Kofi; The barber with a degree.
On his ordeal at UPSA, he shared how hard-hitting it was to joggle between school and barbering, but was left with no choice than to simultaneously find a balance between the two.
“At UPSA I was perching my friends and giving them haircuts till I was able to get a place where I now work and make money, I have studied Administration, I’m a good barber and a cook. I really don’t need a job from anyone as I have already created the needed avenue for making money. Setting up a business around it is my focus.”
The barber with a degree as he is referred to by his friends is the last born of four who hails from Asesewa, a small township in the Eastern Region of Ghana and was born to the Kofi family. He started off with his basic education at Ebenezer Preparatory School and furthered to Akwamuman Senior High School then to the University Of Professional Studies, Accra.
He currently works with Nate the barbers place at East Legon. To get close and personal, you can follow him on Twitter; @degreebarber, Fcaebook; Reflect Out and on Instagram @reflect_out.