This smart, intelligent, innovative and creative student worked assiduously to achieve a lot doubled with academics where he sailed through with First Class Honours. He allotted time in mentoring and empowering several students to move from their comfort zones.
Give us a brief background about Mr. Roland Annor Botchway.
Ans: Mr Roland Annor Botchway is a very austere, understanding, daring and capricious gentleman whose desire to serve God, Man and Country outrides his personal pleasures.
Tell us about your educational background and some of the challenges you encountered.
Ans: I began schooling at age 2 in Lerato Preparatory School (Creche and Kindergarten) and was promoted to class 1 at age 5, from then on I continued schooling there and also wrote my B.E.C.E there. Due to my outstanding performance in the B.E.C.E, I gained admission into Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School popularly referred to as PRESEC – LEGON. I studied Science with French and where I wrote my WASSCE. By God’s grace I was part of the 50 best students from the WASSCE in PRESEC – LEGON and also part of the only 11 students to get A in English Language at PRESEC – LEGON. I gained admission into the premier university of the country, University of Ghana where I studied Food Process Engineering. As the fairy tale continues, I turned out to be the only graduating male with First Class Honours from the department in 7 years.
Indeed there were challenges along the way, some in Junior High School included favouritism towards some students in the class by some of the teachers. This, unfortunately continued in Senior High School and also in Tertiary too. One of my main challenge in Tertiary School was Biology since I did not study biology in Senior High School and any time we had a course related to biology in Tertiary School it was a challenge.
How do you overcome challenges when they come your way?
Ans: Re-strategize that’s what I will call my super power.
Growing up, tell us one advise your parents gave you which has impacted your life positively.
Ans: Be the best always
What is your greatest fear in life?
Ans: Hmmm, some time back I used to be scared of not being able to properly express myself on my exam answer sheet due to insufficient time or even not studying properly for the exam but these fears were in my dreams actually hahaha. But frankly speaking I really do not have any fears I just get startled at times that’s all.
Share with us your experience in University.
Ans: Unfortunately, due to my programme of study, we always had an assignment to submit or a quiz to prepare for hence there was not much time for fun but we made the most of the little free time we had and made lifetime friends.
Share with us, some of the leadership mantle you took and how it has sharpen your life positively.
Ans: Wow, interesting that will be a long list hahaha. Starting from High School, I was on the Ako – Adjei Hall Chaplaincy Board as a cell leader and was also the Evangelical Secretary for AGCM PRESEC – LEGON. In Tertiary School, I was the Alexander Kwapong Hall and Dr. Hilla Limann Hall Level 100 Prayer Meeting Coordinator and was also on the Dr. Hilla Limann Hall, Hall Week Planning Committee and a member of the technical team of ACGM LEGON. Afterwards, I became the Public Relations Officer of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE – University of Ghana Chapter). I became the President of the Engineering Students Association of University of Ghana (ESUG). Currently, I am member of the African Dream Foundation – the leader of the innovations department.
Being exposed to all these from the various portfolios has made me more brave and daring. It has made me a better communicator too.
How did you manage academic work with leadership roles?
Ans: Its very simple time management. I cannot count the number of times my patron stressed on this hahaha.
How relevant is curriculum activities in our tertiary institutions?
Ans: Oh it is very helpful because of the exposure it gives to the students and it helps some of the students to fully realise their potentials.
What do you tell students who have the notion they are school to learn and do not want to engage in any form curriculum activities?
Ans: I believe everyone has a purpose. To some people they want to be valedictorians and that is fine too. For such people I urge them to be the best since they have less distractions but nevertheless, education is not from school it is from people.
What is the way forward, after such great achievement?
Ans: Currently, I am preparing towards the Ghana Science Association Conference of which I have been honoured to speak at. After that I look forward to enjoying my national service and then writing my Graduate Record Examination
Where do you want to see yourself in the next five years?
Ans: Dr. Roland Annor Botchway pursing to be Professor Botchway hahaha.
What is your perception about the Ghanaian youth and what are some of the measures stakeholders could do to impact the youth positively?
Ans: Grant them the avenues to fully exploit their gifts and stop these connection things (who knows you) to encourage them to aspire to the zenith.
What is your advice to the youth in the Country?
Ans: Yes, you can! Again, they should put God first in everything they do.
What are the measures you think government can put in place to bridge the gaps in Science and Technology in the Country?
Ans: Encourage more practical sessions and provide the practical tools for students to be able to compete with the Western World.
When you get the opportunity to be a President for a day, what are reforms and policies you would implement in our Educational system?
Ans: I cannot stress this enough more PRACTICALS in every course.
Give shout out to those who have contributed to your success and inspired you in life.
Ans: First is to my one and only true love, the one who always cares and accepts me no matter the wrong stuff I indulge in, a big shout to Jesus and then to my family for the provisions to get this far and then to my friends and most especially to my roommates and my beloved.
Congratulations!!! Keep Soaring Mr. Roland Annor Botchway