At the age of 47, Akraba Nana, defying both adversity and societal norms, has embarked on an extraordinary journey to pursue his education, years after dropping out following the tragic loss of his parents.
Sharing his life story and motivation, Akraba Nana, also known as “Schoolboy,” recounted how his dreams were shattered when he lost both his parents while he was in class three.
“I was in class three when I lost both parents [then] my future ambition crashed,” he recounted.
After grappling with adversity and seeking employment in various places, Akraba eventually settled in Cape Coast, Central Region, where he became a well-known head porter at the Kotokoraba Market.
Simultaneously, he discovered a passion for music but faced a significant obstacle – he couldn’t write his own songs.
“All those who wrote my songs for me did not write it exactly the way I wanted to bring out the lyrics.
“The motivation to write my songs forced me to go back to school. After consultation with my wife, I decided to go back to school to be able to read and write,” he noted.
The desire to write his songs compelled him to make the life-changing decision to return to school and learn how to read and write.
Every day, Akraba embarks on a journey of almost a kilometer to attend St. Paul Catholic School.
Here, he not only studies but also shares his school life with his seven children, four of whom are ahead of him in the same school, while two are his classmates.
“The headmistress was admitting nursery students as at the time I was also seeking admission. Per the school rules, the window was opened for nursery students, [but] the headmistress allowed me to start in class three,” he recalled.
This decision to return to school was the result of discussions with his supportive wife, who encouraged him to pursue education. Akraba’s determination and persistence have led to him paying not only his own school fees but also those of his seven children. Currently in class six, he has remained in this grade for four years because he has not yet met the prerequisite grades to advance to Junior High School.
Despite his age, Akraba eagerly participates in all school activities. He plays football, is a member of the school choir, engages in volleyball, and willingly accepts any disciplinary measures.
“I remember how I was caned by a teacher I am older than. Interestingly, my kids and I had to go through that ordeal together,” he said.go through that experience together,” he remarked, illustrating his unwavering commitment to his education and personal growth.