The 17th Congregation of Central University in December 2018 turned out spectacular for graduating students.
For most of them, the ceremony was to crown years of hard work and determination.
However, 21-year-old Elizabeth Maame Esi Ewudiwa who graduated with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 was the toast of the day.
Compared to the score line of a footballer’s goals in a soccer match, she ‘scored’ a hat-trick: she was adjudged the Overall Best Student, the Best Female Student and the Best Human Resource Management student.
The awards came with a cash of prize of $1000 and a MacBook, GH¢3,000 (GH¢2,000 for the Best Female Student and GH¢1,000 for the Best Human Resource student) and a full scholarship for a certificate programme at the Institute of HR Practitioners (IHRMP).
Maame Esi, (arrowed) with some executives of the Prayer Department
A native of Agona Nsaba in the Central Region, Ms Ewudiwa attributed her achievement to proper time management as she planned what to do each day, apportioning specific times to her books and extra-curricular activities.
She stated: “My first few months and years were an exploration of my body clock.
I am a nocturnal person so I placed more mentally demanding tasks for the night .
I made use of at least five hours of study time every day from Monday to Sunday.
Usually, I had classes in the morning till afternoon after which I took a nap so I could stay active through the night.
“I had executive meetings, rehearsals, departmental meetings, teaching others, assignments and group meetings during the day.
I tried to work with a scale of preference or priority.
I also made time for God so I factored rehearsals and church meetings into my activities,” she stated.
She explained that because she was consistent with her learning schedule, she didn’t have to put her self through pressure during exam period.
Elizabeth Maame Esi Ewudiwa was the overall best student at the 17th Congregation of the Central University
Tragedy struck in the second semester of her third year when she lost her mother, an unfortunate event which gravely affected her.
“I was weak and thought maybe it was the end.
I would study sometimes and my mind would drift to her memory. With tears, which I wiped-off under the desk or with a handkerchief, I would ask God for grace, mercy and strength to just sail through,” she recounted.
She also encountered financial challenges and depended on the support from family and a wonderful couple in Canada.
“I remember when I wrote an exam of about three essays on an empty stomach.
It seemed impossible to foot every bill but God kept supplying and providing mysteriously,” she pointed out.
All work and no play …
It is not common to see “bookworms” partaking in extracurricular activities but Ms Ewudiwa has many parts which she plays perfectly.
She is a poet and writer who was an active member of the Levite Generation (LG), a Christian clique of artistic dancers, dramatists and poets/writers on campus.
On several occasions she mounted platforms to minister words of radical divinity.
In 2016, she became the General Secretary of the Central Human Resource Students Association and later Vice President for the association in 2017.
She also was the lead person for the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) — Central University chapter, and the General Secretary of the Prayer Department for the 2017/2018 academic calendar.
In 2017 she won the IBC Youth Got Talent contest as a spoken word poet.
She also represented Central University in the New Business Challenge organised by the Ghana-Netherlands business and cultural team and gained the opportunity to work with a multicultural team in Netherlands and Ghana.
She admits that there were some days that she got stressed, especially by the leadership roles in various departments.
“On some days I wanted to quit. I gave up but later put myself together and continue working,” she said.