GhOne TV’s Morning Show co-host Robert Kafui Dey was adjudged the best graduate student in Journalism with distinction at the Masters’ congregation of the Ghana Institute of Journalism over the weekend.
Although Kafui Dey put out a sterling performance in all the courses he read, it did not come easy for him. According to him, during one of his attempts to have a Master’s Degree, though he completed all his courses, passed his exams; he failed his dissertation leaving him with no Masters’ Degree.
He narrated all the experience he went through in a Facebook post:
Today I graduated top of my class with a Masters from Ghana Institute of Journalism. This degree has been 17 years in the making.
In 1994, I graduated from University of Ghana and went to work for 6 years as a salesman. I had always wanted to be an academic and I was interested in world affairs and the media. So in the early 2000s, I applied to 3 different postgraduate programs.
I failed to get admitted for the Masters in international affairs and communication studies. No degree.
I got accepted for the MBA but had to drop out after a week because my employer thought it would interfere with my work. No degree.
A decade later I got accepted for a Masters program in shipping administration. This time I completed my coursework, passed all my exams but failed to complete my dissertation. No degree.
In 2015, 21 years after graduating with a BA from University of Ghana, I applied to GIJ. This was my 5th attempt at getting that Masters. I got accepted and dug into the program. Juggling family commitments, work schedules and evening classes with term papers and group discussions was no joke. But by God’s grace we made it and today we graduated. Yes degree!
What are you fighting for? If it’s worthy, keep at it. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. Run your race. Believe in yourself. And remember one thing.
Never give up.
One-hundred and twelve people, including EIB Network’s Kwaku Obeng Adjei,Cordelia Ama Selormey and A J Sarpong graduated with various Master’s degrees including MA in Journalism, MA in Public Relation, MA in Media Management and MA in Development Communication.
Forty-six students graduated with MA in Development Communication, MA in Public Relations, Media Management and Journalism, had 44, 14 and 8 students respectively passing out.
Kafui Dey took home a brand new laptop, a branded certificate and a printer.