If you are looking for an example of academic excellence in medicine, look no further than Dr. Nathaniel Nii A. Codjoe, a recent graduate of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Codjoe made history by winning 16 out of 22 awards at the second session of the 55th Congregation Ceremony held for graduates from the College of Health and Allied Sciences on March 30, 2023.
Dr. Codjoe, who is an old student of St Peter’s Boys School, was named the best student in 10 areas of study such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Community Medicine, Chemical Pathology, ENT, Pharmacology, Molecular Medicine and Family Medicine. He also picked up six awards from the School of Medical Sciences including Best Graduating Male Student, Best Graduating Clinical Student, Best Graduating Pre-clinical Student, Best Student MBCHB part 2, Best Overall Performance and the Best Overall Male Medical Student.
Dr. Codjoe’s remarkable achievement is a testament to his hard work, dedication and commitment to his studies. He has become the envy of many and the pride of his family, friends and the entire medical community. His success also serves as a source of inspiration to young medical students and a reminder that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.
Dr. Codjoe has etched his name in the history books of UCC and Ghana as a whole by setting a new standard for academic excellence in medicine. We congratulate him on his stellar performance and wish him the best in his future endeavours.
Nathaniel Codjoe was adjudged:
1. Best Student in Anatomy
2. Best Student in Medical Biochemistry
3. Best Graduating Student in Physiology
4. Best Student in Microbiology
5. Best Student in Community Medicine
6. Best Student in Chemical Pathology
7. Best Student in Pharmacology
8. Best Student in Clinical student
9. Best Graduating Male Student
10. Best Graduating Pre-Clinical Student
11. Best Student in MB ChB Final Part II
12. Best Overall Performance
13. Best Overall Male Medical Student
14. Best Student in Family Medicine
15. Molecular Medicine with Certificate
16. Best Student in Ear, Nose and Throat Rotation
Lydia Abayie Acquah is another remarkable woman who has overcome her hearing impairment to achieve academic excellence. She recently graduated from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in Tarkwa, Ghana, with a master’s degree in Business Technology Management. She also gained admission to study at the Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a prestigious institution for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Lydia’s journey was not easy. She was born with normal hearing but lost it at the age of 10 due to an illness. She had to learn sign language and adapt to a new way of communication. She faced many challenges and discrimination in her education, but she did not give up on her dreams.
She completed her primary and secondary education at Tarkwa Senior Secondary School and Akuapim Mampong Secondary Technical School for the Deaf. She then enrolled at the University of Ghana, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Human Resource option). She excelled in her studies and graduated with a Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) of 76.80%.
She decided to pursue further studies at UMaT, where she joined the Master of Business Technology Management (MBTM) programme with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS). She was the only deaf student in her class, but she did not let that deter her from learning and interacting with her classmates and lecturers. She used a combination of lip-reading, sign language, and writing to communicate. She also received support from the university’s sign language programme, which provided interpreters and tutors for her.
She completed her master’s degree with flying colours and graduated during the 14th Congregation of UMaT on April 3, 2023. She was among the 1,008 students who received their degrees at the ceremony. She was applauded by the audience for her remarkable achievement. Click here to continue reading Lydia’s story.