“I couldn’t spell words like ‘mango’, ‘friend’ when I moved from Ho to Accra – Cookie Tee recounts humble beginnings

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Cookie Tee, despite her glam and intimidating beauty, did not come from a prestigious and glamorous background.

She has recounted her long journey to success which was fraught with countless setbacks, challenges and disappointments.

According to her, although many see her success, they do not know her story. In a recent interview with Graphic Showbiz, Cookie Tee (born Shirley Emma Tibilla) recounted when she lost her dad, moved from Ho to Accra and how he struggled with the spelling of simple words.

Cookie Tee
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“I remember when I came to Accra; when I moved from the Volta Region to Accra many years ago, my mother wanted to enrol me in the best of schools. She took me to Achimota School but it was full so we couldn’t get admission and she struggled to put us in one of the international schools in Abeka called Harrow.”

“For my entrance exam, I couldn’t even spell words like mango and friend and that was the turning point in my life. My mother was extremely disappointed so she got teachers for me at home.”

“I would go to school in the morning, do afternoon classes after school and come home to do evening classes. When I started Harrow, I had to repeat Class Five. We were 79 in the class and I remember the first term I placed 16th, the second term I was 9th and the third term I placed 4th.”

“I was 4th until I left the school because there were three strong boys I couldn’t beat. I just want to give hope to people like me from humble beginnings, people who feel that there is nothing left in this world for them to know that it is possible if you put your mind to it,” she said.

On where she sees herself in the next couple of years, Cookie Tee said, “When you mention the name Cookie, I would love it to be a household one. You mention my name and everybody goes like ‘yes I know that lady on this TV station or I know this lady for that programme.’

“I want to be able to give hope and life to young ones. I have always said that I didn’t start as this and I come from a very humble beginning. I just want to give hope to people who have never thought that they can become anything in life,” she concluded.

Cookie Tee also said she would love to settle down as and when she finds love.

“Right from when you are born as a woman, per our orientation as a Ghanaian or an African woman, every woman wants to get married so yes someday when God blesses me, I would love to settle down,” she stated.

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