“I trekked several kilometres to school, ate dry cocoyam & started Databank from my single room” – Ofori-Atta recounts

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Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has recounted his humble beginnings where he used to trek for kilometres and feed on dry cocoyam.

According to him, many perceive him and others as people who were born with silver spoons in their mouths but that was not the case. He had to go through a lot of struggles.

Speaking at the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) Springboard program, Ken Ofori-Atta said his childhood as a son born out of wedlock growing up in Kyebi was not idyllic, crediting his mother for having the courage not to abort him.

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Mr Ofori-Atta praised his mother for being a strong woman when she decided not to abort him at the time she took seed.

He revealed that after going to the river to fetch water like all the other kids, he walked a mile to the only government school in his area with cocoyam in his pocket.

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According to him, the game-changing moment for him came when his father decided to bring him to Accra from Kyebi one day. He excelled in the city and was able to obtain an Ivy League education as a result of his brilliance.

He spoke about how he founded Databank in a single room and encouraged young graduates from various tertiary institutions to find innovative ways to become entrepreneurs as well.

According to him, this is the only way to reduce the country’s rising unemployment rate.


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