Fifty-seven-year-old Elizabeth Yamoah, who just sat for the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has been featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The Junior High School graduate who was much admired for her perseverance despite her age in an interview with BBC recounted how she lost her teeth in pursuit of education.
“After I decided to go back to school, I went to the market to buy my uniform but on my way home, I fell and lost my teeth,” she said.
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– Elizabeth Yamoah. Without admission letter, dis grandmother sow school uniform, dress up, walk enter one basic school for her village announce to headmaster say she dey start school. People insult am sake of her age, but today she dey motivate millions after she successfully graduate basic school 🏫. Producer: @favour.nunoo – #mondaymotivation #bbcpidgin #basicschool #Ghana #Education #BigDreams #Accra #mumgoestoschool
In a video sighted on the verified Instagram handle of BBC pidgin, Madam Yamoah’s education journey was captured in an exciting manner.
In the footage, she indicated that her zeal to become a nurse since childhood motivated her to go back to school even at such an old age.
According to her, residents of her community teased and insulted her, however, she did not hinder her from pursuing her educational goals.
As the oldest person among her teenage colleagues who could even qualify to be her grandchildren, she earned the name ‘Auntie’.
However, her hopes of becoming a nurse seem to have been dashed as she now eyes an assemblywoman position.
The mother of four with five grandchildren completed her Junior High School education at Agona Odoben Presbyterian Basic School in the Central region.