The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Senyo Kwasi Hosi has advised Ghanaians “to focus on substance rather than form” when making life choices.
According to him, no one should rush into making choices that merely conform with or please the crowd, but rather concentrate on the value proposition they expect from the choices they make.
He said, “You must focus on substance other than form in life. Don’t be in a hurry to follow the crowd, and don’t chase brands. Focus on the value proposition you expect to have. And that’s necessary first. So pick necessity before you think of the form.”
He made this known in a Personality Profile interview on JoyNews’ PM Express where he narrated his life experience and shed light on certain choices he made while growing up.
Senyo Hosi recounted some of the challenges with accommodation he faced as a student at the University of Ghana; gaining residency on campus was a very tedious expedition especially if one wanted to be in one of ‘popular’ halls on campus.
“The halls that everyone wanted to go to were Legon and then the Vandal City,” he said.
He added that “No one wanted to go to Akuafo Hall because the thinking was Akuafo was [an] old people’s hall. They liked cooking beans…so I said look if I follow the crowd and the swag I could end up being non-resident, so me, I’ll choose the one that people don’t want to choose because what I want is residence not name.”
Thus, he chose Akuafo Hall and got residency while some of his friends who had decided to go after the ‘popular’ halls remained non-resident students and came “to perch in Akuafo hall”.
He said he was never bothered by the fact that he was an Akuafo Hall resident because he had a comfortable place to lay his head at the end of each day.
Senyo Hosi said he went ahead to transform the ‘old people’s’ hall into the vibrant hall it is now after becoming the Junior Common Room President for the Hall.
“We had the best hall week ever. And it was from our hall week that Terry Bonchaka passed. It was the talk of the town. Akuafo Hall’s hall week was the talk of the town.
“We embarked on various developmental projects that changed the face of the Hall. So when you go to Akuafo Hall, you’ll see a fountain which wasn’t there [before]; it had a farmer and a boy, and we’d light it up. We lit up the whole place.
“We put in garden benches around, we got MTN to co-sponsor our library and turn it around and everybody wanted to come there at the time,” he said.
“So in life, you may not get greatness but you can make greatness out of what you get,” he shared.
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