Kelvin and Alvin Mantey prepare for their final chemistry exam in UC's Edward N. Prather Summer Bridge Scholars Program.
A University of Cincinnati family with two sets of identical twins credits perseverance, a strong faith in God and an embarrassment of riches in a UC education as the secret to their success.
When the Mantey brothers left their hometown in West Africa to continue their education in the U.S, they had only one familiar face on campus –– their own mirror image.
Since then, identical twins Alfred and Godfred Mantey are not only recognized for their shockingly similar looks, but especially for their parallel academic achievement at UC.
Starting this fall, they will share the constant barrage of “double takes” on campus with their younger brothers Alvin and Kelvin –– also identical twins.Arriving in the U.S. only three years ago from
West Africa’s Republic of Ghana, the Mantey family has garnered a lot of attention for their unique family dynamic, but they say their life is more a story of perseverance, faith in God and staying focused on what really matters.“We wanted our boys to have an American college education,” says Dorothy Mantey, mother of the twins. “With UC’s wide range of majors, top-rated programs
and various colleges, the boys can fulfill their medical, pharmacy and engineering goals, and I can go back to school to get my lifelong dream of a nursing degree.”
That’s right. Five of the six Manteys now call UC home. And getting here was no easy feat.