My name is Yaw Offei Akrofi. I was born on February 27, 2003 in Accra but I have lived in Kumasi most of my life. I am the last of three (two girls and a boy) born to Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Offei Akrofi and Mrs. Olivia Akrofi. My parents and sisters were all born on Tuesday making me the outstanding one in the family.
I attended Opoku Ware School (the only school in Ghana). I was the evangelism coordinator for the Presbyterian and Methodist Students Union (P.M.S.U.) during the 2019/2020 academic year.
Life on campus has been good by God’s grace. Although it is not like what I heard in high school. I thought university was a place you could do whatever you want, (It is somehow true). You do not have anyone to tell you when to wake up. However,there are rules you have to follow. I heard I could skip class but I was unaware that the lecturers take attendance and I could be disallowed from writing exams if I skipped lectures a number of times. Studies in university unlike high school are very difficult to do alone due to the length of the course material. University is still a nice place to be. I have made friends, reunited with old friends and I continue to meet new people almost every day.
What keeps me going? Jesus. It is that simple. My parents have always told me that the most important thing I have gotten from them is that I know and have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savior. His Holy Spirit helps me to live life one day at a time.
I see myself as the reserved type of person only when in public but when with friends and family I talk a lot. I happen to have a good sense of humor. Regarding my relationship with God, I try to devote my mornings to God by having quiet time and praying. I love music, preferably music that glorifies Jesusand uplifts others.
I have not held any major leadership roles in K.N.U.S.T. yet. However, I was chosen to be a group leader in my class to undertake a project in first year, which we defended.
I got to know Jesus Christ mainly through my parents. As long as I can remember, they have taught me and my sisters to love Jesus. I was also born into the Presbyterian Church and Iheard about Jesus from my Sunday school teachers.
I am part of the prestigious NUPS-G Choir. I joined in first year. As you know already, I love music, choral music included.This hugely influenced my decision to join the choir. I was also part of the school choir in high school. The Choir has helped to me to open up and interact with people. In addition, the Choir has helped me in improving my singing voice.
I love NUPS-G service. I love fellowshipping with other students. I enjoy being in the company of other young people praying and worshipping Jesus Christ. I enjoy the ministrations of Vessels of Honor, R.G.C and the NUPS-G Choir. I love that NUPS-G service is early in the morning since I get the rest of the day to relax and do other things.
I used to have insecurities about myself. I always asked God why he made me very tall. I also felt my face was crooked. I hated my voice. I also felt inferior to other people especially when I saw that they were good in something I was not. I found solace in Psalm 139:14-15, which says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”
I also had struggles with addiction, which also caused me to withdraw myself from people. One thing I have learnt about my experience with addiction is that these habits will thrive as long as we isolate ourselves from godly company. The devil wants us to think we can overcome these ungodly habits by ourselves but the truth is that we cannot. An addiction is like a pit. When you fall into it, you need someone to pull you out of it. The more you try to get out by your own strength, the deeper you fall back into it. That someone to pull you out is Jesus but Jesus works through people. I needed to make myself accountable to someone in order to be free.
I offer Geomatic Engineering and it is quite stressful to be honest. I try not to pile up my course materials. When it is time for fellowship or any church activity, I give it all my attention. After that, I return to my books.
I like playing video games especially Fifa. I also enjoy reading interesting books and I am learning how to play the keyboard.
Have I grabbed? No, I am single. I believe that a boyfriend and girlfriend relationship, especially one that involves any sexual activity does not please God. God wants us to keep ourselves pure until marriage. God loves purity.
This semester’s focus is refinement through intimacy. As Christians, Jesus is our standard. God wants us to be like Jesus. He wants us to live like him. However, we can only become like Jesus when we seek to know him and obey him daily. We must seek to draw close to him by reading his word and talking to him in prayer. Moreover, intimacy is a process, it does not happen overnight. We have to be eager to seek God’s face through continuous interaction with him and this is how we will be refined. Refinement also comes with letting go of things in our life that does not please God.
Lastly, I would love to share one of my favorite bible verses with you. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
As Christians on campus, we should ask for strength to do everything with the aim of pleasing God not man. It’s not easy but God is with us. Stay blessed and always remember to live is Christ and to die is gain.THANK YOU.