A Fragile Life

Thoughts disorganized
Ever want: occasionally found: never enough
Only this one I pray and that I got
Another time I prayed only this one Lord
And that I ever prayed
Each answer opening is up to more questions and wants
Oh a fragile life

Will we ever get there?
As distanced as we are from our dreams and pursuits
Will we ever get there?
It sounds a message that you need God than ever
Oh a fragile life!

Our best never enough
Until grace’s addition
Our effort ever meaningless until honored by God
Oh a fragile life!
A life that will never do without God

Each day we realize our growth
And our feats
It’s just the sound of life’s alarm;
You need God the more
Oh a fragile life!

The more we draw nigh;
The more we realize how distanced we are
The more we know;
The more we realize we never know
How many hearts are broken and awed by this each day?
Oh a fragile life!

Each sound of victory
Lights an awakening
And drums a vital message;
You need God than ever
Oh a fragile life;
Only God preserves and upholds

Every acknowledgement of grace
And God’s goodness;
When we had become better persons
The more vulnerable we turn to be
Awakening us to the reality that we need God the more each day
A fragile life; A disturbed soul
A pure heart turned coal
Who can hear my cry
Before my tears dry?

Written By: Asamoah Eli

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The True Message of Relevance

Today let’s sound a message
The true message of impact and relevance
That teaches men to live worthwhile lives
And yes there’s a life worth living
It is in living for God and man

Giving away self to live for selves, it taught me
Now I’ve given myself away
My life bearing fruits for lives
Less of myself and more of others
Living for lives and despairs
Hopes tied in a coat
Flesh against flash
Ego against humanism
Fate against faith
Date against rate
An unending battle it seems
A battle ever fought
A battle rarely won!

Today I sound the true message of impact and relevance
Impacting lives with my life
Rekindling hopes and aspirations
Even the African hope
Oh that there shall be a re-rising of the African dream
Igniting the ever-living hope
A hunting history
Ever rewriting
The true hope we seemingly chase
And at dusk it fades
Yet never reached

At the dawn of a new day is an emerging ray of light
The rays of hope;
An omen of goodness
Teaching and leading us to the life worth living
And in it we find relevance
The relevance that awes the heart and sounds in our hearts the joy of satisfaction
Which we found by living for lives!

Written By: Asamoah Eli

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Hot Cake Programs In KNUST

KNUST is a top public university located in the garden city of Ghana, Kumasi. It has over the past few decades pride itself as the nation’s top-notch science and technology university and has been one of the best universities in the sub-Saharan region of West Africa. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology hosts a blend of both local and foreign nationals and has a student population of over 35,000. The university offers diverse programs of study for diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prospective students feel excited and expectant when they know they are a step further getting into this university. Despite all the excitement and curiosities, one vital thing comes into play; one’s program of study. One needs to be decisive and circumspect with greater dependency on passion, abilities and commitment. Society also has a greater influence on an individual’s choice of program. This can be attributed but not limited to peer influence, the will to please parents or family and the resource(s) available including finances and facilities to harness their program of study.

The rationale behind this write-up isn’t about what influences one’s decision on choosing a program to pursue, rather it’s a survey on the five most prestigious programs of study in KNUST. This article by no means disrespects any program; all programs offered by the university are equally important.

The order of arrangement is in accordance to students’ responses and ratings of the various programs in KNUST; those they deem to be ‘hot cakes’

  1. Human Biology (Medicine)

The first on the list of is human biology (medicine) popularly known on campus as ‘medico’. This program owes its prestige mainly due to the fact that only students with straight A1 (Brilla) from high school meet the admission requirements and often get the opportunity to study the program. Even upon admission, further interviews and series of entrance exams are conducted to get the very best pursue the program. The Ghanaian society also has some form of societal prestige attached to people who earn up becoming doctors. Every family in Ghana wishes to have a doctor so you can see how prestigious this program goes even beyond the borders of KNUST. Medicine encompasses the study of the human body, the problems it’s subject to and how to cure them. Despite the so-called prestige, there is a high job security; the profession is also highly demanding in Ghana for safe, reliable and efficient health care delivery.

2. Electrical Engineering

Well, if your thought about medicine being the ‘hottest cake’ in KNUST, then you have it all wrong. Not all straight A1 students opt to read human biology. Yea, those who are exceptionally good at mathematics and physics go to the field of engineering; of course, it’s not just any engineering program but the exceptionally exclusive ELECTRICAL engineering. Human biology students often troll their colleague science students reading this program as ‘medico rejects’. This is because majority of the students reading electrical engineering per their personal conversations with friends reveal that on their scale of preference, Medicine was actually their first choice, followed by electrical engineering. A vast number of electrical engineering students make 7 A1s’ out of the expected 8 A1s’ usually required for the medical school. Nevertheless, you don’t wanna go near this engineering program if your physics is that of a kindergarten pupil learning how to read the alphabets. ‘Engine math’ as they popularly call it will haunt you. KNUST Electrical engineering is arguably the largest and most diverse field of engineering, dealing in research and design, application, and manufacture of systems and devices that use electric power and signals. The department has up to date laboratories and know-how which makes the program prestigious for both undergraduate and graduate levels. An electrical engineer is a very rewarding career, however, you must adapt to all changes, from Codes that you must follow, to equipment, such as; Fire Alarm System, Security Systems. Codes are always changing; therefore, you must be informed of all changes.

3. Law

The first-degree law (LLB) offered in KNUST is one of the most competitive programs in the university. The law faculty is a school within a university. Not only is the program competitive, students reading this program often pride themselves with their colorful black and white uniform. Successful students end up becoming legal practitioners who strengthen the judiciary arm of government.

4. Petroleum Engineering

With the discovery of black gold (crude oil) in Ghana, the oil and gas industry is fast growing and has become very lucrative. Petroleum engineering encompasses oil exploration, designing mechanisms for drilling crude oil, efficient refinery process and storage systems. Students who pursue a professional career in this field are highly paid and enjoy mouth watery work compensations. These and many more make petroleum engineering one of the most prestigious courses in KNUST.

5. Actuarial Science

Actuarial science cannot be left on our list. This is arguably one of the most demanding and difficult program of study in KNUST. The program covers interdisciplinary courses ranging from advance mathematics, probability, accounting, economics, financial mathematics and life contingencies. Students are required to very good at mathematics before they enroll for the program. Professional actuarists (actuarial scientists) are required to pass the professional exams to widen their scope of job employment. Successful students land jobs in the banking industry, insurance companies, data mining and database administration. Although the program is prestigious and rewarding, don’t be tempted by the financial rewards if you aren’t good at math. Actuarial Science is pretty much applied math, probability and risk assessment combined into one.

Written By: Eunice Asante

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The Gracious Captain

I might never stand to tell it all of your goodness
So I leave words
Which lives forever

As passengers entrust their lives to the pilot of their planes
Against violent storms
And against thunder
Having no knowledge of the route
Yet we can be assured to reach our destinations

Oh how then is it difficult to trust God and his word ?
When he’s the greatest Pilot
And the greatest captain

The greatest captain I know
When in His ship
Shipwreck will not fail to visit
Nor will pirates fail to attack
Fear and discouragements might show up also
But in it all we are unmoved
And confident in our Captain
You know why?
We sure will get to the destination safely
We are not bothered how He’s going to do it
We just know He will
And sure we got to the destination

We asked,
Captain why did you permit the pirates to attack?
And why did you permit the shipwreck?
Then sounded a gentle and lovely voice in my heart;
You live to trust me always this way !

Oh how a good Captain you are!
You don’t just get me to my destination
You teach me to trust you in hard times
And at all times!
Precious Holy Spirit
The Great Captain you are
How I love you

Written By: Asamoah Eli

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Stand Out

No man loves to lose in life. No man loves to be defeated. No man loves to know he’s “messed up” in a way… all these are sincere yet unconsciously false and debatable truths. It takes great courage to admit these statements. Admittance to these statements are very essential in the life of every individual. This is because they commence the true language that indeed one wants to live his ultimate self. Naturally, man is made to oppose and fight anything directed and pointed out to him which communicates a certain form of negative and child like attitude. The first resort is to fight these accusations and defend why it is other wise and that that particular judgement is inaccurate and false. You might be right. You might have a good point to prove; it’s all good. You could have a sound mind as an individual yet if a good number of people think you’re insane, wisdom demands that you listen to their views and try knowing why their conclusion. In a society where one person feels you’re an ass, it’s good. If two people feel you’re an ass, it’s all good too. If it ever turns out that three or more people feel that also, hey, this is not the time to fight. You better consider and scrutinize their views. The only way to improve in life is to know what you’re doing wrong today. It is wisdom to take a pause in your life at certain times and just reflect on your actions and inactions. When it comes to you as feedback from people, no matter how hard it might be presented, accept it and work on getting better at that. In a community of pride of lions, it is very dangerous if all your colleague lions view you to be an antelope. One of these days, you are going to be their meat. You don’t belong there! You either leave them or you learn to fit in.
This is not meant to rebuke “standing out” in the society. Just make sure that in your bid to standing out, you don’t become an antelope amongst a pride of lions. That’s not smart.
True maturity is in coming to a place in your life that you can admit to yourself that; I am wrong, this was unwise of me, I messed up! It is the only way you can build admirable character for self. “A good name is better than riches,” always know.

Written By: Asamoah Eli

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