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Reading: From Ignorance to Achievement: A Graduate’s Journey in Gender and Development Studies
Reading: From Ignorance to Achievement: A Graduate’s Journey in Gender and Development Studies

From Ignorance to Achievement: A Graduate’s Journey in Gender and Development Studies

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From Ignorance to Achievement: A Graduate's Journey in Gender and Development Studies
From Ignorance to Achievement: A Graduate's Journey in Gender and Development Studies

A recent graduate’s story, a recent graduate of Fourah Bay College identified as Napton Ndanema shared his experience of studying BA in Gender and Development at the Institute of Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC) department on his Facebook page. His post captures the essence of the challenges that come with pursuing a degree in a field that is not necessarily one’s area of expertise.

Ndanema’s journey started with his ignorance of his own limitations, which he mistook for confidence, and got him admitted into FBC’s INGRADOC department. However, once he arrived there, he had to figure it all out on his own, and his belief that he could handle things, despite his lack of evidence to support his abilities, was half the battle. The other half was the hard work that he had to put in to succeed.

According to Ndanema, his experience studying BA in Gender and Development at FBC was the deepest and most meaningful one of his studies. This statement highlights the importance of studying a subject that is not only intellectually challenging but also personally fulfilling. He expressed his gratitude to God and all who contributed to making his dream a reality, and described himself as “pregnant with appreciation.”

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Ndanema’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of self-belief. Despite being unprepared and lacking in confidence, he managed to overcome his limitations and succeed in his studies. His experience serves as an inspiration to anyone who may be struggling to achieve their goals, and his story is one that is worthy of being shared with a wider audience.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.