Ghanaian journalist and broadcaster, Oheneyere Gifty Anti, has opened up about her childhood days with her father and how he fulfilled his promise of making sure she received the best education for as long as he lived.
She told Rev. Erskine on the Y-Leaderboard Series on YFM that her father was one who loved reading and always encouraged them to read. He was very particular about his children’s education and even promised that he would stop at nothing to give her and her siblings the best of education.
“He kept telling us that when it comes to education, he would stop at nothing to make sure we get the best and he did give me the best. Actually, he was in some difficult times and went into coma but he made sure I completed my Masters’ degree. The day I wrote my last paper was the day he died. 4th of August, 2005. I’ll never forget that”, she said.
Oheneyere shared her fondest memories of her dad, mentioning that her father used to work at Kingsway in Accra so every year when it was Christmas, he would take her there and carry her on his shoulders so she would watch the lighting and Christmas tree decorations that had been put up.
Delving more into her school life, she told Erskine that she used to be a ‘fine chick’ way back in school. “Throughout primary school, I was always either doing cultural dance or modelling. I used to be a fine chick. I loved sports. Though I wasn’t the best, I was the type that I had to be in there to make it more fun and exciting”.
Oheneyere Gifty confessed that she was a huge lover of music so much that she was even the entertainment prefect of Mfantsiman during her time and the chief ‘jama’ squad leader. She also shared how she used to play ‘chaskele’, which till date she still has a scar on her face from playing, and how she used to make coal pots and cars from milk tins.
She commented that even though she attended a government primary school (Syto), while all of her friends attended International schools, she has no regrets or shame whatsoever, she had all the love that she needed from her father and that was enough for her.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye