If you have been in Ghana and been following the news, you have certainly chanced on or heard the name Kennedy Agyapong. Honourable Kennedy Agyapong, popularly known as Ken is one of the Ghanaian politicians and businessmen who need no introduction. Honorable Ken Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central, is known for his uncanny controversy and his boldness in regard to many national issues. Recently he has made waves with the topic of ‘fake pastors’ in Ghana. Ken has been very opened about his life and how he became the man he is today. From the many interviews he gave, we bring you in this article five (5) things every young African can learn from the life of Honourable Kennedy Agyapong.
1. Change your Mindset About Life
Honourable Agyapong believes that many Ghanaians have an entitlement mindset, which makes them excessively depend on the government for their success in life. He attributes this reliance mindset to the administration of Former President John-Jerry Rawlings, who from his perspective, discouraged many Ghanaians from owning businesses. Hon Kennedy Agyapong wants the youths from Ghana and Africa to take their destiny into their hands and rely less on government.
Still, on the mindset, Hon Kennedy Agyapong knows and understands that life cannot be smooth and nobody should expect life to be like that. When he came back from the US and his party lost the 1992 election in Ghana, Ken’s businesses also collapsed and he went from owning seven taxis to driving one himself.
2. Let Your Character Make You Stand Out.
Honorable Kennedy Agyapong is hard to ignore independently of where he finds himself. In an interview, he revealed that his toughness and boldness in life are due to his biological father’s treatment, who used to beat him up for every little thing. The many traits, such as hard work and honesty that he had, made him stand out even at home. When his step-father was asked, who he would like to send to Germany among the 15 children he had, he picked Kennedy over his own 14 children. Coming to Germany, Ken’s life was not easy, he had to work two jobs for more than 12 hours a day, one in a restaurant and another one in a shopping mall. Moving to the US some months later, things have also not been smooth. He had multiple jobs, working 40-hours in a bakery, work in a gas station, and also take some of his Ghanaian friends’ shifts so that he could make extra money.
Still, on character, Ken’s success would not have been possible without his natural openness to people, which made many people help him in life.
3. Go Big on Money-Saving
If you want anybody in Ghana to explain the power of money-saving, it is Honourable Kennedy Agyapong. Ken lists savings as the most powerful tool for any young man or woman to build wealth. He encourages young people with little or no respectability, to save at least 60% of his or her income. Savings helped Hon. Agyapong to grow his taxi business back in the United-States from one taxi to eight taxis within seven months, saving US$100 every single day. It is also through savings that in his twenties he managed to buy a $24,000 house for his family back in Ghana.
Ken is certainly not the first person you have heard emphasizing on the power of savings. Savings can also represent a backbone to you in case of emergencies.
4. Don’t Let Your College Degree Define You.
This is a very unpopular thought in Africa, where we are all encouraged to go to school, get good grades, a good job, get married, and leave happily. This thought system according to Honourable Kennedy Agyapong is not the best, as it leads to people just limiting themselves to what they have learned in school. The businessman and politician tell the story of a young lady who was unemployed with a college degree and who decided to start selling ice-kenkey so that she could survive. Honourable Kennedy Agyapong being touched by her story, decided to offer her a job right away in one of his companies. He said that such people are determined to succeed in life and will commit to anything they tackle.
5. Be Honest
Last but not the least, the MP for Assin Central, put honesty above all other principles for success in life. He believes that without honesty no man can succeed in life. Being as bold as he is, we can understand that he has been honest throughout his life. His honesty also helps him in business, where he has many suppliers ready to supply him with goods just because they know that if Ken says he will pay on the 30th, he pays on the 30th, no excuses.
Now you know what it takes to become a Kennedy Agyapong. Success in life depends on the knowledge you have and how much of it you are ready to apply. So go out there, start applying and make a change in your life.
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