Kojo Oppong Nkrumah : A Young Achiever
8/27/2010 8:46:48 AM -
His determination to reach the top is what has made him one of the best broadcasters in town. is a broadcaster with Joy FM, one of the leading radio stations in the country.
He is the brain behind the Read 100 project which gives children the opportunity to read a story book on air and help revive the waning interest in reading.
Kojo, who started school at the Pentecost Preparatory School at Koforidua in the Eastern Region, was one of the intelligent pupils in the school. He always placed first or second in his class examinations.
However, things changed when he moved to Accra with his mother who was then a teacher. In Accra, he gained admission to the St Bernadette’s Soubirous School at Dansoman.
After the terminal examination, Kojo found himself at the 34th position. This humiliating result made him sit up and work harder in order to be among the best pupils.
“I felt so shy and bad about my position because I was almost last. As a result, I had to stay up in the night to read my books over and over again since the competition in my new school was keener,” Kojo recounted these experience when the Junior Graphic asked him to share his successful story.
Giving an insight into his job, he said he hits the airwaves just after the 6.00 a.m. news when others are preparing for work or taking their shower to start the day, but his day actually starts two hours earlier when he prepares to leave home for work — when you and I are snoozing and turning in bed.
According to him, his day begins as early as 4:00 a.m. when he rises from bed. After pondering over some of the previous day’s activities, he gets ready and drives to the office by 5:00 a.m. and sits behind the console to go on air after the 6:00 a.m. news on weekdays.
Kojo came into broadcasting by chance. He was spotted by Multimedia Broadcasting CEO, Mr Kwesi Twum, while making a presentation five years ago after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communication.
Impressed with Kojo’s excellent performance, Mr Twum immediately requested that he joined the Joy FM family as an intern to which he obliged.
“In fact, I didn’t know the fundamentals of broadcasting. However, I was taught a lot of things by some of my senior colleagues on daily basis. Consequently, I found broadcasting very exciting and challenging,” he disclosed.
In spite of his achievement in his young life, he is determined to forge ahead.
Beyond broadcasting, Kojo provides marketing service advice to corporate bodies and individuals who need his services. Beaming with smiles, he disclosed that his future ambition is to establish his own organisation to provide world-class marketing services for potential clients.
In furtherance of his dream for the future, he has just completed a Master’s programme in marketing at the University of Ghana.
Born on April 5, 1982, to Mr Kwame Oppong Nkrumah, the Head of Treasury of the National Investment Bank, and Mrs Felicia Oppong Nkrumah, a teacher, Kojo hails from Abora Aboase near Saltpond in the Central Region and is the first of three children.
After sitting for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), he gained admission to the Pope John Secondary in Koforidua and ended at the University of Cape Coast for his first degree.
Kojo, who is not married, said his greatest aspiration is to set up an organisation that will groom children to stay focused on their education and also help brilliant, needy children.