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The girl who made 6As and bakes 6 days unsure how GH¢60 wage will fund her university dream

On a busy street at Adabraka in Accra, a group of bakers knead dough meant for the next day’s bread.

The aroma of freshly-baked bread hangs in the air as the fingers delicately mould the soft flour into balls.

It’s a job that requires hours, most of it, on the feet. With one palm deep in the dough and the other stifling a yawn, Mavis Ayamdo Awinbota thumps her feet gently, probably to ward off the pressure building in it.

It’s a hard work that earns her GHC 60 weekly and a plate of lunch daily. Mavis looks like just any ordinary girl struggling to deal with living in a city without having a deep pocket.

But she’s not ordinary, at least not academically.

With 6A’s, 1B and a C, from the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, she defied all odds combining a horse-like life with her books and a leadership role.

Her results are among a quarter of 6As the St Joseph Seminary at Asante Mampong produced last year.

But the future for the art student looks bleak. Bleak because of finance. She can’t afford to go back to school.

Mavis migrated to Accra from Sirigu in the Upper East Region in 2013 in search of greener pasture and better opportunities.

“I was living with my grandmother up there in Sirigu, but I noticed my chances of furthering my education after junior high school were slim, so I convinced my mother to move me here [Accra] after my father died in 2013,” she said.

The 20-year-old saw herself through senior high school by hawking sachet water in traffic during vacation.

“During vacation, I hawked pure water in traffic to support my mum because she is a hawker, she sells tomatoes ….so she takes care of my fees and I handle my provisions and other expenses,” she said.

There is another hurdle to cross after completing SHS and Mavis is already preparing herself for it.

“I have always wanted to be a journalist, that is my dream job,” she said smiling.

Wondering how she will see herself through journalism school, Mavis already has a plan.

She has secured herself a job at a bakery, where she is paid GHC10 a day and manages to save GH₵150 every month.

But it is not enough. With these earnings, she’ll need to save at least 20 months to pay for a semester’s fees for university education.

“I got this job four months ago. I help with the moulding of the bread and pastries and sometimes, I do the selling,” she said wiping beads of sweat.

A lot of young girls in Mavis’ situation are unfortunately easy prey for men, but Mavis said, “I don’t have time for them.”

According to her, even though she gets men hitting on her, she never pays any attention to their sexual advances.

“I don’t have a boyfriend and I don’t intend to have one, because that is the least of my worries right now. There are more important things I need to do, I want to achieve my dream of becoming a journalist. I hate to see my mother suffer,” she said, a reminder of her struggles with her mother by her side.

Mavis during her days in school

Mavis says she knows things would have been different if her father had been around “I can’t question God because he knows best…. I listen to gospel music when I miss him,” she said tearing up.

With her dream looking miles and miles away, the more she looks at her savings, she hopes and prays a benevolent organisation or individual will come to her aid to complement her effort to achieve her dream.

Madame Joyce, Mavis’ mum
28 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    Kindly contact Citi Fm to support her. They have a project that support needy but brilliant students like her.

    1. Anonymous says

      Wats her contact

      1. Thank you for offering to help Mavis, Please contact her on 026 673 1420

  2. Anonymous says

    How can we get in touch if interested in helping?

    1. Thank you for offering to help Mavis, Please contact her on 026 673 1420

  3. Dan says

    I would be intersted in helping, how do I get in contact?

    1. Thank you for offering to help Mavis, Please contact her on 026 673 1420

  4. Anonymous says

    I am interested in supporting her, kindly send me the number of the mother so she can be helped.

  5. Anonymous says

    Send me her direct contact I have family around accra. I would support directly.

    1. Hi
      Thank you for offering to help Mavis, Please contact her on 026 673 1420

  6. Anonymous says

    Kindly let me know how we can be of support to her. Any contact number to call

    1. Thank you for offering to help Mavis, Please contact her on 026 673 1420

      1. Anonymous says

        I like her determination and sense of responsibility …I’m willing to help (from cameroon)

  7. Anonymous says

    How can I help?

    1. Thank you for offering to help Mavis, Please contact her on 026 673 1420

  8. Anonymous says

    I know this lady very well,I do buy from her because my office is just opposite where she sells,she is very discipline. Please anyone who support should do so

  9. Anonymous says

    Dear Editor. I will like to sponsor Mavis’s University Education from Matriculation to Graduation. Thanks ernest.egyir1@gmail.com

  10. Anonymous says

    Dear Editor. I will like to sponsor Mavis’s University Education from Matriculation to Graduation. Thanks

    1. Anonymous says

      Please get in touch on 0266731420

    2. Anonymous says

      Remain blessed.

  11. Anonymous says

    Thanks for your this sad story. I have taken note of the contact. It is well Mavis. Please continue to share such stories. Some of us will help in our little way.

  12. Anonymous says

    There is a very generous scholarship opportunity in KNUST this girl can benefit from which will pay her full fees, accommodation, and stipend for 4 years. I can give further information and guidance to apply

  13. Anonymous says

    Please what’s her momo account

  14. Carl says

    Tell Mavis to call this number at CITI FM and the respondent will aide her to access the citifm Education Foundation meant for people in her situation!

  15. Carl says

    This is the number! 0244120336.

  16. Enyator says

    What is her church doing about her plight?

  17. Anonymous says

    I like her determination and sense of responsibility …I’m willing to help (from cameroon)

  18. Anonymous says

    Fantastic to see the outpouring of support for this bright, determined but needy young lady. Particularly impressive is the KNUST bursary. All public universities should have these.

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