Boy with ‘Wrong’ gender but good Grades gets $50,000 Ashesi University College Scholarship

Ashesi University College has awarded a scholarship worth $50,000 to
Tubare Kolah to undertake a four-year engineering programme at the
university. The scholarship covers his full tuition and any other
amenities needed to successfully undertake the degree programme.

On Monday, Joy News broke the touching story of 20-year old Tubare
whose mother was driven out of marriage when he was three months old.
Tubare's mother, Hawa Kolah, had married in Baabli in the Upper West
Region and when her husband died, customs demanded that she marry her
late husband's brother.
As part of that custom, however, it was a bad omen to give birth to a
boy as the first child in the second marriage. Unfortunately, however,
her first born in that marriage was a boy and she was driven out of
that marriage.
Manasseh Azure Awuni who discovered Tubare's story reports that an
overwhelming number of Ghanaians were willing to sponsor Tubare's
education after they heard his story.
Tubare completed the Nandom Senior High School scoring A1 in six out
of the eight subjects he wrote despite harsh financial challenges and
a lack of education-enhancing opportunities.
He scored A1 each for Biology, Elective Mathematics and Physics and B2
in Chemistry in the West African Secondary School Certificate
Examination (WASSCE).

When Joy News aired his story, Ghanaians across the world responded
overwhelmingly. At least 10 individuals and institutions have
expressed their willingness to bear the full cost of Tubare's
education throughout the university. Some have expressed interest in
donating various sums of money to help him pay the fees, while others
expressed interest in giving him accommodation in their private
hostels on the university campuses.

In fact, Tubare had a choice and he settled on the offer from Ashesi
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Ashesi University College,
Araba Botchway, says apart from tuition, Tubare will also be given
accommodation, feeding, pocket money and a laptop computer for the
duration of his course. The 20-year-old former student of Nandom
Senior High School had gained admission to the University of Mines and
Technology in Tarkwa and was awaiting admission from the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology, however, he had no hopes of
going to school because he and his old mother, who is in her
seventies, could not raise even GHC100 to support his education.


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