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Magic Doesn’t Produce Greatness: A character study of Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye , Deputy Chief of Staff

I was so intrigued by the appointment of Francis Asenso-Boakye as the deputy Chief of Staff for the republic of Ghana. From his profile, the 39 year old gentleman founded Tertiary Student Confederacy (TESCON), the student wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the year 2000. Hearing this, I decided to work a little mathematics and I discovered that he was just 23 years old when he decided to plant his seed (vision). The vision/seed Sir Francis planted 16 years ago has birthed into a fruit which he is going to use to gain lots of benefits and experience.

Lessons

1. Do not despise humble beginnings/ Do not bury your vision
I strongly believe that the dream/vision to found a student branch of New Patriotic Party looked formless, worthless and unattainable. I am again certain that Francis felt discouraged at some point. However, through determination and perseverance he did not give up, but rather fought to ensure its establishment. He decided that despite all odds he was going to plant the seed, work the land so the seed would germinate to a plant and bear fruits for generations to come.

2. Serve
There’s no doubt in my mind that Francis has served his party. It was his goal to establish a student association which will bring together students and youth who have plans to get involved in politics, and for that matter the New Patriotic Party and also mobilize students in supporting the party wrestle power from the National Democratic Congress (NDC). After completing his tertiary education, Mr. Asenso-Boakye did not become complacent with his achievement on the establishment of TESCON. He kept on in service and I know for a fact his wholehearted service to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo as his political assistant.

3. People are watching from a distance
I think Francis’ appointment to the office of the deputy chief of staff is a clear indication that people (I mean the big party stalwarts) have been watching him closely and they are pleased with his service. There is a scripture that say “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord for you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” (Colossians 3:23). This scripture may not necessarily have a link with what I may be referring to. However, the point I am trying to express is that whatever we do, there is a reward which awaits us first on earth then in heaven. The nature of the reward will be determined by how dedicated you were to your work. Bear in mind that people are watching.

In concluding my short character study on Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye (Deputy Chief of Staff of the Republic of Ghana), my advice to every young person reading is, we all have ambitions to be great people one day but it will not just happen like magic. God in his own wisdom has given each person a dream (vision/talent/seed). Do not bury your dream or leave your seed unattended to. Work something out with it.

You are capable of achieving something great only if you decide to work with your vision. In addition to that serve. Jesus says “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:25). From this scripture, you can never be great unless you decide to submit yourself to service.

As you put your talent and dreams to use and serve, you will begin to attract the attention and people will become aware of what you are doing. Your talents will take you to places and your service will also bring you to know people. This character study on Mr. Francis Aseno-Boakye has outlined that we all carry a seed and no matter how long it takes, provided you will plant the seed, work it out and serve, your seed will birth a wonderful fruit.

Daniel Assamoah
dannimarf@gmail.com

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