Young man’s house burns down, dad dies but still top academic achiever

Young man’s house burns down, dad dies but still top academic achiever

- He is from Ghana and his family’s house was burnt down in xenophobic attacks

- His father passed away soon after

-Ebenezer matriculated with five distinctions and was accepted into UCT

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Ebenezer Odei has overcome profound adversity in his life, but has still managed to become a top academic achiever, matriculating with five distinctions and being accepted to study at the University of Cape Town.

Despite this, he is still struggling to procure funding to fulfil his dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant because he is not a documented South African citizen, and thus not eligible for South African bursaries, Briefly.co.za found.

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Ebenezer has lived in South Africa for most of his life. Ebenezer’s family is from Ghana and lived in a small farming town in the North-West Province. His family’s house was burnt down during the 2008 Xenophobia attacks, causing the family to seek refuge in Cape Town.

Further tragedy befell Ebenezer and his family a few years later. The gifted young man’s father was murdered. Following their father’s passing, Ebenezer’s siblings moved back to Ghana.

Despite the challenges he has faced, Ebenezer is a strong and humble young man who dreams of making his father proud and continuing his great legacy.

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Ebenezer has now come one step closer to his dreams after Mama Money sponsored him with half of the tuition for a Bcom degree.

There is also a crowdfund campaign set up in Ebezener’s name to help him come up with the rest of the amount needed, not only for tuition, but for living costs and textbooks as well.

Ebenezer has also been struggling to get the proper documents that will allow him to qualify for sponsorship in the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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