University graduate chases his dreams of being a barber instead

University graduate chases his dreams of being a barber instead

- Godwin Kofi is a university graduate-turned-professional barber, famed as 'Degreebarber'

- The young entrepreneur graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Professional Studies (UPSA)

- Godwin has a 10-year plan aimed at establishing his new start-up business as an international grooming centre

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While becoming a barber was never part of his childhood dreams, Godwin Kofi, professionally known as 'Degreebarber', has turned out to be one of the few with a thriving business

However, unlike many, Godwin has quite a unique story. After he successfully graduated university with a degree, he shelved his certificate to start a business as a barber.

His journey to attaining a professional barber status started as a means of survival when he was still a teenager in secondary school, learnt.

From Asesewa in the Eastern region, Godwin is one of four children born to a commercial driver, and his mum, a trader.

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While in senior high school, Godwin’s ‘school dad’ was then the campus barber, with whom he worked as an unofficial apprentice.

Godwin’s economically-challenged background compelled him to secretly learn from his school dad while he served as an errand boy, swept and cleaned after the day’s job.

He had his first trial when his school dad had to work on the hair of one of his clients but was also urgently needed to attend a programme and Godwin offered to help.

After he proved himself on his first test, Godwin surprised his school dad after he gave the client a clean-cut although his ‘dad’ did the final touches. His school dad encouraged him to never stop.

Despite the financial setbacks even after he completed secondary school, he enrolled at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) to study business administration.

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Barbering served as a means of survival throughout his education, using proceeds from his trade to pay fees, accommodation and provide for his nutritional and health needs.

Years later, Godwin's means of survival has become a thriving business and he revealed that he is inspired by a quest to change negatives and ill perceptions people have about barbering through his business, Degreebarber.

Degreebarber isn’t his only brand. Godwin has been working to establish his other start-up, Reflect Ghana, which he aims to transform into an international grooming centre in 10 years.

Godwin is hoping that his story will help change and inspire narratives that ''there’s no defined route to success but hard work and determination can make one great in whatever they do.''

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