- Alexander Agyei is proof that hard work pays off and he managed to inspire South Africans with his story
- This week, the young man was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
- Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Alexander opened up about his road to success and what the future holds for him
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Alexander Agyei is one inspiring young man. The 26-year-old was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa on 18 August.
Responding to a tweet by Cassper Nyovest, Alexander gushed about an amazing achievement he secured this week.
"Despite a crazy 2020, two days ago I was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. #BongiNkosi"
Take a look at the tweet below:
Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Alexander revealed his success did not come easily. The young man, who was born in Thohoyandou in the Limpopo province, once failed Grade 10.
He then moved to Pretoria with his single mother and decided to finish high school there. In 2012, Alexander matriculated from the Pretoria Secondary School with a Bachelor’s endorsement.
Alexander revealed that although he faced struggles, his childhood was not particularly difficult. He said:
"Looking back I did not have a difficult upbringing, we were not rich but my mother made sure that I never lacked anything."
After completing Grade 12, Alexander set his sights on obtaining a degree in law. He said:
"I decided to study law because I have always had a passion for engaging in constructive dialogues and expressing my thoughts in a contextual manner and law has allowed me the opportunity to do that simultaneously."
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He enrolled at the University of South Africa (UNISA) but struggled to cope academically and ultimately dropped out in 2015.
However, his efforts at UNISA was not in vain and when Alexander enrolled in a law degree at the University of Limpopo in 2016, he was accredited for the modules he completed previously.
By the end of 2018, Alexander completed his degree in law and he graduated on 12 April, 2019.
The 26-year-old, who is set to celebrate his birthday in October, then set his sights on becoming an attorney. He managed to secure practical vocational training at Maraga Inc Attorneys and at the same time decided to enroll at the law school of the University of Pretoria for six months to cut down on the training time he needed. which was registered for two years.
"I did not have intentions of completing two years of practical vocational training I and would be exempted from completing the two years provided I have surpassed one year of practical vocational training."
Alexander then had to pass a competency based exam for admission as an attorney which is also known as board exams.
"The exams comprises four papers, namely: magistrate and High Court procedure, criminal law and personal injury law (paper 1), wills and estates (paper 2), attorneys practice (paper3) and bookkeeping (paper 4).
"After the completion of the above mentioned-process, you then prepare your papers for admission as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa."
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Alexander managed to successfully complete the entire process and has now been admitted as an attorney of the High Court.
But, he has not yet achieved his ultimate goal - owning his own legal practice:
"I intend owning a law firm in the near future, and my biggest fulfillment will be imparting knowledge I have gained thus far to the next class of attorneys that are coming and also address South Africa’s unemployment issue by employing individuals who are willing to work hard and elevate themselves."
The inspiring young man encouraged other South Africans to follow their dreams and added:
"Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, yes there are distractions that can derail you from your dreams but always think about why you started this journey and envision the success that lies ahead at the end of the road."
In other news, a 2019 video of a Johannesburg high school singing a gem of a song has resurfaced on Twitter. St Stithians College, which is on the border of Randburg and Sandton, is a private Methodist parochial school.
The video depicts the boys' college passionately singing Mtaka Mama (Thina Siyazalana). The video was posted by the creator and founder of #CountryDuty, @tumisole. With over 400 likes, the retweets keep rising.
The boys, in full uniform, can be seen facing each other on what looks to be the school's field. In the right-hand corner, a drum set is visible. The bass of the boy's voices and melodious tune has brought goosebumps and tears to many South African Twitter users.
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