Miss Bariya Tiah, who worked as a Head Porter, also known as ‘Kayayei’ in Kumasi, to fund her study in 2017, has graduated from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) with a Second-Class Upper Division.
It should be noted that a Kumasi-based broadcast journalist, Eunice Akoto Mansa Attakora-Manu, came to the aid of Bariya Tiah and donated funds to allow her to complete her study at the Teacher Training College in 2017.
Narrating how she came into contact with her she said: “Last Saturday at the Bantama market I engaged the services of a young lady to help me with my shopping. I had asked a trader for where I could get yam, the lady responded in English where I could get some tubers of yam. I was surprised to hear her speak the language fluently with a pan on her head roaming the market for loads to carry.
I discovered that Bayira, 19, is in her third year at a teacher training college. She has been performing “Kayayei” to help her mother pay for school and provide for her three younger siblings. She adds the mother generally borrows to augment what she realizes while traveling down South to carry loads
According to the journalist, Bariya was supposed to generate GH¢ 1,200 (excluding feeding cost) to buy utensils and other goods for her “Out Programme”
“She says the maximum she has a day from her trade is GH¢ 20. Sometimes she gets GH¢ 5 which she spends on food”, she revealed.
Bariyah alleges people, particularly ladies, take advantage of her, citing occasions where a woman gave her GH¢1 after carrying roughly 20 tubers of yam to the Racecourse.
Sharing her latest story, she wrote “my Bariya Tia today graduated from University of Cape Coast with 2nd Class Upper. Yes, this is what perseverance, determination and hard work look like. Congratulations Bariya Tiah . I’m so proud of you. I am a happy woman”