Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey, a member of parliament for Keta, gave a wonderful account of a period when he showed tenacity and perseverance as he recalled his difficult path to study during his formative years.
The Keta MP disclosed that for more than three years, he had to walk barefoot three kilometres to school every day because of a lack of resources when he was a kid.
In an interview with GhanaWeb’s Nimatu Yakubu Atouyese, he recalled his poor origins and explained that because his rural town lacked shoes and transportation, he had to travel the arduous three miles to school every day in the sweltering heat while wearing just his bare feet.
“Back then, there was no piping for water or electricity, and the distance to school was roughly three miles. The journey took three hours, no cars were available, and you had to walk barefoot. Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey explained that occasionally he had to obtain water in a bottle so that he could pour some when the sun was scorching from the heat, stand on it for a while, and then continue.
He faced obstacles along the way to his inspirational education, but his desire to grow intellectually and improve his quality of life kept him continuing. He carried water with him, bathing his feet on the laborious trek to school to try and lessen the ache brought on by the sweltering earth.
Early setbacks did not discourage the Keta MP from pursuing achievement. He began a tiny trade business in addition to continuing his schooling, taking on the duty of bringing crabs from Anloga Market to Afram Plains for sale.
The principles of grit and initiative were instilled in him by his mother, a teacher, who played a crucial part in forming his personality.
“I began engaging in even small-scale trading in the 1990s, when my mother, despite being a teacher, would engage in such transactions and I would accompany her. For example, I would have to transport crabs from Anloga Market all the way to Afram Plains. The Keta MP recalled, “In those days, it was a good business. We would have gone to regions like Nkawkaw, Afram Plains, Kwesi Fante, Maame Krobo.
The incredible path that Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey took from being a student who walked barefoot to school to becoming a member of parliament is proof of the strength of perseverance, hard work, and persistence.
He represents Ghana’s Volta Region’s Keta seat in parliament.
Prior to the 2024 elections, he was reelected to serve as the party’s representative after entering parliament in 2021.