In 2021, Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, now 18, became the youngest university graduate in Ghana at the age of 17, having graduated from one of Ghana’s best universities, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in Mathematics
When Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa was admitted to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at the age of 13, she broke her older sister Grace’s age record. She recently completed her studies in Mathematics and graduated last year.
The former St. Louis Senior High School student first gained attention when she was admitted to KNUST as the youngest student ever, and she is currently the youngest graduate from any university in Ghana, having graduated at the age of 17.
I was able to overcome the many challenges because God saw me through, and I looked to him at all times. Also, I had my eyes focused on the end goal. Some of my course mates felt intimidated because they thought I was too brilliant. Others wondered if I was cut for the journey. All these brought me to the point of questioning my potential but found solace in how far I have come, the support I received and the future that awaits me, said Ruth who is now 18.
She attended Christ Our Hope International School and Abraham Lincoln Junior High School in Kumasi before coming to SHS. In 2017, she, her sister, and their father, Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa, a Mathematics and Physics tutor at Prempeh College, featured on Kwaku Sakyi-show Addo’s The Lounge.
She also admitted to the site that her educational journey had not been entirely smooth, saying that despite her stellar academic record, she had some concerns about her tertiary education, which made her nervous at times.
According to her, she passed her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at age 9, while in her first year at Justice International School in Kumasi. As a result, at the age of 10, she was accepted into St. Louis Senior High School to study General Science and successfully graduated in 2017, said the university in a statement