Kwamina Asomaning, Chief Executive-Stanbic Bank Ghana, has encouraged young graduates to imbibe the values of perseverance and resilience to achieve success in life. Mr. Asomaning was speaking at the graduation ceremony of University Basic School at the Great Hall, University of Ghana.
Kwamina Asomaning, who is also an alumnus of University Basic School, shared advice in the story of a bamboo seedling that encapsulates the values of perseverance, resilience and unwavering self-belief. In the tale, a despairing businessman – having lost everything – seeks solace in the woods and has a profound encounter with God. God shares the story of bamboo, explaining how it takes five years for the bamboo seed to sprout while its roots grow stronger. During this time, the bamboo’s roots develop the strength to support the towering growth that follows.
Mr. Asomaning emphasized that their struggles today are nurturing the roots of their future success. He noted that: “Growth takes time, and every individual’s journey is unique. Just like the bamboo seed takes years to sprout while its roots grow stronger, your struggles today are nourishing the roots of your future success. I encourage you to embrace setbacks and moments of doubt, recognising them as essential parts of your personal growth”.
Kwamina Asomaning’s message served as a reminder to the young graduates that they are all on their individual paths, and their potential might take time to surface. He urged the graduates to keep nurturing their passions, keep striving and keep believing in themselves. “Your journey is unique, and your time to shine will come,” he assured them. Mr. Asomaning concluded his address by encouraging the young graduates to be as resilient as the bamboo; to invest in themselves and to keep their dreams alive. He emphasised that although the road ahead might not always be easy, with determination and the belief that they can excel in whatever they put their minds to they will find their purpose and make a difference in the world.