Eugenia Acquah, a twenty-two-year-old aspiring female barber, recounted how her parents and family had expelled and rejected her because she wanted to be a professional barber after completing Senior High School.
Eugenia Acquah, who began her barbering job at SHS 2 in Kofiase Adventist Senior High Technical, disregarded the aspiration of her parents to become a pilot or lawyer only to become a professional barber.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Adinkrah on Pure Morning Drive, she reiterated that when she was at school, it was her long-held dream to become a professional barber, but her parents wanted a different career for her.
“When I was in SHS 1, I developed an interest in barber work. I had the chance to barber our school security at school. There was a barber shop in the school, so one day I went there and the security guy was waiting for the barber to shave him, but I told him confidently to let me do it for him, and he gave me the chance. I did it for him perfectly and I knew I could do it, Eugenia narrated.
“I sneaked from classes and preps sometimes, according to her, just to go to the barber shop to shave my classmates, colleagues and members of the community who come there to shave.”
I tried my best to encourage my parents to drive me to fulfill my vision of becoming a professional barber, but they advised me to concentrate on training to become a lawyer or pilot. While my parents chose not to help me achieve my dream, I decided to help myself as a professional barber before I achieved my dream.
They threw me out of their house just to punish me for making my dream come true, but I want to prove my parents wrong and make them proud of me.
While I face difficulties, I will never be discouraged until I fulfill my dream, which I know I will definitely get there through dedication, hard work and prayers. In Ghana, I want to set up large barber shops or some other company and hire only women as employees to say ‘What men can do and do better for a woman’. After achieving the dream then I can concentrate on my education”. She stressed.
In spite of the difficulties they may face, Eugenia Acquah charged young people, especially ladies, to remain focused on achieving their dreams.