“My Root Is African!”– Ababio’s Grandson Speaks Out

By Ikenga Chronicles February 14, 2016

“My Root Is African!”– Ababio’s Grandson Speaks Out

“My Root is African!” Alfred Kankam Jr., the grandson of Popular Chemistry textbook writer Osei Yaw Ababio speaks on cultural diversity, and being a brilliant African in America.

 For most people who went to Secondary school in West Africa (especially those who studied the Sciences) in the 80s and 90s, the name “Ababio” is a very popular one. Ababio left an indelible mark on the field of African scholarship. In his footsteps follow his grandson, who has continued to impress in the United States and recently got scholarship offers to several U.S colleges. Ikenga Chronicles’ Chinonso Golden Nnabuike  was privileged to catch up with this blazing example of what the African ‘fire’ is. Enjoy the interview.

IC: Could you please introduce yourself to us?

Alfred: My name is Alfred Kankam Jr, the son of African Immigrants, and the grandson of Mr. Osei Yaw Ababio, the highly acclaimed author of chemistry textbooks, which are heavily utilized in Nigeria, West Africa. I am a Pre-Med student at the Texas Tech Honors College, and have attained an academic record of straight “A’s” throughout my student career. I intend to pursue a career in medical sciences, specializing within the field of Cardiovascular Diseases. I am extremely competitive; so I am driven to meet and exceed defined goals

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IC: Your story is an inspiring one. Could you please tell us a little bit about what motivates you?

Alfred: A few come to mind, but I will say that, my Grandparents and Parents are the role models I strive to emulate; and above all, I endeavor to do things in accordance with God’s will

IC: What does it feel like being an African in America? We will like to know about the challenges, the gains…

Alfred: Being a descendant of African parents in America, you are exposed to a lot of cultural diversity and that helps broaden your horizon, and enhance your knowledge of other nationals and traditional culture.  

IC: No matter how much of a home America has become to you, your root is still African. What are your dreams for a future Africa, and how do you intend to make these dreams come true?

Alfred: You are absolutely correct, my roots are definitely African. However, for the moment, I will wait to see how my career objectives unfold, and then explore areas to see how best, I can utilize my expertise and available resources, to help improve sectors within the African Continent.

IC: What do you consider to be the major challenges faced by young Africans?

In my opinion, some of the major challenges faced by young Africans are, a lack of worthwhile employment opportunities, deteriorating economic conditions, as well as well-structured career mentorships programs.

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IC: Your story should be used as motivation for other young people. What are your pieces of advice to (a) the young Africans in America, and (b) the millions of young Africans back home?

Alfred: My advice to all young men and women is; Honor and Respect your parents, stay in school, secure an education for yourself, keep the faith in God and recognize Him as the Creator and Source of your strength in all your activities.

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