April 22, 2024


Miss Bariya Tiah who in 2017 worked as a Head Porter commonly referred to as ‘Kayayei’ in Kumasi to support her education at has graduated from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) with a Second-Class Upper Division.

It would be recalled that a Kumasi-based Broadcast Journalist, Eunice Akoto Mansa Attakora-Manu went to the rescue of Bariya Tiah, has raised an amount to enable her to continue her education at the Teacher Training College in 2017.

Narrating how she came into contact with her she said: “Last Saturday at the Bantama market I engaged the services of a young lady to help me with my shopping. I had asked a trader for where I could get yam, the lady responded in English where I could get some tubers of yam. I was surprised to hear her speak the language fluently with a pan on her head roaming the market for loads to carry.

I found out that the 19-year-old Bayira is in her 3rd year at a teacher Training College. She has been doing “Kayayei” to support her mum pay for fees and cater for her 3 younger ones. She says the mum usually borrow to supplement what she realizes from traveling down South to carry loads”

According to the journalist, Bariya was expected to raise GH¢ 1,200 excluding feeding fee and buy utensils and other stuff for her “Out Programme”

“She says the maximum she has a day from her trade is GH¢ 20. Sometimes she gets GH¢ 5 which she spends on food”, she revealed.

Bariyah she added claims people especially women take advantage of her citing instances where a woman paid her GH¢1 after she carried about 20 tubers of yam to Racecourse.

Sharing her latest story, she wrote “my Bariya Tia today graduated from University of Cape Coast with 2nd Class Upper. Yes, this is what perseverance, determination and hard work look like. Congratulations Bariya Tiah . I’m so proud of you. I am a happy woman”



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