Follow your Dreams: Benedict Amoako’s Pursuit of his Passion for Robotics

For freshman Benedict Amoako actively pursuing his dreams is an essential part of his life. Inspired by his mother who encourages him to follow his passion, Benedict continuously seeks opportunities to improve himself and positively impact his community. With a growing interest in technology and robotics, Benedict remains excited about the opportunities that this field provides him.

“My interest in robotics began in Junior High School when I was given an Android phone as a gift — all I wanted to do was to change the operating system of the phone to see how it would function,” Benedict said. He was then introduced to the concept of robotics when one of his seniors, whom he considers to be a mentor, shared with him his experiences visiting other countries and learning about programming and robotics.

When he got into the prestigious Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, Benedict, who had now gained extensive interest in the study of robotics joined the school’s robotics club to be able to explore the field and interact with like-minded individuals.

“I got involved in the robotics club after attending its first meeting and seeing the practical side to robotics, which is something I had been looking for,” Benedict said. “I learnt some programming skills and began to participate in national and international competitions.”

Benedict and some teammates at the World Robofest Championship in 2016

In 2016, Benedict and some students from his alma mater participated in the national edition of the World Robofest Championship and were tasked with designing a robot out of LEGOs to play golf. The team emerged third in the national competition and was fortunate to represent the country and the entire continent at the international competition.

“During this competition, I imagined the real-life implications that this could have, and it made me realize that my passion was indeed robotics because it was a tool that I could use to effect a positive change in society,” Benedict said.

Benedict receiving an award from Dr Trebi-Ollenu for his contribution to the Championship

Unfortunately, the team did not win at the international level and this came as a huge blow to Benedict who had sacrificed his time and other resources to prepare for the global competition.

Despite this, Benedict fondly remembers the kind words of the founder of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation, Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollenu, who reminded the team that winning was not everything and that the opportunity to create an impact in one’s society was more important.

Despite this, Benedict fondly remembers the kind words of the founder of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation, Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollenu, who reminded the team that winning was not everything and that the opportunity to create an impact in one’s society was more important.

He has since served as a national judge for the First LEGO League Ghana competition, and a national coach for the First Global Challenge and the Pan-African Robotics Competition and uses these platforms to encourage young people to appreciate the lessons that come from participating in such competitions rather than solely being fixated on winning.

Benedict supports his teammate on a project in the Robotics Club at Academic City

In his freshman year at Academic City, Benedict is the founder and president of Academic City’s Robotics Club, whose goal is to embark on projects that aim to solve problems in the country.

Currently, the Club is working to develop autonomous ground vehicles that can sense and avoid obstacles with the goal of putting an end to the recent spate of road accidents in the country. The Club is preparing to organize an internal competition in March 2019 to display the work that the various teams have done.

A member of the Robotics Club works on a team project

Benedict dreams of studying for a PhD in robotics or mechatronics and establishing his own advanced robotics and technology lab in Ghana to solve some of the challenges on the continent, including combatting and possibly eradicating disease outbreaks.

“I have struggled with encouraging myself to keep moving forward and I believe that being at Academic City has exposed me to an environment that gives me the opportunity to gain the skills and also pushes me to develop my ideas with people who share similar goals as me,” Benedict said.

“I believe in sharing my knowledge and inspiring people to grow, and this is what I want to spend my life doing,” he said. Beaming, he added, “Everything, to me, starts from somewhere, and I am ready to take the steps that I need to achieve my goals.”

Get In Touch

Contact us

Academic City College
       Property # 279-302, Agbogba, Haatso,
       P.O. Box AD 421, Adabrakaa, Accra, Ghana

(233) 30225 3630 / 31

(233) 554 264 486

(234) 811 890 8790 (Nigeria Admissions Office)

info@acity.edu.gh

admissions@acity.edu.gh

www.acity.edu.gh