Ms. Joanna Koryo Kwao is one of the valedictorians for the November/December 2020 virtual congregation of the University. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) degree with a final cumulative grade point average of 3.73 from the School of Pharmacy.

She attended Tema Secondary School where she studied General Science. She won the Best Female Student Award in the 2016 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) with 8 A’s. Following her excellent performance in the WASSCE, she was selected as a beneficiary of the Educational Pathways International Scholarship for her university education. The Scholarship covered full tuition, accommodations, and an annual stipend.

Ms. Kwao gained admission to the University of Ghana School of Pharmacy to pursue a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in the same year, in line with her interest in Chemistry and the Pharmaceutical Sciences. According to her, she selected the University of Ghana for her training because of its long-standing tradition of providing excellent teaching and learning to students. During her period at the University, she was an active member of the NUBS-Legon, where she found a family of like-minded believers. She also developed a remarkable zeal for studying the Spanish language during her stay at the University. Extremely fascinated by its rich, expressive nature, she spares no effort in her goal to achieve bilingual proficiency in the language.

Joanna divides her time between reading, researching, and writing. She drew inspiration from the written works of her friend, Francine Clerk, to take up screenwriting as a pastime. She believes that the novels and screenplays she creates will be a channel for sharing her stories with the world.

Her key motivation is her family and their desire to see her thrive. She grew up with her parents, three sisters, and a brother who have encouraged her to always go beyond her limits and be exceptional.

In pursuit of a career in pharmaceutical research and academia, she intends to progress to graduate school after writing her professional licensing examination. Her goal is to live a life of learning and self-discovery and obtaining and dispensing knowledge.