Greensboro student from Ghana accepted into 24 universities

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro high school senior originally from Ghana has been accepted into 24 universities all over the country.

Akosua Beoke is one of 45 graduates from the Early College at Guilford — the first graduation of 30 for Guilford County Schools.

Beoke and her family moved to Greensboro from Ghana seven years ago. Her father Frank Beoke said it was a sacrifice well worth it for the opportunities for his children.

“It’s a sacrifice; I was actually in a good paying job back in Ghana, but then the family comes first,” Beoke said.

Amongst the 24 colleges, six of them Ivy League schools Beoke has decided on Columbia University.

“I started working on my applications during the summer as my first letter came in from Chapel Hill, which was the end of January, Akosua said. “Then my next letter came in from Vanderbilt in February then the University of Rochester and it just like streamed in as the months came and I was really excited to get accepted every single time,” Beoke said.

Beoke will attend Columbia in the fall as a Kluge Scholar and has an interest in economics as a possible major.

35 comments

  • QuestLove

    Umm, she’s actually dope and hella real. Don’t hate because she’s a successful woman doing it big.

  • NikkiC

    It is so sad that someone would fix their mouth to say something so ugly. That’s what’s wrong with our society today. Everyone is trying to bring each other down. Instead of us all encouraging and uplifting everyone. If you don’t have anything nice to say just keep your thoughts to yourself otherwise you make yourself look ignorant.

    • Jim

      You think you are so smart. Yes, the hateful comments are uncalled for. However, the truth is this intelligent young lady would not be afforded such surreal opportunities if she wasn’t from another country and black. It is reverse racsim and it’s a shame our country has come to this.

      • abril Gonzales

        You sound so angry Jim, get over it there’s nothing in this article suggesting that tax payers are paying for it.

      • KAY ULIS

        oh i guess because she is black too thats why she got 2100 on her SAT you racist hater…go back to your books and study so you make make good grades and go to an ivy….by the way I went to Cornell…i AM from Ghana and just got accepted into columbia for my masters….yea hate on that too

  • Stephen

    It is so great that people from foreign countries get so much, when a Veteran like myself and my children can’t even get into such Universities, much less get some sort of aid. We should just import all Africans and let them have this country. This is not about her achievements or her earning her way. This is about her getting benefits, simply because of the color of her skin.

    • Danquah Bekoe

      Thats a really hateful comment.she has worked hard all her life and regardless of her race she deserves this. You sound really racist and ignorant. maybe if you made you made your kids work harder they could get an opputunity like this.

      • abril Gonzales

        Congratulations to your sister and her accomplishments I commend your father on doing what’s best for his family. Good luck on her future endeavors.

      • kwesi.gh

        Danquah, don’t spend your time answering all these bigots. They Are lazy and bitter. Congratulations To Your sister and Family. Nyame nhyira wo!

    • KAY ULIS

      look how retarded you sound, how can your kids get to such schools…ivy leagues dont accept racial ignorant families…just let your children study and write some meaningful essay..i bet you didnt even have ur kids apply to such schools because u didnt believe in them….big shame on you…what kind of parent are you….by the way I went to Cornell…i AM from Ghana and just got accepted into columbia for my masters….yea hate on that too

  • Danquah Bekoe

    Just because somebody works hard to achieve their dreams doesnt mean you have to hate! btw im her sister!

    • MAABENAA

      Nana Danquah Bekoe,

      Ignore those kwasiafoo. Those haters can cry river. Tell Ako we are very proud of her. The people of Ghana loves her very much.

  • jason

    Dear Stephen and to the others who “don’t get it”: As an Alum of Columbia, I can assure you, it’s a private institution and we give aid with our own dollars. She got accepted based on her merit, regardless of nationality. I’m sure your community college has Aid for veterans.

  • abril Gonzales

    You don’t even know her to hate her, this is a young lady who has I’m sure earned all her accomplishments.

  • niiballard

    congratulations to the bekoe’s! we are so proud of you here in ghana and to those passing the hateful words, lets see you also thrive to succeed!!!! if you perform as good as she did an dont get in, then you can rant all you want! God bless you and your family danquah

  • "Racist"

    As a classmate of Akosua I can assure all of you she has not worked hard. She chose the easiest courses to take throughout or last two year of high school, procrastinated greatly, never planned ahead, and barely had any extracurricular activities. I know students who worked much harder and had more impressive resumes than her, but did not get Ito the same caliber of schools. Even other African American students with much more impressive records than Akosua did not get into the same ivy league schools as her. Many are pullin the race card. And though her race played a huge role in her acceptance to these colleges, so did her family’s low income. She was a part of quest bridge, a program for students living below the poverty line. Colleges have to accept students in this program or it would have no reason to exist. Anyone who thinks those making “racist” comments are obviously very ignorant. Affirmative action exists. It’s no secret. It’s reverse racism working in the favor of blacks. Akosua had her race and income level in her favor throughout this process. Personally knowing her I can assure you all this girl does not deserve what she has gotten.

  • bolanle

    whats with all the hating.Get a life.God bless you Akosua and make all the haters more jealous

    • bolanle

      ECG WELLWISHER WATEVER, IF YOU’RE MAN OR WOMAN ENOUGH WHY DONT YOU COMPLAIN TO FOX 8 OR BETTER STILL GO HUG A TRANSFORMER.

      RACIST, YOU ARE JUST JEALOUS

      STEPHEN, I PITY PEOPLE LIKE YOU.PEOPLE WITH LOW IQ LIKE YOU.YOU NEED TO TRAVEL AND SEE AFRICA AND ALSO GET EXPOSED.AMERICA IS NOT THE WORLD.YOU PEA BRAIN.YOU ALSO GET A LIFE.

      FAITHC , BECAUSE YOU ARE A PEA BRAIN DOES NOT MEAN EVERYBODY HAS TO BE.YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.MAYBE IF YOU TAKE A BOOK AND READ/LEARN YOU CAN ALSO BECOME AN ACHIEVER AND CHANGE YOUR LITTLE WORLD

      IM A HARVARD LAW SCH GRADUATE.YOU CAN HATE THE MOREEEEEEEEEE

      BACK TO AKOSUA……WELL DONE AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.IN LIFE PEOPLE JUST HATE FOR HATING SAKE.BE ENCOURAGED AND REMEMBER THEY ARE THE LOSERS AND YOU ARE THE WINNER.

      DANQUAH DONT BOTHER,HAND OVER TO ME.I GOT A BIG MOUTH.

  • Smith

    Even people critisized Mark Zukerberg, Steve Jobs, Obama, Clinton etc. U can hate and spew all ur lies u want, she is the one in Columbia, not you. Get a life u all haters. For ur information, i was her mate too. She more than deserves what she got.

  • Tenu

    Wow! all these hateful comments.. “congratulations, well done or i pray God does the same for me” would be better comments. but all the hate!
    Akosua well done!

  • ECG Wellwisher II

    It is not hate if it is true. And you should not assume that everyone who criticizes her is doing so because they are racist. I am not a racist and would be the first person to defend her if I thought she deserved defending. Criticism is sometimes necessary for growth. And If she chooses to ignore the criticism she will not learn from it. Because the sad part of this story is that people who defend her without knowing the facts are not doing her any favors. Every student who attended ECG could have been accepted at 26 or more schools had they chose or could afford to apply to that many schools. Almost every student who attended ECG did as well or better than she did academically. And many students chose to take a far more rigorous course load than she chose to take. And the Quest Bridge program did give her an advantage that was not available to other students. I have no problem with her taking full advantage of the program. My problem is that she started on second base and is celebrating as if by getting into 26 schools she hit a home run.

    On graduation day, she chose to stand alone in the spotlight as if she was the schools brightest star. I hope she realizes that success is much sweeter when it is shared. I just wish Fox 8 had also given a few of her classmates, like the student who has already been accepted to and received a full scholarship to medical school an opportunity to shine.

    And one final point Zuckerberg, Jobs, Obama and Clinton were never criticized for being slackers or for taking cheap shots at their talented and hardworking peers who did not get into “Ivy League” schools. Someone should ask why is it wrong to criticize her when she has no problem criticizing others.

    My sincere hope is that she will learn from this experience. I have no doubt that she is both smart and talented.

    • bolanle

      ECG WELLWISHER II, SAVE YOUR BEST SELLER FOR THE PUBLISHERS.NO ONE WANTS TO KNOW FOR NOW.

      SERIOUSLY… GET A LIFE.I PITY YOU ALREADY.

    • MAABENAA

      YOUR FINAL SENTENCE HAS GIVEN YOU UP. SO U KNOW VERY WELL SHE IS SMART AND TALENTED? THEN WHY CRITICISE IF YOU ARE NOT JEALOUS? GET A LIFE OK. START WORKING HARD AND MAYBE YOU WILL BE RECOGNISED SOMEDAY? THOSE HATRED AND RACIST COMMENTS WON’T HELP HERE. AKOSUA, WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH, KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOUR MAKER HAS BLESSED YOU WITH. AND YOU SPOILT BRAT OR WHATEVER YOU CALL YOURSELF; YOU ARE WARNED, KWASIAAAAAAAAAA!

  • pryncemensah

    Why can’t we enjoy a person’s success without projecting our little-mindedness into the matter? Whether in the USA or not, this young lady would have excelled academically. Instead of using the lazy arguments of affirmative action, why don’t we celebrate someone’s success for once?

  • Kofi

    Congratulations Akosua! You’ve earned it.
    Every female who gets SAT score above 2000 will be afforded similar opportunity regardless of affirmative action or where she hails from.

    What is this theory about reverse racism?! The success story of African immigrants in the US should rather be a source of encouragement to our African American brothers rather than a source of concern. Another Ghanaian American got accepted into all Ivy League schools not because of Affirmative action or his Ghanaian lineage, but because he had SAT score of 2400. Purely on merit! There is a similar story involving a Nigerain American who appeared on the Ellen show.

    The commonality in these cases is that both parents were actively involved in raising their kids. If over 80% of your kids are being raised by single mothers in broken homes surrounded by drugs, chances are they will end up tweaking butt naked on YouTube. So, get a life and stop attacking an innocent girl who chose to work hard instead of making YouTube videos.

    Over 60% of financial aid in US universities meant for brilliant but needy minority students remain unutilized every year. So, stop taking ignorantly about reverse racism and tell your men to stay and support raising African America kids, after making your women pregnant.

    I’m a Ghanain wrapping up my Ph.D. in engineering. I’ve already accepted a job offer waiting for me to be done. Oh, and Obama is Kenyan American too. So, site there with your lazy reverse racism theory.

  • Rebecca

    Watch out for these Ghanaian kids. I keep saying they have all the resources and will do great. I have to kids and most of our time is spent on activites, educating them, and having fun. We take pride in our families, and that is why our kids are doing well. Good job Akos, Shine!!!!

  • Nicole

    If she slacked and got such a score in her SAT, I wonder how well she would have done if she had worked harder.
    Its obvious you hated her getting all the attention, just get over it and stop crying foul. You sound so jealous and mean. !!
    Congrats to Akosua, you deserve it!

  • Jojo

    Why this hate,reverse recism all about,from the way I see some of the comments I have realized some of their kids in the same school couldn’t perform hence this hate stuff,they are wondering how a young dreamer from Ghana could come and take the shine out of their hood,what u have forgotten is that she did it with hard work and determination,burning the midnight candle to achieve her dreams,whoever is undermining her sucess should be prepared to cry more cos more young Ghanaians are going to make more headlines,encourage your kids to learn,and stop this hate thing.Akosua Ghananians are proud of you continue to make more headlines to put Ghana on the map,as for the haters they can cry river.

  • Mannie

    White people.. They never fail to disappoint.. They’ve tried sooo hard historically to prevent black people from getting education so they will not amount to anything.. Now that by law blacks can get an education and not get lynched, and are actually doing well, they are lamenting and trying to discredit them.. Did she get good grades bcos of her race too?

  • Lisa Geen

    I WOULD LOVE TO SAY I AM SOOOO ANNOYED AT ALL THE IGNORANT PEOPLE ON HERE. GET A LIFE. WHAT DOES THE FACT THAT SHE IS FROM GHANA AND THAT SHE IS BLACK HAVE TO DO WITH IT??? SOUNDS LIKE TO ME THERE IS ALOT OF ENVY AND JUST BECAUSE YOU DID NOT GET ACCEPTED INTO COLLEGE (PERIOD) DOES NOT MEAN YOU NEED TO HATE ON HER! I KNOW HER AND SHE STRIVES FOR SUCCESS! SHE DESERVED EVERYTHING THAT SHE GOT AND MORE! I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU HATEFUL PEOPLE AND PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR YOURSELF TOO!!!

    LOVE YOU AKOSUA

    LISA

  • Abena

    The so called Akosua’s classmate, where are you attending college..Rejoice with people who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. Congratulate her and wish her well. Columbia is not an easy school, if she is not smart , she will have to deal with it. Akosua, ayekoo.

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