Ghanaian hailing from the very best communities in Ghana – Fadama – Mustapha grew up with his cousin (Anwar) and Aunty.
At the early stages of his life, he was training to be an Arabic Scholar and started his schooling years at an Arabic school where he attended 3 different Arabic school a day. For this reason, he is able to speak and read Arabic fluently. At the age of 9 he decided he wanted to go to school and therefore joined his cousin at Kingdom Preparatory School in Fadama where he started nursery. Being an intelligent being he was appointed as a school prefect and was able to catch up to his age mates therefore managing to skip several years and joining his peers in Junior High at St Lawrence Catholic School at the age of 14. For this reason, Mustpaha enjoys singing hymns and often plays famous Ghanaian worship and praise songs in his spare time. Mustapha continued to prosper in his schooling days and was also appointed as a prefect at St Lawrence School.
Following his BECE completing with a minimum of 6 A’s, Mustapha went on to gain admission at Ghana National College in Cape Coast, though this was disheartening for him as his dream college was Mfantipm. At Afedu Royal House where Mustapha pursued his studies in general science, he was very highly respected. In his own words he passed through a very difficult training programme as Afedu House was infamous for being the most stubborn house on campus. During his student years, Mustapha impacted many students lives. Though he was surrounded by stubborn students, he made it a point not to be influenced by their bad behaviours, and rather influenced the boys at the house. In the words of some of his mates, “Mustapha was the light shining in the darkness at Afedu House.”
During his student years at Ghana National, he aspired to be a senior head boy in academics. Although he passed the vetting stages, he was not granted to read his manifesto owing to his religious background. Though this was disheartening, Mustapha did not give up and went on to implement the changes he would have liked to see by becoming Ghana Muslim Student Association (GMSA) president and helping be the voice of Muslim students who would’ve been discriminated against by the school. Some of the changes Mustapha achieved during his reign were for example, during Ramadan, food will be reserved for Muslims prior to and after fasting. Secondly, Muslims were no longer obliged to attend Sunday Church services. He rather enabled that Muslims to be given a place of worship where they could pray and carry their daily rituals. Following this, though he was not officially the head boy, most issues affecting final year students were brought to his attention for resolution. This is where Mustapha’s leadership journey truly started.
Mustapha continued his education in Ukraine in 2015 following the advice of his cousin Anwar about study opportunities in Ukraine. His degree was in medicine and surgery. The first thought Mustapha had on arrival was that he would become the president of the National Unions of Ghana Students (NUGS) – Ukraine. In his first two years Mustapha learnt Russian and was able to converse fluently with locals hence making him a favourite with several of the Ukraine school officials. Following this he then began to take up leadership roles listed below:
- Public relations officer – Dnipro Chapter (2017 – 2018)
- President – Dnipro Chapter (2018 – 2019)
- Vice President – NUGS Ukraine (2018 – 2019)
- President – NUGS Ukraine (2019 – 2020)
- Trustee Board Member – GUGS (2019 – Present)
As a student Mustapha co-started his company Planaria Medical Agency where he taught students KROK lessons and also signed a tutorship contract with Medlink.
Mustapha graduated from the Dnipro State Medical University as one of the top 2% of his class in the degree, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He is now due to start working as a medical doctor with the aims of specialising in medicine.