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The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it. I can never imagine my life without friends. Genuine best friends are the best thing that will ever happen to you in this life. 

Sometimes your best friend understands you better than you understand yourself.  There’s something about childhood friends that you cannot replace.  Frank, Nathan, and I have been friends for 32 years now and still counting and I can only conclude that some souls just understand each other upon meeting for the very first time. 

We started our friendship from St Pauls’ Methodist primary school and continued to the JSS level but went to different senior secondary schools – Nat went to Pope John Senior Secondary School and Minor Seminary or POJOSS,  Frank attended Presbyterian Boys’ Senior Secondary School or Legon PRESEC  and i ended at Prempeh College. Attending different senior secondary schools did not even separate us that much. 

Ask destiny may have it, the bond of friendship brought us together again when we all got admission into Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology “KNUST” in Kumasi, Ghana. Luckily for us and through hard work, perseverance, and negotiations, we ended up in the same room from our second year in Unity Hall, Rooms 6, 75 and 189 in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years respectively. 

Our room was always the place to be, full of fun and entertainment, and a lot of networking as well, because we all had a great network of interesting friends from diverse disciplines, faculties, departments, and backgrounds with varied intellectual interests. Dry always call our room “CRIB” for many obvious reasons.

Our room was well ‘specked’ with computers, sound systems and huge speakers, woolen carpet, and a balcony kitchenette, it was also very clean and spacious. There was clear understanding on the usage of the room between the three of us, especially for private matters (not what you may be thinking 😜).

I personally met other set of good friends through Frank and Nathan, some we still keep in touch and eventually developed the friendship into profitable ventures. And yes, for some, I have fallen out with them because they were not genuine, trustworthy, and helpful.

Build healthy friendships and relationships which will help you accomplish great things in life. When you surround yourself with very good and genuine friends who are accomplishing great things, you are also likely to be successful in your endeavors. They would challenge and push you to do better. The people you surround yourself with are a reflection of you. 

Everyone has a friend during each stage of life, but only lucky ones have the same friends in all stages of life. A good friend will always be there for you not only during the happy times but also during hardships. When choosing friends, it is important to find people who share your values and understand where you are coming from, and most importantly where you are going in life. 

Today I celebrate my all-time best friends, FRANK OWUSU ADARKWAH a.k.a Dry or Snigger or Shegee or Nana and NATHAN ARYEETEY a.k.a. Bongo or Billy or Natty Bongo or Sowah.

Choose your FRIENDS WISELY 👍🏾🙏🏾

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