Wezi Chihana, Zambia – winner of the President’s Prize December 2015, (self-study)
My names are Wezi Chihana Katyoka. I am the fourth born in a family of five. I am in my early thirties, and I am married with three children.
I became an orphan at the age of six so after high school it was unclear how I could go to college.
A wonderful lady, Christine Couchman from England, who was a former workmate of my late dad called to tell me about ABE. She said if I was interested she was willing to pay for me because ABE is flexible, internationally acceptable and affordable. And so I went for it because ABE was offering what I had in mind, and that was Business Administration. I studied up to part 1 of Level 5. But then my Godmother was not able to pay for me anymore. However, with my Level 5 part 1, I was able to get a job in a bank where I worked for a year.
Then last year I decided it was time to pick up where I had left off and so I completed Level 5 and Level 6 in one year. From then on I had determined that there was no way I was going to fail even though the syllabus had changed.
In order to prepare well for exams, you need to deliberately allocate time for studying because most of what is examined comes from the study manuals. Studying the manuals will give you the knowledge and reviewing the examiner's suggested answers helps you to see what is expected of you and the important points the examiner expects from you.
I chose ABE because it has a flexible structure allowing you to study at your convenience and it is internationally recognised. Most importantly, I feel ABE’s business management will help me to build my own successful company.
My immediate plans are to study for my one-year top up degree with a university where ABE is affiliated. I am also looking forward to getting a job.
Right now winning the President's Prize award is the best thing! I am encouraged and motivated to study even further and become whom I am meant to be.
I have gained various skills from my ABE course such as management of human and financial resources, and the ability to motivate, lead and make strategic decisions will go a long way. I am now able to translate what I learnt into real life situations and apply myself appropriately.
My long term plan is to operate a successful organisation which deals in consultancy. I want to be my own boss, thanks to the knowledge and skills I have acquired from ABE business management.
It has been a pleasure studying with ABE.