Celebrated Ghanaian playwright Uncle Ebo Whyte has said that part of the reasons a lot of people in Ghana and Africa in general may be struggling in life is because they do not make proper use of their God-given talents.
According to him, most people instead of putting their talents to work, they rather pursue courses in school that they barely have interest in, and eventually end up not gaining anything from it.
Uncle Ebo in an interview with NEWS-ONE stated that one of the keys to a better life is exploring one’s talent. Citing himself as an example, he revealed that he went to school to train as a statistician and accountant, but he abandoned his certificates to become a playwright because he is blessed with the ability to write.
“I was challenged to work in the area of my gift than to the area of my training. I trained as a statistician and a little bit as an accountant. But what happened was that it was impressed upon me that one of the reasons why many of us are struggling in Ghana and Africa in general we’ve all left the natural talents we have,” he disclosed.
“We have gone to school to learn a few things and that is what we are working with ‒ the certificates we have. You can have someone working let’s say as a journalist who could have been an excellent designer but the designing thing he didn’t learn from anywhere. It is just a part of him, so he doesn’t respect that one as much as working at the bank or something,” he added.
Uncle Ebo who’s currently described as one of the biggest playwrights in Ghana, started out in 1974 as an artistic director when his theatre group used to perform in schools and churches. he has written and directed a lot of plays,
his latest ‘I Want Your Wife’ will be staged on July 6 and 7 at the National Theatre in Accra.
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