Derrick Crentsil profiled
by Naa Ayeleysa Quaynor-Mettle
Derrick Crentsil, a born leader, is the first of three boys. He loves people and is a music fanatic. Derrick even when much younger, wrapped Ashesiâ€™s core values of scholarship, leadership and citizenship around his breastplate. Before Ashesi, Derrick attended St. Theresaâ€™s School, Galaxy International and SOS College where he composed the schoolâ€™s anthem. An innate musician, he taught himself to play the piano at age six, and with little assistance, now plays the saxophone, bass guitar and drums.
Here at Ashesi, heâ€™s been instrumental with the creation of the Community Choir and was one of the brains behind the very successful first ever Jazz Festival, held here at Ashesi. â€śI love music. It inspires me,â€ť Derrick says. A Computer Science major, Derrick, together with three other Ashesi students recently spent two week interning at the Goldman-Sachsâ€™ office in London. This internship program, which brings together some of the worldâ€™s brightest students is designed to introduce these young men and women to the workings of a leading global securities and investment management bank.
Derrick speaks of his experience at Goldman. â€śI was privileged to be amongst students from top universities in the worldâ€”I now have friends at Oxford and Cambridgeâ€ť, he says smiling. â€śI realized how not so different I am from them. I am equally intelligent and have the same values they consider importantâ€”integrity, hard work and a sense of responsibility. It wasnâ€™t difficult to fit in.â€ť
Derrick loves being at Ashesi. â€śI wouldnâ€™t want to be anywhere else. I love the courses, the way everyone here wants us to succeed and the strong desire to help change Africa in our own small ways.â€ť Derrick says he has so many great memories of Ashesi but his favourite by far is the studentsâ€™ support of the Honour Code despite being faced with possible accreditation revocation. â€śIt was amazing! Iâ€™d never seen anything like it before. Students here clearly care about the future of this continent. We are so bold and I am proud to be part of such a community.â€ť
Derrick is a star. I look forward to his success because he will thrive in whatever situation.