ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, MR DESMOND JOHN BEDDY – COMMUNITY CONSULTANT BASED IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

About Desmond John Beddy

Desmond John Yao Beddy is a Hamburg-based Ghanaian community consultant and social entrepreneur, who left Ghana on the 31st of December 1992 to study in Germany. Even though he got an admission into the University of Siegen, he wasn’t granted a student visa, nonetheless because of his perseverance, he came to Germany. Upon arrival, he discovered that gaining admission to a university in Germany is not the same as obtaining a student visa, neither does it grant you the right to stay in Germany legally. The dream of becoming a great lawyer thus evaporated.

He began his earnest strivings in Kiel, where he gradually rose to become the President of what was then the “African Union“, after he had managed to better his residential status. 

Though he came to Germany in 1993, it was not until 1999 that he was able to participate in his first German language course. This experience is something he doesn’t want others to live through, and is the basis for his firm conviction that new-comers must be allowed to start learning the language as soon as they enter Germany. The positive consequences outweigh the costs involved by far.

He is the author of The History of Ghanians in Germany

Copies can be ordered @ http://www.beddy.de

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