6 October 2019 | Category: Student life

My ASP scholarship journey (Africa Scholarship Program)

By Ester

I grew up on the Catalan Pyrenees, where my heart belongs. I...

Emmanuel Nyame, selected from 1500 applicants for the Africa Scholarship Program, shares with us his experience towards Wageningen University and Research. This program allowed him to start the Food Safety Master and the big opportunity to stay in a foreign country. Be inspired by the story below.




My name is Emmanuel Nyame from Ghana. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Food science and Technology at the “Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology, Ghana where I later served as a Teaching and Research Assistant.

It is an honour and privilege to be awarded the prestigious “Africa Scholarship Program” to study a master’s program in Food Safety at Wageningen University and Research, Netherland.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) initiated The Africa Scholarship Programme (ASP). This programe gives, motivated and talented students from Africa, the opportunity to study in Wageningen University.

With this fellowship, WUR aims to support capacity building in Africa.

Food Safety, as well as nutrition, is a critical health issue in Ghana. In my part of the world where there is prevalence of food insecurity, people tend to consume whatever they lay their hands on, oblivious of the source, safety and nutrient content.

Food security issues in Ghana drives my initiative to broaden my knowledge in Food Safety, a major aspect of food security.

My interest in Food Safety begin after I had internships with the Food Research Institute and the Mycotoxin laboratory in Ghana. I was working on “peanut and mycotoxin innovation” lab project aimed at ensuring minimal levels of aflatoxin in foods.

After being in the field of Food Science, I needed more practical skills. Therefore, I  was looking for a good  institution ranked high in Food research. 

There is no better place to achieve this requisite training than Wageningen University and Research. Which is the best Agricultural and Food Science university in the world. 

As a result, my search led me to WUR. Afterwards, the source of funding became a problem because education abroad is really expensive. I had no means of funding myself. 

Looking for sources of funding on the University’s website  I got to know of the Africa Scholarship Programme.

My journey towards the scholarship application only started as a dream.

I took a daring step because the scholarship is targeted at only 5 motivated, talented and excellent students from Africa.

After several months of prayers, research, persistence, writing, sleepless nights and an interview, I deem it a great privilege, I was selected out of the 1500 applicants for the 2019/2020 ASP scholarship.

Yaw (left) and Emmanuel (right). Wageningen University and Research. Photographer: Ester

A big thank you to WUR and the Wageningen University Fellowship programme (WUFP) for this great opportunity  and making my dream a reality.


Emmanuel Nyame

ASP Scholar, 2019/2020.


Thank you Emmanuel Nyame for your enthusiasm, this will inspire other African students in your foot steps. We are sure you will achieve your academic goals. Enjoy your stay in Wageningen!


By Ester

I grew up on the Catalan Pyrenees, where my heart belongs. I am currently enrolled on the MSc Food Technology program at Wageningen.
I could describe myself as a sunrise person underneath the restless and ever moving mind. I love running in the mountains, surrounded by nature and its beauty. I am passionate about learning, cooking, traveling and collecting plants to make handmade jewelry.

I live everyday as a new exploring adventure, step by step.

There are 15 comments.

  1. By: Harriet Yayra Adzofu · 06-10-2019 at 19:29

    Congratulations Emmanuel and colleagues for emerging winners of the ASP this year. I believe in your capacity to drive research that will transform the food security environment in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

    1. By: Emmanuel Nyame · 08-10-2019 at 18:29

      Thank you Yayra…
      We will surely change the food security issues in Ghana.

  2. By: Cyrille Kablan Nouoma · 06-10-2019 at 20:39

    Awesome piece Emmanuel … Its an award well earned and I am confident in your capabilities.

    Make us Proud and Go for Gold !!!

  3. By: Francis Aheto · 07-10-2019 at 08:02

    Congratulations Emma. Very proud of you. With your determination, tenacity and ingenuity, you’ll surely soar high at WUR. Keep pushing it! #GhanaToTheWorld

  4. By: Agyare frank darko · 07-10-2019 at 09:17

    Congas my brother. Soar high in your field of expertise ..

  5. By: Samuel bonsu · 07-10-2019 at 17:35

    Congratulations Emmanuel. Ghana and Africa needs you

  6. By: Faustina Dufie Wireko-Manu · 07-10-2019 at 19:21

    I’m with all smiles as I read your story. We at your former Dept. (Food Science and Technology, KNUST), are very proud of you and of ourselves.
    Continue the hard work to contribute positively to local and global food safety.

    1. By: Emmanuel Nyame · 08-10-2019 at 18:37

      Thank You very much.
      We owe our success story to the Dept. of Food Science and Technology, KNUST.

  7. By: Emmanuel Nyame · 08-10-2019 at 18:37

    Thank you all

  8. By: Manuel Luis Meque · 08-10-2019 at 22:28

    It is true? I am not sure. I am waiting long time until today. But, tot result. Give me advice please!

  9. By: Valentina Bamfowaa Asiedu · 02-11-2019 at 18:51

    Congratulations Emmanuel… You’re an inspiration to me and Ghana is looking forward to your impact…Wishing you the very best… Make KNUST and Ghana proud

    1. By: Daniel E. Kwofie · 07-11-2019 at 18:10

      Congratulations Emmanuel. Words cannot fully express the inspiration and motivation your journey has given me. You have mentored me from 2015 till now and at every step you guided me wholeheartedly.
      Soar higher at WUR. You are born to be very great.

  10. By: CMiN Henry · 01-12-2019 at 02:30

    Emmanuel please, what were the interview questions based on? The areas, so one can prepare if possible.

  11. By: Gershon Dagba · 17-12-2019 at 12:24

    Congrats bro; make Africa proud.

  12. By: Harriet Ayerezang · 14-06-2020 at 19:31

    Am inspired by your story and I could be glad if you guide me to go through the process in 2021 hopefully.

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