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April 19, 2021

A Pioneer in Ghana

In an area where many thought higher education wasn't possible, Batholomew beat the odds

Batholomew Hottor has worked for more than seven years and traveled halfway around the world pursuing his dreams, and it all started when he enrolled in BYU‑Pathway Worldwide in 2014. Batholomew, a native of Ghana who now lives in Canada, has seen the blessings of education all throughout his journey.

The beginning of a passion for education

Batholomew outside the Toronto Ontario Temple

Batholomew had just graduated from high school when he first met missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He said, “I investigated the Church for almost three years before getting baptized. When I started to receive the Liahona, I found an interesting pattern where a lot of new leaders that were called had attended Brigham Young University. So I sat down with missionaries one time, and they told me, ‘BYU is a great school. You can also attend if you really work hard.’ So that became a source of motivation for me because my parents never had education.”

Batholomew had his sights set on attending BYU — he even made plans with his brother who had immigrated to the United States to arrange for Batholomew to join him. When his brother got engaged, money was tight, so Batholomew put his plans on hold. Shortly after making this decision, the first pair of service missionaries were assigned to BYU-Pathway Worldwide in his area. Even though it was slightly different than his original plan, he jumped at the opportunity to get a head start on his education at a Church university.

New opportunity, new challenges

As Batholomew pursued higher education, he experienced many challenges, including a lack of motivation and support and struggles with accessing fully online courses. He had to find creative solutions to the obstacles he faced.

“In Ghana, internet accessibility is very poor,” Batholomew said. “At one point I had to use three different internet services in order to work through my assignments.” He also saw a lack of trust in and enthusiasm about online education in his area, since it was new and uncommon.

However, Batholomew was a diligent student and a vocal advocate for BYU‑Pathway. As a pioneer student in his area, he began inviting everyone he could. Batholomew continues to excitedly share the many benefits of a Church education to all who will listen.

“At one point, I was the only member in my ward who was part of BYU‑Pathway,” Batholomew said. “When I started talking about my experience with BYU‑Pathway and BYU‑Idaho, some members started seeing what I was doing and became interested in enrolling. By the time I left, the numbers had just shot up in my ward.”

The making of a master’s

Through BYU‑Pathway, Batholomew gained the skills he needed to continue his educational journey. He ultimately completed a bachelor’s degree from BYU-Idaho in Business Management in 2018. In 2020, he graduated with a Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.

Batholomew graduating from Queen’s University

“BYU‑Pathway instilled in me confidence and also a purpose. So, for me, coming into BYU‑Pathway I had the opportunity to pursue the program that I wanted to do, and that really motivated me to work hard. It really prepared me very well for BYU‑Idaho and my transition from BYU‑Idaho to master’s degree.”

In his spare time, Batholomew loves to read anything about business. After completing PathwayConnect, he worked for a consulting, engineering, and project implementation company, where he made a big difference in Ghana. With the education and experience he gained afterward, he currently works as a project analyst for the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure. He remains thankful to this day for BYU‑Pathway’s impact on his life.

“BYU‑Pathway has helped me a lot to build my faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and to trust in Him in every part of my journey,” Batholomew said. “One of the things that I really like about BYU‑Pathway is the opportunity to learn the gospel and apply it in your life. Some of the courses that I’ve taken have really helped me to understand the tender mercies of our Heavenly Father and how we can always rely on Him to achieve our purposes.”

Comments on "A Pioneer in Ghana"

Betty says:

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us, I am motivated to keep pushing on. Indeed BYU-Pathway is a great blessing to us all in getting a good education and better future.

Richard says:

Wow this is awesome… thanks for your testimony it has really inspired me to work hard. And I know I can do it.
Thanks for Making Ghana proud.

Gabriel Nassessa Sachiungue says:

Wow! What an amazing story!
When lonely, cold, hard times come, we have to endure, we have to continue we have to persist. This is what brother Batholomew did, thank you for sharing.

Francis Mansah says:

Wow, this is great. Thanks so much for your hard work, and it’s my prayer that we who are doing this BYU-Pathway now will have the zeal you had when you started this journey and end well as you did.

katty Vanessa Cornell says:

Wow that story really was inspiring and motivating!! It has helped me today to cheer me up and keep going. Thank you for sharing your story, brother Batholomew.

Anthony Matende. says:

That experience has motivated and encouraged me as a new student.

romario says:

I was inspired by your story. Thank you for sharing . I know that this will make a difference for those who have the opportunity to read it.

Elia Mwaipopo says:

What an amazing, inspirational story.
Thank you so much🙏🏿

Maria says:

I really enjoyed reading this story and I know the I can became like him if I keep on my faith and trust in my Heavenly Father and in His son Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing your story. It motivated me to keep going.

Vivian Doh says:

God is soo wonderful. Congrats.

Cecil Dadzie says:

This is a beautiful testimony! I have commenced my journey too via PathwayConnect. I am motivated despite the many hurdles ahead — but because you and many other have done it, I can too. I trust that with the help of the Holy Spirit and amazing Elders (both global and national) assigned to me, I can do this.

Dauda Kamara says:

Wow, the testimony of this brother concerning BYU-Pathway Worldwide is really inspiring and motivating. This testimony has made me known that I can make it happen through hard work, commitment, perseverance, and faith despite the challenges that might come my way.

Milagros Ramos Macedo says:

Wow, this is an awesome story. I am enthusiastic.

Stephen says:

You are a testimony to me of the PathwayConnect course, but I want to bear it myself to as a personal testimony.

Wow, what a wonderful story. I hope mine ends in joy like this. Glory to God.

Morongoenyane Rakobeli says:

Wow, what an awesome story. I’m really inspired and motivated by it. I’m embarked on my BYU pathway and this really motivated me more. I’m looking forward to great moments in this journey and a brighter future.

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