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From early childhood, I nurtured a desire to become a computer professional. My father, who happens to be an Engineer, provided me necessary encouragement. The research skills were acquired by me during my stay in senior school when I became interested in computer applications and underwent some computer taught programmes. At the time of leaving school I opted for Computer Science for my Graduation degree. I was offered a place by a very prestigious University of Technology called Valley View University, Ghana.

During my stay at the university, the major areas of my interest were Database Management System and software engineering. I have experience in various projects, which involved networking and management skills, such as Dynamic Computing and other software engineering during my tenure as a student of VVU.

The prime reason for choosing this course is that there are large businesses being set up in Ghana (Two new banks-Standard Trusts with its parent bank in Nigeria and have other branches in other parts of Africa. Eco-Bank set up by ECOWAS, the stock exchange was recently computerised managed by foreigners which I think is an opportunity to get involved, we also have large software firms like Soft-Tribe which is affiliated with Microsoft and allowed to use its modules, The Government is pushing ahead for the computerisation of the Judiciary System and the Police Departments) and are in need for system developers. Ghanaians are now buying into the technology and this is the right time. I'm really good in Java and want to go into system development to make an impact back at home. And hope to set my own business.

I bring along a strong grasp of fundamentals in Computers and information systems, an aptitude for teaching and team work, a zest for challenges and an enthusiastic desire to learn all I can. I would like to take with me, in addition to knowledge of Computer Networks, a network of strong and lasting relationships with my teachers and fellow-students. I hope that my background and qualifications are found suitable for an MS in System Engineering at George Mason University, USA.

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