The Journey So Far And What’s Next: Diing Diing William Chol

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Share Their Story

Diing Diing William Chol (South Sudan)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), B.Sc. Biochemistry


Coming to Ghana from South Sudan, Diing Diing William Chol made sure he enjoyed his time in Ghana whilst pursuing his Biochemistry degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

He was deeply involved in student government serving as the Programs Coordinator for the International Students Association at KNUST, Organising Secretary for Ghana Biochemistry Students Association and as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar Representative. These roles allowed him to build up his leadership skills and be of service to fellow Mastercard Foundation Scholars and the wider university community. 

For his final year project, Diing Diing investigated pectinolytic, xylanase, and cellulase activity of bacteria in water Retting of Kenaf. He firmly believes that a successful identification and determination of pectinolytic, xylanase, and cellulase bacteria will enhance the kenaf retting process, which will in turn increase kenaf production in Ghana

“Being agile is the only way we can survive in this COVID-19 era. The ability to adapt to changing environment and challenge oneself to continue pushing hard regardless of the odds is one of the key skills I developed during my four years at KNUST,” Diing Diing said. 

“I also learned that being called a Mastercard Foundation Scholar does not mean you should get everything on the first attempt. This is the time to learn as much as you can so be willing to make mistakes, challenge yourself, and never settle for less” Diing Diing added. 

After graduating from KNUST, Diing Diing will volunteer as a Teaching and Research Assistant at one of the Universities back home in South Sudan and pursue other entrepreneurial interests.   

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