Meet 17 years old Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, the youngest KNUST graduate ever.

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa broke her older sister Grace’s age record when she was admitted to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2017 at the age of 13.

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa

She has recently graduated after completing her studies in Mathematics.

The former St. Louis Senior High School student first gained attention when she became the youngest student ever admitted to KNUST, and she is now the youngest graduate from any university in Ghana to have completed school at the age of 17.


She attended Christ Our Hope International School and Abraham Lincoln Junior High School in Kumasi prior to SHS.

She appeared on Kwaku Sakyi-The Addo’s Lounge in 2017 with her sister and their father, Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa, a Mathematics and Physics tutor at Prempeh College.

“According to her, she passed her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at age 9, while in her first year at Justice International School in Kumasi. As a result, at the age of 10, she was accepted into St. Louis Senior High School to study General Science and successfully graduated in 2017,” a report by knust.edu.gh said.

In an interview with the portal, she also admitted that her journey had not been without challenges, saying that despite having a stellar academic record, she struggled with her tertiary education and felt quite nervous at times.

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“I was able to overcome the many challenges because God saw me through, and I looked to him at all times. Also, I had my eyes focused on the end goal. Some of my course mates felt intimidated because they thought I was too brilliant. Others wondered if I was cut for the journey. All these brought me to the point of questioning my potential but found solace in how far I have come, the support I received and the future that awaits me,” she said.

Ruth plans to pursue a master’s degree and then later, a PhD.

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