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Every 40 seconds, another human life is taken by suicide, according to World Health Organization data.


But what will make a student think of taking his or her own life. Many scholars have written extensively on what accounts but it is Emile Durkhiem, the sociologist who first sort answers to what accounts for suicide.

Durkheim analyzed differences between Protestants and Catholics. He found a lower rate of suicide among Catholics and theorized that this was due to stronger forms of social control and cohesion among them than among Protestants.

Additionally, Durkheim found that suicide was less common among women than men, more common among single people than among those who are romantically partnered, and less common among those who have children. Further, he found that soldiers commit suicide more often than civilians and that curiously, rates of suicide are higher during peacetime than they are during wars.

Based on what he saw in the data, Durkheim argued that suicide can be caused by social factors, not just individual psychological ones. Durkheim reasoned that social integration, in particular, is a factor. The more socially integrated a person is--connected to society and generally feeling that they belong and that their life makes sense within the social context--the less likely they are to commit suicide. As social integration decreases, people are more likely to commit suicide.

According to Emile Durkhiem there are types of suicide and these are;

Anomic suicide occurs when a person experiences anomie, a sense of disconnection from society and a feeling of not belonging that result from weakened social cohesion.

Altruistic suicide happens when there is excessive regulation of individuals by social forces, such that a person will be moved to kill themselves for the benefit of a cause or for society at large.

Egoistic suicide happens when people feel totally detached from society.

Fatalistic suicide occurs under conditions of extreme social regulation that result in oppressive conditions and a denial of the self and of agency.

But among the youth, the most prevailing factor for suicide is "emotional damage or deep depression". A state where the youth feels detached from the society and that in the long run, they end either jumping off from building or hanging themselves.

Suicidal thoughts are like dark alleys, they are deep and have no return most especially when there is no emotional attachment to the society. Often times among the youth, the factor of not being too smart like how society wants you to be, the desire to look and be like others and even financial issues gives the youth suicidal thoughts but is it enough to end it all with suicide?

Every aspect of the Ghanaian society also frowns on suicide. Not only do religious sects frown on it, the law is also against it. It is a criminal offence to commit suicide in Ghana.

According to the 1992 constitution of Ghana CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT - 1960 (ACT 29), Section - 57 - Abetment of Suicide. Attempted Suicide; 1) whoever abets the commission of suicide by any person shall whether or not the suicide be actually committed, be guilty of first degree felony. (2) Whoever attempts to commit suicide shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

But however, it is argued that this law be repealed because suicidal individuals need to be guided and counselled and not criminalized. But whichever way it is, it is uncalled for to end your life if not death by natural default.

So if you have a friend who looks suicidal or shows signs of having suicidal thoughts, just aid the person before it is too late.




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Billionaire in the making,Kylie Jenner and her baby daddy,Travis Scott were featured in the latest issue of GQ magazine and the photos show such an intense chemistry.

GQ’s August issue features the beauty mogul and the rapper on its cover, cementing their status as a power couple. It marks their first interview and photo shoot since they got together in the spring of 2017—and it makes Travis nervous. “He was whispering to me the whole time,” Jenner says after the photo shoot with Paola Kudacki. “He just doesn’t like taking the photos.”


Jenner and Scott met during Coachella—neither remembers exactly where—and hit it off immediately. He happened to be on tour, so she decided to join him. “I really jumped on the bus. And then we rode off into the sunset. I did the whole tour with him,” she recalls. Even then, Jenner wasn’t worried about what her family might think of the whirlwind romance.

“My whole family knows that I do whatever I’m going to do. I’ve been that way my whole life. I don’t really answer to anybody. I live on my own, and so I just rode off into the sunset. We had a lot of downtime. It was organic,” she says. “And we would just go to these random cities. We got to not be who we really were. Like, if we were in L.A., I feel like it would’ve been way different. Everything happened for a reason. We weren’t going out as ‘Kylie and Trav.’ We would just be in Cleveland, walking the street for hours. We would go on walks, and no one would bother us.”



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While graduation day was special for each member of the class of 2018, for Teni Agana '18, it was a day of breakthrough; a day she had long dreamed of, since finding a photo of a college graduate while still in high school, and telling herself she would be like that someday.
“I can no longer remember how I found that picture, but I kept it,” said Teni. “And even when I learned that my family could not afford to pay for my education, I told myself it would not stop me. I had to find a way to fund my education myself.”

Teni’s strong drive propelled her to take on difficult work in Kumasi, a city in Ghana's Ashanti Region. While in high school, she moved from her family's home in Bolgatanga, in Ghana's Upper-East Region, and chose to live and work at the Bantama market in Kumasi, as a kayayo (head porter), to save up for her fees. It was a rough period, as she had no permanent shelter, and often had to brave difficult conditions living in the market.


Tragedy struck, when her mother was involved in an accident and all her savings went into paying hospital bills; but it was at the hospital that she met a woman who introduced her to someone at CAMFED Ghana, an organisation working to help girls gain better education outcomes. With Ashesi being a CAMFED partner in Ghana, Teni was encouraged to apply, and was accepted into the Class of 2018 as a MasterCard Foundation scholar. It was an exciting time, and despite initial challenges adjusting to Ashesi's curriculum, Teni would eventually become one of the strongest students in her class.

“During my first semester, I failed a couple of courses, including Programming, as I had never used a computer and could barely type, let alone write code,” she explained. “Fortunately, the staff and faculty at Ashesi, especially my academic advisor, were really supportive. At Ashesi, I was guided to resources on campus to bring me up to speed with my coursework. By my second semester, I had improved my grade point average from a 1.25 to a 3.0 (out of 4) and in subsequent semesters, made it onto the Dean’s list - for students who made GPAs of 3.5 or more.”

Having known the power of scholarships first-hand, Teni spent a lot of her time at Ashesi thinking through how to unlock similar opportunities for others; she also spent time helping others navigate academic challenges on campus and beyond. During her time at Ashesi, she was instrumental in raising funds to see four girls through their senior secondary school education. She also led fundraising efforts to sponsor the education of 15 brilliant students from the Berekuso township. Beyond this work, she served as a Mathematics tutor with the Berekuso Maths Project - aimed at improving math skills in Ashesi's surrounding township; she also worked as a tutor for Kayacare, an initiative started by an Ashesi alumna, that looks to provide safe spaces for children of head porters in Accra’s market places.
In her final year, Teni's chose to focus her final year research paper on creating awareness of the motivation and circumstances of kayayei in Ghana. She intends to use the report to develop stronger intervention programmes for girls in her home region who may be forced to become head porters like she was. 
"When you have worked so hard to earn some money for a living, investing in school might sometimes seem like a huge sacrifice because the benefits are not evident in the short term," says Teni. "And for many, higher education becomes an unrealistic goal and too much of a sacrifice. So for those without a strong support system, skipping school may seem a better option. However, with the education I received at Ashesi, I look forward to helping correct this challenge for others to pursue their dreams in the face of obstacles.”
Source: Ashesi External Relations
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Whenever Joseph Wukpan '18 had some downtime as a student at Ashesi, he would visit the Abuom Junction Fuel station a few kilometers from campus; while there, he would don an attendant’s uniform and help fuel cars. He didn’t do this because he needed extra money; after gaining admission to Ashesi as a MasterCard Foundation scholar, this was what kept him grounded. After all, it was at this fuel station that his Ashesi story started.
“My Ashesi story is incomplete without the Abuom Junction Shell fuel station,” explained Joseph. “It was here I first heard about Ashesi, while working as a fuel station attendant. I met an Ashesi employee here who told me about the university's scholarships programmes, and I applied. So whenever I can, I go back to reconnect with the team I used to work with, and help them talk through different challenges. I hope I can inspire more of them to pursue opportunities for growth.”
Five years ago, Joseph’s story was much different. After graduating from high school, he had taken up the job at the fuel station because his parents could not afford to pay for further education.
“Choosing to work at the station was difficult,” he said. “However, this was the only my way of gaining income. That was my reality, so I had to make the best out of it.”
Soon, Joseph rose to become the station manager; and as part of his job, he interacted with clients who included some members of the Ashesi community. With time, he grew an admiration for Ashesi, and learning more about the institution, he started considering it as an option. 
“Through my interaction with staff and faculty at Ashesi, I learned more about the school, including its financial aid opportunities," he said. "At that point, I realized that if I had the chance to go to any institution, it would be Ashesi.” 
He eventually applied to what had become his dream school, and got accepted as a MasterCard Foundation scholar. “Getting a scholarship to attend Ashesi was life changing,” he said. “It was a gift that made me realise that I had a responsibility to make the most out of it. Given this opportunity, I always made it a point to strive to help others find opportunities as well."
As a student at Ashesi, Joseph took advantage of the opportunities that came his way. While excelling in the classroom, he also eventually got accepted into an internship with Tullow Oil Ghana. Outside the classroom, he was equally active. From successfully acting as the head of the student-run football league, to starting an on-campus food delivery service, Joseph pursued as many paths as he could.  
“In high school, the thought of going to university wasn’t one I took very seriously,” he said. “However, during my time at the filling station, I got to learn more about the world out there and all the opportunities I could pursue. I started thinking about the kind of life I wanted to lead, and what I wanted to be known for. Ashesi was the ideal place to give me the experience and skill I needed to accomplish more with my life. Ashesi always encourages us to aim high, and pursue goals we previously thought were unattainable. Wherever I find myself, I’ll tell my story, and hope it inspires others.”
Source: Ashesi External Relations
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Maybe Kylie Jenner will surprise the world by showing up this week at the famed Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference to hobnob with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Sheryl Sandberg, Rupert Murdoch or Michael Bloomberg.

Kylie Jenner on the cover of the August 31, 2018 issue of Forbes 

After all, the 20-year-old lip kit mogul already stunned the world this week by getting a cover story by Forbes that hailed her as the youngest person ever named to be named to the magazine’s annual ranking of America’s “self-made” women. After another year of growth, Forbes added, Jenner’s cosmetics empire could make her the youngest “self-made” billionaire ever, trumping Facebook’s Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23 and Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel who became a billionaire in his 20s.

So, maybe recent teenager Jenner is now super rich and deserves to be at Sun Valley’s nexus of tech, media and global power.

But that doesn’t mean Jenner deserves to be called “self-made,” critics say.

After all, she started “at third base” in her empire-building efforts, having been born into an already famous and wealthy reality TV show family, noted actress, comedian and author Francesca Ramsey in a series of Twitter posts.



Meanwhile, consider how Jenner earns her money. According to Forbes, the young mother of baby daughter Stormi with rapper Travis Scott does it in a very contemporary, social influencer way.

“Basically, all Jenner does to make all that money is leverage her social media following,” Forbes said.

Certainly, Jenner has a lot of leverage: More than 110 million followers on Instagram, 25.6 million followers on Twitter and millions more on Snapchat.

But as Ramsey and other critics point out, Jenner got help gaining that following by growing up in the public eye as the youngest Kardashian-Jenner sibling on TV’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

As the daughter of the O.J. Simpson-adjacent Kris Jenner and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, Kylie Jenner became famous for being famous starting at age 10. And like her older famous siblings, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Robert Jr, Jenner was encouraged and guided by her savvy and ambitious mother to come up with her own scheme for making money.

According to Forbes, here are the steps Jenner took to becoming super rich selling lip kits. But as critics would point out, these steps don’t seem to involve much sacrifice or industry, and Jenner’s endeavors hardly sound “self-made.”

— Jenner taught herself about makeup watching YouTube videos.

— Jenner became a teen model — thanks to her mother’s guidance.

— In true Kardashian fashion, Jenner turned scandal to her advantage. She seized on tabloid coverage of the mysterious plumping out of her lips to admit that, yes, she had gotten temporary lip filters. She took $250,000 of her earnings from modeling to pay an outside company to produce her first 15,000 lip kits.

— Jenner, who appeared to inherit the marketing gene from her mother and sisters, teased the sale of the kits on Instagram. When launched, the kits sold out in less than a minute.

— Jenner then turned to big-time help from her mother, who basically handles “the actual business stuff,” according to Forbes. Kris Jenner arranged for her daughter to partner with a laboratory company to formulate, test and make her cosmetics, and with an e-commerce company to handle the sales.

Mostly, Jenner spends her days hanging out on social media, according to Forbes. That’s how she leverages her social media following.

“Almost hourly, she takes to Instagram and Snapchat, pouting for selfies with captions about which Kylie Cosmetics shades she’s wearing, takes videos of forthcoming products and announces new launches,” Forbes wrote.

Jenner critics aren’t questioning the fact that she came up with the clever idea for her lip kits or that she’s made tons of money. But don’t call her self-made, they say.

“Self-made as a phrase conjures a Horatio Alger-esque vision of a woman rising from nothing and clawing her way to the top through hard work, perseverance, and grit—starting from the bottom and ending up at the glittering professional peak,” writes Megan Reynolds for Jezebel. Reynolds said that Jenner is “hardly a scrappy little thing” and questions whether she would have been so successful had she been born into any other family, or had any other mother.

Ramsey, also a writer for “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, added: “The lesson here is that if your parents have the connections to shop a reality show that launches when you’re 10 so you’re famous from childhood & have very famous siblings, maybe you too can pull yourself up from your bootstraps & start a company valued at billions.”

Source: The Mercury News

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