How does a painfully shy young man, whose dream was to serve in the army, become one of the biggest radio personalities in all of Ghana?
If you ask Kwami Sefa Kayi, host of the 'Kokrokoo' morning show on the Accra-based Peace FM, it was all by accident.
The 37-year old broadcast journalist is married with three children; two girls and a boy. His life has not turned out as he expected as a youngster, however - his youth ambition was to be an Army officer, "because I think it is the most courageous and humble thing to do in life".
"I really, really, really wanted to be an army officer," he added, saying he was inspired by his father who was an officer. But, years passed, and without a military job on the horizon, Kwami landed a job in the media, "by accident," he said.
"Looking back now, I think it was more designed than I think."
He joined a drama group held at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation where he would later get his first lesson in radio journalism.
Kwami said his father, who died when Kwami was 19, would be proud of him, for "at least he did not end up on the street."
Kwami is from a family of three; himself, a brother who passed away last month, and a sister. His mum was very supportive when he chose his career, and she is one of his biggest fans and critics, he said.
Other critics in the past have labeled Kwami as shy, but it was hard to tell during our interview. Dressed in jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, the broadcaster sat at Labone Coffee Shop earlier this week and told his story – looking relaxed and speaking openly.
Living a day at a time, the multiple award winner who loves to read and play tennis as his hobbies, Kwami said he finds the media in Ghana, "so lovely and wonderful: you can tune in to the radio and TV or pick a newspaper and expect a juicy story…" He also thinks the media is a growing industry in Ghana.
Talking about the media today in Ghana, Kwami also shared his thoughts about why the culture of reading in Ghana is said to be so weak. He suggested that it is either that the parents are not encouraging their wards to read, or because of technology where children are more into cartoons and computer games.
The situation now is unlike when Kwami was young, and "if you don"t read mummy will kill you and when she says that she really means it".
He also advice the youth of today who are into journalism to take it seriously because it is a profession not a steeping stone, he said. Instead young journalists should commit themselves into it and put in more effort. "Don’t be persuade about the shining life in it," he said, advising that despite the enticements of ‘sole,’ journalism can be a hard life with little money.
Now, however, Kwami is doing well for himself, and joked about how he has moved on from the local tro-tro transport to his mother’s place at Okponglo, to now driving a Mercedes Benz.
Describing his life now, he explained how important his family are to him, supporting his busy career even though "the kids aren’t quite sure what I do!"
For now, he is content with his journalism role: "I am happy because I love what I do."
But, would Kwami still heed a call from the armed forces? "If the army will hire me for five years, I think I will do [it]" he says.