Her dream was to snatch the job of a man who looked so important when she saw him on Television.
Who? President of the World Bank. Ghanaian Neuropharmacologist, Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante, kicked off this dream by enrolling as an Arts student in Wesley Girls’ SHS to enable her to study French, a catalyst that could pave way for her to become president of the World Bank.
But, that dream was cut short. Why? It was difficult interpreting contour lines and calculating time lost 30 degrees west of longitude O degrees. She had encountered an enemy of progress. This time around, not a human being but the field of study called Geography.
She would later switch to her comfort zone (Science class) and manage to top her chemistry class despite her late entry.
That, She says was the turning point.
“I was a smart child. So everybody says you have to be a medical doctor. But when I was a teenager, what I really wanted to be was the president of the world bank. I had no idea what he did but he looked very important when I saw him on television so I said ‘I wanted this man’s job’,”
“So I actually started off in the Art Class but I didn’t like geography. So after some time in the Art class, I felt this isn’t for me so I asked to be switched to the science class,” she told Kwabena Kyenkyenhene Boateng on 21 Minutes with KKB.
After earning her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2013, she was hired at her alma mater as a senior lecturer.
Dr. Mante now says she no longer has an interest in working at the bank because she has found what she describes as a new life goal. Finding a cure for Epilepsy.
Dr. Kolibea Mante studies isolated medicinal compounds from the Ghanaian flora for activity against drug-resistant epilepsy types.
She focuses on establishing definitive biological markers in human body fluids that guide diagnosis and pharmacological management of drug-resistant epilepsy in Ghanaian patients.
“My life goal is to find a cure for Epilepsy. I went into Epilepsy mainly because of my interactions with epileptic patients in the hospitals. In my clinical work, I have come across a lot of people who are suffering from Epilepsy and the special thing about it is that it has no cure,”
“So it got me thinking that patients who suffer from Epilepsy have to live their whole lives with the condition without any hope at all that someday they are going to be free from the condition. So I thought it was one way I could contribute to society,” She revealed.
Responding to a question on how far she has gone with her research, Dr. Mante said “I have worked on quite a number of plants because plants have a lot of materials that have the potential to be medicine. So the next step is to do what we term formulation. That is, we turn them into suitable medicines and then we test them in humans.”
If successful, her research would become a groundbreaking record of the world’s found cure for Epilepsy.
Watch the full interview below: