This October Kwesi will be accompanying me to the Worlds Children’s Prize award ceremony at Gripsholms Castle, Sweden. Kwesi’s story has featured in this year’s Worlds Children’s Prize; after almost two years as a fishing slave, Kwesi, was rescued by Challenging Heights and underwent an intensive rehabilitation at the Challenging Heights Shelter. Kwesi has been reintegrated with his family and through the support of Challenging Heights, now enjoys school and is a sociable 14 year old boy. Here is a recent interview with Kwesi about his thoughts as he prepares for this trip of a life time…
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO AS REGARDS YOUR TRIP TO SWEDEN?
I’m looking forward to meeting and interacting with different kind of people and also learn about their culture. I would love to learn about morals and the way they dress.
ARE YOU IN ANYWAY WORRIED ABOUT YOUR TRIP TO SWEDEN?
I am really worried about the weather and the food since it is different from ours. I’m also worried about how the plane is going to take off and I don’t know if the plane has washrooms where I can go to when I want to urinate.
WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT THE TRIP, HOW DID YOU FEEL?
I was very surprised and shocked, I just couldn’t believe it until I was told to go for my passport in Accra and that really made me very happy especially travelling with Snr James to meet many people and make friends. I can say I am very lucky to be the chosen one out of the thousands for this particular trip.
WHAT SORT OF FOOD DO YOU THINK THEY EAT IN SWEDEN – WILL YOU LIKE IT?
They might be eating solely vegetables and other things that I don’t even know but I know very well that I wouldn’t like it a bit. I’m used to eating kenkey, rice and other Ghanaian delicacies.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE WEATHER WILL BE LIKE AND WHAT CLOTHES WILL YOU WEAR?
The weather is going to be very cold unlike Ghana. I will prefer wearing trousers and long sleeves and I hope I will be getting hot water to bath every morning and evening.