Ghanaian model Gifty Boakye earns master’s degree at St. John University in New York
Gifty Boakye, a Ghanaian fashion model, has graduated from the St. Johns University in New York with a Master of Arts degree in Global Development and Social Justice.
The graduation ceremony, held on the school premises on Friday, May 19, 2023, had in attendance thousands of students across various disciplines.
Having previously studied Communications for her bachelor’s degree at the same institution, Gifty Boakye’s educational journey has been a testament to her dedication and passion.
Gifty, who is also the director of philanthropy for Afrochela, (now Afrofuture), has expressed her aspirations for the future.
“As a fashion model, I plan to continue serving as a global ambassador through public speaking and representing my people. My intention is to work as a diplomat, focusing on Ghana and sharing my perspectives on global affairs and the representation of nations,” she said.
Gifty Boakye emphasised the value of her dual citizenship, stating, “I am blessed to experience the duality of being both Ghanaian and American, and I strongly believe that cultural nuances can be expressed, explored, and explained. My goal is to work for the greater good, uplift people, enhance the quality of life for the vulnerable, promote peace, and build bridges towards gender equality.”
Reflecting on her influences and role models, Gifty Boakye said she drew inspiration from her mother, who epitomises resilience.
“My mother already calls me ‘Ambassador Gifty Boakye’ and supports me through all my endeavors, offering prayers before each of my flights around the world,” she added.
Beyond her successful modeling career, Gifty Boakye has established herself as an entrepreneur. During her college days, she began modeling for local photographers, quickly gaining recognition for her beauty and photogenic qualities.
She was awarded the title of Local Model of the Year at the 2019 African Entertainment Awards USA and was a finalist in the 2022 World Supranational beauty contest.
In 2017, Gifty founded her brand, NATIVE, with the aim of promoting the idea that everyone should embrace and showcase their cultural roots without judgment.
Her philanthropic work led her to establish the NGO Sisters Love and Admire Yourself (S.L.A.Y).