Delaiah Teye Gberbie, a graduate of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), was adjudged the overall best graduating candidate at the 38th graduating ceremony of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG).
He was also awarded the overall best candidate (First Attempt, Level 3) at the annual conferment ceremony which took place at the Kofi Ohene-Konadu Auditorium, UPSA campus on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Prior to joining the ICAG as a member, Delaiah studied for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at UPSA where he graduated with First Class Honours and CGPA of 3.67 in 2017, placing him among the top five graduating students of his department at the 9th Congregation ceremony of the University.
Despite these achievements, Delaiah says his academic journey has not been all rosy.
Recounting some rocky moments during his undergraduate days, he said, he sometimes juggled his academics and family business, a development which nearly cost him his education.
According to him, this compelled him to study either during lectures or in peer study groups where he was a student peer tutor in order to catch up on lessons in class.
Right after his University education, Delaiah worked with NDK Financial Services and had short stint with BakerTilly before joining KPMG where he is currently a key member of staff.
He added that he then registered for the ICAG exams where he was exempted from all level 1 papers and offered a scholarship.
The young professional sat for his first papers during the May 2020 regime and final papers in November 2021, excelling in all 10 papers on his first attempt.
Delaiah says he is looking forward to becoming an excellent professional accountant with a firm principle in ethical practice whilst making his company and family proud.
“We need to keep striving to be better as well as keep updating our knowledge because that’s the one thing that normally causes these unethical practices,” he says.
“I am blessed and privileged to have not only passed these exams but also emerged a full member of the ICAG. I remain grateful to the mentors who believed in me and encouraged me to push through to this point.”