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AGS Student Ludmilla Akpa

I migrated from Africa with my three children to the United States in 2016. We settled in Chicago. Other than my native African language, I spoke only French. So, to acquire English quickly, I enrolled in English as a Second Language class.

After becoming relatively fluent in speaking and writing in English, I found I was not satisfied with the education offered at the community college near where I live. I felt I could better advance myself elsewhere where I could enroll in higher-level studies. I wanted to integrate a valuable university education with my religious values.

I sought out my great and trustworthy adviser, the Holy Spirit. After praying and fasting, I started searching online for the right institution using the words: ‘Best Christian University.’ Soon, I came upon Ohio Christian University, and I feel the Lord has fulfilled my quest.

Years ago when war erupted in my native country, I was forced to abandon everything. I took refuge with my children for five years in another country in arduous conditions before resettling in Chicago. I am a strong woman and will remain so, no matter how harsh life’s circumstances.

In my native country, I had studied law and management of organizations. Now, I tell my children I must go back to school to provide them a quality future. Being a refugee is temporary. I am returning to learning to become more efficient for the mission the Lord is calling me—to empower African women and promote self-sufficiency in food production to fight hunger and to propel economic development.

When I am tired and feel despair, one particular of our Lord’s verses comforts me, Psalm 32:8 (NIV): “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

Since I began my OCU AGS classes, every day convinces me I have made the right choice. We have a weekly devotion that enables me to start the week with faith. I know success is not only related to academic knowledge but also to the knowledge of God.

I am earning a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in agribusiness. I want to refine my skills to succeed in my calling to lead women as a good manager. I plan to gain knowledge in agribusiness because I need to understand and master this discipline to help African farmers, especially women, to live decently from their hard work and to win the fight against poverty and hunger. I already have two structures working in Africa and am on track for achieving these purposes.

My education is essential. It enables me to transform my natural gifts into expertise I can apply to my community. My continuing education is for my work, not for my job. As Dr. Myles Monroe says, “Your work is what you are born for, and your job is what you are paid for.” I am on track for my work. I especially want to demonstrate to my children that, with faith, determination, and action, everything is possible.

OCU’s AGS courses are very dense but also very professional. In less than a month, I am making impressive progress. The AGS staff is extraordinary. The first time I talked with my recruiter, Janice Chilcote, a natural symbiosis occurred. She always cares for me, and we pray for each other! She's a great, awesome person. Just before I started my program, Janice assured me that, in addition to federal assistance, I would also receive financial support from OCU, and that is what has happened! I am grateful and so thankful that I can study stress-free. It is a blessing!

Archived Articles of Interest

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus image

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus image

Published: November 8, 2019

Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group LLC and the keynote address was made by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. The morning consisted of a number of panel discussions addressing economic development and challenges facing rural communities. The panels were chaired by local business leaders, academic professionals, and state and local representatives. Ohio Christian University’s Chief Relationship Officer, Craig Brown, also
Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group LLC and the keynote address was made by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. The morning consisted of a number of panel discussions addressing economic development and challenges facing rural
Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group
Ohio Christian Ranked Among Best Online Logistics Management Programs image

Ohio Christian Ranked Among Best Online Logistics Management Programs

Ohio Christian Ranked Among Best Online Logistics Management Programs image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University was recently ranked as offering one of the best online baccalaureate programs in Logistics Management. The university was ranked 8th out of 15 by the Online Schools Report (OSR), which serves as a resource for students pursuing online programs. According to OSR, their rankings are based on six data points: three schoolwide and three program-specific. For schoolwide, OSR uses student satisfaction, admission rates, and the number of programs the school offers online. For program-specific, OSR checks the median debt of graduates from that program, how many
Ohio Christian University was recently ranked as offering one of the best online baccalaureate programs in Logistics Management. The university was ranked 8th out of 15 by the Online Schools Report (OSR), which serves as a resource for students pursuing online programs. According to OSR, their rankings are based on six data points: three schoolwide and three program-specific. For schoolwide
Ohio Christian University was recently ranked as offering one of the best online baccalaureate programs in Logistics Management. The university was ranked 8th out of 15 by the Online Schools Report
Professor Laklieshia Izzard

Dr. Izzard Serves Georgia

Professor Laklieshia Izzard

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University strives to have faculty members who not only serve their students with excellence, but also serve their community in big ways. Dr. Laklieshia Izzard, an affiliate professor for the Social Science Department at the Ohio Christian University Atlanta site, exemplifies this goal for Christian service to the community. Her newest role as President of the American Counseling Association of Georgia (ACA of Georgia), will allow her to serve counselors across the entire state. Izzard is a licensed counselor and clinical supervisor with a doctorate in counselor
Ohio Christian University strives to have faculty members who not only serve their students with excellence, but also serve their community in big ways. Dr. Laklieshia Izzard, an affiliate professor for the Social Science Department at the Ohio Christian University Atlanta site, exemplifies this goal for Christian service to the community. Her newest role as President of the American
Ohio Christian University strives to have faculty members who not only serve their students with excellence, but also serve their community in big ways. Dr. Laklieshia Izzard, an affiliate
Student is coached as they study

OCU Improves Retention Through Persistence and Completion Academy

Student is coached as they study

Published: July 18, 2019

Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult
Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult
Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas
Overhead view of the main Ohio Christian campus

Ohio Christian Offers New Concentrations for Online Business Program

Overhead view of the main Ohio Christian campus

Published: July 18, 2019

Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult