Daryl Ngola Molongisse is a gentle, reserved, and soft-spoken 22-year old whose aura exudes nothing but peace and calm. His baritone modulated voice is pleasant to the ear and his calm disposition will keep you relaxed. In all, Daryl has a uniquely great personality.
Daryl is a level 400 BBS Marketing student at WIUC-Ghana from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Growing up, Daryl had experienced firsthand the trials of war when M23 rebels took over Goma, a small town in North Kivu province, DR Congo where had lived with his family before they fled to Lubumbashi.
A decade or so after the political disturbances in DR Congo which until now most of us have only read and saw glimpses of in the media, I had a rare deeper insight when I sat with Daryl who share with me a first-hand account of how Goma was rocked by explosions and machine-gun; a frightening experience he still recalls as if it was yesterday.
With a weaker English language compared to French, a reserved Daryl will take his time, when he is stuck between finding the right English expression to explain what he had to say. “I am a shy type and at first, it was challenging due to the language barrier but I am glad that I can now speak two official languages, freely,” he says.
The challenges of being independent after leaving his family for studies in Ghana may have contributed to Daryl’s development and improved his interpersonal communication skills. ‘Being on my own has let me out of my comfort zone. I was put in a position where I had no choice but to socialize”. He says ‘…I am more open to my friends now. Friends also want to spend time with me. I have friends who understand me and like me the way I am.’
Despite Daryl’s nostalgia sometimes, he is happy his choice has given him the opportunity to be more mature saying ‘I miss home sometimes but I don’t regret the choice to study outside of my home country.’
Daryl is hopeful of continuing his second degree immediately after he completes his first degree with an eye on gaining some much-needed industry experience. For a career, Daryl will want to become an Entrepreneur with a keen interest in Marketing.
Despite his affable nature, like any human, Daryl has his dislikes? ‘I don’t like it when people make assumptions” he shares in his calm paced but fairly steady speaking style.
Daryl does ‘still life drawings’. Other things that excite him, he tells me are the beach, tourism and volleyball.
He advised other international students to remain focused despite the many distractions surrounding them. ‘I have some friends who sometimes get distracted by going out, drinking and smoking and they forget the reason why they are in school’ he uttered.