Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value” and this is the aim of Kemoy Bowen, whose only dream is to be the best person and role model for his son.
Born in Mount Salem, St James, Bowen was the first of three children born to Indera Stone. However, he was raised in Hopewell, Hanover, by his mother for the majority of his life.
“I grew up with my mom in a single-parent household for most of my life, but I was with my grandparents at one point because my mother was away studying and working in another parish,” Bowen said.
His first contact with school was at the Hopewell Christian Deliverance Centre Basic School, after which he went to the Bethel Primary School in the parish. Bowen passed the Grade Six Achievement Test and attended Herbert Morrison Technical High School, where he attained eight Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate subjects, all with distinction, before moving on to sixth form, where he achieved distinctions and credits. University was next, and, as a result of his hard work, Bowen was accepted to study at Johns Hopkins University. However, he decided to attend The University of the West Indies (UWI) instead for financial reasons.
“I started my studies at The UWI in 2014, but I was given the offer to study at Johns Hopkins University on a half scholarship,” Bowen said. “But the other half of the scholarship would have run over J$2 million, and I was considerate of my single parent, so I opted to go to UWI.”
With help from Hanover Charities and his mother, he was able to pay for his first year at The UWI. It has been five years since Bowen started his studies, and he has completed his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in human resource management and operations management. He started his master’s degree in logistics and supply chain management immediately after completing his undergraduate degree.
During his years at the university, Bowen had a son, and this baby changed his outlook on life.
“My son’s name is Khalid, and he is the reason I do what I do,” he said. “He motivates me to make good decisions and not take certain risks because I am not living for myself anymore.”