Thirty-year-old Cameroonian, Jervis Monah Ketu has made history by becoming the first-ever Black Sworn Translator in Turkey.
This milestone was recently marked with official recognition from the Turkish state, complete with a tax number and an official stamp.
Jervis was sworn in before a state notary, solidifying his role in facilitating communication between diverse linguistic communities.
Jervis Monah Ketu’s journey to this historic accomplishment was not without its share of challenges and setbacks.
Having faced adversity in Dubai, where a business venture left him with nothing, he decided to seek a fresh start in Turkey.
However, fate had other plans, and he encountered further difficulties upon arrival.
“I came to Turkey after losing everything in a bad business in Dubai. I came to work to clear the balance of debts incurred as a result of losing money in Dubai. It led to another failure, and that’s how I decided to start from square zero,” Jervis said.
Undeterred by his past setbacks, Jervis embarked on a journey to master the Turkish language through academic pursuits.
His dedication and perseverance paid off, leading to official recognition by the Turkish state.
Now equipped with a tax number and an official stamp, Jervis stands as a symbol of resilience and determination.
“A normal poor boy who came here now is officially recognized by the state of Turkey to operate in an official capacity with my tax number, official stamp,” Jervis affirmed.
Translators play a crucial role in bridging linguistic gaps, and Jervis sees his newfound role as an opportunity to facilitate interaction between his fellow Cameroonians, Africans, and the Turkish community.
The responsibility of a translator involves not only understanding and translating spoken or written statements but also reproducing these statements for a diverse audience.
“This new achievement will help me facilitate interaction between my fellow Cameroonians and Africans with the Turks,” Jervis emphasized.
Jervis Monah Ketu’s journey from adversity to becoming Turkey’s first Black Sworn Translator serves as an inspiring testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the pursuit of knowledge.