Don’t Cower, Maximize the Privilege of Early Insight to Get Things Done – Data Scientist, Bridget Boakye Shares in An Interview With SammytheAuthor.

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At an event I organized in Ghana about fundraising for your business

Are You suffering from Social Anxiety? Have you imprisoned yourself due to inferiority Complex? Are You looking for ways to break free; break this chain of Fear? Do you find difficulties in choosing a career path? Whatever it is that you’re facing is never permanent. Open Up, be inspired by this interview. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and a Data Scientist, Miss Bridget Boakye, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Co – founder of ChaleKasa and Women’s Corner Ghana. Checkout the Interview Below.

 

1: For the benefit of those who might not know you, Who is Miss Bridget Boakye? (Background, Education and Career).

I am a data scientist, entrepreneur, and an author. We will talk about the data science side in subsequent questions so let me focus on the other two attributes.

On the entrepreneurial side, I am the co-founder of ChaleKasa, a bespoke events company curating experiences to connect Diasporans and Africans. Our hallmark events are The Black Gala and The Catalysts Business Symposium held during the December season in Ghana each year. I am also the co-founder of Africans on China, a consultancy and advisory connecting Africans entrepreneurs/students and institutions to China and vice-versa, and the co-founder of Women’s Corner Ghana, a platform to foster dialogue & inspire action among Ghanaian women content creators. I also advise countless technology startups in Ghana and Nigeria, with a focus on 4IR solutions.

On the writing side, I am also the author of “Should I Return”, a book of poetry exploring issues of identity and belonging, especially as it relates to Africa and the Africa Diaspora. I have written 100+ articles with more than 1 million views on platforms such as Face2FaceAfrica and TechCrunch.

 

2: What’s the Story behind Your personality?

I believe the personality traits that define what I do are curiosity and pro-activeness. I have always been “that person”, ie. The person to call if there is some sort of social issue. I have vivid memories from childhood of being called on when my friends are being bullied and being the only girl in my riding bikes down steep roads with a gang of boys in my neighborhood in North Kaneshie. I generally can’t stand to see issues not being addressed or to feel constrained to societal norms. 

I have taken this similar approach with my career. As such, I have sought to address one social issue or the other with the work that I have done and continue to do. 

 

3: Who is a Data Scientist?

According to practitioners, a data scientist is “an analytical data expert who has the technical skills to solve complex problems – and the curiosity to explore what problems need to be solved. They’re part mathematician, part computer scientist and part trend-spotter.” In my eyes, the discipline is really about problem solving and giving people who enjoy interdisciplinary work, a set of tools with which to do so.

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 Presenting my Data Science project on Skin Recommendations for Black Women.

 

4: Why Stay X Stay Home? What triggered this Idea?

StayXStayHome is a 2-day innovation conference championing innovation from home. It was a project that we initiated on the onset of large scale event cancellation during the first week of March 2020. With a successful event with 35 speakers and almost 300+ registrants now on our backs, we are looking at ways to develop useful products and opportunities for people to connect with each, innovate, and simply, move the needle on their goals.

 

5: What inspired your decision to write the book titled “Should I Return”? And what has been the reception so far?

My book, “Should I Return”, is a poetry book about returning to Ghana and wrestling with questions about where I belong as someone who had lived outside of the country for 15+ years, at the time of my return. Writing, and specifically writing poems, is the best way for me to process my emotions and clarify my thinking so I would do it intermittently through my 4-year journey in Ghana. Eventually, I realized my poems told a compelling story about being a “returnee” from Ghana and I decided to compile the work and share it with the world through a book.

Click on this link to purchase a copy: https://www.amazon.com/Should-I-Return-Bridget-Boakye/dp/B084DHDP1Z/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=should%20i%20return%20bridget%20boakye&iq=1580999243&sr=8-2

 

6: With Your kind of Love and Passion for Africa, what are some of the measures you are putting in place to help Africa so far as Education is concern?

There are a number of ways in which I try to impact education across the continent. While I’ve taught in classrooms in Ghana and held education entrepreneurs with strategy and curriculum development, one of the most profound ways I impact education at this time is through my Africans on China consultancy. There, we started a Fellowship for university students across Africa called Africans on China Campus Leaders Ambassadors Program (AoCCLAP). Through this program, select young African engage in a 6-month training program to develop their leadership skills through immersive conversations with China-Africa leaders, followed by mentorship, thoughtful-assignments and feedback/support. Today, we have 5 ambassadors across Ghana and Nigeria, and they each have an average of 20 members in their campus chapters of the program. In this way, we are able to multiply the work of developing leaders who have the training and are supported to take initiative on issues.

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With AoCCLAP Student Ambassadors at the Jack Ma Africa Netpreneur Prize.

 

7: In this era of Covid-19, what are some of the things you think can help combat this epidemic. Any Upcoming Project?

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Don’t Give Up! Failure is Feedback – Skinny Tobi, The Millennial Catalyst, Shares in An Exclusive Interview With SammytheAuthor.

Whatever challenges you’re facing, is never permanent; it’s temporary. Don’t let your Pain decieve You; You’re more than a Conqueror. Stay Focused and Continue Building. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Nigerian Bright Light, shares with us, his life story and career as a Creative and Millennial Catalyst. Checkout the Interview below.

1: Who is Mr. Skinni Tobi?

Skinny Tobi is a bright light, I help young creatives see the positive in their negatives, to help them see that there’s better & believe they were born for a greater cause.

2: Tell us a bit about yourself (Family, Education, Career etc.)

I am the 2nd of 4 children (2 girls & 2 boys😃😃) , precisely, the first male child.

Earlier on in my life, I knew I was different in everything from the rest of my siblings. I wasn’t the most intelligent, in fact, I always changed schools like i changed clothes due to one issue or the other so it wasn’t hard for me to be easily tagged the black sheep. I’m about 5’10, chocolate skinned, introverted and shy! I’m one person that accepts the labels before people even label me, that’s my greatest strength, which has really worked for me. I’m a dreamer and a rare breed of a creative! I’m selfless and I love social media! My love for social media has brought me to where I am today. I don’t just use social media like the average user, but I try to understand user behaviors, understand the platforms, see what works and use it to my advantage! As a result of my exploits on social media, punch Newspaper also featured me in April, 2018 (https://punchng.com/consistency-is-key-to-growing-a-business-odeyale/)

My university life is a huge part of my progress story today. Almost a decade in both Covenant university & Babcock university taught me a whole lot of lessons about life, most especially about failure. Thankfully, I was able to also gain clarity on what it is I should be doing with my life and what career path to take.

Over the years, I’ve created a couple of social media projects like “KaptionThis” and privileged to work with a couple of brands such as Krispy Kreme, UBA, Jumia, Nokia, UduXMusic, Coca-Cola, 5 Alive etc

3: Share with us things we need to consider in building self-confidence?

Self confidence is an inside job. Self confidence is knowing that whether people accept you for who you are or not, you’ll still be your best self. This is something I teach myself every day.

4: Why do you call yourself, the Millennial Catalyst?

Hahaha! Well, I did tag myself because I’m really passionate and fascinated about the affairs of creative, ambitious & purpose driven millennials. Since I am one myself, it’s very easy to spot persons like that, connect with them intelligently & be a part of their journey as much as possible. So I positioned myself as that person that fires up the millennials to become better version of themselves and to believe in their God given dreams & it wasn’t long before people started tagging me as a “Millennial Catalyst💥” as well.

Although it’s a tag name that might evolve as I’m in a stage where I gain more and more clarity each day.

5: As the Millennial Catalyst, what is your Drive, I mean what is your go-to source, when it comes to fulfilling your Purpose?

My go-to-source has to be my intuition. The voices in my head push me to come home to myself each day. Like I said earlier, I’m in a stage where I gain clarity each day and improving on myself and helping others improve on their journey as well! It’s sling game👊

6: What is your definition for Personal Branding? And what are some of the Steps you took in building your brand?

Personal branding is simply
you being branded/packaged/positioned to meet your tribe/ideal target audience/ideal customer, where they are online.

Personality + Branding

For starters, I didn’t even know what personal branding meant till sometime in June last year, prior to then, I was just all over the place and a random guy online (generalist). Then I met my mentor online, Dave Obada, who I learnt most of what I now know about personal branding.

I became more intentional about how I use my platforms, I started to zero in on what I know best to do and being unapologetic about it across platforms. Basically I’ll say, the steps I took to build my personal brand are; firstly, I realized I couldn’t continue being a generalist and I was tired of just playing around on the Internet. Secondly, I connected with a mentor and he taught me certain things. Thirdly, I immersed myself in podcasts, books and other materials that addressed personal branding and self development.

I’ll say those 3 steps changed the game for me.

7: Define Failure in three Words?

This will be hard. I’m very terrible with sticking to limited number of words when asked this type of question. Permit me to break this rule!

I was listening to Seth Godin last night and he said “If failure is not an option, then success is not an option” and if you think about this, it makes sense. because success is failing and failing again until you find the thing that works.

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but he also invented 99 other ways not to make a light bulb💡

My Point: Failure is Feedback.

8: What triggered the idea to start Through Millennial Eyes? What do you seek to achieve with it?

This is a mission similar to the “I have a dream” by Martin Lurther King mission!

“I Believe/Know” that one day every young person out there will be doing work they love and love what they do either with a degree or not!

Most persons has a dream when they were younger, but some where along the way, the world got it’s hands on them and they lost their way.

The goal? To drastically eradicate the depression and feeling unworthy or living an average life by most young persons today!

The “Through Millennial Eyes” is one that could be rebranded sometime soon though!

Connect With Him:

Instagram: @skinnytobi

PASL IN COLLABORATION WITH CODE 57 DARES ENTREPRENEURS IN GHANA WITH THE 5K CHALLENGE.

The 5k challenge is a business challenge hunting for the fiercest entrepreneurs in Ghana between the ages of 18 and 35, with a business idea that can be started with Gh¢ 5,000 (Five Thousand Ghana Cedis).

Startups form a major part of the backbone of every country’s economy, and one of the benchmarks of a successful startup is the ability to create maximized results, given the little input. Platinum Africa Solutions Limited (PASL) has created this business challenge in collaboration with Code 57 to scout for the best student entrepreneurs in Ghana who will go through the mill and come out refined and more ready for business.

Successful applicants will be taken through several engaging phases, workshops and mentoring leading to the Grand Finale where three (3) winners will win a Gh¢5,000 cash investment each to kick-start their dream businesses.

The winning package includes a Gh¢5,000 cash investment, over Gh¢ 30,000 worth of consulting package, magazine features, publicity, features on various platforms, 6-months free of OZÉ Premium app., and further financing options.

The challenge will feature a three-member jury and a three-member faculty who will be announced in the next coming weeks. This promises to be an exciting journey for student entrepreneurs in Ghana.

The heat is on and the challenge has been thrown: What business would you start with Gh¢5,000?

Application for the 5K Challenge is opened and interested applicants can submit an application by clicking the link: HYPERLINK “http://bit.ly/5K_Challenge” http://bit.ly/5K_Challenge until 30th April,2020.

Official Banking Partner: Access Bank Ghana (Women Banking Unit).

Strategic Partners: ICS Africa, ANA’s Business Services, City Broadcast Limited, OZÉ Inc., Entrepreneurs Connect Africa, and Oasis Design Studio.

Media Partners: Avance Media, Oasis Magazine, My Story Magazine, Vibez Alert and TopAfric.

Follow @5kchallenge_gh on Instagram for more updates.

By: Wetrend Gh (Official PR partner)

Global Business Keynote Speaker, Futurist Kwame Has Been Appointed As Global Vice President of the Peacful Mind Foundation.

Kwame A.A Opoku is a Futurist, Global Business Keynote Speaker, A 2-time Tedx Speaker, Brand Architect, Public Speaking Coach, Serial Entrepreneur and a Social Media/Digital Marketer.

As an entrepreneur, he is CEO of Mary & Mary Global partners, a leading communications marketing and PR firm with a bank of super creative and talented minds connecting, informing and creating inspiring work, he is also the Co-Founder and Lead Curator of WE FESTIVAL AFRICA a unique platform dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs who are in the trenches of building their business

Below is What He said on His Instagram Page:
Appointment as Global Vice President of the PMF : UN Global Compact Org. | Presence in 40 Countries Globally.
Humbled and Honored, to God be all the Glory without whom I am nothing. Excited about this new phase of work and Global Recognition. PMF is one of the world’s leading Organizations in Mental Health and Well Being ( SDGs Goal No. 3). Peacful Mind Foundation (PMF) is a global organization registered with the United Nations (U.N.) Global Compact and United Nations DESA, Based in New Delhi, India. The foundation is present in more than 36 countries across the world, embarking its vision i.e., “To make psychology a household term, peace, and well-being and Culture”. Let us get to work! The World Awaits.

My Appointment as Global Vice President of the PMF : UN Global Compact Org. | Presence in 40 Countries Globally Humbled and Honored, to God be all the Glory without whom I am nothing. Excited about this new phase of work and Global Recognition. PMFis one of the world’s leading Organizations in Mental Health and Well Being ( SDGs Goal No. 3). Peacful Mind Foundation (PMF) is a global organization registered with the United Nations (U.N.) Global Compact and United Nations DESA, Based in New Delhi, India. The foundation is present in more than 36 countries across the world, embarking its vision i.e., “To make psychology a household term, peace, and well-being and Culture”. Let us get to work! The World Awaits. Cc: @peacfulmind_pmf @resetglobalpeople 📷 by @thesoughtafter_ #unitednations #globalgoals #peacfulmindfoundation #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #goodhealth

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Nigeria’s Summit Hills CICC Set To Host 2020 African Women CEO’s Conference.

Cross River State will play host to over 2000 industrious Women leading in various sectors of business from all over Africa.
This was disclosed by the MD of summit Hills Mr Joseph La’shakara Edet when he took members of the team on a facility tour of the CICC complex. While showing the delegation around the world class facility, the MD stated that the CICC is the one of the best if not the best conference centre in the country at the moment and promised them of his Management’s readiness to host the event. “First of all I’d like to congratulate you on the choice of CICC because the CICC is quite easily the best event centre around these part of the world. On our part, we are fully prepared to host this event, from next week we hope to upgrade a few more of our facilities so that when you come here in June, everywhere will be top notch.

On attracting more of such events to the state, the MD stated that plans are in top gear with some top marketing companies within and outside the country to bring in more of such events to the state. ” We have contacted executive marketing companies people who can exhibit our brand on their platforms, we are also working with major stakeholders in the marketing industry not just in Nigeria but all over Africa to ensure that the story of CICC is heard in every nook and cranny of Africa because that is the only way we can attract world class conferences of this magnitude to the State”

Also speaking, the Special Adviser on tourism Mr Ubi Franklin and leader of the delegation stated that the African Women CEO’S summit is a celebration of the top 100 women CEO’s in Africa.
He said “The African Women CEO’s summit is a flagship event of Reset Global People an annual event that brings together a community of inspiring and innovative visionaries whose ambitious actions are changing the world in an unprecedented scale.”

Continuing he said, “It is a celebration of the Top 100 women CEO’S in Africa a ranking which highlights and recognises the accomplishments of Women CEO’s from across the continent.
The event which will happen in June.

Connect With Them Now:

Instagram: @resetglobalpeople, @futuristKwame, @Wefestivalafrica, @Africanwomenceosummit.

Facebook: @Reset Global People

Society Thinks Independent Women Sleep Around Which Is False – Debby Queen, Founder of Dusaf Shares in Exclusive Interview With SammytheAuthor.


In Your Journey to Success, You will definitely encounter series of Challenges but sail through it, don’t allow it sail through you. You more than a Conqueror. You have what it takes to make your dreams a Reality. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Talented Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of DEBLICIOUS CUISINE AND EVENTS and DYNAMIC UNITED STARS AFRICA FOUNDATION. Checkout the Interview Below.

1: Tell us a bit about You, who is Miss. Deborah Oduro?

Miss Deborah Oduro is one talented young lady with many skills you can think of. She is an entrepreneur making so much impact in society with her genius smiles and affectionately called DEBBYQUEEN. The last girl in her family and the fifth born to her parents whom she promised to make proud. Her educational background started at St. Thomas Preparatory School and continued to finish both primary and junior high at Osu Home School after which she failed to attend secondary school just because her childhood best friend was home and wanted school together with her. This made her parents seek admission for both of them into Salem Senior High School and graduated into the nursing school at City of London Business college where she studied General Nursing. She is the founder of DYNAMIC UNITED STARS AFRICA FOUNDATION (DUSAF) which is a charity organization that aims at eradicating poverty in Africa and beyond, Ceo of DEBLICIOUS CUISINE AND EVENTS, DE-QUEENS USHERING AGENCY and DEBSAM BABY PALACE as well as the face behind MC_DEBBYQUEEN.

2: What’s the Story behind Your Personality?

Story behind my personality I will say it’s by Grace.

3: As the Founder & CEO, what inspired your decision to commence Dynamic United Stars Africa Foundation (Dusaf)?
Starting my NGO has always been with me. I always want to make people smile and leave an impact.

4: What is your take on Youth Unemployment in Ghana? Anything Sharable?

We have made ourselves slave to unemployment. The youth nowadays want everything fast without going through the process. Jobs are available but they feel too big to serve. Before anyone becomes a master, he or she must serve.

5: What other services do you offer under De-Queens Ushering Agency?

DE-QUEENS USHERING AGENCY IS A FULL SERVICE EVENT MANAGEMENT HUB IN GHANA AVAILABLE TO HELP CLIENTS HAVE A UNIQUE PERFECT BRANDING EVENTS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES.
WE OFFER USHERING, PROTOCOL AND MODELS FOR
📍CORPORATE EVENTS
📍WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS
📍CONFERENCE & SEMINARS
📍PARTIES AND FUNERALS
📍PRODUCT ACTIVATIONS
📍ADVERTISEMENT & COMMERCIALS
📍AWARDS
Our team consist of both male and female professionals.

6: In your quest to achieve your set goals, what are some of the Challenges You encountered or still facing?

Challenges I faced were a lot but will share a few. It’s difficult for a lady to make it without the male trying to use its intelligence. Only 10% of Ghanaian men are real and genuine when it comes to supporting females.
Some bosses instead of assisting you to accomplish your goals feel too scared you might over take them and therefore sabotage you making you feel you can’t do anything without them. Society thinks independent women sleep around which is false. Raising capital is a big problem just as getting sponsors to support your vision.

7: In your line of business and from journey so far as an Entrepreneur, how would You define Failure?

Failure is when one allows fear to control its mind. When you scared of something, you turn to listen to everyone without believing in your capabilities which drags you into failure. You are your own vision car and you only can drive only if you pay attention to the road signs.

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8 BENEFITS OF BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND BY EMILY WALE-KOYA -CERTIFIED PERSONAL BRAND STRATEGIST.

1: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND gives you an opportunity to build your own company as an entrepreneur or consultant faster than ever.

2: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND helps you market yourself to a company and increases your value as a potential employee or contractor.

3: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND raises your credibility and authority, which makes buying from you easier.

4: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND gets you paid big time to speak at events.

5: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND influences your prospects to buy from you instead of your competition.

6: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND offers you a chance to become an industry leader.

7: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND increases your asking price.

8: A STRONG PERSONAL BRAND allows you create multiple streams of income.

Connect With Her:

Instagram: Emilyspeakslife

Website: http://www.emilywalekoya.com