Checkout the 100 Shortlisted Entrepreneurs for the 5K Challenge Pitch Auditions Organized By PASL In Collaboration With CODE 57.

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After receiving and reviewing over 400 applications for the maiden edition of the 5K Challenge, 100 entrepreneurs have been selected by the Challenge Faculty for the 60 seconds pitch auditions happening on 25th and 26th July 2020 on Zoom. The faculty members are Moses B. Arthur (Citi broadcast Limited), Daniel Sarpong (Global Sales Trainer), and Blessed Agyemang (Herrada Africa Group).

 

These 100 entrepreneurs will battle it out to get a spot in the Top 15. In the end, only 15 entrepreneurs will move on to the next stage in the competition where they will be closely mentored and trained by their respective Jury members in developing the business ideas, they want to start with Gh¢5000, into actual solid businesses.

 

The Three Jury Member panel includes; Derrick S. Vormawor (Founder, PASL); Akosua Ntiriwaa Anti (Founder, ANA Business Services), and Emmaline Datey (Founder, ICS Africa).

Each jury member can only admit 5 Entrepreneurs into the main challenge.

 

Who would the top 15 Entrepreneurs be?

Kindly follow @5kchallenge_gh on Instagram for all the updates.

The 5K Challenge is a business challenge by Platinum Africa Solutions Limited and powered by Code 57.

The Competition is Just About the Beginning!

Exclusive: Konnekt World Gh Presents, 100 Mentors for Bridget Boakye’s Birthday.

For my 27 birthday,

I mobilized $2000 for a giving campaign that bought health insurance for 200 women, children, and the elders in Central Ghana. It was one of my most special birthdays – being able to celebrate my life through rallying my friends, family, and network to protect the lives of others.

For my birthday this year, I am launching another such campaign to help communities in Ghana. As I have shared consistently on my blog, I have benefited immensely from the generosity of others and I am insistent on passing this generosity on.

There Is No Better Cause Now Than That For Human Care & Compassion

My giving campaign this year centers on human to human connection. From a global pandemic to global movement for Black Lives, the world has changed dramatically in the last 6 months. All of us have experienced a reckoning in some form – whether spiritual, socio-cultural, physical, financial, emotional, or mental. For older adults who have more bearings about the ebbs and flows of life, this period might just be uncomfortable. But for younger adults, the feelings surrounding this time goes beyond discomfort as my podcast interview with James Erskine revealed. Many young Ghanaians in particular feel unsure, afraid, and concerned about their future and opportunities.

As such, I have partnered with Ghana-based non-profit, KonneKt, to rally 100 people in my network to mentor such young people in Ghana.

About KonneKt

KonneKt is a global professional mentoring and coaching platform with personalized programs that support young Africans with their emotional, academic, and professional wellbeing.

KonneKt connects young people with mentors to answer their questions, review their background and objectives, share practical strategies for success, and follow up to discuss milestones and results.

KonneKt’s platform and well-tailored mentoring program makes connections seamless for mentors and supports them with necessary resources and insights to allow them to deliver value to their mentees within the precious time they have available.

Celebrate With Me

I imagine that by you sharing your perspective, experiences, and fears at this time, a young person might find respite that they are not alone. That alone would be enough. If you can share opportunities, networks, information and insight, that might change his/her life. Imagine what that would mean for a generation down the line. I am excited to do my part in committing to this work.

If you would like to join me, kindly fill out the form below and the team at KonneKt will get back to you immediately.

Link Below:

https://www.boakyeb.com/100-mentors-birthday-campaign

Thank you immensely.

Are You Looking for Keys to Unearth Your Potentials? This Book Helped Me Discover My Purpose; Don’t Hesitate. Get A Copy Now!! – Paul Mawutor Kwahi – Systems Engineer.

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Today on Exclusives With SammytheAuthor, I get to interview a Young Vibrant Guy who is very passionate about books. He is a Systems Engineer and a Teacher. Here, he is shares with me some insights on a great book he read titled “Strength From Within; The Power To Unearth Your Potentials” written by Dzagbletey Faith Adabah Julius. Checkout the Interview Below:

1: Who Is Mr. Paul Mawutor Kwahi.

I’m a Systems Engineer and a Teacher. Am a tech enthusiast and I love reading. Am a football fanatic and I love making new friends and networking.

2: What Are Some Of the Insights You Gained After Reading This Great Book?

I actually purchased copies of ‘Strength From Within;The Power To Unearth Your Potentials’ after a friend of mine uploaded it on his status.

I picked a lot of nuggets from reading the book but would like to share a few of them:

i. Each and every one of us is made in a unique way and it’s up to each individual to discover and unearth that special ‘self’.

ii. Discovering my purpose and getting started is key in becoming my best self and also not to allow my mistakes and past get the better of me but rather rise and start again.

iii. Always be mindful of the yardstick I use in measuring my success or progress.

iv. Never to take out the God Factor as I identify my strength from within and also to be always expectant.
These are some of the nuggets I picked.

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3: So What do you think would be the essence of this message to the youth out there and to people in general?

The message to the youth and people out there is very simple; ‘Take up the responsibility to become who you have to be and don’t leave it to anyone or chance, start from where you are and never up’!

 

4: Awesome…Would you recommend this book? To whom? And why?

Yes! To everyone out there especially the youth because discovering your purpose and unearthing your potentials you need to have access to the right information and also taking action. And this book seeks to enlighten it’s reader.

 

5: Which chapter of the book got you glued to it?

Wow! Almost all the chapters, but 3rd chapter got me glued.

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6: Great. Can You Share What Got You Glued to the 3rd Chapter?

The 3rd chapter enlightened me more about doing something about myself by keeping watch and taking responsibility over three important things in my life if I really want to unearth my potential:
i. My Thoughts.
ii. My Words.
iii. My Actions. 
He explained vividly that these three things are interconnected and can’t be separated.
And also I have to put in the work in order to get the results,i.e paying the price in order to get the prize and to project the myself rather than living in the shadows of others.

So there you have it. What are you waiting for? Don’t Hesitate; Go get Yours NOW!!

Click on the Link below to Purchase a Copy Now:

 

Thanks and Stay blessed!! 

Entrepreneurship Is Freedom. You Need Discipline, Resilience And Patience – CEO, WESHEA, Ms. Akua Afriyie Shares With SammytheAuthor.


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On our journey through life, we encounter lots of challenges but in the midst of it all, Hardwork pays with God at the Centre of it all; every step of the way. You will fail at a point but don’t let it discourage You. You will fall but get up and keep moving. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian – American Serial Entrepreneur, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of WESHEA. Checkout the Interview Below.
1: Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Miss Akua Afriyie? (Background, Education and Career).
Born and raised in Ghana to an American mother and Ghanaian father. My family were missionaries in Ghana and I enjoyed my experience. Moved to US after high school for college where I held several leadership roles.
Founder and CEO of WESHEA, a global skincare company with its headquarters and production house in Ghana. WESHEA has won several business competitions including Total Ghana’s “Startupper of the Year 2019” and “Pontiac Big Idea Grant Program 2020”
I am also the Founder and CEO of NBY Foundation (formerly known as Afriyie Foundation) The nonprofit organization is in honor of my late father who passed in October 2019. Our mission it to provide educational materials and basic needs to disadvantaged children in Ghana.

2: Great.😊 What’s the story (inspiration) behind Your Personality?
My parents, especially my father. My parents were very passionate in everything they do. My father’s life was very inspirational to me. He raised me in Ghana, while my mom and other siblings were in the USA so we spent a lot of time together. He always planted in my head the believe that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. His life was certainly a testimony to that. My father who’s highest form of education was high school, one day became a lecturer at a university in the USA.
That story alone gave me wings to fly. Because of that, I am fearless, passionate and determined.

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3: Woow..That’s Awesome. Tell us more about your Company/Initiative, WeShea?
WESHEA is a global skincare business. We manufacture Shea butter for corporations that use Shea butter for cosmetics, food processing and pharmaceuticals needs.
We also make beauty products such as creams, body butters, oils, scrubs, mask and more. All our products are 100% Natural, vegan, cruelty free, chemical free etc.

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4: Beautiful. So what triggered the idea to commence WeShea? Anything Shareable?
I’ve always had a desire for business. WESHEA came about because I always get compliments on my skin and hair. People would ask me what I use and I would tell them it was simply Shea butter.

5: Great. How can one get to enjoy (Purchase) your Products?
In Ghana, you can call +233 50 733 1002 or +233 24 999 9338. All other sales are made on http://www.weshea.com

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6: Great. Being one of the 10 finalist in your Entrepreneurship Program, shaped me into what I am today, What inspired you to build such a great Initiative?
When I first came to the US, I knew I wanted to find a way to help people back home. I had access to resources and opportunities here in the US, so I wanted to make resources accessible to people back home as well.
While brainstorming, I realized that one of the biggest challenges in Ghana was unemployment. I knew that as young people of this generation, we could no longer wait on the government to make things happen.

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I figured one of the best ways to provide job opportunities is to support entrepreneurs and small businesses so that in the next 5 years, they would have hopefully expanded and provide work.
So, whenever I got paid for work, I would put some money aside and by the time I came to Ghana for holidays, I had enough to do the entrepreneurship program.
We ended up giving 2 people a total of GHc 4,000. Back then it was $1,000. It may not be much, but I am grateful that I was able to help.

7: That’s Awesome. What are some of the challenges you faced or still facing in your quest to achieve your Dreams/Goals?
Well Covid-19 for sure has been a challenge for most businesses including mine. Other than that, I can’t complain.
My businesses do go through challenges. But I see them as lessons and necessary for my journey. Entrepreneurship is not all glamorous, although it may seem that way.

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8: How was the feeling when WESHEA Growth Project won last year’s Startupper of the Year by total Challenge, organized by Total Petroleum Ghana Limited?
It was amazing. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity because it gave us the capital to invest in our production facility in Upper East, Ghana.
As an entrepreneur, getting recognized for my business idea gave me the confidence that I’m doing something right so I need to keep going. There’s no time to stop.

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9: If you had the opportunity to turn back the hands of time, what would you have changed in your business life?
I wouldn’t change anything. I love the journey, the ups and downs, lows and highs. Every part of the journey has been necessary for my growth.

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10: Any piece of advice for the young ones aspiring to be like you or pursue your kind of work?
Entrepreneurship is freedom. Freedom to be you, to be creative, to answer to yourself, to not take orders from anyone, to enjoy life etc.
However, in order to succeed on this path, you need discipline, resilience and patience.
If you are looking for quick money, this is not the field for you. It takes time to build a successful business. However, once your hard work pays off, you will enjoy the seeds that you sowed.

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Thanks for your time Miss Akua. I’m super Grateful for granting me this interview.
I’m also grateful for your time and the opportunity. Thank you and I’m proud of you.

Connect With Her:

Instagram:

Personal:
https://www.instagram.com/naoghana/
WESHEA:
https://www.instagram.com/weshea/
NBY Foundation:
https://www.instagram.com/nbyfoundation/

Facebook:

Personal:
https://m.facebook.com/naoghana
WESHEA:
https://m.facebook.com/wesheaghana/
NBY FOUNDATION:

https://m.facebook.com/afriyiefdn/