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.
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.
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!!
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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On your journey to success, this is what you find, Challenges and Setbacks but with God, Hardwork and Determination, you are sure to conquer/break your way through and achieve your Dreams/Objectives. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Maestro Group. Watch Video!!
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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.
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.
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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.
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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With God, Hardwork and Determination, you are sure to conquer/break your way through and achieve your Dreams/Objectives. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Platinum Africa Solutions Ltd. Checkout the Interview Below!
1: Who is Mr. Derrick S. Vormawor?
I am a business consultant, and a marketing strategist. I run PASL which is focused on helping businesses to start, grow and expand profitably and strategically. Sometimes, I get invited to speak at events and I also do some writing on business and entrepreneurship as well as a Vlog on social media. I am the creator of The Business Startup Clinic currently being sponsored by Access Bank’s W-Initiative in Ghana, and the 5K Challenge sponsored by Code 57 and starting off this summer 2020 in Ghana. Aside business and entrepreneurship, I am a whole mood and vibe on a personal level. Lol!
2: What’s the Story behind Your Personality?
I learned to fully embrace who I am and can be and decided to design my own life. You know, if your life is your biggest project, why not design it?
Ever since, I have been on an amazing personal journey. No one can change my perception about ‘me’ any longer and the things I could achieve in life. This mindset and experience drive my personality. I recognize that I am human, and life would always happen with or without me, so I better get my groove on whiles I am here.
3: Tell us more about the Educational aspect of Your Life.
I started my primary education at Apam Royal Preparatory school in the Central Region, then I continued at Christ Ebenezer Preparatory School in Darkuman. I moved on to Christ Vision International School for my junior high education and completed at Anglican Church’s school, both in Prampram. Afterwards, I did an IT course at IPMC in Tema then I went to pursue ‘Business’ at Anlo Senior High School in Anloga (Volta Region). I later read a Diploma in Business Studies at Excellent Business College in Madina, then I went on to do a Bsc. Banking & Finance at University of Professional Studies, Accra. Presently, I am pursuing an MSc. General Management in Germany.
4: At what point did you realize you could start a Company of Your Own? What Inspired that Decision?
Before I started my company, I did not have any big dreams. I promise, I never thought I could become who I have become today. I only wanted a regular life and I was a contract staff in a Bank at the time, but life happened. I lost my job and through the process of recovering myself from the heartbreak, I decided to do something for myself. I realized I loved creating strategies, and taking on business problems, and finding solutions for them. I started with one client, a borrowed laptop, a small dream, and presently our company is worth a couple of hundreds of thousands of dollars in value, with a greater vision. We are building the most reliable business consulting firm in Africa.
5: Being the Founder/CEO of Platinum Africa Solutions, what are some the necessary measures, you put in place to ensure that your Company runs smoothly and productively?
It’s not easy running PASL. I serve in two roles. As a CEO & a Lead consultant. I get involved in every single thing happening. I lead by example. I have a relationship with my team members. Aside the fact that I have created structures to function, the company is able to run productively because we thrive on teamwork, respect for one another, we choose our clients wisely and we take on what we can deliver. Everybody in PASL is intrinsically motivated and we don’t joke with our work and our people.
6: What are some of the services Platinum Africa Solutions Ltd Offer?