Interview: Meet Sarah Nathalie; The Songstress Who Moves God With Her Vocal Dexterity – Exclusives With SammytheAuthor

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As Believers and in our walk with Christ, we tend to come across a whole lot of Challenges/Difficulties in our devoted quest to please Our Maker, God; but as we keep on pursuing Him, we stand the chance of Victory in all Our Endeavors. All Perfect Gifts/Talents and Blessings comes from Him. He makes all things Beautiful when the time is due and in His own time. Today on Exclusives With SammytheAuthor, I present to You, a Great Vibrant Vocalist and a Music Producer, Ms. Sarah Nathalie as she shares with us, her story. Enjoy Reading!
1: Tell Us A Bit About Yourself. Who Is Ms. Sarah Nathalie?
Hello! My name is Sarah! My ethnicity is Dominican but I reside and was born in the United States of America. I am only 20 years old, so the furthest I’ve gotten in education is an AA degree. And as for career, I am just following in whatever direction the Lord leads me. For now, I have been focusing full time on creating music for the Kingdom!
2: What Is The Story Behind Your Personality?
I grew up with two wonderful, Jesus-loving parents and a beautiful sister. Like many other families, we passed through many trials that shaped us into the strong, God-fearing family we are today. Personally, my fight has been more internal with my emotions, as well as battling the flesh. I never really had a history with clubs or drinking or drugs. Glory be to God that he has kept me. But hardships are unavoidable- you don’t have to go out of your way to encounter them. One thing I was able to learn and see for myself throughout the years though, was that without process there is no growth. You are not able to see your test grades, till you take the test! So I am thankful to God for always being by my side through it all and continuing to be faithful to both me and my family.
3: At What Age Did You Notice that You Could Sing?
I noticed I LOVED to sing ever since I could talk and hold decent conversations. I’d say perhaps around the age of 5 is when I first remember singing non-stop at home.
4: As A Music Producer, What Are Some of The Necessary Things To Know Before Starting Out?
Not just as a music producer, but in anything you feel led to do by the Spirit, I think it’s important to just do it. Start. It doesn’t matter if you’re good, if you have the necessary and expensive equipment. God sees the quality of your heart, not the quality of your beats. Of course, you will learn with time and it’s important to do things with excellence for the Lord. However, that takes time and practice. I am still learning so much.
5: How Many Albums/Eps Do You Have So far?
Currently, I have 1 Album, 3 EPs, 6 singles and a few collabs you can find under the “Appears On” section on Spotify and Apple Music! You can also find many low-key tracks on Soundcloud- which is where I began this journey!
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6: In Your Own Words, How Would You define Failure?
Failure to me, is failing the Lord. Failing to love and serve Jesus the way he deserves to be loved and served is ultimate failure to me. Not accomplishing or taking care of the things he has entrusted to me as well.

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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!!

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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/

My Childhood Was Covered With Domestic Abuse And Voilence. Art Was An Escape For Me. – Chris Mukasa, Founder – Fatumas Voice.

Your Dreams are possible, regardless of where and how You were born; You are here, what impact are you gonna make to better your life and the lives of others. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Kenyan Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Fatumas Voice Kenya. 

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My Entrepreneurial Journey; How I conquered Fear and Built Up My Businesses. – Ali Seidu, CEO Maestro Group.

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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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I Discovered My Talent in Class 4. I Haven’t Found My Mum Yet – Nessa (Mtn Hitmaker 8 Finalist), shares in An Interview With SammytheAuthor.

I hope Her Story inspires you to keep moving; which ever way. You have more inside of You than you could ever imagine. Forget not who you really are. Fret not. You are Strong and Powerful. You are Who you say You Are. Always know that, A Hero Lies In You.

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Video: You’re Not too Young. Your Dreams Are Possible! – Baby Adelle

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Your Dreams are Possible. It’s Achievable. Don’t allow anyone or Anything stop You. In this Video, an Inspiring Ghanaian Model and Entrepreneur shares her Life story and Career with SammytheAuthor. Watch the Video!!

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Digitize Our Economy and Activities with Systems that Are Built with Strong Ethics and Integrity. – AI Expert, Diyaol Haqq, Shares With SammytheAuthor.

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Do what You can when you can. Don’t be stopped by your Age or current circumstances. There’s a lot you can do or have to do to bless humanity i.e the gifts/talents instilled in you. Start now. Keep Pushing. Your Dreams are Achievable. It’s Possible. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Expert, shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Co – founder of Okuafo Foundation. Checkout the Interview Below.

1: Tell us a bit about Yourself. (Family, Career etc)
I grew up in a small community in the Ashanti Region. Growing up in a minority dominated community such as mine was challenging as I could barely have access to a computer and the internet. It was hard navigating the Computer Programming scene as there were no mentors or learning resources available to me.
I have four amazing siblings who are also in love with STEM and I am really excited about that.
A lot of my work is centered around Applied Artificial Intelligence which basically means I look out for ways we can apply new and existing AI technologies to generate real world value and impact.

2: With Your Field as an AI Expert, could you please share with us the Importance of AI Technology?
Just like the past Industrial Revolutions, the 21st will be hit by a major technological shift that will impact the way we do everything. At the frontline of the technological shifts is Artificial Intelligence. Like one of my favorite AI Pioneers, Andrew Ng said, “AI is the new electricity” it is clear the impact AI will have on people and industries.
With data becoming increasingly available, increase in computing power and the advancement of fundamental research in machine learning, humans are solving problems that seemed impossible a few years ago. ‘…the machines are learning, learning really fast, don’t just sit there mate, learn how they are learning to keep up with what’s coming’ a little pun there :).
The impact of AI on jobs will be massive. And No, the robots aren’t coming for your jobs yet. Applications of AI today are mostly targeted at tasks that are considered repetitive and boring, dangerous for humans, assisting in medical diagnosis etc.
But as time goes on, the capabilities of AI is advancing rapidly, jobs in the near future will require knowledge in Artificial Intelligence to enable workers function fully as companies go through the AI transformation.

3: Why Okuafo Foundation? What’s the Idea behind it?
Okuafo Foundation is a non-profit organization in Ghana working to create the future of Agriculture for rural farmers. Leveraging digital tools and AI, we build technologies that help rural farmers overcome their biggest hurdles; pests and food storage.

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4: Any Impact made so far?
Our Okuafo AI application is pioneered by 600 farmer leaders. Now powered by DeepFence, our crisis mapping tool. These farmers leaders make our tools available and accessible to about 30,000 smallholder farmers to enable them to detect pests early enough to take action to avoid further damage.

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5: How can we use Digital Innovation to counter Corruption in Africa?
Most of the corruption happening in Africa is as a result of the lack of digitization of our processes. Due to this, corruption goes undetected. To counter corruption, we need to digitize our economy and activities with systems that are built with strong ethics and integrity. This way, we can easily apply Machine Learning to detect irregular patterns.

6: I understand Challenges are inevitable, what has been your greatest challenge so far? Anything Shareable?
So far, I would say my biggest challenge has been navigating the Computer programming scene from a minority dominated community and bridging the gap of access. Managed to get access to the internet through internet cafes.

7: How was the feeling like when you were honored by the UAE?
It was really emotional for me and the entire team. I felt my dreams were accomplished, I have always wanted the chance to have a “real impact” on our people and I felt the Zayed Sustainability Prize has made that possible.

8: Kindly Shed more light on the Okuafo AI App? What are some of the Benefits derived by Rural Farmers?
The Okuafo AI app allows rural farmers with no literacy background to get insights into what is happening on their farms. Farmers are able to detect pests on their farms early enough and take sustainable actions to fight the pests.

9: What has been your Greatest Fear growing up?
Growing up, my daddy had always wanted to take the conventional path to success. He wanted me to get a degree and be an Engineer. The path I am on right now is pretty unconventional and there are lots of uncertainties in Entrepreneurship. Making that decision to take the unconventional path wasn’t easy for me. But here we are, guess we are doing good and poised to solving problems that will otherwise remain unsolved.

10: A Word.of advice for anyone aspiring to be an AI Expert. What are some of the things they need to know before they get started?
“Hey buddy, just get started…”
The field of AI is very broad and advancing rapidly. Once you get started, you need to focus on a subset that is exciting to you. Keep your eyes on a problem you want to solve and investigate the tools you can use to solve that. If they don’t exist, you create them.
When you get started in AI and Machine Learning, you will be greeted by some mathematics which you probably wouldn’t be happy with. But don’t let that scare you, brush your math foundations and you are good to go.
“Don’t worry about it if you don’t understand” – Andrew Ng. Keep this in mind. Ciao!

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How We Fund Our Projects Budgeted At GHc20,000 Annually and Succeeds – Founder, SpreadAid Int’l

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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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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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