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/

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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NBA Superstar, Kobe Bryant Dies At 41.

Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar who won five championships with the team and was often compared to the legendary Michael Jordan, died Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41.

Officials confirm to Variety that Bryant was a passenger on board a helicopter that crashed in the L.A. Country suburb of Calabasas.

TMZ first reported the news.

Bryant was allegedly traveling in his own private helicopter when it crashed. Four other people were killed.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fatal crash.

An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant was widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. He was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008 and went on to win two gold medals with the USA Men’s Basketball team in 2008 and 2012.

In 2018, Bryant won an Academy Award for his short film, “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote before his 2016 retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and Capri.

Source: Variety.com

My Childhood Was Covered With Domestic Abuse And Violence. Art was an Escape For Me- Mr. Chris Mukasa, C.E.O/Founder of Fatumas Voice Shares In An Interview.

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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. Checkout the Interview Below!

1: Who’s Mr. Chris Mukasa?

Besides being known as the Founder of Fatuma’s Voice, I am a dynamic person who loves exploring. Although I am inquisitive and outgoing, I also value intentional solitude.

 

2: What’s the Story behind Your Passion to do what you do??

Just like many of my peers, the background of my childhood was covered with domestic abuse and violence. Art was an escape for me but I soon found solutions within it. This inspired me to work with like-minded creatives and start Fatuma’s Voice, which is slowly transforming into an African community movement . Our goal is to encourage creative expression and drive for social change.

 

3: Wow!!Awesome…You sailed through regardless..Being the CEO/Founder for Fatumas Voice, what are some of the Impacts you have made so far with your Initiative?Anything Sharable?

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Since we begun in July 2013, we have been using simple and creative avenues like; open debates, political art, conscious music, expressive dance and social-issue based theatre, to creatively reaffirm people about the significance of their voice. We have grown from a small weekly event in Nairobi into a themed and structured forum independently coordinated by the local youth in three different counties; that is Nakuru, Mombasa and Kisumu.

By 10th December 2016, we had held 142 youth forums where we hosted 1,420 artistic performers and attracted a live audience of 15,000 participants and over 500,000 online participators. Our goal is to replicate it to each and every African country. Besides focusing on the number of participants engaged, we also keep track on attitude change and level of participation. We involve the community in the process of defining the social metrics and indicators they expect to see. People are interviewed before and after the forums and the feedback compiled in testimonials and case studies.

We have seen an improved understanding about social issues within communities we have worked with. We have experiences people changing their attitudes towards political accountability by realizing that their personal action or inaction is connected to the political space. We have witnessed an increased sense of ownership and responsibility in the process of creating social change. Fatuma’s Voice now seeks to increase impact by replicating the forum in other African countries. Our first event out of the country was all the way in West Africa, in Ghana. The forum was called Youth Uniting Africa and it happened in July 2019.

 

4: Powerful!!! Any challenges faced so far?

Systematic manipulation through social institutions like Education, Politics, and Mass media, is used to maintain status quo. Individuals grow up thinking social action is blocked by government policies, which disconnects the community on the ground from the government leaders. People lose trust and develop a culture of self-imposed silence. Our biggest challenge is to address this issue by creating awareness and helping people break out of a restricted system that doesn’t allow critical thinking.

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Kanye West Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Sunday Service with The Less-Priviledged.

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Rapper-turned-gospel singer, Kanye West, has decided to spend the first anniversary of his Sunday Service gospel events not at a lavish hotel, but rather on the streets of Los Angeles. He took the celebrations to the Union Rescue Mission shelter in one of the poorest areas of LA, according to People magazine. Using this event as an opportunity to talk about the issue of homelessness, Kanye revealed that he had a solution to the problem.

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Announcing that Sunday marked “one year of Sunday Service”, the Stronger star added, “We had no idea that we were gonna be here on the 52nd week… Thank God. This thing saved my life. This thing was an alternative to opioids, this thing was an alternative to pornography.”

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Exclusive!! Vibez Records Signee AJ Saba to Release A New Single ‘Forever’.

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After being signed on to Vibez record label songstress AJ Saba is getting ready to release his first single. The track produced by the fast-rising sound engineer ‘Poppinbeatz’. During the signing of the songstress, the CEO of Vibez Studios, Tony Pee promised her artiste will change the Ghanaian music flavor as she (the artiste) flows with English and Twi placing her in a better position to also entertain music lovers.
Tony Pee believes that Vibez records are well-positioned to hit the music industry making a huge difference while projecting Ghana on the global and the music market.

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A Day In The Life Of Nessa Official, The Vocalist. – Be Inspired!

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Behind every Great Personality, lies a story and behind every Smile, lies a bit of sadness. Regardless of the setbacks or challenges faced in our quest to pursue the dreams and ambitions stacked within, We Discover our true Self. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, we take on Ghanaian Awesome Talent and a Vocalist, Vanessa Abossey who goes by the brand name, Nessa_Official as she shares with us a bit of her life story and career as a Singer and Brand Influencer. Checkout the Interview Below!
1: So tell Me, Who Is Nessa?
Nessa is a lady who has lots of stories untold behind her smile. And who wishes to use that to impact and influence the world.
2: What’s the Story(background) behind this Awesome Talent?
I guess I was born with it.

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3:When did you discover you could sing?
When I was in class 4.
4: Where there Any Challenges growing up? If Yes, is it shareable?
Yes there were lots of challenges.
It is shareable but if I decide to talk about it will take days. But basically I’m just on a quest in finding my biological mother since my name was changed when brought to Ghana.

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5: If You had a chance to turn back the hands of Time, what would you have changed in your life?
Honestly nothing. I loved everything I went through. Both ups and downs. I always saw my life as an adventure. It’s helping me become the woman I dreamed of becoming.

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NOTICE…ALL GHANA UNIVERSITY ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS!!

All Ghana University Entertainment Awards is an annual award scheme designed to recognize, appreciate and award the best acts in all categories of entertainment across all universities in Ghana.
The Award Scheme had its first Edition in 2017 and The 2018 edition promises to be better on the grounds that there has been an inclusion of the category called the People’s Choice Category which provides us the rooms to also appreciate the mainstream celebrities and Externals.
Perhaps, the entire public and those who have been nominated Should note that there will be some slight changes in their nomination process and therefore should prepare to face it when the changes are finally announced very soon at the Press conference and release,Not that alone but the date and venue for the award festival will also be communicated.
From the organizers of All Ghana University Entertainment Awards we say good luck to all our nominees Thank you.

Kwakye Ofosu demands apology from Akufo-Addo over homosexual answer.

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A Deputy Communications during former President John Mahama-led administration, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, says President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo must apologize to the people of Ghana for his failure to defend them during an interview on legalizing homosexuality.

Mr Kwakye Ofosu said there are overwhelming Ghanaians who are against homosexuality so for the President, who promised to hold the dignity of this country, to refuse to be emphatic on the position of the country on the matter indicates he has betrayed the nation.

President Akufo-Addo was on Al Jazeera’s Talk to Al Jazeera on Sunday to talk about a wide range of issues concerning the African continent and Ghana. Among the issues were happenings in Togo, Zimbabwe and Kenya. He was also quizzed on Donald J. Trump.

The interview, which was conducted by Al Jazeera presenter, Jane Dutton, had a question on why homosexuality is illegal in Ghana.

In an answer to the question, President Akufo-Addo said “this is the socio-cultural issue if you like…I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.

I grew up in England; I went to school as a young boy in England and I grew up at a time in England when homosexuality was banned there, it was illegal and I lived in the period when British politicians thought it was anathema to think about changing the law and suddenly the activities of individuals, of groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew and grew and grew stronger and it forced a change in law.

 

I believe those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation.

At the moment, I don’t feel and I don’t see that in Ghana, there is that strong current of opinion that will say: ‘This is something that we need even deal with’. It’s not, so far, a matter which is on the agenda.”

But reacting to the President’s comments on TV3’s New Day hosted by Bright Nana Amfoh on Monday, Mr. Kwakye Ofosu said: “Leaders are expected to represent the people, especially when you travel outside but he did not speak well in that instance”. “He did not cover himself.

He did not defend the position of Ghanaians and what we need is an apology and not defend his position,” the National Democratic Congress (NDC) member explained.

He said “overwhelming [number of] Ghanaians have stated their position against it therefore the president is bound by the people of Ghana to defend them but he did not defend the position on the matter”.

U-turn

The former Deputy Communications Minister said “we are not barbaric like persons who go about torturing those who are involved in it but we are against it and that is why there is widespread anger against the president over the position”.

Mr. Kwakye Ofosu said the President’s position is a mark of a U-turn because some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have openly spoken and kicked against it.

 

“It marks a sudden U-turn because some people in Parliament held press conference to kick against it. The Speaker of Parliament also spoke against it so why is the President afraid to maintain it?”

The Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency in the Central Region, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, said the culture of Ghana forbids homosexuality but no one can victimize those who are involved.

He said “our culture does not support same-sex marriage but if someone is involved, can you report him to the police, or can you force him or antagonize him?”

The NPP MP said: “I don’t think that [the President] has introduced any controversy because we do not subscribe to same-sex relationships but if somebody has that orientation, he is a man and wants to have relationship with fellow man…what can you do to the person?”

He added that “if it gets to a stage where Ghanaians would want to discuss it whether or not the laws must be changed, that is also another matter”.

“However, if the same Ghanaians decide to think that there is nothing wrong in having open relationship, it is up to us”.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin noted that “even the Catholic Church in Europe could not sustain the same sex opposition pressure when the state imposed on them”.

“Do you deny the fact that we have a lot of same-sex relationship in Ghana?” the MP asked.

Source: Ghanaweb.com

SAD: Man, 22, gets death sentence for killing 2 Americans in Akwamufie.

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A High Court in Accra has sentenced a 22-year-old man, Yaw Anokye, to death by hanging for the gruesome murder of two African-American women at Akwamufie in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, in May 2015.

Yaw Anokye was found guilty by a seven-member jury after he had confessed to killing the two women in their 70s.

Delivering her judgment, the Judge, Justice Merley Afua Wood, asked God to have mercy on the soul of the accused as he was about to face death.

The two deceased persons, Mane Lena, 75, and 69-year-old Diop Nzanga, were kidnapped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave in 2015.

Police in Akosombo found the bodies of the two after they were reported to have gone missing.

Their bodies were exhumed after Acting President of the Akwamu Traditional Council dispatched over 70 people to complement a police search for the two when it became apparent they had gone missing.

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About the two women

The two, who dealt in batik and tie-dye, had lived in a small settlement near Akwamufie for more than 18 years.

At the time, no reasons were assigned for the murder of the two expatriates, but some linked it to some community disagreement rooted in chieftaincy matters.

The Omanhene of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, expressed shock at the murder of the two American women.

He said Akwamus had over the years lived with many strangers and settlers, including foreigners, on their land, without any problem.

Confession

According to the Daily Graphic, during the committal proceedings at the Accra Central District Court, Frimpong confessed to single-handedly clubbing the two women to death.

The five other accused persons were later discharged.

Frimpong repeated his confession at the Accra High Court during the trial, but stated that it was never his intention to kill them but that his intention was to steal from them.

According to him, he killed for fear of being exposed when they found him stealing in Madam Diop’s room.

Per his testimony, Frimpong went to the apartment to steal, but in the course of the act, Madam Diop returned home and caught him in the act.

Consequently, he struggled with her, overpowered her and tied her hands and also covered her mouth with a piece of cloth, after which he went home.

But out of fear of being exposed by his victim, he returned to the house with a club with the intention of killing her and met Madam Jaana in the apartment.

Frimpong told the court that he hit the two women repeatedly with the club and after killing them, and conveyed their bodies in a wheelbarrow to a nearby farm, dug a shallow grave and buried their bodies.

After the act, he stole GH¢156 from Madam Diop’s room, went to town and drunk alcohol in order to forget about what had happened.

Haunted

After the jury’s verdict last Wednesday, Frimpong was given an opportunity to make a statement before the court delivered its sentence.

He informed the court that he had committed other crimes which the police were currently investigating and said those crimes were haunting him.

“These crimes are haunting me because I know I committed them,’’ he said.

He prayed the court to have mercy on him because he had not intentionally killed the two women.

On death penalty in Ghana

The last time the Ghana recorded an execution of a convict, was in 1993, when then-president John Rawlings ordered the execution of 12 convicts via a firing squad.

According to Amnesty International Ghana, as at September 2016, there were 137 prisoners on death row, who have not been executed. As a result, many have pushed for Ghana to do away with the death penalty from Ghana’s legal system since it is not enforced.

Those opposed against the death penalty have argued that it is not the right punishment for a convicted murderer but retributive.

Death penalty has been in the country’s statute books since the application of the English common law in 1874, but in practice, no execution has been recorded since July 1993.

According to the proponents, much as the sentence may be seen in a wider sense as fairness, it doesn’t deter people from committing such crimes.

 

Source: Citifmonline.com