Spotlight: Emmanuel Kpabitey of Mocominds & MITT

Spotlight: Emmanuel Kpabitey of Mocominds & MITT

How did you get started in your field?: After high school, my results couldn't land me the course I wanted to pursue in the University and I couldn't afford any of the private universities in the country. So I started work as a graphic designer in Accra. I worked with the company for a few months and applied to another company as a web developer and as an IT support person which lasted for about a year. I was very unsatisfied with the salary I received even though I worked really hard, which was a factor of my level of education. I began work as a freelancer and later started the company Mocominds, and the MITT (Mocominds Innovation of Talent & Technology) in the year 2015 and 2016 consecutively.

Spotlight: Ayisha Awudu Ali of Shaaliwud

Spotlight: Ayisha Awudu Ali of Shaaliwud

Tell us a bit more about your company/organization: Shaaliwud uses Northern textiles to make clothes and accessories for today's market including clutches, shirts, bow-ties, neckties, back packs, side bags (laptop bags), skirts, etc. Over the years, we've tried to make the Northern textiles simple, easy to wear and more attractive.

Spotlight: Derby Prakah-Asante of Sheek Africa Group & Mercy Gives

Spotlight: Derby Prakah-Asante of Sheek Africa Group & Mercy Gives

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana, but after graduating in 2012, I worked as Administrator and Projects Officer at African Bagg Group; African Bagg Recruitment, and Bayes Foundation. With this work experience in consulting, I also enrolled in thePublic Relations, Advertising and Marketing Professional training programme at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2013, to solidify my profession as a Development and Management Consultant

Spotlight: Maajoa Asabea Yeboah of Asabea Ayisi

Spotlight: Maajoa Asabea Yeboah of Asabea Ayisi

Tell us a bit more about your company: Asabea Ayisi produces fashion accessories including bags, purses, necklaces, capes, and slippers for both the local & international markets. The Asabea Ayisi brand also trains women professionally in the accessory-making craft. 

The Asabea Ayisi Brand was recently listed as part of the 2017 Ghana Start-Up Awards Club 100.

Spotlight: Nana Kyei Abankwah of Wear Nation

Spotlight: Nana Kyei Abankwah of Wear Nation

How did you start your company?: I thought of how to blend urban and African designs to make a clothing line. I had my last national service allowance as start up capital so basically that's how it started.

Spotlight: Emma Maame Efua Tandoh of Love Ankara Limited

Spotlight: Emma Maame Efua Tandoh of Love Ankara Limited

Tell us a bit more about your company: In Africa, cloth, ntoma, ankara, or kitenge, is a way of life. Our fabrics provide livelihood. Our fabrics nurture, speak, & tell stories....Love Ankara is about re-defining what authentic African fabric is.

Our brand is a retail, footwear and accessories brand that seeks to promote authentic African prints, empower women and preserve our local textile industries. Love Ankara's footwear and accessories are worn by powerful, outspoken, daring and empowered women world over... Women who are not afraid to be authentic, to be true to who they are!

Spotlight: Stephen Baffour of Baffs Handmade

Spotlight: Stephen Baffour of Baffs Handmade

Tell us a bit more about your company: Baffs Handmade deals in the production and manufacturing of handmade products such as shoes, bags, belts, purses etc. Our products are made on pre-orders and it takes approximately ten days to finish a product depending on the order. Products are neatly packaged and we deliver throughout the country and beyond.

Spotlight: Maisha Abdul-Rahman of Maisha Abdul

Spotlight: Maisha Abdul-Rahman of Maisha Abdul

How did you get started in your field?: Well, I moved to Montreal about three years ago to pursue my Masters degree in civil engineering. When I arrived, I realized that people aren't as warm as back home so I had difficulty in socializing and making friends. People don't really talk to each other on the streets, etc. 

So, I purchased a sewing a machine with the hopes of passing time and curing boredom. YouTube was  a very helpful tool in setting up and learning the basics. I eventually started making my own outfits and then, gradually, people started requesting that I make them outfits. That's how I started Maisha Abdul!

Spotlight: Amoako Boafo of WE DEY

Spotlight: Amoako Boafo of WE DEY

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring change makers/entrepreneurs?: I can only tell from my field [- art]. Most of our struggle is to make money out from what we do - which is okay, but for me the purpose of art is to criticize, stir up conversation, make the comfortable uncomfortable and give voice to the so called 'weak', and if in the long run, you happen to make money then great but money should not be the sole purpose for art.

Spotlight: Bernett Brako Asiamah of Bello Couture GH

Spotlight: Bernett Brako Asiamah of Bello Couture GH

What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Must be trustworthy!

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: They should be passionate and ready to endure...

Spotlight: Sammy Kyereme, Author & Motivational Speaker

Spotlight: Sammy Kyereme, Author & Motivational Speaker

How did you get started in your field?: The desire to connect with people to spread positive messages is rooted in my Christian faith. I feel that I have an obligation to be a light in every space that I'm in. I chose social media and a book in particular because I realize that there is a lot of information and very little inspiration out there.

Releasing my first book based on the general messages I had created for my following has opened many doors. I was born four months premature but by grace and the willpower to overcome a supposed mountain, I've come out wiser, stronger and willing to help others see there is a better way.

Spotlight: Helena Annor-Antwi of Helena S

Spotlight: Helena Annor-Antwi of Helena S

Tell us a bit more about your company: Helena S, is inspired by the modern day woman who is simple, yet sophisticated enough to appreciate style. In our ever changing world where even banks go to clients to get them on-board, we at Helena S have also developed a strategy where we go to clients to take their measurements and fabrics and also do fittings and then deliveries. Packaging and attention to minor details goes a long way, and to us, we believe the customer is always right.

Spotlight: Emmanuel Appoh of Nuel's Foodzone

Spotlight: Emmanuel Appoh of Nuel's Foodzone

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: Anything is possible so far as you believe. There is nothing like failure - it's just a mindset, so whatever thing you wish to do, never doubt yourself but believe it is possible - that's when it will materialize!

Spotlight: Kojo Aidoo of Bartenders Guild Ghana

Spotlight: Kojo Aidoo of Bartenders Guild Ghana

Tell us a bit more about your organization: Bartenders Guild Ghana serves as a networking platform, which grooms, trains and mentors its members to be knowledgeable about best practices, professional ethics, key elements; beers, wines, spirits and cocktails in service delivery. We also help members secure employment and educate members on new and upcoming trends in the industry.

Spotlight: David Dapaah of Discarded Visions Clothing

Spotlight: David Dapaah of Discarded Visions Clothing

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: The creative side of mine was never formed through the education I received in high school or college or university.

I grew up in Japan from the age of 4 until 10 and while I was living in Japan, I fell in love with sketching anime characters. At the age of 8, I had began to create characters of my own from scratch. Me and my younger brother began to make manga stories from scratch for ourselves. 

When I moved to Canada, I quickly got into dancing. I was in a street group performing in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and multiple other venues throughout high school. At the same time, I was singing with my church choir, composing songs with my older brother because he was a professional pianist in the making.

This is all to say that I fell in love with many types of artistry at a young age and those were the things that I did for fun. Content creating, dance, and music. Sooner than later, I got into photography as an amateur but every initiative I jumped into has aided me in who I am today. I simply learned to envision something, think hard on how to make it happen and I am still currently in the process of making it happen. 

Spotlight: Nana Akosua Adjoo Mintah of Slay Africa

Spotlight: Nana Akosua Adjoo Mintah of Slay Africa

Tell us a bit more about your company/organization: SLAY AFRICA was started in 2016. We are fully Ghanaian owned lifestyle accessories brand.

Our vision is just to take everyone on an exciting and interesting journey through the designs we put out there. We believe by making people look good, they eventually feel good about themselves. 

Great quality, feel - good coloured socks are our core product but we have recently added cuff-links and should be adding – on a few more line before the year ends. Today, our accessories are sold in Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia and have been worn by and showcased by everyday people and celebrities as well.

Spotlight: Elizabeth Kukua Danso of PaceWorld Foundation

Spotlight: Elizabeth Kukua Danso of PaceWorld Foundation

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: Giving has always been a part of me. I've watched my parents give even when they didn't have enough and that's something that has made me who I am. Selflessness when it comes to humanity is key. In terms of education, what I do urges me to go on to encourage another child. I've struggled through school and know how it feels to be belittled; hence, I fight through it to encourage any child that I come across during my projects.

Spotlight: Eugene Elikem Tornyeavah of CLITH

Spotlight: Eugene Elikem Tornyeavah of CLITH

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring change makers/entrepreneurs?: The journey is tough but it doesn't happen in one day. With determination and eyes on the goal, success is just a matter of time. Don't be discouraged by small beginnings, the time for entrepreneurship is now!

Spotlight: Trudy Arnold of Studio 7 Beauty Lounge

Spotlight: Trudy Arnold of Studio 7 Beauty Lounge

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: I'm an entrepreneur at heart and I can't say I would have gotten this far without the solid foundation my education gave me. My Bachelor's Degree at the University of Ghana, Legon was a combined major in Psychology and Sociology. This background is invaluable to me because I liaise with potential clients on a daily basis. I understand the psychology of buying and other behavioural analysis of people in general and this helps me to manage my clients and their expectations. 

My Masters Degree at Imperial College, London in Business Management made me well rounded with the important tenets of business. It made me understand and know what to expect as an entrepreneur from the startup of a business to employee management, business strategies, international marketing, innovation management, accounting and finance and much more practical knowledge that I will forever be grateful for.