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
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.
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!
Tell us a bit more about your organization: PsychAid & Love Outreach is a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge the social gap between the society and persons affected by mental illness through massive mental health awareness and nationwide outreach programs.
We are focused on breaking the stigma attached to mental illness, so we visit psychiatric hospitals to socialize with patients and to donate to them as well. We believe that this will go a long way to clear any misconceptions about persons living with mental illness.
How did you start your company/organization?: Throughout Senior High School, my Dad had my siblings and I visit our village during our holidays which was an unbearable experience for me at the time or so I thought. Whilst my friends were travelling abroad to experience new cultures and to have fun, I had to go to the village. He always told us the experiences would help us in the future but I didn't understand his reasons. Little did I know that it was building me up to experience what these individuals felt and went through everyday with the limited resources they had. I had the opportunity to teach in my village and surrounding villages and the experience was overwhelming. I realized that I was very privileged to live in the city, have access to quality education and a family that could support me.
During my Third Year in the University, I met a 14 year old who had dropped out of school and after further interaction, I learnt her guardian had passed away and her mum who had no job could not support her education. In that same year, I was given the opportunity by the then-President of AIESEC in University of Ghana, Legon - who is currently the President of AIESEC Ghana, Ms. Sandra Agyekum-Awuku, to start a new project. The 14 year old Girl I met, Vida Ahiadzo was my inspiration for starting INSPYA GHANA.