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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: 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: 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.

Spotlight: Forster Agbobadah of Change Leads

Spotlight: Forster Agbobadah of Change Leads

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: My educational background is entirely different from what I am doing right now even though I strongly believe it has shaped my way of thinking and doing things.

I am an experienced Automotive Engineer and with that, people would probably expect me to work in the big automotive industries and service centers in Ghana but here, I am making an impact in an entirely different field and I love what I am doing because it aligns with my passion more than engineering despite the fact that I will be starting a business in that field very soon. [You should] volunteer to learn from any field possible - you never know when you would need those skills.

Being a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellow, I have learnt extensively about social enterprise and I am well equipped to take my work to the next level. I have also learnt a lot online free of charge so yes education is very important in every aspect of our life on earth so let's endeavor to keep learning. I have attended numerous seminars, workshops and conferences related to what I am doing so extensively, education has helped me in what I am today.