I grew up amongst three other siblings who were gifted in Mathematics and Science. At a very early age I realized I was different. My escape was to drift away into my own imaginary world I saw what no one else visualized.
As we moved across Africa at different stages, I noticed talent was not encouraged. Kids like me were certainly not celebrated. I was lucky however to have an educationist as a mother who realized my potential early and allowed me to nurture it. Thus throughout my education I studied Art and allowed my passion to lead me.
I established Accents & Art, seventeen years (17) ago and today we are acknowledged as a market leader in the wrought iron industry. This year also marked key milestones in my career. From a royal visit to speaking engagements at MIT Sloan, The World Bank headquarters in D.C, the A.U headquarters in Addis Ababa amongst many others.
My mantra has always been to “allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession”.
Of the 2.37 billion increase in population expected worldwide by 2050, Africa alone will contribute 54%. This figure represents the tremendous potential the continent possesses which should be harnessed without a doubt.
Meanwhile, there is a real demand for skilled workers in many of our industries which is not being met. Employers in Ghana admit that looking for people with technical skills for industry is very challenging.
There is a job paradox in Africa. Numerous position remain open for technicians, welders, engineers and electricians but the number of qualified locals is low. UNESCO says that less than 5% of Africans enroll in formal technical or vocational training programs. 48% percent of youth in Ghana, aged between 15-24 years remain jobless.
I believe the missing ingredient on the continent is a technically competent skilled labor force. I have taken on the task of championing the crusade for skills development in Africa. With the establishment of The Design & Technology Institute, we seek to train a new generation of creative and talented individuals for the continent’s socio-economic growth and bridge the gap which exists between industry and academia.
Robert Half says “Hard work without talent is shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy”.