20 Young Ghanaians Who Are Making Significant Change

1. Sangu Delle  an author and entrepreneur graduated from Harvard with highest Honors in African Studies and Economics and an MBA where he was awarded the Thomas Hoopes Prize, the reverend Peter Gomes prize for Citizenship and Leadership and the Philippe Wamba Prize. In 2011, he was nominated by esteemed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and selected by Fortnight Journal as one of the promising leaders of the Millennial Generation and in 2005 featured was featured in Time Magazine as one of 25 future world leaders and in 2014 by Forbes as one of the 30 most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa. Sangu is the founder and executive president of the African Development Initiative, a social entrepreneurial organisation dedicated to investing in opportunities to improve the health, education and economies of communities in low-recourse settings.

2. Ato Ulzeen Appiah is the co-founder and director of the GhanaThink Foundation a Ghanaian think tank and NGO which is involved in human resource development across the country. BarCamp, JuniorCamp, Kumasi Konnect, DiasporaCamp are some of the platforms his organisation uses to create personal, entrepreneurship and career development through the country. He is an MIT and Stanford University graduate and loves technology to its bit. He has on recent times made it to Davos representing Ghana at the World Economic Forum

3. Deborah Ahenkorah is the founder of Golden Baobab an NGO which awards children literary writers across the African Continent. Every year nominations are open and the winners are awarded $20000 annually. She is currently the Curator of the Global Shapers community in Accra, Ghana.

4. John Armah: Is the Executive Director of Ghana Center of Entrepreneurship, Employment and Innovation. Known as the youngest contributor to the budget of Ghana with his idea which is now the Youth Enterprise Support which provides funding to young entrepreneurs through government. He hosts a Radio Show known as Startups and serves as business consultant to most celebrities in Ghana including Samini, Obrafour and Hammer. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, Africa 2.0 foundation, Advisory Board Member of Next Wave Africa.

5. Fifi Baidoois the Co-founder of iSpace Foundation a co-working space for technology oriented start-ups in Osu, Accra. He served as managing member of Google Developers Group and a program coordinator at Google Ghana.

6. Scofray Nana Yeboah is an author, columnist, consultant and a transformational and branding coach. He young man who has being involved in lots of social discussions in the media has also made a name for himself as a passionate changemaker helping other young people to discover their talents across the continent. He is the CEO of Zoweh Global Consult.

7. Sara Nana Yeboah is the co-founder and vice president of a charity organisation, The Sangy Foundation. She has through her organisation renovated schools, hospitals and libraries. As a professional nurse, she founded the Sangy Nursing Services which offers free health screening in homes and events across the country. She is also featured on TV and Radio shows as a health consultant. Her initiatives include Tech Meets Health, Glam School Project, Back to School Project, XHealth Watch etc.

8. Israella Kafui Mansu is the founder and CEO of Mansuki Ghana limited a company that produces cosmetics from local products. At a very young age, she has distinguished herself with special recognition from the president and awards from South Africa and Sweden. She now employs lots of young people and experts her products to Europe, America and Asia including other countries in Africa.

9. Fred Deegbe is the founder and Chief Shoemaker of Heel the World, (HTW) a shoe manufacturing company in Ghana and son of famous Ghanaian Preacher Dr. Fred Deegbe.He uses his platform to give employment and teach young people how to start a company. An Ashesi University Alumnus, he is the past curator of Global Shapers in Accra. He was in 2012 awarded by the president of Ghana for outstanding performance in the fashion industryand is married to another Fashion Icon, Duaba Serwaa.

10. Farida Bedwei (pictured) - a disabled software engineer who has won the heart of so many people. She got Cerebral Palsy when she was 10 days old, and was home schooled by her mother until she was 12 years old when she entered mainstream school for the first time. To the surprise of all, she excelled and has risen to become one of the top software engineers in Ghana. She always asks people what their problems are, because if she has being able to do it. You don’t have an excuse. She was awarded a special award by the President at the National Youth Achievers Award in 2012. She is currently the youngest board member of the National Communications Authority.

11. Leslie Addae is the curator for TedxLabone which he has transformed into TedxAccra after the huge success of its first edition. He used the platform which featured lots of influential personalities in and out of the country. He is a co-founder and CTO of a ProMobileGH a Technology company in Ghana.

12. Gary Al-Smith is an international young passionate sports journalist who works with Citi FM in Accra. He has featured on Super Sports, CNN, BBC and TV3 as a sports correspondent traveling across the continent covering and reporting on sports stories. He is a member of the Global Shapers Community in Accra.

13. Bernard Kevin Clive is an author and personal branding expert in Ghana. The young man who has authored about 15 books is a leading podcaster and Amazon bestselling author in Ghana. He is the Founder of BKC Consulting a leading consultancy firm for start-ups in Ghana.

14. Emmanuel Quarmyne is the co-founder and country director of the ABAN (A Ban Against Neglect) a women empowerment program he co-founded with friends. The story of ABAN came from when Emmanuel and Callie Brauel met whiles working on an NGO management class. They discovered a problem where millions of plastic water bags were being littered all over Accra. They then started a mock non-profit that turned this waste into up cycle’s products. Soon they became particularly became concerned with plights of injustices of young women on the streets. They then decided to join hands to create solutions by empowering vulnerable homeless young women to create products out of recycled plastic littering the streets of Accra. With a seed funding they won from a competition they recruited their first class of 12 young women from the streets of Accra into a property in Aburi. Today they have built a home for young women, some who even have kids, educate them by training them in their trade of interest and support them with StartUp capitals of GH¢500. You could imagine how girls picked from Tema Station now speak fluent English.

15. Albert Kusi is the CEO of LEC Holdings which comprises of LEC foundation, LEC Creativity International and LEC University College. A graduate from the University Of Cape Coast, Albert Kusi is arguably one of the most influential young personalities having toured the length and breadth of this country with several conferences from his Firm’s LEC Creativity International as Success Conference, Graduate Corporate Connect, etc impacting thousands of lives yearly.

16. Regina Agyareis software developer and social entrepreneur who run Soronko Solutions a social enterprise that uses basic mass technology to drive human potential. She created Tech Needs Girls, a mentor ship program that mentors girls to lead and innovate by learning to code. Her story was featured in Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook and Impatient Optimist by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a Mandela Washington fellow, an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow and a Global Shaper of the Accra hub of the World Economic Forum. She was featured on CNN African Startups, Aljazeera, BBC and other global media platforms.
17. Gideon Marcel Commey is a climate reality leader in Ghana who founded the largest youth led environmental movement in Ghana called Ghana Youth Environmental Movement. The movement also organises an annual Climate and Environmental summit called the POWERSHIFT.

18. Emmanuel Nyame Emmanuel Nyame is the CEO and Founder of Dream Pathway International (DPI.) and the Chairperson of Ghana Start-up Cup a Business Model Competition. He has served a number of startups globally, including his recent client “HacherHouse International,” based in the United States, as well as “Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge,” based in Israel. Some notable entrepreneurial milestones include: A guest author for “2 Billion under 20” an online book composed of stories from young entrepreneurs under 20 years who are changing the world. It includes writers such as Stacey Ferreira, Thiel Under 20 Summit Group, a group set up by the Thiel Foundation consisting of StartUp Entrepreneurs under 20 years old who share ideas, form partnerships, and discuss relative issues. He was currently honoured as a fellow of Kairos Global.

19. Jeremiah Buabeng -Executive Director and lead consultant of Matrix Institute. An astute and accomplished young motivational speaker, he spends every week averagely speaking at two events. He is the Executive director of Matrix Institute a motivational school he established to train human recourses in Ghana and abroad. The host and brainchild of Accra Youth Summit and other several motivational seminars, he is described as a personal development coach and an author he has inspired lots of people to write their own books and start something entrepreneurial.

20. Adowarim Lugu-Zuri is the 20 year old founder and director of Wazuri. An innovative coconut sales and distribution company in Ghana. As a student, she owns lot of acres of coconut plantation in two regions and weekly supplies over 5000 pieces of coconut to customers.

Why leaders should avoid buying groceries they may not need

Building successful teams is tough work. It takes a lot of planning, interviewing and patience to build a team that has the perfect chemistry and mix of talent. Just replacing one important team member can be risky, because it will change the whole team dynamic (for the better, a leader hopes).

So why do leaders who are new to teams seem to love the idea of pushing old team members out the door and bringing in their own people to replace them? Sure, if a team’s failing, it could be time for a fresh start. But, even considering that a team may be under performing, what’s the logic in creating a bunch of holes in your team that you have to hurriedly fill to keep the team from failing? Is customizing your team to fit your “perfect” vision so important that you’re willing to let top performers go just because they weren’t the “right fit” for your team?

There’s a perception among leadership that a new leader should be given the ability to “start from a clean slate” and not have to rely on resources the last leader chose or be stuck with talent the last leader picked. Famous football coach Bill Parcells once described this mindset when he explained why he was leaving his job, “They want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

Every leader wants to buy the groceries. No leader likes the idea of using the ingredients that someone else stocked in the pantry.

But buying groceries takes time, money and planning. If you have those luxuries, perhaps it makes sense to go to the grocery store. But luxuries are in short supply for most teams, especially teams that have under performed. Maybe you shouldn’t be so eager to wastefully throw away those unused cans of vegetables or bottles of spices you just can’t imagine you’ll ever want to use in your cooking.

Leaders think that talent is so plentiful that if you let go one talented team member, at least ten more people will express interest in replacing the departed member. That’s somewhat accurate - you’ll probably have at least ten people interested in the vacated role. But will any of the ten be as talented as the person who left the role? Possibly not - people needing roles are easy to find; people who earn their roles through hard work and talent are not.

Instead of obsessing over getting rid of people who don’t fit the leader’s “perfect” vision for the team, perhaps the leader should focus on carefully analyzing what advantages the team already has and build on those strengths. Sure, a leader would have to be smart and adaptable to do that. But if the new leader isn’t smart enough or adaptable enough to use the ingredients he/she has on hand to cook the meal, maybe the problem is your cook, not your ingredients.

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When leaders are faced with new challenges such as this, they often rely on their instincts to make decisions. I’ve learned that trusting your instincts is often in direct proportion to your ability to detect probability patterns in the behaviors, circumstances and tendencies that are bound to transpire. When you don’t trust yourself or understand the situation at hand, your past experiences and the facts surrounding the situation will often influence you to take a stand against your instincts and the negative consequences that you sense (your gut feeling). As is often the case in such a predicament, the results don’t work in your favor and people begin to question your leadership judgment.

Attacking the honour of the Rulers (Umaraa) and occupying oneself with reviling them and mentioning their shortcomings is a very big mistake and a repugnant sin: The purified revelation has forbidden it and has censured the one who does so.
—  Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah) [Usool As Sunnah (The Foundations of the Sunnah), English Translation, pg. 121]

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Just got booked for this event in Canada in May. Going at the mind Day 1 and the body day 2


It’s here and is being planned for your success. This 2 Day Summit will transform your business to one of true leadership through Accountability of Performance and Mindset Mastery to lead, serve & inspire others towards their success.

2 Days of authenticity and relevancy in Business, Day One - the FUNDAMENTALS of your Business and Day Two - MINDSET MASTERY, in which we will be taking you into the WILD of Fitness & Competition. You truly need to stay in your focused zone this 2015 to differentiate yourself from the competition and thrive to be your best so that others will succeed.

Our Keynote Facilitator for our LEADERSHIP SUMMIT on May 27th and May 28th is Jon Cheplak from Las Vegas.

Here is Jon’s short Bio, stay tuned for more as we unravel this outstanding INDUSTRY EVENT right here in Canada.

Leadership Background For Jon Cheplak:

Branch Manager Better Homes and Garderns
Increased closings from 1000 to 1483 in one year
Top Business Growth Manager
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#2 office in GCI for entire Better Homes and Gardens Network
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700 agents joined company in year one
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Hired and coached #1 and #2 managers in company
Coached a first year manager to attract over 90 agents in first 12 months
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