David Owusu Diko

Studied: Studied Civil Engineering at Takoradi Technical University

Logical Reasoning Score: 96%

Engineering Exam Score: 98%

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
The gods must be crazy
Your preferred superpower
Teleportation
Your greatest fear:
Hurricanes
You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
A huge mansion
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I live in Accra but I grew up in Akwatia, a small town in the Eastern Region-Ghana. I am the only boy with two elder sisters. My Dad is a small scale private contractor in the construction industry and my mother is a trader at the market.
What are your best memories from childhood?
I remember how I used to break household equipment due to curiosity and my Dad helped me to fix them – that’s if it could be fixed (!)
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
I think the education system in Ghana is flawed, since it doesn’t focus on producing hands-on experienced graduates for the industry. It focuses too much on the theoretical aspect rather than the practical aspect of the way things are done in the industry. The educational system is also not dynamic, day in and day out, there is new technology, yet the education system barely adapts.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues always say I am curious and rarely bend to public opinion. However, they find my eagerness to always learn new things very fascinating.

“I believe Field Ready will take Africa beyond Aid.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
The next 2 years are a preparatory stage for me. I am looking forward to picking a craft soon in order to work towards attaining a lot of hands-on knowledge in that section. In five years, I want to hold at least a master’s degree in the craft I pick. I also want to start a programme for the pupils at the Junior High level here in Ghana to raise awareness on the opportunities available for them in the industry in order to prepare them ahead of time. I will like to travel and work around the world. I function really well with a team, I don’t mind working alone though. I will however love to manage my own company one day.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my Dad. He actually is the reason why I put my all in all opportunities I come across. He has sacrificed too much for me and I can’t afford to let him down. This is a selfless man who has not taken a single day off being a father.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
After my national service, I volunteered to teach in a neighbouring Junior High School where I helped very shy pupils find their potential and came out of their shells. They are very confident people now which I found really fulfilling.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
It has always been my dream since childhood to do something technical and practical. I never had a talent in sports as a kid to fall on!, all I was good at was assembling and disassembling components. Doing things like this really puts me in my comfort zone.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
I believe the only way Ghana can be beyond Aid is if we produce more than we import and also, if we avoid hiring foreign expertise to spearhead in infrastructure development. However, for that to be possible, we the youth are required to possess some level of competence in those areas. Good engineers will produce quality technology and infrastructure which will help promote this country from a developing country to a developed country.