You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
I would buy a very big house for my mother and siblings.
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I grew up with my mother and my siblings in Taifa- Burkina a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana. I have three siblings; two brothers and a sister. My mother works as a trader.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My favourite childhood memories are when my mother used to read me bedtime stories from a book called “My Book of Bible Stories” and she would read until I fell asleep.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
I think one of the biggest challenge facing industries in Ghana is poor power supply which mostly affects production and reduction in production time.
How would your colleagues describe you?
I think my colleagues would say my qualities are; determination and persistence, good communication skills and being flexible.
“I look forward to the day engineers will be at the forefront of the development of Ghana”
How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
In 5 years’ time, I would like to work in a reputable Oil and Gas Company or Production Company that will help me apply my technical skills in the role.
I hope to grow with this company, where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities and contribute as much as possible to aid in the development of the country Ghana. I would also like to be an ambassador of Field Ready one day.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Throughout my life, I have seen and have been closer to people who have had an impact in my life but my biggest inspiration is my sweet mother. I come from a single parent home, and my mother single handedly raised my three siblings and I.
Even though she had little, she has been able to support me to the tertiary level in my education, my brother in Accra Technical University and my young brother in the primary school. There is no mother like my mine, Diana Vanderpuije.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement so far is being able to get onto this programme. Many people doubted my abilities, in fact, someone that I look up to said to me that, I would not be able to even advance to the selection stage. And as I always say: it’s not the first class position that will help a person to achieve greater things but it is the abilities to understand and use your own hands to perform a task that has been assigned to you that will make you achieve greater things because that is what the industries want.
I am really happy that through my determination and persistence, I have been able to prove all those who doubted me wrongly.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study engineering because engineers are the ones who are constantly changing the world, they bring out inventions and solutions that affect each individuals life. I want to be part of this group of people.
What I enjoy most is that engineering is that there are always new problems and there is always an answer.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
In engineering, the focus is not only on the academics but also to prepare students for the real world problems. I would encourage students to choose this course because, you will learn about the various strategies on how to tackle any problem, and finding solutions without consuming much time.