Michael Hornsby Kumah

Studied: Electrical Engineering at Takoradi Technical University

Logical Reasoning Score: 88%

Engineering Exam Score: 78%

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
Prison Break
Your preferred superpower
To Teleport
Your greatest fear:
My greatest fear is that people that I love will die.
You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
A mansion
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I grew up in a village called Kansaworado, a suburb of Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana. My parents have two boys of which I’m the eldest. My dad is currently looking for work, my mum is a cook by profession.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My fondest childhood memories were when my dad bought my brother and I ice cream after he had finished from work. I also enjoyed my favourite childhood cartoon movie (Supa Strikers)!
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
One major challenge facing industry in Ghana is the lack of competencies and recruiting the right personnel. In Ghana, most CEOs of Industries are appointed by government which allows the industry to be politically motivated. In so doing, less skilled people with political affiliations find their way more easily into the institution. Also, most graduates from universities lack the skills that industries want.
Another problem industry faces is Technology. Most Ghanaian industries are still addicted to the outmoded way of doing things; as technologies change practically at the speed of light it’s vital for companies to innovate or be left behind.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Most of my colleagues describe as the humble type.

“As a young professional, my goal is to apply all the knowledge and skills I have acquired through my studies to provide the most efficient and effective solutions to the problems facing industry today.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
My goal is to obtain an engineer position in a dynamic organization, bringing exceptional ability to handle multiple projects with high professionalism to find a different vision and discover the most efficient and effective solutions to problems that a company can face.
I want to be part of a great team and to contribute with all the knowledge that I have acquired to see different ways of finding effective solutions and to be able to implement them in a satisfactory way to live up to current needs.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Kevin Okyere – from Ice water seller to owning a $1 billion Oil company in Ghana is the finest inspiration for me in the sense that his small beginning was just the tip of an iceberg.
For me personally, I always believe no matter how small or difficult a situation could be there is always a brighter light at the end of the tunnel.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is getting into the field ready program.
From over 400 applicants through series of exams and interviews and making it to the selected 24 is a very great achievement I am really proud of.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
From a very tender age, physics has always been a subject close to my heart. Back when I was in primary school, it was flying airplanes that captured my imagination, but as I’ve grown up the world of engineering has become the forerunner for my attention.
It’s simply through engineering that the world has tremendously developed into something that would have been unrecognizable some years back. It was with joy and passion to had that I ventured into the electrical and electronics suburb of engineering.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
By telling them – you’ll be ready for any problem.
I am not saying that once you are done with the engineering degree or HND, you will not encounter any more problems or difficulties in your life. Obviously, you will and even perhaps tougher than the ones faced during your study. But at the same time, you will have acquired the skills and the confidence to deal with any kind of problem. You will know exactly how to go about it, and where to hit it. No problem, no matter how big, will not seem unsolvable. Literally, you will start viewing every problem as a challenge and an opportunity to grow.