Patience Nortey

Studied: Petroleum Engineering at KNUST

Logical Reasoning Score: 74%

Engineering Exam Score: 80%

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
Real Steel
Your preferred superpower
The ability to control nature’s elements
Your greatest fear:
You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
A private jet!
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I grew up in Dansoman, Accra. I have 3 sisters. My dad is a retired businessman and my mother is the secretary of the Mayor of Tema Metropolis.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My best childhood memories would have to be listening to my grandmother’s stories on Sunday evenings
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
I think one of the biggest challenges in the industry is increasing local involvement in the industry and training graduates to take up positions.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues will describe me as fun, loyal and humble. They will also mention my peculiar laughter!

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples’, I am setting out to be diligent and excellent in my field coming up with new ideas being able to cause a chain reaction to affect the whole industry.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I want to be working offshore in an elite team travelling around the world all the while establishing businesses and creating opportunities for the illiterate / uneducated in the community.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Primarily God is my biggest motivation and inspiration but I’d say my mother. She has taught me resilience, courage and unwavering faith and that it’s never too late to go for what you want.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
I have had many little and big achievements I can be proud of, of but one I would say is being able to organise outreaches to give back to the community. I would help the kids with food and clothing – even entertainment. Also helping the elderly with chores even sometimes offering to teach them. Their gratitude is enough achievement for me.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study engineering, specifically petroleum engineering, because oil and gas is the most important industry currently in Ghana. The industry has become the world’s source of energy to power industries, homes and the like. It has also proved to be the backbone of many economies in the world. Using the most up to date and state of the art technology it allows you to obtain results.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
I would tell them that if you want to be your own boss or create something out of your imagination then engineering is for you. There is no limit to what you can achieve.