You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
A beautiful mansion
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in the Western Region of Ghana, with my mother and my father who was a fisherman. I have two brothers and a sister.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
1. Dollar to cedi exchange rate and its unstable nature. Cost of doing business goes high; most of the companies import parts and goods. If the exchange rate goes high they have to pay more cedis to buy the same item. Now the company will pass on that cost to the consumer. So that the customer will now pay more money for the same product.
2. Racism. The belief that some races of people are better than other, hence equal rights are not giving to individuals to exhibit their skills.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues describe me as a self-resilient and result oriented person.
“There are three types of students; some make wonders happen, some watch wonders happen, some wonder what will happen”
How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
Seeking a full-time position in mechanical engineering and/or related field with emphasis on challenge solving problems and development. I love to work in a team. I love to travel around the world to acquire more skills in the engineering field, to upgrade myself towards my career path. I see myself in a respectable position in a reputable company. I look forward to owning a company in the future.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Service to God and mankind is my passion. Eric Baker a senior engineering manager at Patreon and Meredith Westafer a senior industrial engineer at Tesla inspire me. Their passion for engineering motivates me. I am passionate about encouraging more women to become engineers.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Being able to complete my bachelor degree when all hope was lost. My parents lost their job before I started my university journey. I refused to give up on my dreams even if I had to study on an empty stomach. I had to find something to do alongside my studies. There were difficult times because the pressure was way too much but this shaped me into the strong woman I am today. For those that know me, knows how I fought everyday to get this degree. I refused to let anyone tell me that my dream was impossible. I hope to inspire others, we are all strong and capable, there is not a day that I wish that my life was different or easier. Do not wish it was easier wish you were better. Do not wish for less problems wish for more skills.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
Curiosity about how machines are made and how they work. Aside family and friends, there is nothing I care about in this world than engineering. In fact my life goal is to use my technical knowledge and skills to reshape my country and the world at large.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
Engineering gives us a chance to make the world a better, safe and more exciting place. I hope to inspire others by using the access and privilege I have to help those with less access and privilege have equal options and opportunities for success.