About Me:It was a Monday morning when Mr. Adams, our teacher entered, we all stood to respond to his greeting as was the culture. Lessons began as usual. “A doctor, Engineer, lawyer were the chorus answers to his single question, what is your dream job? As he walked towards me, he asked, what about you Nana? Air hostess. I answered. Did I know who an airhostess was? No, I had only seen a picture of an air hostess in a book my grandfather bought for me and I wanted to be like her because she was fashionable and classy.
As a child who didn't get the educational opportunities my friends in the cities had, I made up my mind not to let the next generation be victims of circumstances, so I founded a project called “pupils world' with the aim of bridging the wide gap between rural and urban education which is currently running successfully with the help of my team under my umbrella organisation DIF. DIF in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority provide rural pupils some of whom have never seen computer with practical lessons on reading and computer. Due to this project, I travel to many villages and this has helped me to know the basic need of human, food which is mostly produced from the farm. But the question is how do we provide this need when we all want fashionable and classy jobs, when we all want white collar jobs?
One afternoon, I stood and watched foodstuffs being off loaded from a Kumasi (city) van in Nerebehi village where we went to do feasibility study on our project. The answer to my “why” brought childhood memories where most of my mates and I wanted nothing to do with the plagues of farming because we saw it as low class,for the poor and illiterates. On our way back to Accra at about 11 pm, we witnessed a scene which was reported in the following morning's newspapers. Apparently the young women we saw that night were arrested for transacting illegal business (Prostitution).To my amazement four of them were university graduates. Immediately, I realized education alone could not do the trick as I linked it to the answer I got from the village “the youth don't want to farm so they go to Kumasi to earn a living”. Of course! Man must survive, but how ? So I decided to tackle the “how.”
In my search to acquire knowledge and skills to tackle the how, I came into contact with kanthari, an international institution that provides springboard for social visionaries to transform concepts and conventions. At one of the sessions called concept transformation, I realised I could do more to bring social change in Ghana. With Gandhi’s quote in mind, I decided to be the change I want to see in the world by first, changing my own mindset by volunteering to organisations who are into farming. This was not only to get the experience but also to know how farming can provide jobs for young women through its value chain at the same time providing food for the poor and hungry. Tulime is the outcome of this concept transformation. Tulime is an organisation that seeks to transform the mindset of young women graduates on farming by equipping them with skills and knowledge to be able to start their own farm business. A Ghana where the young woman graduate embraces farming as a means to sustainable livelihood is my dream.
My Passions:sharing ideas,travelling,counselling
My Challenges:overworking,inability to speak more languages
My Vision for the Future:Is to see young women embracing farming as a means to sustainable livelihood.
My Areas of Expertise:NGO Mangement,Project Management