Finally A Mirage Of The Change We Envisaged And Fought For
First of all I congratulate my good friend Jennifer De-Graft Ninson, a level 300 Political Science student of the prestigious University of Education, Winneba (UEW), an astute MasterCard Foundation and Camfed Scholar as well as Founder of OFIE Foundation.
I met her with her team from Beyond The Braille project at the SRC week career guidance seminar held at St. Catherine Girls SHS (Agbakope, Volta) which happened to be her alma mata.
After she was introduced as a level 300 student of UEW, I was shocked. Honestly, I did a bit of what she’s doing back then when I was at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) but I’ve never travelled from as far as Winneba to Agbakope with my team (2 others) just to motivate students! These guys were at another level!
I’ve been committed to “following my passion” whiles in school and it was my plan to build a successful business before I completed national service — after four years of failure in school, I got a breakthrough during my service year and I actually run that business full time now.
I have written a book titled Beyond The Classroom — which explains 5 strategies that helped me (and I believe can help any other person) succeed after school.
Through that book and my passionate advocacy in my place of service (Akatsi Senior High Technical School) plus impact among young people in Ghana and online through social media communities, I was awarded the award of Most Outstanding National Service Person of The Year For Volta & Oti Regions in July 2019.
Just a month later, my book won the prestigious award of Educational Book of The Year at EDUCOM awards 2019. That was the Genesis of my revelation as God would want it.
Today, I run a publishing business that provides cutting edge solutions to young people like myself who have ideas to impact the world with. Because I’ve struggled to get published (6 years of failure), I decided to master the easy way to publishing as a young person without breaking the bank whiles ensuring maximum return on investment in terms of impact, income and influence.
When I did, I used just two months (January and February 2019) of National Service allowance (GHS 559 per month) to print 200 copies my book. On February 14th, I announced via social media that the book was ready and by 3rd March 2019, we had sold all 200 copies!
I broke the code to being a young successful and profitable author and today with my accounting education degree, with which I’m supposed to be teaching some Senior High School (double track kids) Financial Accounting or Business Management, I’m comfortably sitting in my room working with young people (and a few not too old ones) on how to identify their brand message, relate with their ideal audiences by packaging those messages into distributable formats that will address the needs of its consumers whiles ensuring maximum return in terms of impact, income and influence for our clients — all I’m saying is that I help them publish their books and make money doing so.
Truth is that, what you just read is a vivid description of our mission as a business organization — we don’t just print books; we birth solutions and dreams through books.
I had to walk you through my small profile before coming back to my friend Jennifer and her project just to let you know the missing factor in my beginning; which is available to her and by my estimation would make her rise higher.
Looking at how she has started and the support she’s receiving from her own university, I can only say that she’ll fly higher than some of us have come already.
All that is not because of the uniqueness of her idea but the commitment of her immediate community to investing in something that has a future. In my book, I touched on some of these things. I see no reason why we should not acknowledge students who are creating jobs for themselves and others, starting initiatives that have the potential of becoming great organizations, meanwhile the end goal of education was supposed to be a somewhat success in life!
Instead of our universities applauding such people, we only applaud those who can memorize and reproduce pure facts. How about the innovative and exceptional ones that are able to use their brains beyond the common function of memory? How about those who engage their imagination to create solutions for the future? Are they weak students just because they can’t reproduce facts?
Few days ago whiles in a deep conversation with one of my clients turned friends, I have confirmed an observation I’ve made in my own life from her experience which she shared and that spurred my desire to do a research on the issue.
The issue is that I have been a very creative and imaginative person since I started what I’m now doing — about 8 years ago. Since then, I’ve engaged the creative and imaginative functions of my brain on a daily basis in my work as an author, publisher and business strategy consultant. I can honestly say that I overuse these creative and imaginative functions of my brain.
For this reason, I started observing that the memory function of my brain started getting weak. Due to this, I hated memorizing facts whiles in UCC. I gave up on pursuing academic excellence in my first year when I realized that the test for correctness was whether it was the same as you were given. If it felt short even by a quarter of an inch, you were wrong. I refused to ruin my destiny with such traditions and decided to follow my heart — my innermost convictions about what was right for me to do and how to do it.
Whiles learning, I’d always visualize the concept by creating mental pictures which are easily catalogued into my brain. These are easily accessed during examination as I do not store them in the memory part of my brain which is sometimes affected by forgetfulness but in the imaginative part of my brain which is fueled by vision, passion, determination, zeal and zest.
Surprisingly, you’d find out that most examination questions were requiring answers that can only be gotten from memory and not imagination or the holy realm of creativity.
When I met Vanessa Bless Nordzi, a freelance journalist who’s a product of Ghana’s finest media training university — The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), who actually came in as a book publishing client, she confirmed that she had similar experiences.
Being a fiction writer, she lives in a world of unseen or better yet — never-seen realities because of her imaginative powers. She has confirmed my observations in her own life. Now, we have decided to partner a Psychology department from one of the universities in the country to research further into that.
Can you call us weak because we didn’t make the best of grades? Are we not putting our brains to the best of use? Are we not creating the solutions to bring the best out of people and society? So why were we made to look like we are failures?
If Africa would see its desired transformation, we need to fix our classrooms not with state of the art facilities but with state of the art ideologies. Since I left the university, I have resolved to build a better university than the one I attended!
Congrats to every young person out there who’s not afraid to act on their ideas — you are the real saviours of our world after Christ — the pacesetter and the real authors of its revolution. I await your celebrations.