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by Sarah Mills and Anthony Kojo Sei Sackey

'06 Adjoa Asamoah Tabi-Asiamah, a Fante from Elmina was born in Accra and attended the Archbishop Porter Girls’ Senior High School. She graduated from Ashesi in 2006 and now works with the Bank of Ghana.

Adjoa likes to play basketball. She also enjoys reading, which she considers her favourite past time. Her favourites are IT journals, given she’s an IT expert. According to Adjoa, “the world of technology is like a whirlwind. What is the case now may not apply in the next minute. One needs to keep abreast if they want to be high performers”.
She says she had tons of fun times at Ashesi. “It was and still is a place to get great exposure. I remember vividly my interview with Microsoft. I was scared out of my wits. It was Microsoft! My life could change with a simple internship with this organization. Ashesi offered me that.”

Looking forward, Adjoa plans to become certified as an Information Systems Auditor; get a Masters degree and start a farm. “Eventually, I want to have the capacity to finance the education of underprivileged children, because I have experienced what the right education can do to a person”. What I know for sure? “I am proud of the woman I have become. Ashesi provided me with an awful lot of experiences to shape my view of the world.”

'06 Dodzi Anku attended the Harris International School in Cape Coast and moved on to the Hill Elementary School in Vancouver, Canada. Dodzi then moved to the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. She enrolled at Ashesi in 2003.

She enjoys reading poetry, playing the guitar, collecting stamps and cooking. Currently a senior copywriter with Origin8 Saatchi & Saatchi, one of Ghana’s top advertising agencies. She’s worked on many interesting and challenging projects.
“Ashesi was and still is an amazing experience because we continue to be engaged with the school. Every day I see how my connection with it sets me apart in very many ways”.

'07 Mawuse Kojo Bankas attended St. Augustine’s College before joining Ashesi’s Business class of 2007. Artsy, lit-aware Mawuse currently works with the Audit department of Deloitte and Touche. “My job challenges me every day. Ashesi prepared me well”, he adds smiling.

In March this year, friends of Mawuse, Eric Agbeli ’08, Kojo Boama ’08, Nene Plahar ’08, Emi-beth Amable ’07, Angela Osei-Kufuor ’07, Michael Afari ’08 and Sarah Mills ’07 were there to support him as he went paragliding in Kwahu, in Ghana's Eastern Region. “I’ve wanted to do this for a while. It’s great to have my friends here, the ladies especially,” he adds with a rather contagious laughter.

'08 Papa Kojo Boama graduated Cum Laude in 2008 and enjoys playing golf and basketball. Kojo works with the Investment Banking Group of IC Securities (Ghana) Limited, a job he loves very much. “It’s exactly what I want to be doing, so it comes really easy to me and I love the challenge.”

In 2009 alone, Kojo worked as the lead analyst on several transactions worth over GH¢140 million. “Ashesi’s rigorous yet innovative curriculum gave us the opportunity to develop such uncommon intellectual ability that by the time we were done, one did feel and was confident in his/her abilities. It’s the steam I ride on when I execute projects, lead teams and work under intense pressure,” he adds.
Kojo looks forward to becoming an influential business leader in Africa some day but “I’d like to teach at Ashesi first”, he says. “Alumni need to interact with current Ashesi students more. We are all successful and they need to see the Ashesi definition of success so they stay inspired.”

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Kwabena Owusu-Adjei enjoys Russian history and soccer; he’s an Arsenal and Bayern Munich fan. He recently was recruited by General Electric (Ghana) and looks forward to an exciting career in finance, energy or both.

While at Ashesi, Kwabena was involved in many different activities—the drama club, student governance and tons of community service projects. He served as the student representative on the Berekuso planning committee; started the Ghana Recycling Project, with class mate Deladem Ladson; and engaged Ghanaian media on Ashesi’s approach to teaching ethics.

According to Kwabena, “I learnt a lot about leadership and empathy while here at Ashesi. I learnt more about responsibility and making a difference, no matter how small. I am very confident about my future.” Eventually, Kwabena would like to go to Business School. His top pick? HEC Paris.

'12
According to Maame Serwa Saifah, “Ashesi has really given me a different perspective on life. We are forced to think and to challenge everything. It’s empowering.” Maame Serwa attended St. Roses Senior High School before coming to Ashesi. She’s an avid reader and swimmer. A Business Administration major, she hopes to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Haas, Berkeley.

'12 Maame Abena Owusu-Acheaw, Diana Dayaka Osei, Isaac Bruce and Nana Yaw Nketiah earlier this year, entered the Dell Social Innovation Competition with a plan to build a network of small libraries throughout Ghana. The Dell Social Innovation Competition is a partnership between Dell and the University of Texas that gives university students all over the world the opportunity to attempt to solve a social problem of their choice. As part of the four-stage competition, the winning students will receive a cash prize of $50,000 to help them launch their idea.

Unfortunately too few children in Ghana today have the opportunity to read. Books are not readily available in many communities and even in many schools. Ashesi’s Team Read Worm proposes to work with the Ghana Library Board to establish small, one-room libraries throughout the country. The group members noted that as children each of them had benefitted tremendously from reading. The team feels that developing a reading culture in children, gives them the opportunity to break boundaries and discover worlds beyond those they already know.

 

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