Who am I?
My present is the result of my past and my future: my birth, my upbringing, my education, my experiences, and my aspirations.
Being born in Osu, playing truant from “Mango Forest” (which is now present-day Labone), through Osu Nshonaa to the Arena-Adedenkpo-Fadama triangle, and then to life in Sandema, Johannesburg, Cambridge, Kigali, and London, is all part of who I am today.
Along the way, and also since becoming, currently, an Economic Advisor at The Presidency (Republic of Ghana), I have been shaped by learning at the feet of the people I grew up with, my school mates, the people I met and lived with, and worked with, from across the world: within Ghana, in Togo, through South Africa, Rwanda, Mauritius, Switzerland, Canada, Cuba, United States, Austria, and Sao Tome. And many other places.
From simple huts in remote villages to Presidential Villas in mega cities, I have been humbled by the power of human empathy, the willingness to share of the little and of the abundance that people have, and the overarching desire to do good to all manner of persons.
The seventeenth-born of a nineteen-member family, I have experienced the travails and privations of want, and poverty. Growing up poor means understanding the trade-offs ordinary people have to make everyday. Trade-offs they’d rather not make, or, shouldn’t have to make most times. I’ve learnt how to live with the taunts of the privileged, as well as the joys of perseverance, triumphs and victories of the scorned. And I have been humbled by it all.
I have also lived the privileged life that my education, training, experience, and ‘social status’ has afforded me. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in life, and to the people who opened doors for me. I have been poor many times, and rich often. And at times have had just enough to keep me afloat. I understand how it feels like in all of these worlds.
I have met and broken bread with my countrymen and women, young and old, rich and poor, privileged and left-behind, seasoned business-owners and struggling young entrepreneurs, students, professionals, labourers, general workers.
And because of this, I am in a unique position to bring the dreams, aspirations, and desires of all Ghanaians to the table of work in my privileged position as a senior public official at the very heart of government business: The Presidency.
Combined with my experience and knowledge as a development economist and investment banker, and with my 360-degree view and expertise in developing solutions to complex issues across various strategic and functional areas, I proudly, daily, and faithfully, represent my countrymen and women at the decision-making table.
Some say power corrupts. I say power humbles if you know where you’re coming from, and make the interests of the people you serve the center of the power you wield.
God-willing and with the support of as many as are willing, I will continue to serve Ghanaians with empathy, deep understanding, humility, integrity, and with love for country.
This is who I am.