Profile of Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye – Chairman of the Church of Pentecost

Profile of Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye – Chairman of the Church of Pentecost

Our personality for the week is the current Chairman of the Church of Pentecost in the person of Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamkye. Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye succeeded Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah as chairman after serving for a 10-year term from 2008 to 2018. Apostle Nyamekye is the 6th Chairman of the Chairman of Pentecost.

Profile of Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye – Chairman of the Church of Pentecost

  • Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye was born on October 21, 1965, to Mr. Stephen Antiedu Nyamekye (late) and Agnes Owusu in Asokore-Ashanti.
  • He completed Tema Secondary School in 1983 and proceeded to Nyankpala Agric College in the Northern Region, where he obtained a certificate in General Agriculture in 1986.
  • He also holds a diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Commercial Management, U.K., a post-graduate Diploma in Applied Theology from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon.
  • He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
  • Apostle Nyamekye worked with Technology Consultancy Center, KNUST, for three (3) years before he was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1991 and stationed at Daboase in the Western Region between 1991 and 1995.
  • He was later transferred to Agona Nsaba in the Central Region (1995- 1999), where he was ordained as a Pastor in 1996.
  • Between 1999 and 2005, he was sent on missions to the Republic of South Africa. He was recalled home in 2005 and stationed at East Legon, where he served as a District Pastor till 2008.
  • He also became the Resident Minister of Atomic branch of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) from 2008 to 2011. He was later called into the Office of Apostle and transferred to Tamale as Area Head from 2011 to 2015. Until his election, he served as the Koforidua Area Head of the Church.
  • Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye is married to Mama Mary and is blessed with six children.



Stop Celebrating Prostitutes Who Call Themselves Celebrities

It is so sad and disheartening in our days to know that the cheapest and easiest way to become popular in the world is by going nude. A lot of people have wonderful ideas to establish businesses that will grow from local to the international front but people are not ready to support them with their money; even banks may not give the loans needed. However, people and big companies easily support any activity that promotes nudity with huge amounts of money. It is time we all rise up to stop celebrating prostitutes who call themselves celebrities.

It is so sad to know that most of the so-called women who have become popular are in one way or the other involved in promoting nudity. A lot more of these women have also undergone the knife, thus did surgery to enhance their body into “Killer shapes and sizes” to keep the eyes of people fixed on them everywhere they go.

Not long ago in Ghana, Rashida Black Beauty (Malafaka), a teenager who took to social media to insult her boyfriend for jilting her for another lady and whose pornographic videos also went viral, was awarded in the same year to receive the most viral video award. When our leaders endorse and celebrate nonsense, celebrate and award a teenager who should be ashamed for her immoral acts, it gives much energy for the young and unsuspecting ones to also take to immoral acts and become popular. Stop celebrating prostitutes who call themselves celebrities, they do not deserve that attention.

If you want to take anyone as a role model, it should be someone noted for something worthy; something very important but not through nudies. It is high time our media house stopped giving attention to such porn celebrities. In fact, most of the female celebrities we have in the world should better be addressed as pornstars or prostitutes instead of celebrities.

There is something very important that you have to know before choosing celebrities as your role model or mentor. The spirit of every leader is impacted into the lives of their followers. Whenever you listen to songs sung by occultist, you are indirectly inviting the demons they operate with into your life.

Finally, I want us to take a look at what the Bible says about the sexually immoral and those who are always interested in showing their naked pictures and videos and become popular.

 1 Corinthians 6:9-20

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?

 Do not entertain nudities in any form or shape at the end of the day, you are likely to end your life in hell. So stop celebrating prostitutes who call themselves celebrities, they are not adding anything better to our lives but leading many people to hell. Stop celebrating prostitutes who call themselves celebrities.



13 Lessons From The 10 Years Challenge

One of the most trending issues on social media in the month of January, 2019 is the 10 years challenge where individuals and celebrities bring out their pictures taken 10 years ago and compare to the current year. Though it was fun and many people have taken up the challenge to show their friends and loved ones about how they have come this far, I caught wisdom and some useful lessons to learn from the 10 years challenges. When done reading, kindly share your views by commenting below in the comment box.

13 Lessons From 10 Years Challenge in Ghana

  1. God Changes Destinies

Never underestimate the power of little and humble beginnings. The fact that your life doesn’t seem to be good today does not mean that it will still be that bad tomorrow. So long as you serve the God that changes destiny, He will turn around your situation for the better.

  1. Never look down on anyone

Never look down on anyone today if they do not look honourable. The God of destiny can put you to shame. In the next 10 years, the people you may look down on them could surprise you and your servant today can be your employer tomorrow.

  1. Many have come this far by grace

The 10 years challenge is not only funny and serving as entertainment but a gentle reminder that we have all come this far through the grace of God alone. Let no man boast.

  1. A lot of body enhancement took place.

After observing pictures of some celebrities and some women in general, I realized that some women deliberately “changed their skin colour” and “altered their body shapes” over the past years. Some of them have undergone the knife (surgery) in order to have some kind of attractive and “killer shapes” that can draw all attention and followers on social media.

  1. A lot more have come that by crooked means

After carefully observing the 10 years challenge pictures of some celebrities and individuals, one thing was indirectly too obvious, your past life is a mirror of your current situation. Some people accused of playing the harlot in the past years have now advanced in their harlotry. Others too started with crooked means, illegal business and criminal activities and their 10 years challenge pictures are not only entertaining but reveal the genesis of their lifestyle.

  1. Your story is a motivation to others

When people know how you struggled in life and yet made it within a period of 10 years, it will serve as motivation to other people in same or similar situation. In fact, 10 years is even too much. God can totally transform your life with few months and people may not even recognize you.

  1. Beware of those who change their sex

In the past 10 years, some people were known to be men but they have now changed their sex and now known as women. This is a bad idea. You can change your sex but you cannot change the true identity of who God created you to be.

  1. Your next 10 years could be mixed feelings

You have no idea what lies ahead of you, even the next 30 seconds. Though we wake up each morning with hopes of a better day and a better future, the next 10 years could be laced with mixed feelings. That is the

  • Good – When everything falls in its rightful place
  • Bad – When bad times show up to mess you up
  • Ugly – When the worst happens causing tears to fill your eyes.
  • Anything that happens could be better or bitter lessons, learn from it.
  1. Taking pictures help to tell your story and history

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Taking pictures frequently from time to time gives you the opportunity to see how you have developed over time and it helps to tell your story better with evidence.

  1. Some friends are missing or dead for life

Cast your mind back and have a snap check whether all the people you knew for the past 10 years are all alive and doing better. The 10 years challenge is not only entertaining but also brings bad memories as some people glance through their pictures and realized that it is exactly 10 years when they lost a fellow they took a picture with.

  1. Don’t criticize until you know the full story

One of the biggest lessons the 10 years challenge revealed is to know the history behind some people before you begin to throw jabs at them. Until you know someone’s story and what they have been through and managed to survive, don’t be quick to point fingers at them and judge them.

  1. It’s all a matter of time

Time is one of the most powerful forces we have in this world. The 10 years challenge and how some people have managed to leave abject poverty and have now become millionaires or at least, managing life is just a matter of time. Time will surely tell and gives everyone a fair opportunity to turn situations around.

  1. No one can tell your story better than you

You knew exactly what you have been through. People can say just anything about you but no one can tell it better than yourself. You are the best author of your life’s story.

Did you partake in the 10 years challenge? What lessons did you learn from it?

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12 Interesting Quotes From Nana Akufo Addo’s Inaugural Speech brings you some of the interesting quotes from the inaugural speech of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President of Ghana. In case you missed the whole colourful show, then here are a few lines to whip up your interest to believe in the future of Ghana.

12 Interesting Quotes From Nana Akufo Addo’s Inaugural Speech

  1. I will protect the public purse. We will provide vision and direction.
  2. Being a Ghanaian must stand for something more than a holder of a birth certificate or a passport.
  3. I ask you to be citizens, not spectators; citizens not subjects.
  4. It is time to make sure that there is a true separation of powers in our arms of government.
  5. I will not let you, the people of Ghana, down.
  6. The change we have voted for has to start with each individual. I ask you to be responsible.
  7. It is time to define what being a Ghanaian means. Being a Ghanaian must mean you sign up to a definable code of conduct.
  8. I shall protect the public purse by insisting on value for money in all transactions.
  9. I see exciting times ahead, the rule of law will be the underlining tenet of our governance.
  10. We should learn and accept that we do not own the land, but hold in trust for future generations.
  11. State coffers are not the spoils for victorious political parties. I promise to protect the public.
  12. After 60 years of independence, we no longer have any excuse for being poor.

So tell us, which one is your favourite quote? What is your general overview about the inaugural ceremony?


Top 17 Things Ghanaians Expect Nana Addo To Say As President On 7th January

Top 17 Things Ghanaians Expect Nana Addo To Say As President On 7th January

Ghana’s President Elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be inaugurated tomorrow, 7th January, 2017. Before his election victory, Nana Addo continually hammered and drummed home some key things which will run through his administration.

We have listed a few of the things Ghanaians will expect Nana Addo to say in his inaugural speech as President of the Republic of Ghana.

Top 17 Things Ghanaians Expect Nana Addo To Say As President On 7th January

  1. One District, One Factory

This was the main message of his election campaign which turned out to be a mockery term because the opposition party thought the vision was unattainable but it finally wormed its way into the hearts of Ghanaians for a massive vote.

  1. President to all Ghanaians And Not Only NPP

His Excellency, Nana Addo, has continually assured Ghanaians that he was not elected as president for the New Patriotic Party but as a president and father to all Ghanaians regardless of one’s political affiliations.

  1. No Witch Hunting But Hunt For Opportunities, Growth And Development

The former Minister of Transport, Hon. Mrs. Dzifa Attivor once publicly declared that most of the NDC folks will be in prison if the NPP should win the December 7 Elections. However, in the victory speech of Nana Addo, he promised Ghanaians that he was not interested in witch hunting but was interested in hunting for opportunities because Ghanaians deserve better.

  1. No Tolerance For Corruption

The Mahama administration has been accused of many corrupt activities  and deals which were uncovered by both journalists and individuals. Nana Addo recently warned people who were aiming to steal during his tenure of office not to join his government.

  1. Reduction in High Taxes

High taxes amidst others was one of the reasons why Ghanaians booted out NDC government out of power.

  1. Reduction in Tariffs and Utilities

One of the things Ghanaians will not forget about the Mahama administration was high tariffs and utility bills amidst the poor services being rendered to Ghanaians by the utility companies.

  1. Opportunities for Job Creation

Certainly, every new president will talk about this but it is not always as they promise us.

  1. The “Dumsor” Power Crisis in Ghana

The only Ghanaian that cannot remember the “dumsor” effects will probably be babies and little children.

  1. Free Senior High School Education

The free Senior High School mantra was one of the main campaign messages of Akufo Addo during the last General Elections in Ghana but he unfortunately lose to the ruling party until the December 7, 2016 elections where he won.

  1. Teachers And Nurses Allowance

One of the things that may lead to the loss of power of the NDC government was the politics around teachers and nurses allowance. Nana Akufo Addo promised to restore the teachers and nurses’ allowance when voted into power. The teachers and nurses will be very attentive to hear this portion during his inaugural speech.

  1. Education Sector

Almost every government tries to improve the education sector by introducing new policies to improve the sector. Ghanaians are earnestly waiting on tenterhooks to hear the Akufo Addo government policies for the education sector.

  1. Health Policies

The Kuffour and Mahama administration did a lot to improve the health sector of Ghana. Kuffour left behind many health care policies while the Mahama administration was characterized by infrastructure projects to improve the health sector. Nana Addo during his campaign tour promised Ghanaians a lot; we are yet to hear and see for ourselves.

  1. Private Partnership in Ghana for Development

This is certainly one of the sure areas Ghanaians will expect Nana Addo to talk about to promote business, growth and development in the economy.

  1. Lean Government

Before his inaugural ceremony, Ghanaians were already told of some of the ministries that were created by the Attah Mills and Mahama administration will be been merged.

  1. New Policies

This has always been the case of every new government in power. At the end of the 4 years in power, Ghanaians will either maintain you in power or vote you out based on the policies you may be working with.

  1. Exploring Opportunities in Agricultural

Oh yes, we all know that this is too important for Nana Addo to forget in his speech otherwise, the farmers and fishermen will be very angry and boot them out of power next four years. Politicians always promise and encourage the youth to take up agricultural projects but little is always achieved in this area.

  1. Opportunities in ICT and Technology

We are yet to hear another juicy plan to harness the vast opportunities in Ghana’s digital space. We hope the NPP government and Ghanaians live up to expectation.


Hail The Creative African Boy At Work

Africa has got talent. And that is depicted in the creative works of this African boy who was able to transform his ideas from the imagination stage to the realization stage.

African leaders need to provide the enabling environment for creativity, innovation and the opportunity to explore one’s talent.

If this boy was able to use wood to create this, then he can do better when exposed to the right environment and provided with the needed logistics and the right technology.


Meet the WomanRising 100 Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in Ghana

Globally, women have been and continue to be innovative, enterprising and industrious across various sectors in business. The influence and impact of women entrepreneurs in the transformation of economies of both developed and developing countries cannot be over emphasized.

From startups to small and medium sized businesses to large corporations, women have played and continue to play significant roles in creating jobs, introducing innovative solutions to critical challenges, producing relevant products and services and creating wealth.

In Sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in Ghana, statistically, there are more women entrepreneurs and women-run businesses than their male counterparts. Despite the diverse responsibilities and challenges women face, their tenacity, resilience, commitment, passion, ingenuity, vision and exploits are worth recognizing and celebrating.

In line with that, WomanRising, a subsidiary of The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) launched the search for the 100 Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in Ghana (100MOWE) to honour, celebrate and generate public recognition of the achievements and contributions of 100 of the most inspiring and influential women in business in Ghana. The 100MOWE list captures women entrepreneurs from various sectors including Technology, Education, Food processing, Health, Real Estate, Media, Fashion, Beauty & Cosmetics, Consulting, Social Enterprise and so on.

In a conversation with Ekow Mensah, the founder of WomanRising and CEO of TANOE, he iterated the importance of Women Entrepreneurs and the significant role they play in the development of economies and solving socio-economic issues. He said that the introduction of the WomanRising 100 Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs list is aimed at encouraging and supporting women entrepreneurs in their pursuit of building globally competitive businesses, growing the private sector and the economy of Ghana. He congratulated all the women entrepreneurs that made it on the 1st Edition of the WomanRising 100MOWE List.

Below is the List of WomanRising 100 Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in Ghana arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. Abena Amoah || Baobab Advisors
  2. Abena B. Brigidi || Nimed Capital
  3. Adelaide Ahwireng || Fio Enterprise Ltd
  4. Adowarim Lugu Zuri || Wazuri Entreprise
  5. Afi Amoro || JANDEL Event Planners and Florist
  6. Aisha Ayensu || Christie Brown
  7. Akua Asanteba Mensah || Sirmax Restaurant
  8. Akua Boatemaa Oppong-Attah || Akiboat Impressions
  9. Akua Sarpong Ayisa || Unique Floral Centre
  10. Ama Duncan || Fabulous Woman Network
  11. Anastasia Afiyo Atiglo || Afiyo Creations
  12. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye || Ark Foundation
  13. Anita Erskine || BrandWoman Africa
  14. Anita Wiafe-Asinor || OML Africa
  15. Anne Amuzu || Nandi Mobile
  16. Anne Marie Adoley Addo || Jil Boutique
  17. Annette Akye || Beautique GH
  18. Asabea Agbenu || Windrow Consult
  19. Berlinda Baidoo || B2 Models
  20. Bernice Daapah || Ghana Bamboo Bikes
  21. Beryl Agyekum || Echo House Ghana
  22. Catherine Krobo-Edusei || Eden Tree Ltd
  23. Catherine N.E.A Coffie || Anowah Group
  24. Christiana Kyeremeh || Principal Capital Microfinance Limited
  25. Claudia Lumor || Glitz Africa
  26. Comfort Aku Adjahoe-Jennings || Ele Agbe Co Ltd
  27. Comfort Ocran || Legacy & Legacy
  28. Constance Swaniker || Accents & Arts
  29. Deborah Ahenkorah || Golden Baobab
  30. Deloris Frimpong Manso || Excellencia Ghana Limited
  31. Dentaa Amoateng || Ghana Uk Based Awards
  32. Dzibordi Dosoo || Allure Africa
  33. Dzifa Dey || The Rheumatology Initiative
  34. Edem Adzaho || Spec Consult
  35. Edith Dankwa || Business & Financial Times Ltd
  36. Elizabeth Patterson || Girls Education Initiative Ghana
  37. Ellen Hagan || L’aine Services
  38. Enyo Kumahor || Cobalt Partners
  39. Esi E Ansah || Axis Human Capital
  40. Esther Cobbah || Stratcomm Africa
  41. Ethel Adjorlolo Marfo || Tod-Teen Republic
  42. Ethel Cofie || Edel Technology Consult
  43. Eugenia Mawuena Adjoa || Young Educators Foundation
  44. Eunice Ijeoma Aku Ogbugo || Eugo Terrano
  45. Farida Bedwei || Logiciel Ltd
  46. Florence Adjepong || Alpha Beta Educational Centre
  47. Georgette Sakyi Addo || Georgette Barnes Limited
  48. Gifty Anti || GDA Concepts
  49. Gifty Lamptey || Sidalco Ghana
  50. Gladys Amorkor Commey || All Pure Nature
  51. Gloria Buckman Yankson || Plantit Ghana
  52. Grace Amey Obeng || FC Group
  53. Gwen Gyimah || Hair Senta
  54. Hannah Acquah || The Knowledge Channel Africa
  55. Inna Maryam Patty || Exclusive Events Company Limited
  56. Israella Kafui Mansu || Mansuki Ghana Limited
  57. Ivy Appiah || Tiwajo Industry Limited
  58. Jay Abrefi Gyebi || Mukase Chic
  59. Josephine Forson || Tekura
  60. Joyce Ababio || Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design
  61. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi || Mama Zimbi Foundation
  62. Joyce Boadi Okyere || Posky Plus Stationery And Supplies
  63. Juliet Asante || Eagle Production Ltd
  64. Juliet Ibrahim || Juliet Ibrahim Foundation
  65. Kafui Adzah || Cookhouse
  66. Kafui Danku || ABC Pictures
  67. Kate Quartey-Papafio || Reroy Cables Limited
  68. Leila Djansi || Turning Point Pictures
  69. Lily Agbodo || Amazing Love Schools
  70. Mabel Simpson || Msimps
  71. Marie Noelle Yakubu || Marie Noalle’s Spa
  72. Maud Lindsay Gamrat || Atlantic Catering and Logistics Limited
  73. Nana Adwoa Awindor || Obaapa Development Foundation
  74. Nikki Boa-Amponsem || 2nd Image Hair and Beauty Therapy Academy
  75. Patricia Poku-Diaby || Plot Enterprise Ghana
  76. Peace Hyde || Aim Higher Africa
  77. Pearl Esua-Mensah || Feniks Limited
  78. Perfectual Linnan Labik || Roots By Linnan
  79. Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza || Nasara Tech
  80. Regina Agyare-Honu || Soronko Solutions
  81. Renée Q. Boateng || ReneeQ 
  82. Rita Kusi || Kusi Consulting
  83. Roberta Annan || Roberta Annan Consulting
  84. Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey || Rosak Consult
  85. Ruka Yaro || Jamilullah Farm Enterprise
  86. Ruth-Maria Assandoh || AKILA GH
  87. Salma Salifu || Dignity DTRT Apparel
  88. Sarah Christian || Sarah Christian
  89. Selina Bebaako-Mensah || Selina Beb
  90. Sheila Azuntaba || Innovative Microfinance Ltd
  91. Sheila Bartels Sam || InCharge Global
  92. Shirley Frimpong Manso || Sparrow Productions
  93. Theresa Ayoade || Charterhouse
  94. Theresa Oppong-Beeko || Manet Group of Companies
  95. Vida Asamoah-Gyekye || Hillview Montessori School
  96. Yaganoma Baatuolkuu || Wanjo Foods
  97. Yawa Hansen Quao || Leading Ladies Network
  98. Yvonne Ndoum || Groupe Ndoum
  99. Yvonne Nelson || Yvonne Nelson Productions
  100. Yvonne Okoro || Desamour Company Ltd

WomanRising is passionate about equipping women to succeed particularly in business and generally in life through the provision of relevant information, capacity building through training and coaching, branding and productive networking support and entrepreneurship development. For Inquiries email or

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HaPpY Birthday Elder Emmanuel Darko – Kyei!

Happy Birthday Elder Emmanuel Darko – Kyei. All of a sudden, life becomes meaningful and worth living to the fullest when we meet the right people in life but the opposite is suicidal. Meeting you is by grace, a blessing and rare gift to mankind.

Though always very busy and had to attend to numerous duties, you make time for the people of God as Presiding Elder of Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC-Kasoa).

Your words of encouragement and making time to read, edit and query some of the articles published on has culminated in the success we are seeing today.

You are a friend.

You are a brother.

You are a father.

You are a professional banker.

And above all, you are a Minister of the Gospel bringing the gospel to lighten the path of those who have not yet come to the saving knowledge of Christ.

We are grateful to God for adding another year to your age because you have identified the purpose for which you are living and using it fully to bless the hearts of people. You are indeed a blessing to your generation.

On this special day of your birth, the entire team of wishes you a HaPpY Birthday.

Once again, we say HaPpY Birthday Elder Emmanuel Darko – Kyei!


Simon Ampah: The Man Aiming to Teach 10,000 African Kids Coding

There is still much potential in technology to be explored in African and one man who aims at teaching 5 year kids how to code to develop their own apps by 2025 is Simon Ampah, the CEO of Simon Mustard and cofounder of the Gates Coding Club, an IT organization that aims at teaching kids how to code to build their own games and applications.

Simon Mustard organizes the Gates Coding Club which aims at teaching and inspiring 10,000 African kids between the ages of 5-16 years how to code and build their own apps by 2025.

In the past decade, Africans have come to realize the immense potential of technology and innovation in solving the continent’s most basic and primary challenges.

Some of the kids at this year’s Coding Both Camp

The question the Gates Coding Club asks, therefore, is, if Africa is achieving such strides in technology even though it came to the party quite late, what will the next generation achieve if they start earlier.

” This is why we find it necessary to train young children as early as possible, the rudiments of IT and programming. That, according to the Gates Coding Club is the way to catch up with the developed world”, co- founder of Gates Coding Club says.

Simon Ampah is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast and co-founder of  Simon Mustard , a  limited liability company he started with his older brother who is an IT teacher.  The brothers started the Coding Club after Simon’s initial stint in business selling books.  He narrates the story of how he started a book selling business after he was refused a visa into the UK.

” The plan was for me to travel to the UK, work, make some money and come back home to start a business.  At the same time, I was brooding over an idea to start selling corporate and inspirational books. But as fate will have it, I was refused the Visa. So right from the British High Consulate, I went straight to the bookshop with the GHC50 I had in my pocket, and started the business. In less than one year, I had made over GHC20, 000.”

Simon was not fulfilled even though he was making a lot of money from the sale of the books.

” I wanted to make more impact. So when my brother suggested the idea of us teaching kids how to code, it resonated with my values at the particular time. I knew that was a venture that will bring me a lot of fulfillment.”

Kids who attended this year’s Coding Both Camp

Simon Mustard organizes the Gates Coding Club which aims at teaching and inspiring 10,000 African kids between the ages of 5-16 years how to code and build their own apps by 2025.

Simon says that Africa is far behind as far as developing content for the digital space is concerned. He realized that most Internet users in Africa are end-users and not developers. He therefore co-founded Simon Mustard to help reverse this trend through the activities of the Gates Coding Club. They have already introduced coding to some schools as an extra-curricular activity and also through their boot camp which are organized from time to time.

They recently put together a 3-day coding boot camp at the Peak Lyceum School in Tema, community 22. The event brought together about 40 children most of whom were new to coding. The kids learnt the fundamentals of coding and built their own games during the 3-day event. The also learnt about entrepreneurship and leadership from industry experts.

Coding Workshop in progress

“I love to come to the class and write codes because when I code successfully, I can feel the achievement. This makes me happy and proud of myself, said Essilfuah a participant at the boot camp”.

“It’s a fun challenge,” said Hilary. “It starts off easy, but then it gets more difficult, but as you get into it, it’s kind of fun.” Hilary also said that making mistakes is part of the enjoyment.

The Gates Coding Club caters for students from primary schools through to high schools. It is the first of its kind in Ghana. Simon says the benefits of coding are enormous because it helps the kids to think logically and breakdown complex problems.

Simon teaching the kids the day’s lessons

“Many parents came to us and told us, oh we finally found a coding school designed for kids.  Some parents wondered why this was a one-off event and urged the organizers to continue after the boot camp.”

The Gates Coding Club intends to have a meet up with the kids at the end of each month to build upon what they have learnt during the boot camp. He says they put together this boot camp to help Ghanaian kids to catch up with the rest of the world. He reiterated that the future of the world belonged to kids who knew how to code since coding is expected to be a basic requirement for getting into any employment position just as computer literacy is today.

In the medium term, Simon and his team are looking forward to scale the program up to as many schools as possible. They are also looking forward to do as many private sessions as possible.

According to Mr. Ampah, some countries including Australia, Estonia, UK, Finland as well as some state in the United States have already added coding to the basic school curriculum and wondered why Ghana is still using precious instructional hours to teach basic office applications when that time could be better utilized on challenging coding projects.

The Gates Coding Club will undoubtedly groom the core of Ghana’s innovators and Coding geniuses for the next generation. The world should better watch out for these kids.

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