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Africa On Focus the Podcast
Podcast for Africa
Africa on Focus is a weekly dialogue, hosted by Ms.aba on Hi-radio who shares success stories of young Africans from the continent and the Diaspora.
Mar 17, 2021
Palgrave Boakye-Danquah – Kandifo Institute #CreatingTrust
Life during and post lockdown is a question that is almost on every single person’s mind. In this episode starring special guest Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, Africa on Focus discusses how to overcome the hurdles the pandemic has caused. Danquah, Founding Executive Director of Kandifo Institute is a serial entrepreneur, a start-up and reengineering policy consultant, researcher, lecturer and more. Part of the team J live Africa, Danquah, has helped over 500k+ people globally. Together with Ms. ABA, Danquah discusses the role of leadership and how it affects the world we live in.
1 hr 26 min
Mar 10, 2021
MS. ABA & Donny Addison – Reclaiming Africa’s Excellence #ARichCulture
Do you truly know Africa? Do you know where some of the world’s most creative and talented black people come from? In this episode dedicated to the power of black history, Ms. ABA and Donny Addison reflect on the celebration of black history month, how these celebrations fall on different months in USA and UK, the role of colonisation, and how important it is to educate on black history and racism, following the appalling and heart-breaking o death of George Floyd and prior. Highlighted is Kofi Kayiga, the first Ghanaian-British black museum owner, presenting artifacts on American black history and achievements. In recent times, there has been support from legal authorities to archeologists and anthropologists for the return of exhibits to home countries as they do not belong to the western world. Information can easily be lost in translation or manipulated and this brings hope to restore and recover Africa. Tap into this episode to hear the discussion, learn more about Africa and countries that were colonised.
Mar 3, 2021
Caroline Kamya – Discover The Magic of Africa #ConnectingInTheFilmIndustry
Let’s talk Africa. Ever wondered why Africa is so magical to African’s but seems like a “village” to western society? Should one be able to speak on matters they haven’t actually experienced? Joining MS. ABA and Donny, in this truly stimulating podcast is Caroline Kamya. Ugandan born British film director and producer. Kamya, reflects on her own experiences of how society views Africa and the true reality of Africa. Kamya is known for her passion to diminish the stigma attached to Africa’s Identity. Being a renowned featured filmmaker, channel head & poet, Kamya’s work can even be seen in the likes of BBC and Channel4. She founded her own company “Shattered Hues” which harnesses a platform for creative forefronts in the Netherlands on a diaspora level. Tap into this exhilarating podcast that consists of life experiences, Hustle & motivation, poetry and future project developments.
Feb 24, 2021
Nosa Odiase and Karen N. Pumpuni – Salvage your African History #AncestralEducation
Do you truly know the depths of your African roots? Join MS. ABA and Donny, as they speak to London based writers, Nosa Odiase (British-Nigerian engineer) and Karen N. Pumpuni (British-Ghanaian schoolteacher). Discussing their latest book “A Cry to War (The Last Warrior King Series, #1)” the writers shine light on African slave history topics that are not so accessible. Most African history stories we know are told by word of mouth and data we can find on the internet. Information can easily be lost in translation or manipulated. This revolutionary compelling story book of African fiction is a safe keep of the greatest and richest treasures to have ever bestowed Africans.
Feb 17, 2021
Joewackle - Emancipation of mental slavery #EmotionalIntelligence
Ready to talk metal health crisis in Africa? Alongside Ms. ABA and Donny, is special guest star Joewackle, talented Ghanaian based writer and filmmaker who recently released an exceptional short film “Boys No dey Cry” (Boys don’t cry), tapping into mental health issues in Africa, particularly Ghana. This podcast also focuses on mental health issues around the world, and how people are even more affected by it during COVID-19 in this lockdown special.
Jan 19, 2021
Max Koffi – The Africa we can create ourselves #lobbyingforAfrica
Time for a chat with Max Koffi, founder of Africa in Motion, an African focused accelerator aimed to enhance relationships between Europe and the African continent. We are talking about changing the ‘fair trade’ we know, the real facts of fair trade and how can we, the Diaspora via sustainable programs work on developing our West-African farmers. Maxx is also advocating for a new economic model between Africa and the rest of the world to create true wealth for Africans. There are durable ways to achieve these goals. Have a listen and discover how we can address the current challenges Africans face.
1 hr 22 min
Nov 4, 2020
Yvette Tetteh – Ghana and agribusiness, a thriving industry #Goforit
Let’s talk to Yvette Tetteh, a food entrepreneur based in Ghana who has an outpouring of knowledge about best practices in starting your own venture. Yvette shares how compelling it is to do business in Ghana; while learning that business is more straightforward than it seems, she also knew the product and market well enough to “just go for it”. One of the more heart-warming lessons during her entrepreneurial journey taught Yvette that consumers in Ghana are happy to support a ‘made in Ghana’ label even when the product may not be as well-known. Tune in to hear more about Yvette’s story about starting a thriving dried fruits business from her mum’s kitchen to creating a ‘no-waste’ model, and keeping her conviction to succeed throughout the process.
Oct 28, 2020
Byron Kwaning – Racism, a sin issue #Blackpeople
Let’s talk to Byron Kwaning, a husband, father and soon to be ordained pastor who used his gift of powerful public speaking at the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the Netherlands. Tune in to hear his take on racism being a ‘sin issue’, changing mindsets and pushing conversations that deny wilful ignorance on race issues in the Netherlands and beyond.
Oct 7, 2020
Let’s Chat Africa – Everyone against racism #blacksociety
Let’s talk to Lis Camelia, Donny Addison and Nene McRich in our bi-monthly segment called Let’s Chat Africa. In this episode, we discussed how the fight against racism isn’t ‘black people versus white people’, but actually everyone against racism, collectively. We’re looking to address ignorance in the time of information, as well as the emotional fatigue that has come with the global conversation around the anti-racist movement. Tune in to hear two passionate, learned people express their views and experiences surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement; an intelligent and deeply insightful conversation on how racism affects our society on a personal and institutional level.
1 hr 13 min
Sep 2, 2020
Palgrave Boakye-Danquah – The Leadership that Africa needs Pt. 2 #Youthleadership
Here is part 2 of our talk with Palgrave Boakye Danquah, a well-travelled, highly educated visionary who works towards bettering youth leadership in communities around him. Tune in to learn even more about how Palgrave’s intends to equip youth in Ghana and how Kandifo Institute, an independent think tank to influence Ghana’s policymakers through critical thinking and strategic planning.
1 hr 27 min
Aug 7, 2020
Kojo (Otmar Watson) – Performance art & story telling #Theafricanway
Let’s talk to Otmar Watson, the Managing Director of Untold, a brilliant organisation based in Amsterdam. Untold is an organisation that celebrates African culture and history, through developing talents and skills of young people in performance art while telling the story of their collective African identity.Otmar has been interested in African culture since a young age, and he grew his knowledge and interaction with the culture through conscious rap, during the hiphop movement in the 1980’s. Intent on learning more, Otmar feels closer to his ancestral history through educational travel to Ghana, South Africa and other countries in Africa. Otmar is also keen to push the focus on history before slavery, to celebrate the traditions, culture and stories from the Africa that is often forgotten.Tune in to hear about Otmar’s insightful encounters from his travels, and how he hopes to use his knowledge and passion to provide a professional platform for African culture and arts.
Jul 23, 2020
Palgrave Boakye-Danquah – The Leadership that Africa needs #Youthleadership
Let’s talk to Palgrave Boakye Danquah, a well travelled, highly educated visionary who works towards bettering youth leadership in communities around him. Hailing from Ghana, Palgrave has travelled and worked in no less than 78 countries so far, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon. With many bachelor and masters degrees in his pocket, Palgrave is a living example of how education never ends. Through his work at the Kandifo Institute in Accra, Palgrave operates a non-partisan organisation that focuses on mentoring young people in leadership, encouraging policy dialogue, conducting research and objective analysis on national issues. Tune in to learn more about Palgrave’s insightful experiences through his travels and education, and his passion for Ghana’s democratic future through ambitious, well-equipped youth.
1 hr 11 min
Jul 16, 2020
Eddie Kadi – Bridging the gap through comedy #Africanpeople
Let’s talk to Eddie Kadi, a self-made comedy icon that believes in using his craft to entertain with a purpose. Born in the Democratic republic of Congo and moving to the United Kingdom as a child, Eddie went on to graduate from Kingston University in the early 2000’s. During his time at university, Eddie became involved in hosting large-scale showcases, and learn to use his unique comedic and linguistic skills, paired with his lived experiences to bridge the gap between the diaspora and those living in Africa. Calling himself an “entertainment merchant”, Eddie grew his audience to a global scale, now flying around the world to perform as a comedian and a host. Tune in to hear about Eddie’s relatable experiences of growing up in the diaspora, as well as his insightful take on how not to see barrier between African from different regions, and to further embrace the empowered continent that Africa truly is.
Jun 16, 2020
Nana Kwame ‘Bonzi’ Addae – Amsterdammer of the Year #craftmanship
Let’s talk to Nana Kwame Addae, better known as Bonzi, a nominee for “Amsterdammer of the Year”. Known for his trumpet and piano playing skills, it comes as no surprise that his skilful hands have led Nana down his chosen career path and towards this massive nomination. Nana is well involved in his community through woodwork workshops that he conducts for children and adults alike. He believes there should be more of a focus on the technical sector, and that craftsmanship is a gift that young people should be encouraged to pursue. Workshops involve learning how to use tools safely, and creating beautiful wooden masterpieces from scratch. Tune in to hear about Nana’s nomination, how to get involved in his workshops and how ‘small efforts’ can create meaningful impact within a community.
May 27, 2020
Busi Sizani – Making inclusion intentional #TheonlyBlack
Let’s talk to Busi Sizani, a Global African that wears many hats in her personal and professional life. A filmmaker and self-claimed serial innovator, creative and entrepreneur, Busi has long been advocating for inclusion and diversity in every space that she has occupied. Born and raised in South Africa, her social context defined and pushed Busi’s journey towards finding her voice for inclusion and diversity from a young age, and carried on through her work in the sports broadcasting industry - well-known as an ‘all-male’ world. With her film titled “Ayanda”, Busi fought multiple creative battles to produce an impactful movie, that went on to premiere in multiple film festivals around the globe. Tune in to hear the incredible stories about her identity journey - from growing into her name to making a home in Amsterdam - her filmmaking process, and her lifelong mission to make inclusion intentional, wherever she goes.
May 13, 2020
Dentaa Amoateng MBE – Building the Africa we want #PanAfrica
One of the highlights of this season, on Mother’s Day is a talk with one of our guests of honour: Dentaa Amoateng MBE, the award winning British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, presenter, producer, manager, mother and more. Who simply describes herself as a lady with a passion for Ghana and Africa. Having founded GUBA Awards, a non-profit Business & Innovation Awards for Ghanaian based businesses and individuals in the UK, in 2009. Dentaa’s intent was to celebrate Ghanaians in the United Kingdom. Her continued passion has been recognized and awarded internationally. Join us to find out what motivated her organization expansion, why the Pan-African movement is important for the young Diaspora. And how our love for Africa can be shaped towards growing the African continent.
1 hr 7 min
May 6, 2020
Emmanuel Ohene Boafo – Taking acting to higher heights #TheBigScreen
Let’s talk to Emmanuel Ohene Boafo, a Dutch-Ghanaian actor who’s taking the Afro Dutch movie scene by storm! Currently finishing up with a lead role in a short movie called Venserpolder, Emmanuel shares the story of his journey towards stardom. His passion began all the way back in 2009, whilst watching High School Musical and realising acting was what Emmanuel truly wanted to do. Though negotiating his career path with his Ghanaian parents proved a struggle, Emmanuel is a poster child for balancing expectations and passion. Having enrolled for International Business Studies, Emmanuel learnt very quickly that that career path was not for him. He continued to pursue his passion for acting through roles in the theatre and eventually auditioned for a lead role in a movie. Tune in to hear about the turning point in Emmanuel’s career, acting with his mother, and how investing and training in your craft can make you stand out in a crowd!
Apr 29, 2020
Sabine Fonderson – The truths, myths and facts about #COVID19 #AfricanHealth
In this bonus episode, part of our #LockdownSpecials with MS.ABA, we're talking to Dr. Sabine Fonderson about the facts, myths and truths concerning COVID-19 and our health. Find out how you can get a free consultation via her platform: Hello Doc and how to sustain your health during this pandemic.
1 hr 12 min
Apr 15, 2020
Kimberly Ofori – Working your way up on the job market #Chasingyourdreams
Let’s talk to Kimberly Ofori, a 29-year-old powerhouse that has us hanging on her every word. Born in Amsterdam and raised in Almere, Kimberly is of Ghanaian and Surinamese descent, and claims to have been “ordained to be a lawyer” even before she was born! Having studied several courses at universities in the Netherlands and the USA, Kimberly’s educational background, though decorated, tells the story of her struggle to find a balance between fulfilling her parents dreams and also doing other things that she was great at. Always a go-getter, Kimberly moved to Dubai on a whim, working in business consultancy and setting up three businesses while she was there. The aptly named ‘Apreneur’ social network for African professionals was her latest project, widely known within the African diaspora community. Join us to hear more about how Kimberly changed her mind set to match that of the work environments she encountered, and what works best as leverage in the job market here i…
Apr 1, 2020
Leroy Niemel – Cultural Integration & Entrepreneurship #StayCurious
Let’s talk to Leroy Niemel, an inspirational creative entrepreneur with a whole lotta stories to tell during his timely appearance on the show during Black History Month. Formerly working as a Brand Manager at a contemporary menswear company called Filling Pieces, Leroy has had an unconventional journey in his career, filled with lessons and learning. Born in Surinam, Leroy moved to the Netherlands, specifically Ermelo, when he was only 8 years old. Proud to have grown up outside of his comfort zone, Leroy has taken lessons from his childhood until present day to navigate through the societal systems to live and stand by his dreams: to be his own boss. Tune in to hear an insightful conversation about cultural integration, entrepreneurship in the creative industry, and staying curious no matter what career path you may choose!
Mar 25, 2020
Emanuel Ankrah – Growing individuals as influencers #EffectiveStrategy
Join us to talk with Emanuel Ankrah, a Dutch-Ghanaian Amsterdammer who is an expert on the ins and outs of social media tech and marketing. As he loves to travel, Emanuel found himself pursuing two degrees across three countries; the Netherlands, the U.S. and Belgium, all that led him down the path to international music management. When attending New Skool Rules, a music conference, Emanuel saw that he really enjoyed being behind-the-scenes in the music and influencer industry. This event kick-started how he crafted his personality and business towards building and growing individuals as influencers, in his capacity as a YouTube strategist. Tune in to hear how Emmanuel manages his full-time job in strategy, social media and brand partnerships while constantly expanding and sharing knowledge in an industry that is highly relevant in our generation and time!
Mar 18, 2020
Sabine Fonderson - Creating the Uber of Health Care #HelloDoc
Dr. Sabine Fonderson is a medical doctor and founder of HelloDoc, an online medical advice platform for migrant health professionals and expat patients in the Netherlands. Sabine is passionate about including the African community to provide the proper health care: nutrition information, exercise and dialogue. Find out how Dr. Fonderson plans to change the dynamics of African health and how her platform is expectantly growing into the Uber of health care.
Mar 11, 2020
MS.ABA – Women’s Day Celebration #WomenRock
Here is to all women who inspire us to be great! In theme of last International Women’s Day, MS.ABA takes the time to share which African women inspire her in her personal life, career, business and creative ventures. Find out how her mother, Genevieve Nnaji, Dentaa Amoateng, Jumoke Adenowo, Nomzamo Mbatha inspire MS.ABA to explore all of her talents and impact ladies in her environment.
Feb 26, 2020
Afriibol – African Snacks to the world #Africanfood
Let’s talk to Barbara and (name), an ambitious, entrepreneurial mother-son duo that brought to life Afriibol; the African snack with a mission. Hailing from Southern Cameroon, Barbara and her family moved to the Netherlands several years ago. Barbara has a knack for adapting her African-born ideas to the dutch consumer market, so when she was able to ‘remix’ the much-loved oliebollen, she realised she was sitting on a gold mine. However, upon hearing a heartbreaking story about underprivileged women in her home in Cameroon, she found the purpose which then pushed her to make this more than just a business. Afriibol became more than just a snack for the masses - it became a tool to fund-raise for impoverished women to access healthcare in Cameroon. This was the vision that created authenticity for the product and the force behind it. Tune in to get a peek behind the scenes of the food product industry, and learn how an experiment from a mothers kitchen went from her sons plate to…
Feb 12, 2020
Kemo Camara – Bridging the Gap #Africansunite
Let’s talk to Kemo Camara, CEO and founder of Omek; a premium digital and physical space dedicated to the social and economic development of African diaspora. Born in Guinea into a family of 9 siblings, Kemo was educated and worked in the United States for 15 years before moving to Germany, where he pursued a masters degree in Development, Economics and International Studies. Kemo has hosted the African Collaboration Summit for the first time in 2019, and following the massive success of the event, a second edition followed only months later! Multiple African-owned businesses and organisations were in attendance to grow their networks and audiences, whilst meeting with many skilled African professionals as well. Tune in to hear how his research for his thesis lead to a keen interest in the potential of the African Diaspora and how to best leverage their capital, which eventually founding a successful platform to bridge the gap between African professionals all over the world.
Jan 8, 2020
Untold- Reclaiming our African-ness
Let’s talk to Kojo (A.k.a. Otmar Watson) and Daphne, two individuals that are part of the founding team of an incredible and unique organisation based in Amsterdam. Untold is an organisation that celebrates African culture and history, through developing talents and skills of young people in performance art while telling the story of their collective African identity. Having to constantly explain how the African Diaspora is so widespread around the globe, the repetitive conversation pushed the founders to create Untold as a way to tell the stories of African history, culture, and empowerment. Tune in to hear their take on the similarities between the lives of the vast, spread out African diaspora, all the way from Amsterdam to Suriname to Ghana; and how they use art, drama, music and dance performances to make sure the story of their African heritage is heard.
Dec 31, 2019
Vanessa Danso - Introducing Ghana's first history channel #Knowyourhistory
Let’s talk to Vanessa Danso, a woman who’s out to change your perceptions of modern medicine as well as black history. Born and bred in Belgium, Vanessa’s path to becoming a doctor in The Netherlands involved many twists and turns that defy the standard chronology of most people’s educational careers. From boarding school to higher education to returning to high school, Vanessa is now a Doctor in integrative medicine and an innovative storyteller on Youtube. Her clean, professional platform called Eclectic Kyeiessa is only one of the many things that this ‘Jill of all trades’ is doing and investing in. Find out how she went from treating hypertension to covering Ghanaian history in this fascinating episode, with the help of her mother’s tough love and her sisters as inspiration!
Dec 18, 2019
MOG Music – Making Music with Impact #MakingitBig
Starting drumming at his church, MOG rather stumbled upon being a singer. The Ghanaian Gospel artist and minister takes us to the start of his music journey and how he looks to impact lives with his music. The versatile artist also shares how he keeps focus on the core values of his music and how he ignored his critics on his collaboration with Sarkodie on the record ‘Making it Big’.
Dec 4, 2019
Terry Afram – The Ghanaian Dream 2.0 #YearofReturn
We’re delighted to have a second chat with Terry Afram. The now founder of Bridge Partners talks on how he started his journey as a returnee as MD at Jumia Foods and how he is now passionately and fully bridging a gap between Ghana and the Diaspora. We’re getting ready for the second edition of The Ghanaian Dream on Saturday the 7th of December: a conference in Amsterdam established to inform, inspire and equip professionals and investors in the Diaspora to contribute to the development of The Ghanaian private sector.
Nov 27, 2019
DJ AIA – Boss lady energy! #femaledjs
Let’s talk to DJ AIA, a Dutch-Ghanaian DJ and fashion label owner (Label Socks) bringing boss lady energy to both industries! Growing up surrounded and inspired by music, DJ Aia dabbled in doing theatre and rap before she decided to try her hand at DJ-ing. More recently, she founded her own fashion label: Label Socks. Professionally qualified as a social worker, DJ Aia still manages to juggle her social work with being an entrepreneur and an entertainer. Tune in to hear about DJ Aia’s journey towards self-investment, self-employment and attempting to break out of the boxes that society is always putting us in!
Nov 20, 2019
Bright Aboagye – Sent back to Africa #WorktoGame
Let’s talk to Bright Aboagye, an Account Executive at Indeed who balances work-and-play perfectly in his career. While he works hard helping companies recruit skilled employees through Indeed, he plays hard through Yebo Game where people come together to play video games and network as business owners and professionals in a less conventional way. Schooled in Amsterdam, Bright has had the privilege of spending time in his ancestral home in Ghana as well as studying abroad in Scotland. This played a role in his choice to enrol in an internationally oriented programme at university, so as to be surrounded by people and ideas from outside his comfort zone. Listen now to hear how being ‘sent back’ to Ghana shaped Bright’s values, and how he carries those through his daily life be it professionally or personally.
Nov 6, 2019
Mareh Oboh – Sending Money back to Africa #AfricaRemittances
Time for a chat with Mare Oboh, an Australian based Nigerian motivational speaker and entrepreneur who broke the internet with a thought-provoking video: ‘Sending money back AFRICA’. We talk on his journey and his take on migration, how Africans should be more entrepreneurial and his book: ‘Keys to Successful Migration’. Find out more on how we can be better ambassadors of Africa.
Oct 30, 2019
MS ABA - Why Africans need to share our success stories #AfricansCollaborate
The journey of Africa on Focus begins with MS.ABA, a Dutch Ghanaian music artist, presenter and creative entrepreneur. Let’s continue to find out how Africa on Focus came about and what seems to be the key element that will empower our community. Find out how MS.ABA started her path creating content and what sparked her passion for changing the narrative when it comes to the African Diaspora and our success.
Oct 23, 2019
Babah Tarawally – Expanding Borders #Ubuntumindset
Let’s talk to Babah Tarawally, an independent press activist. Hailing from Sierra Leone, Babah moved to The Netherlands as a refugee. Now a published author, Babah shares his journey as a ‘jack of all trades’. He’s a strong believer in using his voice to speak out about injustices happening in the world around him. Babah used his natural talent as a writer to report events during the civil war in Sierra Leone and later learnt to use his craft to tell stories that represented his thoughts and values about black and African culture. Tune in to hear how Dutch culture shaped Babah’s new mindset and how he stays true to his beliefs throughout his storytelling process.
Oct 9, 2019
MS.ABA - Why Africans need to share our success stories (Part 2) #AfricansCelebrate
The journey of Africa on Focus begins with MS.ABA, a Dutch Ghanaian music artist, presenter and creative entrepreneur. What initially started as a blog to address the lack of African representation in the lifestyle and fashion world, became an international digital platform where Africans meet their partially overlooked success stories. Find out how MS.ABA started to work on her vision for Africa on Focus and how her internship experiences helped her find her niche.
Sep 25, 2019
MS.ABA – Why Africans need to share our success stories #AfricanDiaspora
The journey of Africa on Focus begins with MS.ABA, a Dutch Ghanaian music artist, presenter and creative entrepreneur. What initially started as a blog to address the lack of African representation in the lifestyle and fashion world, became an international digital platform where Africans meet their partially overlooked success stories. Find out how MS.ABA started her path creating content and what sparked her passion for changing the narrative when it comes to the African Diaspora and their success.
Sep 4, 2019
Mary Tataw - Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industry #MAFCouture
Let’s talk to Mary Tataw, CEO and fashion designer at M.A.F. Couture. Born and raised in Cameroon, Mary moved to the Netherlands as a teenager, and continued to pursue a diploma in Fashion and Design in The Hague. With the belief that “people deserve to dress their best”, Mary brings her creativity to the forefront in making modern African fashion accessible to everyone in their daily lives; men, women, and children alike. Tune in to hear Mary’s top tips about entrepreneurship in the creative industry, and how she leans on God and supportive friends and investors to create her royal masterpieces year in, year out.
Aug 21, 2019
The Rock Foundation – Empowering Amsterdam! #Clothesfortheneedy
Let’s talk to Junior Kwame and Emmanuel Owusu Annim, two young Ghanaians that are based in Amsterdam and passionate about doing God’s work. Having officially launched The Rock Foundation, these young men are taking Evangelism to a higher level; they’re going further than just learning the scriptures and putting things into action. Kickstarted by a chance encounter and a simple act of kindness, The Rock Foundation aims to help the needy in any way possible, from running clothes drives to donating bibles to finding work and jobs for the homeless. Listen to how these surprisingly young men stay motivated, committed and organised in running projects to benefit the less-privileged members of our society.
Aug 2, 2019
Naadu Lartey – Keeping the Fight and Faith #Survivor
Let’s talk to Naadu Lartey, a Ghanaian-Dutch breast cancer survivor who is using social media to address the experience she had and reach out to other people in the community who have struggled with cancer. Currently living just outside of Amsterdam, Naadu is a married with three children, and credits her strength and perseverance to her family and friends. Raised in a culture where topics like breast cancer aren’t openly discussed in detail, Naadu uses her voice and platform to start conversations about how living with cancer can affect many aspects of life, from parenting to keeping your faith. With the help of a great support system in her friends, Naadu beat the odds despite being diagnosed during her pregnancy. Tune in to learn about Naadu’s journey towards surviving cancer, getting psychological help, curing loneliness and dealing with changing beauty standards for herself.
Jul 19, 2019
Pierre Gill – Saving and financial responsibility #MoneyUp
Let’s talk to Pierre Gill, a Senior Associate in the Audit and Assurance Department at PWC with a passion to get “the best out of life”. Pierre went through the Dutch education system and is almost completing his post-master’s degree in Accounting and Control. Passionate about creating a culture of saving and financial responsibility, Pierre discusses how young people spend their money based on fashion, trends and impressing people - and how setting goals for savings helps him manage his money better. Find out more about Pierre’s journey; how he advises people in his age-group to work towards that feeling of achievement with their savings plans.
Jul 5, 2019
David Asimeng – Innovations of visual arts #Indaviduall
Time for a chat with David Asimeng (a.k.a Indaviduall), an American-Ghanaian illustrator based in the Bronx, New York City. The artist illustrates Bible stories and Black culture related narratives with a humorous touch. Find out how the illustrator discovered how to uniquely present his talent to the world and how he has established a social media following for his artwork.
May 31, 2019
Mic Yorny – Music as Medium #Faith
Let’s talk to Mic Yorny, a musical prodigy from Ghana who’s musical journey has led his towards fresh, contemporary gospel music. Previously known as Naughty Dog, Mic discusses his connection to God and his growth as a musician. Tune in to hear about Mic’s upcoming group album and the concept of new age gospel music.
May 17, 2019
Afrobbean Girls - Multiculturalism, girlfriends and being real #StayReal
Let’s talk to the ladies of Afrobbean Girls: Eagle and Trini, two successful women working in the financial sector in The Netherlands. We go into how they launched their new web-series “Afrobbean Girls” together. Find out more about the intricacies of doing business with friends, girl friendships between Afro and Caribbean-Dutch youth, and the “journey of exploring” that began with food, a song title and being “real” on social media.
May 15, 2019
Anita Ottenhof – Changing the hospitality industry in Ghana #Workingyourwayup
Let’s talk to Anita Ottenhof, the founder of Core Hospitality Gh, a consulting service, recruitment and concierge service for individuals and businesses in Ghana. Anita moved back to Ghana in 2012 as a graduate of tourism and hospitality from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her dream: working in the high end hospitality industry. Anita found her niche in boutique hotels and kick started her own business. Find out more about Anita’s journey: how she started off at the front desk and worked her way up in the hospitality industry.
May 3, 2019
Dennis Toppin Fofie - Entrepreneurship in the fitness industry #Challenge #ComfortZone
Let’s talk to Dennis Toppin Fofie, fitness trainer to celebs w in the Netherlands who chose the path of entrepreneurship towards owning a gym and being his own boss. Find out about how his career began in a totally different field, and learn some tips on laying the foundation to start your own business and how to effectively brand yourself.
Apr 12, 2019
Kineta Agyemang – Making a difference in your working space #IamUnique
Join us for a chat with Kineta Agyemang, project manager in Built Environment and founder of Kinetisch, a branding agency focused on personal branding. How do you brand your unique qualities for your professional career? What can we do to develop ourselves in our careers? Find out more on how Kineta is building her way to success: acquiring the right coaching, self-development routines and more.
Mar 29, 2019
Terry Afram – The Ghanaian Dream #TheReturn
Let’s talk to Terry Afram, Dutch-Ghanaian and managing director of Jumia Food in Ghana. He took on the step to relocate to Ghana for his current professional career. His experiences prompted him to start the Ghanaian Dream in the Netherlands, a seminar to discuss entrepreneurship in Ghana and empower Ghanaians in the Diaspora to take part in the business development of Ghana.
Mar 22, 2019
Global Return – Securing an international job #TheReturn
Meet the brain behind Global Return, a Dutch based recruitment agency for Diasporans who want to secure a job in Ghana. Listen to a chat with Lady Kwayissi, the founder of the company and recruitment agent as she shares what it takes to brand yourself efficiently to find an international job.
Mar 8, 2019
Lofogo Sarour – ‘Fighting’ to make change #SouthSudan
Time for a chat with Lofogo Sarour a.k.a. King Shaka who is an internationally acclaimed Dutch-South-Sudanese kickboxer. We talk about his return to South Sudan to witness the signing of the peace agreement. We also go into how he has established his international career, how he wows his audience with his super engaging personality at every boxing match and why he has embarked on a motivated journey to help his country of origin build a better future.
Mar 1, 2019
Ben Anim Antwi – Young people building the future of Ghana #FutureofGhana
The Future of Ghana is an organisation that unites Ghanaian Diaspora & Africans to establish and advance a proactive community. The organisation recognizes the Top 30 under 30 pioneering Ghanaian youth from around the world. Listen to my conversation with Ben Anim Antwi, one of the founding members about how they celebrate rising young Ghanaians and their soon to be announced nominations.
Jan 25, 2019
Romaïna Tiendrebeogo - The side effects of Abuse #SpeakUpNow
Africans don’t seem to be fond of addressing issues regarding sexual abuse. Meet the lady who successfully started a Facebook platform where people open up about their abusive experiences. Romaïna Tiendrebeogo is a children’s book author and she talks to us about how intends to boost the confidence of coloured girls with African cultural focused animation. Which specific tools help us to open up to talk about issues in our community? What can we do to boost the confidence of our children regarding their self-image? Listen and find out more.
Jan 18, 2019
Coffee & Jollof – Are you African or nah? #Africanidentity
I’m talking to the ladies of Coffee and Jollof, an online Youtube platform created by five Dutch ladies with Ghanaian, Nigerian and Afro-Caribbean roots. The platform focuses on raising African related discussions. How do they feel about their African & Dutch identities? What boosts their sense of pride in their African culture to share their narrative? What is the right attitude to address racial issues in the West? And how do they intend to refresh the world’s view of Africa? Listen and find out more.
Jan 11, 2019
Akua Konadu – The never ending costs of #AfricanWeddings
Lavish weddings seem to be a costly part of African cultures. How important is it to celebrate a wedding with a budget suitable for you? How can we organize one within our financial means? We talk to Akua Konadu, wedding & event organizer, PR-strategist and founder of Cosmos and Lipstick who gives us all the right clues.
Jan 4, 2019
Esther Dankwah - No more Silence #Olympianontherise
Time for a chat with Esther Dankwah, Ghanaian Olympic Champion and sports entrepreneur. Having built a successful career in sports, she is now setting up her foundation called the Esther Dankwah Foundation for abused young girls in Ghana. How is she maintaining her successful career? What were the specific challenges she met along the way? And how is she dealing with her experiences of abuse in the past? Find out more on this episode.
Dec 21, 2018
Delicia Ntodi – Wearing your Crown with Pride #CrownedNatural
Meet Delicia Ntodi, Dutch-Ghanaian model, Natural Hair Stylist and founder of Crowned Natural, a Dutch based natural hair styling company. Starting styling her mother’s hair, Delicia received many requests for natural hair styling. Here is where her business was born. What does it take to start small and set up your beauty business? How do you brand your business while telling a story of loving your natural hair? Find out more on how this entrepreneur left her modelling career for hair styling.
Dec 14, 2018
Clara Opoku – Ghana’s real first female MC
Clara Opoku, Dutch-Ghanaian rapper, author and coach who launched her first book called: ‘When My Lips Were Sealed’ a book about her adventurous love experiences. How did she find her vulnerability to write a book about her life? How has she been able to keep a career in entertainment? Find out how Clara has been able to manage all of her creativity to support others.
Nov 23, 2018
Soueba Gambo – Changing the Way we Work Out #Healthfreaks
Meet Soueba Gambo, a.k.a Woman of Steel, a Dutch-Ghanaian health freak, sports development officer for Nike and founder of GUVU Fit, a holistic fitness program to combat noncommunicable diseases in Ghana. She shares what it takes to get Ghanaians excited to work out and how she balances her work, passion and business. Credits: Africa on Focus Jingle by QtheVibe
Oct 26, 2018
Godwin Afriyie - From Hustle to Boxing #Africanathletes
Time for a chat with Godwin Afriyie, Dutch-Ghanaian fitness consultant and musician. He is the founder of Choose2move, a personal training company based in The Hague, the Netherlands and co-founder of Fightpress, the world’s no.1 kickboxing portal on the web. Though he failed to always stay out of trouble with the law, he finally used his feel for business to improve his life. Find out how Godwin changed his strategy to grow his business, his professional career and help build people’s health.
Sep 21, 2018
Raisa Kumaga – Africans and #MentalHealth
The 8th episode of Africa on Focus aired on the 12th of August with Raisa Kumaga, a Dutch-Ghanaian, England based Psychology graduate who is celebrating her enrolment to pursue a Doctorate degree. She shares her challenges, victories and how she intends to address mental health issues among Africans through an interactive online platform. Credits: Africa on Focus Jingle by QtheVibe
Sep 11, 2018
Jonathan Koy - From Refugee to CEO #AfricansontheMove
Meet Jonathan Koy, a Dutch-Congolese entrepreneur and CEO of Filepurch, a simple user-friendly web app that makes the exchange of your work and the payment of your client easy and paid promptly. Find out how this entrepreneur discovered his passion at young age and how he is currently running a successful international business.
Aug 7, 2018
Meverly Adjhei Benjamin - #MyDream: A Tell-all book of An African Girl
The 4th episode of Africa on Focus aired on the 10th of June with Meverly Adjhei Benjamin, a Dutch- Ghanaian legal advisor and the author of the book ‘My Dream’. She shares the story of her novel that reflects on her personal experiences since her divorce. Find out more on what it takes to bring out a book and discover Meverly’s advice on marriage.
Jul 17, 2018
Asaah Film & Events – #AfricanMovies to the West
On the 27th of May Africa on Focus featured Nancy Asaah, Dutch-Ghanaian film distributor and founder of Asaah Film and Events. The Ghanaian 30-year old shares how she successfully launched West African movies at Dutch Theatres and set up her film distributing company. The entrepreneur shares how she reached out to Ghanaian and Nigerian film makers to start a collaboration to successfully launch African movies in the Netherlands. Listen and find out more about Nancy’s entrepreneurial journey.
Jun 22, 2018
Patrick Marcelino - I am Not #Anas
Meet Patrick Marcelino, the international Brazilian-Dutch model who was falsely accused of being Anas, a Ghanaian journalist known for unveiling corruption in Ghana. Listen while Patrick addresses identity theft and how he intends to rather sue the Ghanaian journalist.
Jun 22, 2018
Andile Masuku – The #AfricanNarrative
The 3rd episode of Africa on Focus aired on the 3rd of June starring Ms.aba who interacted with Andile Masuku, Zimbabwean broadcaster, entrepreneur, tech columnist and co-founder of African Tech Roundup. The South-African based entrepreneur shared how he is keen to interact with Africans in Amsterdam and learn on the strength of connections of Dutch-based Africans with the African continent.
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