Undoubtedly, Africa is home to many successful women entrepreneurs who are disrupting the status quo. Their success stories beg to be told to inspire and build hope in the younger generation who have not only been told no but whose dreams and passion have been quashed.
With that, we’d like to close the year by dwelling on a real-life example of the expression “You are what you make of yourself”. For those who still haven’t heard of Ghana’s Caroline Esinam Adzogble, here’s a good opportunity to get a glimpse of the woman who built herself into what she is today.
The 28-year-old marvel
Caroline Esinam Adzogble is an entrepreneur, passionate educationist, philanthropist, and staunch advocate for the inclusion of more women and girls in tech.
At 28, when many people are still figuring out life after university, some already on the next step to further their education while some are building world-class businesses, this young woman had built what can be described as a conglomerate.
The founder of Potters International College based in Accra, Ghana, Adzogble has been described as the youngest woman in Africa to own an accredited higher institution. How did she get to this height of success?
The journey so far
In an interview, she revealed that she was born into a humble household which counted as an odd against her. However, she gratefully took advantage of the little her parents were able to offer, creating opportunities out of it.
She also had to contend with societal disapproval of her choice of career and dreams.
“My journey was not easy. A lot of people thought I was crazy, I was so young, so skinny, with BIG dreams. It took a while for people to accept me. I struggled with racism a lot but not now because I have automatically earned my right to be respected”, she reported.
Though she aspired to be a doctor at 19, however, her family’s financial situation brought that dream to a halt. Not to be defeated, she decided to pursue a career in Information and Technology.
Potters College and other projects
In 2016, she founded Potters International College, an educational institution where young students and working professionals could be trained on skills to prepare them for the future of week.
Business management, communications and media, marketing, web and software development, and jewelry design are among some of the programs the institution offers.
Caroline Esinam Adzogble is also the founder and CEO of Caroline Group, an organization that makes education affordable and accessible to Africans, with bases in Ghana, Kenya, USA, and the UK; and co-founder of Caroline University, a non-academic institution.
She currently serves as the president of Mercy Heart Foundation, an institution that offers scholarships for students to study oversea
Recently, she announced a crucial collaboration with a highly ranked medical university in the United States- St George’s University. This impressive achievement, no doubt, has garnered her much deserved accolades as she embarks on a new phase in her career journey.
Talking about her passion to make a difference education-wise, said,
“My core belief is that everyone is entitled to a world-class education irrespective of their age, race, color, and financial status. I am on the quest to uplift Education within Africa and beyond, to make education the most accessible and affordable to students located in over 146 countries.”
Since most entrepreneurs have experienced failure at some point in their journey what makes the successful ones so is their unwavering determination to keep pushing. Caroline Esinam Adzogble’s advice to young female entrepreneurs is this:
“You do not give up; you keep pushing. I have a dream and I am living it every single day. Live your truth and be kind to yourself. Most importantly support other women.”
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