Its 12:10am local time in Ghana. I am still awake reflecting on the moments I had in the university with my THREE friends. The hustle and struggle we had to pass through to even get graduated “unofficially” (waiting for actual graduation in mid-September, 2013) at the university. One thing that kept me going is the friends I had at the university and how these guys motivated me to stay focused and live a balanced life. Let me briefly share with you THREE lessons I learnt from my good THREE friends, I call them coaches.


Frank Kweku Bandoh

Frank Kweku Bandoh

Frank Kweku Bandoh was my schoolmate at the high school and sat with him in the same class during high school moments. Abeiku (a Ghanaian name for males born on Wednesday) as we normally call him started his small and phone repairing business right from high school. We use to call him “businessman. At the university we became very good friends in sharing ideas and how to execute them. He advanced from phone repairing phones to printing and stationery business where he employed someone to take care of it. He later bought a car and used it as a taxi and generated enough to buy his current car which he is using as a taxi (cab). I used to ask him a lot of questions as to how he was able to start all these small businesses at his age. He will never respond to any of my questions and will tell me to start something. I took his advice and started a small business on campus with him where we use to sell liquid bathing soap to students. That is when I learnt a lot from him. If there is one thing I learnt from this guy, it will be his ability to create a business concept out of anything he comes into contact with.


Richmond Elipklim

Richmond Elipklim is the fashionista among the three friends. As much as he is interested in stock exchange and anything related to investment, he is so particular about what we wear and how we wear them. Richmond would occasionally buy clothing that he thinks is good for us to wear to meet the current fashion standard. He used to say “Kofi, what you are wearing is too big, you need to change it”. He made us so conscious of what we we should wear to the extent that, I needed to consult him before buying any shoe or clothing. Trust Richmond to dress well for any occasion, you will easily notice his presence with his gentle style of dressing. I learnt to spend money on what is important and not just anything. I have become so conscious of my dressing up till now. He taught me that, dressing speaks a lot about your self image and that one can create a personal brand through the way he/she dresses. He is was also my schoolmate at high school and sat in the same class with him.

Bismark with his guitar.

Bismark with his guitar.

Bismark Hayford is the gentle man among the three friends. We call him “Pastor Bismark”, he is fast to draw us back to God when we seem to be veering of the path of our relationship with God. He is a lover of music and he unconsciously taught me how to sing and trained my voice as well. Bismark is the quiet person among us, kind of an introvert. His enormous ability to absorb our craziness is one spectacular principle I learnt from him. He is a good listener and extremely patient, he does not respond to situations as fast as we would but will gently think through before he takes an action.

I learnt from him how to be patient and hold on tight to my dreams and ambitions even though I might not see any sign of it actualising.




We use to discuss how we can escape this unproductive educational system in Ghana and what to make use of our leisure time. We would share ideas ranging from marriage to career during our meet-ups. Our time in the evenings were mostly based on business ideas. Thank you guys for impacting my life, I owe your kids a lot.

PRESS RELEASE: Barcamp Cape Coast 2013


Barcamp Cape Coast 2013 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Cape Coast, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on September 14, 2013 at the Faculty of Education lecture Theatre 9 at the University of Cape Coast. The theme for this year is Solving unemployment by creating work. This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 22 BarCamps in Ghana. BarCamp Cape Coast 2013 will focus on how Ghana’s youth can solve the unemployment issue by creating work for themselves and others. There might be a shortage of jobs, but there’s no shortage of work. It will be an insightful, informational and inspirational event that young people in and around Cape Coast should not miss.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Central Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Some of the confirmed resource personnel include Frank Ekow Williams, Ann Agyare-Amponsah, Patrick Ekow Acquah, Joseph Hudson, CareerCoach Emmanuel Woyome, David K Egyir, Edem Adazho, amongst others.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Cape Coast eventbrite website (barcampcapecoast13.eventbrite.com) or text “Barcamp Cape Coast [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Cape Coast team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Cape Coast 2013 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation , Google Ghana, Kiss Condoms, Nandimobile , ThisWeekinUCC, etc. Our media partners are the Spy Ghana and ATL FM. Join us to move the Central Region and Ghana forward.


Donald Ward, President of iROKKO CONCEPTS tweeted on his timeline asking his followers to name one Young African Entrepreneur they would like to meet and If they do meet that person, what question would you ask?

I responded to the tweet and said that I would like to meet Derrick Ashong:

photo credit: Ridwan Adami for Ridz Design

photo credit: Ridwan Adami for Ridz Design



Derrick Ashong is An experienced musician, broadcaster and digital media influencer, he has carved out a unique niche as an expert in bridging the gap between old and new media. He has been invited to speak & perform at prestigious institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton, MIT & Stanford, and has hosted and moderated events for influencers and heads of state including Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as Gilberto Gil, Ted Turner, Tommy Hilfiger, Bob Geldof, Queen Rania of Jordan, and former President Bill Clinton at the Club de Madrid. His interviews have ranged from celebrities like John Legend, Jimmi Cliff and supermodel Alek Wek, to environmentalist Jane Goodall, senior advisor to President Obama David Axelrod, Governor Jeb Bush and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.


In response to my tweet, Derrick pointed out nine key principles that guides his life. Enjoy the tweets.

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