From Classroom Commendations to Self-Discovery: Unearthing My Inner Marketer
I vividly remember the day I entered Science 1 class. I was one of the last to arrive, and the atmosphere was eerily silent. Everyone appeared engrossed in their books, even if they didn’t feel like studying. It was a façade of seriousness, and the sense of community was absent. Little did I know that this quiet facade would be the canvas for my transformation.
The first commendation came from EOB, Emmanuel Osafo Boakye. He may have forgotten it, but his words left a mark. He prophesied that the class was missing something, and his words would echo in my mind for years to come. Little did I know that he had unknowingly predicted my true identity, one that had been suppressed by a flawed educational structure and limited access to diverse information.
In Ghana, it often seems that everyone aspires to be a Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse, Accountant, Engineer, a footballer, or a Pilot, even when there are no planes to fly. My journey took me to a science class, and naturally, I thought I wanted to become a surgeon. But life had different plans for me.
Completing school, I realized that I still didn’t know who I wanted to become. This confusion is not unique to me but is a common experience for many, even after earning their first degree. It’s as if we are conditioned to fit into predefined roles, and breaking free from these molds is a challenge.
For me, making noise in the classroom wasn’t about disrupting the peace; it was about experiencing my first taste of freedom. It was my first time in an environment with so many unfamiliar faces, and the best way to release the pressure was to be my authentic self. My presence in the class breathed life into the once-muted environment. In one memorable moment, EOB chuckled, shook his head, and said, “This class has been very quiet, and it looks like we were missing the last piece.” Laughter filled the room, and it remains one of my fondest memories from those days.
But what if I wasn’t the class clown but a commendation of who I am, the influence I can have on those around me, and the discovery of my true calling? I found my passion — the art of making change happen in businesses, places, situations, and events.
Over the past four years, I’ve realized that I’ve unconsciously been searching for new ways to tell old stories about businesses. I’ve been on a quest to find innovative ways to positively transform business environments, helping them stay competitive. I’ve also taken pleasure in adding a creative twist to people’s ideas and stories. This is the moment I discovered my true self, the Modern-Day Marketer.
It’s been a journey of self-discovery, from commendations in a quiet classroom to the hustle and bustle of the business world. Today, I proudly embrace my identity as a marketer, working to create change, inspire innovation, and share stories that matter.