When the sixth season of the annual reality TV show, produced by GHOne in partnership with the British Council premiered some 3 weeks ago, many thought it would be almost impossible to select a final 15; the candidates were simply too smart.
Thanks to the efforts of Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Ama Daaku and Paul Adom Okyere, the final 15 were outdoored on TV over the weekend, having selected them in a grueling justifier edition recorded at the plush La Villa Boutique Hotel in Osu a week earlier.
The finalists have been split into 3 groups of five each and your authoritative GhanaGist.Com is delighted to introduce them all to you.
Theophilus Tackie-Komme is a young ambitious gentleman who is poised to succeed regardless of how challenging a task may be. He holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology with Sociology from the University of Ghana, a single subject Diploma in Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management in England, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Skills Development.
With his exposure to key Human Resources Management functions: Recruitment, Training, Negotiation and Welfare management, he sees a promising future for himself and community with a career in HRM, where he is focusing on at the moment to receive the best of education and training within this specialty of management.
As a ‘‘people centred’’ and an emotionally intelligent individual, student activism was key to him and not just his books as an undergraduate student at the nation’s premier university, the University of Ghana. For the 2012/2013 academic year, he served as the Welfare Committee Chairman to the Students’ Representative Council. From December, 2011 to November, 2012, he served as the Sponsorship Committee Chairman of the Akuafo Hall Junior Common Room (JCR) and led the sponsorship project for the Hall’s 55th JCR Week celebration.
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GLADYS YAWA AFENYO
Gladys is a 27 year old cashier at The Royal Bank Ghana limited who has also played the role of a Customer Service Executive and a Sales Executive, all in the same Bank.
With her guiding principles in life being the fear of God, integrity and service – she is a highly motivated graduate who has completed a bachelor’s degree in Political science and French at the University of Ghana, Legon after going through Aburi Girls’ Secondary School in 2005.
She is persistent as she wants to know more, a character which has turned her into a detailed and organized person who can pick a needle in a haystack and believes that: passion in itself is not enough but needs to be complimented with some knowledge in a master’s degree program which will help connect the two and make her more valuable in the fast advancing world of today.
Her hobbies are reading books on motivation and relationship enhancement. She loves singing, sometimes to herself in front of the mirror and she loves listening to radio. She appreciates romantic movies and TV series and she does lots of jogging to stay healthy.
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AGYA YAW NSIAH AGYEMANG
The 24 year old is a voracious reader with reading interest in biographies, autobiographies, history, politics and comic. As a lover of good music, Agya Yaw is an ardent listener of highlife, afro pop and a bit of hiphop. He never misses an opportunity to play chess, scrabble and FIFA video games. He loves watching and playing football and looks forward to owning his own football club one day.
He is an alumnus of Opoku Ware School (Okatakyie ) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where he studied Political Science; and he is in a family of five (5), including his parents and two other siblings.
With regards to the qualities that make him a true challenger, Agya Yaw has a lot: effective organizational skills and team-spirited attitude, good communication skills, charismatic, motivator, risk-taker and result-oriented. He is also decisive, innovative and possesses an insatiable desire to learn and acquire knowledge.
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Gladys Ofori is a 25 year old graduate from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Psychology. She attended St. Roses Secondary School in Akwatia in the Eastern Region, but had her basic school education at the Rising Star Preparatory and JHS in Teshie, Accra. She comes from an extended family system where one person’s headache is everyone’s heartache and has learnt the values of giving, and being a blessing to someone else.
“We believe in each other and we encourage each other to reach for the skies. (Thus I was not surprised when my sister, Wilhelmina Reinhold, registered me without consulting me, to be part of The Challenge when I thought I could not do it). I have also been brought up to cherish dearly the virtues of humility, honesty and hard work”
Gladys loves to cease every opportunity to learn and so aside reading and listening to Preachers like Pastor Otabil and Joyce Meyer, she loves to sit and listen to older people talk and share the wisdom of old. Learning about other people’s culture also intrigues her.
“Ten years from now, when my name is mentioned, it should be as one who is contributing to change the educational system in Ghana”
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ANTHONY KOFI ANNAN
His philosophy in life is coined in a quote he formulated; “There is always a reward for those who dare to dig deeper; if nothing at all, they have enough soil to spare.” With such conviction in this saying, he doesn’t fear to try out something new knowing that even within failure lies the possibility of a discovery.
As a professing Christian and a strong believer in the truths of the Bible, the 27 year old loves to share his faith with other people. He attended R.E. 2 Primary and then to Home Junior High School, all in Osu. He then proceeded to Ada Senior High School.
With Honours, he graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he read Actuarial Science and Statistics.
After his undergraduate studies, he was appointed a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Mathematics of the University to provide guidance and inspiration to the up and coming ones as part of his national service obligations and the experience was so rewarding and informed his choice of a future career in academia as a lecturer and a researcher.
Kofi had his best moments in life thus far during his university days where was engaged in a number of extra-curricular activities ranging from school politics, project management in a voluntary organization and even a soccer analysis on the university’s radio station.
He has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Mathematics of Ghana International School briefly and then to ACCUID Biometrics as a Biometric Analyst and finally to Stallion Trust and Administration as a Pension Fund Administrator.
For his leisure hours, he plays and enjoys the analysis of the game. He also enjoys reading and listening to gospel music and aspires to own or coach a soccer team one day.
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Mary was in raised in the twin-city (Sekondi/Takoradi) and is ambitious, determined and always want to set a pace for other to follow, a trait that have seen her win the award for most progressive female AIESEC Ghana member for the term 2007/2008 for taking active role in 3 different positions as a new member in that year.
She is a Bachelor of Science degree holder from Central University College after passing through Archbishop Porter Girls’ High School) from Presbyterian Junior High School in Sekondi.
After school, she worked as a National Service Personnel with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly under the Payroll unit and joined Enablis Entrepreneurial Network Ghana in September 2012. At Enablis, she assisted over 400 SMEs in growing their businesses and now, manages a bulk SMS website and in a planning process for two startups she is part of.
As the Member Committee Vice President Exchange for AIESEC Ghana, Mary trained and managed 4 Local Committees to keep AIESEC Ghana as number 2 for exchange in Africa, contributing to over 200 realizations in 7 months.
Mary Maamah is a young, energetic lady who loves cooking. She is happy when she makes positive change around her and helps in developing others.
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Victoria Maame Esi Aidoo is a 25 year old bubbly and desirous character who loves charcoal-grilled Tilapia, “Dadesen”- prepared Banku& earthenware grinded pepper; and loves teaching, dancing and listening to music.
She had her basic education at Atomic Hills Estate Demonstration, proceeded to Holy Child School for her secondary education in Social Science and then to the School of Technology in GIMPA to read BSc Information Communication Technology where she graduated with 1st Class Honours.
She is an advocate for Women Empowerment and is already volunteering for women groups: Baptist Young Ladies and the Women’s Wing of the National Youth Department of the Ghana Baptist Convention.
As the first daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Timothy Aidoo, she aspires to become a Data Scientist to help data collected become a useful tool to aid effective decision-making.
Victoria comes across as a multi-faceted lady who is both an employer and employee. As an employer, she owns a cyber café that serves the Ashongman Community and as an employee, she’s worked as a programmer and then a product manager for power solutions.
“I hope to give of my very best I this year’s Challenge even as I seek to learn from the other challengers. I have come to meet very interesting people here,” she said of her expectations for the reality show.
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Richard SenaHotor believes in offering the highest level of commitment to excellence to an industry that offers challenges and opportunity for national and personal development and demands the highest ethical standards in the execution of assigned responsibilities.
A native of Sovi, in the Volta Region, he attended Accra High School and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and likes to read, research and swim.
Richard has a strong passion for Environmental Advocacy and research, leadership, technology and travelling and his core competencies include teamwork, creativity and versatility.
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OKOE MICHAEL BORTEYE JUNIOR
Borteye is a fun-loving person with a great sense of humor who is a Catholic and very active in sporting activities such as in soccer and athletics throughout his school days.
He had his basic and Junior High education at the Presbyterian Secondary Commercial School (Preseco), and continued to the St. Peter’s Anglican Senior High School (SPASS) in Nungua where he studied Business.
He pursued Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting option at the Valley View University, where he earned the Best Freshman award in the School of Business (SoB).
He also served as the Vice President of Enactus (VVU Chapter), the PRO of the Accounting Students Association (ASA) and the Organizing Secretary of First Eye Human Initiative (FEHI), an NGO, and was a member of some committees in the SRC of the University. He blended these activities with academia while he still served as a Cell Leader, the Men’s Coordinator and also a member of other committees in the University Christian Fellowship (UCF, VVU Chapter) – GHAFES.
He marketed and sold various kinds of products throughout his four year period in the University. He served his university well by leading a team to win the keenly contested Global Management Challenge (Ghana version) in 2013 for the University which qualified us to represent Ghana at the International Finals in Sochi, Russia in September 2014.
His leisure times are usually committed to reading, singing, listening to music and sleeping. Banku with okro stew decorated with some crabs is his favorite meal. He is pretty much in love with poetry because of his fondness with inspiration.
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EDMUND KWAME BOTCHWAY
Born in Tamale in the Northern Region, he has passion for change, to be the change he wishes to see in his society; hence, his commitment to that path.
Edmund was actively engaged in student politics especially at the campus level, because, according to him – that is where the real problems are, and that is where the real practical solutions are needed most. He was a course representative to the student General Assembly for one year and a member and head of some SRC committees.
He started his basic school education in Keta at the Dzelukope R.C Basic School; he proceeded to the Bishop Herman College in Kpando and to the University of Ghana in 2009, where he read Geography and Resource Development major.
He loves the thrill of adventure, and has a keen pulsating desire to build things from the ground up. Such quality drove him to work with many start-ups while in school because of the freedom to creatively experiment, the challenge presented, the excitement of meeting set objectives among others.
He also has a vision to impact my society through education, the creation of jobs through entrepreneurship, socio-economic transformation through communication and advocacy: and these three are his future; Education, Entrepreneurship and Social Advocacy.
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NANA AGYEMANG RICHARD BOAHENE
As a member of the Methodist Church, Koforidua Wesley Cathedral, Nana loves to sell; and most of the time, he is found, singing, computing and watching documentaries on wildlife as a form of relaxation.
He had his basic and Junior High School education at the Wesley and Freeman Methodist Schools respectively. He then studied General Science at Koforidua Secondary Technical School (SECTECH).
He has completed a one year National Service at the University of Cape Coast where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics.
He has also completed a Diploma in Education from the University of Education, Winneba and is currently completing a MSc. sandwiched program in Statistics at the University of Cape Coast. Nana lives in Koforidua with his mother and two sisters.
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ANITA NANA MANU
24 year old Anita is a bubbly person who pays a high level of attention to detail, has a strong customer service skills and excellent organizational skills.
She had her Basic Education at the Creators School in Tema where she was the Senior Girls Prefect. She proceeded to Ghana National College in Cape Coast, after which she enrolled at the Central University College for her undergraduate degree in Business Administration- Marketing Option.
She graduated in 2013 with a Second Class Upper division honours and currently works with Tema Development Corporation as a National Service extension person in the Marketing Department.
Anita believes that the race is not always for the swift, but the consistent. To her, It isn’t about starting off at a fast pace, but sticking with your goal until the end that matters. Her guiding principle in life is faith in God and the belief that he’s a Supreme Being and the acknowledgment that his words and promises are true.
In a Christian family of six, her mother is her most influential personality in life and she would kill to have her mum prepare her favourite meal: yam and egg stew.
Anita would seize any opportunity that would enable her add worth to herself as a woman; shape her career path within a dynamic and fast – paced environment.
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DAVID ARUNA NELSON
David is a man of many talents; played table tennis in Primary School, was the volley ball team captain in Junior High School, played volley ball in his first year at St. Aquinas Secondary School and then played basketball in his final year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He is a Christian and his guiding principles in life are – honesty, integrity, humility and love. He currently works with the Media Foundation for West Africa and desires to further his education to the doctorate level where he would lecture as well as offer consultancy services to NGOs, Businesses, and Transnational Organizations.
As an aspiring global leader he is guided by the saying that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. This prepares him for the challenges ahead and makes him aware of the responsibilities society would require from him. It constantly teaches him to broaden his knowledge beyond his comfort zones, sharpens his life and is very concerned about the type of decisions he makes.
The 24 year old graduated with a Second Class Upper Honours in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and Social Work and he is the National Youth Vice President of Living Streams International and the President of the youth at branch level.
Swimming, basketball, reading and singing are his hobbies: plantain and ‘kontomire’ stew tops the list as favourite food and sea blue fits his favourite colour.
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JOANNA P MBROH
The Enyan Abaasa native is currently an experienced Support Engineer with the Regional Support Centre (RSC) in Ericsson, working in a team to offer support to several Telecommunication Operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Essentially, she handles regional emergencies, solving complex problems relating to voice calls and system failures and delivering top class services to the customers.
She studied General Science at St Monica’s High School, Ashanti – Mampong and continued to study Electrical /Electronic Engineering at the University. After university, she completed a one-year compulsory National Service with Huawei Technologies Limited where she managed the In-Building Solution (IBS) and Fiber -To-The-Home (FTTH) projects for major telecommunication operators in Ghana.
She was selected as the only female of the final 20 graduate trainees from over 700 candidates who applied for the Ericsson Graduate Trainee Program and is motivated daily by the numerous opportunities for teamwork and challenging issues.
Joanna is a twin with a large family of 7 other brothers and a sister and loves love watching movies and TV series with her favourite actress being Gabrielle Union.
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GEORGE KWASI BARIMAH
The 22 years of age is a product of Achimota Senior High School and a graduate of the University of Ghana who majored in Philosophy, Classics and Political Science.
His personal philosophy in life revolves around the fact that no matter an individual’s background, education, race or status; he or she can make a difference and there is no limitation to what one can be. He aspires to be a leader in business and also to be actively involved in Academia by contributing to the acquisition and application of knowledge.
In my spare time
As the last of two children, he likes to volunteer at church, read inspirational biographies of influential people and connect with people and he is poised for success and determined to make beneficial impact in his society.
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The Challenge airs every Sunday at 5pm on Afro Star TV, 6pm on GHOne entertainment TV, 6:30pm on E-TV, 8pm on Viasat One and at 9pm on Caoital TV.
It is a British Council Ghana initiative supported by the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland, the University of Northumbria, the University of Salford, Vitamilk, Universal Merchant Bank, produced by GHOne and proudly sponsored by Ghana’s coolest mobile telecommunications network, TIGO.