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The Difference between Ghana and Abroad is Hardwork- Mr. Dennis Asante

 

Mr. Dennis Asante was born and bread in Ghana but had his tertiary education in the United States of America.  Mr. Asante who has masters degree in systems science and industrial engineering worked as an Uber driver in New Jersey for over five (5) months. He worked in multiples of Companies after school so he could raise money to address the unemployment situation in Ghanaian.
Mr. Asante later got a job with enterprise-Rent-a-car which he worked there over a year. Mr. Asante who is passionate about bringing change to his country and compliment to government’s effort in addressing youth unemployment decided to establish his own business in Ghana. In August 2018, he settled in Ghana and now have a big company which is into Spring Rolls and Drinks. Within some few months in Ghana, he has mentored some Ghanaian youth who are working under him. He is also into car rental business and is gradually contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.
Today, as a young man who is in his mid 20’s he has achieved a lot and contributed to  national development.
Therefore, we celebrate him on this day to inspire, empower and encourage other youth that it does not matter where you find yourself, you can do something to contribute to national development. Let’s enjoy this great interview with Mr. Asante:

Who is Mr. Dennis Asante?

Ans: Mr. Dennis Asante is a 26-year-old man, who is currently pursuing his dreams of becoming one of the most prominent business men in the nation.

Please, tell us about how you were brought up and some of the challenges you went through?

Ans: I was born and raised in Krofrom, Kumasi. I lived there till when I was 13years old and then we moved to Kronum. At Krofrom, there were a lot of bad influences around me growing up. At the age of 12 and 13, I was doing things adults should be doing; gambling, gangs, scouting for girls, etc. Then we moved to Kronum, a completely different environment. At Kronum, I had no friends. Transitioning was so hard for me. It was like moving from a city to a village because Kronum was a new site.

Tell us one advice your parents gave that you will not forget while growing up?

Ans: )bra ne woara b)

What is your greatest fear in life?

Ans: My greatest fear in life would be death. Dying without leaving a legacy for generations after me.

Why did you abandon your professional work as an Engineer to venture into Entrepreneurship?

Ans: I always wanted to start my own business and work for myself. I watched a video on my feed one day on Facebook and it asked the question “how many people who work 9am-5pm and don’t own businesses are millionaires?” That question resonated so bad. I always had the notion that to be a wealthy man, I had to start my own business. I just didn’t know when. After watching the video, I told myself I will work for about 2years and gather capital to start, and here we are today.

What was your greatest challenge when diverting from being an Engineer to Entrepreneurship?

Ans: I had a lot of support when I started. My fiancé who graduated with Business at the KNUST assisted me with a lot of stuff. And with the experience I had from Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, I can say I had a smooth transition. I also believe I am a novice in everything I do, so I actually make it a routine to constantly seek guidance from people who’ve done things similarly to what I am planning to do.

How many people have you employed so far?

Ans: I have employed about 8 people so far

Most Ghanaians love to travel outside the country to seek for white collar jobs, but why have you decided to come to Ghana to set up an enterprise where you are managing it yourself?

Ans: I have always believed in Ghana and will always do regardless of what anybody says about our beautiful country. People in our country especially the youth, create excuses for ourselves rather than working hard. For me, the difference between abroad and Ghana is hard work. I believe in Ghana and I know that there are a lot more opportunities here that can make one wealthy easily here than abroad. America, United Kingdom, etc are already developed and it is very difficult to implement something and become wealthy. In developed countries Its either you inherited wealth, or you implemented something very innovative or had a crazy master plan. In Ghana, you can even open a pure water depot and become wealthy. You have less bills to pay in Ghana, you can sell anywhere you want even without some sort of licenses.  I had to seize such opportunity and capitalize on it. What white collar jobs abroad do for most people is help them pay their bills. Our youth today think abroad is way better than here which I strongly disagree. Abroad is better if you are looking for a hand-to-mouth kind of job. But to be wealthy, Ghana has a lot more to offer.

In four sentences, sell your brand Uncle Dee to your customers?

Ans: Our brand is the most valuable thing we own. Our products are very unique and are made with excellence. Being natural is the only way when it comes to our product. We always make sure that our foods are strictly made in Ghana.

Staying in United State of America (USA) for some years, how would you describe the market in Ghana?

Ans: A very prominent market. The Ghana market has a lot of opportunities for growth when doing the right business.

What has been your taunting moment in your business?

Ans: Loosing workers. In Ghana, a lot of people hate selling on the street or being sales personnel. It’s therefore hard to recruit street sales personnel and it’s so easy to lose them once you are able to recruit them.

Where do you want to see yourself in the next five years?

Ans: I want to see myself as one of the richest and most influential people in Africa.

What is your advice to the Youth?

Ans: There’s no easy way out of life. You have to work and you have to work hard. Hard work pays. Also, be innovative. Think of something that hasn’t been implemented before and do it. Put in your all and reap the benefits in the future.

State three policies or measures Government can take to address unemployment situations in the Country.

Ans: There should be an increase in the number of people who pay taxes in the country. This will help government generate more income to help create jobs.

Restructuring government expenditure.

Creating policies that will encourage made in Ghana products which will force the youth into many manufacturing sectors here in Ghana.

Shout out to anyone who has contributed to your success.

Ans: My beloved wife, my mother, and all my employees.

Congratulations!!! Soar high. Thank you for your time.

 

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