Being Named Amongst 100 Most Influential Africans

Ekow Mensah - Africa Youth Awards
Ekow Mensah makes 2017 Most Influential Young Africans
September 7, 2017
Emerging Speakers Challenge – Week One (Orientation / First Presentation To Jury)
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2017 Most Influential Young Africans Grid 1


“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It about what you’ve given back” – Denzel Washington.

Being named amongst 100 Most Influential Young Africans and 60 Young Leaders in Ghana by Coca-Cola in the same year is a great indicator that I’m doing well, at least.

It feels good when you are recognized for what you do but it’s extremely fulfilling when your efforts through your passions and initiatives are making impact on the lives of others.

This year, I set a goal to impact 1 million lives. This I have been doing through several ways. Some of these ways are through Speaking Engagements, Personal Initiatives like the Igniting Dreams Conference, Social initiatives such Girl Empowered, Woman Rising etc.

Personally, times that I have had a feeling of fulfilment surge through me were times that I had lifted up and made people better through my these initiatives and to know that I’m able to touch the lives of others, keeps me going.

I’m being recognized because I said YES to my passions. Saying yes means identifying the things that make me want to live another day, working hard each and every day at them to achieve results regardless the hindrances and setbacks.

There’s one thing at least in your heart that you are bent on doing. One thing that you believe would bring you the greatest fulfillment in life. One thing which would be enough even if you don’t do any other. Recognise it and work towards it with all your might regardless of setbacks and disappointments.

The fact that they are things you are extremely passionate about doesn’t mean it going to be as smooth as hot knife through butter. The hindrances are mostly key indicators that there’s going to be light at the end of the tunnel.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, keep pushing and working hard, you may never know who’s watching but in due time you will be recognized. Remember to do it for the passion and not for the recognition.

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