The Great Shapers From Koforidua 2: Samuel Yeboah’s Sequels Ghana Company Limited

 

 

IMG_5402-30About Samuel Yeboah

Samuel is a dynamic and results oriented person who has attained a high level of professional competence to provide a multiplicity of excellent services to individuals and organizations. He has developed an extensive career in customer service, strategic management, entrepreneurship, marketing and compliance activities. He holds a B/A degree in Geography & Resource Development and Sociology from the University of Ghana and he is currently a law student at the GIMPA Law School. He hails from New Juaben, Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

Sequels Ghana Company Limited

Samuel is the co-founder and CEO of Sequels Ghana Company Limited. Sequels was founded in January 2014 as a Corporate, Consultancy and Events Organization. If you are in and around Koforidua and you need cleaning and fumigation services, Sequels Ghana Company Limited will take care of it for you, just contact them.

MISSION: Showcasing creativity and positivity via a blue print of Strategic Business Plans dedicated in rendering the best services and products to Ghanaians and the rest of the world.

 

VISION: To develop Sequels into a world class corporate, consultancy and event organization via a blue print of Strategic Agenda Programs.

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CORE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES:

  • Production of local goods. (beads, accessories, shoes, bags, soap and detergents)
  • Cleaning and Fumigation Services
  • Events Organization
  • Website Development
  • Publication of Tales Magazine
  • Research and Consultancy Services

Nominated for the Startup of the Year award for 2017 in the Social Enterprise Categories organized by TANOE. Samuel Yeboah also runs a YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SERIES (YES) for the SHS: through the YES program, Sequels has been able to empower a couple of 100s of youth where they learn how to make bead making, liquid soap and bleach making, sewing of bags, shoes, etc.)

Products made by Sequels Ghana Company Limited

 

Facebook: Sequels Ghana Company Limited

Twitter: @sequelsGH

Email: sequels.gh@gmail.com

Website: http://www.sequelsgh.com

 

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A Father’s Revenge

Emefa was a very hardworking girl and very respectful too. She always greeted any person she met on her way back from school. She was just approaching her 18th birthday. That was supposed to be in two weeks. Her father promised to organize a party for her. She could not wait for that day. Emefa always imagined how that day will be. She told most of her friends about her impending birthday party and they also assured her of their support on that day. Her father was very jovial and welcomed everyone to his house. Thus he was very popular in the community for his acts of generosity.  He never thought that due to his kindness and generosity in the community no one will plan any evil against his family. He had three girls with Emefa being the eldest. Unfortunately things were about to change for the family.

It was a hot Tuesday afternoon and Emefa was returning from school. As usual, she smiled and greeted everyone she met. Two men who looked like strangers were standing by the roadside. No one knew what they were doing there or who they were waiting for. Emefa’s sensed danger just at the sight of the men, but her instincts told her that they meant no harm. She was still not sure so she kept her distance from them. These two men were planning something evil but Emefa was not aware. They called her but she waved at them and told them she was in a hurry to get home. They then ran in front of her and held her hands. They made sure no one was watching them and carried the helpless girl into an uncompleted building nearby. They put a handkerchief in her mouth so as to muffle her screams. That was when Emefa realized what was going to happen to her. They then took turns to rape her. After this heinous crime they left her crying and bolted from the scene.

Emefa crawled to the roadside and met his uncle going home. At that very moment, his uncle nearly collapsed upon seeing his niece in that condition. He quickly stopped a taxi and told the driver to move to the nearest police station for them to make a report. On their way, her uncle informed her father on phone. The police promised to investigate and apprehend the culprits.  Her father quickly informed the family and drove at breakneck speed to the police station and they all proceeded to a hospital nearby. Emefa was treated and counseled because she was in a trauma. They then left for the house. Her father was very furious. He called a meeting of the community members and informed them of what has just happened to his daughter. The community members vowed to be on the lookout for the two men who committed the crime.

Two weeks passed without any news from the police about their investigations into Emefa’s rape case. Her 18th birthday party did not come on as she told her father that until those two men are apprehended and dealt with, she will never be happy no matter how her father tried to make her happy. The following week, on a Tuesday, Emefa’s father was informed that two men had been arrested in the nearby community after they attempted to rape a teenage girl. He went to the police station with Emefa to identify the two men. She confirmed that they were the men who raped her. The men were to be arraigned before the local court the next day. They hired a lawyer and he was able to convince the trial judge that his clients were innocent of the charges leveled against them. This baffled the entire community. They suspected some underhand deals going on between the officers of the court and the defence lawyer. Emefa’s father had no option than to serve justice his own way. He managed to locate the residence of the two men. He asked his brother and two other boys in the community to accompany him on a secret mission.

He informed them of his plan whiles they were in his car going to the residence of the two men. They wore masks and were wielding machetes and clubs. This was in the middle of the night. They got there and scaled the wall into the compound, broke into the house and went straight to where the men were sleeping. They woke them up and gave them a beating of their lives. In fact, they beat them to pulp and made sure that they will never dream of making another attempt to rape any girl in the their lives again. Emefa’s father and his men left the house quietly and drove back to the house. The next morning people got to know of what had happened during the night, but could not point out who exactly was behind this act. The two men under the cover of darkness packed their things and left the community to an unknown location. Thus, if he cannot get justice from the law court, Emefa’s father served justice his own way. Never underestimate a father’s revenge, for it will be served cold and hot at the same time.

The Great Shapers From Koforidua 1 :Joshua Kumi and The Tech Leads program

About Joshua Kumi?

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Joshua Kumi is in his early twenties. He comes from a family of three; A proud African with Ghanaian blood from Okyerekrom, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana but reside in Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He had his basic education at the Universal School, Senior High School at Pope John Senior High and Minor Seminary (all in Koforidua) where he studied General Science and now a Computer Science student, and the current Computer Science Student Association Vice President of the Koforidua Technical University and also an entrepreneur.

He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Pokua Group which includes Tech Leads, Wanderlust Ghana Travel & Tour, iWiNDE IT Solutions and The Pokua-Anderson Foundation. Also his passion and love for volunteering and serving humanity has led motivated him to give back to his community and country as a whole by creating wealth for the people to reduce unemployment and eradicate poverty in Africa through innovation and entrepreneurship.

TECH LEADS

Tech Leads is a nonprofit and non-governmental organization that promotes S.T.E.M education in Ghana by teaching Information Technology, Electronics, Robotics and Internet of Things for FREE in tertiary institutions. Tech Leads was founded by Joshua Kumi in September, 2016 in Koforidua.

This wonderful initiative is 11 months old with about 132 registered students in the mother chapter on the Koforidua Technical University campus where students are taught  how to build, design and host a website. TechLeads is yet to expand to other universities in Ghana and hopefully this will happen by the end of this year.

The Tech Leads Summer Program, which ended recently, which was organized by Tech Leads in partnership with IoT in Africa which is made up of a team of software engineers from the United Kingdom. Tech Leads Summer Program started on the 10th of July, 2017 to 28th July, 2017, where about 18 students were taught Linux, Python Programming, Raspberry Pi, MQTT, Electronics and Internet of Things for free. The students were taken on a field trip to Rancard Solutions and Hubtel in Accra, Ghana to learn more about professional software engineering like to give them a practical feel of what they were being taught in the classroom and were also given free raspberry pi kits after the program.

During this program, students built awesome projects like a traffic light which is controlled by sensors and cameras to aid pedestrians crossing and prevent any accidental occurrences. Three students in a group also built a Home Automation System which secures your home with security sensors and sends you an email with the visitor’s photo to signal you when someone visits your home in your absence but lights up an LED signal when you’re home. Others also built a Woman in Labor Device for pregnant women to use in their ninth month especially when they are about to deliver so that it can send an alert to the hospital for immediate attention. Among these are some of the projects students built at the Tech Leads Summer Program in July, 2017.

Tech Leads mission is to transform ideas into reality through creativity and innovation. They also believe that a lot of Ghanaian students are very talented and creative but lack the practical skills to allow them to bring their ideas into reality so this gives Tech Leads the opportunity to educate and nurture them to bring their creative ideas out to build solutions to Ghana’s problems and also overcome the theoretical learning in Ghana. For more information about the Tech Leads Program, Get in touch with Joshua Kumi via

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joshua.kumi.71

Twitter: @joshua_kumi

Email: techleadsgh@gmail.com

LinkedIn: JOSHUA KUMI

The National Science and Mathematics Quiz 2017: The Best So Far

The National Science and Mathematics Quiz (NSMQ) started in 1993 and several schools have emerged winners of this great competition. Pojoss, Adisadel College, Presec, St. Thomas Aquinas SHS, Prempeh College, St. Augustine’s College, GSTS, Mfantsipim School, Achimota School and Opoku Ware School have all won the competition before, with Presec winning the coveted prize five times, followed closely by Prempeh College with four wins. Achimota School is the only mixed school to have won the competition. Strangely enough, no girl school have won the competition before. The euphoria that heralded the beginning of this noble competition died down after some years.

This year’s edition was the 22nd since Primetime started the production in 1993. The competition started with 135 schools, out of this number, 108 qualified through the Regional Competitions held across the country in January-February 2017. The other 27 were seeded schools that made it to the quarter final stage of the 2016 edition of the competition. The National Science and Mathematics Quiz is also the longest running independent production on television in Ghana. The objectives of the competition has been to promote the study of the sciences and mathematics, help students develop quick thinking and a probing and scientific mindset about the things around them, whiles encouraging and fostering a healthy academic rivalry among the senior high schools. Thus it has become very common to see most of the senior high schools trying to assert their bragging rights during the competition, especially the schools that have won the competition before.

The first NSMQ quiz mistress was the late Professor Marian Ewurama Addy, professor of Biochemistry at the University of Ghana. She was quiz-mistress from 1993-2000. Dr. Eureka Emefa Adomako, a botanist at the University of Ghana also took over as quiz-mistress from 2001-2005. The current quiz-mistress is Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, (2006-) head of the Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Ghana, Legon. The 2017 edition of the NSMQ has so far been the best in terms of popularity and euphoria. This was because, most of the schools had their students and old students supporting their contestants and the venue for the competition was always packed with spillovers outside the main auditorium. This was characterized by several high profile personalities who came to support their former schools. They also came there to provide both moral support and material support. Some donated money and other items just to motivate the contestants to do their best. As it happened during last year’s edition, the Ghana Think Foundation through it’s Junior Camp Ghana team partnered the organizers of the NSMQ by introducing a mentoring session during each of the preliminary rounds of the competition. This helped the students a lot as they got the opportunity to meet and learn about the experiences of the mentors. These mentors were drawn from several  Science and Technology fields such as Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Nursing, Science Education etc etc. The mentoring sessions offered the students the opportunity to ask  pertinent questions about their various chosen career options in the sciences, academia and beyond. Thus, the partnership between Primetime and the GhanaThink Foundation will surely be a long term one and this will impact the lives of many students at the Senior High School level.

This year’s Grand Finale was between three schools, Adisadel College, Prempeh College and St. Thomas Aquinas SHS. At the end of the contest, Prempeh College emerged the winner followed closely by St. Thomas Aquinas SHS and Adisadel College (NSMQ2016 Champions) with the second and third positions respectively. Social media also made this year’s contest very interesting as there were live tweets on Twitter and livestreaming on facebook. The GhanaThink Foundation and the members of the Junior Camp Ghana team are grateful to all the followers who tweeted and retweeted with the hash tag #NSMQ2017 from both the @NSMQ, @JuniorCampGhana twitter accounts and followed their respective Facebook pages. We say “ayeekoo” to Prempeh College for winning the NSMQ2017. To all the schools that could not make it to the grand finale, we wish them better luck next time. The NSMQ has surely come to stay and lets all come on board and join hands and give it the massive support and coverage it deserves.

How Did We Get Here?

How did Ghana get to this level of lawlessness? No one should start the blame game because we the citizens are complicit in this lawless state that we find ourselves in. Why am i saying so? It seems we glorify mediocrity in this country too much. We allow people to cheat the system and get away with it. We heap praises on people with their ill gotten wealth. We dont question their sources of wealth, and we are ready and willing to bask in their so called glory. We call such people names such as “honorable”, “master” etc etc and we are also ready to kowtow to their whims and caprices to the detriment of the individual who is at a disadvantage.

It seems the society has lost so much confidence in the security services to the extent that they will not hesitate to attack police stations and other security installations with the slightest attempt by these agencies to maintain law and order. We shield wrong doers and prevent the laws of the land from working on them. Someone knows some big man who also knows someone in a position of influence who can easily convince the judicial authorities to drop a case against an accused person. What happens afterwards? The people will surely bid their time and wait for the opportunity to exact their pound of flesh if justice is not served. These incidents of wanton indiscipline being experienced in several parts of the country must be curbed with the necessary legal actions that they deserve. The government must come down hard on all these miscreants in the society who want to take Ghana back to the Dark Ages. The courts must apply the laws to the letter. Ghana is not a jungle state.

Several cases of vandalism against police stations, military personnel and innocent citizens are not justified. We must rise up against this serious canker of indiscipline that has reared its ugly head and nip it in the bud. Each one of us has a role to play in this crusade. The security agencies must turn a new leaf and do the right things for the citizens to have confidence in them once again. I will like to ask again, How did we get here? #GhanaMustWorkAgain

Childhood Memories; The Mango Raids

It was a very hot afternoon and the kids were feeling restless. They were on vacation and they were so much bored with staying in the house. School was to reopen in two weeks. They wanted the days to move quickly so that they can go back to school and have more fun. Staying in the house was boring for them. Their parents were also at their work places and they always left early in the morning and came back late in the evening. Before they left they made sure that their breakfast and lunch have been prepared. The lunch was always in the fridge, the children had to rely on Kofi who was the eldest to heat the food for them in the afternoon. The long vacation always coincided with the harvesting of mangoes. Thus, the mango season was here and the children decided to organize a series of raids into people’s farms for mangoes. They therefore sent three of the boys around to survey the area and map out all the mango trees.

It was now left with how to execute these plans. They first had to tackle the mango trees in the Ghana Water Company yard. They picked four gallons and entered the yard under the pretext of going to fetch water. Kwame hid behind the wall with a sack whiles Kwadwo, Kwabena and Kofi entered the yard with the gallons. Kofi climbed the mango tree and started plucking the ripe mangoes. He then threw them to Kwame who was a very good catcher and it went into the sack. In about ten minutes the sack was half full. Two of the gallons filled with water were then taken out of the yard by the two boys leaving Kofi on the tree. Kwadwo and Kwabena went back into the yard and Kofi then climbed down from the tree. Kwame was gone with the sack of mangoes by the time the boys were finally leaving the yard. This raid was successful as it was carefully planned and executed with so much dexterity and precision. The boys could not hide their joy when they got home and started enjoying the mangoes. They could imagine the look on the faces of the security man and some of the workers during their lunch break. They will be amazed as to how the ripe mangoes vanished from the tree. Thus the boys have found an activity to while away the remaining days of this boring vacation. Whose mango tree was next? Agya Owusu’s farm was next.

There were rumors in the neighborhood of Agya Owusu’s extreme wickedness. Thus he meted instant justice to anyone who was caught stealing from his farm. There were three big mango trees on his farm and no one dare climb any of the trees to pluck the mangoes. The boys decided to raid his farm and they were ready to face the consequences. As usual, they sent two of the boys to do some reconnaissance of the farm. They came back with the information that the man was not on the farm. Another boy was posted at the entrance of the man’s house and he was to run towards the farm and shout the moment he saw the man heading towards his farm. The sacks were secured and the boys entered the farm, climbed the trees. One person was left to stand under the tree to fill the sack. The raid was going on well until the sentry posted at Agya Owusu’s house failed to notice that there was a backdoor to the house. The man decided to pass through the backdoor on his way to the farm only for him to get there and see some children harvesting his mangoes. He shouted and the one with the sack picked up the sack and bolted like lightening. The other two on the tree decided to pluck the hard unripe mangoes and pelted Agya Owusu with them. Since he could not defend himself from the mango attack, he also ran back to the house with his face swollen. The boys then got down from the tree and also ran back to their house. When the boys got home, they started laughing and at that same moment the sentry showed up breathing heavily.  He had to run for his dear life when he saw Agya Owusu running towards his house. Meanwhile another person’s mango tree was being targeted. They decided to be extra vigilant this time around and also take every precautionary measure to protect and defend themselves during the raids. They also mapped out several escape routes and always had a plan B in case their plan failed. Thus these are some of the childhood memories. I hope a lot of people can relate. In fact, the mangoes raided from people’s farms were more enjoyable than those sold at the market.

The Rains Are Coming, How Prepared Are We?

It’s March 13, 2017 and we all just heard from the Ghana Meteorological Agency that the rains will be very severe this year. I watched and listened to the news on tv with my mouth wide open, and I asked myself, “how prepared are we for the coming rains as predicted?” Then thoughts of last two years flood and fuel explosion at a fuel station near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle started flooding my mind. Sorry for taking your minds back to that tragedy in which many people lost their lives. Are we really ready and prepared for the coming rains?

Are we ready to clear the choked drains? Will we be able to make sure that all structures on water ways are demolished? Can we find out those who issued the permits for such structures and let them face the full rigors of the law? Do our leaders have the political will to crack the whip on these law breakers to serve as a deterrent to other citizens? It is time for us to get it right and put our acts together and make sure that not a single Ghanaian life is lost during this year’s rainy season.

We can also do our part by not dumping rubbish into the drains, desilting choked drains, disposing off rubbish properly, and reporting people who go contrary to the sanitation laws in our communities. We should not wait for disasters to strike before we call on the government to come to our aid. Anytime I hear that phrase, I become very much annoyed to the core. We also don’t want to see the annual ritual of politicians touring disaster zones and sharing relief items to victims. Those relief items will never be enough for the disaster victims.

In my candid opinion, the name of the National Disaster Management Organization should be changed to National Disaster Prevention Organization. The warning signs are all over the place, the earlier we act, the better for this country. The future generations will like to see a Ghana that is devoid of floods. A Ghana where our city authorities will walk the talk and have the political will to take the right actions to cleanse our cities of filth.