It is a very rear life story that has now become the life story of Richard Nunekpeku. He walked away from a high flying corporate job to start his own agribusiness.
Today, that life gamble seems to paid off, as he is one of the young Ghanaians named as the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.
Richard Nunekpeku is the Founder and Chief Farmer of Anyako Farms Ltd, a wholly Ghanaian-owned agribusiness with investments into crop and livestock production.
Richard has previously worked at Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd, PZ Cussons, and Samsung Electronics West Africa where he played critical roles in sales and marketing of company products and initiatives.
His passion for community development translated into several corporate social responsibility initiatives he led at Samsung as the Marketing Manager for Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
He has great passion for entrepreneurship and business development with a particular interest in agriculture. His farm runs a social impact module working with small-scale farmers to provide land development, input provision, fertilizer, agrochemical, technical service, and guaranteed buy-back schemes.
Richard is an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon. He holds an MBA (Marketing) and BA (Political Science and Philosophy) from the same university. Richard recently completed an LLB degree at GIMPA.
Richard’s participation in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship will provide the platform for learning, networking, and capacity building to enable him build a sustainable agribusiness working to end hunger and improve livelihoods of small-scale farmers and young people.
Files from: US Embassy – Ghana