As someone who views herself as an optimist, Ohemaa Adjei Andoh aims to achieve the best results in everything she does.
Ohemaa is an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in Geological Engineering in 2014. During her time at KNUST, she held the position of Women in Engineering President and Women’s Commissioner for the College of Engineering.
Also an alumnus of Achimota School, Ohemaa founded Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) in 2018, with the aim of advocating for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); by profiling leading Ghanaian women in STEM to motivate the younger ones, while providing mentorship, training, and internship opportunities.
She also runs PM STEAM Academy, a school that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) hands-on activities to help kids embrace their creativity and to develop their interest in STEAM at an early age.
In a recent interview with Digital Times, Ohemaa Adjei Andoh talked about what inspired her to become a transformational coach and the challenges she encountered on her journey as a STEM advocate.
Ohemaa on becoming a Transformational Coach:
I am also a certified Transformational Coach, and I decided to do this to be able to help others be the best versions of themselves be it in their personal lives, careers, etc. I believe everyone has a light in them that brings a lot of positivity into the world, and some people need just a little assistance to find it and put it to use.
I remember wanting to do a different course in my Secondary school but my science teacher in Basic School advised my mum that I do Science because he thought that would be more challenging for me. So I did General Science in Achimota School and then went on to KNUST to study BSc. Geological Engineering. My mum went on a school tour with me at KNUST and spoke to some lecturers before we finally decided to go with Geological Engineering.
Ohemaa on the achievement she’s most proud of:
I will say my greatest achievement has been the ability to tailor my passion to help the younger generation through STEM. That is through GIST and PM STEAM Academy.
Ohemaa on the challenges she’s encountered:
A great challenge is getting financial assistance with Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) to be able to carry out all the impactful projects we have lined up. This is still a challenge but we are learning to impact one person at a time, at the right time we will be able to do even more.
Africa has so much untapped Human knowledge, so many people have not been able to identify that passion they have to use to solve challenges in society. People are not previewed to the knowledge of STEM, I believe with continuous education and creating opportunities for our young ones, we will be able to identify and help develop all the amazing ideas out there.
Ohemaa’s message to young Africans about STEM:
My message to young ones out there is that STEM is not difficult. STEM is fun, it is the basis of our very existence. Don’t shy away from STEM subjects in schools, embrace it and look around you to be able to apply it in your surroundings. Knock on doors to get opportunities, use the internet to research! There are so many opportunities out there waiting for you. Do well to shine your light wherever you go!!!
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