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Meet Ohemaa Adjei Andoh; The young Ghanaian lady who Founded Girls In Science And Technology (GIST) and PM STEAM Academy Ohemaa

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Born in Ghana, Ohemaa Adjei Andoh is a certified Transformational Coach and the founder of Girls in Science and Technology (GIST), an organization that advocates for women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. They do this by showing a representation of Ghanaian women in STEM to help motivate younger ones, they believe you can be what you see. The organization also provide mentorship, training, and internship opportunities for our young ladies in STEM. Ohemaa Adjei Andoh studied Geological Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). During her time at KNUST, she held the position of Women in Engineering President/Women’s Commissioner for the College of Engineering (2012/2013). She is the founder of Girls in Science and Technology (GIST).  Ohemaa Adjei Andoh Graduated As The Best Female Student In Geological Engineering. Upon graduation, Ohemaa Adjei Andoh joined Schlumberger, an Oil and Gas Service Company for 6 years, where she was trained as a Stimulations Engineer and later as a Cementing Engineer.

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Ohemaa Adjei Andoh also runs an Academy for kids called PM STEAM Academy, where they focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics hands-on activities to help them embrace their creativity and to develop their interest in STEAM at an early age. This academy also focuses on building their communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. This also encourages boys and girls to work together in teams.

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In 2020, Ohemaa Adjei Andoh was honoured for her selfless dedication towards community development

Speaking to digitaltimes during an interview, Ohemaa Adjei Andoh speaks about her greatest achievement

“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.”

Like many young people trying to make a difference in the lives of young people, funding becomes a challenge,

“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. .” She told Digitaltimes

GIST had a YouTube channel, where they show case GIST activities which, give girls the opportunity to connect with women in STEM like Lucy Quist, Dr Elsie Kauffman, Ama Better and Dr. Vanessa Mensah- Kabu Madam Andoh studied science at Achimota Senior High School and pursued Bsc Geological Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

 

 

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Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize. Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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