I’m outta here…


Friends, family, mentors, & kin folk,

On Saturday, January 12th, I left the USA, my home for the last 23 years, for the beautiful and proud Republic of Ghana. For the next 6 months I will be living in Accra, Ghana and will be employed by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) as a Teaching Fellow. MEST is a part of the Meltwater Foundation, which is a subsidiary of the Meltwater Group, which is a Norwegian-based business software company with offices across the world. Meltwater has two core competencies: 1) World-class software development, and 2) the development of high-potential young people into business leaders and, through MEST, it plans to use these competencies to develop the future technology leaders of Africa. You can learn more about Meltwater and MEST at http://www.meltwater.com and I will elaborate on MEST’s approach to training technology leaders in Africa in later posts, but I first want to get to the reason for this post.

I am in Ghana now and while I look around at the new and interesting things and people surrounding me, I am struck by the incredible amount of time, energy, love, support, encouragement, anguish, and sacrifice it has taken to get me here, and although I am embarking on this journey alone, I take with me the lessons so many of my friends, family, loved ones, and mentors, (and even enemies) have taught me. I don’t have much time here to get into the specifics (I have breakfast with the team in a few minutes), but I did want my first posting to stand as a letter of appreciation to all of the people who made it possible for me to succeed in my sports and academics in Tucson, attend a world-class university, graduate from said university, and now travel across the Atlantic to educate myself and others in Africa. I am eternally grateful to all of you and love you all. Thank you.

…more posts to come once I get settled and find a converter for all of my American electronics (including this laptop).

-Jareau Kenneth Wade

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4 Responses to “I’m outta here…”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    I’m so proud of you! I know you’re going to love it there. There is no way that you can embark on a journey like this and not come back a changed person. You will teach a great deal, but most likely you will learn far more. Keep us updated!

  2. Derrick Says:

    Do your thing J. Enjoy mother AFRICA!

  3. Britt Says:

    Have an incredible time out there Jareau, live it up.
    I want to hear ALL about the African Nations Cup, you promise?

  4. Kurt Haug Says:

    As someone considering joining MEST as a Senior Faculty member, I’d be VERY interested in hearing more about your experience. Please feel free to contact me at kurt@haug.org

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