Akwaaba ("Welcome" in Twi)!!

My first day of work as a Meltwater Fellow was spent on the beach. Jorn Lyseggen, the CEO of Meltwater, thought it would be a good idea for the MEST team get to know each other and acclimate to Accra by shopping and swimming. So, after breakfast we went over to the Accra Mall, had some lunch, and then our driver, Kwesi, took us to the beach at the Tils Hotel at Kasoa.

The beach was amazing and the water was the perfect temperature. The sky was a little hazy from the smoke and pollution created in the city, but overall it was beautiful. The best part was that, besides the MEST team, there were only 5 other ppl on the entire beach. We swam in the Gulf of Guinea and joked about the fact that if we swam far enough south, we would reach Antarctica. Ghana, unlike many other nations with beautiful coastline, Ghana has not developed its beach-front property so there are kilometers and kilometers of untouched beach.

But the most amazing part of my first day at work was the chance to meet the MEST team, which is composed of some truly amazing people.

The MEST team currently consists of:
Jorn – CEO of Meltwater Group – Norway
Fredrik – Head of Meltwater Foundation – Norway
Ylva – MEST Managing Director – Sweden
Ndey – MEST Program Manager – Gambia
Ashak – Head of Meltwater Business Incubator (MINC) – India

Hajo – MEST Instructor – Germany/USA
Kate – MEST Instructor – USA
David – MEST Instructor – Ghana
Eryam – Teaching Fellow – Ghana
Sebastian – Teaching Fellow – Germany
Jareau – Teaching Fellow – USA

I have never met a group of people who have accomplished so much, but are so humble. Moreover, these people want to do more. They want to change the way development work is done in Africa.

More to come. My days are long and the work is difficult so my posts will be short until I get my rhythm down.

Mia ga dogo (“We will meet again” in Ewe)


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