The necessity to act on our vision

News Flash: I moved to Africa to lead the Fintech revolution at DreamOval and join the most important NGO geared toward the African cultural heritage: The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA).

I have worked on my vision for several years, I have accomplished a lot of my early goals, and even went further by creating a lovely family along the way, resettling in 2 foreign countries, and lived in 5. Now it is time to go further.

Vision for my family

One principal aspect of my vision is family, I wanted my kids and my wife to be safe and able to grow without boundaries intellectually. Being bound is the reason why people can’t dream big and can’t visualize a path. Seeing what is not here yet needs to be designed very carefully, protected and nurtured. The best is not here yet, and limiting them would affect their growth. The current climate in the US is not currently prone to development, or expression of Freedom. In the establishment of our vision, it is important, to be honest, and open to criticism. Being honest with myself meant that I needed to consider the political situation, my kids’ outside influence, the framework of their education and foundations, and my contribution to feeding the system. I don’t want my kids to grow scared to decide one day to stand like Oskar Schindler, sit like Rosa, kneel like Kap, run like Usein, hit like Robinson, talk like Malcolm. This brought me to think and consider the morale of this story:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Vision for my work

I would consider myself fortunate to have worked in very good companies with talented leaders, to have taken risks and developed skills in marketing and sales enablement functions that are so necessary to the development of companies and people within. My vision is to have a positive impact on the people I interact with regularly and to become the best version of me daily, being an honest and reliable partner in all the areas on my life. Honesty is harsh sometimes. I had a discussion with myself at the end of last year, trying to justify the erosion of my ambition to a comfortable life when I knew deep in my heart that I have this entrepreneurship flame burning in me. I’ve built myself tackling challenges one after the other. My former colleagues one time came back to the office telling the story that so many marketers want to be bold and claim to disrupt something, but at the end of the day, the month, the year, they are still doing the same thing and pushing the same numbers. It was time for me and my family to throw the board game that I had learned to build our own.

Vision for the world

We all have a role to play in the world to advance it, each of us has their skills and talents that they have to sharpen to move forward. Life is a Go board, not checkers, and losing many pieces doesn’t necessarily turn into a failure at the end, it is always time to make a choice that can turn the fate around. 

Now it is time to have a real impact on the world. I am part of one of the leading up and coming organizations supporting culture for African and African descents that targets the African Americans in their quests to understand where they come from: The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA).

African civilization didn’t start with slavery, it didn’t start 400 years ago, or in 1870 when Africa went through colonial imperialism, Africa is not a color of skin Black or white. This summit will bring the brightest minds together to represent the highlight of the Year of Return. African descents, we have so many things to be proud about and we need to start feeding the wolf that needs to grow, and the one that we see every day in the media, in the movies needs to die. Restore this sense of pride. We are about to host the Year of Return summit in a few weeks in Accra from August the 5th to the 11th. Join Now.

I have also joined a Financial and Technology company called DreamOval, which is already one of the top tech company’s in Ghana. I am working tirelessly to grow it into being the largest payment processor in Africa. My work is important for financial inclusion, it allows businesses to power their digital transformations, allows small producers to be paid by large companies whether they have a bank account or not, and banks to reach these unbanked or underbanked customers. I am dedicated to making this vision a reality and showing my kids that we can talk about being bold every day, but it is not worth a dime if we don’t act on our vision.