Congratulations to the MEST Training Program Class of 2020!

Andrew Miracle, Nigeria

What is one thing you will take away from living in Ghana?

People are everything, they make up our roots, stories, moments, and experiences, every single person that goes through the path of your life is valuable.

Abdulhafeez Babatunde, Nigeria

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

MEST has helped shape me into becoming a better team player and learning the value of empathy especially when interacting with other people; from teammates to business partners and customers.

Allie Tsahey, Ghana

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

One thing that has changed significantly about me is my growth as a communicator, both personally and professionally. I now have the cultural intelligence and empathy to communicate in a way that tailors my delivery to my audience, and ensures success every time… that is a superpower!

Alfred Nyambane, Kenya

Chisomaga Ukaegbu, Nigeria

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

Some of my favorite moments include movie nights with my apartment-mates, road-trips & nighttime bar-hopping with friends.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

In the next five years, I will either be looking at raising further investment for business expansion or leading product teams in a global software company.

What is one thing that you will be taking away from living in Ghana is?

Mama Emilia’s Spicy Chicken (It wrecked my waistline, lol) but seriously, the people, nightlife, and peace of mind.

Delamazior Nyanyo, Ghana

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

In the next five years, JidiTrust will be a household name and a million-dollar business growth company across West Africa. For myself in 5 years, I will be an expert in developing and scaling Sustainable FinTech solutions for economic development in Africa and be working on my Ph.D. also.

Derrick Mungai, Kenya

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

Doing Bet, Buy, Barter where Entrepreneurs-In-Training were challenged to turn a 20 cedi investment from MEST into more, by offering products and services at the Chale Wote Festival. It was so fun!

Emmanuel Asamoah, Ghana

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

How I relate to people mainly. I’ve surprisingly become numb to certain things. My ability to understand different cultures and temperaments of this very diverse cohort has greatly improved my cooperation skills.

Fatou Doumbia, Côte d’Ivoire

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

The visit to tourist sites and the challenge of climbing the Aburi mountain; an excursion organized by EITs.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

Building a successful business, giving the opportunity to young Africans to improve their living conditions by giving them access to decent work and digital training in order to achieve the reduction of the digital divide in the world.

What was your first impression of MEST?

MEST is a whole universe with training that is intense, attractive, and rich in content; a warm atmosphere, and staff that’s always available to meet your needs.

A word to the training program faculty?

Thank you for your availability, your generosity in sharing your knowledge, and the support you have given us.

Frank Nana Addae, Ghana

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

My favorite moment at MEST was during pitches. These are the times where our works are actually validated and where we get to know if our respective projects are viable.

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

My approach to business and how I come up with ideas. Previously I used to create projects based on assumptions. But now my ideas are based on user-centered research. Also, my knowledge of tech has improved. I am able to build a fully functioning website.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

In the next five years, our company will be among the leading B2B e-commerce businesses in Ghana and begin to establish a foot in other African countries. I see myself creating more value to over 20,000 customers we will have in our business.

Freda Mawia Mutune, Kenya

What is one thing that you will be taking away from living in Ghana?

One thing I will take from Ghana is respect when addressing people…it has been my greatest lesson. And of course shea butter and black soap!

Gugulethu Kheswa, South Africa

What is one thing that you will be taking away from living in Ghana?

My greatest takeaway from Ghana (besides the network of amazing friends and associates I have made) is my expanded worldview. Having lived and worked with people from all over Africa, I have learned so much about our cultural difference and similarities which makes me appreciate being African even more.

Helen Wairagu, Kenya

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

This has definitely been a year of growth and discovery of myself and my potential. I got to meet a version of myself that I thought I would meet say five years from now. I ]have discovered that I can do stuff that seemed scary to me initially like coding, design, and public speaking. But one thing that has really skyrocketed is my confidence — Thank you MEST for this opportunity.

Ibrahima Mounkoro, Mali

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

My favorite moment at MEST was the market research on the field asking people about the way they are currently working because we could easily get our answers while they were talking.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

In the next five years, my company will be one of the best logistics companies Africans will be proud of.

One word to the Training Program faculty?

To the training faculty, You’re the best.

IfeOluwa Oderinde, Nigeria

Jean Phillipe Bakala Boungou, Congo Brazaville

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

My favorite moment for sure was the day I met and decided to work with my current cofounder, that day in itself is a story.

Kingsley Nwose, Nigeria

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

Design thinking sprints. Intense but interesting.

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

My approach to market research; I now appreciate the essence.

What was your first impression of MEST?

MEST was like a family from day one, it has not changed!

A word to the training program faculty?

Keep being awesome.

Lotanna Nwose, Nigeria

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

My Favorite moment at MEST was the Chale Wote Festival that happened as soon as we got to Ghana last year. It was the first experience of street selling, and it demanded a lot of creativity and I think that was an ingenious way to start a program.

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

In the past year, I think I have grown and I have also gotten to understand a lot of cultures and markets. I think the greatest thing MEST provides is the diversity of the cohort. I am a very social person and now I’m great friends with people from over 10 African Countries and will be building out great ideas out of these friendships after the MEST program.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

In the next five years, JidiTrust would have become a fully digital Microfinance Bank and fully operational in both Ghana and Nigeria with at least 183,000 customers. I would also have started my own Micro Angel investment group called Founders Kickstarter for 3 funds.

A word to the training program faculty?

To the teaching fellows: Thank you, I had fun

Lucky Mark, Nigeria

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

The past year birthed my awesome initiation into the startup ecosystem. There have been a lot of learnings and insights but most significantly, I’ve seen myself move from a basic product designer to an advanced product designer while also building solid and meaningful relationships.

Mary Abiodun, Nigeria

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

Visiting interesting sites like the Tema Port

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

A lot. So many! But most significantly, it is developing cultural intelligence.

A word to the training program faculty?

Thanks for the sacrifice put in to make us the software entrepreneurs we are now. I’ve learned a lot from you all.

Michael Esio Oscar, Nigeria

What is the summation of your experience at MEST?

It has become apparent that the development Africa seeks would only come from the development of Her people and collaboration across board between all stakeholders within and outside the country. “Talent is evenly distributed but opportunity isn’t”. MEST has been a place of adventure and discovery, where you realize that there is more to you if you would only push. To the faculty, fellows, Venture partners, and fellow EITS, there couldn’t have been better.

Michael Hammond, Ghana

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

Understanding Business Tools like the Value Proposition Canvas.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

Becoming the dominant Informal Retail supply network in Ghana.

Nimrod Kgosimore, Botswana

What is one thing you will take away from living in Ghana?

My take away from Ghana is the life long friendships I’ve made, business partners from this opportunity, and a great network of like-minded entrepreneurs.

Nodumo Fikile Magadlela, Zimbabwe

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

Picking up basic Python skills for Data Science has opened up a whole new world of possibilities in my career and I discovered that I’m capable of learning anything given the time and the right environment.

Olanrewaju Adeoye, Nigeria

What is one thing that you’ll be taking away from living in Ghana?

Oh, chale! One thing that I will be taking away from Ghana is the culture of warmth, hospitality, calm, and the love for country that the people exude.

Philip Afflu, Ghana

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

When Entrepreneurs-In-Training met to discuss ideas and create teams for Capstone- Capstones are milestones during the training program where the Entrepreneurs-In-Training present findings from research, and propose innovative tech solutions to their findings.

Primerose Ruvimbo Katena, Zimbabwe

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

My favorite moment at MEST was my Capstone One pitch day. This was my first time delivering an investor pitch and it was fulfilling to deliver the pitch for my team successfully.

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

In the past year, I have become more outspoken, a better leader, and learned to poke holes in ideas as soon as I hear them.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

I see Vendoor transforming how events are planned and executed. With 80% of events in Ghana and Nigeria planned through the Vendoor Playbook.

A word to the training program faculty?

We will miss you!

Rosemarlines Effiong, Nigeria

Where do you see yourself and my company in the next five years?

We hope to have exited, and in five years, I want to be working at having more African women and girls in technology.

Sally Musanga, Kenya

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

In five years I see myself as a Product Manager that delivers a quality experience to users. with Movein being a unicorn.

Stephen Pessenbacher, South Africa

A word to the training program faculty?

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have been part of this prestigious program. Not only have I acquired new skills, met with amazing people from more than 14 countries in Africa, it has also opened a world of opportunities for me. With this being said, MEST did not only train me to be a well-rounded prospective entrepreneur, but it has shaped me to be a future tech leader.

Thato Rammoko, Lesotho

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

The Beg Buy Barter Challenge, where Entrepreneurs-In-Training were challenged to turn a 20 cedi investment from MEST into more, by offering products and services at the Chale Wote Festival. My team and I made money by charging people to play a seemingly simple game but hard to crack.

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

I’m no longer just a Mosotho, I am Ghanaian, my Ghanaian name is Kojo, well it’s actually Kwabena (I was born on a Tuesday) but I like Kojo better so I’m sticking with Kojo, I’m also Kenyan, #Nohuman is limited. I’ve eaten Eba and okro soup so I’m part Nigerian, and part Ivorian too; I love atteke, definitely Cameroonian now been staying with one for 12 months, In short, I am becoming fully African.

Where do you see yourself and your company in the next five years?

Fastest growing Proptech startup in East Africa.

A word to the training program faculty?

I learned more from observing you than what you taught me in class, I am inspired by all of you I can get learning content online but I can never meet copies of you anywhere in the world and I am sure the past faculty was dope but I am glad it was Dayo, Funke, Felix, Prince, Femi and Kathrin that I got to spend 12 months with, I enjoyed all the classes when they were not remote, they didn’t feel like Youtube tutorials. Special S/O to Felix of course my mentor, taught me to pay attention to details and appreciate UI/UX.

Uche Orjinta, Nigeria

What is one thing you will be taking away from living in Ghana?

My key takeaway from this experience is about puzzle-pieces and finding the right piece; even though in Africa we don’t have the luxury of the abundance of opportunities; there’s always a puzzle piece for you in every opportunity.

Ulric Chekap Wenego, Cameroon

What was your favorite moment at MEST?

My favorite moment at MEST was when I met my two co-founders and discovered that we shared the same vision.

Usheninte Dangana, Nigeria

What has changed significantly about yourself in the past year?

My capacity for consuming and working on feedback has improved noticeably. Being more conscious of the nature of my learning curve, I now approach technology studies with a more balanced and realistic outlook. I also find that I have become significantly self-aware.

Vivian Egwu, Nigeria

What is the summation of your experience at MEST?

For me, every moment at MEST was a favorite moment. I have tremendously improved in my understanding of running a business over this one year. In the next five years, I hope to be the product lead of a company that is empowering local African businesses to make better decisions and grow their businesses. One thing I will definitely take from living in Ghana is its serene environment. At first, I thought that MEST was an MBA school taught by thought leaders from across the globe, however, MEST turned out to be a family. I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the training program faculty for the knowledge gained and I hope the relationship I have built with everyone does not end at MEST.

Yusuf Olalere, Nigeria

What is one thing you will be taking away from living in Ghana?

One thing I’ll be taking away from Ghana is the importance of cooperation between people of diverse backgrounds and orientations.

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