Ghanaian Fintech with Young African Leadership Initiative, Mandela Washington Fellow Nana Afua Ntiriwaah Ohene
The Young African Leadership Initiative is a program that started under the Obama Administration. Young people from across Africa apply for a Mandela Washington Fellowship. A select few are invited to participate in the Young African Leadership Initiative. YALIs attend education programs at colleges and universities in the United States. Clark Atlanta University’s program focuses on entrepreneurship. This week we’re speaking with Nana Afua Ntiriwaah Ohene from Ghana.
Ohene works in the Fintech arena and is on a mission to bring more women from Ghana into the tech field. I asked her how she came to work in Fintech and what the technology means for her community. She speaks to mobile/digital money being faster and cheaper to use. She works for a firm that designs payment systems to meet the growing needs of Africa’s consumer base.
I asked Ohene why she felt it was important for women to join the tech arena. In the USA, the number of African American women in the tech arena hovers below 5%. She speaks about her work at the Ghana Tech Lab.
When asked about life in Ghana, Ohene speaks about the feeling of safety. She proclaims that Ghana is a very safe place to live.