Meet the Entrepreneurs
Paul Kweku Akrofie
Paul Kweku Akrofie is a creative individual with a sense of direction, vision, and passion. Founder of Real Peoples Company (RPC), and director, his product designs and creative lead has developed a much-admired look and feel for his brand and products. Including their in-house collection of bags and accessories, RPC has worked with various corporate brands and international organizations.This earned them the recognition of the Most Innovative local Startup for 2013 by ReconnectGH through public voting.
A reflection of his passion for the creative sector and his efforts to encourage potential can be seen in a video campaign run by RPC, dubbed "HOLD THE FUTURE".
An ardent creative, he continues to enhance his skills in design and to fuel his passion in developing RPC into an iconic design brand from Ghana.
Sharon Agyapong is the CEO of Eya Naturals, a Ghanaian company that produces and markets natural hair care & natural skin care products, and manages natural hair and locks salons in Ghana.
Prior to Eya Naturals, Sharon held management roles at Guinness Ghana as Head of Strategy and at Tigo Ghana as Product Manager. Sharon enjoys working with cross-functional teams to define and bring to market new products and set up new businesses.
Sharon holds an MBA from INSEAD business school in France and a bachelor degree in Economics from Mount Holyoke College.
Joshua is a freelance Web designer and flash animator whose passion to create products from materials that seem unusable led him to found Akooshi, a furniture, and craft business.
Akooshi concentrates primarily on cocoa pods in efforts to spark a 'going green' revolution to manufacturing in Ghana. Akooshi helps develop young talent amongst youth in craft making and promotes a habit of recycling in Ghana and beyond.
You can view all of Akooshi's products HERE.
Nathaniel Nunoo, the Creative director of Nuna Couture. A young ready to wear and bespoke Ghanaian designer.
Nathaniel holds an HND of Fashion design and technology from the Takoradi Polytechnic and a certificated Development Fellowship Programme by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (C.S.C) and Department for International Development “DFID” in the United Kingdom and part of the ethical fashion initiative.
Nuna Couture is notable for its Prete- A- Porte which employs simple clean lines and patterns to create sophisticated garments.
Nathaniel's ambition is to build an ethical brand that resonates across the country and the globe at large.
mSimps is a designer and CEO of mSimps, a Ghanaian owned creative enterprise established in 2010 with a capital of GhS 200 (USD 100) by its founder, Mabel Simpson. mSimps specializes in handmade accessories which include bags, slippers, loafers, home decor items and other accessories. Products are made of leather with a touch of ethnic print.
The company aside giving employment to people, also trains young people equipping them with skills and later offer them employment.
mSimps has won several awards since its inception.
Yaw Adu Gyamfi Poku
Yaw Adu-Gyamfi is a Chemical engineer and founder of Peini, a skin care brand innovating Ghana’s fats and oils industry by manufacturing the locally sourced raw materials in Accra and turning them into organic functional products like soap, lotions, and mosquito repellant and hair products.
Yaw brings Ghanaian women organic products that are good for their skin and works hand in hand with local shea producers in Northern Ghana to increase the value of the raw shea.
Yaw was recently nominated for the Coca-Cola Young Achievers Ghana @ 60 Awards.
You can buy Peini products HERE!
Bernice Dapaah is the Executive Director of the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative, a socio-ecological green initiative that addresses the quadruple problems of climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst the youth in rural Ghana by creating employment opportunities and sustainable livelihood job skills for the youth through the building of high quality handcrafted second generation bamboo bikes for the international export markets. Ghana Bamboo Bikes have sold over 2000 bamboo bikes and frames per year and has employed about 20 people. All this has been made possible through the hard work and watchful eye of Bernice Dapaah a budding social entrepreneur.