Managing Director of FanMilk PLC, Ziobeieton Yeo started mentoring sessions with Teni Agana, winner of the 2021 EMY-FanMilk Business-For-Good award, at the recent Exclusive Men of the Year Africa Awards (EMY Awards).
The special award was presented by FanMilk in partnership with the organizers of the award to honor an individual who operates a small business and uses the business to make a positive impact in the community.
As a result, the winner of the category, Teni Agana, a visionary social entrepreneur, project manager, youth advocate, teacher, and founder and CEO of Loozeele Initiative – an education program for young people in northern Ghana – would undergo a contract of six-month mentorship with the CEO of FanMilk. In addition to mentoring, Loozele Initiative will also receive Fanmilk product support for its activities.
Speaking after the introductory session of the mentoring program, Mr. Yeo expressed his willingness to share his experience to prepare and support Ms. Agana and her business.
“She will learn a lot and I know I will learn a lot too. People say that in mentoring what you put in is what you get and at first glance is someone who is eager to see other perspectives. So, I’m open-minded and willing to share as much of my personal story as possible because I believe what you experience in life is worth sharing for others to learn from.
Moreover, with the many years of business and leadership experience that we have, she can be assured that we will share such experiences with her as much as possible. But what is important for me is to have an ear to listen to his ambition, his joy and his challenges and by constructive questioning to help him find solutions. I believe this is the best help and I am ready to do it, “he said.
For Teni Agana, a young woman who paid for her high school education working as a kayaker and now a college graduate and entrepreneur, this award and mentorship means a lot to her Loozeele initiative to empower other young girls in the north.
“This award tells us that people really see the work we do, the impact on girls and that they appreciate us. It gave us a great platform to sell ourselves to the world. What’s interesting is that it also empowered our daughters and told us that anything is possible, especially being one of them and how far I am, ”she said.
She added that her team expects to learn a lot from Mr. Yeo and that they believe this opportunity will give them the platform to better improve their business and impact as many lives as possible.
“We have a lot to do next year, and we’re hoping to share some of our ideas and ask for his advice, as it’s been a roller coaster and it’s the first time we’ve gotten someone to mentor us. I think that with his guidance, we will make better decisions as we see the years ahead as being great. It is not only for me, it is an opportunity for the fifty or so “Kayyos” and the 20 girls with whom we are currently working. And over the next five years you will touch many lives and not just me, ”she told Fan Milk Ghana management.
She noted that there are currently around 200,000 Kayayos in Ghana and that the Loozeele Initiative is passionate about reducing numbers and tackling rural-urban migration.
Loozeele Initiative is an initiative to reverse rural-urban migration targeting young people in northern Ghana. It includes a literacy module, an entrepreneurship module and a reproductive health and youth empowerment module.
Loozeele seeks to empower young people to acquire basic skills in speaking, reading, writing, computer skills, identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and empowering them to be leaders as well as educate them on the different career opportunities available while mitigating teenage pregnancies and their negative impact. Overall, Loozeele hopes to improve the lives of young people, empower them and even better reduce the rate of urban migration.
About Teni Agana
Teni Agana is a visionary social entrepreneur, project manager, youth activist, motivator and teacher. She is the founder and CEO of Loozeele Initiative. She is a young woman who worked as a kayaker to pay for her high school education and was later admitted to Ashesi as a Mastercard Scholar in 2014. She seeks to ensure that underprivileged children, especially girls from backgrounds like hers, have a support system to keep. them to deviate from their goal.
Ms. Agana is passionate about reducing the growing number of girls from northern Ghana who migrate to the streets of southern Ghana out of poverty by helping to secure a source of income in the north. She also thinks it is very important that children have a stronger foundation, no matter who they are or where they come from.
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