Springboard Road Show Foundation

Christian Annati

Intervention: CoRe

Lost in deep thoughts but rescued. 

Christian with his entrepreneurial mindset had a plan to start a project that was to be an intervention to help solve accommodation challenges he observed with national service personnel. Little did he know that there was a pandemic brewing and readying itself to surface and disrupt his plans. He shares his story with us.

My name is Christian Annati, from Akosombo. The outbreak of COVID-19 affected me badly. During my national service, I made a keen observation at the national service secretariat about the accommodation challenges that my fellow service personnel were faced with. Having an entrepreneurial mindset, I started thinking of how I could reposition myself to help solve this challenge. I shared my proposal with a few people who liked the idea, so I started believing that my concept would become reality. Right after we begun the project, news of COVID-19 started making rounds and finally reached Ghana. Suddenly my dreams were on hold. I was discouraged and didn’t know what to do. I was lost in deep thought when I received an SMS through the National Service outfit to sign up for the CoRe mentoring programme.

I subsequently signed up to the mentoring and the e-counselling program and was part of a wonderful CoRe group. With the help of the counsellor, I can confidently say that I have bounced back. I have learnt to build the mental strength to withstand any disruption that may come my way.

I have learnt to be innovative in whatever I want to do. I have always perceived counselling as something people did before getting married, but now, I believe that every institution needs a professional counsellor for the wellbeing of its people.

Additionally, I made a new discovery about myself – I can teach! This discovery emerged when I was given the opportunity to teach in some CoRe groups. I really enjoyed it and I haven’t looked back since.

The mentoring sessions were also very good. I am now more focused on my goals. I have learnt not to undervalue my network and my circle of influence. Indeed, the CoRe Programme has been a blessing to me. I plan not to keep the good things that I have learnt to myself but rather, to share with others. I am very grateful to the organizers of this programme and to my wonderful counsellor Sarah Woldeamanuel, who always finds time to talk to me and helps me in making the right decisions. Thank you to my selfless mentor, Mr. Benjamin Nortey, who helps us understand and see what is ahead of us as young entrepreneurs in the IT world.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to the CoRe team, Springboard Road Show Foundation, Solidaridad, and Mastercard Foundation.