Meet the 21-year-old Ghanaian lady who is building and selling houses

Meet the 21-year-old Ghanaian lady who is building and selling houses

The ingenuity of Ghanaians is under the spotlight again as 21-year-old Stephanie Ode Wilson is celebrated as the youngest real estate developer in the country and perhaps, West Africa.

Wilson has been described by as one of Ghana’s leading silent entrepreneurs. One of the most interesting aspects of the young woman's achievement is that she is rising quickly in a male-dominated industry.

The young woman is an alumnus of Kumasi Girls Senior High School and currently in her 3rd Semester at Bluecrest University. For someone yet to earn a degree, Wilson's is a rare Ghanaian story.

She reportedly saved for her first piece of land from running errands and doing follow ups on building materials from vendors on behalf of her boss.

At 20, she built a 3-bedroom apartment on a 100 x 70 Plot and completed her fist sale in November 2017.

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21-year old real estate developer
Stephanie Ode Wilson. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

Wilson reportedly became interested in construction as a child. Then an inexperienced 17-year-old, she committed to learning from construction workers and architects at any given time during her days in High School.

With support from her family, she started importing building interior materials such as tiles, wall coverings and security doors.

After 3 years of gaining knowledge, expertise and a strong network, she coordinated and built a team of construction workers and architects.

By the end of 2017, she proceeded to sell 3 more houses for clients abroad.

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Wilson officially launched her company, Scown Properties Ghana in October of 2017.

Currently, She is completing phase one of Scown Court; a 12-Unit Gated Community at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra region. Wilson has a vision of building Scown Courts across the country.

Apart from owning a clothing shop, Wilson is set to launch Girl Code Africa, an initiative aimed at teaching 100,000 girls across the continent basic coding, web and app development over the next 10 years.

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