Young Social Entrepreneur and Women Empowerment advocate, Emelda Adjei, is making headlines for her flawless craft as an interior decor designer having furnished over 20 homes and offices since October 2018.
Emerald Adjei, a Ghanaian Social Entrepreneur and Women Empowerment advocate is making waves with her rare talent as an interior décor designer having served over 20 homes and offices from October 2018.
She is also a youth empowerment advocate with keen interest in helping young people identify their talent and how they can turn their talents into money making businesses.
Emelda, 26, is the last of four children and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism with a 4-year professional experience.
The CEO of Think Emmy’s Interior Decor says she grew up in a humble family but this has become her testimony because she does not tell this story for pity but to empower others not to make poverty an excuse.
Emelda, while growing up with her other siblings was seen either designing papers, drawing flowers, being creative with beach sand, shells and stones or in school if not the church.
It all began in high school at De-Youngsters International when she first went to school with pastries for lunch and had to share with some of her friend after they requested for a bit.
After sharing with her friends they developed interest and some of her classmates pre-ordered more for the next day.
Emelda went to school the next day with more pastries and other students also discovered the ‘charm’.
It eventually became every student’s preferred lunch experience and the she decided to establish a start-up pastry.
She also introduced her clothing business on the side and targeted her colleagues who couldn’t have the time or afford to go for shopping at A-list boutiques.
While she never imagine becoming an entrepreneur because education has always been her topmost priority, she says people can do both.
Emelda started a career as a journalist in 2012 as an intern at Herald newspaper for a month and later at Multimedia for 6 months.
At the Herald newspaper, her first story with a colleague about the Mamobi Poly clinic was published on the front page of the paper the next day and some major radio and TV stations featured it on their morning programs.
She established Think Emmy’s Interior Décor after she left GHOne, where she worked as Broadcast Journalist for close to 2 years.
Think Emmy’s Interior Décor business module is set to use recyclable materials and African print fabrics to provide glamorous but affordable products and services for their clients.
The company also aims at promoting the awareness of solid and plastic waste recycling to protect the environment by producing pallet beds and couches with plastic waste.
Emelda disclosed that she is motivated by the satisfaction expressed by clients after using their products.
She said: ‘‘It gives me the understanding that our service is of good impact to people and the society.’’
‘‘The support I am get from family and friends has been a great pillar to lean on. It is never easy working in a cooperate world and managing a business at the same time. Becoming a social entrepreneur, I really did not know how things were going to turn out but the support I get keeps me going and pushes me never to give up on my entrepreneurial dream,’’ she stressed with glee.
Emelda was first confronted with the fear of failing by the idea of starting her own business but hard to deal with the anxiety coupled with rejection to begin a start-up which is currently making waves.
She continues to add to this feat as a youth and women empowerment advocate by providing training, transferring knowledge and skills to young people.
She says her greatest accomplishment is following my desire be a Social entrepreneur.
Emelda says young people to go beyond their comfort zone.
‘‘Don’t sit there waiting for someone to employ you. Yes, I hear some people say entrepreneurship is not for everyone. But that should not limit you. I believe everyone has a gift. Just find your gift and make it happen. Don’t choose to always be someone’s employee. You can also become Boss and give your quota to the country by employing others to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country,’’ she said.
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