- Mohammed Amin Mansur is the chief executive officer of Amin Furnitures
- The Ghanaian wood artisan graduated with a computer engineering certificate from Intercom Programming and Manufacturing Co (IPMC)
- Amin Mansur now works as a carpenter who runs a successful venture
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After defeating the odds despite circles of adversities owing to financial constraints, young Ghanaian engineer, Mohammed Amin Mansur, now runs a successful business.
The chief executive officer of Amin Furnitures now makes a living working as a carpenter despite graduating with a computer engineering certificate from Intercom Programming and Manufacturing Co (IPMC).
Recounting his daunting but worthwhile journey in a long-worded post on social media, Amin Mansur disclosed that after completing Aduman High School in 2009, he was confused like most teenagers with no clear plan ahead.
He admits that he just went with the flow because he had no clear plan at the time.
''When I completed Aduman Senior High School in 2009, I was not sure what my next step was. I didn't know what next I wanted to do in life. No clear plan for the path ahead. Just went with the flow,'' he said.
Despite the lack of clear forward-planning, he decided to pursue a course in computer engineering at IPMC
''After the program, and with practical knowledge in a field considered a hotcake, I thought the distance between me and riches was time. I was highly optimistic.''
''I had an opportunity at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi to work in the facility's Information Technology (IT) department. I was paid something small at the end of the month from the institution's IGF.''
Though his daily expenses far exceeded the remuneration, he was optimistic that he'd be recruited as permanent staff but there was a freeze on public sector employment at the time.
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Amin Mansur experienced circles of setbacks, which compelled him to return to the drawing board to restrategize.
At the time, my uncle, Baba Razak, was operating a carpentry shop in front of our house. Whenever I was bored, I would go and sit at his shop to while away the boredom, he said.
Without making an effort, Amin Mansur developed an interest in carpentry but it was met with distractions from some friends and his mom who thought he had wasted her resources to obtain a computer engineering certificate.
''Nine years on, I have my shop with six apprentices that I'm currently training. By the grace of God, I now earn what I know working in the public sector would hardly ever pay me. I got married about four years ago.''
Amin Mansur disclosed that he now looks back and has absolutely no regrets.
Read his full post below.
In other news, YEN.com.gh previously reported on Efua Serwaa Akoto Addo, a venturesome Ghanaian woman shattering barriers in a male-dominated occupation in the informal sector.
Despite the adversities of developing a career as a professional female carpenter, the former student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), is making remarkable gains in the field.
The talented wood artisan has become the favourite of many who want quality but affordable furnishing for their homes, including luxury chairs, tables, boujie dog kennel, among others. Akoto Addo has taken to social media to display the recent work a client contracted her to design.
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