- Mary Amega Mensah is a Ghanaian female barber with a decade of experience in the male-dominated profession
- The young artisan started as an apprentice and has since perfected the craft to the delight of her clients
- Mary recently sat for an interview with TV3 Ghana to talk about how she started, her challenges, and her success
PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see YEN.com.gh News on your News Feed!
Women are removing limitations that once impeded them from pursuing careers in male-dominated fields, and Mary Amega Mensah has made laudable gains as a female barber.
The 30-year-old artisan has mastered her craft and established herself in the profession to the delight of male clients who constantly want their hair creatively trimmed.
Affectionately called Fesh The Barber, Mary told TV3 Ghana that she started as an apprentice and has since been at it for over a decade after perfecting the craft.
How Mary started
''I went to one shop and asked a man to teach me. I was the only female apprentice by then, and this man didn't want to teach me. Maybe I can become perfect, I might take away his customers. And I'm very smart and intelligent.
Download YEN's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with all major Ghana news
''So, whenever I'm sitting, I'll just be watching how you're operating the machine. One day, I called my junior brother and tried something on him, and it worked, and I quit being an apprentice,'' she recalled.
Mary admits that achieving success as a female barber has not been devoid of challenges.
Braving the odds
Despite the social stigma coupled with new clients underrating her skills, Mary focuses on developing her brand and craft. The goal is to attract and satisfy more clients. ''Whenever I'm done with them, they go like you've surprised me.''
Click to watch her video below:
Meet the Gh Lady Barber
Mary is not alone. Elizabeth Amponsah is a female barber making impressive strides at Osu in Accra.
With years of experience working as an artisan, Amposah believes that her gender should not restrict her from venturing into careers perceived as a preserve of men.
Her barbering company, The Classic Barber Shop, is an investment that she intends to rack in profits, as she is determined to succeed in the male-dominated field.
The Graduate Behind the Snack Brand Sparkxx Foods & Beverages
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that Derrick Yiiyi Annoh, a Ghanaian entrepreneur and business owner, is the brain behind the popular snack brand, Sparkxx Foods & Beverages, a company that produces flavoured packaged chips.
Annoh's quest to leave a legacy and memorial in the sands of time stoked his passion to start his business from his mother's kitchen with a team of trusted friends.
Though he had mouthwatering offers after graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, he turned down the offers to start small in 2017, he said.
Our manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in