Ghanaian Man Didn't Get A Training Gig Because He Looked Too Young: "I'll Dye My Hair To Look Older"

Ghanaian Man Didn't Get A Training Gig Because He Looked Too Young: "I'll Dye My Hair To Look Older"

  • Chris Atadika is a doctoral research fellow at Ghana's premier tertiary institution, the University of Ghana.
  • He said he was denied a training opportunity because he looked too young, according to the organisers.
  • According to the details he shared on social media, the training was for top senior management members of businesses in Africa

A Ghanaian man, Chris Atadika, has recently shared how ageism has affected him regarding his work and consultations.

Chris Atadika is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Ghana. Aside from that, he wears many hats. He is at the Consumer Advocacy Group Ghana and a Senior Partner at Africa Brainstorm Consultancy.

According to his Twitter bio, he is also a marketing management consultant and a communication strategist.

Ghanaian man didn't get a training gig because he looked too young
Chris Atadika said he spent sleepless nights preparing for the presentation only to be disappointed Photo credit: @chrisatadika Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

In a tweet, Chris said he lost a training gig because a client said he was too young and instead wanted someone older.

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Chris said he had spent sleepless nights preparing for the training because it was for top senior management members of businesses in Africa.

He added that he would soon start dying his hair and using a walking stick to look much older, so he does not lose out on such opportunities the next time.

In an interview another person who has faced a similar situation, said things must change in Ghana specifically and Africa at large.

Samuel Mensah narrated how he was not promoted in a job because the bosses thought he was too young to lead a huge project team.

"They gave the promotion to another person who was older, not because he was qualified but because they did not want a small boy to lead a team with grown men. It was a huge project so even though I was not the leader, I was doing most of the job. These things must stop. If someone is qualified no matter how young they are give them the job."

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Comments on the post collated some reactions from netizens

@EdwinDelasi said:

I can’t even complain about this anymore. I walk into business meetings with top management and they ask me where’s my boss? And through funny means they just reject your proposal and pass the job to someone else who has gray hair, because they assume grey hair means wisdom and experience. This is the Africa we live in. ‍♂️

@iamslick suggested:

Use AI to modify the photos to look older before you send. And then surprise them nicely at the event

@GabbyGreyy wrote:

Nothing wrong. They needed someone with more experience.

@snort_randy said:

Youngism or reverse ageism is a thing, and I’ve suffered the same several times. During a presentation, client felt disrespected and got furious with my company’s decision to have a ‘kid’ oversee the project. He threw us out eventually, literally fuming

@OgyamkpaF wrote:

This happened to me some time ago when I was seeking for loan to finance a project in 2021. I really felt sad

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@quakestrike said:

I believe we can change the narrative about our country and Africa at large. Such happenings are unbelievable! Let the young breathe!

@EugeneAGBEN wrote:

Sorry Chris. It's pure prejudice 'and then some.'Keep moving....

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Earlier,,gh reported that a young man asked his mother for some money he sent to her only to find out she had used it.

In a TikTok video, @MightyOseiAsibey was surprised that his mother used the money for a shopping spree.

"See the things I went to buy with it. I saw the money but didn't know where it was from, so I thought I got lucky."

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Meanwhile, a video of a Ghanaian mother and her son arguing about money has gone viral, with the woman refusing to refund a debt owed to her son, citing her previous spending on him as her justification.

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Many viewers of the film had similar experiences with their mothers.

Mother and daughter show off dance moves

In another story, a young lady caught the attention of netizens after a video of herself and her daughter dropped online.

According to a TikTok post on the timeline of @babyserwaa, she is 27 years old, while her adolescent daughter is 16.

They were dancing to one of the hot TikTok songs in the video, which she captioned: TikTok trend with my teenage daughter.

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