Today’s woman crush #womeninspire is none other than entrepreneur and former University of Ghana SRC President, Esinam Afi Seade.
My first encounter with Esinam was in 2016 at Evandy Hostel, where she visited to canvass for votes for the SRC presidential position.
I remember opening my door on one hot afternoon only to be welcomed with smiles from this enterprising lady and her team. If you’ve stayed in a student’s hostel before you know that receiving knocks on your door in the afternoon can be such an annoyance. Much to my surprise, she was so articulate and straight to the point that she immediately formed an impression on me. I couldn’t help but give her audience, and she made her points and left.
I thought about her the whole day. Wow! Who is this lady? How was she so confident? It must be tough vying for a position that was mostly occupied by males, I wondered how she did it so effortlessly!
That encounter brought me so much memories. I remembered being approached in Level 100 by my Archaeology lecturer who was a former Chief Vandal to stand for the Executive Secretary position of the SRC. I declined his offer and constantly expressed my lack of interest.
Fast forward in 2016, Level 400, I was staring at this young lady who was actively engaged in student politics, something I shied away from.
And guess what? She won. After contesting six strong male candidates in one of the most keenly contested elections, she emerged victorious. She was the second female student to be voted as the University of Ghana SRC President after Louise Carol Donkor broke the jinx in 2007.
What I learnt from that experience has stayed with me till date: always take advantage of leadership positions everywhere you find yourself. Be it school, at the workplace, at church, etc.
Esinam Afi Seade continues to inspire. Besides excelling during her reign though fraught with many challenges, she continues to be at the helm of affairs. She is the National Coordinator for the Global African Students Education Summit and an International Trade Services Support Officer at the British High Commission.
The former beauty queen of Miss Ecowas Ghana 2013 has carved a niche for herself as a relatable brand and is among the 100 Most Influential Women in Ghana. She is also the co-founder of Essydel Events.
Today, I celebrate you, Esinam! Thank you for daring to dream even when all the odds were against you! Thank you for being such a forward moving example of leadership! Thank you for standing up for students and championing the cause of women! Thank you for showing us that women can also rise above the status quo! Thank you! Thank you for being a woman who inspires! #womeninspire #womancrushwednesday