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Spotlight On Ohemaa Adjei Andoh; Founder Of Girls In Science And Technology (GIST) and PM STEAM Academy Ohemaa A

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Aug. 31, 2021, 11:17 a.m.

Ohemaa Adjei Andoh views herself as an optimist. She is a person who aims to achieve the best results in everything she does. She studied Geological Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). During her time at KNUST, she held the position of Women in Engineering President/Women’s Commissioner for the College of Engineering (2012/2013). She is the founder of Girls in Science and Technology (GIST). Join me as we delve deeper into the life of this amazing personality.

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Mrs. Ohemaa Adjei Andoh. I studied BSc. Geological Engineering in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and went on to join Schlumberger an Oil and Gas Service Company for 6 years, where I was trained as a Stimulations Engineer and later as a Cementing Engineer.

I went on to start Girls in Science and Technology (GIST), an organization that advocates for women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We do this by showing a representation of Ghanaian women in STEM to help motivate our younger ones, we believe you can be what you see. We also provide mentorship, training, and internship opportunities for our young ladies in STEM.

I run an Academy for kids called PM STEAM Academy, where we focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics hands-on activities to help them embrace their creativity and to develop their interest in STEAM at an early age. This academy also focuses on building their communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. This also encourages boys and girls to work together in teams.

I am also a certified Transformational Coach, I decided to do this to be able to help others be the best versions of themselves be it in their personal lives, careers, etc. I believe everyone has a light in them that brings a lot of positivity into the world, and some people need just a little assistance to find it and put it to use.

I remember wanting to do a different course in my Secondary school but my science teacher in Basic School advised my mum that I do Science because he thought that would be more challenging for me. So I did General Science in Achimota School and then went on to KNUST to study BSc. Geological Engineering. My mum went on a school tour with me at KNUST and spoke to some lecturers before we finally decided to go with Geological Engineering.

What achievement are you most proud of? 

I will say my greatest achievement has been the ability to tailor my passion to help the younger generation through STEM. That is through GIST and PM STEAM Academy.

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What challenges have you encountered on your journey?

A great challenge is getting financial assistance with Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) to be able to carry out all the impactful projects we have lined up. This is still a challenge but we are learning to impact one person at a time, at the right time we will be able to do even more.

Africa has so much untapped Human knowledge, so many people have not been able to identify that passion they have to use to solve challenges in society. People are not previewed to the knowledge of STEM, I believe with continuous education and creating opportunities for our young ones, we will be able to identify and help develop all the amazing ideas out there.

What is your message to young Africans about STEM?

My message to young ones out there is that STEM is not difficult. STEM is fun, it is the basis of our very existence. Don’t shy away from STEM subjects in schools, embrace it and look around you to be able to apply it in your surroundings. Knock on doors to get opportunities, use the internet to research! There are so many opportunities out there waiting for you. Do well to shine your light wherever you go!!!

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