In September of 2011, Nana Owusu-Achau welcomed students, faculty and staff from the podium at the Opening Convocation of Calvin College in Michigan as the college’s first black student body president since 1986. This is not Nana’s first experience with leadership. During his high school days, he was a prefect in an all-boys school in Kumasi, Ghana where he competed in debate and captained the basketball team.
Nana proceeded to enroll at Calvin College certain that he would be an engineer, but after a few mentor visits, that future no longer appealed to him. Instead, he went into Computer Science and Information Systems, a field he believed needed to be cultivated in Ghana. While at Calvin Nana served as a resident assistant, orientation leader as well as a student mentor.
Nana relocated to Ghana after graduation, driven by his passion and drive for development in Africa. “I always said to anyone who asked if I had plans of going back to Ghana: ‘I don’t know if it’s going to be right after graduation, but I know I’m going back home’ Nana says, “God had a reason for birthing me there.”
Since his return to Ghana in August of 2012, Nana Owusu-Achau has founded and is currently the CEO of Kings Group of Companies: Kings Realty and Kings Capital. He also serves currently as the President of Cacti (an investment fund); board member for Airport West Hotel; director of Titun Power (a renewable energy firm) and provides advisory services for two leading-edge tech firms Ampersand & Car Care.
“I love every bit of what I do. I’m giving back to my country and giving my own two pesewas to its development, “Nana says.
Although the move back to Ghana has not been a walk in the park as systems don’t always work, the Ahaspora network is one of the ways Nana is able to derive hope. Connecting with like-minded individuals who have a desire to be agents of change and renewal keeps his determination to improve his country fueled.