Accra, Ghana, June 23, 2020//-Ms Caroline Esinam Adzogble is the young Ghanaian who is meandering through storms to redefine access to quality education for Africans at all levels.
Although, her dream of becoming a medical doctor was quashed at early years, Ms Adzogble is making it possible for young Africans to achieve theirs. Some are also achieving their dreams in other fields of education, through her Caroline Group, an education and training consultancy firm.
Ms Adzogble, CEO of Caroline Group is determined to redefine education with focus on training, consulting, marketing, travel and philanthropy.
“Education Enthusiast; I stand for a World-Class Education available to students irrespective of their age, race, and financial status”, she told African Eye Report in an interview.
Ms Adzogble started her own Potters International College, a 100% online college in 2010, before expanding operation to other areas.
The college offers internationally-recognized diplomas to students who have had gaps in their education and do not have the necessary academic qualification to move on to the next level.
Ms Adzogble believes lots of people are unable to find the educational opportunities available to them but it could be made much easier.
“People do not understand that online education is the future and it is closer than we think; we intend to enlighten them and help schools better understand their operations,” she noted.
The Caroline Group, she added, wants to combat fraudulent activities of “agents” who charge students outrageous fees under the pretext of placing them in educational institutions abroad.
Notable among her educational interventions is the one million dollar scholarship scheme for 100 African students, which was initiated in 2018.
She also instituted the historic 100 laptop project in 2019 for students through her social media platform.
Both programmes are still ongoing. Individuals would have to express their interest after which they go through a selection processes and get shortlisted for the scheme.
Her company, as part of several other commitments, hosts short term seminars and professional development courses for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate organizations in different cities in Kenya, the United States and United Kingdom.
The 28-year-old’s quest of improving the educational space for students has been touted by many as the ‘face of education in Africa.’
A combination of quality education and Information Communication Technology (ICT) could help transform society positively, according to the pretty CEO.
Ms Adzogble’s vision within the next three years is to expand the Caroline Group to at least 20 countries, and about 100,000 education consultants.
As a servant leader
“I was automatically put in the position to decide on my life choices; becoming a leader then entrepreneurship naturally found me. But as an entrepreneur, I like to see myself as a servant leader”, Ms Adzogble recounted in the interview.
She said she is still developing her entrepreneurial traits but the one thing Ms Adzogble knows about herself is being as a risk-taker and she does not fear to lose. “I push it till I win it”, she stated.
“My journey was not easy. A lot of people thought I was crazy, I was so young, so skinny, with BIG dreams. It took a while for people to accept me. I struggled with racism a lot but not now because I have automatically earned my right to be respected”.
“I come from a very poor and humble background. I didn’t blame my parents for it. I took advantage of whatever they were able to provide for me and found opportunities with it”, the CEO said.
The legacy she wants to leave behind as an entrepreneur
The legacy Ms Adzogble wants to leave behind is to be a household name in the field of education.
Also, she wants to duplicate herself by training so many people in Ghana and other parts of the world.
Education will be of the most fun things to talk about on the planet, because of her work, according to her.
“I am passionate about education because it is the KEY and my parents couldn’t afford to put me in school so I know what it feels to be on the other end. No one deserves that”.
Advice to the young African entrepreneurs
She used the opportunity to advice the youth to steer clear from faking and don’t put unnecessary pressures on themselves.
Ms. Adzogble studied General Science at Ideal College in Accra and continued to study database technology, systems hardware and networking at IPMC College of Technology. Later, she took up an online course in Business Studies at University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ms Adzogble, who intends to retire from her CEO post at age 30, has been recognised for her contribution to the sector.
She recently received the President’s Youth Prize from the Millennium Excellence Foundation, among other achievements.
“I plan on retiring at 30 because I would have raised great leaders and education consultants who will do wonders. I would be more of an advisor and see the youth work their magic.
“Retirement is not the end of the legacy; it is actually the beginning because every seed I am sowing now will be bearing fruits and it will be the beginning of a new generation,” she said.
People exposed to entrepreneurship frequently express that they have more opportunity to exercise creative freedoms, higher self esteem, and an overall greater sense of control over their own lives.
As a result, many experienced business people political leaders, economists, and educators believe that fostering a robust entrepreneurial culture will maximize individual and collective economic and social success on a local, national, and global scale.
To quote an American author and entrepreneur, Brian Koslow: “If you nurture your mind, body and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.”
This quotation best fits well with the humble and affable Ms Adzogble whose story can be told in several ways.
By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, African Eye Report