HCC hosted multiple young, successful Ghanaian achievers for a session on campus called, “Time with a Young Achiever.” These sessions were meant to inspire the students and provide mentorship for them. Meet the three most recent achievers who visited HCC.
Top African Scientist, Dr. Julius Hagan
HCC students and faculty were privileged to interact with a top African scientist, Dr. Julius Hagan. He spoke to students about opportunities for growth, development and scholarships in various fields. The faculty and staff benefited from his expertise in research and institutional advancement.
Dr. Hagan was declared the 2013 3rd Best Young Professional Scientist in Africa, by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and was nominated by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, CTA, as one of the top 20 innovators in the world.
He is a senior lecturer and Head of the Department of Animal Science and School of Agriculture at University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from KNUST. He also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Quantitative Genetics and Genomics from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He is an Animal Breeder and Livestock Development Expert. He is consulting for EXIM Bank USDA and Council for Technical Vocational Educational and Training (COTVET/SDF) on training of livestock farmers and entrepreneurs in the livestock business in Ghana.
Dr. Hagan is not only a livestock expert, he has many other professional roles. Dr. Hagan is also:
- the National Secretary to the Ghana Society of Animal Production
- member of the Ghana Cattle Ranching Committee
- reviewer/External Assessor of graduate thesis for KNUST and University for Development Studies (UDS)
- reviewer of national and international journals
- moderator and assessor of post-diploma programs at various agricultural colleges in Ghana
- a fellow member of Science and Technology for Society (STS, Tokyo, 2016)
- a current member of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Young Affiliate
- a founding member of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Young Affiliate Network (TYAN)
- an international scholar and speaker recently invited as one of the speakers to the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.
- a staunch Christian who worships with the Church of Christ, University Community congregation, Cape Coast
- a patron of the Church of Christ Campus Ministry, University of Cape Coast
Ace TV News Anchor, Selikem Acolatse Apaloo
“Hold on to sound ethics,” the Ace TV Anchor advised HCC students.
Anchor Selikem Acolatse Apaloo has admonished students to internalize the ethical principles they are given during their time at HCC, because those principles hold the key to much of what they will become in life. The Ghana television news personality was interacting with the students at a “Time with a Young Achiever” session.
Selikem said she owed much of her achievement and rise to stardom to God and her steadfastness in doing what is right. She challenged the female students especially not to let any circumstances derail them from staying true to godly principles and pressing on to their goals in life.
Selikem Acolatse Apaloo is the host and content producer of ‘Women’s Voice’ on Ghana’s state broadcaster, GBC24 and Ghana Television(GTV), a program which projects the achievements of women along with issues that hold back the development of women. She is a news editor, anchor and reporter at GTV. Selikem has hosted high profile events such the GBC’s 2016 Election Presidential Encounters, National Presidential Debate for Election 2016 and National Policy Summit 2017. She has anchored special assignments such as:
- the election petition at the supreme court
- the funeral of late president, Atta Mills
- the arrival of the remains of the late poet, Kofi Awoonor and the late BBC broadcaster, Komla Dumor
Selikem is passionate about youth empowerment and has been a speaker on several platforms, including:
- the African University College of Communication Conference on Branding 2015 and Creative Writing in 2017
- the US Embassy Mentorship Program 2014
- the Story of Our Lives Nationwide Mentorship Project for the Girl Child in 2015 & 2017
- the Start Up GH Sheroes conference in 2015
Selikem was nominated as Best Female Television Presenter at the Radio and TV Personality Awards both in 2014 and 2015. She is currently pursuing an MA in International Relations and Development at an affiliate of the Institute of Diplomatic Practice, Nyansapo College. She holds a degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ghana, a diploma in Public Relations from the Institute of Commercial Management (UK) and a certificate in Broadcast Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
Selikem is faith-driven, passionate about grooming young talents, a Social Change Advocate, a Personal development coach and a Women’s advocate. She is married with three children.
Entrepreneur and Inspirational Women’s Mentor, Georgina Adwoa Assor Narteh
“Let your low background push you to rise high,” Mrs. Georgina Narteh charged HCC students.
“I grew up in Nima, a typical slum in the heart of the city of Accra, got used to the rag-tag life of the area; I slept without food on numerous occasions, did all manner of menial jobs just to survive in those harsh moments of life. Despite all these, I didn’t give up—I strove very hard and finished my basic education and second-cycle education. I struggled to make my grades to qualify me for university but later I succeeded and completed my first and second degrees. I told myself nothing could prevent me from getting to the top of the educational ladder and making it in life.” Those were the words of Mrs. Georgina Adwoa Assor Narteh, an inspirational female mentor to the students of HCC. This entrepreneurial-minded businesswoman, who left a good job at the bank to pursue her dream of running an early childhood school complex, was a welcome guest at HCC’s “Time with an Achiever”.
Mrs. Georgina Adwoa Assor Narteh taught during her national service and did some more teaching at the basic level after service. She later left the teaching field and joined Standard Chartered Bank as Branch Operations Clerk, Teller and then Foreign Teller before she rose to become Head Teller. She also worked in the Customer Service Office and the Call Center as Manager as Quality Assurance Manager at the Loan Centre. When the bank moved its call center to India, she was sent to India to train the representatives there for 3 months. She worked for 18 years at Standard Chartered Bank ending her career there in 2014 as Acting Operations Manager.
Passion for Early Child Education
Georgina is passionate about Early Childhood Education and that is why she left Standard Chartered to pursue her vision and passion. She is a Certified Montessori Early Childhood Educator from the GES-accredited National Nursery Teachers Training Center. Now she is at The BabyNest, a pre-school for the University of Ghana Basic School as the service delivery manager, and oversees all their branches concerning service delivery issues and handles customer complaints. She is in the process of completing her own school in Amrahia, near Accra.
Georgina has a first degree in Psychology and Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) in Marketing both from the University of Ghana and intends to begin a PhD soon because of her passion for teaching.
Georgina loves cooking and has turned that passion also into a Catering Business, which she has run for 16 years, preparing and delivering sumptuous meals, pastries and drinks for events.
She is a Christian with the Legon Church of Christ and supports various church initiatives especially regarding child and youth development. She is married to Professor Bedman Narteh of University of Ghana Business School with whom she has four children.