Debra-Jane Nelson moved back to Ghana with the intention of starting a business that would not only fulfill her desires, but to also improve services in Ghana. A few years later, Think Mahogany, a Communications, Event Management and Production Agency was formed. Think Mahogany focuses on providing clients with prestige creative solutions.
Alongside Think Mahogany, Debra-Jane is also the co-founder of Shika Tamaa Support Services (STaSS). STaSS is an award winning non-profit organisation providing free, private and confidential independent HIV/AIDS Support Service, Health and Social Care Services to all.
As an innovative and ambitious woman, Debra-Jane’s work with Think Mahogany has led to her nomination for the Gamank Group Efie Ne Fie award. The Efie Ne Fie award recognises expatriates that have moved and setup functional businesses in Ghana.
Debra-Jane Nelson tells us why she deserves the Efie Ne Fie award….
Tell us about the premise behind your business
I found myself at a point in life where it seemed simpler yet more fulfilling to create a job for myself rather than to keep sending out CVs and Covering Letters, just to get unfortunate responses, despite my qualifications and experiences.
How does it feel to be nominated for the Efie Ne Fie award and what would winning mean to you?
It feels good to know that my efforts have been recognised. It is rewarding to know that the hard work is paying off. Winning would mean a lot to me. It will somewhat justify the decision I made to move to Ghana and start my own business, it will be an excellent endorsement and a great motivation.
What do you think about the GUBA Awards?
The GUBA Awards is an enthusiastic way to improve the welfare of the Ghanaian society, because, it celebrates the positive outcomes within the community.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from the results of my hard work.
Do you have any plans of expanding your business?
Definitely! I started as an event company and now, I am into communications, photography and production. I can assure you that if you ask me in 2 years what Think Mahogany do, it will have a few more things on the list. My focus however is continually improving my business not necessarily expanding it. With improvements, expansion comes.
Are you involved in any other projects?
I am co-founder of STaSS. STaSS is an award winning non-profit organization providing HIV prevention and support service. It delivers health and social care services to persons infected and closely affected by HIV in Ghana and UK.
STaSS has been commissioned by the Milton Keynes Council and has received some funding from the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and other funding organizations. STaSS works closely with HIV Prevention England, the NHS, the Public Health Trust and other Public Health Services.
What message would you give to aspiring and upcoming entrepreneurs?
Not to give up and not to give in. Not to be threatened by competition but to focus on enhancement in every aspect of the business and personal attributes.
Do you have anything else you would want to add?
Reflecting on the journey so far, it hasn’t been the easiest but I will say, it has been the most rewarding. It has thought me many lessons, good and bad. It has also allowed me to grow within myself. A few young people have told me I inspire them mainly by my creativity, dedication and determination. A few adults have told me they are proud of my achievements so far and for taking bold steps. Some of my peers think I am competition. What they all don’t know is it takes me constant prayers and regular fasts, to give me the confidence and strength to face each new day and its challenges. I am caring and selfless, putting in work for the people around me to also succeed in the things they want to do. My employees and mentees think I am a forceful workaholic who doesn’t care much about breaks and sleep. I think what makes me different is my effortless desirability amongst others.
Debra-Jane Nelson is an inspirational woman doing an outstanding job with her company. We have no doubt that Think Mahogany will continue growing in strength.
Vote Debra-Jane (Think Mahogany) for the Gamank Group Efie Ne Fie award at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/efie-ne-fie
Find out more about Think Mahogany at http://www.thinkmahogany.com/