First Ghanaian woman Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the telecommunications industry, Lucy Quist has asserted that she complained to her mum about being disliked by her colleagues after her first day at school.
According to her, after her family arrived in Ghana from the UK, she was enrolled in school and found it difficult to make friends in her new environment.
She recounted that she started schooling in Ghana at a time where most of her colleagues were halfway through primary school and had formed friendship bonds then. And that made it difficult for her to make any friend. “It’s not like they didn’t like me. But they already had their friends.”
“I went home and told my mum that the kids didn’t like me and didn’t want to play with me.”
The response Lucy’s mum gave her changed her perspective on things and urged her to work to make her own friends. “She told me life is what you make it and I understood what she said. After that, I didn’t go and complain to my mum again.”
She also pointed out the fact that secondary education in Ghana was something we should all be proud of as it instilled in students high levels of values which shape us. “Sometimes we think of education very narrowly. Most importantly, I think of education through the values the institution can instil in you and the socialization it offers.”
The London born Ghanaian business and technology executive motioned that the Ghanaian secondary education system talks about integrity and making your speech true. She believes that one is also taught to take the responsibility of right and wrong wherever one finds herself.
“In addition to the value system in our schools, there is the socialization we also get there. The value system in Presec really got me ahead.”
Lucy attended Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast and attended sixth-form College at the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School.
She is proud to have been in a community of ladies who concentrate and also urge their colleagues to focus on their abilities and not on them being feminine at her time in Wesley Girls’.
By: Joel Sanco