ONE blogger C.C. Chapman is on a trip to Ghana with ONE. Read more of updates on his personal blog.
Last night I had the honor of having dinner with a group of students from Ashesi University here in Ghana. They are just like any other group of college students — full of energy, engaged in social media and dreaming of their futures. They are also each extremely proud of their country, continent and want to be part of the future success of both.
Michael stood out to me as we instantly began talking about food and tourism. He believes that there are many opportunities to grow the tourism industry here and make a successful business of it.
I happen to think he is completely right. The world needs to know about the beautiful country and smiling people who live here. He was shocked when I asked where I could try eating some “grass cutter” and I was impressed that he had been to America and loved his first Philly Cheese Steak. I look forward to talking more with him and helping him achieve his dreams.
But, what impressed me most was the level of innovative thinking that each of these students was filled with.
Between the small handful that we met, they are looking to build the library of the future to increase the love of reading, use mobile payments to raise funds to support leprosy and one believes that the future of Africa depends on creative design. None of those are small ideas or the typical answers I was expecting when I asked what they wanted to do with their lives.
This is my first time in Africa and I’ve seen nothing but opportunity here if the support and structure is put into place. It is obvious to me that these students and others like them are going to do everything in their power to make that happen.
C.C. is live-tweeting his journey with ONE. Follow him at @cc_chapman.