Samuel Kwame Boadu, the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the SamBoad Business Group Limited said entrepreneurship is a decision one make and that it is quite difficult to teach it as it is more linked to one’s behavior, personal experiences and aspirations.

“If you are not naturally disposed to exhibit those traits and are also not compelled by your environment to demonstrate them then it would be difficult to portray that character,” he added.

Samuel Kwame Boadu was speaking at the Maritime University, Accra, in an entrepreneurship Event organized by Afee Africa owned by Mr. Jerry Awuku, CEO of Nautical Group on the theme: “Think Beyond Your Degree.”

Samuel Kwame Boadu, who has been nominated 5x as the entrepreneur of the year by top awarding bodies said opportunities existed but one had to be very determined and focus to be able to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities that surround us.

Sharing his thoughts on whether the universities are providing knowledge that is enough to produce entrepreneurs, he said: “What you gain as you graduate from school is knowledge. It’s powerful but limited. Unless combined with practicable application of your knowledge, it cannot turn into skill.”

Speaking on what most organizations look out for in employing graduates, Samuel Kwame Boadu hinted that values were essential in everything that one did and that as a people, “we need to show positive values and ethics such as honesty, diligence, integrity, hard work among others”.

He expressed the need to inculcate in people more positive values and attitudes to have more productive people in the work places who were not necessarily entrepreneurs but entrepreneurial within a quality entrepreneurial environment.

AFEE AFRICA represents the voice of higher education in Africa and works as the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of Higher Education in Africa.

It is based in Accra and has a current membership of more than 158 Representatives in Higher Education Institutions.

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