Being in the spotlight definitely comes with some level of attention and benefits. Sometimes, that attention can be so flattering and overwhelming that you will forget yourself. Before you know it, you are in decline and you’ve achieved nothing.
It is in recognition of this that the winner of Ghana’s Most Beautiful in 2010, Nana Ama Agyeiwaa, popularly known as Ama, is urging her colleagues to make hay while the sun shines because fame has an expiry date.
“One thing being in the limelight has taught me is that there is an expiry date to everything, including fame, and I want my colleagues to know that.
“We will not remain like we are now forever, every day, every time there are new faces coming up and it will remain like that till eternity. We will grow, age will catch up with us and we will not be as active as we are now.
“Take a look at our media houses, television and radio stations, for instance, every day, there are new faces and new voices. I made a decision to equip myself with all the skills that I can so when that time comes, I will not be found wanting,” she told Graphic Showbiz recently.
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Ama, who also won Miss Earth Ghana 2011, added that she was taking entrepreneurship seriously despite her title as a former beauty queen.
“I am doing all I can to get some businesses out there. I believe entrepreneurship is the way to go. I studied Child Psychology and out of that I have been able to set up a Montessori school— East Royale Montessori School.
“Then I have a water company, Aqua Gold Mineral Water, which is doing well too. That is not all, I have a few things coming up. I just don’t want to be hit with any surprises in the future,” she said.
Sharing her experience on entrepreneurship, Ama said, “Nothing good comes easy and the entrepreneurship path is not different. It takes an extra spirit to be able to make it through but I am glad little by little, I am getting there."
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She also admonished people to surround themselves with supportive friends. “Friendship is something we don’t really make a big deal of, but we should. Have people who have your back, who will support you and everything you do.
"When I started operating the Montessori school, I had friends who were living far away from the school but were willing to bring their children to my school and I refused. They insisted on knowing how to support me and then I gave birth to the water production idea. Their support has been amazing and that is what I am talking about,” she disclosed.