Ms. Annan, Ghana-Born Publisher
â€œMy aspirations are innumerable-for now Iâ€™m focused on publicizing, building and expanding the first branch of the company which is the magazine,â€? Linda Annan elaborates.
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Where Sheâ€™s From: Ghana-born and raised Linda Asare Annan, a Capricorn, edits Obaasema magazineâ€”an African womenâ€™s webzine published monthly â€œwith a focus on empowering and inspiring women to aspire for meaningful things in life,â€? she tells The Black Star News. â€œIt features pieces on entertainment, health, beauty, relationships, spirituality and women-related issues.â€?
â€œOne of the most important things my parents taught me was to have faith in God and learn to say that â€˜whatever happened in my life was Godâ€™s will,â€™â€? she adds. â€œMy parents continue to live by these words and I find myself repeating them in my life a lot of times and truly believing in them. Theyâ€™ve also taught me the importance of family and I feel very grateful to have seen, learned and experienced real, profound love from them both.â€?
Linda lived in Ghana until she was 18. In the US, she graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in 2005 with a degree in Corporate Communication and Business Journalism. She began pursuing her career as a journalist and entrepreneur in late March of 2006.
Where Sheâ€™s At: Linda has lofty visions. Her first venture, Obaasema, was launched on June 15, 2006.Â â€œMy aspirations are innumerable-for now Iâ€™m focused on publicizing, building and expanding the first branch of the company which is the magazine,â€? she elaborates.
â€œThere are days when I just donâ€™t want to do anything like writing or brainstorming for story ideas,â€? she concedes, when asked to describe her she conquers challenges. â€œI think itâ€™s one of the curses of being an entrepreneur; you need to kick your behind especially when you donâ€™t feel like doing what you need to do. But two things that usually get me out of this place are biblical scriptures on laziness and a self-reminder of why I do what I do.â€?Â Â Â
â€œI used to envision myself as a business owner or head of a corporation when I was a little girl and so this is something Iâ€™m proud of,â€? Linda adds. â€œThe second thing would be making a profession out of my writing. After graduation I thought I would go into PR first, and then later transition into Journalism when I was a much better writer. Iâ€™m thankful that I could do the latter first because thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m most passionate about out of the two.â€?
â€œBeing respected for your mind or brainpower supersedes physical beauty because from this intellect youâ€™re able to inspire, encourage and empower others â€“ to me thatâ€™s true beauty and power,â€? the young entrepreneur says.
Lindaâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œYour drive to succeed cannot merely stem from your desire to be somebody in this world but rather your desire to have a positive impact in someone elseâ€™s life.â€?
Lindaâ€™s Secrets Of Success: â€œWithout sounding too clichÃ©, I believe God is truly my secret to success. Heâ€™s my source of inspiration and I get a lot of my drive and motivation from Him. I donâ€™t think I can get anywhere in life without His guidance and wisdom, regardless of how much motivation, drive or ambition I possess.â€?
Lindaâ€™s Favorite Three Movies: â€œKing Arthur, First Knight, and the Constant Gardener.â€?
Lindaâ€™s Favorite Three Books: â€œThe Bible because it shapes my life. The other two would be Paradise Lost by John Milton and all of Patricia Cornwellâ€™s collection.â€?
Three Leaders That Have Most Inspired Linda: â€œYaa Asantewaa, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Mother Teresa.â€?
Lindaâ€™s Favorite Cars: â€œLexus SC 430 in gray. I love this baby because itâ€™s so beautiful and appealing to me. Itâ€™s not too manly or girlish.â€?
Lindaâ€™s Five Favorite Musicians/Entertainers/Songs: â€œMaxwell: Lifetime and Was My Girl; Lauren Hill: Tell Him and Nothing Even Matters; Beethoven: Fur Elise and 5th Symphony; Michael Bolton: Completely; and,Â Kenny G: Homeland.â€?
For more on this dynamic entrepreneur please visitÂ www.obaasema.com
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