Tawhidi Nana’s quest to pursue a career in this big new industry

Photo In November, a year after she arrived at a perilous age — 18 — with no experience and no job, Tawhidi Nana got word that one of her Ghanaian cousins had been offered…

Tawhidi Nana’s quest to pursue a career in this big new industry

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In November, a year after she arrived at a perilous age — 18 — with no experience and no job, Tawhidi Nana got word that one of her Ghanaian cousins had been offered a position at Africa360.com, the news service that runs the travel site Afara TV, a sister project to the popular media network CNN Africa.

After she wrapped up her law studies at NYU, she was working at another African news agency, Africa360, when she began to appreciate her cousin’s job offer. She then sent out an email to about 40 contacts, spread out across Europe and the U.S., letting them know about her impending departure for Africa.

“I assumed everyone would not respond right away,” she told me. But more people began responding and started offering her jobs — jobs at European agencies, a gig at a U.S. agency. Then Tawhidi began contacting Ghanaian companies to find out if they would hire her as an intern. Then the first job offer hit.

With each week that passed, as she continued to apply for and land jobs in the industry, she had more time to think.

“The question I kept asking myself was how can I help people who are traveling the world without having gone through the experience of actually traveling the world,” she told me. “I knew this industry … would give me an insight into that.”

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