Ghana’s youngest parliamentarian, Hon Francisca Oteng Mensah, has disclosed her passion to inspire more young people to be achievers in life.
Speaking at the maiden IWoman Talks organized by Sheek Africa Media under the theme, “Confidence; your power to possibilities”, Hon Oteng Mensah, MP for Kwabre East Constituency, revealed that her journey to become a Member of Parliament was a turbulent one, pointing out that, “I contested with very abled and well qualified men and won”.
“You should know your strength. I asked myself what can I do that my opponents cannot do. So I prayed and asked God for directions and guidance. I realised that they were good but do not possess the strength that I do. I used my energy in such a way that while my opponents were organising big rallies, I was meeting people in groups and establishing personal relationship with them.
I know the names of all the 975 delegates in my constituency. I relate to them,” the 23-years-old MP recountered.
She advice participants at the Talks who desire a career in politics to evaluate themselves first.
“If you want to enter into politics you should know yourself, because there comes a time when you would feel like giving up. With politics, you need more confidence. Because you virtually becomes a refuse dump; everyone can talk to you anyhow and demean you,” she warned.
Hon Oteng Mensah noted that she had always wanted to be a politician and a lawyer and she is now “living her dream”.
According to her, she was asked to step down from the race two months to elections because she was still in school.
Hon Oteng Mensah is a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she is pursuing a program in law (LLB).
She runs a Non-Governmental Organisation through which she empowers women and children in rural settlements to take up bold and decent mentoring and leadership roles at the community level.
Besides the NGO, she offers support and makes provision for health equipments and instruments to health centres, clinics, hospitals among other facilities to equip them deliver with superb artistry. She again provides scholarship schemes to brilliant but needy students in various levels of education, purely on meritorious grounds.
Hon Oteng Mensah appealed to Sheek Africa to organise more of such events to inspire and build the capacity of women.
Sheek Africa Media’s IWoman Talks brought together accomplished and emerging women in Business, Career, Ministry and Leadership across various industries and sectors in Ghana to share their success stories.
According to Derby Prakah-Asante, Founder and Team Leader of Sheek Africa, “We will capitalise on these stories to explore and showcase innovative ways women can be aware and appreciate their capabilities, overcome fears and doubts, and have the will to lead positive change to make an impact in their lives, families, and communities.”
IWoman Talks was Derby’s requirement as a participant of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI); President Barak Obama’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders, to undertake a community service as an intervention to improve development in Africa and to make impact in our communities.