Welcome the MEST Class of 2016 EITs!Last week, we welcomed to campus this year’s teaching fellows and we are proud this week to welcome the Class of 2016 entrepreneurs-in-training at MEST!
This year, MEST welcomes its most pan-African class of EITs in the organization’s history! For the first time ever, budding entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya will work side by side at our flagship campus in Accra, Ghana.
These new EITs were selected from thousands of applicants across both Eastern and Western Africa. In each country, we held group and individual interviews and candidates even met with MEST founder Jorn Lyseggen as he grilled them on their true passions and desire to become the best software engineers and entrepreneurs on the continent.
This cohort is a blend of intellectual intelligence, interesting personalities (if you can tell from the group photo below!), raw drive and ambition - but more importantly, all hold strongly the desire to build global software companies that can scale.
We can’t wait to get to work and see what this diverse range of determined individuals come up with – could it be the next Facebook of Google? We’ll soon find out!
We proudly introduce the new MEST class of EITs from Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria!
Henry Kpano is a graduate of University of Cape Coast . He majored in Commerce and has knowledge in Excel Visual Basic and Excel automated accounting management packages. He is driven and optimistic, loves to read motivational books, make new friends and watch sports.
Edmond Mensah is a graduate of Ghana Telecoms University College. He majored in Computer Science and graduated with First Class Honours.
Midway through the university, he realised he could begin to earn money as an entrepreneur. He opted out of full-time education and began to take evening classes to have more time to grow a business.
He enjoys making people around him talk and laugh.
Edwin Tsatsu is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He majored in Computer Engineering and has knowledge in C, C++ and Python.
He speaks German fluently, and loves traveling, playing video games, and watching sports.
Isaac Yeboah is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He majored in Agricultural Engineering and has knowledge in Java, PHP and Python.
He has worked for the past two years as a freelance web developer and loves watching animations, and playing table tennis.
Julius Odai is a graduate of University of Ghana, Legon. He majored in Psychology, and has knowledge in Business strategy and planning, and a little bit of programming.
He started his own company - Maestro web solutions in 2012, and loves to listen to music, compose, teach and play musical instruments.
Philomena Agyeman is a graduate of University of Cape Coast. She majored in Information Technology and has basic programming knowledge.
She’s an enthusiastic sales person, loves fashion, and is extremely driven to make the best of every situation.
Mary Mensah is a graduate of University of Cape Coast. She majored in Economics and has good analytical and communication skills.
She loves reading and writing, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Association of Economics students in her university.
Bernard Adarkwah is a graduate of University of Cape Coast. He majored in Commerce with First Class honours.
He has knowledge in C++ basics, Adobe Flash and Photoshop; and enjoys creative arts and reading.
Patience Nyarko is a graduate of University of Ghana. She majored in Sociology and has knowledge in Business development and communications.
She speaks basic Spanish and loves listening to, and writing music.
Samuel Nyavor is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He majored in Computer Engineering.
His knowledge spans Computer Aided Manufacturing (Cutviewer Mill, Cutviewer Turn, ANSYS), AutoCAD, Solid Edge, GIS Applications (ArcGIS, MapWindow GIS, QGIS), and he is obsessed with fast cars.
He loves drawing, solving computer-related problems and graphic designing.
Chiamaka Nwolisa is a graduate of Covenant University. She majored in Computer Science and graduated with First Class honours.
She has knowledge in Java, PHP, JQuery, HTML5/CSS3, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and MySQL.
Her hobbies include watching documentaries and reading. She also speaks German fluently.
Chidi Chukwuebuka is a graduate of Federal University of Technology. He majored in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Henry Mascot is a graduate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology. He majored in Metallurgical and Material Engineering.
He loves to meet new people, and dreams of a future where he can solve some of the world’s real problems.
Ibukun Muyide is a graduate of Ekiti State University. He majored in Computer Science.
He considers himself a tech evangelist whose mission is to impact lives. He loves watching and practising gymnastics and acrobatics displays.
Kayode Oyewole is a graduate of University of Ibadan. He majored in Classics and Communication and language Art.
He is an excellent communicator and has knowledge of business development and forming strategic partnerships. He enjoys playing fifa15 in his free time.
In his free time, he loves playing video games.
Mustapha Babatunde is a graduate of University of Lagos. He majored in Cell Biology and Genetics and graduated with First Class Honours.
He has basic tech knowledge, and is eager to conquer a new field and start a software company that meets Africa’s needs.
Adeyemi Oluwasegun is a graduate of University of Lagos. He majored in Economics.
He has in-depth knowledge of business modeling, corporate finance analysis and accounting.
He loves horse-riding and exploring new delicacies.
Opeyemi Akinwoleola is a graduate of Federal University of Technology. He majored in Forestry and Wood Technology.
He has knowledge in Project Management, Strategic Planning, Business Analysis and Customer Relations Management.
He loves mythology, anime, music and books.
Yinka Akinbobola is a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. He majored in Human Anatomy.
He is proficient in graphic designing - Adobe creative suites (Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, illustrator) and CorelDraw.
He loves rock music and playing chess.
Kate Kimani is a graduate of Kenyatta University. She majored in Software Engineering. She has knowledge in UI/UX, Mobile testing, SQL, Test automation and Data Analysis.
She loves running and participating in half marathon races.
Mukeli Matei is a graduate of Strathmore University. She majored in Computer Science and has knowledge in MySQL, Android, PHP and UI/UX.
She loves nature and playing with cows.
Law Karingithi is a graduate of Strathmore University. He majored in Information Technology.
His knowledge spans problem analysis, system design, development skills, Java and JavaFx, Biometrics and AR Drones, POS, J2ME, Android, Cordova, Js, JSP, JSF, servlets, Groovy, PHP, C, C++, C# and Python.
Tabitha Mayabi is a graduate of Kenya Methodist University. She majored in Information Technology, and has knowledge in Microsoft Visual Studio IDE, ASP.NET, Android, C#, Java, PHP and JSON.
She loves crafting and cats.
Nyawira Njoroge is a graduate of United States International University, Africa. She majored in International Relations.
She’s an innovative thinker and loves networking. She loves to be around nature, especially forests - hiking and sleeping under the stars.
Eric Githinji is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology. He majored in Telecommunication & Information Engineering.
He loves digital photography.
Roselyn Makena is a graduate of Moi University. She majored in Electrical and Communications Engineering.
She has knowledge in Network Architecture, Android and Java.
Paul Njuguna is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
He has knowledge in Inventory management, Project requirement gathering and User testing.
He loves motor sports and going on long road trips.
Isaac Jumba is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He majored in Computer Science.
He has knowledge in UI/UX and loves to spend his free time visiting Childrens’ Homes or volunteering in community outreach programmes. He also loves hiking and watching football.
There you have it - the MEST Class of 2016B. We wish them all the best as they start their year in MEST!
Anyone interested in applying to the MEST program next year can visit this page for more details.
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