1. How would you describe Gertrude Asumadu?
Gertrude Asumadu could simply be described as a very ambitious, proactive and strong willed young lady who is on a mission to achieve greater heights and in turn be an inspiration to the younger generation.
2. As a winner of the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ how did you feel winning that category and tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
On winning the Young Achiever of the Year award, I must say I am very elated. Because, looking at the other young ladies who were shortlisted, they were also amazing in their own right. The interesting thing is that all of them are in their respective careers shining in their diverse ways but for someone like me who has not started their career yet and winning awards like these and more, I can’t wait to see what I will achieve in my career. Thus saying, I graduated with a degree in Economics last year from the University of Leeds and I took a year out to travel and explore areas of interest including attending conferences such as World Congress on Undergraduate Research, Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, Women Ambassadors Forum at Southern Methodist University and Alternative Economic Monetary System Summer Programme and working as a Freelance Blogging(My personal blog and Otis Gold Corporation), Tutoring with Tutora and Translating with Capita as well as engaging in other volunteer opportunities such as being a UK ONE ambassador, Ship Festival Ambassador, Africa Education Network Policy Newsletter Contributor, UN Online Volunteering among others.Thus I am in the process of seeking for full time employment within these areas in order to make a larger impact in the world.
3. If you could change one thing about what you do to make it have a greater impact, what would it be?
At the moment, I am working on restructuring my blog and promoting it further for it to have a bigger audience. I love writing and as an expressive person, I believe my blog is one of the tools I have to make the change I seek to see in the world.
4. When life throws you challenges, how do you handle them?
The past few months has been one of the most challenging moments in my life. Sometimes, I just cry because I am human after all. Other times too, I just keep going despite the disappointments I have faced. I just picture my successes in the past and present in my head and hope for the best. Also, I am encouraged that I have been able to face tougher challenges in the past so whatever it is I will pull through with God by my side.
5. How would you encourage more women to live out their dreams?
I will do so using my own story and life as an example as I plan to write a book very soon. In my own little way, I always motivate other women I come into contact with using my own experiences and people I know of. In the end, I believe it must come from a personal standpoint in order to encourage someone better.
6. Who would you say has been your imspiration and why?
I really do not have one person solely in my mind…God has been my biggest inspiration that I couldn’t have come this far if not for his mercies and goodness towards me. However, I am inspired by Oprah Winfrey and I am really looking forward to meeting her very soon. I feel she embodies what success to me is all about…she has been through it all but did not let that deter her from achieving her dreams. That is what I want the world to see me for.
7. What is the one thing you love most about Africa?
I love the African spirit of hustle and always hoping for the best even with one of the worst economies in the world. I also like that we have been blessed with natural resources, beautiful cultures and spirit, I just wish we will strive harder to rebuild our continents to what we want it to be and our leaders too help us to help them.
8. Do you have a website? Are you on social media?
I do not have a personal website yet but I plan to have soon…but I have a personal blog (Gertrude Says). I am on
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