The Chief Executive Officer of the Antique Lemonade Gallery Space, Ms Franka Maria Andoh, has challenged young entrepreneurs in Ghana not to rest on their oars in their quest to excel in their different fields of endeavour.
They must not be complacent but go the extra mile in dedicated painstaking service to achieve success, she advised.
“There are collaborations that may not pay off immediately but can serve as either new learning experiences or provide big opportunities in the future,” Ms Andoh told young creative artists on the premises of the Antique Lemonade Gallery Space in Accra.
This was during the second anniversary of the gallery last weekend. Ms Andoh operates the famous Cuppa Cappuccino at the Airport Residential Area (where Antique Lemonade is also sited).
Further to inspire the young ones, Ms Andoh who is also an author said, “I could not live off my writing, but it has taken me places, created opportunities and made me some unexpected money.”
While she reckoned the likelihood of their skills being taking for granted, Ms Andoh, who said she is poised to nurture Ghana’s budding young artists into great talents unmatched anywhere in the world, appealed to them to “be wise and deliberate in your choices.”
“I speak from experience because in my 21 years of entrepreneurship, there were times when I couldn’t pay my bills, when I had to take part time work to pay my staff, go down to Kantamanto to look for clothes to sell to make extra money,” she narrated.
“Make investments or find things to do that can generate a living whilst you pursue your passion,”
The renowned entrepreneur recalled there were years when she had nothing to show in her bank account after a year of what she thought was hard work.
She pointed out that “enduring success takes time and success comes when you are driven to excel in that service,”
Ms Andoh noted that the variety of skills or talents displayed by the young lads were the attributable to the grace of God.
“God has endowed us with creative gifts which He expects us to share with the world and how we choose to use our time is crucial,” she stated.
“Are we building real portfolios or pandering to likes on social media?,” she asked.
She cautioned them to beware of excessive praise, stressing “I believe it can stunt your growth and make you complacent.”
Antique Lemonade, Ms Andoh indicated started off as a photo gallery, a space to showcase the experienced and the novice photographer.
The space has ,however, evolved into an art space and most recently delved into publishing and film.
She noted that photography “will always be our first love and feature strongly in our activities.”