History Interview

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I had an interview today. An interview with Thasha, a student of anthropology from the Netherlands who is doing an internship with Leti Arts, a company in the Mest Incubator. Sorry, can’t say much about Leti and Mest because I want to talk about my interview but do follow their links to check them out :-).

The interview lasted a little over one hour – longer than I expected. It was however interesting. It left me reflective. It left me reliving my past and acknowledging stuff I had not thought about in years.

Thasha’s goal was to basically explore my past and how my experiences have influenced my current career path. I learnt several stuff.

1. I realised I was a more privileged kid when it came to my exposure to technology. More privileged than I knew then or than I had acknowledged until my interview. Growing up, we had several computers in the house because it was the ‘dump yard’ for used computers. Basically, any time my dad’s office was refurbished, employees bought the old stuff at very reduced prices. Since my dad worked in the IT department, he got a lot of computers and brought them home. I used them eagerly and happily like it was the most normal thing for all primary school kids in the late 1990s. But apparently not. Thasha told me that most of those she had already interviewed had one or no computer at home. Wow, was I privileged!

2. This is more of a question. Is the story of Ghana Airways in the history books of Ghana? Do kids in school today know anything about Ghana once having an airline and that the company was liquidated at a point? When I mentioned my relationship with Ghana Airways to Thasha today, it hit me that probably some kids of this generation do not know much about it. Or do they?

3. I left KNUST with the deepest respect for only one lecturer who taught me for only one semester. This was a  visiting professor from the US who made me fall in love with my course the moment I walked into his class the first day of lectures. Professor Oblitey is the only lecturer I met who was willing to sacrifice so much for us to understand the basics of information technology. You know the most touching thing he ever did? He climbed through an open window on a day that TEWU was on strike to open the door of a lecture hall so we can have a class. We were all so awed that day. He was a lecturer with a difference

4. I love kids and I love spending time with them. I know I love kids, but as I reflected on the interview and realised how each stage of my life had this love painted across it, I see how deeply I love them. And how much my heart yearns to spend time with kids. If I do not do something focused on kids somewhere along my career, I would die with my music left unsung. I shouldn’t do that to myself.

5. I talk about my passions more than I can show for. I love writing. I have no doubt about that. But I have little writing to show for it. I love quotes, but I do not have a record of them and so I could barely give examples of quotes when I had just told Thasha that “I get inspired by quotes.” Talk is cheap. I must talk less and do more.

It’s amazing what an hour taught me. Maybe I should be having interviews more often. But better yet, why don’t I interview myself every day? Why don’t I take time off to reflect? I realise how self-reflection gives you a lot to be grateful for and a lot to re-work on.

I hope you join me to take time off each day to reflect on our lives. There is so much to learn in the process.

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