By Tony Kwame Ansah, Jr.
“Diary of a Ghanaian Diaspora Entrepreneur:
Progress Revolving Around African Business Innovations “
is the title of the upcoming book by Ghanaian American author & entrepreneur, Tony Kwame Ansah, Jr. This is a short and real-life diary about an author’s and entrepreneur’s past and present experiences with his business endeavors as a first-generation American of Ghanaian descent. Book will publish sometime in April 2020.
In the Diary, Tony shares in detail his personal story throughout this journey of self-publishing books and social entrepreneurship. Here’s an exclusive and unedited excerpt of his last 400 plus words of pure & organic emotion:
“Greetings to all of you reading this last entry of my short diary. This is it folks. There’s a saying that the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Everything eventually comes around and goes around full circle like a cypher. Anyway, I really don’t know where these words are going to lead us. I just know it’ll be from a very personal, emotional and spiritual place. Somewhere deep inside the abyss of my heart and soul. I’ve been holding onto my pride and guilt for so long and for too long. Yes, I have some serious regrets to address between me & God. These past 3 years have been rough for me, but I remain tough daily. I sometimes wonder how I got to where I am today. I once was an All-Star team player like my favorite athlete, Scottie Pippen. But somehow took a risk to join a fairytale of falsehood. First lesson learned was to never miscalculate my steps ahead or near me. A miscalculation costed me an arm and a leg figuratively. I take 100% full responsibility for my actions and inactions. I’ve been hustling ever since to get out of the debt that I owe to my family legacy. If they only knew how bad I wanted and still desire to live a life completely free financially, they would tap into my potential like it’s their last breath. Financial independence was what I’ve tried to seek in my mind all these 3 unforgettable years. Although I wish it was all so simple and could disappear like stolen goods, I am a much better person and man for it hands down without a doubt. I’ve a learned to be very resourceful and develop critical skills for survival. I now possess more knowledge, expertise, and experience because my subpar choices forced me to find solutions faster than the speed of light. My mind has been running a hundred miles per minute just to get to the finish line of ultimate success. My ego got something very special to prove to the world. Therefore, watch the ground of potholes that I walk on very closely. I guess that’s why I’ve found and continue to find myself juggling multiple glass cups half full and half empty simultaneously. I’m in love with doing collaborative dance parties, especially for the empowerment of my African community. I claim total ownership of these words, of my past, of my present, and of my future, whether it be business and/or pleasure. Five years from the release of this book I should be a best-selling author and a top tier entrepreneur. Please mark down my words and knock on wood for me too. Thank you for being a passenger on the never-ending story. Saga continues until further notice…”
Tony Kwame Ansah, Jr. is also the author of two previous publications:
- Diary of a Ghanaian Diaspora Entrepreneur – A short and real-life diary about an upcoming entrepreneur’s past and present experiences starting up his business(es) journey as a first-generation Ghanaian born in America. Published in January 2018.
- Diary of a Ghanaian Diaspora Entrepreneur: Extended Version 2.0 – A short and real-life diary about an upcoming entrepreneur’s past and present experiences starting up his business(es) journey as a first-generation Ghanaian born in America. Published in August 2018.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony K Ansah, Jr., M.P.A. is a self-published author and a social entrepreneur based in Rhode Island, U.S.A. He has written and published several books and content via poems, quotes, fiction, non-fiction, blogs and articles. Tony has received national & international recognition from Face2Face Africa, Modern Ghana, The African, Ghana News Online, SDG Philanthropy Platform and Alliance Magazine (just to name a few) for his articles about African business, culture, and philanthropy.