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Nana Abena

Degree:

MBA

Location:

Ghana

Industry:

Accounting

Year:

2018-19

By Nana Abena

Get to know Nana Abena

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would your manager describe you?

Best friend: Intelligent
Manager: Responsible

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am from Accra, Ghana, I am a chartered accountant and worked as an Assistant Manager with the Assurance division at PricewaterhouseCoopers Ghana, focusing on the financial services industry. I chose Oxford because of its rich history, the focus on quality education, diversity, responsible business and social impact at Saïd Business School

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

Took some time out to spend with my family and friends, got a lot of rest, enjoyed a lot of local food. With the benefit of hindsight, I don’t think anything can prepare you for the MBA experience.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

At the end of the MBA, I hope to be a better professional. I want to leverage the networks I develop here in my future endeavours.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

Allow yourself to enjoy the experience. There are so many experiences/opportunities etc. available at Oxford and you wouldn’t be able to do them all. Prioritise and enjoy the time!!

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

I do not have one aspect of the MBA I am most looking forward to because the journey and experience promises to be truly amazing. I am ready for the ride with its ups and downs. However, I hear the MBAT is awesome, so I am looking forward to that.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

There is no shortage of activities and opportunities at Oxford. Figuring out the organisations/activities I want to be a part of will be a challenge without having to experience the much talked about “FOMO” (Fear of missing out).

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

The MBA programme is so diverse with people from various industries, countries and cultures. It will be interesting to learn from my peers, colleagues, and alumni amongst others. I am looking to take the learnings from this programme to eventually help improve the political and social culture amongst young females in Ghana.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

Unfortunately, I’m not built for sports , but I am interested in playing some tennis so hopefully I get a chance to do that at GTC!! I am also interested in dance, so I am looking forward to doing that.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#successmindset

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