Gertrude Asumadu makes my heart sing. In a time when pouting and displaying fakery in Instagram photos are the ultimate achievements of many within certain age groups, Gertrude is easily in a class of her own. The relatively recent university graduate is a multiple award-winner and has dreams of working in international development.
Gertrude Asumadu is also a Women4Africa 2017 “Young Achiever of the Year” nominee …
Name: Gertrude Asumadu
Best known for: being an award-winning student, helping others become the best version of themselves, taking risks and opportunities as they come.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, Resilient, Proactive
Previous occupation: Student
12-month goal: Travel more countries around the world, gain employment with an international organisation such as UN or EU, launch my project in Ghana, start writing my book and improve upon my writing skills for my blog.
Describe your outlook & what makes your work, unique: I see every rejection or disappointment as an opportunity to learn something new and improve myself.
Your greatest highlights to date: Graduating from university in July 2016. While at uni, I won many awards including Student Impact Award (Participation Award), Partnership Award (Mentor Award), Dean’s Prize for Citizenship, Undergraduate Leadership and Research Scholarship, Emerging Leaders Scholarship as well as getting the opportunity to volunteer and attend conferences including British Conference on Undergraduate Research, World Congress on Undergraduate Research, Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters among others. After university, I won the C.Hub Magazine CA Award for Young Achiever of the Year and I am a shortlisted nominee for Women4Africa Young Achiever of the Year. I have also gotten the opportunity to help students struggling academically by being a Tutor with Tutora and the joy of seeing students satisfied is important to me. Launching my own blog was a huge step for me. I am also privileged to be a ONE UK Youth Ambassador currently which is an opportunity to add my voice to the ‘Poverty is Sexist’ Campaign as well as other social issues the world is facing. I am also privileged to be one of the few translators working on the Ministry of Justice Panel with Capita Translating and Interpreting Services and bigWord.
Is international appeal important to you? Yes very important. One of my main goals is to be an international influencer and be able to inspire young girls especially to become better versions of themselves and not let anything bring them down. I would like to work with international organisations and help the world become a better place.
Most important piece of equipment you use: Laptop
A typical day for you is: I have not fully commenced my career yet, so I do not have any fixed schedule. But in the daytime, I apply for opportunities all over the world through which I can interact with other people from other cultures, while continuing to learn. In the evenings, I teach every day and on weekends too. I also work on translation projects in between.
What legacy would you like to leave? That I never settled for less and I worked very hard to get whatever I wanted.
What is the hardest professional decision you’ve ever had to make? None yet
Your biggest career mistake: None yet
Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Do not be afraid to fail; you never know what you may learn as a result
You live in: Gipton, Leeds, United Kingdom
Favourite food: Riceballs and Groundnut Soup
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: Always do you. At the end of the day it’s your life, you either win or learn, no regrets.
What do you do for leisure? Blog, watch movies, chat with friends and sleep.
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: My phone
Your most over-used word/phrase: “Like”
Gertrude plans to start working on a project in Ghana next year, which will address the environmental effects of gold mining in Ghana. She has also been invited to the Women Ambassadors Forum in Texas, Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop in Holland, African Youth Summit in Morocco and the Live It Lisbon Summer Volunteer Programme in Portugal.