NAME ::: Elisabeth Adase COUNTRY ::: Ghana
My name is Elisabeth Jawa Adase. I am 47 years old. Right now we are in my house where I live with my husband. I am married, and I have 3 sons. The eldest is 17, he is Selassi, my second son is Chris, he is 15 next month, and my youngest is Maweena, he is 9 years old now. My mother is still alive.
Now I manage the house, and I also run a little business. I’m in distribution of cement. I have other distributors and contractors that I supply to, when they need. But I am working towards getting a shop, to get strong enough to run a shop.
I graduated from sociology and economics in 1989. I joined Unilever, the US Textiles devision as a management trainee. I was trained and had many courses and I became the sales manager, and I was also the national devision manager, before I resigned. My reason for resigning at the time was that the job took me away from my young sons. This was in 1999. So I got another job as a sales manager. I became the marketing manager. And that job I held till I had my youngest son in 2003. I resumed in August 2003, but my health wouldn’t allow it. That’s why I left in September 2003.
What is most important to you?
The most important in my life is peace. I don’t want anything that will stress me out. I don’t strife around me, because I have had a second chance to live, so I appreciate life, and peace is the most important thing for me, peace within and around.
What has influenced you the most in your life?
When I was younger, and when I starter my whole life I said: We are not very rich, but we have a lot of love and a lot of truthfulness. So I grew up in certainty. I’m not brought up to go after money money money no matter what the consequences are. Thruthfullness must always have a room in whatever I do. It’s one of the driving forces. In the most resent past thinking of what I went through, almost dying and then coming back, then you realize that the most important is to be alive. And so my question is: How can I best influence my society. You don’t just want to walk through making money, having a party. When it really matters the things that is inside you are the most important.
What has been an important turning point in your life?
I think when I got my first job with Unilever. It was important because there was a lot of discipline, and also they trained us very well. And we we rewarded for hard work. So I was very challenged, my salary was good. I was not married at the time. I was able to support my parents, so I could work hard and be happy.
The first year I get the best training, and I was happy. It also changed a lot of things.
What makes you happy?
I love to dance, and if I have people that I love around me, I feel happy.
What are you personally proud of?
I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t disappoint my parents. I went to school, I managed to go to the university, I married when I had to marry. After marriage, it was a challenge to be married after some time. And I’m proud of my sons. When they got a price at school. Yes, I’m very very proud of that. And they got many prices. And I’m in the clouds. I must have been doing something right.
What have been the biggest struggles in your life?
When I fell sick. I am a very active person, you know I go where the men goes. With that kind of energy when I was confines into bed, not knowing if I would fully recover, was quite impressive. I was not sure whether I would be struck in that room for the rest of my live. Can I walk again, can I live a normal life. And I guess, there were so many times when I was afraid I was going to die. Those were very dark moments. I generally try to make myself happy, I try not to be weak even if I feel sick. I move on. You ask me what happened, I can repeat word for word. And I try to be true to myself. I don’t try to be who or what I am not. I don’t try to own what other people own. So I’ve taken a back seat in life, and I’m so happy.
What would you change in your life, if you could change something?
I would have gone back to school and taken more classes more seriously.
It’s a childhood dream. And also I think generally I speak well, so if I understand the issues I can maybe help to get some justice. And looking on myself I could help some underprivileged. To help to get some fairness. If I was a judge I would be fair. I cannot be tempted with money.
What do you wish for your own future?
Right now I want to be able to do more for the society. I want to be able to give blood. And help to improve through my hard work or through my focusing on this course. But now it has to be social work. I try to think what would make med very happy, and I think I have to give back to society one day. I don’t think I was spared just to get the chance to make more money. When I die, they should say That is the woman who did this. Who helped people give more blood, to save more lives, who helped to get more ambulances in the community. Something like that, yes.