Jebet Amdany is the country manager of Scanad Ghana but she has Nairobi roots. Over the last 15 years she has worked in advertising with top brands like FCB, Saatchi & Saatchi affiliates in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. She also founded and run a radio station Radio Simba (which was bought by the Standard Group who rebranded it to Radio Maisha).
NL.com: Lets start at the beginning. What do you do for a living?
JA: I work for an Integrated Communication Company (advertising, PR, digital)– Scanad Ghana which is a part of Scangroup.
NL.com: What education did you have to end up with where you currently are? Primary, Secondary school, college?
JA: Wow! In my profession you can study practically any field to get where I am! Consolata Primary School; Loreto Convent Msongari; United World College of the Atlantic (UWC) – Wales; Corporate Governance – KCA University Kenya; Advanced Management Programme (AMP) – Strathmore Busines School –Kenya and IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain; I’m a member of the Chartered Institue of Public Realtions (CIPR – UK) – Makini College. Currently studying Entrepreneurship at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) which will culminate in Shanghai, China in March. I have qualifications and experience in– Broadcasting, Marketing; Strategy; Lobbying; The Effective Director (TED) and Leadership and of course the University of Life!
NL.com: So how did you land in the job you are currently in?
JA: I asked Bharat Thakrar the group CEO of Scangroup for the job!
NL.com: How was it running Radio Simba? What did you achieve with that experience?
JA: Excellent experience, did it for 7 years from scratch. Most difficult & scariest thing to do. Most rewarding to see African music resonate so well with audiences & even get sponsorships for it! Great fun! One must do many adventurous things that stretch you beyond your imagination!
NL.com: Who is an African?
JA: One who embraces our “Africanism” and adapts to the 21 Century without losing our values. Are you one of them? YES O!
NL.com: Why did you move to Ghana?
JA: I moved to start my African experience and journey and preparing myself for the biggest African job! Being a CEO of an African wide organization
NL.com: What is life in Accra like professionally and socially?
JA: #AccraLife as I like to call it is different from home. Professionally I run a much smaller business revenue wise and client wise. It’s a market that’s waking up to communication especially traditional advertising. Digital communication seems to be growing. Socially, I met at least new people every month – I feel quite lucky! I have a friend who is always introducing me to new people.
NL.com: What is a typical night on the town in Accra for you?
JA: Out for dinner with friends, I’m always looking our for new restaurants; once in a while I may go dancing.
NL.com: Away from work, how do you unwind in Nairobi?
JA: In #AccraLife – swimming, walking, reading, going to the beach and watching movies
NL.com: This month sees what is called Nairobi Restaurant Week. What do you consider the best food in Nairobi? Quail perhaps?
JA: In Nairobi, my favourite restaurant is China Plate at the Chancery Building on Valley Road. in #AccraLife I do enjoy Santuku a Japanese Restaurant; Michelangelo an Italian Restaurant and Azmera, Ghanaian food restaurant
You can follow Jebet #Accralife adventures on her blog Jebet’s Musings.