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Hon. Dorcas Affo-Toffey | Ghana | Building Together

Entrepreneur | Philanthropist | Politician

My name is Dorcas Affo-Toffey, and I am a Ghanaian entrepreneur, philanthropist, and politician. As a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), I currently serve as the member of parliament for the Jomoro Constituency in the Western Region of Ghana.

I was born into a large family in Ghana as the 18th child of my father's 23 children and the last born of my mother's five children. I received my primary education in Tikobo No. 1 and Ideal Preparatory school in Takoradi. Later, I attended Nkroful Agriculture Secondary School, where I completed my secondary education. After my secondary education, I joined my elder brothers in the United States, where I studied courses on dental hygiene, real estate management, branding, and customer service. I hold a diploma in branding and customer service management and have furthered my education at Knutsford University College, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and subsequently a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing. During my 25 years stay in the USA, I worked in various sectors, including health, education administration, real estate development, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. I have established and managed several companies in Atlanta, Georgia, which included Queen D Beauty, Topeka Properties, and Selfie Homes, where I am a senior partner.

I returned to Ghana in 2012 to continue my entrepreneurial career, and I am currently the CEO and Country Representative for Nano Fix IT Company and Sebastian Closet Inc, respectively. I was elected as the NDC parliamentary candidate for the Jomoro Constituency in August 2019 and subsequently sworn in as a Member of Parliament representing the Jomoro Constituency in the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana on January 7, 2021.

In March 2021, I completed the purchase of Ghana Division One League club Proud United, which was renamed Jomoro FC and relocated from Accra to Jomoro in the Western Region. I am married and blessed with two daughters, Lynelle and Francine (Fantana, a musician). I possess a selfless trait of helping other people reach their full potentials and aspirations. I have executed several projects and initiatives in various communities within the Jomoro Constituency. For instance, to reduce the death toll directly linked to the pressure on the single ambulance at the Municipal Hospital, I presented the hospital with a well-equipped ambulance. As I move forward, I am committed to continuing my work in helping my constituents reach their full potential.

On March 20, 2023, I filed my nomination forms to contest the 13th May 2023 primaries on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). I am grateful for the overwhelming support from my constituents and party executives, and I am confident that we will win together.

What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?

Uncertainty: Starting a new business can be risky, and entrepreneurs may face uncertainty about the viability of their business idea or the future success of their business. This can be overcome by conducting market research, creating a solid business plan, and staying adaptable and open to changes.

When I first started my political journey, one of the biggest initial hurdles I faced was gaining the trust and support of the people in my constituency. Being a newcomer to the political scene, it was a challenge to convince people that I was capable of representing their interests and addressing their needs. To overcome this hurdle, I focused on building relationships with the community and listening to their concerns. I attended community meetings and events, spoke with individuals one-on-one, and worked to understand their perspectives and experiences. I also made sure to be transparent and honest in my communication, so that people knew where I stood on important issues.

What advice do you have for young people locally and internationally who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions?

My advice to young people who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions is to have faith and hope in their abilities and dreams. They should persevere even when things get tough and be consistent in their efforts, even on their low days. They should also seek mentorship and guidance from those who have experience and knowledge in their field of interest.

Networking and building relationships is also important, as it can open up opportunities and provide support when needed. Additionally, they should be open to learning, growing, and adapting as they navigate their career paths. It's important to stay focused on their goals, but also be flexible and open to new opportunities and experiences that may come their way. Finally, never give up on your dreams, stay true to yourself, and always work hard towards your goals.

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