Q&A with Emefa Duah: Aspiring Data Analyst and Blossom Fellow
- Tell us about your background and experience with data.
I am an optimistic and goal-oriented lady with an interest in data science and analytics. I love to always challenge myself by learning something new each day and constantly adding value to myself. I hold a BSc in Statistics with Computer Science and an MPhil. Statistics from the University of Ghana I am currently a Data Science and Analytics Fellow at Blossom Academy.
I have a computer science background with over 4 years of experience working with data using Microsoft Excel and Power BI.
- What problem are you most interested in solving?
Most companies and businesses in Ghana do not see the need for a data and analytics team to analyse and communicate real-time insights for effective decision-making. With data rapidly growing globally, I want to help companies and businesses become data-driven by using data to improve productivity, achieve effective decision-making, and make more profits.
- How has Blossom prepared you for this journey?
Blossom Academy has so far provided me with both technical and soft skills, hands-on experience, and the confidence to tackle this problem. In addition, Blossom Academy has trained me on how to sell and brand myself personally and professionally to accelerate my journey. Also, Blossom Academy’s providing me with a premium DataCamp account has helped me build additional capacity in data science and analytics.
- Where do you see the African data landscape three years from now, and what role do talent development companies, such as Blossom Academy, play in it?
Data keeps growing, as does the need for data analysts and data scientists worldwide. I believe that in three years, Africa will have more experienced data scientists and analysts if we have more talent development companies like Blossom Academy to train the youth, develop their careers, and be job-ready. Aside from education, we need training to upskill to meet the demand in Africa.
- What do you find unique about the unconventional learning approach at DataCamp?
The learning approach is fun, easy to understand, and very practical.
- How do you think Africans can leverage Datacamp to bridge the global skill gap in tech?
Africans can take advantage of the free courses and discounts on paid courses on DataCamp to upskill themselves and encourage more youth into the tech space.