Osei Kwame Despite is a well-known Ghanaian businessman who owns a number of companies as well as a number of high-end luxury vehicles. Kwame Despite began his career as a petty trader in the Ghanaian village of Agona, Wiamoase, in the Ashanti Region. Your birthplace has no impact on your destiny!
At Dunkwa Offinso, he sold music cassettes, padlocks, feeding bottles, and other products. His upbringing never deterred him from making a name for himself. This should serve as a wake-up call to many young entrepreneurs who may associate with him: your success should not be constrained by your place of birth.
It is a blessing to have wealthy parents but the unavailability of such parents should not become a deterrent in your own pursuits to build an enterprise. In his own words during a rare recent interview, Despite said, “though I had dreams, I never knew, I will get this far but God has made all things possible.”
Bankruptcy is not the End!!! Only the strong-minded few are able to turn their lives around after a major setback such as losing all their investment, and Osei Kwame is amongst them. In 1983, the Nigerian government deported millions of Ghanaians living then in Nigeria, Kwame Despite who was also then living in Nigeria was forced to return to the country and he returned with only, a chain-saw machine and a trident cassette player to start all over.
This should serve as a reminder to all today’s young entrepreneurs that a temporary setback or loss should never be mistaken for the end of life. Peace FM, Neat FM, Okay FM, Best Point Savings & Loans, Neat Fufu, Neat Banku, and Special Ice are all owned by the Despite Group of businesses, which began with a trident cassette player and a chain saw machine.
This should remind everyone today that anything is possible under the sun with the right planning, finances, patience, commitment, and faith in a Higher Power above.
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