Not so long ago in Accra, the capital and most populous city of Ghana, a young woman was born. Her mother named her `Efuah` which naturally means `born on a Friday`. A quick calendar check proves that indeed she was born on a beautiful Friday. Like any other African girl, Rita Efuah Ainsoh-Agabos grew up with so many dreams for herself and for her family.
Going for the more difficult career path…
Whilst most of her age mates settled comfortably in the pursuit of ordinary careers, Rita chose a slightly more difficult avenue: aviation. Aviation is an industry that is highly capital intensive to get a qualification in and it is also hugely male dominated. A good example of the gender imbalance in the industry is the number of female pilots in the world. Statistics have shown that out of the over 135 000 pilots in the world, only about 4,000 are women. That is much less than 5% of the total! This imbalance means that young women like Rita have to fight a lot of stereotyping in this male-dominated field.
But this does not deter this bright and beautiful girl who aspires to become a Flight Attendant. She still wants to be involved in the adventure of flight and seeks greater things for the aviation industry at large. Her determination proves that challenges can be conquered and that you have to be daring to shine in your own way.
A beauty with brains….
The ever-smiling Rita is not just a beauty but is a beauty with brains. She proudly holds an Associate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Professional Studies. There she studied key modules like Work Integrated Learning, Computer Literacy and Applied Marketing Psychology. As if that is not enough, she also holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Knutsford University College. When we asked her what her Professional Objective is, she intelligently replied,
“I aspire to contribute my hardworking personality, my experience in delivering excellent customer service and my passion for the aviation industry to ensuring every passenger leaves our aircraft fully satisfied and happy, having had a unique and memorable flying experience from start to finish.”
Isn’t she lovely? This is different from what most young aviation enthusiasts want. Most aspiring aviators are focused on what they can get out of the industry – for example, flying a big jet aircraft from city to city or earning a lion`s share of a salary from an airline job. Rita has done well in her professional objective by focusing more on what passengers want, making them a priority and not herself.
Rita speaks three languages fluently – English, French and Akan. Akan refers to the language of the Akan ethnic group of Ghana. It is also spoken in the central and eastern part of Cote d’Ivoire. She is a shy character but when it comes to professional communication, you will be surprised at the excellent communication and interpersonal skills that she has.
Rita, an integral asset
As a full member of yadley.com, Ritah joins over 99 000 other young aviation enthusiasts from all across Africa who are also members of this giant platform. Yadley.com is a Christian community created to help all those who desire to pursue careers in the aviation industry by linking them with Affordable Training, Networking and Job opportunities worldwide.
Although yadley.com`s reach is global, it is primarily aimed at helping Africans from low income households. Rita`s membership on this platform gives her a head-start in her aviation career path and also ensures that she becomes an integral member of her local community. She is a very active member and not long from now, her aviation career goals will be fulfilled. Make no mistake about it, you will see Rita flying high very soon.
We love Rita and we wish her the very best in her endeavors. Click here to view her profile or to contact her.
Questions for YOU:
- What can we do to ensure that female participation in the aviation industry is increased?
- One way to ensure that aviation has the future workforce it needs is to ensure that enthusiasm at a young age is encouraged. What can we do to promote enthusiasm in aviation?
What challenges are you facing in your pursuit of an aviation related career and how are you planning to solve them?