Businessman Underscores Sincerity, Honesty as Hallmarks to Success

first_imgPharaze Dekpah began his business with US$500.00 offered him by his mother when he could not find it easy to go to Monrovia after completing high school in his home county, Nimba.Starting with cotton goods imported from neighboring Guinea, he struggled along with others amidst security challenges during Liberia’s years of instability. He says that, by being focused, he has endeavored for years and is now known as one of Ganta’s successful business entrepreneurs. While being focused on what you wish to achieve may be a primary goal for anyone, Mr. Dekpah is of the belief that to succeed in business is to be sincere and honest, and hard working.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Ganta on Friday, July 10, he underscored that “There is no secret to success in making business but just to be sincere, honest and hard working.” Many a time, speculations go around about successful businesspeople that their success can be influenced by ritualistic or some demonic activities.This, Mr. Dekpah said “has no influence over the successes of businessmen including Prince Howard, Jeremiah Koung (now Nimba District 1 lawmaker) and me, or others you see here. It is all about being sincere and honest, waking up at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. to begin strategizing as to what you can do in the day to meet your goal.” “When a buyer pays excess money to you for a commodity without knowing, be honest and return the excess to him/her. Do not take it to be a profit. Be sincere with customers when you promise to deliver to them commodities they need, and let it be done on time. As such, they will respect you, build confidence in you and will always look up to you for their needs.“Every time people see someone growing in business they will connect him to blood money, but this is not the case with everyone. Some of us started low and because we worked hard and were sincere and honest in our deeds. We are who we are today and anyone can be the same as we are if he/she applies these moral values,” he noted.According to him, his business has grown up to the point that he now lends out goods on the Later Pay Assignment (LPA) basis, sells wholesale soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, as well as many other commodities. “Beyond this, we now import motorbikes from the People’s Republic of China under the DEKTA brand name. Some containers have arrived into the country and we expect another container to arrive shortly,” Mr. Dekpah added.He also said besides Ganta where he began his establishment, he has a branch of the DEKTA Business in Tappita, Lower Nimba County.Mr. Depkah is among a few business tycoons in Ganta who have erected a storey building to host his business and family.He said he meant it to be a five-storey building but began with two in the main time to host the business and family while he fetches out for more money to continue the rest in due time.Mr. Pharaze Dekpah, like other Nimbaians who are successful in business, does not feel better making business in Ganta because it is his home county, but because the city is strategically located and business booms there.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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George Theophilus Ansumana, Jr.

first_imgThe Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Edward Singhatey, has charged journalists from across the West African region to be conscious of the link between stability, economic development and integration as they carry out their role of adequately reporting ECOWAS news and events in the region.The Liberian Embassy in Abuja, quoting a release from the ECOWAS Commission, says Vice President Singhatey stated this in Abuja on May 31, 2016 at an interactive session with selected young media practitioners who were at the ECOWAS Commission for ‘The Get to Know ECOWAS’ program. Liberian journalist Ladymai Hunter-Summon of the Montserrado-based Liberian Women Democracy Radio is among several other journalists from other ECOWAS countries attending the ongoing program, which ends this weekend. The “Get To Know ECOWAS” program, a training for selected ECOWAS journalists, is a study tour and training program organized by the Communication Directorate of the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the Friedrick Ebert Stiftung (FES).The idea, according to the organizers, is to create a pool of well-informed media practitioners who would act as catalysts to bridge the information and awareness gaps between ECOWAS and the citizens of West Africa, while leveraging on the strategic importance of the media to ensure that milestones of ECOWAS are brought closer to the people.Mr. Singhatey urged the journalists on the need to be alive to transnational issues and the coexistence of states, also charged them to be more forceful in the reportage of the integration agenda of the regional organization.Intimating the journalists with some of the strides made by ECOWAS, even as the organization is on the verge of rolling out more programs geared towards effective integration, he cited the ECOWAS biometric card system, transnational road and rail infrastructure, trade liberalization and greater cooperation and understanding among contiguous states as some examples in this regard. Vice President Singhatey then fielded questions from journalists on a cross section of issues including the procedure of bringing up cases at the ECOWAS court of justice, institutional reforms, the conditions that warrants ECOWAS’ intervention in member states at periods of political turmoil, the various programs aimed at poverty reduction in the region, as well as the collaboration with the development partners.The journalists were also put through a variety of trainings with a study tour of the Nigerian National Communications Commission (NCC) for an exposition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a means of integrating people across West Africa, digitization, Internet access and penetration, development of ICT Policy, as well as postal and telecommunications issues. Specifically, the NCC’s Departmental Directors supported the Head of Human Capital, Mr. Mathew Maganda, to give presentations on the dynamics and challenges in regulating the telecoms industry, the role of corporate law and strategy, licensing procedure, as well as the role of the NCC in the enhancement of the ICT landscape in Nigeria, among others.Earlier, welcoming journalists during the opening session on Monday, May 30, the ECOWAS Director of Communication, Mrs. Sandra Oulate Fattoh Elleingand, on behalf of His Excellency Marcel Alain de Souza, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, stressed the imperativeness of having a crop of better informed journalists about ECOWAS and its institutions towards the envisaged greater integration of the area, with an ‘ECOWAS of the People’ in sight by 2020.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Danny Ward awaits Liverpool verdict on Premier League chance with Huddersfield

first_imgDanny Ward hopes to extend his stay at Huddersfield after helping the Terriers reach the Premier League.The on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper played a huge role as Huddersfield ended a 45-year absence from the top flight last month through the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.Ward was a penalty shoot-out hero in the semi-final win over Sheffield Wednesday before repeating the feat in the Wembley victory over Reading.The 23-year-old Wales international expects to start pre-season training at Anfield, but Ward admits the thought of regular Premier League football next season is an appealing prospect.“It’s in the hands of Liverpool because ultimately I’m their player,” Ward said. “They’ve got to decide what’s best.“Liverpool have my contract and their needs come first, especially with the Champions League.“On a selfish point, yes, I would like to stay at Huddersfield.“I am only young for a goalkeeper and to have a chance of playing week-in week-out in the Premier League would be good experience for someone of my age.“It would be more beneficial than being on the bench but, as I say, Liverpool have my contract.”After his Huddersfield heroics, Ward has linked up with the Wales squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade on Sunday.Ward is the current Wales number two goalkeeper, behind Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey.He revealed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been in touch after his part in Huddersfield’s promotion.“After the final he said, ‘Congratulations and keep it up’,” Ward said.“His relationship with the Huddersfield manager David Wagner has been well documented and that’s been good for me.“I know they were in constant contact and hopefully he (Klopp) has heard only good things.” 1 The 23-year-old played a huge role in the Terriers’ return to the top flight last_img read more

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