ELVINA QUASION: Gap-Year Love Affair Leads to Relocation
Born and raised in London, Elvina Quaison decided to pack her bags and completed her move to Accra in 2011.
â€śI had reached a point in my life where I knew this was the right time for me to leave,â€ť Quaison says. Â â€śI had no ties so the only person who would be uprooted was me.â€ť
â€śThe real motivating push came from a friend who wanted to relocate to Ghana. She was just about to, but she passed away suddenly. It was a wake-up call. I realized that you canâ€™t keep putting things off until tomorrow,â€ť Quaison adds.
After spotting a gap in the market for her interests and expertise, Quaison founded management consultancy Silk Solutions, a company assists clients seeking to establish enterprises in Ghana.
Formerly chair of the Ghana Black Stars Network, an organization connecting the diaspora, Quaisonâ€™s career sparked her interest in the investment opportunities in her homeland. Arriving in Accra required Quaison to fully embrace her new environment. â€śBeing brought up in the West had a distinct impact on my mindset, cultural references and way of thinking,â€ť Quaison says. â€śThis is a challenge when moving to an environment that feels like home and you want to be home.â€ť
Positive experiences range from developing networks to gaining a better understanding of just how adaptable she can be. â€śThe key professional benefits have been developing new skills and gaining insight into how different cultures do business,â€ť Quaison says.Â â€śPersonally I have attained goals that I would not have even imagined possible a year ago.â€ť