Exclusive Interview With Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah
Today we’d like to introduce you to Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah.
It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
My father died of alcoholic liver disease and other health complications in January 2016 at 60. He was a middle school leaver. My mother, whom I have grown to be so fond of for the many virtues she espouses, dropped out of school at primary two at my grandfather’s death. And, as women then did not have much support regarding education, she had to begin to support her mother, my grandmother. My early childhood up until 19 years was characterized by many painful hardships due to the poverty situation I was born into. This situation affected my childhood development in many ways. I had to endure the hustles and the discipline of hard work early as I had to fend for myself by selling foodstuff and vegetables, including tomatoes, yam, coconut, maize, onions. There were days I had to result to the catching crabs from their holes for sales and running errands for stipends. The experiences of serving as a head porter to food sellers by carrying their cooked food from the kitchen to the selling point were part of my childhood formation. At the moment, I had to engage in the trade we call “shoemaking,” which is mending broken and torn shoes. In between all these, there were times I found solace in the company of street boys in the neighborhood then. These youths engaged in all manner of vice, including abusing drugs from alcohol to marijuana and stealing. I got here by dint of perseverance and service
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
Shaping myself for a focused life started when I got my first job at age 20 in 2000 as a tutor with Presbyterian Women’s Vocational Institute in Begoro in the Eastern Region. As I began earning consistent income with a roof over my head and daily meals, I was encouraged to pursue greatness at least twice a day. My early stable employment allowed me to send some money home to my mother though it was not enough, and foot my sister’s teacher training education. Then as a teacher, teaching with a secondary school certificate backed with batik and tie-dye skills was not that attractive, yet it paid the bills, and there was much joy in teaching at the fashion department. Nonetheless, in 2001, I would fully come to the discovery of the beauty and potentials in me. After I participated in an almost one-year structured transformational training program dubbed “vistar,” also known as Life Designed integrated program, my perspective about Life and myself began to change. The self-awareness brought me to a place of greater confidence and meaning. Mastering the self of possibilities, awareness of the innate potentials, and exploring the abundance of opportunities set me on the edge of evocation of a new me but from the brooks of who I am designed to be. 2001 after the transformational training, I knew and resolved to be a human capital development agent. From thence the journey to polish the diamond in the rough begun in earnest.
Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah is a gifted, dynamic Transformational Coach & Brands Expert, Consultant, Media Analyst, Author, and a Public Speaker with a combined 17 years of experience with core competencies in Coaching (one-on-one & groups), Neuro-Linguistic Programming – NLB, mBraining, Emotional Intelligence – EI, Body Language, Communication Skills, Healing of Memories, Strategic Leadership Management Development, Branding. My practices, services, and training are of a global touch. I am a Certified Professional Trainer by The International Association for People & Performance Development (IAPPD Global) – UK. In addition, an accredited and certified Ontological Mindfulness & Ecological Coach by Ideal Coach Global (USA) makes me the first African to graduate from ICG. Furthermore, an Associate Certified Coach – ACC by International Coaching Federation – ICF (USA), and candidate for Professional Certified Coach – PCC accreditation with International Coaching Federation (USA). Furthermore, I hold a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and Advance Diploma in Leadership studies from the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) in the UK. I am the first global graduate in Leadership studies that ICM-UK has produced ever since the course was introduced in 2017. Furthermore, I took a class with Linkedin Learning and was certified by the National Association of State Boards and Accountancy (USA) in Unconcious Bias, Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers, and Boosting Emotional Intelligence through Mindfulness. Finally, I am a practitioner for the healing of memories and again the first Ghanaian trained by the Institute for Healing of Memories, Cape Town, South Africa.
What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
In my quantum being quote, “The nothingness of a space or time is actually what holds the room for you to see nothing, your attitude to nothing is what produces an occupation of the space.”
The coach and healing of memories practitioner in me remind me not to take the power of creation away from anyone by offering advice.
But I wish to express that no one is an accident no matter the circumstances you are faced with in life. You are more powerful than you can imagine when you shift your mind from the challenges before you, the events you are in, and the experience that has imprisoned your abilities and greatness. And focus on the inner power that the divine has deposited in you with a great sense of congruency; you will evoke and unleash a significant part of you that will reprogram your mind and body to winning ways. Give from the wells of your heart, brooks of your spirit, and connect to every service with compassion from your intuition, and you will become as you were formed to accomplished.
Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
Success in this dispensation comes with varied subjective meanings, and I will deviate from using satisfaction and fulfillment of life. In the last century, the materialistic view used matter and materialism to adjudge how successful life is or one is. But in this ecological dispensation where who are being had come across as the pivot of life.
How balanced, centered, and satisfied one can be in the face of all circumstances is what I will deem as fulfilled life instead of a successful life. I know you would not begrudge me in my approach to this matter because my roots in ontology, mindfulness, ecology, and other backgrounds make me explore life differently away from the meaning we are used to when it comes to success. However, your legacy of how many lives you touched, the service you provided, the model you were to yourself, relations, family, and one’s community is what matters in all one desires.
What’s next for you?
Considering the milestones, I have laid over two decades, such as being honored as the best transformational coach in Ghana on March 26th, 2021, at Golden Age Creative Awards. Got listed among Ghana’s Top 100 speakers in January 2019 (https://speakersafrica.com/top100/). The nomination and induction into Crans Montana Forum – New Leaders for Tomorrow March 2019. The listing among the 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians (2016 & 2015) respectively; ranked as 9th Young Influential Speakers by Speakers Bureau Ghana 2015, and additionally, listed among 20 Brand Expert in 2015 and 2014 among 20 young change-makers with a nomination for the 2016 Africa Youth Awards. With over 70 articles online collectively on Huffington Post, Leadership Magazine South Africa, BBQ Magazine, Modern Ghana Web, Business & Financial Times, Citi Online, Ghana web, Spyghana, Golden City Business Magazine, etc. And books on amazon such as Christians corporate model, Branding 360, Transformational Pearls, etc. I want to spearhead a leadership, mindset, and personal development evolution in Africa through coaching, training, and consulting to support the growth and advancement of my continent Africa. I am also partnering with like-minded professionals and organizations across the globe to be agents of transformation to support them live their lives fulfilled
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?
In this age of digital location, I can be found on the following platforms
Personal account: facebook.com/scofraynyyeboah
Youtube: Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah
LinkedIn: Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah