Did you know that when High Schools Society started, we were only boys? It took about 3 years to have female members of the society, and now throughout all our subsidiaries girls play an important role in our community,.
In honor of this milestone and International Day of the Girl, we’re elevating girls and continuing to do whatever it takes to give every girl equal access to a great future. Celebrate with us by taking action for girls who need us now. Here are three girls we chose to elevate and honor on this day:
1. DJ Switch
Erica Armah-Bra Bulu Tandoh who just turned 11, also known as DJ Switch from Ghana has already made a name for herself after spinning for just two years. Erica, the only daughter to her parents with four siblings is so eloquent, vocal and confident thus puts so much attitude in her works and her energy level is incomparable and limitless.
Erica at age 9 had no knowledge of the DJ set till she tried her hands on and mastered it within five days of training. She then competed and won Ghana’s most talented kids 2017 competition on Tv3 Network. Since winning the competition, there has been no stopping this young powerhouse and it was even evident in interviews with the BBC and CNN.
Asked about her stage name, what else she can do and her future plans, Erica responded; “I picked the name DJ Switch because I switch up people’s happiness. I am not only a DJ but also a poet, dancer, an MC, a motivational speaker, actress and an advocate. I also want my parents, teachers, CNN, BBC or France24 and the world to know that being a DJ is just the beginning of my goals, I want to eventually become a gynecologist and help women around the world”; she ended.
Now in junior high school, appearing on TV, hanging out with President Macron, then at Goalkeepers 2019 during the UN General Assembly, and performing original music alongside Wyclef Jean, doesn’t stop her from her education. Erica’s parents and management makes sure everything is always organized on each trip and her educational curriculum is taken care of with top up private tutorials.
She recently founded The DJ Switch Foundation, advocating for quality education, adequate health care, gender equality and sustainable development.
As a DJ, an advocate and a child, DJ Switch Ghana continues to remind the music industry how to use their voice for change and “switch it up to happiness.”
2. Maame Adwoa Sam
Maame Adwoa, a year two student of Akosombo International School, is the founder of an upcoming business called AFRIKA, a company which manufactures African print durags and scrunchies.
When HSM asked her what motivated her to start this, she said, “So I came up with the idea in JHS 2 and started making headbands and brooches and selling them in school. In JHS 3 I paused because of BECE but when I got to high school I started again but added more things. My observation was that the friends liked wearing branded things and preferred specific brands more. So I thought it would be nice to make those things in African print material and so I started this business, to also make people show we’re Africans. So I made durags, bandanas, scrunchies, brooches and many more.”
She disclosed there is an upcoming T-Shirt and hoodie collection called Pride and Tribe coming soon.
Different talents are introduced onto the music scene frequently, some go a long way to make a mark, others don’t but there’s clarity from the onset, Ghanaian-South African vocal princess, Chayuta has so far within a short space-proven her worth to music lovers.
Her debut single christened SOLO has been received so well, She and her team premiered the official video to the single at 4Syte TV in Accra. The premiere was graced by ace broadcaster and fashion entrepreneur, Kofi Okyere Darko, Actor and fashion designer, Elikem Kumordzi, and several notable faces within the entertainment industry.
Chayuta, born Layla Mpho Mokoena, with South African father and Ghanaian mother, she composes and delivers in vocals that cut across these two countries, and have been likened to Barbadian pop icon and businesswoman, Rihanna.
These are just three of the countless amazing girls we elevated this year, but happy International Day of the Girl to every amazing teen girl in the community.