Being the first born child of the family, she took up the mature responsibility of caring for her younger siblings and cousins at a tender age. Like many great leaders today, Harriet's leadership skills were honed from the four walls of her home. It is interesting to note that despite these responsibilities at home, Harriet always emerged the best in her class back then in the village, receiving several awards.
Later on, she was fortunate to move to the city of Accra where she continued her education. She trained as a psychiatric nurse after her secondary education and graduated with Distinction. She was later posted to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital where she has worked since 2008. As a result of Harriet's passion for scholarship and her thirst for more knowledge, she enrolled at Central University College to study towards a B.Sc. degree in Nursing. Our super girl dazzled once again, graduating with first class honors and in the top 5% of her class, in spite of the obvious rigours of working a full-time job!
Harriet is passionate about mental health and embarks on several awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. It is no surprise that Harriet also nurtures a special interest in education. To this end, she supports her siblings and other brilliant but needy children in her community through school. She also serves as a mentor to young people in her community and her workplace. An accomplished leader and mentor, she was admitted into the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship. As one of the incidents of the Fellowship, she studied Public Administration at Florida International University. At the Presidential Summit Harriet was opportune to meet President Obama and other global leaders. She also received an award from the Mayor of Miami - Dade County, Florida as a special visitor.
Harriet is an avid advocate of female participation in agriculture as an effective tool for solving the global problem of poverty and hunger. Her passion motivated her to become a founding member/Program Director for Kairos Ladies Network - a non- profit organization committed to mentoring and coaching young girls to make meaningful contributions to their communities through agribusiness and entrepreneurship. She is also a Champion for Change Leader in Agriculture - An award she received from Africa-Lead and USAID. In 2014, she was recognized as an emerging leader in agriculture, by Feed the Future monthly newsletter for the month of November.
Due to her burning passion for volunteer work and community service, Harriet has been extensively immersed in several facets of social work across Ghana and beyond. Recently, she led some participants of TechCamp West Africa in a cleanup exercise at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
Harriet Yayra Adzofu is living her life to the fullest, inspired by the philosophy that "there is nothing more fulfilling than making a difference in someone’s life; more especially, someone who really needs help."
Girl Pride Circle is super proud of you - Harriet! Keep the fire of impact burning.