Joseph Awuah-Darko

Joseph Awuah-Darko
Social Entrepreneur & Founder - The Agblogblo Shine Initiative

Joseph Awuah-Darko is a social entrepreneur and a self-professed ‘creative disruptor’ with an unconventional way of doing things, Joseph has taken head-on the issue of e-waste dumped at the infamous Agbogbloshie township. He turns it into creative masterpieces while training the residents and giving them a viable source of income.
The Agbobloshine Initiative was born out of the Agbogbloshie e-waste dumpsite in Accra. The suburb is one of the biggest e-waste dumpsites in Africa, and therefore needs urgent action to address the serious environmental hazard that it poses to Ghana and to the rest of the world. In Joseph’s words, “entrepreneurs are people who press the edit button on life” and this is exactly what Joseph did when he visited the Agbobloshie dump site in 2015. He saw an opportunity to bring change to the residents and turn the waste into works of art. Through one of the courses he was expected to take as a university student, Joseph and his partner, Cynthia Muhonja (who is also a fellow student) thought of doing something beyond a semester’s grade that could positively impact the residents of Agbogbloshie. This is how Agbogbloshine Initiative was birthed.

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