We had the good fortune of connecting with Nana Kwadwo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nana, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always loved to be an entrepreneur. It has been something I have always wanted to do, even if I know I’m going to fail, I’ll still do it anyway. And starting The Factionary has been the most beautiful thing I’ve done with my life. I’m really happy about that.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Entrepreneurship is not for the “easy-to-achieve” ones. It requires a lot of effort and dedication to achieve anything. I started The Factionary just as a Facebook page, and for years that was all I thought it was going to be. But over the years it has evolved into a blog site and a startup company as we speak. And, I must confess was not an easy journey. So many ups and downs, I had to even give up at some point. But I knew my promise to myself. So I didn’t give up.
Here’s the backstory: It all started one night when I had little to do, as I was scrolling through my social media feed reading facts on Facebook or Twitter, I had that stroke of genius. Although I was not aware I was going to create The Factionary, it happened, inadvertently. I initially planned on creating a page just to post fun facts. Period! This was going to be like a book of all facts, like an encyclopedia or dictionary. Kinda! So I name it “Factbook” but it seems it wasn’t a catch. I later thought of “Factopedia,” which sounds more like “Wikipedia.” No way! That was when I realize that I can coin the name out of “Dictionary.” A book of all facts is like a dictionary, so why don’t I take away the ‘dic’ and put it in the ‘fac,’ lexically. And that was how I created “Factionary.” Ta-da!
In fact, I never thought I’ll ever be interviewed by ShoutoutArizona at all. Today, I’m a CEO thanks to an idea I barely conceived, but it is an amazing story. I even plan on sharing my experience with much of the youth. And this interview is one of such opportunities coming soon.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m currently working in Techiman, Ghana, and I must say that it is a lovely tropical town located in the middle of my country. For a week-long visit, then you have to see the Techiman Market and drive across the infamous natural bridge that has a cave underneath right in the middle of the busy market. Then drive through town and visit all my amazing spots like pubs, restaurants, and hideouts.
Next, we’d tour much of my region, too.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My lovely family
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