Following the launch of Pen it TV, we caught up with the project’s Managing Director, Nana Ama Ghanaba (NG), to know more about her personal and professional life.
Below is the interview between Pen it Multimedia (PM), and NG.
PM: Give us a brief background about yourself
NG: My name is Bridget Nana Ama Denteh, but for the sake of Pen it TV I’ll be called Nana Ama Ghanaba. I attended St. Martins De Porres at Dansoman for my primary education. I moved to Johan Education Center for my Junior High education, then to Ofori Panin Senior High School (OPASS) at Akyem Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region for my secondary school education.
Journalism had always been my passion from infancy, and to live up to this dream, I enrolled at the Ghana Institute of Journalism [GIJ] where I passed out with a Degree in Journalism. Right after school, I went on to offer my national service with the Association of African Universities (AAU), where I had the opportunity to work in the newsroom, and then got promoted to be one of the firm’s news anchors.
That’s where it all started for me.
When it comes to ethnicity, I will say I am a Guan (my dad is from Nkonya and my mum is an Akyem).
I am a staunch Christian who fellowships with the Christ Resurrection Faith Ministry International located at Lartebiokorshie in Accra and I am a Bible reader for the Church.
PM: What excited you most about accepting this new role as the M.D of Pen it TV?
NG: It wasn’t a difficult decision to make. I was excited about the whole initiative; to join a team of hardworking Ghanaians to promote my country to indigenes and the outside world.
There are a lot of things other people do to promote their countries, but such a thing looks absent in Ghana. Yeah, there is a section of the Ghanaian populace who are doing their bit to promote the country, but ask yourself how many media houses, especially digitally, do this to the maximum, or rightly?
You travel abroad and you miss this country so much- the food, clothing, and everything.
Pen it TV would give our folks abroad the opportunity to be abreast of everything in the country, including news about our budding entrepreneurs, and this is an opportunity I never wanted to miss- to be a part of telling the Ghanaian story and making history.
PM: What is the newest, freshest approach you are bringing to your job?
NG: I’d say flexibility. You see being flexible at everything you do makes you enjoy the thing as well as inspiring other people to join you on that path.
Being a digital platform, I’d be able to work and manage the team anywhere and anytime, and this is what I think will push me to give my best towards the job.
Another thing is addressing the issue of putting out bad reports into our digital space.
This country has its own challenges, yes, like any other nation on the planet, and I think we can make use of the positivity here, instead of putting out all the negative vibes you see on the internet.
I feel Ghanaians are tired of the way the media, especially bloggers, portray the country and our personalities.
Bad news indeed sells in Journalism, but good news can equally dominate the headlines, right?
We are here to break that myth and change the narrative- good news can equally sell.
PM: What is your greatest achievement?
NG: Well, I’d say my greatest achievement has not come yet. As a person, you must strive to be a better version of yourself and achieve the greatest feat there ever is.
Even though I’ve chalked some successes on my journey, I’m not satisfied and definitely not backing down now.
I want to use this new position to deliver my best and make an impact on society, and that is when I’d consider myself to have hit that ‘greatest achievement’ mark.
PM: Who has helped you through your personal life & professional career?
NG: Haha, that’s a good question. You see my career has had highs and lows.
Starting as a young journalist and throwing myself out there came with a lot of pressure and public scrutiny. But, I’d say my friends have been helpful- my male friends especially who would draw my attention to areas I needed to improve in my work.
For my personal life, I’ll give it to my family [parents especially] who have done well to cater to me throughout life.
PM: What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
NG: The fact that I get to educate someone about something…It brings me happiness and I feel content that I am also contributing my quota towards societal change.
PM: Who is your favourite role model?
NG: Ermm, I have quite a few. In no particular order, I’d say Nana Aba Anamoah of GH One TV, Bernard Avle of Citi FM/TV, Kwaku Sakyi Addo, and a host of others. You see, all these personalities are smart people, very intelligent, and they practice Journalism with their hearts.
For them, it’s not about the show-offs and doing things for the gram. But, using their voice to make an impact and enhance the development of this country.
PM: What makes you proud to be Ghanaian?
NG: Emmanuel you know, I love Ghanaian traditions and culture very much. And one thing that always takes my fancy is our clothing- the wax prints. Whatever your shape, size, or colour, it brings out the best in you.
And then our food. Oh my God!
Our fufu, banku, ampesi, akple, Tuo-zafi, kenkey, God, these are the meals that you’d love to eat every day of your life.
See, at moments when you’re feeling down and you grab yourself some fufu with all the fishes and meat on top of it, you’re set…those entire frustrations fly out the window, I can bet you on that.
PM: So then, what is your favourite Ghanaian dish and clothing?
NG: My favourite food is definitely fufu and groundnut soup with chicken wings. (She says whilst licking her lips).
I also love African print textiles.
PM: What are some of the interesting places you have traveled to in Ghana?
NG: I have visited the Kakum National Park about 5 times in my life and I’d say it is a beautiful place. I love the scenery and how attractive the edifice is.
I was in the Volta Region in the latter part of last year  and I enjoyed every bit of it. The inhabitants were super friendly, nice tourist centers, and their food yummy.
PM: What would you be found doing when you’re not working?
NG: Well, I’ll be reading.
I’m currently pursuing my master’s and if I’m on vacation from school I’d be reading at my leisure, but if the school is still in progress then I’d be doing my assignments, projects, and stuff like that.
PM: Are you involved in any community organizations/activities?
NG: Phew. Currently, I have about five proposals from such organizations on my table that I’m looking into. But, so far I’m not involved in any.
Aside from this, I don’t take my church-going for granted; as I’ve already stated, I’m a staunch Christian. I do administrative work and help oversee other operations in the church.
PM: What would your friends say about you?
NG: Hmm, if you ask my female friends, especially from the University, they’ll tell you, ‘Oh Bridget…she’s the quiet type. She rarely checks up on us…rarely goes out with us…she’s always at home, blah, blah, blah’ and they’re right.
But, the reason why I’m this way is that I encountered a bad experience with one of my friends at secondary school and it tore me apart.
So from then on, I made a pact with myself that I was done with female friends and there we have it.
But hey, my male friends will tell you a different story. Haha, they always love to have me around.
So you see, that’s life!
Everyone gets to have a version of me depending on how they treat me.
PM: What advice would you offer to youthful persons like yourself who are aspiring to be successful in their professional life?
NG: Well…Well…Well…let me use my life as an example. I have experienced a lot of pain and I use such experiences to make me a better person.
So, when I experience any painful encounter in my life this is what I do.
I ask myself, “What can I learn from this experience? How can I get better? Whoever caused me this pain, how can I make them realize their mistake and perhaps regret it?”
You know, I always make sure that whoever hurts me gets to see a significant improvement in my life. I actually don’t have the time or luxury for revenge.
This is how it has gone for me, and I must say that even though pain is difficult, it may be helpful if you could use it as fuel to spur you to greatness.
I don’t know how you’d turn yours around, but I can assure you that if you dust yourself up and keep going and believing in yourself, you can do magic…achieve things nobody ever thought you’d.
PM: Anything else you want to add?
NG: I want to extend my appreciation to the management of Pen it Multimedia for this opportunity given me to lead Pen it TV.
I am excited already, and I promise to put my best foot forward to ensure that this brand grows and delivers on its mandate to sell Ghana and the rest of Africa to the world.
Thank you for having me on this session.
Watch: Nana Ama speaks on the launch of Pen it TV