Meet Kofi Anaman; The U.S Based Youth Development Expert

Kofi Anaman’s first leadership lesson came from supporting his father, the late Nana Alimah Kojo, known in private life as Mr. J. K. Anaman of Awiebo. For over fifty (50) years, his father managed Awiebo, a community in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region. At age 10, young Anaman became his father’s personal assistant, carrying his briefcase to wherever he traveled.

This early experience taught Kofi Anaman the basic principles of a servant leader. Anaman learned early on that, leaders are like shepherds: They’re in charge of people’s lives and their work should always be about helping others. Certainly his father didn’t only teach him to lead with integrity. He also had a strong influence on him! His father spearheaded the establishments of both the Nzema Manle Rural Bank and Bonzo Kaku Senior High School (Bokass) at Awiebo.

Anaman is a native of Awiebo. He’s a product of the Awiebo Methodist School and also, a member of the Methodist Church. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership from the University of St Francis in Chicago, USA.

For many years, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America (the world’s largest youth development organization) as a Director. The scope of his responsibilities included coordinating the work of over 1,500 volunteers, extensive fundraising, promoting the mission of Scouting to local businesses, politicians, and community leaders. He also was in charge of program development. 

In addition to his official duties of being a Director, he was also involved in communities because connection with communities has always been important to him, both personally and professionally. 

He has previously served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Rotary Club and Books & Breakfast, a program that provides reading assistance and breakfast for thousands of students in the Chicago area.

In 2009, Kofi worked for a U.S. Senatorial candidate as a marketing and public relations intern. There, he conducted surveys, analyzed them and presented findings to the candidate. A year later, he worked for a U.S Congresswoman as a Field Director where he recruited, trained and supervised campaign volunteers.

In 2013, Anaman worked with students attending Northwestern University in Chicago to create one of the largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) events for elementary school students.

Between 2014 and 2016, he was a Consultant at Quantum Gas, located at Anokyi on the southwest coast of Ellembelle District. Later in 2016, he worked as a campaign coordinator (and later campaign chairman) for Hon. Armah Kofi Buah reelection bid.

Anaman is a man of integrity, compassionate and has great sense of humility. He is equipped with conflict resolution skills and also, knows how to work with people from diverse backgrounds. He’s the kind who always uses conversation and empathy to uplift others. Anaman has won many awards in areas of leadership, fundraising, sales and marketing. In 2012, he won the prestigious national presidential award in the USA.