Hello, and welcome back to Smart Income Office.
Today on Personality Profile under the entrepreneurship segment, I go one on one with one of Ghana’s top earning bloggers: Akesse Moise Sanza.
I am your host Emmanuel Osei aka Karisma.
Let’s set the ball rolling:
Sanza: Asuoyeboa/Apatrapa, Kumasi
Karisma: Your surname sounds Eastern African, are you a full blooded Ghanaian?
Sanza: I’m a Ghanaian and yet to hear my name in East Africa. It’s not a common Ghanaian name.
Karisma: Kindly tell us the Senior High School you attented plus where you had your tertiary education…
I’m yet to be in the tertiary
Karisma: Are you married?
Sanza: Yes and blessed with two lovely kids. Boy and girl.
Karisma: when did you start blogging?
Sanza: A bit over four years now but it has always been learning, learning, learning.
Karisma: what challenges did you face when you started blogging?
Sanza: I don’t call these challenges because I have always seen blogging as a learning process. So when anything comes up, I treat it as part of the blogging course and find a solution.
Karisma: what/who inspired you to start blogging?
Sanza: I was inspired by the desire to create an online platform to advertise my travel and tourism services. By so doing, I fell in love with theChrishandlershow.com and even got a domain name sanzashow.com. I had the chance to also deal with YemmeYbaba and David Mawuli which gave me a clearer view of the blogosphere. I also worked with Bruno Denise who taught me some crazy skills. So I got here as result of collective ideas gathered from bloggers I met.
Permit me to ask, how much do you make a month from blogging as a whole? Just give me an average.
Sanza: I have maintained a weekly average of $30,000 since August. I’m not the type who hide issues relating to finances. I always want people to know that it’s possible. So I try to go the extra mile for people to know that I’m really earning what I put out there.
Sanza: no. Other bloggers do help.
Sanza: Two editors, and currently have just one person doing the publishing. I used to have seven people working on my blogs but they are currently managing their own.
Karisma: Do you pay them monthly and how much?
Sanza: publisher is paid monthly while editors are paid according to the volume of task they are able to accomplish.
Any other business or investment?
Sanza: I’m an IATA certified Travel & Tourism Consultant. I’m also the brain behind some foreign investments.
Back to role models, do you have role models both in blogging and in life in general?
Sanza: haha thanks for having me as your cash role model. People lie about their success stories and as such I don’t look up to anyone. I don’t listen to motivational speakers as well. These guys talk about things that they themselves have not implemented. Millionaires would leave out that secret. No one became a millionaire by listening to a millionaire.
Karisma: Speaking of globe-trotting, apart from Singapore, UAE, China, Italy, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Germany, Sri Lanka, UK, Indonesia, France, Maldives, India, Egypt, which other countries have you traveled to?
Sanza: hmmm where else? Togo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Zambia, the Netherlands, I’ll update your when I remember any.
Karisma: which country did you first ever travel to?
Sanza: Togo. UK is my first outside the continent.
Sanza: Where laws allowed, I visit Christian communities in the rural areas and also help spread the word.
Do you listen to it?
Sanza: Not wrong but you have to be selective with your choice of songs. I take great inspiration from hip hop. Akon, Ace Hood and Obrafour do motivate me a lot. Songs like “LIVE YOUR LIFE” , “COAT OF MANY COLORS” and few others really inspire me.
Karisma: what do you consider as your super power?
Karisma: what is your weirdest fear?
Sanza: Thallasophobia. Fear of sea. Though I have tried some watersports with words of assurances from my instructors. I recently wanted to have a feel of how one drowns. My instructor agreed to rescue me after 5 seconds. It wasn’t easy and I have vowed not to go near any water body again.
Karisma: Samsung or iPhone?
Karisma: what is your perception about bloggers in Ghana?
Sanza: Most of us want to get rich overnight without mastering the act. One buys domain name today and expects to make money the next day. I don’t want to say most of us are not creative but we don’t want to be creative. We always look at the money-making blogs and copy their content. It’s easier to succeed if you stand out. I always try to do something unique.
Karisma: Any word to your fans, followers, aspiring bloggers, readers of this interview…..?
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