Sage Graduate School of Management
Major: Master of Business, Business Strategy
Hometown: Gomoa Aboso, Ghana, West Africa
Growing up as a child in a little town in Ghana, Kermit DeGraffenreidt Obeng always dreamt of achieving great and wonderful things. He moved to United States at 11 years of age which proved to be a great challenge for him. He learned quickly to adapt to the new culture and environment. It was difficult for his teachers to understand him due to his strong accent. This did not discourage or stop him from wanting to achieve greatness.
“It was up to me to prove the naysayers wrong as I knew the circumstances I faced at that moment didn’t determine my future,” explains Kermit, “I chose to focus on education as I understood at a young age the impact education would have in my life down the road. Throughout high school and college, I gravitated toward educators and intellectuals who saw more in me than I saw in myself. They inspired and pushed me to surpass limitations I placed on myself.”
Kermit has the passion and desire to someday return to Ghana and help improve the quality of life for others which contributed to his motivation to earn his MBA.
He plans to go to work after graduation and also pursue the possibility of starting a business. Kermit recently participated in the StartUp Weekend event hosted by Sage where his business idea came in 3rd place.