The first of the three contestants of Ghanaian origin to be evicted from business reality TV show The Apprentice Africa, Hannah Bertilla Acquah has said that her experience with the Street Hustle task on the streets of Lagos has made her develop respect for Nigerians.
The Ghanaian-born contestant with Austrian citizenship and based in the UK was ‘fired’ by the C.E.O after her less than impressive performance at the Street Hustle task in the premiere episode.
On how she felt about being the first contestant to be evicted from the show, she was forthright with her response, saying "I think my case is the classic example of the diplomatic or corporate girl meeting the ‘real’ world. I can’t just be reading books and making policies, The Apprentice Africa has taught me that I have to experience everything in the real Africa - and Nigeria is a perfect example of the real Africa"
Assessing the task that cost her the coveted job, she said, "The Street Hustle task required a lot of aggressiveness, bravado, and a lot of running and chasing vehicles on the street - Ha! it wasn’t easy o! In fact I respect Nigerians, I respect the real street hawker who has to peddle goods on the street every day to earn a living."
Born 26 years ago, the confident, cheerful and multi-lingual Hannah , has spent her life around the world; she’s lived for 15 years in Austria, 7 years in United States, 3 years in Ghana, 8 months in the United Kingdom, and 5 months in China. Hannah refers to herself as a citizen of the world. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in Information System and International Economics from University of Maryland, and a Master’s degree in Economics (energy specialization) from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, United States.
She is equipped with the knowledge of diverse business environments acquired from years spent traveling and living around the globe. However, Hannah considers herself a very easy going person who loves to enjoy life. And this is why she’s dedicating herself to providing solutions that will be instrumental in resolving the energy crisis in Africa.
Described as the ultimate job interview, The Apprentice Africa is broadcast in 18 weekly episodes. Contestants compete in a series of rigorous business tasks at the behest of major companies across Africa associated with the reality show.
In each episode, the losing team is sent to the boardroom, where the CEO and his advisors judge the job applicants on their performance in the task. One person is fired and sent home.
The Apprentice Africa producers seek to create a world-class, top rated business reality show across the African continent and the Diaspora that has unequalled educational, leadership, management, entertainment and market value. The dictates of the bottom-line and the desire for maximum audience engagement ensure that the show consistently upholds the highest production values. The Apprentice-Africa is show-casing educated, intelligent and multi-talented Africans from within Africa as well as in the Diaspora after casting auditions were held in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, The U.K and the US.
The Apprentice Africa TV reality show is currently being broadcast on TV3 in Ghana on Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. and in four other African countries.
At stake for the ultimate prize is a lucrative corporate job with lavish perks and an annual salary of US$200,000 and a luxury car.