From July 22 to August 6 of this year, a dozen men and one woman undertook an epic road trip spanning over 6,000 miles from Accra, Ghana, to London. Dubbed Wanderlust Ghana Expedition, the adventure brought together a diverse team of logistics and transport professionals, mechanical engineers and local stakeholders.
The team’s objectives were to bolster tourism, shine a light on Ghana’s logistics and transportation sectors and raise funds for digital access to educational resources for young people in Africa. Despite facing several obstacles, including treacherous weather conditions, mechanical setbacks, and communication hitches, the group persevered and completed the journey.
The sole woman on the expedition was Nana Afua Serwaa Adusei, founder and CEO of Auto Shecanic Hub. She participated in the journey from Ghana as far as Morocco.
On September 28, Adusei talked about the adventure during CARISCA’s Advancing Women in Supply Chain webinar. She used the expedition to broaden her experience in auto mechanics across various terrains and climates, while inspiring more women to break into engineering and mechanics careers.
The Wanderlust Ghana Expedition illustrates the crucial connection between the expertise of mechanical engineers and the logistics and transportation fields. Her talk addressed the role of diversity and inclusion in logistics and transport.
Undeterred by the male-dominated landscape, Adusei constantly strives to prove that women can flourish in traditionally male-oriented fields. Her mission, as a successful “shecanic,” is to encourage young girls to pursue STEM education and break glass ceilings in every male-dominated industry.
Before becoming an auto repair technician and founding her business, Adusei earned a degree in geography and rural development at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Her webinar drew from the experiences and lessons of the Wanderlust Ghana Expedition to present actionable insights, best practices and a framework for fostering diversity and inclusion within logistics and transport.