Hi Again!

Who am I in a nutshell?

A gamer, designer, content creator, avid reader, animal person, data enthusiast

My Personal Story

I'm Joseph-Albert (you can call me Joe). I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana.

I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors In Business Administration In Management Information Systems (MIS). I came back home to Ghana where I later got my Masters of Science (Msc) in MIS.

I first started started off as an Information Security Auditor for three years before I decided to switch career paths to User Experience Design in 2015.

I started off as a freelance designer and starting a usability startup lab in 2016. I worked as a UX Designer for Flutterwave in 2017 before switching roles to Business Development Manager in 2019.

I worked at Jetstream Africa as a UX/UI Designer from 2021 to 2022.

I'm currently busy creating content for a leading digital tech news platform in Ghana called Tech Nova GH (Now Tech Labari)

With Tech Labari, I've written about the tech ecosystem and worked with different brands and companies including MTN, HMD (Nokia), Standard Chartered, Social Media Week and the Re:Publica.

In 2023, we rebranded Tech Nova to Tech Labari to highlight more stories in Africa and to focus on new media content including podcasts.

Here's the backstory of how I built up Tech Labari:

What I Like To Do

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Writing

In my spare time, I like to write and blog. I like to write about personal perspectives as well as fiction and short stories

Two podcasters

Podcasting

I recently got into podcasting and now I'm the host of two podcasts:
PodTakes and 2 Guys 1 Controller

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Travel

I'm big into travel. Recently start travelling international and I like to take road trips in Ghana

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Reading

I'm an avid reader and always looking for the next best book on Kindle (either fiction or non fiction)

Video Games

I've been a gamer since I was a kid. If I'm not too tired from work, I like to play an RPG or Rocket League

A man reading a phone with text behind him

Writing

In my spare time, I like to write and blog. I like to write about personal perspectives as well as fiction and short stories

Two podcasters

Podcasting

I recently got into podcasting and now I'm the host of two podcasts: PodTakes and 2 Guys 1 Controller

A person exploring a cave

Travel

I'm big into travel. Recently start travelling international and I like to take road trips in Ghana

A design board with design tools

Design

Yep. I actually like to design in my spare time as well. I like to work on concepts and experiments and other types of design

A person reading a kindle with a large book behind him

Reading

I'm an avid reader and always looking for the next best book on Kindle (either fiction or non fiction)

A guy at a desk playing a video game

Video Games

I've been a gamer since I was a kid. If I'm not too tired from work, I like to play an RPG or Rocket League

Some Of My Personal Projects

In my personal time, I like to work on some personal projects. Here's a few select of them

Ghana Technology Ecosystem Mapping

A project I started a couple of years ago where I'm collating data on startups in Ghana

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Ghana "IMDB" Database

An ongoing project where I'm collating data for Ghanaian movies and TV shows which will resemble the IMBD website

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Labari Magazine

Labari Magazine is an online content publication featuring articles focused on entertainment, lifestyle and women in Ghana and Africa

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Labari Magazine

Tech Nova is an online news publication featuring articles and news on the Ghana and Africa Tech ecosystem

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Ghana Diaspora Database

A project which displays notable Ghanaians in the diaspora

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What I'm Currently Reading

I've been reading a lot lately on my Kindle. Trying to get away from laptop and phone screens. Here's a sample of some of the books I've been reading. It's a small sample. I have a backlog of like 30 books I want to read 😅

Range

David Epstein

Billy Summers

Stephen King

Arrival

Ted Chiang

Conversations With Friends

Sally Rooney

Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and Life

Marcus Du Sautoy