Ghana Country Director for the Purdue Peace Project
Yaganoma Baatuolkuu claims she has two great passions in life: food and people. While the former is the source of her business, Wanjo Africa Ltd., a food processing and packaging company, the latter is the focus of her work with the Purdue Peace Project. As Ghana Country Director for the PPP, Yaganoma admits “my passions are coming together in this work.”
Yaganoma is new to this position as of early 2017, following in the footsteps of her mother, the late Rosaline B. Obeng-Ofori. “Mom started this job in 2012, and she would tell me bits and pieces about the project. She loved it because the locals were involved. It was pretty neat.”
Yaganoma admits that upon taking this position it was very meaningful to receive such a warm welcome from her hometown of Nandom, as well as the local PPP peace committees. “I was expecting a lot of people to not want me to run this project” she shares, but she was relieved to have such strong support.
For Yaganoma, this work is about finding ways to sustain peace and support future development. She sees her work with PPP as a great opportunity: “the kind of people Purdue is working with in the communities are the kind of people I’m looking to help.”