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My Journey to the Motherland- Accra, Ghana Day 10

On the 10th day in Ghana, we returned to Mokola Market for Justin to try on the suits he was having custom-made.

Justin, who is half Ghanaian, has done a beautiful job of incorporating his culture into his speaking business. When he does corporate speaking engagements he wears beautiful suits with African prints incorporated into them.

Journey to the Motherland Ghana

Journey to the Motherland Ghana

Journey to the Motherland Ghana



My brand, S.O. What!, is very personal to me, my life, my story.

And I admire how Justin uses his Ghanaian heritage in his keynotes. After a long college speaking career, he is transitioning to do mostly corporate speaking with the keynotes Work to a Different Beat and Lead to a Different Beat. He professionally incorporates the djembe drum as well as his custom suits which have African printed fabric into his presentations which bring awareness to his heritage while conveying his corporate message. It’s quite brilliant actually.














That day, we also visited the University of Ghana for meetings and exciting future collaboration opportunities.

One day, I would love to speak to there and share my message of resilience and leadership to students there.

Journey to the Motherland Ghana


Although our visit to Independence square was brief, it was powerful.

Former Gold Coast, Ghana gained its independence from Britain on 6 March 1957. Led by Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the Ghana flag, the red represents the blood of people who died in the country’s fight for independence, the gold represents the wealth of the country, the green represent the country’s rich forests, and the black star symbolizes emancipation. According to Ghanaweb.com, the black star is a symbol charged with the spirit of an overcomer, freedom, justice and future hope for all black generation. So Ghana is a country of Resilience!






It was another day of powerful history lessons, but I was only scratching the surface.

We experienced some deep days and some fun nights. That night it was dinner at the Polo club restaurant where they actually played polo right outside the restaurant. Sorry, I forgot pictures again.

My Journey to the Motherland- Accra, Ghana Day 11 (final day in Ghana)



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.