We had the good fortune of connecting with Agbeko “Bex” Mortty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Agbeko “Bex”, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I think being creative is the most primal of human expression. Nothing defines a person more than a demonstration of their creativity. It is for this reason that I have always felt compelled to be creative. I don’t feel I will be relevant in the universe without being creative.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I run an IT company. I started the company in the UK in 2003. I had to start a company because it was the only way to have no limits on what one could do. Being African in a European country meant that were always going to be limits to what one could achieve. Having a business in a way allows one to sadly, hide ones identity to avoid institutional racism. Part of my upbringing was in Ghana where I was not subject to racist bias per se; this meant I was able to focus on my talent and that alone. Upon moving to the UK I noticed that my talent was not enough and that was challenging. Eventually, I moved back to Ghana and started my business here instead. I felt a duty to contribute to the building of my country rather than working to further boost an already strong economy that showed me it had no interest in my well-being. My brand is all about caring, recognizing that everyone, every being matters and is valuable. That is what I’d like the world to know about me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Accra, pre-COVID times, the best place to have fun here were the clubs and bars in an area called Osu. There are a number of beaches and places of interest out of Accra too in the Central Region (Cape Coast). Some very serene beaches and resorts. For natural scenery, rivers, Mountains, trekking etc you cannot beat the Volta region. The people are wonderful and the food is really nice. I’d definitely take any friend of mine to my tennis club, I’m a tennis nut and it would be a failure if I didn’t.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes, there is someone. My elder brother; Enyonam Tedjame-Mortty. He is no longer, but he taught me to recognize that I’m powerful beyond all means. I’m capable.