Nana Amoako-Anin, Life Academy Director
Nana Amoako-Anin is originally from Ghana, and spent much of her childhood in West Africa, before calling the Washington D.C. area and New York City her home. After graduating from Columbia University, she became a Manhattan District Attorney, worked as a Wall Street banker, pursued her creative side as an artist, model, and fashion designer, and then found her true calling as a yoga teacher and wellness entrepreneur.
After the birth of her daughter, she and her husband moved their family back to Accra, Ghana, where Nana opened the Bliss Yoga Accra studio, nestled in the Movenpick Hotel, Accra’s premier luxury hotel. Nana leads the Life Academy team from a place of wholeness and wellness, while providing valuable insight into the Ghanaian job market and necessary professional skills.
Eunice Maku Ayiku-Nartey, Sewing Collective Manager
Eunice Maku Ayiku-Nartey is a respected seamstress in Accra, Ghana and owner of Eunimak Fashions and Soft Furnishers. With over 25 years of experience, Eunice provides training and leadership to the Student Artisans at Life Academy.
Having a mother who was a fashion designer and a father, an accountant at Cable and Wireless now Vodafone, Eunice recognized my talent in art early in her childhood. After completing Accra High School, Eunice proceeded to study embroidery at the Singer Sewing Center also known as Kalbs Sewing Center in Accra, Ghana. Later, she majored in Fashion Design at Blake College in London and served as an intern at Army and Navy stores in Guildford, U.K.
Back in Ghana, Eunice took several courses on Entrepreneurship and set up Eunimak Fashion at Adabraka in 1993. Eunimak, by word of mouth has grown from a local to an international brand through trade fairs and now makes custom made clothes for distinguished ladies and the American, Zimbabwean and Canadian embassies. Eunice is also a member of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), which specializes in European and Afrocentric clothing for ladies, gentlemen and children, as well as accessories such as tote bags and soft furnishing in home décor.
Dr. Rachel Pugh is Clinical Psychologist from Wales, UK with over 21 years of clinical experience who provides bi-weekly therapy sessions with the Life Academy students.
The first decade of Rachel Pugh’s career was spent practicing across medical and community mental health based settings within the NHS, and the most recent decade was spent in Cambodia, where she worked as an advisor to a mental health NGO, TPO_Cambodia, training and capacity building 20 Cambodian Psychologists across the country. In 2008, she established Mindbody Practice – Cambodia, providing a holistic safe haven of psychological and massage therapy for the international expatriate community in Phnom Penh.
In 2014 Dr. Pugh relocated the her practice to Ghana. Working with a range of presenting problems, my main areas of interest include depression, (including antenatal and postnatal), reproductive health issues (termination, pregnancy loss and infertility), childhood trauma and abuse, bereavement, chronic health issues (cancer, chronic pain, tinnitus), relationship difficulties, expatriate adjustment and cross cultural issues.
As a native of Denmark, Sarah Palshof began her studies in the field of Social Studies and Early Childhood Education at the University College of Copenhagen in 2011. By 2015, she had earned a Bachelor’s Degree in this field and was eager to embark on a career working with children. While attending college, Sarah was given an opportunity to volunteer for an orphanage in Hohoe, Ghana. Soon after this experience, she knew she wanted to continue this work in West Africa. Sarah now calls Accra, Ghana, home.
Sarah has been a teacher for children and adults with and without special needs for five years and provides private tutoring for the Life Academy students. She is passionate about supporting children in nurturing, loving environment where they can learn and experience new ideas that will build their confidence.
When Sarah is not in the classroom, she take that same energy to the yoga studio where she teaches group and private classes. Sarah incorporates yoga into her Life Academy curriculum as a way of promoting a holistic learning experience.