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The 77 Percent

Michael Oti

Michael Oti joined DW as a journalist and presenter in 2019. Originally from Ghana, he knew DW already during his youth – and is thrilled to now be part of its global family, reporting on stories in and from Africa.

Me in 140 characters:

Ghanaian. Earthling. Fluent in Twi, Ga, English and a hint of German. Love watching documentaries and seeing new places.

Three things you should/didn’t know about me

I rode a bicycle from Denmark to Wales

I have my sights on the moon, literally.

I was born into a family of sheepherders. I spent my early years raising sheep.

An African (dead or alive) I would love to interview

Neil deGrasse Tyson is African-American and I will absolutely love to interview him.

In my home country, you should visit

The Cape Coast Castle. It is an enduring reminder of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Favorite African proverb

Akyea nansʋ ɛmmu yɛ. Everything can be fixed so long as there is life

Book recommendation

Roots by Alex Haley is one of my all-time favorites. This book does not simply talk about slavery. It gives a good account of life before people were snatched and shipped into distant lands. I highly recommend it.

Can’t get enough of music by

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If you have ever heard them sing, you will know why I am hooked. Their music is just pure emotion. Check them out!

Favorite vacation spot in Africa:

Seychelles Island

The 77 Percent means the following to me:

To paraphrase American rapper Common, it takes the wisdom of the elders and the young people’s energy to change Africa but in many countries, the young people have no space to display their talents.

I grew up watching Deutsche Welle (DW), the stories helped shape my worldview and reach for the sky. This is my attempt to help other young Africans dream for the stars.