Name: Selma Awumbila

Arrival in Japan

August 2015

Course of study

 I studied International Environment and Resources Policy at Tohoku University for my masters degree and I am currently studying for my PhD degree at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Law.

Experience in Japan

 Japan has been an amazing experience for me. I got to see and experience a lot when I joined the Miyagi Ambassadors. The ambassadors’ program allowed me to experience the rich culture and beauty of the Tohoku region. Doing research and studying in a research lab was a totally new experience. In Ghana, I was used to studying in a library or on my own so I was pleasantly surprised by the new style. It was nice to make some close friends in the lab.

AFAM Experience

AFAM served as my second family and my home away from home. Some of my fondest memories of Japan were with my AFAM brothers and sisters. I was fortunate to be part of the first AFAM Seminar and Cultural Perfomance event in 2017. Showcasing Africa’s beautiful culture and potentials to Sendai and Japan as a whole was a surreal experience and was a clear demonstration of the greatness of Africans working together. AFAM gave me the opportunity to meet, work and bond with Africans from several countries; I would most likely not have made these connections without AFAM.

Future Plans / Dreams/Goals

​Currently, I split my time between Ghana where I work for a power transmission company and Japan where I am currently enrolled as a PhD Law student. I hope to use my newly made African links to work on developing the African continent, particularly in respect of power and energy. ​

best quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller