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Interview with Elorm Ama Governor-Ababio

Ama Governor is a Ghanaian YouTuber whose videos span from prank videos, story-time, chit-chats among others. Recently, her YouTube channel hit a milestone of amassing 10,000 subscribers and currently, she has an impressive 10,600 subscribers. Aside from YouTube, she is also a swimming instructor and a law student. What else is there to know about her? Read this interview to find out.

Ama Governor

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Ayeyi: Hey Ama, Thank you for agreeing to have an interview with me and congratulations on recently reaching over 10,000 subscribers on your YouTube channel.

Ama: Thank you (smiles). Thank you.

Ayeyi: So to begin, can you please tell us why you decided to start a YouTube channel?

Ama: Yeah. I like to talk to people and I had a lot of ideas, opinions that I wanted to share. Plus, at the time, I had just started getting addicted to watching YouTube videos and I absolved the idea. YouTube was new to me as I had just gotten my first phone when I got to uni, so I didn’t know anything about YouTube or how it worked before my freshman year in uni. So, it was all new to me and refreshing – the ideas that you would come up with, content that would make people happy, and that would enable you to interact with loads of people; influence their lifestyle and opinions while learning from them too. Honestly, I thought it was great and I wanted that platform too. So, I started my YouTube channel.

Ayeyi: That’s interesting to note. You have quite a number of videos on you YouTube channel. How do you curate content?

Ama: It’s not the healthiest way but I’ll tell you because it’s the truth. Recently, I’ve been staying up all night, been on social media all day, and in my thoughts at the same time going crazy looking for content (laughs). I am subscribed to a huge number of YouTubers from all over the world – both big and small YouTubers. I get inspired by their videos and do a similar one taking into consideration the tweaks that would best suit my Ghanaian audience foremost. Apart from that, I sometimes try to think up fresh content. At other times, my subscribers, followers, and supporters generally give me video ideas. This is generally how I am able to curate content for my channel.

Ayeyi: That’s quite a number of sources that help you curate content. So far, out of all the videos you’ve uploaded, which one is your favourite and why?

Ama: I hate to sound like the artistes who get asked what the favourite of their songs are but even after I just went through all my videos, it’s really hard to pick one. A lot went into each one of them. I personally love all the videos that I have put so far; I apologize for this very cliché answer. It’s just truth.

One of Ama Governor’s YouTube videos

Ayeyi: (laughs) I understand. Concerning feedback, how do you respond to criticism regarding your channel or a video you uploaded?

Ama: I categorize them: constructive and bullshit. I take constructive criticism very seriously and work hard at them, if it’s within my means to. With bullshit, I don’t even try. The truth is a lot of the time, I don’t even see it, especially if it’s on Twitter. I’d turn off my data and come back to Twitter in two days unless I have to post something that’s not related. Twitter banter is really ridiculous to me and I honestly don’t pay attention till some friends take screenshots and send them to me. I’m not even trying to front. It literally doesn’t faze me.

Ayeyi: I like that. Let’s deviate from your YouTube channel for a bit. You are also a swimming instructor. How did you start that and how has the journey been so far?

Ama: Oh my! It’s been one of the greatest achievements of my life. I started swimming because I need the money. I was in my freshman year in uni and I remember I wanted to start going to the gym and eating healthier but my weekly money from my parents was not enough. I was part of the University of Ghana swim team at the same time and the co-captain of the swim team. People would casually ask me to teach them every time they’d see me walk back to my hall of residence from the Sports Directorate, where I would have my swim practice. Now, before I started commercializing teaching people to swim, I had already been at it from a very young age, say 14 or 15, whenever I would go to the poolside with my family. I thought it would be a great way to make extra cash and that’s how it started. It’s been the most wonderful, most amazing experience I’ve ever had.

Ayeyi: That’s fantastic! Securing the bag as well. Let’s talk about YouTube again. In your opinion what is the most rewarding aspect of being a YouTuber?

Ama: A number of things combined; the feeling of fulfiment in myself; the private messages I’d get of people telling me how my content makes me feel.

One of Ama Governor’s YouTube videos

Ayeyi: Now, the future is uncertain, but what are some of your future life goals?

Ama: To finish law school and become a lawyer, grow my YouTube channel, grow my swimming instructing business and to travel a lot, meet loads of people, build connections.

Ayeyi: I hope you achieve all of this and more. For someone who wants to start a YouTube channel, particularly in Ghana, what piece of advice would you give them?

Ama: Do it!!!! And if you really need to, text me for tips.

Ayeyi: On that note, what are your social media handles as well as the name of your YouTube channel?

Ama: Instagram: ama_governor_ Twitter: ama_governor YouTube: Ama Governor

Ayeyi: Ama, thank you so much for talking to me. I enjoy watching your YouTube videos and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Ama: Aw thank you (smiles).

Ama Governor

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