ABOUT DAVID ANKRAH
David Ankrah is a quiet individual with a background in media, finance and all things creative, full of ideas and compassion for those around him.
He lives in London with family and likes nothing better than to help people and put smiles on faces.
The inspiration for this book came out of wanting to see an end to some of the hardships we face in modern times with a simple story that everyone can enjoy and in particular for adults to read to children all over the world so that they can share the ideas that come to them as they read about the inhabitants of that wonderful place called Zoniye.
You can visit David at his website, http://seedsthechildrensbook.com.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
The book is a story that I hope will help children (and adults) start to take care of their money in such a way that whenever a recession or any kind of hardship comes around, they are much better prepared to stay above water. The story doesn’t actually mention money, but the word can be introduced when the time is right.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
…I do a lot of thinking surrounding money and I was thinking one day about how two people who earn the same amount of money, could have totally different financial outcomes. I was also thinking about how money could be seen as a form slavery. In the film the Ten Commandments, I remembered Moses breaking open a place where grain was stored so the weak slaves could eat. Back then people in charge had to provide food and shelter for their slaves. So the thought came to me that nowadays, people in charge give their ‘slaves’ the means to provide their own food and shelter so it’s no longer their problem…
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
Just the desire to want to help people and encourage a positive change in the world however big or small.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My wonderful, amazing Mum
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
My thing is…in two thousand plus years…we still have such a disproportionate level of living standards. Communities which still can’t something as simple as fresh water? So while technology advances, poverty remains. I’ve not done the maths so don’t hold me to this but I get the feeling the money is there to sort out around 80% of the worlds issues, but…
My other thing is war. Two people (leaders) who disagree send twenty thousand people to go and kill other people whom they’ve never met…because it’s their job, right? So it comes back to the money. All while the two (leaders) stay safe at home…
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on another short book called “Don’t Do What I Did” which goes through ten ways to avoid some of the common traps and mistakes when it comes to personal money matters. This touches on a few topics such as debt, protecting yourself, taking control of your spending and much more. It’s geared towards those who are about to start making money, but I hope it’s just as effective for those already earning who want to become more aware of some ideas about money that can possibly help them out in the long run.
Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
Your mind is an amazing place. Don’t let negativity move in.
Is there an author that inspired you to write?
Not really an author, but the financial industry and the unfortunate suffering of those who have lost jobs or even their houses.
What are some of your long term goals?
I’d like to start a series of money workshops to raise awareness of certain money matters. Once people are more aware of how money can work, then they can make better choices.
What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?
At the moment it’s when I was asked to read “Seeds” to a group of children in Islamabad as part of their National Book Day celebration.
You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?
Err.. ”How To Make An Unsinkable Shark-proof Boat While Surviving On An Island” … if it exists
What is your favorite past-time?
Aside from radio presenting, I guess it would be coming up with ideas, and also solutions to problems.
Without actually mentioning the word money until after the story ends, this story is designed to show them some of the choices they have in life when it comes to looking after not only their money, but their friends and family.
In fact, you should find that this story has parallels in your life whether you are 6 or 60
So find out what happens to Palooko and Greecho as they go through life and one mysterious day an event takes place that would change their lives forever…
A wonderful place to live…
And that is where our story begins…