LCS Alum, Class of 2004
Christal Jeanne is not afraid to be bold.
As a Lincoln student from fourth grade until her graduation in 2004, Christal’s competitive drive and outgoing nature earned her academic awards, class presidencies, and Most Valuable Player honors for the girls basketball team.
After a degree in economics and business from Carleton University in Canada, Christal – a native Ghanaian – was tempted to work internationally. But, she knew she wanted to be in Ghana and took the fearless leap back home.
Now, she’s sharing the organizational spirit and leadership daring she learned at Lincoln with an international audience. Co-founder of the Be Bold initiative, alongside fellow LCS alum Sterre Mkatini, she is trying to “reverse the brain drain” by inspiring young university graduates to, like herself, come back to Ghana after their overseas studies and invest in the country’s future.
Christal’s confident nature helped her land a job as an on-air newscaster at e.tv Ghana. After an impromptu audition, “I got the job on the spot,” she says. She credits her Lincoln education for making her comfortable in front of an audience. “At Lincoln we were always standing up and presenting projects. Teachers would put us on the spot every day, so it was easy for me, I could present anything.”
As a successful on-air personality, Christal also started a Be Bold talk show featuring up-and-coming Ghanaian business men and women. “It’s hard to come back to Ghana with your skills and work here,” she says, “so I am giving other young entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their stuff.”
Christal is grateful for the LCS community’s support of her new ventures, and looks forward to staying connected to the school. “I want to see Lincoln grow and I want to see us grow together,” she says. “I want to bring my kids and my grandkids here. Lincoln had a huge impact on me.”
Best time of her life: high school at LCS
Yearly highlight: reunions with her six “sisters,” life-long friends from Lincoln
Catch her on the air: the Be Bold talk show at 9 p.m. Sundays, and weekday business news at 7:30 p.m. on e.tv Ghana