Rich Honesty is a blog that shares the experiences of a young Ghanaian-American writer whose work ethic and passion to inspire others was spurred by adversity, challenges and circumstances beyond his control. Overcoming a significant change in culture and an ongoing battle with Sickle Cell Anemia shaped Richie’s “no excuse” attitude and his desire to inspire others to be the best versions themselves no matter their circumstances.
Richard Mills-Tetteh, aka Richie Mills was born to Ghanaian parents and grew up in Accra, Ghana before he exercised his right as a U.S. citizen to move back to Oklahoma as a teenager. For Richie, the move to Oklahoma was more than just an opportunity to acquire a better education. It also meant a chance to receive better medical care for Sickle Cell Anemia, a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to cells throughout the body.
Once Richie’s father acquired U.S. citizenship for his family, Richie had to decide between staying in his comfort zone in Ghana or better medical health in America. The choice was a no-brainer, because even though leaving Ghana was difficult, his health was more important. The move to the U.S. just meant Richie would have to work a little harder to be what he expected of himself. He accepted the challenge.
Richie spent his teenage years assimilating into a different culture-- a process that is more difficult the older you are at the time of immigrating to your new environment. He worked extremely hard and ignored the struggles that come with being a stranger in a foreign land. He overcame a tough transition process and believes his time in Ghana and his constant battle with Sickle Cell Anemia has allowed him to appreciate this opportunity he has as an American citizen. Despite a legitimate excuse to be just an Average Joe, Richie’s hard work has opened opportunities for him to mentor others. He refuses to use Sickle Cell as an excuse, and even though he battles through pain on a daily basis, only Richie’s closest friends and family knew that about his battle with Sickle Cell prior to developing this blog.
Richie enjoys mixing music, deejaying at parties and weddings, art, writing, strategic communication, public speaking, sports (huge Kobe fan) and expressing himself through fashion. His dream is to be a motivator and public speaker. Those who just know him on the surface are familiar with his charisma and his love for fashion; however, those that are really close to him know his story and his desire to mentor and inspire others.
Richie decided to open up about the adversity he faced as a teenager in a foreign land and his daily battle with Sickle Cell because they are the reasons why he keeps pushing on. There is beauty in overcoming circumstances and proving others wrong. He never talked about his battle with Sickle Cell because he felt it was an excuse, and as a young African-American who emigrated from Ghana and is trying to succeed in a new culture, he didn’t want any other roadblocks or excuses that could be used against him.
Thanks to an advanced-level early education in Ghana, Richie breezed through Norman High School and was accepted to the University of Oklahoma where he studied Journalism. In his junior year at OU, Richie began his search for internships. He believed that in order to set himself apart, he would need at least two internships to acquire some experience. Thanks to internships with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Devon Energy and Proctor & Gamble, Richie put himself in a position to help a young frozen yogurt company beef up their internal communications.
“If God has protected me and kept me on earth this long and through these adversities, then I believe there’s a purpose for my life. I thank God every day for this opportunity to use experiences to inspire others. Even though I’m not close to being where I want to be, I already am living proof that hard work pays off. Hard work, dedication and zero excuses."
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Richie Mills grew up in Norman, Oklahoma but hails from Ghana, West Africa. Mr. Mills is the current Communications Coordinator for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, Oklahoma. He graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. During his time at The University of Oklahoma, Mr. Mills was a member of the Xi Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He is now a member of the Delta Beta Sigma graduate chapter of the fraternity.
As an avid blogger and social media enthusiast, Richie Mills seeks to inspire others through his Rich Honesty brand. He enjoys writing, traveling, public speaking, fashion and chasing theme parks across the country. Mr. Mills believes that we are all unique in our own way but we were all put on this earth for one purpose, to serve one another using our God-given talents.