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GHANA FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER BY FOOD FOR ALL AFRICA

Recently awarded social enterprise startup,Food for All Africa is organizing a  Ghana Founder’s day networking dinner for individuals,groups and stakeholder’s within Ghana’s food supply chain.

Dubbed “ Ghana’s shared responsibility to end hunger” the event is a pre-holiday commemoration of the efforts of our founding fathers to build community solving social problems. Food for All Africa operates West Africa’s first community food support program in Ghana by creating efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition through food recovery,redistribution,farming and forum using mobile and web applications that connects food to all on a common shared platform.

Their founder, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo was recently awarded by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts towards re-inventing Ghana’s food systems to overcome food waste,hunger,poverty and malnutrition.

The event which is scheduled for Monday 18th September, 2017 at  +233 Jazz bar and grill,Ridge in Accra is aimed at creating a network of socially responsive Ghanaians who  believe the right to food of vulnerable in society is a shared responsibility. For every seat reserved for the event, money is raised to feed and support 2,000 vulnerable children within Afram Plains on UN world food day 2017.

Speaking to Chef Elijah on the project he said “ As a social enterprise with a vision of creating efficient and  sustainable means of nutrition for all,we believe this project will  for the first time bring together a network of foodlovers in Ghana who believe in the right to food of all citizens. The night is going to be an infusion of Ghanaian-British dining experience with music from Six Strings,an acoustic musician known for his “sobolo and trotro palava hits”.

He  requested for support from individuals,corporate groups and reiterated the night will be the best two hours on a Monday networking dinner. Invitation is exclusively by booking and limited seats available. The event is organized by Food for All Africa with support from MaxMart Family Shopping centre, Belaqua mineral water,yum-mie noodles,meriems kitchen and +233 Jazz bar and grill.

Special guest of Honour :
His Excellency Mahamadu Bawunia and Hajia Samira Bawumia (Vice President and Second Lady of Republic of Ghana)
His Execellency Iain Walker and wife (British High Commissioner to Ghana)

For information, regular and VIP bookings please contact Eric or Eli on 0260843268/0277807462 or food4all.ghana@gmail.com

Food for All Africa is a shared social responsibility.

FOOD FOR ALL AFRICA WINS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR AT GHANA STARTUP AWARDS

Food For All Africa programme has been named the social enterprise of the year at the 2017  Premium Bank  Ghana Startup Awards. The award ceremony was organized by The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) at the Movenpick Hotel on Thursday 13th July,2017.

More than 150 startups in Ghana were up for awards in various categories including Media, Agriculture, Health, Education, Social enterprise,FinTech and Technology.

The Startup awards is designed to recognize and reward the works and contributions of startups to the Ghanaian economy and also create a thriving community of startups collaborating and empowering the Startup Ecosystem.

Receiving the award on behalf of Food for All Africa programme,  #FOGAlumni Chef Elijah Amoo Addo who was recently awarded by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace was full of excitement for the impact the organization is creating within Ghana’s food supply chain.

Speaking to the media after the awards he stressed on Food for All Africa programme’s vision of creating efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society and asked the media and all stakeholders to support them to have parliament pass the National Food Donors encouragement Bill which will ensure that the vulnerable in society have a regular means of nutrition.

He also asked that stakeholder’s support his organization’s quest to buy a mobile kitchen van which they will use for providing daily meals to the vulnerable in society. He dedicated the award to his hardworking team at Food for All and called on businesses within the food supply chain to support with their excess food since food for all is a shared social responsibility.

SFAN PRESENTS FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING 5.

What: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 5th Edition.

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017; 08:00AM to 11:30AM GMT.

Where: Mercedes Café, Silver Star Tower, Accra.

Rate: Early bird: GHc 50.

Background: The world has moved from analogue to digital. People are increasingly consuming more and more digital content. Companies that haven’t factored this into their marketing plan are already behind.

Mobile gadgets have evolved from being mere alternatives for laptop and personal computers, into something that is influencing purchasing decisions of consumer according to eMarketer.

Digital marketing therefore provides a phenomenal level playing field and cost-effective way of doing business for small scale and startup business owners.

Every day there are over 500 million Tweets, 4.5 billion Likes on Facebook, and 95 million photos and videos uploaded to Instagram. Smart marketers and business owners are catching in on this fervour to engage their clients and attract prospects. In the State of Social Selling report in 2015, nearly 75% of companies that engaged in selling on social media reported an increase in sales in 12 months.

Companies using digital marketing strategies have 2.8 times better revenue growth expectancy to those who do not, Google has confirmed.

On this premise, SFAN organises this edition of Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting to bring together 100+ upwardly mobile millennial entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs for morning of networking, insights, and thought provoking conversations regarding cutting edge digital marketing strategies for explosive business growth.

 

The meeting will balance practical, hands-on content with inspiring thought leadership around the following topics:

User Acquisition:

  • Lean Branding
  • Early-stage growth Marketing
  • Affiliate marketing & partnerships
  • Viral referral marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Product marketing & UX/UI

 

Conversion Optimization:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Web analytics & A/B Testing
  • Email marketing
  • CRO & growth marketing tools
  • Mobile marketing & retargeting
  • Social Advertising & paid search marketing

 

Retention:

  • Sustainable growth strategies
  • Predictive analytics & attribution
  • Demonetization best practices
  • Growth marketing team building
  • Marketing & Sales automation
  • Account-based marketing

 

Register for an early bird ticket here. We look forward to having breakfast with you in this super cool networking environment!

Please check back for speakers.

For more information, sponsorship or clarifications, contact SFAN via call; +233 545 93 5695 or email; info@sfanonline.org.

 

HASHTAGS: #SFAN  #DIGITALMARKETING  #MARKETING  #STARSFROMALLNATIONS  #GHANA

DAY 1 Round-Up | Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit

5th July 2017, Accra International Conference Centre
Today’s focus was an entrepreneurial Ghana and focused on its economic transformation and the role the diaspora plays in that. From talks from Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance to Mr Yofi Grant of GIPC, there was a strong focus on the financial opportunities Ghana presents and the already established financial contribution of diasporans (through remittances which according to Mr Grant are greater than foreign direct investment (FDI)).
After the national anthem and an opening prayer, Mr. Alex Dadey, Chairman of the Summit Planning Committee ushered in Day 1 of the Summit by welcoming guests and emphasising the human and financial capital the diaspora brings along with experience and exposure to different ideas and perspectives.
Mr. Dadey also made several humble requests of H.E. President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo in his welcome address. This included reviewing laws and policies which restrict diaspora participation and inclusion including ROPAA. He also asked that the GDHS become institutionalised allowing for a more frequent and fruitful dialogue.
Tuga performed the #GDHS17‘s theme song live.
H.E. President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo emphasised the importance he places on the diaspora and their full inclusion to move Ghana forward. He also highlighted that the accountability of his government extends to Ghanaians overseas as well as those in country and that the Diaspora Relations Office will be crucial in facilitating this. He then stressed the importance of all Ghanaians having a stake in the country’s development in order to move the country beyond aid.
A number of talks addressed some of the realities of doing business in Ghana, the opportunities, challenges, bottlenecks, public-private partnerships (PPPs), frameworks and policy. Speakers included Mr. Djabarnor Narh, partner at EY Ghana and Mr. David Ofosu-Dortey of AB & David Rahul Gopinath of ECOM Agrotrade Ltd spoke about the changing face of entrepreneurship in Ghana and what that looks like today. According to Rahul, Ghanaian entrepreneurs needs 4 things: knowledge, mentorship, capital and enabling government policy.
Mr. Phillip Sowah spoke about institutional frameworks bring used to drive growth in capital markets and highlighted the key need to truly understand how much money Ghanaians abroad send and for what reasons. He argued that once we understand who, what and why, then financial instruments and other enabling policies can be designed to truly fit the diaspora’s needs.
Mr Yofi Grant  stated that Ghana’s GDP growth is estimated at 7%+ next year. GIPC has created a digital map highlighting the business opportunities across the 10 regions which will go online soon (no date given but shown in the PPT).
A study by EY shows that Ghana is ranked 4th for doing business in Africa and 1st in West Africa but the government intends on doing enacting business reforms including making processes digital. The aim is make Ghana the most business friendly place in Africa.
Hon. Alan Kyerematen addressed the delegation honing in on remarks made earlier in the day by Hon. Ken Ofori Atta (amongst other speakers) about moving Ghana from a taxation economy to a production economy and spoke about moving Ghana from a economy exporting raw materials to creating production lines to increase the value of our exports substantially. He spoke specifically of steel and iron which would strengthen the construction industry and increase our competitiveness.
As Ghana has a think export base, the government intends to address that through industrialisation looking to China as an example.
There were lots of interesting questions from the audience including the perceived hostility from Ghanaian nationals to those from abroad, the capacity of the energy sector, creating more efficiency at the ports, lack of information sharing and clear channels to learn more about opportunities in Ghana.
Government is keen to build a comprehensive database to understand where diasporans are located, their skills sets and how they can be utilised fruitfully.

GHANA TO PASS NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL

Chairman for Parliamentary select committee on Food, agriculture and Member of Parliament for Berekum West, Hon.Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng has lauded the National Food Donors Encouragement Bill, championed by Food for All Africa  program, and has pledged to support the development of the initiative. He inaugurated a steering committee  made up of  stakeholders from Food for All Africa,Food and Drugs Authority,Attorney Generals Department,Food and Beverage Association,Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Parliamentary select committee on Food and agriculture to work on drafting the bill.

The National Food Donors Encouragement Bill is an initiative that seeks to institutionalize food donation in Ghana,create compliance standards and increase attention on the role of  recovery and redistribution of food as a tool towards addressing the problem of hunger and inefficiencies within our food supply chain; particularly among street children,mentally challenged people and vulnerable communities in  Ghana.

Speaking at the launch of the program in Accra on Thursday 15th June 2017, the minister expressed gratitude and lauded the organization for championing such a “brilliant initiative”.

He added, “You don’t see this often and so I think we must encourage and support them. When you see young people trying to do things for Ghana you must be happy and encouraged, that is why I am going to support them all the way.”

He called on the youth to come up with life changing initiatives that would enhance the development of this country, saying, “we would like to see more of these initiatives from the youth in this country”.

Hon. Agyenim Boateng also pledged to ensure that this bill saw the light of day and stated that he was “personally going to help in two fronts, as chairman of food and agriculture committee, we’re going to be sponsors of this(program). The bill will come to a committee in parliament before it gets to the preliminary stage for open discussions, so we’re going to work with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). I would also invite (committee members) of the ‘planting for food and jobs’ program, which is a vision of the president and a flagship program of the ministry to discuss how we can liaise with them and benefit from that program too, the essence of this program (food for all) is to donate food to the needy and food will come from excess in agricultural output so there’s clearly a connection, we have to work together”.

Executive Director of Food for All Africa programme, Mr. Elijah Amoo Addo indicated his organizations willingness to create efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana through community based initiative and reiterated their willingness to work with stakeholder’s in achieving it. He called on businesses and stakeholders within Ghana’s food supply chain to support food donation in the country.

Pleased to make your acquaintance Mr President Sir. …(Thoughts on Town Hall meeting with the President)

As the rooms lighting were a fusion of red, gold, green and black it was almost as though that was the skin colours of those slowly assembling into the room. Well besides the lady who wore the colours of the nation’s flag as a dress.

The man shouting at the back of the hall with heckles for attention, along with those shouting “galamsey” represented a harmless shade of red. Whilst the chiefs, nana-noms, uncles and aunties in their finest kente were another shade of gold for the night. On the left at the top as a group of polished young gentlemen in their suits walked in it was a reminder of the shade of green pastures their parents had afforded them. So affordable much like our entry prices. Similar to the High Commissioners introduction the black star of the evening indeed he needed no introduction as he walked into the room nor as he mounted the podium to speak. However, the most remarkable of all was his cool brown jacket of which all who were surprised quickly found out about his doubts of the British weather.

Our president was in the building. A minute and a half of hailing “Nana Nana oseiyeiii…yeii aye” roared through the room as it dawned on us all that we were all part of something bigger than ourselves. Something beyond ourselves. It was a momentous feeling. One perspective couldn’t quite explain it for all. For the older generation they saw one of Ghana’s finest lawyers who was now president. Indeed ‘freedom and justice’ was being developed in their motherland. But for the second generation British-Ghanaians, we got to see the president. We got to hear him assure us that Ghana had potential beyond aid. That free education was being implemented into Ghana from this September. Active measures were being taken to stamp out corruption. Again, dealings at ports would now become paperless and electronic.

To give a proper translation of what this meant to second generation British-Ghanaians is to bring you into our world also. This assurance from the president meant that cousins we often saw fetching water and with poor English could now also and possibly hold meaningful conversations with us whenever we went back home for holidays. Most importantly Ghana would become relevant on the stage of the world, contradicting the concept of dependency of African states.

Essentially, Ghana had become ‘politically-cool’. The frequent mentions of our efforts and our necessary welcomed inputs made us feel part of Ghanaian politics. Politics that went beyond listening to criticisms we heard on the dining table or on the radio at home. Politics was about us. Ghanaian politics had instantaneously topped the charts with its hit single ‘The Diaspora’. This soared past the echelons of Sarkodie or Shatta Wale whose afrobeats records gave us a sense of pride in the UK before. We had switched management and this time our record would be high-class.

It made our younger selves repentant of ever wishing to have been from Caribbean nations rather than claiming the Ghanaian side of our descent with pride. Likewise, it campaigned and won with landslide votes to our future selves to expand our minds to the grandiosity of meaningful investments ‘back home’.

It erupted a stirring, a passion, a feeling to our present selves. That we now had no excuse. That we were more than, possibly, young black kids from underprivileged areas. Quite frankly, any connotations attached to us as such was meaningless whenever you looked back at the flag in that room.

By the end of the president’s speech the shades of the Ghanaian flag had illuminated itself again, this time amalgamating the past, present and the future of the nation. We were from a land where active measures to stamp out corruption was the shade of red. The conviction we all believed that Ghana was a country that would sustain itself financially beyond aid gave a different shine to our gold. The gold was so bright it also reminded us all about the fact that we had now become a beacon of exemplary democracy in Africa. Again, it shone to reflect our past victory of being the first Sub-Saharan African state to gain its independence from colonial rule.

This time the green was almost unrecognisable — quite easy to spot but almost unrecognisable. It was found in the graceful smile of the Honourable Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs. As she sat confidently in her seat next to the president and as the only female on the panel she sat there with a great sense of belonging and poise. This green was a different shade of green. Nevertheless, what remained the same was our black star. Similar to his tone which was above monotone with a polished British twang and his charisma in assuring those in Central Hall that he was the man who had waited and the wait had taught him the wisdom with which he spoke and explained his delegation of a financial expert as his minister of health.

Even in his silence our black star glistened through the eloquence of his Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Offori Atta who mentioned initiatives such as the diaspora bond. Indeed, it was a great evening. Even though not all questions were asked, nor answers responded to it has spurred on a dialogue which should gain momentum over the next years.

Celine Henry (@celinea_henry)

“What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate” by Crystal Debrah.. The Book Launch 16/06/2017

FOG Alumni Crystal Debrah invites you to the launch of her recently published a book called, “What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate”, which was written to help people navigate what can be a confusing and worrying transition. It will be highly beneficial for your members.

From the award winning author of, “What They Don’t Tell You about University”, comes the sequel, “What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate.”

Life after education can be a difficult season to navigate; not knowing how to get the job you want, how to start the business of your dreams or how to deal with all the challenges that come with it. I’ve been through the process and come out on top! I and a number of well-respected specialist advisors have worked together over the past few years to produce the ultimate guide to success for those entering the world of work.

This book is a MUST have. This book is unique in its approach as it accompanies you on your journey from education to the world of work.

This book is bursting with tips for success: – how to identify what you can offer the world of work as an employee or a business owner – how to excel at interviews and secure the job – how to succeed despite having a poor grade – what skills are essential in the workplace? – what is really expected of you in the world of work? – interviews with industry leaders (such as Channel 4’s Jon Snow and YouTube’s Liz Liz Live) – and so much more By the end of this book, you can take on the world. Book on Amazon: What they don’t tell you when you graduate http://ow.ly/FvhU309ThEt

 

ABOUT CRYSTAL DEBRAH

Crystal wrote this book when she was a Trainee Solicitor Advocate and an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel in 2016. Crystal is also an award-winning social entrepreneur and the founder of the organisation “What They Don’t Tell You about University”.

Crystal has authored a university self-help guide aimed at assisting undergraduates to develop their confidence within a new environment, develop soft skills for the workplace, and to maximise their time at university. She has also conducted conferences in collaboration with the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team and the Student Loans Company.

These conferences are for first-time university students with an emphasis on the importance of life skills for the future. Furthermore, Crystal has provided advice to the masses via mainstream media such as The Telegraph and BBC Radio. Keep in touch: • Blog: www.theydonttellblog.wordpress.com • social media: @theydonttell • email: theydonttell@outlook.com

SFAN PRESENTS FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING 5

What: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 5th Edition.

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017; 08:00AM to 11:30AM GMT.

Where: Mercedes Café, Silver Star Tower, Accra.

Rate: Early bird: GHc 50.

Background: The world has moved from analogue to digital. People are increasingly consuming more and more digital content. Companies that haven’t factored this into their marketing plan are already behind.

Mobile gadgets have evolved from being mere alternatives for laptop and personal computers, into something that is influencing purchasing decisions of consumer according to eMarketer.

Digital marketing therefore provides a phenomenal level playing field and cost-effective way of doing business for small scale and startup business owners.

Every day there are over 500 million Tweets, 4.5 billion Likes on Facebook, and 95 million photos and videos uploaded to Instagram. Smart marketers and business owners are catching in on this fervour to engage their clients and attract prospects. In the State of Social Selling report in 2015, nearly 75% of companies that engaged in selling on social media reported an increase in sales in 12 months.

Companies using digital marketing strategies have 2.8 times better revenue growth expectancy to those who do not, Google has confirmed.

On this premise, SFAN organises this edition of Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting to bring together 100+ upwardly mobile millennial entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs for morning of networking, insights, and thought provoking conversations regarding cutting edge digital marketing strategies for explosive business growth.

 

The meeting will balance practical, hands-on content with inspiring thought leadership around the following topics:

User Acquisition:

  • Lean Branding
  • Early-stage growth Marketing
  • Affiliate marketing & partnerships
  • Viral referral marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Product marketing & UX/UI

 

Conversion Optimization:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Web analytics & A/B Testing
  • Email marketing
  • CRO & growth marketing tools
  • Mobile marketing & retargeting
  • Social Advertising & paid search marketing

 

Retention:

  • Sustainable growth strategies
  • Predictive analytics & attribution
  • Demonetization best practices
  • Growth marketing team building
  • Marketing & Sales automation
  • Account-based marketing

 

Register for an early bird ticket here. We look forward to having breakfast with you in this super cool networking environment!

Please check back for speakers.

For more information, sponsorship or clarifications, contact SFAN via call; +233 545 93 5695 or email; info@sfanonline.org.

 

HASHTAGS: #SFAN  #DIGITALMARKETING  #MARKETING  #STARSFROMALLNATIONS  #GHANA

SANGU DELLE ELECTED DIRECTOR OF PRESTIGIOUS HARVARD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Future of Ghana 2017 Judge and Alumni Sangu Delle was last week elected Director of the influential Harvard University Alumi Association to serve a three year tern. A true trailblzaer Sangu initially had received a full scholarship to study at Harvard in 2005. Since then he has gone on to establish the Investment holding Advisory company, Golden Palm Investments and co-found the NGO Cleanacwa to improve Water and Sanitation in Ghana as well as being an author and TED Global fellow. It was the achievements amongst others which led to his selection as a Future of Ghana 2016 pioneer.

Upon his election as Director Sangu released the following statement via social media

When I was 5 years old, I discovered “Harvard University” from a booklet that was sent to my father from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I asked him what a university was and he replied “where you go to get smart.” I asked “whats Harvard?” and my father said, with his eyebrows raised, “Ohhh, that’s where you go to get REALLY smart.”

In my naivety, I wrote a letter to Harvard’s President at the time, Neil Rudenstein, saying “Dear Headmaster of Harvard, my father says this is where you go to get really smart. I’m smart but I want to get really smart, so when can I start?” To my greatest surprise, he wrote back and sent me materials on Harvard, but gently explained they don’t accept 5 year olds .

I continued to correspond with Harvard via letters from Ghana through President Larry Summers. Harvard was never about its rankings or reputation. For me it was that place where I would “get really smart.” It held a special place in my heart and was my lifelong dream.

Some people discouraged me. I’ll never forget when a European ambassador to Ghana said “my own daughter won’t even dream of Harvard…. it’s young and foolish for an African boy to dream of going to Harvard” and offered to help me get into schools in Europe, instead. I cried that day.

Fast forward to December 15, 2005, I get an email at 6:11 pm EST from Dean Fitzsimmons telling me that the young and foolish African boy was accepted into Harvard College with a full scholarship. Harvard was the greatest experience of my life. I love the school and I’m grateful for all she has done for me.

Today, I am so honoured to have been elected a Director of Harvard University’s HAA!!!

Thank YOU to ALL of you who voted for me for your trust and support. I will work my hardest to serve you and to ensure that Harvard becomes a more inclusive community.

Here’s to being a young and foolish African boy whose God never fails!!

Congratulations to Sangu for this fabulous achievement.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

GHANA NIE : A LOCAL GOODS FAIR

CALL TO ALL VENDORS

Are you an entrepreneur creating “made in Ghana” products?


Dziffa.com by FOG Alumni Dziffa Akua Ametam invites you to join us at GHANA NIE, a local goods fair and outlet for producers of local food, clothing, homeware and natural beauty products to expand their reach, and introduce customers to quality goods.

Interested in selling your products at GHANA NIE? Register here: www.bit.ly/ghananie-reg