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This summer Foundervine is thrilled to be hosting the Vine Summer Gathering, our inaugural social networking event for diverse innovators and entrepreneurs, who want to start up, scale up and turn their vision into reality.

Foundervine have a thriving community of 200+ founders, mentors, investors, freelancers and partners and we’re excited to invite ambitious future leaders to join us for a jam-packed evening.

What can attendees expect on the night?

Young aspiring entrepreneurs can make new connections, discover exciting business opportunities and practice their pitching skills in front a live audience. Come and gain practical advice on how to launch your business and make it a stomping success!

The theme for our first Vine Summer Gathering is #CommunityConnected. We are proud to be hosting this event in partnership with PwC Multicultural Business Network (MBN) and Power Circle, a millennial networking community.

We are also happy to announce that our event hosts PwC Multicultural Business Network will be offering guests an exclusive invitation to join their upcoming Diversity Career Mentoring Programme. Additionally, Foundervine is partnering with our friends at Power Circle to offer 8 lucky entrepreneurs the opportunity to:

+ Pitch their business idea to a handpicked audience of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors

+ Gain expert feedback from PwC mentors

+ Enhance their network through our Vine Networking Challenge

We really do want to make this evening as engaging and worthwhile for members who are entrepreneurs, freelancers and investors, so if you do fit into one of these groups please register as we’d love to see you there.

So why are Foundervine hosting this event?

Well, we’re very proud to be an active start-up community with diversity at our heart. We run inclusive, high-impact entrepreneurship development programmes for 14-24 year olds. What makes us distinct is that we are determined to do things differently, to be outspoken and to invest in the next generation of founders in the UK and globally.



Tickets are free and give participants membership to the Foundervine community, access to support from our business partners and the opportunity to network with other like-minded young professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs.


Help Foundervine spread the word about the Vine Summer Gathering by sharing the Eventbrite link and posting about the event on your newsletter or social media profiles.

Here’s some social copy to get you started:

‘Join Foundervine at the Vine Summer Gathering on August 16 to build your professional network, pitch your business ideas and gain advice from seasoned mentors. Register for your free tickets today! https://bit.ly/2L6fphW


Foundervine is a social enterprise that helps talented, young founders grow through high-impact programmes, events & community. At the very core of what we do is a commitment to ensuring that regardless of background, every young person has the opportunity to build the skills, experiences and aspirations needed to succeed in tomorrow’s economy. For more information on Foundervine, SU54 and imagery please contact Marketing Manager Letitiah Obiri at lobiri87@gmail.com.

Academic Outfitters: using our collective expertise to outfit vocational training, career mentorship & access to employment opportunities

Who are Academic Outfitters?

We are a team of individuals based in the UK and Ghana who are committed to using our collective expertise, knowledge, networks and experience to provide mentorship to aspiring Ghanaian youth today, so they are among the best in tomorrow’s workforce. We are called Academic Outfitters because we remain convinced that academic achievement should be ‘outfitted’ with a package of vocational training, career mentorship and access to employment opportunities. We have teamed up with individuals from key diaspora organisations such as Star 100, FOG and 1st Step Ghana in order to realise this goal.


What do we do?

Our aim is to facilitate access to professional mentorship of aspiring Ghanaian youth today, so they are among the best in tomorrow’s workforce.  In order to do this, we deliver contextually relevant professional mentorship programmes to cohorts of Ghanaian university students and recent graduates both remotely and face to face, on an annual basis.


We will deliver a two day workshop in October 2018 and it will be entitled ‘What Does My Employer Want From Me?’ Our workshop will aim to introduce students to the essential skills and expected behaviours from young professionals wishing to launch and build a successful career, from the perspective of local employers and industry experts.


Our Engagement Survey

In order to deliver a workshop that is as relevant to the Ghanaian job market as possible, we are asking employers and industry experts, to complete a brief engagement  questionnaire to help us identify the most important issues and topics they feel will need to be addressed the most during the event. We will use the information gathered from the survey to not only inform the event, but use it to tailor the content of our future programme activity.

This is why Academic Outfitters needs your help! If you are an employer (Chief Executive, Director, President), recruiter or hold a management position in any company in Ghana we need you to lend us your views about student and graduate employability in Ghana. The  5 minute survey can be found when you click here. You can also find out more information my contacting us at info@academicoutfitters.com, or by connecting with us on Twitter: @outfitters_ngo.

Our intern, receiving a token of thanks.




The 3rd GUBA Greenwich Trade Expo will take place in London from Friday the 15th of June 2018 to Sunday the 17th of June 2018. The three-day event will begin with a seminar, followed by an outdoor ‘African Market’ style exhibition of a range of African inspired products and services.

The GUBA Greenwich Trade Expo is a platform for African-inspired products and services to be showcased to a global audience, to increase exposure and create business development opportunities for African businesses.

The primary aim of the event is to develop entrepreneurs and showcase African inspired products from both UK and Africa created by small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), who seek to establish themselves in the British mainstream market. With the current economic changes and the announcement of Brexit, it is currently a great opportunity for Ghanaian and African businesses to explore emerging possibilities of trade partnerships in the UK.



The first day of the expo, which will take place at the Stephen Lawrence Building Lecture Theatre 101, University of Greenwich, will be a seminar divided into interactive workshops, panel discussions, drop in sessions and one to one drop in sessions will also be available.  Industry leaders, experts, established businesses and organisations will be given the platform to speak about their work and offer industry advice in various areas. Topics on the day include:

1. Exporting & Brexit
2. Customer Service
3. Pitching/Branding
4. Making Money 
5. Business Finance – What you need to know?
6. The Importance of Social Media
7. Business & The Law

Tickets need to be purchased for the seminar portion of the expo and available athttps://gubagreenwichtradeexpo2018.eventbrite.co.uk



The second and third days will be an opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products or services in a vibrant outdoor African Market – General Gordon Square, Woolwich. Products on display will include a vibrant collection of clothing, accessories, home décor essentials and much more.  The products will be showcased and on sale to the general public. The outdoor exhibition is free for all to attend. Procurement experts and wholesale buyers from major outlets will also sample products, interact and provide advice.

Several dignitaries and business experts have confirmed attendance to the GUBA Greenwich Expo 2018. Amongst them are MP Adam Afriyie, UK Trade Envoy to Ghana, Kofi Addo, Minister of Trade, Ghana High Commission, Hon Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister for Trade & Industry, Ben Ainsley, Deputy Director Trade for Africa and many more.


Friday 15th June 2018



Stephen-Lawrence Building

University of Greenwich

30 Park Row,

Greenwich SE10 9LS

Saturday 16th June 2018


African Market

(Outdoor Exhibition)

General Gordon Square,


SE18 6HD

Sunday 17th June 2018


African Market

(Outdoor Exhibition)

General Gordon Square,


SE18 6HD


About GUBA Expo

GUBA Expo is a platform for Africa-inspired products to be showcased to a UK audience to increase exposure and business development opportunities for African businesses and entrepreneurs by introducing UK retailers and consumers to a wider selection of African products. www.gubaexpo.co.uk


Contact Details:

Jennifer Djan-Krofa



Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) & Books for Schools Project Partnership for Code Fair

May 25, 2018
For Immediate Release

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG and the Books for Schools Project Partner for
Code Fair

Dates: June 10-15
Venue: NIMBARE – KOMPORE PRIMARY SCHOOL (Nimbare – Kompore of the Jirapa District in the Upper West Region of Ghana)

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG is partnering with the Books for Schools Project to implement the Nimbare Kompore Code Fair. GEIG celebrated its fourth anniversary in 2018. Under the theme of #connectedcommunities GEIG set out to focus on extending activities and programs to populations outside of the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions where the primary focus has been in the past. The Greater Accra team has taken on the task of implementing STEAM focused activities; since the start of the 2018/2019 school year workshops have been extended to students at the University Staff Basic and La Bawleshie junior high schools as well as primary students in Abelenkpe. With the momentum of these activities GEIG in partnership with Brainiqs Labs, the two organization welcomed the partnership opportunity from the Books for Schools Project.

Under the leadership of Elizabeth Patterson (GEIG) and Emmanuel Opare (Books for Schools), two alumni of Future of Ghana Top 30 Under 30, the two organizations join forces with a common mission and vision to provide quality and inclusive education(al) opportunities for students and schools in Ghana.

The Nimbare Kompore Code Fair will equip students of the Nimbare-Kompare primary school with basic computer and digital literacy. Both teams will lead sessions on topics such as Internet safety, web design, and mobile applications to name a few. The long term goal of the week is to instill a passion for technology and the use of technology to solve problems.


For more information contact

Ghana Tech Summit Announces First Set of 25 Speakers

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Date:  April 18th, 2018

Re: Press Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ghana Tech Summit Announces First Set of 25 Speakers From IBM, Uber, Google, LinkedIn, and United Nations

[Silicon Valley, USA- April 18, 2018] Ghana is to host 100 global speakers and become the largest tech event in West Africa on July 18-20, 2018. The summit is a part of a 12 year initiative to bring global leaders to Ghana to initiate partnerships and accelerate Ghana as an innovative tech hub in Africa.

Current top 10 confirmed speakers include:

  1. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh: Country General Manager for IBM in Africa

  2. Lola Kassim: Uber West Africa & Harvard + LSE Alumna

  3. Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier: Ghana’s former Ambassador to France & Portugal

  4. Daraiha Greene:  Google Global External Partnerships Manager, Community & Business Inclusion

  5. Will Senyo: Co-Founder & CEO of Impact Hub Accra

  6. Ann Rosenberg: Senior Vice President & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen + United Nations SDG Goals

  7. Sequoia Blodgett: Silicon Valley Tech Editor @ Black Enterprise

  8. Eric M K Osiakwan: Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital

  9. Yaw Owusu: Manager @ Ghana Cyber City, the first technology park in Ghana

  10. Erikan Obotetukudo: Relationship Manager @LinkedIn + Founder of KIN (network of powerful Black and African gamechangers

To view the first set of 25 speakers, please refer to the summit website at www.GhanaTechSummit.com.

The central theme of the global summit is to “catalyze startup ecosystems in emerging markets”. The event will host speakers from Google, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, IBM, and more. Over 40+ media representatives from Forbes, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, and more will also be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased via www.GhanaTechSummit.com. For partnership and sponsorship inquiries, please email the team at info@ghanatechsummit.com.

About Ghana Tech Summit: Ghana Tech Summit brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and creatives under one roof together to address humanity’s greatest challenges via technology and entrepreneurship. It is a part of a 13-year initiative of the Global Startup Ecosystem-the first and largest digital accelerator that accelerates 1000 companies to market annually across 190+ countries entirely online.

About Global Startup Ecosystem: Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age. GSE primarily provides online digital accelerator programs for startup ecosystems in different geographic regions, industry verticals, and impactful topic areas. Regions of focus are: Africa,Asia,America,Caribbean,  Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East .

About the Founder: Einstein Ntim is a Ghanaian-British entrepreneur and startup ecosystem builder that connects innovators to Ai, space, and other exponential tech networks. As the founding partner at the Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE)-the first and largest creator of digital online accelerators- Einstein provides access to capital experts and speaks on topics covering entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence, and exponential technologies. Formerly a serial entrepreneur, Einstein relocated to the US and founded two health care startups- Enabled AI (The AI Mental Health App for Exponential Innovators) and Bloomer Tech (which embeds IOT sensors into fabrics to tackle cardiovascular disease). During his time in silicon valley, Einstein worked on connecting startups to Tim Draper’s venture networks and university and currently sits on Singularity University’s Advisory Board for Inclusion.  Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein was selected for Ghana’s Future Leaders Under 30 and had a diverse career in capital markets (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), military (UK), and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby). Einstein studied Economics and Policy at London School of Economics (LSE), Chinese Languages and Philosophy at Nanjing University, Faith and Theology at the Methodist Church of Britain, and acted as British Council GenUK Ambassador in India and China.


Ghana Tech Summit Team

(E) info@GhanaTechSummit.com

(W) www.GhanaTechSummit.com

(F) www.facebook.com/Ghanatechsummit/

(T) www.twitter.com/ghanatechsummit

SFAN Unveils Star-Studded List of Speakers for Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana

When: July 26 – 28, 2018

Where: British Council Accra & Kempinski Hotel Accra

SFAN is pleased to unveil the line-up of speakers for Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana taking place from 26 – 28 July 2018.

Participants will benefit from a range of insightful high-level keynote sessions, panel sessions, masterclasses, office hours, and one-on-one mentoring sessions presented by the best and brightest entrepreneurs and professionals from Ghana, Nigeria, Silicon Valley and the U.K.

The first two days of #SEWGH is a confluence of education and entertainment and will be held at British Council Accra, with SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting – The Graduation hosted at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel on 28th July. As part of the breakfast meeting, SFAN has partnered with Echo VC Partners to present a platform for student entrepreneurs with scalable businesses/business ideas to compete in Young Money Business Pitch leading to investment opportunities, business support and market opportunity.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Jarvis Anthony, Provost, Lancaster University

Gina Kloes, Game Changer, Leadership Expert, & Peak Performance Strategist

Abdullahi Muhammed, Forbes Contributor & CEO, Oxygemat

Afua Osei, Co-Founder, She Leads Africa

Liz Grossman, Co-Founder, Baobab Consulting

Josephine Faal, Founder, Smart & Savvy Women Ltd

Sam Carter-Mensah, Senior Experience Designer at Digital Mckinsey

Andy Mensah, Human Resource Partner, ‎IBM Ghana Limited

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Damilola Thompson, Corporate Counsel, EchoVC Partners

Leticia Browne, Director, Intelligent Capital Group

Bertha Logan-Owusu, Founder, Lumiere Couture

And many more…Click here for more information about the Agenda and Confirmed Speakers.

The theme of this year’s Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana is “Unleashing possibilities.

This is not your conventional entrepreneurship event, this is an alternative education forum! Don’t delay – register today and get up to 40% discount on early bird ticket. Limited spaces available.

Group discounts also available, click here to purchase tickets now!


Tuo Restaurant and Grill Opens on Ring road, Accra: 12th December 2017

We write to introduce to you, Tuo Restaurant and Grill. Located on the Ring road central precisely within Nissui house, former IPMC building, TUO restaurant is a Ghanaian owned restaurant that blends professional culinary knowledge and unparalleled passion to provide food,drinks and catering services for  hospitality revelers in Accra.

Owned and operated by Ghanaian award winning chef, social entrepreneur, Chef Elijah Addo and UK trained food safety expert Mrs. Mabel Arku Nelson, Tuo restaurant is blend of Ghanaian and foreign ingredients to create delicious traditional cuisines for which we derive our name from “Tuo Zaafi”. The millet meal from Northern Ghana.

Our menu exclusively created by Chef Elijah from specially selected ingredients sourced from known suppliers ranges from mouthwatering starters, grills including  khebabs, wakashi cheese, chicken wings  and special tuo from the known families of   omo tuo,tuo zaafi,fonio,banku and daily specialties. Our bar also serves chilled drinks and cocktails from 11am till late into the night.

Tuo restaurant and grills opens softly from 5th-8th December, 2017 for invited guests and grand opening  on Tuesday, 11th December 2017 at 11am.

At Tuo, we’re passionate about food, and about providing the highest quality of service. Whether it’s a big, business occasion, company lunch, or something more personal – a wedding, a christening, or an intimate dinner at home, we’re big enough to cope while still offering a service that’s tailored to your specific needs.
We believe in using free range and healthy ingredients from local suppliers in menus that embrace seasonal flavours and cater for heartiest appetites throughout the day.

Our services include:

–       African-American infused restaurant and grills

–       Event space and catering for all occasions

–       Staff lunch and delivery

We hope to see you at Tuo Restaurant and Grills. Contact us on  0303975485/0247223821/0270322074 or e-mail: chefelion@gmail.com


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 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.


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



  • 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.



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.


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



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


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



  • 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.




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)



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


Food for All Africa programme in partnership with the Food Donors Bill Implementation Committee wishes to invite you to the official launch of the National Food Donors Encouragement Bill Campaign

The National Food Donors Encouragement Bill is a  two years national advocacy project aimed at soliciting  public, private and civil stakeholder  participation and support towards the framework and development of a bill for parliamentary approval which will address the creation of efficiency and stakeholder collaboration in reducing food waste and hunger in Ghana through food donation.

The purpose of the launch is to unveil the activities line up for the project and solicit for stakeholders suggestions towards the project. It’s going to be a one and half hour’s programme.

In this regard, you are kindly invited to the programme, scheduled as follows:

Date          :        Thursday, 15th June, 2017

Venue : Christ the King Hall, opp.Flagstaff house Accra

Time : 10:00 am

Theme: Ghana’s shared responsibility to end hunger.

RSVP: 0247223821/info@foodforallafrica.org/food4all.ghana@gmail.com


NB: The programme starts at 10:00am prompt


On April 17, 2017 the Founder and CEO of ecampus LLC , Cecil S. Nutakor presented an idea to address climate change at the Global Impact Challenge West Africa held in Lagos, Nigeria. Out of hundreds of applicants he made it to the final 10 contenders as the only Ghanaian. This year, applicants were to develop and launch a startup company around a moonshot idea that addresses climate change.

They demonstrated ‘eCampus For Climate Change’ idea, which is to use technology ’, with virtual augmented reality to influence behavior, change attitudes and safe the planet. After several hours and rounds of pitching and defending, we emerged as winners of the competition securing full sponsorship to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University.

The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, and will be held on the SU campus at NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s largest technology corporations and thousands of technology-related companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google, Uber etc. We are grateful to the organizers, our team, our users, and supporters for their continuous belief in eCampus. We believe this is a win for Ghana and Africa as a whole, to showcase what we can offer on a global scale.

Therefore, they would humbly like to ask for the support of Ghanaians as we embark on our journey to Silicon Valley. After winning the competition the CEO had this to say “I strongly believe everything is possible in the Universe, but with everything it has to be in perspective. I would like to put it this way; the world is made up of humans, animals, vegetation, structures and systems. Each of these elements of the world has their own challenges, but although our struggles are singular our destiny is shared. If that is true, then I believe I can change my own world by addressing my immediate problems. Hopefully that will influence the next person, and the next person. So therefore, I will be able to change the world, as we know it. ”

Stormzy makes £9,000 donation so British born Ghanaian Fiona Asiedu can do Masters at Harvard…

Stormzy made a £9,000 donation to a British born Ghanaian student’s crowdfunding campaign so she can study a Masters in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, starting August 2017!

Fiona Asiedu, who is currently preparing for her finals at Oxford university, was aiming to raise £12,000 to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.

On the Crowdfunder page she wrote that she was “particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds“.

She added: “Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.”

The total cost of her nine months at Harvard totalled £59,000, but Asiedu received an external scholarship and financial aid from the department she will study in, which left her to set up the campaign to raise the remaining £12,000 in four weeks.

But it took her less than 24 hours to meet her target, after Stormzy retweeted an appeal to him to share the campaign before adding a donation himself.

Representatives for the grime MC confirmed to Newsbeat that the donation -which was initially made under his real name, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo – was from Stormzy. His name has since been changed to be anonymous.

A supporter tweeted to Stormzy offering to take him to Nando’s for a “thank you chicken”, to which he replied: “Deal!”


Asiedu was vice-president of Oxford Universty’s African and Carribean Society last year, which Stormzy visited in March 2016.

In a tweet stating that she had met her target, Asiedu cited one of Stormzy’s lyrics (“Blinded by your grace”) and shared a screenshot of the £12,000 marker.

As the fundraising deadline finishes in June, Fiona is continuing her campaign to raise funds as surplus funds be used to fund other young people from similar background’s pursuit in Education as Fiona is now setting up a Foundation

Click Here to visit Fiona’s crowdfunding page to learn more and make a donation towards the Foundation




This year Africa Dialogues Conference is set to happen in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Accra International Conference Center (AICC).

Africa Dialogues focuses on issues relevant to Africa’s achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and ECOWAS’ Agenda 2063. Themed “Dreams We Dare Not”, the 2017 inaugural Africa Dialogues event will feature talks on governance and human rights, education, youth unemployment, infrastructure, public health, gender, income inequality, African economies, and urban development. The event will congregate policy makers, innovative business leaders, accomplished academics, civil society leaders and distinguished individuals from Africa, to dialogue on Africa’s future.

Describing the aspirations of the new event, Emmanuel Leslie Addae, Curator, Africa Dialogues Conference said, “The Africa Dialogues platform endeavors to move beyond raising awareness about the challenges facing Africa by highlighting innovative thinking and promoting those working to positively impact Africa. It’s about the Africa we all want to see hence our tagline, “The Africa we Want.”

Mr Addae added, “We hope conference attendees will leave with a sense of excitement and purpose regarding the continent and its role in the world. Importantly, in the spirit of this year’s theme, DREAMS WE DARE NOT, we expect anyone who watches Africa Dialogues to discover new opportunities and inspiration to dream big and drive Africa’s future. Watch out for upcoming events in other African cities.”

Providing further information about the maiden event, Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo, Head of Communications and External Relations, Africa Dialogues Conference, said, the event will be held at the Accra International Conference Center on June 3, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm, with participants drawn from across Africa and Ghana. She further added, “Africa Dialogues is a unique, first-of-its-kind event worth supporting. I call on corporations and non-governmental organizations interested in the progress of Africa, to support this venture.”

Africa needs to, and can, Quantum Leap Its Development 


By prioritizing the need for a skilled and advancing labor force.

A Changing Tide

Traditionally, Sub-Saharan Africa has been characterized as land and resource abundant, but labor scarce. For decades, the region’s development agenda has been mired by the belief and burden of the resource curse.

But recent projections show that from 2000 to 2050, Africa’s population will rise by 160%, turning most countries in the region into labor abundant economies. This demographic change has new and important implications for the region’s development dynamics and comparative advantage.

With rising human population, advancing human capital is fundamental to the continent’s economic advancement. The confluence of rapid technological change and globalization means skill development is imperative for countries seeking to close the development gap and become economically competitive (OECD).

It is for this reason that the work of capacity builders in Africa is of dire importance to the continent’s economic and social advancement. The work that pioneering capacity builders, such as Stars From All Nations (SFAN) in Ghana, do, is essential to achieving all development outcomes in the country because without ready and available skilled labor, companies and organizations cannot grow and deliver on their missions and goals.

Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017

Stars From All Nations (SFAN)is a social enterprise on a mission to provide education to employment/entrepreneurship pipeline opportunities for youths in Ghana and beyond.

One of its hallmark events is its yearly Quantum Leap Career Fair where the company brings together business leaders, HR experts, entrepreneurs, and hundreds of candidates to discuss the next phase of work and skill development on the continent.

At this year’s Quantum Leap Career Fair, held at the British Council Ghana, business leaders such as Lucy Quist, Chief Executive Officer at Airtel Ghana, joined about 300 participants in thinking through the future of work on the continent.

The event, aptly named Technology and the Future of Work in Africa, hosted a panel session with Yasmin Kumi, Founder at Africa Foresight Group; Paul Payne, Manager at  British Council Skills Hub; Josiah Kwesi-Eyison, Co-founder at iSpace; Amma Baffoe, Recruitment Manager at MEST, Genevieve Puni, Founder at Rectrain Limited; and Jemila Adulabi, Founder at Circumspecte. The panel session was followed by a one-on-one mentoring session where candidates had the opportunity to talk to resource personnel about their resumes, career interests, enterprise ideas, and job opportunities.

How To Quantum Leap

Conversations during the day revealed that Africans do not only have a responsibility but a unique opportunity to solve both local and global problems. In fact, Africans today are in a unique and unprecedented position: with modern advances in technology and access to the global market (the proliferation of mobile phones, social media, and tech tools), there has never been a better time to join the global movement and ride the proverbial technological wave. Finally, the veil of fear and ignorance that has long separated the continent from the rest of the world is lifting, as worlds and people connect through various social platforms.

But while technology brings new opportunities to connect and new employment and business opportunities, young Africans must also build and work for businesses that address local issues that have long plagued and continue to plague our communities and dim progress: high illiteracy, poverty, low health outcomes, food insecurity, and inequality.

The good news?

History shows that in the long term, “investing in skills development is far less costly than paying the price for poorer health, lower incomes, unemployment, and social exclusion — all which are closely tied to lower skills” (OECD).Meaning, skills development allows us to make the quantum leap to a more prosperous Africa because it inherently addresses many of the issues that the continent faces.

The future of Africa is finally here! Both labor and resource rich, generations of future Africans can enjoy a better quality of life if institutions, capacity builders, and businesses work together to bring more skilled and knowledgeable founders and workers who will address the issues of today and tomorrow to the market.

Bridget Boakye is the co-founder of YNG Africa and a member of the Global Shapers Accra Hub. YNG Africa is an online platform connecting top capacity builders across the continent with each other and employers, and candidates with opportunities for more training. SFAN is a partner of YNG Africa. Contact: bridget@ynginternsafrica.com

Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2017

Me Firi Ghana through its youth charity Future of Ghana have been invited on the UK chapter of the  global planning committee for Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2017 between the 5-8 July 2017 and we are pushing to ensure the diaspora and young Ghanaians are part of the conversation and aware of such a high level event.

This Summit is being organised in fulfilment of a manifesto pledge by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, to engage Ghanaians Living Abroad in the transformation of the  political and socio-economic structure of Ghana.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring the Ghanaian Diaspora together to dialogue on how to achieve the President’s vision of active participation by Diasporans in the economic development of the country and to fully integrate them into the political processes.

The Summit also aims to attract the full  participation of Ghanaians Living Abroad in Private Enterprise by bringing them together with local businesses.

The four day Summit is divided into three key areas :

First Day: Entrepreneurial Ghana  – Investment opportunities etc

Second Day : Human Resource Marketplace – Employment opportunities etc.

Third Day : Political Inclusion of the Ghanaian Diaspora – Ropal 

Fourth Day: Factory Visit and Delegates Dinner

Keynote Speaker:

H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President.

Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, Chairperson – Electoral Commissioner

Other Ministers, Captains of Industry and Banking.

Leading and Successful Ghanaians Living Abroad and Returnees

The conference itself is FREE. You would only need  to pay for breakfast and lunch.

KLM/Air France have come on board as the airline sponsor and offering 15% off flights for those attending conference. So anyone travelling to Ghana around this time can make use of this offer via – http://www.airfrance.fr/FR/fr/local/www_airfranceklm-globalmeetings_com.htm?eid=30718AF

To Register to attend this presitgious summit visit: www.ghanadiasporahs.org


Each year about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted and at the same time about 800 million people do not have access to sufficient and nutritious food (Global FoodBanking Network, 2014). This figure represents roughly one third of food produced for human consumption. Food can be either lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption (FAO, 2011).The Cost of Hunger in Ghana report by the National Development Planning Commission in 2016 shows that Ghana loses GH¢ 4.6 billion which is equivalent to 6.4% GDP annually to hunger among children and 24% of all child mortality cases in Ghana are associated with under nutrition.

The difference between losses and waste lies in the supply chain stage where food is no longer usable for human consumption. Loss occurs when food does not reach the final consumer due to improper handling, packing and storage. Such foods are not suitable for human consumption and only have a marginal value to be transformed as low cost fertilizers and fuel.

Waste occurs when the product that reached the final marketplace is not consumed due to improper consumer behavior, bad storage practices as well as to the lack of coordination between different stakeholders in the supply chain. Food and Beverage Association of Ghana estimates shows it members loss over GH¢200,000 every month to food waste.
In many cases, fresh products are rejected by large supermarket chains if they do not meet certain
quality standards such as shape, size and appearance, regardless of their suitability for human
consumption. In addition, many retail chains discard products before their expiring dates claiming
that the products either are unsellable or generate negative image to the retailer. Consumer’s
attitudes and the consumption culture also play their part as they reject food that is in good
condition but with “not-so-good” appearance. Foods that have reached households are also wasted
because they turn unsuitable for human consumption. Restaurants and hotels are other stakeholders
within the food waste menace, because of the large portions served to customers. Since not all the portion is consumed, the rest will end up in the garbage bin.
The role of the local governments in setting up measures and regulations towards food donation is very critical in ensuring reduction of food waste and hunger in society.

The PNDCL 3058 Food and Drugs Act.1992 does not make explicit provision for food donations which has resulted in little contribution towards reducing hunger in Ghana by some stakeholder’s within the food supply chain.The Ghana School Feeding Programme been an initiative of the comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Pillar 3 which seeks to enhance food security and reduce hunger in line with the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger, poverty and malnutrition had since 2007 been implemented to encourage child enrollment through the provision of  one meal per day. Currently the National School Feeding program faces challenges such as expansion and caterers demand for increase of the cost from Gh¢0.80p per child however with a National Food Donors Encouragement Act, private stakeholder businesses in Ghana will donate their excess towards the program.

A lot of initiatives have been launched in Ghana by public, private and civil stakeholders towards improving child under nutrition and hunger in Ghana however little or no attention has been drawn on the role of food recovery and redistribution as a tool towards addressing the problem of hunger and the inefficiencies within our food supply chain.

A study by Food for All Africa programme between 2015-2016 showed that 92% of stakeholders in Ghana’s food supply chain agreed that,with a national regulation  mechanism they would want to donate their excess food to the vulnerable  rather than waiting for it to go waste and dispose off.

Donors often fear that they will be held legally responsible if recipients of donated food become ill, and this fear discourages them from donating. However, with the National Food Donors Encouragement laws that protect food donors from liability.

The National Food Donors Act will protect

Persons or gleaners making good faith donations of food or grocery products to non‐profit charitable organizations such as orphanages, schools and vulnerable communities are protected. A “gleaner” is someone who harvests donated agricultural crops.
Nonprofit organizations that receive the donated food, and ultimately distribute the donations to those in need are also covered.

Private Businesses donating their excess food products or resources towards creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society. Tax incentives must be given to amount donated.

Good faith/CSR donations, made to non‐profit organizations, ultimately going to those in need are protected. The donations must be:

1) “Apparently wholesome” food.
(2) “Apparently fit” grocery products.

These items meet the PNDCL 3058 Food and Drugs Act, local labeling and quality standards but may not be readily marketable because of factors like age, appearance, freshness, grade, or size.
Slightly flawed partially complying donations, made in good faith, are also protected if:
(1) The donor informs the non‐profit of the item’s condition;
(2) The nonprofit knows the standards required to make the item conform;
(3) The nonprofit agrees to recondition the item to meet those standards.
These flaws can include broken packaging or missing labels, or items needing washing or trimming before distribution. Acceptance of such items helps use edible food that might otherwise be thrown away due to a technicality.
How are donors protected?
If the donation is made in good faith (honestly and with sincere intentions), the National Food Donors Encouragement Act will exempt those donors from civil or criminal liability which might arise from the
donation’s nature, age, packaging or condition. The law will also protect donors of food that is “fit for human consumption,” regardless of compliance with food labeling/ packaging laws and storage/handling by the recipients.

When are donors not protected?
Liability arises if a food donor or recipient organization knows that their actions will harm or are likely to harm the recipient, and consciously acts anyway – i.e., gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Under the Food Donors Encouragement bill, gross negligence is a much higher standard than
ordinary negligence. Gross negligence should mean that a donor (or recipient organization) knew
when it acted that its conduct was likely to harm someone else, and consciously acted (or failed to act), regardless of that knowledge.
Under the Bill, Intentional misconduct means a donor (or recipient organization) deliberately acted with knowledge that its actions would be harmful to others.

Why donate?
Donation of surplus food connects those in need with edible food that would otherwise be sent to landfills. 3 out of 5 children out of the 90,000 street children in Accra who are out of school run away from orphanages due to lack of regular means of nutrition. These people are part of the city’s population that does not have sufficient access or resources available to obtain and consume enough nutritious food to support a healthy life.

In Ghana,1 out of 4 children goes to bed hungry (UNICEF ,2015)  at a time when 45% of food goes uneaten and much of that contributes to the over 15 million tons of food that ends up rotting in landfills. Connecting hungry people with available food helps combat both of these critical problems.
Donations also create savings for donors by lowering the costs of food disposal and the opportunity for charitable food donation tax deductions.

Why Food for All Ghana Programme?
Food for All Ghana programme makes the surplus food donation process easy, by picking up and transporting food and grocery item donations to the places and programs that need them. This helps
valuable programs stretch their limited budgets during a time of decreasing government and foundation funding, keeps edible food out of landfills, and most importantly, helps hungry people have better access to a nutritious meal. Food for All Africa has since 2015 been operating West Africa’s first community food support centre and have created a  forum for stakeholder’s within Ghana’s food supply chain to  work together towards reducing hunger in Ghana and accelerate Ghana’s effort in attaining the UN SDG 2 and 12.
Considering the outcome of research and report from the 1st Food for All Ghana conference held in 2016, the need for a nationwide protection offered by a National Food Donors Encouragement Act, the valuable incentives for reducing hunger and wasting food, and the ease of expanding the National Food feeding program, Food for All Africa programme on 15th June, 2017 will launch a two year’s multi-stakeholder National campaign for the passage of the Food Donors Encouragement Bill.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Friday Born Designs Health Screening Day

Future of Ghana Alumni, Dr Emma Amoafo will be hosting a health screening day for adults and children in Branadi, a rural area in Ghana, West Africa on Saturday 22 April 2017 . As well as this,  she wants to install a borehole in the village to provide clean drinking water. Emma is  a UK trained doctor (GMC number 7494271) and regularly completes charitable projects in Ghana via my social enterprise, Friday Born Designs.

Dr Emma Amaofo and volunteer Ghanaian healthcare professionals will screen for high blood pressure, anaemia, and diabetes; and also calculate BMIs. They will then give educational lectures on how to prevent the illnesses that are being screened for, as well as others such as malaria, cholera and HIV. We also aim to be able to distribute anti-hypertensives, anti-hyperglycaemics, ORS, and simple analgesia such as paracetamol free of charge. Awinade is a hidden village with little access to free healthcare. I hope that this event will provide some medical attention to people who would have otherwise received none.

As a second generation Ghanaian , Emma am aware of some cultural attitudes that are detrimental to health; she hope’s to be able to dispel some of these through education. Years after I have left, the people of that village will remember our work as they use clean water from the borehole. This is Friday Born Designs’ fifth year of projects like this, and  she trusts that it will be the most impactful yet.


Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Deadly Galamsey

Afforestation I was told in simple terms means growing of more trees to replace the cut down ones. Growing up as a child my learned teachers made me to understand that, some of the benefits a country gains for practicing afforestation includes: Good rainfall pattern, prevention of land degradation, Fresh air to aid breathing, protection of water bodies, protection of soil nutrients for crops/food production, etc. Again, I was made to understand that afforestation helps to promote the ecosystem, hence tourism.

Deforestation my teachers told me is caused by continues cutting down of trees for firewood, charcoal, etc. without planting new ones; bush burning, sand wining among others.

But, I was never made to understand that gold mining causes deforestation and more. I was never told gold mining can cause our water bodies to dry up hence making the country loss large sums of money in reclaiming the wonderful water bodies and lands. I was never told that gold mining in my country Ghana could affects its neighboring countries negatively.

All I knew was gold mining is a great activity generating much income and employment for people and the country. This, I now doubt because the percentage of mining proceeds that goes to the government/country at the end of the day is just a coin and the level of employment in this sector comparatively is low.

Also, with the image created in my long lasting mind, I never thought there is a kind of mining called Galamsey (illegal mining) allowed in my country; affecting a lot of citizens until it started affecting myself indirectly for now.

It has made most people to lost/lose memories and reference of their departed loved ones. Why! Because the cemeteries are now been converted into Galamsey/Mining Sites, with the bones and other remains of these departed loved ones exhumed not for medical or investigative purposes but left behind to rebury themselves.

Sadly, some wicked ones surely take advantage of this situation and use the exhumed remains either for rituals or other activities best known to them without the knowledge of the deceased family.

Oh Ghana! Why will we continue to destroy our wonderful forest/tourism, ecosystem, water bodies just in the name of employment and a coin to be added to our national income?

I acknowledge there are no jobs and money in pockets, but that should not be the basis for destroying the future of this country through bad gold mining practices and illegal ones (Galamsey).

In the struggle to create jobs, let us be mindful we do not create a situation where in future: some individuals will also start indulging in various illegal acts with the hope that, as people and government begin to feel uncomfortable they shall enroll policies to support or integrate their illegal practices into the legal ones or a situation may be created where the youths at school going ages will start dropping out of school in search of the “quick money” created by Galamsey.

I am saying this because, we are forgetting the facts that Galamsey does not only “employs” graduates but also a lot of very vulnerable children who dropped out of school for such purpose; “Because it is free for everybody to do or start” as a result of the gaps in the system and institutional failures.

The Government, Lands and Forestry Commissions, Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) and other stakeholders must take advantage of the current positive agitations and restructure the entire mining sector most especially the mining laws and regulations; those involved and causing the administrative lapses and gaps must also be dealt with accordingly; the agencies directly or indirectly involved in checking mining and forestry activities must also be effectively resourced to build their capacity for monitoring and punishing offenders. They must also work as a team and be networked.

I also think that, there must be a national policy on the percentage of mining proceeds to be reserved or remitted to government for national developmental projects and these project areas must be specified.

I am saying this because if immediate steps are not taken to harness this situations: we shall wakeup from the “shaking comfort” of our lovely homes and be met with another crises; this time not Power Crises but Land Crises, Tourism/Forestry Crises, Water Crises, Food/Farming Crises among others.

If care is not taken, in future; we may have to import even oxygen (air to breath) because the trees shall no longer be enough to absorb the carbon dioxide we produce and generate greater amount oxygen to support our breathing naturally. A future that will force the country to import even water because the water bodies are dried up and polluted; a lot more food because farmers are been killed and their land degraded.

It appears, our generation is becoming greedily ubiquitous with money and willing to do anything weather good or bad, sustainable or non-sustainable just to satisfy our current wants or needs; living nothing for the future generations. This I say if our objects of worship do not judge us, then posterity will surely judge us.

To add, our leaders; political, religious, civil, etc. must lead the crusade and exemplary life because I assume they are our angels and Jesus on Earth. But if they are not ready then; we must be ready to change the situation for the better, but not to continue their wrong doings or be polluted by them.

It is very sad we claimed our forefather were not civilized like us, but they never did what we “the civilized” are doing; destroying our own lands, rivers, vegetation’s and animals . They rather used the resources wisely and protected the rest even with their lives for us.

I think the struggle by most to save a lot for their children’s future even if it takes destroying the current resources must be discouraged. Rather let us use the land and the resources wisely so that our children will benefit from its output in the future and also be able to create their own wealth from them.

As a country, if we do not have the capacity to explore our own gold or resources, for the betterment of our people: then, either we allow (for the next generation) or preserve them until we get the capacity to tap them. We may as well look for better corporations or persons with the right capacities, willing to work according to our fair terms to help us explore them rather than “the current act of greediness”.

Finally, I think we have had enough of the Galamsey and other mining related problems. It is time we all say a big “NO TO GALAMSEY” before it kills the next Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the next Big Six, Future Leaders, Responsible Citizens and the next Coffie Confidence.

Thank you all and God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.

Source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/767764/deadly-galamsey.html

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Speakers Unveiled for Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) thrilled to announce the highly esteemed speakers for Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017The inaugural edition of this meeting was held in March 2015 with over 300 participants and 10 companies from sectors such as fashion, education, telecommunication, banking, and technology.

Meet the confirmed speakers.

Keynote Speaker:
• Lucy Quist, CEO, Airtel Ghana


  1. Yasmin Kumi, Founder and Executive Director, Africa Foresight Group
  2. Josiah Kwesi-Eyison, Co-founder, iSpace
  3. Aswin Ravichandran, General Manager, MEST Africa
  4. Paul Payne, Manager, British Council Skills Hub


Keynote Speech Moderator: Alfred Ocansey, News 360, TV3 Ghana

Panel Moderator: Jemila Abdulai, Editor and Founder, Circumspecte

The theme for this forum is Technology and the future of work in Africa”

SFAN recognizes the unprecedented impact of technology on the world of work in Africa, and is organizing this forum to explore the following questions:

  • What key jobs will be impacted by intelligent technologies?
  • What are key strategies employees can use to deal with intelligent technologies?
  • What can a business do about the impact of intelligent technologies in their organization?
  • What are the skills for the fourth industrial revolution?
  • Is Technology a driver of wage stagnation?
  • How is technology changing the nature of work — design, delivery and workplace?
  • Is digital technology a good thing for Africa or a bad thing?

They are super excited because the atmosphere of this year’s career fair will be super charged, as some of the best and brightest industry leaders and entry-level job seekers converge to collaborate, learn, exchange ideas and explore the new frontier of the world of work in Africa.

This event also creates a perfect platform for firms to access top entry-level skills. If you are recruiting for entry-level roles, then this is your moment. For more details, please get in touch with us by email.

The event is currently soldout but you can still participate in the keynote and panel sessions via live stream at SFAN Facebook Page. Please share your views with the hashtag: #QLCAREERFAIR

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Five Compelling Reasons to be a Food Donor

Donating food benefits the community, your business and employees, and the environment.

  1. Engage With Your Community
    You can help organizations provide safe and healthy foods to people in need. You can also provide food to organizations doing community development work, such as food skills training programs or social development, or that reintroduce cultural traditions to their lives.
  2. Reduce Your Environmental Impact
    Waste reduction can help businesses reach environmental sustainability goals. Your business can:
    • Keep food and packaging out of the landfill.
    • Avoid wasting resources used to produce food products –water, energy, labour, machinery wear and tear, transportation,and other resources invested in the production.
    • Reduce methane gas produced by landfills. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to climate change.
  3. Improve Your Corporate Social Responsibility Profile
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives humanize companies and convey positive contributions to society. Consumers reward socially responsible firms with higher sales and long-lasting loyalty. They can become brand advocates to their friends and family.A well-planned food donation program can demonstrate your social responsibility philosophy in an easily understood, tangible way while building relationships in your community.
  4. Attract And Retain Dedicated Staff
    Employees identify personally with a company when they believe it is socially responsible. A commitment to socially responsible behavior can lead to higher levels of employee commitment and dedication to excellence, greater morale, reduced absenteeism, and lower employee turnover.
  5. Maximize Financial Benefits
    A food donation program can play an important role in helping businesses offset costs associated with surplus and un-sellable inventory.
    • Reduce handling costs of disposing healthy edible, but un-sellable, food (by reducing de-packaging, recycling, composting, and garbage disposal expenses).
    • Maximize tax savings by deducting the costs associated with the value of the donation (as a business loss or write off)

Food donation is the process of redirecting unspoiled food from landfill to vulnerable mostly in orphanages, psychiatric hospitals, prisons and communities. Individuals and stakeholders can support their local communities and reduce environmental impact through food donation. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated. Donated food can also include leftovers from events and surplus food inventory. Food banks usually manage food donation and redistribution as  non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger

Food for All Africa programme has since 13th June,2015 been operating West Africa’s first food bank in Ghana by creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society mostly children through food recovery,redistribution,farming and forum for stakeholder’s within the food supply chain.

To learn more on food donation in Ghana visit: http://foodforallafrica.org/

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16 year old FOG Pioneer Yasmin FOSU wins clean sweep of Medals at African Cadet Junior Championships

The Ghana national junior fencing team returned home on Saturday with four medals at the just ended African Cadet Junior Championship in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.

The three-day event started on March 8 and ended on March 11 with Ghana’s UK-based female cadet, Yasmine Fosu winning three medals (gold, silver and bronze) and the men’s team winning silver in foil after losing to the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire in the finals.

Yasmine, 16, won Gold in the Epee, silver in Foil, and bronze in Junior Epee events while the Men Team comprising, Isaac Teinor, Daniel Terkutey, Iddrisu Bashiru and coached by Alhasan Saroyan won Silver in the Foil contest.

The President of the Ghana Fencing Association, Mohammed Mahadi said he was impressed with the output of the contingent although their performances were affected by a slight change in the tournament schedule.

“We set of on the 6th expecting to start competition on the 8th upon reaching Abidjan on the 7th night,” Mahadi who doubles as the leader of Ghana’s delegation to the tournament told the Graphic Sports in a telephone interview on Saturday.

He continued, “But on the morning of March 8, we had a call that the men’s Epee team event which was to be held on the 11th is taking now so had to speak to the FIE official there and it was put on hold till we got to the Yamoussoukro venue at 12 and headed straight to the weapons control to start the competition that same afternoon”.

Mr Mahadi also expressed gratitude to SilverStar Auto Limited and the State Transport Company for sponsoring the trip to Cote d’Ivoire.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Stars From All Nations (SFAN) is collaborating with iSpace to host 2017 edition of Quantum Leap Career. The meeting is organised on the theme “Technology and the Future of Work in Africa”.

Date: April 12, 2017

Venue: British Council, Accra

Time: 09:00 am to 04:00pm GMT

It is estimated that some 65% of children entering primary schools today will likely work in roles that don’t currently exist. According to a McKinsey study, many activities that workers carry out today could be automated.

This edition of Quantum Leap Career Fair is organized to create a space for the best and brightest industry leaders, business executives and thought leading recruiters to share valuable insights on the impact of technology on the future of work in Africa.

Meet with employers in an informal setting and learn more about jobs and internship opportunities offered by their companies, participate in one-on-one mentoring & C.V review sessions, take industry generated employability skills assessment, and walk away with actionable game plan to upgrade your skills for the work of the future

Participation is free, but you must be pre-booked as available spaces are limited. Make your registrations by clicking here. Certificates can be requested at a cost of GHs 20.

The Keynote and Panel sessions will be streamed live on SFAN Facebook page.

As a business owner, this is a huge opportunity to get access to the right type audience for your company. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, securing a booth stand or have questions, concerns or comments, please send an e-mail to tomchris@sfanonline.org.

About SFAN:

SFAN is a high impact social enterprise established with a precise vision to raise the next generation of African leaders through the accomplishment of the following goals:

  • Help young people have a smooth transition from education to work through mentorship, capacity development, and job/internship placement
  • Offer opportunities for youths to turn their passion into a business or career by creating platforms for networking, incubation, and funding
  • Build a community of change agents and doers.

Through innovative projects, products and programs, SFAN provides the missing links for youth development, education and entrepreneurship thereby contributing to building a self-sustained Africa.

European Commission Young Leaders Programme calls applicants worldwide to speak up at the European Development Days 2017

Young people from all corners of the world, aged 21 to 26, are invited by the European Commission to take part in the Young Leaders Programme at this year’s European Development Days (EDD 2017).

The event is Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development and it will take place in Brussels on 7 and 8 June. The Young Leaders Programme will engage young leaders to be part of the debate on the future of international development cooperation.

Calling all Young Leaders worldwide EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “European Union strongly supports the empowerment of young people, as they are the pillars of tomorrow’s world. Our society needs their inspiration and courage to be more peaceful and prosperous. Through the Young Leaders Programme, we want to give voice to them.

Their contribution to global development efforts is absolutely invaluable.” Sixteen youth representatives will be selected based on their exceptional skills, experience and commitment to development issues. Once selected, they will be invited to participate in EDD 2017 high-level panels, share their ideas and experiences and be part of the global debate with key development stakeholders, policymakers and participan

Sharing ideas and experience with international decision-makers

Nestor Dehouindji, Benin “Taking part in EDD 2016 meant that I felt that all the work I have done at a local level impacted and gave insights to the international development community. It was wonderful to feel that people were interested, concerned and learning from my own development experience. And I also believe that I created a network of other young leaders which became like a little family when we were in Brussels and hopefully we will stay connected for many years to come.” Nestor is a young journalist specialised in economics and trade, with strong academic background in the contribution of international trade to development, and an extensive knowledge of the World Trade Organisation.

Vandinika Shukla, India “Being selected for EDD 2016 was an incredible opportunity for me. I was an equal participant in such a significant international dialogue on inclusive development policy. I was with like-minded peers, I spoke directly to those who decide on policy and I was listened to and even challenged! It was an experience of a lifetime for me and it gave me a global community of young leaders that I will cherish forever.” Vandinika has been the Head of Project Enable, an initiative aimed at empowering high school children to make their schools more accessible and equal opportunity driven through the implementation of the Indian Right to Education Act, which protects the right to access quality education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The online application for the Young Leaders Programme is open from 2 February until 9 March.

Applicants will need to submit a two-minute video explaining why they should be chosen to speak on one of the EDD 2017 THEMES AND TOPICS. Applications will be received via the EDD 2017 website: www.eudevdays.eu/young-leaders

Contact EDD 2017 Press Team

Alice Dashwood Tel.: +49 (0) 30 65 000 381 E-mail: press@eudevdays.eu


Management of Ghana’s premier family shopping centre, MaxMart on Tuesday,10th January 2017 donated GH¢5,000 to Food for All Ghana Sustainable Farms Fund as initial capital to build a community livestock farm for deprived communities within the Afram Plains South District of the Eastern region of Ghana. The donation was as a result of a month long Waitrose Buy More Feed More Christmas project carried out by Food for All and MaxMart to raise awareness on the economic and environmental impact of food waste and hunger in Ghana.It was to also involve Ghanaians and stakeholders in creating sustainable means of nutrition for beneficiaries under the Food for All Africa programme.Through the month of Christmas, MaxMart donated 3% of Waitrose branded product prices for which it’s customers bought.

Receiving the cheque from manager of the supermarket,Chef Elijah Addo,founder of Food for All Africa programme reiterated the need for community partnership towards addressing hunger and food waste in Africa.

He quoted facts from the 2016 Cost of Hunger in Ghana report published in August by National Development Planning Commission which shows that Ghana loses GH¢ 4.6 billion which is equivalent to 6.4% GDP annually to hunger among children and 24% of all child mortality cases in Ghana are associated with under nutrition.” He indicated that the choice of Afram plains for the community farm project was as a result of the number of children in the community who are out of school due to a lack of regular means of nutrition.He appealed for individuals and corporate bodies to donate to the Food for All Ghana Sustainable Farms Fund to create sustainable means of nutrition for vulnerable communities in Africa.”

General Manager of MaxMart , Mr. Omar Naboulsi indicated MaxMart believes community participation plays a critical role in solving the economic and environmental impact of food waste and hunger in Ghana. It is in that regard that as sole distributors of Waitrose brand in Ghana ,they involved their customers during Christmas to raise funding in support of the good work Food for All in undertaking to ensure a means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana.”MaxMart is a socially responsible business and will keep supporting social intervention programs such as Food for All in Ghana.

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James Barnor Recognised at the Ghana National Honours and Awards Ceremony

Future of Ghana Patron Mr James Barnor was among 33 Ghanaians and foreigners who were recognised their outstanding contribution to the development of Ghana at the National Honours and Awards  Ceremony conferred and attended by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama.

The ceremony which took place at the Accra International Conference centre

President Mahama said all the recipients of the awards and honors deserved to be celebrated “for making Ghana one of the shining lights in the midst of regional uncertainty; for making Ghana rise in the midst of a global economic plunge; for giving our people hope in the midst of a general world outlook of despondency and insecurity fueled by illiteracy, poverty, disease, unemployment, wars, cyber threats, terrorism and human rights abuses.”

James Barnor enjoyed a career that spanned six decades, In his street and studio photography he represents societies in transition: Ghana moving toward Independence, and London becoming a multicultural metropolis. Moreover the legendary James Barnor is credited with introducing colour processing to Ghana!

His photographs have been collated by the London-based charity Autograph ABP during a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in 2011 became part of the new Archive and the Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography.

In 2011, Mr Barnor was honoured with a GUBA (Ghana UK-Based Achievement) special “Lifetime Achievement” award.  On receiving it, he revealed that it was the first award he had ever been given at the time.

Well he now has another award to add to his belt and it is very much deserved.



Campaign launches with celebrity videos, a TV programming, live events & dedicated social media, online & mobile properties to engage & encourage young Ghanaian voters to participate in the elections 2016.


MUSE AFRICA (www.museafrica.com), a fast growing media brand targeting Ghanaian & African millennials with urban music, lifestyle & culture content via its dedicated TV blocks, online hub & social media and Oxfam in Ghana, an international civil society organisation, today announced the beginning of a multimedia campaign to engage and encourage young voter participation in the December general elections. The MUSE Participate campaign kicks-off this weekend with videos featuring celebrities and random people encouraging young voters to take part in the elections. The campaign will also be driven through music, a dedicated 6 episodes 1 hour a week TV Show, Muse Special editions, which brings young voters to meet with and interact with the Presidential candidates of political parties and town hall styled engagement events in some Tertiary Instituitions.

We are proud to launch this innovative and timely social advocacy initiative,” said  Future of Ghana 2016 Pioneer and Co-founder/CEO of Muse Media Networks, Sadiq Abdulai Abu. “Participate affords us the opportunity to encourage youth involvement in the election process underscoring MUSE’s commitment to not only entertain young Ghanaians through compelling urban music & lifestyle content but also empowering and inspiring them to exercise their right and power. One of our objectives for this campaign is to basically bring a whole lot of cool to the electoral discussion in the country.

‘‘Our focus as Oxfam is to harness the potential of people power to drive and own their development. We are therefore excited by the opportunity to work with the youth as critical agents for social change and believe this collaboration with MUSE marks the beginning of a very exciting journey’’ – Sebastian Tiah, Country Director – Oxfam in Ghana.


Participate is a non-partisan multi-layered social advocacy campaign that seeks to engage the attention of young people between ages 18-34 years drawing on the star power of music, television, radio & events to present the general elections as COOL as it can be and make a compelling case for young people to act, to choose or lose out on choosing the leaders they believe in.

The campaign was created to tackle the challenge of LACK OF INTEREST IN ELECTORAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNANCE & POLITICS by young people in Ghana. PARTICIPATE is aimed at creating dedicated spaces for progressive engagement of the youth on issues of national importance that matter to them most and connect to the political process in ways that resonate with their worldview. The campaign is supported by Friends of the Nation, a Takoradi based, civil society organisation.


Since launching in July, 2015, MUSE Africa has consistently been innovating and delivering engaging urban music, culture & lifestyle experiences for young audiences between ages 16 – 34 years, every day on Viasat1, JoyPrime and via its website www.museafrica .com integrated to its social media properties and live events.  MUSE can also be seen in Tanzania on TV1 and in Rwanda. MUSE is set to launch some Francophone countries early next year. Follow Muse on twitter @muse_africa, @museafrica on Instagram and Snapchat. Like the facebook fanpage MUSE AFRICA.

About Oxfam

OXFAM is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As a confederation of 18 member organizations, Oxfam works with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.  OXFAM in Ghana’s support to PARTICIPATE by MUSE is part of a broader influencing initiative dubbed CITIZENS DECIDE that OXFAM is undertaking in this election year.  CITIZENS DECIDE covers all the thematic program areas that OXFAM works on from small holder agriculture/fishing and food security; oil, gas & mining governance; as well as inequality issues in health and education.

Visit our website: www.oxfam.org/en/countries/ghana ; and follow us



For additional assets, please follow #museparticipate on all social media platforms.

Media Contacts

Micheal Boakye Yiadom

Muse Media Networks



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Date: Wednesday, 31st August, 2016

Venue: GIMPA Executive Conference Room

Time: 04:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) are delighted to bring you the second edition of the QUANTUM LEAP CAREER AND INVESTMENT FAIR for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), West Africa.

The event is aimed at driving forward the much needed societal change and growth through practical discussions with businesses leaders operating in Africa. Focus for this year’s edition is for business leaders to leverage on technology to take their works to exponential levels and create more sustainable jobs, and will host 20+ companies from different sectors.

IMG_0390The Young Africa Leaders Initiative is a signature professional development program designed to equip promising young talents in Africa to champion change on the continent through a rich learning exchange. To complement the main fellowship program that happens in the United States, regional learning centers have been created to bring professionals from thriving organizations in their respective fields of endeavors to interact with participants and shape visions. Ghana has been the West Africa regional learning center.

Designed for YALI W/A participants who are entrepreneurs and potential employers, the essence of the event is to create a networking platform for participating organizations to share experiences and values for shared prosperity in our world. The expected geometric surge in Africa’s population doubling to some 2.4 billion by 2050 requires conscious and continuous efforts to develop the skills of young people and create more opportunities that would match the anticipated growth revolving around technology and entrepreneurship.

Over the years, Stars From All Nations (SFAN), a youth-led social enterprise poised to new-02bridging the gap between education and work through skills development and mentorship, has responded positively towards this course by drawing partnerships and collaborations with corporate institutions towards raising the next generation. We continue to look for more of such strategic alliances and strengthen our relationships to create some 10,000 sustainable jobs by 2017, and unearth the enormous potentials of young people in contributing to national economies and achieving global goals.

Participation is free but you must be pre-booked as available spaces are limited. Click here to register. To secure a booth space, please get in touch with Tom-Chris at +233 545 93 5695.

Yali West Africa feed and support inmates of Accra Psychiatric Hospital



Goodwill ambassador of Food for All Africa program, Trigmatic  on Saturday, 13th August, 2016 led a group of 120 young West Africans from the ongoing Young African Leadership Initiative to volunteer, feed and support inmates of the Accra Psychiatric hospital.

The project dubbed Food for All Share your breakfast was initiated by founder of Food for All, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, a pioneer cohort of the YALI RLC to encourage volunteerism and community service among African youth.

Past cohorts of the program have been volunteering on the program whilst in Ghana. TheyIMG_2745 recover, feed and support vulnerable communities. The group chose the Accra psychiatric hospital because they have been a beneficiary of the Food for All program and also due to the recent shortage of food that hit the hospital.

The YALI RLC West Africa has since August 2015 executed three cohorts of leadership training for participants drawn across Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. 405 participants have been trained in entrepreneurship, public management and civil society leadership under the Young African Leadership Initiative West Africa RLC by President Barack Obama.

IMG_2842The 120 cohorts will be feeding and supporting over 500 inmates of the hospital and a  “Food4All Africa YALI Cohorts Sustainable Farms Fund will be launched by Food for All and participants to create and manage sustainable farms for vulnerable communities in Africa with which the psychiatric hospital will be the first to  benefit from the fund.

Trigmatic says food for all is a shared social responsibility and advocates public support to collectively work towards creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society in order for Africa to attain the UN Sustainable Goals 2 and 12 by 2030.

YNG Interns Bringing Internship Opportunities to the Youth

YNG Interns Africa tell us…….. We all know the problem well: young Africans are in dire need of employment opportunities. Statistics show that more than 50% of the continent’s university graduates cannot find work. Where work is available, most candidates lack the job experience and skills to be competitive. On the other hand, despite the difficult business environment in Africa, many employers know the value of developing talent through internships and are desperately seeking them. But, they say they can’t find them.

In their research developing this platform, the young Ghanaians they spoke with not only shared their desire to work and gain experience through internships but said that existing internships are only shared through exclusive/private networks, often leaving the majority out.  Therefore It is time we open the pool to more qualified Africans. Every African deserves a chance at meaningful work and through that, social mobility.

YNG (young) Interns Africa is an internship portal that responds to this need from both the employer and candidate end. We connect qualified young Africans with internship opportunities on the continent and around the world. 

In a simple to navigate the process, businesses can post their internships and review candidates right on the site. Candidates know whether they have been accepted or declined by an employer immediately.  Employers also have access to tools that allow them to easily filter through candidates, taking the hassle out of the process. 

They are especially excited to welcome businesses in the Diaspora. They believe that their virtual interns tool will lead African business leaders around the world to engage with and build the young talent. They are grateful for all of the work this community does to support the continent.  You can get in touch with them at info@ynginternsafrica.com

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) led by Future of Ghana Regional Manager for Ghana Tom-Chris Emewulu is a social enterprise that bridges the gap between education and work. Have recently partnered with YNG Interns in their mission to bring internship opportunities to youths.

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Ghana has been hailed as a “beacon of hope” on the African continent due to its record of political stability and progress in development areas. In about 4 months from now the country will once again go to the polls to judge the governance of the current NDC led regime, and the question is what this judgment by the people should be based on.In recent times, election campaign speeches have been high on issues, ideas, policy alternatives on health, education, shelter, national security, energy, mass transit etc.

Efficiency within food systems and food security has been high on the global agenda since 2008 and the world, including Ghana, reeled under high and volatile food prices caused by the 2008 – 09 food crisis, a crisis that was followed by the 2011 – 12 food crisis. These crises drove millions more people into poverty and thus placing them at risk of malnutrition and starvation. The Government of Netherland in 2015 hosted world leaders, civil societies and businesses in the Hague for the “No More Food to waste” conference which addressed issues of food wastage, hunger and efficiency within global food systems. France this year pass into law a policy which admonishes supermarkets to donate their excess food products to charity homes. The EU and US Government has started a global campaign that educates people on “best-before” date labels on food products. The FAO Save Food initiative has also been providing platform for organizations across the world to work on improving food systems. In Africa, the Food for All Africa program has been using innovative approaches towards educating the populace on the economic and environmental impact of food wastage and hunger. Building West Africa’s first food bank in Ghana to recover over $150,000 worth of food products annually to provide 48,000 meals to feed and create sustainable means of nutrition for over 3,000 vulnerable children, aged and mentally challenged.

The 2016 elections forms a solid foundation for political parties to share with businesses, governments and non-government groups their national food policy framework to meet emerging challenges and opportunities for both food suppliers and each of us as food consumers.
Food wastage, hunger and inefficiency within Ghana’s food supply chain.

The global food market is rapidly changing and facing new challenges. At home, through utilizing innovation and efficiency we can benefit from a vibrant food industry. With the changing face of international food markets Ghana must position itself to manage the current challenges, future risks, but equally, to reap future gains.Supermarkets in Ghana are wasting over GH¢ 2million weekly to food wastage at a time when 1 out of 4 children in most parts of Ghana goes to bed hungry. Available data shows over 40% of food goes waste along Ghana’s food supply chain from production to consumption. Farmers have willowed in poverty due to post harvest losses, the poor state of our roads to transport food across the country, poor transportation facilities, local market setup and lack of food processing facilities are some of the factors affecting the efficiency of our supply chain to achieve food security.

High tariffs on imported food products, high food prices, lack of tax incentives for food recovery initiatives are also some of the factors which has resulted in perfectly edible food going waste along the supply chain. Ghana as a country of 27 million people after 59 years of independence has no national food plan and Government must be committed to working with Ghanaians in developing a national food plan that is centred on efficiency within the supply chain, production and processing. The development of the food plan must start with a community discussion about our food and the issues affecting it. In seeking feedback from stakeholders on what the plan should aim to achieve, Food for All Africa program through the 1st Food for All Ghana conference is preparing anIssues paper to inform the development of a national food plan in collaboration with all stakeholder’s most especially individuals and political parties seeking election into public office. Elections are about our rights and the “Right to food” must be at the forefront of engagement into the 2016 elections.

Food Security v Food Self-sufficiency v Efficiency

Our nation’s food supply is not secure, and we need to collectively work together as stakeholders to create efficiency and remain vigilant in working to ensure food security in the years to come. At the same time we want to ensure our food industry can make the most of the rapidly developing market opportunities for food +industry goods and services, especially in Africa
For these reasons, Food for All Ghana program remains mindful of the need to maintain a long-term outlook for our food industry so it remains sustainable and resilient to climate variability and other significant pressures. The sector will need to continually adapt to such challenges and to ensure that, we must charge politicians who are standing to be elected into public offices to share their plans for improvement of Ghana’s food supply chain to ensure food security.
Food security does not mean that a country must be 100% self-sufficient in all forms of food . The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as follows, “Food security, at the individual, household, national, regional and global levels [is achieved] when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.

The key word is “access”, and since the beginning of mankind nations have filled gaps in the access to food through trade, meaning importing and or exporting food.Production and importation of food is important in achieving food security however addressing inefficiencies within the food supply chain in the surest way of ensuring food security and availability to all.

There are currently many government policies, programs and regulations to address food-related policy issues. There is, however, no overarching food policy framework. The development of a national food plan will address this need by better integrating food policy along the whole food supply chain—from paddock to plate.
Individuals, businesses, governments, non-government groups and communities all contribute to Ghana’s food sector. Developing a national food plan gives us an opportunity to talk about our
collective vision for Ghana’s food sector and to identify how we can ensure its success.
Regions, territory and local governments play an important role in the supply and consumption of food.
Food Recovery: A social intervention to inefficiency, food wastage and hunger

A food processing company donates extra packaged products to a national network of food banks or to a community food bank. The Food and Drugs authority helps divert more than 21,000 tons of excess food from state landfills by assisting local food recovery programs through a food waste reduction grant program. Whether you call it feeding the hungry or food recovery, such efforts are all part of a growing national movement that must work daily to ensure good food goes to the dinner table instead of going to waste. In the Ghana, we do not produce enough food and we waste an enormous amount of it. More than 40% of Ghana’s food, or about 8 billion dollars of food a year, goes to waste—in fields, commercial kitchens, manufacturing plants, markets, schools, and restaurants. While not all of this excess food is edible, much of it is and could be going to those who need it. Food waste is not only unfortunate in terms of the lost opportunity to feed hungry Ghanaians but also in terms of the negative effects on our environment. The nation spends millions of dollars a year to dispose of excess food and waste. That is a waste of both food and money, however not all food is appropriate for human consumption. Livestock farmers use some excess as animal feed. Renderers and other businesses could recycle many forms of excess food into other products. Food scraps can be composted to create a valuable fertilizer. A food waste reduction hierarchy—feeding people first, then animals, then recycling, then composting—serves to show how productive use can be made of much of the excess food that is currently contributing to leachate and methane formation in landfills. This helps any government or stakeholders, as well as any private business that deals with food to reduce its solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food according to the food hierarchy.

As we develop and implement the plan and other policy initiatives, we will continue working closely with stakeholders for the long-term benefit of our food industry and food consumers.
Food for All Africa program would like to charge all individuals and political parties to contribute to the issues paper by sending us their plans to improve the efficiency of our food supply chain to ensure food security, reduce food wastage, hunger and improve nutrition to the vulnerable in Ghana. Our Food Policy Working Group, which continues to advise generally on food-related issues and policies, will acknowledge receipt of your responses throughfood4all.ghana@gmail.com .
Finally, I want to repeat that we all must share feedback  and work collectively to help  create Ghana’s national food plan. I look forward to hearing your views.

Chef Elijah Amoo Addo

Founder/Executive Director, Food for All Africa Program

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Her Majesty The Queen to honour 2016 Future of Ghana Pioneer with Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Ghana at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.

As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner and 2016 Future of Ghana Pioneer, 23-year-old Paul-Miki Akpablie has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in his community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, he will be representing Ghana as he joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Paul-Miki Akpablie has been recognised for his social enterprise business that provides the opportunity for Ghanaians and other young Africans to empower themselves through business and reliable energy.

This year’s Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

The application process to become a 2017 Queen’s Young Leader opens at 8:00pm BST on Friday 24th June 2016. The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Ghana.

Details about how to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader, together with information about the 2016 Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, is available at www.queensyoungleaders.com.

For more information contact:

Ruth Maurice at Comic Relief on 020 7820 2500 or r.maurice@comicrelief.c

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, has established The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. Guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter, the goal of the Programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth.

 Award details

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.

As part of the Award, winners will receive bespoke mentoring and online learning provided by the University of Cambridge. Award winners will attend a week-long residential programme in the UK in June, when they will receive their Award at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty The Queen.

Criteria to win an award:

** Nominees will have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and will show evidence of their achievements

** Nominees will be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the Award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country

** Nominees will demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities

** Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals

** All nominees will need to be supported by a suitable referee.

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SFAN presents Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 4

Date: Friday, 24 June, 2016

Time: 08:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Impact Hub, Osu/Ako Adjei, Accra

Background: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting provides a space for talented young entrepreneurs to spark conversations with established investors, business owners, professionals, and other stakeholders. The forum was born out of the need for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange useful information and share best practices.

Previous editions have hosted high profile individuals and corporate executives from brands including USAID, World Bank, MEST, Rancard, Ecobank, etc.
This 4th edition is Co-hosted with Impact Hub Accra and it consist of a Keynote session, two panel segments, and opportunity presentation segment – a segment for unveiling unique opportunities for the youth in Ghana.
 The theme for the meeting is “Branding and Marketing: Best Practices for Startup Companies”.
 Our objective is to give a platform to key players in the above fields to share their cutting edge branding & marketing best practices with attendees.

Panelists are as follows:

1. Rodney Quarcoo, Managing Partner, Magic Unltd (@RodneyQuarcoo)

2.Emmanuel Gamor, Director of Innovation, Hub Accra (@eagamor)

3.Ruth Obih, CEO/Founder, 3Invest (@ruthobih)

4.Lenny Simmons, Co-founder, Clak Impressions (@kennykweku)

5.Jemila abdulai, Founder & Editor, Circumspecte (@jabdulai)

6.Princewill Omorogiuwa, Founder, 3rdFloor Digital (@po_omorogiuwa)

7.Kajsa Hallberg Adu, Co-founder, Blogging Ghana (@kajsaha)

8.Lakeshia Marie, founder, Ford Communications (Moderator)

Keynote Speaker:
 Nana Kwame Bediako, Founder, CEO, President and Founder, Petronia City and Wonda World (@petroniacity)
 The meeting will be streamed live from venue. Visit SFAN to get more details and reserve tickets. Share your views with the hashtag: #FEBBM4
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What is MESH Creative Confab?
MESH Creative Confab is a biannual event that brings together the very best of Ghanaian creativity under one roof
for the purposes of meeting, exploring and sharing creative ideas, projects, products and services. The primary target group for MESH Creative Confab events include established and young up and coming artists, creative entrepreneurs and businesses in the Culture and Creative Industries (CCI) value chain. Sessions include Keynote Presentations by renowned creatives, Panel discussions, Creative Presentations, Live Creative Session and an Expo. These offer opportunities for networking, collaboration, market expansion and discovery among individuals and organizations within the CCI value chain.
Who should you expect?
Expected participants include a cross section of the Ghanaian CCI including but not limited to architects,
fashion designers, digital and graphic artists, illustrators, web designers, filmmakers and the likes. We also
invite some leading creative individuals, brands and outfits to take the opportunity to discover young
talent for possible commissions, partnerships or recruitment. Our special guest will be the deputy minister
for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
This will showcase mainly products, projects and services that demonstrate Ghanaian creativity. Brands
and initiatives to be exhibited include Leti Arts, Wear Ghana, Radford University student projects, Accra
We Dey Podcast, Naya naturals, 3d craft Ghana etc. These will be on display throughout the duration of the
Keynote Speakers
This session is aimed at sharing insights into the business of creativity with an emphasis on how to make ideas happen. In this session, we invite outstanding individuals who have chalked remarkable success in their various creative disciplines to deliver 15 minute presentation.
Panel Discussion
A discussion on intellectual property rights issues with a representative from GAMRO, Copyright office, a musician,
a photographer and an IP Law expert. This session will be moderated by Kobby Graham from Ashesi University. A communique documenting outcomes of this discussion will be published and presented to all relevant institutions for consideration while encouraging creatives to find opportunities for innovation
Portfolio Reviews
In this session, participants are given the opportunity to present their creative works to receive
insightful feedback from peers, experts and audience. Presenters are given a 5 minute time slot
within which to present their works and another 5 minutes to receive feedback all in a very
relaxed and semi-formal atmosphere. This gives them the opportunity to showcase their work,
a chance at commissions, recruitment and/or collaboration.
Live Creative Sessions
This offers participants a first-hand peek into the creative processes of different creatives. There will be five different activities happening simultaneously with networking. The activities will include:
1. Photography shoot and photo retouching.
2. Live painting (Digital and analog).
3. Live Graffiti art
4. 3d modeling.
5. DJ mixing.
6. Musical/ Poetry performances etc.
Event Details
Date: Saturday, 28th May, 2016
Venue: British Council Auditorium
Time: 9 am – 6pm
Register for free at https://egotickets.com/events/mesh-creative-confab-may-2016-a-gathering-of-creatives and be part of this amazing creative gathering. For enquiries or more information contact us as follows:
Email: info@meshgh.com
Whatsapp: 0243264252
Facebook: @meshgh
Twitter/ Instagram : @MESHGhana
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Accra is to host the first Food for All Ghana conference from the 26th-27th May, 2016 at the Ghana International Press Centre. The two days conference on the theme: “SDG 2 and 12! Creating sustainable means of nutrition is a shared responsibility” would focus on issues of food availability, losses, wastage, accessibility, stability, food supply chain and utilization with much emphasis on food recovery  along our food supply chain and community farming. This would highlight the need for integrated approaches from public-private partnerships with the goal of launching cross-sectoral alliance and establishing concrete commitments to reduce food loss and waste throughout our food supply chain.

The first day of the conference will see the Vice President of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur launching “my right to food” campaign, a program which will educate Ghanaians on the universal rights and responsibility on caring for the vulnerable in society. The campaign is also aimed at raising funds along the supply chain to create sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana and encourage efficiency within our food supply chain to reduce food wastage and hunger in Ghana.

There will be a public and private stakeholder’s dialogues aimed at finding lasting solutions to inefficiencies within our food supply chain and also create a network for stakeholders. New opportunities within the food supply chain will be explored.

The second day of the conference will have the Chief Executive Officer of Food and Drugs Authority delivering a presentation on the economic and social benefits of food recovery in Ghana and a presentation by UNICEF Ghana on  attaining the United Nations Sustainable Goals 2 and 12.

The conference which is been organized by the Food for All Africa program headed by 2016 Future of Ghana pioneer Elijah Amoo Addo  with participation from both public and private organizations such as the FDA,Standards Authority, SAVE FOOD,UNICEF Ghana,FAO,Food and Beverage Association of Ghana, Ghana Hotels Association, Ministry of Food and Agriculture,CHRAJ,Dept. of social welfare and other stakeholders is strictly by invitation and is giving stakeholders and startups the opportunity to exhibit their products and innovative services centred on the Ghanaian food supply chain. For invitation, visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-food-for-all-ghana-conference-launch-of-myright2food-campaign-tickets-23712695310


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On April 23, 2016, over 1000 of Africa’s most curious and creative, interesting and interested, positive and progressive thinkers and doers will gather at the National Theater again to be inspired by visionaries sharing their unique stories and valuable perspectives at TEDxAccra2016 themed ‘Re-Think’.

TEDxAccra is the largest event of its kind in Ghana with an audience of over 1500 gathered at the National Theatre to share and discuss innovative and creative ideas. Our former speakers range from activists, entrepreneurs, historians, scientists, explorers, technologists and artists that shared insights and ideas related to, or relevant to, the Ghanaian society and the world as a whole.


African Innovations Demonstration Talk
Date: Tuesday: 19th April 2016
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Lancaster University Ghana Campus
Come and meet all the 15 finalists for African Innovations Award as they share their innovations with the World!
Register Now. It’s Free Limited Seats


Diaspora Vs Ahaspora Discussions
Date: Tuesday 19th April, 2016
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Venue: British Council Auditorium
Open Event. It’s Free
Masterclass with Africa’s Investigative Journalist ‘Anas Aremeyaw Anas’
‘ReThink in Media, Art and Entertainment’
Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Time: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue: Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City
Secure your ticket now:
Special Cocktail and Free Goodies Bag for every attendee
“Unplugged” Arts & Culture Showcase & Exchange + Cocktail by Impact Hub Accra + BBG Office of Digital & Design Innovation & partners
Date: Thursday 21st April, 2016
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Venue: Impact Hub, Osu
Open event Free to attend.
WOMENOMICS ‘Rethinking the contribution of women to the Ghanaian economy’. This is a gathering of Ghanaian Women in Business and Leadership.

Date Friday: 22nd April, 2016
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Venue: Netherlands Residence near Cantonments Post office
Register Now. It’s Free Limited Seats

Main TEDxAccra 2016 Event
Saturday 23rd April 2016
Time 9am to 3pm
Venue: National Theatre
Secure your ticket now

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TEDxAccra 2016 London Meet up !

Join like-minded leaders from Ghana as we come together to share our dreams for Africa and introduce to you the TEDxAccra 2016 vision.

There will be a raffle on the evening with a lots of amazing African prizes to be won. Monies raised from the raffle will go towards the African Initiatives Foundation.

Ghana High Commission – 104 Highgate Hill, London N6 5HE, United Kingdom – View Map

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Accra Business Mission – May 2016

Few spaces left…Apply now!  Sign Up for Your Guided Business Mission to Accra, Ghana

Sunday 8th May – Saturday 14th May 2016

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Learn how to communicate with stakeholders, how to mitigate risks on the ground, and how to design business concepts that work locally, so you have an in-depth technical understanding before doing business in Ghana.

AB2020 and Africa Business Jumpstart have come together to coordinate a Business Mission to Ghana in 2016 and beyond… The guided business missions serve investors, business owners and diaspora Africans in the United Kingdom and United States with an interest in Ghana. They will showcase opportunities, provide a platform for communication with local partners, and foster successful market entry in to Ghana.


The business mission will consist of a small group of participants (5-7) to enable us to provide a personalised mission on the ground that thoroughly addresses the interest of each participant. This means that we will tailor the final mission details after you have registered so we can apply the relevant focus on the industries you want to know about, including ICT, real estate & construction, agriculture & food processing, mining, manufacturing, energy and export of African goods.


Dr Harnet is founder of Africa Business Jumpstart and has a proven track record of assisting ambitious start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, and experienced business executives with their market entry in Africa.

Akosua Annobil is founder of AB2020 and a British-Ghanaian connected to a strong network of business advisors and investment consultants on the ground. She has been instrumental in the preparation of this mission.


Dr Harnet will coach and assist participants with formulating their business concept and some follow up communication with local stakeholders if required. The plan is for you to get started immediately with implementation upon return to the UK/USA.


Click heere – for more info

If you want to get investors and businesses into Africa you need to educate them and get them onto the ground to experience Africa for themselves.”

– Moez Virani – CFO and COO of Northgate managing a fund of US$3 billion.

News and insights for Sub-Saharan Africa-focused investors and entrepreneurs, contact; .

Address : Africa Business 2020, Kemp House 152 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX, UK

Email: share@africabusiness2020.com

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Ghana’s Musse Media Networks will, beginning April 2016, begin running its television programming block on Tanzanian TV station, TV1.

This follows a partnership agreement finalized with the channel to broadcast MUSE terrestrial blocks in Tanzania.

Muse has, since it began operating in June 2015, been the most engaging urban music, culture, lifestyle and entertainment brand in Ghana. It has achieved this through the delivery of compelling urban music and entertainment content to its mostly millennial audiences, via its TV block on Viasat1 in Ghana and via its online platform, www.museafrica.com, integrated to the brands social media properties:

Muse’s TV block on Viasat1 airs Muse programming from Monday to Friday, including its original TV show, #ThisWeekOnMuse with Antoine Mensah, and its website, museafrica.com, gives a fresh take on entertainment news. The brand also uses its social media properties to engage with fans and fellow industry players.

This new partnership with TV1 in Tanzania is an addition to a growing number of impressive achievements made by the Muse team.

Speaking on the new partnership, 2016 Future of Ghana Pioneer Sadiq Abdulai Abu, Co-founder/CEO of Muse Media Networks, remarked, “We’re really excited about this new partnership with Tanzania’s TV1. Not only will it broaden our reach and increase our brand awareness efforts, but it also feeds directly into our pan-African agenda of providing superior, multi-platform urban music and entertainment experiences to millennials all across the continent. We’re happy to have been given the opportunity to bring the value we create to the Tanzanian broadcasting, music and entertainment space. We are confident the Tanzanian millennial audience and the brands that seek to target them will love our products.”

Ben Amadasun, the CEO of TV1, also spoke about the new Muse-TV1 partnership, saying, “As one of the leading entertainment channels in Tanzania, TV1 has already established a strong reputation of producing and sourcing the best local and pan African content that resonates with our target viewers. We are delighted to be partnering with Muse Media to launch this exciting new program in the Tanzanian market following its successful launch in Ghana. We expect that this program will help broaden our audience base, especially among the 15-34 target demographic, and increase interaction and engagement with them on social media platforms. This show will set a new standard for music content in Tanzania.”

Original story via -http://livefmghana.com/

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Participants of the 2016 cohort of YALI West Africa regional leadership centre over the Easter weekend last week, volunteered on the Food for All Ghana community service program to recover food, feed and create sustainable means of nutrition for over one thousand vulnerable children, mentally challenged, aged and head potters in Accra.

The project begun on Saturday with a “Share your breakfast” feeding program at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, where forty-five youth drawn from eight West African countries volunteered by cooking breakfast to serve all four hundred and eighty-five inmates of the hospital. The team then planted crops on a 1.5 hectare garden for the Accra psychiatric hospital.

Executive Director of the Food for All Ghana Program and 2016 Future of Ghana Pioneer, Elijah Amoo Addo reiterated their vision to create sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Africa through food recovery and farming. ” All humans in respective of their race or financial background has a right to food and it is only through a shared collaboration that the vulnerable in Ghana can be fed. Hunger can be reduced in Ghana if stakeholders support the Food for All vision and therefore entreat all stakeholders within the food supply chain to support and participate  in the first Food for All Ghana conference scheduled in May 2016 to create efficient food supply chain” he added.

A participant of the YALI RLC, Ceesay Binta from the Gambia expressed her willingness to volunteer on a food program that seeks to create sustainable means of nutrition for Africans.”Coming to Ghana to serve the vulnerable in community is very overwhelming. Food security in Africa can be attained if we look at the food wastage occurring across our food supply chain and Food for All has really showed my colleagues and I how we could address this in our respective countries. Attaining the UN SDG 2 Goal in Africa requires collective efforts from stakeholders within our food supply chain and Food for All Ghana is a platform that stakeholders must take advantage of to create sustainable means of nutrition.

Participants and the Food for All Ghana team then recovered Gh¢25,000 worth of food products to feed over one thousand children, mentally challenged and head potters  on the streets of Accra  central on Easter Monday.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The Founder of Food for All Africa Program is an alumnus of the first cohort of the YALI West Africa RLC.​​

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Future of Ghana 2016 Pioneer Elijah Amoo Addo shares his YALI Experience AT The Opening ceremony of Cohort 3 of the YALI West Africa RLC

My passion for feeding the vulnerable in society, show of leadership potential and luck got me selected as part of the first cohort of the President Obama Young African Leadership Initiative, West Africa RLC.As an orphan who could only afford to dream of University education, the joy of been selected as a 1st cohort of RLC was so overwhelming however attending the 5 weeks residential training at GIMPA came with the biggest challenge of my life.

My boss gave me the option of letting go of my participation in the program or quit the job. A job I loved so much by then. I was the head chef of Accra’s finest gourmet burger restaurant, a position that every vocational student dreams to attain. Being a “doctor in the kitchen” was the closest have ever come in achieving my child dream of been a medical doctor. Whenever am in my white chef’s jacket and rolling my knives I see myself as a doctor in my theatre and that brought me far.

I was crazy enough to decide attending to the YALI RLC without knowing what life would be for me after the 17 weeks training. My friends told me am getting crazy about this whole Food for All Ghana campaign and it was because a mentally challenged man inspired me to pursue the vision of creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable.

Knowing what I had to sacrifice before coming to the RLC, I gave in my all. I told advantage of the facilities, teachers, mentors and curriculum that Dr. Victor Osei, Director of the RLC put at our disposal.

At the RLC, I met some of Africa’s next generation of leaders. I also learn’t from their experiences in their respective countries and had the opportunity of meeting some of Africa’s greatest leaders including Leymah Gbowee,Former President Jerry Rawlings,Former President J.A. Kufour and many others.

Being a once in a life time opportunity, I took advantage of my stay at the RLC to involve my colleagues in volunteering on my Food for All Ghana program. We volunteered, fed and inspired 504 inmates of the Psychiatric hospital, a memory that always linger on.

My experience at the RLC shaped me and my enterprise to become West Africa’s first food banker. Today I fully run the Food for All Ghana Program, a food recovery initiative that creates sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable through food banking, farming and forum for stakeholders in our food supply chain. I also run a profit making social enterprise called SDG 2 Farms where we buy farm produce of rural farmers at a fair price and sell to stakeholders in urban communities.

Had it not been for President Barack Obama, I wonder how my journey as a social entrepreneur would be like. If am to meet President Obama, I would cook him my best recipe and would let him know how he shaped my destiny without even knowing me. That is the kind of leaders, we need in Africa.”A leader whose actions impact people he has never seen or met before.” Am a proud product of the YALI West Africa RLC and would always impact my society.

Elijah Amoo Addo


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Stars From All Nations (SFAN) Presents Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 3rd Edition

Future of Ghana Regional Manager for Ghana, Tom-Chris Emewulu  and his team at SFAN are proud to present FEBBM is a pioneer mentorship and networking event that create platforms for meaningful conversations between a complete mix of business stakeholders including aspiring young entrepreneurs, young business owners, young professionals, investors, financiers, press, etc. Participants meet peers, build contacts, share opportunities and success stories, strike partnerships as they listen to seasoned industry leaders discuss issues pertaining to business and Africa.

The goal of this initiative is to promote and encourage youth enterprises and entrepreneurship, and engage young people to take action in solving the problems in their environments. This third edition is a pusher event with focus on student entrepreneurship.

The forum was born out of the need for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange useful information and share best practices. It consists of a panel segment and opportunity presentation segment – a segment for unveiling unique opportunities for the youth in Ghana.

Do you wonder how you will turn your academic interests into a sustainable, independent business? Do you have a great idea that could change people’s lives? Are you creative, dynamic and passionate? Are you looking for a platform to start meaningful conversation? Then this forum is for you!

The meeting will take place at British Council, Accra Ghana on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

 The time is from 8:00am to 11:30am.

Speakers includes the following:

Ehi Binitie, CTO/Co-founder of Rancard Solutions, Ghana

Dziffa Akua Ametam, CEO/founder of Dziffa.com

Raindolf Owusu, CEO/Founder, Oasis Websoft

Akua Baning, Community Manager, iSpace Ghana

The moderator is Elizabeth Patterson, Founder/M.D, Girls Edu Initiative, Ghana

The live stream and registration can be accessed at www.sfanonline.org. The event is free, but you must be pre-booked as available spaces are limited. Use the hashtag #FEBBM3 leading up to, throughout, and even after the meeting to share your best moments, connect with other attendees and to keep the discussion going!


DATE: Thursday 3rd March 2016

TIME: 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
(networking reception 18:00-18:45)

LOCATION: Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA, UK

The Future of Ghana Forum is Me Firi Ghana’s annual Ghana Independence celebratory event.

Taking place at London City Hall – one of London’s most prestige venues – the event will also mark the release of the 2016 Edition of The Future of Ghana Publication and launch of the Me Firi Ghana Members Network



It’s an opportunity to MEET likeminded young creative professionals.

It’s an opportunity to UNDERSTAND how to INVEST and CONNECT with Ghana’s development.

It’s an opportunity not to be missed…


Ghana High Commissioner UK & Ireland:
His Excellency Ambassador Victor Emmanuel Smith


GOVERNANCE: Changing the levers of accountability – The role of young Diaspora


 Romeo Effs: CEO of Aspyre Group

Nike Awoyinka: Head of International Development at Ravensbourne

James Barnor: Ghana’s first photojournalist and the Future of Ghana Patron



Appolonia – City of Light – www.appolonia.com.gh

The event’s being filmed live and will be screened on Sunday 6th March on ABN TV, Sky Channel 290 

Email: Ben Anim-Antwi – bantwi@mefirighana.com

Literacy Drive Charity Ball – A Night of Elegance and Philanthropy

The Literacy Drive Charity Ball held by Promoting Global Learning (PGL) in conjunction with Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) and The Voice Newspaper was a night of outstanding elegance and philanthropy. The gala which took place on Saturday, 6th of February 2016 at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, London, had the aim of improving literacy rates in Ghana and the rest of Africa.

Guiding the audience through the night’s programme was Sky News correspondent Afua Hirsch and Sports and Features Editor for the Voice Newspaper- Rodney Hinds. The duo led the proceedings on the night – reiterating the need for support in improving educational standards in Ghana. The first beneficiaries of the proposed mobile libraries will be the Upper West Akim District.

HE Victor Smith

In attendance were dignitaries and celebrities including HE Victor Smith – the Ghana High Commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland, Hugh Quarshie of Holby City, Bianca Miller (Apprentice Finalist) and Joe Slater of Waterloo Road.

Jermain Jackman, 2014 winner of The BBC talent show The Voice electrified the atmosphere with his rendition of the Nina Simon classic – ‘Feeling Good’ amongst four other songs. He also asserted that we have the power “to change the lives of children.”

HE Victor Smith gave the keynote speech. Henry Yentumi, co-founder of PGL made an emotional appeal in which he recalled how the fortunes of his family had been transformed through the power of education. He concluded with the call to action “Together, let us rise to the challenge of funding global education.”


The wonderful ambience of the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel coupled with the live music and delightful 3 course meal made for a memorable night. Generous funds were raised which will go towards the provision of much needed learning resources for school children in Ghana.

Promoting Global Learning is committed to improving the lives of children in Africa and the Caribbean and aims to do so through the improvement of learning equipment and facilities. As a non-governmental organisation, PGL’s mission can only be made possible through support and donations. Please find out how you can help at http://www.promotinggloballearning.org/donate/



Promoting Global Learning (PGL) and Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) will host a charity ball on Saturday 6 February, 2016 from 6.30 pm to 1 am at the luxurious Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY.

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This black-tie event, themed the ‘Literacy Drive Charity Ball’, is being held under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Mr Victor Emmanuel Smith, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland.

The dinner dance gala has as its media partner The Voice newspaper, Britain’s leading black newspaper.

For over three decades, The Voice has been committed and made a contribution to education and social enterprise. The publication was an obvious fit as media partner for this ground-breaking event.

The gala occasion will be attended by business leaders, dignitaries, renowned sports personalities and an array of stars from stage and screen.

Representatives from various countries and Embassies will be present to champion the improvement of literacy rates across Africa, alongside charitable organisations and other stakeholders. The event is open to the general public.

The evening’s programme will include a 3-course dinner, cultural performances, dancing to live music and a DJ, raffle draws, auctions and other fundraising activities. Tickets cost £100 and are available at http://www.promotinggloballearning.org/

The event is raising funds to help transform education in Ghana and beyond through the Jolly Futures programme. The Jolly Futures programme has already reached over 1 million children and been shown to be highly effective in enabling all children to read and write with confidence.  February’s charity ball also aims to help provide mobile libraries to facilitate a strong culture of reading in schools.

The Jolly Futures programme will be implemented in close partnership with governments and will significantly assist them to ensure that all school children acquire the critical skill of reading and writing in their formative years.

The evening promises to be a hugely entertaining fun-filled occasion. Come and meet celebrities committed to a worthy cause.

Your support will generate a far-reaching social return in enhancing the life chances of young people.

To book your ticket(s), please make payment directly to our bank (Barclays Bank):

Promoting Global Learning (PGL)

Account Number: 63050793

Sort Code: 20-16-99 (Barclays Bank)

Please quote your name as reference.

To have your payment acknowledged or to pay by an alternative method please contact Shibani Rao on 07401893100 or email: shibani@universallearningsolutions.org

New Regional Manager in Canada!

We are excited to announce that we now have a Future of Ghana representative in North America!.. Canada to be exact. Introducing Gabriel Odaertei…

Gabriel is a social entrepreneur and the founder of the award winning multimedia enterprise called Ghanalinx Media Group, based in Toronto Canada.

GhanaLinx Media Group (GMG) is a multi-faceted media enterprise that focuses primarily on Ghanaians (and other African ethnicities) living abroad. It’s mission is to bridge the cultural gap between Ghanaians and the global community,  an initiative that has been the sole mission for its founder Gabe.

He has a wide range of experience and has been an active member in the Ghanaian Canadian community for many years. His company organize many special events in the community, such as African movie premiers, Ghana Independence Culture expo and concerts.

He has also collaborated with many event organizers in the community to put together various events and programs. Gabriel is also very passionate about public service,  He has established his own Ghanalinx Foundation, which is a non profit organization with a mission to collaborate with other organizations to promote diaspora initiatives and to also provide social assistance to disadvantaged youths in the Ghanaian community. He also volunteers with the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario as a media relations officer and youth outreach rep. He has been part of the executive and planning committee for many diaspora initiatives such as Youth Leadership summits, Ghana Flood Relief Program and many others..

Gabe’s work and efforts in the African community has not gone unnoticed, he was awarded in 2011 for Best African Entertainment website at the African Entertainment Awards. He has also being honored as a Role Model at the annual Black Canadian Awards and has also been awarded as a Canadian Achiever at the 15th annual Ghanaian Canadian Achievement Awards.

Based in Toronto, Gabriel will be working with the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in Ghana. Do you live in Ghana and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Gabriel via email: Canada@futureofghana.com

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We have a Regional Manager in Ghana!

A little overdue but nonetheless we are pleased to announce  that we have a Regional Manager for Ghana.Step forward Tom-Chris Emewulu.

Tom-Chris is a dynamic change maker with a distinctive track record of pioneering projects that have impacted hundreds of youth.

While a student of Radford University College where he pursued a B.Sc. in Business Administration majoring in accounting, Tom-Chris founded Stars From All Nations (SFAN) in 2013 as a tool for bridging the gap between college and career, and to help raise the next generation of African leaders.


His accomplishments in youth development have been rewarded recently with a placement in the second Cohort of President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) West Africa programme which he successfully completed earlier this month.

Tom-Chris is a published author of an inspirational book entitled “Breaking the Limits”. He enjoys focusing on topics pertaining to youth education and youth entrepreneurship.

Based in Accra Tom-Chris  will be working with the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in Ghana.

Do you live in Ghana and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Tom-Chris via email: ghana@futureofghana.com

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

FOG 2016: Nominate a Pioneering Young Ghanaian Today!

The publication recognises the Top 30 under 30 pioneering Ghanaian youth from around the world, whilst also featuring forward thinking articles highlighting key industries, innovators and organisations vision for Ghana and Africa.






We believe the publication will act as a catalyst to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana.

We aim to produce a positive visual resource promoting Ghana whilst also using the publication as a point of inspiration for youth to showcase relatable role models excelling in a variety of industries globally.

The publication launches annually on Ghana Independence day to amplify a forward thinking narrative about the Future of Ghana, showcasing positivity whilst creating platforms to discuss solutions to specific issues the Ghanaian community face in Ghana and the Diaspora.


1. Aged 30 years or younger (as of 6th March 2016)

2. Be Ghanaian (born in Ghana or Ghanaian through birth, via a parent(s) or grandparent(s))

3. Please use the following characteristics as a guide when explaining your reasons for nomination:

  • MotivationalSomeone who helps to get the best out of others and themselves
  • VisionarySomeone who has a desired future outlook of a product or service they wish to or are a part of providing
  • AmbitiousSomeone whose demonstrated the will to succeed and/or shown a willingness to learn, especially from failures
  • Role ModelSomeone people look up to. A person who inspires others as a result of something they have done or are doing
  • Social Influence/ImpactSomeone who as a result of what they do/have done, have a positive of influence within a community
  • Communication Skills: Someone who demonstrates their ability to listens to others and as a result helps find solutions to problems for individuals/groups & communities

4. If a nominee was selected as one of the Top 30 Under 30 in 2015, as per the Future of Ghana constitution, they are not eligible for review and cannot be featured as one of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 Pioneer’s for the subsequent five [5] years; in this instance, not until 2019.



Q. Can I nominate myself?

A. Yes you can, as long as you fit within the eligability criteria detailed 

Do nominees have to be based in Ghana?

A. No, this is a global search for young Ghanaian talent. We welcome nominations from anywhere in the world, as

long as the nominee fits within the eligability criteria detailed 
Q. Can I nominate more than one person?

A. Yes, but all nominations will have to be made seperatly
Q. How are the Top 30 Under 30 selected?


Stage 1:

  • An independent committee is be responsible for scoring (from 1-10, according to Nomination Characteristics and the content of the nominators descritption of the nominee within the nomination form), reviewing and sifting all nomination entrants

Stage 2:

  • The shortlisted candidates are informed and groups of shortlisted candidates are equally distributed to the FOG Judges (nominations are presented without nominates name) for the FOG Judges to initial independently review and score candidates (scoring from 1-10 according to Nomination Characteristics and the content of the nominators descritption of the nominee within the nomination form) whereby the FOG Judges will score and select their top 7 candidates from their group

Stage 3:

  • The FOG Judges come together to feedback their group of Nominees scores and as a collective group the FOG Judges will conclude by jointly selecting the Top 30 Under 30 Pioneers

Stage 4:

  • The Publication and annoucement of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 2016 Pioneers is officially released on Ghana Independence day on March 6th 2016 

Ever Young…….. by James Barnor The Exhibtion comes to Paris 8.10.15

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In partnership with Autograph ABP, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière presents an exhibition of a large selection of prints by Future of Ghana Patron, James Barnor, both vintage and contemporary. An accompanying book will be published for this occasion, focusing primarily on Barnor’s street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. Barnor’s career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures.


Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.

Along with his contemporaries in other parts of Africa – Seydou Keïta in Mali, Van Leo in Egypt or Rashid Mahdi in Sudan – Barnor started his career by opening a photographic portrait studio frequented by a diverse clientele representing all aspects of society. In the early 1950s Ever Young studio in Jamestown, Accra was visited by civil servants and dignitaries, yoga students, pastors and teachers, performance artists and newlyweds:

Barnor was well-versed in making his clients feel at ease, through vibrant conversation and a background of popular music, creating a unique bond between photographer and sitter. During this period Barnor captured intimate moments of luminaries and key political figures, including Ghana’s first prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah as he pushed for pan-African unity, photographing the future leader on several special occasions.

Not only was James Barnor engaged as the first photojournalist to work with the Daily Graphic – a newspaper brought to Ghana by the British media group, the Daily Mirror – he was also regularly commissioned by Drum magazine – South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics – for whom he photographed several news features, including a staged nuclear family breakfast featuring Gold Coast’s champion boxer Roy Ankrah, aka The Black Flash.


Today Barnor is retired and lives in Brentford, London. In 2009, James Barnor began working with Autograph ABP, who presented a preview of his first major solo exhibition at the former W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, USA, before showcasing the full retrospective curated by Renée Mussai at Autograph ABP’s centre Rivington Place, London, before touring to the South African National Gallery, and other venues. For this current exhibition James has been working closely with Future of Ghana Regional Manager for France, Shasha Osei in regards to PR. Subsequently she was able to secure a special preview of the exhibition on Monday 5 October 2015 in front of distinguished guests including the Ghana Ambassador to France H.E Johanna Odonkor Svaniker  and the President of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama

The exhibition  launches and is open to public from 8 October 2015 at 6pm local time

Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
51 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
Paris, France

T: +33 6 50 06 98 68
E: mail@galerieclementinedelaferonniere.fr

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Sandra Osei-Osare Nominated for 2 BAWR Awards

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our very own Future of Ghana Programme Manager, Sandra Osei-Asare is a finalist in two categories of Black African Women Rock (BAWR) Awards 2015.


Sandra has been nominated for the Young Woman Achiever and the Social & Humanitarian Award for her work as Programme Manager for the Future of Ghana

Sandra is a an incredible asset to the team. known as “Bosslady” as the programme Manager for the initiative she takes the lead on the strategic planning and management of the iniative. A woman of authority, substance and wisdom Sandra has an intense ardour for Africa and its development.

Black African Women Rock , was founded by Lindani Moyo in 2013. The purpose and vision behind BAWR is to motivate , inspire women to pursue with their dreams . BAWR is a platform to uplift women of color by saying yes we can.

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They aim to rise uplift each other to grow and share ideas, and market for each other and stop being negativity amongst each other. Another objective is to reach out to women globally, women that have lost hope, women with low self -esteem , lack confidence , and single women . Women that have reached their lowest and think they cannot make it in life, women who think they are worthless they cannot do it or make it, but BAWR is saying yes they can , they can support women through seminars , workshops, breakfast clubs.

This year’s event will be launched on the 28 Novemeber at the Antoinette Hotel, Kingston, Surrey ,UK.  Tickets can be purchased via this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-african-women-rock-awards-tickets-18910471730?ref=estw

Thus voting is now open and you can vote for Sandra via this link – http://bawr.org.uk/2015-votes/

We appreciate your support!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)


#FEBBM2 is a mentorship and networking event organised for aspiring entrepreneurs, young business owners, young professionals, investors, financiers, and other stakeholders.

The goal of of the event is to promote and encourage youth enterprises and entrepreneurship, as well as to engage young people to take action in solving the problems in their environments.

Participants meet peers, build contacts, share opportunities and success stories, strike partnerships as they listen to seasoned industry leaders discuss issues pertaining to business and Africa.

This is a special edition and it’s organized on the theme “the connection economy”

Topics includes:
1. Using Technology to solve the problems of Africa 
2. Raising Capital for your Start-Up 
3. The Role of Young People in Community Development 
4. Business Growth and Sustainability

Panellists on the day include:
  • H.E Ambassador Hans Doctor, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 
  • Mark Essien, CEO of Hotels.Ng
  • Ethel Cofie, Founder, Women In Tech Africa
  • John Dumelo, CEO of JMelo Brands
  • John-Patrick Ehouman of Akendewa

The moderator will be Wayne Miranda, CEO of Growth Mosaic.
The event will take place at Impact Hub, Accra, (located at  F 393/4 Otswe Street, Osu Ako-Adjei
Osu) and will be streamed live from 8 am via this link: https://youtu.be/BuJjzLRS5I8
For more information please call/text +233 545 93-5695
Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Emma Amaofo Shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Black British Business Awards

2015 Future of Ghana pioneer Emma Amaofo year just keeps getting better! After being selected as top 30 u30 Ghanaian pioneer for our maiden publication. She also completed her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) with a distinction in medical science and an intercalated BSc in Management. This qualified her to start working as a junior doctor from August this year


Now to cap that all off she has now been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Black British Business Awards in the Consumer and Retail sub-category under the Financial services category. The nomination came about due to her work with her fashion brand Friday Born Designs.

Friday Born Designs– pay homage to the motherland by using ‘African fabrics disguised in a British silhouette’ while simultaneously supporting the community back home in Ghana with all the proceeds from their sales going to charity.


Emma recently travelled to Ghana to make a donation of the proceeds of Friday Born Designs to to Bless the Child International Home Orphanage in Kwahu and she hope’s to release a new collection before the end of the year.

We wish Emma the best of luck at the Awards Luncheon on the 20 October 2015 when the winners will be revealed

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Future of Ghana Pioneer Lorraine Wright Brings UGCY to Ghana!

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2015 Future of Ghana pioneer and founder of University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY),  Lorraine Wright and her team will be bringing the event to Ghana for the first time.
Following the success of University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) in the UK, we are pleased to announce that UGCY will be launching in Ghana on October 2nd with the finals taking place in March 2016.
University Gospel Choir of the Year, UGCY, is an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the nation to showcase and develop their musical talents on a national scale. In the UK, winners have
had the opportunity to perform on grand platforms such as UK’s The X Factor and the Britain’s Got Talent competitions (See the UK website–www.ugcy.co.uk for more information).
 In a quest to unearth global talents, LW productions, organizers of UGCY UK have teamed up with Africa’s
Premiere Quality Christian Entertainment Company, GospelTown Africa, to spearhead the maiden edition of
UGCY-Africa starting from Ghana.
UGCY Ghana is designed as a reality TV show which will be aired on local TV channel, Viasat 1 TV within a
period of 4-6 weeks. The footage will show the various process of the competition right from the Auditions to
the Finale held at the National Theatre, Accra in March 2016.
The program will be hosted by two well-known faces and the prospective choirs will be judged by four high
profile and musically inclined individuals in Ghana and the diaspora.
UGCY Ghana will officially be launched at the World Trade Centre on October 2nd 2015. Subsequently, all universities across the country will be given the opportunity to partake in the first edition of UGCY- Ghana by entering their details from October 2015 via the UGCYAFRICA.com website.
Below are some important dates on the calendar of UGCY-GH to note:
  • October 2nd 2015–Launch and Opening for Entries
  • November 2015 –Deadline for Submission
  • December 2015 – Shortlist Announced
  • February 2016 –Boot camp Audition
  •  March 2016 – Finale
Significant preparations that will see the success of UGCY Ghana are underway and everything required to
be communicated to the public will be done so in due time.
Meanwhile, you may visit www.ugcyafrica.com
for further detail or view our promo Ad here: –https://youtu.be/od83f1uLcZA
Contact the country director, Teddy OT, for more information and assistance on 0500101101
United Kingdom
Email: info@ugcy.co.uk
Website: www.ugcy.co.uk
Company: University Gospel Choir of the year
Address: PO Box 62749, London, SW2 9HA, UK
Email: info@ugcyafrica.com
Website: www.ugcyafrica.com
Company: LW Company Ltd
FutureofGhana (@FutureofGH)

Reflections on #FOGYLF2015

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Its been over three weeks since the close of the Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum at Ashesi University. Since our return to the UK the Future of Ghana team have shared our own personal experiences amongst ourselves. However Its not until we actually take some time out to reflect as a collective that we realise the magnitude of what was achieved on those 3 days.

So lets look back…….

Day 1 saw eager students under 18 descend on Ashesi to take part in a day that was tailored to their immediate needs. First up they were treated to a morning Key note address from Cecil Nutakor,CEO of Equinox Intercom Limited  on the ‘irony of failure’


Arguably the highlight of the day was Romeo Eff’s, CEO of Aspyre Group Session on ‘How To create amazing‘  which was uplifting as it was inspiring for attendees. The as result – the forum hashtag #FOGYLF2015 was trending in Ghana for 1 hour! GhanaThink foundation continued the empowerment theme by providing team members who individually mentored attendees.

Later in the day we were joined by Future of Ghana pioneers Donald Ward, President of Era Global LLC and Elizabeth Patterson, founder of Girl Education initiative Ghana as well as Nii Atakora Mensah , Content Manager for Ghana Music who participated in a panel discussion on developing careers.


The day closed with a powerful key note address from Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of KPMG UK

The second day began tentatively as the first paying day we awaited anxiously those who would attend. However as the day unfolded we realised that it was not so much about the numbers but rather the quality of the sessions we were able to provide.

During the morning we entered into a highly charged and passionate panel discussion on ‘Re-imagining Africa’s future’. Panellists included Future of Ghana’s own Creative Director, Samuel Mensah, Cecil Nutakor, Dr Yemisi Bokini Founder of the Daily Run series, Papa Akhurst founder of the BWP Series and Dansoa Siaw-Misa, Sales Manager for Rendeavour. Strong views were expressed which led to the Q&A session running well into lunch. Later that afternoon attendees were treated to key note addresses from panellists Dansoa and Cecil but it was clear  what the highlight of the day was.

Day 3 with started with an interactive and engaging session led by Seth Tandoh, founder of Leadership Ghana on leading yourself and others. Attendees discovered there were 6 key human personalities (social, technical, artistic, investigative, conventional and enterprising) of which each of us have three main ones. Seth’s probing questions made for a humorous and enjoyable session.


After lunch Ben Anim-Antwi, Director of Communications moderated a panel discussion on learning from leadership that included Award-winning journalist Ameyaw Debrah , Future of Ghana Programme Manager Sandra Osei-Asare , British High Commission (Accra) Comms Manager Estelle Sackey, Romeo Effs and CEO of the Sixth Sense Manifesto Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah. The final panel discussion of the forum proved to be insightful as it was informative and inspiring!

Estelle Sackey was next up to deliver a session on the UK governments Chevening programme which allows foreign students to study UK universities. Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, Chair of the Future of Ghana then wrapped up with speed networking session which got attendees off their seats and engaging with one and other.


It was an emotional end to the day/forum as the Future of Ghana Team wrapped up with closing remarks and acknowledged Volunteer co-ordinators Justice Kanu and Kalm Paul-Christian from Oxford University as well as the rest of Ashesi volunteers who all received certificates for their efforts. A few tears were shed and the magnitude of what had been achieved over three days slowly sank in.


Futhermore the feedback we’ve received since the conclusion of the forum have been mind-blowing. Below are snippets of emails we have personally received:

  • The presentation and panel discussions were inspiring, motivating and soul stirring
  • The forum has also reignited the passion I had for seeing Africa as a continent transform and blossom into one of the world’s greatest continents
  • I would more than love to partner with Mefiri Ghana on your next project, even if I have to sweep the Halls for the forum, I gladly will
  • You Elevated my mindset and skills to a whole new level. I feel more powered and ready. I believe, Africa needs a Change.
  • Although am not Ghanaian, I believe that  I am a global citizen thus the future of Ghana is relevant to me too.

We would like to say a BIG thank to all our delivery partners, volunteers and attendees being part of the FOGYLF 2015, believing in the vision and for impacting the lives of the next generation.

Until next year!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

African Entrepreneurship Programme

Me Firi Ghana are pleased to announce our collaboration with The African Entrepreneurship Programme (AEP); a new initiative of the Global African Investment Summit.

The AEP will support African entrepreneurs and young African businesses seeking expansion capital to realize their investment objectives by giving them the opportunity to present and connect with financial stakeholders.

The AEP is supported by His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Aliko Dangote (Africa’s most successful entrepreneur) and former Nigerian President H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo. 

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Prince Andrew’s commitment to entrepreneurship and enterprise development through his ‘Pitch@Palace’ initiative and his patronage of the African Entrepreneurship Programme will provide valuable support to the African continent and will strengthen ties with Africa.

The AEP will provide ongoing support for young businesses and entrepreneurs selected by the Programme. The top three most talented entrepreneurs will present their business proposals to investors at the London Global African Investment Summit in December.

To submit your entry to the African Entrepreneurship Programme, click the following link and complete the short application form: CLICK HERE

Future of Ghana Top 30 U30 pioneer Fred M Deegbe featured in Forbes Africa

2015 Future of Ghana pioneer Fred M Deegbe and his HTW (Heel The World) brand was  featured in Forbes Africa earlier this month. The brand most known for its exclusive made in Ghana goods, including leather bags, shoes and the HTW empowerment beads were profiled by Forbes Africa’s new West Africa Correspondent, Peace Hyde.

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Fred started his company 4 years ago and since then has made headlines across Africa as one of the young success stories to watch out for.Despite not having any real knowledge about the shoe market, Deegbe, who was a banker at the time, decided to take on the world’s leading shoe brands. Soon after, he teamed up with a friend and started Heel The World (HTW), a high-end shoemaking company based in Accra, Ghana.

That was in 2011, and one year later Deegbe quit his banking job to dedicate himself fully in his new ambitious venture.

In 2012, Fred was inducted into the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, and later became a member of the African Leadership Network as well. In 2013, HTW spearheaded the biggest ‘Our Day’ event ever by bringing together 10 start ups to feed and inspire 10 junior high schools in 10 different locations at the same time, impacting over 2000 kids that day.

2014 saw Fred featured on both CNN and BBC for his work with HTW. Over the past few years he has used the popularity of the brand to inspire and empower young Africans through the famous black and gold HTW Empowerment Beads– black is for the hard work, gold is for the ultimate reward

After being awarded the best fashion brand in Ghana by President Mahama, the company has now secured yet another first by being featured in the number 1 monthly read business magazine in the world.

We salute you Fred!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Kwesi Boakye Guest Stars On TNT’s hit US show “Murder In the First”

Our youngest 2015 Future of Ghana Pioneer Kwesi Boakye  is currently a guest star on season 2 of Taye Diggs new show on TNT  ‪#‎MurderInTheFirst‬. His debut episode aired in the USA on Tuesday June 29th 2015. It should be broadcast in the UK and Ghana in about a week!

Despite his young age Boakye has already made a huge name for himself starring in blockbuster films such as Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” , “40”  and NAACP Image Awards nominated Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, “Unconditional”. He currently he plays the lead role of “Billy’ in the Indie film “Pocket Listing” , slated to hit film festival circuits later this year.

Here are just a few reasons why Kwesi was selected as a 2015 Pioneer;

  • He has Hollywood and international film festival circuit buzzing over his performance in the film project “Sketch” where he plays a non verbal autistic kid struggling with expressing himself to the outside world through drawings. He won Best Actor at the 2015 Pann African Cannes Film Festival, Special mention at the Iceland Film Festival  and the film won the Audience Award at Urbanworld Film Festival.
  • Has also lent his incredible talent to many top rated television shows including being a series regular cast on Ray Romano’s “Men of a Certain Age”, “Touch”, “The Mentalist”, “Hawaii Five-O” playing Sean P. Diddy Coombs son, “Southland”, “Community”, “Hawthorne” and many more.
  • Kwesi is also on ABC’s new show “Mind Games” with Christian Slater.
  • Kwesi voiced 3 seasons in the role of ‘Darwin Watterson’, the lead character in the Cartoon Network’s hit animated seriesThe Amazing World Of Gumball, which has won multiple BAFTA’S, Annie Awards and recently earned an Internationa Emmy’s Award.

Now with his latest role in Murder in the First ,the sky is the limit for our youngest pioneer. Onwards and Upwards for Kwesi

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Alloysius Attah’s Startup Farmerline wins $50,000 investment each from Village Capital

We were extremely pleased to hear that 2015 Future of Ghana pioneer Alloysius Attah startup Farmerline has been named as one of two winners of Village Capital’s FinTech for Agriculture accelerator programme in East Africa, walking away with $50,000 in investment.

Village Capital, which finds, trains and invests in early-stage ventures solving major social problems across the world, had selected the startups for its three-month accelerator programme, which aims to unlock innovations that increase access to financial services for smallholder farmers. The programme ended with a venture forum last  week, with participants ranking each other based on six criteria at which point Farmerline was selected as a winner,

Farmerline, which is expanding to East Africa and supports and is committed to empowering small-scale farmers in Ghana by providing agricultural information to farmers,

Farmerline are making an impact in the agricultural sector in Ghana and we wish Alloysius all the best as his business expands across the continent

Future of Ghana @FutureofGH

Future of Ghana at the 2015 Oxford Africa Conference…

The annual Oxford Africa Conference took place from 22-23 May 2015 and this year we were privileged to be in attendance. Chair of the Future of Ghana, Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka led the charge on the first day of the conference  at the Oxford Union where he witnessed an opening address by H.E John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana discussing integration in Africa.

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Arnold was also privy to lectures/discussions on migration across African borders, the issue of building a gender inclusive talent pool across Africa and entrepreneurship on the continent. Arnold’s day ended with a brief meet and greet with President Mahama (his second- the first one being at the LSE Africa conference last year when he presented the President with the WAM Campaign Diaspora Youth Policy brief).


The second day at the Said Business School saw Director of Communications, Ben Anim-Antwi and Project Manager Sandra Osei-Asare attend with some of the Future of Ghana pioneers including Alloysius Attah, Lorraine Wright, Rosina St James and Einstein Ntim.

The Future Ghana entourage were treated to informative day with the focus being Business, development and the creative arts. There were seminars on agriculture, private equity, Literature and Energy. Delegates were also given the opportunity to choose from three short films on African identity from South Africa, the USA and Ghana respectively.


During the course of the day 2015 Pioneer Alloysius Attah took part in “The Africa you Never Knew” pitch  competition in which a select  number of innovators in attendance got the opportunity to pitch their businesses/projects to the Plenary (Oxford Union council) in the hope of receiving some funding following a public vote. Alloysius was confident and assured in presenting his enterprise Farmerline which supports and is committed to empowering small-scale farmers in Ghana. Alloy (as he likes to be called) came third in the competition.

The day ended with a drinks and buffet reception which thereafter most of the Future of Ghana entourage left for London minus those who stayed for the Afrobeat After party! (Einstein ahem!…. 🙂 ) Building networks and strengthening old ones the Oxford Africa Conference served as fertile ground for this .

We look forward to next year!

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New Regional Manager in Italy

We are pleased to announce we have further representation in Western Europe as we can reveal Evelyne Afaawua has been appointed as Regional Manager in Italy.

Based in Northern Italy  Evelyne  will be working with the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in Italy. She is a TEDxMilanoWoman speaker, occasional radio personality and the founder of Afro-Italian Nappy Girls (Nappytalia), a platform with over 5000 followers and members which acts as an online community at brings together African-Italian girls, who have decided to abandon chemical straightening to show off their natural curly Afro proudly.

Born and raised in Italy Evelyne is proud to call herself a “Black-Italian” but is equally proud and passionate about Ghana and is active in expressing her roots and culture through Nappytalia.

Do you live in Italy and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Evelyne via email Italy@mefirighana.com

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New Future of Ghana Regional Manager in Germany

We are very pleased to announce that previous Wam Campaign volunteer Lucy Larbi has been appointed as Regional Manager in Germany.

Lucy who is currently residing in the Netherlands due to her studies will now be working alongside the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in Germany.

Lucy who was born in Kumasi, Ghana is a well travelled young lady. She was raised in Germany where she resided until she completed her A-levels. From there she moved to Paris to learn French and to understand the French “savoir vivre”. Later Lucy would leave for the Netherlands,  as she  wanted to discover the world of politics and diplomacy, thus completed a three year Bachelor in Groningen at the Rijksuniversiteit.

Whilst in Madrid, Spain to study Spanish, Lucy found herself being accepted on a Masters course in Public Policy and Human Development at the United Nations University in Maastricht. She is currently writing her master thesis in the field of Innovation Economics in order to graduate in the summer. Lucy is also involved in establishing a community of learning for African PhD students, which is a e-learning platform that caters to the needs of students while completing their studies.

Do you live in Germany and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Lucy via email Germany@mefirighana.com

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Donald Ward ensures children can go to school in comfort through Happy Feet!

Last month Future of Ghana Pioneer Donald Ward made a couple hundred Ghanaian schoolchildren very happy and is trend he wishes to continue.

Through his company Era Global LLC ( a Marketing technology brand focusing on the emerging markets in Africa) on Saturday 30 May 2015 they donated 200 pairs of footwear to pupils at Brenu Akyinim in the Central Region as part of the happy feet project. The goal is to distribute 1000 shoes every year for the next 5 years.
Happy feet was instituted this year as an initiative of Era Global LLC and executed by DWI (the foundation).
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This project seeks to distribute 1000 pairs of footwear every year, to pupils/students in select communities in the Central and Volta Regions of Ghana. Last year Donald went to some schools and hospitals in rural and “deprived” communities. That’s when he realized students in these communities needed shoes more than anything else.
So he took it upon himself to distribute shoes to these peeps but had to put it in context so it will be a message to everyone rather than just any other regular donation program.
Mr Ward we salute your efforts!
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Jason Sarfo-Annin, receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award to the US

2015 Future of Ghana Pioneer and Junior doctor, Jason Sarfo-Annin, has received a the Fulbright – Nursten Postgraduate Award to enable him to study at Harvard University on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.


As a participant, Jason has been selected to undertake a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Pubic Health. He plans to better understand how health policy and organisational structure affects the quality and delivery of care to patients in universal healthcare systems, such as the NHS.

Commenting on receiving the award, Jason said: I was surprised and incredibly honoured to be the first ever recipient of the Fulbright – Nursten Award. I’m really looking forward to my time in Boston as a Fulbright Scholar due to the exceptional wealth of healthcare, management and policy knowledge at Harvard, and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of US culture. I hope that I can use the knowledge I gained to make meaningful contributions in healthcare that benefit patients.

Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships.”

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: “It’s very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life changing trip to the US. This year’s cohort are no exception, and have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into US culture, collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK. The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process.



In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. In addition, Fulbright scholars receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.

Scholar Bio: Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin, born and raised in East London, undertook his medical training at the University of Oxford. Jason’s focus is on improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, drawing on the wealth of experience he has gained from his time working for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Ministry of Health of Ghana. He has also sought to widen his understanding of healthcare systems by undertaking medical placements in South Africa, Australia and Trinidad. His role in empowering fellow clinicians has lead to him being highlighted as an Emerging Leader within healthcare and the recipient of the Teale Prize from the Royal College of Physicians. More recently Jason has been listed as one of the top 30 future pioneers of Ghana. Outside work, Jason seeks to engage young people and further their educational experiences, having worked as a school governor of a primary school and as a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. During his Fulbright year Jason will pursue a Master of Public Health degree, focused on Health Policy and Management, at Harvard University. He hopes to better understand how universal healthcare, free at the point of need, can be better organised to become sustainable in both high and low resource countries.

The Future of Ghana team would like to congratulate Jason on  this great achievement and wish him further success at Harvard

Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on their website. For information about past scholars please visit the Meet Our Fulbrighters section of the website.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Programme. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.

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Inspire Ghana founded by Future of Ghana pioneer Aba Abekah-Mensah brings to you…. The Inspire Ghana 2015 Press Launch

This event will be taking place at: 10 The Hamlet Bar Streatham High Road SW16 1DB 18th June 2015 7-9:30pm

The event will be hosted by Award winning presenter host and radio producer, AJ Essuman (BBC 1xtra, reprezent radio, The Inspiration Corner) and awarding winning journalist and media shining star, entrepreneur and Future of Ghana 2015 Pioneer Joanna Abeyie.



Join the Inspire Ghana team as they share the vision for the 2015 expedition to Ghana and details on Inspire Ghana awareness Month in July Activities in Ghana this August – Summer school – Orphanage clothes, toys and books donation – Baby items and supplies for new mothers at Korle- bu Hospital in Accra Panel discussion on the night, live music, canapés and chance to mingle.

Free entry. Contact details: Email info@inspireghana.com, 07944913535 or 07912484661

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New Future of Ghana Regional Manager in France!

We are delighted to announce that our 2015 Future of Ghana media partner Sha Osei has been appointed as Regional Manager in France.

Sha who is based in Paris played an important role in the 2015 Future of Ghana initiative as our media partner and also contributor to the publication. She will now be working alongside the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in France. She has already engaged members of the French National Assembley and a number of students all enthusiastic about creating a network for Ghanaians in France. There are currently plans in the pipeline for a student debate in Paris this summer and much much more so watch this space!

Known by the nickname Sha,  Akosua Osei is a writer, publisher, and owner of Sha Osei PR in Paris. Raised in the UK, in a West Indian household, but dreaming of returning to Africa (she is Ghanaian on her Father’s side) Sha has enjoyed studying and travelling internationally, which has given her the thirst and drive to live and work abroad.

Working within the Fashion Industry for over five years, she has developed great rapports with industry insiders and clients who have enabled her to live her dreams of running her own magazine and creative agency.

Do you live in France and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Sha via email france@mefirighana.com

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Deborah Ahenkorah Wins Yale Book Publishing Scholarship!

Future of Ghana 2015 top 30 U30 pioneer Deborah Ahenkorah has been selected  as one of four winners of Yale’s University inaugural “Innovative Leader Scholarship” to this summer’s Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media and Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing .  The scholarships enable emerging leaders, who might not otherwise have the financial resources, to participate in an unique educational experience at Yale.


Deborah joins Antionette G. Kerr from the USA,  Comfort Sakoma from Nigeria and Tarek El-Elaimy from the Egypt/USA as winners across two categories. Deborah was the International winner in the Book publishing scholarship category.

Deborah founded Golden Baobab, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to enable Africans to create written content for children that reflect African experiences. She also founded the African Bureau for Children’s Stories to make sure these books got into the hands of children all over the world.

Congratulations Deborah from everyone at the Future of Ghana on this wonderful Achievement!

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The First Ghana Education Debate- providing answers for a better educational system


The 2015 Future of Ghana pioneers present the online debate…

Ghana is a nation on the lips of many across the globe as it comes to light that education statistics from an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report show our nation to be failing in its ability to maintain an average level of maths and science ability for students. Ghana was listed as the worst performing nation. Details of the world education statistics were published ahead of the World Education Forum which took place from 19th- 22nd May 2015 in Korea.

The link to the report can be found below:


This issue isn’t one to be taken lightly and that is especially the case for a group of young influential Ghanaians worldwide who have come together to effect change for the better. We present to you the Ghana Education Debate 2015 from the  Future of Ghana 2015 pioneers, highlighting the key issues in this report and seeking to find solutions to solve this crisis.

The debate will be held on Friday 29th May 2015 at 3pm GMT and will feature panellists from different regions of the education sector worldwide including the youth affected by these stats, educators and more.  The confirmed panellists are Golda Addo, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, P.K Dickson, Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey and Ken Donkoh . The Debate will be moderated by Elorm Billy Awittor of the Ghana Educators Network.

Taking place online via twitter and Google Hangout on Air, the debate is open to all as the issue of Ghana’s future is spread out on the table. #FutureofGhana and #GhEduDebate are the hashtags to follow this Friday for twitter participation, with the opportunity for people to submit their thoughts and questions in advance and the top 10 action points will be presented to the Ministry of Education in Ghana.

The time for change in Ghana is now. Join the conversation this Friday as Ghana’s future turns a new leaf.

For Further Information

Press features and Info re online debate:  Aba Abekah-Mensah – aba_star@hotmail.com,  Prince Boadu – bprince103@yahoo.com , Lorraine Wright – Lorraine.wright@yahoo.co.uk   and  Kofi Yeboah – emeritus2011@gmail.com

Director of Communications Me Firi Ghana: Ben Anim-Antwi, bantwi@mefirighana.com


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Opportunities Galore for Our 2015 Pioneers..


IMG_9718It’s been over a month since the official launch event for the Future of Ghana deluxe edition publication. Since then the we (the Future of Ghana team) have not rested on our laurels. As Project Manager, Sandra Osei stated during the launch … Excellence is our Average! As such we have been working hard to make sure we deliver our remaining objectives for the year.


Moreover a central part of the Future of Ghana initiative are our top 30 pioneers themselves and whilst they will have the remainder of the year to bask in the glory of their selection. It is pertinent on our part that they are given the opportunity to further establish and better themselves. Our Director of Communications, Ben Anim-Antwi has galvanised the pioneers and created a networking group amongst themselves he has also been working hard to ensure they have access to events and courses that will benefit them as they pursue their respective endeavours.

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All of our pioneers were given the unique opportunity through the Future of Ghana initiative to explore the potential of an  MBA at the world renowned Yale University School of Management (SOM) by applying for the Pre MBA leadership program which will run this coming June 2015. We were able to get the original application deadline extended exclusively for our pioneers so as much of them as possible could get the chance to apply.

Eight of our Ghanaian based pioneers including Gordon Dogbe, David Asare Asiamah, Prince Adu Appiah and Donald Ward were selected to attend the annual QBP (Queens Birthday Party) at the British High Commission in Accra. They were able to network with diplomats, celebrity and business figures from both the UK & Ghana and were treated to a live performance by Ghanaian rising star Singer/Songwriter Wiyaala in the grounds of the High commissioners residence.

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As Me Firi Ghana prepares to launch it’s exclusive members network shortly the above are just a snippet of the opportunities members can have access to upon subscription.

Lastly we would like to congratulate two of our 2015 top 30 U30 pioneers, Elorm Haligah and Kwam Korsah-Acquah aka Dum Doodles who have both been nominated for GUBA Awards in the Humanitarian and creative categories respectively. Winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on 4th July at Londons Hilton Metropole Hotel. You can obtain tickets here

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Future of Ghana Top 30 U30 Pioneer Elizabeth Patterson wins 2015 Vlisco Award

Last weekend Authentic Dutch wax brand Vlisco, concluded their month-long celebration of the third annual Vlisco Women’s Month campaign with a star-studded award ceremony and fashion show in Accra, where Future of Ghana Top 30 U30 pioneer Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson  was announced as the 2015 Vlisco Ambassador.



Elizabeth is the founder and director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana which provides academic and financial support for girls, with a special focus on students with special needs

On winning the award she said: “It’s a profound honour to be associated with the Vlisco brand and carry the torch from my predecessor, Eugenia Tachie-Menson, who performed her role so well. I am incredibly honoured to fill the shoes of such great women. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.

The night featured performances from singing sensation Gena West and multiple award-winning neo-soul vocalist Efya as well as the funky sounds of the Afro Maestro Orchestra, a group that combines African beats with traditional classical instruments in an incredible fusion.  The young and talented singer Maame Esi and Heroes Dance Group also gave great performances at the show.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on yet another accolade. You can read her Future of Ghana profile here.

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Eureka! British scientists lead a voyage of discovery for Ghana’s schoolchildren..

Lab_13 ignites passion, stirs up curiosity and mixes ideas to create future industry leaders.

A practical, accessible and student-led science project is paving the way for Ghana’s youngsters to step up and lead their nation’s science industry via a journey of exploration and experimentation.

photo-originalLab_13 Ghana, less about book learning of science and more about hands-on investigations, is heading to West Africa thanks to UK science charities Lightyear Foundation and Ignite! and a team of passionate scientists.

Lightyear Foundation is dedicated to igniting a passion for science across the world, empowering students, teachers and communities, showing how local, cheap and easily accessible materials can be used to bring the high school curriculum to life through hands-on activities, creating the next generation of passionate scientists.

Lightyear has partnered with Ignite! to deliver Lab_13 in the Bosomtwe District of central Ghana – the first outside of the UK.  The project which opens at Agape Academy on Wednesday 8 April is a designated science space in a school, where curiosity and imagination are brought to life through experiments using simple and basic local materials and resources. Activities are led by the curiosity and questions that children bring to the Lab_13, and their understanding of science is boosted by considering how it plays a central part of their everyday lives.

Each Lab_13 is run by a Management Team of pupils, and supported by Scientists in Residence.  In Lab_13 Ghana, scientists from Britain and Ghana will lead the sessions, encouraging understanding through doing, questioning, imagining and testing. But at the heart of the project is the principle that students are learning not just science but how to become scientists.

160 primary schools and 70 junior high schools in Ghana’s Bosumtwe District will visit Lab_13 between now and September.

British schools are invited to take part too – linking up to work alongside the Ghanaian students, via video, so that they can share findings and ideas and get passionate about science together.

Lab_13 Ghana is all about igniting passion and changing lives,” says Fran Ling, Co-Founder of Lightyear Foundation.

“We all know the importance of education, but the way children are taught can make all the difference. Getting hands-on to explore, test and discover is the ideal way to inspire active young minds and instil in them the importance of questioning.

“This all adds up to a drive to succeed in science, which is great news for individual futures and the prospects of a whole nation.”

Lab_13 Ghana launched on Wednesday, 8th April at host school Agape Academy, Jachie. Students have been busy preparing for the launch event, rehearsing special dances to create a real celebration of colour and noise. There will also be tours of the lab space, speeches from the student management committee and demonstrations by students from Agape and other schools.

“Ghana is developing. We need a lot of scientists, they will develop Ghana,” says Joseph Donkor, Bosomtwe district Chairman for Ghana National Association for Private Schools.

“If they have the know-how and the understanding of science, they can solve their own problems and they are not left behind.”

The two British scientists who are heading to Ghana to donate their time, expertise and passion to help children enjoy and explore science are Myfanwy Owen and Anisha Tailor.

Myfanwy, 31 graduated with a degree in biology, specialising in biochemistry and microbiology. She spent several years in immunology research and development before moving to bioengineering. An enthusiastic micro-biologist with a real thirst for knowledge, she takes the tiny and makes it massively important. In 2012, she put her passion for science to good use, and joined the Lightyear Foundation Executive team managing their UK events.

Myfanwy says, “I was involved in the Lab_13 Ghana project from the very beginning and saw the idea grow into reality. The concept is brilliant and something I’m thrilled to be a part of. I know from my previous visits to Ghana the enthusiasm and curiosity of the children, teachers and community will make this project a huge success. ”

Anisha Tailor, 27, graduated in 2010 with a Master in Chemistry. She took time out from education and worked as a digital media designer for Fuse School, writing scripts and creating animations for YouTube science videos. Anisha retuned to university in 2013 to study Science Communication and upon graduation took on the role as Outreach Officer at The Physiological Society, creating hands-on activities, and discussion events for schools and the general public.

She says, “I met students from Lab_13 UK at a science festival, and within minutes I knew that there should be a Lab_13 in every school. When I saw the Ghana project, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. This is the way science should be taught and it’s a privilege to be involved with something so worthwhile.”

Seven students from Agape Academy have been chosen as the Student Management Committee of Lab_13 Ghana. They include Sylvester Kwakye, who says “Lab_13 is here to satisfy your scientific curiosity”, and Angela Sinabis, who says Lab_13 will “let me know things about the world”.

At Lightyear Foundation, exploration and education go hand in hand. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to unlock their potential, solve problems and engage with science and by doing so harnessing the skills they, and their countries, need for success. Lightyear Foundation is dedicated to igniting a passion for science across the world, empowering students, teachers and communities, showing how local, cheap and easily accessible materials can be used to bring the high school curriculum to life. 

Lightyear Foundation, registered charity no 1150231, for information visit the website www.lightyearfoundation.org

Ignite! Is a not-for-profit company that specialises in creative education programmes.
www.ignitefutures.org.uk Ignite! opened the first Lab_13 at Dovecote Primary School in Nottingham in 2009. 

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