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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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SFAN PRESENTS QUANTAM LEAP FAIR 2017

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

MAXMART SHOPPING CENTRE DONATES TO BUILD COMMUNITY LIVESTOCK FARM FOR VULNERABLE IN AFRAM PLAINS SOUTH.

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.

 

MUSE AFRICA AND OXFAM IN GHANA KICKS OFF PARTICIPATE CAMPAIGN TO ENGAGE GHANAIAN MILLENIALS IN THE UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTIONS

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.

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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

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.

About MUSE MEDIA NETWORKS

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

https://www.facebook.com/OxfamInGhana/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

@oxfaminghana

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

Media Contacts

Micheal Boakye Yiadom

Muse Media Networks

0243263744

mikeboakye1@gmail.com

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SFAN PRESENTS YALI QUANTUM LEAP CAREER AND INVESTMENT FAIR

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

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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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WHY EFFICIENCY WITHIN GHANA’S FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN MUST BE A 2016 ELECTION ISSUE.

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.
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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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ANNOUNCING MESH CREATIVE CONFAB

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.
Expo
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
event.
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
www.meshgh.com
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ACCRA TO HOST THE FIRST FOOD FOR ALL GHANA CONFERENCE

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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TedxACCRA 2016 IS FAST APPROACHING…..

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.

PROGRAM OUTLINE FOR TEDxAccra 2016

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.

WHEN
WHERE
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.

STRUCTURE

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.

WHO ARE THEY?

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.

BUSINESS COACHING

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.

INTERESTED?

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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MUSE AFRICA ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH TANZANIA’S TV1

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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COHORTS OF YALI WEST AFRICA RLC FEEDS THE VULNERABLE IN ACCRA DURING EASTER PERIOD

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!

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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

REGISTER TO ATTEND TODAY: Click Here

WHY ATTEND?

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…

KEY NOTE SPEAKER:

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

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE Q & A

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

PANEL:

 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

 

OUR REAL ESTATE EVENT PARTNER:

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

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

PRESS/MEDIA ENQUIRES:
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.”

Guests

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/

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PROMOTING GLOBAL LEARNING, UNIVERSAL LEARNING SOLUTIONS & THE VOICE JOIN FORCES TO HOST THE LITERACY DRIVE CHARITY BALL

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.

Henry, HE Victor Smith and Sue Gerrish

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.

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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

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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.

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MAKE YOUR NOMINATION TODAY: CLICK HERE

 

WHY THE FUTURE OF GHANA PUBLICATION?

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.


NOMINATION CRITERIA:

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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Q. Can I nominate myself?

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


Q. 
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?

A. 

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.

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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.

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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

Venue
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.

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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)

STARS FROM ALL NATIONS (SFAN) is Co-hosting the second edition of FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING (FEBBM) with IMPACT HUB ACCRA GHANA

#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

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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.

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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
Africa
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’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

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

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

 

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

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

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!
Future of Ghana (@Future of Ghana)

 

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.

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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.

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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 PRESS LAUNCH 2015…

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.

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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.

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32608772

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.

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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.”
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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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Meet the Future of Ghana Judges: Andy Ansah

Judge Profile Image - Andy AnsahAndy Ansah is a former professional footballer who after retiring from the sport set up his company Sports on Screen, who are now known globally as the number one go to company for sports related films, commercials and TV programs.

Meet the Future of Ghana Judges: Charlene Nyantekyi

 Judge Profile Image - Charlene NyantekyiCharlene Nyantekyi is the hospitality director of AEG Europe where she leads the VIP division working with Artists, Promoters and Venues to create amazing experiences throughout Europe.

Meet the Future of Ghana Judges: Alex Boateng

Alex_Boateng_Twin_BAlex Boateng – commonly known as Twin B – is the A&R/Marketing Manager at Island Records; a record label that operates as a division of Universal Music Group.

Meet the Future of Ghana Judges: Ameyaw Deborah

Ameyaw Debrah is a mainstay in the journalism and social media sectors in Ghana, he garners the kind of respect in this field more akin to a veteran over his half age.

Meet the Future of Ghana Judges: Dentaa Amoateng

Judge Profile Image - Dentaa AmoatengDentaa Amoateng is the founder of non-profit organisation the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards. Dentaa decided to set up the awards as she felt that there was nothing out there promoting and enriching the Ghanaian heritage.

Future of Ghana Judges Deliberation Meeting

On January the 30th, the Future of Ghana Judges deliberated and sifted through all the applications at City Hall, London. The discussions were intense, the atmosphere inspired but the decisions were made on the top 30 U30. Have a look to see some real time images of the meeting…