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GHANA TO PASS NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celine Henry (@celinea_henry)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ABOUT CRYSTAL DEBRAH

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

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

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

SFAN PRESENTS FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING 5

What: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 5th Edition.

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

Where: Mercedes Café, Silver Star Tower, Accra.

Rate: Early bird: GHc 50.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

User Acquisition:

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

 

Conversion Optimization:

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

 

Retention:

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

 

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

Please check back for speakers.

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

 

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

SANGU DELLE ELECTED DIRECTOR OF PRESTIGIOUS HARVARD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Sangu for this fabulous achievement.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

GHANA NIE : A LOCAL GOODS FAIR

CALL TO ALL VENDORS

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


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

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

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL CAMPAIGN PROJECT

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

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

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

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

Date          :        Thursday, 15th June, 2017

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

Time : 10:00 am

Theme: Ghana’s shared responsibility to end hunger.

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

 

NB: The programme starts at 10:00am prompt

FROM GHANA MULTIMEDIA CENTER (ACCRA) TO SILICON VALLEY (CALIFORNIA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS THE AFRICA OF 2063 HAS STARTED… THE AFRICA WE WANT

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

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

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

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

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