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Get Nominated for the 2017 Ghana Startup Club 100 Ranking

The Ghana Start-Up Club 100 (GSClub 100) is an annual ranking of the top 100 best performing start-up companies in Ghana spearheaded by The Startup Network.

Prestigious and coveted; the Ranking celebrates Ghana’s entrepreneurs and innovators. It offers a unique chance for small to medium scale businesses to be recognised for their hard work, commitment and of course, success.

Established by The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) and organised in partnership with Premium Bank Ghana, iConceptsPR and Avance Media and in collaboration with key private and public stakeholders, the GSClub 100 is positioned to give high-impact start-ups and outstanding entrepreneurs the public recognition and support they deserve to propel them to greater heights in their chosen fields of endeavours.

NOMINATE HERE

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN GHANA TO BENEFIT FROM WAITROSE CHRISTMAS PROJECT

Food for All Ghana programme in partnership with MaxMart Family shopping centre and Kwatson’s West Africa, the sole distributors of Waitrose brand of products in Ghana will from 10th December till 10 January 2017  raise funds to support children out of school due to lack of regular means of nutrition.

The 2016 Maxmart Buy More, Feed More Christmas project, in association with Waitrose is aimed at creating sustainable means of nutrition for vulnerable children and raising awareness on the economic and social impact of child under nutrition in Ghana.

The 2016 cost of hunger in Africa report  by the National Development Planning Commission estimates 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 are associated with under nutrition.

Speaking at a stakeholder’s  forum to launch the  project, Founder of Food for All Africa programme,

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Food For All Ghana feeding the needy

Chef Elijah Amoo Addo revealed  3 out of 5 children on the streets of Accra are out of school due to lack of regular means of nutrition at a time when over 45% of food goes to waste along Ghana’s food supply chain. For Ghana to overcome child under nutrition, all stakeholders must be responsible to ensure the right to food and education of children is championed. He praised MaxMart Family Shopping centre for contributing towards creating efficiency and reducing child under nutrition in Ghana.

Marketing manager of MaxMart Family Shopping centre, Mrs. Layal Majdoub explained  that for any Waitrose brand product that MaxMart customers and the general public buy this Christmas, 3% of the  price will be donated to  the Food for All Africa sustainable farms fund which will be used to  provide a  poultry project for  a beneficiary orphanage home by March 2017.

Waitrose are active supporters of the Global “Love Food, Hate waste” campaign and therefore delighted to work with customers and Ghanaians at large to reduce food waste and  hunger in Ghana.

The Future of Ghana 2017 – The Search for Ghana’s Top 30 U30 has begun…

The search….

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation (Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General)

In less than 3 generations 41% of the world’s youth will be African”, “By 2035, Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s” (Mo Ibrahim Foundation)

It was the above statements amongst others that were the catalyst behind the creation of the Future of Ghana initiative in October 2014. A time to celebrate, mobilize and invest in young people of Ghanaian heritage around the world on an annual basis at a critical time in Africa’s growth.

Now in its 3rd cycle Me FiRi Ghana once again begin a mission to find the pioneers and innovators of the Future through the first objective of the Future of Ghana initiative by undertaking a global search for the top 30 Ghanaian talent aged 18 – 30 years – impacting industries around the world. The search will consist of an open nomination process driven through Ghanaian Diplomatic missions, Ghanaian Associations/Organisations, Commonwealth secretariat, media partners and social media using the official hashtag #FOG2017

Nominations for Future of Ghana 2017 are NOW OPEN to the public until 2 December 2016 via the website. Once closed nominees will be whittled down to a top 30 by a select judging panel, and featured in our annual online publication to be released in March 2017.

This cycle’s esteemed judging panel will be revealed in the week commencing 21 November 2016 so look out for the announcements across our platforms. Previous judges include Dentaa Amoateng MBE, Andy Ansah, Ethel Cofie and Isaac Babu-Boateng amongst others.

The initiative has been endorsed by the Ghanaian High Commission UK and British High Commission in Accra. Who both recognize its merits for capacity building and future prosperity of Ghana. Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith said of the initiative upon its inception; “It is heart-warming to realise that young people of Ghanaian heritage are mobilizing themselves to contribute to the development efforts of their motherland, Ghana

Future of Ghana Patron and pioneering photographer James Barnor says of the initiative;

“I am privileged to be chosen as patron for the Future of Ghana initiative. It is refreshing to see young Ghanaians in the Diaspora so forward thinking and genuinely passionate about our nation’s future. This initiative will mobilize and inspire a generation of Ghanaians to come together and utilize their skills for the development of Ghana. I see History in the making!

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The Publication….

 Me Firi Ghana annually produce the Future of Ghana publication which celebrates excellence by recognising the Top 30 under 30 talent of Ghanaian decent, pioneering in industries around the world. The publication also features forward thinking articles highlighting key industries, innovators and organizations visions for Ghana and Africa.

The Publication is the beginning and one that we hope will act as a catalyst to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana whilst also act as a visual source of inspiration for the emerging generation and a talent resource for investors and organizations.

ABOUT Me FiRi Ghana:

Multiple award winning company Me Firi Ghana is a member’s advisory network providing routes to access and invest in Ghana. We consult individuals and organisations recommending opportunities and tailored strategies to engage Ghana and African communities.

For Further Information

Press features:  bantwi@mefirighana.com  Interview requests: novaluxpr@gmail.com

FOG Website: www.futureofghana.com                Company Website: www.mefirighana.com

Ghana winner to receive QYL Award

It has been announced that a young person from Ghana is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people will receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in 2016, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

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This year’s Award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

22 year old Paul-Miki Akpablie from Ghana has been selected in recognition of his work in bringing solar energy powered technology to rural communities..

Paul-Miki Akpablie said: “I am so honoured to be part of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme. I developed the Kadi Energy, a long-lasting battery that uses solar power to charge after discovering many people spend a large proportion of their income on charging mobile devices. It contains enough power to keep a mobile phone in standby mode for seven days. We have also trained 40 young people as agents to distribute the products. The technology is currently being used by 2,000 people living in rural areas.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next three years the Programme will support thousands of young people to achieve their goals.

Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “Once again 60 incredible young people from around the Commonwealth have shown strength, leadership, empathy and drive. Some of our winners are just embarking on their leadership journey and others are more established. Either way, we recognise not only what these amazing young people have achieved, but also their potential in changing people’s lives for the better in the countries and communities in which they live.”

To See a full list of Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories please visi twww.queensyoungleaders.com.

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.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

What does it mean to be the ‘future’?

Youths is a plural word, which in our world, sometimes stands as the opposite of ‘elders’, and describes the younger people in society. Though, I believe there is no age limit for someone to pursue their purpose and goals, the younger people in society and the young adults are naturally the ones attached and identified with  ’visions’, ‘the future’, and ‘change’.

However, as I lay down on my bed, I found myself wondering: “What does it actually mean to be a youth?”  It was as if – in one instance-, my mind became a reflection of the many youths, around the world, who despite being told how influential they are, and the multiple things they could achieve with education- deep down, had no idea as to what it means to be called ‘the future’, and what powers they actually possess. This, then sadly becomes an accurate representation of the sentence: Looking in the mirror, and then immediately forgetting what you look like.

The world may hint at how powerful you could be, but as youths and future leaders [because you are] if you don’t know your reign; your identity, you simply won’t be able to use the powers that you have or make use of the full privileges that your status is entitled to.

And with you not knowing who you are, your gifts, and your uniqueness, it will lead you into not doing anything to impact on your society positively.

But still, to bring change and make the world a better place to live in, it is never enough for a youth to know their identity. It is a group effort, and it is especially difficult for the youths, when their worth as future leaders is not always understood or tolerated by those who are already in position of leadership. It is a very sad place to be in.

It is a problem, especially with any sort of leadership that strives to bring about evolution, change and progress, and tries to do so, without those who really have the eagerness, the capability, and the strength to bring on that change.

The late minister Myles Munroe once said in a conference a few months before he passed: ” You become great by reproducing people greater than yourself”. That’s what true legacy is about.

Most importantly, as a 20 year old, I believe that every little effort to bring about change is meaningless and will amount to nothing if as youths we don’t know who we are and the power within us. If the future leaders don’t know that they are the ‘future leaders’, how are they supposed to be given the baton?  furthermore how are they supposed to be given the baton- if they don’t even know how to run with it- or even hold it?

It’s time to wake up!

 Myriam Osei (@AngelPeaceJoy)

 

Excellence Must Be Our ‘Average’: The Launch of the Inaugural Future of Ghana Publication

‘Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation.’ – Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General

Two years ago, while sat in his church, Me Firi Ghana founder Arnold Sarfo-Katanka received a vision. A project to celebrate the finest Ghanaian youths worldwide. The formation of an innovative annual project which looked to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana while also acting as a visual source of inspiration for the emerging generation and a talent resource for investors and organisations. Overcoming many trials and tribulations along the way, on Friday 27th March 2015, that vision became reality.

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For that evening saw the launch of the inaugural Future of Ghana publication. The Future of Ghana is an annual project which is dedicated to showcasing and nurturing Ghana’s pioneering young talent for the development of Ghana. At the Ghana High Commission in Highgate, North London, an eclectic crowd congregated to celebrate 30 of the brightest young Ghanaian professionals who are making an impact in Ghana & the diaspora, as well as celebrate the release of a truly ground-breaking publication.

Following the announcement of the Future 30 a couple of weeks prior, the Special Edition opus finally launched in its complete form at the Ghana High Commission Headquarters in Highgate, London. Showcasing the Top 30 young Ghanaians from around the world, the Future of Ghana includes forward-thinking articles, features and interviews highlighting key industries, innovators and organizations vision for Ghana and Africa – a vibrant medley of thoughts from the brightest of young Ghanaian minds.

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The sublime Claire Clottey was the perfect host for the occasion, keeping the purpose of the event at the forefront of everyone’s minds while successfully balancing humour with poise and clarity. Claire formed the foundation which held the different aspects of the evening together. Members of the Future of Ghana team were introduced, including the precociously tenacious Andrea Amaning-Okyere, administration assistant/intern who in her own way embodies the Future movement, and who further encapsulated this with an impassioned mini-speech. Sandra Osei-Asare (Project Manager) & editor of the publication Ben Anim-Antwi, took to the platform together to brilliantly explain the purpose of Future of Ghana, the painful judging process and what the Future of Ghana project stands to achieve year-on-year – while acknowledging that the Future of Ghana is the responsibility of all of us’.

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One of the undoubted highlights of the event was the presentation by Mr. James Barnor, Ghana’s first ever photojournalist and the patron of Future of Ghana. With humble visionary Future of Ghana founder Arnold Sarfo-Katanka at his side, Mr. Barnor captivated everyone in attendance as his recounting of his historic career empowered & inspired in equal amount, showing how young people can making something great if they decide to take the first step.

Members of the Future 30 who were in attendance were introduced onto the stage and given an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about the impact they have made on the community at large. It was unspeakably inspiring to hear from people who are so young, yet have already achieved so much and will undoubtedly go on to achieve even more in their bright futures! Seeing members of the Future 30 in the flesh further reinforced how special this project is.

Hearing from founder Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka himself was another highlight, as at various points of the evening he explained the vision behind the publication, and the machine which has helped bring it to reality. Arnold sought to mobilise today’s young Ghanaians by acknowledging the critical point at which Ghana’s development stands today and the responsibility this generation has to realise the huge potential of Ghana, emphasising that ‘there’s a generation upon whose shoulders we are standing. Now we have the responsibility to do our part…Faith without works is dead – its time to move! Our time is now!

IMG_9729One of the main purposes of the Future of Ghana launch event was to serve as a networking forum. Against an electric backdrop of future-centric conversation, and with sumptuous catering provided by 805 Restaurants, there were accomplished individuals everywhere you turned, with this event served to create more links within the Ghanaian community. MC Claire and FoG founder Arnold kept reiterating the point that it would be a waste of an opportunity to not make links with those in attendance.

A common thread ran throughout the night. As attendees left the High Commission energised and inspired, a new adage was clear in all our minds; one which will fuel our pursuits going forward and will serve to empower the next generation of young Ghanaians as we aim to create an exceptional future for Ghana – the time for rote mediocrity has ended. Now, when it comes to pursuing a better Future of Ghana, excellence must be our average.

Jermaine Bamfo (Dr_Jabz27)

Future of Ghana: #Responsibility

27th March 2015. I genuinely believe that this day will be viewed as a landmark date in the history of the Ghanaian Diaspora. It saw the official release of the Future of Ghana; Top 30 Under 30 Publication. A publication acknowledging the academic, professional and personal achievements of young people of Ghanaian ancestry.

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Being held at the Ghanaian High Commission in Highgate, the team at The Future of Ghana managed to amass many influential movers and shakers among the Ghanaian and wider African Diaspora.

One couldn’t help but feel inspired by the wealth of intellectual capital present in the building that evening. We saw individuals across the whole professional spectrum that evidenced that perhaps this is the generation of young people that will initiate the push toward making Ghana a first world self sustaining country.

Whilst we were enjoying the achievements of our peers, we were reminded throughout the course of the evening of our responsibility. As diasporans we have a responsibility to lend our skills and expertise towards the development of our mother country and the African continent as a whole. The announcement of the Me Firi Ghana networking platform is testament to the fact the team is taking their responsibility seriously! Providing a vehicle for the wealth of talent among the Diaspora to share and discuss ideas is something that can propel Ghana to new heights!

A special mention must go out to Mr James Banor. The legendary photographer who is only really receiving the acclaim he deserves in his later life. The audience heard how Mr Banor was present with Kwame Nkrumah and other Ghanaian independence leaders on that fateful day in March 1957. He also showed us pictures of the great Muhammad Ali amongst many other 20th century icons. Mr Banor showed that not only has he laid the foundation for us to continue Ghana’s development, he too will continue to be responsible for the Future of Ghana.IMG_9607

I must confess; when I sat down to write this piece, I didn’t give myself clear direction. I suppose I just wanted to relay my excitement for what the team at MFG have just accomplished! I’m sure that you all are excited as me for what the Future of Ghana holds!

No better way to wrap up this fairly erratic but impassioned piece of writing with a quote that perfectly sums up my emotions after the other night; from Ghana’s first president Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah: “Forward ever, Backwards never!”

Malachi Butt-Muteke (@MallyMukete)

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…