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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
Future Of Ghana (@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)