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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)

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 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

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

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

 

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

 

 

 

 

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

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

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)