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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

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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!
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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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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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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)

 

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)