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’
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.
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.
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.
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)