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Stormzy makes £9,000 donation so British born Ghanaian Fiona Asiedu can do Masters at Harvard…

Stormzy made a £9,000 donation to a British born Ghanaian student’s crowdfunding campaign so she can study a Masters in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, starting August 2017!

Fiona Asiedu, who is currently preparing for her finals at Oxford university, was aiming to raise £12,000 to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.

On the Crowdfunder page she wrote that she was “particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds“.

She added: “Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.”

The total cost of her nine months at Harvard totalled £59,000, but Asiedu received an external scholarship and financial aid from the department she will study in, which left her to set up the campaign to raise the remaining £12,000 in four weeks.

But it took her less than 24 hours to meet her target, after Stormzy retweeted an appeal to him to share the campaign before adding a donation himself.

Representatives for the grime MC confirmed to Newsbeat that the donation -which was initially made under his real name, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo – was from Stormzy. His name has since been changed to be anonymous.

A supporter tweeted to Stormzy offering to take him to Nando’s for a “thank you chicken”, to which he replied: “Deal!”

 

Asiedu was vice-president of Oxford Universty’s African and Carribean Society last year, which Stormzy visited in March 2016.

In a tweet stating that she had met her target, Asiedu cited one of Stormzy’s lyrics (“Blinded by your grace”) and shared a screenshot of the £12,000 marker.

As the fundraising deadline finishes in June, Fiona is continuing her campaign to raise funds as surplus funds be used to fund other young people from similar background’s pursuit in Education as Fiona is now setting up a Foundation

Click Here to visit Fiona’s crowdfunding page to learn more and make a donation towards the Foundation

 

 

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)