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Sandra Osei-Osare Nominated for 2 BAWR Awards

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our very own Future of Ghana Programme Manager, Sandra Osei-Asare is a finalist in two categories of Black African Women Rock (BAWR) Awards 2015.

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Sandra has been nominated for the Young Woman Achiever and the Social & Humanitarian Award for her work as Programme Manager for the Future of Ghana

Sandra is a an incredible asset to the team. known as “Bosslady” as the programme Manager for the initiative she takes the lead on the strategic planning and management of the iniative. A woman of authority, substance and wisdom Sandra has an intense ardour for Africa and its development.

Black African Women Rock , was founded by Lindani Moyo in 2013. The purpose and vision behind BAWR is to motivate , inspire women to pursue with their dreams . BAWR is a platform to uplift women of color by saying yes we can.

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They aim to rise uplift each other to grow and share ideas, and market for each other and stop being negativity amongst each other. Another objective is to reach out to women globally, women that have lost hope, women with low self -esteem , lack confidence , and single women . Women that have reached their lowest and think they cannot make it in life, women who think they are worthless they cannot do it or make it, but BAWR is saying yes they can , they can support women through seminars , workshops, breakfast clubs.

This year’s event will be launched on the 28 Novemeber at the Antoinette Hotel, Kingston, Surrey ,UK.  Tickets can be purchased via this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-african-women-rock-awards-tickets-18910471730?ref=estw

Thus voting is now open and you can vote for Sandra via this link – http://bawr.org.uk/2015-votes/

We appreciate your support!

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)

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)

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)