June 2015

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.


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 Regional Manager in Italy

We are pleased to announce we have further representation in Western Europe as we can reveal Evelyne Afaawua has been appointed as Regional Manager in Italy.

Based in Northern Italy  Evelyne  will be working with the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in Italy. She is a TEDxMilanoWoman speaker, occasional radio personality and the founder of Afro-Italian Nappy Girls (Nappytalia), a platform with over 5000 followers and members which acts as an online community at brings together African-Italian girls, who have decided to abandon chemical straightening to show off their natural curly Afro proudly.

Born and raised in Italy Evelyne is proud to call herself a “Black-Italian” but is equally proud and passionate about Ghana and is active in expressing her roots and culture through Nappytalia.

Do you live in Italy and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Evelyne via email Italy@mefirighana.com

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)


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

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

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!
Future of Ghana (@Future of Ghana)


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.


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.



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.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)


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.



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

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)