October 2015

Ever Young…….. by James Barnor The Exhibtion comes to Paris 8.10.15

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In partnership with Autograph ABP, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière presents an exhibition of a large selection of prints by Future of Ghana Patron, James Barnor, both vintage and contemporary. An accompanying book will be published for this occasion, focusing primarily on Barnor’s street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. Barnor’s career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures.


Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.

Along with his contemporaries in other parts of Africa – Seydou Keïta in Mali, Van Leo in Egypt or Rashid Mahdi in Sudan – Barnor started his career by opening a photographic portrait studio frequented by a diverse clientele representing all aspects of society. In the early 1950s Ever Young studio in Jamestown, Accra was visited by civil servants and dignitaries, yoga students, pastors and teachers, performance artists and newlyweds:

Barnor was well-versed in making his clients feel at ease, through vibrant conversation and a background of popular music, creating a unique bond between photographer and sitter. During this period Barnor captured intimate moments of luminaries and key political figures, including Ghana’s first prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah as he pushed for pan-African unity, photographing the future leader on several special occasions.

Not only was James Barnor engaged as the first photojournalist to work with the Daily Graphic – a newspaper brought to Ghana by the British media group, the Daily Mirror – he was also regularly commissioned by Drum magazine – South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics – for whom he photographed several news features, including a staged nuclear family breakfast featuring Gold Coast’s champion boxer Roy Ankrah, aka The Black Flash.


Today Barnor is retired and lives in Brentford, London. In 2009, James Barnor began working with Autograph ABP, who presented a preview of his first major solo exhibition at the former W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, USA, before showcasing the full retrospective curated by Renée Mussai at Autograph ABP’s centre Rivington Place, London, before touring to the South African National Gallery, and other venues. For this current exhibition James has been working closely with Future of Ghana Regional Manager for France, Shasha Osei in regards to PR. Subsequently she was able to secure a special preview of the exhibition on Monday 5 October 2015 in front of distinguished guests including the Ghana Ambassador to France H.E Johanna Odonkor Svaniker  and the President of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama

The exhibition  launches and is open to public from 8 October 2015 at 6pm local time

Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
51 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
Paris, France

T: +33 6 50 06 98 68
E: mail@galerieclementinedelaferonniere.fr

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

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.


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)


#FEBBM2 is a mentorship and networking event organised for aspiring entrepreneurs, young business owners, young professionals, investors, financiers, and other stakeholders.

The goal of of the event is to promote and encourage youth enterprises and entrepreneurship, as well as to engage young people to take action in solving the problems in their environments.

Participants meet peers, build contacts, share opportunities and success stories, strike partnerships as they listen to seasoned industry leaders discuss issues pertaining to business and Africa.

This is a special edition and it’s organized on the theme “the connection economy”

Topics includes:
1. Using Technology to solve the problems of Africa 
2. Raising Capital for your Start-Up 
3. The Role of Young People in Community Development 
4. Business Growth and Sustainability

Panellists on the day include:
  • H.E Ambassador Hans Doctor, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 
  • Mark Essien, CEO of Hotels.Ng
  • Ethel Cofie, Founder, Women In Tech Africa
  • John Dumelo, CEO of JMelo Brands
  • John-Patrick Ehouman of Akendewa

The moderator will be Wayne Miranda, CEO of Growth Mosaic.
The event will take place at Impact Hub, Accra, (located at  F 393/4 Otswe Street, Osu Ako-Adjei
Osu) and will be streamed live from 8 am via this link: https://youtu.be/BuJjzLRS5I8
For more information please call/text +233 545 93-5695
Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)