February 2016


DATE: Thursday 3rd March 2016

TIME: 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
(networking reception 18:00-18:45)

LOCATION: Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA, UK

The Future of Ghana Forum is Me Firi Ghana’s annual Ghana Independence celebratory event.

Taking place at London City Hall – one of London’s most prestige venues – the event will also mark the release of the 2016 Edition of The Future of Ghana Publication and launch of the Me Firi Ghana Members Network



It’s an opportunity to MEET likeminded young creative professionals.

It’s an opportunity to UNDERSTAND how to INVEST and CONNECT with Ghana’s development.

It’s an opportunity not to be missed…


Ghana High Commissioner UK & Ireland:
His Excellency Ambassador Victor Emmanuel Smith


GOVERNANCE: Changing the levers of accountability – The role of young Diaspora


 Romeo Effs: CEO of Aspyre Group

Nike Awoyinka: Head of International Development at Ravensbourne

James Barnor: Ghana’s first photojournalist and the Future of Ghana Patron



Appolonia – City of Light – www.appolonia.com.gh

The event’s being filmed live and will be screened on Sunday 6th March on ABN TV, Sky Channel 290 

Email: Ben Anim-Antwi – bantwi@mefirighana.com

Literacy Drive Charity Ball – A Night of Elegance and Philanthropy

The Literacy Drive Charity Ball held by Promoting Global Learning (PGL) in conjunction with Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) and The Voice Newspaper was a night of outstanding elegance and philanthropy. The gala which took place on Saturday, 6th of February 2016 at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, London, had the aim of improving literacy rates in Ghana and the rest of Africa.

Guiding the audience through the night’s programme was Sky News correspondent Afua Hirsch and Sports and Features Editor for the Voice Newspaper- Rodney Hinds. The duo led the proceedings on the night – reiterating the need for support in improving educational standards in Ghana. The first beneficiaries of the proposed mobile libraries will be the Upper West Akim District.

HE Victor Smith

In attendance were dignitaries and celebrities including HE Victor Smith – the Ghana High Commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland, Hugh Quarshie of Holby City, Bianca Miller (Apprentice Finalist) and Joe Slater of Waterloo Road.

Jermain Jackman, 2014 winner of The BBC talent show The Voice electrified the atmosphere with his rendition of the Nina Simon classic – ‘Feeling Good’ amongst four other songs. He also asserted that we have the power “to change the lives of children.”

HE Victor Smith gave the keynote speech. Henry Yentumi, co-founder of PGL made an emotional appeal in which he recalled how the fortunes of his family had been transformed through the power of education. He concluded with the call to action “Together, let us rise to the challenge of funding global education.”


The wonderful ambience of the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel coupled with the live music and delightful 3 course meal made for a memorable night. Generous funds were raised which will go towards the provision of much needed learning resources for school children in Ghana.

Promoting Global Learning is committed to improving the lives of children in Africa and the Caribbean and aims to do so through the improvement of learning equipment and facilities. As a non-governmental organisation, PGL’s mission can only be made possible through support and donations. Please find out how you can help at http://www.promotinggloballearning.org/donate/



Promoting Global Learning (PGL) and Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) will host a charity ball on Saturday 6 February, 2016 from 6.30 pm to 1 am at the luxurious Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY.

Henry, HE Victor Smith and Sue Gerrish

This black-tie event, themed the ‘Literacy Drive Charity Ball’, is being held under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Mr Victor Emmanuel Smith, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland.

The dinner dance gala has as its media partner The Voice newspaper, Britain’s leading black newspaper.

For over three decades, The Voice has been committed and made a contribution to education and social enterprise. The publication was an obvious fit as media partner for this ground-breaking event.

The gala occasion will be attended by business leaders, dignitaries, renowned sports personalities and an array of stars from stage and screen.

Representatives from various countries and Embassies will be present to champion the improvement of literacy rates across Africa, alongside charitable organisations and other stakeholders. The event is open to the general public.

The evening’s programme will include a 3-course dinner, cultural performances, dancing to live music and a DJ, raffle draws, auctions and other fundraising activities. Tickets cost £100 and are available at http://www.promotinggloballearning.org/

The event is raising funds to help transform education in Ghana and beyond through the Jolly Futures programme. The Jolly Futures programme has already reached over 1 million children and been shown to be highly effective in enabling all children to read and write with confidence.  February’s charity ball also aims to help provide mobile libraries to facilitate a strong culture of reading in schools.

The Jolly Futures programme will be implemented in close partnership with governments and will significantly assist them to ensure that all school children acquire the critical skill of reading and writing in their formative years.

The evening promises to be a hugely entertaining fun-filled occasion. Come and meet celebrities committed to a worthy cause.

Your support will generate a far-reaching social return in enhancing the life chances of young people.

To book your ticket(s), please make payment directly to our bank (Barclays Bank):

Promoting Global Learning (PGL)

Account Number: 63050793

Sort Code: 20-16-99 (Barclays Bank)

Please quote your name as reference.

To have your payment acknowledged or to pay by an alternative method please contact Shibani Rao on 07401893100 or email: shibani@universallearningsolutions.org