October 2016

James Barnor Recognised at the Ghana National Honours and Awards Ceremony

Future of Ghana Patron Mr James Barnor was among 33 Ghanaians and foreigners who were recognised their outstanding contribution to the development of Ghana at the National Honours and Awards  Ceremony conferred and attended by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama.

The ceremony which took place at the Accra International Conference centre

President Mahama said all the recipients of the awards and honors deserved to be celebrated “for making Ghana one of the shining lights in the midst of regional uncertainty; for making Ghana rise in the midst of a global economic plunge; for giving our people hope in the midst of a general world outlook of despondency and insecurity fueled by illiteracy, poverty, disease, unemployment, wars, cyber threats, terrorism and human rights abuses.”

James Barnor enjoyed a career that spanned six decades, In his street and studio photography he represents societies in transition: Ghana moving toward Independence, and London becoming a multicultural metropolis. Moreover the legendary James Barnor is credited with introducing colour processing to Ghana!

His photographs have been collated by the London-based charity Autograph ABP during a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in 2011 became part of the new Archive and the Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography.

In 2011, Mr Barnor was honoured with a GUBA (Ghana UK-Based Achievement) special “Lifetime Achievement” award.  On receiving it, he revealed that it was the first award he had ever been given at the time.

Well he now has another award to add to his belt and it is very much deserved.



Campaign launches with celebrity videos, a TV programming, live events & dedicated social media, online & mobile properties to engage & encourage young Ghanaian voters to participate in the elections 2016.


MUSE AFRICA (www.museafrica.com), a fast growing media brand targeting Ghanaian & African millennials with urban music, lifestyle & culture content via its dedicated TV blocks, online hub & social media and Oxfam in Ghana, an international civil society organisation, today announced the beginning of a multimedia campaign to engage and encourage young voter participation in the December general elections. The MUSE Participate campaign kicks-off this weekend with videos featuring celebrities and random people encouraging young voters to take part in the elections. The campaign will also be driven through music, a dedicated 6 episodes 1 hour a week TV Show, Muse Special editions, which brings young voters to meet with and interact with the Presidential candidates of political parties and town hall styled engagement events in some Tertiary Instituitions.

We are proud to launch this innovative and timely social advocacy initiative,” said  Future of Ghana 2016 Pioneer and Co-founder/CEO of Muse Media Networks, Sadiq Abdulai Abu. “Participate affords us the opportunity to encourage youth involvement in the election process underscoring MUSE’s commitment to not only entertain young Ghanaians through compelling urban music & lifestyle content but also empowering and inspiring them to exercise their right and power. One of our objectives for this campaign is to basically bring a whole lot of cool to the electoral discussion in the country.

‘‘Our focus as Oxfam is to harness the potential of people power to drive and own their development. We are therefore excited by the opportunity to work with the youth as critical agents for social change and believe this collaboration with MUSE marks the beginning of a very exciting journey’’ – Sebastian Tiah, Country Director – Oxfam in Ghana.


Participate is a non-partisan multi-layered social advocacy campaign that seeks to engage the attention of young people between ages 18-34 years drawing on the star power of music, television, radio & events to present the general elections as COOL as it can be and make a compelling case for young people to act, to choose or lose out on choosing the leaders they believe in.

The campaign was created to tackle the challenge of LACK OF INTEREST IN ELECTORAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNANCE & POLITICS by young people in Ghana. PARTICIPATE is aimed at creating dedicated spaces for progressive engagement of the youth on issues of national importance that matter to them most and connect to the political process in ways that resonate with their worldview. The campaign is supported by Friends of the Nation, a Takoradi based, civil society organisation.


Since launching in July, 2015, MUSE Africa has consistently been innovating and delivering engaging urban music, culture & lifestyle experiences for young audiences between ages 16 – 34 years, every day on Viasat1, JoyPrime and via its website www.museafrica .com integrated to its social media properties and live events.  MUSE can also be seen in Tanzania on TV1 and in Rwanda. MUSE is set to launch some Francophone countries early next year. Follow Muse on twitter @muse_africa, @museafrica on Instagram and Snapchat. Like the facebook fanpage MUSE AFRICA.

About Oxfam

OXFAM is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As a confederation of 18 member organizations, Oxfam works with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.  OXFAM in Ghana’s support to PARTICIPATE by MUSE is part of a broader influencing initiative dubbed CITIZENS DECIDE that OXFAM is undertaking in this election year.  CITIZENS DECIDE covers all the thematic program areas that OXFAM works on from small holder agriculture/fishing and food security; oil, gas & mining governance; as well as inequality issues in health and education.

Visit our website: www.oxfam.org/en/countries/ghana ; and follow us



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Media Contacts

Micheal Boakye Yiadom

Muse Media Networks



Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)