August 2011


Volunteer in Ghana: Help!

Hi Guys, a young man approached us and has a sincere vision and passion for Ghana . Please find below a lil message regarding his endeavour as part of his University course which it will be great if we can all support.

Volunteer Architect: I hope to give Ghana something to be proud of yet something to call their own.

My name is Edem Kpodo and I have recently finished my 3rd year studying BA Architecture at Kingston University. This is a seven-year course that requires me to do a year’s work experience and then apply to study at post-graduate level.

I plan to gain architecture work experience in by volunteering building projects in rural parts of Ghana. Through this experience, I will learn firsthand, sustainable building methods using local materials in innovative ways. I have researched the way organisations such as the ‘Sabre Trust’ and ‘ARUP’ have developed places in Ghana for young children and it is truly inspirational.

I want to use architecture creatively to bring out the best of Ghana; not only to gain an experience for myself, but to give back to others in the process of doing so. In Ghana, culture is expressed in many ways such as music, fashion and art; I strive to pioneer to bring architecture to the forefront.

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In 2009, I visited Ghana for the first time in fifteen years, I was so surprised at how much the cities had developed, and the rate it was developing. I wanted to be a part of this, and this hunger to give Ghana something to be proud of yet something to call their own continues to grow. I want African countries to use their past in their architecture but mostly in their life, as they cannot reject what they have experienced but certainly reject the mistakes made by the west and grow as people.

My message, as one who was born in England with Ghanaian parents, is that “You (Ghana) are known as the Gold Coast so allow yourself to shine”. I want to highlight and emphasise the beauty of a place to those who are very familiar to it. My grandmother is from Cape Coast and my dad spent his secondary school years there, so going to Shama, which isn’t far from this area, really hits home when thinking about who I am helping.

I am greatly inspired by the work of David Adjaye and what he has decided to do in Africa.  Whilst in Ghana I also plan to make a portfolio full of pictures and sketches to document the process and show what I learn each day. I will take on board fully the advice others give me and watch the way they work as I am very keen on seeing how the local skilled builders work and how they go about doing what they do.

In order to raise funds I am seeking funding opportunities and doing a Sponsored Run around an athletics track as many times as possible.

My goal is to raise a minimum of £2500 altogether.

3 months in Mpraeso in the Kwahu region cost:£880

2 months in Shama in the Western Region will cost£1100

Date of run: 10th September 2011

Location: Tooting Bec Athletic Track

Please sponsor me on PayPal: Edem Kpodo Architecture Sponsorship using emailEdemkpodo@live.com

Date of trip to Ghana: 19th September 2011

Please help me to make this possible and feel free to contact me for more information.

Thank you so much!

Ghana V Brazil Press Conference Review…

Media had their say, now you have yours!

The press conference for the Ghana versus Brazil International friendly match took place on the evening of Wednesday 24 August 2011 at the Ghana High Commission. It was an opportunity for the media/journalists put their questions to a panel to clarify anything they wanted to know in regards to the match at Craven Cottage, Fulham FC on 05 September 2011.

In the firing line of the waiting media were; His Excellency Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo, High Commissioner of Ghana to the UK, Ghana International player John Pantsil & Tina Sabouti, a representative from Kentaro sports agency (who have organised this match as part of Brazilian football teams world tour).

As ever Me FiRi GHANA were in the house to witness the proceedings and as me and Joseph Aninkwa (Me FiRi GHANA) took our seats just after 6pm the press conference was ready to commence. The three panellists were invited to say a few words on the match with the High commissioner assuring  the media Ghana would be victorious and claiming he had assurance from John Pantsil (who looked nervous as this was said) himself !. Tina Sabouti said a few words about the game and why Brazil had selected Ghana as their opponents (we are one the best teams in the world according to Brazilian FA). Whilst John Pantsill promised a committed display from the Black stars as well as urging fans to come in their numbers.

By Ernest Simons

Then it was the turn of the media to ask the questions; and this where you the reader come in.  As the question and answer session raised some interesting questions I thought would bring to a wider forum here is a selection of the main issues covered;

“ The publicity for the Brazil versus Ghana match has not been as good as previous matches”. Do you agree with this statement and do you think the match could have been publicised better ? How and when did you first hear about the match ?

Is Craven cottage a viable venue for a match of this magnitude, Brazil played their last friendly match in London at the Emirates in North London. Surely this would have been a better alternative as it’s a bigger stadium”. Do you think Craven cottage is a suitable venue for this match or would you have preferred it to be played elsewhere in London?

“The black Stars friendlies always seem to be played in London of late, is there any chance for some games to take place in Accra”. Do you think Accra or any other city in Ghana deserve a piece of the action?

“Due to the success of the England versus Ghana game at Wembley, is there any plans for a return game ”. Do you think England and Ghana should play again and if so maybe the game should be played in Accra?

So we want to hear your thoughts on the above. What do you think? Get in touch via @ www.mefirighana.com ,Facebook or Twitter and have your say on the Game and the Black stars friendly games in general.

Ps. I could not go without mentioning the the refreshments that were on offer after the conference. Provided by Serenity Catering the selection of food was of a high quality especially the Chicken! God knows how much pieces of chicken I had J

Brazil Vs Ghana at Fulham FC, Craven cottage Monday 5th September 2011, K.O 7.45pm. For ticket info go to; www.fulhamfc.com/tickets or call 0843 2081 234

By Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Check out the video below from UMedia Films:

Ghanaian Singer: Juliyaa Single Launch…

So after leaving a Ghana High Commission Celebration Event on Friday night, we quickly made our way down to the single launch of singing sensation “Juliyaa”. The half Welsh half Ghanaian singer has recently released her latest music video – which we must say looks incredible – to the new single “The Rhythm”, Check it out below:
(Who can spot the Adinkra symbols at 0:23???)

Back to the event now and when Juliyaa took to the main stage after showcasing her video on the big screen, we were blown away by her stage presence, elegant dress and more so her incredible voice.

As the lady of the hour sang with her heart the atmosphere changed and we could feel the air of anticipation as we (the crowd) waited on every word. There were slow songs, lively songs, deep songs and cultured songs; all of which really got the crowd pumped. The two backing vocalists and vibrant band played their part too along with the dynamic singers ability to engage with the crowd. For a new artist to pull such a large audience, it is only a matter of time before we see Juliyaa doing sell out stadium tours…

All we can say is that we cannot wit for the EP and for the release of our favourite song “Stars and Dragon” 😉

Get connected with the ‘Rhythmic Soul’ that is Juliyaa:

Juliyaa’s single ‘The Rhythm’ is out on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/juliyaa/id453762170

Facebook Pagewww.facebook.com/juliyaamusic

Twitterwww.twitter.com/juliyaamusic

Ghana vs Brazil: Ghana plays Samba in London

Ghana are set to play Brazil in one of their highest profile friendly’s ever. This momentous occasion against the South American giants is due to take place at Craven Cottage (Fulham Football Team’s Football Stadium) where like Wembley we shall score Brazil and celebrate in our colourful Me FiRi GHANA Clothing on the 5th September 🙂

The clash with the five-time – yes 5 time – world champions is the second high-status friendly Ghana have lined up in six months. Can Ghana beat Brazil? Leave your comments below…

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi told MTNFootball.com “We have concluded talks to play Brazil in an international friendly in London next month”

Mr Nyantakyi also said

Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow – AFRICAN REMIX

Naija boys are blowing up in America as they keep it traditional with their music and spread their culture. The funny yet innovative group have re mixed a number of smash hit singles and Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow is just one of the tracks which caught so much attention that they not only got over 2.5 million YouTube hits, but also recently featured in the latest Vibe Magazine.

Moral of the story lol

Embrace your culture, you never know where your dream can take you…

Ghanaian Event: Uniq the Poet

The evening of Saturday 13 August 2011 saw a host of poets and singers come together for a showcase entitled “This Is my Beat”.  In aid of Uniq the poets debut EP “Speaking what you thinking” (out now on iTunes). I have to be honest prior to the event I had not even heard of Uniq or any of the other performers on the bill (with the exception of Chaleboy!) But by the end of the evening each and every one of them had made a lasting impression on me. The intimate setting of the Lost theatre on Wandsworth Road, London was the venue for an event which would prove to be personal, thought provoking and inspiring.

Uniq the poet opened the event with a video clip titled the same as her EP “Speak what your thinking”. It was a brief introduction that would set the tone for the evening; she then proceeded to give the audience an insight into how and when she began writing poetry when she recited a piece titled “one year old”. She talked about her first performance at Corks wine bar and her second gig in Aldgate east and her progression in between.

Next to take the stage was Comfort (Art without apology). She recited a piece titled “I want a man” informing us all that she wanted a hardworking, giving and sharing man. What was interesting about her performance was that she also looked at the qualities that men look for in a woman and that women forget that they have never been a man thus do not know how it feels like to be one !. It was a commanding, confident and passionate performance that earned her raptous applause.

The next half an hour or so was all about Uniq as she delivered  sensitive and personal performances. “Wait a second” ( a video clip which starred Chaleboy as the object of her affection) told of the familiar scenario of a girl seeing a guy she fancies and the thoughts that run through her mind. “Why am I awake” was tad more serious as Uniq highlighted the issue of being suicidal due to insecurities and lack of acceptance. Both pieces were very thought provoking.

So to the interlude where the energetic host, Mr Cee (very funny guy!) led the audience in a debate about the recent

Ghana’s economy, fastest-growing in the world

Ghana’s economic growth has been projected to be the fastest-growing in the world for the first half of 2011 by EconomyWatch.com.

According to a release by EconomyWatch.com, other countries which were selected among the 12 fastest-growing economies in the world were India, Angola, Iraq, Ethiopia, Mozambique, East Timor and Laos

Have your say by commenting below…

London’s Top African Restaurants

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Holidays can be very boring and lazy, so the other day I was on the net looking for restaurants that i could go to on a Friday night with friends and family. Guess what? i stumbled across a website with London’s top African restaurants!! Ghana was amongst them.

ERITREAN

Mosob
339 Harrow Road, Maida Vale, 020 7266 2012. Tube: Westbourne Grove

SOUTHERN AFRICAN

Chakalaka Restaurant
136 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, 020 8789 5696. Tube: East Putney

NIGERIAN

805
805 Old Kent Road, Peckham, 020 7639 0808. Tube: Elephant & Castle

GHANAIAN

Manjaro
148 Holloway Road, Holloway, 020 7700 6427. Tube: Holloway Road

ETHIOPIAN

Lalibela
137 Fortress Road, Kentish Town, 020 7284 0600. Tube: Tufnell Park

If you’ve been to any of these wonderful cuisines please comment and  tell us your experience.

Sources: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3251/2853745181_8a5f9fa230.jpg

By CLOUDIA

Ghanaian Clothing Line Launch: Me DoR GHANA…

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Faces of Me FiRi GHANA Competition Winners

Faces of Me FiRi GHANA Competition Winners

 

See all pictures from the photoshoot by clicking on the link below.
 
 
Models were as follows:
Male: Norris Emmanuel, Andrew, Jaime (Face of Me FiRi GHANA 2011)
Female: Juliyaa, Joanna, Edma, Hannah (Face of Me FiRi GHANA 2011)
Ps. Juliyaa is a rising superstar singer who is soon to release her EP. Catch up with her and stay connect here:

For more of Juliyaa catch her on:  
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/juliyaamusic
Twitter – www.twitter.com/juliyaamusic  

WAM Campaign Ambassador: Emmanuel Frimpong

The WAM Campaign was launched at the Ghana High Commission (UK) on Friday 3rd of June. This video gives an insight into why WAM Ambassador and Arsenal Footballer Emmanuel Frimpong decided to get involved.

WAM is a Project designed to provide a gateway which connects young people to Ghana. The aim is to provide an accessible gateway to connect young people with Ghana and to give back and develop opportunities for orphans and less fortunate young people in Ghana through participating in the development programme in December in Ghana and through organizing volunteering/fundraising activities. The word WAM is an acronym which stands for “What About Me” and the slogan for the WAM Campaign is “What About Me? It’s Not about ME”.

To get involved in the WAM Campaign, please contact Jacqueline at: Jacqueline@mefirighana.com