July 2013


F– USE ODG’s Antenna Launch in London

 

We are so proud of our boy F– USE ODG for where his musical talent is taking the Ghanaian Culture. Bangers after bangers and he hasn’t even released T.I.N.A yet….

This is a preview of what went down at F– USE ODG’s Antenna Launch Party in London. If you haven’t seen it, check it out

Me FiRi Ghana stocked at Ghana International Airport!

It was with great pleasure that we are pleased to announce that Me FiRi Ghana Clothing will now be available for retail at Ghana’s International Airport!

It is said a journey of “A 1000 miles begins with 1 step.” Well all Glory be to God as another step has been taken on this journey

To celebrate we will:

1. Be offering discounts on ALL our products at Ghana Party in the Park

2. Anyone who comes Ghana Party in the Park wearing their Me FiRi Ghana Clothing receives a special lil something!

3. For our New Designs to be launched later in the year we are looking for ONE Male and ONE Female Model to be Brand Models, so come and get snapped at our live photoshoot at Ghana Party in the Park where the search begins

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If you would like to feature on our website, send us an image of you wearing your Me FiRi Ghana clothing so we can celebrate with you too

Think Ghana! Think Me FiRi Ghana…

 

Get a Mentor: Think Bigger for investments in Africa…

Having a mentor is really key in this day and age for two reasons. We live in an age where everyone wants everything the day before yesterday and we have 140 characters to say something relevant (the twitter era). The second reason is personal and is an observation I made when reading about Jesus. At the age of 12 Jesus positioned himself amongst the Kings, Politicians and other influential leaders where it was said He was listening and asking them questions. Having a mentor is key to be able to also ask questions especially when they are doing or in a position that you one day aspire to be in too.

But we digress, anywho we met with our mentor and the reason we wish to blog about this meeting is simple. We left the meeting feeling blessed yet so inspired. Caleb made a few comments such as:

  1. I don’t like ideas, but I do like concepts. Ideas are dreams without action! Unless we take action an idea will stay an idea
  2. There is investment readily available in Africa. The only problem is that we are just dreaming too small. Investors are looking to invest in big projects, not small projects!

These two comments left me with a lot of food for thought. But what good is knowledge if it is not shared.

So ponder on these two comments and get a mentor too we say…

 

The Me FiRi Ghana & WAM Campaign Story – Shared in Switzerland!

During the World Economic Forum Me FiRi Ghana’s Founder was selected to present the work of Me FiRi Ghana and the charity The WAM Campaign during the India Adda precession in Davos.

We never thought that this search for identity and the creation of this one jumper in University would allow us to educate educators about our idea and share YOUR stories to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world; and to have one of the leading leadership and change management experts from America come to me and say after my talk “you sold it to me” was more than humbling!

Hear about the journey here:

Me FiRi Ghana Story told during the World Economic Forum in Davos!

Read below a diary entry from our Founder who explains in his own words how and why the Me FiRi Ghana and WAM story was shared during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

 

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A week after arriving back in London I had my ticket confirmed for a flight to Zurich, Switzerland during the world economic forum. To be honest with you, I heard about the world economic forum but I didn’t know about it! I think it was a conversation with my brother that made me research into it a bit more…

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How did this opportunity come about?

In July 2012 I entered a competition that caught my attention. It was a competition created my INDIAFRICA that was looking for young visionaries from Africa and India. I didn’t think much of it but thought the idea of travelling to India could be quite fun, so I put forward my vision as part of the application.

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After two rounds of applications, in November 2012 Amit the CEO if INDIAFRICA calls me as I’m driving and says I was selected as a Young Visionary representing Ghana and that he wanted me to present what I am involved in at the India Adda Hub during the world economic forum, where I would receive my award from India’s Minister of Commerce – Imagine!

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What is the world economic forum?

The world economic forum is the gathering of the world’s industry leaders, presidents, ambassadors, movers and shakers, doer’s and influences in the world.

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Indian Minister of Commerce presenting Award to Founder of Me FiRi Ghana

I cannot describe that 5-day experience in its totality. But I can say that I am so thankful for that opportunity as it opened my eyes to a new world. When writing this blog post I thought, how best can I describe this eye opening experience… well there are two incidents that happened that I want to share that may help you understand the environment I felt humbled to be in:

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Me FiRi Ghana Founder with Ghanaian Entrepreneur Bright Simmons, Musician Aaron and a leading national branding expert part of the Indiafrica Team!

 

1. EXPERIENCE 1:

Imagine going to the bathroom, doing what you need to do, exiting the bathroom (washing your hands of course!) and as you climb the spiral stair case back to a room you see a 6 ft very well dressed smart casual looking gentleman that made me say “Ozwald” and he turns around!

“O hi” he said, now what do I say? (act as if!)

“Hi my name is Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, are you okay there”

“Nice to meet you, but yes, I am a bit lost I am looking for…. at ….”

“Well this is xxx but ….”

I was having a conversation with Ozwald Bateng, a man I admire for his attention to detail and excellence and for his new foundation’s initiative for which he explained to me in a bit more detail that day…

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2. EXPERIENCE 2:

the first morning in Davos, myself and Ken (my Kenyan friend living in South Africa) decided to go for a walk and check out Davos. He was dressed in a suit I was in my jeans, trainer’s scarf and Nike NSW jacket! To cut a long story short, we entered the India Adda hub, which was full of, ladies and gentlemen who all looked important dressed in suits and formal attire! Then this dark skinned slim looking gentle-man in his jeans enters (me) and I just feel soooo underdressed for this party! So I didn’t really mingle or make it more than 2 metres past the front door. I looked to my left and saw a gentleman sitting on the sofa sipping on some tea. Davos, is located in the mountains and is freezing cold so it was a great conversation started to ask what type of tea he was drinking. To cut a long story short, the gentleman just so happened to be the founder of SkyPe, be one of the first people to trek across the African continent in their jeep, and the chairman of a multi million pound group of companies in the oil and gas industry!

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In Davos, you could bump into anyone! But for me it was the experience of being able to share the entrepreneurial story so far – about how an idea I had in university formed Me FiRi Ghana, which birthed the idea for the charity the WAM Campaign – to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world.

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Me FiRi Ghana speaks on TEDx SOAS!

There was a period when we used to watch TED videos like 4 times a day, so when we got the call and was asked to give a TED talk at TEDx SOAS, we were shocked, amazed, humbled yet embracive of the opportunity. All we say is Me FiRi Ghana!

Anywho, the theme of the talks that day were centered on shifting paradigms and the event organizer asked our founder to discuss the work we are involved in and how, why and what we do is influencing our community. Below is our first appearance on TED. Hopefully another opportunity will arrive. In the video below our founder reveal something you may not have known about him!

For those that do not know, TED is an online platform which brings together the world’s most influential and innovative thinkers and gives them no more than 18 minutes to talk about their idea, concept or passion and how they are influencing their community and the world at large by proactively taking steps towards their idea. One of my favorite videos can be seen below:

 

 

Me FiRi Ghana inspires and works with Youth in India…

Me FiRi Ghana means I am from Ghana, but the brand has been able to travel far and wind and not only inspire the Ghanaian Youth community, but in March 2013 our founder was able to share how our brand, YOUR brand, our story and the stories YOU have shared with us are changing how we are embracing our culture

 

Check out the video below…

 

Me FiRi Ghana Founder goes to India! – Part 2

In March 2013 our Founder went to India to represent both Me FiRi Ghana and the charity WAM Campaign. Read his experience below guys:

WEEK 1:

I arrived in Hydrabad airport, and was super excited! I got through customs very easily, I guess having a letter like this kind of helped:

I remember arriving out of the airport wondering where my ride was! Not because I felt above anyone, far from it, but because I was in another country with no idea where to go, what to say or how to interact as each country has their own cultural habits and ways of doing things! Eg. Go to Ghana and shake an uncles hand with your left hand and you’ll understand my point…

Yet still, the driver was running late but thankfully I bumped into Kennedy – my Kenyan born South African friend – whom I’d met from our trip to Davos. We were later joined with Hilda from Kenya; a true entrepreneur who inspired more than she realized!

The first week we spent in Hydrabad. This week consisted of a 5-day intensive business course where we were taught at the Institute of Business, one of India’s top post grad Development University’s. The sessions were amazing, especially the negotiation class, but to be honest, they were not anything too far off what I had learnt during my under grad studies, just a lil more technical; but there is only so much that can be delivered in 5 days. Saying this, it was still an incredible experience as the collective minds and intellectual thinkers of lecturers and students really enabled me to stretch my mind further.

 

During our stay in Hydrabed we got to visit the city’s Google head offices, the Ghandi centre, visit an Amazing Forte, go town and visit a few other spots.

 

The most interesting experience was taking a took took aka rickshaw. Indian drivers are like Ghanaian drivers. The only difference is that they tend to not say anything when they nearly crash into one another (it is a bit too peaceful!), whereas it is quite the opposite back home…

WEEK2:

From Hydrabad we flew to Dehli. During our stay here we took a drive to Agra (the city known for its leather products). We went here mainly to see the Taj Mahal and to visit a few other fascinating fortes and tourist spots such as the worlds largest film studios, Ramoji Film City!

This venue is in the guiness book of world records and upon visiting it I can understand why! The studio is family owned and is built on 1,666 acres of land. Whilst walking and being driven round all that kept going through my mind is “wow, or imagine if…”.

After seeing the film studios we went to visit an orphanage that Michael (one of the young visionary winners) was connected too. This was probably one of the best part of the trip. But to be honest, their circumstance was not what got me, but how they carried themselves and how they were still as cheeky as any other kid! Plus the boys were impressed with the size of my arms and asked me to flex my muscles quite often J

In Dehli we also got to work in groups with students from across India to conceptzulise ideas as to how we can integrate the youth community within India and the African continent. It was a fantastic experience, different people from different backgrounds, with different views and opinions coming together to achieve a common goal – now that is unique! I was so fascinated to hear other people’s opinions on how we could co-collaborate as a youth community.

Whilst at this event the Indiafrica team arranged for me to meet the Ghana High Commissioner based within Dehli. It was another interesting experience! Having met and spoken with the UK Ghana High commissioner on a number of occasions, I was intrigued to see what this meeting would be like! My initial interaction was rather interesting as one of the first questions I was asked was “So what did you read at school” the conversation then moved to discussions about what is hindering Ghana’s progress and the employability and issues regarding youth engagement! The conversation was rather stimulating, perhaps more so for him than me to be fair, as again it amazes me how unengaged those of influence are with the future, the youth. Anywho, at the awards ceremony I met one of the workers at the High Commission. A lovely lady, who in the past has also worked at the US High Commission. From our conversation I was invited to her place for some home cooked emuto and peanut butter soup. I lost my phone so lost her details; one lady who understands the vision. (Ps. If you are reading this please get in contact Auntie)

In conclusion, the trip was an eye opening experience for me and I hope this post can show you why. But this experience came about because I applied for an opportunity that many probably let pass them by. I guess having a dream and taking steps towards it is not so bad after all, so I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, walk in faith and take proactive steps towards your vision too, as you never know what doors could open for you too!

 


Ps. At the beginning of the trip I was questioning myself a lot, asking why me, why am I here. But there comes a time when you just have to shut out all the noise from those around you and the questioning thoughts and walk in faith, refraining from questioning your position or allowing others to do so, but instead start asking yourself what can I do for others now that this door has been opened for me…

All Glory to God!

 

Me FiRi Ghana Founder goes to India! – Part 1

In 2012 Me FiRi Ghana Founder won the Young Visionary Award for the INDIAFRICA global competition. As part of the Young Visionary Award we won last year November, the INDIAFRICA Team arranged for the “African” winners to be flown to India for a two-week trip. The purpose of the trip was to bring together young people from the African continent and India to exchange and share ideas as to how we can collaborate and co-create a future for our nations and youth populations at large.

 

Why focus on youth?

Well did you know that…

60% of the African continent’s 1.3 billion population are said to be under 25 years? and

50% of India’s 1.2 billion population is said to be under 25 years?

As part of the trip we were privileged to travel around different parts of India and experience sights and things such as

  1. One of the 7 wonders of the world; the Taj Mahal in Agra. A building that changes colour depending on the amount of sunlight it receives. A building formed out of white marble. A building built by a king just because his most favored wife on her dying bed asked him to do something in memory of her; imagine how much money this guy must have had!
  2. Not far from Dehli we also took a tour around a 7 star hotel, built by the British. It was amazing! The views from the balcony, the horse and carriage entrance, the rose petals thrown on you as you enter, the list goes on, but why was I there
  3.  The hotels we stayed at were in Dehli, and Hydrabad were first class; the food was amazing, the rooms were impeccable and the food was amazing (I think I said that twice lol)
  4. Our Founder was moved with compassion when he visited the orphanage in Dehli. He was on a high as we had just ome back from visiting the worlds largest film studio complex (where I got to meet Arni) but thought that was all so meaningless when he got to interact with the orphans at this centre. “When I say I was moved with compassion it was because these children were just so happy. It wasn’t about what they had – the material things per se – but that they had each other. There was such a community spirit about the way they interacted with each other. Plus it was kind of cute as they called me “brother” and said I had big muscles 🙂 ” The orphanage reminded him and reminds us why we do the work we do with our charitable arm The WAM Campaign – www.wamcampaign.org

Ghana Party in the Park 2013

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It is that time again. The biggest gathering of Ghanians and people who love Ghana is Back – Ghana Party in the Park!

 

For a day filled with the rising smell of fried talapia, chofi, jollof rice and shitto or maybe you just want to azonto to some afrobeats or two step slow dance and dip to some high life, what ever your fancy, you need to be at Ghana Party in the Park

 

Me FiRi Ghana at Party in the Park:

This Year Me FiRi Ghana will be having all our clothing on sale, even our new designs! EVERYTHING must go as we get ready to release our new range…

 

We also want YOU to get involved and have your own designed inspire one of our new clothing pieces! So make sure you come to our stall full of ideas

 

Oh and we forgot to say, we are looking for a new Face of Me FiRi Ghana for our new clothing ranges, so guys come looking sharp and have your squints on smash, ladies, come along ready to be snapped looking naturally beautiful

 

Think Ghana. Think Me FiRi Ghana!

 

Party in the Park details:

WhenSaturday 3rd August 2013
WhereTrent Park, Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters, EN4 0PS
Time: 12 – Late
(This is a residential area; there is NO parking around the area. Please use public transport to get to the park.)

 

Attractions: Music / Food / Durbar of Chiefs / Cultural dancers / Bouncy castle/ Face painting/ fashion Show / Art & Craft / Networking / Competition / Dj’s & Mc’s

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