July 2015


New Speakers announced for Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum

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We recently launched the Future of Ghana Leadership Forum, a unique gathering of Ghana’s young leaders, solution providers, future leaders and pioneers that is set to take place at Asheshi University in Ghana between the 3rd-5th August.

The aim of the forum is to organize and mobolize a generation of future leaders for the development of Ghana, and we’re really pleased to confirm the following speakers at the event:

-Estelle Sackey, (Communications Manager, British High Commission AccraGhana)

-Papa Ackhurst ( Founder of the BWP SeriesGhana)

-Seth Tandoh ( Founder of Leadership Ghana)

 

This in addition to the already to the stellar line up of speakers and panelists already confirmed who include:

-Juliana Oduro (MD Advent Advisory Limited – Ghana)

-Lord Michael Hastings (KPMG Global Head of Corporate Citizenship – UK)

-Romeo Effs (CEO of Aspyre Group & Guest Lecturer at Cass London Business SchoolUK)

-Elizabeth Patterson (Founder & Executive Director of Ghana Girls Education Initiative)

-Donald Ward (President Era Global LLC, Private Equity Firm)

-Cecil Nutakor (Founder & CEO of Equinox Intercom Ltd)

 

Why you should not miss this event

It’s opportunity to meet and grow your network of like minded individuals.

It’s an opportunity to discuss & understand how to contribute to Ghana’s Economic Growth.

It’s an opportunity to hear from experienced leaders pioneering in their field.

It’s an opportunity to connect, learn and share ideas.

It’s an opportunity not to be missed

 

Day 1 (Monday 3 August) of the forum will focus on the under 18’s Leadership Forums for pre-selected students, whilst Day 2 and 3 (Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th August) will consist of the 18-30’s Leadership Forum open to all within this age group.  Entry for Day 2 and 3 come at a cost of 40 GHC. You can register for tickets here

 

Five more days to go…

 

Raising money for the Accra flood victims

Do you want to do your bit to help the victims of the recent flood and gas explosion last month in Ghana? AND get fit at the same time? Then keep reading >>>

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So its been just over a month and families are still broken and sadness continues to rest upon Ghana due to the unfortunate incident which took place in Accra on Wednesday 3rd June – Thursday 4th June. Yes, some may blame poor sanitation, poor education, poor governance, yet it will not change the fact that an estimated whopping 50M Ghc worth of property and businesses has been lost and over 200 people have died. We need to do something!

 

Clearly, a 5K run would have been challenging for you all so we have decided to get you FIT instead, whilst raising money for the Accra Flood victims!!!

ADAP, iSpace, Radical Leap and Divas On Demand have come together as the ‘The Community Action Relief Group’ along with devoted members of our community both here in the UK and in Ghana to assist those in NEED.

 

It is the responsibility of us all to DO SOMETHING! And thus, I urge you to join our appeal by participating in our ‘Fitness 4 Flood’ initiative which will take place on Saturday, 18th July 2015 at Finsbury Park from @ 11am-3pm.

 

Agenda

Registrationfit

11am-11.30am

Warm up

11:30am-12:00pm

Boot Camp

12:00pm-1.00pm

Work Out Session

1:00pm-2:00pm

Networking

2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Please see attached your sponsorship form >>> http://docdro.id/15t3c.

Everyone is estimated to have 10 of their family and friends donate £10 or more. Don’t forget to let them sign your form.

If they would like to visit our funding page please visit >>>> http://www.youcaring.com/hospitals-and-clinics-in-ghana-korle-bu-364248#.VXDBoiv55WN.facebook

There will be a registration fee of only £5. Please bring along any materials you would like to donate for people in Ghana such as clothing, medical equipment or funds.

You can also donate food, water and other equipment you would like to use for the day: WE ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

 

How to get there

Train: Victoria Line and Piccadilly Line to Finsbury Park station

Buses: 254, 29, 4, 106, 236, 210, W7, 154, 19, 259, W5 and 253

 

Your trainers for the day will be Patrick and Josiah. So bring your friends and family along. You’re all in for a real treat! See you there!

 

GUBA 2015 – A Night of Elegance and Excellence

GUBA 2015’s Night of Elegance and Gathering of Excellence

A night of celebrating consistent achievers, motivational speeches and a fantastic gathering of British Ghanaians perfectly sums up the GUBA 2015 awards ceremony.

The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London, was host to this year’s Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards which saw dignitaries such as the Former First Lady of Ghana – Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Ghana High Commissioner to the UK- HE Victor Smith, Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich – Norman Adams, Councillor John Fahy, Lord Hastings, Kwesi Kwarteng MP, Diane Abbott, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

Azumah Nelson

Azumah Nelson

The Kingston University Choir of the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY), founded by former GUBA winner- Lorraine Wright, set the tone of the night with a melodic rendition of the Ghana National Anthem. They were shortly followed by comedian Simply Andy who gave a comedic delivery to the audience. Journalist Afua Hirsch and media personality Kwame Sefa Kayi were the hosts on the night.

The former First Lady of Ghana – Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings graced the stage to present the Pioneering Director Award to

Amma Asante with award

Amma Asante with award

Amma Asante.  An advocate for female empowerment, Mrs Rawlings stated:   “As African women, we have held our continent together. We have transformed our continent”, whilst expressing delight and admiration of the work of Amma Asante. Amma Asante dedicated her award to her father, whilst reflecting on the difficulty of success within the media industry – “I hope that my story is an inspiration for all” she concluded.

On receiving the Business Entrepreneur Award, Nana Kwame Bediako asserted the need for improvement in Ghana “We will work hard to change our country, to change Africa and to effect change – he concluded. Dr Kwabena Duffuor shared similar sentiments in his acceptance speech urging the audience that “we need to work to develop a country that our children will be proud to call their own.”

Several awards were presented by sponsors and supporters such as  Gillian Blavo  of Blavo and Co, Felix Nyarko-Pong CEO of uniBank Ghana, Eddie Kadi on behalf of Ultimalt and  Genevieve Boateng Head of Marketing ABN TV to name a few.

George Ameyaw (left), Dentaa (middle) and Jon Benjamin (right)

George Ameyaw (left), Dentaa (middle) and Jon Benjamin (right)

One of the surprises on the night involved a presentation from the GUBA Team to GUBA CEO Dentaa. The presentation was a reward for her resilience with the GUBA awards and her dedication to Ghana. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana, handed over a family portrait, which was followed by a moving speech by Dentaa. Jon Benjamin in return was presented with a signed West Ham United FC Jersey for his continued support to GUBA.

Talented Ghanaian songstress Becca, ended the night with a soulful performance that entertained the crowd alongside the Compozers, which ended the night on a perfect note.

The GUBA 2015 Awards captured the essence of Ghana: unity, support and culture. It was a gathering of like-minded individuals with the objective to improve  Ghana and our continent Africa. The award ceremony will be shown on Sunday the 26th of July 2015 on ABN TV Sky 235.

Below are a list of the winners:

Peniel Enchill – GUBA Artist Extraordinaire Awards

Timothy Amadi – GUBA Young and Talented Award

Daniel Amoateng – GUBA Humanitarian Award

Bradley Poku-Amankwah – Best Student Achiever

Vanessa Hagan – Runner Up: Best Student Achiever

Black Star Awards

Amma Asante – Pioneering Director

Rev Kingsley Appeagyei – GUBA Benevolence Award

Dr Osei Kwame – Enterprise Mogul

Dr Anthony Pile – British Service to Ghana Award

Nana Kwame Bediako – Business Entrepreneur Award

Azumah Nelson – Sporting Legend

Dr Kwabena Duffuor – Exceptional Achievement Award

Prof Edward Ayensu – Life Time Achievement Award

Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee – Inspirational Woman

Nathan Kwabena Adisi aka Bola Ray – Media and Entertainment Award

Mrs Kwansema Dumor on behalf of Komla Dumor

 

Me Firi Presents…The Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum

Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum at Ashesi University

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Me Firi Ghana, the organisation that aims to connect the world with Ghana and create a self sustaining Ghana has launched the annual Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum, a unique gathering of Ghana’s young leaders, solution providers, future leaders and pioneers.

 

Taking place at  one of Africa’s leading and most renowned educational institutions Ashesi University (1 University Avenue, Berekuso, Ghana) from 3-5 August 2015, the forum will act as the stepping stone to organizing and mobilizing a generation of leaders for the development of Ghana.

 

The leadership forum is a follow up to the publication of the Top 30 U30 Digital Future of Ghana back in March, which showcased the top 30 under 30 emerging Ghanaian talent from various professional fields from around the world. Covered by TVC News, the launch event for the publication which took place at the Ghana High Commission in Highgate, London was extremely well attended, with a 90% second generation (18-35) of skilled Diasporans keen to connect with each other and Ghana. The full Future of Ghana Deluxe Publication can be viewed on the website

 

Why you can’t miss this event…

It’s an opportunity to meet and grow your network of like minded individuals.

It’s an opportunity to discuss & understand how to contribute to Ghana’s Economic Growth.

It’s an opportunity to hear from experienced leaders pioneering in their field.

It’s an opportunity to connect, learn and share ideas.

It’s an opportunity not to be missed

 

Day 1 (Monday 3 August) of the forum will focus on the under 18’s Leadership Forums for pre-selected students, whilst Day 2 and 3 (Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th August) will consist of the 18-30’s Leadership Forum open to all within this age group.  Entry for Day 2 and 3 come at a cost of 40 GHC and you can register for tickets here

 

The Forum will assemble the very best thought leaders in Ghana & the Diaspora, and some of the confirmed influential Leaders are as follows:

I. Juliana Oduro (MD Advent Advisory Limited – Ghana)

II. Lord Michael Hastings (KPMG Global Head of Corporate Citizenship – UK)

III. Romeo Effs (CEO of Aspyre Group & Guest Lecturer at Cass London Business School – UK)

IV. Sudhir John Horo (Director IdeaWorks Design & Strategy Pvt. Ltd, Lead Designer for India’s Nation Branding Global Campaign – India)

 

You will also be able to follow the event online via Twitter: @FutureofGH and Instagram: @futureofgh. Please use the hashtag #FOGYLF2015 to get involved.

If you’re going to be in Ghana this summer in August then this event is not to be missed! Hope to see there!

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Review: Ghanaians in Parliament with London Mayoral Candidates

Ghanaians in Parliament: forging political partnerships

Kwasi  Kwarteng, Adam Afriyie and Sam Gyimah are the three MPs of Ghanaian heritage that spring to mind when I think of Ghanaians in Parliament… not a group of men and women from my motherland milling about metres from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

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Portcullis House

But that is exactly what The Ghana Society created when it organised ‘Ghanaians in Parliament with London Mayoral candidates’ at Portcullis House. Ghanaians from all walks of life rubbed shoulders with MPs and London Mayor hopefuls under the banner of forging stronger trading ties between Ghana and the UK.

Ghanaian connections

Fittingly, the event, which as MCed by broadcaster Owusu Frimpong, was staged on Ghana Republic Day on 1 July and hosted by Kelvin Hopkins MP. Mr Hopkins has a long association with Ghana. He is also good friends with The Ghana Society UK  founder Maria Ampah Lovell and it seems is something of a regular at Ghana’s social events. But his ties with Ghana are deep and stretch back to his school days when he had the privilege of watching a game between amateur footballers from the former British colony play in England against Their colonial masters.

The then-called Gold Coast team played BAREFOOT except for bandages on their feet and yet still managed to beat the home team!!!!

 

London mayoral candidates

Healthy competition is always good, as is partnership and trade which were central themes to the Westminster meeting. uk ghDiscussion centred on how the UK can collaborate with Ghana to foster these longstanding ties. Panellists comprising writers, economists and politicians used the floor to explore how Ghana’s mineral wealth, manpower and expertise can be partnered with the UK.

And this is where contributions from London’s mayoral candidates was key. Some homed in on the need to celebrate multiculturalism …but for me the ones that stuck out were those that were able to draw parallels between Ghana and the UK.

Let’s hope that in the same way that incumbent mayor Boris Johnson has flown the flag for UK-India trade collaborations, these same seeds of change can be planted in the minds of Boris’ successor.

 

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So Tom Chance, who is standing to be the Green Party’s mayoral candidate, highlighted that like the UK, Ghana has ambitious plans to tackle climate change. He  touched on plans in Ghana to increase solar generation capacity by 6% by 2016.

Something I think we can all agree couldn’t come a day too soon for our brothers and sisters languishing under ‘dumsor’. ‘Dumsor’ or load shedding occurs when there is not enough power to deliver electricity to everyone in an area, forcing some people to go without.

In fact, it is UK-based Blue Energy, an investor and developer of renewable energy projects, that is helping Ghana achieve its 6% increase in solar generation capacity by 2016. The company is constructing the 155-megawatt Nzema solar project in Ghana. Overall, however, Ghana has a target to generate 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

 

Salt

Kofi Addo of the Ghana High Commission and agro-processing expert Anthony Ayakwah stressed the importance of harnessing Ghana’s resource base and adding value to the raw materials. Salt production in Ghana is an opportunity that isn’t being taken full advantage of, he stressed. Despite Ghana having enough salt to more than meet domestic consumption, Ghana imports salt 1tonnes from Brazil. And if only technology in cashew production in Ghana were more cutting edge, areas such as Wenchi in Ghana’s middle belt would be in a position to meet the needs of the UK market.

But not everyone agree with this model of trade partnership. Prospective Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar observed that it seemed the rhetoric of adding value to Ghana’s resources and forging stronger UK-Ghana trade partnerships had not moved on since his early days as an economist more than 40 years ago. He questioned whether it wasn’t time for Ghana to focus its development around its own needs instead of trying to emulate the West.

Thought provoking stuff. But enough about what I think – see for yourself.

Here are some brief clips from the event:

Introduction

Ghanaian opera singer

Anthony Ayakwah on agro-processing

 

By Kirsty Osei-Bempong (MisBeee Writes)

Article taken from here

 

 

Breaking out of your comfort zone

BREAKING OUT OF THE C-ZONE

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We all love our comfort zone, a place I refer to as the C-zone where we, in one way or the other feel “safe” and “secure”. The fear of uncertainty, pain and taking risks is the reason why many of us remain in the C-zone and use it as a cushion of refuge and a form of protection to avoid the reality of life. Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you really want to do something but you develop the lazy thought of “I would do it but I can’t be bothered?” If so, then perhaps you have a feeling of contentment. If you want to grow, discover your potentials, capabilities and skills to develop yourself and make a difference then you have to migrate from the C-zone, step into the real world and make things happen.

Your comfort zone makes you feel so comfortable in your own world, making you think everywhere else is uncomfortable. This causes you to explore nowhere other than the 3 rooms in the C-zone. Picture your comfort zone as a small house with just 3 rooms; the Cosy room, the Contentment room and the Cloistered room or what I call ‘the 3 C’s of the C-zone’. None of these rooms contain any motivation to push you to make bold decisions, and the worst of all, there is no room for improvement and progression. The comfort zone is a beautiful place, a wonderful place even to sit and do absolutely nothing but guess what? Nothing ever grows there. It is a place of infertility where you can’t bring your plans and ideas to fruition.

 

How-To-Step-Out-Of-Your-Comfort-ZoneTake yourself out of your comfort zone – place yourself in the learning zone and take up a challenge. Exposure to challenges leads to personal discovery, in other words finding out more about yourself, your skills and how to utilise them. It also takes you on an exciting journey of personal growth and development. Challenges are not there to be avoided but for you to overcome them and learn from them. If you are avoiding challenges then you are avoiding growth. However, all the above will not happen if you do not take the bold decision of stepping out of your fortress and taking a daring leap into the wilderness. Comfort zones lead to the adoption of laziness, procrastination, self-inflicted helplessness and unnecessary pity-parties.

At this point, you are probably asking yourself ‘but how do I step out of my C-zone?’ It’s not easy, but who said that the road of life 002216fwould be easy? As difficult as it may be, it’s got to be done and if you allow fear to take over then you will surely go no further. Fear is a major component that leads to self-imprisonment in the C-zone. Fear of social judgements, rejection and failure discourages one of making bold and deliberate decisions towards progression and taking risks, but remember:  failure is not a reason to give up, it is an opportunity to improve yourself, develop a different strategy and work harder. It is the golden opportunity to try again using a different approach to achieve better results. Now let me answer the ultimate “HOW?” question.

 

How to step out of the C-zone

I. Identify your comfort zone, find the root of what is keeping you in there and deal with it.

II. Change your mindset and your way of thinking. Start seeing your comfort zone as a prison and not as a place of shelter. Embrace the discomfort, avoid taking the broad path and take the narrow path. Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

III. Do not sprint out of your comfort zone but take gradual steps and slowly expand the perimeter of your C-zone. Let the discomfort strengthen you to slowly demolish the wall you’ve built around yourself stopping you from elevating.

IV. Set yourself some goals and develop strategies to achieve them. As time goes on, check your progress and identify the areas that need improvement to confirm that you are slowly getting there.

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As you make the decision to take gradual steps out of your comfort zone, you are also taking steps towards the expansion of your comfort zone. It will enable you to build your confidence and develop an optimistic attitude which will then make you more inclined to take risks and excel.

 

Word of advice: life begins when you step out of your comfort zone. Don’t live a life of mediocrity, step out of your comfort zone and you will notice that it was never a comfortable place to be in. You are only restricted by the barriers you build yourself so do something outside your comfort zone and make a difference in your life and that of others.

 

by Mimi (@Miminspired)