Category: EVENTS


Sir Sam Jonah, Ozwald Boateng, Anna Bossman, Sir David Adjaye and more to be honoured at inaugural Ghana Legacy Honours

On March 25th, Ghanaian pioneers and trailblazers will be honored at the maiden Ghana Legacy Honors, in commemoration of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary.
The inaugural honorees, comprising of both local and diaspora Ghanaians who have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields, will be honored for their colossal achievements, impact, and contribution towards the legacy of Ghana on the global stage.
The honorees include reputable business magnate Sir Sam Jonah, renowned U.K. based fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, head of the anti-corruption unit at the African Development Bank Anna Bossman, world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, CEO of Airtel Ghana, Lucy Quist, and tech innovator Herman Chinery-Hesse. Young Scholar Shadrack Frimpong will receive the Future Award for his extraordinary work and impact in health and education in Ghana. (Read more about the honorees here.)
The exquisite black-tie awards gala will take place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, kicking off at 6pm sharp with an intimate networking cocktail reception, followed by the awards ceremony hosted by award-winning actress Ama K. Abebrese. Guests will enjoy a delectable full-course dinner, live entertainment led by Kwame Yeboah and the OBY Band, with performances by legendary hi-life musician Pat Thomas, and the sensational Adomaa and Okyeame Kwame.
The awards gala is set to bring the local and diaspora business community together for a memorable evening of camaraderie and inspiration in celebration of Ghanaian achievement and legacy.
 “We are very proud to be able to use the Ghana Legacy platform to bring internationally celebrated pioneers and visionaries of Ghanaian descent back home to celebrate them, and provide the opportunity for them to inspire and empower the younger generation”, said Isaac O. Babu-Boateng, CEO of Bábu Gobal.
The Ghana Legacy Honors is sponsored by Brussels Airlines, Appolonia, Kasapreko, and Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, and produced by Bábu Global, a pan-African media and marketing firm responsible for reputable media brands such as Face2face Africa. Bábu is also the producer of the Pan African Weekend, the Ghana-US Investment Forum, and the FACE List Awards, the most prestigious pan-African achievement awards held annually in New York City, where pioneers such as Mo Ibrahim, Angelique Kidjo, Alek Wek, Wyclef Jean, Ashish J. Thakkar, Boris Kodjoe, Rosa Whitaker, and more have all been honored.
For more information on the Ghana Legacy Honors, including tickets or how to secure a corporate table, visit www.ghanalegacy.com, contact GLH@babuglobal.com, or call 0506556661 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Ghanalegacy.​​​​

Vodafone and Bank of Ghana Confirmed to Attend Tech Conference in London

Senior representatives from Vodafone Business Solutions and the Bank of Ghana are confirmed to attend the inaugural Tech in Ghana Conference (TIGC) being held in London later this month.

First Deputy Governor of the BoG, Millicent Narh, and Angela Mensah-Poku, Director of Enterprise Business Unit & Wholesale – the business arm of Vodafone Ghana, will be among the speakers at the conference – which is fast becoming London’s premier platform to showcase Ghana’s Tech industry.

Vodafone Ghana’s Mobile Financial Services Director, Martison Obeng–Agyei, will also join a panel alongside World Remit CEO Ismail Ahmed, Interpay founder Saqib Nazir, Zeepay founder & CEO Andrew Takyi-Appiah, and CEO of expressPay Curtis Vanderpuije, to discuss Ghana’s nascent but fast-rising fintech industry.

‘We are proud to be an integral part of the first Tech in Ghana Conference in the United Kingdom,’ Angela Mensah-Poku says. ‘With technology dictating the pace of everything under the sun, this conference could not have come at a more opportune time. Ghana has a plethora of innovative solutions that are yearning for global visibility and now is the time.’

Organised by AB2020, the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) and TEDxAccra, with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Tech London Advocates, TIGC London will take place on Monday 27th February; exactly a week before Ghana marks its 60th year of independence. BoG also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and is a key regulator in Ghana’s tech industry.

Other recently confirmed attendees include Tom Ilube, founder of the African Gifted Foundation, which in 2016 opened the African Science Academy, Africa’s first STEM school for gifted and talented young women in Ghana. In 2017, Tom was named Britain’s most infuential person of African and African-Caribbean descent by the UK Powerlist.

The UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie is to give an opening keynote at the event, which will also feature a Ghana tech initiatives showcase, and exclusive backstage interviews courtesy of TIGC production partners TEDxAccra.

Emmanuel Leslie Addae, curator of TEDxAccra says: ‘The advancement of technology has created a huge platform for economic, social and cultural growth in Ghana and Africa as a whole. If industry players are able to discover tailor made solutions to challenges specific to Africa this will propel the rise of the continent. I’m excited about this conference because it serves as a conduit for the curation of strategic ideas in technology and will highlight some of the technological advancements in Ghana.’

Come to a free screening at the BFI and apply to work in film… Courtesy of The Voice Newspaper

Ahead of BFI’s Future Film Festival, The Voice, Soul Film and BFI will present Nathan Bryon’s web series Reality on February 10!

We’ve been premiering each episode of Reality on The Voice Online, and now is the chance to watch all 5 episodes on the big screen, situation in BFI’s largest theatre!

The social commentary comedy web-series focuses on the young black British experience, as they discuss hot topics including #Blacklivesmatter, Notting Hill Carnival and #risqueselfies.

To attend the free screening, book you’re tickets here

There will also be a post drinks reception in the Blue Room following the screening. Tickets to this are strictly limited and available on a first come first served basis by booking here.

The Film Distributor’s Association (FDA) and Film Export UK are inviting applications from anyone hoping to work in the film industry.

The scheme aims to recruit a majority of candidates from these underrepresented groups in the film industry – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people and those who consider themselves to be disabled.

Applications are now open for the trainee scheme which runs from April to December 2017. For further information click here.

Stonebwoy, E.L and Amakye Dede to Headline Ghana Music Week UK

Ghanaian reggae and dancehall star, and BET award winner Stonebwoy will be headlining the first ever Ghana Music Week UK. Joining Stonebwoy on the bill is Capital Xtra’s veteran broadcaster and Afrobeat tastemaker Abrantee, who has been confirmed as the event’s host and UK ambassador.

The multiple award-winning Stonebwoy returns to the UK for his very first headline performance since being crowned ‘Best International Act’ at the 2015 BET Awards, where he beat the likes of Wizkid, Sarkodie and Yemi Alade to the coveted award. With hits such as ‘Go Higher’, ‘Mightylele’ and ‘Pull Up’, Stonebwoy is one of Africa’s most popular music exports.

Also headlining Ghana Music Week UK at the Indigo at the O2 is veteran Ghanaian musician and king of highlife Amakye Dede. With a vibrant career spanning over four decades, and over 20 albums under his belt, Dede is a legend in world music, with many of his hits including ‘Iron Boy’ and ‘Dabi Dabi’ standing the test of time and still shutting down parties all over the world in 2016.

The 2016 Vodafone Music Awards ‘Artist of the Year’ and prolific Ghanaian rapper and producer E.L wil be joining the pair to headline at Ghana Music Week UK. E.L recently performed alongside Lauren Hill at her sold out concert ‘Diaspora Calling’. E.L’s hits include ‘Shelele’, ‘Mi Naa Bo Po’ and ‘Koko’, and with more acts and a few very special guests to be announced in the coming days, this event is not to be missed.

Already a staple fixture in Ghana’s music calendar, where it is now going into its fifth year, Ghana Music Week UK is one of the biggest music festivals and conferences in Africa, and is fast becoming the biggest platform for music industry leaders, tastemakers and stakeholders of Ghanaian descent, not just in Ghana but also in the diaspora, and across the world.

Having launched Ghana Music Week US in October last year with a sold out concert festival at the legendary BB Kings in New York, the Musicians Union of Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, and Fantasy Entertainment, have teamed up with the Ghana High Commission in London, to present the hugely anticipated Ghana Music Week UK.

Tickets for Ghana Music Week are available right now via here or call 0800 177 7721

An invite to the longest food table on UN World Food Day

Food for All Ghana programme in partnership with Go for Hope Foundation under the auspices of the Ghana Tourism Federation and the Food and Beverage Association of Ghana is inviting you for this year’s Food for All Ghana UN world food day advocacy program.

The main objective of the Food4All UN World Food day is to recognize and advocate for the UN declaration on human right to food and ensure that the spotlight is put on the inefficiencies within our food supply chain that creates food wastage and hunger in Ghana.

The 2016 edition is scheduled to take place on the Saturday 15th October, 2016 within  La Dade-Kotopon municipality under the theme: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”. An attempt will be made to break the current Guinness world for longest table while 5,000 vulnerable children and the elderly will be fed, inspired and supported. Through this project the public will be educated on the environmental and economic impact of food wastage in Ghana.

Food for All Ghana is a shared social responsibility. Hope to see you there!

A NIGHT WITH THE COMPOZERS 4 – December 2016

Their ascent has been rapid; the waves made over the course of the last few years imperious in magnitude. Having exploded onto the scene in 2013, this eclectic team of four incredibly-talented young Ghanaian musicians have become the standard in urban music live acoustics and instrumentalism. Charlie, Nana, Stephen and David have supported Nigerian music behemoth Wizkid and Ghana’s finest rapper Sarkodie, as well as regularly collaborating with Fuze ODG to name a few. In 2016 alone they have had the pleasure of performing on the same ticket as rap royalty Lauryn Hill and have rubbed shoulders with legitimate royalty in Prince Harry.

Regardless of where they perform and who they perform with, there is one jewel in the Compozer/Decadence Entertainment crown which gleams bigger and brighter with every passing year – one hallmark event at which their swelling number of fans can congregate to vibe, dance, sing along and get hyped as the Compozers come home to do what they do best. That event is A Night With The Compozers.

The first ANWTC in North London was an incredible event and each year the Compozers have slammed into their home event with increasing ferocity, ingenuity, creativity and vibrancy – proving that their finger never leaves the pulse of the musical landscape as they manage to put their inimitable spin on music from all eras. The fourth iteration of ANWTC promises to be the best yet!

Taking place at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on December 19th, ANWTC4 will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee an amazing show for all in attendance. From a psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, to bombastic tunes which will not fail to get you moving, you will not be disappointed!

Tickets for ANWTC sell out notoriously quickly so if you are going to be in London in December, you are advised to get your tickets now for what promises to be THE musical event of the Christmas season!

Date: Monday 19th December 2016 – 7PM

Venue: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8TT

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday 9th September 2016

By Dr. Jermaine Bamfo

Come chop and party!

How does a day of fun and games, Afrobeat music, great West African cuisine with good company sound? Sounds good? Then read on >>>>

Chop X Beats is a fresh musical and culinary event that aims to create a feel good party atmosphere. They aim to provide a fun way to connect with, share and explore African culture through music, fashion, art, and food.

Chop X Beats draws its inspiration from the current African renaissance which is occurring across London, and the nostalgic feeling of African hall parties from the 90’s and early 00’s.

In light of this they’re holding an event this Sunday 7th August at The Brewhouse, 369-370 Helmsley Pl, Hackney, E8 3SB.

Attractions on the day

*Market stalls* selling African inspired art & fashion.

*West African cuisine*

*Dj Nore* with an exclusive Afrobeats set

*Traditional games*

Starts at 1pm and finishes at 10pm.

Early bird tickets two for £15 have completely sold out. There are still advance tickets, which are £12.50 and Group of 4 tickets (20% group discount), which are £40. Head here to purchase your tickets before they’re all gone!

She Leads Africa brings its SheHive professional bootcamp to London on August 18th-21st & YOU can gain free entry courtesy of Me Firi Ghana

Calling all young, smart ambitious women!

Me Firi Ghana have partnered with She Leads Africa, to offer a free weekend pass to  the SheHive which comes to London from the 18th-21st August 2016

Hosted at Facebook offices, #SheHiveLondon is a 4 day boot camp which brings together young female professionals and entrepreneurs to learn new business skills, network with their peers and connect directly with potential mentors and investors. SheHive London also aims to reconnect participants with the continent, providing a space for them to meet and network with fellow young ambitious African women living in the UK.

Whether you’re interested in building a business or launching a career in Africa, there will be something for you at SheHive London. She Leads Africa believes that young women have an important role to play in Africa and the diaspora and they hope you will join them to be apart of this transformational experience.

Me Firi Ghana are excited to be able to offer a free weekend pass to a member of our network. If you’re interested in entering this ticket raffle all you have to do is fill out this form.

Confirmed speakers for SheHive London include:

  • Nieros Oyegun, Principal and Head of Corporate and Financial Advisory at W8 ADVISORY
  • Imad Mesdoua, Political Analyst at Africa Matters Ltd and BBC, Al Jazeera, and France 24 Guest Analyst (Watch interviews with him here. Twitter @ImadMesdoua)
  • Yvonne Haizel, Lead African Investment Strategist, Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc and a 2016 Future of Ghana Top 30 U30 Pioneer.
  • Jessica Hope, Founder, Wimbart Hope.
  • Afua Osei, SLA Co-Founder (Hear what CNBC have to say about her here)
  • Charles Sekwalor, Founder, Move Me Back.
  • Michelle Esomme, Chief Executive Officer of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Speaking about the #SheHive’s in the diaspora, She Leads Africa co-founder Afua Osei said: “In the US and UK, men dominate the business and corporate landscape but with so many new industries being created in Africa and for communities in the diaspora, we have the opportunity to change things now. Young women should be encouraged to take leadership roles in startups and corporate organizations and supported along their journey towards professional success. It doesn’t matter if you’re first generation, a recent expat or African American, we all have a shared history and opportunity to make things better.”

Some of the topics being covered at SheHive London include:

+ Developing winning partnerships

+ Marketing masterclass

+ Navigating the Entrepreneurial Road Map

+ Moving Back

+ Why I invested

+ Business development

+ How to build your professional profile

+ Mastering the PR Game

#SheHiveLondon is part of the SheHive Tour which will take the bootcamp to 7 cities in 2016. Previous editions have been held in Lagos (September 2015 video here) and Accra (January 2016 – photos here), Abuja (May 2016 – photos here, New York (June 2016, photos here), Nairobi (July 2016, photos here ). Former participants have described it as a life changing experience.

One participant described how implementing a marketing tactic she learnt at SheHiveAccra helped her close a sales lead the very next day.

“This is not the standard overly stiff and formal conference and I love it!.” – SheHive NYC Speaker, Abby Omoruyi, founder of Catherine Marion.

Tickets for #SheHiveLondon are quickly selling out and so interested participants are encouraged to secure their spots as soon as possible. Passes are still available here.

Companies looking to partner with She Leads Africa can reach out by contacting info@sheleadsafrica.org.

SheHiveLondon is supported by Facebook and Bella Naija

She Leads Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success. The organisation has been featured on CNN, CNBC Africa, Black Enterprise and Fox Business and has more than 30,000 members across Africa.

R2Bees to headline Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival!

The landmark event is timed perfectly as the multiple award winners & BET nominated artists R2bees announce a brand new album and joint venture with Wiz Kid and his Starboy Worldwide Record Label with Paedae, also known as Omar Sterling being made the President of Starboy Worldwide – making the collaboration the most powerful force in Afrobeats globally!!

Taking place the Indigo 02 the much vaunted festival-line up is hosted by UK Afrobeats crooner Abrantee (Capital Xtra) and supported by the worlds most noted and sought after Afrobeats live band The Compozers; including the biggest names in UK Afrobeats Moelogo, May7ven, Mista Silva, Atumpan and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A.

The Festival tailored to foster unity and excellence in Afrobeats will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee festival goers an amazing show; from psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, cultural dance and a strong lineup of performers headlined by Ghanaian megastar duo R2BEES.

DJ line up include: DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills!

Get your tickets for Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival with R2Bees here or here

Date: Saturday 30th July

Venue: Indigo O2 , Peninsula Way SE10 0DZ

Doors open at 7pm sharp!

 

Uncle John’s Bakery to open new store!

Uncle John’s Bakery is delighted to announce the opening of its new store, larger premises and new baking unit. The launch will last all week beginning July 11- July 16 and all members of the Ghanaian community are invited to sample the delights and celebrate the grand opening with us. The Bakery will continue to offer freshly baked bread, cakes and snacks from their new facilities to distributors, independent stores, supermarkets and to loyal consumers who purchase in store.  “As the original family baker of Ghanaian sweet bread and other baked goods, our mission is to continue to deliver you fresh, authentic Ghanaian baked goods that bring you the home from home experience wherever you are in the world”, said managing director Sam Mensah.

Uncle John's BreadsThe company was established 20 years ago and is a family business at heart. Many Ghanaians would have grown up enjoying Uncle John’s delicious sweet bread and our constant mission has been to help Ghanaians feel closer to home. Within 3 years of operating the enterprise had outgrown a small shared baking unit and found a site in North London where we still baked onsite up until the recent expansion.

“Our new facilities will give us the space to increase our work flow, which will also give us the space for bigger machines. This will aid us in automating parts of production and enable us to cutUncle John's Chips (Chin Chin) costs. We have outgrown our old premises. With more space, the new premises will allow us to stock more products, fulfil larger orders, and ultimately share our special products with new and exciting customers” stated Mensah.

We invite you to join us at the launch. Many of you would have grown up enjoying our products and this is a fantastic opportunity to come and see just how much we’ve been able to grow in our 20 years of operating. We feel immense pride in the journey and how far we’ve come, and want the African community to feel a sense of this pride with us and join in the celebration. Without your help, support and custom over the years our success wouldn’t have been possible so we want to say thank you!

Uncle John's Bread starter rollsThe look of the new store has been modelled on that of a trendy, boutique coffee shop. It’s our belief that African food is under-represented in retail outlets and on menus and it’s our mission to increase its prominence. African food can penetrate the mainstream, and we want to be the pioneers of the movement. Our new upscale, trendy shop will help to shift attitudes towards African cuisine and make this possible. To celebrate this Uncle John’s are providing coffee for the first 30 customers each day, discounts on products, free samples, the first opportunity to taste new product lines and are running a raffle. So do pop in for some lunch or stop by for your morning coffee and get an authentic taste of Ghana right on your doorstep!

Date: 11th July – 16th July
Time: 10am – 7pm
Location: 76 West Green Road N15 5LS