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Ghanaian Diaspora Homecoming Summit

UK Press Launch: Government to Woo Ghanaian Diaspora at Homecoming Summit in a Bid to Boost Agenda for Change Nations

On Friday 5th May, 2017 the GHANA High Commission UK hosted the Accra launch of an insightful event that will shift the paradigm of development and growth within the African continent, attracting Ghanaian personalities and dignitaries such as Capital Xtra’s DJ Abrantee. The event in question is the Ghana Homecoming Diaspora Summit 2017, where prominent leaders past and present both from the sub-continent and around the world are expected to join up to 500 Ghanaians living outside the country at the biggest gathering of Ghana’s diaspora in Accra for many years.


REPRESENTING: DJ Abrantee, centre, at the launch

The Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit will take place at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana from 5th-8th July and is organised as a direct outcome of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s election campaign pledge to involve Ghanaians living abroad in the development of their country.

At the launch of the event in Accra this week, the Director of the Diaspora Relations Office at the Presidency, Akwasi Awua Ababio said:

“The Government is fully committed to the mobilisation and harnessing of the resources and skills of the diaspora community for accelerated development of Ghana. The diaspora community is equally committed to the challenge of being equal and recognised partners in the government’s development effort.”

The summit’s agenda will cover three main themes which will set-out the opportunities for business investment and employment in Ghana, as well as the political inclusion of Ghanaians living abroad.

Clifford Mpare, CEO of Frontline Capital a major sponsor of the summit said:

“We see this initiative as a potential shot-in-the-arm for the economy and future prosperity of this country at a time when there is much work to do. Work equates to opportunity whether in employment or business building and Ghana needs proven talent and a strong work ethic to create viable and competitive industries across a broad swathe of market sectors.”

Running parallel to the four-day summit will be an exhibition where companies, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and corporate bodies will demonstrate their support for the objectives of the event, as well as showcase employment opportunities and business projects which require special talent or resources that the diaspora may be able to provide.

The Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit is Chaired by entrepreneur Alex Dadey who heads-up a network of country groups around the world. With just eight weeks to go before the summit opening, Dadey spends much of his time raising funds from the private sector and so far has commitments from Standard Chartered Bank, Tullow Oil, Ghana Home Loans, Broll, Forewin, Zoomlion, Ghana Gas and a number of other organisations eager to align themselves with the summit’s objectives.

The event, which is partnered by Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Business Development and the Diaspora Relations Office, will open at 7.30am at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday 5 July with a welcome address given by President of The Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to an expected audience of 500 eager diasporans seeking a new beginning at home.

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All photo’s taken curtesy of Ernest Simons Photography

Please visit the site http://www.ghanadiasporahs.org/ or email uk.gdhcs@gmail.com for more info

 

Introducing you to…

MFG Interview with Star 100

 

I’ve been going to the Star 100 meet-ups for about 4 years now as it gives me an opportunity to meet other Ghanaians to network, talk about Ghana and discuss the hilarious but valuable traditions of our culture.

The group has been running for 8 years and it grows every month. The Chair, Richard Tandoh took some time out of his schedule to give me the heads up on what makes Star 100 tick and why a networking group like this is proving to be super important for Ghanaians in the diaspora.

Mefiri Ghana: What’s special about Star 100?

Richard Tandoh: It isn’t ‘owned’ by anyone. I think that makes it easier for the Coordinating Team and members alike to ‘buy into it’.
It has been sustained. In the eight years that Star 100 has been in existence a number of similar Ghanaian and African Diaspora groups have come and gone.
We don’t actively publicize its existence. Instead we leave it to existing members to tell other like-minded friends, colleagues and family members about it – and they do. It is focused on professionals/those with a professional outlook, rather than all Ghanaians.

MFG: What part does it play in the lives of Ghanaians in the Diaspora?

RT: It is a place to find like-minded individuals. Members often remark that is simply nice to see a room full of young(ish), professional Ghanaians. Many friendships have been formed.
It is a source of information on Ghana. This is particularly key as a large proportion of the membership is second-generation Ghanaians.


MFG: How would you like it to grow and speak to other Ghanaians who may not have considered this medium to stay connected?

RT: I’d like to see the business and online networking sides of the group develop. In terms of those that have not considered networking as a medium to connect, I invite them to come along to a Star 100 meet-up. The secret of any network is you get what you put in – it is about genuine human connections that can then be built upon.

MFG: What else can Ghanaians in the diaspora do as a group to stay connected, grow out of a minority and stay relevant?

RT: Staying connected – support the groups, events and websites that provide current opportunities to connect – rather than create a whole lot more.
Grow out of being a minority – not sure this can be done, but I encourage Ghanaians in the Diaspora to build links with non-Ghanaians in the Diaspora, especially those that have a genuine interest in Ghana – it’s a global world. Ghana and Ghanaians are well-respected generally. That provides a strong base to work from.

Stay relevant – continue to learn about Ghana and influence modern culture globally, e.g. azonto.

http://www.star100.org

By Adjoa Wiredu

Mefiri Ghana meets…

Kwame Nkrumah: The Man…

 

There’s no doubt that Kwame Nkrumah’s feat of achieving independence for Ghana will always be remembered as a triumph in not just Ghanaian but African history. However, what has become of Nkrumah’s ideals and dreams for Africa? Nkrumah fiercely advocated for the creation of a United State of Africa when he was alive, but it seems that Africa is further from this dream than ever.

Mefiri Ghana catches up with Clarissa Mudukuti, the author of Kwame Nkrumah: The Man, a book which outlines Nkrumah’s life and vision for Africa. She tells Mefiri Ghana what she hopes this book will do for the young African generation…

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Mefiri Ghana: What inspired you to write the book?

Clarissa Mudukuti: I wrote this book to educate the African Diaspora.  The lack of knowledge of our African heroes, African politics, and awareness of the issues that plague our continent among the youth inspired me to write this book.

 

Mefiri Ghana: Do you think that significant African figures like Kwame Nkrumah are in danger of being forgotten?

CM: Absolutely. Most importantly their vision and work is in danger of being forgotten, as we celebrate significant dates of independence, but not enforcing their precepts and concepts.

 

Mefiri Ghana: Did you come across any interesting facts about Kwame Nkrumah that you previously did not know about?

CM: Yes, I came to understand how he had made such an indelible impact around the world.  His character, poise, and stance was greatly admired, one of the components of success in life.  Also his unique ability to marry idealism and realism for the people of Ghana is another quality that impressed me immensely.

 

Mefiri Ghana: What impact do you want this book to have on young Ghanaians and Africans as a whole?

CM: Young Africans must prepare for Africa’s future, solely because Africa is our continent.  In order to understand the future, they must understand the past.  This book should inspire this generation to do well for their countries, and for the continent at large, it is their responsibility now.  But we the adults must equip them. 

 

Mefiri Ghana: When did you start writing the book, and how long did it take?

CM: I started writing this book in 2009.  This is my first book; therefore I had to carefully set out the agenda of this book.  I finally published this book in December 2011.

 

Mefiri Ghana: How far along has the African continent come in regards to Kwame Nkrumah’s vision for Africa?

CM: I believe that we are still far away form Dr Nkrumah’s vision and dream.  Africa is still not economically independent, Africa still grapples with poverty, and we still do not have full control of our resources.  Africa at this point should be able to feed itself, but this is still not the case.

 

Mefiri Ghana: Which aspects of Kwame Nkrumah life does the book cover?

CM: This book covers his vision for Africa, his various attempts at unifying Africa, and how he went about it.  This book also highlights the obstacles he faced during his presidency, and critically looks at other aspects of his leadership.

 

Mefiri Ghana: How close are we in terms of seeing figures like Kwame Nkrumah being taught in schools in the UK?

CM: We are not close; neither should wait for this to happen.  We cannot expect inhabitants of another land to teach us of our history, heritage, and future.  It is time to take up our responsibility to teach our children, as are better suited to do so. 

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Kwame Nkrumah: The Man can be purchased on Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kwame-Nkrumah-Man-Clarissa-Mudukuti/dp/1908386045

 

By Yaa Nyarko