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The Future of Ghana 2017 – The Search for Ghana’s Top 30 U30 begins…

The search….

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation (Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General)

In less than 3 generations 41% of the world’s youth will be African”, “By 2035, Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s” (Mo Ibrahim Foundation)

It was the above statements amongst others that were the catalyst behind the creation of the Future of Ghana initiative in October 2014. A time to celebrate, mobilize and invest in young people of Ghanaian heritage around the world on an annual basis at a critical time in Africa’s growth.

fog-publication-2016-coverNow in its 3rd cycle Me FiRi Ghana once again begin a mission to find the pioneers and innovators of the Future through the first objective of the Future of Ghana initiative by undertaking a global search for the top 30 Ghanaian talent aged 18 – 30 years – impacting industries around the world. The search will consist of an open nomination process driven through Ghanaian Diplomatic missions, Ghanaian Associations/Organisations, Commonwealth secretariat, media partners and social media using the official hashtag #FOG2017

Nominations for Future of Ghana 2017 are NOW OPEN to the public until 2 December 2016 via the website. Once closed nominees will be whittled down to a top 30 by a select judging panel, and featured in our annual online publication to be released in March 2017.

This cycle’s esteemed judging panel will be revealed in the week commencing 21 November 2016 so look out for the announcements across our platforms. Previous judges include Dentaa Amoateng MBE, Andy Ansah, Ethel Cofie and Isaac Babu-Boateng amongst others.

The initiative has been endorsed by the Ghanaian High Commission UK and British High Commission in Accra. Who both recognize its merits for capacity building and future prosperity of Ghana. Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith said of the initiative upon its inception; “It is heart-warming to realise that young people of Ghanaian heritage are mobilizing themselves to contribute to the development efforts of their motherland, Ghana

Future of Ghana Patron and pioneering photographer James Barnor says of the initiative;

“I am privileged to be chosen as patron for the Future of Ghana initiative. It is refreshing to see young Ghanaians in the Diaspora so forward thinking and genuinely passionate about our nation’s future. This initiative will mobilize and inspire a generation of Ghanaians to come together and utilize their skills for the development of Ghana. I see History in the making!

 

Introducing Dentaa Amoateng…

GUBA Founder & Entrepreneur Dentaa creating a legacy within the Ghanaian community that will be felt for decades to come!

 

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Dentaa Amoateng first came to my attention around 2007 whilst watching the now defunct OBE (Original Black Entertainment) channel on Sky television. I remember thinking how assured a presenter she was comparing to some of the other Ghanaian presenters I had watched later. Since then I took a keen interest in her career ever since and can say it is both heartening and inspiring to see what she has achieved to date. Here is her brief story;

After a career in acting and singing Dentaa produced and fronted a new TV show for OBE titled”The Dentaa Show” in 2006. The 30-minute  programme, explored the Ghanaian and African entertainment scene through interviews with celebrities, coverage of entertainment The show was Ghana’s most-watched entertainment programmeand in its first year, scored the highest ratings in first-run syndication in the 18 – 40 years demographic, out-performing established talk shows.The Dentaa Show ran for a further three seasons.

However arguably her most significant achievement was the founding of non-profit organisation the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards in 2009.Dentaa decided to set up the awards as she felt that there was nothing out there promoted and enriched Ghanaian heritage The first awards ceremony took place in London, England, in October 2010

GUBA was the first ceremony of its kind to specifically recognise Ghanaian achievement and has since been endorsed by dignitaries and organisations including The Ghana High Commission to the UK & Ireland, The British High Commission in Ghana, The Ghana Ministry of Tourism, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie, Lord Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott MP and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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Dentaa’s achievements with GUBA were acknowledged in 2011 when she was announced as one of the “Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” in the annual Future 100 Awards.

in June 2012, Dentaa helped the Arthur Wharton Foundation present a statuette of Arthur Wharton — the first professional black football player — to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.The Arthur Wharton Marquette Statue is now displayed in the presidents’ lounge at FIFA headquarters in Zurich

 July 2013 saw Dentaa win the Most Innovative African Woman in Europe Awards at the prestigious African Women in Europe awards which was setup to reward and acknowledge influential African women in Europe. Organisers described her as an “icon and role model to all African women living and working in Europe! That is some compliment and one Dentaa will surely be humbled by.

Her endorsement and commitment to the development of sport was also evident in September 2012 when she attended Me Firi Ghana’s very own Future of Sport debate alongside Benny Bonsu, Andy Ansah and Kwaku Mensah.

Dentaa Amoateng Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

On 13 November 2013 Dentaa took part in a live twitter interview with yours truly! here is a brief insight into how it went;

MFG: Congratulations on winning African Woman in Europe 2013. Your family must be so proud?

Dentaa: Thank you! It was an overwhelming honour to have one this award and I am very great full for the people who supported me

MFG:  Fuse ODG is representing Ghana internationally do you think GUBA 2012 winner MistaF2DSilva is next to blow?

Dentaa:  I would strongly hope so Mista Silva is fantastic! We need to get behind him. Fuse has done us proud and it is only upwards from here for him!

MFG: Name 3 things you love about Ghana?

Dentaa: Only 3! Goodness. I’d say the food, Weather and family. There is no place like Ghana anyone who hasn’t been needs to go!

For the full interview follow us on twitter (@Me_FiRi_GHANA) and view our timeline.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

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MFG Debate – Future of Sports

Mefiri Ghana Debate – The Future of Sports in Ghana

 

Mefiri Ghana is proud to officially announce its first series of Future of Ghana Debate, with the first debate – Future of Sports in Ghana – taking place on 21st September at the Chelsea Theatre in London. After a hugely successful test run of the event in June, the debates will now take place in earnest each month, so make sure you regularly check the blog for venues and dates.

This month’s debate is all about sports, so if you’re a sports fanatic yourself or have friends and family members who are aspiring for a career in a sports related field, then this event is definitely for you! Or if you’re just passionate about Ghana, the debate is the right platform for you to come along and share your views with others.

 

The panel members confirmed for the debate are as follows:

Andy Ansah: Having worked with the likes of Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jessica Ennis, Mo FarahRonaldinho, Nike, Adidas, Wayne Rooney, Roger Federer and more, Andy Ansah is now on Me FiRi Ghana’s panel for the Future of Sport Debate Forum 

Watch what Andy had to say here: Click Here

 

Dentaa: Not only is Dentaa the Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards founder, but she is also the great Asamoah Gyan‘s Manager. Dentaa has helped to profile Ghanaian’s living in the Diaspora and bring you up close and personal with members of the Black Stars

Watch what Dentaa had to say here: Click Here

Benny Bonsu: Having worked closely with the Premier League to establish the Kicks Programme, to working with Basketball stars around the world to producing London 2012 Olympic Basketball Benny is now on the panel for the Me FiRi Ghana Debate Forum

Watch what Benny had to say here: Click Here

 

Kwaku Mensah: K Men Media Executive Producer & Trace Sport Head of Content 

Kwaku has produced material for leading sports production companies and worked up close with sports stars such as Chelsea’s Florent Malouda and Michael Essien, Arsenal’s Johan Djourou, Didier Drogba, Evander Holyfield and more and now Kwaku is now on the panel for the Me FiRi Ghana Debate Forum

Watch what Kwaku had to say here: Click Here

 

The debate is an opportunity for Ghanaians to come together and share ideas as well as connect and network with like-minded individuals so make sure you do not miss it!

This is a ticket event only. For more information and tickets go to: Futureofghana.eventbrite.com

Come and let’s move Ghana forward!

By Yaa Nyarko

WAM-tastic! – WAM Campaign 2011 launched

Friday 03 June 2011 was the day and the Ghana High Commission in London was the setting for the official launch of MeFiRi GHANA’s WAM Campaign for 2011. For those of you who don’t know by now, the WAM Campaign 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”.

The evening started with the arrival of guests from 5pm and the serving of Canapés in the main foyer. I was actually running on “black peoples time” and arrived a little after half 5 but was greeted warmly by Joseph Aninakwa of the MeFiRi GHANA team.

There was such a good vibe in the foyer; everybody was all smiles and full of conversation. As I left my bag at the cloakroom I made a beeline for the drinks table for a glass of juice, there I was greeted by Jacqueline Manu (who I must say was looking on point in her outfit!) of the MeFiRi GHANA team and Project manager for the Wam Campaign 2011. We had a brief chat and by the time I spotted my cousin in the foyer we were being ushered into the main hall for the start of the event.

Whilst inside the hall there was almost an air of anticipation and excitement amongst the audience for what was to follow. I noticed the Ghana High Commissioner to the UK H.E Prof. Kwaku Danso-Boafo enter the room and make his way to the front of the hall which added to the anticipation.

The event was opened by the poet Chaleboy aka Benjamin Bennett who recited a piece of his work which would set the tone for the evening. Then it was the turn of Ras Kwame, sporting a t-shirt that had the words ‘Me Dor Ghana’ (I love Ghana) emblazoned on the front of it to introduce the event.

Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka (Co-Founder of MeFiRi GHANA) was next to take to the stage and as he greeted the audience he quickly introduced the High Commissioner Prof Danso-Boafo to take to the stage and say a few words. The High Commissioner made a point of heaping praise on the Mefiri GHANA team and encouraging everybody to get involved in the forthcoming WAM Campaign. Arnold proceeded to share a few words and then we were invited to watch a clip of the previous Wam campaign that took place in December 2010 in Accra. It was a moving and inspiring clip as it illustrated firsthand the work of MeFiRi GHANA and their volunteers with the children at the orphanage. Though there was also some light entertainment as the clip – produced by the creative Ernest Simons – also showed Arnold’s rendition of the “migraine skank”! which drew smiles and laughter from the audience.

The theme of WAM 2010 continued as Nancy Blake-Sarkodie (a university student who volunteered as part of WAM 2010) took to the stage to relive her experience as a volunteer. She was beaming with pride and it was obvious to everyone that she had got a lot out of the experience. Our attention was then drawn to the TV once more as another clip was played, this time featuring Emmanuel Frimpong a rising star at Arsenal FC and the WAM campaign Ambassador.  He reiterated how proud he was to be Ghanaian and the pride he felt when playing for Arsenal.

Fifi Atta Mills (son of President John Atta Mills & WAM Youth Patron) was next up to say a few words about what inspired him to get involved in the WAM campaign. His words were received warmly by the audience and by the time he had left the stage it was time for a Q&A session which brought the MeFiri GHANA team led by Nana Adu-Sarfo (Co-Founder of MeFiRi GHANA) to answer any questions the audience had.

We were then treated to a rendition of the Destiny Child’s song –‘Stand up for love’ by Akua Busia (who I heard was only 17!). Akua showed maturity beyond her years as she serenaded us with her powerful vocals, she was very impressive and may be a name to look out for the future. She received huge applause as she left the stage and it was then left to the host Ras Kwame to close the event, he did so by thanking everybody for their attendance and inviting everyone to stay behind for more canapés and networking.

I stayed behind afterwards to mingle with the crowd and noticed a few recognisable faces such as Sway, Andy Ansah, Nii Sackey, Melvin Odoom, Eddie Kadi and Vivian “Dentaa” Boateng.  The evening was an overwhelming success and as I left the venue with my cousin we had the feeling that we attended something truly worthwhile and that the event would surely act as catalyst to encourage the Ghanaian community and friends of Ghana to get involved in WAM 2011.

Remember people it’s not about YOU but what YOU can do to help others!

Written by Ben JK Anim-Antwi

If you would like to get involved with the WAM Campaign, please email Jacqueline at: Jacqueline@mefirighana.com

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