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Future of Ghana (FOG) needs your help

We at Mefiri Ghana have some exciting news to share with you all! The Future of Ghana (FOG) has been selected to use one of the first diaspora crowdfunding platforms.

The Future of Ghana is an initiative created by Mefiri Ghana to positively and proactively connect Ghana to the rest of the world by mobilising and organising a generation of future leaders. Me Firi Ghana has an incredible history of creating opportunities for youth advocacy and engagement, youth skills development and job creation for the many unemployed young people that currently live in the country. Through this initiative, Me Firi Ghana harnesses a network of skilled entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders to train, mentor and provide pathways to employment for the next generation of young people in Ghana.

Following the successful launch of the annual Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum held at the renowned Ashesi University last year, which saw the unique gathering of young leaders, solution providers, future leaders and pioneers discuss and understand how to contribute to Ghana’s economic growth and connect, learn and share ideas, we’re fundraising to make upcoming Future of Ghana events even bigger and better!

So please support Me Firi Ghana’s campaign and share it with your family and friends. The Future of Ghana is an incredibly progressive initiative that will lead Ghana’s youth into a strong and prosperous future.

You can donate by clicking here

Thanks for your support!

Watch  2015 highlights below:

Panel Discussion: Diaspora, Transnational Belonging and Giving Back

In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the potential of migration in stimulating development in countries of origin. Migrants living in diaspora can contribute greatly to the development of their countries of origin in many ways; through remittances, diaspora entrepreneurship, transfer of skills and knowledge as well as competencies, which can have a positive impact on the national economic growth. Research suggests that diaspora identity is characterized by a transnational sense of belonging with attachment and commitment to both the homeland and the country of residence. This panel discussion proposes to explore what drives diaspora members’ generosity and passion for their countries of origin, how belonging is nurtured across continents and generations and what “giving back” looks like in practice.

 

Panelists:

Patrick Awuah

Patrick Awuah is the founder and president of Ashesi University, a private, notfor-profit institution praised as one of Ghana’s Patrick_Awuahfinest institutions of higher learning. Patrick left Ghana to study in the United States of America in 1985. While abroad, he worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft. After living in America for almost two decades, he returned to Ghana in 2001. In recognition of his service to Ghana, Patrick was awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta in July 2007. The Order of the Volta is one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country. He has won many prestigious international awards including the MacArthur Fellowship and the McNulty Prize. In 2015, Patrick was named one the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune Magazine. He has also twice been recognized by a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of Ghanaian CEOs as one of the ten most respected CEOs in Ghana.

 

Christabel E. Dadzie

Christabel Dadzie works as a Program Specialist in the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Christabel E. DadziePrior to joining the Bank, she has worked with for USAID and within the UN system. In 2011, Christabel, founded Ahaspora Young Professionals (Ahaspora – “Aha” is a Twi (Akan) word for “Here” and “Spora” is a stem of Diaspora.), a group of young, Ghanaian professionals who have lived or been educated outside Ghana and have returned home to make a difference. Ahaspora now counts over 1200 members, who have pledged to use their knowledge, skills, and resources to give back to their Motherland Ghana. http://www.ahaspora.com/

 

Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka

Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka is an entrepreneur and youth advocate. He is Chair of the Future of Ghana project and founder of multiple Arnold Sarfo-Kantankaaward winning company Me firi Ghana & sister charity WAM Campaign. In 2010, Arnold who was born, raised and lives in the UK, launched the WAM (“What About Me?) campaign, which connects young Ghanaians in the diaspora to selected grassroots organizations in Ghana. The objective of the WAM Campaign is to support the educational development of children and young people through diaspora volunteering. Arnold’s other pioneering initiative, The Future of Ghana is an annual project dedicated to showcasing, nurturing and mobilizing Ghana’s talent in Ghana and abroad for the development of the country. The impact of Arnold’s work has permitted him to represent Ghana during the 2013 World Economic Forum and speak on platforms such as TEDx SOAS. Arnold was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet HRH The Queen of England and Prince Charles for his contributions to the Ghanaian community.

 

Kobina Graham Kobina

Graham is a lecturer, writer, blogger, and DJ on Ghana’s growing arts scene. Born in London and raised between there and Cape Kobina GrahamCoast, he is a University of London School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) graduate. As a DJ, he was part of London’s Amplified collective, with whom he supported artists like Erykah Badu. Moving from London to Accra a decade ago, Kobby has since experienced everything from being a security expert and heading a market research department, to being a journalist with Ghana’s biggest media group and becoming one of the first people paid by the Ghanaian government to work in social media. Deeply passionate about popular culture, counter culture, and writing, he currently teaches Africana, communication and critical thinking courses at Ashesi University. He is also co-editor of nKENTEn – an experimental online magazine that exists at the intersection of Ghanaian popular culture and politics – and the former editor of DUST: a pioneering Ghanaian magazine that combined creativity with social awareness-raising content.

 

Programme

10.00 – Start  Opening and welcome remarks by Ambassador Leslie Kojo Christian, Chief Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI)  

 

Statement by Ms. Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration  

Video  Presentation on IOM’s Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) and Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN) Programmes, Daniel Sam – IOM  

 

Video  Presentations by panel members:  Patrick Awuah  Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka (by Skype from the United Kingdom)  Christabel E. Dadzie  Kobina Graham


13.00 – Closing and light lunch

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…

 

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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Introducing… Patrick Awuah

The epitome of giving back!

I love finding out about the living legends of Ghana who have made tremendous moves in the world, and this gentleman is no exception. Mr Patrick Awuah grew up in Accra, and left Ghana in 1985 as a teenager to pursue greatness in the United States. Graduating from Swarthmore College (USA) with an engineering degree in 1990, Mr. Awuah managed to gain a spot working for Microsoft in software design, and shot with speed to the heights of the company, becoming a millionaire before the age of 30! That would be a story which would satisfy many of us. But Mr. Awuah didn’t stop there. He had a dream. He saw an issue back home in Ghana, and it itched him that something had yet to be done to resolve it…

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He was a Black Star, flourishing in the land of the Stars and Stripes, living the American Dream. And yet when his eyes wistfully cast upon the situation back in Ghana, he was troubled. He once remarked that “While I was at Microsoft, the annual revenues grew larger than the GDP of the Republic of Ghana.” Incredible! So he begun to ask himself what was the source of this problem? How could it be remedied? The answer, he believed, was education.

He believed that too many educational establishments in Ghana were force-feeding their students information, causing them to merely try to remember things by heart, rather than build up and develop the critical thinking necessary to be innovative. He said in an interview with CNN early in 2013 that “The world needs to change in this way and I strongly believe that people like me who have had the privilege of a great education need to be part of the solution; that I need to be really actively involved in helping to drive this change in Africa so that 30, 50 years from now, the world will be a different place for all people of African descent in the world.” This observation led to Mr. Awuah creating the Ashesi University in Accra in 2001.

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Patrick Awuah quit a multi-million dollar job with tech powerhouses Microsoft in order to put all his energies into this gargantuan pursuit. That’s faith and courage right there! When people ask whether that could have potentially been a very stupid move, Mr. Awuah reminds them of a quote by Goethe – “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it — begin it now!” And Mr. Awuah has weaved his magic, utilising his own money, donations and tuition-fees to make his project blossom from a small rented building, into a live-and-breathing multi-building complex which promises an excellent learning environment to help bring the best out of some of Ghana’s brightest minds.

Ashesi means ‘beginnings’ in Akan. Mr. Awuah is doing a great job in giving a new generation of young Ghanaians the best beginning on their journeys to becoming future history-makers.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)