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Join the Future of Ghana Research Study

Research Survey…

Future of Ghana Ltd are pleased to announce our research survey aimed at the 2nd generation British Ghanaian demographic is now live on futureofghana.com. The survey follows a pre-survey released last month undertaken to give us a better sense of our potential data and refine our research.

This survey forms part of a wider research study (to include focus groups and interviews) on the ways in which the 2nd generation British Ghanaian engages with Ghana, why they do so and how they would like to. At the same time building up a profile of who the 2nd generation actually are.  

The findings will be published in a report in time for Independence Day next year.

 

Why?…

The purpose of the study is to explore the ways in which diaspora groups interact with their ‘home’ countries.  As stated the focus of this study is 2nd generation Ghanaians in the UK, how they engage with/desire to engage with Ghana (i.e. through social, cultural, economic/financial and skills channels) and its implications for diaspora engagement efforts, policies and development.

The study will attempt to understand the underlying factors driving engagement with Ghana, the priorities and patterns of 2nd generation engagement (in comparison to 1st generation) and what, if any, barriers to engagement exist. We are intent on ensuring your collective voices are represented, which we hope will help shape policy, add to the dialogue around the diaspora and contribute to Ghana’s diaspora engagement efforts.

 

Who?…

We are inviting all 2nd generation British Ghanaians who resides in the UK aged 18 years old and above to participate in this study by taking the survey.
For the purposes of this study, 2nd generation British Ghanaian is being defined as:

  • UK born children of at least 1 Ghanaian born parent
  • Ghanaian born children of at least 1 Ghanaian parent who emigrated to the UK before primary school age (5 years old) and settled here.

 

Results..

The results of the survey will be analysed with data collected from focus group discussions and interviews and used towards a research report to be published by Future of Ghana Ltd.

The final report will be completed by March 2018, and we will be sharing the report with all participants. It will be formally launched at an event in mid-2018.
For more information on the study visit our website and you can take the survey here.

Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit: London Roadshow Event

As a member of the UK Diaspora Homecoming Summit committee, we are proud to invite you to attend the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit London Road Show event taking place 13th May 2017

  • Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
  • Road Show Attendance Cost: FREE
  • Venue: Pestana Chelsea Bridge, SW8 4AE
  • Key Note Speaker: Minister of Information and Spokesperson for the Presidency – Mustapha Abdul-Hamid

This is a registration only event so please register as soon as possible to secure your place

Summit Registration: Click here to register for free today

(Registration is on a first come first served basis, so register ASAP to secure your place!)

The main summit is being organised in fulfillment of a manifesto pledge by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, to engage Ghanaians Living Abroad in the transformation of the political and socio-economic structure of Ghana.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring the Ghanaian Diaspora together to dialogue on how to achieve the President’s vision of active participation by Diasporans in the economic development of the country and to fully integrate them into the political processes.

The Summit also aims to attract the full participation of Ghanaians Living Abroad in Private Enterprise by bringing them together with local businesses.

KLM have come on board as the airline sponsor and offering up to 15% off flights for those attending conference. So anyone travelling to Ghana around this time can make use of that. CLICK HERE

Please visit: www.ghanadiasporahs.org to register and for more information

Leeds Beckett graduate launches new project to support young entrepreneurs

A new service to help young entrepreneurs get their business ideas up and running has been launched by a Leeds Beckett University graduate.

Obed Yeboah’s new project, ObedsHUB, has been set up to offer practical business support to entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30. From affordable web development to social media courses and one-to-one business support, ObedsHUB aims to help young people who do not have a big budget to invest in their business ideas to get started on the road to success.

Obed graduated from Leeds Beckett in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Business Information Technology. During the second year of his degree, Obed began creating an app, CVsnip, with his partner and adviser, Navin Arora. CVsnip aimed to help art and design students and graduates to find employment by showcasing their work within their online job application. Obed has now sold his app to a university which has turned CVsnip into a web application for its creative students to secure jobs.

Obed explained: “I understand that the average start-up fund for young people is between £600 – £1,000. I know this because that is what I had to do to get going with CVsnip. With that budget many young entrepreneurs will not get a well-developed scalable website from developers so I decided to partner with development companies I worked with on CVsnip who are most focused on helping people to do more with less.”

Alongside the practical support offered by ObedsHUB, Obed has established a podcast show, dealing with topics ranging from refining your business idea to creating relationships with people in industry. Young people are also invited to speak on the show about their experiences.

Obed said: “The entire reason why I started ObedsHUB is to address the lack of practical support available to young entrepreneurs. A lot of people have amazing ideas but don’t have the funds so they tend to wait for the perfect moment to start. I challenge this because there will never be a perfect start. All you need to do is to speak to the right people and they will give you the opportunity you need to achieve your goals.”

ObedsHUB has already received an award nomination for commitment to the community, in the Business Launchpad Awards 2017. You can vote for ObedsHUB here and the winners of the awards will be announced on 27 April 2017.

Obed received help from the Enterprise and Innovation Academy for Students at Leeds Beckett when setting up CVsnip. The Academy provided a business adviser through its Placement Year Entrepreneurship Scheme and a Proof of Concept grant of £500 to help with promotion. Stephen Griffiths, Enterprise Development Officer, said: “I remember Obed’s persistence and utmost belief in his product as being the traits that saw him overcome the difficulties he faced in getting the App developed and launched.”

Speaking about the support he received while studying at Leeds Beckett, Obed added: “I received a great deal of support when starting CVsnip. I had help from my Human-Computer Interaction lecturer, my business advisor at the Enterprise and Innovation Academy helped me refine my idea. I also had help from a business support company in London, called Business Launchpad. They taught me how to market on social media and how to deal with developers to ensure I wasn’t taken advantage of because I was young and a rookie.”

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GHANA ELECTION 2016 STATEMENT

As millions of Ghanaian’s  up and down the country go to the polls today we encourage all eligible voters particularly the YOUTH to exercise their right to vote.

Your vote is your voice and this is an election that really matters. Ghana turns 60 next year but significant challenges for the country remain. First and foremost THE ECONOMY; a decline in commodity prices has hit our economy, the Cedi has struggled against other currencies, the power crisis has affected Businesses and unemployment particularly youth unemployment remains high.
We would encourage all voters to vote for the party they feel is best placed to find solutions to ALL the challenges and overcome them for the good of the country.
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We are NON-PARTISAN organisation we do NOT support or favour any political party, we envision a self sustaining Ghana first and foremost. Thus through our Charitable Youth initiative The Future of Ghana we stand ready to bring the YOUTH AGENDA to government of the day whoever that may be.
We have faith in the Ghanaian electorate to act with integrity during this election. Ghana today the world is watching, your brothers and sisters in the Diaspora are watching with keen interest. Let us be an example and show the world what a peaceful and democratic nation we are whatever the result.
Here’s to a PEACEFUL, TRANSPARENT and FAIR election. God Bless our Homeland Ghana.

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

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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LAUNCHED: The Full Future of Ghana Deluxe Publication

THE 2015 FUTURE OF GHANA TOP 30 U30

 

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The OFFICIAL Deluxe Publication is now available.

The Publication includes Ghana’s Top 30 U30 from around the world, forward thinking articles and interviews from pioneering CEO’s, Directors & organizations sharing their vision for Ghana and Africa. It can be read here

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The Publication was launched at the Ghana High Commission Hq (London) on Friday 27th March 2015. See below for Myriam Osei’s (@AngelPeacejoy) video blog review:

To advertise in the publication or to become an exclusive distribution partner,please contact our Director of Communications, Ben Anim-Antwi at: bantwi@mefirighana.com

The Me Firi Ghana Members Network will be launching soon… #FutureofGhana = Responsibility

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

A Message from the Editor: The Future of Ghana…..

Mobilizing Ghana’s talent for Development!

 

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Why the Future of Ghana…

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)…

Thus we believe now is time to celebrate, mobilize and invest in young people of Ghanaian heritage at a critical time in Africa’s growth.

Who are Ghana’s Future leaders? Who are the young people out there innovating and creating change? …… It’s about time we found out!

Award winning London based company Me FiRi Ghana are on a mission to find the pioneers and innovators of the Future by launching the Future of Ghana campaign.

The main objective of the campaign is to organize and mobilize Ghanaian talent for the development of Ghana 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 social media, media partners and using the official hashtag #FutureofGhana with the top 30 being featured in online publication. The secondary objective will be to stage a “Dragon’s Den” style competition in Ghana for budding entrepreneurs and small/medium size business owners hoping to expand.

Nominations for the Future of Ghana are now open to the public until 17 December 2014 via the website. Once closed nominees will be whittled down to a top 30 by a select judging panel, ready for the publication release in March 2015. The esteemed judging panel will be revealed the week commencing 1 December 2014 so look out for updates on twitter.

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The campaign has been endorsed by Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith. He has pledged his commitment to the campaign by agreeing to host a luncheon with a select number of the top 30 pioneers in the spring of 2015.

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 can see history in the making. For that reason I am more than happy to be involved”

Let’s make history!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Are Children really considered the future of Ghana?…

Children too must be free to express themselves!

Children are a gift from God”, it is not necessarily a Ghanaian saying but a Bible verse that is almost used as a proverb in our world today. You may have heard it from family members, friends, or even people you don’t know, through eavesdropping. In fact, the sentence is so perfectly structured, that hearing it, we might forget it is to be understood literally.

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I’m extremely fond of children, though I admit their sizes and personalities holds a large role in determining how ‘adoring’ others may find them. Nonetheless, children are a gift from God. They reflect innocence, purity. Just like the sparrows, they are nurtured, embraced, and cared for in the bosom of their carers until they’re grown enough to move out and purposefully share on the love and values received from a warm home.

There are children, however, that have had their very own nature stand as a curse against their life; children that have had their innocence snatched away and stamped upon, through abuse, violence and exploitation. For such cases in Ghana, there are emergency lines and police services ready to act on any indication or calls received, although the lack of awareness on abuse in the Ghanaian culture makes it difficult for one to even recognise when they’re being victims, attached with the fear to admit and seek help. But fortunately, child protection laws exist to minimize such unfortunate cases.

Now, I want to touch on an underlying subject, which is: the relationship between the adult and the child. We say “Children are the next generation” that’s all so true, but how much are we invested in building a loving relationship with our younger ones? Having travelled to Ghana many times, I often interact with children, as they excitedly use the opportunity to ask questions, speak, and laugh with me. Unfortunately, this sight of an adult pleasantly interacting with a child is something I rarely come across to there. I once asked an adult why the lack of interaction, he answered: “Otherwise they won’t respect you.” His view may not reflect the general opinion of all, but there and then, I couldn’t help but wonder if as adults, the fear of a child going off boundaries should be an excuse in not taking steps to create a comfortable relationship with them? And logically, I knew it shouldn’t.

Why should a casual relationship between a child and an adult be seen as a threat to the culture? I believe this sort of mind-set and view exists and should be changed, as it is unhealthy. In a society where children are fortunately brought up to respect their elders and the people surrounding them, it is also important to build an environment where the child would feel respected and comfortable enough to express themselves as they grow and learn; an environment where they would feel confident to confide in their parents as they go through different stages. That new environment could simply turn out to be the solution of many problems of today, as a new generation filled with vibrant and confident adults will go on impact their society while using the knowledge and values learnt from a society that listened and valued them first.

Myriam Osei @AngelPeaceJoy)