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FOG 2016: Nominate a Pioneering Young Ghanaian Today!

The publication recognises the Top 30 under 30 pioneering Ghanaian youth from around the world, whilst also featuring forward thinking articles highlighting key industries, innovators and organisations vision for Ghana and Africa.

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MAKE YOUR NOMINATION TODAY: CLICK HERE

 

WHY THE FUTURE OF GHANA PUBLICATION?

We believe the publication will act as a catalyst to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana.

We aim to produce a positive visual resource promoting Ghana whilst also using the publication as a point of inspiration for youth to showcase relatable role models excelling in a variety of industries globally.

The publication launches annually on Ghana Independence day to amplify a forward thinking narrative about the Future of Ghana, showcasing positivity whilst creating platforms to discuss solutions to specific issues the Ghanaian community face in Ghana and the Diaspora.


NOMINATION CRITERIA:

1. Aged 30 years or younger (as of 6th March 2016)

2. Be Ghanaian (born in Ghana or Ghanaian through birth, via a parent(s) or grandparent(s))

3. Please use the following characteristics as a guide when explaining your reasons for nomination:

  • MotivationalSomeone who helps to get the best out of others and themselves
  • VisionarySomeone who has a desired future outlook of a product or service they wish to or are a part of providing
  • AmbitiousSomeone whose demonstrated the will to succeed and/or shown a willingness to learn, especially from failures
  • Role ModelSomeone people look up to. A person who inspires others as a result of something they have done or are doing
  • Social Influence/ImpactSomeone who as a result of what they do/have done, have a positive of influence within a community
  • Communication Skills: Someone who demonstrates their ability to listens to others and as a result helps find solutions to problems for individuals/groups & communities

4. If a nominee was selected as one of the Top 30 Under 30 in 2015, as per the Future of Ghana constitution, they are not eligible for review and cannot be featured as one of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 Pioneer’s for the subsequent five [5] years; in this instance, not until 2019.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Q. Can I nominate myself?

A. Yes you can, as long as you fit within the eligability criteria detailed 


Q. 
Do nominees have to be based in Ghana?

A. No, this is a global search for young Ghanaian talent. We welcome nominations from anywhere in the world, as

long as the nominee fits within the eligability criteria detailed 
Q. Can I nominate more than one person?

A. Yes, but all nominations will have to be made seperatly
Q. How are the Top 30 Under 30 selected?

A. 

Stage 1:

  • An independent committee is be responsible for scoring (from 1-10, according to Nomination Characteristics and the content of the nominators descritption of the nominee within the nomination form), reviewing and sifting all nomination entrants

Stage 2:

  • The shortlisted candidates are informed and groups of shortlisted candidates are equally distributed to the FOG Judges (nominations are presented without nominates name) for the FOG Judges to initial independently review and score candidates (scoring from 1-10 according to Nomination Characteristics and the content of the nominators descritption of the nominee within the nomination form) whereby the FOG Judges will score and select their top 7 candidates from their group

Stage 3:

  • The FOG Judges come together to feedback their group of Nominees scores and as a collective group the FOG Judges will conclude by jointly selecting the Top 30 Under 30 Pioneers

Stage 4:

  • The Publication and annoucement of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 2016 Pioneers is officially released on Ghana Independence day on March 6th 2016 

Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diaspora Engagement Conference

Since January, we have been working behind the scenes to ensure youth have a voice as part of the Ghana governments Diaspora engagement strategy and policy they are developing. In January, in partnership with our charity the WAM Campaign we held the Future of Ghana forum, and as a result we developed the Future of Ghana Youth Engagement Policy Brief. Since then we have been engaging the powers that be to ensure the views of the Diaspora youth have been heard and actioned.

As a result, we have been selected to attend a consultative meeting, which has been arranged to engage the European Diaspora with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diaspora Support Bureau in developing Ghana’s Diaspora Strategy in Brussels from the 27th-29th October 2014 in Brussels. The aim is to foster dialogue and interaction between the two nominated Diaspora groups from each of the six designated European country representatives (including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands). MIEUX experts Ms. Stella Opoku-Owusu from AFFORD and Mr. Kingsley Aikins from Diaspora Matters will guide the discussions and provide input.

The purpose of this consultative meeting is to provide opportunities to the Ghanaian diaspora to share their views, input and recommendations on the future of the Ghanaian Diaspora Engagement with Ghana’s development and add to the Policy vision/structure and implementation. The meeting has been organised within the Migration EU expertise ‘MIEUX’ project framework. This is a joint initiative between the European Union and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development which aims to enhance the capacities of partner countries in the management of all areas of migration.

As part of our research, evaluations and engagement via our past December volunteering initiatives, we in partnership with our charity the WAM Campaign will be representing the voice and feedback of the Diaspora Youth.

Hopefully on our return we will be able to share feedback and some possible collaboration as to how we aim to launch our Future of Ghana initiative and our charity (WAM Campaign) aims to grow and facilitate more volunteering opportunities throughout Ghana all year round.

Think Outside The Box To Get In…

How to stand out from the crowd

In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy is described as the most beautiful woman in the world. Her stunning beauty caused men to wage war against each other just to win her hand in marriage. And she had as many as 45 suitors! Clearly, you will have to do something remarkable to make yourself stand out from this crowd of 45. Unfortunately for many of our university graduates, this is the kind of challenge facing them. Of course they are not jostling to win Helen’s hand in marriage, but are contesting in a similarly competitive environment. They are in a situation where there is a multitude of university graduates all chasing after limited job opportunities. While the number of graduates soar, the number of jobs have become few and far between. It is no longer a given that a university education will guarantee immediate employment. Recent statistics from the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) indicates that 28.8% of graduates between the ages of 25 to 35 wait for two years or more before they are employed. And the forecast of the number of new graduates entering the job market versus the number of available jobs is grim to say the least.

Evidently, the government and all other stakeholders need to create more jobs to absorb the numbers, but before then, it is imperative to distinguish yourself from the crowd. The current situation has shifted most of the burden away from the employers to attract the right candidates, conversely placing much of the responsibility on the candidates to show potential employers why they should be selected over their peers. Hence, it is necessary to use all available channels to market yourself.
Think outside the box
Getting ahead of your peers requires something spectacularly different and this process will be a true test of your ingenuity and creativity; attributes that rank high on the must-have list of all employers. Earlier this year, a 24-year-old Brit, Adam Pacitti made the headlines with his billboard. The First Class Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester unveiled a billboard in the London borough of Camden that read “I spent my last £500 on this billboard. Please give me a job”, complete with a link to his website and a 10 foot self-portrait. In a later interview, he said “I’ve probably sent 200 CVs out, but it’s so difficult to stand out on paper….this is my way of trying to stand out” and because of this innovative move “so many people (potential employers) are contacting me, and I can’t get back quick enough!” One clever move has put this man in the lime light with companies throwing job offers at him faster than he can say yes. This is only one of the many examples of unemployed graduates, who by their own imagination and inventiveness increased their chances of getting hired.

It must be noted that I am not advocating for every unemployed graduate to go make a billboard ad; that will just expose how unoriginal you are anyway. I also acknowledge that the Adam Pacitti sort of stunt is best used when seeking for media related jobs; but it still does not take away the fact that in the current state of affairs where employers have a wide pool of potentials to choose from, the onus is on the graduate to show what they can bring to the party.

This requires you to think outside the box to get in, because the certificate on its own is just not cutting it.

Maclean Arthur (@atoparties)

The Most Influential Ghanaians of 2011…

MOST Influential Ghanaians of 2011

How well do you know the people of Ghana who made a positive impact in Ghana last year?

Well here’s an opportunity to familiar yourself with a 100 influential Ghanaians who in the last year have contributed significantly to the country.

Ghana’s one hundred most influential people of 2011 was compiled by ETV Ghana and include people from all sections of the Ghanaian society. A poll was conducted by the television station which featured public figures in politics, entertainment, sports, enterprise and religion. Viewers of ETV then voted for who they thought had been influential in 2011 and the 100 who made the list are as follows:

100 Jackie Appiah (Actress)
99 Shamima Muslim (Broadcast Journalist)
98 Ama Abebrese (Actress/TV Presenter)
97 Abdul Salam Mumuni (Film Producer)
96 Paul Adom Okyere (TV Presenter)
95 Abraham Ohene Gyan (Film Producer)
94 Nana Aba Anamoah (Broadcaster)
93 Rebecca Acheampong (Musician)
92 Doreen Andoh (Broadcaster)
91 Hon. Doe Adjahoe (Politician)
90 Jessica Opare Safo (Broadcaster)
89 Mr. Kojo Bonsu (Entrepreneur)
88 Samini (Musician)
87 Hon. E T Mensah (Politician)
86 Emma Morrison (Broadcast Journalist)
85 Ebo Whyte (Playwright/Motivational Speaker)
84 Alban Bagbin (Politician)
83 Hackman Owusu Agyeman (Politician/Industrialist)
82 Sammy Kufuor (Ex. Footballer/Entrepreneur)
81 John Tia Akoglo (Politician)
80 Hannah Tetteh (Politician)
79 Kojo Antwi (Musician)
78 Stephen Appiah (Footballer)
77 Reggie Rockstone (Musician)
76 Rev Gideon Titi- Ofei (Academician/Motivational Speaker)
75 Funny Face (Comedian)
74 John Mensah (Footballer)
73 Kwesi Pratt Jnr (Social commentator/Publisher)
72 Abeiku Santana (Broadcaster)
71 Prof. Ernest Aryeetey (Academician)
70 Matilda Asante Appiah (Broadcast Journalist/Communications Expert)
69 Kwaku Baako Jnr (Social commentator/ Journalist)
68 Dr. Kwasi Botchwey (Economist/Politician)
67 Esther Cobbah (Communications Expert)
66 Gifty Anti (Broadcast Journalist)
65 Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (Broadcast Journalist)
64 Kofi Ansah (Fashion Designer)
63 Komla Dumor (Broadcast Journalist)
62 Michael Essien (Footballer)
61 Hon. Samia Nkrumah (Politician)
60 Dr. Kwasi Aning (Security Expert)
59 Prof. Atukwei Okai (Academician/Poet)
58 Ozwald Boateng (Fashion Designer)
57 KSM (Satirist/ Producer)
56 Kojo Yankah (Academician/Politician)
55 Shirley Frimpong Manso (Film Producer)
54 Andre Dede Ayew (Footballer)
53 Kwaku Sakyi Addo (Communications Expert/ Journalist)
52 Dr. Esi Sutherland Addy (Academician)
51 Sarkodie (Musician)
50 Kwasi Twum (Media Owner)
49 Kwasi Nyantakyi (Football Administrator)
48 Bishop Dr. Charles Agyin Asare (Pastor)
47 Father Andrew Campbell (Catholic Father)
46 Edward Effah (Banker)
45 Charles Kojo Fosu (Musician)
44 Dr. Kwabena Adjei (Politician)
43 Abedi Ayew Pele (Ex-Footballer)
42 Kyei Mensah Bonsu Osei (Politician)
41 Mr. Kwame Acheampong Kyei (Insurance Entrepreneur)
40 Her Ladyship Georgina Wood (Chief Justice)
39 Dr. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng (Heart Surgeon/Politician)
38 Bishop Dr. Dag Heward Mills (Pastor)
37 Dr. Micheal Agyekum Addo (Industrialist)
36 Mrs Theresa Oppong – Beeko (Estate Developer)
35 Mr. Kwaw Ansah (Film Maker)
34 Mr. Edward Boateng (Media Owner)
33 Dr. Kwabena Duffuor (Banker/Finance Minister)
32 Prof. Kofi Awoonor (Academician/Politician)
31 Mr. Osei Kwame Despite (Media Owner)
30 Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante (Academician/Reverend Minister)
29 Mr. Oko Nikoi Dzani (Industrialist)
28 Dr. Kofi Amoah (Industrialist/Entrepreneur)
27 Haruna Iddrisu (Politician)
26 Tony Oteng Gyasi (Industrialist)
25 Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams (Pastor)
24 Rt. Hon. Justice Bamford Addo (Speaker of Parliament)
23 Ernest Bediako Sampong (Industrialist)
22 Mr Albert Ocran (Entrepreneur)
21 Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (Politician)

20 Elizabeth Villars (Industrialist)
19 Joyce Aryee (Politician / Pastor)
18 Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo (Politician)
17 Kwame Sefa Kayi (Broadcaster)
16 Victor Gbeho (Diplomat)
15 H. E. John Dramani Mahama (Vice President, Ghana)
14 Mr. Roland Agambire (Industrialist)
13 Mohammed Ibn Chambas (Diplomat)
12 Sam Jonah (Industrialist)
11 H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor (Politician/Ex-President, Ghana)
10 Mr. Ken Ofori- Atta (Financial Expert)
09 H. E. John Atta Mills (President , Ghana)
08 Dr. Alhaji Asoma Banda (Industrialist)
07 H. E. Jerry John Rawlings (Politician /Ex-President, Ghana)
06 Rev. Peter Cardinal Turkson (Catholic Cardinal)
05 Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Investigative Journalist)
04 Dr. Mensah Otabil (Pastor)
03 Prince Kofi Amoabeng (Industrialist/Financial Expert)
02 Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (Asantehene)
01 Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong (Industrialist)#

GROUPS – Most Influential Ghanaians 2011

• Most Influential Industrialist – Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong
• Most Influential Church Leader – Dr. Mensah Otabil
• Most Influential Journalist – Anas Aremeyaw Anas
• Most Influential Financial Expert – Prince Kofi Amoabeng
• Most Influential Diplomat – Mohammed Ibn Chambas
• Most Influential Politician – Jerry John Rawlings
• Most Influential Broadcaster – Kwame Sefa Kayi
• Most Influential Entrepreneur – Albert Ocran
• Most Influential Academician – Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante
• Most Influential Media Owner – Osei Kwame Despite
• Most Influential Film Maker – Kwaw Ansah
• Most Influential Sports Personality – Abedi Ayew Pele
• Most Influential Traditional Leader – Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
• Most Influential Medical Practitioner – Dr. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng

By Yaa Nyarko

Proverbs Quote of the Day

‘If you run with the footmen, and they have tired you,
Then how can you contend with horses…?’

If you have been inspired by this please give us a thumbs up and/or leave a comment below.

Plus, what do you understand by this quote?

Weekly Insight: Ola The Poet – Reality

A wise man once said to me “accept the reality that is because arguing with it is just wasting time“.

I pondered on it over a cup of cinnamon mocha with marshmallows in a hidden coffee shop at the back of Well St, whilst sipping on the taste of heaven I saw two school girls, at 9:35pm and they were walking the streets of Hackney with pride and ease. One had made a boob tube out of her school shirt, wearing pop socks and knee high skirt, the other wearing the uniform as its supposed to.

In my mind I wondered if their parents knew where they were, I also wondered why two opposite appearances could walk the street together and be so free.

In judging a book by its cover, with the cover looking so obvious to
what you perceive the truth to be, I for a second thought about the
girl confidently flaunting her temple. Could it be that she was
expressing herself or that she was intentionally luring male attention to herself whilst her friend deflected it
.

They both walked passed the window, with their piercing eyes
translating a different story. I continued to sip on heaven, the taste
of the cream resembled what I wanted life to be like, smooth, the
slight bitter taste of the coffee resembled my current equilibrium,
black, bitter yet strong, the marshmallows represented the sweet
things in my life, laughter and good food.

My eyes fixated on my reflection and my mind escaped me to a place I hadn’t been in a while. I remembered being judged on the way I looked. They used to say I was dark, but berries were my favourite fruits so I got sweeter every time the sun kissed me, for a while that was and still is my reality.

I swallowed my last swig of mocha then stepped out the shop and into a world outside of me, I strolled to my comfortable place only to see the two school girls standing at my door. They were a projection of my past. Allowing me to feed into stereotypes and inadequacy, thinking a particular way of life was easier and better because of attention gained. Yet the real thing I was seeking is in the daily bread.

By the time warmth caressed me in my box room they had disappeared into thin air. Loneliness greeted me once again and I pondered on what that wise man said to me. He said “accept the reality that is because arguing with it is just wasting time“. Like a chime it tuned my system long enough for sleep to take me. Nowadays I use that as a template to teach me, not to argue with reality but to change it and tailor it to my future. Realising to affect change you cannot change the now arguing by with it.

Our lives are filled with possibilities that we cannot imagine, but due to current mental state and experiences we become stagnant in that our visions. Reality is that our minds feed our soul, so becoming
fruitful won’t happen if we are stuck in a one dimensional mind state.

We have to keep it moving!!!

By Ola The Poet
Twitter: @olathepoet