“Screw it Lets Do It”: You never know what could happen unless you try…
Never would I have imagined that I would meet let alone seek advice from Sir Richard Branson – well actually I kind of did but not think it will be at this young age! All that we the Me FiRi GHANA Team are doing is living our dream and following our passion, our love for Ghana. Never in a trillion years would we have expected such experiences to come from it. But again, I guess you never know what could happen unless you try…
The whole experience was and is still quite surreal. To meet, interview, shake the hands of, get pictures with and have 3 yes 3 Me FiRi GHANA and Me DoR GHANA T-Shirts signed by Sir Richard Branson – one of the most influential figures in the world – is respectfully still quite insane.
I was personally taken-a-back by just how humble, gracious and down to earth Sir Richard Branson is. Hearing how Sir Richard Branson is fuelling his passion to evoke positive change in the world with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship based in South Africa and The Elders . Would love to meet them all to see how we can help them and how they can help us help evoke greater opportunities for young people in Ghana; hint hint cough cough MTV and MTN 🙂
Nevertheless, the key thing I took away from meeting Sir Richard Branson was when he answered my question and gave advice on business and leadership. He explained how an important element of running a successful business requires true leadership, where true leadership stems from ‘inspiring others to get the best out of them’.
I couldn’t help but be inspired and slightly overcome whereby I had to look at myself, the Me FiRi GHANA brand and the WAM Campaign. I thought to myself if the dream has taken us this far, what’s next? But the words of our annual youth led WAM campaign echoed in my ears “What About ME? It’s NOT About ME…”
Yet still, yes meeting Richard Branson was more than inspiring, but speaking with and meeting some amazing young people as shown in the group picture with Richard Branson was probably as impactful. (From Left, Belinda, Sizwe, Lil Sims, Sir Richard Branson, Ola, Sarah, Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka)
The most iconic part of the day was when Sir Richard Branson looked at my colourful Me FiRi GHANA top (yes I wore this Me FiRi GHANA top on purpose :D) and he asked me “Are you from Ghana?” which I said with a full set of teeth smile “I am indeed Sir” and Sir Richard Branson said with a smile “Yes, Ghana is a beautiful country” to which I said with a Colgate smile (“no dimples” Tinie Tempah 2010) “Absolutely Sir”
MTV Base (Africa) and MTN really have made a dream come true and sharing our journey with you we hope that you too dare to dream, because that dream could soon become a reality!
This is another chapter in the Me FiRi GHANA book and hopefully just the beginning of a relationship between Me FiRi GHANA’s “WAM Campaign”, MTV Base (Africa) and MTN as we all share the vision of “creating leaders tomorrow by inspiring the youth of today”. To this end we say, just how meeting Sir Richard Branson was an opportunity taken and a dream turned to reality, we leave you with this statement “you never know what could happen unless you try…”
Ghana vs Nigeria officially supports Me FiRi GHANA’s WAM Campaign
Where: Watford Football club – Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire
Date: Tuesday 9th August 2011
Time: KO 7.45pm till 9:45pm
The two West African Giants the Black Stars and the Super Eagles clash again on 9th August 2011
FIFA/UEFA match agent Justin Addo, speaking at a press conference held on the 22nd June 2011 at the Ghana High Commission said:
“There is a huge Nigerian and Ghanaian community in the UK and other parts of Europe who are keen on this game and we will make things easy for them to be able to bring their friends and families to the game. Even though the game will be
Said to have been created in the 17th century by the Ashanti people, Kente cloth is now a strong signifier for Ghana; and more so West Africa.
WEST MEETS WEST
This silk and cotton cloth is now suited for all people. With African prints at its peak in the fashion industry throughout the past couple years; it is not uncommon to see African inspired styles placed before us in shops such as H & M, or magazines such as Grazia. From the weaving looms of villages such as Adanwomase and Bonwire, to the bodies of red carpet fashionistas such as Gwen Stefani and Solange Knowles. Since catching onto the wave of West Africa’s finest cloth, the western world has incorporated the pattern into its own styles. Shorts, mini skits, and even scarves, along with other forms of clothing and accessories have all been styled with a Kente feel to represent a cross culture in fashion.
For a long time, there has been a misconception that Kente must be gold. Often, Kente is embedded with colours that symbolise different qualities. For example: Blue represents harmony and serenity. Pink connotes femininity, and the more recognised colour gold signals strength and wealth. With the multitude of colours that can be incorporated into Kente, this shows that Kente is a fabric that is extremely versatile and incorporates many meanings.
By Nadia Brobbey
So its more than 10 years since England have “invited” a football team from the African continent to play them at the historical, legendary, now 21st century stadium of Wembley. Now, when we Ghanaians are about to chop some Banku, Jellof, Yam or whatever your heart may at this point desire, traditionally we invite the immediate people around us to chop with us, right?
We don’t know about you, but if someone invites us to chops some of their Papaye fried rice for instance it may bring a tear to our eye. Why you may ask?? Well because that indicates a sign of respect, an appreciation of who we are… Well, we just had to breakdown this historic occasion with food, to illustrate the magnititude of the occassion on March 29th with the match between England and Ghana.
So, given the occasion, ensure that you are representing in your Ghana Colours with your Me FiRi GHANA Clothing. Order yours today:
Womens Clothing: http://mefirighana.com/index.php?p=shop&c=womens
Mens Clothing: http://mefirighana.com/index.php?p=shop&c=mens
When someone asks you “What does your top mean?”, please, say with pride (and a cheesy smile) “I’m from Ghana“.
And if they ask what the paint splashes and Symbol represent, let them know that:
Red: The blood shed fighting for independence in 1957
Gold: The mineral wealth of Ghana
Green: The rich vegetation of the nation
Symbol: This is Gye Nyame and means “Except God” and is the symbol of Supremacy of God
Me FiRi GHANA Clothing:
Its more than a garment.
Its A Part of You…
Me FiRi GHANA – “Connecting the world with GHANA”