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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!

 

Future of Ghana Publication 2016 is here!

FOG 2016 Publication Front CoverIt’s here! The No.1 online publication for young Ghanaian professionals has been released via www.futureofghana.com following the announcement earlier this year of the top 30 U30 on Independence Day. The anticipation for the release of the publication has been huge. Well now you’re able to read in full all the profiles of the top 30 including rising star Abraham Attah, UK based radio presenter Clara Amfo, global shaper Winifred Selby and the versatile  Actor/television personality from South Korea.. (yes South Korea!) Samuel Okyere.

This year we also have three exclusive interviews from change-makers in the culinary and fashion industries, a detailed look back on last years initiative as well as insightful articles on the sectors that matter. This is an essential read if you’re interested in Ghana’s development

Me Firi Ghana annually produce the Future of Ghana publication which celebrates excellence by recognising the Top 30 under 30 talent of Ghanaian decent pioneering in industries around the world. The publication also features forward thinking articles highlighting key industries, innovators and organizations visions for Ghana and Africa.

 

The nomination process for top 30 to be featured in publication began November 2nd and closed on 13 FOG 2016 GridDecember 2015. Our  esteemed judging panel consisted of Lorraine Wright (Founder of UGCY UK & Ghana), Isaac Babu-Boateng (Founder/CEO Face 2 Face Africa), Adrien Sauvage (Creative Director A.Sauvage Fashion House), Ethel Cofie  (CEO of EDL Technology Consulting)and Emmanuel Edudzie (Executive Director YES Ghana). Their selection of the top 30 was based on supporting evidence provided by nominators and the guiding nomination criteria made public at the start of the campaign.

The Publication is the beginning and one that we hope will act as a catalyst to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana whilst also act as a visual source of inspiration for the emerging generation and a talent resource for investors and organizations.

 

The Forum…..

In celebration of Ghana’s 59th Independence, Me FiRi Ghana hosted the Future of Ghana Forum 2016 which took place on 3rd March 2016 at City Hall, The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA- one of London’s most prestigious venues – the event hosted by Rosemary Laryea was a prelude of what was to come this year – the release of the 2016 Edition of The Future of Ghana Publication and launch of the Me Firi Ghana Members Network

The event saw a Key Note address from the Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith  and panel discussion. Official images from the forum can be viewed here and video review courtesy of Africa Probe will be released soon.