Tag: INDIAFRICA


Calling all Ghanaian Youth: INDIAFRICA Poster Design Competition

Do you live in Ghana?

Are you an established or aspiring creative designer?

Do you need funding to develop or grow or would you like to showcase your work?

Enter the INDIAFRICA Youth Poster Design Competition – see more details below

Calling all Ghanaian Youth Photographers: INDIAFRICA Photography Competition

Do you live in Ghana?

Are you an established or aspiring dynamic photographer?

Do you need funding to develop or grow or would you like to showcase your work?

Enter the INDIAFRICA Youth Photography Competition – see more details below

Calling all Ghanaian Youth: INDIAFRICA Business Venture Competition

Do you live in Ghana?

Do you have a new or existing business idea?

Do you need funding to develop or grow your idea or existing business?

Enter the INDIAFRICA Youth Exchange Business Venture Competition – see more details below

Me FiRi Ghana Story told during the World Economic Forum in Davos!

Read below a diary entry from our Founder who explains in his own words how and why the Me FiRi Ghana and WAM story was shared during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

 

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A week after arriving back in London I had my ticket confirmed for a flight to Zurich, Switzerland during the world economic forum. To be honest with you, I heard about the world economic forum but I didn’t know about it! I think it was a conversation with my brother that made me research into it a bit more…

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How did this opportunity come about?

In July 2012 I entered a competition that caught my attention. It was a competition created my INDIAFRICA that was looking for young visionaries from Africa and India. I didn’t think much of it but thought the idea of travelling to India could be quite fun, so I put forward my vision as part of the application.

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After two rounds of applications, in November 2012 Amit the CEO if INDIAFRICA calls me as I’m driving and says I was selected as a Young Visionary representing Ghana and that he wanted me to present what I am involved in at the India Adda Hub during the world economic forum, where I would receive my award from India’s Minister of Commerce – Imagine!

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What is the world economic forum?

The world economic forum is the gathering of the world’s industry leaders, presidents, ambassadors, movers and shakers, doer’s and influences in the world.

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Indian Minister of Commerce presenting Award to Founder of Me FiRi Ghana

I cannot describe that 5-day experience in its totality. But I can say that I am so thankful for that opportunity as it opened my eyes to a new world. When writing this blog post I thought, how best can I describe this eye opening experience… well there are two incidents that happened that I want to share that may help you understand the environment I felt humbled to be in:

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Me FiRi Ghana Founder with Ghanaian Entrepreneur Bright Simmons, Musician Aaron and a leading national branding expert part of the Indiafrica Team!

 

1. EXPERIENCE 1:

Imagine going to the bathroom, doing what you need to do, exiting the bathroom (washing your hands of course!) and as you climb the spiral stair case back to a room you see a 6 ft very well dressed smart casual looking gentleman that made me say “Ozwald” and he turns around!

“O hi” he said, now what do I say? (act as if!)

“Hi my name is Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, are you okay there”

“Nice to meet you, but yes, I am a bit lost I am looking for…. at ….”

“Well this is xxx but ….”

I was having a conversation with Ozwald Bateng, a man I admire for his attention to detail and excellence and for his new foundation’s initiative for which he explained to me in a bit more detail that day…

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2. EXPERIENCE 2:

the first morning in Davos, myself and Ken (my Kenyan friend living in South Africa) decided to go for a walk and check out Davos. He was dressed in a suit I was in my jeans, trainer’s scarf and Nike NSW jacket! To cut a long story short, we entered the India Adda hub, which was full of, ladies and gentlemen who all looked important dressed in suits and formal attire! Then this dark skinned slim looking gentle-man in his jeans enters (me) and I just feel soooo underdressed for this party! So I didn’t really mingle or make it more than 2 metres past the front door. I looked to my left and saw a gentleman sitting on the sofa sipping on some tea. Davos, is located in the mountains and is freezing cold so it was a great conversation started to ask what type of tea he was drinking. To cut a long story short, the gentleman just so happened to be the founder of SkyPe, be one of the first people to trek across the African continent in their jeep, and the chairman of a multi million pound group of companies in the oil and gas industry!

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In Davos, you could bump into anyone! But for me it was the experience of being able to share the entrepreneurial story so far – about how an idea I had in university formed Me FiRi Ghana, which birthed the idea for the charity the WAM Campaign – to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world.

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Me FiRi Ghana inspires and works with Youth in India…

Me FiRi Ghana means I am from Ghana, but the brand has been able to travel far and wind and not only inspire the Ghanaian Youth community, but in March 2013 our founder was able to share how our brand, YOUR brand, our story and the stories YOU have shared with us are changing how we are embracing our culture

 

Check out the video below…

 

Me FiRi Ghana Founder goes to India! – Part 1

In 2012 Me FiRi Ghana Founder won the Young Visionary Award for the INDIAFRICA global competition. As part of the Young Visionary Award we won last year November, the INDIAFRICA Team arranged for the “African” winners to be flown to India for a two-week trip. The purpose of the trip was to bring together young people from the African continent and India to exchange and share ideas as to how we can collaborate and co-create a future for our nations and youth populations at large.

 

Why focus on youth?

Well did you know that…

60% of the African continent’s 1.3 billion population are said to be under 25 years? and

50% of India’s 1.2 billion population is said to be under 25 years?

As part of the trip we were privileged to travel around different parts of India and experience sights and things such as

  1. One of the 7 wonders of the world; the Taj Mahal in Agra. A building that changes colour depending on the amount of sunlight it receives. A building formed out of white marble. A building built by a king just because his most favored wife on her dying bed asked him to do something in memory of her; imagine how much money this guy must have had!
  2. Not far from Dehli we also took a tour around a 7 star hotel, built by the British. It was amazing! The views from the balcony, the horse and carriage entrance, the rose petals thrown on you as you enter, the list goes on, but why was I there
  3.  The hotels we stayed at were in Dehli, and Hydrabad were first class; the food was amazing, the rooms were impeccable and the food was amazing (I think I said that twice lol)
  4. Our Founder was moved with compassion when he visited the orphanage in Dehli. He was on a high as we had just ome back from visiting the worlds largest film studio complex (where I got to meet Arni) but thought that was all so meaningless when he got to interact with the orphans at this centre. “When I say I was moved with compassion it was because these children were just so happy. It wasn’t about what they had – the material things per se – but that they had each other. There was such a community spirit about the way they interacted with each other. Plus it was kind of cute as they called me “brother” and said I had big muscles 🙂 ” The orphanage reminded him and reminds us why we do the work we do with our charitable arm The WAM Campaign – www.wamcampaign.org