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GUBA FOUNDATION EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN TO SAVE BABIES

The GUBA Foundation, an African charity organization based in the United Kingdom has launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase incubators for deprived hospitals in Ghana.

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The campaign dubbed “Closing the Gap- Infant Mortality” is aiming at acquiring incubators to distribute to hospitals in Ghana to reduce the number of babies who die within a few days of birth due to inadequate equipment.

Out of a 1000 babies born each year in Ghana, 29 die within the first month of birth and 38 of those that survive the first month do not live to see their first birthday.

 

About 166 infants die each year before the age of one in deprived communities in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Upper West regions of Ghana.

According to a report by Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, 19 babies died at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital in Ghana from January to April of this year because the only incubator in the hospital broke down last year and has not been replaced.

The report said hospital officials are using surrogate wooden incubators fitted with bulbs to preserve the lives of new born babies. A situation which beggars believe in this day and age of technology and more especially in a country like Ghana.

The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of GUBA Foundation, Dentaa, said; “it would be an unprecedented form of inhumanity if citizens of this world do not react to this catastrophe.

No child should die because institutions in society, and its citizens consciously denied them their ultimate right of life. We must do the little we can to help save these children”.

GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.

 Through its mother organization-GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) Awards and its successful non-profit business and innovation awards, the charity has developed a reputation for transforming ideas into reality and embracing new challenges. The foundation has previously supported children and families living with Autism.

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 We are appealing to all communities worldwide to help the foundation achieve its goal of reducing infant mortality by donating incubators or any amount in the three ways outlined below:

  1. Please donate a maximum of £10 by simply texting the word GUBA00 followed by the amount to 70070 e.g. GUBA00 £10
  2. Visit our fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/gubafoundation/
  3. You can also send a cheque, made payable to GUBA Foundation, to 459 Prince Regents Lane, London E16 3HX. Please include a letter with your cheque stating your name and address.

 

Media Contacts:

George Ameyaw

GUBA Awards

Head of PR/ Marketing/ Sponsorship

Email: George@gubaawards.co.uk

Mobile: 00447956945360

 

Reginald Ofori Kyere

Email: reggie@gubafoundation.org

Mobile: (+233) 0546093969

 

Website: www.gubafoundation.org

Twitter: @GUBAFOUNDATION

 

 

Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality is the death of children less than one year of age. Infant Mortality Rate is the probability of a child dying between birth and exactly one year of age, expressed by 1000 live births. Infant Mortality Rate in Africa is 60 deaths per 1000 live births, five times higher than Europe where just 11 infants die out of a 1000 births. Ghana`s Infant Mortality rate stands at 38 deaths per 1000 live births. Overall, Ghana`s Child Mortality Rate(  Children who die before the age of five) is 78 deaths per 1000 live birth, far from its Millennium Development Goal Target of 43 deaths per 1000 live births as at 2015.

 

 About GUBA Foundation

GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.

 

 Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Introducing Mimi Hassan…

Me Firi Ghana’s latest blogger to provide readers with weekly inspirational words of wisdom

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Me Firi Ghana blogging team..

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Fausat Mimisola Hassan also known as Mimi or Miminspired on social media is 24 years of age. She was born in Liberia to a Ghanaian mother and a Nigerian father and moved to Ghana where she spent most of  her childhood before moving to the Netherlands where she spent the beginning of  her teen years. At the age of 15, her family  moved and settled in the United Kingdom where she completed her secondary education  then moved on into higher education graduating with a Bsc honours Degree in Psychology. Even though she branched out of her field of study to work as a computer analyst for one of UK’s well-known banks; Nationwide bank, She still has the ambition to eventually further her education with aspirations of becoming a qualified counsellor.

Ever since she developed the passion to become a counsellor, it has been her aim to be an inspiration to herself as well as others hence the name “Miminspired”. Due to the challenging process of growing up, she was exposed to many things that gave her eye-opening experiences that led her to appreciate and respect people’s situations and circumstances. She always try’s to live by her own quote “your current situation is not your permanent situation” which she wrote a while back to remind myself as well as others that situations do change and therefore it is always important to maintain a positive attitude.

As a way to inspire people Mimi  will be sharing on a weekly basis an inspiration column entitled ‘W.O.W ( words of wisdom) of the week’.

Mimi says of the column: “I’m looking forward to bringing this on board to inspire readers of the Mefiri Ghana blog and  be part of such a great team.”

 

Me Firi Ghana (Me_FiRi_GHANA)

DJ Aries Up for Ahlan Award in UAE!

Vote Now for DJ Aries to win Best Club DJ in Dubai at Ahlan Awards

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In the short time of DJ Aries has been  in Dubai she’s had a blast and to her surprise, the little firecracker has been shortlisted in the category for ‘BEST CLUB DJ’ in Dubai for the Ahlan Awards (UAE equivalent to Heat Magazine). Never in a million years did she think this would happen. If you could please show support for the movement of Modern African music going worldwide, she would appreciate your votes.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Here’s the website to vote, AhlanAwards.com, use the hashtag #AhlanAwards and tag @AhlanMagazine on Instagram and @AhlanLive on Twitter

2. Register, it only takes a few seconds

3. Go to the 7th category and DJ Aries is number 7! Then CLICK!

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In the meantime, youc enjoy this mix dedicated to Dubai whilst she makes her travels elsewhere in the world. Content coming soon!

https://soundcloud.com/dj_aries/dubaiafrohousemix

You may catch the Afrofusion DJ here in London for a spell. Or, Ghana, Europe, Thailand. Who knows…

Remember to VOTE here: AhlanAwards.com
Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Twi, Ga, Fanti or Ewe – lets learn!!

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Lost In Translation, an investigative documentary which aired a few months ago on OHTV highlighted a predicament in the British-Ghanaian community in the UK – we were at risk f losing our rich cultural heritage and identity due the decline of Ghanaian languages. The documentary highlighted a growing trend of British born Ghanaians unable to speak any of the local languages primarily due to their parents or older generation failing to pass on the languages.

So if you’re in that category – a British born Ghanaian unable to speak you mother tongue such as Twi, Ga, Fante or Ewe, then fret not because  help is at hand!

The Ghanaian Language School in London offers classroom-based adult language courses in various Ghanaian languages such as Twi, Fanti, Ga and Ewe. The courses are offered on a part time basis and you have the option of a 10 or 20 week course. The lessons last two hours and takes place once a week, so it won’t cause any major interruptions of you have a busy schedule. Alternatively, the Ghanaian Language School also the Coffee Shop course – where classes are limited to just 5 people per session.

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However if the classroom setting doesn’t appeal to you, the school also offers private tuition for a more personalized individual learning experience.

For those of you who have businesses in Ghana and wish to learn the local languages, the school also offer corporate courses and interpretation services for businesses, charities, government bodies and private clients.

So if you’ve always wanted to learn how to speak a Ghanaian language then this is the perfect opportunity for you. There are still a few spaces left so head to their website to register your place on the course now!

http://theghanaianlanguageschool.com/our-services/adult-language-courses/

 

Yaa Nyarko (@yaayaa_89)

Introducing Pamela Sakyi…..

Meet Writer, Producer and Director of New TV Documentary; “British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation

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Multitalented British Ghanaian Pamela Sakyi has her finger in a lot of pies including singing, playing guitar, video editing, and owning a small Christian Media Production company “SparkleLight Productions”.  She’s worked in the Media Industry for over 10 years, working on content for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, BBC LDN, Jazz FM, Water Aid, OH TV and many more organizations. However, in the last 3 years she’s turned her hand towards producing and directing. In that time she has written and produced her first feature-length documentary British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation”, which premiered on OH TV on Ghana Independence Day last month.

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She was given the opportunity to produce a documentary with a focus on Ghana and there was only one thing that instantly came to mind! she was a British Ghanaian who could not speak a Ghanaian language fluently and because of this she faced many different challenges over many years. Such challenges have included: not being able to speak with her older and younger relatives in Ghana, being ridiculed by Ghanaians in Britain who can speak their Ghanaian languages fluently and struggling to establish her identity as British and Ghanaian, whilst growing up.

Over the years working in the Media Industry Pamela realised a recurrent theme when she met other successful British Ghanaians in different industries – the majority could not speak their Ghanaian languages fluently. She researched the long-term effects of this and soon recognised that there is a current problem of Language Endangerment amongst British Ghanaians in the UK. If we don’t act now, Ghanaian languages in the UK could effectively die out in the future.

For Pamela meeting and working with Ortis Deley (The Gadget Show, Channel 5) was a ‘meeting of minds’. Ortis also of Ghanaian heritage, but cannot fluently speak any Ghanaian languages either. Thankfully we’ve had a great response to the documentary and to Ortis’ story. As she had previously hoped for by writing this documentary, so many British Ghanaians and older Ghanaians have acknowledged the issues and have been inspired to contribute positively, to help preserve Ghanaian languages and the rich Ghanaian cultural heritage in the UK and beyond.

FB: www.facebook.com/britishghanaianslostintranslation

TWITTER: @SparkleLightPro & @BritishGH_LIT

CATCH THE REPEAT OF “BRITISH GHANAIANS: LOST IN TRANSLATION” MONDAY 4TH MAY 2015 9:30PM on OH TV (SKY 199/ FREEVIEW 244 & WWW.OHTV.CO.UK/LIVE).

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Mista Sliva Let it off EP Launch Review….

 

Mr Kutu Sa Let’s it off at his EP Launch in London

So this past bank holiday Monday I was afforded the chance to round of my Easter weekend in style by attending the launch of Mista Silva’s new EP, Let It Off!

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The night started with much excitement. I got dressed into my finest attire purchased straight from Ghana and made my way up to Stoke Newington. Seeing as I’m from Peckham and I don’t have a north London visa I spent the first half hour on arrival circling the area trying to find out where on earth the venue was!

Within the first 5 minutes I notice the man of the hour himself, Mista Silva enter the lobby sporting the Me Firi Ghana varsity jacket. Whilst I was thrilled to see him support the movement it makes the task of writing this review ever more nerve wracking! At this stage I’m pondering going up to him and asking if he remembers meeting me at BellaRoma nightclub in Accra early last year; however at the risk of looking like a fanboy I “stay in my lane” and go about my business.

Stepping in the venue I saw so many familiar faces from my time living in Accra, I felt like I was in an Osu nightclub! The place was full to the rafters as the crowd danced away to the sounds of Shatta Wale, Sarkodie and Bisa Kdei, waiting for the show to start.

The first act to take to the stage was a rapper by the name of Eugy (@EugyOfficial). Coincidently I had come across him a few days earlier when I shared his #BalenciagaFreestyle on twitter. His style is truly unique. He smoothly integrates both Twi and English into his songs and makes something that both the man on the block and in the village can vibe to! Among the rising popularity of UK Afrobeats, pioneered by people such as Mista Silva, Eugy has managed to find his own sound that falls somewhere in between hip-hop/grime and Afrobeats. Expect big things from this brother!

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Now I have to admit, the next artist to take to the stage was not familiar to me. However if you’re into your Afrobeats you’d have to have been living under a rock to not hear the song he performed! The artist was DJ Afro B (@DjAfroB) and the song was the masterpiece Baba God. The whole crowd erupted as we all in unison sang the chorus together! Whether singing in English or French this man tore it up! He quite expertly used a traditional African practice of using music to worship and has made it current and funky! You could vibe to this in both the Church and at carnival. His two amazing dancers on either side of him completed the spectacle. Well done sir!

As we approached the headline act we were treated to a Kutu Sa dance off. Anyone whos tried (and failed in my instance) to learn how to do this dance will recognise the two guys who took to the stage from youtube.Over three rounds of Kutu Sa’ing later, the crowd could still not decide who was their winner! I suppose this just serves as a testament to how much they have mastered it!

At this stage you could sense the anticipation of the crowd to hear the man for whom we had all come to hear. The Kuta Sa dance off alongside the sounds being performed by the live band served as the perfect warm up for Mista Silva to grace the stage. He came to the stage in almost Fela-esque fashion, as the band reached a crescendo. In a flurry of energy he jumped on the stage and immediately got into performance of the lead track from his EP “Goes Down”. There wasn’t a soul in the building that didn’t feel the music and let it take over them! Everyone vibed from the energy that Silva was radiating. The greatest respect you can give an artist is that just by watching them perform a crowd can’t help but get on their feet and dance. Silva seemed to be able to do this naturally! As he continued to perform each song from the EP the crowds energy never waned! His last performance was of the bonus track, Nyame ah y3. This for me was undoubtedly the highlight of the show. Performing almost exclusively in Twi or pidgin English, Silva perfectly represented himself and his musical identity in this track. In his own words he “stands representing the UK and Ghana Music scene, but I stand here as a black star”. I felt the track Nyame ah y3 perfectly encapsulated that message. A special mention must go out to the live band who made the event a spectacle of African/UK music. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who left the event thinking that Afrobeats  with a live band is truly something special!

As we wound down, just to demonstrate the humility of the man, Silva ended by giving thanks to the people that helped him get to where he is and also by giving a prayer. This humility and dedication to his craft will surely see him go far and remain at the top of the UK Afrobeats scene! A truly pioneering artist Silva has played his part in the rise of pride among African communities in the UK of their culture. Keep repping GH, keep repping Africa and keep repping the UK! Most importantly keep doing you because you’re doing us all proud!

Malachi Mukete (@MallyMukete)

An Exclusive Lyric Dedicated To Me Firi Ghana….Written By Adwoa Asiedu

There is More….

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More than what we see.

More than what we hear.

There is more to our identity.

This is why we proudly say

Me Firi Ghana

 

Connecting you to Ghana, taking you to another realm

To experience the unexpected, this is our mission!images

Call us a new wave who will explode, we’re not afraid.

With new eyes that see beyond, we’re not ashamed.

With one heart, with one mind

Run with us and proudly say

Me Firi Ghana

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There is more, more. (There is more)

There is more, more. (There is more)

There is more, more. (There is more)

 

Adwoa Asiedu (@Adwoa Asiedu777)

AFCON 2015: Ghana 1-0 Algeria…

Commeth the hour, Commeth the Gyan!

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Asamoah Gyan came off his sickbed to secure a dramatic late win for Ghana against Algeria in their second match in Group C. Ghana’s captain who had missed their opening game defeat to Senegal with a bout Malaria came up trumps again for the Black Stars with a goal which has breathed life into Ghana’s hopes of reaching quarter finals.

In a game of very few chances, Gyan snatched an unlikely victory when he latched on to a long ball from Mubarak Wakaso and angled in a drive in stoppage time.

Algeria missed the only other clear chance when Nabil Bentaleb side-footed well wide from 12 yards in the first half. The game had looked set to remain goalless until Gyan’s late strike. The striker has now scored in each of his last six games for the Black Stars,

In a very scrappy game Ghana failed to muster a single effort at goal in the opening period as the Algerian defence, well marshalled by returning captain Madjid Bougherra. Algeria were the better team in the first half but Ghana improved after the breaks. Howveer Gyan  could not direct a difficult diving header on target and dragged another shot well wide and Ghana striker Jordan Ayew flicked over an improvised volley at the near post after being set up by his brother Andre.

Algeria missed a Bentaleb fizzed a low shot wide of the right post after being played in by Brahimi. Thus it was left to Gyan to score the winner with a couple minutes to go in injury time

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At his post match press conference Ghana coach Avram Grant stated: Asamoah Gyan was not fit – he didn’t train like he needed to – but he’s Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behaviour in the dressing room.

 

“You know I have been coach of some of the great players – he’s one of the greatest. First – he always scores when you need him. Second – he’s good for the spirit of the team – he’s a very good captain.”

So it’s all play to for on the last day in Group C with Ghana facing South Africa and Algeria up against Senegal. A win would secure a place in the quarter finals but a draw may still be enough.

In the Black Stars we trust!

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

 

Introducing Peniel Enchill….

The illustrator who took the world by storm at the turn of the year

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We’ve all seen it. As an Instagram post. Or a profile picture. Endlessly retweeted on your twitter timeline, or extolled to the heavens by celebrity. The epitome of a viral sensation. Sometimes, something goes viral for no reason at all. But a lot of the time, something goes viral because it is fuelled by exceptional talent and its essence contains something that captivates the masses.

This is what most accurately describes the much-acclaimed 2014 piece titled ‘Self Worth’ drawn by Peniel Enchill – a wonderful summary illustration of the hopes and dreams of many as we made the big step from one year to another; a beautiful depiction which gave much-deserved attention to a wide-ranging portfolio of incredible artwork.

So who is the young lady behind the sensation? Peniel Ewurama Enchill is a 22 year old Ghanaian-born fashion designer and illustrator who moved to the UK at the age of 12 and settled in the city of Sheffield. Drawing and Illustrating has been a part of Peniel’s life for as long as she can remember. Super-gifted with artistic talent, Ms. Enchill also holds an MSc in International Fashion Retail and a BA Hons in Business Management & Economics.

A proponent of a personal ‘Afropolitan’ style, Peniel is open to various influences. Her current inspirations include Aisha Ayensu of Christie Brown (mefirighana.com/introducingaisha-ayensu/), Deola Sagoe (Nigerian haute couture fashion designer), Andrea Iyamah (custom couture & swimwear) and Kobe Adu (Illustrator and Fashion Designer) amongst many others – all whom inspire Ms. Enchill in different ways. However, one forever looms large in the landscape of her life. Her biggest Role Model is her father, Dr Stephen Enchill, with her portrait of the great man standing proud as her most favourite piece of work to date!

Scrolling down Peniel’s Instagram account, you realise that much of her work is familiar! The long-distance relationship piece is one example, and her various illustrations which have centred on style, love and ambition have gained acclaim over the years. However this past Christmas season, she published a piece which touched hearts across the globe and caused her reputation to catch fire…

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As 2014 began to give way to 2015, Peniel published a piece titled ‘Self Worth’. It depicted a beautiful black woman, stepping over the obstacles of 2014 and carrying the good of the previous year into the next, embracing a bold & beautiful new year. The reaction to the illustration was mind-blowing, with the picture spreading like wildfire! “I really never expected it!” Peniel exclaims. “The response blew my mind and taught me so many lessons.” So what was the thinking behind the famous illustration? “I’m a staunch believer in goals and practically achieving them. What better way to start a new year than to set goals. The piece was meant to inspire people to evaluate the 2014 they’d had, and consider what they would want to see change in 2015.” Peniel felt that this exercise in introspection was something that people routinely underestimated. Her artwork ensured that at the end of 2014, thousands upon thousands took the time to indulge and celebrate it. However, shortly after publication, attempts were made by various people to degrade the message of the Self Worth piece – attempts which will not be glorified in this post by precise identification. Exercises which were damned in various sectors as expressions of ‘misogyny’, further examples of ‘black self-hate’ which I personally thought were inflammatory in the name of ‘trolling/banter/keeping-it-real’.

“I was initially very bothered and hurt as I spent so much time on it with the aim to inspire, but somehow, not only had that been ignored, it had become an object of ridicule and vessel of hate,” Ms. Enchill reflects. “Any artist would agree that is a hard pill to swallow. But that’s life and that’s art. No one piece of art is appreciated and interpreted in the exact same way by all its viewers.”

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This whole experience has been an education for Peniel. “Every single day is a learning curve. Increased attention is not as glamorous as many may feel. It comes with a lot of responsibility!” Ms. Enchill is a one-man band at present, and so the extraordinary levels of attention via all kinds of sources can be difficult to balance at times. However, she states “It’s a challenge I gladly welcome, and I’m in the process of building a small team to help me reach my vision.

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“ And a team will be needed to keep the Enchill machine ascending into the stratosphere. She plans to branch out into products such as stationery (e.g. Calendars – I can’t even begin to imagine the extreme demand there would be for Peniel Enchill calendars!), hold exhibitions and possibly run classes to give back to the community at large. In essence, her biggest desire remains true – Peniel aims to keep on being a force of inspiration, reaching out to people near and far through her illustrations.

Just like the lady in the ‘Self Worth’ picture, Peniel remains unperturbed. She is stepping boldly into a bright and beautiful 2015, and into an even brighter future which stretches beyond the borders of a piece of paper. She on a mission to keep inspiring, keep reaching out. The sky is the limit. The best is still to come.

Please follow Peniel Enchill’s Instagram account @Peniel_Enchill

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

A Message from the Editor: MFG Blog is a finalist for UK Blog Awards 2015

We Make the Final Shortlist in Most Innovative Category  for 2nd year running!

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It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Me Firi Ghana blog has made the final shortlist for  UK Blog Awards 2015 in the best organisation blog Most Innovative blog category. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers who voted for us. I would also like to thank all of our talented writers/bloggers;  Jermaine Bamfo, Wilma Sagoe, Adwoa Asiedu, Nora Mitersky and Myriam Osei  who continue to produce informative, engaging and relevant content. Our fate is now in the hands of the judges.

All shortlisted blogs will be judged by a panel of respected panel experts in each industry category.  Shortlisted Individual’s and x10 Shortlisted Organisation’s will be Judged by the professional panel out of the 14 industries. The winner’s will be announced at the Awards evening in April 2015

To see whom we are up against see the following link – http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/most-innovative-shortlisted-finalists/

Thanks for your support!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)