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Work Experience With the WAM Campaign

Everybody was so upset about the placements they got. But I wasn’t. I was counting down the days where I would be shown the true face of business. I’ve known Arnold a long time now, I knew that working for him wasn’t going to be like working with a brother; where they let you off everything . THIS WAS GOING TO BE SHEER HARD WORK. It’s only been a week and I tell you I have done overtime more than your mum has done in a year.

Everyday seeing the same people at the office and telling them ‘Good Morning’ has been a blessing. Really and truly I have enjoyed every moment of it. From first stepping into the Lounge and Arnold got me to do some impossible ‘Thinking outside the box game’ I have actually thought about business differently. Seeing how many people in their business are striving is incredible to watch.

Meeting the gentleman was scary because this guy don’t joke. (Watch out for him though he is coming). I hate communicating, and asking him questions was like asking the security guy for a hug, I repeat he doesn’t joke. He said that he doesn’t like ‘Dreams’ because you are not going to fulfill them. You have to think BIG and map it out.

My second meeting was with Andy Ayim, and he was cool. But until he opened his mouth, he wasn’t sugar coating anything. The things this guy said was like pure water ( Not the water that is flowing in the Thames oo) he was not hiding anything, he was just being clear. He was serious.

My third meeting (Yes i had like 3 meetings this week) was with Samuel Mensah. He is Arnold’s Genius. His mastermind. His thinker. But he had some REALLY good ideas and I enjoyed that meeting the most, because we came up with some good ideas (you better watch out). Then Joseph came and things got jokey because that guy comes out with the most random things ever. It’s so funny.

Thursday. Thursday. Thursday. I was hoping this day wouldn’t come. If I tell you I hate socialising with people that I don’t know, well now you know. Samuel Kasumu founder of Elevations Network. Top man right there and his wife Barbara, Chief Executive of Elevation Networks. Now that is hard because business with your spouse can either break you or make you, and it made them. Not everyday you get to meet Ken Livingstone. He has more humor than me, and that’s a lot. It was an interesting day and I had to network with people for WAM, but i was more successful than what i thought it would be. But all in all this week has been one of the best weeks I’ve had this year.

And obviously i’m the Youth Ambassador for MeFiRi Ghana.  

Ghana Youth Day is here!

GHANA HIGH COMMISSION UK HOSTS SECOND EDITION OF BIANNUAL EVENT – GHANA YOUTH DAY

 

The Ghana High Commission UK and Ireland will be holding the second edition of its biannual event, the Ghana Youth Day. The focus of Ghana Youth Day is to encourage young people to achieve their goals without resorting to gun and knife crime which continues to affect the black community. After the death of another teenager from the Ghanaian community, the Ghana High Commission supported by Tullow Oil – the event’s main sponsor – recognises the importance of such an event geared towards the future of tomorrow – the youth.

The day will showcase the talented and successful from the Ghanaian / black community who have been characterised as ‘Achievers’. This is to emphasise the message that with dedication and hard work, young people are able to be the person they aspire to be like the achievers in attendance. The event theme ‘Our Youth; Our future’, has continued on from its predecessor as it is understood that there is still more to be achieved for the benefit of young people and the wider community.  We anticipate that the high calibre of achievers involved will continue the vision that success is possible for all without the need for resorting to a weapon.

Ghana Youth Day will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. This is significant to the day as Tottenham is one of the areas notably affected by gun and knife crime, has a large Ghanaian community and also the starting point of last summer’s riots. We feel that Ghana Youth Day is playing its part in rebuilding the community.

The event will see young people being given the opportunity to discuss issues with their peers, participating in talks hosted by various speakers and Q&A session with the Achievers. Notable patrons to the event will include the award winning actor Hugh Quarshie, ITV newsreader Charlene White and the Ghana Youth Day patron, premiership footballer Emmanuel Frimpong. Other notable attendees are yet to be confirmed.

Ghana Youth Day is supported by various organisations from the Ghanaian community including Ghana Union, Noble Friends, Akwaaba UK, Ghanaian Londoners and MeFiri Ghana. The Ghana High Commission UK is taking an active role to prevent any further losses of young life and hopes that it can depend upon various areas of the community, particularly the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community as a whole to assist in its cause to do so. Ghana Youth Day is aimed at young people between the ages of 11 and 25 however, encourages support from all generations as the issues affect us all.

Kobby Mensah-Kumah, chairman of the Ghana Youth Day Organising Committee says: “The Ghana Youth Day is in its second term and we aim to make this year more successful, building on the strength of the previous event. Yet again, we are mourning the sad losses of a young life to violence. We are hoping the Ghana Youth Day and its partners can help to make a difference in the lives young people by showing them a different path – one that is fruitful without the use of destructive tools but rather enriching them with tools for success”.

Further information on the event can be obtained from the Ghana Youth Day website at www.ghanayouthday.com or via twitter (@Ghanayouth) and facebook.

MeFiri Ghana calling all Ghanaians…

Enough is Enough! As Ghanaian community mourn the death of Kwame Ofosu Asare, we ask what can WE do?

 

There is the saying that if you live by the gun you die by the gun. In other words if you live a life of violence you will meet a violent death. However in the case of Kwame Ofosu Asare, the latest black teenager to die as a result of knife crime on the streets of London, did not live a life of violence yet the manner in which he died could not have been more violent.

Budding actor and talented footballer Kwame Ofosu Asare

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, son of a prominent Ghanaian TV sports presenter Kwaku Ofosu Asare, was chased and stabbed to death in Brixton, the first time he had visited the area. Kwame, a budding actor and talented footballer who “detested” gang crime was hunted down and killed by two youths in a random attack.

“He went to church every week and wanted to get into music in the future. He had so much ambition and so much to live for”, said his father. Yet his life has been cut short in the most brutal fashion.

It seems that such is the gang culture in London that some places are simply no go areas for outsiders. Thus if you fit the profile of young, black  and male then your life is in danger regardless of whether you are part of a gang or not. Before Kwame’s death and after it there have been  seven other stabbings within a few miles of each other in south London, including an attack on the top deck of a 432 bus in West Norwood which left a 17-year-old boy critically injured four hours earlier on the same day as Kwame’s death.

So the time has come for the Ghanaian community, the black community, the wider London community and the whole nation to stand up and be counted.

Here at Me Firi Ghana we have chosen to stop asking the question why and ask ourselves, are we doing enough to prevent these types of incidents?  And what can we do to help the families who lose a young person in the Ghanaian community? Please get in touch with your thoughts ASAP via email (Info@mefirighana.com ), Twitter (@Me_Firi_Ghana) or by leaving your comments.

For now our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kwame Ofusu Asare.

 

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)