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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!



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)

Introducing Jerald Thunder…….

From sports enthusiast to upcoming movie Star

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Me Firi Ghana caught up with Jerald Thunder a German based upcoming actor and creative director, for a short interview to find out more about the 25 year old, full name – Jerald Jerremiah Falk who is planning big things in the film and music industry in Germany and beyond.

The creative Director at DAYBREAK Entertainment tells of us his plans for the brand and much much more…..

MFG: Where did the ‘Thunder’ in your name originate from?

JT: Oh it was part of a nickname I had as an athlete. I was known as ‘Black Thunder’ and I dropped black and kept Thunder. My Ghanaian names goes like this ‘Jerald’-Adu Sarkodie J

MFG: Tell us a bit more about yourself?

JT: I was born in Germany but lived in Dansoman (Ghana) for three years. I used to be into sports and achieved quite a lot playing American football (Duesseldorf Panther). Later in my sports career I managed to secure a contract with Nike and was into athletics (sprinting) at the time. Sports for me was never a real career choice it was more of a hobby so I left the sports scene and started exploring the world of media in 2012. I took on small acting roles here and there before getting more involved with EOS entertainment (at the time) shooting music videos, doing a bit of commentating and being featured in the ‘agent knight’ web series (check it out ;)). In 2012 EOS entertainment became DAYBREAKER entertainment as we often found ourselves working till daybreak.  2 years on I’m proud to announce that all our hard work has paid off as we have just released our first movie ‘Y.O.N.C’ (You Only Need Christ) watch out for me J.

MFG: Can you tell us a bit more about DAYBREAKER entertainment?

JT:Yeah, DAYBREAKER entertainment is a film and music production company based in Germany and we offer a variety of services ranging from shooing music videos, producing films, covering events to poster and web design and music production.

MFG: So what exactly do you do?

JT: I’m an actor and creative director at DAYBREAKER entertainment. I also study media.

MFG: Where did you grow up?

JT:I was born in Saarbruecken (Germany) but moved to Essen (Germany) at the age of 7 before moving to live in Ghana in 1999 for three years.

MFG: Do you speak any of the Ghanaian languages?

JT: Yes of course Charle, I speak Twi and Fante.

MFG: What’s your favourite Ghanaian dish?

JT: Hmm.. eto with enkatie is by far one of the greatest dishes, the first time I had it I almost died- it was THAT GOOD! But too be fair I love eating most Ghanaian dishes but I’m not so keen on banku and fufuo.

MFG: Do you think it’s important to have a role model?

JT: Yes! It’s a must! It doesn’t only help you to keep motivated but it also allows you to strive to achieve even more than your model may have achieved.

MFG: Can you share with us your favourite motivation line?

‘Who am I? I’m a champion’ J.

MFG: Had you heard of Me Firi Ghana before?

JT: No, but now I know a bit more about what you guys are all about.

MFG: Are you proud to state ‘Me Firi Ghana’?

JT:Definitively! Since 2006 it has become my tradition to order the lasted BLACKSTAR jerseys to represent! I’m very proud to be from Ghana.

MFG: How can people keep in touch with you and follow your latest movements?

JT: I’m on Twitter and instagram @jeraldthunder but there is also my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerald-Falk/108091812579706?fref=ts and the DAYBREAKER entertainment’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Daybreaker.Ent to keep up with what we are doing.

Nora Mistersky (@Ms_Nora_M)

Pregnant school girls should be punished – “Educationist”- REALLY?

Why Madam Bernadette Banongwie’s statement is discriminatory

Three months ago a news article from Ghana left me so gob smacked I just had to commentate on it.

In November 2013 Madam Bernadette Banongwie, a female (YES! – it needed to be highlighted) Deputy Director of Education made the following statement; that girls who get pregnant through ‘consensual sex’ (erm…, ok), should be severely punished


“The government is investing so much in the education of the girl-child, so any girl who decides to waste such resources through loose morals (:O!!!), should be made to pay back,” she explained. This statement was made at the inauguration of Girl Clubs Executives at Nadowli in the Nadowli- Kaleo District of the Upper West Region- incredibly empowering … not! But isn’t her job as an advocate for education to fight for equal educational opportunities for ALL – boys and girls- without discriminating!?

I know that having a child out of wedlock alone is rarely tolerated within the Ghanaian community how much more a ‘teenage pregnancy’ (- eish there’ll be FIRE on the mountain!!!)?! HOWEVER on a more serious note it’s a reality that we have to start ‘dealing’ with appropriately as girls as young as 10 are reportedly dropping out of basic school as a result of getting pregnant.

ANYWAY – how much more is the Ghanaian government investing in a “girl-child” than a “boy- child” again??? We have reached the 21st century and such differences are still being made?! Have these people not heard of ‘when you educate a girl, you educate a whole nation’ -it must be an investment worth while! The most provoking element of Madam Bernadette Banongwie’s message was that the “girl-child” would be the only one to suffer any consequences if such punishments were to be implemented! But why…why are teenage girls that become pregnant solely blamed for their condition? It almost seems as though girls can indeed-get pregnant all by themselves!


They are branded ‘bad girls’ at the mercy of society’s contempt! Without trying to encourage schoolgirls to get pregnant… teenage pregnancy is NOT a crime (!) and it should not be the burden of the girl alone or result in girls having to miss out on their right to an education! Surely a more sensitive approach would be more effective at tackling the problem and “serve as deterrent to their peers” such as adequate (complete) and effective sexual education! It is a well known fact that our culture still frowns on open discussions of sex with children, which is the only way to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate in Ghana. The importance to make these children aware of the consequences of indulging in early (unprotected) sex does not seem a priority! Whilst the issue of talking openly about sex is being avoided (for a number of reasons, which is a whole different post) the mass media and Internet are becoming more effective in exposing children to sex without any parallel effort being made to inform them on its implications and how they can be avoided!

The director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Mr Stephen Adu has confirmed that such punishments to pregnant schoolgirls will NOT be implemented in schools as he acknowledged that the problem of teenage pregnancy in Ghana is multi-factorial and needed to be addressed carefully.

Success is not pre-determined and it’s not a destination either it’s a journey of striving towards goals – “your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start” (Nido Quebein).

RANT over!

Nora Mistersky (@Ms_Nora_M)

Introducing Ajoa Dwomoh-Bonsu

The Make up artist behind the Brand



Ajoa Dwomoh-Bonsu a UK based freelance makeup artist created Boco Beauty, a makeup brand for black women of darker complexion with the primary aim to allow these women to feel more inclusive and catered to. With the idea that every woman should be able to embrace her beauty, Ajoa launched her make up brand Boco Beauty in 2013, with the focus on accessibility, affordability and range.

Me Firi Ghana managed to catch up with the 21 year old Ajoa during a short interview to find out more.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself? I’m a beauty and fashion enthusiast. I enjoy singing, dancing, and shopping. In three words my family would describe me as ambitious, clever and caring.

Tell us more about your company Boco Beauty? Boco Beauty is a company I started in summer 2013; it is targeted at darker skinned black women. Boco (for short) promotes self-confidence we aim to combat the self-hatred that dark skin black women may have based on society’s perceptions of beauty. I started Boco based on my own experiences, so I turned my frustrations into an idea. I felt like darker skinned women were being marginalised and I wanted to offer cosmetics for darker skinned women. Also, I wanted these women to feel they are catered to and that their skin tone is beautiful too. As I did more research I saw there was a major need for this and that is how Boco began.

How did it all start? Boco started when I was applying for a placement at my university. There was an opportunity on the placements website to set up your own business with funding, mentoring and training. I thought this was a perfect way to get my idea off of the ground. Having my own makeup brand was always a dream of mine so when the opportunity came I couldn’t ignore it. I had to present my business idea to a panel, and luckily they believed in my idea to allow me to pursue it.

What does Boco stand for? Boco is the Bo from my surname Bonsu, and co from cosmetics.

What exactly do you do? I am student in my placement year running my business.

So tell us what are your future aspirations? My future aspirations are to come out with a wider range of makeup products and have a Boco standalone store worldwide in places like Debenhams, Selfridges and Sephora. I would also love to have my own patisserie or bakery, as I love to bake.

Where were you raised? I was raised in Milton Keynes.

Are both your parents of Ghanaian descent? Yes they are.

Which part of Ghana are they from? They are from the Ashanti Region.

Can you speak any Ghanaian language? I understand Twi and can speak bits here and there!

Are you proud to state Me Firi Ghana? Yes I am. Even though I was not born in Ghana I am glad to be from there. I would not want to be from anywhere else, there’s just something special about Ghana, it has got to be the best country in Africa!

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To find out more about Boco Beauty’s products please visit the website – http://www.bocobeauty.com/#

Nora Mistersky (@Ms_Nora_M)

Kente ; Ghana’s National Cloth

The History of the Kente

KENTE as we all know is a beautiful and symbolic type of nwentoma (woven cloth) that is entirely hand-woven on a wooden loom, which is operated by the weaver’s hands and feet. Its vibrant colours and symbolic patterns define the Kente cloth.

The word kente is derived from ‘kenten’, which translates to “basket”. It is largely known that the Kente cloth originaly stemmed from the Ashantis (of Bonwire in the outskirts of Kumasi), however today it is being woven not only in the Ashanti region but also in the Volta region by the Ewes. Legend has it that the Kente cloth was first designed by 2 friends mimicking the techniques of a spider they observed weaving its web.

It is believed that the Kente cloth has been around since the 17th century and has been an important part of the Ghanaian culture ever since. In the olden days Kente was exclusively worn by King’s and Queens; TODAY Kente is being worn not only across AFRICA but it is also being increasingly incorporated into western fashion.

Imbedded in each Kente cloth is a story with a proverbial meaning, which makes every design unique! There are about 50 different types of Kente patterns. Here are the meanings for some of the designs;

  • Adwini Asa – (“All motifs are used up”)
  • Abusua Ye Dom – (“The extended family is a force”)
  • Fa Hia Kotwere Agyemang – (“Lean your poverty on Agyemang”)
  • Sika Fre Mogya – (“Money attracts blood relations”)
  • Obi Nkyre Obi Kwan Mu Si – (“Sooner or later one would stay in the path of the other”)
  • Fathia Fata Nkrumah – (“Nkrumah merit Fathia”)
  • Emmada – (Novelty; what we have not seen or heard before”)
  • Oyokoman Na Gya Da Mu – (“Crisis in the Oyoko Nation”)
  • Obaakofo Mmu Man – (“One head does not rule a nation or constitute a council)


Colours to design each cloth are chosen carefully for both their symbolic and visual effects;

  • Yellow – is a symbol for things that are holy and precious, royal, fertile and beautiful
  • Pink – symbolises gentle qualities (e.g. calmness)
  • Red – stands for blood and for strong political and spiritual feelings
  • Maroon – associated with the colour of mother Earth; it represents healing and protection from evil
  • Blue – stands for the sky and is used to symbolise holiness, peace, harmony, good fortune and love
  • Green – is associated with plants and stands for growth and good health
  • Gold – symbolises royalty, glory, wealth and spiritual purity
  • White – stands for purity and healing
  • Black – stands for aging because in nature things get darker as they get older; black also stands for strong spiritual energy and the spirits of the ancestors
  • Grey – represents ashes, which are used for spiritual cleansing
  • Silver – is a symbol for the moon and stands for serenity, purity and joy
  • Purple – is associated with Earth and healing; also associated with gentle qualities

Kente became Ghana’s national cloth on the 6th of March 1957- the day Ghana celebrated independence.

Nora Mitersky

Street Children Empowermnet Foundation (SCEF) making the dream possible..

“Education is a human right” – universal heroes in the making!

According to Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare the number of street children living in Accra alone in 2011 was estimated to be over 54000- a figure that has been rising steadily! How does this affect their right to an education?

Education in Ghana is known to be free of tuition fees only that is; it costs on average 650 GHC per annum to attend basic mainstream school, a significant cost that is a real concern to many families living in Ghana today, how much more to a street child living on the streets of Accra trapped in a cycle of hand to mouth – but yet education is a human right, isn’t it?

SCEF (Street Children Empowermnet Foundation) is a registered NGO in Ghana whose vision it is to work towards creating a future where all children regardless of their disparities will have equal opportunities to reaching their full potential. To make this vision a reality SCEF is on a mission to achieve sustainable improvements in the lives of street and deprived children in Jamestown, Accra by working closely with the children, their families and the community.


Behind this great movement is Paul Semeh (pictured far right), founder of SCEF, who completed his first degree at the University of Ghana, Legon. Since graduating Paul embarked on his journey to help the less privileged by completing his national service with an NGO running The Street Academy that offers street children some non-formal education. As Paul grew in his role at The Street Academy his passion to work with street kids also grew and led him to establish SCEF in 2011. At just 27 Paul has begun a great initiative and is having a significant impact in developing tomorrow’s leaders for a better Ghana- “for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” (African proverb).

What makes SCEF unique? Paul and his team facilitate several other initiatives, including a microfinance club for the mothers of the children SCEF sponsors. By involving these children in special themed events and activities such as after school clubs SCEF is shaping their perspectives and giving them a universal view of the world. This organisation is therefore having an immediate and long-term impact in a poverty-stricken area by helping children become educated and their parents earn a better living.

SCEF is currently supporting 150 children to attend school by providing schoolbooks, pencils, uniforms, bags and shoes, as well as exam fees, water, food and healthcare; these are all in line with the principles that underpin a child’s human right- an opportunity that will shape the rest of their lives!

One of Paul’s most recent campaigns that stood out to me and received international attention was “Little Bernard must walk again”, Paul and his team found Bernard a then, 6 year old boy sitting outside an abandoned kios- his home. It transpired that Bernard had been suffering from Tuberculosis of the spine, which had rendered him incapable of walking. A national appeal was made to help fund Bernard’s surgery in 2012 and a year on, Bernard is on his feet and walking again- he is now attending school regularly with the support of SCEF.

2014 is a very exciting year for SCEF as construction and renovation work begins to develop the ‘Learning Hub for street children’, a facility that will further aim to empower street children through complementary education services, and provide creative arts learning and skills training.

Check out their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StreetChildrenEmpowermentFoundation) and get involved in making a difference, “since it takes a village to raise a child”  (African proverb) ;).

Nora Mitersky