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
DAVOS: World Economic Forum:
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…
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.
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!
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.
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:
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…
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!
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.