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Volunteer in Ghana this Christmas

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Your role as a volunteer, fundraiser or supporter, is to contribute your skills, gifts and talents in the best way you can, to empower the lives of others, because as we say here at WAM “The best of YOU, comes out when YOU give your best to others…

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Volunteer in Ghana: Help!

Hi Guys, a young man approached us and has a sincere vision and passion for Ghana . Please find below a lil message regarding his endeavour as part of his University course which it will be great if we can all support.

Volunteer Architect: I hope to give Ghana something to be proud of yet something to call their own.

My name is Edem Kpodo and I have recently finished my 3rd year studying BA Architecture at Kingston University. This is a seven-year course that requires me to do a year’s work experience and then apply to study at post-graduate level.

I plan to gain architecture work experience in by volunteering building projects in rural parts of Ghana. Through this experience, I will learn firsthand, sustainable building methods using local materials in innovative ways. I have researched the way organisations such as the ‘Sabre Trust’ and ‘ARUP’ have developed places in Ghana for young children and it is truly inspirational.

I want to use architecture creatively to bring out the best of Ghana; not only to gain an experience for myself, but to give back to others in the process of doing so. In Ghana, culture is expressed in many ways such as music, fashion and art; I strive to pioneer to bring architecture to the forefront.

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In 2009, I visited Ghana for the first time in fifteen years, I was so surprised at how much the cities had developed, and the rate it was developing. I wanted to be a part of this, and this hunger to give Ghana something to be proud of yet something to call their own continues to grow. I want African countries to use their past in their architecture but mostly in their life, as they cannot reject what they have experienced but certainly reject the mistakes made by the west and grow as people.

My message, as one who was born in England with Ghanaian parents, is that “You (Ghana) are known as the Gold Coast so allow yourself to shine”. I want to highlight and emphasise the beauty of a place to those who are very familiar to it. My grandmother is from Cape Coast and my dad spent his secondary school years there, so going to Shama, which isn’t far from this area, really hits home when thinking about who I am helping.

I am greatly inspired by the work of David Adjaye and what he has decided to do in Africa.  Whilst in Ghana I also plan to make a portfolio full of pictures and sketches to document the process and show what I learn each day. I will take on board fully the advice others give me and watch the way they work as I am very keen on seeing how the local skilled builders work and how they go about doing what they do.

In order to raise funds I am seeking funding opportunities and doing a Sponsored Run around an athletics track as many times as possible.

My goal is to raise a minimum of £2500 altogether.

3 months in Mpraeso in the Kwahu region cost:£880

2 months in Shama in the Western Region will cost£1100

Date of run: 10th September 2011

Location: Tooting Bec Athletic Track

Please sponsor me on PayPal: Edem Kpodo Architecture Sponsorship using emailEdemkpodo@live.com

Date of trip to Ghana: 19th September 2011

Please help me to make this possible and feel free to contact me for more information.

Thank you so much!

WAM Campaign Ambassador: Emmanuel Frimpong

The WAM Campaign was launched at the Ghana High Commission (UK) on Friday 3rd of June. This video gives an insight into why WAM Ambassador and Arsenal Footballer Emmanuel Frimpong decided to get involved.

WAM is a Project designed to provide a gateway which connects young people to Ghana. The aim is to provide an accessible gateway to connect young people with Ghana and to give back and develop opportunities for orphans and less fortunate young people in Ghana through participating in the development programme in December in Ghana and through organizing volunteering/fundraising activities. The word WAM is an acronym which stands for “What About Me” and the slogan for the WAM Campaign is “What About Me? It’s Not about ME”.

To get involved in the WAM Campaign, please contact Jacqueline at: Jacqueline@mefirighana.com

Fancy SkiDiving to raise money for Schools in Ghana?

Feeling brave and looking for your next challenge?

Why not take a leap from 14, 000 feet IN THE SKY to raise money as part of the WAM Campaign…

Simply fundraise £300 and not only will you have an exhilarating rush, but you will also help to support children in Ghana. The WAM Campaign is supporting 3 schools, one in Tamale (Train To Gain Academy), another in Kumasi and one in Accra  called the Family Outrech Ghana

No experience is necessary!
On the day you will jump with a Parachute instructor and the Me Firi Ghana team will be on hand before the event with tips and advice on how to raise your sponsorship money.

So if you’re ready to take the plunge and raise funds for the WAM, please read on.

Get involved:
To take part, you need to register by 29th July. Please download our information pack by getting in contact with either Jackie or Joseph on:

Telephone:
07932 896845

Email:
events@mefirighana.com

To see some of the volunteering which took place in Tamale and Accra in 2010, please see the video below


Cheryl Hudson: Blog 2 – Like a Local

Some days I actually wake up thinking I’ve lived here my whole life…

Everything is just really familiar. It didn’t that me too long to get used to everything same ways I’m starting to worry about coming back to the UK. True say I have got darker, my accent is deep and I’m far too relaxed about most things. If I say I will get there for 1pm I’m reaching at Quarter to 3 but don’t hate.. wai?

My accent is proper. Sometimes my Twi mixes Fante but its always done that. My fiancé starts a conversation in Ga and ends it in Pidgin. I was shouting at the TV the other day watching Nollywood and caught myself cussing saying “Aah you de craze papa” – a mix of twi and pidgin. The local language is just a mish mash of Ga, twi, fante and pidgin all in one, kind of universal so that everyone can be involved. I introduced myself to

Me FiRi GHANA Meets Richard Branson – Part 2

“Screw it Lets Do It”: You never know what could happen unless you try…

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Never would I have imagined that I would meet let alone seek advice from Sir Richard Branson – well actually I kind of did but not think it will be at this young age! All that we the Me FiRi GHANA Team are doing is living our dream and following our passion, our love for Ghana. Never in a trillion years would we have expected such experiences to come from it. But again, I guess you never know what could happen unless you try…

The whole experience was and is still quite surreal. To meet, interview, shake the hands of, get pictures with and have 3 yes 3 Me FiRi GHANA and Me DoR GHANA T-Shirts signed by Sir Richard Branson – one of the most influential figures in the world – is respectfully still quite insane.

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I was personally taken-a-back by just how humble, gracious and down to earth Sir Richard Branson is. Hearing how Sir Richard Branson is fuelling his passion to evoke positive change in the world with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship based in South Africa and The Elders . Would love to meet them all to see how we can help them and how they can help us help evoke greater opportunities for young people in Ghana; hint hint cough cough MTV and MTN 🙂

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Nevertheless, the key thing I took away from meeting Sir Richard Branson was when he answered my question and gave advice on business and leadership. He explained how an important element of running a successful business requires true leadership, where true leadership stems from ‘inspiring others to get the best out of them’.

I couldn’t help but be inspired and slightly overcome whereby I had to look at myself, the Me FiRi GHANA brand and the WAM Campaign. I thought to myself if the dream has taken us this far, what’s next? But the words of our annual youth led WAM campaign echoed in my ears “What About ME? It’s NOT About ME…”

Yet still, yes meeting Richard Branson was more than inspiring, but speaking with and meeting some amazing young people as shown in the group picture with Richard Branson was probably as impactful. (From Left, Belinda, Sizwe, Lil Sims, Sir Richard Branson, Ola, Sarah, Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka)

The most iconic part of the day was when Sir Richard Branson looked at my colourful Me FiRi GHANA top (yes I wore this Me FiRi GHANA top on purpose :D) and he asked me “Are you from Ghana?” which I said with a full set of teeth smile “I am indeed Sir” and Sir Richard Branson said with a smile “Yes, Ghana is a beautiful country” to which I said with a Colgate smile (“no dimplesTinie Tempah 2010) “Absolutely Sir”

MTV Base (Africa) and MTN really have made a dream come true and sharing our journey with you we hope that you too dare to dream, because that dream could soon become a reality!

This is another chapter in the Me FiRi GHANA book and hopefully just the beginning of a relationship between  Me FiRi GHANA’s “WAM Campaign”, MTV Base (Africa) and MTN as we all share the vision of “creating leaders tomorrow by inspiring the youth of today”. To this end we say, just how meeting Sir Richard Branson was an opportunity taken and a dream turned to reality, we leave you with this statement “you never know what could happen unless you try…”

Cheryl Hudson: Blog 2 – Living The Life!

Rememeber Chery’s Blog about the challenges of uprooting back home to Ghana, the difficulties and the moments of joy she experienced? Well she’s back with the much anticipated part 2 entitled living the life. 

In my first blog, I spoke to you about what it’s like settling in Ghana and how the locals may see you when you first arrive. It really is great to be back in Ghana. I love waking up every morning to the strong powerful sun and blistering heat, the sound of people making their way across town, the smell of freshly baked bread heated up under the sun’s rays in a basket atop a sellers head and the faint sound of someone’s radio playing you the finest GH tracks. One of the best things about GH is the music. Going into your favorite places and hearing your best tracks, on the television, on the streets and on the radio is just great! I was shopping on Oxford Street in Osu browsing beautiful Ghanaian print cloths and my favorite Terry G song played! It was a brilliant shopping experience!

On the streets, people are blasting famous songs from their shops like “You say wetin” and “Mugebaya”. The artists are normally around town and so are the footballers, and there are many events with some the finest Ghanaian and Nigerian artists performing. They like hanging out. I was at Osu Park watching a football match and Batman aka Samini was there playing basketball and was simultaneously live on Hits Fm. The heat, the smell of woodchip burning and constant hustle and bustle, honking taxi’s and honking fan milk all contribute to that feeling of being back home. Trying to book appointments with wedding planners isn’t easy at the best of times and especially not when there is so much good weather and such relaxing atmosphere all around.

My newly hired wedding planner cuts through all the unnecessary time consuming, money wasting gimmicks like trying to sell wedding corks and other useless wedding paraphernalia to introduce me to my personalised Wedding plans. I feel welcome and adorned in the beautifully decorated shop and the staff feel like I’ve known them for years. Not long to go now… I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday here on a Sunday, two days after my fiancé celebrated his. We relaxed at the fabulous Coco Beach and Agbamami’s and soaked up the wonderfully rich local culture Ghana has on offer. Although I did miss my family and friends in the UK I did feel truly blessed on my special day. It did rain though! It is currently the tropical rain season and if you usually go Ghana in December, you get there during the Sun Season with the hottest driest weather. It is now peak time for rainstorms and wetness. The velocity of the storms is enthralling. I love the crack of thunder, it’s so piercing it hits you like a Dolby surround sound audio and the flash of lighting is like a thousand light bulbs being lit in the heavens; and when it rains, the rain drops hit hard like pieces of iron being pelted at the soil hitting the ground with a thud. Once the clouds roll over the horizon, the fresh smell of rain greets you as do mammoth puddles and steamed air.

 The adverse weather can also affect the energy systems here where the pipes can shut at any time and so can the electricity, an experience also known as “Lights Off”. I do feel that there should be more in the way of investment by the Government towards these services as doing so would dramatically enhance the standard of living in Ghana. What I love about Ghana is how humble it is. Everyone appreciates everything a lot more. Every bite is savored, every moment is treasured and friendships are built to last forever. Community living is a big part of life here, where your neighbors can come to your house at anytime and you watch out for one another as tradition and culture binds people together. Every day I am astounded by the beauty of Ghana that is so pure, rich and authentic. There are some things that just cannot be bought. Is Ghanaian life understated?  

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Ghanaian Culture: Kente Cloth Growth

 It has graced on your father’s shoulders, and been worn at parties by your mother. Kente has come a long way from just being fit for Ashanti chiefs and other men of supreme status.

Said to have been created in the 17th century by the Ashanti people, Kente cloth is now a strong signifier for Ghana; and more so West Africa.

WEST MEETS WEST

This silk and cotton cloth is now suited for all people. With African prints at its peak in the fashion industry throughout the past couple years; it is not uncommon to see African inspired styles placed before us in shops such as H & M, or magazines such as Grazia. From the weaving looms of villages such as Adanwomase and Bonwire, to the bodies of red carpet fashionistas such as Gwen Stefani and Solange Knowles. Since catching onto the wave of West Africa’s finest cloth, the western world has incorporated the pattern into its own styles. Shorts, mini skits, and even scarves, along with other forms of clothing and accessories have all been styled with a Kente feel to represent a cross culture in fashion.

COLOURFUL CLOTH

For a long time, there has been a misconception that Kente must be gold. Often, Kente is embedded with colours that symbolise different qualities. For example: Blue represents harmony and serenity. Pink connotes femininity, and the more recognised colour gold signals strength and wealth. With the multitude of colours that can be incorporated into Kente, this shows that Kente is a fabric that is extremely versatile and incorporates many meanings.

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I also saw the beauty of Africa in Ghana…

I take a particular interest travelling to developing countries, I feel I gain a wider perspective about a country and the people; partaking in a subconscious form of personal research and discovery about what needs doing to make things better. I travelled extensively to numerous places, but Ghana in particular has a very special impact, a way of motivating me to not only progress as a person, but for the development of others.

It was a trip to Ghana in 2009 that rekindled a flame that was there, but not as bright as it would become. During this trip, Ghana was awarded a loan (during a recession), seen as a symbolic reward for an African country with good governance. It was evident this loan was needed, but whilst listening to the radio broadcast of this news, I also learnt about the subsequent public sector cuts the government would implement as a consequence of accepting this loan. Public sector cuts that would affect teachers and nurses, services that from the ground level up Ghana needed for the generation of future leaders, aspiring professionals and academics, but also for the thousands living below the poverty line.

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Ghanaian Event: Anansekrom Event

 

Ghana’s culture will be in the spotlight this month when the Noble friends host the fifth annual Anansekrom at the Morden Hall Park on the 16th of July, 2011. Anansekrom is the Premier African Cultural Extravaganza and by far the largest family oriented event focused on the Ghanaian and African Culture in the UK. It has over the years proved to be a day filled with Africa’s best in traditional food, a Durbar of Chiefs, Story telling, African Artefacts, Drumming and many more.

The event provides a social cohesion amongst Africans, especially Ghanaians in the Diaspora. Sponsored by global oil and gas exploration giant – Tullow oil, Anansekrom will be headlined by Multi- award winning singer, Samini.

The MTV Europe Music Awards nominee is by far Ghana’s biggest Musical star. His music is a mixture of highlife, reggae, hip hop and hiplife. Also known as Ghana’s Buju Banton, his unsurpassed stage work is a true reflection of a musical icon that is destined to make it big in the core mainstream. Samini will be performing some of his old and current tracks from his new album CEO.Other side attractions will include a fashion show by one of Ghana’s biggest brands in the UK, Mefiri Ghana and special performances by Ablade Cultural Troupe, Mighty Zulu Nation and also the London Gospel Community Choir.
Notes to Editors:
The Noble Friends is a benevolent association established in 1998, based in London and is made up of 18 member families. It arose from a group of friends who grew up together around the same time in Ghana with shared experiences but now live in London with their families.

The members all shared a commitment to support each other in times of difficulty and distress along with times of joy and celebration. This in essence replicates the traditional Ghanaian extended family system where members of a clan have a shared responsibility for each other and their families.
The group sought to formalise this bond through the formation of the association with a constitution and guidelines for its management, development and growth. The name Noble Friends was chosen for the association and an accompanying symbol “Nkonsonkonso” (which stands for Unity and Human Relations) was adopted from Ghanaian Adinkra Symbols.

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