The Top 30 U30 Digital Future of Ghana Publication was released on 8 March 2015 to frenzy of excitement and anticipation on social media. It can be viewed here and showcases the top 30 under 30 emerging Ghanaian talent from around the world.
The full edition launches 27th March and in addition to showcasing the Top 30, will also feature forward thinking articles, poetry and interviews highlighting key industries, innovators and organizations vision for Ghana and Africa.
In celebration of the publication the Future of Ghana team have organised an official launch and networking event to be hosted by the charismatic Claire Clottey at the Ghana High Commission, 104 Highgate Hill, London N6 5HE from 1800-22:00. It promises to be a an engaging and inspiring evening with an exclusive photo presentation from the legendary James Barnor, Ghana’s first photo journalist who captured Ghana’s rise to independence from the Gold Coast. Attendees will also hear a key note address from Ghana High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith , presentations from the Future of Ghana team, networking, and canapés courtesy of 805 Restaurants plus much more.
What, when and why the Future of Ghana…
“In less than 3 generations 41% of the world’s youth will be African”, “By 2035, Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s” (Mo Ibrahim Foundation)…
We believe now is time to celebrate, mobilize and invest in young people of Ghanaian heritage at a critical time in Africa’s growth.
Thus award winning London based company Me FiRi Ghana embarked on a global mission to find the pioneers and innovators of the Future by launching the Future of Ghana campaign in November 2014. The main objective of the campaign is to organize and mobilize Ghanaian talent for the development of Ghana by undertaking a global search for the top 30 Ghanaian talent aged 18 – 30 years – impacting industries around the world.
The nomination process began on November 1st and closed on December 30th 2014. The top 30 pioneers were independently selected by the 2015 Future of Ghana judging panel (Dentaa Amoateng, Andy Ansah, Charlene Nyantekyi, Alex Boateng & Ameyaw Debrah). The selection was based on content provided by nominators and the guiding nomination criteria made public at the start of the campaign.
The campaign has been endorsed by Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith who said “It is heart warming to realise that young people of Ghanaian heritage are mobilizing themselves to contribute to the development efforts of their motherland, Ghana“
Future of Ghana Patron and pioneering photographer James Barnor says of the initiative;
“I am privileged to be chosen as patron for the Future of Ghana initiative. It is refreshing to see young Ghanaians in the Diaspora so forward thinking and genuinely passionate about our nation’s future. This initiative will mobilize and inspire a generation of Ghanaians to come together and utilize their skills for the development of Ghana. I can see history in the making. For that reason I am more than happy to be involved”
Sheabutter Cottage is a company famously known for its range of natural, ethically sourced, handmade shea butter and toiletries. This sustainable business has been thriving since its establishment in 2004, and steadily becoming the face of natural hair and skin care. It also has its charitable side; a percentage of every purchase is donated to help sustain the less fortunate.
The visionary and CEO behind this establishment is the inspirational Akua Wood. Akua Wood started her range of natural shea based products in 2002, as a solution to the scarcity of such products upon arriving in the UK. The demand for a wider range of products led to the growth of the now recognised Sheabutter Cottage.
Akua Wood is a savvy business woman, a wife and a mother. The growth of her company and its dedicated customer base, won her the GUBA 2013 Awards for the Small Emerging Business category. Subsequently, the range of products available has increased tremendously and still carry the natural and handmade quality logo. There has been even more remarkable developments, we interview Akua Wood to find out more.
What impact did winning the GUBA award have in your life?
Although I have been in business for a while, winning the GUBA award has helped to raise my profile tremendously. GUBA is a known brand, therefore, being associated with it has brought on a lot of acknowledgement and a potentially new customer base. Winning the award has had a positive impact on my business and on a personal level.
GUBA is 5 years old; What message have you got for those who don’t know about GUBA?
Happy anniversary GUBA!! GUBA is a remarkable organization that continues to make an impact within the African community in the UK. It has brought together like minded people and continues to create a platform for further growth. I would encourage people to familiarise with the aims and ethos of GUBA. GUBA has many facets and I personally associate with GUBA due to its many charitable sides. The GUBA Foundation in particular, is of great interest to me because, it focuses on raising autism awareness. Through this foundation, many people are becoming informed and educated on autism.
The GUBA Expo is also an exciting new addition to the GUBA brand which is closer to home as it focuses on Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). I was in attendance at the first GUBA Expo which took place in November 2014 and can vouch that it caters to a much needed demographic; which is small businesses. SMBs need all the advice and help it can get so the GUBA Expo is doing a good job. I would urge people to associate and learn more about GUBA, and donate to the Foundation.
Which areas will you like to see Ghana developing in, over the next 5 years?
Education is one of the important areas I would like to see Ghana improve in; specifically, education on special needs and disabilities. There is a lack of information and knowledge on how to deal with and handle special needs issues. I am passionate about this area because I have a mentally handicapped daughter and we encounter several difficulties when we travel to Ghana. This is because the society isn’t equipped and informed on how to view and relate to special needs children like my daughter. If this area can be focused on, it will change attitudes and improve the lives of other special needs and disabled children living in Ghana.
The range of products offered by Akua Wood’s company- Sheabutter Cottage is exquisite. She always strives to bring the best products to the client. We are exceptionally proud of the level of products provided by our past winner Akua Wood, we request for all to support this great business.
To find out more about Akua Wood and Sheabutter Cottage, visit: http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/home.php Twitter: @akuawood
The Ghana UK-Based Achievement (GUBA) awards is the brainchild of popular TV personality Dentaa. Dentaa is the host of OBE TV's hit multi-segmented entertainment programme The Dentaa Show. Beginning in the summer of 2006, OBE aired The Dentaa Show, an engaging talk show which features interviews with prominent players in the Ghanaian and Nigerian entertainment industries, and discussions on relationships, business and culture.
Dentaa hosting the GUBA Awards 2010.
Hosted by the energetic and captivating Dentaa , the show is entering its third season and continues to gain popularity among viewers. Dentaa has over 10 years of experience in entertainment and recently took .............Read more