Yofi Grant, Executive Director of Databank Groups To Speak At Barcamp Tema

Yofi Grant

Yofi Grant

Mr Yoofi Grant, Director of the Databank Group, an investment banking firm in Ghana will be speaking at this year’s Barcamp Tema on March 22, 2014 at the Rotary Centre (Club House) in Tema.

Mr Grant is experienced in banking and finance, including, but not limited to, treasury, financial restructuring and management, divestiture and privatisation, as well as equity, debt and project finance. He will be sharing on how the youth could build and live an excellent life for their personal development.

BarCamp Tema 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Tema, Ghana and beyond. The theme is “Building People of Excellence”. This Barcamp will be the 29th organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as it builds a network of young change makers, doers and entrepreneurs in Ghana. It’s being organized in conjunction with the Rotaract Club of Tema.

There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Confirmed speed mentors include Victoria Okoye (Relief International), Edem Kumodzi of QuickBets, Kow Essuman (Lawyer), Manasseh Azure Awuni (Joy FM), Sara Nana Yeboah (Nurse & Entrepreneur), Emmanuel Nyame (Ghana Startup Cup), Tonyi Senayah (Horseman Shoes).

This Barcamp will focus on sharing and educating on many tips and ways of excellence. Various presentations on this topic would be done by Enyonam Kumahor of ThoughtWorks, as well as Emmanuel Gamor of Global Media Alliance. As usual, the Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Greater Accra Region and beyond.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Tema eventbrite or text “Barcamp Tema [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network.. You may also contact the BarCamp Tema team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Tema 2014 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation, Google, Rotaract Club of Tema, Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners are CITI FM, Adom TV, MPWR Show. Join us to move the Greater Accra Region and Ghana forward.

$20,000 Golden Baobab Prizes Call for Submissions

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The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes have been launched and are calling for submissions. This year, Golden Baobab will award 6 prizes worth $20,000. These 6 prizes are:

  • The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book
  • The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book
  • The $2,500 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers
  • The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators
  • The $2,500 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Illustrators
  • The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award

This year marks the 6th anniversary of the 3 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature. These prizes invite entries of unpublished stories for children written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin.  In November 2013, Golden Baobab launched the fourth and fifth prizes, The Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations, to do for African illustrators what the organization has been doing for African writers for the past 5 years: discovering, nurturing and celebrating their talent, passion and contribution to the African children’s literature space. Entrants will submit illustrations as per Golden Baobab specifications.

The newest addition, The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award, which is the 6th prize, has been set up to recognize African writers/illustrators who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the development of African children’s literature. At the appropriate time, Golden Baobab will communicate how this prize will be run.

Last year, the three Golden Baobab Prizes for literature received 180 submissions from 13 African countries. This year, the coordinator of the Prizes, Nanama B. Acheampong, is confident that these numbers will improve: “We expect to receive many more submissions for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature this year. We have also had such positive reactions to our newly launched Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations and are looking forward to being pleasantly surprised.”

The 2013 winners were Liza Esterhuyse from South Africa who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book, Karen Hurt, also from South Africa, who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book and twelve year old Kanengo Rebecca Diallo from Tanzania who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers which awards promising writers below the age of eighteen.

Entry information for the prizes can be found on the organization’s websitewww.goldenbaobab.org. Entrants should note that the copyright of each entry submitted to the Golden Baobab Prizes remains vested in them. However, by submitting an entry, entrants declare that they are legally entitled to do so and give Golden Baobab permission to make their entry available for exclusive worldwide royalty-free usage, reproduction and distribution. The deadline for the 2014 prizes is June 29th. Winners will be announced in November 2014.

For information on how to enter the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes, visit Golden Baobab’s website or contact the coordinator, Nanama B. Acheampong at info@goldenbaobab.org.

The Kwibuka20 Blog Post Competition

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Are you a young writer, researcher or academic? Enter the Kwibuka20 Blog Post Competition and share your voice with the world.

The Kwibuka20 Blog Post Competition is a chance for young people to explore issues of genocide, atrocity prevention, conflict and peace-building and show the world the discussions that are taking place in the global youth community. You can answer one of three questions, each related to part of the Kwibuka20 theme: ‘Remember, Unite, Renew’. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts on genocide prevention and the international media. Winners will be published in the international press and alongside shortlisted entries in the inaugural edition of the Generation for Change journal, Our Voice.

  1. Why is it important to remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and mass atrocities elsewhere?
  2.  How can we tackle division and prejudice, and unite around our shared humanity?
  3. How can societies rebuild and renew after state sponsored discrimination, hate and conflict?
  4. Judges are looking for sophisticated analytical skill, coherent arguments and interesting debate.
  5. Entries should be between 1000 and 2000 words, and can be submitted in English, French or Kinyarwanda.

The twentieth commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi is an important occasion to remember the lives that were lost and unite to ensure it never happens again – in Rwanda or elsewhere. Being part of the Kwibuka20 Blog Post Competition is one way of doing just that. Entries close on 31 March 2014. Don’t forget to read the rules and guidelines carefully before submitting your entry. Visit www.kwibuka.rw for more information.