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


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


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.

Ghana’s Slice Biz Among Winners of the Impact Economy Innovations Fund

The Impact Economy Innovations Fund is a partnership between Rockefeller Foundation and Tony Elumelu Foundation, designed to grow impact investing across Africa by supporting its ecosystem; as well as tracking and mapping projects, best practice and other critical information on impact investing in Africa. The IEIF is managed for us by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

On April 5, 2013, Rockefeller Foundation and Tony Elumelu Foundation launched the Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) at the Impact Investing in Africa: Accelerating the Industry Regionally Forum  to fuel impact investing in Africa.

According to Tony Elumelu Foundation, a rigorous selection process was undertaken by a committee which included Malik Fal, Managing Director of Omidyar Network Africa; Emmanuel N. Nnorom who was at the time, CEO of UBA Africa and currently the President of Heirs Holdings Group; Amit Bouri, Managing Director of the Global Impact Investing Network; Eme Essien Lore, Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office,; and Dr. Wiebe Boer, CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

Making the list of winning applications were Investisseurs & Partenaires (Senegal), Renew LLC (Ethiopia), M.Lab Africa (Kenya), Policy and  Economic Research Council (Tanzania), Doreo Partners (Nigeria),  GIMPA Centre for Impact Investing (Ghana)  and SliceBiz  (Ghana).

SliceBiz, is a crowdfunding micro-investment platform to help innovative early-stage African start-ups raise funding by leveraging the disposable income of the rapidly growing African middle class (both domestic and in the diaspora). SliceBiz provides an opportunity to unlock “patient capital” from the upper middle class to finance innovative high-impact start-ups/ideas. It creates a new funding source for startups by aggregating “micro investments” from a large pool of “accredited” investors. SliceBiz allows micro investments to be made via mobile money, credit cards or paypal.


William Senyo

SlizBiz was Co-founded by William  Senyo, a Ghanaian entrepreneur with previous stints in Finance, Telecoms and Non-profit sectors having worked with Databank, HFC Bank, MTN and The Hunger Project-Ghana in various roles. He is currently working on projects to increase capital flow to innovative high-growth startups in Africa. William is also a Co-founder of Hub Accra, Ghana’s first 24-hour innovation/co-working space designed to inspire innovation through collaboration.

William studied at the University of Ghana for a BSc. Agriculture (Agribusiness Degree). He is a Kairos Global Fellow, Co-Chapter Head of Africa 2.0 Ghana and a 2012 winner of the US Department of State-backed Apps4Africa. In June 2013, William was selected as part of 100 global innovators brought together by British Airways for the first Innovation Lab in the Sky, UNGROUNDED which challenged the selected thought leaders to innovate and build on ideas to solve the global problem of STEM talent misalignment on a flight from San Francisco to London.

2 Ghanaians Among 30 Under 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014

Forbes has released its list of  30 Under 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014 after going through over 800 nominations of young entrepreneurs from across Africa.

Among the list are two Ghanaians namely Seth Akumani, CEO of ClaimSync and Sangu Delle, FounderGolden Palm Investments

Seth Akumani

Seth Akumani

According to Forbes, Akumani, 30 is a co-founder of ClaimSync, an end-to-end claims processing software that enables hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities all over the world to automate patients’ medical records and to process records electronically. Claimsync’s solution allows these healthcare providers to easily prepare medical claims and send electronically to health insurance companies. In 2013 ClaimSync was the sole African company to participate in the high-profile, IBM, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline backed Accelerator program HealthXL in Dublin. ClaimSync was recently acquired by GenKey, a Dutch-based biometrics company.


Sango Delle

Delle, 27 is a co-founder of Golden Palm Investments, a holding company that invests in early stage venture and growth financing across Africa with a strong bias for Real Estate, healthcare, agribusiness and technology. GPI has backed startups such as Solo Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Zamsolar in Zambia. He is also the co-founder of cleanacwa, a non-profit working to provide access to clean water in Ghana’s underdeveloped regions. Sangu, who previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Valiant Capital Partners, is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard.

Read more here.


Lamudi Ghana

Accra, GHANA – Lamudi Ghana (www.lamudi.com.gh) is setting the standard for providing a user friendly, highly visual marketing platform for properties and land in Ghana.  Launched less than a month ago, Lamudi Ghana already has over 400 properties listed on their website from individuals and the largest agencies and developers including Orel, Pelican Properties and Broll Ghana.  Lamudi helps individuals find their perfect property and gives property owners an online presence.  Well integrated with various social media platforms, individuals can save their favorite properties to their Lamudi accounts and send them to friends and family over email, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Lamudi Ghana allows you to get in touch with the property owners and agents and tries to provide individuals with as much information as possible to help bring increased efficiency to the property market.  Lamudi gives property owners and agents an easy to use platform to market their properties.  Property pages include photographs, a detailed description, information about the property and price. All these parameters can be searched and used to create email alerts.


Agents and property owners can self upload their properties and then contact Lamudi Ghana for specific marketing opportunities. In addition to having the option of highlighting your properties on the Lamudi Ghana homepage as a featured property, Lamudi can provide you with a profile for direct marketing.  After uploading your properties, Lamudi Ghana can market them through their various social media channels and in specific countries through newsletters.


We have a zero tolerance policy for fraud.  We make it clear where properties are from “Trusted Sellers” and have a quality control team that focuses on contacting property owners and agents about properties they have uploaded.


Lamudi has the broadest international presence beyond Africa.  As part of Africa Internet Holding, we are part of an European holding company that has established market leading internet companies in over 50 countries. Lamudi has officially launched in over 17 emerging markets across the world including Nigeria, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.  Properties on our website will gain global exposure and give property owners access to Ghanaians, expatriates and the growing African diaspora searching for properties back home.


Africa Internet Holding is the leading internet group of Africa with already over 1,000 employees in 10 African countries and huge successes such as Jumia.com, Kaymu.com, Hellofood.com, Carmudi.com, Jovago.com and Lamudi.com. It is led by top talented leaders offering a great mix of local and international talents and is backed by Millicom, MTN and Rocket Internet.

Millicom offers digital lifestyle products and services to emerging markets.

MTN, Launched in 1994, MTN Group is a leading emerging markets mobile operator which is at the forefront of the technological changes sweeping the world.

Rocket Internet is a global and leading incubator of start-ups.

Lamudi helps people find their ideal home, land or commercial property.

Visit Lamudi Ghana to Sell, Rent, Find and Share Properties!

To learn more about Lamudi, visit www.lamudi.com.gh or email – akua.nyame-mensah@lamudi.com.gh

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