Change of Blog: Emeritusky.wordpress Moved To KofiYeboah.com

Emeritusky.wordpress.com has been dormant with regards to posting of blogposts, this is because, I have been working a new blog with my skilled and competent designer Osar. The old blog has currently been moved to a new account with the address kofiyeboah.com.

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Interface of kofiyeboah.com

The blog has a more nice theme, well categorised into various pages such as Home, About Me, Blog, Events, Podcast, Press Mentions, Contacts and Job Announcements. There is a also a sidebar which provides live Twitter feed from my account. The wordpress – kofiyeboah.com account has a very beautiful royal slider which shows upcoming events and published blogposts.

Emeritusky.wordpress will no longer be active even though it will have the old content available to readers. Let’s experience something new and amazing!

Attend a Free Networking Forum in Accra

 BarCamp Accra 2014 is a free networking forum where participants learn, share and network. This 42nd Barcamp in Ghana takes place on December 20, 2014 at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in East Legon, Accra. The theme is ‘Expanding Excellent Entreprises’. This is part of the Barcamp Ghana program run by the GhanaThink Foundation (now 10 years old), building a network of change makers, doers and Banner for event pageentrepreneurs.

Over the last 6 years since Barcamps in Ghana started, we’ve championed businesses ‘starting up’. We now have many young Ghanaian businesses. Now, we need to see these grow. We’ll be discussing great Ghanaian entreprise examples. Come learn from, share and network with various young professionals and students. Some of our confirmed resource personnel include Bridget Otoo (TV3), Nana Yaw Asiedu (Oxford & Beaumont), Rosy Fynn (Surfline), Anima Misa (Sapphire), Alex Bram (SMS GH), Christabel Dadzie (Optimal Solutions), Selorm Branttie (mPedigree), Anita Erskine (Viasat1), etc

Register at Barcamp Accra Eventbrite site.   You can also register by sending “Barcamp Accra Your Name Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks.(example – Barcamp Accra Esi Eshun esi@eshun.co) .  Contact us via barcamp at www.ghanathink.org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities. Our hashtag is #bcaccra.

Barcamp Accra 2014 is supported by Making All Voices Count, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology,mPedigree GoldKeys, Saazaa Shoes, Nandimobile. Our media partners areSpy Ghana, YFM, XFM and Citi FM.

10 Under 35 Changemakers in Ghana You Need to Know.

There is a new generation of young Ghanaians who are refusing to follow the status quo in their society. They do not want to grow old before they create the change they want to see in the society. They have taken the challenge to develop and create opportunities for other youth in Ghana.

This is the Ghanaian version of a previous article titled 10 Under 35 Changemakers in Kenya You Need to Know. The focus of this post is to celebrate our young heroes and to let them know that their work and contribution to the development of the nation is seen and well appreciated. Africans need to celebrate their heroes no matter how small their efforts may be.

Meet the awesome 10 young Ghanaians who are creating change and contributing to the development of Ghana.These people are mentors to several young Ghanaians. These young people were selected from sectors like technology industry, sport industry, social enterprise, film industry and the field of agriculture. This selection is in no particular order of ranks.

Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza

Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza

Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza, 23 years, founder of Nasara Tech Company Limited, an IT company aimed at improving technology in Ghana and making technology readily available to those in rural communities. Nasarah aims at building efficient, robust, simple but life changing products that solve problems. Prior to Founding Nasara Tech, she co-founded Click Trade Ghana in 2012, a platform for buyers and sellers in Ghana to connect, and she built a couple of games and desktop applications under the snapso brand while still figuring out which path she wanted to take in IT. Rasheeda is also the co-founder and mentor of Tech Needs Girls Ghana, an interactive workshop organized annually for girls in the Senior Secondary Schools, which involves hands on sessions where girls learn to develop mobile and web applications and interact with software that teach them more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ).

Nehemiah Attigah

Nehemiah Attigah

Nehemiah Kwesi TT Senyo Yelu Attigah, 33 years, CEO of Hatua Solutions Ltd. an Accra based company, a brainchild of highly professional people with a far reaching vision and excellence. With the aim of reaching every corner of the globe, catering for the needs of this fast changing inter-connected world with every idea, technology, process and expertise. He is an experienced software engineer, project manager, business analyst, Microsoft Dynamics specialist ,a blogger, and entrepreneur . He is also passionate about God, Data, Photography, sports, music, social projects and mentoring the younger generation. He is a member of the Ghana Think (BarCamp Ghana) and BloggingGhana’s BlogCamp Teams.

Anne Amuzu

Anne Amuzu

Ms. Anne Amuzu is the CEO and the Technical Lead of Nandimobile Limited, a young and vibrant technology startup in Ghana. Nandimobile’s objective is to leverage the high mobile penetration rates in Africa to create mobile customer service technology that enable businesses easily connect with their customers on the mobile platform. In the last two years, the company has launched three products and attracted a clientele of over 80 companies. In April 2013, she was selected among 27 emerging women leaders from around the world by the Annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Programme.

Maccarthy

Maccarthy

MacCarthy M. Mac-Gbarthy , 25, a  student of Tamale Polytechnic, an Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Hopin Academy. Hopin is a social enterprise that grew out of a growing frustration with the existing educational system in Ghana.  For the period of seven(7) months during 2013 this year, Hopin has trained ninety (90) local participants in our program. Hopin is based both on personal experience with self-directed learning as well as exposure to many kinds of technology for learning. Hopin collects the best content and tools from the internet and mobile content and combines it with a strong local learning community where you can learn individually and collectively via, coaching, Peer to Peer learning, mentoring, project-based learning and experimental processes.(www.hopinacademy.org). He is an active member of a a vibrant youth networking ogranisation in Ghana called Barcamp Ghana.

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Akosua Adoma Owusu, 29, Artist/Filmmaker, is an AMAA award-winning American avant-garde filmmaker of Ghanaian parentage. Producers of Owusu’s first feature film Black Sunshine won France’s ARTE International Prize Award at the 2013 Durban FilmMart.  One of ArtForum‘s Top Ten Artists, she has exhibited worldwide including at MoMA, Rotterdam, Viennale, San Francisco, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, The Smithsonian Institute, and London Film Festival. She has directed award-winning short films, including Kwaku AnanseDrexciya and her thesis film, Me Broni Ba (My White Baby). Her first fiction short, Kwaku Ananse is being nominated for the Golden Bear Prize at the Berlinale in 2013. Owusu has served on the jury and screening committees for Festival 3 Continents and AFI Silverdocs. She was a featured artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2010. A former adjunct professor in film in Virginia, She is also a recipient of the Art Matters Grant and the Africa First award sponsored by Focus Features.

Alloysius Attah

Alloysius Attah

Alloysius Attah, 24, is the co-founder of Farmerline, a mobile venture offering improved information access and communication pathways for smallholder farmers and agricultural stakeholders. He is passionate scaling technology to smallholder farmers across Africa. He was a speaker at both TEDxKNUST and TEDxAccra speaker and has been named by the World Bank and InfoDev as one of the top 20 high impact entrepreneurs in the world. He is a recipient of many international awards like the World Summit Youth Award and Apps4africa Climate change competition. He is also the Front End Developer for iCottage Networks, a full-service multimedia agency providing top-of-the-class web development services, compelling graphic design and cutting-edge branding tactics. He won the Global Innovation Through Science and Technology in 2012 and also the 2012 Apps4Africa Climate Change Competition winner.

Nina Oduro

Nina Oduro

Nina Oduro, 27, founder and editor of AfricanDevJobs.com, a platform for Africa-based development job opportunities and career advice with a special focus on highlighting the contributions of Africans and the African diaspora in the field. Committed to education and youth leadership development, she has worked as an education advisor, trainer, and facilitator for programs and initiatives aimed at positive youth development in the US and Africa. Nina is a member of the Diaspora African Women’s Network’s (DAWN) and was named “DAWNer of the Year” for 2013. She received a Master’s degree in African-American Studies from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.

 

Fiifi Baidoo

Fiifi Baidoo

Fiifi Baidoo, 29, Co-founder of iSpace, a successful initiative that offers product-oriented technology start-ups with a dedicated co-working space, community gathering point and network for driving entrepreneurial success. He is also a Web Enthusiast and has worked in the internet industry since 2003. In 2010, he accepted the role to be a managing member of GDG Ghana (Google Developer Group) where he helped set up new GDGs across Ghana and SSA. He until recently was a Program Coordinator at Google Ghana.

Valerie Labi

Valerie Labi

Valerie Labi, 28, is part of the senior management team of  Clean Team Toilets, a social enterprise pioneering a relevant and affordable household sanitation solutions for urban communities in developing countries. She acquired significant experiences whilst working for a host of international corporations including Vodafone Ghana and Ernst & Young UK. Since relocating to Ghana in 2008 she has supported the fair trade co-operative of Global Mamas.  Working with more than 300 women owned businesses across Ghana. Furthermore Valerie was a critical member of the team who developed the site http://www.tradeforchange.com enabling this co-operative of small businesses to trade their produce direct to international buyers online. Valerie is also Chief Marketing Officer of http://www.votekastafrica.com an online platform dedicated to strengthening democracy and transparency during elections across the continent.

Gary Al-Smith

Gary Al-SmithGary Al- Smith – The Controversial

Gary Al-Smith, 25, known as the controversial sports journalist.  At the young age of 19, Gary Al-Smith’s first ever journalist work was with the BBC. He did a feature piece for them for their Focus on Africa magazine and he has been doing bits and pieces for them ever since. He regularly does radio work for BBC; in the past two African Cup of Nations, in Gabon and in South Africa. He has also corresponded a few times for CNN, the biggest being the African Footballer Awards last year. He is currently the editor for SuperSport online in Ghana and has worked for ESPN. He currently works for network on a commission basis and has worked on documentaries for Radio Netherlands. He is also part of the CitiFm Sports team.

Special Feature:
Raphael Kofi Afaedor

Raphael Kofi Afaedor

The team would like to commend the work of Raphael Afaedor, Co-founder of Jumia, Nigeria’s number one online shopping destination where you can shop the widest selection of electronics, fashion, home appliances, kid’s items and more in Nigeria and have them shipped directly to your home or office at your convenience!  With affordable prices and great products, Jumia lets you enjoy an awesome shopping experience with your order sent directly to your doorstep. From a 10 employees in a year ago, Jumia has grown to 450 employees and operate internationally in five other countries; Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and Côte-d’Ivoire.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making up this list. Send me your comments or suggestions to this post through my email: emeritus2011@gmail.com.

10 UNDER 35 CHANGEMAKERS IN KENYA YOU NEED TO KNOW.

Kenya has got a lot of young change makers who are hardly seen in the national media . During my two months visit to the beautiful city of Nairobi, Kenya I happen to meet some of these young people and I was amazed to hear their stories and the impact they are making in Kenya. Most of them run their own non-profit organisations that focus on gender equity, philanthropy, human right activism, child right protection, entrepreneurship etc. This blogpost is to share what they do and the impact they are making through their various organisations. Enjoy the read!

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Naomi N. Mwaura, a gender activist is the  founder of FloNe Initiative, an organization that promotes social reforms in Africa in order to increase self –reliance and informed choices among African men and women because of the value and potential the organisation sees in our continent. Within this component, the focus will be on three thematic areas: gender equality, education, and sexual and reproductive health. Their vision is to achieve a sustainable improved quality of life for people in Africa. The organisation carries out it’s vision through: Community participation, school participation, gender equity  and sustainability. Naomi was nominated as the “Opportunity Desk-Young Person of the Month (November, 2013). Read her feature article on: Tiny Frame with Giant Marks (Insert below link}  I met Naomi in Nairobi during my educational visit to Kenya and had an opportunity to talk with her about her work and the impact it is making in Kenya. She was introduced to me by Kwabena Mavin Daniels.

 

 

 

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Wiclif Otieno is the founder and CEO of Kito International, a non-profit social enterprise with a simple philosophy: give street youth an economic opportunity, and they will WORK their way off the streets and out of poverty. Kito was started by Wiclif (a former street boy) and focuses on youth between the ages of 15 and 24 by creating sustainable entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for street youth. Kito International hopes to assure that rehabilitated street youth can achieve success. Kito’s goal is to help street youth become productive and contributing world citizens. Kito helps street youth to find employment and attain self-sufficiency by strengthening youth capacity and employability as well as developing entrepreneurial and employment opportunities. The training provided to youth includes life skills training, enterprise skills training, computer skills training and leadership seminars and workshops.  Wiclif was a tedx speaker at TEDxSanJoaquin. I met Wiclif at the iHub in Nairobi during One Acre fund Social Entrepreneurship happy hour where he shared the work he is doing. He was introduced to me by Spencer Ton

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Evans Muriu is the founder and CEO of Kuna Vijana, a non profit making organization that seeks to earn Kenyan youth a name and a reputation by fully tapping, utilizing and exposing talent. A youth initiative with a difference that seeks to change the image the society has towards the youth. It intends to make youth of Kenya a resourceful people in the society and to be able to positively use their interpersonal skills, knowledge and talents to improve the society. The members of Kuna Vijana will be exposed to a variety of opportunities in learning, life skills development, volunteer-ship in order to acquire work experience, leadership qualities development, counseling and support through connections with mentors. Kuna Vijana aspires to be the Kenya’s most comprehensive and successful youth organization by ensuring the youth overcome significant barriers to success which they are facing in the society today and which curtail them in realizing their full potential. Evans Muriu is an Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Analyst, operations manager for Africa Gathering, Kenya and a philanthropist. Evans was recommended to me by Marieme Jamme.

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David Kimani, founder of Dagoretti Youth Development Group, this is a focused youth group which is up to changing the community. The vision is to  create a world where youth realize their full potential through talents and also the use of drama to create awareness in Dagoretti community, Nairobi Kenya and beyond through partnerships with organization of similar objectives, the main agenda is to nurture the vulnerable youth in schools and out of school and encourage them to take their talents seriously. David was recently featured on Safari Africa TV debut programme dubbed “Youth Outlook” in Nairobi, Kenya. I was privileged to interview David and visit his organisation in Kenya and see what they do in the community.

 

 

1004456_10151461514277271_1214790958_nRaphael is the convener/founder of The Youth Congress, a vibrant youth led initiative in Kenya that provide mostly young men and women in the urban slums and other informal settlements with a platform to enhance youth leadership and meaningful participation in socio-economic and political processes for improvement of their livelihoods and that of their community members at large. He is also the founder of  Miss Koch Initiative, Koch FM Community radioNacka-Nairobi and K-Youth Media.  Raphael is a strategic advisor and a member of key youth organizations and organizations working on youth related issues at the local, national and International fora. Noteworthy, he was instrumental in the process that resulted to amongst others the national Youth Policy and the National Youth Council Act in Kenya. He has been involved at different levels with youth initiatives in Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America. I was privileged to have a day out with Raphael as he spoke to me about his work and the assistance he is offering the Kenyan youth. He was introduced to me by Chris Ammon.  SOURCE: http://www.unhabitat.org

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Peggy Mativo is the founder of PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education) and the PanAfrican Scholars Program, both which engage passionate youthful volunteers in expanding educational access to African students. PACE is inspired by the vision that one day all Kenyan children will have access to quality education. To tackle the biting teacher shortage in the country, PACE applies a unique strategy where they recruit Kenya’s most promising high school graduates and engage them in all endeavors. After selecting the graduates, they train them as teaching assistants then deploy and support them through the entire period, they work in under-resourced schools. She is a 3rd year student at Harvard University majoring in Chemistry and East Asian Studies. She worked as a Mentor and tutor in the Harvard-Alston Educational Portal, a Campus Ambassador with Teach for China. Peggy recently won the Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment of the Year Award and is an affiliate of the Harambe Entrepreneurial Alliance. I met her through social media and read about the work she is doing.

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Tracey kadada is involved in community work and is the founder of a community based organisation called Entertaining Angels Together. It started as a sport team called the Kenya Redsox Baseball team, it was meant to bring the youths and teenagers to have a relationship with Jesus Christ which has been successful in bringing 200 youths to Christ and teenagers,the organisation has been able to provide feeding programs for the street boys and girls and we have successfully sheltered 20 street kids ,who also play baseball, they have won twice in the provincial zone, they go to school and are doing exploits. They also make beads for a living and they are also great artists. I met her during my educational trip in Kenya.
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Nivi Mukherjee is the co-founder and CEO of eLimu. As a social entrepreneur, technophile and community volunteer, she is passionate about empowering youth and engaging in community initiatives that foster development and fun. She was the Education Quality Assurance Manager at the Institute of Software Technologies, an IT training company based in Nairobi. She also runs Maisha ni Matamu, a “funucational” social project that aims to bring a day full of joy every month to children who are underprivileged and/or orphaned. In her spare time, Nivi organizes cultural festivals, bakes, knits, runs half marathons, folds origami and plays Fußball. As a child, her favourite toy was the Speak & Spell. She was recommended by Ato Ulzen Appiah. SOURCE: http://e-limu.org

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Shikoh Gitau is the First African to receive a Google Award, a computer scientist with a heart, and over 8 years experience in ICT4D. Shikoh is the project founder of Ummeli is a mobile jobs and community portal hosted by Vodafone Live and accessible through Young Africa Live. The emphasis is on a community where young Africans can support each other in the development of their careers, share ideas, act as connectors or even just be a sounding board when things seem hopeless. She is a firm believer in human potential and loves looking at how technology can be an enabler to the development of marginalized, and often dismissed members of our society. She was recommended by Ato Ulzen Appiah.

 

 

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Evans Wadongo, he grew up in Kenya, he strained to read by the dim light of a kerosene lantern. Now he’s making solar-charged lanterns and using them to spur economic development.  His use of kerosene lamps during evening study eventually inspired him to create MwangaBora(Swahili for Good Light) in 2004. Through his organization, Sustainable Development For All (SDFA), Evans has distributed thousands of solar lamps to villages across Kenya and other African countries, and helped hundreds of women groups set up projects using money they would otherwise have spent on kerosene. I have not personally interacted with  Evans, but his recent inclusion in the list of “35 under 35 innovators in the world” inspired me to add to this post.

There are many other youth who running amazing projects in Kenya and so proud of them as well. I will be coming up with “10 under 35 Changemakers in Ghana You Need To Know” 

NB: Send me your comments or suggestions to this post through my email: emeritus2011@gmail.com