Friday, June 12, 2015

10 over 10 - Barcamp Wa completes Barcamp Ghana

Finally, in a couple of days, we can say Barcamps have been to every region of Ghana. Thanks to a team led by Rukaya Sukah and the resourcefulness of Joachim Danbo, the first Barcamp Wa happens on June 13. I'm blogging about this as I take a DKM bus to Wa with Rachel Hormeku, marketing lead for the Barcamp Ghana team. We'll be joined by Kofi Yeboah, Kobe Subramaniam, Daniel Yakuba, Amos Antumwini amongst others in executing the first networking forum bringing and building a community of young changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs in Wa.

Below is the press release prepared by Rachel Hormeku. At any point of time you are reading this, search #Bcwa on social media and get updated.

BarCamp Wa 2015 is a free networking forum where participants learn,
share and network. BarCamp Wa 2015 is on the theme, 'Entrepreneurship for economic security'. This maiden edition in the Upper West region of Ghana takes place on June 13, 2015 at the Lecture Hall adjacent the Spanish Lab at the Wa Campus of University for Development Studies.

This first BarCamp in Wa would be the 45th Barcamp as part of the Barcamp Ghana program run by the GhanaThink Foundation. The Barcamp Ghana program is building a network of young changemakers, doers, entrepreneurs in Ghana and beyond. This Barcamp will focus on sharing and education on many ways of being creative entrepreneurs and how to sustain businesses in Ghana's economy. Rachel Hormeku, the marketing lead for the BarCamp Ghana team said, "I'm excited about this first BarCamp in Wa. It will be and build a network of great minds. Every young person in Wa would benefit greatly from this."

As usual, the Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about topics relevant to the Upper West Region, Wa and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. As usual, mentors from diverse industries will be there to share insights on the theme. Some of the confirmed resource personnel include Mumuni Sulemana, Martin Dery, Dr Damasus Tuurosong, Hikmat Baba Dua, Alhaji Nur Danwaana, Lawyer Shakur, Aiden Sumara, Richard Quainoo, Braimah Samadu, Justice Bening, Benjamin Kanligi, Steven Saan Ire, Freeman Kanton, Mahama Latif, Abu Jica, Roger Zolko-ere, etc.

Register at Barcamp Wa Eventbrite site You can also register by sending “Barcamp Wa Your Name Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks. (example - Barcamp Wa Esi Eshun Contact us via barcamp at ghanathink dot org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities. Our hashtag is #bcwa.

BarCamp Wa 2015 is supported by Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count (MAVC) and UDS - Wa SRC. Join us to move the Upper West region and Ghana forward.

Stay tuned via our social media.
Twitter  - @BarCampWa
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Barcamp Tema 2015 - Create, Impact, Sustain

Great to see BarCamp Tema 2015 happen under the team work of these fine folks, +Benjamin Adadevoh +ELOM ALFONSO +Edem Kporha +Nana Ennuson +Leonard Hagan +kofi yeboah +Rachel Hormeku +Senam Aseye Bridget amongst others.

BarCamp Tema 2015 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Tema, Ghana and beyond. It takes place on May 30 at the Rotary Centre (Club House) in Tema. The theme is "Create. Impact. Sustain" . This is the 44th +Barcamp Ghana  program and it’s 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. This year, we take a more realistic look at how ideas and solutions are created, sustained and impact our community and the world.
There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. As usual, mentors from diverse industries will be there to share insights on the theme. Confirmed mentors are Annabella Boadi-Misa (Founder, ABM ART integrate), Kenneth Owusu-Akyaw (President, Aquimiini Digital Communication), Damiano Aubin Lantonkpode (Projects/Events Management Consultant), Crisswaddle R2Bees (Musician), +Akumaa Mama Zimbi (Media Personality), Gameli Adzaho (‎Environment & Human Health Specialist, Blogger), +Hassan Salih (Architect, Founder Mesh), Lucy Dede Asare (Chemical Engineer, Caterer - Founder JollotPot), Norbert Ambenne (Engineer,Writer), Nicholas Ferguson (HR, Construtora Queiroz Galvão), +Akua Akyaa Nkrumah (‎Environmental Scientist, Waste-to-Resource Technologist), +jude abbey & +Jude Nyoagbe (3d visualizer, Graphic Designers Partners Revival Design and Visualization studios); Doe Y. Agbolosoo- Mensah,(Corporate Strategist, National Petroleum Corporation), George-Patrick Bediaku (Civil Engineer, sports journalist), Frederick Tettey (Administrative Assistant Solas Enterprise, marine safety consultancy) and MANY MORE.

This Barcamp will focus on sharing and education on many tips and ways of being creative and sustainable and impactful with our ideas. As usual, the Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about topics. There will be a keynote interview with a top level executive from Tigo Ghana, discussing the theme - “Create. Impact. Sustain”. Norbert Ambene will also give a presentation centering around the topic. Director of the +GhanaThink Foundation, Ato Ulzen-Appiah adds, “ +Barcamp Tema will be the first in a series of networking forums, where a lot more quality is ensured in our breakout sessions, with active participation from industry expertise.”
Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Tema eventbrite website ( or text "Barcamp Tema [name] [email address] (example Barcamp Tema Esi Eshun to 1945 through any mobile network. Contact us via barcamp at ghanathink dot org for partnership opportunities.
BarCamp Tema 2015 is supported by Tigo Ghana, Rotaract Club of Tema, Making All Voices Count (MAVC), BLU Telecommunications, etc. Join us to move the Greater Accra Region and Ghana forward.

Stay tuned via our social media. Twitter | Facebook | Google+

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eaton INTU Ghana - powering ourselves better

On Monday, May 11th, I attended a media briefing which launched Eaton Corporation's operations in Ghana in partnership with a local group of companies INTU. Eaton is the 4th largest electrical company in the world with over 100000 employees globally. With offices and manufacturing lines in South Africa, Tunisia and Morocco, Ghana is a new point of call to drive their business more intimately. Monday marked a milestone in Eaton's business as they launched their operations in Ghana, in conjunction with the INTU group of companies. This launch was organized by Global Media Alliance, the same company which houses YFM, ETV, Silverbird. They do a lot of press relations and marketing work as well. Eaton's interests here were represented by Jerry Sawyerr, who handles their PR in the sub region. Sumaya Abdool, the head of marketing for Eaton Electrical in Africa, welcomed us.
Shane Kilfoil, the managing director of Eaton Africa, gave a presentation with some more insight into Eaton's business and organization. "We don't manufacture power, we help out customers manage power, safely". A lot of light has been thrown on how Ghanaians manage and/or waste power & energy. A bit part of the problem driving this #dumsor crisis is the heavy consumption while we don't generate power to current capacity.

About Eaton, Shane mentioned "We make equipment that operate in harsh environments and still do so in safe ways". This is extremely important. With their South African operations, Eaton makes so many conveyor belts that are used in mines all around the world. We see a lot of unsafe galamsey practices in Ghana, whose business is not crippling the formal mining sector in Ghana. If our tech companies are hard hit by the power crisis, imagine the mining sector, the bread upon which our natural resource economy is based. Their ability to use power and even contribute to the power grid is important for Ghana and Eaton's entry will make this even better.

Everyone likes to talk about the 50MW power projects, forgetting about the smaller ones for end users". I bought a generator for the first time this year to cope with dumsor. I had considered solar power, and inverters before this. Many SMEs are suffering in this current climate, and solutions that target them to manage their power consumption are key. Eaton and INTU understand this clearly and will be driving these solutions in the market. It may have taken them a while to launch in Ghana, but there is no better time than the present.

How do you build one of the world's largest electrical companies with billions in revenue and a 100,000 employees? By working with partners and acquiring others to grow. Eaton already does business in Ghana but by partnering with INTU, one aspect of business often overlooked in Ghana is done better. "With people on the ground, manufacturing & delivering quicker, means better customer service", Shane said.

I must have heard about INTU before, especially INTU-IT. Though the INTU group of companies has done extensive work in Ghana, because it is B2G - Business to Government, I have hardly heard of them. INTU has a great track record in the services industry in Ghana. Bryan Akyeampong, their CEO, shared a lot of this.

INTU will be starting out with Eaton power quality products & others that can help companies & communities manage power better. Bryan mentioned how companies like Global Media Alliance could wean themselves off the grid and even sell power for distribution. The more intriguing revelations were around towns like Nkawkaw using Eaton power systems and products; A plug & play power container into to provide power for all its needs. A strong local leadership could take such a project on with other forward thinking partners. We need great examples like these to inspire change and innovation around the country. After the presentations, Eaton's Shane and INTU's Bryan signed their partnership into agreement and posed for photo opps, short of the two of them taking a selfie and posting it on Twitter with the #EatonIntuGhana hashtag.

I was curious as to what roles many of the 100,000 Eaton employees were in globally, why there were only 900 of them in Africa and what they did differently. A journalist asked about the unemployment issues in Ghana and Eaton will help resolve that. Shane answered saying many of the employees are in manufacturing and distributing roles. Partnering with local companies also brings new business and capacity that creates more jobs as well.

You can find more information about the media briefing via #eatonintughana. Let's welcome Eaton into Ghana. Eating Intu Ghana. See what I did there? :-) Akwaaba INTU Ghana, Eaton. Eaton's mantra is powering business worldwide but in Ghana, we can use Eaton and INTU 's partnership in powering ourselves better

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My passions, #getstartedafrica!

It's your voice that everyone wants to hear. Have an idea or dream? Get Started, With a Nescafe.
Here's a video where I talk about my passions, +Barcamp Ghana amongst other things. Watch it and be inspired to get your dream started.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

JCIP - A paid internship program for Ghanaian high school students

I've blogged about the +Junior Camp Ghana program started and grew. As part of providing value to high school students in Ghana, primarily through, we organized Junior Camps in Ketasco, Kalpohin and Augusco+GhanaThink Foundation's Junior Camp Ghana program has grown into 21 events since January 2013. It includes a collaboration with the +Ahaspora Ghana Young Professionals in mentoring some senior high school students. Our first major partner is +Webster University's Ghana campus, which we truly appreciate. Our +Diaspora Camp member +Thelma Boamah applied for a grant to run an internship program for high school students last year. After working through it, getting the grant and supporting more junior camps, we are at the point where the Junior Camp Ghana Internship Program is live.

Before I leave you with details, I'll like to recognize those who have led us to this point under the leadership of Thelma. +Gameli Adzaho has worked on the curriculum that will prepare the interns, with help from +Priscilla Esinam Yevu+Kofi Kafui Kornu takes on a role working with our 6 confirmed companies. +Nathaniel Alpha +Eunice Mintah Young +francis kumadoh and +Pedel Oppong continue to support the success of this under their Junior Camp Ghana program. Get in touch with us for more information and how you can help, support or partner. (juniorcamp at ghanathink dot org). The most important link is the application :-)

From July to September 2015, Junior Camp Ghana is rolling out a Ten Week Internship Programme for Senior High School leavers. This programme is meant to expose them to the world of work. The Internship Programme will focus on grooming 10 participants in their various fields of interest, as they undergo 8 week internships at companies in Ghana. These will include Agriculture, Technology, Art, among others.

The Junior Camp Internship Programme (JCIP) will boost their confidence and capacity to improve their employability. “Experience is the best teacher, which is why internships are so valuable for career development,” Thelma Boamah, the JCIP project lead said. “JCIP participants will be supported to gain a better understanding of their career interests and, through practical experience, develop the soft skills employers want to see.” Final year students in Senior High Schools in Ghana should apply via before 1st May, 2015.

Junior Camp Ghana is a career guidance and mentorship programme run by the GhanaThink Foundation. This foundation believes in investing in the potentials of young Ghanaians, especially at the Junior High School and Senior High School level. They believe this will help heighten their interest and participation in ensuring the progress of the country. The main message in the Junior Camps is to encourage students to build skills. JCIP will give 10 senior high school graduates the opportunity to experience work and implement learning as they continue to build skills.

Last year, over 3,000 students benefited from the career guidance and counselling sessions on their campuses with mentors from various industries. This is an extension of the overall vision of the GhanaThink Foundation which has the slogan; “Less Talk, More Action”. JCIP is an effort to put more action to all the talks where students learnt about building skills in the previous year. The internship programme will offer successful applicants a unique opportunity to gain vital work experience and industry exposure.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Recapping the Vodafone Ghana AppStar Awards & Exhibition

I've done what people will call emceeing at many Barcamps in Ghana. I'm the default +Barcamp Ghana emcee, but am trying to change that. I won't be emceeing +Barcamp Accra this Saturday. This year, I've emceed the weddings of my two sisters. I'm not sure I did a great job but I will do this better and better. Who knows? I should get +Kafui Dey MC's "How to MC any event" book. Maybe I'll become a professional emcee.  On December 3, 2014, I emceed the Vodafone Ghana AppStar Awards and Exhibition at the Fiesta Royale Hotel. This was the first I had emceed a professional event. I wasn't able to experience the event like an attendee because I was a different kind of participant. But that's why there is Twitter and hashtags :-)

I announced the day on Twitter.
Vodafone also welcomed us.
I then started reading a number of funny #appstargh tweets. I blogged about those earlier here. This was when fuel Tracker was demoed. Alongside a radio app whose name I can't remember now.
I introduced the judges. My +Party Crew buddy +Derek Bossman+Julius Owusu-Kyerematen who I knew from the States and +Todd Holcombe from the +Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.
After wondering who will be finally especially be in the established app category, we learnt about it at the event.
The Vicinity App was demoed first. This app helps users find waakye spots, ATMs, and other places of interest around them. +Priscilla Haizel who I met this year was on the team with other MEST EITs Aberdeen Adelu and +Barnabas Nsoh.
I had missed most of the +VodafoneGhana #IconsRemix goodness because I didn't have a TV. So I didn't realise @AliceTwum and co when they came in. I thought they were media people because we were asked to vacate some seats we were in for them. Anyway, Alice, who was the 2nd runner up of the Vodafone Icons Remix edition sang a song after. Because I never knew the song, I thought it was hers. "I blast!" :-)
Smart Doctor was the next app to be demoed.
The Vodafone Icons first runner-up Titi (@icons_titi) and then the winner Chris (@Icons_Chris) performed after.
I released my first tweet while at the event. My phone's been having staying alive problems. Sigh.
Africa's Legends. That's what +Eyram Tawia and +Nana Kwabena Owusu will become part of. Kobby asked about African superheroes and someone in the audience mentioned my name. Honoured. Eish, I just remembered I have to write that blog post about how I do all I do.
GH Vigilante demoed next.
I was very happy when Africa's Legends won! More money and bragging rights for +Leti Arts. Kobby, Eyram and I go way back. Really proud of them.
Vicinity won! Another team from MEST? The +Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology schools just keep on #winning.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Father Christmas of Barcamps in Ghana is here - Barcamp Accra 2014!

It's been a busy year for the +Barcamp Ghana program. On Saturday, we have our 14th Barcamp this year, which will also be the 8th Barcamp in Accra, since 2008. Barcamp Accra 2014 is a free networking forum where people will learn from, share and network with each other. It's a place for you to get inspired, motivated, connected, learn about opportunities, learn, share, promote in a fun environment. You won't get the full picture until you come. Or check out some photos. We've championed people starting up, making change, doing and being entreprising. For this Barcamp, we'll focus on how to grow what has been started and is doing well. Go on, register here!

The +Barcamp Accra team has seen a lot of changes, and this is also mostly because the +GhanaThink Foundation is growing. Folks move on to new roles, responsibilities, etc. As such this year's team is pretty new. In fact, most of the core team was not directly involved in organizing Barcamp Accra 2013+nii nai-kwade is now our coordinator, while +Bubune Sorkpor focuses on our resource personnel. What a lineup of mentors we have! +duncan qwame joins from the +Barcamp Koforidua team, as well as +Andrews Otoo from the +Barcamp Cape Coast team. +Barcamp Kumasi's +Yayra Tay, while transitioning to help keep a sane structure for GhanaThink, is on the team, joined by +Nana Fynn Class-Peters from the +Barcamp Takoradi team. +Atitsogbui Patrick Keli is a new member, rounding up the core team with +Watson Bedzrah. The +Barcamp Ghana team members +kofi yeboah +Leonard Hagan +Senam Aseye Bridget +Kobe Subramaniam and +Rachel Hormeku are playing their supporting roles as well. We foresee many Barcamps around Accra next year. If you want to organize one, contact any of them.

We've seen many startups win local and international awards, especially this year. We're looking to celebrate a lot of them. A lot of things have also happened in 2014 around Ghana. We'll find a way to incorporate a lot of them at the Barcamp. It's the end of year shindig for positive change in Ghana. You don't want to miss it. Join us to discuss this at the event or via the hashtag #bcaccra. Read the press release below to learn more.

BarCamp Accra 2014 is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Accra, Ghana and beyond. The event shall be held on December 20 at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. The theme is also “Expanding Excellent Entreprises”. This Barcamp event will be the 42nd organized by the GhanaThink Foundation, as part of its Barcamp Ghana program which is building a network of change makers, doers and entrepreneurs.

GhanaThink celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Over the 6 years of Barcamps in Ghana, we've championed 'starting up'. We've seen the creation of many Ghanaian-owned entreprises. Now, we need to see these entreprises grow. At Barcamp Accra, we will discuss, in interactive sessions, what some Ghanaian entreprises are doing well and how they can expand. We'll cap off the day with breakout sessions.

There will also be the popular speed mentoring sessions with many inspirational people. Confirmed mentors include Bridget Otoo (TV3), +Rosy Fynn (Surfline), +Anima Misa Amoah (Sapphire Productions), Gifty Bingley (Tigo), +Afua Ankomah (Open Data), Stephanie Aboagye (EY), +Tanko Mohammed (GNFoods), +Kwabena Poku (MediaPop), Inna Patty (MissGhana), +Christabel Dadzie  (Ahaspora), +Alex Adjei Bram - [SMSGH] (SMS GH), +selorm branttie (mPedigree), +Anita Erskine  (Viasat1), +Nana Yaw Asiedu (Oxford & Beaumont), +Caroline Sampson (YFM & ETV), +Raja Owusu-Ansah (Republic), +Regina Agyare  (TechNeedsGirls), Hamdiya Ismaila (Venture Capital Ghana), +Franklin Cudjoe (IMANI Ghana), +Esi ! Ansah (Axis HCL), +Godwin Etse Sikanku (Legon), +Beryl Agyekum (Echo Haus), etc.

Register at You can also register by sending “Barcamp Accra Your Name Your Email Address” to 1945 (example - Barcamp Accra Esi Eshun . Contact us via barcamp at for sponsorship or partnership opportunities.

Barcamp Accra is supported by the +Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, +Making All Voices Count, +Kimathi Kuenyehia Foundation, SMS GH, mPedigree, +Saazaa Shoes+Surfline GH, Nandimobile. Our media partners are +Spy Ghana, Modern Ghana, Echo Haus, +TV3 NETWORK LIMITED GHANA, +viasat ghana, +Citi97.3FM, Y 107.9 FM, and X 95.1 FM.

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