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#Ghana60YearsOn: #MightyAfrican stories, thoughts and hopes

We called it the GhanaThink Foundation because we thought (and would continue to think) about Ghana. It's been more than 12 years since GhanaThink was born. It's also been a while since I did a blog post, or even wrote a piece for this #mightyafricanblog. Today is a great day to break that duck. Ghana is 60 years old! We are celebrating, marking, reminiscing, criticizing, strategizing, thinking and doing. 


I love #Ghana so much.
It's great to mark #Ghana60YearsOn.#Morevim 4 all that we do.#GhanaAt60: Less talk, more action. More vim to that. pic.twitter.com/oy793QMr8X — Ato Ulzen-Appiah (@Abocco) March 6, 2017To be frank, I am not as excited about Ghana, mostly because of our growth pace, development we can fell in around us and in our pockets and the politics and antics I've seen that are hurting Ghana and don't seem to be abating. However, I have always been excited about Ghana. More than 10 years ago, I decided to stop bothering and focusing on the negatives, and…

Ghanaian youth delegates participating in the DOT Unconference 2018 via GhanaThink’s GYSEP

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In 2017, in partnership with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), the GhanaThink Foundation organized the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GYSEC) — #GYSEC2017. 20 budding social entrepreneurs were chosen to learn, be trained, and compete. 6 winners represented Ghana at the DOT Unconference in Rwanda. They were — Ivy Barley— Developers in Vogue, Princess Allotey— ArithOut (Kids And Math), Enam Agbozo— Y-TIDE(now Radix Nest), Justica Anima— Green Arts Culture, Lamisi Atinga— Savana Oils, Mawuli Amenyedor— Ho Node Hub. They benefited a lot from being in Rwanda and they hvae continued to enjoy a lot of support from DOT, GhanaThink, etc.
In 2018, GYSEC has become a 4th program for GhanaThink after Barcamp Ghana, Junior Camp Ghana, Ghana Volunteer Program and was renamed the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program (GYSEP). 24 budding social entrepreneurs were chosen out of 220 applications to learn and be trained. As part of the program, 6 budding social entrepreneurs from …

ICYMI: #GYSEP2018 - The 2018 Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program

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In 2017, the GhanaThink Foundation organized the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GYSEC) in partnership with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT). It was promoted as #GYSEC2017. 20 budding social entrepreneurs were chosen out of 154 applications to learn, be trained, and compete. They were and are referred to as trainees. In 2018, GYSEC has become a 4th program for GhanaThink after Barcamp Ghana, Junior Camp Ghana, Ghana Volunteer Program and was renamed the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program (GYSEP). 24 budding social entrepreneurs were chosen out of 220 applications to learn and be trained.
Those selected for #GYSEP2018 were — Francis Oko Armah, Desmond Agbleke, Nii Aruna Nelson, Bright Bruce-Acquaye, Joshua Kumi, Constant Komla Likudie, Abdul Wahab M. Kannde, Lukman Abubakari, Michael Sedinam Tenu, Simeon Martey, Rejoice Dufe, Doreen Sena Aglago-Cofie, Queen Frimpong, Yaa Yeboaa Adu, Porschia Gaisie, Adjoa Amponfi, Yvette Kokui Akuavi Dorm Kondoh, Iris Kwafo-Me…

National Volunteer Day 2018: Let's Volunteeringh for #NVDay18

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In 2013, GhanaThink decided to institute National Volunteer Day - NVDay. This was to.encourage many people in Ghana to volunteer, make impact in our communities, help solve problems in ways we could, and help people. It wasn't just to help people, but help ourselves as volunteers : in building skills - especially soft skills, gaining experience, networks, etc. See more about the first couple of years on Wikipedia. We chose Founders' Day - September 21. This was a day the Atta Mills led government instituted as a day to remember the founders of Ghana (men and women) who did great things for Ghana. By volunteering around September 21, we would also be doing something for Ghana. On December 5, 2013 on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, theGhana Volunteer Program program was created by GhanaThink to run National Volunteer Day and match volunteers to volunteer opportunities.

National Volunteer Day's home on the web is volunteeringh.org


Here is a snapshot of what has …

Discussing volunteeringh with some Volta based students before National Volunteer Day (#NVDay)

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On Sunday September 16, I was added to the NUGS Volta Region Bloc Women's Platform to share and discuss volunteering and volunteeringh. It was exciting to do this after Barcamp Ho coordinator Courage Christson Tetteh had done something similar with them earlier. Pamela Klutse is a young lady I admire and it was great to have this discussion with her, Makafui Tsey and other young tertiary level ladies based in the Volta Region, many of which have never been to Barcamp Ho. The various submissions I shared are important for National Volunteer Day so here is another #MightAfrican blog post :-) Remember to join us for NVDay18, see more details at volunteeringh.org

After sharing some thoughts on volunteeringh, the floor was open for questions. I love people who are curious and ask questions, it is a great trait to have. If people feel they have no questions to ask, then they need to build that skill, trait, knowledge, ability, yada yada yada.

Pamela Klutse asked the first question: Ple…

Why you should volunteer, including to #volunteeringh for National Volunteer Day (#NVDay)

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On Sunday September 16, I was added to the NUGS Volta Region Bloc Women's Platform to share and discuss volunteering and volunteeringh. It was exciting to do this after Barcamp Ho coordinator Courage Christson Tetteh had done something similar with them earlier. Pamela Klutse is a young lady I admire and it was great to have this discussion with her, Makafui Tsey and other young tertiary level ladies based in the Volta Region, many of which have never been to Barcamp Ho. The various submissions I shared are important for National Volunteer Day so here is another #MightAfrican blog post :-) Remember to join us for NVDay18, see more details at volunteeringh.org

Sometime in late 2012 - in lieu of the elections - #GhanaDecides, some GhanaThink members and I were thinking about the lack of great leadership in Ghana. We believed that many of our political leaders didnt inspire confidence in Ghanaians or cause us to act. We believed that we needed to lead more as individuals, and the id…

Leading Into Leadership - Styles

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Ever since the year 2003, I have seen people say Iwould be the president of Ghana. They must have seen something in me. Some have been saying #Ato4President for a long time. But that's not the point of this post so we won't get into that. I would rather have people say I am (not I would be) a great leader. I don't think I am a really great leader (which is what we need to see) but I am trying and would love to be known as one of the best leaders of all time. The same way Alex Ferguson is one of the greatest managers of all time. Beyonce is one of the greatest singers of all time. Tim Duncan is one of the best basketballplayers of all time. Oprah is one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. The late Nelson Mandela is one of the greatestleaders of all time. Catch my drift? I have blogged about (my) leading into leadership at KNUST-JSS, Presec, SyracuseMIT, etc. Where am I today? Let's see.

One fine day in May, Naomi Kokuro(the #bcksi logistics lead) asked me &quo…

More great phone choices for Ghanaians - Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and Nokia 2

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#NokiaLovesAndroid! Rapid renewal of  a smartphone portfolio brings next generation Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and Nokia 2 to Ghanaians.
It is important for Ghanaians to have affordable smart phones. I love my Nokia 8 but it is pricey like other higher end phones. It is well worth the price for what it is able to do though.
Smart phones make life easier especially when you have some of these apps that I blogged about here - Some Ghanaian built apps that people in Ghana use. Here are 3 new Nokia smartphones running Android OreoTM which further build on hallmark design and deliver quality you can rely on. Can you hear the famous Nokia ringtone ringing in your ear? Hear ooo hear!


Accra, Ghana, 28 August 2018 - HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has continued to rapidly renew its portfolio of Nokia Android smartphones by today announcing availability of Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1 in Ghana. Offering access to the latest Google services, such as the Google Assistant, the trio of smartphone…