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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…

#MIghTyAfrican origins: Tertiary Education at Stanford

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On January 11, 2019, I joined the Success Drive Whatsapp platform to be featured, share, answer questions, etc.  
This was set up by Derrick Obeng of Campus Radio Ghana. This was similar to the conversation I had with the NUGS Volta Region Bloc Women's Platform to share and discuss volunteeringh, following after Barcamp Ho coordinator Courage Christson Tetteh had done something similar with them earlier. Pamela Klutse made that one happen and I blogged about it as well. 2 awesome people who all were part of the Barcamp Ho 2018organizing team. We discussed many things on the Success Drive show, it was like a hot seat - #KonnectKouch (watch this space). Edith Bannerman, the host, asked me: "So studying at MIT and Stanford? How did that go?" I picked up #MightyAfrican from my tertiary education in the US. Let's dig into that. I hope you find some oil you can use. 

Studying at both places was great and fun. At Stanford, I did my masters in construction, engineeringmanageme…

#MIghTyAfrican origins: Tertiary Education at MIT

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I was approached by Derrick Obeng of Campus Radio Ghana to join their Success Drive Whatsapp platform to be featured, share, answer questions, etc. This happened on January 11, 2019. I loved the conversation I had with the NUGS Volta Region Bloc Women's Platform to share and discuss volunteeringh, following after Barcamp Ho coordinator Courage Christson Tetteh had done something similar with them earlier. Pamela Klutse made that one happen and I blogged about it as well. 2 awesome people who all were part of the Barcamp Ho 2018organizing team. We discussed many things on the Success Drive show, it was like a hot seat - #KonnectKouch (watch this space). Edith Bannerman, the host, asked me: "So studying at MIT and Stanford? How did that go?" I picked up #MightyAfrican from my tertiary education in the US. Let's dig into that. I hope you find some oil you can use. 
Studying at both places was great and fun. I did civil engineering at MIT for my first degree and my closes…

Listing Leadership Lines

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Hello 2019!

I am 35 years old now. That is a watershed moment age.
Just after my birthday, I was named African Male Youth of the Year 2018.
You can read about it on various news sources and read what I also said about it here.

In 2019 and beyond, I want to be an even better leader.

Yeap.

I want to write about more posts around leadership like I have done in the past too.

But the point of this blog post is to share with you some cool articles written about me, praising my leadership abilities, etc.

Ato Ulzen-Appiah is a Ghanaian Star
https://www.konnectafrica.net/ato-ulzen-appiah-is-a-ghanaian-star/

I met Ato Ulzen-Appiah
http://tokpatic.nandaseye.com/i-met-ato-ulzen-appiah/

Meet Ato Ulzen Appiah, the Mighty African Who Shuns Speaking and Acts to Motivate
https://amoafowaa.com/2014/12/22/meet-ato-ulzen-appiah-the-mighty-african-who-shuns-speaking-and-acts-to-motivate/

9 heroes of modern day Ghana worth celebrating just as Dr. Nkrumah and the heroes of old Read more: https://yen.com.gh/89860-…

Honouring Charlotte Akyeampong, my favorite teacher of all time

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One of the best years of my life was 2001, the year I finished high school aka secondary school. I had so much freedom and chalked so many achievements. 1999 was one of the worst years of my life, this was the year I was a first year (Form 1) student at Presec. I was a labourer while being a student. Presec stands for Presby Boys' Secondary (High) School - Legon. In between the dates of being a Presec student and being within the walls of this great school, my favorite teacher was Charlotte Akyeampong. Mrs Akyeampong trumps all my teachers (for me), she is my favorite teacher of all time (and for some other Odadees too). 2018 is the year of Presec's 80th anniversary. This is a great time to honour Mrs Akyeampong with a #MightyAfrican blog post.

While I was in Form 1, I joined the Quiz Writers and Debaters Club. I was very passionate about trivia and general knowledge while in junior secondary school (KNUST JSS) so naturally, I joined this club of students who were very intere…

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 …