Thursday, December 20, 2012

Auntie Muni Waakye, and Aboodatoi at Barcamp Accra? Yes! #BcAccra

It's been an even better year for Barcamps in Ghana in 2012. After 5 events in 2011, 2012 will see 8. Barcamp Accra will happen this Saturday at the Methodist University College campus in Dansoman. This is a burgeoning private university with a star student in Raindolf Owusu. It also has great young people like Jeffery Abas who is part of the Barcamp Accra organizing team. The press release for the event is below. You might be interested in the impressive line-up of mentors Barcamp Accra will have. Gasmilla, the Azonto King, and singer of Aboodatoi is coming. And we'll be having Auntie Muni Waakye for lunch! Auntie Muni herself will be there to share her story. Yea, these Barcamps are getting better and better and more interesting. Oh, the currrent Miss Ghana might not be there, but the former Miss Ghana who organized this year's event will be - Inna Patty.
The theme is "Removing the fear of failure as a start of success". This idea was first meeted by Edward Tagoe, one of the GhanaThink team members. The theme was finally chosen by public vote and the public also suggested some of our mentors like Herman Chinery-Hesse, Mac-Jordan Degadjor and Dorothy Gordon.
Be there or be square! Press Release below

Feedback from past Barcamp participants …....It brings people from all walks of life together to share ideas and create new ones
…....The Can-Do atmosphere I experienced
…....I liked everything

BarCamp Accra 2012 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 at the Methodist University College Campus on December 22. The theme is “Removing fear of failure as a start of success”. This shall be the 19th Barcamp in Ghana organized by the GhanaThink Foundation since 2008 as part of building a movement of Ghanaian young changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs.

About Barcamp Accra 2012 will be organized in conjunction with the Methodist University College, Ghana (MUCG) Google Developer Group (GDG). In 2012, the Barcamp train has been to Takoradi, Kumasi, Sunyani, Tamale, Cape Coast, Ho, and Tema. The Accra event will take a national stature with a large number of attendees also expected to be Ghanaians who live abroad. We hope to assemble Accra stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.
We will start with the popular speed mentoring sessions with various young Ghanaian achievers. Selected resource personnel will be sharing and leading discussions on failure, removing the fear of failure and how we can fail our way to success in our newly introduced success sessions. We will have breakout sessions on topics of your choice as usual. Various confirmed mentors include Dorothy Gordon, Herman Chinery-Hesse, Leila Djansi, Rodney Quarcoo, Anita Erskine, Fred Deegbe, Farida Bedwei, Eunice Ogbogu, Derrydean Dadzie, John Armah, Elizabeth Hagan, Bernard Kelvin Clive, Nadia Zeine, Aisha Obuobi, Mac-Jordan Degadjor, Yawa Hansen-Quao, Deborah Ahenkorah, Nikki Boaponsem, Jerry Smith, Sam Paul, Michael Somuah, Inna Patty, Gasmilla, Elsie Kaufmann, DK Osseo-Asare, amongst others.
Register at You can also register by sending “Barcamp Accra, Your Name, Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks. See you there! You may contact the BarCamp Accra organising team through this website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Accra 2012 is sponsored by the Methodist University College Ghana, Google Ghana, GhanaDecides, BloggingGhana, MUCG-GDG, Hatua Solutions, Nandimobile, Leti Games and Fienipa. Our media partners are SpyGhana, Ghana News Agency, Modern Ghana, Joy 99.7 FM and CITI FM.
Get additional info at: or email, barcamp at

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Why John Mahama won Ghana's 2012 Elections - #GhanaDecides

I shared some quick thoughts on why John Mahama even after campaigning for a few months beat out Nana Akufo Addo who campaigned for 2+ years on my Facebook profile and a friend encouraged me to write a blog post. I wanted to share my analysis of why Johnny Digital Mahama won. Some of the points are serious and some aren't so serious. Cos Why So Serious? If you followed my blog from the start, you'd know I named my blog "Why So Serious". Yeap, picked it from the Batman movie.

It's clear many people voted for John Mahama the person vrs Nana Akufo-Addo rather than the NDC versus the NPP. Nana Akufo Addo is not liked very much in Ghana for his "arrogance and elitism". Ask around.
I'll allow my namesake to share a quick Nana story (
(8th paragraph) on the arrogance bit. He might have gone around the country 3 times but I bet Ghanaians could see through him as they met him. The NPP with its property-owning democracy and Republican-ish ness makes it appeal more to the rich and elitist folks in Ghana. The poorer folks, not so much? And we all know who makes the majority. 

Many might not agree but the NDC really is a people's party. Hey, it's in their manifesto. We will remember the NPP for being loud about Free SHS but when you hear the NDC bigwigs speak, they put people first. They focused on attainable goals and delivered mostly on them. Maybe people finally figured out the NPP was trying to win an election with the Free SHS message and rejected that as well. By the way.....
Many people think about the NDC and think of JJ Rawlings and his 'military tactics'. Some of you might know JJ has not seen eye to eye with Atta Mills and the NDC since they came into power again in 2008. In fact, he campaigned for his wife Nana Konadu for the flagbearership and she lost to Mills with only 3% of the vote. The NDC has reinvented itself. Atta Mills finalized that. 

The NDC focused on doing more around the country. If you don't go around the country and sit in Accra or come to Ghana on holiday and sit around Accra, you wouldn't know. Next time, travel around Ghana more. It's quite clear that the NPP won in the urban areas. If you believe then they should be the true winner, . The real Ghana happens in the rural areas and those are the places that can really drive our economic development when they are up to speed with what we need to enjoy the Ghana we crave. I will suggest you pay more attention to these places if you care deeply about Ghana. 

It hasn't been mentioned a lot during this weekend but the sympathy vote probably helped John Mahama.
And yes, being a Northerner also helped. I mean, what do you expect? It had become nice to elect a Northerner as a running mate to support a Southerner for the presidency. (Yes, people in the North call people in the South Southerners, after all, we started it :-D). 'Floating' Northerners would have surely voted for the NDC.

As much as I will like to think he won because he read his speeches from iPads, I don't thin that made a huge difference. But hey, 
Johnny Digital Mahama should continue to push technology, I love how the NDC government is working with RLG too.

More vim to John Mahama. When he was chosen as Mills' veep in 2008, I liked that. Because out of all the NPP and NDC presidential candidates since 2008, I liked him the most. Congrats to JDM. This is the message I have for John Mahama.
We saw how Ghanaians lined up the night before to go and vote. We keep on celebrating our democracy. We see our democrazy selves demonstrate in the streets against politicians and policies. You know the demonstration of democrazy democracy I want to see? That we will hit the streets and demonstrate against indiscipline, corruption, bad mindset and the backward-thinking attitudes of Ghanaians. You know the beauty of this, you can actually make a difference here by influencing and impressing upon others.
Let me give him a few pointers on being a great leader for Ghana and not just a president.  John Mahama should get the average Ghanaian to do more for him or herself and the community. Encourage us to work harder. Encourage us to take time off to help a child (and adult) learn to read and count, educate on health and cleanliness, teach people to be more efficient with time and resource, etc. He should motivate us to work for Ghana. Institute a volunteer day (preferably the Founder's Day). That's what I want from my president. Oh yeah, and leave a legacy. Like solving our electricity problems, once and for all. 

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