Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Can entertainment drive major development for #Takoradi (& #Sekondi)? Barcamp Takoradi 2015 discusses

Last year after Barcamp Takoradi 2014, some of the participants went out partying. We ended up at a new joint called Tilly's where we had a jolly good time. One thing that caught our attention was the number of young people there who were very likely in their early twenties who had no idea there was a Barcamp in town that weekend. We had struggled to get a good number of people to Takoradi Poly that day with the many of the attendees being T-Poly students and some other young people based outside the Twin Cities of Takoradi and Sekondi. We realised that entertainment was something that brought Takoradi and Sekondi together. The social and entertainment spots are areas where many youth congregate. It also is home to many top artistes like Paapa Yankson, Gyedu Blay Ambulley and the Fanti Rap Van Damme, +pappy Kojo. so for this year's Barcamp Takoradi, the theme centers on Development through Entertainment and Entrepreneurship. Exciting, innit?

This Barcamp is coming together through the major efforts of the coordinator +herbert acheampong who does an awesome job. His drive is relentless. He is supported by +araba assafuaba yelbert +Marian Clara Adeaba +Jesse Asiedu-Akrofi +Ahmad Nasir Agyekum +james quaicoenile amongst others. The +Barcamp Ghana team is providing support as usual led by +kofi yeboah +Rachel Hormeku and +Leonard Hagan. I'll be there with the +GhanaThink Foundation head of Online +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor and the main co-founder of Barcamp Takoradi+Mac-Jordan Degadjor. We've seen how youth in Takoradi and Sekondi flock to entertainment events. Can the entertainment industry with some entreprising efforts drive development for the Twin-cities the way Oil and the Ports industries are doing? Read the press release below to learn more about the event.

BarCamp Takoradi 2015 is a FREE networking forum to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Takoradi, Ghana and beyond. The Theme for this year is "Developing through Entertainment and Entrepreneurship". BarCamp Takoradi 2015 will take place on 22nd August 2015 at the SSNIT Hall in Takoradi. It hopes to assemble Western Regional stakeholders to network, build a supportive entreprising community and partnership.
The 4th +Barcamp Takoradi is as part of the Barcamp Ghana program run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. The +GhanaThink Foundation has organized 47 BarCamps in Ghana in building a network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs. This Barcamp will connect and strengthen a community of motivated and aspirational people in the Twin-cities, ultimately benefiting the Western region and Ghana. Participants will learn from, share and network with each other.
The Twin Cities - Sekondi & Takoradi have given birth to a lot of talented entertainers. The best, they say, comes from the West. A lot of Takoradi youth are interested in and flock to entertainment. Ar Barcamp Takoradi, we'll be focusing on how to leverage entertainment and being entreprising in and around it for the development of the twin-cities and beyond. Herbert Akyeampong, the lead coordinator said, “We chose the theme because Takoradi is an entertainment city and it’s time the youth especially realise the prospects of entertainment with adequate guidance from experienced people”.



Thought and business leaders in the region will share insight and inspiration. As usual, we will have multiple user-generated breakout sessions about topics relevant to the Western Region and beyond. Our speed mentoring session will help participants gain insights and answers to questions. Confirmed speed mentors include Ernest Odame (Nestle), Asare Debrah (SG Ghana), Tilly Mintah (Tilly’s), Kofi Larbi Boakye (Coconut Oil), +Mac-Jordan Degadjor (Blogger), +nana ama barnes (Diabetes Youth Care), Joseph Afful (SG Ghana), +George Britton Gh (Media Journalist), Nana Kwasi (Insurance), Asabea Agbenu (Consultant), @richard addisonRichard Addison (Agriculture), Abeku Larbi-Boakye (Mantrac), Hypolite Damba & Samuel Akwesi Peterson (Takoradi Fashion Weekend), etc
Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Takoradi eventbrite website (barcamptakoradi15.eventbrite.com). You can also register by sending “Barcamp Takoradi, Your Name, Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks (example - Barcamp Takoradi Esi Eshun esi@eshun.co) . Contact us via barcamp at ghanathink dot org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities. Barcamp Takoradi is supported by Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count, YFM 97.9, Paragon 99.9 FM, Guinness, etc.

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