Thursday, December 31, 2015

#HappyBirthdayAto 2015

December 31, 2015- my 32nd birthday. I received a number of #HappyBirthdayAto messages. Thank you all for joining in celebrating my birthday, I'll like to share a few on this blog post, soem of the tweets. I'm a huge Twitter fan now. You can read some of the Facebook messages on my wall.

#MightyAfrican trending on #HappyBirthdayAto

I've not done a great job blogging in 2015 like I promised I would, Life happened. But am cool with it. I'll try again next year with more efficiency and great results. Today is my 32nd birthday. Yeah, I grew. I used the #mightyafrican hashtag quite a lot in celebrating my birthday. It trended as a result. Here's evidence below and a few selected tweets.

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Father Christmas of Barcamps in Ghana - Barcamp Accra - is here to fight corruption, etc

We call +Barcamp Accra the Father Christmas of Barcamps. It normally happens on the Saturday before Christmas but the festive season is not the main driver behind this choice. It is to cater for allowing Ghanaians from all over the world to meet, those in Ghana and in the Diaspora. The Borgas have been arriving and we can see it in the Accra traffic. They'll quickly realise that the top issues in Ghana in 2015 are #Dumsor and #Corruption. The latter is still rife and is the main topic driving Barcamp Accra 2015. Corruption clearly for me are the symptoms of bigger systemic issues we have in Ghana. But why and how do we become corrupt? What can we do to fight this canker? It will be addressed via a panel discussion at +GhanaThink Foundation's 55th Barcamp in Ghana.

After having Barcamp Voices in Legon in February, Barcamp Accra will also happen at the University of Ghana. It's not only for the Legon community, just like other Barcamps in Accra attract a great diversity of people. It's happening on December 19, as in tomorrow. Missing out? Check the #bcaccra hashtag for updates. Read the press release below to learn more.

BarCamp Accra 2015 is a free networking forum to bring people together for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring. The event shall be held on December 19 at the Central Cafeteria in Legon, Accra. The theme is “The The Fight Against Corrpution: The Role of the Youth”. This Barcamp event will be the 55th organized by the GhanaThink Foundation, as part of its Barcamp Ghana program which is building a network of change makers, doers and entrepreneurs.

The Director of the +GhanaThink Foundation, Ato Ulzen-Appiah says, "Barcamp Accra is seen as the Father Christmas of Barcamps in Ghana. We have this Barcamp in December to bring us together, whether from all over Ghana or in the Diaspora. Corruption is a canker, we are problem solvers. #Morevim!"
+Nana Akosua Hanson (+Y1079FM & +Viasat 1 Ghana) will moderate a panel on the theme featuring +Anis Haffar (Gate Institute), Kathleen Addy, Nana Akosua Konadu, and +Nana Akwasi Awuah ( +Occupy Ghana). Two Tigo Directors, Stephen Essien for Customer Operations and Sylvia Owusu Ankomah of Regulatory Services will be speaking as well. Confirmed mentors include Robert Bennin (Temple Advisory), Adiza Brimah-Annan (Opulence Consult), Kwesi Ampong-Dadzie (Ofamfa Group), Leila Paintsil (Weston Capital), Andrew Tarawali (Injaro Investments), +Mawuli Tse (Solar Light Company), +Kobina Aidoo (ACET), +Ethel Cofie (EDEL Consult), +William Okyere-Frempong (The HuD Group), +Ayotunde Adeusi (Stesi Events), +David Hutchful (Grameen Foundation), +Alain Gbeasor A. (Gesus Group), +Richard Nunekpeku (Anyako Farms), Prince Kwame Akpesey (Acumen Fund), +Rita Kusi (KUSI Consulting), +Alexander Okereke (STEL), +Nelson Klutse (Suba), +Abena Safoa Amoako-Gyimah (Sa4a Designs), +Elijah Addo (Food4AllGH), Doris Bill (Greenheart Consult), +Cwesi Oteng (Musician), +Shamima Muslem (Journalist), Latif Abubakar (Globe Productions), Chichi Equomah (Nyonyo GH), Benedicta Boateng-Appeadu IDP Foundation), +Godwin Etse Sikanku (Legon Lecturer), +Akosua Konadu Owusu (Platinum Exposure Limited), +Yaganoma Baatuolkuu (Wanjo Foods), +Curtis Vanderpuije (expressPay GH), etc.

The Lead for the Barcamp Accra team, Duncan Elikplim Gablah stated that, “the youth must see corruption as a weed to be destroyed from our midst and must be determined to fight it and not be passive. Barcamp Accra hopes to initiate a passion to fight corruption amongst the youth."
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 Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count, mPedigree GoldKeys, Stesi Events, JollofPot GH, etc

Stay tuned to #bcaccra for social media updates and check out Barcamp Accra on Twitter |Facebook | Google+

Friday, December 4, 2015

Barcamp Koforidua 2015 champions practical education for successful careers #bckdua

Koforidua is an interesting town in Ghana. It's arguably the closest regional capital to Accra, actually it is. But it's not the biggest town in its region, Nkawkaw is. I'll spend a night there this weekend as I attend +Barcamp Koforidua, the 3rd edition. I love how Barcamp Koforidua finally took off. It was thanks to +Nkansah Rexford digging in, the reality that +Samuel Tinagyei was based there, +Billy James Dega's efforts in getting +Eric Amonoo and +Samuel Mari Twum involved from the All Nations University side and the heaven sent +Duncan Elikplim Kwame Gablah and +Jemima Abochie due to the first National Volunteer Day.

This year, after 2 years of taking over All Nations University College's Engineering school, the venue for Barcamp Koforidua will be at the Kama Conference Hall. Yes, Koftown is about 90 minutes from Accra but the Eastern Region's Barcamp won't be happening in Osu. It's in Kofcity! I hope the break from ANUC lends a bigger Koftown feel to Barcamp Koforidua. Because we know ANUC is not the best representation of Koftown. Being where the main market is, is. +Jimmy Othniels and +selorm mamanye will tell you.

Tomorrow, the 3rd Barcamp in Koforidua happens. As usual, the organizing team has been supported in various ways by the +Barcamp Ghana team, +kofi yeboah +Leonard Hagan +Rachel Hormeku and +Senam Aseye Bridget. I know other +GhanaThink Foundation members will be there to rep. They might be wondering about the Koforidua Flowers myth but don't blame them. I am keen to find more information about the origin of my nickname, @Abocco. Read the press release to learn more about Barcamp Koforidua 2015.

BarCamp Koforidua 2015 is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Koforidua, Ghana and beyond. The event will happen at Kama Conference Hall on December 5, 2015. The theme is "Practical Education for Successful Careers". Barcamp Koforidua is organized primarily by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA, which has successfully organized 53 BarCamps in Ghana. The Marketing Lead of the Barcamp Ghana Team Rachel Hormeku says, “Barcamps nationwide have inspired changemakers to reach for higher goals. Barcamp Koforidua would be a platform for the youth in Koforidua to discover more practical tools for success in their career.”

Barcamp Koforidua lead Paa Kofi Tinagyei said: “This year's Barcamp is set to activate a conversation that transcends the class, flies past academia as a whole and gets into the heart of business and industry”. Barcamp Koforidua 2015 is the 3rd of its kind and it aims at creating a platform for young people to share ideas on how to identify, clarify and convert opportunities into business ventures by learning to engage and leverage their passions. it also seeks to promote partnerships that are directed towards providing a support base for young entrepreneurs and innovators. We would also discuss how Koforidua and its surrounding areas can be positively affected by youth. Paa Kofi Tinagyei added: “It is about the two heartbeats of the youth of Ghana, which is education and successful businesses. It is our hope that, the ideas, solutions, proposals and action steps we discover and resolve to pursue and promote will help transform our educational structure and produce successful businesses”.

Barcamp Koforidua aims to assemble Koforidua stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and give birth to lasting professional partnerships. It will feature many young inspirational people based in and outside Koforidua. Confirmed mentors include +Edmund Duodu (DMAC Foundation), +Josephine Marie Godwyll (Young At Heart Foundation), +Sylvanus Gatorwu (Nice 90.9 FM), Billy-James Dega (NSBE), Whit Alexander (Burro Brand), Emmanuel Beresie (Barclays), +Miracule Daniel Gavor (Novan Education), Joanah Owusu (Assembly woman), Nana Addo Dankwa (Speed Banking), Foster Agbobadah (Businessman), Rexofrd Nkansah (Software Developer), etc.

Register at Barcamp Koforidua eventbrite website You can also register by sending “[Barcamp Koforidua] [Your Name] [Your Email Address] to 1945 on all mobile networks (example - Barcamp Koforidua Esi Eshun Contact us via barcamp at for sponsorship or partnership opportunities.

BarCamp Koforidua 2015 is supported by Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count, Novan Education, etc.

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