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 http://barcampaccra15.eventbrite.com/. You can also register by sending “Barcamp Accra Your Name Your Email Address” to 1945 (example - Barcamp Accra Esi Eshun esi@eshun.co) . Contact us via barcamp at www.ghanathink.org 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+

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