Emmanuel Owusu of Team KEEK shows off his Innovate Ghana T-shirt

ACCRA, GHANA — Last year, a group of Computer Science students from the University of Ghana began coming up with a plan to tackle their city’s poor plastic waste management. What started as a pleasing distraction from their code-heavy studies has become an actionable approach to achieving a resilient Accra, or in their words, “ a clean city where people understand the importance of good sanitation, practice it and reap the benefits.”

For the six-person collective, who go by the nickname Team KEEK, there has never been a better time to commit to this cause.

In December 2014, Accra joined…

ACCRA, GHANA —Searching for a mentor? Not a role model but a mentor, someone who can help you get to your next-level? Samuel Agyeman-Prempeh (@saprempeh) may be your answer.

The social entrepreneur has gained a national following for himself through his motivational talks, published works and coming later this fall, a new online platform to connect people with potential mentors. At last month’s first edition of Role Model Africa, he enthusiastically explained his goals for bringing mentorship to all young people in Africa,

“ A role model…

Getting an Early Start

ADJIRIGANO, ACCRA — The students of the Learning Skills Centre, a pre-school and primary school that promotes inclusive education, got their hands a bit dirty on a Friday morning to help kick-start a weekend long series of events across Ghana, leading up to National Volunteer Day on September 21st.

1st grade teacher, Serwah Agyeman Nkansah of the Learning Skils Centre

First grade teacher, Serwah Agyeman Nkansah, said in the weeks leading up to NVDay15, students were asked how they could help make their community a better place.

She said some suggested donating clothes and food to the needy, while others suggested planting trees. Eventually she said, the students decided to hold…

TAKORADI — In Ghana’s Western region, a variation of ‘Hide-and-Seek’ is played, called Pilolo. The rules of the game are simple, young children hide sticks from one another and then must look for them. Once a stick is found, it is brought out for all to see.

Pilolo-GH, is a voluntary action group that has adopted this idea by focusing on some of the ‘hidden’ social and development-related issues in their communities and finding actionable solutions. On this year’s National Volunteer Day in Ghana, the group took to the streets to repaint faded zebra crossings in front of local schools.

Courtesy of the BarCamp Ghana team, here are 10 things to know about the BarCamp project and tips to consider if you want to run an ‘unconference’ of your own.

  1. BarCamp Ghana is a free networking event focused on bringing together young change makers and enabling them to contribute positively to changing their country.
  2. The BarCamp project began in 2008. In 2012, as many as 10 BarCamps were held annually. Now, there are more than 12 a year.
  3. BarCamps take place in regional cities all across Ghana but you can reach out to the team if you see a need…

Cape Coast — Shaibu Zikiru (@DhikrAlZikir), an agricultural entrepreneur in the making, walked into a University of Cape Coast lecture hall early on a Saturday morning, with a black notebook, a few copies of his business plan and a goal of networking with like-minded visionaries. At this month’s BarCamp Cape Coast, he said he found exactly what he’d hoped for.

Zikiru’s experience is just one in a movement happening all across Ghana. With an abundance of vim, every month more than one hundred twenty-something young Ghanaians come together to break out of their comfort zones, build new connections and discover…

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Presidential Town Hall Summit held in Washington, D.C. this August brought together a dynamic gathering of Africa’s next generation of leaders.
The day was filled with thought-provoking conversations, serious debate on the Continent’s future, inspiration from President Obama, and surprise moments like Congressman Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) channelling Drake and dropping, “started from the bottom, now we here” to loud cheers and laughter from an exuberant audience.

Congressman Johnson demonstrating his hip hop knowledge on stage with Hlanganani Gumbi and Lola Ogunnaike

Here are 9 more not-to-be-forgotten moments that mattered from one of the summer’s…

The recent #FutureOfNews forum hosted by Pen Plus Bytes brought more than 100 international media professionals together to debate the future of Ghanaian news for its journalists and for the region’s growing community of information creators and consumers.

Left to right: Nhyira Ado, Dan Gillmor, Nnenna Nwakanma and Ethan Zuckerman

Panelists Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ), director for the MIT Center for Civic Media, the WWW Foundation’s Africa Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma (@nnenna), Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor), head of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at ASU and Joy FM’s Nhyhira Ado (@GhRainmaker) spoke on…

Eunice Ofori Onwona

Never enough news, plane rides or food for this girl. Digital Media Specialist #DC #ACC

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