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The faces of Ghana’s future

KEEPING THE WORLD’S GLASS HALF FULL: Edwin Broni-Mensah

SOCIAL ENTREPRENUEURS Me Firi Ghana has published its annual compilation of ‘30 Ghanaian pioneers under 30’ to coincide with the nation’s recent Independence Day celebrations last week.

Sharing the list of UK-based pioneers with The Voice, spokesman Ben Anim-Antwi said: “It’s inspiring to see so many young pioneers in the UK and abroad but it’s more than just celebrating their success. It is now about taking responsibility.”

The list, developed as part of the organisation’s Future of Ghana project, features innovators such as British Empire Medal (BEM) honouree Rosina St James, 24, who made the list for her commendable work with young people and her community since the age of 17.


COVER GIRL: Lorraine Wright

Judges included GUBA founder Dentaa Amoateng and football choreographer Andy Ansah.

Medical student, fashion designer and philanthropist Emma Amoafo was profiled not just for her ability to balance all three titles, but also for expert execution.

As the creator of fashion brand Friday Born Designs (she was born on Friday), the 24-year-old has grown the brand from inception and has expanded her operation where the proceeds are given to charities in Ghana.

RECOGNITION

Speaking to The Voice Amoafo said: “It feels great to have the recognition also because it such a pioneering publication in itself. The fact that it exists is really nice and to be a part of it is all the more amazing.”

Her philanthropy has extended to providing safe, clean water to an orphanage in Kwahu, in south central Ghana. She also helped them to equip a computer room that they have been using to teach the children IT skills, which is also used as an Internet cafe for the public to provide revenue as a source of self-sustainability.


BEAUTY INSIDE AND OUT: Emma Amaofo

Lorraine Wright is a director at UBS bank (Wealth Management/Investment Bank) and leads one of the bank’s high-profile and strategic group-wide IT programmes with a £50 million budget.

She is also the founder of the multi-award winning University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY).  At the age of 28, she has rapidly climbed the career ladder and has established a UK-wide competition that celebrates the talents of university students across the country.

Double degree holder and Oxford graduate Jason Sarfo-Annin, 27, was recognised for his work as a doctor and an emerging leader. Sarfo-Annin, who mentors disadvantaged young people, was recently in Ghana working as an intern at the Ministry of Health.


YOUTH CHAMPION: Rosina St James

Qualified pastor 24-year-old Einstein Ntim, whose accolades range from his work with those diagnosed with mental health issues to rehabilitation for the elderly, has also made the competitive list alongside Edwin Broni-Mensah, 29. The social entrepreneur, who started social enterprise GiveMeTap while at university, has gone on to provide clean water for life to over 5,000 people through his organisation.

The entire list can be viewed on the Me Firi Ghana website and the official publication will be published on March 27.

In addition to showcasing the Top 30, the official edition will include thought-provoking articles, inspiring features and interviews with pioneering individuals and organisations sharing their vision for Ghana and Africa.

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INSPIRING YOUNG BRITISH GHANAIANS ALSO FEATURED INCLUDED:

* Carl Konadu, 22, works with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth affairs division and uses sport as a tool to aid development

* Joanna Abeyie, 27, founder of Shine Media, which helps connect black and ethnic minority journalists with valuable work placements in journalism

* Kwam Korsah-Acquah, aka Dum Doodles, 25, cartoonist with a celebrity client list


ANIMATOR: Kwam Korsah-Acquah, or Dum Doodles

* Michelle Owusu, 29, marketing and business developer for shows such as Brothers With No Game

* Elorm Haligah 25, head of diversity for Elevation Networks

* Crystal Debrah, 27, trainee solicitor and author of What They Don’t Tell You About University

* Aba Abekah-Mensah, 27, educator and founder of Inspire Ghana

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