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From village icon to global acclaim: Promising young Ghanaian keeps soaring while saving lives

It’s no mean feat to be recognized by the most powerful countries in the world and the most influential leaders especially when you are under 30 years old and the son of a peasant and charcoal seller in a remote village in western Ghana.

This is the success story of Shadrack Frimpong, the founder and CEO of Cocoa360, an organisation that develops farming communities and facilitates access to education and healthcare through cocoa plantations.

With several awards and recognition from Queen Elizabeth II of England (2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award), former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.S. White House, Ghana’s Jubilee House, Ghana Legacy Honours (2017 Future Award) among many others, Frimpong is still achieving global excellence.

Shadrack Frimpong was recently chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Boyer Scholarship which will fund his Masters Degree in Non-Profit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and to make him an Honorary member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, a unit of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard – the oldest and among the most decorated in the United States.

This honour makes Shadrack the second African recipient in the Fund’s 64-year history and the first from West Africa. “I am particularly excited about the scholarship and my goal is to use the skills of discipline and confidence that I will gain during training in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry to equip and position me to become a global leader in healthcare.

“I returned to Penn to pursue a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Leadership (NPL) to hone my leadership skills particularly to fine-tune and guide Cocoa360’s strategy. My work with Cocoa360 over the past three years has taught me soft skills such as empathy as well as crucial first-hand lessons in leadership. As the organization continues to grow and expand, it became imperative that I re-position myself for more knowledge and experiences to guide our growth in the years ahead,” Frimpong told Face2Face Africa.

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in the United States is his alma mater and he enrolled on a full scholarship after his high school education at Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, Ghana, where he graduated with the help of a Ghana Cocoa Board scholarship.

As the first person from his village of Tarkwa Breman to attend and graduate from college, Shadrack Frimpong left Penn in 2015 with a degree in Biology and the prestigious $150,000 President’s Engagement Prize. He is the first black student and one of five in his graduating class to be awarded the prize.

He went back to Tarkwa Breman and transformed his Tarkwa Breman Community Alliance nonprofit into Cocoa360 which has developed a model school for girls and a community hospital that is self-sustained by proceeds from a community cocoa farm plantation.

“So far, we have enrolled 120 young girls in our tuition-free school. We have 33 staff members (about 95% of whom are local), and directly serve over 30,000 farmers and their families. We have drilled 2 boreholes on our campus, each providing over 4,000 litres of clean water daily.

“In less than a year, we have attended to over 2500 patients at our health facility. Annually, we anticipate that about 242 children will be immunized, over 450 babies will be delivered and we will have over 930 malaria clients in care,” he explained.

Cocoa360 has over 30 staff members who are based in Ghana and Frimpong is guiding organizational strategy and leading the research and evaluation activities of the organization.

“It has taken us a lot of mistakes to finally get to where we are today. To be fair – I would say that a high turnover is inevitable for any organization in the startup phase. However, we have eventually been able to navigate this by setting an organizational culture as a team,” he says of his team.

He was quick to add the support they gained from the Tarkwa Breman community which is benefitting from the tuition-free education and subsidized medical care by providing labour on the community-run cocoa farm.

“So far, we have enjoyed the most support from the community – they donated 50 acres of land to help us begin work … Proceeds from the farm are then used to support the school and clinic’s operations,” he added.

Ghana’s leadership future is secured with people like Shadrack Frimpong who aims to stay in the United States to pursue further advanced degrees and gain work experiences in the field of healthcare and leadership so as to help develop his community and country.

As described by the late Ghanaian diplomat and former secretary-general of the United Nations Kofi Annan, Shadrack Frimpong is “an embodiment of youth leadership”.

Source: Face2faceAfrica.com

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JUST IN: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Dead At Age 80

Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan is reported dead.

According to report reaching Akrasibridget.com the Ghanaian diplomat died in Switzerland, Saturday morning after a short illness.

The Annan family have also confirmed the demise of their beloved Kofi Annan via his Twitter handle.

Biography

Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi, in central Ghana, Africa, on April 8, 1938. Since 1960 Ghana has been a republic within the British Commonwealth, a group of nations dependent on Great Britain. Named for an African empire along the Niger River, Ghana was ruled by Great Britain for 113 years as the Gold Coast. Annan is descended from tribal chiefs on both sides of his family. His father was an educated man, and Annan became accustomed to both traditional and modern ways of life. He has described himself as being “atribal in a tribal world.”

After receiving his early education at a leading boarding school in Ghana, Annan attended the College of Science and Technology in the capital of Kumasi. At the age of twenty, he won a Ford Foundation scholarship for undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied economics. Even then he was showing signs of becoming a diplomat, or someone skilled in international relations. Annan received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1961. Shortly after completing his studies at Macalester College, Annan headed for Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended graduate classes in economics at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales.

Early career

Following his graduate studies in Geneva, Annan joined the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations. He served as an administrative officer and as budget officer in Geneva. Later UN posts took him to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and New York City, New York. Annan always assumed that he would return to his native land after college, although he was disturbed by the unrest and numerous changes of government that occurred there during the 1970s.

Annan became the Alfred P. Sloan fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the end of his fellowship in 1972, he was awarded a master of science degree in management. Rather than return to Ghana upon graduation, he accepted a position at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Work with the UN

In 1974 he moved to Cairo, Egypt, as chief civilian personnel officer in the UN Emergency Force. Annan briefly changed careers in 1974 when he left the United Nations to serve as managing director of the Ghana Tourist Development Company.

Annan returned to international diplomacy and the United Nations in 1976. For the next seven years, he was associated with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He returned to the UN headquarters in New York City in 1983 as director of the budget in the financial services office. Later in the 1980s, he filled the post of assistant secretary-general in the Office of Human Resources Management and served as security coordinator for the United Nations. In 1990, he became assistant secretary-general for another department at the United Nations, the Office of Program Planning, Budget, and Finance. In fulfilling his duties to the United Nations, Annan has spent most of his adult life in the United States, specifically at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Annan had by this time filled a number of roles at the United Nations, ranging from peacekeeping to managerial, and the 1990s were no different. In 1990 he negotiated the release of hostages in Iraq following the invasion of Kuwait. Five years later, he oversaw the transition of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) to the multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), a UN peacekeeping organization. In this transfer of responsibility, operations in the former Yugoslavia were turned over to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

In recognition of his abilities, Annan was appointed secretary-general, the top post of the UN, by the UN General Assembly in December 1996. He began serving his four-year term of office on January 1, 1997. Joining him was his second wife, former lawyer Nane Lagergren of Sweden. She is the niece of the diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (1912–c.1947), who saved thousands of European Jews from the German Nazis during World War II (1939–45), when American-led forces fought against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Annan and Lagergren were married in 1985. The couple has one child.

Annan in a new world

Annan’s code of soft-spoken diplomacy was given a boost by the outcome of his talks with Saddam Hussein in 1998. UN observers wait to see how additional crises will be handled by the gentle but determined man from Ghana.

In the summer of 2001, the United Nations unanimously appointed Kofi Annan to his second five-year term as secretary-general. On October 12, 2001, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the United Nations and Kofi Annan. The Nobel citation pointed out that Annan had brought new life to the peacekeeping organization, highlighted the United Nations’s fight for civil rights, and boldly taken on the new challenges of terrorism and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS; a disease of the immune system).

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Insults rain on model for leaking private chat with Kwadwo Asamoah

  • Ohemaa Glory, model, claims Kwadwo Asamoah disrespected her
  • Ohemaa released the chat but did not state her intentions
  • Social media users say she is uncivilized and wants fame

Ghanaians have reacted on social media after screenshots of private chat between model Ohemaa Glory and Black Star player Kwadwo Asamoah went viral.

Ohemaa Glory  PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram
Ohemaa Glory  PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

The screenshots of the Instagram chat were released by Ohemaa Glory after she denied Kwadwo’s request of giving out her number.

Kwadwo Asamoah and Family
Kwadwo Asamoah and Family

This expose did not go well with some social media users as many comments we came across describe the lady as “uncivilised”

Others also took the opportunity to educate the public that private conversations must be kept private.

Kwadwo Asamoah, who just made a move to Inter Milan is yet to comment on the reports.

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“Leg boys we’re coming to chop you” – Two SHS graduates to Legon boys (VIDEO)

Two SHS girls to chop legon boys.

Two girls who are SHS graduate have recorded a video of themselves sending  a message to Legon boys that they are coming to the University in style as they have passed their WASSCE.

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The two ‘bad girls’ who were excited just because they’ve passed their exams and would be going  to the University said in the video that, the University of Ghana( Legon) should watch out for them as they are coming to “spoil there”.

‘Leg boys we’re coming to chop you’, one of them said in Twi

The university of Ghana is Ghana’s premier university and a hub for everything you can possibly find among students.

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Ghana Movie Industry changes its name from Ghallywood to Gollywood

The Ghana movie Industry, with the brand name Ghallywood has officially changed its name and has rebranded to Gollywood.

Information Akrasibridget.com is picking indicates that, the change of name and re-branding of the Ghana Movie Industry were influenced by some indian film makers.

According to the information, Gollywood is an existing film industry in the Indian state of Gujarat and their decision to take over the Ghana Film Industry is as result of the influx of Indian telenovelas in the country.

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The change of name from Ghallywood to Gollywood happened during the 2nd Edition of the Ghana 60 Years on Film Summit which came off yesterday 13th July, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center(AICC)

The event that was dubbed “Rebranding Ghana Film Industry to Rebrand Ghana” saw several great personalities such as film actors and actresses, directors and producers.

Ghana is expected to see more premieres of Indian movies in the country in the coming subsequent weeks.

Source: akrasibridget.com

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GUTA Insists Foreigners Must Leave.

The Ghana Traders Union Association (GUTA) has given their foreigner retailers an ultimatum to leave the local market or face their wrath.

According to them the influx of expatriates into the Ghanaian retail trading sector contravenes the established laws of Ghana Investment Promotion ACT.

“About 3million Nigerians are in Kumasi doing the retailing business”, they alleged.

The Association also raised major concerns that, the foreigners are killing their business as customers have the perception that products of the foreigners are cheaper than theirs.

They also added that, some of the foreigner retailers are into fake products and it’s disturbing.

“Just recently we caught a Nigerian retailing fake malaria test kits and we’ve reported it to the appropriate authorities”, they said.

However, they also threatened to take the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) and the Migration service to court as they believe the two bodies have contributed to the influx of the foreigners.

Moving forward the Association called on the government to help them fight the expatriates since their taxes contributes greatly to the revenue of the Country.

“Some of these foreigners do not pay  tax, they smuggle their goods into the Country, and  does not contribute to the Nation’s revenue”  they alleged.

Source: akrasibridget.com

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Ghana Showing Progress at Plastic Waste Management

The problem with plastic waste has gone out of hands causing deaths to numerous aquatic animals and marine life over the world. Recently scientists found dead whales with intestines full of plastic waste which caused their deaths.

The problem with plastic waste is more significant in the third world and developing countries where recycling is still a thing of the future. The situation is turning for worse in Ghana where lack of recycling is causing damage to the nation’s economy.  It doesn’t matter if you love playing online casino games with Betway secure sports betting, you would want to ensure that Ghana’s waste management gets better.

Ghana and Plastic Waste Management: Why is it Important?

Ghana’s waste management policies have been under the radar for long, and the city has been trying to ensure that it can clean up its dirt just the right way. To do that, it has been implementing different measures, which we will be taking a look at below.

The capital of Ghana, Accra, generates around 300 tons of plastic waste per day out of which only 2% end up in recycling. The rest of the waste is dumped in various landfills, footpaths, the streets, drains, and some even end up in the water bodies. The issue has raised risks of environmental and health concerns and can lead to toxicity of animal and aquatic life and even result in death in extreme cases. It can even cause serious diseases in human such as cholera.

Argon Poorun, a leading Science Research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said that plastic wastes that are not managed properly may cause damage to the tourism industry which contributes significantly to the GDP of Ghana. The government is yet to tackle the problem and implement standards and policies, but Frost & Sullivan has already made some progress by forming a more cohesive integration at all levels of the Ghana society.

A Look at Recent Developments

Last month, a meeting was organized by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge in collaboration with Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) involving the stakeholders of sustainable financing for the national waste management program in Ghana. The meeting saw the stakeholders coming out with their suggestions and recommendations for the Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR) policy. The policy is aimed to enhance the financial liquidity level of different waste management contractors and make room for uninterrupted and efficient waste management and collection.

Ghana has also seen other developments in the field of plastic waste management. There have been increased partnerships such as ESPA/GIZ BUSAC Fund collaboration, AGI/GRIPE partnership and local initiatives undertaken by Netplast Ghana, Thrashy Bags and Zoomlion Ghana- all promising a better future of Ghana at waste management and recycling.

Ghana will also have to implement standards and policies such as Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy (EFRP) which promotes private and public collaboration. Programs should also be carried out to raise public awareness so that a waste management infrastructure can be developed.  What do you feel about it? Let us know below!

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GES Sacks 4, Transfers 4 Ejisuman SHS Teachers Over Sexual Misconduct

A total of eight  teachers at Ejisuman SHS have been indicted for sexual misconduct.

Four of the teachers have been transferred, whiles four have also been dismissed.

This new development is the outcome of the investigations conducted by the  committee set up by the Ghana Education Service to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against the teachers of Ejisuman SHS

Management accepts the recommendation that the following teachers should be transferred from the school: a) Sampene Badu Frank b) Baba Sandow c) Henry K Agyeman Ahmed d) Isaac Boafo,” a letter dated June 14, 2018 to the Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, Ashanti region said.

The four have been directed to “sign bonds to be of good behaviour during the period of their employment with the Service.”

It stated: “Management directs that the appointment of the following staff should be terminated a) Moses Asmah b) Isaac Amponsah.”

Two others, according to the letter, have also had their appointments terminated over their conduct. They are Messrs Murphy Osei and Andrew Adu-Asabere.

It reminded teachers to be mindful of their responsibilities as caretakers and desist from harassing female students.

“Management endorses the report in principle and reiterates that “the education of children of the country has largely been entrusted into the hands of the Ghana Education Service. This places members of the Service whatever, their role in a special position of responsibility which requires exceptionally high standards of behavior and conduct,” the letter stressed.

It added: “It is the expectation of Management that staff of the Service whatever their role will live beyond reproach, especially in their relationships with their students and colleagues.”

Background

The special committee was set up by the GES to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against some teachers at Ejisuman SHS.

The scandal broke after over 10 female students at the school claim they were forced by some of the teachers to stroke their manhood until they ejaculate as punishment.

Nine teachers in all appeared before the committee, however, the report, cleared them of penetrative sex with the students.

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St. Peters SHS Wins NSMQ18

Two-time NSMQ champions St. Peter’s Senior High School has successful  won the 2018 edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz held a the National Theatre.

The final saw the boys from Koforidua beat their rivals from Accra and Cape Coast.

They won the competition by gaining 45 points closely knocking out WASS  with 44 points with Adisadel College accumulating 39 points.

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Adisadel College

Adisadel College started on a good note by gaining  29 points  in the first three rounds.

WASS, however, emerged from behind to lead the keenly contested competition at the fourth round (True/False round) with 41 points after Adisadel College failed to get three questions right. St. Peter’s at the end of the fourth round had 39 points while Adisadel College had 36 points.

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West African SHS

The fifth round however gave St Peters the opportunity to showcase their might as they got the second and third riddle right thereby giving them 45 points at the end of the contest.

Out of the 135 schools that participated , only three remained as a triangle of schools from the Eastern, Greater Accra and Central regions squared it off at the National Theatre.

 

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Ghana Startup Likabs Food, Finalist for Thought for Food Global Challenge 2018

The startup was selected as finalist for the Thought for Food Global Challenge 2018 and will pitch for an opportunity to win up to $25,000 in grant funding at the TFF Global Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2018.

The company breed snails through farmers, processes and packages snail products for distribution therefore providing farmers an alternative income stream and improving nutritional access.

This year 800 teams from 160 countries participated, the Finalists were evaluated based on their potential for positive social and environmental impact, as well as the scientific and business feasibility of their ideas.

The 10 successful finalist hails from Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, Brazil, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The annual Thought for Food (TFF) Challenge is a global “collaborative competition” to launch promising new ideas that address how we will feed and nourish our growing global population. To date, TFF has catalyzed the creation of 40 new social-impact startups in key areas like nutrition, synthetic biology, vertical farming, logistics, new proteins, big data and appropriate tech for smallholders.

Meet the 10 Finalist Teams of the 2018 TFF Challenge:

AEROPOWDER (UK) – A biodegradable replacement for polystyrene used in food packaging made from the poultry industry’s surplus feathers.

Coating+ (Nigeria) – A safe coating for plants and vegetables that extends their shelf life, preserves nutrient quality and enables post-harvest food storage.

Group Nutricandies (Brazil) – A vegetable-based, highly-nutritious, chocolate-flavored food product that is sourced from smallholder farmers.

IoT Water Control Management (Jordan and Brazil) – A water quality monitoring system specifically developed for refugee camps and areas with limited water access.

Laticin (Brazil) – An artificial intelligence-based software for dairy management, designed to optimize the entire value chain through predictive analytics.

Likabs Food (Ghana) – A franchise-based model that empowers smallholder farmers to safely farm snails, providing an alternative income stream and improving nutritional access.

RiseHarvest (Australia) – A digital extension service that provides site-specific nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia.

Safi Sarvi (Kenya and USA) – A village-level fertilizer production system that delivers local access to high-quality fertilizer.

SunRice (Malaysia and UK) – A passive-solar grain drying service with guaranteed market purchases for the subsequently higher-value grain.

Sweetpot Yoghurt (Ghana) – Yogurt that is naturally-fortified with vitamin A and dietary fibers from nutritious orange sweet potatoes.

More information about the startup click: http://www.likabsfood.com