February 18, 2016
There has been tremendous contribution by young people to the development of Ghana in 2015 which is worth profiling. This is an indication that young people are very interested to see the country through their own works other than the traditional means – government. I have put together my list of the 10 top young people in Ghana who created impact in their personal life, workplace or community that had an impact on their community and the country at large. This is list is not based on how many employers they have or how much wealth they have been accumulated, but basically dependent on their selfless effort to making Ghana better than what they came to meet it.
Meet the 10 Young Changemakers That Made Ghana Better in the year 2015.
Bernard Koku Avle, Director of News Programming at Citi FM.
Nana Ama Agyeman Asante is the the only female in Ghana who is on a morning radio show radio in Ghana and the only female who is part of the top morning shows in Ghana – Citi Breakfast Show. She describes herself as the lady with the annoying opinions on the show. She’s passionate about all issues affecting women, children and the underprivileged. It is this passion that drove her to the media to give voice to the voiceless. Since joining the Citi Breakfast Show crew in 2013, Nana Ama has added a much-needed feminine perspective to some of the most pressing issues confronting the country – issues ranging from governance and corruption to pension reform and sexual violence. In all her work on radio and on her blog, Nana is smart, witty and, above all else, an unwavering in her optimism Ghana and Africa will one day rise to glory. She was recently recognised as the Media Personality of the Year 2015 by Daily Graphic written Francis Doku.
Louis Appiah is the Founder of Louicage Studios and Creator of Tales of Nazir.
Louis founded Louicage Studios in 2010 and he is the major designer for many materials for the West African movie industry. His company’s current project, ‘Tales of Nazir ‘ has now become a household name in Ghana and beyond. It has received a lot of international movie nominations. A few of these nominations are the ‘Klik Film Festival Awards’ in Amsterdam for emerging African animator. Zafaa Glbal Award for best animated feature. AWA African movie awards for best short film. It also won an award for best short film at the Accra francophone Film Festival awards early 2015. His company has a fanbase of over 39,000 collectively on facebook, over 500,000 views collectively on YouTube only, just after a year. He is an illustrator and animator. He has been illustrating for the past 19 years and just began animating in 2014. Offered visual arts in Aggrey Memorial senior high school and graphic design at the University of South Africa.
Abigail Larbi is the Programme Officer, Media Foundation for West Africa.
Abigail is passionate about using media (new and traditional) for improved citizens/public participation in governance processes especially in Ghana, women’s rights reporting in Ghana. On the regional level (West Africa), she has her eyes on advocacy for the passage and proper implementation of access to information legislation; increasing citizens’ awareness of ECOWAS protocols and compliance of ECOWAS Court judgements by member states. Abigail is known for her advocacy work on free press in Ghana and as result has spoken at many international forums and has also managed some very significant projects for reputable organisations such as USAID, IBIS-Ghana, Canadian High Commission, US Embassy of Ghana, etc. She was also an Adjunct lecturer in Business Communication at the Greenhill College of the Ghana Management and Public Administration.
Papa Oppong Bediako, Fashion Designer/Illustrator/Artist
Perfectual Labik, Founder and Project Director of Northern Education Support Initiative
The 24 year old lady hails from Nakpanduri in the Northern Region and is the founder and project director of NORTHERN EDUCATION SUPPORT INITIATIVE, which is geared at supporting the cause of quality basic education in the three Northern Regions of Ghana. She is also the founder of RootsbyLinnan, a fashion brand that seeks to infuse current fashion trends with traditional Ghanaian northern trends by using native northern smock fabrics to create clothes for the modern individual, without comprising the ingenuity of the traditional smocks. She also has the Lin Model Management, which is to unearth and train virgin model talents in the Northern sector of Ghana. Perfectual is passionate about voluteerism and charity. Women supporting women is the newest of her undertakings in her quest to make women more appreciative and supportive of each other. It is a network seeking to bring women from all walks of life together to create a support system for business, growth, partnership and education.
Kofi Tonto, Executive Director of African Youth Excellence
Gifty Bingley, Director of Corporate Communications & Responsibility at Tigo Ghana
Special Recognition – Reuben Griffths Bekoe, First Person To Solo Ride Across Ghana