I volunteered on November 25, 2017, to mentor young people desirous of shaping themselves to leading the change they want to see in their communities at BarCamp Sunyani, hashtagged #bcsyi.
The program was organized by Ghana Think Foundation, under the able leadership of the pragmatic Ato Ulzen-Appiah and his competent team. Ato is a pacesetter when it comes to the organization of youth programs in this country. He is either behind the scenes coordinating the program or moderating it.
In 2015 during ‘’ dum-sor dumsor ‘’ (shedding/rationing of electricity due to inadequate availability of generation capacity), I was invited by Global Shapers, Accra Hub to discuss “Ghana’s Energy Crisis: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?” My good friend John Armah (CE0 Orios Group), another gem, successfully convinced me to confirm participation. Unknown to me, I was going to be surrounded by the likes of Franklin Cudjoe, President of the policy think tank Imani Ghana. Franklin at that forum minced no words at all, at the least given opportunity when he needed a reference point, to bash the Energy Sector’s woes/ challenges, knowing I work in the sector. Ato Ulzen, as usual, was there as a Global Shaper and as one of the coordinators.
For the benefit of those who do not know what BarCamp is all about, it's neither a chop bar nor a Bar conference for lawyers as Ato explained at the program. It is a platform created to mentor and share ideas on issues bothering on personal and national development, learn new skills and above all build new networks of friends that one can fall/rely on from time to time for advice.
Now to the crux of my article, the Speed Mentoring session where resource personnel drawn from academia, the media, extractive industry, energy sector, agriculture, telecommunications and communication are paired with participants to be mentored for 10 minutes.
During the Speed Mentoring session, I mentored about ten participants who came to me and I must say I was not really impressed with some of the questions that some mentees asked. It is for this reason that I decided, after one clear month, to pen my thoughts to encourage and motivate someone out there.
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Wishing you all the best of the season and remember the essence of Christmas is giving and forgiving.
Mawuli Fui Kwadzovia is a passionate Communications Specialist and has been practising for the past seven years. He volunteers as a Speaker at Global Shapers Accra Hub and GhanaThink Foundation as a Mentor. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana and an Associate Member, Institute of Public Relations.