Monday, 15 August 2016

Barcamp Takoradi 2016 is August 27, Register NOW

BarCamp Takoradi 2016 is a FREE networking forum to bring people together for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring. The Theme for this year is "Professionalism in entertainment and entrepreneurship". BarCamp Takoradi 2016 will take place on 27th August 2016 at the venue TBD. It hopes to assemble Western Regional stakeholders to network, build a supportive entreprising community and partnership.

The 5th Barcamp Takoradi is as part of the Barcamp Ghana program run by the
 GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. GhanaThink has organized 59 BarCamps in Ghana in building a network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs. This Barcamp will connect and strengthen a community of motivated and aspirational people in the Twin-cities, ultimately benefiting the Western region and Ghana. Participants will learn from, share and network with each other.The Twin Cities - Sekondi & Takoradi have given birth to a lot of talented entertainers. The best, they say, comes from the West. A lot of Takoradi youth are interested in and flock to entertainment. At Barcamp Takoradi, we'll be focusing on how to be professional as entertainers, entrepreneurs, etc.Thought and business leaders in the region will share insight and inspiration. As usual, we will have multiple user-generated breakout sessions about topics relevant to the Western Region and beyond. Our speed mentoring session will help participants gain insights and answers to questions. Confirmed speed mentors will be announced soon.

Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Takoradi eventbrite website. You can also register by sending “Barcamp Takoradi, Your Name, Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks (example - Barcamp Takoradi Esi Eshun . Contact us via barcamp at ghanathink dot org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities. Barcamp Takoradi is supported by Tigo Ghanaetc.

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Report on Wikipedia Breakout Session @ BarCamp Takoradi 2015

BarCamp Takoradi 2015 took place at the SSNIT Hall on August 23, 2015 in Takoradi. Participants were youths from the working class to students from  tertiary institutions.

During this event there was speed mentoring; where participants meet mentors for say 5 minutes something like speed dating. I've been to more that 5 BarCamps in the past and organised breakout sessions on my own and some supported by the Wikimedia Foundation through TPS.

I co-hosted a breakout session with Reuben; a volunteer cyclist who cycled across Ghana to raise funds for The Cleft Foundation.

The session saw had 5 participants. Since Wikipedians are Volunteers, we first started by talking about what volunteering means. As a volunteer myself, volunteering means a lot to me. This world can be made better only through volunteerism. If you use an open source software, of which am a great advocate for, then know some volunteer developer somewhere is commiting time to make life easier for you. Am very much sure you're reading this with Firefox; one great example. Same is Wikipedia. 10000+ of volunteers like you and I dedicate their time to make it a better one every second.

Almost everyone present at my breakout session knows and have used Wikipedia, and one of them was a beginner contributor. But as usual the Wikimedia and Wikipedia confusion with people who don't know about is normal. Wikimedia is a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. And Wikipedia is one of Wikimedia's projects. I took the time to explain this to participants. Well if you don't get the differences then visit this page for all you need to know. I also talked about other Wikimedia Foundation projects that can be contributed to, read more about all Wikimedia Foundation's projects here.

There was nothing practical. I was able to display Wikipedia and some of the stuffs that goes on behind scene such as; Wiki Mark up, recent chages, and discussions on talk pages. Takoradi is noted for entertainment, but was very shameful to see no information on it's Wikipedia article. So at the end of the session we decided to work together to improve the coverage of entertainment including but not limited to notable musicians from takoradi. (Of which am still working on..)

There is one thing I will like to share from this breakout session and previous sessions I've organised in such away to sell Wikimedia Foundation's projects to volunteers. Most of the people I've met were students and youths, students espeically knows how to copy Wikipedia but not how to add to it. Most people are looking for some quick fix or let me say magic to grasp how everyting on Wikipedia within very short period of time in order to give back, which is not feasible to me. Looking at the interest of students bringing Wikipedia Ghanaian classrooms especially in the tertiary institutions through Wikipedia Education Program could be a great success. One thing am still looking at at myself but not now.

Thanks for reading.

PS: I've been in touch with few of them and hope to retain them.  Though this post is very late. I must, as part of Wikimedia Grants I applied for, and also be eligible to apply for future grants.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

I've Been Away For Too Long

Greetings Dear Followers,

Sorry I've been away for too long. The long absence  from this blog didn't mean I've or am abandoning it.

The reason I've been away that long was I found a new home, this blog is still my first love :).

I created a new blog on github static pages using Ghost all because I want to learn. More about why I choose Ghost can be found here.

You can follow future blog posts at

Yes, this blog is still owned by me and I hope to come back sometime soon. :).

Thanks for your co-operation. Looking forward to hearing from you on my new blog.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Free Wikipedia Access on MTN Ghana #WikipediaZero

Good Afternoon from Ghana lovely people. What is this Wikipedia Zero thing all about?

We all use Wikipedia. I use it everyday and contribute to it. Wait! if you still don't what Wikipedia is then let me help you out :) Below is the Wikipedia logo
Simply put, this is when you access Wikipedia on a telecommunication service provider's network free of charge. You can have 0.00 as your account balance but you still have 24/7 access to the Wikipedia; the free encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to.

MTN Ghana is the first to take this on in Ghana, I hope to see other Ghanaian telcos such as Tigo, Airtel, Vodafone and the rest take it up too, very soon. With Wikipedia Zero you can access Wikipedia from any Browser and the Wikipedia App  (For Android users here.)

It's FREE! Yes and also remember that everything on Wikipedia and its sister sites are all volunteer efforts. YES! Volunteers like you and I contribute to it.

If you're in Ghana and interested then the folks at Wikimedia Ghana User Group (WMGHUG) are always ready help you. This is a unique way to volunteer. Share you knowledge with world. Little is better none OR?

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Image Credit: @MTNGhana
Cheers! Thanks! Merci! Danke! Akpe!