Barcamp Tamale, one of the networking forums organized by GhanaThink Foundation has restarted operations after a long wait. The event was hosted at the Tamale Sports Stadium, Tamale, Ghana on July 29, under the theme “Finance, Quality and Innovation”.
The free networking forum brings young people together for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring. It is primarily funded by GhanaThink Foundation, an organization based both in Ghana and USA, which has successfully organized 119 BarCamps in Ghana, as part of its Barcamp Ghana program.
BarCamp Tamale 2023 was a showcase of exemplary leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators in Ghana’s Northern region, with discussions centering on empowering youths for better development across all sectors. The 10th edition in Tamale focused on “empowering people so that we can be more productive as individuals and as a nation,” said the organisers to theafricandream.net in a mail.
“The event was a success. I anticipated so much learning and quality networking opportunities at Barcamp Tamale 2023 with the youth participants and the line of experienced mentors that the event has to offer. And sincerely, the event didn’t fall short of this”, declared Nashiru M. Muntasir, the long-time Coordinator of Barcamp Tamale.
The Barcamp featured discussions and networking topics relevant to Ghana’s Northern region and beyond. The forum also facilitated networking with like-minded individuals, “you could find your business or project partner”. The event has been impacting several youth in and around Tamale since 2011.
“Barcamp Tamale has widened my network and connected me to a lot of professionals who inspired me and I can call my mentors. The Tamale Konnect page which is born out of Barcamp Tamale is a page where I learn from random discussions on sensitive issues affecting us and also learn about what’s going on in Tamale, important events as well as wonderful opportunities,” said Rajaa Issah, a volunteer with the #bctamale team.
There was a speed mentoring session where mentors gave insights and answers to questions from attendees. Some of our confirmed mentors include Yakubu A. Zakaria, Cecilia Amoafowaa Sefa, Marvin Akyea, Frederick Nuri-Teg, Leatrice Naa Kwarley Richardson, Michael Atengdem, Senyo Kpelly, George Akubia, Kofi Larbi, Samira Assabey Musah, Frederick Nantogmah, Jacob Yawson, Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba (Ph.D), Arnold Mashud (Ph.D), Dr Daniel Gyamfi, Dr. Felicia Memunatu Sheini, and Maccharty Mac-Gbathy.
Other mentors included Gabriel Timbillah, Joshua Wuntimah Salifu (Ph.D), Peter Awin, Abdul Hayi Moomen, Alima Bawah, Dr. Kennedy Kubuga, Festus Darko-Preko, Albert Owusu-Boateng, Abdul-Mumin Yussif, Francis Saa Dittoh, Linda Coffie, Ibrahim Mahama, Ibrahim Yunus, Hairiya Bala, Rhoda Wedam, Khadijah Abdul-Samed, Martha Anabila, Fadila Fuseini, Millicent Anaab, Peter Kwadwo Asare Nyarko, Jonathan Kojo, Festus Darko-Preko and Freda Karbo.
The forum’s partners included Clean Air Fund, Malta Guinness Ghana, HOPin Academy, SWAD International Kitchen and Bar, Hubtel, Afrilead Kids Science Lab, Cowtribe, Kwekwe Photos, and ZLB Entreprise.
Ayisha Mohammed, the Host of Gist with Ayisha on Tawasul Radio in Tamale, has participated in multiple Barcamps and currently volunteers with the team. In a comment, she said “one thing I can say is there is always something new to learn and an impact to be made in one’s life as far as the Barcamp is concerned.”
Mohammed Jaward, the Marketing Lead for Barcamp Tamale, mentioned that the Barcamp Tamale 2023 “was an exceptional learning experience following the long break of barcamps in Ghana since the Covid pandemic. It had excellent line of mentors to share experiences! We’re anticipating the next one”
Contact barcamp team at ghanathink.org about any partnership opportunities or enquiries. Stay tuned on social media viabour #bctamale hashtag.