BY ERICA ARTHUR
MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR and TV personality Rose Dzifa Abequaye Gray has encouraged the youth of Africa, especially Ghanaians, to dare themselves to do more.
According to the media personality, who is spearheading the ‘Dzifa Gray and Friends’, a networking event, though most youth in Ghana and Africa have become very enterprising, there is the need for them to challenge themselves to do more in order to rescue Africa from being tag impoverish.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, Gray said “African youth are currently doing very well by combining education and entrepreneurship, which is gradually making them financially stable. This, indeed, has reduced and saved some social issues.”
The second edition of the Dzifa Gray and Friends networking event, which took place on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Kikibees Restaurant/Lounge Bar at East Legon in Accra, inspired, motivated and gave attendees the opportunity to network with some personalities in the industry.
Speaking about her goals for the organizing the event, Miss Gray said, “the goals of the event were for attendees to learn from more experienced entrepreneurs and investors; build useful contacts and get ideas; and to help those who, one day in their life, might want to transition from the profit to the non-profit world.”
The second event, which promised to be bigger and an improvement on the maiden edition, lived up to its expectation thanks to the assistance of mainstream speakers for the two-session programme such as Madam Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong (Channel Manager, Joy Prime); Mr. Kwaku Asare Ofosuhene (Sales and Marketing Consultant); Mr. Peter Richie (Actor, Insurance Consultant, Ambassador-Graft Foundation, MD-Pegdkom Limited); and Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, aka Akumaa Mama Zimbi, (Broadcast Journalist & Executive Director, Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF).
Others were and Mrs. Ethel A. Marfo (Founder, CEO Junior Shapers Africa); Mrs. Baisiwa Dowuona Hammond (TV Host/Founder & Chair – Pumpkins Foundation); Mr. Michael Mensa-Bonsu (CEO, RED Communications & Chief Editor Agoo Magazine); Mr. Samuel Anim Addo (CEO, Gyan Investments Ghana Limited); and Dr. Louisa Satekla (Dental Surgeon, CEO of Denkyi African Sole, Humanitarian).
The rest were Dr. Williams Anarfi Sarpong (CEO, WASK Group of Companies); Ms. Dorothy Amuah (CEO, Chic Optique & Founder Dorothy’s Hope Breast Cancer Foundation); Ms. Victoria Naa Shika Quaye (CEO, NaaViq Company Limited); and Ms. Zynab Ayesha Passah (Host of the A Show & Events Consultant/Planner, XYZ Events).
Guest speakers included Ms. Precious Kyei Bonsu (Entrepreneur/Publisher & Editor In Chief, Treasure Kids Newspaper); Mr. Adeyemi Adebayo Yemmeybaba (Celebrity Blogger/Online Writer); Ms. ElinamAmeyo, aka Eli Kharis, (Broadcast Journalist, GHone TV (EIB Network)); Mrs. Zenobia Akua Arnumu (a trader); and Mr. Wisdom Edward Dzotsi (Civil Engineer, Events MC).
The guest speakers were all presented with citations of honour in recognition of their outstanding dedication and professionalism in their various chosen fields of work.
The event was divided into morning and afternoon sessions with a special kids play zone area created for parents to bring their kids and have fun.
There was also Vendor segment for businesses to have direct contact with their customers.
According to the CEO of Dzifa Gray Creations, Ms Gray, “through this event attendees had the opportunity to market their businesses and themselves and best of all create connections with the people they met.
“This event was also all about mutual benefits. How could one offer a service or help another? There would be times when you might need help or advice, and you might want to have built a strong network. More importantly young entrepreneurs who get to attend this event get to learn from more experienced entrepreneurs and investors as well build useful contacts.”
The event was organized by Dzifa Gray Creations and Smylz Multimedia in collaboration with Ghana Mompreneurs Club and was hosted by Ms Gray.
The event was supported by Sonarya Fun Field, Flash Africa, Kare Products, Treasure Kids, NaaViq Company Limited, Mega Mac Stage Effects, Time Square Events, Fruit Daze, Agoo Magazine and Aya Ushering Service.
The attendees unanimously said that they were excited, motivated and inspired by what they experienced at the event.