Saturday, March 12, 2022

Africa. Heritage. Technology

 

Africa. Heritage. Technology

At the intersection of culture and emerging tech Africa has a story to tell.

On the back of this exciting announcement, Mali Magic by Google’s SSA MD, Nitin Gajria my community of creatives at the Eliu Gift Hub could not be more elated!

Image courtesy: Google Arts & Culture

As we scrolled through the awe-inspiring website and digital repository in collaboration with the Timbuktu Rennaissance, UNESCO, The Zamani Project, 4D Africa, Instruments for Africa, and Google, we could not hide our excitement!

#SparkJoy Finally witnessing a thoughtful and validating use of tech to document, honor, celebrate, reclaim, digitize and make equitable and accessible African content. Be sure to check it out, it is definitely an impressive start to what I hope would be a much more nuanced digital representation of Africa’s ongoing rich heritage and history to and for the world.

Heritage Month convos on Twitter #SpacesWithGamor

March, particularly the celebratory 6th of March (Ghana’s Independence Day) ushers a month of reflection for nationalistic, pan-African & Afropolitan pride. Going through the annual motions, my Eliu Gift Hub team and I decided to open up our weekly Twitter conversations on Spaces, to spotlight:

  • Ghanaian, African and by extension Global positionality: What is the Ghanaian Dream?

Sundays 7 pm GMT

If empathetic conversations moderated by yours truly is your jam then join us on Sundays at 7 pm GMT. Follow previous conversations with the tag #SpacesWithGamor

The impact and ubiquitousness of technology and access to information, thanks to mobile phones & social media/tech companies’ global reach, daily cannot be overstated. During the months when our heritage can and must be showcased, it is such a privilege to engage with phenomenal guests and partners. If you (or anyone you know wants to join in the conversations from the comfort of your couch; as you passively listen in your work-study; while taking a walk in the neighborhood; or with a Bluetooth device connected to your car stereo on a long drive, then kindly click here.

Be well, be safe, be loved.

p.s. In December the number #1 Afribeats track Ameno by Ghanaian producer Nektunes had us jamming globally, and we channeled that Bamba during last month’s Spaces here.

Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor, Global Programs Manager, Meta Facebook Office, Johannesburg Office, South Africa. March, 2022

Africa Heritage Technology: Bamba with Gamor Weekly on #SpacesWithGamor #Storytelling

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Bamba on Sundays #SpacesWithGamor

#SpacesWithGamor curates conversations online and in-person that leverages tech, culture, and, connections from Africa to the rest of the world.

We had our intro session on 6th February and a discussion on Story Boarding with Akua Nyame-Mensah (@akua_nm)

Click the links below #SpacesWithGamor and join the conversation if you missed out!


This space has ended: 🎙 The Intro Show w/Akua Nyame-MENSAH #SpacesWithGamor — twitter.com 
 Emmanuel A. Gamor’s space · Where live audio conversations happen

⚡ Highlights

  • There is no wrong or right idea. It just depends on the context it is created in

  • Theme-setting is very essential

  • Recognizing if anything that you are human and that they’re going to be peaks and there’s going to be valleys in that you’re not going to be in.

🎶Song of the day

DJ Neptune ft Mr. Eazi- Marry

Enjoy!!

For The Love Of Chocolate 🍫

This session had Kwadwo Agyekum (@aeagyekum) and Mabel (@chocolateshop_) dissect the issue on the fruit of the month… Cocoa!

If you missed out, you know what to do. (Click here)

This space has ended: For the Love ❤️ of Chocolate🍫 #SpacesWithGamor — twitter.com 

⚡ Highlights

  • Chocolate is defined by its colour. It is defined by the ingredients.

  • Quality chocolate has two main ingredients. The cocoa mass and the butter. If it is more milky, you have to question it.

  • Chocolate is more than a sweet. The bitter, the better

🎶Song of the day

Kojo Antwi- Adiepenna

Enjoy!!!

For the Love of Innovation 🖥️

In the spirit of love, Isaac Newton Acquah (@isaacnewtonIII), Philip Ashon (@kofiashon), Allana Finley (@afosterfinley), and Michele Clarke- Ceres (@clarkeceres) took our community through the path of innovation.

Mind-blowing and eye-opening!

Click here to listen

This space has ended: The Love of Innovation ✨ #SpacesWithGamor — twitter.com 
 Emmanuel A. Gamor’s space · Where live audio conversations happen

⚡ Highlights

  • The joy is in the doing

  • Anybody can innovate and you don’t have to complicate it

  • Innovation is making something ready at the right time for the right audience

  • Innovation is about taking risks. If you are not taking risks, you cannot encourage others to do so

  • We have been innovating in this space for a long time. Collaboration is key. Look to those who came before you

🎶Song of the day

M.anifest- Someway bi

🗣️Wanna speak?

#SpacesWithGamor is welcoming interested persons who want to join in the conversation. Just click the link below and let’s get talking!

✨SpacesWithGamor — docs.google.com 
 Digital platform conversations on monthly themes that foster collaboration in physical and meta-physical spaces. Join our community here: https://lu.ma/SpacesWithGamor | DM: @naa_orgle or @eagamor

🤝 Hey Partner!

We would love to partner with organizations within our space. Come let’s do amazing things together

✨SpacesWithGamor

 Digital platform conversations on monthly themes that foster collaboration in physical and metaphysical spaces. Join our community here: | DM: @naa_orgle or @eagamor 

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Spark Joy ✨ September

During the month of September, I shared a series of posts around Marie Kondo's philosophy of Sparking Joy, with my own special twist on sparking joy, collaboratively.

Besides celebrating my parents (even as my father has passed away), I used the opportunity to reflect and be grateful for some of the community collaborations I have been intentional about in the past, and the new partnerships I'm currently engaged with, that help build imagine the future ecosystems for me and mines.

Preamble: It has been a surreal & busy last 6 weeks, having the opportunity to live what I had imagined was a “future” aspiration, a decade ago, as an avid user of social media and early digital professional to sign on from a Florida Gators .edu account.

From day one, I didn’t hold back in sharing thanks with my personal board of advisors, here. I have been immensely appreciative to work with an impressive group of hardworking change-makers leveraging technology as an enabler, merging physical, digital, and metaphysical worlds in building community.

Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor, Global Programs Manager, Accelerator Programs, Community Partnerships, Facebook

My amazing Global Partnerships and Global Accelerator teams’ updates soon, a precursor here.

Being an advocate for collaborative success, a recently announced and surprising collaboration with one of my father’s favorite brands Ray-Bans and Facebook; gives me a window into what augmented reality, virtual reality, luxury tech, wearable tech, and seeing into the future of experiential learning at work and play may look like.

My proximity to this has me reflecting intentionally and albeit projecting more boldly on what the next decade may look like for engagement, storytelling, community building (locally and globally), knowledge share, and more compelling to some, privacy, data, and community ethics. Exciting times ahead…

Image: Facebook

To the meat of today’s matter, on my personal toolkit for the future: an incredibly exciting future-proof tool I’m taking with, is the keen sense of sparking joy, collaboratively. When engaging with clients the tidiness & decluttering guru Marie Kondo asks a simple and relevant question “When you touch (or engage with) this item or that (activity usually in my case), does it spark joy?” 

Image: Netflix

Besides being relevant for old clothing items or often neglected office supplies (seen in her Netflix shows), this framework is pretty relevant for relationships, partnerships, and collaborative projects in life.

My mantra of actively pursuing #CollaborativeSuccess has led me to partner with, invest in, and collaborate with a plethora of actors, young and old, tech-savvy and tech-averse, social impact, community leaders, investors, and promising politicians. With a variance of success and failures that temper our life’s journey aptly.

I’m delighted that community sparks joy for me, and collaboration with one of my long-time avengers in Accra’s brand Lift. also sparks joy. I’m grateful for empowering new voices and my podcasting colleagues Adrian and Pato ( KukuZa amplifiers) within the Africa Podfest ecosystem, spark joy.

Lift. x Eliu Gift x Gamor

Lastly, my childhood home, now the Eliu Gift innovation hub openly and consistently sparks my greatest joy, deliberately shedding away the endless list of others (connections and collaborations) that I happily fold, thank and pack away for good. Medaase.

Image: Eliu Gift Hub courtesy @Urithi Labs

As I celebrate the September birthdays of my closest loved ones this month, especially my parents; yup my mother and father, Emma Gamor Snr. (of blessed memory) born on September 17th and 19th respectively, I wish for you and your family’s joy to be endlessly sparked through each celebrated touchstone moment.

Be well, be safe, be loved.

p.s.

Kindly wish Rev. Muriel aka my momma Esi, a wonderful birthday on her Facebook page, I don’t take our bond (we color coordinate unintentionally, even when I successfully surprise her) and our yearly ritual of aligning on goals and a mantra for the year: flow for granted. More on this ahead of 2022.

Rev. Muriel x Gamor image credit: @Sylvester Darku, Team Black Image

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Our ancestors’ wildest dreams

 Reflections on Africa Day.

“We Are our ancestors’ wildest dreams, but we don’t know that unless we learn what our ancestors went through.” — Monita K. Bell

Leading up to Africa Day 2021, I had the once-in-a-lifetime joy of surprising my mother, Rev. Muriel on her return visit to Ghana after 25 years of being away. It has been incredibly emotional to experience my mom reconnect with her country of birth after making so many sacrifices for our family. For her, our college education in the United States was paramount. In spite of leaving the continent first with two young children, and then became four young kids she preserved and has also built a community ministry.

Muriel, Esaaba, Emmanuel Gamor Golden Tulip Hotel Accra, May 22nd, 2021.

Being the oldest, with three younger sisters the weight of the responsibilities and sacrifices by our parents and by extension, our ancestors has never been lost on me. Never shying away from the mantle to circle back in building a world that validates our experiences, from the African and especially, respected everywhere else in the world.

Every year, Muriel and I align on a shared mantra. This year, in spite of the challenges and trauma of the global pandemic, the mission is to be intentional in carrying on the torch and momentum of our forebearers had, to have the audacity to co-create these dreams.

I am incredibly blessed that I get to witness my mother relive, and share the dreams I was too young to fully understand; also to create new ones that exceed our wildest ones. Even as she takes the time to honor her own mother and father on her return journey.

Be well, be safe, be loved.

p.s.

My mother was one of the founding staff members of the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra Ghana when it first opened about 30 years ago, joined some of the early staff members present who were gracious to n and take a few pictures with her.

image credit: Sylvester Darku, Team Black Image

Originally published to Unpacking Africa newsletter’s 15,000 + subscribers on May 26, 2021.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Digital You

Social x Digital x Continuous Education

“What can you share (in my case, teach well) with your eyes closed and within a moment’s notice?”

And this question started the co-designing and facilitation “Digital You” project with the University of Stellenbosch Business School my posse of facilitators are excited to share with the world here, with deets below:

What is “Digital You”, you ask? It is a course that helped Michelle and I document my use of social media platforms for networking, engagement, exploration, and for those who register to see the course teaser, creating avatars for my passions & organizations I support.

What this may look like for you differs quite markedly from person to person, however, we identify three-pillar frameworks digital persona, digital reputation management, and co-designing a social media code of conduct as foundational guiding principles.

Head over this link to download the course brochure to get more info on the 4-week NQF-7 accredited course that honors you with a University of Stellenbosch Business School certificate after completion. For business inquiries, reach out directly to Dr. Johan Swanepoel at johan.swanepoel@usb-ed.com

We had a tremendous amount of fun putting this course together with lessons from my professional and passionate endeavors and tips from my mother, Muriel who runs a Women’s Empowerment ministry. I am certain you will find the course as impactful as we did in creating this first-in-industry guideline course from African professionals on digital to the rest of the world!

Be well, be safe, be loved.

p.s.

Twitter: Firstly, your boy is Twitter-verified! You may follow @eagamor #DigitalYou

More relevant to you, a really good friend who currently works with the bird-app team, reached out to me to connect with my network about new roles at the newly launched Twitter HQ in Accra, Ghana.

For the full list, check here and for those who receive this, reply with interest (when you meet working-permit & job responsibilities qualifications) and I shall be happy to send them their way.

Originally published to Unpacking Africa newsletter’s 15,000 + subscribers on May 10, 2021. 

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