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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Unpacking Enterprise

Business, arts & culture and everything in-between

With the recent announcement by @Jack, CEO of Twitter, to have the tech giant’s HQ Africa operations setup in Ghana (and the many re-ignited “Jollof wars” inspired by Ghanaians, Nigerians, Senegalese and not-so-unbiased commentary on social media), this week has been off to a flying start. For an “ecosystem builder” such as myself, it is welcome news that validates our individual and collective efforts on the African Continent.

Image credit: Heavy Chef, free trial to my recipe on Business in Africa click here

In our continuing pursuit of empowering economic opportunities within our communities, I have been impressed with the COLE (Council of Locale Experts) initiative, started by David Coleman (a self-professed passionate pan-African working and living in the Netherlands).

The COLE initiative has opened up applications from founders of early-stage African startups seeking feedback, advice, and investment for pitch practice at our Business Experts Roundtable on Clubhouse. Link here. As experts-in-residence, we are excited to usher the new wave of shared learning experiences for African-growth-led companies that become global.

Similarly, Homecoming Revolution’s Insights by Experts (InbyEx) program goes into full operational drive, after piloting one-on-one digitally-enabled consulting engagement on business advice with global companies and partners with the African ecosystem here. The on-demand business advice from African experts across a range of disciplines value proposition is an intriguing opportunity that I look forward to sharing more with our Unpacking Africa community in subsequent podcasts.

Book my slots on 4th Industrial Revolution & Digital by clicking here

My everyday passion for Africa’s Creative Economy has turned into a love-offering, Eliu Gift hub in Accra, Ghana, and beyond. This month’s flavoring of collaborative opportunities has me engaging with phenomenal communities in the fashion and beauty tech space this week.

On the incredibly popular social-audio application Club House, L’Oreal’s Odile Roujol, The Colors community Haweya Mohamed, Shea Yeleen’s Rahama Wright, and Glory Skincare’s Alisia M. Ford and I shall be having a conversation on FAB and Colors: a conversation with black founders here. With the opportunity to catch up on the conversation even after the CH broadcast on Fashion and Beauty Tech community here.

Yes, there are many business enterprises in light of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement and together we can collaboratively unpack opportunities for collaborative success.

My prayer is that this edition resonates in my own different enterprise journey from business and advisory, innovation to create fashion and beauty as the world churns itself slowly, but surely back to economic-activity-life.

#ShamelessPlug check out our Eliu Gift Hub community here and here.

www.EliuGift.com

“You don’t have to choose between being either wholehearted, loving, kind, and soulful, or winning. You can do both, but the bridge you must cross is vulnerability.” Dr. Pippa Grange

Be well, be safe, be loved.

Originally published to Unpacking Africa newsletter’s 15,000 + subscribers on April 15, 2021.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Communities

The pursuit of collaborative success.

At the sidelines of the last World Economic Forum on Africa in 2019 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), my good friend and newly appointed Heavy Chef Foundation chair, Lukhanyo Neer introduced me to Fred Roed & the crew. This multi-stakeholder dialogue and the months-prior Davos conference on “Achieving a Single African Market” affirmed my establishing of the research and management consulting firm, Unpacking Africa 4.0 #WEF #AfricaWeWant

Thabo Mbeki Foundation & Heavy Chef 4th Industrial Revolution in Education report launch & panel discussion

Thabo Mbeki Foundation & Heavy Chef 4th Industrial Revolution in Education report launch & panel discussion

My Chumy, Lukha convinced me to moderate a Thabo Mbeki Foundation curated phenomenal panel around education and the 4th Industrial Revolution (South Africa’s context) as part of a reflective report his team and my edu Kanea co-founder, Zinhle Mkhabela authored. #Education #Kanea #4IR #AfricaWeWant #DSYInspireSessions


H.E. Thabo Mbeki, ministers, dignitaries, panelists, and Heavy Chef guests. #DSYInspireSeries

Fast-forward to an exploratory partnership between Heavy Chef x Unpacking Africa podcast during Covid-19 imposed lockdown now 2020; moderating conversations with former president H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo on the promise of industrialized agriculture at-scale in Africa, Brenthurt Foundation’s Prof. Greg Mills lessons learned from his book The Asian Aspiration to engagement with pre-billion-dollar-valuation of GB Agboola’s Flutterwave, futurists Dion Chang & the erudite Brownyn Williams on what is next in tech & beyond; and other phenomenal guests. #UnpackingAfrica #HeavyChef


Heavy Chef recipe loading…#CollaborativeSuccess

Over this weekend, it has been a privilege to honor Heavy Chef’s invitation to share my recipe on a professional (and in some ways personal) life hack on fostering, engaging with, and participating in relevant “Communities.”

May you find communities that support you.

May you engage with communities that validate you.

May you be enamored by communities that embrace you.

May you be vulnerable to find communities that challenge you.

Ultimately, may you be open to the unexpected opportunities that local, regional and international communities avail to you.


If you are looking to plug into a leading community of entrepreneurs from South Africa to the world, check out my peoples www.heavychef.com and our recipes. #Community #EliuGift #TeachGamor #GamorLegacy

#ShamelessPlug Do join our KukuZafest Podcasters community to amplify voices through podcasting here.

“Your work is your own private megaphone to tell the world what you believe.” — Simon Sinek

Be well, be safe, be loved.

Originally published to Unpacking Africa newsletter’s 15,000 + subscribers on March 30, 2021.

 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Now What?

One of the impactful lessons I picked up during my time teaching Entrepreneurial Leadership at ALU in Mauritius, was the constant need to foster a growth mindset. The intentional ability to keep dreaming and the consistent effort in bringing these dreams to life!

You could briefly join me in today’s exercise on exploring your own moment of having a growth mindset. If you may kindly take a quick moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and allow your mind to settle. Then, respond privately or aloud to this prompt:

In the absence of all that is happening and all my responsibilities, and limitless resources, what is the one thing I can dream up and create, today? Something audaciously impactful, and rewardingly personal.

You should write your answer down and refer to it often, creating little achievable tasks to achieve your and let’s reconvene on your progress. I’ll be happy to be your accountability buddy.

My dreams are most often times dipped in culture, expressed in melodies, colored in curated experiences, and only tempered by the need to wake up, eventually. This year, I have the privilege of joining Andani.Africa and the University of Johannesburg to exploring “Futures & Beyond” 2-day summit Where Creatives and 4IR meet on the 16th & 17th of March. I am giddy to share on Culture, Creative Arts, Connectivity & Commerce with further details here.

Andani.Africa x UJ Arts & Culture (FADA)

If the intersection of re-imagine Africa’s contributions to digital and the appreciation of our cultural heritage through the digital arts is your jam as much as mine, then it would be an honor to have you join us!

“Connecting the dots: Culture, Creative Arts, Connectivity & Commerce.” E. A. Gamor

Besides the Unpacking Africa lens, I shall be engaging our audience on the untapped, underexploited economic and innovation opportunity that exists in our creative manufacturing and artisanal spaces; while sharing the relevance of Africa’s poignant contributions that have recently taken space on digital entertainment consumption during the pandemic with Beyonce’s Black is King, Apple’s Prince G iPhone photography campaign, Netflix’s Bridgerton, Afrobeats, and provocative colorful design.

In spite of the challenges we have all had to face this and last year, I have also allowed my dreams to permeate my reality, and have taken on earnest the opportunity to assist our creative manufacturing and hand-made products sector more intentionally with my skills, network, and resources. More on my theory of change with the Eliu Gift Hub here:

My dream and earnest hope are that with this love-offering of curating cultural communities that create bridges in dismantling challenges in commerce from Africa to the world, we are able to unearth even more talents that express the gift of giving.

In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, a trans-generational icon and barrier-shattering-artist, Stevie Wonder matter-of-factly shared “I wanna see this nation smile again; and I want to see it before I move to Ghana because I’m going to do that.” urged on by Oprah he also shared “I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children have to say, ‘Oh please’, like me. ‘Please respect me, please know that I am important, please value me.’ What is that?” Link to the full interview for context here.

In my lived experience, my culture has always valued me, it has shielded me, it has protected me especially in spaces that have been contentious and unappreciative. And as I continue to future-cast the world I also want my children to thrive and succeed in; I cannot dream up of a better way than to connect our dots in cultural heritage as we negotiate our place in a more equitable world. Join us.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” Carl Gustav Jung

Be well, be safe, be loved.

Originally published to Unpacking Africa newsletter’s 15,000 + subscribers on March 03, 2021.
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