- To bring together young people from all walks of life to share personal experiences of living emulatory lives.
- To unearth talents and promote young entrepreneurs.
- To encourage and inspire Young People to discover their God-given purpose and to live out their fullest potential.
Friday, October 29, 2010
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Joseph M D Johnson, a sponsored DAFI Scholar, a young Liberian youth advocate and an African youth worker was privileged to attend a youth summit with fellow Ghanaian youths at the National Theatre, Accra (7th - 8th October, 2010). The 6th Amicus Youth Empowerment Summit have been organised by Amicus Onlus in partnership with Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
The special guest of honour was H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and the keynote speaker was Christopher Paul Gardner of Gardner Rich LLC. . In his deliberation, H.E. John Dramani Mahama said, “I wish to add my voice for all of us in Ghana to shoulders together and use the opportunities here in Ghana.’
Looking back at his country Liberia, he was glad to declare, ‘I’m impressed about the concerns of Ghanaian leaders to prepare their youth for a bright future. It pleases posterity to confidently know that by engaging the youth into educational activities, the dark clouds of poverty, diseases and ignorance are empty illusions.’ ‘youth of Africa must make a choice for change! You are either part of the problem or the solution. Don’t remain disengaged.’ Johnson further continued, ‘The policies that are designed by governments are for us. We must monitor and engage all government activities without fear and doubt. Our governments are highly depending on our ideas and thought for development.’
The AMICUS Youth Empowerment Summit today is the foremost platform for advocacy and awareness creation on entrepreneurship and youth development in Ghana. The project has grown from an earlier participation of 362 at the premier summit in 2005 to 1,112 participants at the 5th Summit in 2009.
The 6th edition of the AMICUS Youth Empowerment Summit commences the 2nd Five Year phase of the summit structure. Following five consecutive years of awareness creation, advocacy and sensitisation on youth entrepreneurship and job creation, the needed fertile ground has now been provided to partner and support the youth to create their own job. This 2nd phase has therefore been designed to support the youth of Ghana to establish social enterprises that address peculiar challenges within their districts.
Johnson has called upon all African youth to take the development process of their nations and pursuing a positive change as a daily obligation, serious. He have remarked that, Liberia have come over 160 years saying we need a New Liberia. And with a demand, African youth must understand that the continent is currently made up only 10% of the world’s population, which is rapidly expanding. With the growth rate of 3%...we have inherited a system with more than 680,000,000 people.
Chris Gardner, popularly known for the movie that was based on his autobiography - The Pursuit of Happiness brings his vast experience, knowledge and great accomplishments in Corporate America, to the 6th summit. In his introduction, Mr Gardner said, “I think we need to talk and make this a part of our annual youth involvement.” He seeks to inspire and motivate Ghana’s young corporate executives on the theme, “Attitude: The Game Changer”.
Aside this detour, Chris Gardner was expected to engage the youth of Ghana on a one-on-one mentoring and aspirational encounter on how to win with the right attitude.
The Summit was a platform for advocacy and awareness creation on entrepreneurship and youth development. Some of the speakers that have graced this summit are: Dr. Kofi Amoah, Prof. Michael Hay (London Business School UK), Rev. Dr. Caeser Atuire (The Vatican, Italy), Hon. Akua Sena Dansua (Minister Youth and Sports), Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh (Min. Local Government) and Hon. Hannah Tetteh (Min. Trade & Industry).
According to the host, Akumba Ben Asamoaning remarked, “I want to engage you to create job for yourself and job for others. We see the potential in you. We believe with the right motivation we can become accomplished. This is why Chris Gardner is here, to help inspire us to achieve more.” Mr. Asamoaning added that, “To do this, we need capacity building. If you are thinking to expand in both scope and size, we cannot do it alone. This is why Prof. Michael Hay is here from London Business School, UK.”
Johnson finally mused, ‘I’m still optimistic about the future of Liberia, especially Africa! I come to tell young people: depict of all our past misery and current challenges as youth, I still have hope. With the evidence of the hard work of our forefathers, I’m still optimistic about Africa. I still don’t know if all of all have the political will or courage…but I’m certain that the future is bright!’
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Feelings were lonely but near
Two hearts stood at a distance afar
Sending sweet feelings in words so deep and far
Their mind slowly embraced the ‘txt pleasure
Great danger that love could not measure
Both hearts ignorantly accepted love’s tesion
Rocking their sleepless night with great emotion
Within their hearts, resistance was strong
So strong, kindly refusing bitter pain from among
Attention had them smiling
As distance affection, had them crying
They were lost in the radiance of love—
The true feelings to accept from above
But fear had them still
Their hearts were hard but ill
Dry smiles corrupted their lovely will
Indeed will —inventing the malady of sweet pill
Words of emotion touched down, deep in their hearts
Like bitter joy tearing down beauty apart
And to one, it was a divine mystery
To another, it was a sweet misery
The more they deny the content they will share
Pretence proudly pours upon them with intelligent fear
Boldness, intelligence and courage spoke aloud
As value, care and beauty wisped to allow
—Allowing two heats admire the attraction of love
Life’s greatest happiness to wish all hearts is ove
Both dreams were locked in their imagination
Thoughts of feelings to wish all was an illusion
Lips was kissed in their mind
Tender hips was squeezed but never to be find
Deep in their eyes were distances yearning—
—yearning to be touched and felt every morning
The voice of her tender breast cry for his simple chest
The words of his unique txt kept calling for her request
Smiling night patiently watch their created pain
A remarkable moment to whish love was a gain
And when one suggested an immediate end
End to wish a suggestion was indeed approved
Both hearts were sad but far
Silently enjoying the wonderful regrets so afar
Memories to which all lovers must appreciate
Carelessly wasting expensive time of all they have ate
But do these two hearts love dearly?Or can they fall in love so clearly?
Knowing fully well their true feeling exist
True love which cannot be resist
Sending feelings in words so deep and far
Lost in the care of Fear!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Joseph M D Johnson
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Dedicated to the error of male's memory!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The old man’s palm wine fumed with delighted smile
Gravity caught the attention of the palm branches
Smocked Lamps could be spotted at the village’s widow
But the furious dust spoke in silence for a while
Night breeze verge the feathers of the lad’s chickens
They were homed in a net basket, with excellent lice—
It wasn’t a tradition —a culture of distressful happiness
Happiness, captured by the brilliant sound of virgin’s dances
Why couldn’t the eye lid receive siesta instructions from his nature?
May be, the fireflies held the attention of an illumine creation
It was very fresh; the sweetness was inspiration to his gray hair
The calabash mirrored his memory with dusting stories
—About how he taped, hunted and weed with rounded achievement
The salt in his sweat applauded his efforts with narrow arrow
Birds lyric were music to babies attempting busy sleep
The fire wood magic spattered in primary colours
Wonderful colours, smugly sending out pleasurable odour—
That was when I watched my first bamboo car move with careless passion
—As my mom’s proudly stood at a distance hut smiling without action
Young man’s virgin were waiting in the banana shrub
Shrub in which love could reconcile with plucky fear
It was a world where wisdom with own to aged—
Wealth, to the energy of hard work
And love, to the deepest care of honest desire
The darkest part of the night was in amity with the cloud
The due escorted stripped footed dances with drowsy laughter
Grimly smock forbid liquid with revengeful annoy
—As standing breast, so tempting, bid hairy chest good bye
This was the youngest beginning of my future’s past—
A brilliant culture to which all African dreams are born
Dedicated to the forefathers of Liberia
Joseph M D Johnson, Expert POET
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I’m lonely without your smile
It have not been too long
And my heart is partly not strong
Your touches on my lips cannot escape my mind
Your attractive hips and beautiful ways are so kind
I want to love you, hold you and kiss you
Indeed love you, boldly telling the world, ‘we are one but two’
I want to gently feel your natural love in my heart
Proudly polling painted past apart
I miss the moments you caused me to cry
And how you dry my tears when you smile and try
I deeply desire to see your gorgeous face
Beauty to which all is a race but syrupy grace
Days are passing slowly but fast
And I’m captured by the legacy of our adoring past
Your creative fingers has caused me no harm
Your tender care has kept me save from harm
Your romantic voice is like music to my memory
Romantic vision of precious summary
How and why could distance be so unjust?
Unjust to the resistance of an angelic dust
My eyes still pictured your first-class steps
Sweet steps that have softly given me peace and rest
Honey, I know how you love me so dearly
Now, the world is watching so clearly
God bless the wisdom of your intelligence
Remarkable diamond of my heart’s Allegiance
No matter the distance
I still trust in the existing love of your sugary Radiance
Monday, July 5, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
The sweet treasure of her sorrow
Now she wants to escape her past
Darkness of memories is chasing her fast
But her past has awarded her with disarrangement
Past of her dark shadow
Her tender beauty is colored by faded linage
Linage to which she have no privilege
To her past she wan to leave the rest
Past of her imminent shadow
Disgrace as a permanent widow
She have carelessly invested the seed of regret
Her conscience is flooded with pain of rain
Past of her mad shadow
Future of her sad tomorrow
But no man wants to make her his bride
She’s very desperate to be called ‘honey’
But her motive is to get the money
Past of her memorable shadow
Thoughts to which all dreams are borrow
Empty smiles are the hope of her life
Life indeed, a tension to be called a wife
And a warning to all who dream is to rejoice
Thanks for the time!
Friday, April 2, 2010
“We've got the man power, energy plus the passion. Lets us stop talking and start working. Let us think and Rethink!!!!”
Thanks to Mu'azu Muhammad, of NYSC/MDGs, ‘Family and Community Life Reorientation (FACOR), for making such a good point about the question of Youth Development especially in Africa, addressing the topic, “Poverty, Africa and the Question of Youth Development,” on the “Back to Mexico 2010 WYC African Youth Preparatory group (August 2010)” facebook page.
It’s true that poverty and unemployment are challenges that we faced as African youth. There are many if not millions of productive youth across Africa with great dreams and creative ideas that are very useful to our today's Development challenges.
If the question was posed a 100 times, "Can we just fold our arms and keep watching?" The lazy and sleepy youth would say a simple, 'YES.' But this is the good news, the think and rethinking strategies are the best. The success of Africa highly, if not depends on Africans. To reduce this slung of backwardness from our lives, we gat to make use of the opportunities that are available to us. And if we cannot find one, it is our responsibilities as Africa youth to create one.
We've got the man power, energy plus the passion. Lets us stop talking and start working. Let us think and Rethink!!!!
Think and Rethink about this: Did Nelson Mandela stooped after he spent 27 years in prison on Robben Island (now a world famous tourist); Did Desmond Tutu quit the fight to became a heroic figure in the fight against Apartheid, (He also became the second South African to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize); or did Steve Biko refuse to be noted as an anti Apartheid activist,( who founded the Black Consciousness Movement, a movement which would empower a vast majority of the black population of South Africa?)
Therefore, every African youth must know that each challenge overcome in our age buys an admission ticket to a more victorious moment. We will not, we should not and we cannot stop this fight until the smiles of our various countries are enjoying the sweetness of our today's efforts.
There is no African Youth Problem. The problem is weather young Africans can create the courage, honor and determination to live up to the success of their cause of achieving Peace and development! "The past is a ghost," Bill Cosby remarked "the future a dream. All we ever have is now."
I support Muhammad when he wrote, "We can now engage them with different approaches of fighting poverty that are YOUTH TARGETTED and Youth driven, using the time we have now and upward." Let us finally join our hearts, hands and minds with productive solution in the the Mexico 2010!!!
Let us not do nothing, watch-out, POVERTY do murder!!
Joseph M D Johnson
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
GIMPA – Marketing 2013’
Youth Empowerment for Progress (YEP)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thank you for your kindness toward refugees, like me. I know a lot of people really don’t care about people they have never met, but you have a very kind heart. Your encouragement is very special to me. But what can you do? I really don’t expect you to just give me money; that would be foolish. We do not need a hand out, but a hand up.
People in this refugee settlement have no hope. It is like a death camp here. No help with food, medical or even school for many of us unless we have the money. Many people cannot send their children to school because they are too hungry to study and even if they find a free school they still have to buy uniforms. Very few people have a job and even when we work we are not paid well enough to enjoy modern things. That is just the facts. That is the bad news.
We have some very good news! Along with Life Care Global, Inc of Florida we found a way for you to help us without it costing you any money at all and even save you money. We have a distributorship from a company with unique, high quality products that will help the environment while saving you money.
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• Save 10% or more on the MPG whether you drive a gas or diesel auto
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Joseph M. D. Johnson
Liberian Youth - GIMPA
For additional assistance to verify my connection to this project please contact:
Life Care Global, Inc. (nonprofit)
Friday, March 19, 2010
German poet, novelist and dramatist, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) said, “Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.”
The term - Rebuilding - is usually used to refer to a constructive process of engaging all citizens in building social cohesion, economic prosperity and political stability in an inclusive and democratic way. As a passionate young Liberian, it is my delight desire to call to the attention of the Young People of Liberia the abovementioned titled: ‘What Can Young People Do To Be Seen In The Rebuilding Of Liberia.’ Among the hundreds of brilliant suggestion and solution, I’m going to address just few including:
- Trust: It starts from the family; and trust must be build and developed within the family so that members will learn to trust other people Young. LIB folks must learn to trust one another. Liberia will move forward, immediately when youth have the confidence to believe in the idea and work of one another.
- Community Initiatives: Group of young people who interact and share certain things as a group can achieve a lot. It’s a ‘Wake Up call,’ effortlessly contributing to making the environment clean, promoting Sex after marriage, initiating community radio talk show, empowerment forums, workshops and many more…. The essence of community initiatives is to help Liberia youth to Develop emotional bonds, Intellectual pathways, Enhanced linguistic abilities and Higher capacity for critical thinking.
- Promote the Liberian culture: Culture is a way of life, It has a powerful effect on a person’s daily life, It shapes us but we also shape culture. Who told us that Liberia doesn’t have a culture? We have a unique culture, it is very attractive and beautiful! It is the obligation of all Liberian youth to: learned, transmitted, shared, patterned and integrated the culture of Liberia. Stop asking ‘when’ and ask ‘why’ and lets go to work to rebuild Liberia! If culture is adaptive, we must adapt ours.
- Endorse the values Liberia: We are promoters! If you can promote it you can live it! The values of Liberia are abstract and shared ideas about what is desirable, good, and correct. If Liberian youth can commence the promotion of our Beliefs, Values, Norms, Mores, Laws, the challenge of ‘Rebuilding’ is hopeful!
· We should always look up to the elderly to be in position to start from where they will stop. They help in ensuring that the rights of the people are respected by advocating for them to the people in charge.
· "Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of today. ’’ As scholars have stated, "time is not evaluated by what has been harvested, but what has been planted".
- Responsibility: It is time that Liberian youth must learn assume the responsibilities that will help move the nation forward. This can start at homes, in schools and in the community.
- Tolerance: Does charity works? YES! We as youth of Liberia must promote the idea of acceptance. We should be taught how to accept individual differences and encourage others in the process.
- Crime And Crime Prevention: Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009, wrote, “1956, a major crime is committed every 11.3 seconds in the United States.” That’s about 54 years now. Liberia is not exceptional to an increase. To help rebuild Liberia, young folks must contribute to crime and crime prevention by obeying rules and regulations and promoting national youth policies and creating approaches that can help deviant behaviors.
· In previous times Liberian youth didn't possess the physical strength to be effective soldiers; this was what I realized lately. I read recently that, “World has 6.66 billion population among which 27% constitutes youth) are residing mostly in many-an-old age homes, orphanages, homes for the destitute, juvenile homes, individual families, and jails.” If young people want to be seen in the rebuilding of Liberia, we must take necessary steps and find new methods or revive old methods to avoid the above problems.
· I agreed with my comrade, Srikanth Chintakindi when he wrote, “Youth in order to make his/her country developed, has to sacrifice not only their lives by protecting their country at the borders but also has to protect from internal threats, and make the society a healthy place to live. It is possible only, if the youth realize to stay healthy by sacrificing selfishness, laziness, evilness etc., and by thinking dedicatedly for the growth of nation.”