Dash Ghana - Mahamadu Abdul-Salam
As part of my dash roadshow activities, I held a 1 hour radio discussion on 11th October, 2017 on wfm93.5 in the Upper West region, where I began the roadshow. Some members of the Dash community in Dash Nation Slack forum followed the discussion through tunein app and via the web link www.w935fm.com. The discussion featured a call-in by listeners for contributions and Qs&As. It was then followed up by a major conference on 14th October, 2017 at the Sem-B conference center, which recorded about 200 participants. Though the number of participants was beyond my expectation and budget, it was not a surprise because I sensed it during the radio discussion. All participants got a dash wallet on their phones and i was able to tip 56 addresses with $10 each and sold all of my Dash immediately after the event at the center to participants. See my full presentation at the conference, including some questions and answers in the 51 minute Youtube video:
Stay tuned as I bring you more updates of the Dash Roadshow in Ghana from region to region. I shall be having my final conference in the upper west region next week, with another radio discussion and television appearance, as I stated in my proposal and will keep you posted.
I am an avid supporter of free markets and economic freedom, therefore an activist in achieving this freedom for the Ghanaian people. Since I’ve been involved with Dash in Africa for over a year, both as student and investor, I firmly believe that cryptocurrency, and Dash in particular, has great potential as a principal tool in my quest.
Google searches show us that Ghana is one of the African leaders, together with Kenya and Nigeria, in adopting cryptocurrency. In order to put Ghana at the top of the African tree it is vital to strongly promote Dash throughout the country, and to educate the people as to its potential for gaining economic freedom and encouraging entrepreneurs.
Therefore, I’ve set up a promotional programme the aim of which is, every month, to host a minimum of two presentations/meet-ups and to make appearances on two radio shows, plus one on TV, in each of Ghana’s regions. It will start with the 3 northern regions, eventually covering all 10 regions within a year.
The programme will be presented by the Centre for Liberty & Entrepreneurship (www.cleghana.org), a vehicle which I have founded, essentially as a body for public policy and entrepreneurial research in northern Ghana. The programme is scheduled to begin early next month and readers are asked to look out for it visiting their region. Hopefully, I will be able to post more details later.
Meanwhile, I would like to thank all those of the Dash community who have given me support, encouragement, and motivation. I say thank you to the following people on the Dash Nation Slack for their support in giving this roadshow a life: @ultradar for lending me 5 Dash for proposal fee, @jza for bringing me to slack, @dashingdude for getting me a publicity platform, @coingun for supporting team Africa, @joezippy for supporting team Africa, @tantestefana for supporting team Africa, @mastermined for getting me started with Dashforce and continuous support, @TheDesertLynx for all the publicity/interview and I look forward to hosting him in Ghana, @aarellanes for the guidelines in getting my proposal submitted and of course @solarguy2003 for the hype and to everyone in the Dash nation slack platform, I can’t mention all. I appreciate your support, encouragement and motivation.
My proposal is posted here:
Dash Saved Me – I left my home in Tamale, Ghana on 15th August, 2017 at about 5:00pm on an international trip to promote Dash, the eventual destination being Cameroon. I spent a total of about 27 hours in a public transport bus to reach Lagos, Nigeria after crossing three borders (Togo, Benin, and Nigeria). I was exhausted and spent the second night at the last border town, Badagri, Nigeria.
At about 10am on 17 Aug., I arrived in Lagos where I headed to Ibadan for my first Dash speaking engagement, a workshop arranged by Nathaniel Luz (and dubbed as the Liberty Writers Workshop), which went off successfully. Already short on energy, I still had to make it to Ile-Ife, a town some 3 hours drive from Ibadan, to spend the night at O.A.University for the next event the following morning: the event attracted over 60 lively participants as Nigerian university students are enthusiastic in learning about Dash.
For safety reasons I moved back to Ibadan where I lodged in the Ayotoz Hotel, directly opposite the University of Ibadan, from 18 Aug. until 24 Aug. to wait for my next cryptocurrency event. The hotel cost around 5 000 Naira (100Naira = 30 US cents) per night (without food) and left me broke, particularly after having had to bribe the Nigerian border guards to make it into Nigeria. But I had no option as Dash advocacy is my passion: it makes me happy because I know what Dash can offer my African community and I cannot imagine giving up on it. I started posting updates of my trip in the Dash Slack forum which earned me good tips of tokens and the generosity of members of the Dash network afforded me accommodation and meals in the Ayotoz Hotel for 5 nights, to await a promotional event which was then cancelled.
It was then almost another week to the Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Weekend conference in Cameroon where I was due to speak on Dash for young African entrepreneurs. This time I could not bear relying on tips from the Dash network because I don’t believe in a “free lunch” and, since the 24th August event was cancelled, I considered myself to be in debt to the Dash community. I shared my heart-felt pain, and my aspirations for Dash, with Dash Force Mastermind and Dash Force came to my aid with 1 Dash. This took care of my stay in Nigeria for 24-29 Aug., but no longer in hotels: Lilian David, a great friend in Liberty, was kind enough to offer me accommodation in her house for the week.
On 29 Aug. I left Lagos with two others for Cameroon, of which we were totally ignorant. I was first met with corrupt immigration officials in Nigeria’s Anambra State where I had to pay 10 000 Naira before I being allowed to continue my journey. On 30 Aug. l arrived at Ikom, the border town, and I was denied a pass into Cameroon on the pretext of me having no visa. Not only was I tormented by the freedom of movement within my own continent, but I had been advised by Ghanaian authorities, before my journey, to obtain a visa upon arrival in Cameroon and not before leaving Ghana or Nigeria.
The corrupt officials had taken all my money and I was left with nothing, no airtime nor good network to talk to anyone online for help, and I was testy and hungry. I knew nobody in the town and I had to sleep at the border. Waking up the next day fresh, but weak, I was able to share my story with the Dash network and received support from members. I got into a hotel, refreshed myself, and had a good sleep. I was able to settle my bill by selling Dash tokens from the Dash network.
On 31 Aug. I left Ikom for Lagos, after paying 6 500 Naira for my ticket. This time around, I kept most of my funds in Dash on my mobile wallet, knowing full well I was going to encounter more corrupt immigration officials on the road: I only kept 8 000 Naira in my pocket. After only a few minutes on the road, I was singled out as a foreigner and asked to pay another 10 000 Naira. I quickly told the officer to search me and take any funds he found: I was tired of them and just wanted to be free. He could only find the 8 000 Naira which he took and let me go.
I was never really broke because I knew I had Dash to help me with secure funds, beyond the reach of corrupt hands, until I could finally board the plane to Tamale on the 4 September.