Friday, February 26, 2021

Samsung Named No.1 Global TV Manufacturer For 15 Consecutive Years


Samsung Electronics topped the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year, according to market research firm, Omdia. Newly released data published on February 23 notes that Samsung Electronics recorded 31.8% in global TV market share by revenue in Q4 2020 and retained the largest annual category market share by revenue in 2020, at 31.9%.
 
Samsung’s growth across the Visual Display Business reflects a commitment to the most premium at-home viewing experiences, coupled with the fast-growing QLED portfolio, category leadership in the ultra large screen segment over 75-inches, the introduction and expansion of a Lifestyle TV portfolio, and a series of industry, category and product “firsts” made possible thanks to Samsung’s constant drive for innovation.
 
“Consumers use screens every day to entertain, connect with loved ones, work, exercise from home and do much more. And we have seen how different lifestyles and routines have not only evolved, but converged,” said Lucas Lee, Managing Director at Samsung Ghana. “We continue to be incredibly humbled by the trust placed in our vision and products; it is what drives our relentless pursuit to deliver cutting-edge innovation and a best-in-class screen experience that meets the needs of the modern-day consumer.”
 
Looking back over the last 15 years, Samsung’s innovation-led growth agenda has incorporated groundbreaking new technologies, while spanning multiple categories, reaching a wide range of consumers and use cases.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Tips & Hacks That Every Bolt Rider Needs To Know This Season Of Love


February is joyful, warm and a season of love - a season where we share our love by exchanging gifts with loved ones, friends and family.

Bolt, the fastest-growing ride-hailing platform in Africa  active in 4 cities within Ghana – Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Cape Coast has the best gift for you this season; 5 tips and hacks to get the best out of your Bolt Rides this month of love.

1.  Call and wait for your driver inside - When you order for a ride, avoid spending time outside alone with your phone in your hand. Wait indoors until the app shows your driver is arriving. This way, you are safe till your driver arrives.

2.  Double-check the car details and driver’s identity - When you are matched with a Bolt driver, you will receive information about his name, vehicle model and car plate number from the app. Be sure that the vehicle that arrives is the same one you requested on the app. If anything doesn’t add up, do not get in and make sure  you report to Bolt via the in-app support tab or via email: accra@bolt.eu      

UBA Ghana Restates Commitment To Provide Fast And Secure Remittance Service With Africash

UBA Ghana, a Pan-African financial institution, has reiterated its commitment to provide fast, secure, reliable and convenient remittance services across all 20 operating countries with its intra-African money transfer service, Africash.

Africash is a secure and robust remittance processing platform that helps customers and non-customers to quickly send and receive funds at any location where UBA or any of its partner agencies is present across Africa.

The service is designed to provide an efficient payment system for the booming and largely informal trade activities within the African Regions as well as provide a platform for settlement of imports and exports within Africa.

With Africash, customers can initiate or receive money from any business office or partner location in their local currency instantly after transfer has been effected.

Managing Director and CEO of UBA Ghana, Olalekan Balogun remarked “Africash is a simple and secured web-based platform to support customers move money easily for trade and investment within the continent.

He continued “More importantly, Africash gives room for refund or cancellation based solely on sender’s request, to ensure the process is secured, the transaction is tied to a reference code, test question and answer”.

Tunecore Hires Jade Leaf & Chioma Onuchukwu To Head Operations In Africa


TuneCore, the leading digital music distribution and publishing administration company for independent artists, has launched operations in Africa. Jade Leaf has been hired as Head of TuneCore for Southern Africa and will share responsibility for key countries in East Africa with Chioma Onuchukwu, who has been hired as Head of TuneCore for West Africa. Both Leaf and Onuchukwu will report to Faryal Khan-Thompson, Vice President, International, TuneCore.

Onuchukwu will be based in Nigeria and oversee countries in West Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. She will also look after Tanzania and Ethiopia in East Africa.  Leaf’s territory encompasses Southern Africa, including South Africa, where she will be based, as well as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Lesotho. Leaf will also manage TuneCore operations in East African countries Kenya and Uganda.

Said Onuchukwu, "I am elated to be joining a renowned, independent music distribution powerhouse, especially in an incredible era for music creators in Africa at a time when we are gaining global recognition and increasing momentum. I look forward to collaborating with and supporting local artists."

Before joining TuneCore, Onuchukwu was Marketing Manager at uduX Music, a music streaming platform in Nigeria. There she worked directly with popular African artists such as Davido, Yemi Alade, Patoranking, Kizz Daniel and more.

Did You Know Criss Waddle Had A Relentless Interest In Signing KD Bakes?

Speaking in an exclusive interview with BeenieWords, the President of 2HypeGang Worldwide, chairman of AMG Business and CEO of GMB, Starzee acknowledged the fact that AMG Business boss Criss Waddle had a keen interest in signing the afrobeats blue-chip, but trap music King Showboy ended up signing the gem.

The main engine behind the premium ‘Melody Ghod’ recalled how Criss advised KD about loyalty, patience, game plan, determination and going all out for the music no matter any set back. Extraordinarily, even though the ‘Biegya’ hit maker couldn't sign KD Bakes as planned, it hasn't reduced his good intentions and will to support the growth of the artist.

I define this gesture by both Starzee and Criss Waddle as pure love to support their brother Showboy and help establish his label together with its magnificent artists - KD Bakes & Kojo Phino.

Happy birthday to the AMG Business boss, God bless you.

KD is out with #Pami featuring Yaa Pono, download and listen: https://linktr.ee/kdbakes

50,000 People In Eastern Ghana Get Internet Connection


Dow is supporting an information and communication infrastructure pilot to reach approximately 50,000 people in Nsutem, Eastern Ghana to support improved internet and data communications connectivity. Dow’s support will help to enable the construction of a renewable energy biomass power facility which will generate sustainable incomes f or thousands of smallholder farmers locally.

Through its local grantee, the Okyeman Environment Foundation (OEF), Dow has enabled the construction of a WiFi network inclusive of hardware, software and deployment of technology to support two base  stations and  18 hot spots to  create an  information and  communication infrastructure pilot  covering  a  collective  area  of  about  15  km  radius  within  surrounding communities of the biomass power facility.

The infrastructure allows approximately 50,000 people to connect to a WiFi network permitting af fordable data communications and internet access. This Project is a grantee of the Dow Business Impact Fund, which has been identifying and funding new projects around the globe that hold the potential to create significant social impact since 2016.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

MEDIA GENERAL CELEBRATES MARCH 2021 AS GHANA MONTH


March 2021 is just around the corner and leading Ghanaian Media Company, the Media General Group has this week announced its preparedness to execute this year’s edition of its annual Ghana Month campaign.   

Ghana Month is a month-long campaign which takes place in the month of March to coincide with the country’s independence celebrations. The campaign is to primarily project the country’s indigenous products and services as well as celebrate its rich cultural heritage.

According to management of the media conglomerate, the focus of this year’s Ghana Month campaign is to promote the essence of patronizing locally made products and services as the world battles the shattering effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Media General Group, Beatrice Agyemang highlighted the economic impact of the campaign and what the country stands to gain when Ghanaians patronize products and services by local firms.

“Patronizing our locally manufactured products impacts directly on the manufacturing sector of the Ghanaian economy and this will serve as a major drive for economic growth and prosperity. We have China and India as examples to learn from. Their rapid growth were driven by their manufacturing sectors and their products were heavily patronized by their citizens. In addition, it will create more jobs, improve physical infrastructure and enterprises in the country”, she added.

Relive The Best Moments Of BBNaija Lockdown This March On Africa Magic


MultiChoice Nigeria is set to air highlights from BBNaija season 5 from Monday, 1 March till Friday, 26 March 2021 on Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) at 10pm.

BBNaija lovers will have another opportunity to relive some of the best moments of the BBNaija Lockdown edition, six months after the epic grand finale which saw Olamilekan “Laycon” Agbeleshe emerge winner. The highlights episodes will also get fans primed and excited for the upcoming Reunion show of the season.

BBNaija continues to be a TV phenomenon in Nigeria and across Africa. The Lockdown edition set the record for the number of votes cast with 900 million votes recorded during the show and over 60 billion impressions on digital. The edition also broke the Showmax live-streaming record, becoming the most-watched live entertainment content ever on the streaming service.

M-Net Movies: Pop-Up Channel Dedicated To Incredible Women In March


Don't be blinded by their beauty. They are smart, strong, certainly not to be messed with. These are the leading action ladies that will command your screens when M-Net launches its pop-up channel dedicated to the powerful women in action movies in March.

Dubbed the M-Net Movies Pretty Deadly Pop-up Channel starring Leading Ladies of Action, this thrilling pop-up channel, which will be available to DStv Premium customers, will air on DStv Channel 111 from Friday, 19 March, at 8:30am and end on Sunday, 4 April, at midnight.

The launch of the channel coincides with the celebration of women's contributions throughout history and in contemporary society, as March is proclaimed Women's History Month.

“The action movie genre has traditionally been dominated by men. But progress has been made over the years, as more and more women are now at the forefront of their own action films, and we love to see that at M-Net. That's why we've brought together the best action movie heroines on a dedicated channel to celebrate them,” says Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Cecil Sunkwa Mills.  “For two weeks, viewers can look forward to watching amazing women take the characters of assassins to superheroes, and kick, punch, and shoot their way out of obstacles.”

Pepsodent Herbal Launch: An Ode To Nature


Unilever’s oral care brand over the weekend launched a new variant of Pepsodent – Pepsodent Herbal.

A one-of-a-kind event, it was held at the Legon Botanical Gardens as an ode to the natural composition of the new variant and the growing consumer preference for natural products.

With all COVID-19 protocols being observed, guests were hosted to a serene atmosphere and serenaded with a live music performance from a saxophonist.

The new Pepsodent Herbal is infused with Green Tea herbal extracts to provide consumers strong teeth, gums, and all-round cavity protection.

Pepsodent still remains the same trusted brand in Ghana’s oral care sector and the new Pepsodent Herbal with natural herbal formula ushers in an exciting period for the brand as it continues its mission to help improve people’s oral health.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

American Award-winning Singer Stevie Wonder To Move To Ghana Permanently

American multiple award-winning musician, writer and producer, Stevie Wonder has announced his decision to move to Ghana permanently.

Stevie Wonder who’s currently resident in Los Angeles revealed this in an interview with Opera Winfrey on her show, the Opera Conversation on Apple TV.

“I wanna see this nation smile again and I wanna see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana.”

Asked if he’s moving to Ghana permanently? he responded “I am, because I don’t wanna see my daughter’s children’s children have to say oh please like me, please can you respect me, please am I not important? please value me, what can of …is that?”

Stevie Wonder, original name Steveland Judkins or Steveland Morris, (born May 13, 1950, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.), American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century.

Blind from birth and raised in inner-city Detroit, he was a skilled musician by age eight. Renamed Little Stevie Wonder by Berry Gordy, Jr., the president of Motown Records—to whom he was introduced by Ronnie White, a member of the Miracles—Wonder made his recording debut at age 12.

Unilever Ghana Introduces New Natural Variant Pepsodent Herbal

Unilever’s Oral care brand, Pepsodent has introduced a new natural variant Pepsodent Herbal Triple Protection 140g to meet the growing consumer preference for natural products.

The new Pepsodent Herbal is infused with Green Tea herbal extract to provide consumers strong teeth, gums and all-round cavity protection.

Pepsodent still remains the same trusted brand in Ghana’s oral care sector and the new Pepsodent Herbal with the natural herbal formula ushers in an exciting period for the brand as it continues its mission to help improve people's oral health and habits.

Commenting on the new Pepsodent Herbal, Mame Serwah Saifah, Oralcare Brand Manager, Unilever Ghana said, “A leading oral care brand like Pepsodent has combined a unique blend of herbs to create a whole new brushing experience for consumers.

“The carefully selected natural extracts and herbs are uniquely formulated to release inner heat, repair and protect gum tissue and give an all-round cooling sensation when used”, he added.
 
Mame Serwah Saifah added “Massive demand for plant-based toothpastes or toothpastes which include ingredients from natural sources inspired us to manufacture Pepsodent Herbal.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Connecting Africa Is The Seminal Challenge Of Our Time

By Patricia Obo-Nai, Vodafone Ghana CEO

The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted all aspects of our lives resulting in an unparalleled acceleration in digital transformation. The mobile community in sub-Saharan Africa responded to this crisis proactively to keep individuals and businesses connected. Nonetheless, nearly a billion people on the continent are still being left behind, and effectively and permanently remedying this, is the seminal challenge of our time.

Vodafone Ghana is proud to join our Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom teams across Africa to invite governments, industry players and businesses to become part of our Africa.Connected campaign. We commit to accelerate our efforts to close the digital divide and ensure that every man, woman and child is equally and equitably connected with no one left behind.

This campaign builds on our six-point plan to future-proof our network and infrastructure, accelerate support to governments, support e-education and e-health, enhance digital accessibility and literacy for the most vulnerable, promote widespread digital adoption for business, and ultimately support our societies to overcome the crisis brought by the pandemic through targeted digital adoption and better financial inclusion.

The economic repercussions of the pandemic have been brutal, and sub-Saharan Africa is facing a significant economic crisis. According to The World Bank in Africa, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to fall to -3.3% in 2020, pushing the region into its first recession in 25 years.

BRAVE WOMAN MAGAZINE LAUNCHED IN GHANA


BRAVE Woman Magazine, a publication that seeks to champion the female empowerment narrative, has been launched in Accra.

Published by BRAVE Connect, the platform for the young female demographic of 18-30, it is being introduced at a time when there is constant yearn for a deliberate women empowerment drive that places success, discipline and virtue at the heart of the conversation.

A launch activity held at the Papillon Creative Hub, saw some young and vibrant Ghanaians in attendance including Sarknatives and Royals as well as product display by Owura Coconut, Bespoke Fabrications, and Sosah Cuisine.

Tracy Owusu Addo, Founder of BRAVE and Publisher of the magazine said they seek to offer a refreshing alternative.

"There is so much more to offer where women are concerned than just what is being propagated. We want to be able to feature young women doing great intitiatives so as to inspire those who look up to them."

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mary Animpong Wins Ghana's Next Super Model Competition


On the 14th of February 2021, Sparkzuta International Modelling Agency hosted the Ghana Next Super Model competition at Fokuzzy Lodge Trasacco.

The novel competition focuses on discovering unknown talents and transforming them into mainstream stars in the modelling industry.

Mary Animgpong emerged winner of the competition with Johanna Ansah and Julia Adjei finishing second and third respectively.

Awards were also handed to the best in categories such as Best runway model award-Johanna Ansah, commercial model award-Audrey Torku, best male catwalk award-Jackson Daniel, fitness model award-Andrew Yaw Koree, most discipline model-Julia Adjei, best runway model (male): Akwetey Rockson and best model-look award Mary Amaninpong.

The Event was graced by various fashion designers such as Atto Tetteh, Jants Collection, AY Shie, Quophi Akotua Ghana, Daph by Laurelz and Roberta.

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