Monday, August 10, 2020

expressPay Set To Enable International Remittances

Ghana’s leading financial technology company, expressPay, is on the cusp of expanding its line of innovative services with international remittances set to start soon.

The service will begin with remittance transactions from the UK to Ghana and expand to other European countries.

The introduction of international remittances will entrench expressPay as the leading financial technology company with a focus on customer needs and changing socio-economic dynamics. The company currently offers highly patronised domestic remittance services across banks and mobile money schemes. expressPay is a leading Visa eCommerce processor in Ghana supporting thousands of consumers and businesses with digital payments.

Speaking on the motivation for the company venturing in the international remittance space, CEO of expressPay, Curtis Vanderpuije said, “enabling international remittances was just a matter of time. We understand the money transfer and payment needs of our customers.

AKOMA FM CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Akoma Fm, is the fastest growing radio station in the Ashanti region and has over the past one year penetrated the heart of radio listeners across the region with quality programmes and events.

Just within a year of operation, the  fastest growing station has become a force to reckon with when it comes to the radio market in the Ashanti region.

Akoma Fm's compelling News and Current Affairs Programming leads in breaking news stories and community engagements.

Critical issues of interest are carried in the News, 'Akoma Kase3bo', with stories beautifully delivered by Maame Dufie Amakwaa, Nana Billa Kantanka and Nana Konadu Yiadom.

Duty bearers are further engaged on 'Adekyee Mu Nsem', the development-focused Morning Show which has over the past year attracted discerning listeners and astute guests to engage the Host, Sir John.  

"We prioritize the development needs of our listener and therefore focus attention on issues that ensure the socio-economic wellbeing of the individual and the community," said Abraham Asare, General Manager, Media General Radio.

He added that new programmes like 'Me Man Nti' political talk show hosted by William Evans-Nkum are geared towards holding public service holders accountable to the people for holistic development.
 
Akoma Fm's 'Obaatanpa' afternoon talk has served as a platform to solve a number of social and relationship challenges.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Charterhouse Announces New Dates For The 21st Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

After the unusual break-in-calendar of the 21st Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse is thrilled to announce a comeback. Organizers and partners have settled on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th August as the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Festival Weekend.

Given the peculiarity of this year as a result of COVID-19, some notable events within the festival will not be held. Key amongst them are the Nominees Jam and the Celebrations Jam.

The revised calendar thus begins with the big conversation on who wins what, on the VGMA21 CountDown Series, showing 6pm every Sunday on TV3 and online on Facebook – Charterhouse Ghana. The 30mins show features seasoned industry pundits in category discussions, analysis and predictions. This has already begun.

The 7th edition of the VGMA Unsung follows with a pre-produced concert which will be shown on TV for public voting and participation. This year, six (6) promising acts were selected from over 5000 social media submissions- Imrana, Gyakie, Teflon Flexx, Kofi Jamar, Sherry Boss, and Abochi. These are young, talented, and ambitious musicians who are ready to go all out to win a performance slot on music’s biggest night.

Sending Money To All Networks Is FREE On Vodafone Cash!

Vodafone Ghana has completely waived off charges on any amount of money transfers from Vodafone Cash to all other networks to lessen the financial burden of customers during this COVID-19 period.

This means that from today, Vodafone Cash customers can send money to their friends, family and business associates across the various networks for free.

This is a bold and most revolutionary move the industry has seen since the inception of Mobile Financial Services in Ghana. The offer is based on consumer insights that revealed customers and businesses want to do more transactions on Vodafone Cash in a flexible manner without worrying about the charges.

Commenting on the initiative, Pushpinder Gujral, Consumer Business Unit (CBU) Director at Vodafone Ghana said:

‘’At Vodafone, we continue to innovate based on consumer research and come out with solutions that empower customers to confidently use our Vodafone Cash service.  We are always looking out for ways to provide innovative products and services that offer more value and bring financial relief to our customers especially during this pandemic. This is also in line with our commitment to support government’s efforts by becoming an integral part of promoting a digital economy. We hope that more and more customers will use this innovative offer to save more while continuing to do more Vodafone Cash transactions.’’

ONUA TV CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

 The fastest growing Ghanaian local language television channel, Onua TV, is set to celebrate its first anniversary this month. Onua TV is a subsidiary of Ghana’s leading media company, Media General and positioned to project Ghanaian values and culture.

Onua TV was launched on 10th August 2019 in the Ashanti Region during the Media General’s “Ashanti Invasion” which witnessed the unveiling of contestants for the thirteenth edition of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) pageant.

The television platform has since become the source of credible and timeous news plus several stimulating and entertaining content. Onua TV has introduced quality programmes on human interest, health, music, sports, and entertainment.

Speaking about the first anniversary, the General Manager of Media General Television, Francis Doku, highlighted the channel’s pledge to provide its audience with quality content at all times and also embrace the highest professional standards in broadcasting.

“The media as we know is important in shaping the development process of a country. Development involves changes or advancement in a nation aimed at improving the political, economic and social lives of the people. The rationale behind the establishment of Onua TV is to project the rich Ghanaian culture, values and heritage for the development of the country. We have done a great job in one year by introducing very compelling, relevant and exciting content focusing on all aspects of life which has produced some results. We are on course and determined to strengthen our position in the sector”, he added.

Haruna Attah Eulogizes John Mahama In Forthcoming Book

 Former Ambassador to Namibia and Botswana, Haruna Attah in his yet to be launched book has eulogized President John Dramani Mahama as they worked in close proximity with each other, personally and professionally.

The book will be released at the end of August, with NDC running mate Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Ageymang as the Guest of Honor.

The over 300 paged book contains the diplomats privilege of the working relationship he had with President Mahama as a High Commissioner and also as a friend.

In Mr Attah’s words “it’s a vignette of events. It’s a book in two parts, the first part is what I call the homeland briefs and that one talks about our homeland issues, whether it is dumsor, whether it is the GITMO-2 whether it is the MONTIE-3,  whether it is to do with our chieftaincy system and the ballot box. Its a collection of so many things.

“Then the part two also looks at my experience in diplomacy as High Commissioner of Ghana to Namibia and Botswana and all sorts of interesting things also. And you have to read them to see the diaspora engagements for example, my experience with meeting for the first time in my life a transgender person, and how an ostrich nearly cost me my life,” Mr Attah said on the sidelines of the Hype UP Park N Watch event at the Ghana Club on Friday.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Ka3na And Lilo Are The First Housemates To Be Evicted From The BBNaija Lockdown House

Ka3na and Lilo have been evicted from the Big Brother Naija Lockdown Show. The two housemates were evicted at the first eviction show of the season this Sunday, August 2, 2020 making them the first set of housemates to leave the show. 

The two evicted housemates along with Eric and Praise scored the lowest public votes after all the housemates, except for the HoH and Deputy, who were put up for nomination on Monday. After the bottom four were announced by Ebuka during the live eviction show, each housemate was then given the opportunity to nominate two out of the four for possible eviction.

The four housemates with the lowest votes were Lilo, Eric, Praise and Ka3na. After each housemate voted in the diary room, Ka3na and Lilo received the highest nominations from their fellow housemates and were evicted immediately leaving Eric and Praise in the house.

Speaking to Ebuka after her eviction, Ka3na says she will miss all the housemates but particularly Lucy and Dorathy who she has built friendship with. The mother of one also says she will now focus on building her brand and business outside the BBNaija house.

#BBNaijaLockdown : Ozo Wins Head Of House Title

Ozo has won this week's Head of House (HoH) game! He becomes the first male HoH and the first Housemate to complete the game.

He subsequently chose Dorothy to be his deputy. This means they both get to live in the luxury Head of House lounge and enjoy immunity from the coming evictions while the other housemates scramble for votes.

The now anticipated Monday night game followed the same pattern, the only difference this time was the introduction of some new obstacles such as a ring toss and having to draw a portrait of oneself. 

After receiving a gentle reprimand to take the games more seriously from Ebuka, and after witnessing a double eviction during the Sunday live show, the housemates faced the game with the determination to win. The game gives every Housemate an equal opportunity to win so they put in their best hoping to get lucky.

As expected, Lucy did not qualify to partake in the game since she won the title last week. As the game progressed, Nengi and Tochi led the group with 23 and 24 respectively, however Ozo trumped their record with a perfect ‘30’ score when he reached the very last square on the mat. Big Brother gave the other housemates a chance to beat Ozo’s score, but no one came close, so Ozo was officially announced as the Head of House for the week.

Perhaps the only thing more difficult than the actual game for Ozo was choosing who he would have as his Deputy. During his Diary Room session with Biggie, he unsurprisingly chose Dorathy, which she accepted with all her ‘Full Chest’.

Hollard Ghana Hosts Senior Corporates On “A Better Future Through Wealth Creation And Protection In Uncertain Times”

Following the success of previous editions, insurance group, Hollard Ghana has announced the August edition of its “H.Insured: All About Insurance” webinar series to be held on Friday, August 7, at 4 pm. The virtual event meant to demystify all things related to insurance, is under the theme “A better future through wealth creation and protection in uncertain times.”

The highly anticipated conversation features senior corporates, Patience Akyianu, Group Chief Executive Officer of Hollard Ghana; Maidie Arkutu, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, Nutrifoods Ghana; and Kojo Addae-Mensah, Group Chief Executive Officer, Databank Group.

On the essence of the webinar, Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Hollard Ghana, said: “Most people work hard to create sustainable wealth but as we’ve seen this year, unforeseen circumstances could joepardise those efforts.

H.Insured this August will explore how the unpredictable should factor into wealth creation and protection. We have an impressive panel made up of senior corporate stalwarts appearing together for a down-to-earth, jargon-free conversation sure to intrigue anyone interested in wealth and how insurance makes a difference. We welcome everyone to join!”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Latif Abubakar Tackles Stigmatization Over COVID In New Play

Playwright Latif Abubakar's Globe Productions in partnership with the Ministry of Information and supported by AirtelTigo is set to stage another live virtual play to intensify education concerning Ghana's COVID-19 campaign with a major focus on stigmatization.

Dubbed Judas and Delilah Covid-19 edition, the play seeks to bring together top Ghanaian celebrities to join the campaign in fighting stigmatization towards person infected with the virus.

The campaign according to the award winning playwright would also bring on board some respectable religious leaders including Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle, the Archbishop of Cape Coast and Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharabutu (Dr), the National Chief Imam, Political Leaders, Academia and many others.

In an interview, the Playwright said the play would serve as a tool that appeal to the emotions of people to end stigmatization and also encourage them to abide by the measures put in place by the government to aid the fight against the virus.

Growing Numbers

"Considering the growing numbers of theatre and entertainment lovers in Ghana, I am certain that the play would give hope to the people and deal with issues of stigmatization." He said.

Juliet Bawuah Appointed New Group Head Of Sports At Media General

Juliet Bawuah is the new Group Head of Sports at Media General, the parent company of TV3, 3FM, Onua TV, Onua FM, Akoma FM, and Connect FM.

Her appointment took effect July 1, 2020. She replaces Michael Oti Adjei, who has moved on to head the group's Digital division.

Juliet is expected to bring her years of experience to bear on the new role.

In the last few years that she has practiced, she has built an enviable brand that is credible and alluring.

Juliet holds a Masters from the Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, and is an alumna of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is also a Fellow of the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC).

She holds other certificates from two of Ghana's prestigious Journalism institutions, the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the African University College of Communications.

She has also worked with other reputable Ghanaian media brands including CITI FM, ETV, and Metro TV.

Absa Bank Applauds M.anifest For Winning “Distinguished Citizen Award”

Absa Bank Ghana has congratulated its Brand Ambassador and award-winning musician Kwame Amet Tsikata known in showbiz as M.anifest for being named one of the nine recipients of the Macalester College 2020 Alumni Awards in the United States of America (USA).

Nominated by peers selected by the College’s Alumni Board, M.anifest was announced winner of the Distinguished Citizen Award at the Grand Celebration: Reunion Kick-Off event held earlier this month.

According to the Macalester College Alumni Board, the award recognizes M.anifest’s leadership in civic, social, religious, and professional activities. “It is given because the Macalester community believes that a college education should be the training and inspiration for unselfish and effective service to the community, the nation, and the world.”

In a congratulatory message, Nana Essilfuah Boison, Marketing and Corporate Relations Director at Absa Bank Ghana commended M.anifest for positively impacting society through his music and arts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Vodafone Customers Enjoy Big Value With Current Data Offers

Telecommunication giant, Vodafone Ghana, has enhanced its data packages to give customers exceptional value for money and unmatched experience on the network during this period.

Customers currently enjoy double data allocation on a host of Vodafone’s data offering including the Ghs 0.25, Ghs 1 and Ghs 2 daily bundles, and the Ghs 5 weekly bundle. Data allocation on Vodafone’s ‘2 Moorch Data’ proposition (Ghs 10, Ghs 20, and Ghs50), which offers the best volume of data and price points across the industry, was also doubled earlier this year.

The extra data allocation, which is available for browsing from 12am to 4pm, empowers customers to do so much more at the same price.

Additionally, the Telco has lifted the limited validity on its daily data bundles, Ghs 0.25, Ghs 1 and Ghs 2, as well as Ghs 5 weekly bundle. This means that all four bundles are now ‘No Expiry’ products. The prices of all the above bundles have been marginally reduced to enable customers confidently connect to the things that matter them most.

TV Africa Presenter Roselyn Felli Condems The Beating Of A 90-Year-Old Woman To Death

Few days ago, it was reported a 90-year-old woman was beaten to death. Cause of why this happened was — she was referred as a witch by community people as this occurred at Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah region.

According to the report, women in the town were heard clearly refuting allegations that she is a witch as se was pushed down by one of the women, and beaten mercilessly.

Reacting to this sad and disturbing viral video, TV Africa’s morning show Presenter Roselyn Felli is against the action of seeing a woman lynch another over allegations that the 90-year-old woman was a witch.

Watch The Video After The Cut........

Brown Berry Interviews DJ Cuppy About Her New Single ‘Jollof On The Jet’

Ghanaian presenter, Brown Berry continues to stamp his authority on the media scene with his top notch presentations and interviews.

He recently interviewed DJ Cuppy, about her new single ‘Jollof on the Jet’ off her upcoming debut album ‘Original Copy.’

“The way the song came about is I was flying from Accra to Lagos, and I was eating jollof. I was with my producer, Killertunes and I said ‘you know what, what if we had a song called jollof on the jet,” disclosed Cuppy to Berry on his show ‘Ryse N Shyne,’ the morning show on Y 107.9 FM.

“It’s just about celebrating us being together. I thought this was a great way of just representing Africans,” added the host of ‘Africa Now Radio’ on Apple Music’ Beats 1 about the song featuring Nigerian artiste, Rema and Rayvanny from Tanzania.

Born Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, the founder of Red Velvet Music Group, a London-based music management and content production company has collaborated with top talents on the African continent including Sarkodie and Kwesi Arthur.

She was a resident DJ at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban, South Africa.

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