Friday, February 21, 2020

Edward Boafo Owusu Selected As National Judge For AfriMusic Song Contest

Media and Marketing Professional, Edward Boafo Owusu, has been selected by the AfriMusic Song Contest as a national judge for the 2020 edition. Owusu, who is also a Certified Festival Manager and Culture Enthusiast, is expected to bring his years of expertise to the very popular global event.

The AfriMusic Song Contest is for all established and unknown artists from across the African continent. The competition is for songwriters and artists, offering them a platform to grow their career in music. The contest was launched on digital platforms in 2017 and for the past 2 years, it has uncovered amazing talent.

Symphony from the Kingdom of eSwatini was the competition’s first winner, getting the opportunity to perform her winning song at the Eurovision Song Contest village in Lisbon Portugal in 2018, which was broadcast to millions of people. 

In 2019 South African born Nonzwakazi took the title of the second winner of the contest and was flown to Tel Aviv where she performed at the Eurovision Song Contest Village for a crowd of 105,000 people.

Alex Okosi Talks Humble Beginning, Launching MTV In Africa And More On A Special Episode Of MTV Base Behind The Story

On Tuesday, the special episode of MTV Base Behind The Story featured Alex Okosi, who is the driving force behind ViacomCBS Networks Africa, home to powerhouse entertainment brands BET, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV Base, MTV Music, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., and NickToons in Africa, as well as BET International with channel brand businesses in Europe, Asia and Africa.

In the episode, Alex sits with host, Pearl Thusi and opens up on several issues about him, his background, and how he built the Viacom business in Africa. With entertainment experience amassed across three continents over 21 years, Alex Okosi spoke about his humble beginning in Enugu, his family, and how travelling to America at the age of 12 in pursuit of academic excellence changed the course of his life for the better.

Alex also shared details of his early days in America, living in a gang-infested neighbourhood. In his words “It was like the wild wild west out there”, and he had to move out of that neighbourhood after the death of his friend. He also talked about playing basketball, living with a foster mother, and how a knee injury ended his dream of playing in the NBA.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

An Opportunity To Take Care Of Your Heart In The Month of Love

February is celebrated worldwide as the month of love. Love is an emotion that is believed to emanate from the heart, a vital body organ that holds our very lives. The heart, undoubtedly can be cared for through proper nutrition thus, the relationship between a healthy diet and heart cannot be underestimated.  The heart can be kept functioning properly with good insight into nutrition and other activities that are healthy for the heart.

Watching our total fat intake, keeping saturated fats low, monitoring how much salt we eat and eating more fibre rich food - like beans and oatmeal are sure ways to a healthy heart.

In Ghana, Herbalife Nutrition is a health and wellness company committed to championing the cause of heart health. Herbalife seeks to lead the way to healthy lifestyles through public education. As a health and wellness brand, it offers high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Who Wins The 2 Bedroom House? Mentor Grand Finale Slated For Sunday, February 23rd

It promises to be a night of electrifying performances when six young and talented musicians mount the stage at the Accra International Conference Centre on Sunday 23rd February 2020 for the grand finale of currently the biggest music reality show in Ghana, Mentor Reloaded.

After thirteen weeks of entertainment on Ghana’s leading television network, TV3, the six finalists will be battling it out on the night for the ultimate prize of a luxurious two bedroom house located in a gated community in Accra.

Apart from the thrilling performances from the six finalists, some of Ghana’s most sought after musicians will mount the stage to entertain the audience. They include Edem, Adina, both have been judges on the Mentor Reloaded edition and the “Attaa Adwoa” hitmaker, Bosom P-Yung.

Tickets are currently selling for GHC20 at Airport Shell, Baatsona Total, TV3 Front Desk, Silver Bird Cinema – Accra Mall, Junction Mall, Hisense Showroom, TV3 offices across the country and Goil Filling Station – Dansoman Roundabout. Gate opens at 6PM.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES KiDi AS BRAND AMBASSADOR

Technology giant Samsung Electronics has announced Ghanaian high-life and afrobeats singer-songwriter KiDi as a new brand ambassador. The talented highlife, afrobeats and afropop singer KiDi, born Dennis Nana Dwamena, is one of Ghana's most promising young stars.

The much-loved singer has seen his career take-off and has quickly emerged as one of the leaders of the new school of Ghanaian highlife music. Hit songs like 'Say You Love Me', 'Odo' and the more recent 'Adiepena' has garnered a huge following for the popular star, making him a household name.

Mr. Eugene Nahm, Managing Director of Samsung Ghana noted that KiDi’s music career trajectory exhibits and exudes characteristics that truly reflect Samsung’s brand promise and aspirations for the new decade.

“It’s an honour to have a young music icon like KiDi, who is loved by many Ghanaians, as a Samsung brand ambassador. KiDi effortlessly connects with a new generation who have also embraced the Galaxy A Series and we look forward to him being part of the Samsung family,” said Mr. Nahm.

Meet The Young Designer Behind Kennedy Osei’s Apparel For Kency2020

The media went agog during the weekend over the most luxurious wedding in recent times, which displayed indigenous Ghanaian fashion, style and culture. Guess what, we have uncovered the young Ghanaian behind it all.

Ghanaian stylist and designer, with an IT and graphic design background by name Michael Kumi, CEO of Maison Hardman is the brain behind the apparel of Despite's son and some dignitaries who were at the event.

The designer confidently deserves the credit for Kennedy Osei’s luxury suit, that of Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, his brother, Mr Sarpong, the page boy, and his four brothers whom some ladies can't stop ”crushing” on.

In a statement when contacted, he revealed, ” for the past 5years my passion for fabrics and styles have led me to doing strictly men’s wear,  mainly suits and caftans. I have dedicated my time, energy and have invested a lot of time into fine-tuning my craft. What you see today is a testament of hard work and dedication.” he ended.

The brand Maison Hardman was born out of his love for cutting fabrics and stitching them together to make  exciting clothes with fit-for-purpose designs that gave it relevance and emit light at any gathering. The daughter of Despite’s wedding in 2017 was one of the families event where his designs were on display, left-right-center with class.

Asked why one of the richest families in Ghana will choose him, he intimated, ”Ken chose me because currently I'm one of the best designers doing bespoke suites, styling grooms both locally and internationally and actually pays attention to details, also by choosing me, they have reaffirmed their trust and believe in made in Ghana products and in young Ghanaians like myself”. The young man at this point can afford to make some braggadocio comments. His works merit it anyways.

Prophet Daniel Amoateng Never Planned With Tracy’s Mum To Fake Daughter’s Big Marriage Prophecy – Junior Pastor Replies Critics

A subordinate pastor of Prophet Daniel Amoateng, has shot down reports that he had an encounter with the mother of Tracy Ameyaw before prophesizing how nice and good her wedding will be.

Following the report of a video in which the founder and leader of Power Worship International revealed in 2019 about how beautiful Tracy’s marriage will be, a fake report is being circulated that her mother informed the prophet about whom her daughter was dating before he publicly called the girl to fake the prophesy.

However, a subordinate pastor of Prophet Daniel Amoateng who spoke with Owen Ghana on a condition of anonymity debunked the false report.

He said the man of God was not aware of whom Tracy was dating and he didn’t even know the young woman or her mum before he made the prophecy.

According to him, the prophecy came out on the first day that Tracy visited the church of Prophet Amoateng.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Leading Through Digital Transformation - Vodafone Business

 Digitalisation has many benefits for businesses particularly Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). These include profitability, better customer service, increased efficiency and productivity, ability to work faster and simpler, and improved employee communications. By adopting new technologies, businesses can embrace mobility confidently in order to survive in a continually changing business world.

Vodafone as a brand has over the years demonstrated dynamism and technological innovation across the globe. The telco has set landmarks in the areas of product innovation, customer experience, industry, community interventions and in deploying mobile technology for social and economic good.

The culture of innovation that exists within Vodafone propels its delivery of groundbreaking products and solutions. The telco continues to demonstrate commitment to introducing pioneering solutions for businesses through its enterprise arm, Vodafone Business.

Vodafone Business is a customer-centric service provider that believes that its technology can transform lives and society. Being a total digital solutions provider, it collaborates with customers to achieve their desired business outcomes and ambitions, through the provision of bespoke technology solutions.

See Images : Yvonne Okoro Rescues Mothers Who Could Not Pay Medical Bills

Actress Yvonne Okoro on Wednesday  paid an amount of GHC26,810.45  to clear medical bills for some 13 needy mothers at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra.

The mothers  could not go home  after being delivered of their babies because they could not afford to pay their bills.

Some of them spent more than two months at the maternity ward of the hospital  while others spent two weeks.
 
One of them was owing the hospital to close to GHC 8000.

Yvonne, together with her sisters, Elizabeth Okoro and Roseline Okoro, visited the maternity ward on Wednesday to settle the bills so the mothers could finally take their babies home.

Naa Ashorkor Unveiled As Voice Of #GH4STEM Campaign

TV and Radio personality, Naa Ashorkor is the Voice of GH4STEM Campaign. The campaign was created by WeGo Innovate in partnership with Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST), Ghana STEM Network, GhScientific, and The Exploratory. The GH4STEM campaign brings education stakeholders together across sectors to demystify the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The ultimate goal is to make practical STEM teaching and learning the norm at all education levels in Ghana using the Junior Experimenters of science (JUNEOS) and the Senior Experimenters of Science (SENEOS) challenge.

As the Voice of the GH4STEM campaign Naa Ashorkor champions the importance and relevance of practical STEM education for our world today. She believes that “when students are introduced to practical STEM, it helps them develop critical thinking, innovation and problem solving skills. I have a platform. I have the voice, literally to help push this campaign and this message far. And I am happy to use it.”

Friday, February 14, 2020

Adonko Bitters Unveils Jim Iyke, Uti Nwachukwu, Victor AD, Teddy A, Melvin Oduah, Charles Okocha And Ini Edo As Brand Ambassadors

Leading alcoholic herbal drink brand, Adonko Bitters has unveiled top celebrities and influencers as brand ambassadors. The official signing which took place at The Oriental Hotel, in Lekki on Thursday 13th February 2020, is an efficient move to maintain the link with key target audience and as leader in the herbal  beverages industry, it creates a flawless visibility across board.

The brand ambassadors unveiling was hosted by  Ghanaian actress, Tv and Radio Host Selly Gelly. The choice of these ambassadors is a bid to create a consistent connection between the customer and the brand. They have proven over the years to have a distinct relationship with different categories of the target audience. To this end, they will individually represent the brand at different levels and maintain excellent relationships with key audiences. This will further create more presence for the brand amongst key consumers in the market.

Representing Adonko Bittles Limited were, Head of International  Marketing Adonko Bitters - Vincent Opare,  Mr Enest Gyamfi -Head of Sales, as well as  Ernest Brobbey Country Manager Nigeria Adonko Bitters. 

It’s The Month Of Love And We’ve Got a Date with DStv

Love is in the air, but even if heart-shaped chocolates and fluffy teddy bears aren’t your thing, get ready to have a fling with DStv this month, because we’ve got plenty of entertainment that’ll get your pulse racing.

First up, there’s the stormy affair between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, 16 February at 2pm on SuperSport (DStv Channel 203). Last time, Tottenham beat them 3-1, so Aston Villa will be putting their hearts into this match.

Next Sunday, heartbreak turns into brutal revenge on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Our hero, the gruff Logan (Hugh Jackman) has found love, settling down with schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox. Their peaceful existence is shattered when his vicious brother brutally murders Kayla. Logan’s thirst for revenge sees him take on some formidable foes, including Deadpool! Check it out on 23 February at 5pm on M-Net Smile (DStv Channel 105).

On the sweeter side, there’s October Kiss on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131), also on 23 February at 5:30pm. This Hallmark movie stars the free-spirited Poppy, a nanny who’s hired by a career-driven single dad. With Halloween around the corner, she shows the family that life can be joyful.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

7th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Nominates Six Films In New Multichoice Talent Factory Award Category

The 7th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCA) in association with MultiChoice has nominated six films in the newly launched category, the MultiChoice Talent Factory Award. The category aims to reward excellence in storytelling and provide a platform for alumni of MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academies, MultiChoice Africa’s shared-value initiative, with academies in West, East and Southern Africa.

The films nominated are Life of Bim  (West Africa), DreamChaser (West Africa), Ensulo (East Africa), Promises (East Africa), Savannah Skies (Southern Africa) and The Painting (Southern Africa), which were produced by students of MTF’s class of 2019 and culminated the 12-month immersion programme, aimed at developing the next generation of African film and TV creatives.

In a live broadcast across Africa Magic channels on 6 February, Nollywood’s Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman announced nominees in all 28 categories of the AMVCAs. Seven of  the AMVCA’s 28 categories will be open to public voting and 21 categories, including the MultiChoice Talent Factory Award, will be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges, headed by award-winning filmmaker and MTF Academy Director for West Africa, Femi Odugbemi, who is making his return as Head Judge of the awards for the fourth time.

African Tourism Board Chairman Addresses Tourism Gathering In Tanzania

Looking at Africa as a single tourist destination, African Tourism Board (ATB) Chairman Cuthbert Ncube said concerted efforts ‘seriously needed’ from tourism stakeholders to make the continent a borderless tourist destination.

Mr. Ncube who was the Guest of Honor at the domestic exhibition conference in Tanzania this Friday said that visa restrictions need a quick solution to ease intra-African travel.

The ATB Chairman said that Africa needs free movement of people traveling from one nation to another in order to build a strong tourism base for Africans in areas of culture, wildlife and other heritages available in this continent.

“Africa is one. We need to make Africa a borderless tourist destination for Africans and foreign tourists coming to visit this continent,” the ATB Chairman said.

He said that domestic tourism that is vital in making Africa the best and most progressive continent through tourism gains, is also prominent among other world destinations.

South Africa To Host Africa Gospel Awards Festival [AGAFEST] For 5 Years

Big Events Ghana, event organizers of the prestigious continental gospel awards event, Africa Gospel Awards Festival (AGAFEST) has announced South Africa as the new host for five years [2020 to 2025].

At a press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, at the Alisa Hotel, the Chief Executive Officer of Big Events Ghana, Prince Mackay disclosed that the purpose on which AGAFEST was founded was to promote unity amongst gospel artistes across Africa.

This, the organizers noted, follows reason why AGAFEST 2020 would be hosted in South Africa.

Mackay indicated that other African countries will get the opportunity to also host the annual gospel awards event as agreed by the organizing committee.

“The vision of AGAFEST is to reach out to all gospel stars in all Africa nations to promote one purpose which is to celebrate and acknowledge the excellence of gospel talents. It is in this regard that South Africa has accepted the hosting right for five years.

“AGAFEST is to reward integrity, hard work and excellence of gospel acts, also driving towards soul winning and empowering Christians to proclaim the gospel globally.” Prince Mackay added

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