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2015 Tigo Digital Changemakers launched

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Tigo Ghana in partnership with Reach for Change, a non-profit organisation today announced the launch of its Digital Changemakers competition, a social entrepreneurship programme aimed at identifying and empowering young Ghanaians with innovative digital solutions to improve the lives of children and society.

Tigo’s Digital Changemakers programme targets social entrepreneurs with the passion and the drive to create positive change by using digital tools and technology to scale up and grow the impact of their initiative. In 2014, two innovative ideas were selected; an application for autism and a digitized training programme for teachers in basic schools.

“Starting from today, 6th October to 6th November 2015, we are encouraging all social entrepreneurs to apply with their pioneering digital technology ideas that can impact the lives of children. The best ideas will get the chance to win a seed capital of GHS 70,000 in addition to expert support and advice from Tigo and Reach for Change for one year,” said the Head of Corporate Communication and CSR for Tigo Ghana, Gifty Bingley.

“We are looking for the best innovative digital ideas that can provide genuine solutions to problems facing children and society, while at the same time promoting connectivity and access to communications, particularly in deprived communities,” she explained.

The Country Manager for Reach for Change Ghana, Madonna Kendona-Sowah, emphasised that “Ideas presented to the competition must demonstrate the potential in utilizing mobile broadband, digital and/or information technology to improve the quality of the proposed project”.

Interested participants can apply online through www.tigo.com.gh/digitalchangemakers.

To date, Tigo Ghana in partnership with Reach for Change has selected 15 dynamic and system changing social entrepreneurs. Regina Agyare, one of the programme’s previous winners, helps children to innovate and create technology by teaching them web designing, coding, basic ICT skills and programming. Hayford Siaw, the founder of Street Library Ghana, gives children the chance to experience the joy of reading via a digital mobile library which moves from one rural community to the other. Similarly, IT4Teens is a social enterprise that provides software, hardware and basic ICT skills training children in the Western Region.

As the Ghana Telecom CSR Company of the Year, Tigo has embarked on numerous social investments such as improving educational infrastructure for teaching and learning in rural Ghana – as Shelter 4 Education; Digital inclusion for children in rural schools – A Digital Mobile Library; the provision of portable water to various communities; improving on health infrastructure among several others.

Tigo remains committed to bridging the developmental gap by impacting and improving the lives of the communities within which it operates.

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: All set for launch of Bola Ray’s bio tonight!

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It all comes down to tonight. For some two decades, celebrated broadcaster Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) has indisputably changed Ghana’s media landscape. Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

In a few hours, and like his GH One TV show, the story of this beloved media mogul and leadership icon will be officially revealed. Slated for the plush Labadi Beach Hotel, the drive-belt doyen outdoors his biography.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book details Bola Ray’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

#ITISPOSSIBLE – Eboo drops official theme song for Bola’s biography – LISTEN!

 The launch is expected to attract key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Copies of the book can be preordered via bolaray.com

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Busy Internet Partners Graphic For 2017 Graphic Business Breakfast Forum

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Busy Internet is partnering with the Graphic communications group to present the 1st edition of the Graphic Business breakfast forum for this year.

The graphic business breakfast forum is a quarterly thought leadership series that brings industry professionals, regulators and policy makers to discuss topical issues that border on national development.

The forum dubbed ‘the role of pensions in national economic development and sustainability’, will have speakers like be Angela Gyasi – Partner, Bentsil, Enchill, Letsa and Ankomah;  Dr. John O. Tenkorang, Director General, SSNIT; Peter Osei, Former CEO of the State Insurance Company and an actuarial scientist and Mr. Hayford Atta Krufi, CEO, NPRA.

Speaking about the partnership and the upcoming event, CEO of BusyInternet Praveen Sadalage said “all throughout Busy’s existence in Ghana over the past 16years, Busy has actively been involved in initiatives, partnerships that empower Ghanaian businesses and individuals. From the days of its inception when Busy was running Ghana’s premier business shared workspace and startup support center to this era where Busy is actively creating platforms and forming partnerships that will empower businesses and individuals to make great things happen for themselves and Ghana.”

“We strongly believe that as a people we can only fast track our growth process if we consistently create opportunities for national dialogue, consensus building and education on national issues that have a direct bearing on our future as a nation. This is why we are partnering with the Graphic communications group to create this platform. We believe it will contribute strongly to the national discourse to issues of importance to us as a people,” Mr. Sadalage added.

The 1st edition of the 2017 breakfast series will be held at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Tuesday 19th September, 2017.  Interested participants can visit www.graphic.com.gh/forms/bfm to register.

 

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11th Anniversary Of NATIONAL SPELLING BEE Launched!

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Mrs. Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President of Ghana has declared the eleventh edition of the The Spelling Bee Ghana officially launched at a ceremony in Accra. The launch, which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Hall on Tuesday begun the process for the 11th edition of the National Final of The Spelling Bee to take place in February 2018.

The ceremony drew an array of formidable speakers including Dr. Jim Dobson of the USAID, Dr. Charles Owu-Ewie, Dean at University of Education Winneba, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP for Klottey Korley and Ms Abla Dzifa Gomashie, former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The chosen theme for the 11th edition of The Spelling Bee is “The Relevance of the Mother Tongue in Literacy.”

Besides commending the organisers, Young Educators Foundation, for ensuring that many young Ghanaian school children would be trained to not only read and spell correctly, but also obtain confidence in the process, most speakers at the event encouraged the use of the mother tongue in teaching young people.

Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of Young Educators Foundation, organisers of The Spelling Bee, who also spoke at the ceremony, underscored the importance of the programme in the lives of many young Ghanaians over the last 10 years and called on corporate Ghana to support such schemes to ensure they would be sustained.

“Over the last decade we have devoted our time and effort to building a platform that would encourage young people to read and we can say for a fact that we have managed to attain this objective over the 10 years that The Spelling Bee has been here,” she said.

She paid special tribute to the sponsors who had stayed faithful her company organization and their dream of making child literacy a priority. Her commendation also went to the individuals and organizations that showed support by donating to The Spelling Bee this year.

She noted that some companies such as DStv, Rufus Green Parks, Us Embassy, Voltic/Muscatella, South African Airways and Blue Knights Bookshop have by their unwavering support to The Spelling Bee kept it going and thus was very thankful to them. She expressed the greatest appreciation to the lead sponsor for many years, Indomie for their immense support to the Bee.

Mrs. Tachie-Menson commended all the schools which have participated in The Spelling Bee since its inception, the teachers who prepare the students as well as the students who spend their time learning hard to take part in The Spelling Bee.

Lily Tugbah of Solidarity International School, Ashiaman & The Spelling Bee 2017 winner spoke about her journey and the experiences that came her way, including taking part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA.

There will be the regional competitions between the months of October and November 2016. The finals of the eleventh anniversary edition of The Spelling Bee will take place in February 2018 with the winner getting an all expenses paid trip to represent Ghana at The Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA in May of 2018.

 

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Ete Dakitse Launches “L’amour Vrai / True Love” Album

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Alliance Française d’Accra, the French cultural center in Accra will come alive on Saturday 23rd September 2017 when exceptional crooner and gifted African musician, Ete Dakitse, launches his maiden album.

Titled “L’amour Vrai” (meaning True Love), the ten track album is to cement Ete Dakitse’s place as one of the fastest rising and promising African voices on the international music stage having recently performed at a series of private events in London and Scotland.

Some of the singles on the album which have started receiving heavy rotations on radio and television are ‘British Lady’, ‘Love by Nature’, ‘L’amour Vrai’, ‘Persévère’ and ‘Jamais Sans Toi’. All the songs on the album were recorded in South Africa by Sunset Recording Studios.

Speaking about the album, an elated Ete Dakitse said “I am very excited and very thankful to God for all the good things he has done for me and how far he has brought me. One of the popular songs on the album is ‘British Lady’ as you rightly said. It is a song dedicated to the British Monarch and every properly behaved lady. Another favourite song is ‘Persévère’ (Persevere), an inspirational song urging people never to give up in life despite the circumstance or situation they might find themselves in”.

Born Ete Komlan Dakitse – Benissan in the Togolese capital, Lome, he recently performed at the Glam Africa Ball held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra with His Excellency, President Nana Akuffo Addo and other high profiled personalities in attendance.

 Ete is widely known across the francophone African music space as Ete Dakitse. His unique and sweet soft singing voice is complimented by his ability to sing in two languages – French and English.

 

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Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede join Kanda Bongo Man for 2017 VODAFONE AFRICAN LEGENDS NIGHT

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Music legends Charles K. Fosu aka Daddy Lumba and Abrantie Amakye Dede have been announced as two major Ghanaian acts that will grace this year’s Vodafone African Legends Night.

According to Global Media Alliance, organizers of the event, the two superstars were lined-up together due to their immense contribution to the Ghanaian music industry hence the decision to create a platform to have close interactions with their fans.

Lumba and Amakye Dede will be joined by Congolese music legend Kanda Bongo Man who will be the headline artiste for Vodafone African Legends Night. The trio are expected to mount the stage to thrill audience to some of their hit songs.

The 6th edition of the music show will take place Saturday September 30th at the Banquet Hall State House in Accra.

Last year, the show witnessed great performances from Yvonne Chaka Chaka who collaborated with her ‘daughters’ Becca, Wiyaala and eShun on stage and was spiced up by the robotic Akosua Agyapong, the Kpanlogo man Amandzeba Nat Brew and the smooth taker Nana Tuffuor.

Over the years, African Legends Night has celebrated musical icons. Notable performers include South Africa’s legend and first headliner Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Freddy Meiway, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, Amakye Dede, Ghanaian ace Saxophonist Steve Bedi, Ben Brako as well as a blend of artistes across Africa.

 

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#SMWiAccra: MiPROMO Media delivers talk on how to make money off YouTube

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MiPROMO Media on Friday took their turn on stage at the Social Media Week brainstorming event organised by Echo House.
Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.
MiPROMO, a company which is predominantly online based made a presentation on how to make money off contents people love. The topic which was going to touch mostly on the entertainment sector was well attended by most young music artists and artist managers.
Making the presentation on behalf of MiPROMO was Nana Rofa Kissi who delved into how to make suitable content for your youtube channel. He emphasised on specific areas that should make one’s content stand out on the video-sharing website.
He then touched on the main reason everyone was there, how to make money off their contents they loved.
Nana Rofa Kissi listed points needed to monetize a channel.
What was to follow next was a very intense Q & A that made that session one of the most talked about sessions.
After the session was over, Nii Atakora Mensah – Content Development Manager of MiPROMO attend to patrons who wanted to know about YouTube and MiPROMO services.
MiPROMO Media is a neo media company specializing in Web Publishing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Music & Video Distribution, Online Advertising, Branding & Image Development, Celeb Photography, Web Traffic Generation and Event Marketing & Management.
The clientele of MiPROMO Media Network includes but not limited to the following individuals Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Joey B, Medikal, Guru, Joyce Blessing, SP Kofi Sarpong and more. MiPROMO Media owns and operates the following brands, GhanaMusic.com, StyleAfrique.com, MiPROMO Studios and the Mi Agency.

Social Media Week was organised by Echo House Ghana and powered by telecommunication giant, Vodafone Ghana.
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