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People Initiative Foundation opens internship opportunities across Africa

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The Situation

There is a popular belief that there are no jobs, however, firms are actively seeking refined, skilled and results-oriented graduates to work with. The challenge these firms face is that many of our graduates lack knowledge in how to properly package themselves in order to secure a job. Most graduates on the average have no idea of the skills or value they can contribute to their prospective employers and shocking mistakes like the inability to spell ‘career’ or ‘experience’, keeps appearing on many graduate CV’s. Countless graduate CV’s contain worn-out clichés like ‘team player’ or ‘ability to work with little or no supervision’.

Our educational system has its inadequacies and tertiary institutions in Africa have been criticized for being ivory towers which churn out graduates not fit for the job market. The fact remains that Corporate Industries cannot cater for the all the needs of the job market. Almost half of the 10 million graduates churned out of the over 668 universities in Africa yearly are unable to secure jobs in a very competitive market. It is of a necessity for the graduates our universities churn out to be equipped with entrepreneurial expertise, thus avenues are needed for such training which is sadly lacking in most African Universities.

There are solutions to this challenge and we should refuse to make systems which are not working our excuse!

 

The Solution

Solutions to these problems include grooming young people to better package themselves, helping them to hone their skills through mentorship programs and prepare them adequately for the job market. Our young people also need to be equipped to find solutions to the challenges of our continent through sound foundations in entrepreneurship.

The People Initiative Foundation, considering the challenges outlined above, saw the need to establish The Africa Internship Academy in April 2016. As a solution to these challenges, the Academy has developed an Internship Program for young people. AIA’s answer is training which will imbibe a spirit of professionalism and entrepreneurship in our young African talents whether they find themselves as employer or employee in the near future.

The Africa Internship Academy is the first of its kind on the continent and offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over Africa to be groomed professionally, network extensively and experience workplace culture, The motto for the Academy is ‘grooming Africa’s next generational change agents’ and they specialize in connecting Africa’s young talent through Internships and Study Abroad Programs.

 

The Scholarship

The People Initiative Foundation together with its partners and donor agencies is very happy to announce an offer of a full scholarship to its first cohort of students on their tuition expenses.

50 outstanding students and fresh graduates between the ages of 15 to 25 from Pre-tertiary and Tertiary institutions in Africa with diverse backgrounds of study will embark on a four week journey in Accra, Ghana the birthplace of Pan-Africanism.

Winners of the scholarship will be engage in work Integrated learning environment, which includes mentorships, field trips, attending meetings and some office work.

After the four week period, our first batch graduated – the African Internship Pioneering Fellows will be thoroughly groomed to lead and undertake positive change wherever they find themselves. Our fellows will have the capability to overcome employment barriers and impel their careers through the training they had and AIA connecting them to high-impact networks and capital that will empower them to create transformative change.

 

Application Procedure:

All interested students should visit www.africainternshipacademy.com and follow all the stipulated guidelines. The application deadline for the scholarship is on Monday 31st October 2016.

Applicants should kindly note that this scholarship offer does not include your travel, transport and accommodation expenses.

 

Our Story

Ms. Esther Nyaadie, the Africa Regional Communication Manager of People Initiatives Foundation, speaking to the reporter, explained that “the Africa Internship Academy was for pre-tertiary students, tertiary students and fresh graduates to gain practical experience and master soft skills to prepare them for the job market before and after graduation and be proficient professionals in Africa’s growing economy. The Africa Internship Academy is passionate about Africa and is committed to highlighting the talents on the continent to the global community through our activities. We revel in the growth and development of our interns as they progress through our programs. We are confident in the value our program provides and looks for applicants that share a similar passion for Africa’’. She also added that, by the end of 2017, Africa Internship Academy will open other four (4) offices including Abuja, Kigali, Abidjan and Cape Town apart from Accra.

 

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CCIFG host new year Cocktail Party ( IMAGES )

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) organised a Networking Cocktail at SkyBar 25 to celebrate the beginning of a new year and officially mark the 1st quarter of the Chamber.

The event brought together over 100 participants from the CCIFG network which included CCIFG members, Partners and associates from over 20 sectors in Corporate Ghana as well as France. The event provided a platform for high-level networking among Corporate executives with the objective of creating potential and fruitful partnerships. Beyond the networking advantage, participants were entertained with live-band music accompanied by selected French wine and delicious hors-d’oeuvres.

The Managing Director Mrs Delphine Adenot-Owusu in her speech shared the targets of the CCIFG for the year which are revolved around positioning the Chamber as a promoter of the Ghanaian market to attract business to Ghana, to establish partnerships with our member community and to help boost the Ghanaian economy. She was delighted to highlight the increasing number of trade missions to Ghana which is essential to the Ghanaian economy as well as an avenue for the business opportunity for the Chamber’s local partners. She further mentioned the intention to continue to strengthen the business support arm of the CCIFG to its network as the Chamber plays its role in bridging the gap between France and Ghana.

CCIFG continues to expand its membership base growing to 120. Members in the CCIFG represent various sectors in Corporate Ghana which is a reflection of the dynamic character integrated into the CCIFG.

CCI France Ghana

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana is an association of companies and professionals belonging to different sectors which aim at supporting, fostering and enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies. With over 20 business sectors represented, the CCIFG acts as a business support system to its members by providing information through market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and trade shows.

To ensure our members receive the most benefits, CCIFG continues to organize business networking events to provide a platform to engage and establish potential business partnerships. The New Year Cocktail was organised with this objective as the CCIFG continues to embody its vision and direction to be one of the largest and most dynamic business networks in the country.

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#JamesonTakeOverGH: Worlasi named for 2018 edition

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For the third year running, singer Worlasi has been announced for the annual “Jameson Takeover GH” hangout session.

This year’s edition is slated for the Champs Sports Bar on January 27 from 7 pm, will see the 2017 Coke Studio Africa housemate perform songs off his latest EP Outerlane, as well as his mixtapes Uncut and NUSE.

Via a promo video on the artist’s social media handles, he promises the biggest night so far. Considering his  growing clout over the years, as well as his charismatic stagecraft, a truly memorable night can be expected.

Worlasi is signed to CM Records, and has been associated with esteemed colleagues as Sarkodie, M.anifest,  Da’Hammer, Sena Dagadu among others.

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“The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26!

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Budding singer Deon Boakye, will on Friday January 26, stage a live musical performance at the African Regent Hotel in Accra dubbed “The Green Experience”.

Deon’s career has been on the rise since debuting his solo hit single ‘Allewa’ (featuring Cabum). That was followed with other singles like Dubai, New Year and Babiaa Awu.

He will be performing songs off his recent Green album which was outdoored in September last year.

The HardBoy Music Group artiste, noted for his lively and stage craft, will be joined by the World League Band, a unique group that blends multiple genres like highlife, Afrobeats and jazz, as he performs joints off the album as “Ooosh”, “Yellow Sisi” and “Genevieve”.

Speaking in a recent interview regarding the Green LP, Deon explains that the project is “a symbol of fertility, happiness and progress toward attaining your goals.”

The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee since bursting onto the music scene has been consistent and has enjoyed massive coverage in the media for his exceptional vocals and composition of songs which led to his nomination for the unsung category in the VGMA’s.

Consisting 17 tracks, the Green LP features Strongman, Cabum, Medikal, Joel Orleans, Cabum, FlowKing Stone, Akitiwrowro, Kofi Kinaata, Eno, Jason EL-A and a host of others.

According to organizers of the event, ZoneThree6, the Green Experience will be an opportunity for the general public and fans to have a first-time experience with Deon performing live.

The Green Experience will be hosted by Dzifa Grey (Metro TV), with the green carpet being hosted by ZoneThree6 VJs, VJ Quabena Kevin, VJ Koko & VJ Eleanor. It is sponsored by ALSALE SERVICE LTD.

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Patapaa HEADLINES 3 -Day Concert in Liberia

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“One Corner” hitmaker Patapaa Amisty will headline a three-day concert in Liberia from January 19 – January 21.

Put together by Havana Lodge & Executive Inn, the marathon will see the Swedru- native rock the West African nation alongside rapper Stay Jay, and a host of Liberian acts including Soul Fresh, Nuchie Meek, Revoluxon, Eric Geso, and Teddy Ride.

“One Corner” proved to be the biggest song in Ghana in 2017, and hugely influential across the sub-region, earning Patapaa widespread acclaim, and an appearance on many stages in Ghana, and neighbouring Nigeria.

Produced by Morgan Beat, “One Corner” shot to nationwide prominence along with its accompanying dance after Patapaa first performed it at the Akwambo Festival in the Central Region sometime in 2017.

 

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Droves sign up for “Happy FM Dream Wedding”

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Happy FM, Ghana’s number one Sports Station continues with its mission of giving back to society. This time, the station will be fulfilling the dreams of many would-be couples to experience an unforgettable all-expense paid wedding ceremony.

The most sort after event dubbed ‘Happy FM Dream Wedding’ slated for February 14 at Cleaver House in Accra, is a continuation of the Happy FM Valentine Mass Wedding event with a more classy touch and feel.

According to Kwasi Sarpong, Programmes Manager of Happy FM, since ‘Dream Wedding’ was launched last year February 14, 2017, a lot of people have been trooping in to sign up.

Couples that signed up for this year’s ‘Dream Wedding’ are currently undergoing counselling sessions from some renowned pastors and marriage counsellors.

“People are extremely excited about the event and even though we closed registration of couples on December 31, 2017, quite a number of people keep coming to us for registration. The Happy FM ‘Dream Wedding’ will take on a new exciting twist which will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the couples, their family members and friends,’’ Kwasi Sarpong stated.

Mr. Sarpong also said that as part of the activities leading to the 14th, the grooms to be will engage in a cooking contest at the forecourt of Happy FM at Asylum Down on Saturday February 10.

He added that Happy FM is committed to helping couples desirous of getting married by taking on the responsibility of organising the classy event and providing all the necessary resources needed.

 

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British Council launches Duapa Challenge “THE CAMPUS DUEL”

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The Duapa Challenge is a social innovation support competition providing seed capital and business support for the early-stage viable social enterprise. The programme, as part of our contributions to the social enterprise ecosystem, seeks to promote economic growth, private sector development and youth employment through enterprise.

Over the past two years, the competition achieved its aim in identifying and supporting brilliant social enterprises like Trotro Tractor and CowTribe who are in operation and growing.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • identify and support idea and growth stage social enterprises from tertiary institutions in Ghana.
  • generate and support student entrepreneurship with a focus on social entrepreneurship.
  • bring together idea and growth stage social entrepreneurs to connect, learn and develop synergies.
  • provide seed capital and support to the winning social enterprise from ideation to prototype/market entry phase.
  • create general awareness about social enterprises in Ghana.

CORE TARGET AREAS

This edition of the Duapa Challenge seeks to draw social entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions from the following sectors:

  • Social focused Fintech
  • Green & Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Ethical Design & Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Education

 

 

THE APPROACH

In this edition dubbed “The Campus Duel”, the competition will focus on student social enterprises in the following 10 Ghanaian tertiary institutions:

  • University of Ghana
  • Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  • Ashesi University
  • University of Professional Studies
  • Knutsford University College
  • Lancaster University
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Central University College
  • University of Cape Coast
  • Catholic University College

Each of these institutions will have a team each of three or fewer students representing them at each stage of the competition. The teams will be required to develop and pitch their business ideas. The winning team will be awarded seed funding for their business, business incubation, training and support by the British Council and social enterprise partners.

 

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