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Tigo, UNICEF and Births & Deaths Registry’s ‘Automated Birth Registration’ initiative showcased at UN General Assembly

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 Telecom brand of the year, Tigo, UNICEF Ghana and Births and Deaths Registry were recognised at the just ended 71st annual session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly for innovative mobile application designed to make birth registration of children smart, quick and reliable in Ghana.

The innovative mobile app was featured in a video and presentation to the audience including Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, Millicom CEO Mr. Mauricio Ramos, donors and UN officials, at the ‘Every Woman Every Child’ event on the margins of the session.

‘Every Woman Every Child’ is a global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, the UN, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents.

The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a roadmap on ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation.

At the event, President Mahama said: “Lack of birth registration prevents us from knowing how many kids to register for school, vaccines, and quick dissemination of health information through mobile apps will reach more people in more areas, especially women. “We can empower people widely by giving them access to education and resources –human development opportunities for all. We can do more to end hunger. Especially with mobile innovation that will push attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.”

“We are honoured by the UN General Assembly recognition. We are passionate about improving lives in communities in which we operate through the use of technology which is why we embraced the opportunity to collaborate with UNICEF on this initiative. We are excited about the impact this innovation will have in communities across Ghana especially in areas which are hard to reach,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Tigo, Roshi Motman after the event.

“Birth registration is more than just a right. It is how a society first recognizes and acknowledges a child’s identity and existence,” said Susan Namondo Ngongi, UNICEF Ghana Representative. “Birth registration is also key to guaranteeing that children are not forgotten, denied their rights or hidden from the progress of their nations.”

The automated birth registration system is an Android App which has been customized for Tigo Network only, and it operates in both offline and online mode. The tablets use the mobile app to collect data related to the child’s name, gender, date of birth and other family details, which are then sent to the central database managed by the Births and Deaths Registry.

Once received, the data is stored and an automated response is sent to the Births and Deaths Registry official on the field, confirming that a certificate can be issued.  Whereas data collected though the paper-based system tales six months to be registered in the central system, the mobile registration process achieves this in less than two minutes.

According to analysis done by Births and Deaths Registry, UNICEF and Tigo, at the end of the one year pilot, over 670,800 new births will be registered on the new system by the end of May 2017. This would increase Ghana’s birth registration rate to 75 percent, from the previous 65 percent.

 

About TIGO Ghana:

Tigo started operations in Ghana in 1992 as the first Mobile Network Operator. It is part of Millicom International Cellular (MIC) which provides mobile, voice, data, cable television, broadband and financial services to over 50 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Africa and Latin America. In Ghana it was launched under the name Mobitel and has since been operating for 24 years with a current subscriber base of over 5 million subscribers, representing 13.87% market share. In 2002 it was rebranded to ‘Buzz’, and in 2006 it rebranded as ‘Tigo’ to reflect the standard brand name within the Millicom Group. Today it is a dynamic and highly visible brand, continuously active in driving digital inclusion among the youth in Ghana. It launched Tigo Cash in 2011 and has successfully brought banking to the unbanked. Tigo Cash is popular among the informal sector and populations in the hinterlands. It is renowned for its quick, safe and convenient service. In 2015 Tigo made significant strides in enhancing its brand value. This is evidenced by various awards received, a total of 11 local and international awards including CEO of the Year at the prestigious AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town.

For more information, visit www.tigo.com.gh

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org/

 

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Teephlow, Kuami Eugene, Kelvynboy perform at UCC Closeup Campus Tour (+IMAGES)

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The University of Cape Coast was the place to be last Friday as the University felt the heat of the Closeup Campus Tour.

The show which saw award-winning artistes like Teephlow, Kuami Eugene and Kelvynboy move the crowd to the highest level.

Other artists who performed on the night included B4Bonah, Obkay and Real MC.

But it wasn’t all about them last Friday, staying true to Close Up’s “Break The Barrier” mantra, other upcoming artists were given the opportunity to perform on the same stage Adina, Kwesi Arthur and Kelvyn Boy performed on.

This was a major confidence booster for the young artiste who will undoubtedly record that moment in history as one of their own “Break The Barrier” moments.

The BreakTheBarrier competition was tough in Cape Coast but the luckiest among the contestants was UCC’s own Rap Dizzle. The rapper beat 11 other competitors to win the 2018 Close Up Cool Breeze Campus tour edition in Cape Coast.

As the winner, Rap Dizzle will get another rear opportunity to break another barrier and represent his school on the Close Up Cool Breeze Campus tour bus.

As part of the fun-filled activities, Close Up Cool Breeze shared some goodies including mugs, towels and cash prices.

The next stop for the Closeup Campus Tour is the Koforidua Technical University.

 

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OUT NOW! TICKETS FOR Ghana Meets Naija hit physical stores

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Empire Ghana, organizers of the annual Ghana Meets Naija have announced that tickets for #GhanaMeetsNaija18 are out at major physical outlets, and are selling for 120, 200 and 300 cedis.

Tickets are available at LIVE FM, STARR FM (located in the Meridian House, Ring Road), opposite Ecobank, and close to Nima Junction. Other outlets include Accra Mall, Achimota Mall and West Hills Mall, as well as Empire Ghana offices (located at Ridge, Accra, close to Alisa Hotel),

Patrons can also download the flexipay app on Playstore and Appstore, and make their purchase. Platinum tickets/ tables can be reserved on 050 564 6657 and 0558434907.

The 8th Ghana Meets Naija is on June 9 at the spacious FANTASY DOME, Trade Fair, La, Accra. The call for a bigger event for the annual Ghana Meets Naija concert has been heeded to by the organisers, Empire Ghana, as this year’s concert makes its debut at the facility located at the International Trade Fair, La. Fantasy Dome boasts state-of-the-art facilities and has already hosted a number of high-profile events.

Over 5000 people are expected to attend the event, which has constantly proven a sought-after platform for the West African nations to play out the musical sibling rivalry that exists between them.

Dubbed the “Rescue Mission”, this year’s event will also witness  performances from Stonebwoy, who is famed for his outstanding live gigs, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Patapaa, and Fancy Gadam. Nigeria will be represented by Wizkid, Mayorkun, and Mr. Eazi. More acts are expected to join the roster, organisers say.

Usually overbooked, the concert, widely deemed the biggest West African show, has previously been mounted by A- Listers as Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Falz, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Naeto C, R2Bees and a host of others.

This year’s sponsors include Kasapreko Alomo Gold and Storm Energy Drink, Allied Oil, Somoco Ghana Ltd, Nasco Mobile, Kirusa, Point and Play, Rova Surveillance, Tang Palace, Fix Consult, EIB Network (Starr FM, Live FM, Gh One TV, Kasapa FM, Empire FM, Ultimate FM, Abusua FM), Graphic Showbiz,  Y FM, Aftown Music, Muse Africa, Ghana Music.com, West Hills Mall, Achimota Retail Centre, Accra Mall, Timepiece Gh.

The 2018 Ghana Meets Naija concert is powered by Empire Ghana.

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B4bonah,TeePhlow,Kuami Eugene others invades UCC for Close Up Cool Breeze Concert

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Award-winning artistes Kuami Eugene, TeePhlow and Kelvynbwoy will take the party to the University of Cape Coast this Friday.

Dubbed #BreakTheBarrier, the event will give an opportunity for an upcoming artiste to breakthrough to mainstream music.

The Campus Tour is an initiative of Close Up Ghana to break the barrier and connect with the youths of Ghana through entertainment.

Among the several artists who would perform on the night is rapper O’bkay of  MTN Hitmaker fame and Tema based Afropop star and Dear God crooner B4Bonah.

The Campus Tour is an initiative of Close Up Ghana to break the barrier and connect with the youths of Ghana through entertainment.

The Close Up Cool Breeze gives you up to 12 hours of fresh breath.

This youth centric brand is giving young people the confidence to break the barriers with the power of fresh breath.

As these young talented musicians bring their act to the University of Cape Coast, the students of the university will get the unique opportunity to make to gain the confidence they need to break the exam barrier.

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Collaborating for Growth – Aftown music is set for AfroMusicon 2018!

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After a year of operations in Ghana, over 22,000 subscribers and 300 signed acts; it’s become evident that both artists and music lovers are receptive to the business side of music.

Aftown exists not only to help artists make money but also for music lovers to have a one-stop shop to download and stream all their favourite songs from artists they love. So far, artists like Akan, Worlasi, Stonebwoy, EL and more have benefited from the marketing and sales opportunities that Aftown has to offer; selling their singles and albums to thousands of their fans across the country and across the world.

So when word came in from EchoHouse Ghana of the AfroMusicon initiative, it was only right that Aftown came on board to help push the grand agenda; The Business Of Music.

We believe artists should be able to make a living from their art, and conferences like AfroMusicon play a major role in enlightening the artists with respect to opportunities available and measures they need to put in place to secure revenue from their music. Aftown, along with its partners DGN, BBNZ LIVE and Sound Effects, will be playing a major roll in maiden AfroMusicon conference. Look out for the Aftown music workshop, concerts and panel discussions. Sign up to Aftown and get all the info first hand!

 

AfroMusicon is hosted by EchoHouse Ghana, in partnership with InnovaDDB and Pulse Creatives and supported by Trace, Kuulpeeps, BBnZ, DGN, Ameyaw Debrah, Harmattan Rain, NYDJ Live Media, George Britton Media, GhudMusic, Enewsgh, StarrBuzz and TalkMedia GH, Kobby Kyei Media, MiPromo and Ghana Music.

The conference will focus on how musicians can capitalize on existing platforms and opportunities to make money off their passion. Visit www.afromusicon.com or follow @AfroMusicon on all social media platforms for more information or call 0500003344 to sponsor.

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Pascal Amanfo joins the Amoateng Pastors for next level Conference

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Nigerian film director, based primarily in the Ghana film industry, Pascal Amanfo after announcing that he is a man of God in 2015 is yet to speak at one of his biggest events.

The filmmaker has been announced as one of the ministers to give a sermon at the 2018 Next Level Conference in Accra starting May 27 to June 3 this year.

The event expected to happen at the Power of Worship International church at Spintex Road aside Pascal Amanfo will have the three Amoateng brothers who are men of God also speaking at the week-long event.

Pastor Brian Amoateng together with his elder brothers, Pastor Daniel Amoateng, Prophet Sampson Amoateng will minister to patrons who will attend the Next Level Conference. Abena Brigidi is also named as the only female speaker for the Christian event starting on May 27.

The conference will witness performances from several top Ghanaian gospel musicians. The Sunday, May 27 to Thursday, May 31 shows start from 6 pm and Friday, June 1 to June 3 events also commences from 9 pm each day.

Prophet Daniel Amoateng, a civil engineer, author, philanthropist and a servant of God is the founder and leader of the Power of Worship International church located at the Spintex Road, basket bus stop in Accra.

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W.E.B DU BOIS MEMORIAL CENTRE FOR PAN AFRICAN CULTURE Hosts 2018 African Union Fashion show & Bazaar

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The W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture under the auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Accra, in collaboration with the Fashion Department of Accra Technical University, will from May 18-19 host an African Fashion Show and Craft Bazaar.

The event is being held in commemoration of the African Union (AU) Week under the theme “Sustaining Africa’s Authentic Fashion and Clothing Industry”

Officials say the objective of the programme is to promote the “African Fashion, Clothing and Textile Industry, as well as, providing a platform for the Final Year Students of the Fashion and Design Department of Accra Technical University to showcase their creative designs as part of their academic assessment.

“It is an event which is strategically designed and crafted to give a platform for the African Fashion, Clothing and Creative Arts Industry as well as the general public to engage in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.”

Some One Thousand (1,000) people including Government officials, Diplomatic Missions, Pan Africanists, Trade groups, Students, Cultural groups, and Craft Vendors are expected to attend.

The official launch will be performed by the Hon Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Ablema Afeku on Day One; Friday May 18, at 9.00am. It will be followed by an Exhibition and Craft Bazaar, which would continue the next day till 6.00pm.

The two-day event will be climaxed by a Fashion show by the Accra Technical University Fashion Department.

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