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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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STIRRING UP THE WATA MATA: #ChaleWote2017 – Day 2 ROUNDUP [+images]

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Day 2 of CHALE WOTE 2017 began on Tuesday afternoon with Open Surgery, a creative fiction writing workshop led by award-winning Ghanaian author, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, for 8 writers selected through an open call. The laid-back event held on the ground floor of Brazil House was less workshop-style and more informal and open with very interactive conversations between writers who were either meeting for the first or the umpteenth time, united by an undying passion for sharing pieces of themselves and their communities through the stories they weave.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes taking leading the Open Surgery writing workshop as part of  CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

The selected writers – young, bold and unafraid to put their work up for scrutiny – read excerpts from their submitted pieces and received unbiased, encouraging and invaluable feedback from each other, Parkes and witnesses present. The feedback touched on everything from language, pacing, creating unboxed writing styles, characterization, and setting. The best part, however, was that it was all so organic. One participant, Temitayo Johnson, commented on how this workshop was a much better learning experience than all the creative writing classes she’d had combined.

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

 

Each writer got a front-row seat into the perspectives and interpretations of their work through fresh eyes that posed delicate questions, offered advice and inspired the writers to be like WATA MATA, constantly flowing and most importantly, enjoying the process of creating and being, echoing Nii Ayikwei Parkes’ counsel that, “if you’re not having fun writing, then stop!”. Some of the stories touched on family, intimacy, identity, and even psychedelic road trips with a host of themes that explored what it means to be human.

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

Nii Ayikwei Parkes together with participants such as Mohammed Naseehu Ali (The Prophet of Zongo Street), Nii Nikoi Kotei, Poetra Asantewaa, Kweku Benneh, crazinisT artisT, and Temitayo Johnson kept the energy going with thoughtful feedback, constructive criticism and golden writing advice. A key takeaway from the writing workshop organized in collaboration with the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing was for writers to “read the stuff that moves you and resonates with the stories you want to write.”

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

U.S. based researcher and artist April Bey then stirred up WATA MATA at the National Theatre (Folkspace) with her talk, “Dolezalism and Jollof Rice from 6-8pm. Originally from the Bahamas, Bey’s lecture systematically unveiled the whole trans-racial saga that broke out in 2015 with controversial figure Rachel Dolezal. She began by going through Dolezal’s background as a fine artist and her fixation on painting the bodies of young black boys and how this may be an indicator of the state of Dolezal’s mental health. Bey also touched on the mainstream media’s portrayal of the whole affair, especially the difference in interpretation around Blackness and cultural appropriation between media and inter-African communities. For April, it is important to push beyond binaries and understand the background behind Dolezal’s evolution before one can grasp her motives and understand why her identification as “trans-black” is problematic.

As an artist herself, April Bey’s personal body of work, including a new analogue printing technique that producers laser print quality and was developed whilst in Ghana last year on residency, will debut at the festival and interrogate the aesthetic qualities attached to race. She also debuted the cover of Jollof Magazine, a fictitious magazine she created, with Rachel Dolezal on the cover of the first edition as well as some of her work installed in the Bahamas which are centred on the nuanced portrayals of Blackness in art. Our understandings of race and culture and even appropriation are at least partly determined by our geographical contexts and social environments.

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

April Bey’s focus as an artist and researcher during her lecture went beyond trying to find out if Rachel Dolezal, sorry, Nkechi Amare Diallo (Dolezal’s new legal name) would like Jollof Rice to debunk the myth of trans-racialism. However, she explicitly explained why race structures cannot be binary and in fact extends beyond two simple choices like right and wrong to a much more elaborate and delicate network of personality traits, shared memories and experiences collectively making up a person’s race.

Participating artist Lineo Segoete CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

Day 3 of CHALE WOTE 2017 (Wednesday, August 16) includes more open Gallery events. “DISPERSED” featuring the work of 3 UK female artists from the Black British Female Artist(BBFA) Collective and 3 Ghanaian female artists opens today at the Nubuke Foundation (Lome Close, East Legon Accra), 10am – 5pm. Elisabeth Efua Sutherland also outdoor’s ”Deverb” – a sound and video experiment using women’s song traditions of Fanti culture as a sonic base to explore the role and importance of woman as griot in Akan society at Terra Alta (Abelemkpe Junction, next to Lucas College) at 6PM.

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

Check out the Open Gallery Program for all the other tours going on. The exhibition at Brazil House is also open throughout the week and features the work of Ghana-based and international artists on both floors of the building.


CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2017

Source: KaDi Yao Tay & Hakeem Adam /Accra[dot]alt
Photos: Nii Kotei Nikoi & Abdul Arafat

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Miss Commonwealth Ghana Princess Duncan visits Swedru and Cape Coast Chiefs ahead of the Fetu and Akwambo festivals (IMAGES)

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Miss Commonwealth Ghana 2017, Princess Duncan has called on the chiefs and people of Swedru and Cape Coast respectively ahead of the Akwambo Festival and Fetu Afahye.

Ms Duncan explained that she visited the Chiefs as a daughter of the land and to seek their blessings she represents Ghana later this year at the Miss Commonwealth 2017 in the UK.I decided to pass by to wish Osabarima, chiefs, and people of Oguaa season’s greetings and support to make the celebrations a success”.

” I decided to visit Osabarima Kwesi Atta (Omanhene of Cape Coast), Nana Botwe (Omanhene of Swedru), and people of Oguaa and Swedru season’s greetings and support to make the celebrations a success”.

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3 DAYS TO GO! Shatta Wale, Falz, Tekno, OTHERS return to NYC for One Africa Music Fest!

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Ghanaian dancehall icon Shatta Wale returns to New York City for the much-anticipated annual mega-concert One Africa Music Festival.

Ghana’s sole representative, he joins a tall list of colleagues from around the continent –mostly Nigerian and East African: Timaya, Flavour, Falz, Victoria Kimani and a host of others.

Last year, the event was held in the famous Barclays Centre and Houston’s Toyota Centre, with Wizkid, Stonebwoy, D’banj, Jidenna, Flavour, Seun Kuti, Banky W among others all making a strong case for talent from the continent.

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Dr. James Orleans Lindsay dines with LEAD SERIES TRIVIA CHALLENGE winners

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Ahead of the fourth edition of the LEAD SERIES, Dr. James Orleans Lindsay (CEO of JL Properties),  has spent an intimate session with the winners of the LEADS SERIES Trivia challenge at a dinner night in dinner night  Tang Palace Hotel in Accra.

This opportunity afforded the winners (Julia Amoo and David Dela Sunu) to have a personal interaction with Dr. James Orleans-Lindsay over meals and drinks as they spoke on several of issues.

The winners expressed joy and gratitude for the occasion to know more about Dr., James Orleans-Lindsay work life and personality.

LEAD series is an event organized by OMNIS2131 to afford personalities from all works of life to tell their untold stories and inspire others to greatness.

Personalities who have been hosted in this series include Hipline founder Reggie Rockstone, Event Factory Ghana CEO Nabil Alhassan, and celebrity blogger Ameyaw Kissi Debrah. The next session is slated for the 27th of August 2017 at the African Regent Hotel.

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#ChaleWote2017 – Day 1 ROUNDUP [+images]

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The end of a trilogy of themes, CHALE WOTE 2017 began on Monday evening with a captivating journey exploring African Electronics(2015) and Spirit Robot (2016) and finally landing in WATA MATA (2017). The opening ceremony for the 7th annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival took place at the ACCRA [dot] ALT space in James Town, Brazil House yesterday as “The Day of ReMembering” and an opening exhibition for CHALE WOTE 2017. The 7th edition of the street art festival themed WATA MATA, was marked by spectacular live performances, a preview of what the packed festival week of exhibitions, film screenings, workshop labs, artists talks, mixers and live art performances has in store.

 

ACCRA [dot] ALT co-director Sionne Neely speaking at the opening exhibition of CHALE WOTE 2017 || Photo; Nii Kotei Nikoi

Logistics Coordinator with ACCRA [dot] ALT and James Town resident, Samoa Mark-Kpakpo Hansen, opened the event by contextualizing what WATA MATA means within this environment. Also a Ga traditional priest, Samoa poured libations and opened the communication channels. He discussed the division of religion and science and connected this to how water is a sacred form of life, autonomy, community and imagination. Samoa’s interpretation of WATA MATA is as a binding agent, both spiritually and physically, especially in James Town where life is centred around the ocean, and therefore, can be used as a potent tool or technology to generate our deepest visions.

 

Logistics Coordinator with ACCRA [dot] ALT and James Town resident, Samoa Mark-Kpakpo Hansen contextualizing WATA MATA at the opening exhibition  || Photo: Nii Kotei Nikoi

Following this opening, the audience witnessed the “Badboy BODY Electronics” of the Hutor Adzimashie Bali and the Hu-Koku Association. These men of steel from the Torgbui Adzima Shrine in Torgodo, Volta Region sparked a fire with their electrifying performance practice. The ensemble – including dancers and musicians – showed how internal technologies can take over as the men taunted and defied death many times – cutting their faces, torsos, necks and limbs with long knives; bathing their bodies in fire; and disgorging long spools of thread.

Another enthralling performance took place with Tifali Cultural Consults, a 25-women performance art collective, exploring the move to Spirit Robot, the theme for CHALE WOTE 2016, where pan-African imaginative visions link up to form a structure or system that we can all tap into for resources when needed. Their performance art piece entitled “K3 Yei (…and the women…)”, used an innovative mix of contemporary and traditional dance with music exploring the love, verve, warrior spirit and solidarity of women-based practices.

“Badboy BODY Electronics” by Hutor Adzimashie Bali and the Hu-Koku Association at the opening exhibition of CHALE WOTE 2017 || Photo: Nii Kotei Nikoi

A special part of The Day of ReMembering was how performers, CHALE WOTE artists, James Town residents and audience members partook in this collective and sacred cleansing process. Together we recollect the traumatic histories experienced in James Town through the transatlantic enslaved trade but we also bear witness to how we can regenerate and innovate our historical realities. Members of the Hu-Koku Association, Samoa Mark-Kpakpo Hansen and STELOO led a wondrous procession from Brazil Lane to James Fort’s Oyenyi Gardens, a former prison that also once held Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for 10 months prior to Ghana’s independence.

“K3 Yei” by Tifali at the opening exhibition of CHALE WOTE 2017 || Photo: Nii Kotei Nikoi

STELOO, on a trolley outfitted with fat speakers and a large-winged white suit, set a melancholic mood in motion with spellbinding electronic and ambient music for the walk, re-centering James Town’s vast historical importance to the country and West Africa, as a major point of capture/departure for the enslaved, and therefore, the portal for re-entry and reunification of African peoples.

STELOO leading the procession from Brazil Lane to James Fort’s Oyenyi Gardens || Photo: Nii Kotei Nikoi

The exhibition at Brazil House is open throughout the week and features the work of Ghana-based and international artists on both floors of the building. Day 2 of CHALE WOTE 2017 (Tuesday, August 15) features a creative writing masterclass led by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Director of the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing at Brazil House (bottom floor) for 8 selected writers from 2-4:30pm. Following this, CHALE WOTE 2017 participant, April Bey (U.S.), delivers a lecture, shares some screenings and takes part in a Q+A with the audience on “Dolezalism and Jollof Rice”, at the National Theatre (Folkspace) from 6-8pm.

 

Ghanaian artist Sel Kofiga next to his installation, ‘Umbrage – Making Faces’ at the opening exhibition of CHALE WOTE 2017 || Photo: Nii Kotei Nikoi


See more photos from Day 1 of CHALE WOTE 2017 below.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

Opening events for the 2017 edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival.

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Miss Ghana 2017 Wraps Up Bolga Audition

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Bolgatanga, capital of the Upper East Region, received the Miss Ghana 2017 audition train with such razzmatazz, as the team touched down for this year’s audition in the region.

After paying courtesy calls on the Regional Minister, touring the region’s historical tourist sites (Paga Crocodile Pond, Pikworo slave camp, smock market, Tenzu Shrine of Tongo Hills) and being interviewed by some of the regions media houses; the team headed to the plush Akayet Hotel for the exercise.

The audition was impressively attended by ladies in the region and they delivered their very best, making it extremely difficult for the judges; Inna Mariam Patty, Mr. Humphrey (General Manager Akayet Hotel) and Miss Ghana Ambassador, Afua Asieduwaa Akrofi – to settle on the top six (6).

However, after an exciting yet grueling session, only six (6) were selected for the final leg of audition in Accra. They were; Felica Mahama, Rahinatu Issifu, Hamida Yakubu, Zita Naab, Millicent Yeboah and Emmanuela Mbangiba.

Exclusive Events Ghana Ltd powers Miss Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Ghana60Years On Planning Committee, with support from National Lottery Authority, Intercity STC, NIB, Glam’s Make Up, ABC Hair Relaxer, NPA, IPMC and supported by Ghana Police Service, GOIL, Akosombo Textile Limited, Ritel Ghana, DDP, Primus Water, Pippa’s Health Centre, Hungarian Trade & Cultural Center (HTTC), Hungary Embassy, Nasco Electronics, Special Ice Water, Akayet Hotel, Global Dream Hotel & Service Apartments, Tang Palace, Aqua Safar Resort, JIL, Amazing U, Hottees, Poquaa Accessories, Accents & Curve, Queens Touch Décor, Forever Easy, Goodluck Africa, Limpex Impressions, Starbow Airline, Holiday Inn Hotel, Caesars Casino, Asantewaa Premier Guesthouse, Best Western Atlantic Hotel Takoradi, Skyplus Hotel Ho, Samit Hotel, Tyco Hotel, Royal Cozy Hotel, Busua Beach Resort, Eusbet Hotel, Eastgate hotel, Grand Casamora, Raybow Hotel, Lizzy’s Sports Complex, Hottees, Magnum Force Securities, High End Production, Purple Room Lingerie, Yummie Noodles, La Chaumiere restaurant, Buka Restaurant, Koko King, La Galette, PadThai Restaurant, Regal Chinese Restaurant, Bush Canteen, Café Mundo, Gold Coast Restaurant, Jamrock restaurant, Flair catering, and Pink Panda.

Miss Ghana is also supported by the following media: Daily Guide, BF &T, Ghanaian Times, Spectator, Finder, Showbiz, Citi FM, Live FM, Starr FM, Peace FM, Maxx FM, Dess FM, Ark FM, ATL FM, Shine, W93.5 FM, Bugli FM, Word FM, Tanga FM, Bishare FM, North Star FM, Kekeli FM, Classic FM, KTU Radio, FM, NKWA FM, Thank U FM, Metro TV, UTV TV Africa, Homebase, TV 7,  Atinka TV, ZTV, Katanka,  NTV, SET TV, Adehye TV, Sparkle TV.

 

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