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US-based Black Enterprise magazine celebrates “extraordinary entrepreneur” Peace Hyde



Following the recent success of her sensational new Forbes Africa TV Talk show, My Worst Day with Peace Hyde which had an explosive launch this Wednesday with the powerhouse interview with Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, popular US magazine Black Enterprise has featured the talented media personality on its prestigious platform as one of the leading entrepreneurs in Africa to watch.

Black Enterprise is a monthly U.S. magazine that describes itself as “the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans.” Since the 1970s, the magazine has been the most popular publication devoted to African-American businesses with a readership of 3.7 million.

Hyde’s global success as an award winning media personality and her life changing work through Aim Higher Africa has earned her a place in the coveted BE Inspires series which exclusively profiles extraordinary people in business from all over the world who are fulfilling a life of purpose, passion and prosperity. In the feature dubbed, “Media Personality Peace Hyde Using Business to Transcend Poverty in Africa”, the multiple award-winning entrepreneur talks to Black Enterprise about her inspirational journey and how her passion for education is redefining pedagogies in Africa.


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Growing up in a strict Ghanaian household in the United Kingdom, education was a priority for media entrepreneur Peace Hyde. In her words, “If you’re not a doctor, or a lawyer, or an engineer, then what are you doing with your life?” But despite the pressure from her family to become a doctor and her strong interest in science, Hyde preferred the arts over dissecting frogs in Biology class.


Surprisingly, Hyde’s mother did not fret much when she set out on her first musical performance in Mary Poppins at age 11. She says her mother is “like Superwoman, she does everything well.” Her mother’s desire to instill those same ‘superwoman’ qualities in her daughter prompted Hyde to be equally as cultured as she was educated. Despite her mom’s acknowledgment of her daughter’s gift of commanding an audience, tradition made Hyde’s mother adverse to her young daughter pursuing any career in the arts.


So for over a decade, Hyde studied the sciences—ultimately leading to a career teaching chemistry, biology, and physics in the UK.  Peace achieved great successes as an educator, but her desire to be in front of an audience never left her spirit. In 2014, she moved “back home” to Ghana to pursue her childhood passion of acting. A year later, she scored her first role in MTV’s Shuga as an HIV positive mother and mentor. Though her childhood dream was being realized, Hyde found little rest when she witnessed the unthinkable.


It was at the street markets in metropolitan Ghana that she witnessed children working long hours, carrying heavy loads on their heads, for less than $1 a day. She knew that she couldn’t just be a bystander, witnessing the ills of streetism—a common practice in Ghana where children are forced to spend most of their time outside their homes, engaging in menial income-generating activities in order to survive; oftentimes having to sleep on the rough streets. Hyde, day in and day out, would travel to the marketplace and approach children saying, “Let me pay you for a day’s work, and in exchange, you allow me to teach you how to start your own business.” It was there that she took her skills as an educator and former child psychologist to start a movement. She set out on a mission of “bridging the gap between poverty and prosperity” by creating Aim Higher Africa. According to Hyde, the goal is simple, “to build a dynamic network of Youngpreneurs that create sustainable and scalable businesses.”


Hyde sat down with Black Enterprise to discuss how in less than three years, she and her team at Aim Higher Africa have started over 500 small businesses for former street kids—that now employ over 2,000 youth across the continent of Africa.


BE: How long have you been in business? 

Peace: A little over three years now.


BE: How have you used the business of education to empower the next generation?

Peace:  When I relocated to Africa to pursue acting, I worked as a consultant for an international school in Ghana to pay the bills. My role as a consultant was to ensure that teachers, children, and parents have rigorous and engaging experience that better prepare students for university, business, life, and beyond. Giving students and schools the structure they needed to strengthen the quality of education as a whole, was very fulfilling and ultimately led to the creation of Aim Higher Consulting.


BE: How has the power of education changed your life?

Peace:  I always knew I wanted to make an impact and I have always seen education as a powerful tool for social change. Education transforms the lives of youth living in extreme poverty. When you see someone begin to understand concepts that you or I take for granted and how those concepts—like literacy or numeracy—opens up a whole new world for them, it’s a phenomenal experience. I now focus more resources on using education to develop the right mindset for youth to achieve their fullest potential.


BE: What unique challenge(s) have you faced in breaking stereotypes?

Peace:  One of the biggest stumbling blocks for women is the power of negative perception. Even though we have come a long way, there is still a strong male chauvinistic culture in Africa and most parts of the world. No matter how much a woman achieves, it is still not enough unless she is married. And when she is married and successful, it is still not enough unless she has children. Women are simply meant to play a type of role and unfortunately being a “mogul” is just not good enough. I’ve fought for the financial inclusion of women in business and am working to bridge the gender gap for men and women. Through my More Than A Woman initiative, we’ve provided about $350,000 to women-owned businesses.


BE: How is the work that you do a form of activism?

Peace:  At Aim Higher Africa, we created an initiative to address ‘streetism’ in Ghana. There are an estimated 25,000 street children in the greater Accra area alone. These children are exposed to all sorts of dangerous conditions like abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, stealing for food and basic survival. We reach out to these same children and give them the tools necessary to embark on their entrepreneurial journey. We create campaigns reaching government and state institutions that have astonishing [results]. Today, we have created over 500 small businesses, which provide employment to over 2,000 youth across Africa.


BE: What are three tips for bridging the gap between technology and learning in impoverished communities?

Peace:  First, we must address the issue of accessibility to finances—financial institutions should focus on providing financial literacy by partnering with microfinance companies who can facilitate programs that incorporate technology in the learning programs.

Second, there must be resources readily available—products that facilitate the incorporation of IT in learning. Organizations can donate old computers and telecommunications services to local communities that bridge the gap between technology and learning—like smartphones and internet access.

More importantly, there must be accessibility to human capital—providing the right human resource training in impoverished communities.

Once the issue of accessibility is solved, it becomes extremely easy to deliver any tech-led learning program, in any impoverished community.


BE: What legacy do you want to leave with your work?

Peace:  There is an old African proverb, “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” I want to leave a legacy of someone who fought to make an impact and show the youth in Africa and all over the world that they can achieve their fullest potential no matter what life throws at them.


BE: Who inspires you?

Peace:  The work of Oby Ezekwesili; from speaking up to the Nigerian government when over 200 girls got abducted by terrorists to launching the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, her work has played a key role in how I perceive the importance of taking action. In a country plagued with corruption, she stood for what was right and caused the world to pay attention.


In her role as host of Forbes AfricaTV’s, My Worst Day with Peace Hyde, Hyde has learned that the most successful business moguls all have insurmountable odds to overcome. By blending her roots in education with her passion for media, giving, and entrepreneurship, Peace Hyde is using her voice to change the globe one ‘Youngpreneur’ at a time. By giving them the tools, resources and capital to start, grow, and sustain viable businesses, Hyde is living her life’s motto of helping people understand and realize that, “So long as they trust the process, put their minds to it, and never quit, they can create whatever future they want for themselves and their families”—one business at a time.



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AGAINST THE ODDS! Uche Pedro talks inspiring journey with Peace Hyde – WATCH!



As one of the pioneers of the new media movement, Uche Pedro has always been a strong advocator of the tech sector in Nigeria and its ability to present opportunities for millennials on the continent.

But that journey has not been without its challenges. On this episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde, find out how she overcame her challenges to build one of the most recognizable tech companies in Nigeria.

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IT IS MIDDAY in Accra, THIS IS Kweku Obeng Adjei on Starr 103.5 FM



Starr 103.5 FM, Meridian House – Accra

It’s a minute to midday. Dark and muscly, Kweku Obeng Adjei struts briskly from the Komla Dumor newsroom into the studio across, a Lenovo laptop in his sturdy hand, an expression on his face which spells strictly, business.  He’s shadowed by a petite young lady of similar complexion. As they enter the studio, colleague broadcaster Kofi Okyere Darko, has just wrapped up his duties on mid-morning show “The Zone” and is on his way out.

A giant table occupies the center of the room. On it rests an iconic console whose channel faders are regularly caressed by on-air titans Bola Ray, Francis Abban, Giovanni & Berla Mundi, Jon Germain, Nii Aryee Tagoe among others. Black microphones, and swivel chairs surround the desk, and the day’s major newspapers rest on a small cabinet in the back. On a muted flat screen TV on the wall behind the glass door, an Al-Jazeera documentary is showing.

Kweku settles in the chair behind the console, from where he is faced directly by one of the microphones, three computer monitors, and a wide section of Ghana’s capital, who will be at the end of his voice in seconds. He sets the Lenovo down, beside the console, and begins to whisper something as he stares at the screen. The lady with whom he has just entered, offering production assistance, also sets up by his side. Suddenly, the familiar jingle announcing the Starr Midday News is heard in speakers in the top corners of the room. The news is live.

For the next half-hour, Accra and beyond, will be equipped with the very latest news items across governance, business, international happenings, and sports.

Classily attired in a chequered long-sleeved shirt, Kweku radiates the calm charisma of one truly in charge, his eyes darting about purposefully in this high-pressure enterprise, squinting at the screen of the Lenovo, working channel faders on the console, monitoring the fleeting hands on the wall clock, nodding for a voice clip to be played, whispering instruction to Ms. Petite, or taking feedback from behind the glass window to this left, bracing for an interview, mouthing the next story…

“I’ve always known that radio was going to be my thing”, says Kweku in his signature gentle manner, recounting how, as far back as his primary school days at John Teye Memorial, he has exhibited traits of broadcasting. This desire to utilize his voice even that young, led him to join such groups as the arts and debate clubs. Today, his old classmates aren’t surprised by his exploits, as hearing his voice invokes fond memories of the Class 5 pupil who once voiced a radio promo for his school’s anniversary celebration.

Possessing a soothing sleekness in a way that entrances you, Kweku’s voice is literally music to the ear. It is textured in a such a smooth tone and smooth inflections that everything it utters is instantly convincing. And as is the consequence of dedicating one’s self to radio, the voice is more popular that the person himself. He knows all about it, and has seemingly even made peace with it: “a lot of people don’t know my face but know my voice. Because I’ve been to places where, once I open my mouth and I’m talking, people then know and are able to relate, and even mention my name”.

For as long as Starr FM has been in existence (since 2014), Kweku Obeng Adjei has manned the afternoon bulletin. With a voice designed for radio, a superior interview technique, and an overall professional edge, he has earned an unquestionable spot among the nation’s top -notch anchors. Further testament: last year, he was adjudged Best Newscaster of the Year (English Language) at the Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards, and has been nominated on a number of other occasions. This year, due to how effectively he has maintained his steam, he may well retain it.

Obeng Adjei poses with EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, after an interview.

Owned by the Bola Ray – led EIB Network, Starr FM towers high in the media terrain. In order to maintain this rank, people like Kweku must remain on top of their game at all times. There is no room for mistakes, as the company risks a dip in ratings as a result. This is where trusted voices as his come into play. Master of the mic, Kweku’s many years of experience, starting from Radio Univers, through Joy FM, Choice FM, and then Power FM (which is now Starr), have purged him of the kind of pressure which accompanies this job.

“It’s just about doing what you have to do, and ensuring that you’re applying all the the skills and ethics of the profession. So for instance, if you’re do interviews, you have to ensure that you have information about what you’re going to be talking about. You must also know who you’re going to be interviewing, because you don’t wan to go on air and mess up. So there isn’t much pressure, but, of course, you must be on alert, because you never know what can be thrown at you” he posits. He can afford to say that now, because of how many years of professional service he has chalked. In addition, the brands which he has been associated with in the past, have built in him the confidence of a veteran.

“Because of competition and who may be on air around the same time you do the bulletin, you must always ensure that your presentation is apt and on-point, and you have all the big stories on your plate. For me in particular, I have worked with some of these competitive stations so I know how their bulletins are prepared, I know how the presentation is done. But of course, currently with Starr FM, I always focus on what I’m supposed to do to ensure that my brand is leading, and a choice for many”, he adds.

A reliable hand, Kweku not only runs the midday bulletin, but also produces a number of other programmes, sits in for other OAPs from time to time, and is a mentor to burgeoning broadcasters. His work culture is remarkable, and his contribution to modern Ghanaian radio, is just as noteworthy. Still, many hold that he doesn’t get as much credit for his efforts…that he may even be underrated.

But the broadcaster disagrees, stressing that he is acclaimed in the industry — where it matters: “I don’t think I’ve been underrated. I know my stuff. I have worked at great places, and at all these places, I have been able to deliver”.

During commercial break, an editor appears by the door: “let’s do something on Togo”. He vanishes almost as suddenly as he appears. A lady walks in and hands in a piece of paper with information hastily scribbled on it. Sports anchor Dennis Mepouri walks in to present the sports, and then rushes back to the newsroom, which is engrossed in usual seriousness; eyeballs staring keenly at the screens of computers, fingers tapping away on keyboards, assignments being written on a nearby white board. Named after Ghanaian broadcasting icon Komla Dumor (formerly of the BBC), the hall is home to many of the country’s brightest young journalists, who hope to follow in the steps of the late Dumor.

Like many newsreaders in this town, Kweku cites Dumor among his idols (alongside Matilda Asante, who gave him his first real break at Joy, Tommy Annang Forson, and mogul and boss Bola Ray, whom he also now considers a brother and friend), admitting that even today, he occasionally resorts to Komla’s old videos to, among other things, “relive and learn”.

Obeng Adjei’s relationship with Bola Ray has even earned him the nickname ‘Deputy CEO’ amongst a section of his peers.

“We all don’t know why he had to leave that early”, says Kweku after a pensive pause, “but Komla was a symbol on the way that, if you wanted to be a journalist …if you wanted to build a standard or class for yourself, you’d look up to him, and I think that his values, his ethics, [and] the zeal with which he performed his duties professionally, encouraged most of us to give this profession all our hope and all our energy.

“Through studying Komla, we realized that journalism is very powerful. I mean, you had the mic to make and unmake, to impact lives, to straighten issues, and to hold people accountable”.

Though he worked at Joy FM, Kweku never got to work with Komla Dumor, as he was on his way to the BBC at the time. Nevertheless, Kweku regularly picked up a thing or two from him, often tuning in to the BBC in anticipation of Komla’s unmistakable smile.

To Kweku, Joy FM proved an impactful grooming platform, where he learned to read the news, conduct interviews, package stories to make an impact. At the Kwesi Twum- owned establishment, Kweku also learned key nuggets as patience, enduring frustrations, and navigating egos –all elements that have steeled him up as a formidable professional. At Starr FM, he has certainly blossomed into a real star!

As far as classic men go, Kweku cannot be overlooked. Always dapper in a blazer or crisp African print, the radio gem also stands among truly well-dressed men in these parts. Radio or not, Kweku believes that elegant dressing (which he picked up from boarding school days, and by associating with sharply-dressed colleagues/ friends) does something to one’s own confidence, and inadvertently influences output.

Behind these microphones, thirty minutes pass very fast, and every second counts. But when you have executed the bulletin as well as Kweku has just done, you too can afford a habitual calm sigh of accomplishment like he’s just breathed.

He makes his way back to the Komla Dumor Newsroom, slightly more relaxed than he came in …Lenovo in hand, and Ms Petite following. A mountain of work still awaits on his desk in the newsroom, as is a rice dish which will be consumed quickly, and out of necessity. A journalist has no rest.

*Born in Accra, and husband to “Pretty Anita”, Kweku is alumnus of Mfantsipim, NIIT, the University of Ghana, and the Ghana Institute of Journalism.  


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Ameyaw Debrah announces AmeyawTV



One of Africa’s leading celebrity and lifestyle bloggers, Ameyaw Debrah has launched a new addition to his online assets.
The multiple-award winning blogger has launched AmeyawTV, a fun portal for various web video formats.  After holding auditions for several talented and young aspiring TV presenters earlier this year, AmeyawTV has rolled out production of three formats currently streaming on

The formats include Daily Buzz, News in One, and Trend Mill with hosts VJ Scaro, Zeinat, Miracle Naza, Nana Quame, JQ, and Ted Jones.  Other new and exciting formats are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

“As someone who has created a self-sustaining business from being on the Internet, I have a lot of hope in the potentials of the web and I believe that AmeyawTV will grow to become a fan favorite for exciting and entertaining video contents. We will be exploring several formats that meet global standards and can be enjoyed all over the world,” says Ameyaw Debrah.

Ameyaw TV can also be enjoyed on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.
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DStv NOW! Stream Live DStv on Mobile Devices



“Our mission is to deliver value to our customers by making great entertainment more accessible and affordable” were the words of Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, of MultiChoice Ghana when he announced all DStv subscribers can now watch their favourite DStv channels on their phone on the DStv Now App. DStv Now is a value-added service from MultiChoice Ghana that allows DStv subscribers to stream live TV via the App on your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Unlike the earlier DStv Mobile service which required subscribers to purchase the handheld Walka device, DStv Now requires a good internet connect and you can view your DStv shows on your chosen device. Mr. Sunkwa Mills explains that MultiChoice is always finding and developing products and services to meet the needs of our customers anytime, anywhere and in the most convenient manner.

Whether it’s local telenovelas, the excitement of world class sport or the latest global blockbusters, our investment in leading-edge content and technology systems deliver the shows that people love into their hands through this innovative service DStv Now. With DStv Now, bad weather and power cuts interrupting your viewing experience will be a thing of the past as you watch on your device of choice.

The DStv Now App is available for free download at the google play store or App store. With an active DStv subscription you would have to complete the registration in the App and then can link up to four devices to your account at no additional monthly cost.

What you need to Use DStv Now

  1. An active DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family of Access package
  2. An Internet enabled PC, Mac, Android or IOS phone or tablet
  3. DStv Now App for Android or iOS.
  4. A DStv Connect ID (easy to register, requires your smart card number)
  5. An Internet Connection (Broadband connection like Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE)
  6. A Data Plan (Preferably an unlimited Data plan)

With DStv Now you can watch live TV on up to four devices, though only two can be active simultaneously at a time. Besides the watching live TV, catching up on shows you have missed the App has other features beneficial to every subscriber.

Watch Live TV

On the live TV section of the App, you will find all the channels that are available on your package and the current shows airing. The channels are categorised for easy navigation into Sports, General Entertainment, News & Commerce, Music, Documentary, Children, Lifestyle & Culture, and Religion.

Catch up

This feature keeps a catalog of the most popular shows and series on DStv and saves them for you to watch at a convenient time as it is a Video on Demand service. You may either stream the episode or download it so that you can watch offline later.

Parental Control

There is plenty to watch on Live TV and Catch up for kids on the App and parents or guardians can restrict what content their children can have access to by setting up a PIN. With this, your kids are protected from exposure to inappropriate content.

Full TV Guide

DStv Now comes with an 8-day Programme Guide. On the TV Guide, you can watch a programme live if it is currently airing live. You can also set a reminder if the programme is upcoming.

How to Save Data on DSTV Now

Using DSTV Now involves streaming or downloading of videos which means data is being consumed. For example, watching videos in HD can consume up to 2GB for just an hour of viewing. However, you can switch the Apps settings to reduce the quality or resolution of the video to save data.

To Save Data on DSTV Now with lower video quality

  1. Go to the DSTV Now Menu
  2. Tap on Settings
  3. Tap on Maximum Video Quality
  4. Set the required video quality. Options: Highest, High, Medium, Low

With the FIFA World Cup around the corner you will not miss a single match as we would be streaming all the 64 games live on DStv Now. You can access DStv Now in all countries within sub Saharan Africa where there is a MultiChoice operation.



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Okay FM debuts new show ‘Wednesday Live’ with Abeiku Satana



The emergence of a live popular music scene can be traced to the introduction and fusion of western musical elements with Ghanaian indigenous ones to create what is largely known as highlife music.

Highlife uses the melodic and main rhythmic structures of traditional music but is played with Western instruments, in recent time many pundits have to expound that any musician who cannot play live are not greats and this has compelled many young musicians to reconsider their acts and start collaborating with bands and band groups alike.

It is evident thus far that there have been numerous performance locations throughout the country but. There are regional cultural centres, which serve as the hub of neo-traditional activities.

Major hotels and pubs provide spaces for small combo bands to perform on Friday nights and the weekends. A tap on the shoulders of the brains behind Abrantie Spot, +233 Bar & Grill, Pianobar, Fridays, Chez Afrique, Kiki bees, Carbon, Republic bar in Accra, Echoes Valley, +2 Pub & Kitchen in Kumasi, Hans Cottage in Cape Coast, Gold Spot in Takoradi etc.

These bands including the Patchbay, Ohia beye ya, The Characters, Kente band, Asa band, Palmwine Ensemble, Safoa band, Dela Botri and Hewale Band, Abizaa Band, Deep Wave and others provide us with great entertainment as the repertoire cut across different genres but try to maintain the organic nature of our highlife music, however most of these bands and groups have started their own projects similar to major artiste and labels but have not been adequately promoted to help open multiple streams of income to improve their sets, they have backed, supported, played and toured with almost every artiste in the country so deserve a lot more encouragement, opportunities and promotion across all the media channels including radio.

Radio is the oldest and most important medium to spread music. Bands today still rely on the radio to support their music so people will want to buy into their vision.

People listen to music for a variety of reasons. Some listen to music to relax in which it serves as a sort of escape from everyday life, some because they are a fan and follow a certain artist, and others because they can relate the lyrics to their own personal experiences. Whichever the case may be, music has and continues to serve an important role in people’s lives.

Okay FM and it’s partners have started a new program dubbed “Wednesday Live” as a one-stop shop experience for all music lovers and the world, the big idea of Wednesday live on 101.7 FM is to promote bands and groups as they are left out in the promotion of organic and authentic music on radio, encourage more young students to study music and foster collaboration between music artiste and band groups.

This program will kick off this Wednesday 14th March, we entreat the listening public to watch out for this exclusive radio event

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Happy FM, Lakeside Marina Park Celebrate Independence Day with Family Fun Run



On Tuesday March 6 as Ghana marked its 61st Independence Day, Happy FM and Lakeside Marina Park held the 8th Edition of the Happy FM, Lakeside Marina Family Fun Run at Lakeside Estates around Ashaley Botwe in the Adentan Municipal Assembly.

The annual run which is aimed at celebrating family, good health and Ghana’s Independence Day, saw over 300 participants comprising of individuals, families, CEOs and schools.

The 6km and 10km run started at 6:30am and saw the runners run through a mapped-out route in the Lakeside Estates. At the end of the race and all other activities, awards and prizes from sponsors were given to the winners in different categories.

The Fastest CEO award went to Dr. Prince Ayiku, MD of Lakeside Estate as well as Oyeh Solomon, who won the Fastest Man. Among the winners were Al – Rayan International School for the Fastest School Team (Senior Category) and Mercy Social Centre for the Fastest School Team (Junior Category).

The Fastest Family Award was won by the Samhoudy Family, while the Fastest Child, male and female categories were won by David Akrofi and Sirin Sary respectively.

“Once again, we have been able to provide people that rare and unique opportunity to exercise and bond with their families and friends on Ghana’s 61st Independence Day.  At Happy FM, we are interested in encouraging healthy living. As the Number One Sports Station in Ghana, we urge everyone to keep exercising and practicing healthy habits for their own benefit,” Mr. Ernest Boateng, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Alliance Group said.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Salah Kweku Kalmoni, Director of Lakeside Estates said, “We appreciate our loyal participants and everyone who made it to the event. We are truly thankful to all our sponsors for partnering with us to make the Family Fun Run a success”.

This year’s Happy FM, Lakeside Marina Family Fun Run is sponsored by Global Media Alliance, e. TV Ghana, YFM, Global Cinemas, Japan Motors, Star Properties, Lakeside Marina Park, Silver Star Tower Limited, Lakeside Estate, Run Ghana, Branch Health and Fitness and Aqua Fill Mineral Water.



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