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Peace Hyde is using the power of the media to inspire Africa’s youth – HuffPost

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On platforms like Instagram and Twitter, women who have for so long felt ignored by mainstream fashion are finally able to have a voice and in their wake, a new movement inspired by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have steadily captured the attention of the world. The curvy woman has never been more celebrated than in this generation. From sexy bikini pictures to fitted body con dresses and even sometimes completely naked posts, the ‘thick’ woman train is in full throttle. As a young African American woman who is inundated with these images of unrealistic physical expectations which has sparked the waist training obsession all in a desperate attempt to get the perfect hip to waist ratio, the discovery of yet another thick girl did not leave me with that much excitement. Or so I thought.

About a month ago, I came across the post of a beautiful, voluptuous lady on Instagram and what captured my attention was not her black shift dress which showed her amazing figure, but rather the reaction from her followers. Words like “Inspirational”, “God Bless you”, “I am so touched” and “this is what I needed to hear today” were littered all over her thought provoking post. Upon closer inspection, my perception of the stereotype of the voluptuous woman was completely shattered forcing me to reach out for an interview with Peace Hyde. At first glance, Hyde is definitely a contradiction. Despite her endowed proportion, which immediately causes you to troll through her images with a fine toothcomb, there are no sexy bikini pictures to be seen or raunchy poses on all fours.

Instead, her Instagram page (@peac_hy) is juxtaposed with fashionable, stunning images with long captions full of inspiration and motivation. She has amassed a loyal army of “Faithbuilders” who flock to her instagram account everyday with the goal to read her thoughts and opinions from everything to do with relationships to achieving your fullest potential. Her videos mix humor with a call for her loyal family of “Faithbuilders” to always strive for greatness and keep pushing forward no matter what life throws at them, and there is more.

In just two years, Hyde has broken free from the confines of her UK classroom where she taught Physics, Chemistry and Biology to college students to becoming a dominating voice in Africa’s media and entertainment landscape. On any given day, you can catch Hyde on one of her 3 flagship TV shows, which reportedly has a combined viewership of 80 million households across sub Saharan Africa. What makes her story even more remarkable is the number of obstacles she had to overcome before her meteoric rise. Hyde’s story is one of triumph over adversity and the persistence to keep moving forward no matter what life throws at you.

Hyde proves that you cannot judge a book by its cover and this book is definitely worth a read.

Born in London, United Kingdom where after a 6 year career in education culminating in her position as a senior management executive, Hyde made the shocking decision to quit her high paying job, take her life savings and relocate to a continent she had never visited all in search of her inner greatness. In less than a year after relocating to Africa, Hyde lost all her life savings trying to make a difference.

“I came across a group of market girls known locally as kayayos, these were young girls from the ages of 12 to 15 who spent their days on the streets carrying heavy loads on their heads for less than $2 a day. They had no opportunities or access to education and witnessing their struggles made me feel a sense of injustice. I had to do something. I would go out to the market place every week and pay these young girls their daily wages and in return they would receive literacy, numeracy and science lessons from me. I felt that I was on this one woman crusade, not realizing this goal was far bigger than me!” she explains to me.

 

With her time and resources rapidly being absorbed into her new passion, Hyde soon found herself needing to find a job to sustain this mission and fast. She decided to pursue her childhood love of the media. Hyde landed a gig as part of the panel on a live talk show in Ghana. As she fast became the most sought after media personality in Ghana it appeared he gamble had paid off and just when things were looking up, disaster struck. On June 2015, 300 people died in an explosion at a petrol station caused by heavy floods in Ghana. Hyde was just a stone throw away from the site of the accident and nearly drowned in the floods sustaining life-threatening injuries.

“I woke up in the hospital to find out that my fall had resulted in my back being impaled by a car part and I had gotten trapped by some barbed wires when I fell in the flood. I had to have 2 blood transfusions and about 13 metal staples and 2 metal plates on my back. The doctors recommended I stay off my feet for the next 3 months but 2 weeks after surgery, I was hosting my talk show against their wishes. Problems will always come our way, but how we choose to deal with them will determine God’s blessings for our lives,” says Hyde.

Hyde today is one of the most bankable media personalities from West Africa. She is the West Africa Correspondent for Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa and the face of the new flagship Forbes Africa TV show, “My Worst Day with Peace Hyde”. The show features Africa’s moguls as they share their most challenging day in business in a one on one interview with Hyde. Some of her guests on the show include Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote with an estimated net worth of $11.6 billion and Africa’s second richest woman Folorunsho Alakija with an estimated net worth of $1.85 billion according to Forbes. Her show is syndicated on the Pan African TV Channel CNBC Africa.

Peace says whenever she feels the weight of life weighing her down, she turns to her motivational blog, A Piece of Peace, which is a combination of inspirational quotes and messages from her wider family of Faithbuilders all over the world that has helped her through her lowest moments in life. That positive feedback with her own twist has also inspired countless others who turn to her for their weekly fix of motivation and inspiration.

Peace Hyde’s story of ever-evolving triumph is one that is sure to capture the hearts and minds of people all over the globe, just as it began from West Africa to me in the United States.

Source: Huffington Post

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DStv offers the Best and the Bravest on M-Net this November

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M-Net is bringing you the bravest, best and baddest men and women in uniform with an action-packed line-up this November. From Navy Seals to special ops, the channel takes a deep dive into the dangerous and gritty world of covert missions behind enemy lines.

Starting Tuesday 21 November at 6pm, The Brave follows a heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. Highly trained and supremely dedicated, these agents are far from ordinary and are committed to saving the lives of innocent people in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Led by D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell and her team of analysts, their enemies don’t stand a chance against their advanced surveillance technology.

The Brave stars Anne Heche (Quantico, Aftermath) as D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell, Mike Vogel (Under the Dome, Bates Motel) as Adam Dalton, Natacha Karam (Homeland, Silent Witness) as Sgt. Jasmine “Jaz” Khan, Demetrius Grosse (Westworld, Banshee) as CPO Ezekiel “Preach” Carter, Noah Mills (2 Broke Girls) as combat medic Sgt. Joseph “McG” McGuire, Hadi Tabbal (Madam Secretary, The Blacklist) as intelligence officer Agent Amir Al-Raisani, Tate Ellington(Quantico, Shameless) as Cultural Specialist Noah Morgenthau and Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin, NCIS) as Mission Coordinator Hannah Archer.

Then, an elite group of helicopter pilots take to the skies in Valor, starting Saturday 25 November at 6pm. A disciplined team of soldiers take off on a covert mission to Somalia, but when things go terribly wrong only two members of the squad make it back to the U.S. alive: Warrant Officer Nora Madani – one of the unit’s first female helicopter pilots and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo. It’s quickly made apparent that the pair are hiding the truth about what happened from their friends, loved ones and even their superiors. When it’s discovered that their fellow comrade Jimmy Kam is alive but captured, Nora and Gallo become determined to rescue him. But with dangerous secrets, unknown enemies and suspicious colleagues, their mission may just put them all in terrible danger.

Valor stars Christina Ochoa (Animal Kingdom, Blood Drive) as Nora Madani, Matt Barr (Hatfields & McCoys, Sleepy Hollow) as Leland Gallo, Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire, Secrets and Lies) as Ian Porter, Corbin Reid (How to Get Away with Murder) as Jess Kam, W. Tre Davis (Orange is the New Black, Shades of Blue) as Jimmy Kam and Nigel Thatch (American Dreams, Selma) as Robert Haskins.

Already two episodes in, is the action-packed SEAL Team, airing Wednesdays at 6pm. David Boreanaz dons an army uniform as Jason Hayes to lead a specialised unit of Navy SEALs. Highly respected and intense, Hayes’ home life has suffered as a result of his occupation, but nothing will stop him and his squad from training, planning and executing the most dangerous missions their country can ask of them. A tight-knit team with personal demons, checkered pasts and unwavering patriotism, this is one unit determined to take down the bad guys in the face of overwhelming odds.

SEAL Team stars David Boreanaz (Bones) as Jason Hayes, Neil Brown Jr. (Insecure) as Ray Perry, A.J. Buckley (Murder in the First) as Sonny Quinn, Toni Trucks (NCIS: New Orleans) as Lisa Davis and Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as Dylan Massett.

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YFM Extends Entry Date For Trip to London Competition

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YFM, Ghana’s number one urban radio station has extended the entry period to fly one lucky listener to London to attend this year’s edition of the prestigious Black British Entertainment Awards.

According to the YFM team, the extension to November 19 was to give a lot more people the opportunity to enter and stand the chance of being that one lucky listener attended the Black British Entertainment Awards.

The Black British Entertainment Awards, which was initially slated for November 25 has been postponed to December 16. The event which will take place at the Porchester Hall in London, is UK’s leading entertainment network for Black British unique talents.

Speaking about the much anticipated giveaway, Naveen Singh, Head of Radio at Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC), said the station cherish all their listen and the giveaway is to show appreciation to a loyal listener.

“To be part of this great opportunity, all interested listeners can signup on the YFM website (www.yfmghana.com). After the contest is closed on November 19, a panel made up of Presenters and DJs from YFM will sit down and select the lucky winner,” Mr Singh said.

He added that the winner will be announced on air 10 days  before the awards.

YFM is noted for carrying out such great Corporate Social Responsibility. The station has over the years delivered such mouth licking opportunities to their patrons.

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Season 2 of “Revealed with BOLA RAY” premieres on GH One – WATCH FULL EPISODE!

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Popular personality show “Revealed with Bola Ray” is back on our airwaves.

Premiering on GH One yesterday November 12, Season 2 unveils the lavish lifestyle of Nana Kwame Bediako (President and CEO of Wonda World Estates and Petronia City), who once famously bought a Lamboghinni from Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Watch the full interview below:

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UTV, GHOne TV and TV Africa Now On DStv

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MultiChoice Ghana is thrilled to announce the addition of GHOne TV, UTV and TV Africa to the DStv platform this November. “Our goal is to make great international and local entertainment more accessible to more people” said Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana.  He adds the “we strive to give people across Ghana the opportunity to see stories from across the world and their own home-grown stories on our various platforms.”

The addition of these three channels to our packages will increase the number of Ghanaian channels available on DStv to ten namely, GTV, TV3, Metro TV, Adom TV, Joy Prime, Fiesta TV, UTV, GHOne TV and UTV. All these channels are available on all our five packages for subscribers to choose from.

GHOne TV will be available on channel 361 and will offer authentic Ghanaian programming comprising of news and current affairs, movies, magazine and talk shows, sports, religious programming and riveting edutainment.
TV Africa will be available on channel 362 and offers high quality programmes on education, development, culture and current affairs with a focus on Ghana and the African continent. Eighty percent of the station’s news content is locally generated, and recently introduced several programmes to attract the Afropolitan viewer.

United Television (UTV) will be available on channel 360 and provides a 24/7 line-up of well-produced family entertainment dedicated to delivering informative and entertaining programming.

According to Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, this recent addition enriches the current offering of content available in Ghana. Adding that “We listen to our customers, because we want to know what matters most to them. We use these insights to put our customers at the heart of every decision we make, every day.” DStv is committed to supplying the best and most relevant local and international content people love into their hands and their living rooms.”

Kwabena Adisi, CEO of EIB Network expressed his excitement on this partnership to showcase the country to a wider audience across Ghana, adding that “we would ensure Ghana is positively promoted on GHOne TV as destination ready for business, tourism and investment.”

Managing Director, TV Africa, Ekow Blankson added, “We will not compromise nor relent in our delivery of Standards of Excellence with regards to News, Internally created Africa Cinema, Documentaries, plus Family and Entertainment content. Being on DStv further provokes our creativity to show the world our valuable worth in Television Content Provision. Welcome to our world of creativity, DStv.”

The Managing Director, Despite Company Limited and United Television, Fadda Dickson Narh, is optimistic this partnership presents an opportunity for “the African continent to experience the rich culture that Ghana boasts of, United Television (UTV) would thus endeavor to showcase the cultural diversity of the country in its news coverage, local sitcoms and general content.”

These new Ghanaian channels will be automatically loaded onto your current package on the 14th of November at 9am.

 

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“Women are Vital to the development of a country” – Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings on Against The Odds with Peace Hyde.

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Shooting into the political limelight when her husband, former president Jerry John Rawlings became Head of State of Ghana briefly in 1979 and then from 1981 to 2001, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has been a fierce advocator for women’s rights.

She believes in women’s vital role of promoting peace, family, country and the world at large must be acknowledged, a fight she shares on this episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde.

 

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EIB signs deal with Temple Management Nigeria… holds Lyric & Tone with Jeff Okoh and BBA Naija’s Bisola

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The maiden edition of the Lyric and Tone event has taken place in Accra. The event featured two of Nigeria’s budding talents Jeff Okoh and Bisola.

Organizers, Africa 1 Media, EIB Network, Temple Management, Nigeria, and Empire Ghana said the session was to afford the two a rare opportunity to interact with the Ghanaian media.

CEO of Temple Management Company, Idris Olorunnimbe expressed his delight and the reception his team received, adding it formed part of their strategic partnership with Africa’s fastest media group EIB Network.

Wednesday’s event was held on the back of the signed partnership with EIB Network. The team had early on met with representatives of the Ghanaian media group promising to put each other’s expertise to use.

Bisola and Jeff Akoh have already recorded singles with Samini and Raquel ahead of a major attempt to make it into the Ghanaian market.

Lyric & Tone” will hold occasionally and would follow the same format.

In attendance at Wednesday’s event: CEO of EIB Network, Bola Ray, Andy Dosty, Kofi Kinaata, Brainy Beat, Samini, Raquel, and Nathaniel Attoh among others.

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