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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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#ITISPOSSIBLE! John Mahama, JOSPONG, Duffour Jnr. pick up first copies of Bola Ray’s bio

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Ex -president John Dramani Mahama, JOSPONG Group CEO Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and UniBank CEO Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II are among the first to secure copies of media mogul Bola Ray’s biography “It Is Possible”.

Dr. Duffour purchased the book for a whopping GHC100,ooo, while ex-president Mahama is said to have secured his copy for an undisclosed amount. The JOSPONG boss also bought hs for GHC 50, 000. Other early birds include William Asiedu (Managing Editor – Daily Heritage), and Mr. Ofori Boateng.

Reggae/ Afrobeats singer Eboo, Stonebwoy, and Bronya duo Wutah have all performed at the ongoing event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be purchased via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! Bola Ray Book Launch Underway!

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The widely-anticipated launch of media mogul Bola Ray (Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) is currently underway at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

Compered by veteran broadcaster Kwame Sefa Kayi, it was kicked off with a prayer from motivational speaker/ preacher Rev. Albert Ocran.

Several of society’s most prominent faces across various spectrums of society have converged at the venue for this landmark event.

Respected traditional ruler and academic Nana Kwabena Nketia V is the chairman for the event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Joining radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive, aside being head of the EIB Network and the Empire Group. 

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! EBOO, Efya, Patch Bay, OTHERS to perform @ Bola Ray bio launch

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Dancehall/ Afrobeats gem Eboo will perform his compelling tribute song in honour of Bola Ray’s book launch tonight at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Like the memoire, the song is titled “It Is Possible”, and proves a touching testimony of the celebrated broadcaster’s journey. Produced by Legacy Beats, it also features the EIB boss himself.

Other top acts named for the night include sultry chanteuse Efya, the Patch Bay Band, as well astalented saxophonist Mizter Okyere.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the 320-pager details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: Kwame Sefa Kayi to host Bola Ray Book launch!

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Beloved media mogul and EIB CEO Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) outdoors his memoir at the Labadi Beach Hotel tonight.

Expected to be graced by the creme of society, the launch is part of a series of activities to mark the broadcaster’s 20 years as a media practitioner.

Colleague broadcaster and host of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo has been announced as compere for the evening. An icon himself, Sefa Kayi is highly revered in the media landscape, bringing to the stage a wealth of experience built over many decades.

The launch will be graced by key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world-renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

 

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Accra Mall Hosts e. TV Made in Ghana Month Exhibition

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Accra Mall, the city’s most visited retail center, is hosting the e.TV Made in Ghana Month Exhibition to help celebrate inventors, goods, and services made right here in Ghana.

According to organizers, Accra Mall has agreed to house the much anticipated 4-day Made in Ghana exhibitions.

The  exhibition which is currently on-going around the Food Court inside the Mall, was officially opened on Thursday September 21. The first day of the exhibition witnessed  massive patronage .

The e. TV Made In Ghana month has over the years, been accepted as the official period for the celebration of great indigenous inventers in the country. Some exciting events that will take place at the exhibition include a Dance Festival on Thursday.

Speaking about the eTV Made in Ghana exhibition, Denise Asare, Marketing Manager at Accra Mall stated that her outfit is glad to be part of the industrious initiative.

“Accra Mall is proud to host the e.TV Made in Ghana exhibition  on its premises. We believe in the patronage of goods and service made right here in Ghana,  ” she said.

  1. TV Made in Ghana Month started in September 2013 with the vision to dedicate the month of September every year for the promotion and celebration of goods and services made right here in Ghana. Dubbed ‘Ghana Inspires’, the fifth edition of the Made in Ghana month is meant to unearth great people who are doing marvelous things in their own small way to put Ghana on the map.

Jerry Ofori, Event Manager at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company (GMABC) said: “On Saturday September 23, as part of the exhibition, there will be an Indigenous hairdressing competition where various hairdressers from the Hairdressers Association of Ghana and barbers will be tasked to do indigenous hair styles.”

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: All set for launch of Bola Ray’s bio tonight!

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It all comes down to tonight. For some two decades, celebrated broadcaster Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) has indisputably changed Ghana’s media landscape. Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

In a few hours, and like his GH One TV show, the story of this beloved media mogul and leadership icon will be officially revealed. Slated for the plush Labadi Beach Hotel, the drive-belt doyen outdoors his biography.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book details Bola Ray’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

#ITISPOSSIBLE – Eboo drops official theme song for Bola’s biography – LISTEN!

 The launch is expected to attract key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Copies of the book can be preordered via bolaray.com

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