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Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong Covers August Edition of Forbes Africa [+ video]

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Ghanaian serial entrepreneur and founder of The Jospong Group of companies, Joseph Siaw Agyepong is the August edition cover for Forbes Africa. From selling exercise books on the streets, Agyepong is today responsible for the strategic vision of the Jospong Group of Companies, with operations in Africa as well as Asia and the Middle East.

He sits down with Forbes Africa correspondent Peace Hyde for the exclusive insight into his company, which employs over 250,000 Ghanaians with interests in many sectors of the economy with its biggest operations in waste management, ICT, and banking.

Check out the making of the cover below:

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Young and Innovative – Ms. Yasmin Kumi, the pillar behind Africa Foresight Group

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“Research has shown that youth entrepreneurship is an important tool in stimulating a country’s economy in recent times. This is primarily due to that fact that each entrepreneur brings about benefits not only for him or herself but for the country as a whole. As they are self-employed, they often have better work satisfaction and their businesses also create jobs for others as well. It has been established by proponents of youth empowerment that youth entrepreneurship leads to the development of more industries, especially in rural areas or regions disadvantaged by economic changes by encouraging the processing of local materials into finished goods for domestic consumption and export”.

That was Ms Yasmin Kumi’s comment on youth entrepreneurship and its essence to the global economy as a whole. The founder of Africa Foresight Group, a company on a mission to elevate African companies into global champions further mentioned the European Union’s effort to promote entrepreneurship as a key competence that can boost competitiveness and growth. This is under a scheme to advance a European entrepreneurial culture by fostering the right mindset and entrepreneurship related skills in the Europe 2020 strategy. As a result, entrepreneurship education is now being increasingly encouraged across Europe.

In her late twenties, Ms Kumi is an entrepreneur of both Ghanaian and German descent. Her mother is German from Osnabrueck and her father is Ghanaian from the Brong Ahafo region. She was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. As a child, she never visited Ghana with her family so knew very little about Ghana and Africa for that matter apart from what she read and watched on television in addition to the tales by her dad about the rich Ghanaian culture. It was until after her undergraduate studies when she found an opening to work in Ghana for a project by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the field of agriculture. This gave her the opportunity to visit Ghana for the first time in her life. She would later work as a consultant for McKinsey & Co, consulting for companies in Germany and across Africa.

“During my undergraduate level studying Business Administration at the European Business School, I spent a semester abroad at the Seoul National University in South Korea where I developed a special interest in family business groups and economic value creation. In 2014, I moved to the UK to obtain a graduate degree in African studies after which I pursued an MBA programme at the Said Business School which was funded by the New York-based Pershing Square Foundation, chaired by Bill Ackman and his wife”, she recounted.

 

At the University of Oxford, Yasmin was the President of the Africa Society from 2015 to 2016 and chaired the 2015 Oxford Africa Conference which was opened by the then president of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. In 2017, she was listed as one of the Futures of Ghana 30 Under 30 and was also the first winner of Mo Issa’s The Authenticity Project, an initiative that awards and mentors outstanding leaders with authentic goals and ambitions.

 

Yasmin is a member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, a group of 250 entrepreneurs from over 35 African countries aiming to solve the social challenges of Africa serving as the inaugural Executive Director from July 2016to September 2017 to build the next growth phase. Her success at the organization funded by Cisco and the IDP foundation was motivated by her strong conviction that there is a boundless hidden potential in Africa when it comes to business opportunities and home-grown companies.

 

Speaking about her philosophy in life, Yasmin said that “growing up in Germany, I experienced stigma being ‘an African’ and hailing from a poor continent. My dad had left Ghana at an early point in his life not believing that the country could have a successful economy which I never understood. To carve out the potential of African businesses to start having global footprints is an important source of building the pride of African people. I am highly driven by impact and do not see money as a reward but rather as a means to maximize the positive influence I can have on supporting sustainable growth of African markets”.

 

Yasmin founded the Africa Foresight Group (AFG) following her passion to foster local economic value creation in Africa. To this end, AFG provides advisory, market research and thought leadership in agriculture, consumer goods and financial services. AFG currently has six full-time staff and a large pool of about ninety industry experts, researchers and experienced business advisors functioning as contractors. The company’s clients are local and international companies and donors with an interest in African markets. At the moment, AFG operates in London, Lagos and Accra, which houses the head office of the company.

As a leader, Yasmin is demanding and challenges her colleagues to constantly learn in order to deliver work that goes beyond the usual standard with top quality and dedication as a prerequisite to achieving real impact. At the same time, she aims to create a team culture that builds on being purposeful and caring for each other while following a mutual dream. As a student who started working at the age of 12, Yasmin learnt to be very resilient and now as an entrepreneur, she is learning to transform her fears into a source of strength at all times.

 

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MUSIGA’s “Top 20 Songs of 2017” merely an opinion – Joe Mettle

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Gospel singer Joe Mettle, has described MUSIGA’s recently-released  “Top 20 Songs of 2017” as merely   an opinion.

Compiled by Qisimah Insights, the list, which does not include a single gospel song, comprises solely, the most-played Ghanaian songs on radio. It includes offerings from such acts as Ebony, Shatta Wale, Kuame Eugene, KiDi, Patapaa, Stonebwoy among others.

The reigning VGMA Artist of the Year, during a recent interview with Accra-based Happy FM, challenged the Union’s list, wondering “how the research was done”. Indicating that many radio programmes commence with Gospel songs, he flatly challenged the veracity of the list.

He also stated that even “without research, one can tell gospel songs are played constantly on air”.

“ Until we are shown the bases of the research, the top 20 most played songs is just their opinion and that cannot be challenged,” he further said.

Born Joseph Oscar Mettle, the minister is author of several widespread hymns/medleys, including “Owawani”, which won him VGMA Artist of the Year last year, as well as “Bo Noo Ni”, featuring protege Luigi Maclean. Active since 2011, he has been associated with Danny Nettey, Nii Okai, KODA, Joe Beecham, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Eugene Zuta, Yaw Sarpong among others.

 

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GHANA CLUB 100: Justmoh Construction adjudged 9th Best Company

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Indigenous construction firm, Justmoh Construction Limited, continues to defy the odds in achieving laurels, hitherto, reserved for foreign firms by rising up the ranks to be the ninth best company in Ghana on the prestigious Ghana Club 100 after placing 26th in the previous ranking in 2015.

Chief Executive Officer of the company, Justice Amoh, expressed his appreciation to his staff, management, board, clients and other stakeholders in the industry that have supported his rise in a very challenging sector of the economy.

“Moving from 26th to 9th is a wonderful achievement and truly I was not expecting such a leap. But I cannot take credit for this alone. The real credit must be extended to the hardworking team I lead. They make it happen at the sites, in strenuous conditions, to meet targets and provide quality over quantity to the satisfaction of our esteemed clients and stakeholders.

Apart from that I also appreciate the board for the direction they offer the company and definitely not forgetting the clients whose satisfaction is what we care about the most. We say a big ayeekoo to every stakeholder who has supported us for the past 26 years”.

The Ghana Club 100 awards, an initiative of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), seek to identify and celebrate the best one hundred businesses in Ghana and also awarded the leading companies in each of the strategic sectors.

The 16th edition of the annual awards was celebrated under the patronage of the president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo themed: ‘Industrialization – A tool for Job Creation & Accelerated Economic Development’.

Justmoh Construction was established 26 years ago to further strengthen the participation of local players in the growing construction market.

With a core staff of 800 inclusive of subcontractors, Justmoh Construction is registered with the Registrar General’s Department, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing and Ministry of Roads and Highways in categories D1K1 and A1B1 respectively.

In August 2015, Justmoh proudly won the Helaba Business Excellence Awards, by the Helaba Group, a leading bank from Germany.

It followed the award with the International Europe Award for Quality in October 2015, in recognition of its commitment to the Quality of Business Management. On 20th March, 2017 Justmoh Construction Limited was again awarded International Trophy for Quality in recognition of its commitment to Quality and Excellence of its Services by the Global Trade Leaders’ Club in Paris, France.

 

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Booomers International SME Of The Year Award

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Booomers International, a leading bamboo bicycle manufacturer in Ghana has won the SME of the year award at the maiden edition of the Prestigious UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.  The award was in recognition of the performance and impact of the company in the year 2016. Other nominees in the category were Vokacom, Express Pay, and Addai Cutlass.

This is the second award for the company in a period of 2 months. In October, the CEO of Booomers was honoured by the owner and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu for an award in recognition of the impact Booomers is making in the communities through the provision of jobs and livelihoods in rural Ghana. The award was presented by the Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Yemi Osinbajo.

Booomers has strived to become a leading company in the Bamboo Bicycle industry. This is currently considered the biggest in Africa with distributors in over 6 countries. The company is making plans to launch the product in the UK very soon as well as in North America. The CEO, Kwabena Danso said such awards only come to encourage you to do more and not to relax. “When you get recognition, it only tells you everyone is watching and so you need to work hard”, he said.

The UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce is an organization of UK and Ghanaian companies and the main aim of the foundation is to foster trade between the two countries. DecoKraft, a local Ghanaian chocolate making company also won the ENGINE graduate of the year award.

 

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e.TV Japan Motors Corporate Run Donates to Ghana Blind Union

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As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility  (CSR) e.TV Ghana in collaboration with Japan Motors, has donated 3,000ghc to the Ghana Blind Union.

This was in fulfillment of a commitment by  e. TV  Ghana and Japan Motors to commit a  percentage of proceeds from the 2017 ETV Japan Motors Corporate Run to support the blind.

According to Melanie Botha, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company e. TV Ghana and Japan Motors are committed to support the Ghana Blind Union through Corporate Run.

“ The e.TV  Japan Motors Corporate Run is in its sixth edition and since its inception, we have supported the blind  union and we do not intend to stop now. We know that the blind union has needs that have to be met. We believe that the money will go a long to help this union,” she said.

“We agreed to take out 5ghc from each registration during the 2017 ETV Japan Motor Corporate Run. Out of the 400 people who registered to run, we managed to raise 2,000ghc but out of the benevolence others, we got another 1,000ghc to make it 3,000ghc,” she added.

Receiving the cheque, Dr. Peter Obeng Asamoah, Executive Director of the Ghana Blind Union commended e. TV Ghana and Japan Motors for the kind gesture.

“The Ghana Blind Union is very honoured by this kind gesture. For a very long time now, e.TV Ghana and Japan Motors through the Corporate Run has been there to support us. We are equally happy to have been part of the event. We want to pledge that this money will be used to support the union,”

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Taxify to launch in Accra, Ghana with exciting offer for both driver-partners and riders

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Online transport technology company, Taxify, is set to begin operations in Accra, Ghana on December 22nd, 2017.

The Taxify app will allow customers to use their smartphones to request trips from the nearest Taxify driver, who will use GPS to locate the customer, then take the customer to his/her destination.

With competitive rates and reliability, Taxify is set to be your go-to online transportation app upon its launch.

Taxify believes that happy drivers means better quality service for riders and that in treating its drivers with respect, allowing them to earn more than with other platforms and providing a range of safeguards and features that help them work in the way that suits them best, they will be in turn provide superior ride experiences to riders. It also believes in providing exemplary customer service to riders, with a local customer support team and the option to pay via cash or card.

Taxify already operates in 19 countries worldwide, including neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa and has seen huge success with its fairer, more transparent ride-hailing service.

Taxify users should sign up with promo code RIDEGHANA to get free rides.

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