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DAkpabli Readathon Outdoors MARTIN EGBLEWOGBE!



Radio show host and author, Dr. Martin Egblewogbe, of Writers Project fame, has been announced as the latest guest reader for the National Book Reading Campaign. Dubbed the DAkpabli Readathon, the initiative seeks to promote book reading for pleasure across Ghana as well as local authorship.

“I have been watching the Readahon train with keen interest and I’m pleasantly surprised to have been offered a boarding pass,” said Egblewogbe who holds a PhD in Physics. The author is the sixth guest in the programme and he joins Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, Elizabeth-Irene Baitie, Ruby Goka, Alba K. Sumprim and Empi Baryeh, who have all left their marks on the Readathon train.

During his guest-tenure, Martin is expected to feature along the main Readathon stars, Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah in their public reading activities for the next three months across the country.

“We look forward to the dynamics of an all-male reading team again. Martin is solid on Ghana’s literary scene and our fans will be thrilled to have him,” said Damoah who is cofounder of DAkpabli.

Martin is the author of the collection of short stories Mr. Happy and The Hammer of God and other Stories. His writing has appeared in a number of collections, such as the 2014 Caine Prize Anthology, PEN America’s Passages Africa (2015), the collection of short stories All The Good Things Around Us, and Litro #162: Literary Highlife. Several others of his stories have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online.

Martin also co-edited the anthologies of poetry Look Where You Have Gone To Sit and According To Sources. He is a co-founder and director of the Writers Project of Ghana. Martin brings onboard the Readathon train deep insights and knowledge about the literary scene and passion for literature, which will be particularly beneficial during the interactive sessions of the Readathon.



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AirtelTigo, GHL Bank Ltd others honored at the CCIFG Gala Night



The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) in partnership with the Labadi Beach
Hotel held the CCIFG Gala Night at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Thursday 15th March 2018. Attended
by about 350 guests comprised of high profile corporate moguls, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the
Republic of Ghana Honourable Samuel Abu Jinapor as well as the Ambassador of France to Ghana
H.E. Francois Pujolas, the event was also the grand occasion to host the maiden edition of the CCIFG
2017 was a year to reposition the Chamber as well as its business activities to better suit its network
as well as promote the Ghanaian economy. The second edition of the CCIFG Gala Night held, created
a platform for businesses executives to thus grow their network and have direct access to
opportunities among a diverse group of co-professionals.
Speaking to guests in his welcome address, the President of the CCIFG Mr Patrick Prado was elated
to share objectives achieved during the course of 2017 which revolved around strategically
repositioning the Chamber as a promoter of the Ghanaian and French markets as well as upgrading business support to companies was successfully achieved. To this end, about 40 French companies
and other businesses benefited from the chamber’s support to enable them better understand and
penetrate the local market. Elaborating further on the successes of the French Chamber which have
grown to 120 members from 54 members in 2016, CCI France Ghana organised a total of 17
events. The participants to the Gala were also enlightened on the CCIFG’s direction for 2018 which is
already well underway. Business support in 2018 beginning with 3 successful trade missions to Ghana
coupled with the visit of the CAP Afrique delegation of African counsellors for French SME’s, who
had a first-hand experience an overview of the business opportunities available to enable them
to give a better representation of Ghana to foreign businesses. Mr Prado also highlighted the impact of
the Ghana Days Tour which was launched in 2017. The tour saw the Managing Director of the French
Chamber visiting various regions in France and Lebanon to speak more on the Ghanaian market. As
such, 7 collective trade missions have already been scheduled in addition to a discovery trade
mission to France.
The presence of the Government representatives from Ghana and equally from France also gives an
optimistic indication of a growth in the bilateral relationship between the Republic of Ghana and the
The Republic of France. Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor addressing guests gave a focus on the collaboration of
both Republics and the importance of advancing on the bilateral relationship to the President of the
The Republic of Ghana. With Ghana surrounded by Francophone countries Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and
Burkina Faso, there is a need for the promotion of the French language, an initiative which is equally
being pushed by the President of Ghana. To this effect, the government is promoting bilingual
education and testing it with 5 schools in the country. H.E. Francois Pujolas in his speech to
participants was elated to share on his delight on the growth of the bilateral relationship between
France and Ghana and its positive direction. The realisation of increasing activities between France
and Ghana as well as France’s commitment to not only sustain this relationship but also support the
growing activities between France and Ghana which was reinforced by the visit of the President of
France, H.E. Emmanuel Macron to Ghana. The visit is a step towards the modernisation of France's
relations with Ghana by emphasising business links, education and sport.
The maiden edition of the CCI France Ghana Awards was also held at the Gala Night. Six companies
were awarded in 6 different categories for excelling among criteria outlined in each category. The
categories and winners are:
● Digital Innovation Award: won by Jade E. Services Ltd for their e-commerce and diverse
online marketplaces grouped under Jumia, Jumia Travel, Jumia Food, Jumia House and Jumia
● Best CSR and Sustainability Company of the Year: won by Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd for
the various CSR activities to contribute to livelihood which includes year-long activity to
show support for World Malaria Day, road safety education for over 8000 dead children in
the various part of the north as well rehabilitation and construction of classroom blocks and
other facilities in schools in the North
● Emerging Company of the Year: awarded to GHL Bank Ltd for the successful transition from
a mortgage finance institution with a licensed bank to meet the needs Ghanaians and
● Transformational Project Award: won by Meridian Port Services for the ongoing execution
of the $1.5 billion Port of Tema Expansion Project which will significantly boost economic
growth and create around 450,000 indirect jobs

● Judges Choice Award: awarded to Decathlon Ghana for the impact of the Decathlon
Foundation on the community following less than a year of establishing a subsidiary in
● CCIFG Associate Award: awarded to AirtelTigo for the merger making it the second largest
Mobile Network Operator in Ghana with a combined customer base of approximately 10
million and 25% market share.
The CCIFG Gala Night is organised as an annual event to showcase an optimistic indication of the
growth and prosperity of the bilateral relationship between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic
of France as well as the role of the Chamber to promote business activity through high-level
networking. Sponsors to the second edition of the Gala and maiden CCIFG Awards were Allianz,
CFAO, Logiplus, Orsam, Pernod Ricard, Societe Generale Ghana and Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd.
CCI France Ghana

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana is an association of companies and
professionals belonging to different sectors which aim at supporting, fostering and enhancing
bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies. With over 20
business sectors represented, the CCIFG acts as a business support system to its members by
providing information through market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and
trade shows.

To contribute to business growth for members, CCIFG continues to organise informative events to
share practical information and create a platform to establish new business partnerships. With 400
guests participating, the event showcases the diversity of the Chamber’s activities as well as its
effort to create a functioning platform for companies engaged at the event. The CCIFG Awards
organises sheds light on the impact of companies within the Chamber’s network which contributes
to the Ghanaian economy and community.



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Songstress Yaa Yaa to star in Roverman Productions new play “Special Delivery”



Ghanaian singer-songwriter and actress, Bertha Bridget Kankam aka Yaa Yaa will soon rock the big stage again, not for what she’s mainly recognized for, but as an actress.

The ‘Life’ hitmaker, will be starring in Uncle Ebo Whyte’s play dubbed ”Special Delivery” as one of the four main characters. Yaa Yaa will play the role of an alcoholic mother, whose parents did not allow her to marry the love of her life.

According to the playwright, Yaa Yaa was granted entry into the cast, merely for attending its audition and not for her fame. For him, it was an indication that despite being a recording artist, she was passionate about being part of the play. ”There are people who appear before me in auditions and I don’t ask them any questions, their presence alone tells me something and that’s what happened with Yaa Yaa”, James Ebo Whyte disclosed.

Speaking to Yaa Yaa on her new gig, she retorted “I am really honoured to be part of the Roverman Family… Learning so much already and I’m really eager to experience how far I can be stretched to bring out all the creativity inside of me. Fans should get ready for more adventures with me as I explore other fields other than music, say drama? Dance? Who knows, maybe modelling too”, she joked. Pressing on, she shed more light on her hit song ‘Life’ saying, ”The video will be released soon, my fans should also watch out for that”.

Yaa Yaa is known for well received songs such as ‘Dumb Drum’, ‘Incredible’, ‘Kae’, ‘Koryor’, etc., and her most recent one, ‘Life’ which is doing well on the various blogs, websites and radio stations across the nation.


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AfroExcellence: Sarkodie assembles heroes in “Highest Feast” [+ video]



Ace Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, brought together various persons who have influenced his life and journey over the years in a private get-together held at his residence on Saturday, March 17.

The first of what he intends to be an annual event, the “Highest Feast”, which saw in attendance, close family, industry friends, as well as acquaintances across corporate Ghana, was, according to the SarkCess frontman, to converge under one roof, various personalities who have served as inspiration for him and his career.

“This is a gathering where I bring together a few of my closest people that I cherish, respect, and appreciate so much. The idea for the highest feast is to bring together these noble people under one roof, have a good time, and connect”, he said.

To him, it also proved a perfect opportunity to exchange success stories under a relaxing atmosphere, and refuel toward new projects.

“In life, the energy around you is very important. It can make you or break you. I choose to keep these people around me because I need that guidance”, the rapper further submits about the feast.

Well-decorated and author of multiple bestselling albums, Sarkodie ranks among elite music acts on the continent. He’s in the running for a number of award at the forthcoming 2018 VGMA Awards, including the coveted Artist of the Year prize.

Here are highlights of the event courtesy Sarkodie’s YouTube page:

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Miss Ghana UK 2017 Queen to “Hug Out “with tertiary students in Accra



Food for All Africa in partnership with Miss Ghana UK Foundation and Psychosocial Africa will this April bring together tertiary students within Accra to hang out with the current Miss Ghana UK Queen, Miss Sabina Lawabea Awuni at the social event aimed at promoting mental health and nutritional well being among tertiary students in Ghana.

For every case of suicide reported, five people have already contemplated committing suicide, making a total of about 200,000 people contemplating the idea annually, Sabina emphasis on the use of social get together as a means to suicide prevention as such programs tend to give people listening ears.

According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Network for Anti-suicide and Crisis Prevention in Ghana, five or more people commit suicide every day in the country.The dominant cause of their death ranged from problems with parents, failure at school, the inability of parents to provide needs, impotence and relationship related issues.

Former Chief Psychiatrist of the Accra Mental Hospital, Dr Akwesi Osei reiterates that suicide is premeditated. It is not something one does the first time he or she thinks about it.

 “There are three organizational stages of suicide, involving “getting used to,” the idea, the means and the opportunity or motivation,” he added.

He described the first stage as the preparation state where a person prepares to commit suicide. People who are naturally secretive, who come from broken homes, people with no loving childhood and people with traumatic stress disorders are susceptible.

The second, he said was the precipitate factors that triggered one to commit suicide. Some of the triggers were a financial crisis, loss of a loved one and separation.

The final stage was when victims remained in a perpetual state of the desire to kill him or herself, and with the triggers including the lack of financial support, among others.

Hug Out with Miss Ghana UK 2017, The Jubilee Queen on Saturday 7th April 2018 at Tuo Restaurant and garden on Ring road Central will be an experience sharing hang out with the Queen, Sabina Awuni, mental health advocate, Nana Abena Korkor Addo  and Chef Elijah Addo in promoting mental health and nutritional wellness among tertiary students in Ghana through activities such as cooking competition,eating,games,let’s talk and music jams.

The Queen together with SRC executives of participating schools will in the morning cook and serve breakfast to patients of Accra psychiatric hospital.



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Call for applications: MIAConnects Regional Mobility Programme



The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) is pleased to launch the regional leg of its mobility programme, which will support African music festivals wanting to programme artists from any of the following seven countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria (Northern), Chad, Mali and Niger.

This regional mobility call is part of the broader Music In Africa Connects (MIAConnects) Artist Mobility Programme, which in 2017 supported more than 100 artists from countries affected by conflict to tour locally.

The value of the Regional Mobility Programme is that music festivals are now benefiting from the programme together with the artists, a development that will strengthen the live music scene on the continent.

MIAConnects is made possible with support from the Siemens Stiftung and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Please note that this call is for festivals that take place on the African continent only. The deadline for applications is 22 March 2018 (midnight CAT).

Who can submit an application?

  • This opportunity is open to music festivals based and operating on the African continent.
  • The host festival must take place between 1 May and 22 December 2018.
  • The applicant must be the registered company or organisation directly responsible for the organisation of the festival.
  • The music festival must be able to attract a considerable audience, beneficial to the invited artist(s).
  • Only festivals featuring a series of performances by various musicians and bands will be considered.
  • First-time festivals and other event formats are welcome to apply provided they meet the criteria.

Requirements and mandatory documents

  • Budgets submitted must adhere to stipulations as indicated in the call.
  • The applicant (festival) must have a valid bank account.
  • Proof will be required with regards to the festival’s ability to cover the costs of the invited music performance (refer below for costs to be covered by the festival) and to implement the festival as detailed in the application.
  • Confirmation of donors, sponsors and other financial support will have to be provided within the application form.
  • Festivals taking place in what is considered high-risk areas need to outline safety and security measures that will be taken towards the safety of the invited artist or band.
  • The applicant will be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project (and not an intermediary).
  • The festival (the applicant) should appoint one person from the company or organisation who will be responsible for submitting the application, managing and reporting how the support has been utilised and will be the sole contact person if the application is successful.
  • An applicant may submit only one application under this call.
  • The requested amount may not exceed €5 000.
  • Registration documents for companies that are legally responsible for the implementation of the festival.
  • Legal identification documentation: Applicant’s ID/passport copy.
  • Budget: download budget template HERE and complete budget for the invited music performance (projected expenditure, in euros (€), according to the stipulations provided in this call).
  • Festival’s 2018 programme (drafts accepted).
  • Letter from the invited artist or band representative confirming availability and approving the project.

Additional attachments such as press coverage, web links, pictures and videos, etc. will be accepted as attachments to the application, but are not mandatory.

Which artists can you invite?

  • Artists from the following eligible countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria (Northern), Chad, Mali and Niger.
  • The music performance must take place outside the country where the invited artist, band or music project is based.
  • Applicants may consider various categories of performers including, but not limited to, bands, solo artists, DJs (who include live performances), choirs etc. Please take note of the non-eligible performances detailed below when doing so.
  • Artistic collaboration components between musicians that lead to live music performances are welcome.
  • Preference is given to outstanding artists who are ready for the international stage and whose career will benefit from being exposed to new audiences at your event.
  • All participants must be over 18 years old.

Additional Advantageous Criteria (not mandatory)

  • Applications that include more than one performance opportunity to the invited artist(s) will be an advantage. Additional opportunities may be connections for artists to perform at other festivals, within or outside the festival’s country, to extend their tour, collaborate with other artists, etc.
  • In addition, the music festival must preferably be able to support the artist or band with exposure such as interviews and social media marketing.
  • Preference will be given to artists with limited opportunities to tour outside their country.

Non-eligible music performances/applications

  • Music performances supporting political parties or religious faith.
  • Fundraising events, such as charity galas.
  • Applications that do not fulfil the criteria.
  • Incomplete applications.

Type of support

Financial Support

Applicants may request up to €5 000.

Eligible costs that may be included in the requested amount:

  • Visa costs: Budget limit – €200.
  • Travel and transportation costs (including airport transfers and local ground transport): Budget limit – €3 000.
  • Daily meal allowance (per diem): Budget limit – max €25 per day per person and total budget must not exceed €600.
  • Accommodation: Budget Limit – max €50 per day per person and total budget must not exceed €1 200.

Budget stipulation notes

  • All budget limits mentioned above need to be strictly adhered to;
  • It is mandatory that you use the provided budget template. Click HERE to download the file (the link is also provided in the application form).

Please note that only one non-band member included in the travelling parties can be covered (manager or sound engineer).

Non-eligible costs (to be covered by the festival)

The purpose of the support is to make the mobility of the artist possible. As such, the festival will be responsible for the production and all other cost, e.g. technical support: stage, sound, lighting equipment etc.

  • Performance fees (this fee is mandatory).
  • Hospitality requirements.
  • Technical costs.
  • Publicity and marketing.
  • General running costs and overheads of the festival (organisation/company).
  • Costs that are already covered by other funding.

Administrative support

  • Administrative support via email is offered during the application process. Email
  • Additional administrative support will also be offered to successful applicants during the contracted project period.

How to apply

  • Read the call for applications carefully.
  • Create (if you haven’t already) a profile for your festival on the Music In Africa Artist & Industry section using this link: Make sure that your profile is up to date, as this is the profile that the selection committee will review. Additional content like pictures and social media links will be advantageous.

Please note: you may find your profile already created by a Music In Africa contributor. In that case, you would need to follow the online steps to claim it. Once you have control of your profile, make sure to update the information.

  • Make sure you have all the required documents.
  • Complete and submit the online application form (the link is provided at the end of this call). Two application forms are provided – in French and English. Email applications will not be considered.
  • The form will not allow applicants to save and complete later. Before you complete it, make sure you have all the required documents that will need to be attached. Required documents are clearly noted within this call for applications.

Selection process

  • The deadline for applications is 22 March 2018 (midnight CAT).
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 10 April 2018.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Only applications submitted via the dedicated online form will be considered.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

Note that a copy of your application form will automatically be sent to you by email. For transparency purposes, all beneficiary names will be published on within 30 days after they have been selected.

Application forms

You can apply in French or English.

  • Access the ENGLISH application form HERE.
  • Access the FRENCH application form HERE.

For enquiries and information, email



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Mayorkun, Sister Afia, Magnom, Keche others storm Legon for Legon Hall/WatsUp TV Concert



Nigerian Afrobeat star and DMW signed act Mayorkun is headlining the 66th Legon Hall Week artiste night.

The Concert which is in collaboration with Watsup TV will see other top Ghanaian acts like Sister Afia,  Epixode, Magnom, Dope Nation, Keche, Rudebwoy Ranking, Gemini, Opanka, Feli Nuna, Dahlin Gage, Dee Money, Ephraim, DJ Sly, Obibini, Jason El-A and many more.

The event is sponsored by Rush Energy drink and supported by  Davido Music Worldwide, The Plug, Endowed Event, SHOB Group, Jack Daniels, GhOne TV, TV7, 369 Live and

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