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Karl Brown Wins Happy FM Corporate Knockout Challenge

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It was a glorious day for KARL BROWN as they drubbed Quick SMS 4-2 in a blistering final to lift the cup at the maiden edition of the Happy FM-Databank Corporate Knockout Challenge that took place at Lizzy Sports Complex over the weekend.

Hundreds of patrons enjoyed the exhibition of friendly hostilities between the two sides in the highly intriguing final, where 32 firms competed for honours.

Both sides proved their worth throughout the competition and the final was a sight to behold as the quality of football exhibited by both sides was a clear indication that their final berth was no fluke.

The heroics of Quick SMS goalkeeper Excobar helped his side from conceding a more embarrassing scoreline.

For their Prize, Karl Brown team got GHC 3,000, medals and a giant trophy while 1st runners-up Quick SMS got GHC 1,500 and medals.

In the lucky teams game, Baffour Gyan led Paradise PAC were stunned by First Atlantic Bank who forced the game into penalties after rallying from a 3-1 deficit to draw parity and subsequently winning the game 3-2 on penalties after Baffour Gyan missed his kick.  First Atlantic Bank went home with GHC 500 for their effort.

Speaking after the tournament, Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Public Relations Executive at Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC) commended the various corporate teams for making the Happy FM Corporate Knockout Challenge a successful one.

“The teams, referees and match officials ensured that the Happy FM team executed a free and fair tournament.  We look forward to the bigger version of the tournament next year,” he said.

Abraham Kudemor of Paradise PAC won the glittering top scorer trophy after netting 8 goals in the competition.

President of New Edubiase United Abdul Salam Yakubu, who also has a stake in Tema Steel, was however the toast of fans as he led his side by example, netting 3 goals in their matches, revisiting his heyday which earned him the nickname Sabato since his playing style was similar to ex Ghana star Ablade Kumah.

President of Amidaus Professional, Baba Gedo also led his charges AKSHAN which featured staunch Kotoko supporter and philanthropist Francis Ofori Mensah Pusher but they crushed out after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to eventual winners KARL BROWN.

The competition, which was officiated by FIFA and Class One referees, was witnessed by former Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) boss Alhaji Ali Raji who praised the organizers for mooting this idea and executing it with such level of aptness.

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GGCC welcomes Dubai partners to explore new trading options

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On Thursday February 15, at the Afro Arab Head Office in Nima – Accra, the Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) welcomed partners from Dubai (UAE) to explore innovative ways of improving trade in Ghana, specifically in the area of recycling plastic waste and other materials as pawpaw leaves, as well as other projects.

Guests of honour included PA Basher, and Umesh Dharman, both globally renowned names in the area of trade and packaging solutions, and who also spoke in the theme: “Improving Trade in Ghana. An Outsider’s View”. They also added as past of their mission, the intention of introducing new business avenues between Ghana and the UAE.

Hosted by Alhaji Abdul Salman Amadu, CEO of the Afro-Arab Microfinance Company Limited, the meeting was also attended by GGCC Executive Director Albert Ankrah, who also doubled as moderator for the evening, as well as board member Madam Juliana Ama Kplorfia.

A  “full purpose Business Chamber”, the Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce looks to develop “potent business opportunities between Ghana and the countries of the Gulf: UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain.”

The chamber is headed by Albert Ankrah, and affiliated to Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, TMC (Dubai), as well as the Philippines Chamber of Commerce. It also engages in other events as conferences, exhibitions and training sessions to better foster business relations between the two territories.

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana holds seminar for investors

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) is currently hosting the CAP Afrique Delegation of African Experts to better understand the market and explore business opportunities. The Delegation is made up of representatives from the regional CCIs in France who through their visit to Ghana can portray to French businesses and investors the opportunities available so as to extend their business activity.

The seminar began with a debriefing by the Ambassador of France to Ghana H.E. Francois Pujolas as well as the Vice-President of the CCIFG Gauthier Pourcelle. In his welcome message to the delegation, the French Ambassador spoke on the positive outlook of the Ghanaian economy pointing out the growth of 7.9% realised in 2017, as well as the drop in inflation from 17% in 2016 to 11.8% in 2017. He also elaborated on the growing relations between Ghana and France which was reinforced by the visit of the President of France, H.E. Emmanuel Macron to Ghana in November. The French President’s visit was part of his attempt to modernise France’s relations with Africa by emphasising business links, education and sport rather than development aid. He discussed further this relationship through the activity of French businesses in Ghana citing examples such as Air France with the introduction of direct flights between Ghana and Paris. He mentioned this has boosted economic relations as well as import and export via air cargo between both countries. He also made mention of the merger between Danone and Fanmilk who are successful in Ghana with their milk-based products, Cocoa Touton Processing Company which is transforming the cocoa processing sector in Ghana, Decathlon’s implantation in Ghana and the partnership between Bolloré and Maersk for the concession of a new terminal at the Tema port and its development.  He concluded that this visit was crucial to further advancing relations between both countries with Ghana being the second largest economy in Ghana.

The Vice-President of CCIFG addressing the delegation spoke on the economic rebound experienced in2017 which gives a positive expectation for 2018. This he said has been fortified with the World Bank ranking Ghana as number one in economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He attributed the country’s success to its effective democracy which has permitted political stability for about 20 years. He went further to speak on the positive impact that this political stability has given birth. He explained that the viable state of affairs allows the government and investors to engage together on major infrastructure projects, to which he mentioned the Tema Port expansion and the construction of the new airport terminal at the Kotoka International Airport. These projects will result in a tripling of the flow of goods managed, as well as lead to an increase the capacity at the international airport to 5 million passengers thus strengthening its position as the leading logistics hub in West Africa.

The debriefing and welcome conference was followed by a press conference where the media were enlightened on the work of the delegation, the role played by CCI France Ghana and the significance of the CAP Afrique seminar. Speaking on behalf of the CAP Afrique delegation, Bruno MAZUREL from CCI International Auvergne Rhône Alpes said the week-long visit will show first-hand the potential that Ghana presents in addition to giving an even greater understanding of the Anglophone market. This will enable he and the other members of the delegation of African Experts better promote the market to interested investors. Ghana being Anglophone is often overshadowed by the francophone countries and this visit is a huge step to better promote the Ghanaian market to France. The visit will be followed with scheduled trade missions to Ghana during the course of the year. The delegation will visit key infrastructure projects as well as meet with Ghanaian stakeholders and major French players in major sectors in Ghana.

 

Addressing the press, the Managing Director of the CCI France Ghana said there was a need to organise events of this nature to give better exposure to the Ghanaian market. Business activity at the CCIFG also seeks to assist companies in Ghana extend their businesses abroad. As such, CCIFG will organise a business breakfast to educate participants on the opportunities available as well as requirements and other vital information in preparation of a trade mission to France. CCIFG will continue use its extensive network to provide a platform for business development in Ghana, France and abroad.

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Rev. Perbi graciously bows out of MTN Ghana

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Rev. Nana A. Perbi has brought down the curtains on his glittering MTN career after 12 years and 3 months of unblemished, diligent and unrivalled commitment to service. The success story of MTN Ghana, the biggest telecommunications network giant in Ghana cannot be written without such a towering gentleman.

Starting off from the Warehouse & Logistics department, Rev. Perbi served his best and later moved to MTN Foundation, where he contributed to most of the successes, awards and initiatives the MTN Ghana Foundation has become synonymous with. He recently celebrated with MTN Ghana Foundation 10 years of brightening lives in Ghana and is proud of the Foundation’s establishment of over 142 projects across the 10 regions of Ghana impacting over 4million lives at an amount of over US$13.4Million.

Rev. Perbi names MTN Ghana as one of the best schools of life and one of the best places to work. MTN is an accredited Iip organization and is an award winning employer of choice. After a couple of years, Rev. Nana A. Perbi, developed his communication skills and worked with the corporate communications department of MTN Ghana. He further developed his Social Media prowess and sharpened his Social Media strengths due to his hardworking skills and in-depth knowledge as a social media strategist. He chalked several successes and trended on main stream social media several times.

At MTN, Rev. Perbi was a father, brother, motivator, friend and someone to lean on at anytime for practical Godly counsel. He is also a founding member of the MTN Christians Fellowship.

Rev. Nana Adjei Perbi is a minister of God, author, gospel artiste, motivational speaker, dancer and a very successfully dynamic social media strategist with a master class accreditation.

“At every point in one’s life, there must be improvement and moving on to the next level. I am delighted to be moving in this direction”, Rev. Perbi noted at the send off get together party held to honour him. Many well wishes were shared by his colleagues at the party.

“We will really miss Rev. Perbi”, was almost everyone’s expression as they partied with him for the last time.

In moving on, Rev. Perbi did not reveal to us in our exclusive interview with him, where his next stop of beginning will be. But as a Strategist, Business Developer, Bible Evangelist, Musician and prolific Writer, it is certain that his next starting point in any of these fields will be a giant one.

Rev. Perbi is also set to release various hit medleys this year including VictoryPraiz, WarMedley, and more as well as two books from the author’s desk.

 

 

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MEISTER, Mr Eazi’s brand manager launches Brand Consultancy

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After contributing immensely to the corporate and entertainment industry in the area of marketing, arts and music, brand manager of Mr Eazi, Bernard Kafui Sokpe, with the well-acclaimed moniker “Mr Meister” has officially launched a brand consultancy called BRANDMEISTER. This consultancy seeks to deliver marketing and brand strategy services to small and large businesses as well as individuals.

 

The Brandmeister agency is a collective of seasoned professionals from various markets in Africa harnessing the power of brand for consumer connection. Brandmeister sports a solid team with the likes of Therese “Ohemaa” Jones of New York and Mercedes fashion week reputation, Quame Opoku, global business and TedX speaker amongst others.

Bernard and his team stand by their mantra “ Feeling is believing” as they begin a journey to get consumers to have unflinching loyalty for brands through emotional connections.

Bernard Sokpe has over 7 years of experience spanning between Telecommunications, E-commerce and Tech, and has been instrumental in innovative campaigns for global brands like Tigo Ghana, Vodafone, Tonaton.com, Unilever and Hubtel.

Visit www.thebrandmeister.com to find out more

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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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