Friday, December 15, 2017

It’s official! The Walt Disney Company has purchased 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses.

The deal includes 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000, 20th Century Fox Television, FX Productions, Fox21, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group International, Star India and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky, and Endemol Shine Group.

The deal doesn’t include the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. Those will be spun off into a newly-listed company.

It has also been revealed that The Walt Disney Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger has agreed to continue in the position through the end of calendar year 2021.

You can read the full press release below:

The Walt Disney Company and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock (subject to adjustment). Building on Disney’s commitment to deliver the highest quality branded entertainment, the acquisition of these complementary assets would allow Disney to create more appealing content, build more direct relationships with consumers around the world and deliver a more compelling entertainment experience to consumers wherever and however they choose. Immediately prior to the acquisition, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of 21st Century Fox will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each 21st Century Fox share they hold (subject to adjustment for certain tax liabilities as described below). The exchange ratio was set based on a 30-day volume weighted average price of Disney stock. Disney will also assume approximately $13.7 billion of net debt of 21st Century Fox. The acquisition price implies a total equity value of approximately $52.4 billion and a total transaction value of approximately $66.1 billion (in each case based on the stated exchange ratio assuming no adjustment) for the business to be acquired by Disney, which includes consolidated assets along with a number of equity investments.

Popular Entertainment Properties to Join Disney Family

Combining with Disney are 21st Century Fox’s critically acclaimed film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hidden Figures, Gone Girl, The Shape of Water and The Martian—and its storied television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, which have brought The Americans, This Is Us, Modern Family, The Simpsons and so many more hit TV series to viewers across the globe. Disney will also acquire FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group International, Star India and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky plc, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group.

“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building, and we’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings. The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”

“We are extremely proud of all that we have built at 21st Century Fox, and I firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry,” said Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. “Furthermore, I’m convinced that this combination, under Bob Iger’s leadership, will be one of the greatest companies in the world. I’m grateful and encouraged that Bob has agreed to stay on, and is committed to succeeding with a combined team that is second to none.”

At the request of both 21st Century Fox and the Disney Board of Directors, Mr. Iger has agreed to continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company through the end of calendar year 2021.

“When considering this strategic acquisition, it was important to the Board that Bob remain as Chairman and CEO through 2021 to provide the vision and proven leadership required to successfully complete and integrate such a massive, complex undertaking,” said Orin C. Smith, Lead Independent Director of the Disney Board. “We share the belief of our counterparts at 21st Century Fox that extending his tenure is in the best interests of our company and our shareholders, and will be critical to Disney’s ability to effectively drive long-term value from this extraordinary acquisition.”

Benefits to Consumers

The acquisition will enable Disney to accelerate its use of innovative technologies, including its BAMTECH platform, to create more ways for its storytellers to entertain and connect directly with audiences while providing more choices for how they consume content. The complementary offerings of each company enhance Disney’s development of films, television programming and related products to provide consumers with a more enjoyable and immersive entertainment experience.

Bringing on board 21st Century Fox’s entertainment content and capabilities, along with its broad international footprint and a world-class team of managers and storytellers, will allow Disney to further its efforts to provide a more compelling entertainment experience through its direct-to-consumer (DTC) offerings. This transaction will enable Disney’s recently announced Disney and ESPN-branded DTC offerings, as well as Hulu, to create more appealing and engaging experiences, delivering content, entertainment and sports to consumers around the world wherever and however they want to enjoy it.

The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love. The addition of Avatar to its family of films also promises expanded opportunities for consumers to watch and experience storytelling within these extraordinary fantasy worlds. Already, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort can experience the magic of Pandora—The World of Avatar, a new land inspired by the Fox film franchise that opened earlier this year. And through the incredible storytelling of National Geographic—whose mission is to explore and protect our planet and inspire new generations through education initiatives and resources—Disney will be able to offer more ways than ever before to bring kids and families the world and all that is in it.

Enhancing Disney’s Worldwide Offerings

Adding 21st Century Fox’s premier international properties enhances Disney’s position as a truly global entertainment company with authentic local production and consumer services across high-growth regions, including a richer array of local, national and global sporting events that ESPN can make available to fans around the world. The transaction boosts Disney’s international revenue mix and exposure.

Disney’s international reach would greatly expand through the addition of Sky, which serves nearly 23 million households in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy; Fox Networks International, with more than 350 channels in 170 countries; and Star India, which operates 69 channels reaching 720 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries.

Prior to the close of the transaction, it is anticipated that 21st Century Fox will seek to complete its planned acquisition of the 61% of Sky it doesn’t already own. Sky is one of Europe’s most successful pay television and creative enterprises with innovative and high-quality direct-to-consumer platforms, resonant brands and a strong and respected leadership team. 21st Century Fox remains fully committed to completing the current Sky offer and anticipates that, subject to the necessary regulatory consents, the transaction will close by June 30, 2018. Assuming 21st Century Fox completes its acquisition of Sky prior to closing of the transaction, The Walt Disney Company would assume full ownership of Sky, including the assumption of its outstanding debt, upon closing.

Transaction Highlights

The acquisition is expected to yield at least $2 billion in cost savings from efficiencies realized through the combination of businesses, and to be accretive to earnings before the impact of purchase accounting for the second fiscal year after the close of the transaction.

Terms of the transaction call for Disney to issue approximately 515 million new shares to 21st Century Fox shareholders, representing approximately a 25% stake in Disney on a pro forma basis. The per share consideration is subject to adjustment for certain tax liabilities arising from the spinoff and other transactions related to the acquisition. The initial exchange ratio of 0.2745 Disney shares for each 21st Century Fox share was set based on an estimate of such tax liabilities to be covered by an $8.5 billion cash dividend to 21st Century Fox from the company to be spun off. The exchange ratio will be adjusted immediately prior to closing of the acquisition based on an updated estimate of such tax liabilities. Such adjustment could increase or decrease the exchange ratio, depending upon whether the final estimate is lower or higher, respectively, than the initial estimate. However, if the final estimate of the tax liabilities is lower than the initial estimate, the first $2 billion of that adjustment will instead be made by net reduction in the amount of the cash dividend to 21st Century Fox from the company to be spun off. The amount of such tax liabilities will depend upon several factors, including tax rates in effect at the time of closing as well as the value of the company to be spun off.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and 21st Century Fox have approved the transaction, which is subject to shareholder approval by 21st Century Fox and Disney shareholders, clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, a number of other non-United States merger and other regulatory reviews, and other customary closing conditions.

Source: Comingsoon

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Justice League
Justice League has finally cracked $600 million at the global box office, despite trailing behind Coco domestically this weekend.

 In the wake of Justice League finally releasing and uniting the titans of the DC Comics, information has begun pouring in detailing how Warner Bros rushed their shared universe into production. Though the wait may seem long, it appears the studio was overeager to replicate Marvel Studios’ success with The Avengers in 2012 and scrambled to make Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel into the start of a similar franchise. Unfortunately for DC fans, the results have been mixed.

As Justice League continues to underperform at the box office, rumors have emerged that WB is upending their plans for a number of movies.

It looks as if fans can breathe a sigh of relief, however, as the DCEU film slate isn’t being restructured at the moment. CCXP in Brazil this weekend featured a plan for the universe matching the one unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, and Zack Snyder is still producing Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2. Meanwhile, Justice League has crept passed another milestone at the box office.

Variety is reporting that Justice League brought in an additional $9.6 million at the domestic box office this weekend, bringing its total to $212.1M at home. It couldn’t compete with Pixar’s Coco, however, which nabbed $18.3M and won its third weekend in a row. Luckily, the haul was enough to push the DC team-up film to $613.1M worldwide and maintain its position as the 10th biggest film of the year.

Justice League passing $600 million worldwide means its should (in theory) be profitable now, despite being the lowest-grossing DC Film to date. It’s still well behind Wonder Woman‘s domestic haul of $318M at the same point during its own run. The movie has also failed to come anywhere close to The Avenger‘s $623.3M domestic total and $1.5 billion global gross (not accounting for inflation). Justice League‘s extensive reshoots brought its production budget up to a staggering $300M, which is why it’s only now broken even at the box office.

It’s not all bad news, however, as Justice League has become DC’s biggest hit in China. The film has done well internationally, a market that has increasingly benefitted underperforming domestic blockbusters this year. It could be this silver lining that’s preventing WB from reworking its film plans, though the studio’s plans for the future of the shared universe are already undergoing some big changes.

The next DC film won’t hit theaters until December of 2018, when director James Wan’s Aquaman solo movie arrives on the scene. Wonder Woman 2 and Shazam! have confirmed release dates for 2019 and will follow after Aquaman, but the rest of the DC Film release schedule is up in the air at the moment. That includes the potential Justice League sequel, which seems unlikely to happen now (or, at least, until further notice).

Source: Screenrant

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kwame Gyan
Indeed 2017 went skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka. Skidiki-pap-pap, and a pu-pu-pudrrrr-boom. And before we knew it, Skya, du-du-ku-ku-dun-dun. Poom, poom, you know. Ah well, it is that time of the year again. We started this in 2014 and this is already the 4th installment. That's like JM's term in office you know! Year has been so fast. Same time last year JM was President. Now Nana Addo is President for less than a year but feels like forever eh?

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Kwame Gyan and I bring you the 2017 edition of our friendly advice and to some, warning to the many many Ghanaians who have been saving some Euros and Pounds and Dollars to come blow time in the motherland.

Here we go:

1. Please stop ordering us to wait for you at Kotoka a whole two hours before the projected touch down of your flight. You know you have been doing this almost every year, or once every two years. We don’t like it. Even if we don’t meet you have you forgotten the way to your homes? Hoh!

2. Please when you get into town, leave your jacket and winter boots in your house until you are dressing up to head back to Kotoka and away to wherever you are doing your 'any work'. We know the weather back in your abrokyire is cold. Don't be a villager to wear fur coats in our 32° weather. Eye nkurasesem paaa. And yes, it is hot here.

3. We know you are making money in obimanso. We also know that you pay plenty tax. And some of you still owe the visa contractor who did your connection for you so your cash level no shada dey up. Don't come and spend all the money you have saved buying champagne in clubs and spreading people like your father is Mugabe or Dangote. If you do the too known and go back, we won't send you kapreba. Yoooo!

4. If you bought something for someone last year and you come and you see him or her still wearing it, you don't need to shout and say "eei you are still wearing this jeans I bought from Next? Efata wo paaa ooo". Please we know you still have jeans you bought 5 years ago. We know before you left you wore clothes saaa until they were tired of alterations so stop that nonsense. You like that!

5. As we told you last year, we are not villagers like that oo. You can't buy as £2 and $5 shirts and tops and expect us to roll on the floor in excitement. We know it when what you give us is cheap. Oh we will say thank you. But don't expect us to behave as if you just gave us a Saville Row suit or an Armage cologne.

6. Please we know what the exchange rate is. We know. We don’t need the needless reminder. We also know that you know the exchange rate. Stop the too known and come and melt your Euros and Pounds and Dollars in piece. Stop that!

7. Mall Update: Kumasi Mall has come oooo. We also heard the things you heard. Leave Kumasi people alone. I have seen plenty people walk into malls to buy 90 pesewas bottled water and spend the rest of the time taking photos. You also do same when you go to those fancy shops of yours. Let us think.

8. Kyinkyinga has gained prominence again ooo my people. Right now kyinkyinga sellers can blow up fuel stations and the blast will not even affect the stones on the zinc roofing sheets placed over their grill. Massa it is not easy oo. You ask Kojo Yankson of Joy FM. He will tell you the whole story. Oh, the kyinkyinga people have not changed by the way: same price, smaller meat, bigger sticks. Don't be too disappointed.

9. Abrokyire boys, borgerfuo, do not come and spoil our girls and spoil the market for the local boys. Don't open their mouths so wide that when you leave they are not content with our fianga pockets. Play with the girls you came with, and let's play with ours. You girls too why do you always allow them to do that to you. I don't gerrit.

10. Has Ghana Police changed? For the where? They should change to what? You had better keep loose 5 cedi notes on you for the “massa we are here oooo”. If you break a traffic rule though, add some zero to the 5. And those of you who think you are home so you want to smoke that smoke, if you get caught you may have to add at least two zeros to the 5.

11. We tell you this all the time: Please don’t ask us with a frown a hundred times about how it is like to live in Ghana and how you could never do that. You asked us last year and the year before. It has gotten old. Abufusem didn’t you live here before? Or your great grandfather gave birth to your grandfather in Liverpool and he gave birthday to your father in Liverpool and your father and mother popped you in Manchester?

12. We told you about Uber last time, right? Well, it has grown and become bigger paaa. Our young gers have taken it like World Cup. Please just turn your location on and Uber yourself away. Again, if you do that your Abrokyire-Ghana comparison don't be surprised if the Uber driver gives it to you. You can give him one star rating, he would have cleared his chest anyway. Remember we also use smartphones here eh? And yes, Uber is here and once you update your location and you order an Uber, it won't be a car from West Virginia or Birmingham or Frankfurt that will show up wai. Stop that thing you do. Chances are that every small car you see in the road is an Uber. Just look for the phone holder on the dashboard.

13. Yo, we don't need YOU to tell US what the Christmas music list in Ghana is. So let's tell you who the current biggest artists are or the songs we will eat bronya with: Kuami Eugene (the guy who sang Angela), KIDI (he sang Odo Yewu and one other popular song like that), Ebony - that girl who has no more than a handkerchief-size of material on all her clothes. She also sang I will Date Your Fada, Sponsor and some songs. Of course Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy are the usual big boys on the list. Wutah have had the commonsense to realise that individually they are almost as useless as used toilet paper so they got back together and have an aptly titled sing called Bronya. Oh there is a guy called Patapaa. He has sang all the songs he will ever sing. It is called One Corner.

14. Ei! I almost forgot. After 21 tries, Captain Planet has a hit song ooo. It is called Obi agye obi girl. He has tried saaaa and mentioned every girl’s name in 20,000 songs but still chale we were not seeing him. But now he has hit the jackpot ooo. But guys, do you agree Captain Planet should have just sang the chorus and not attempted a rap on the track? The rap be some way but the chorus dey bee. Anaa?

15. Yes, Man's Not Hot started from a studio in London. But we got it on whatsapp and Facebook and Twitter the same time those of you in Antwerp, Baltimore, Alberta and Lagos did. Don't come and yell, "shiiite you guys have this song here too?". It is not as if that song is anything out of the top biaaa too. And oh Michael Dapaah, AKA Big Shaq will be doing shows in Ghana wai.

16. Please we love Mexican and Indian telenovelas paaa. UTV shows at least two of them running throughout the week. Adom TV has been showing an Indian one called Kukum Bagya for almost two years now, and from the look of things, they will be showing it for at least 5 more years. Oh, Abbi and Pragya, the leading characters even came to Ghana to break bread with their fans. The bread cost only 600 cedis moom. They even want to invite the main characters here to meet with their fans. It's not easy oo. Warning: Do not try to change the channel in any home, else you risk what you don't want to risk.

17. While you are here, remember that in Ghana, whatever the government says, the opposition must oppose, and they must not necessarily oppose with suggestions. We are not like your people. Even if government says, 'we shall stop galamsey which is spoiling our environment", the opposition will say "the government is insensitive and is denying people of working". That's how we are. We like our democracy like that.

18. Please the boys, if you meet any beautiful girl with nice fantabulous ASSets and she's korkorr please pause and ask yourself this question: is my immediate atupa worth the potential wahala of tomorrow, which may include vivid description of your totoli, the transpo you give, and how well or otherwise you do the do? Giovanni chale how be? KOD all correct? Kojo Yankson where you dey do your 'aboy' for?

19. Every year we tell you this but some of you have made your ears as hard as Francis Doku's forehead so you don't listen. We will keep saying it. Please don’t forget your malaria prophylaxis else your gluteus muscle will have to bear the pain of artemether in a G25 needle without an analgesic; your only consolation will be ” sorry 3y3 wo ya? Kafra.. Kafra.. 3b3 k) wa.

20. Herh if you haven't been told here our Facebook fights are not children ooo. If you like ask Maame Afia Akoto and Sam George or ask the High Commissioner to South Africa. When Ghana Facebook take you on, they take you on. Ask Kwame Gyan (oh that’s me eh) too. Or some guy called KOA and another one called Pope. Please don't try to logically understand some of the fights. You won't understand them if you attempt making sense of some.

21. Oh there is a new group in town called PepperDemMinistries. What do they do? Oh they fight for female and girl child rights by insulting all men and blaming men for everything including why night comes after day and why our feet face forward and not backwards when we walk. Let's just say they are taking the gender, woman rights fights a few notches lower. If you fool with them they way they will insult you and your unborn generation eh! Hmmm. For writing this, consider me fried. They will tell us how useless these series have been though the smile and laugh in their rooms.

22. Please take note that the social media space in Ghana is manned and marshalled by armies and nations whose members and leaders feel they are a nation state and so they don't play child's play. I won't say anything. I have no armies of nations to defend me when they attack so I leave it here.

23. Every year we talk about that your irritating Yankee or British accent that you bring into this town. See, lose that accent before you enter the Ghana airspace. No, in fact, lose it at the immigration of the country you are coming from before you get onto the tarmac. See, we know you ooo. We know you can speak like us pepeeepe so don't come trying to do that rubbish. What! For the last time, once again, before you come here to speak English in a way that will have us asking you "pardon, pardon, pardon". See, Kofi Annan has stayed in New York longer than you but he speaks normal English. In fact, if you start that your nonsense accent, we will insult you.

24. Please the potholes are still there. You may remember some particular pothole your taxi run into that made you spill a drink in your beautiful looking £5 dress. Well, that pothole is still there. It was filled ooo but somehow it opened again and brought along with it some friends. So please get ready. Oh but Nana Addo will sort out all those issues soon.

By: Kwame Gyan


Wiyaala
Wiyaala, Ghana’s international singing star, is to host a new weekly show on Radio Progress, the Upper West Region’s first and most popular radio station.

The 90 minute slot billed, “Time With Wiyaala”, will run every Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm starting 23rd November.

Wiyaala’s brief is to play music by some of the Upper West’s leading talents, old and new, and to chat with artists about their careers and aspirations as musicians in the “forgotten” region.

“I’ll be trying to introduce my audience to the diverse forms of music that exist in our region.  Whilst technology is helpful to music making, I feel we are in danger of losing something of value if we don’t draw on our rich heritage when making modern music.

I’ll be encouraging the young musicians to work on their live performance skills. Artists who mime are unlikely to make it to international stages. The platform also gives me the opportunity to push the causes of children and young women”, the singer said.

Wiyaala is an officially appointed GACA (Ghana Against Child Abuse) and UNICEF Ghana influencer.

Radio Progress was brought to the airwaves by the Wa Catholic Diocese in February 1997 as an initiative to contribute to the development of the Upper West Region and aims to reach all segments of the community.

Now twenty years old, the station broadcasts in English, Dagaare, Waale, Sissali and Briffor.

The 4th edition of the Radio Progress Music Awards (PRUMAS) 2017, will take place at In Service, Wa,  on the 30th December. Wiyaala was appointed a music ambassador for PRUMAS at the first edition in 2014.

She has since gone on to win many national and international awards and is currently Ghana’s most awarded and nominated artist at AFRIMA, the African continent’s biggest awards scheme.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Romelu Lukaku
A confident Romelu Lukaku said he was "born for this" after a pair of goals in Belgium's draw with Mexico moved him level with the country's all-time leading goalscorers.

Manchester United striker Lukaku scored twice as Roberto Martinez's side were held 3-3 in Friday's friendly, his second salvaging the draw after Hirving Lozano's four-minute double put Mexico ahead.

The 24-year-old is now level with Paul Van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof on 30 goals for Belgium and can set a new benchmark by converting against Japan on Tuesday.

"I was born for this," Lukaku is quoted as saying by Het Laatse Nieuws. "I just want to score as many goals as possible.

"I'm glad I matched the record. I knew I'd do it. I want to break the record before 2018.
"But I really hope that this generation wins something. I want to get a trophy for this country."

Source: Opera Sports

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Marcel Desailly
Manchester United fans must remain patient with Jose Mourinho as he shapes the squad to his own liking, according to Chelsea icon Marcel Desailly.


Mourinho's side were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to fall eight points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.


The Portuguese delivered EFL Cup and Europa League glory in his first season at Old Trafford, but the devastating form of neighbours City has left United trailing in their wake in 2017-18.


And Desailly believes Mourinho should remain true to his style as the manager grapples with a playing staff not yet entirely to his satisfaction.


"He has to stay as Mourinho. He knows the capacity of his team," Desailly told Omnisport, speaking ahead of the Golden Foot Hublot Award in Monaco.


"He looks like he's not really had the team he wanted, like when you compare with [Pep] Guardiola, who really chose every player he wanted in and out. Mourinho, he's still dealing with some players that he didn't really want in his system.


"He's doing well, so I hope United will shine like they were shining at the time with [Alex] Ferguson.


"But it's tough. Every time, every game, there's big history on the shoulders of all the players and on the manager. So, let's give him time."

Source: Opera Sports

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The music industry is a tough one to enter and even those who are lucky to score hit tunes ain’t guaranteed a place for long when the hits dry up.

But for new comer; Rauf Yahaya alias Young Trixx Flowmorce, he is keen to make a living off music especially when he’s teamed up with new management Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records.
On ‘Treat Me Good’, his new offering; Young Trixx states his lady is heavily endowed and treats him good. He adds, her endowments blows the minds of desirous guys away noting she pampers him so is ready to fly her to Miami so they can have a jolly time.

This tune; produced by DJ Wayne seeks to entreat ladies to treat their partners well.
But who is Young Trixx Flowmorce?

The Bolga native now based at Mamobi in Accra informed blakkpepper that he’s been in the music landscape for 15 years beginning his music craft through school, street battles and night cub appearances before landing a deal with Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records.

The man who says he can do Hiphop, RnB, Afro Pop and Dancehall notes even his mum was amazed by his ability to mimic singers and display whiles young.

“I can do anything in the music industry,” Young Trixx pointed out.

The man born to dad; Rauf and mum Bilkis popular called Maame has five siblings and says although born and bred in Bolgatanga, he chose to purse his dreams in Accra in 2008 initially settling at Pig Farm, Nima before his current Mamobi base.

The Gowrie Senior High School graduate submitted he first went to a studio in 2006 whiles a Junior High School pupil, recording his first tune at the Fireblaze studio in Bolga produced by Selasie.
“I was amazed by the positive response from those who consumed the song and was eager to go all out,” he recalls.

A hustler, Young Trixx reckons he has over 10 singles but because he had to fund everything he was unable to offer an album.

“I am hustler who has done varied things to ern money iclding teaching adluts englis, being a dispatch rider to working with and NGO.”

‘Bamu Bari’ rendered in Hausa meaning ‘we ain’t stopping’ gave him the most positive feedback firming his decision to cool down on the hard core rap and sway towards Afro-Pop and Dancehall.
His influences include Tupac, BIG, Jay Z and in Ghana Obrafuor and Okomfuo Kwade.

“Obrafuor and Kwade’s poetry and word play is phenomenal. They render mature rap and their lyrical content is solid,” he revealed to blakkpepper.

On being recruited as a Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records signee, Young Trixx rendered:
“I have longed for likeminded people like this to work with and with this arrangement; I reckon we form a solid team. Fans can expect my Extended Play Record or EP to drop soon so they can have a collection of my works on one platform.”

According to Young Trixx, his lady; love Sayida inspired his ‘Treat Me Good’ tune adding “she is real, she’s been with me even when I had nothing, we’ve beEn through a lot and so I urge other ladies to treat their partners right.”

Flowmorce’s hobbies include watching series, listening to music and reading.  His fan base he says cuts across the geographical spectrum adding he has fans in Accra, Kumasi, Bolga, Finland and Nigeria.

On inspiration for his stage name, Young Trixx explained he loved the matrix film so much he coined something from it.

He can be reached on social media platforms using Young Trixx Flowmorce.

Enjoy ‘Treat Me Good’ from Young Trixx Flowmorce: https://soundcloud.com/michael-eli-dokosi/treat-me-good

Source: Blakkpepper 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Awal Dimazz 
For Mohammed Awal Dimas fondly called Dimazz, music is his card to the good life.

Although he is also a business man dealing in Apple products and organic produce like rice, tomatoes and oil; having found Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records, his musical gifts would be known by all.

Already, Dimazz has offered new tune ‘Just One Girl’. In the tune, Dimazz submits a female acquaintance and explained he needed to get to know her.

He adds he has his dream team comprising his good self and his lady who caters to his manly needs.

Dimazz raps and sings on this tune whiles he spits in English and his native dialect as well.

“My lady Rama never gave up on me, she believes I have a great future so keeps faith with me,” the only child of Mr. Aspaga and Madam Halimatu Sadia Haruna submitted as inspiration for the tune although he says others can pick lessons from it as well.

"Sarkodie and Reggie Rockstone had ladies who held them down so just one girl is enough," Dimazz stressed.

‘Just One Girl’ is produced by DJ Wayne with support from Ghetto Soulja who handled the management side of things.

26-year-old Dimazz attended the Armed Forces Secondary School offering Visual Arts. After his high school, he would head to the Regional Maritime University where he studied Administration.

In 2007, Dimazz together with his then mate AB going by the name Dew offered their first music but with AB leaving to serve in the US Army, he had to concentrate on his supply work to eke out a living.

But being cousins with Young Trixx Flowmorce who was friends with Mamobi based producer; DJ Wayne, offered an opportunity.

So when he heard a beat onetime and killed it, Wayne decided to take him on and groom him and with partner; Ghetto Soulja’s involvement ‘Just One Girl’ was birthed.

According to Dimazz, over 11 singles are ready to be released strategically adding: “I hope my music becomes my source of livelihood which will enable me do nothing else but tour the globe, play shows and make some good money.”

Although Jay Z, Drake, Tuface and P-Square are music notables he admires, Stonebwoy’s music journey fascinates him greatly adding: “If he could rise from the dust to where he is now, I can too.”
The Salaga and Bolga native can be reached via Facebook: Awal Dimas.
Enjoy ‘Just One Girl’ from Awal Dimazz: https://soundcloud.com/michael-eli-dokosi/just-one-girl

By: Mystic Mike

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IPhone X
Thursday October 19 will mark a month since Apple released its latest operating software for iPhones and iPads.

The new iOS 11 replaced the outgoing iOS 10 on September 19, ushering in a number of new features. Apple’s new system didn’t offer wholesale change: Those familiar with iOS 10 will find its successor largely the same in terms of layout and interface, albeit with a few useful tweaks. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t lots of new features.

Here, we take a look at some of those features, the biggest changes to the software, and some of the more surprising new tricks you might have missed.

1. This new feature of iOS 11 might keep you and others alive. A major issue around the world is people using their phones whilst driving. Apple has introduced a Do Not Disturb feature that activates when the phone’s owner is driving, turning off notifications for calls, messages, and other apps. The feature can automatically notify people that you’re driving and inform them you’ll be in touch soon.

2. Live Photos now have several new features. Users can apply a number of new effects to Live Photos, turning them in to looping GIFs, or a bounce effect similar to Instagram’s Boomerang.

3. iMessage has undergone a revamp with iOS 11, with a new, cleaner layout, making it easier to find stickers and GIFs.

4. Sticking with the topic of messaging, the way that you type on iOS 11 has also changed. The keyboard has become smarter, and suggests words you might have recently searched for on Safari, for example. Users can also easily change the keyboard to enable them to type with just one hand. To do so, simply hold down the emoji button on the keyboard and select the one-handed typing option to bring all the keys closer together.

5. The App Store has had a long-overdue facelift, making it easier to discover new apps, and simpler to navigate.

6. Siri is more human than ever, on iOS 11. Her voice is more lifelike and less robotic now, and she is able to translate in to different languages, speaking phrases out loud whilst giving you written sentences, too.

7. Notifications look a bit different now, too. Unlike iOS 10, which grouped all of your most recent notifications with your older notifications, iOS 11 groups notifications since you last opened your phone under one heading, and older notifications from earlier in the day under a different heading. These can all be accessed by swiping down on your phone.

8. Swiping up, on the other hand, shows you your control centre, which finally gives users a degree of flexibility. There are a number of default functions which can’t be changed, such as brightness, but users can now add a toggle for low-power mode, and decide where they want it to go.

9. You know when friends or family come over to your apartment and before saying hello their first question is: Can I have the Wi-Fi password? Well now, thanks to a new feature on iOS 11, you don’t have to memorise it, or go searching for it. Simply tell those friends or family to hold their device near yours, and you’ll get a request to share the password with them. And just like that, they’ll be Snapchatting away on your Wi-Fi.

10. The camera quality has been improved, and the way that photos and videos are stored has also changed, meaning that less memory is taken up on your phone.

11. Last, but certainly not least, the annoying grey box that pops up in the centre of the screen when you turn the volume up, or down, whilst watching a video is gone, replaced by a discreet volume bar in the top right hand corner. Say hello to no longer having your viewing obscured.

Source: Zawya

Monday, October 2, 2017

Anda Da Rida
UK-based Ghanaian singer Samuel Amuzu known in showbiz as Anda Da Rida has been awarded the Best Upcoming artiste at the just ended Ghana Music Awards UK 2017.

The awards which took place in the United Kingdom was attended by key Ghanaian music players based in the UK.

Speaking to the media after receiving the award, Anda Da Rida expressed his gratitude to the organisers, hoping to blossom in the coming years.

“God has been so good to me,” Anda Da Rida averred.

He noted working with some of the big names in the music industry has paid off.

“I’ve worked with most of the big Ghanaian musicians such as Castro, Bollie, Nana Ywa from Double, Guru, Paa Kwase from Double, Dr Cryme, Gassmila and many more,” he added.

Source: Starrfmonline

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists team trophies are more important to him than winning a first Ballon d'Or.

The Brazil international joined from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer last month, in a move that many considered to be motivated by a desire to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi and challenge for football's top individual prize.

Neymar's form for the Ligue 1 side has certainly added weight to any hopes of winning the award, the 25-year-old having taken his tally to five goals and five assists in as many games after inspiring PSG to a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic on Tuesday.

However, the former Santos man says his focus is on helping the team to enjoy success, rather than claiming individual accolades.

"Of course a football player wants to win the Ballon d'Or," he said after the Champions League win in Glasgow. "But I don't have to think about it. I have to think about what's better for our group, our club.

"This is a great team and, if we keep going like this, we have a big chance of doing it [winning the tournament].

"I'm very happy to start with a win. Of course, it's not only about getting goals, but that's the most important. That's what we came for. I'm very happy with this game," Neymar said .

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also on target, with PSG's formidable front three showing signs of developing into a fearsome trident.

Neymar, however, says they are still getting used to playing alongside one another.

"They are two great players, " he said of Cavani and Mbappe, who signed from Monaco last month. "We are getting to know each other.

"Cavani is an extraordinary striker, Kylian is a guy who likes going ahead, going for the ball. We'll get to know each other more and more.

"It's easy when you play with intelligent players. We still don't have a full understanding between us: through a look, a movement, we're still missing a little understanding, but we'll get better step by step."

Neymar had something of a running spat with Celtic defender Anthony Ralston and the pair did not shake hands after the final whistle, but the 18-year-old says there was nothing serious behind the incident.

"I was just walking by and [Marco] Verratti was there as well, it was just a moment," he said. "He said what he said and I said something back and that was it.

"To be honest, I don't care about that side of things at the end, I don't want to dwell on that too much.

"I didn't fear him at all. I knew I was coming up against him. I went out and faced him head on.

"It was a good test for me to see where I am at, what level I am at. I am my biggest critic. I'll go analyse the game and see what I can do better."

Source: Opera Sports
Timothy Karikari
Head of Shared Services at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Limited and an Alumnus of University of Ghana, Legon, Timothy Karikari has advised students to deliberately develop attitudes desired by employers to succeed at the workplace or required for entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the University of Ghana mentorship session held over the weekend, Mr. Karikari admonished students to pursue their career goals with diligence, hard work, commitment and humility.

“These attitudes are for life and whether you are an employer or an employee, they are critical to your success and growth,” he said. Timothy Karikari  bemoaned the current reports of alleged corruption in the public and private sectors of the country and encouraged participants to uphold the good old values; honesty, loyalty and integrity.

He further stressed on the need for employers to focus on attitude in recruitment and ensuring that candidates with the right attitude are employed at all times because aptitude even though important, can be attained with the right supervision but a wrong attitude is difficult to correct.

He cited many examples of great talents and intelligent individuals especially in media, entertainment and sports who failed in the long term because of the lack of acceptable attitudes.

The mentorship seminar is an annual event organized by the University of Ghana coordinating branch of the National Union of Presbyterian Students- Ghana (NUPS-G) to develop continuing students of the union.

This years’ edition was held on Saturday 9th September, 2017 with presentations on career development and mentorship. The second speaker of the seminar was Mr. Michael Okyere Asante; an Assistant Lecturer at the Philosophy and Classics Department of the University of Ghana.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Highlife musician, Kumi Guitar, says his quest to become a professional musician has cost him so many things, including the love of his life.

The ‘Break Into Two’ singer, known is in real life as Nana Yaw Kumi, is a taxi driver determined to combine both singing and commercial driving to earn a living.

Kumi Guitar shares his experiences with blogger Nii Ogbamey Tetteh.

When did you start singing?

I started singing from my secondary school days at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, between 2001 and 2003. During our first entertainment night, I noticed that everyone was doing his or her own thing, unlike in other schools where students imitated other musicians.

Everyone used to do their rap or sing their songs. On our first entertainment night in form one, I tried my first rap with a friend. It was successful, but I wasn’t so happy because someone wrote the rap for me. The next time, I wrote my rap, and it was successful.

Kumi Guitar
How was life after secondary school?

After secondary school, music became something I wanted to do. Even though I wanted to further my education after secondary school, things were not going well financially, so I had to drive a taxi to survive.

I was doing music alongside. Sometimes after work or before work, I went for my studio sessions. I started from Big F Studios and came to Sugar Tone Studio and other studios.

How many instruments do you play?

I play only the guitar for now.

Why did you choose the guitar?

I felt doing the highlife genre most of the time goes with the guitar. Besides, the guitar is easy to carry around, unlike some other instruments. I feel the guitar is also a magical instrument.

I also noticed that most Highlife artistes played the guitar more, even though they could play other instruments. The guitar also gives highlife a good rhythm, like the Amponsah rhythms among others.

Do you think highlife music has a future in Ghana?

In my opinion, highlife is the future. I feel highlife has been brought down by the other genres of music. It is vibrant and appealing. If there is a show somewhere and Amakye Dede should come around, you will see a lot of young guys getting up to dance together with the old people.

You can go to another show, and you will see a Hiplife artiste performing, but the old guys will sit and watch.

Most of the young guys are doing Hiplife now. We prefer Hiplife, Afro-pop and other genres. Highlife music is difficult to do because you need to learn. I feel that we don’t learn now.

The guitar is difficult to learn. How many young men will say I’m devoting my time to learn the guitar to enhance my highlife singing? We choose to go to the studio and let the engineer do everything, and then we sing and go away.

But if you have to go outside Ghana, and you can play an instrument and you also play your rhythm to tell where you are coming from, it shows who you are and where you are coming from.

What are some of the challenges you faced in music?

Coming this far has been a challenge. Sometimes I couldn’t pay my studio bills. There was a time my girlfriend, who I was with for more than four years, left me because I was doing music and no money, or nothing was happening. Sometimes I left for the studio and came back with no money.

Even though I was also doing this taxi thing, I had a dream for the music too. So she left me for a richer guy who could take her where she wanted to be in life. But my family has been great to me. They have all supported me. The challenges have been with my relationship and financing studio sessions.

Are you single?

No, I’m not.

How is your taxi business going?

It is not easy. My taxi broke down recently because I had an engine problem. So for a while now I haven’t been on the street.

How will you combine the fame and taxi business?

Personally, I’m working for Ghanaians and driving a taxi is also working for Ghanaians. Driving and singing are both services I’m rendering to Ghanaians. I would wish that I continue with the taxi job because it also brings in money. It is the same job that has fed me till now.

The only way I will be forced to stop driving a taxi is when my management tells me it is enough. But even with that I will make sure I get other taxis for people to drive for me.

What is new with Kumi Guitar?

I’m currently promoting my new single, titled ‘Scriptures’, which came out on Monday. I’m also working on my album. I have only 3 more songs to record.


PS: This article was written in August 16,  2014

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rebecca Asamoah
TWENTY-FIVE-year-old Ghanaian beauty queen, Rebecca Asamoah, was crowned first runner-up at the 2017 edition of Miss United Nations international pageant held in Kingston Jamaica over the weekend.

She beat several other contestants from different countries to come close to winning the ultimate crown which went to Olga Makhlevskaia from Russia.

Mexican queen, Irais Carbajal, also took the second runner-up position at the Saturday night event.

Rebecca Asamoah (left) on stage with other queens
It’s Rebecca’s third win in three years after she was earlier crowned Miss Ghana 2015 runner up and winner of Miss Africa Continent in South Africa.

She is the first Ghanaian queen to represent her country on the Miss United Nations stage.

Over 80 contestants from around the world took part in the Saturday pageant in Jamaica.

But Russia was adjudged winner at the end while Ghana and Mexico took the first and second runners-up positions respectively.

Miss United Nations is a humanitarian pageant which helps to better the lives of persons around the world. It identifies and showcases world’s best tourism cause ambassadors; those who have the skills, talents and personalities best suited to promote their respective countries in furtherance of tourism, international goodwill and cultural harmony.

Apart from a strong emphasis on goodwill tourism protection programmes and destinations promotion, the pageant also supports environmental protection via strategised programmes.

“I am compassionate not only for people with status and stature but for the underprivileged. I believe Miss United Nations pageant is to embark on humanitarian works to uplift women and to positively impart in the lives of people in our various societies and the world at large. I want to be a part of this family to contribute my quota in the world’s development,” the 25-year-old dental hygienist said about her decision to take part in the pageant ahead of the grand finale.

Rebecca remains one of Ghana’s successful queens.  She does not disappoint when she mounts the stage.  She is expected to return home on July 15.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Messi
Spain's public prosecutor has agreed to substitute Lionel Messi's suspended 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud with a fine.

The Barcelona superstar was given the jail term last July after being found guilty - alongside his father Jorge - of three counts of tax fraud.

It was ruled that Messi, between 2007 and 2009, defrauded Spain of €4.1million relating to earnings from image rights.

An appeal against the sentence was rejected by the Spanish Supreme Court in May.

However, Spanish news agency EFE reports that the public prosecutor has agreed to substitute the sentence for a fine of €255,000.

During the initial trial in 2016, Messi consistently denied any involvement, insisting his focus was only ever on playing football.

Source: Opera Sports

Friday, June 16, 2017

Microsoft launched the newest version of its Surface Pro 2-in-1 device today -- a convenient cross between a laptop PC and tablet. The new model comes in a 12.3-inch form factor that features a 2736 x 1824 resolution touchscreen display.

The latest iteration of the Surface Pro weighs in at just 1.69 pounds, making it attractive as a lightweight mobile device. Meanwhile, enterprises will likely appreciate the device's support for Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in feature, which should help increase security.

The new Surface Pro device also features the TPM security chip for enterprise-level security, and comes with a 5.0MP front-facing and a 8.0MP rear-facing camera. The Pro will be running a full-fledged version of the Windows operating system in the form of Windows Pro, rather than the stripped-down Windows S version Microsoft is shipping with the Surface Laptop.

More Attractive to Artists

Microsoft has upgraded the new model from Intel's Skylake architecture to Intel's more advanced Kaby Lake chip. The change is expected to improve battery life up to 50 percent, according to Microsoft's estimates. The new Surface Pro also offers accelerated 4K HEVC video decoding, and a new stylus with reduced latency and four times as many different pressure levels as its predecessor, plus new support for drawing at a tilted angle.

While the stylus used to come included with all but the cheapest Surface Pro models, users will now have to shell out extra for it, as the price of the stylus has increased to $100 from $60. For artists who plan to use the Surface Pro for drawing on the go, the pen might represent enough of an upgrade to justify the increased investment.

In fact, artists and other creative professionals seem to be the key demographic Microsoft is targeting with its latest set of upgrades. The company is also hyping the new model's improved kickstand, which allows the device to be propped up at more angles, making it more attractive as a drawing surface.

Up to 1 TB SSD

External accessories can be connected to the Surface Pro via a full-size USB 3.0 port. The line also features a microSD card reader and headset jack.

The fifth iteration of the Surface Pro comes in six different models. The entry-level edition will run you $799, is powered by Intel's Core m3 processor, and comes with 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD hard drive. Moving up to $999 will get you an i5 processor, which you can bump up to 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD for $1,299.

The cheapest model running on an i7 processor starts at $1,599 and also comes with Intel's Iris integrated graphics processor for faster photo, video, and 3D workloads. For $2,199, users can bump up the specs to a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the top-line model, which comes with a 1 TB SSD, will cost $2,699.

Source: Top Tech News
EL
Rapper E.L’s Mi Naa Bo Po is doubtlessly on of the biggest hits 2015 offered us. It won him VGMA Afropop Song of the Year in 2016, and catapulted him to the topmost prize on the night.

After a long wait, the rapper has finally released accompanying visuals for the record. It was shot on location in markets and on some streets in the capital by the renowned Phamous Philms.

Born Elom Adabla, the BBNZ frontman is prepping for the release of his third solo album. His recent singles include “Agbo”, “Abaa” among others.

Source: GABRIEL MYERS HANSEN /Enewsgh

Lionel Messi
Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio believes there is no room for even Lionel Messi at the European champions.

Asensio, 21, has been linked with a move away from the LaLiga giants, but is expected to sign a new deal with Madrid.

Several players from Zinedine Zidane's star-studded squad are linked with switches to get more game time, including James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

But Asensio is happy with the Madrid squad as is, saying not even Barcelona and Argentina star Messi could be added.

"Not right now," he told Marca when asked if Messi would fit at Madrid.

"The squad is very good as it is. If we stay as we are, it's perfect."

Asensio made 23 league appearances for Madrid in 2016-17, scoring three goals.

Source: Opera Sports

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Victim of Mob Lynching

La Salem Park, Accra Ghana.  This is how it shamefully went down some years back;

Young Master Paul woke up one morning full of life. As usual he took his bath and prepared for school. When he was done, he wore his school shorts and a white singlet.

Master Paul was very close to his mother who was a trader and as such he would walk her to the lorry station - a routine that earned him some extra coins for school-.

"Nyɛ Awo! when you are ready, please call me so I walk you to the lorry station. We have to continue the conversation from where we left off yesterday," Master Paul told his mum as he rushed to his room to put the Social Studies Textbook in his school bag.

In no time Master Paul's mother was done and ready to leave for work. She called for him "Paul its 5:45am. Hurry up and let's go else the queue will start bending left and right."

Master Paul and his mother setoff from the house and as usual they had their chat. "Nyɛ Awo, something small for the boy? I want to buy plantain chips for snack at school today," he whispered to his mum as they approached the lorry station.

"This my son and his tricks. When you start talking like this, I know you want extra 1ghc from me to topup your 3ghc daily feeding money. If you think you are grown, we are ancient. Anyways you brighten up my morning everyday by walking me to the station and I appreciate you for that," his mother said as she reached out for the 1ghc coin from her bag and gave it to him. He put the coin in his left hand.

When they got to the lorry station, Paul help his mother get on the trotro, stood next to her window and continue their chat till the trotro was full and ready to move. He waved at her as the car moved towards the main road.

Halfway through his journey back home to pick up his school bag, shirt and leave for school, he heard a loud shout "hoo julɔ oo". Before he could say 'jack', a lot of people had surrounded him and were beating him.

" Foolish boy. Small boy like you, you have started stealing," a man from the crowd said as he struck Master Paul with a Crowbar. Another landed a heavy punch,a slap and a kick to his ribs as he fell to the ground.

"What has he done? Leave the boy alone he is not a thief. I know him. I just saw him with his mother at the lorry station," a man from the lorry station yelled.

He fought his way through the mob as they continued to lynch Master Paul and managed to stop them. Master Paul was not moving, he had no pulse as well.

"What have you lot done? You have killed someone's innocent son.he didn't steal anything. I saw his mother give him 1ghc coin," pointing to Paul's left hand which he had made into a fist. He managed to open the fist and yelled with tears in his eyes "He still had the 1ghc coin in his hand as you people were beating him.what did he steal? What did he ever do to you? Are you happy now? You have killed him."

He carried the lifeless body of Master Paul, stopped a taxi, put the body in it drove off.

PS: This happened to Master Paul at La Salem Park in Greater Accra- if not in the same order that I described it- some years back. A mother lost a son and a nation lost a promising adult because of mob action. Say No to Mob lynching. Instant justice is not a good thing.

By Nii Ogbamey Tetteh

Friday, June 2, 2017

Praveen Sadalage
Busy has launched the second phase of its e-learning and social portal, JUMP.

Branded JUMP Academy, the addition to the already exciting online educational portal sees the inclusion of audio-visual materials covering various academic and professional courses put together by experienced professionals and lecturers tailored to the local curriculum.

JUMP Academy has been added to the Education category of the portal www.jump.com.gh .
Praveen Sadalage, Chief Executive Officer of Busy addressing the guests at the launch; held at the University of Professional Studies, Legon said “The JUMP Academy initiative seeks to provide students and other young professionals with the requisite courses and practical case studies through high quality recorded videos and lecture notes from experienced lecturers from University of Professional Studies (UPS) and Regent University.”

According to Mr. Sadalage, in pursuance of Busy’s vision to become the Next Generation Operator, “we are determined to accompany and empower the Ghanaian youth on their journey to acquire knowledge and to contribute to their education using information and communication technology.

JUMP Academy is easy and free to access and has no restrictions on the profiles of those who can access it. We ensure a constant updating and enrichment of the contents to allow the youth get the best out of the platform”.

He added; “We are excited to demonstrate Busy’s commitment to bridging the digital divide in education through the launch of the JUMP Academy.

The primary aim of this initiative is to align education to current trends in the ICT space, thereby complementing government’s efforts to digitise learning. Through partnerships and the numerous educational resources on the platform, we hope to fast-track education into the digital age.”

Youth Programme Manager at Busy, Joyce Danso said “a key pillar in Busy’s regional strategy is a focus on the youth segment – individuals aged 25 and under which make up 60-70% of the population.

“We find this group as an impressive pool of talent with immense capacity waiting to be developed.  Therefore, one of our main objectives is to drive the education agenda in Ghana, in line with our strategy to empower the youths”, she said.

Joyce Danso added that despite the growing access to e-learning portals, there is the demand for more.  Busy’s JUMP Academy e-learning portal is however unique in the sense that, this portal has been created with the Ghanaian student and students resident in Ghana in mind.

The educational content, lectures and case studies are based on examples we know in Ghana and can easily relate to”.

As part of the initial launch, the Academy will provide free introductory content in Information Technology (IT), French, Finance and Accounting with plans to add more courses.

“We understand that young people have the zeal and passion to learn to develop themselves in an easier and convenient way. JUMP academy therefore comes in timely to solve the challenges of traditional modes of learning and to support both regular and distance education. We are excited about the prospects of this new initiave of Busy and will call on all students to take advantage to develop themselves”, Ms Danso said.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Praveen Sadalage
4G operator Busy, has in line with its strategy to focus on empowering the youth and entrepreneurs, has organized the maiden edition of its monthly discussion series intended to focus on topical issues that will directly contribute to the growth of the SME sector.

Dubbed ‘Busy Network Series’, the first edition focused on SME driven policies and initiatives being rolled out by government, fund management, funding opportunities and how SMEs can take advantage of them.

Addressing a gathering of a cross section of SMEs at its flagship shop in Accra, Chief Executive Officer of Busy, Praveen Sadalage said Busy has always championed the course of startups and small businesses.

“From the days when we had a mixed-use facility setup where entrepreneurs without offices or formal addresses could come work out of our offices and take advantage of our business support services; we are looking to scale up our support for the SME market by further creating platforms and providing solutions that will empower them to grow their businesses”, he said, adding that the Busy Network Series will create opportunities for first hand interactions between entrepreneurs, policy makers and other relevant industry players on topics that will ultimately drive the growth of SME’s within our economy.

Mr. Sadalege added that having identified the SME market as a major growth driver of the economy; in terms of creating employment, revenue generation for government and wealth creation, it is imperative that purpose-driven Ghanaian brands like Busy see it as a responsibility to create platforms and offer support services that will support the growth of this industry.

The Director of Investments at the Ghana Investment Promotion Center, Edward Ashong- Lartey re-emphasized the importance of SMEs to Ghana's transformation and growth of the economy. He said SMEs account for 25% of revenue of banks operating in Ghana.

He noted that due to government’s resolve to drive growth within the SME sector, it is rolling out several initiatives to support the sector. He mentioned that government is repositioning the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) which has been set up for SMEs and MASCLOC to support the rapid growth of the sector. He also outlined the numerous support services that the GIPC provides and advised that SMEs take advantage of these services.

Speaking on funding opportunities and fund management for SMEs, Dominic Donkoh, Head of Business and Retail Banking at OMNI Bank reminded the gathering of funding opportunities available on the market, adding that SMEs must commit to proper book keeping and take advantage of the numerous support services available to implement best financial practices within their businesses since this was key amongst other factors to accessing funding.

The Busy Network Series will come off every month and will focus on different sectors of business and topics that have direct impact on the growth of the SMEs in Ghana.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Do you ever wonder what it takes to acquire that perfect gentleman or lady look?

Looking successful and refined doesn’t take a day to master. It is a process, and definitely requires a lot of time, effort and investment.

But with these ten tips, you will surely earn a good start in the race. Not everyone has the same keen business sense like R. Yofi Grant has been blessed with, but we can all look like he does!

Tips

1. Buy a suit. It doesn’t have to break the bank, just a perfect fit and preferably a dark one. Remember to remove the tag on the sleeve. Pair it with a plain shirt, a patterned tie and cufflinks that aren’t flashy.

2. Every detail counts; select a good phone that will enable you to do a lot. Pay attention to the phone case and your ring tone.

3. Try to get a leather watch that looks good and matches your suit. If you are meeting someone and cannot be on time, just be early. Corporate executives are never late.

4. Buy a pair of good shoes that matches your suit, and care for it well.

5. Get rid of the backpack and buy yourself a briefcase or an elegant men’s bag, it conveys importance and a busy schedule.

6. Perfect grooming isn’t a leisure activity. Manicure, facial hair grooming, dental care, the whole nine yards adds to your personal brand. So start today.

7. Smile, but not as if you are hiding something. Walk in a determined manner, not fast but not slow. Walk as if you know where you are heading.

8. If you really want to look complete, get yourself a nice car that you can leverage on its brand, like a Mercedes or BMW. This isn’t necessary, though.

9. Speak with Confidence but don’t be overbearing. In a conversation, if you do not know an answer to a question, do not pretend to know. Just state confidently, “I do not know, but I will find out for you.” OpulenceConsult offers vocal branding sessions to create the vocal sound to compliment your personal brand.

10. Finally, when all is said and done, you want to be seen at the right places and with the right company. ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most of the time with’ _ Jim Rohn.
The Style Strategist

Source : OpulenceConsult
Yolanda Cuba
Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba, on Wednesday, demonstrated great leadership and commitment when she took to the company’s Twitter handle to respond to queries and questions from its numerous followers.

It was a rare opportunity for customers to have an up-close-and-personal interaction with the CEO and the queries came trickling in thick and fast. In a 2-hour session that brought Twitter to a standstill, the engagement under the hashtag - #AskYolanda – became the number 1 trending topic in Ghana between 1pm – 3pm that day.

She had her hands full as subscribers and followers piled on a whole range of questions including product challenges, customer service and network quality, her career experiences, 4G spectrum acquisition and the like. The session was not without its humorous aspect as some subscribers wanted freebies for the number of retweets they made as well as requests for lunch dates.

Yolanda has been very active in responding to customer queries on Twitter for a while now; however, Wednesday’s engagement was very comprehensive and lasted for two hours.
The company believes that the engagement will help drive and enhance customer experience on the network.

Commenting afterwards, Yolanda Cuba said:

“For Vodafone, we understand deeply that the sole reason why we exist is to serve our customers. How we serve them and are responsive to their needs are paramount. Today was an extension of what we do every day – keeping customers confidently connected.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

(L-R): Council Member (Engineer), Mr. Aly Mar Ndiaye, ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Dr. Morlaye Bangoura, ECOWAS Director of Hunan Resources (Operations), Mrs. Amelie Kone, ERERA Chairman, Professor Honoré Bogler and Council Member (Economist), Dr. Haliru Dikko at the reception on Friday, 5th May 2017 in Accra.
The Chairman of ERERA, Professor Honoré Bogler, has expressed renewed confidence that the launch of the first phase of the ECOWAS electricity market will go on as rescheduled, especially with the appointment of two Regulatory Council Members to join in the decision-making process of the institution.

The launch of the regional power market has been postponed twice partly because some documents critical to the operations of the market were yet to be approved by the ERERA Regulatory Council, following the vacancy created after the end of tenure of the last Regulatory Council in April 2016.

With the assumption of duty of the two Council Members on 4th May 2017, Professor Bogler was hopeful of “a good and united Regulatory Council, which is dedicated to achieving the objectives of ERERA, and thus working towards the realization of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market and the economic and social well-being of the people of West Africa”.

Professor Bogler was speaking on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at the welcome reception of the two ERERA Regulatory Council Members who assumed duty in Accra.

They are Dr. Haliru Dikko from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Mr. Aly Mar Ndiaye, from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Senegal and formerly of the Electricity Regulatory Commission (CRSE) of Senegal.  

The Chairman also enumerated the challenges encountered when he assumed office in April last year. This included absence of other Members of the Council, a permanent headquarters for ERERA, staff shortage and inadequate financing of the institution.

He lauded ERERA staff who he described as very dedicated, hardworking and exhibiting great team spirit in the discharge of their responsibilities, in spite of the challenges.

Professor Bogler expressed gratitude to the managing authorities of the ECOWAS Commission, especially the President of the Commission, Mr. Marcel Alain de Souza, for their continuous support to ERERA. He also expressed the hope of a rapid resolution of the challenges, especially with the arrival of the two Council Members whose delayed appointments, he said, greatly affected the outcome of ERERA’s work.  

Also at the reception were the ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Dr. Morlaye Bangoura, the Director of Human Resources (Operations), Mrs. Amelie Kone who represented the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Resources, Mr. Joao Silva Monteiro, as well as ERERA staff members.

Commissioner Bangoura highlighted the expectations of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in line with the importance of the power sector for the regional economy.

He then expressed optimism that the new Council Members would contribute meaningfully to ERERA’s achievements, considering that they had been involved in the institution’s activities as experts from their countries.

Describing the tasks before them as huge, the Commissioner urged the Council Members to build on the sacrifices of their predecessors and help attract investments to the regional power market through a successful launch of the market, among others.

Speaking on the strategic importance of ERERA to the ECOWAS Commission, the Director of Human Resources (Operations) of the ECOWAS Commission noted that ERERA is the only technical arm of ECOWAS with a Regulatory Council.

She expressed the hope that ERERA’s success would open the way for the establishment of other regulatory bodies in the different sectors of the economy of West Africa.
 
In their separate responses, Dr. Dikko who is an economist and his engineer counterpart, Mr. Ndiaye, stated that they were aware of the expectations of the West African citizenry, and thus pledged their dedication to ERERA and the ECOWAS Community.

More specifically, they pledged to help bring solutions to the many power challenges in the region, primarily ensuring a reliable, efficient and least available cost of electricity that is accessible to all citizens of the Community.

Looking forward to working with a balanced team of professionals, both Council Members promised to operate an “open door” policy as well as ensure excellent staff welfare and capacity development.

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