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2021 World Book Day: Ghana Literary Foundation Launch “Ghana Book Club”

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To mark the 2021 UNESCO World Book day which is celebrated world over on the 23rd of April every year, the Ghana Literary Prize Foundation which was launched 7 years ago at the British Council Accra on 14th June 2014 has initiated a Ghana Book Club, which is aimed at encouraging book reading among Ghanaians thereby enhancing literacy.

The Ghana Book Club is all about selecting exceptional books written by Ghanaians in the field of Literary Fiction, Non Fiction and Children’s book, and an international book by a non Ghanaian ,one from each category and promote it for public reading for a month and organize a meet for those that read the books to come together and discuss the books as well as an have interactive session with the authors that are available.

The Technical Director of the Book Club, Selassie Davies Lore, a former UN volunteer expressed concern over the decline in the reading culture of our society.

“it is becoming alarming the decline in the reading culture of our society , and we saw the need to raise this by initiating a Ghana Book Club which will keep discussion on books and reading in the public domain every month , we are of the belief that this will go a long way in endearing average members of the society into reading, creative writing, and also assist our publishing industry as well’’

Technical Director of the Book Club, Selassie Davies Lore

Technical Director of the Book Club, Selassie Davies Lore

“We are encouraging Ghanaians to come on this adventure with us and are also soliciting for assistance of the entire Ghanaians in pursuing this goal of introducing an exciting and rewarding activity to celebrate the best books and their authors in the Ghanaian community. ” She concluded

The Monthly book club will be featuring The Return Series in honour of the literary works of Diaspora Africans that have returned to Ghana, in an effort of appreciating their bravery for taking the homecoming initiative, thereby strengthening Ghana’s position as a destination of choice for Africans in the Diaspora world over, as well as the amplifying the effort of the BEYOND THE YEAR OF RETURN Project.

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In Support of the project EPP Books one of the leading Book Distribution and Services Company in the nation has donated Books valued at Ghc 785 to the Book Club in which the Ghana Book Club has selected two works among the 4 books for reading in the Month of May.

Books are proven metaphorical passport to other’s experience and situations, a wondrous trip to diverse cultures and societies. The shortest way to travel is by reading we invite you to join us on this journey.

Ghana Book Club Readings for  April-  May.
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1. Ghanaian Fiction of the Month
Book Title: Sons of the Skroll the eagle is home.
About the Book
Cougar’s best friend calls them nightmares but Cougar knows the scary dreams that have overtaken his life are premonitions. He believes someone’s life is in danger and for some unexplained reasons he shares a strong bond with this character who keeps appearing in his dreams.
The urge to save this endangered character grows stronger with each passing day. is he delusional or is he right about the struggle for a crown and a plot to slay the only living son of the scroll?
Available on all EPP Bookshops nationwide.
Author:  Diana Bamford McBagonluri holds an MA in English Literature from Rosemont, PA USA, a BA in English Education from the University College of Education, Winneba, Ghana
2.International  Book of the Month.
Book Title: The Lucky One
Author Deborah Cowley with Photos by Kathy Knowles.
About the Book
Massawudu, a 10-year-old boy from Ghana, was born with crooked legs and feet and was unable to walk. He loved school and enjoyed being in the library. His favourite book was Sosu’s Call, about a boy called Sosu who couldn’t walk.
A meeting with a Canadian filmmaker changed his life. Will Massawudu be able to walk again? Find out in this true story.
Osu Children’s Library Fund created the book to celebrate the human spirit and to promote reading and literacy.
Available on all EPP Bookshops nationwide
3.       Non Fiction Book of the Month
Book Title:  Silence is Not Golden’
Silence is not a woman’s best garment as some 16th-century proverb would have us believe. In many situations, speech is golden rather than silver. Emotion suppression has sunk many into various heartrending situations of depression.
People have suffered high blood pressure, poor memory, breakdown in immune system, insomnia, and other forms of poor psychological or physiological conditions due to the habit of bottling up emotions.
Why keep silent to prove that you are strong when in truth you are being weakened by it? Why carry that issue that burns within the recesses of your soul to your grave and deny the living lessons and wisdom from your story?
Call this book the voice of the voiceless and you cannot be truer. It echoes the often-overlooked cry of many women and captures the enduring frustrations of some families out there in the real world.
Available in Shell Shops in Ghana
Author: Kafui Danku
Ghanaian Filmmaker.
4. The Return Series 1.
Book Title: RETURNING HOME AINT EASY but its sure a BLESSING.
Author:Seestah IMAHKUS
RETURNING HOME AIN’T EASY But it Sure a BLESSING chronicles IMAHKÜS and her husband’s sojourn and resettlement in Ghana.  A prolific writer, her candid sense of humour makes for an admirable, enjoyable yet serious and commendable read; evoking numerous emotions from her readers, laughter, anger, tears and a burning desire to return home to the land of their ancestors.
For Copies Contact the Ghana Book Club -whatsapp 0557717596

 

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Telecel Ghana CEO Calls for Multilateral Collaboration and Investment in Digital Public Infrastructure

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Chief Executive of Telecel Ghana Ing. Patricia Obo Nai

Chief Executive of Telecel Ghana, Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai has made a clarion call for stronger multilateral partnerships and cooperation between industry, government, and investors to accelerate the growth of digital public infrastructure in Africa. 

Delivering the keynote remarks on ‘Digital Infrastructure and Innovation: Accelerating Africa’s Development’ at the Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) session of the 3i Africa Summit on Wednesday, Ing. Obo-Nai outlined a roadmap for leveraging technology to fast-track digital infrastructure, innovation and literacy across the continent.

My first call on the topic is for cooperation and partnership between governments, industry, domestic direct investors and foreign direct investors to work together on increasing digital public infrastructure if we are serious about it. Let’s not just discuss, let’s implement” Obo-Nai said.

Ing. Obo-Nai highlighted three key areas that require attention to expedite the integration of technology into public service to benefit every community – infrastructure, innovation, and digital literacy.

Hosted by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications under the auspices of the 3i Africa Summit, the MT4D sessions also hosted multiple panel discussions with experts from the field of technology, innovation and public information, who shared insights and solutions on expanding digital public infrastructure for inclusive development.

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Future-proof infrastructure

Citing a report on the state of mobile internet connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa that showed that15% of people on the continent remain without network coverage, and 59% have coverage but are not connected, Ing. Obo-Nai advocated for expansion of safe, resilient and high-quality communication.

 As a service provider, Telecel, we believe in investing in network infrastructure and will continue to do so. However, we also believe in participating in infrastructure sharing and co-investment programmes to close the gap,” she said. “This will ensure the much-needed progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 to provide universal and affordable access to the internet across Africa.

Innovation powers progress

Quoting the e-Conomy Africa report which revealed that Africa’s digital economy is one of the largest overlooked investment opportunities with a potential to add US$180 billion to Africa’s GDP by 2025, Ing. Obo-Nai urged stakeholders to invest in Africa’s innovative capacity and prioritise invention in schools and industry. 

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Innovation is the fuel that powers progress and drives change. We must be more deliberate and invest in tapping into the innovative capacity of our talents and prioritise innovation in schools and industry to drive development at scale.”

Ripple effect of digital literacy

Making the case for the scaling up and adoption of digital literacy programmes in schools to equip African youth with skills for the digital economy, Ing. Obo-Nai said, “If we have the infrastructure and sort out all the innovative solutions, will we have an African population ready to take advantage of it and accelerate our development?”

With Africa’s working-age population projected to increase to approximately 450 million individuals from by 2035, Ing. Obo-Nai believes expanding internet accessibility holds the potential to generate millions of job opportunities and upskill young people for tech opportunities in the digital landscape.

Governments and businesses must invest in digital literacy programmes to equip African youth with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy, from coding to digital marketing to cybersecurity and data analytics. Instil digital technology knowledge in our young people right from primary school and build their exposure.”

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Crack the code.

In concluding the keynote address, Ing. Obo-Nai advised stakeholders to go beyond the dialogues and implement the shared solutions to ensure the acceleration of Africa’s development through digital public infrastructure.

“Together, we must crack the code to realise the full potential of Africa’s digital revolution and development.”

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Why Are People Raving About Pizzaman’s Food? Watch The Bite Buzz to See!

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Hey food enthusiasts! We’ve got some exciting news for you. Pizzaman Chickenman is launching a brand-new weekly series called “Bite Buzz,” and it’s hosted by the energetic and fun-loving Wizbid. Get ready to dive into a world of flavors and honest reviews with their tagline: “Taste, Review and Join the Buzz.”

Every week, Wizbid will be bringing you lively and entertaining episodes where customers give their honest review on their delicious meals, from Chickenman’s meals paired with Boneless beef and chicken , to their flavorful noodles and their cheesy pizzas. But this isn’t just about us talking – it’s about you sharing your experiences and joining the conversation.

What makes “Bite Buzz” unique? It’s all about community and connection. With Wizbid right there with you as you enjoy your meals at the branch, every bite and every laugh is shared, making the experience even more special. Plus, you’ll discover new favorites and might even see your own review featured!

So, mark your calendars and get ready to taste, review, and join the buzz. “Bite Buzz” is here to celebrate great food and a great fast food chain, and we can’t wait for you to be part of it. Follow Pizzaman Chickenman all Social Media Platforms and let’s make every meal an adventure!


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Francis Afful Gyan Speaks on Veunux At 2024 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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The Business Development manager for Reservoir Management Group (RMG), Francis Afful Gyan, on Friday, May 17, 2024, detailed the benefits of the company’s digital flagship innovation, Veunex, an Artificial Intelligence Software System tailored for Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSE).
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Custom Tote Bags: A Trendy and Sustainable Choice in Fashion and Marketing

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In a world increasingly attentive to sustainability and personal style, custom tote bags have emerged as a popular and versatile accessory. Whether used for grocery shopping, as a stylish day bag, or a promotional item, these bags combine functionality with a strong fashion statement. This article explores the significance of custom tote bags in contemporary culture, their benefits, and the impact they have on both personal use and as marketing tools.

1. The Rise of Tote Bags

Historical Background

Tote bags were originally used to carry ice from cars to freezers in the mid-20th century. Their simple, sturdy design has since evolved into a fashion statement and a banner for personal expression and environmental consciousness. Today, tote bags are made from a variety of materials, including traditional canvas, recycled plastics, and organic fabrics, reflecting a growing concern for sustainable practices in fashion.

Popularity in Modern Fashion

As fashion increasingly leans towards practicality, tote bags have become a staple accessory. They are celebrated not only for their eco-friendly appeal but also for their versatility and capacity, which make them ideal for a range of activities from shopping to traveling.

2. Benefits of Custom Tote Bags

Environmental Impact

One of the most significant benefits of tote bags is their reusability. Unlike disposable bags, which contribute to landfill waste and pollution, tote bags can be used repeatedly, drastically reducing the need for single-use plastics. They are a practical component of a sustainable lifestyle, encouraging consumers to make eco-friendly choices.

Marketing Advantage

For businesses, custom tote bags serve as an effective marketing tool. They are a practical item that consumers are likely to use regularly, ensuring repeated exposure for the brand. Customizing these bags with a company’s logo or slogan turns an ordinary item into a mobile advertisement, enhancing brand visibility and consumer engagement.

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Versatility and Convenience

Custom tote bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but also highly versatile. They can be designed to suit various needs, from grocery shopping to serving as a daily carryall. Their spacious design and durability make them suitable for nearly any occasion or purpose.

3. Customizing Your Tote Bag

Design Options

Customization allows individuals and businesses to create tote bags that reflect their style or brand identity. Options can include various colors, graphics, and text. Adding unique designs or messages can transform a simple tote into a statement piece or a personalized gift.

Material Choices

Choosing the right material is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Common materials for tote bags include:

  • Canvas: Durable and sturdy, ideal for everyday use.
  • Cotton: Soft, lightweight, and often organic, perfect for casual use.
  • Polypropylene: A recyclable plastic option that’s sturdy and water-resistant, suitable for heavy groceries.

Size and Function

The size of the tote bag should be tailored to its intended use. Smaller bags are great for everyday essentials, while larger ones are perfect for shopping or as beach bags. Features like zippered pockets, adjustable straps, and interior compartments can also be customized to enhance functionality.

4. Using Custom Tote Bags in Marketing

Promotional Events

Custom tote bags are excellent giveaways at trade shows, conferences, or community events. They are practical, which increases the likelihood of them being used by recipients, thereby extending the reach of the brand.

Retail Merchandise

Many retailers offer branded tote bags as part of their merchandise, either for sale or as a complimentary gift with a purchase. This not only enhances the shopping experience but also encourages brand loyalty.

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Corporate Gifts

Custom tote bags make thoughtful corporate gifts. Whether filled with other promotional items or given alone, they are a useful and appreciated token that can foster better relationships with clients and employees.

5. Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Supporting Eco-Friendly Practices

Businesses that use custom tote bags demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, an increasingly important factor for consumers. This commitment can strengthen a brand’s image as environmentally responsible and socially conscious.

Reducing Plastic Waste

By promoting the use of reusable tote bags, companies contribute to a reduction in plastic waste, a critical factor in global environmental conservation efforts.

6. Choosing a Supplier for Custom Tote Bags

When selecting a provider for custom tote bags, it is essential to consider the quality of materials, customization options, and the company’s environmental practices. Vograce, for instance, offers a comprehensive selection of custom tote bags with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction, making them a reliable choice for both personal and professional needs.

Conclusion

Custom tote bags blend functionality, style, and environmental responsibility, making them a smart choice for consumers and businesses alike. They offer an effective way to promote sustainability, enhance brand visibility, and express personal style. As society continues to embrace eco-friendly practices and personalized products, custom tote bags stand out as a practical and stylish solution that meets the needs of modern consumers.

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MTN GHANA REFLECTS ON WORLD TELECOMS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DAY

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Stephen Blewett CEO For MTN Ghana

 On the occasion of the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, MTN celebrates the transformative power of communication technology. At MTN Ghana, we remain committed to connecting people, enabling progress, and driving digital inclusion across our nation.

This year’s theme, “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development,” is aligned with MTN’s Ambition 2025 strategy which seeks to lead digital solutions for Africa’s and Ghana’s progress with Environment, Social and Governance at the core. It demonstrates that technology, innovation, environmental and societal concerns are realities that cannot be overlooked if long-term sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity is to be achieved in Africa. It also underscores the importance of leveraging and harnessing digital innovation in the telecommunications industry to provide innovative products and services, address global issues, drive socio-economic empowerment, and boost digital and financial inclusion.

Over the last 30 years, MTN has played a crucial role in Africa and Ghana in driving digital innovation on several fronts. From enhancing access to education and healthcare, boosting economic growth through digital skills and other support programmes, innovation in the fintech and digital economy sectors, fostering strategic collaborations, infrastructure investment among others, MTN’s contributions have been far-reaching and invaluable.

As a company rooted in Africa, our journey has been one of innovation, resilience, and collaboration. We have set the pace with our innovative products, empowered communities through our corporate social investments, and paved the way for a brighter digital future through our massive infrastructure investments. Partnerships with governments, businesses and others have been at the centre of our success in areas such as financial inclusion. As we reflect on our achievements, we extend our gratitude to each stakeholder who has been part of this remarkable journey.

As we celebrate the day, we reiterate the remarks of the CEO of MTN Ghana, Stephen Blewett, at the recent 3i Summit that “Africa’s fintech ecosystem is the engine that will drive its digital revolution and economic development in the coming years. Fintech can stimulate local economies and drive progress across the continent in several ways – financial inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, job creation, cross-border transactions and payments, digital identity and security, agriculture and rural development, government services, investment, and funding, as well as digital and financial literacy.”

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His call for policy and legal frameworks to encourage the establishment of innovation hubs and 

digital sandboxes to provide the platform for incubating, testing, and rolling out new products reinforces the need for governments and businesses to be deliberate and collaborate in their approach to sustainable development.  Such hubs will be the channels for mentoring and nurturing the next generation of African entrepreneurs while providing the necessary resources, environment, and training in the digital space.

As we mark World Telecommunication Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to harnessing digital innovation for sustainable development. By embracing technology as a force for good and leveraging its transformative potential, we can all work together in shaping Africa’s progress. 

Today, we celebrate the power of connectivity, the promise of technology, and the unity of purpose. Together, we shape a future where every Ghanaian can thrive in the digital world and affirm our belief that “everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life.”

We thank all our customers for being part of our journey and wish everyone a Happy World Telecoms and Information Society Day.

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Potter’s family Chapel launches “UNTIL ONE DAY” with the theme SUPERNATURAL

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In a gathering filled with blessings and the anointing of God, the launch of the church’s program “UNTIL ONE DAY” was a divine moment for all in attendance.

As members came together to kick off this special program, they reflected on the goodness and faithfulness of God, and the hope in Christ Jesus. It only takes one day for God to reveal His strength and power in our lives, turning our sorrows into joy and struggles into victories. One day can transform tears into joy, pain into gain, and tests into testimonies.

We are honored to welcome Rev Dr Anthony Cudjoe and Arch Bishop Charles Agyin Asare, esteemed fathers of faith, who will share their divine wisdom with us. Their presence is a testament to the divine connections orchestrated by God for this event.

From June 19th to 21st at 6pm each night, we will be blessed by the ministry of these servants of God, hosted by Prophet Alex Armstrong in prayer and worship. On June 23rd, there will be a gathering to dedicate the church building, Mercy Temple, as a symbol of God’s faithfulness and provision.

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“UNTIL ONE DAY” is a time of hope and renewal of faith, trusting in God’s perfect timing and plan for our lives. May this program be a time of spiritual awakening, hope, and transformation as we draw closer to God and experience His presence in a new way.

May God’s blessings be upon us all as we embark on this journey together. Amen.

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