Hello and welcome to a Piece of Peace, your weekly dose of motivation and inspiration. This week I would like to share with you on the topic of “Growing new wings”.
I read an interesting story about the Eagle from a very good friend yesterday. When the Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast and high as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. Whilst he is there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he either dies or grows new feathers, then he can come out. The eagle creates it’s own 2nd coming. That story resonated with me on a weird level. I am going through a phase in my life these days where I am consistently bombarded by friends and faith builders from the diaspora interested in moving back to Africa to pursue their dream. Most of the time the main question they ask is should I move back or stay with my job. They want to know if they should stay within the confines of having a safe and secure job or take the plunge and come into the uncertain reality of relocating to Africa. A lot of them have toiled with the idea of relocation and have concluded that it was better to stay abroad in a job that pays than quit everything to pursue their passion. Whenever I am asked, what should I do? I always consider it as such a big responsibility. I am barely getting to grips with my plunge two years ago. I remember how terrifying it was. I was in a well-paid job and in line for my new promotion, which meant I would be receiving even more money. But somehow I felt that was not enough. I don’t know how to explain it, but I just felt there was a lot more than I could be doing.
It is imperative that we occasionally shed old habits, things, relationships that burden us, or add no value to our lives. Like my good friend put it, we need to change beliefs and values that no longer serve us or align our life Vision and Goals. We must be willing to change our environment and everything within it to change our life experiences and behaviours. I most certainly do not believe that I am the right person to give advice on whether or not to relocate. I believe my experiences are unique to just me and even if I tried to, it would be hard for me to explain how I am at this point in my career right now. Making the move to relocate back to Africa was a tough decision. The reality of relocating to Africa was even more challenging in certain aspects than I realised. But all in all, I am confident I made the right choice for my personal circumstances and what was right for me at the time. The choice to move back can never be made for you by anyone but yourself. There are several moments where I questioned the logic or rational in quitting a well-paid job to earn a significantly lower salary than what I was earning. The early days were full of uncertainties and self doubt. But one thing that kept me going was the faith that no matter what, God will not let me come this far only to fail. I am far from where I want to be, but I know I am never giving up until I have fulfilled my fullest potential, no matter what that may be. So if you are reading this today and considering a move back to the motherland, my number one advice is, have faith in God that no matter what decision you make, provided you work diligently and hard always, you will succeed and like the Eagle, this might be a second chance for you to achieve something greater than you ever imagined. No matter what you do, be yourself, because everyone else is taken.
Call for entries: Lifebuoy Opens Applications for handwashing ‘Chief Education Officers’
Unilever’s Lifebuoy, the world’s number one hygiene soap brand, has launched a creative competition that will see two (2) Chief Education Officers aged between 6-12years appointed to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing among school children.
Leveraging the power of peer-to-peer learning, the ‘CEOs’ will be selected from public and private schools in Ghana to help create impact by teaching other children about handwashing and personal hygiene in a series of fun and exciting activities.
The campaign dubbed ‘Lifebuoy H for handwashing CEOs’ is part of Lifebuoy’s activities to mark Global Handwashing Day which occurs every year on the 15th of October.
Global handwashing day is an international handwashing campaign dedicated to motivating and mobilizing people worldwide to improve their handwashing habits as a strategy for disease prevention.
In 2020, Lifebuoy launched the H for Handwashing campaign to transform the letter H into a symbol for handwashing and to integrate hygiene awareness into the school curriculum. In 2021, Lifebuoy launched its first ever children’s book- an “H for Handwashing” alphabet book – in which children can explore the Alphabet with Azzy the horse. The book is intended to support school curricula all over the world, whenever and wherever children are taught the ABCs.
This year, Lifebuoy is going a step further by passing on the baton to the next generation who will teach their peers about handwashing, as studies have shown that children are more likely to change their behaviour when influenced by their peers.
Lifebuoy is encouraging Children from public and private schools in Ghana between the ages of 6-12years to take up this unique and exciting challenge.
Parents, Guardians and Teachers are also urged to encourage their children and pupils to participate in the competition by following these guidelines:
- Share a 30- 45 seconds video of your child reciting their campaign manifesto by explaining what hygiene means to them and how they will promote better hygiene in their schools.
- All entries must include the #LifebuoyCEOgh #GHD2022 hashtag and be submitted on Facebook and Instagram only via the brand’s pages @LifebuoyGhana.
- Entries are open until the 10th of October, 2022.
The two selected CEOs will get the chance to become part of Lifebuoy’s award-winning ‘H for Handwashing’ movement and receive a certificate from the Unilever Ghana Leadership Team for their participation and commitment to the cause. As part of celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day, they will also visit the Unilever headquarters and factories to teach employees the importance of handwashing
The ‘CEOs’ will commit a minimum of ten hours a year to help spread the message of handwashing with soap to other children, at home and in schools. To enable them perform their roles, they will be trained in the use of Lifebuoy’s decade-old and well-proven behaviour change material which will equip them to take the message forward.
For more information, follow Lifebuoy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LifebuoyGhana
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MTN Urges Customers To Register Their Sim Cards Before The September 30 SIMRegistration Deadline
With only three days to the September 30, 2022 deadline for SIM registration, MTN is urging its customers to have their SIM cards fully registered to avoid being disconnected.
All customers with voice and data SIM in phones and devices are mandated to register with the Ghana card before the deadline. All SIM cards that are not fully registered at the end of 30th September 2022 will be disconnected from using all services on the network.
Customers who are yet to register should start the process by dialing *404# or use the registration web portal https://simregistrationportal.mtn.com.gh to link their SIM to the Ghana card. Customers who have linked their SIM cards to the Ghana card can complete their registration by either visiting the nearest service centre/agent for the biometric capture or download the SIM Registration Self Service app on google play to complete the registration.
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Commenting on the SIM registration deadline, the General Manager Regional Sales and Distribution, South, MTN Ghana,Abubakar Mohammed said, “we are encouraging our customers to register immediately to avoid long queues at registration centers and subsequent blocking of SIM cards after the deadline.”
“Customers who are not sure of their status can check their registration status by dialing *400#. “B-Cap Yes” means a customer is fully registered”.
To ensure all customers are fully registered before the 30th of September 2022 deadline, all MTN field staff have been deployed to different locations to check registration status and register customers who have not yet registered their SIM cards.
The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization announced the mandatory re-registration of all SIM cards in Ghana last year. The registration exercise which started in October 2021 is scheduled to end on September 30, 2022.
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AIDEC Consultancies International & Academic City sign MoU to deepen practical AI knowledge
Africa Integrated Development and Communications Consultancies (AIDEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Academic City University College (ACity) to provide practical knowledge in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
The MoU was executed on behalf of the two organizations represented by Mr. Ambrose Yennah, Executive Chairman of AIDEC and Professor Fred McBagonluri, President, and Provost of ACity.
Executive Chairman for AIDEC Consultancies, Ambrose Yennah, said: “the agreement seeks to provide students with practical hands-on-training in Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics and other advanced technological training in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in areas of STEAM needed to efficiently work in the job market.”
He said the MoU is a private sector initiative between the two organizations to compliment government’s effort at digitalization and will enable them to collaborate with other Consortium Partners for the roll out of several Digital Solutions and Services.
“The agreement will include but not limited to the study and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, Robotics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Business Process Outsourcing Services (BPO) with specific focus on the health, and Educational Sectors including Executive Training for the Country Ghana and scaling up to the continent of Africa in the near-term,” he added.
President and Provost of ACity, Professor Fred McBagonluri, said the MoU will help in developing ready job skills by providing access to AI programmes that would help student use technology to pursue research initiatives that is focused on solving the needs of the society.
“The MoU, as part of its objectives, agree to establish, implement and create an enabling environment for students to engage in research and practical consulting assignments as a collaboration between industry and other academic institutions for practical, hands-on training, research, and fieldwork for their mutual good,” he said.
The Consortium Partners, he added, will provide top notch business, educational and technology solutions and services including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform as a virtual and open educational resource facility to our target customers in the public, private and third sectors.
AIDEC and ACity in collaboration with other Consortium Partners will identify projects ideas and invest in them to generate employment in IT/Digital Solutions and Services and generate income for the Consortium Partners whilst providing an avenue for upgrading the skills and competencies of students with creative and innovative technologies that will expose and prepare them for the job market including Students exchange programs for practical hands-on training, research and fieldwork.
The Consortium Partners agree to work to improve and expand their Institutional capacities in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Science, Machine learning including online learning platforms and programs to whip up the interest of students enrolling for higher education for STEAM, SparX leaning Xperience and other competency-based professional training programs for an all-inclusive digital transformation.
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