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Stakeholder support is the pillar that upholds most industries. For the agric industry, this is no different.

The immense contribution of firms in and about the agric industry is a significant influence on the milestones chalked up in recent years.

Through support for initiatives that are designed to improve the industry, some firms have earned a reputation for being pillars of support for Ghanaian agriculture.

At the second edition of the Women in Food and Agric Leadership Training Forum & Expo (WOFAGRIC 2020) held in Kumasi from Thursday 6th to Friday 7th August, 2020 under the theme ‘Transforming and Sustaining Women in Agriculture: The Role of Public, Private and Development Partners’, the support of stakeholders was immense.

Backed by the partnership support of Absa Ghana and other sponsors, the two-day event projected the efforts and impact of women, young female ‘agripreneurs’, female students and women with disabilities for their role toward guaranteeing food security, poverty alleviation and job creation while building the capacity of participants.

The event equally focused on equipping agric-industry women with the capacity to improve production output while also assessing the impact women have in areas such as production, processing and marketing, policies; how farm-related components of rural economy can contribute to income generation and employment; and how women can annexe the opportunities within the agric sector.

The premier bank expressed support for the event in a message thus: “Absa Bank is pleased to be here today, and most importantly to be associated with the Woman in Food and Agriculture (WOFAGRIC) and Gold in the Soil Awards, aimed at bringing together influential women in agriculture to network.

“We are excited that women who contributed greatly to the growth of agriculture in Ghana are being recognised. This programme provides a platform to highlight the achievements of women in agriculture, and to build the actors’ capacity to improve their businesses significantly.

“Absa has been in the country for 100 years, during which time it has supported various industries within the economy. One of the areas that the bank focuses on is agriculture, by supporting agricultural projects.

“Agribusiness is one of the sectors Absa Bank considers key to growth of the bank in these times. Humans will always eat; both during and after COVID-19, food will continue to remain essential for our survival and economic growth. Our continent and the entire world will have to be fed. This means our partners in agribusiness will be counting on Absa to connect their dreams to financial resources and services in order to bring their possibility to life. We recognise that for women to lead in the development of agricultural value chains, it is important for them to understand opportunities within the sector.

“Absa’s ambition of making Africa proud has been reignited by the COVID pandemic, and we can’t afford to let down our stakeholders – especially business partners and shareholders. Over the years, we have supported various programmes and projects in the agricultural value chain, and we keep exploring new opportunities to enable us do more.

“The past four months have seen the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt business activities. Due to the closure of borders, imports and exports have slowed down – thus creating challenges we did not anticipate. Despite these, there have been some bright spots. Local industries have risen to the occasion and ventured into new areas, thus growing their businesses. The requests for local raw materials have increased, creating business for local enterprises.

“In 2018, Ghana imported approximately US$14.9billion of various items. Commodities such as rice, sugar, wheat and poultry contributed over US$1billion. The general slowdown in international trade creates opportunity for us to finance the local production of various commodities, and we hope that you ready to go along with us.

“Absa Bank is currently focusing on government priority programmes like Planting for Food and Jobs; Rearing for Food and Jobs; and Planting for Export and Rural Development to impact the economy. The bank is particularly interested because these projects have direct impacts on smallholder farmers, including women and young people.

“Absa is establishing strong partnerships with development partners like IFAD, Mastercard Foundation and the Rural Development Fund, to enable us reach out to actors in the value chain. We are also focused on strengthening the capacities of smallholder farmers to help them increase their productivity and reduce post-harvest losses to take advantage of the numerous opportunities arising during COVID-19.

“They have been linked to other actors like processors and buyers, and financing is channelled through them to the smallholder farmers. This financial model strengthens food security and produces sufficient to feed the industries being established under the One District, One Factory programme.

It is our hope that this year’s WOFAGRIC will indeed highlight the successes of women in Agriculture, and encourage more women to venture into new opportunities in the value chains to increase their income. For you women who are already making strides in the various agricultural enterprises, we encourage you to continue pressing on to greater heights. We challenge you to compete with your male counterparts, and we know you will shine,” concluded this rousing statement featured in the events’ brochure.

Despite their central importance to agriculture, which sees them produce a great chunk of our food, women farmers are sadly excluded from conversations that determine agricultural policies while unfair laws and practices deprive them of their land, their rights, and their livelihoods. This motivated the support of Absa bank and other sponsors to plough resources and other logistical support into the event this year.

While emphasis on women in agriculture has largely focused on the Northern Region in recent years, the organisers have made a conscious rotation plan to have the event rolled out one region at a time. Having held the first edition in the Volta Region, this edition was a chance for the Ashanti Region to savour the event’s impact. The next edition, slated for 2021, will be held in the Upper East Region, according to the organisers.

Absa Bank Ghana Limited is part of Absa Group Limited, an African financial services group that aims to be the pride of the continent. Absa Group Limited is listed on the JSE in South Africa and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups, with a presence in 12 countries across the continent and around 42,000 employees.

The firm is committed to finding local solutions to uniquely local challenges, and everything the bank does is focused on adding value. To this end, Absa offers its clients a range of retail, business, corporate and investment, and wealth management solutions.

William Nettey, Head of Agribusiness-Absa Bank, took participants through a session dubbed ‘Financing Your Agribusiness’ at the event.

In the riveting session, Nettey delivered simple yet relevant tips on how to secure finance for agribusiness enterprises to improve capacity.

He explained in his presentation that the bank’s involvement in the agric sector is operationally demonstrated through Term Loans (secured and unsecured STL/LTL), ESD (contract financing and invoice discounting), Trade Products (LCs, Guarantees, Overdrafts), Commercial Asset Financing, Project Financing, working with partners including risk mitigation companies – (GIRSAL, Ghana Exim, Rural Development Fund), and Collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA)

Absa Ghana believes in possibility, in the actions of people who always find a way to get things done. It also believes in creating opportunities for all stakeholders, and to make their possibilities real through support for them every step of the way. Over the past 6-years, Absa has revived lending to agricultural value chains of rice, maize and soya among others. And under the USAID FINGAP Project which monitored lending by banks, Absa was a clear leader among others in that project.

Absa recognises that the private sector is the main mover of the economy, and so the bank is deliberate in supporting agribusinesses through secured and unsecured facilities. We also collaborate with various stakeholders to provide support that the private sector needs.

The banks seething commitment to agriculture was proclaimed earlier in the year, when during the event’s launch, the Director of Business Banking-Absa Ghana, Grace Anim-Yeboah, stated that: “We are introducing new strategies to help provide funding and support for women in the Agriculture sector to achieve more. As a bank, we believe in the significant value that agriculture presents to the nation, and therefore look to support the initiative. The bank has over the years been supporting agribusinesses. With the transition into Absa Ghana, we are now better-positioned to support SME agribusinesses – especially women entrepreneurs. Products are being designed to meet the specific needs of agribusinesses. We want to make Agriculture great again, and we can do it”.

In trademark fashion, organiser Agrihouse Foundation combined advocacy and knowledge transfer to great effect by rallying key stakeholders who collectively set a lively agenda for increased support to women in agric.

A panel presentation on post-COVID-19 and beyond, ‘Assessing and understanding the challenges and opportunities for women in Agriculture’, got the event on its way in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi, while training sessions bordering on finance addressed ‘Identity – Access and Appraisal for obtaining credit or Loan-Value Chain Optimisations’.

‘How can women build long-term resilience in future crises through sustainable mechanisation and Technology?’; ‘Giving women farmers support to enhance their productivity and market the food they produce, through e-Commerce channels’; ‘Effective ways for women in agriculture to increase their ability to produce food for their communities during COVID-19 and beyond’; ‘How do we ensure that the primary drivers of the sector – the smallholder women farmers – are included and empowered, and their economic outcomes enhanced?’ were some of the insightful topics which helped bequeath  holistic knowledge to participants.

The event’s highlight was an award presentation dubbed ‘Gold in the Soil Awards’, wherein various deserving women farmers were recognised for their astounding contributions to the growth of agriculture in their communities and the country at large.

The Gold in the Soil Awards were spread across fifteen (15) categories which included: Passion for Farm Award; She Innovates Award; Super Woman Award; Women in Extension Services, Star woman Agripreneur Awards; Diamond in the Rough Award; Feed to Food Award; She Operates Award; Change Champion Award; Royal Agro Award (Queen mothers); Lady of the Region Export Award; Climate Smart Women Project Award; ‘Princess Carla’ Award; Development Partner Award; and the most coveted, Gold in the Soil Award.

Activities for the two-day event included Gold in the Soil Award Viewing, a session dubbed ‘At the Table – Agri Power Women; an ‘Aspire to Be’ Mentorship Session; Training & Presentation on Business opportunities for Women in Agribusiness; and Competence-Based/Soft Skills and Exhibitions.

Enthralling sessions dubbed ‘Gathering of the Royals Dialogue: Lead & Impact stories’; ‘Fire in My Heart, Grace in My Soul’; ‘Wave-Maker Talk’; ‘Gold in the Soil Documentary & Awards and Exhibitions’ completed the event’s itinerary.

Award nominees who clinched honours included: Passion for Farm award – Olivia Agyeiwaa (Plantain, pepper, yam, maize, onions).

She Innovates – Cecilia Anaba (Rice Cultivation and rice processing)

Outstanding Women in Extension – Francisca Asare Bediako (WIAD Director, Maize, cowpea, beans)

The Superwoman Farmer Award – Yaa Kessewaa (Cocoa, plantain, cocoyam, cassava)

Diamond in the Rough Award- Ramatu Amadu (pepper, Maize, Okra)

Royal Agro Award – Nana Akua Nima Theresa (Cocoa, plantain)

Feed to foods Award – Akosua Tiwaah (Poultry farmer)

Princess Carla Award – Rebbecca Aboagye (Rice, Cocoa, plantain, Maize, yam, cassava)

The change Champion Award – Md. Portia Asumda (Shea butter, Neem oil, dawadawa and parboiled rice)

Star Woman Agripreneur Award – Nana Pomaa Antepim (Pig and rabbit rearing, Maize and plantain farming)

She Operates – Joy Okrah (Soya bean, Maize, sorghum, sesame and Fonio)

Climate Smart Women Project Award – Edith Akosa Wheatland (Poultry Farmer)

Development Partner Award- Canadian High Commission

Gold in the Soil Award- Cecilia Akoka (Maize, Pepper, plantain, tomatoes, cassava, yam, groundnut, Rice)

Award recipients were drawn from all 43 districts in the Ashanti Region, with Cecilia Akoka (Maize, Pepper, plantain, tomatoes, cassava, yam, groundnut, and Rice farmer) emerging the overall winner by clinching the coveted Gold in The Soil Award.

The initiative received sponsorship support from the Embassy of Canada, Absa and Yara Ghana.

The partnership-support from the Ministry of food and Agriculture (MOFA), Women in Agric Development (WIAD), and the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG) was equally instrumental to success of the initiative this year.

 

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Binance Charity selects 1000 Africans for tech scholarship in collaboration with Utiva

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Binance Charity, the philanthropic arm of Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider, and Utiva, a technology education company in Africa that helps young people learn tech skills, today announced that they have selected the 1,000 Africans who will be taking part in a free 1-year intensive skill training program. The scholarship year is set to kick off on January 29, 2023, with a virtual launch day.

As unemployment rises across the continent, Binance and Utiva remain committed to providing digital education to enable more Africans to explore global career opportunities and secure roles as tech professionals.

This scholarship program has enrolled young Africans between the ages of 18-35 from 19 countries, providing them with a platform to learn technology skills for a 12-month duration. Classes have been designed for beginners in collaboration with Binance Academy and include skills such as web development, front-end development, full-stack development, cloud computing and blockchain modules.

Binance Academy will further support this initiative by providing Web3 crash-course content to students and by offering live and recorded training sessions to Utiva instructors. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an NFT certificate as digital & verifiable proof of having successfully completed the program.

“Today, we’re celebrating the 1000 students selected for full scholarships as part of our Binance Charity Scholar Program. This is our most ambitious education outreach to date in the region and the overwhelming positive response further bolsters Africa as a key hub for emerging tech talent. We’re so excited for these young people, as they embark on an exciting new career journey,” said Helen Hai, VP of Binance and Head of Binance Charity.

Angela Naa Yaboley Okantey, a Ghanaian scholar, said: “I am very excited to have been selected for this scholarship program because it will provide me with financial support and opportunities to pursue my professional goals in the tech space as well as interact with other like-minded individuals. Overall, I believe that this scholarship would be an invaluable investment in my future and enable me to be a part of an industry reshaping the world.”

Renee Ovwigho, a Nigerian scholar, said: “I am thrilled about this opportunity because it would push me toward a successful career in Data Analysis. With many industries adopting blockchain technology recently, this would enable me to learn and provide me with the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to society.”

Miracle C. Amakom, a Cameroonian scholar, said: “As an engineering student, I’ve been on the lookout for reputable programs to get great training and professional development and I am super excited to be a part of this. Looking forward to my journey of becoming a full stack developer as this has always been my passion.”

The programme includes students across Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and more. The collaboration aims to build a path for economic prosperity for the continent through skill training and access to vast job opportunities in the technology and Web3 sectors.

This project is part of the wider Binance Charity Scholar Program, enabling the next generation of digital leaders to develop their skills, knowledge and experience without financial barriers. Applications to study as part of this program have surpassed 80,000 worldwide since June last year.

Binance

Binance is the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings, including: trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization and infrastructure solutions, and more. For more information, visit: https://www.binance.com.

Binance Charity

Binance Charity is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of blockchain-enabled philanthropy towards achieving global sustainable development. Binance Charity aims to transfer philanthropy by developing a 100% transparent donation platform based on blockchain to build a future where technology innovation is used to end all forms of poverty and inequality, advance sustainable development and ensure that no one is left behind. To date, Binance Charity has supported over 2 million end beneficiaries through various projects. For more information, visit: https://www.binance.charity/

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Binance Academy is a leading blockchain and cryptocurrency education platform featuring hundreds of hours of content on blockchain, cryptocurrency, Web3 and more. Launched in 2018, it serves millions of learners across the world in more than 25 languages. All content on Binance Academy is completely free.

With no advertisements, no requirement for payment or registration, everyone can learn at their own pace and even earn free crypto through learning by taking part in the Learn and Earn program. Other educational initiatives of Binance Academy include the University Outreach Program, Student Ambassador Program, partnerships with top online learning platforms, professional associations, industry alliances, and others.

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South Africa Tourism (SAT) successfully participateds in Fitur 2023

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South Africa Tourism (SAT) successfully partakes in Fitur 2023

South Africa’s appearance at the Fitur Madrid (International Tourism Trade Fair) 2023 held at the Ifema trade fair centre of Madrid (Spain), which ended this week, was a triumph for Team South Africa.

Fitur is the global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound markets in Latin America.

It is known as one of the year’s first appointments, bringing together diverse tourism professionals worldwide to showcase their wares during an important booking cycle in the Europe Tourism value chain.

 

The 2023 fair was attended by over 600 exhibitors and official representatives from 70 countries (including tourism ministers from 21 countries).

“FITUR 2023 was a resounding success and a platform where we once again showcased South Africa’s unique experiences and readiness to welcome visitors from across the globe.” said the South African Tourism (SAT) Regional General Manager (Europe) Ian Utermohlen.

“We conducted 25 high level meetings and discussions at the South African Tourism exhibition stand, with the intention of fostering meaningful relationships in the market. This saw us amongst others engage with Real Madrid and the Committee of Tourism Film Festivals on potential collaborative efforts in the Spanish & South African Markets”.

South Africa’s strong contingency of exhibitors included Joburg Tourism, Amazing Africa, Ates Africa Safaris & Tourism, Catalina Tours SA, Aquila Collection and AM Lodge | Luxury Safari Lodge.

Among the South Africa exhibitors at the #FITUR2023 were three SMMEs, Kwanda Voluntourism, Timeline Travel & Evo Trak Quad Safaris who valued the opportunity to participate on this global tourism platform. “A part of driving transformation in the industry and opening up market access for the emerging operators, it is imperative that we elevate and expose SMMEs to our Europe Tourism value chain like FITUR,” he insisted.

On Thursday 19th January South African Tourism hosted a press conference that garnered great response and enthusiasm from 30  Spanish media and trade stakeholders that  were in attendance. “Our objective was to bring the Spanish media into our confidence and ignite excitement with the processes and thinking behind our in-market demand work, the importance and value of the Europe South Markets, while showcasing our exceptional performance” Utermohlen emphasised.

South African Tourism’s stand in Madrid welcomed up to 495 quality visitors who engaged with exhibitors & delegates while enjoying biltong and some quality South African wines, The Golden Kaan Shiraz and Delheim Chenin Blanc.

One of the observations that came from many of the exhibitors on the stand was that they (exhibitors) are seeing shorter lead times for business – meaning, all the business that is coming their way is for either this year or next year.”

“This indicates how eager people are to host their conferences and bring incentive trips to South Africa shortly. This is a shift from the pre-COVID-19 environment as lead times were much longer,” he re-emphasised.

Utermohlen believes South African Tourism’s relentless Europe marketing efforts are beginning to bear fruit as buyers who visited South Africa stand in Madrid were confident in selling South Africa to their customer base

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How to Prepare for Dissertation Defense: 8 Tips

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Writing a dissertation is no easy feat, and defending it is even more daunting. You have put in countless hours of hard work, and now you must defend your dissertation and ensure it is ready for approval. But where do you start? You are not alone. This step-by-step guide on preparing for dissertation defense is a comprehensive resource to steer you through the entire process. It provides a detailed breakdown of each step, from understanding what you need to do to preparing for the actual defense. With this resource, you can confidently approach the task, knowing you have done everything possible to ensure a successful defense. Read on to learn more about how to prepare for dissertation defense.

Preparing for dissertation defense: A step-by-step guide

Are you ready to defend your dissertation? Defending your dissertation is a significant milestone in your academic career and can bring great accomplishment. It is also a daunting challenge that requires much preparation and hard work. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare for a dissertation defense. With the help of this guide, you will feel confident and ready. So, let’s get started!

8 tips to prepare for a dissertation defense

Read your dissertation

While different sources propose varying strategies and activities for preparing for a dissertation defense, reading your work is a constant. Doing so will allow you to identify potential issues or misconceptions in your work. Additionally, it will help you prepare for the question-and-answer session after your defense. You can also have someone read your dissertation aloud to you. Your supervisor or colleagues can help with this. Having someone read your dissertation aloud will make you more objective and critical of your own work, thereby unearthing potential mistakes. Students who use tutoring or dissertation writing services should spend more time reading their work to own and become familiar with their structures.

Understand your role and your responsibilities

It is crucial to understand your role and responsibilities before getting started. Your dissertation supervisor is responsible for determining whether you’re ready for your dissertation proposal defense. They will guide you through the entire process and will be responsible for ensuring your work is ready. On the other hand, you need to ensure that you’re prepared and have everything you need to make the process as smooth as possible. You must make all adjustments they suggest and meet all deadlines. Be on top of things instead of letting your supervisor push you.

Have a clear understanding of the format

The format of your dissertation can significantly impact the defense process. If selected for the oral defense format, you will be expected to present your research to your committee members via an in-person presentation. In that case, you’ll need to be comfortable speaking in front of a group and addressing their questions. However, if you’re selected for the written defense format, you will be expected to submit a well-written dissertation defense presentation, most likely in PowerPoint.

While many consider the written defense format easier, it’s more challenging. It requires students to send a defense sample to the committee in advance, giving them enough time to scrutinize the paper. This often leads to more difficult and demanding questions. The best approach in such a case is to seek help from professionals. For example, CustomWritings dissertation writing services can come through for you. The company writes research papers and dissertations for masters and Ph.D. students. Their writers know the specifics of a written dissertation defense and will provide you with a solid presentation. Most importantly, their services are cheap and timely, helping you beat even the strictest deadlines. Visit their website for discounts and more.

Plan for your dissertation defense

Your first step is determining when and where your defense will take place. You can find out if there are any additional requirements for your defense by contacting your university since they’re likely to have a specific process you must follow. Your next step is to create a timeline for the defense process, which should include dates for turning in various parts of your dissertation and when you must complete everything. Allow yourself enough time to complete everything you need to, but you should also set strict deadlines for yourself. Students who failed their defense presentations were often planless and unprepared.

Gather the necessary materials

Before you even step foot into the room for your Ph.D. dissertation defense, you must ensure you have everything you need, such as a copy of your written dissertation, pencils, and a notecard with key terms or ideas. A copy of your written dissertation is the most important thing you will carry with you. It’ll be used during the question-and-answer session that follows the defense. You can use your notecard to write key terms or ideas you need to include in your presentation. Pencils will be helpful if you use an overhead projector during your presentation.

Develop a presentation strategy

Your presentation should summarize your research and demonstrate your ability to think critically while synthesizing information. You should also incorporate visual aids to help your committee members understand your research better. You can use an overhead projector, computer, or even poster board. While defending a master’s thesis is not so strict, a doctoral dissertation is more stringent. In fact, you’ll not be allowed to refer to your written dissertation during a defense.

Practice your presentation

It is essential to practice your presentation multiple times to make sure you feel confident when you present it. You can do this alone or in front of a group of people. However, ensure that you deliver your presentation with the same enthusiasm and critical thinking you would use in a real defense. Thorough and diligent practice will help you become familiar with the structure of your research and allow you to correct any issues you might have with your project.

Understand the criteria you will be judged on

Your dissertation will be evaluated based on four criteria: originality, significance, clarity, and correct use of research methodology. These four indicators are essential to any dissertation, so it is crucial to consider them. However, basic etiquette, such as politeness, patience, dressing appropriately, etc., might also sway the board.

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Star Beer shines with Asanteman, begins production in Kumasi again

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Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC has today announced the relaunch of the production of the great tasting, quality ghanaian beer, Star Beer in Kumasi where it was originally brewed in Ghana.

For several years Star Beer has been a popular choice among consumers in Kumasi and it is often associated with casual occasions, good moments, celebrations and social events in the city.

Made from rich locally sourced raw materials, Star Beer is now closer to consumers in Kumasi with its signature million sparkling bubbles.

Commenting on the relaunch of the production of Star Beer in Kumasi, the Managing Director of Guinness Ghana, Helene Weesie, said: “Asanetman is known to be proud of its culture and royalty. Asanteman appreciates a brand that respects their values and proves it in its interactions with them. When we first started brewing here, it was about more than just creating a refreshing beer. It was about creating a connection to this city and its people”

“As we continue to execute a strategy to grow and expand Star Beer nationwide through cutting-edge consumer insights and marketing, we retraced our roots and decided not to gloss over it. I’m happy to say that, the connection Star has had with Asanteman has stood the test of time and is stronger now more than ever as we relaunch its production, in the Home of Star where it belongs”, she added

On his part, Head of Beers at Guinness Ghana, Roland Ofori noted, “Star Beer is a part of the city’s culture and tradition. Apart from refreshing the people of Kumasi since the 1960’s, Star Beer symbolizes the optimism of the everyday person in this region and that literally can be seen in the millions of sparkling bubbles in the liquid. Star Beer is not just a beer; it’s a part of Kumasi’s identity. Star Beer aligns with bravery spirit of the people, a spirit that drove their success against all odds through history.”

Gracing the occassion as Special Guest of Honor, Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II was optimistic of the success of Star Beer in Kumasi.

“I am here because i came to assure you that i am always a part of this development and.i shall always be, for my people and for Ghana.”

Star beer is a great tasting, award-winning quality Ghanaian beer. Made from rich locally sourced raw materials. Star Beer has won 4 Gold Awards at the prestigious Monde Selection Quality Awards with its most recent win being in April 2022.

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3 Hotels for a Luxurious Las Vegas Trip

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Traveling in style can be a great way to relax after a long year of work and family life. Then, if you are looking for the ultimate luxury and elegance on your next trip to Las Vegas, here are some of the hotels and resorts that can allow you to start and end every day with indulgence.Picture 1 20

Source: Instagram, posted on June 7th, 2022, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino’s official profile

1.   Westgate Resort & Casino

With almost 3,000 suites and a hotel tower that is 375 feet tall, the Westgate Resort & Casino on Paradise Road offers six tennis courts, up to 2,500 square feet suites, and a spa.

The Westgate Resort and Casino is perfect for those seeking luxury. Not only do their spacious suites ensure a good night’s rest with amenities like black-out blinds, mini refrigerators, and even microwaves, but their spa can offer you everything from body scrub to a facial to relieve the tension in your body and help you to feel good. You can also rest and reset with their offering of golf, tennis, and numerous pools for you to relax in. There are also many luxury dining options available for you, from sushi and steak to delightful desserts that can get your mouth watering. Then, you should consider booking one of the Las Vegas suites that they have available to guests.

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2.   Bellagio Las Vegas

Bellagio Las Vegas has 3,950 rooms and 100,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a 14,000-square-foot conservatory.

Whether you are heading to Las Vegas for a wedding or another special occasion, you will be spoilt by your time at the Bellagio. Even from its exterior, where you can watch extravagant fountain shows, you will be able to enjoy the heightened senses and spectacle that go hand in hand with luxury. As well as wandering the botanical garden and enjoying the courtyard pool, you can call on room service if you want to bring your luxury to you. You might also decide to pair your trip to the Bellagio with a little bit of pampering in the form of their Medspa, which can allow you to get treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers during your stay.

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3.   Aria Resort & Casino

Aria Resort & Casino has over 4,000 guest rooms in towers 51 and 61 feet high and a 150,000-square-foot casino.

However, if you are looking for a resort and casino that screams luxury, look no further than Aria Las Vegas. Not only will their suites give you a beautiful look over the Vegas skyline whenever you want it, but you will also be able to enjoy a personal concierge service, a private pool for Sky Suite guests, and spa bathrooms. The hotel can also arrange a luxury airport transfer for you that can get you in the mood for opulence as soon as you land in Las Vegas. Then, you should not fear that you will be unable to get the luxury that you desire in Vegas.

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Schoolingyonda Proffer Solutions to Education Tourism

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As part of this year celebration of International Day of Education, Schoolingyonda, an educational consultancy based in Nigeria has proffered possible solutions to attract education tourism in West Africa. The firm believes that a special focus and marketing of our music, dance and fashion to the world will definitely increase the in-flow of foreign currency to the sector.

Education tourism is one of the different forms of tourism, and is a way to providing best education to students learning while enhancing knowledge. The increase in this type of tourism is based on the growing popularity of attaining knowledge and technical competencies from the best destinations around the world.

According to Mrs. Funmi Modupe, Principal Consultant, Schoolingyonda, “Our major focus with EduTourism is to simply showcase what we have, that which we as Nigerians are exceptionally talented and the world already recognize.” She said that in today’s education system, we should be teaching our unique dance, fashion and music styles to attract other students around the globe.

“You will all agree with me that these are areas in entertainment that the whole world already identifies Nigerians speciality. We initiate a dance step, the entire world copy and via modern technology, it goes viral across different social channels”, Modupe stressed.

The Way Forward

Some solutions proposed by Schoolingyonda will interest government institutions, administrators in the education sector, parents and the ultimate benefactors – Students. The firm argues that there is a pressing need for Nigeria to argument the existing programs especially in our tertiary institutions and centres of learning.

Nigeria has some unique dance styles which can be researched, recorded, designed and crafted into programs to be learnt by students from diverse regions. This will further increase the interest of young Nigerians in the arts and creativity.

The firm also proffers that there is a need to bring our dance and music into academic learning for posterity, developing history and increased diversity. Restructuring the arts with a good blend of our traditional and contemporary dance will definitely spark positive global attention.

Considering the CBN’s release of $680m for foreign education in 2022, Modupe believes we have all the necessary skills and talents to harness the economic benefits in creative arts. She advocates we introduce innovative programs infused into our traditional music, fashion and dance across selected public and private institutions.

Schoolingyonda is an educational consultancy service with the goal to offer students personalised study thereby assisting parents and their wards to acquire opportunities abroad. Interested participants can subscribe and watch on https://bit.ly/3PQPERw to comment and join the conversation on the development of EduTourism in West Africa.        

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