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Actress and Activist Akosua Asieduaa Advocates for Youth Empowerment and Gender Equality at USAID Youth Conference

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 Budding Ghanaian actress and activist, Akosua Asieduaa Asare Brewu, took center stage at the recently concluded USAID Youth Conference in Washington, where she passionately voiced her commitment to addressing the challenges facing the most vulnerable  demographic in society – the youth.

As a fervent advocate for youth empowerment and gender equality, Asieduaa highlighted the urgent need for concerted efforts in empowering the girl child and tackling period poverty, particularly prevalent in Ghana. Drawing from her own experiences and observations, she underscored the importance of prioritizing these issues to ensure a brighter and more equitable future for all.

  Discovered and signed in 2019 to Pave; a prominent hub dedicated to discovering and nurturing creative talents in Ghana, Asieduaa has garnered widespread acclaim for her role as “Tilly”, a high school senior who battles the turbulence of adolescence in the popular YOLO TV Series. Leveraging her platform as an actress and activist, she continues to inspire change and drive meaningful dialogue on pressing social issues.

Her impassioned address at the USAID Youth Conference resonated deeply with attendees, igniting discussions and catalyzing action towards building a more inclusive and prosperous society. Asieduaa’s dedication to advocacy serves as a beacon of hope for youth empowerment and gender.

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Asieduaa holds a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Ghana and is currently pursuing her post graduate degree in Environmental Resources Management at KNUST. 

Asieduaa identifies as a #Paver; a term which is synonymous to an individual who uses their influence to promote positive change in society.

 

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Ebne Hakim Breaks New Ground as Apple Music’s Latest Up Next Artist in East Africa Following Release of debut EP ‘Brana’

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Ebne Hakim Breaks New Ground as Apple Music’s Latest Up Next Artist in East Africa Following Release of debut EP ‘Brana’

Apple Music today announced the latest artist to be featured in its new Up Next artist development program in East Africa, is Ethiopian pop singer-songwriter, Ebne Hakim (real name Mikyas Mengistu).

“It feels amazing that East Africa is being noticed on the music scene,” he tells Apple Music. “And having a project made in Ethiopia by an Ethiopian artist reach this milestone is unreal. I’m extremely grateful that artists from this generation and the music they produce can travel globally and make a difference. I’m proud of everyone who made this possible—thank you!”

Born and raised in Ethiopia’s bustling capital of Addis Ababa, Ebne Hakim’s (ዕብነ ሐኪም) musical consciousness was shaped by the rhythmic pulse of traditional Ethiopian melodies and influenced by artists like pop icon Michael Jackson and multi-award winning singer Bruno Mars, as well as Ethiopian greats like Teddy Afro, Theodros Tadesse, and Ejigayehu Shibabaw (Gigi).

His debut single “Gela” (2024), a blend of alternative R&B, pop, and electronic elements and sung in Amharic, introduced his signature Ethio-Fusion style, showcasing his innovative approach and ability to captivate and inspire a growing audience.

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On his debut EP Brana (2024), available to stream on Apple Music, Hakim fuses traditional sounds with R&B, funk, soul, and electronic elements to create six sweeping arrangements within a sound that he’s dubbed “Ethio-fusion”. This coming-of-age EP balances the past and the present, while Hakim journeys towards fulfilment and self-determination.

As the next Up Next act to be spotlighted in East Africa after Polaris Pauline, Ebene Hakim will be featured across Apple Music’s Up Next playlist https://apple.co/3eITdJd. The curated Up Next playlist features a dynamic class of new and emerging artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from around the world. The playlist is genre agnostic and represents a line-up of artists our global editors are passionate about and eager to expose to a larger audience.

The vast global Up Next roster of past talent includes Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny, Juice WLRD, Bazzi, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Whack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat$, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Lunay, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, Victoria Monét, Ingrid Andress, Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Rema, BENEE, Holly Humberstone, Natanael Cano, Givēon, beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Tate McRae, Foushee and Tems.

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Maximize Your Music Production Workflow with Sample and MIDI Packs

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Efficiency is key in today’s fast-paced music industry. Whether you’re a seasoned producer or just starting out, finding ways to streamline your workflow can make a significant difference in your productivity and creativity. One of the most effective ways to enhance your workflow is by using sample and MIDI packs. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of these packs and how you can integrate them into your production process.

Understanding Sample and MIDI Packs

Before we dive into the benefits, let’s clarify what sample and MIDI packs are. Sample packs are collections of audio samples, usually in WAV format, that contain sounds such as drum loops, basslines, and melodies. These samples are often created by professional producers and musicians and can range from individual drum hits to complex musical phrases.

 

MIDI packs, on the other hand, contain MIDI files, which are sequences of musical notes and instructions that can be used to control virtual instruments and hardware synthesizers. MIDI packs often include chord progressions, melodies, and basslines, providing you with a solid foundation for your tracks.

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Benefits of Using Sample and MIDI Packs

Time-Saving

One of the biggest advantages of using sample and MIDI packs is the time they can save you. Instead of spending hours programming drum patterns or crafting melodies, you can quickly drag and drop pre-made loops and MIDI files into your project. This allows you to focus more on the creative aspects of your music and less on the technical details.

Inspiration

Another significant benefit of sample and MIDI packs is the inspiration they can provide. Sometimes, all it takes is a unique drum loop or a catchy melody to spark a new idea. These packs are filled with professionally crafted sounds and musical phrases that can help you break through creative blocks and take your music in new directions.

Quality

When you use sample and MIDI packs created by reputable companies like Unison, you can be confident in the quality of the sounds. These packs are often recorded and processed using high-end equipment and techniques, ensuring that your tracks sound professional and polished.

Incorporating Sample and MIDI Packs into Your Workflow

Organization

To make the most of sample and MIDI packs, it’s essential to keep them organized. Create a folder structure that makes sense to you and label your packs accordingly. This will make it easier to find the sounds you need when you need them.

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Integration

Integrating sample and MIDI packs into your workflow is easy. Most DAWs allow you to simply drag and drop samples and MIDI files into your project. Experiment with different combinations and arrangements to find the perfect sound for your track.

Customization

While sample and MIDI packs are great for speeding up your workflow, don’t be afraid to customize the sounds to fit your style. Add effects, adjust parameters, and tweak settings to make the sounds your own.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Sample and MIDI Packs

Mixing and Mastering

When using samples and MIDI files in your tracks, it’s essential to pay attention to mixing and mastering. Ensure that the levels are balanced, and the sounds sit well together in the mix. Use effects and processing to enhance the sound and make it sound cohesive.

Creative Use

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when using sample and MIDI packs. Experiment with different sounds and arrangements to create unique and innovative tracks. The beauty of these packs is that they provide you with a starting point, but the possibilities are endless.

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In conclusion, sample and MIDI packs are powerful tools that can help you maximize your music production workflow. Whether you’re looking to save time, find inspiration, or enhance the quality of your tracks, these packs have you covered. By incorporating them into your production process and following the tips outlined in this article, you can take your music to the next level.

MIDI Packs by Unison

One notable provider of high-quality MIDI packs is Unison. Their MIDI packs are renowned for their versatility and quality, offering a wide range of chord progressions, melodies, and basslines that can elevate your tracks. With Unison’s MIDI packs, you can access professionally crafted MIDI files that are ready to use in your productions, saving you time and effort.

 

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Unison’s MIDI packs are organized by key and tempo, making it easy to find the right MIDI file for your track. Whether you’re producing EDM, hip-hop, or pop, Unison has a MIDI pack that will suit your needs. Their packs are designed to inspire creativity and help you overcome creative blocks, making them a valuable addition to any producer’s toolkit.

Conclusion

In conclusion, sample and MIDI packs are invaluable tools for maximizing your music production workflow. They can save you time, inspire new ideas, and enhance the quality of your tracks. By incorporating sample and MIDI packs into your production process and following the tips outlined in this article, you can streamline your workflow and take your music to the next level. Consider exploring MIDI packs by Unison to add a professional touch to your productions and unlock new creative possibilities.



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UBA Ghana Welcomes 44 New Staff Through Graduate Management Accelerated Programme

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UBA Ghana has proudly welcomed 44 new staff members through its Graduate Management Accelerated Programme (GMAP) in May 2024. This cohort marks the third batch, following the successful completion of the program by 14 and 40 participants in the first and second cohorts, respectively.

The Head of Human Resources, Evelyn Effie Quansah, extended her heartfelt congratulations to the graduates for their diligence and commitment during the six-month program. 

The rigorous training combined both classroom instruction and on-the-job experiences, designed to hone their skills and prepare them for their roles within the bank. She noted that though 49 people started the programme, 5 could not complete it for various reasons and hence 44 graduated and were on-boarded to join the Bank.

Evelyn emphasized UBA’s ongoing dedication to staff development, stating, “UBA will continue to build the capacity of staff to improve profitability.”

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Uzoechina Molokwu, Managing Director and CEO of UBA Ghana, also congratulated the new employees and urged them to work hard to justify their hiring and enhance the bank’s productivity. He encouraged them to uphold UBA’s high standards by embodying the bank’s core values of Excellence, Enterprise, and Execution. Molokwu also emphasized the importance of adopting the UBA Persona in their daily work. 

He shared valuable guidance with the new staff, urging them to prioritize personal development and invest in their growth to achieve career advancement. 

Uzoechina encouraged them to maintain a focused mind-set, appreciate their current resources, and practice financial discipline. Additionally, he emphasized the importance of adhering to established protocols, stressing the need for discipline and accountability in their professional journey

With eagerness and enthusiasm, the newly inducted staff pledged to bring their utmost dedication and expertise to the team, committed to driving the bank’s continued growth and success. 

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The Graduate Management Accelerated Programme (GMAP) has been introduced by the Bank to train and recruit new hires to fill up critical vacancies, help reduce unemployment, and develop critical human capital for the Bank.

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MultiChoice nails streaming piracy operation Waka TV

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Following an arrest, investigations are under way into the “thousands of individuals connected to the Waka TV pirate network”.

MultiChoice Group and its technology security subsidiary Irdeto have succeeded in nailing a pirate internet streaming service with the help of Western Cape police investigators.

In a statement on Wednesday, MultiChoice described the dismantling of the pirate steaming operation, called Waka TV, as “a significant victory in the fight against internet streaming piracy”.

The broadcaster said it was involved in a “meticulously planned raid” on 31 May, which led to the arrest of a “key suspect involved in one of the most extensive pirate operations in Africa”.

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“This operation represents a major milestone in our relentless commitment to protecting MultiChoice Group’s content and the integrity of our broadcasting services,” it said.

It added that Irdeto made a “substantial investment” to investigate and identify the main suspect involved in the piracy network.

“The suspect, who is believed to have managed several pirate customers and resellers, was detained,” it said, adding that Waka TV “illegally distributed live TV channels, including several DStv channels, movies and series. The disruption caused by this raid is a significant blow to the illegal streaming industry in Africa.

“MultiChoice is working actively with the police as investigations continue into the thousands of individuals connected to the Waka TV pirate network. Resellers supporting the pirate operation are also under investigation. This collaborative effort aims to dismantle the entire network and bring all perpetrators to justice.”

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More arrests imminent

It said the arrested suspect – it did not name the individual – appeared in court on 3 June and is facing charges of fraud and contravention of sections 2 to 8 of the Cybercrime Act. “Additional charges are being considered in consultation with the senior public prosecutor.”

The broadcaster said the Western Cape cybercrime unit will thoroughly analyse all the equipment seized during the raid. “This comprehensive analysis is expected to provide additional insights into the extent of the pirate network, and more arrests are imminent,” it said.

“MultiChoice Group would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the cybercrime unit and the Western Cape provincial commercial crime investigation unit for their outstanding support and professionalism throughout this operation. Their efforts have been crucial in achieving this significant breakthrough.”  — © 2024 NewsCentral Media

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Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM initiative is training a new generation of engineers, scientists, tech enthusiasts, web designers and artists

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Growing up, Delali was always fascinated by how devices functioned. She sometimes opened the housing of her guardian’s radio set and torchlight to figure out how they worked and reassembled them. The 12-year-old’s curiosity about the design and function of electronics has evolved into a dream to pursue creative design thinking as a career.

“I really love electronic appliances and enjoy looking deeper into what’s inside gadgets like watches and other appliances. I’m a creative person. I really like doing creative stuff and I’m interested in electronics,” the second-year junior high student of Nungua Methodist 1 Basic School, added.

Delali is one of 50 participants from the New Life Orphanage, Nungua and Osu Children’s Home who received practical Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) training that exposed them to experiments in robotics, programming, web design and arts, as part of Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM initiative.

Brighter future
Hosted at the state-of-art STEAM Centre on the premises of the Accra Senior High School in collaboration with Asutem Robotics, the Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM project is aimed at empowering and training young girls to explore and excel in STEM fields to compete in a world increasingly driven by technology and innovation. Since its inception in August 2023, over 150 young girls have received STEM empowerment and training in Accra and Takoradi.

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After interacting with the young participants who were in different breakout sessions, Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson, Head of Foundation, Sustainability and External Communications at Telecel Ghana, said “We believe the future of STEM is brighter with a diverse range of brilliant minds. That’s why we’re proud that our Grow Girls in STEM initiative is empowering young girls to explore their passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, a critical step to becoming the next generation of innovators who will create solutions.”

Two heads are better than one
In the STEM workshop, Delali and her teammates are busy creating their own visual story using Scratch, a simple programming software for producing interactive stories, games, and animations. She calls out to the programming instructor to help with any difficulties that arise as they use the software.

“I found it easy and fun to move the sprites from left to right. It is a very educative and important skill. I also learnt about teamwork because two heads are better than one. It’s better that a group of people come together to learn because it’s much easier than when only you are doing it.”

Reflecting on the importance of such training, Delali offers a thoughtful perspective. “I believe some pupils usually don’t know their talents until they’re taught. I think it’s essential for children to learn more about their skills and talents through these trainings,” she said.

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Opening doors
The Grow Girls in STEM initiative is not just teaching young girls about technology and science, it is sparking interests and opening doors to new possibilities to help them discover their potential.

Delali has clear aspirations for the future. “I want to be a creative designer because I love the thought of creating things and being innovative. I particularly love 3D designs because they are not just flat. They express how one feels about the drawing and generally catch the attention of the audience better,” she said.

Delali’s advice to other young girls is simple yet profound. “You may not know your talent or skill until you attend such educational programmes. Whenever you hear about training programmes like this, don’t hold back. Just attend because sooner or later, you might discover your talent,” she encouraged.

Delali, a participant of the Grow Girls in STEM training

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Youth Urged To Unleash The Power Within – Impact Wave Initiative President

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Youth Urged To Unleash The Power Within – Impact Wave Initiative President
The President and Founder of Impact Wave Initiative, Ms. Eunice Golloh, has called on African youth to unleash the power within to be stronger, happier and more fearless if they want to overcome their obstacles and crush their goals. She further challenged the youth to unleash the power within to enable them to reach their peak state and create a life of meaning, fulfillment and become unstoppable.

She made the call during the very successful Impact Wave Conference 2024 which took place on Friday 24th May 2024 at the British Council, Ridge – Accra, under the theme “Unleashing the Power in You”. This year’s edition of the annual conference was attended by hundreds of people ranging from students and aspirational young adults, diplomats, industry captains to leaders of women focused groups.

In her virtual speech, she highlighted that “unleashing the power within requires breaking through your fears, your patterns and the limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. I am expecting you all to walk out of this event with new empowering beliefs and the tools to build new habits. Connecting with your fellow youth and some of the dignitaries here, from the successful corporate ladies to the diplomats should inspire you in your life. We also have the mentorship programme and other initiatives to help you to make some key decisions and lasting change in your life”.

Mrs. Ayesha Bedwei Ibe, Partner and Global People Leader-Tax and Legal Services at PwC was the keynote speaker at the event. She shared her unique and inspiring life stories as well as her journey in the corporate world with the participants. She entreated the participants to focus on building themselves for the task ahead.

As young people growing into adulthood, it is a perfect time to consider how you can make the most out of your life, achieve your dreams, enjoy your experience, and minimize regrets, if there should even be any. This is the time in your life to take some practical steps to help you to shape who and what you become in the future and you have several leaders who are willing to assist you to make the right decisions and with the support of God”, she emphasized.

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The speakers at the event included Mr. Immanuel Hamunyela, the Deputy Head of Mission, Namibia High Commission to Ghana, Ms. Anelli Amanyanga, 3rd Secretary, Sierra Leone High Commission in Ghana and Private Secretary to the Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Ghana, Dora Mensah, Founder, Fire Brand Global Network.

Other speakers were Apostle Mzimasi Dyule, Published Author, Certified Professional Life Coach, Strategist and Leadership Trainer, James Kwesi Addison, Ghana’s first internationally certified Emotional Intelligence Master Coach and Chief Executive Officer of Addison International, and Bishop Owusu Ansah, an Auditor and Co-Founder of Epicuria Ghana, nonprofit organization focused on grassroots development.

Impact Wave Conference is an annual gathering of accomplished corporate executives, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and aspirational youth to discuss solutions to the everyday challenges the youth and women are confronted with in the real world.

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