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Art Therapy for the City: Chale Wote Brings Street Art to James Town

Promising to be Accra’s largest free urban festival, the first-annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is preparing to take over James Town by welcoming over 250 artists from different disciplines for a music and art showdown in the city center on July 16. The festival is hosted by ACCRA [dot] ALT, The French Embassy and […]

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ADA LogoPromising to be Accra’s largest free urban festival, the first-annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is preparing to take over James Town by welcoming over 250 artists from different disciplines for a music and art showdown in the city center on July 16.

The festival is hosted by ACCRA [dot] ALT, The French Embassy and Institut Francais. ACCRA [dot] ALT is a multimedia platform that encourages the exploration and experimentation of art–photography, film, performance, music, writing and design–by recognizing Ghanaian artists, domestically and internationally, who take bold leaps in their work. The coordinators of ACCRA [dot] ALT are independent filmmaker, Mantse Aryeequaye and Dr. Sionne Neely, a researcher and writer. The festival organizers are looking to firmly establish CHALE WOTE as the main event for street art in Ghana with ongoing, widespread international participation. The one-day event has activities scheduled from the Lighthouse in James Town to the old Kings Way Building close to High Street. Some of the city’s biggest names in street art culture will set up alongside James Town’s homegrown talents.

CHALE WOTE organizer, Dr. Neely, explains why this will become such an integral part of the Ghanaian art scene:.“Accra [James Town] can easily be  established as the home of street art in Ghana;  the whole city has enormous potential that could transform the social and economic status of city dwellers.” She continues, “Accra [dot] ALT is  proud to be a part of this  and will continue to provide a platform for  artists to break onto the Ghanaian urban art scene. The fact that it’s free just makes it even more exciting.”

 

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival will feature projects from Elhalakasa Poetry Slum (spoken word), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (painting),  The WEB (The Funky Fishnet psychedelic fashion show), and bikers/rollerskaters/skateboarders from across the city (stuntin party).  Upon arrival, visitors will enjoy art that plays with the delicate balance between reality and parody in experimental theater, music and art installations by I.U.B. and Serge Attukwei Clottey. T-Shirt construction and trash sculpture workshops will be offered for children from schools within James Town.

Accra [dot] ALT is  developing a series of programs that purposefully take art outside of the city’s defined parameters. The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival will unleash artists, designers, musicians, educators, filmmakers, and photographers across the city to explore the struggle for space in a city that is still defining itself.

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The festival’s primary sponsors are The French Embassy and Institut Francais. Other partnering institutions include the Ga Mashie Development Agency, JustGhana, The Foundation for Contemporary Artistes, Attukwei Art Foundation, Pidgin Music, Redd Kat Pictures, The WEB, and DUST Magazine. The festival is set for Saturday, July 16th, 10am to 10pm, with live music performances by Trigmatic, Yaa Pono, Mutombo, Artistes from Skillions Records, E.L., C-Real, Scizo, Delasi, and many more.

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Parts of Medikal’s public statements are a great departure from truth – Fella Makafui

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Ghanaian actress and entrepreneur,  Fella Makafui, has publicly expressed her distress over recent comments made by her ‘ex-husband’, Samuel Adu Frimpong, popularly know as Medikal. (more…)

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Fella Makafui physically abused me many times, says Medikal

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal is opening up about being a victim of domestic abuse at the hands of his now ex-wife and baby mama, Fella Makafui. (more…)

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The Role of Communication in Coaching Sales Teams to Success

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Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful sales team. When sales leaders harness the power of clear and constructive interaction, they create an environment where trust prospers, and their effectiveness soars through the roof in terms of coaching sales teams. From active listening to personalized feedback, each conversation shapes the future of sales engagements. This impacts not only the team’s cohesion but also its ability to close deals and foster client relationships. In this article, we explore how communication channels and styles can significantly impact sales team dynamics and outcomes.

Understanding the Impact of Effective Communication in Sales Team Performance

Effective communication fosters a culture of transparency, enabling a sales team to operate as a united front. When sales representatives understand the goals, strategies, and tactics at play, they are better equipped to function cohesively. Clear guidelines and expectations mitigate confusion and provide a solid foundation from which sales teams can rise to the occasion.

Beyond clarity, effective communication also involves empathy and understanding. Sales managers who listen to their team’s feedback and concerns can make informed decisions that boost morale and productivity. Acknowledging achievements and addressing challenges head-on shows a level of engagement that encourages team members to strive for excellence.

Leveraging Active Listening to Identify Sales Opportunities

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Active listening extends beyond simply hearing a client’s words; it involves understanding the underlying needs and desires that drive their actions. For sales professionals, this skill is critical in identifying opportunities that might otherwise be missed. Active listening can reveal the subtle nuances of a sales conversation, leading to more effective positioning of products or services.

Sales coaching often highlights the importance of active listening in building rapport with clients. When team members demonstrate that they truly understand a client’s situation, it builds trust and credibility—two essential components in any sales relationship. By mirroring and validating client concerns, sales professionals increase the likelihood of a successful transaction.

However, beyond understanding the client, active listening within the team itself is also vital. When sales leaders listen to their representatives, they capture valuable insights into frontline experiences, customer feedback, and product pain points. This internal intelligence is instrumental in refining strategies and addressing market challenges.

The Power of Constructive Feedback in Sales Team Development

Providing constructive feedback is one of the most significant contributions a manager can make to a salesperson’s growth. Constructive feedback celebrates strengths while also addressing areas for improvement in a supportive manner. This approach encourages continuous personal and professional development, which is essential in the fast-paced world of sales.

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To be truly effective, feedback must be timely and relevant. This means highlighting specific instances where a sales representative excelled or could use improvement, rather than vague generalizations. In doing so, sales leaders set clear benchmarks for performance and create a roadmap for individual and collective progress.

Tailoring Communication Styles to Enhance Sales Training