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Barclays Bank Ghana is becoming Absa.. all you need to know about the change #journeytoAbsa

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Barclays Bank Ghana will officially and legally change its name to Absa Bank Ghana on 10 February 2020. This is in line with the parent company, Absa Group Limited’s decision to rebrand all its operations to Absa, as announced in July 2018.

Here is what Barclays Bank Ghana customers and indeed the general public need to know about the name change.

  • Barclays Bank of Ghana Limited is preparing to change to Absa Bank Ghana Limited. The brand change will be completed in the next few months.
  • We begin this new era fully embracing our new brand identity as an independent African bank with global scalability that is forward looking and fit for the digital age.
  • This change means that we will officially be known and referred to as Absa in all instances from this date onwards. We will still remain Barclays until 10 February 2020, but our change has been approved by all necessary regulatory authorities in Ghana and we are well on our way to complete our transition journey.
  • We will continue to keep you well-informed of all changes every step of the way until 10 February.
  • Given the significant size of the task ahead, we have started introducing Absa’s warm, vibrant red colours on some of our assets, including bank branches and ATMs, to ensure we are fully ready by the time our legal name changes on 10 February 2020. Some people may already have seen marketing and advertising for Absa Group Limited.
  • Our parent company, Absa Group Limited, is one of the top 40 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. We are one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups offering an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance. The Group has presence in 12 African countries and international representative offices in London and New York. We have approximately 40,000 employees, more than 1,000 branches and nearly 10,000 ATMs.
  • As we evolve into Absa Bank, we are not only building on a heritage of over 100 years in Ghana as Barclays Bank, but we are also joining one of Africa’s top three largest banks, boasting over 91 billion dollars in assets globally.
  • When we embarked on this journey a little over 3 years ago, we took some time to speak to our stakeholders, including our customers and employees, and took note of their feedback on what we were doing well and what they wanted us to improve. We used their insights to begin to build a more innovative, customer-obsessed and agile bank that meets their needs.
  • The name change in Ghana is part of a broader, multi-country rebrand programme, scheduled to be completed by mid-2020. This date puts us on track to complete the transition well ahead of our mid-2020 deadline.
  • As an organisation, we believe in bringing possibility to life. We are here to fulfil the ambitions of our customers and communities, and we look forward to continuing to build strong partnerships to make this a reality.
  • All customer services will continue as before throughout the name change process. Customers are not required to do anything during this period.
  • Barclays Bank Ghana will not ask any customer for additional information during this time, and all bank records will remain the same before and after the transition. Customers will continue to bank with us as safely as they always have.
  • It is a sad truth that fraudsters are always looking for opportunities to obtain important personal information, so we urge you to be particularly vigilant against fraud/phishing attempts.
  • We have had a long history of serving Ghana and this legacy will serve us well for the future. Now, as we enter a new era, you can expect to see the energy and the vibrancy of the new Absa brand taking us to new levels.

 

For more information, go to barclaysafrica/journeytoAbsa

 

Why we are changing:

While Barclays continues to have a significant stake in Absa Group Limited, it’s no longer our majority shareholder and we are separating our operations in Africa from those of Barclays PLC (UK). This change is currently in progress, and has given us an opportunity to roll out a new brand that reflects our unique African identity, and the chance for all our operations across the continent to unite behind a single brand and purpose.

 

What will and won’t change:

 

What will changeWhat will not change
General
Product names that reference Barclays will change. These will be replaced by Absa (e.g. Barclays Direct Loan will change to Absa Direct Loan).

 

No change to customer account details.
Customers’ underlying information will remain unchanged, but their account statements may look a little different (e.g. Barclays references will be replaced with Absa references).

 

No fee changes associated with the name change.
Frontline branch colleagues will wear our new Absa uniform.No need to re-contract on existing agreements, terms and conditions.

 

 No impact on the privacy of customer information.

 

 Our branches will operate as usual during our normal banking hours.
 Our country SWIFT code – BARCGHAC, address, telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.
Card
All new cards issued from 10 February 2020 will be under the Absa brand.

 

Barclays cards will continue to work as normal until their date of expiry.
We encourage customers to visit our branches and pick up their new Absa Debit & Credit Cards from the 10th of February.Both Barclays and Absa cards will continue to work in ATMs, point-of-sale (POS) terminals and online, as usual.
Cheques
All new chequebooks from 10 February 2020 will be issued under the Absa brand.

 

Customers can use their Barclays cheque book until 10 August 2020. After that, only cheques drawn on us with an Absa cheque book will be accepted

 

We encourage customers to visit our branches and pick up to request for their new Absa Cheque book from the 10th of February.

Barclays Cheque books will be valid for 6 months after our official name change in February. Customers can therefore continue to use their Barclays cheque book until 10 August 2020. After that, only cheques drawn on us with an Absa cheque book will be accepted.

 

 

Channels
The look and feel of ATMs, internet banking, mobile apps will change, but they will continue to work as normal. Your online banking credentials will remain the same.

 

You will have the opportunity to download our new apps in due course.
Your online banking credentials will remain the same.
Contacting us
For more information, go to gh.barclaysafrica/journeytoAbsa.
Employee email addresses have changed to ………@absa.africa (e.g. Kwesi.Adotey@absa.africa)

 

All phone numbers remain unchanged

 

About Absa Group Limited 

As we evolve into Absa Bank, we are not only building on a heritage of over 100 years in Ghana, but we are also joining one of Africa’s top three largest banks, with a strong balance sheet of more than 91 billion dollars.

Absa Group Limited, our parent company, is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups offering an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance. The Group has a presence in 12 African countries and international representative offices in London and New York. We have approximately 40,000 employees, more than 1,000 branches, and nearly 10,000 ATMs.

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How to Legally Disclose Sponsored Content on YouTube

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Sponsorships can be one of your most significant forms of income on YouTube. This makes it even more important to familiarize yourself with the rules around disclosures for sponsored content.

Every country has its own regulations about disclosing sponsored content, but the basics are the same. It is against the law in many places for a celebrity or influencer to persuade a consumer to purchase something without letting the consumer know they’ve been paid to promote the product or service.

It’s important to make sure your audience knows when you’ve been paid to promote a product, especially if you frequently review products without sponsorships. The success of your channel depends on the relationship you’ve built with your audience, so you should always put their best interest first.

Be transparent about your business relationship with your sponsor.

When you’re working with a company, make it obvious right off the bat. Use clear, easy-to-understand language. Speak or write as you normally would. Don’t just read off or copy and paste the legal disclaimer provided by the company. Instead, put it in your own words to make sure your viewers understand.

Sponsored videos are not the place for subtlety. Your viewers trust your opinion, so they should be aware of any outside factors influencing it. If they feel they’ve been misled, they won’t be interested in your future reviews or sponsored videos. Therefore, go out of your way to make it as obvious as possible that the video is sponsored.

Put the disclosure at the beginning of the video or post.

For a sponsored YouTube video, put your disclosure statement right after your intro. Say hi, then tell your viewers about the company you’re working with. Write it in the top of your video description as well. Some content creators also add a watermark in the corner of sponsored videos that says “ad.”

If you’re making a sponsored post, put your disclosure statement at the top. A hashtag at the end is not enough. Basically, your viewers or followers need to know as soon as they press play on a video or start reading your Instagram caption that the content is sponsored. If they don’t know it’s sponsored until the end, then they may feel as if they were misled. Again, your audience’s trust in you is important to your career, and following the regulations for sponsored content disclosure will ensure you prioritize that relationship.

Make the disclosure statement in the same format as the sponsored content.

When you make sponsored content, the disclosure must be in the same format as the content itself. For example, if it’s a video, then the disclosure must be a part of the actual video.

In a sponsored video, the disclosure statement must be verbal. Don’t put it only in the description or as a watermark in the corner of the video. Look directly into the camera and tell your viewers that you’re working with or partnering with the company. Tell them if you were sent free products, as well.

For a sponsored post on social media, having the disclosure in your caption should suffice. However, if you’re posting a short or story, then include a text overlay that says “sponsored.”

Check the exact legal requirements for your country.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of disclosing sponsored content, be sure to check out the exact legal requirements for your country. Laws vary by region, so research requirements by state, province, or territory as well.

If you’re in the US, then you should research and bookmark the FTC handbook here. The agency takes consumer protection very seriously, so failing to disclose your relationship with a sponsor could land you in hot water.

In the UK, your regulations will come from the FCA, which has also created a handbook of regulations to help influencers like you. Any content creator may find these guidelines helpful, so be sure to check out the FCA handbook here.

If your country doesn’t have specific guidelines of its own, base your disclosures off one of these.

When in doubt, put your audience first.

Overall, your audience’s best interest should be the first thing on your mind. If a sponsor insists that you try to skirt the rules about disclosure or mislead your viewers in some way, then don’t be afraid to walk away from the deal.

If you break your audience’s trust, then you may not be able to create successful sponsored content in the future. However, if you carefully disclose your sponsorships and only promote products you love, then you’ll be in good shape.

Sponsored content comes with ethical ramifications as well as legal. Think about the influence your choices can have on your impressionable viewers. If an influencer you admire posted about your sponsor, how would you feel about the product? Consider the image and values a sponsor represents before making the post.

Sponsored content can be a significant way for YouTubers to make their income. Make sure you follow the proper legal guidelines and there’s virtually no limit to how much you can make through sponsored content.

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Natives of Keta donate food items to Tidal Waves victims

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Chief Executive Officer of Empire Domus, Emmanuel Kojo Jones Mensah in collaboration with the office of former National Health Insurance Authority boss, Mr. Sylvester Mensah, as natives of Keta, have donated items worth thousands of cedis to the displaced Keta tidal waves victims.

The ceremony which took place on Tuesday 23rd November at the forecourt of the Keta Municipal Assembly comes at the back of the recent tidal waves in Keta which destroyed several properties and rendered hundreds of households homeless.

The municipal assembly on behalf of the victims received items including packs of noodles, bags of rice, and packs of canned fish. As well, boxes of tomato paste, cartons of cooking oil, and bags of sachet water were donated to the victims as a means of support to cushion them in these hard times.

Speaking at the event the former NHIA boss Mr. Sylvester Mensah said he hoped their widow’s mite would help provide a little comfort to the displaced persons in all three coastal districts indicating that they might return with more support.

Mr. Emmanuel Mensah on his part said he was moved to join hands with his cousin for the donation as a result of words he heard from a distraught woman which said, “anytime I hear of waves, my heart beats” which he said conveyed the extent of the devastation of the sea on the people, to him.

He said the “token” was to show their concern and care for the people suffering the impact of an act of nature.

Mr. Emmanuel Gemegah, Municipal Chief Executive for Keta who received the donation on behalf of his two other colleagues from Ketu South and Anloga District thanked the donors for their thoughtfulness.

He prayed to God to replenish their stock so they could come back another time to support the victims and help rebuild our motherland.

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Cedispace – The New Way To Monetize Your Underutilized Spaces

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Cedispace, a company founded by two Ghanaian-born Atlanta Georgia residents is making waves in the online marketplace with the introduction of its flagship service to centralize the space rental market by listing and finding available spaces effortlessly.

With the world constantly changing, people finding new ways to make residual income has given rise to a lot of online based opportunities for both the rental and service hosts to take advantage.

You will ask, what is Cedispace? Just as Airbnb is for stays in People’s homes, Cedispace platform allows you to list and rent people’s homes and properties for any event, activity or hustle on an hourly basis. Examples of these spaces you can rent or list are Office Spaces, Video Shoot studios and locations, Garden spaces, Apartment spaces, Houses, Restaurant Spaces, Conference rooms, Church Auditoriums, Soccer Pitches and even your front compound. When you visit Www.Cedispace.com you open yourself to a world of spaces owned by individuals who are willing to share their property for you to have your own event at very reduced costs.

Co-Founders Marc Makoe Lavoe and Felix Annoh-Quarshie

Co-Founders Marc Makoe Lavoe and Felix Annoh-Quarshie

In an interview with Dzifa Akua on Citi Tv, founder Marc Makoe Lavoe made mention that Cedispace offers an exciting and bubbly urban scene where people can create unique experiences for their guests, brand followers, employees or group of friends, having access to a diverse range of places that were never visible and available to them before.

Co-Founder, Felix Annoh-Quarshie also said that Cedispace community platform seeks to solve the problems in the difficulty of finding spaces, managing bookings, payment mobilization, host and guest profile review for security assurance for our platform and the Cedispace community.

Cedispace offers a platform for hosts to list for free, be visible, and manage bookings from their account with ease on it’s user-friendly interface. The Platform makes it possible for anyone to share their underutilized space with professionals seeking truly memorable experiences.

Behind this is a fully automated booking solution that Cedispace offers with a variety of convenient payment options. The platform allows the user to have a full overview of the listing and it was developed for easy signup and use.

Cedispace offers a variety of spaces with a mix of listings with great pricing for everyday use to special occasions. Cedispace supports both hosts and clients with excellent customer support to ensure that the experience is memorable.

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Kickstart your new year with Apple Music’s workout playlists

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Apple Music’s extensive range of fitness playlists is the perfect motivation for achieving those new years’ resolutions. Whether you’re looking to turn over a new leaf or hoping to increase the intensity of your training, Apple Music has you covered.

 

Thoughtfully curated by Apple Music, the playlists range from home workouts, high intensity, cardio and cycling, to yoga, meditation, rowing, weights, jumping rope, running, pilates and walking.

 

This summer, legendary Afrikaans rocker and title-winning boxer, Francois van Coke, and prolific Cape Town fitness instructor and entrepreneur, Tammy Rawstron, will takeover two of Apple Music’s flagship fitness playlists Fiks of Niks and Summer Fit respectively, sharing their favourite workout tracks to sweat to.

 

“I’ve been serious about my fitness for the past few years, but I took it to a new level this year when I had to beat up a Springbok. This is my workout playlist of the past few months. I regularly update it with new tunes or tunes that I rediscover. My Apple Music playlist is also not genre-specific at all. It features pop, punk, rock and hip-hop and a few other things in between.” – Francois van Coke

 

“Let’s get healthy and happy together, if you were looking for a sign, this is it. Don’t attempt a fit summer without a set of trendy tracks. Listen up, you can’t help but get moving! Fitness was always supposed to be fun. Summer was always supposed to be sweaty so let’s have the hottest summer ever.” – Tammy Rawstron

 

Apple Music’s fitness playlists also include guest-curated playlists from some of South Africa’s leading sports personalities including Protea’s captain Temba Bavuma, Springbok rugby player Makazole Mapimpi, cricketing legend AB de Villiers and Olympic gold medal swimmer Chad La Clos.

 

As part of their year-end charts, Apple Music have launched a brand new Top 100 2021: Fitness playlist, featuring the most-played workout music across Apple Music this year. The Top Streamed Workout Song of 2021 was ‘Head & Heart’ (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] by Joel Corry.

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Pizzaman-Chickenman opens 4 branches simultaneously in Accra

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Pizzaman-Chickenman opens 4 branches simultaneously in Accra.

This brings to a total of  10 branches in less  than 2years of their existence.

Pizzaman chickenman is fully  owned by Ghanaians.

Kumasi already has 6 branches  and locations include; Ahodwo, KNUST campus, Sofoline, Suame Maakro, Airport Roundabout, Dakodwen and a food truck at Tafo.

In Accra,Pizzaman chickenman have  branches in Dansoman Exhibition Roundabout, Spintex, East Legon and Awoshie all opened simultaneously .

Christian Boakye-Yiadom, a young Ghanaian man is the CEO for Pizzaman-Chickman.

The first and fully Ghanaian owned Angel Investor company in Ghana QuickAngels are partners to this business

Quick Angels so after after establishment have financed over 32 companies . Among some of the businesses under QuickAngel include Pinknerry, Doughman Foods, Richie Rich Gummies, Sankofa Natural Spices, Agatex Paints, Benji Rice, Sun Solar( Into Salt Production), Coli Networks, Alcilla Farms, Tigon Creative Studio, Jenam Cosmetics, Prospectus.

The primary aim of QuickAngels is to support start ups, businesses and entrepreneurs with equity funding.

QuickCredit & investment microcredit limited is a sister company to QuickAngels and also has other businesses in  African countries such as Tanzania, Uganda ,Kenya,Nigeria,Sierra Leone, Liberia with the name “Oya” meaning quick in the Ga language.

Richard Nii Armah Quaye is the Chairman for QuickAngels and QuickCredit Companies

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Ghana To Host Kusi Ideas Festival December 10- 11

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he Ghana Tourism Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Nations Media Group are organising the 3rd edition of the Kusi Ideas Festival on the 10th – 11th December, 2021 at the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC.

This year’s conference, which will be a hybrid is under the theme; ‘HOW AFRICA TRANSFORMS AFTER THE VIRUS’, and subthemed; ‘BEYOND THE RETURN: AFRICAN DIASPORA AND NEW POSSIBILITIES.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, said the Kusi Ideas Festival has come at the right time to cement Ghana’s reputation as a leading business tourism destination. “We have embarked on a journey to attract meetings, conferences and events into Ghana and this partnership with NMG is in the right direction “

This year’s Kusi Ideas Festival will be opened by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Other Presidents billed to speak are President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Several business and political leaders across Africa are billed to attend.

Other sub themes are;

• Taking forward the lessons learnt from leading during the pandemic
• Technology, innovation and creating the most African wins
• Opening borders and building back tourism among others.

Kusi Ideas Festival was started three years ago by the Nation Media Group as a Pan-African platform to examine the African continents place in the world.

ISSUED BY THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF THE GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY.

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