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Charity-driven movie, ‘Save The Streets’ is set to be premier this Saturday 31st August,

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The premiere of a charity-driven movie,  “SAVE THE STREET”, produced by BLUE-EYES FILMS, will take over the cinema in Accra this weekend 31stAugust 2019 . The movie features new generation of actors namely Ophelia Doefia who play the leading role with Christine Owusu-Addo, Regina Dogbe and Stanley playing the support roles.

Ophelia Doefia makes her debut with a role in the new BLUE-EYES FILMS  movie  “SAVE THE STREET”.
Ghanaians have been asking questions ever since the first trailer of the movie SAVE THE STREET revealed last year.
The movie “SAVE THE STREET“is a narrative drama that has a lot of humor and at the same time lots of passions, intrigue, ambition and revealing the plight of street children.

The film stars popular actors such as Vincent McCauley Jnr of Things we do for love and Yolo fame, Lydia Ayiku (Mamalistic) Gladys Deeku, Tracy Mensah, Isaac Kofi Arthur and Belinda Panda. Producer and the director of the movie Mr. Frankquophy Awuku Hanyabui known in the movie industry as DR.HOLLYWOOD reveal his reason for making this movie was his passion for helping street children.

Tickets are on sale today and to purchase tickets of the movie, visit TWINS STORE at America House East Legon, Joyfm, AMA office Tudu or contact 0242918649 to purchase your ticket with mobile money.

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What triggered the movie SAVE THE STREET? In spite of planned development and special provision for accelerated socio-economic development of neglected/disadvantaged sections, the issue of orphan, semi orphan and street children is not properly addressed. In our daily rooting we see many Orphan, Semi Orphan and Street Children on the street and market area begging, hawking, and striving just to get a daily meal. The problem of orphan / street children is acute due to urbanization and industrialization. Due to the Deaths of parents, Re-marriage of Deserted / Widowed / Divorce women, Absence of love and security in the families, Family disputes, Unwanted pregnancy, Trafficking / Sexually exploited girls, child abuse, neglect, hunger among others propelling issues; these street children are left without care and support. These children sometimes involved in scrap picking; pick pocketing and participating in anti-social, criminal activities. Therefore, we envisage mainstreaming these children in the national building by providing care, support and protection with SAVE THE STREET AFRICAN FOUNDATION.

 

The movie SAVE THE STREETproduced by BLUE-EYES FILMis the first of its kind andforms part of a bigger vision by Mr. Frankquophy Awuku Hanyabui (the writer and producer) whose dream is not only to advocate for the plight of street children but also take an initiative of helping save the future of these children. Mr. Hanyabui reveal that the plight of street children become a matter of concern to him as far back as 1999 when he first came to Accra. He recall that his early days in Accra he has no sleeping place and had to join a group of unknown people to sleep at Tudu Lori station anytime he come to vacation to hustle to get his school fees before the next term begin. He said he realize many children go through a lot of suffering on the street and even sleeping place is another issue they face. He said he always go back to the street to support them, he said he always go round the market squres at Agbogbloshie, Makola, Tema station, Mallam Atta Market, Dome and Madina market at midnight just to see how these vulnerable children sleep and on one such routine he was shock by the plight of a woman with a three days old baby sleeping on a bare floor at Tudu bus stop in 2005.

I started giving and supporting this woman anytime I come back from a movie set but one day  I came back and could not locate the woman again, I try all effort to find this woman and the child but to no avail. I continua going round the street at midnight to check on these children, hoping to meet this woman and the child again but it never happen, whether she is dead or alive only God knows. In May this year I again met another young girl (Zoe Faustina Adwoa) heavily pregnant and collapse at around 10:30pm at the Tema station, with the help of a police officer I chattered a taxi and took the girl to the police hospital, she was admitted but when I return in the morning with food items to check on her I was told by the nurses that the girls was not in labor so they discharge her after giving her some money. When I ask how much was given her they were unwilling to mention the amount but after forcing them they reveal they gave her ten cedis (10GHS) hmmmm and to my surprise they have no record of her in the register at the hospital. I was sad and I wish the media can help me search for this girl. I have a video recording of her and pictures and I want her child to be the first beneficiary of SAVE THE STREET AFRICA FOUNDATION when we finally launch project on 20thNovember which happen to be thirtieth year since the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) constitutes a bold new approach to children’s rights, requiring governments to assume new commitments to helping street children. Ghana signed the convention of the right of the child on 29thJanuary 1990 and one week later on February 5th1990 Ghana became the first country in the world to ratify the treaty, committing to adopt it into national law. But 30 years later governments have not managed to guarantee access by street children to their basic human rights.

Research findings are disappointing for in Accra and Kumasi: they suggest that domestic legislation is still insufficient, and that neither government has implemented the policies or allocated the budgetary resources necessary to ensure that street children gain access to their rights. Regrettably, data collection, monitoring of implementation and measurement of outcomes, are all gravely scarce for enforcement of CRC provisions in Local Government level. The findings suggest that Ghana has a nice structured children policy but implementation, monitoring and enforcement mechanisms are required to counter existing disincentives for governments to invest in street children.  Substantial improvements are needed, particularly in the field of enforcement, before street children can gain consistent access to their basic human rights.

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SAVE THE STREET movie foci on Amavia 13 years old girl, whose dream of becoming a medical doctor was shut down after her Aunty maltreat her and finally drives her onto the street because of 60 cedis. The story chronicles the life of Amavi as the lead cast and four other supporting characters (IYSHATU, NYAMEKYE and SHATTA LADY) as they hustle to survive on the street of Accra. As with many street children, Amavi make friends on the street and one of such friend is Iyshatuwho also had to run from their village in the northern part of Ghana because at age 11 her father wants to marry her to a 62-year-old man.  And Nyamekye also at a tender age of nine (9) has become the only parent to his three younger siblings after the demise of their mother who was knocked down by a motorist whiles hawking on the street.

The film also have great technical crew that work on it, BERNIE ANTI (SOUND SCORE), edited by RICHIE BREW OPOKU, written and produce by FRANKQUOPHY AWUKU HANYABUI (DR. HOLLYWOOD)

SAVE THE STREET AFRICA FOUNDATION willfocus is restoration of these children’s hope through economic recovery, capacity building, and psychosocial support for the marginalized children especially children below the age of 15, orphans and vulnerable children on the street. These shall be through basic Educational training, practical skills in technical and vocational institutions, promotion of hygiene and sanitation in basic primary health care and sport promotion.

The primary beneficiaries of the program shall be the targeted vulnerable groups of head porters commonly called Kayaye who suffers most through abuse, rape and maltreated by criminals and in most cases have no one to care for them. This will improve their lives hence being in line with the Sustainable Development Goals I. No poverty, 2. zero hunger, 3. good health and well-being, 4. quality education, 5. gender equality and 6. clean water and sanitation. This initiatives facilitate and promote family educational, health and social needs.

 

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Tertiary Level Agriculture Students Receive Laptops and Connectivity through AgriConnect

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Starting February 5, the AgriConnect team began delivering laptops to students at the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast (UCC) and at KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology). Currently, over 1,000 students have received their laptops and connectivity and thousands more will benefit in the coming months.


AgriConnect was developed through a partnership between theSOFTtribe and the Mastercard Foundation to focus on education and training to enable youth, including young women and persons with disabilities, who are interested in agriculture to benefit from new and emerging opportunities in the industry. 

Over 3,500 students from across the 10 participating institutions have already registered to be part of this new and innovative programme that has been designed to:
• Provide 10,000 students enrolled in agriculture and agriculture-related adjacent faculties with laptops and connectivity.
• Enable these students to participate in three supplementary courses – value chain development in Agriculture, Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship, and digital literacy – designed specifically for the programme to augment the existing curricula taught in academic institutions to better prepare students for entering the labour market and accessing meaningful and fulfilling work after graduation.
Chief Executive Officer of theSOFTtribe Limited, Mr. Tetteh Antonio says, “We are pleased with the enthusiasm and interest in AgriConnect – particularly by faculty and students of the 10 participating institutions – and we are driven to deliver on the stated objectives of this proof-of-concept phase of AgriConnnect so that this important project can be scaled up and provide opportunities to more schools and students. Our thrust is to incentivize youth to participate in agriculture, especially technology-driven agriculture towards building viable and sustainable long-term careers.”

In the next few weeks, the AgriConnect team will continue its roadshow at participating universities and engage with students to support them with the registration and payment processes and help them to navigate the bespoke learning platform that the supplemental courses are being offered on. Students that are participating in the programme have been asked to contribute 862 cedi – a small fraction of the cost for the laptops, which they are able to keep after the programme ends – and the connectivity, which they will receive for one year.


Students at the University of Ghana listen intently to presentations begin made by the AgriConnect team on the programme, its benefits to them, as well as the content that would be covered in the supplemental courses. This was held prior to the delivery of the laptops to students.

AgriConnect is aligned with and designed to advance the Government of Ghana’s thrust to create an enabling environment to make agriculture an attractive and profitable venture for Ghanaian youth, creating both employment and sustainable livelihoods for the expanding youth population. It is also aligned to several national policies including Ghana’s national economic plan, Ghana Vision 2020, and the National Youth Policy (2010). Under AgriConnect, the youth, including young women and persons with disabilities (PWDs), will be provided with devices to facilitate their access to digitally enhanced learning in agriculture and agriculture-adjacent sectors as a means of increasing their access to work opportunities and improving their livelihoods.


To learn more about AgriConnect, Website: www.agriconnectgh.com | Email: agriconnect@softtribe.com and visit www.agriconnectghana.com/frequently-asked-questions for frequently asked questions or follow us at:

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The 10 Participating Institutions
1. Damongo Agricultural College
2. Ejura Agricultural College
3. Kwadaso Agricultural College
4. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
5. Ohawu Agricultural College
6. Pong Agricultural College
7. University of Cape Coast School of Agriculture
8. University of Development Studies Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Sciences
9. University of Ghana School of Agriculture
10. Wenchi Agricultural College

About the Mastercard Foundation
The Mastercard Foundation is a registered Canadian charity and one of the largest foundations in the world. It works with visionary organizations to advance education and financial inclusion to enable young people in Africa and Indigenous youth in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. Established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company, the Foundation is an independent organization separate from the company, with offices in Toronto, Kigali, Accra, Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, Dakar, and Addis Ababa. Its policies, operations, and program decisions are determined by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and leadership.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org.

About theSOFTtribe Limited
theSOFTtribe Limited is a Ghanaian-owned and locally based software development company and information technology (IT) solutions provider established in 1991 focusing on home-grown tropically tolerant IT solutions. Our IT solutions have been widely used by multinational corporations, civil society organizations (e.g. NGOs), academic institutions and government institutions across the West African sub-region.

For more information on theSOFTtribe Limited, please visit https://softtribe.com/

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“IN THE CHEST OF A WOMAN” TO SHOW AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE, ACCRA, FEATURING SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY EXHIBITION

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Africa Arts Network is proud to announce the comeback of “In the Chest of a Woman,” a captivating stage play written by the renowned playwright Efo Kodjo Mawugbe and directed by Ken Fiati. This anticipated production will take centre stage at the National Theatre in Accra on May 3rd and 4th, 2024, with performances at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM each day.

 

“In the Chest of a Woman” tells the compelling story of a courageous woman who challenges societal norms by disguising her daughter as a boy, aiming to secure the throne for her to become the empire’s king – a secret she must protect at all costs. Set against the backdrop of Ghanaian society, the play delves into themes of women empowerment, gender roles, and family inheritance rights, providing audiences with a thought-provoking exploration of cultural and social dynamics.

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Featuring a stellar cast including Akofa Edjeani, Clemento Suarez, Jeneral Ntatea, Edinam Atatsi, Henry Agbai, Emmanuel Ato Ghartey, and more, “In the Chest of a Woman” promises to deliver powerful performances that resonate with audiences long after the final curtain falls.

 

In addition to the stage production, audiences will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a special pre-Mother’s Day exhibition curated by the renowned filmmaker Mr. Kwaw Ansah and the Bisa Aberwa Museum. This exhibition will showcase rich artefacts and collections celebrating womanhood, offering a unique complement to the themes explored in the play.

 

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“The Africa Arts Network is thrilled to present ‘In the Chest of a Woman’ to audiences in Accra,” said Kofi Adinkra, founder of Africa Arts Network and producer of the play. “This production represents a culmination of our commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and cultural exchange to promote the African experience globally. We invite theatregoers to join us for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the strength, resilience, and complexity of womanhood.”

 

Tickets for “In the Chest of a Woman” are available for purchase online on egoticket.com now or at the National Theatre box office on the days of the performances. For more information and updates, follow Africa Arts Network on social media or contact africaartnetwork@gmail.com.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a legendary live theatrical masterpiece and a celebration of the power of womanhood with “In the Chest of a Woman.”

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School Children to be Educated on Renewable Energy Technologies

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In line with its sustainability efforts towards the environment, Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell Licensee is excited to announce a significant partnership with the United Way Ghana, a non-governmental organisation to launch a renewable energy project among schools within its communities.

The renewable energy project seeks to empower and provide students with a solid understanding of various renewable energy sources, including solar energy. By introducing innovative educational programmes and practical demonstrations, the initiative aims to inspire the next generation to embrace sustainable energy solutions and raise awareness about environmental challenges and the importance of adopting sustainable energy practices within the school and the broader community.

Working closely with the Educational Director, Ghana Education Service of the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly, the Vivo Energy Ghana renewable energy project for school children will feature a series of interactive workshops, educational tours, development of educational materials and hands-on activities designed to engage students in learning about solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources. Through experiential learning opportunities, participants will gain deeper understanding of the environmental benefits and practical applications of renewable energy technologies.

The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commit both organisations to instil in the school children a sense of responsibility towards the environment and prepare them for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

“Partnering with the United Way Ghana on this renewable energy project underscores our commitment to environmental sustainability and community empowerment,” says Kader Maiga, Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana. “Together, we aim to instil a sense of environmental responsibility in young learners and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to build a greener future,” he added.

United Way Ghana shares the vision of promoting sustainable development and recognises this partnership as an important step towards achieving that goal. “Following the successful roll-out of Cyclean in the La Enobal Basic School, we are excited to enter into another partnership with Vivo Energy Ghana to introduce school children to renewable energy. By investing in the education and engagement of young learners, we can create a ripple effect of positive change across communities and drive the transition towards renewable energy,” says Faustina Abbey, Acting Executive Director of United Way Ghana.

As part of the partnership, Vivo Energy Ghana and the United Way Ghana will also work closely with local schools within their area of operation, community centers, and educational institutions to ensure broader participation and impact. 

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Eff The DJ – The Pulse of the Ghanaian Nightlife and Beyond

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A huge understatement and slightly overlooked part of December In Ghana and it’s popularity is the constant rotation of music in Accra’s hotspots. Ghanaian DJs are the lifeblood of countless parties, delivering electrifying and unforgettable performances. (more…)

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The African Development Fund commits $12 million to the rapid operationalization of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation in Rwanda

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The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund approved, in Abidjan on 27 February 2024, $11.96 million Grant to speed up the establishment of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda.

The financial support from the African Development Bank Group’s Regional Public Good window, together with a contribution of $1.93 million from the Rwandan government, is intended to implement the Regional Pharmaceutical Sector Support Project in Rwanda.

“The project should produce considerable benefits (outputs and outcomes) throughout Africa,” stated Aissa Touré Sarr, head of the African Development Bank’s Rwanda country office. “The leading-edge research and technological innovations of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation should improve health care outcomes by providing access to advanced medicines and treatments, tackling prevalent diseases and contributing to the continent’s overall health resilience.”

The support from the African Development Fund should help improve access to advanced pharmaceutical technologies and strengthen the regulatory framework of the pharmaceutical industry in Africa.

The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, whose creation was approved in June 2022 by the African Development Bank Board of Directors, signed a host country agreement in December 2023, with the government of Rwanda, where it is based.

Given the difficulties that African countries face in accessing technology to manufacture medicines and vaccines in their own countries, this foundation will act as a transparent intermediary that promote and negotiate with pharmaceutical multinationals and other countries in the South on sharing technology, know-how, and patents protected by intellectual property rights.

The foundation will build the capacity of African pharmaceuticals so that they commit to increasing local production as part of a systematic approach to learning new technologies and bringing production plants up to standard technologically. It will strengthen human and professional competences in the sector and in the R&D ecosystem, as well as in pharmaceutical and vaccine innovation to develop the skills needed for a thriving sector on the continent.

The African Development Fund grant will be used to purchase office equipment — furniture, hardware and software — and to enable the Foundation, to which the Rwandan government granted the status of an international agency, to recruit experts and relevant specialized technical firms to provide a range of specialist health and pharmaceutical services. In addition to administrative and human resources, some experts will be responsible for establishing financial and contract award systems.

The project will also support information and awareness raising, consultancy services, training manufacturers in good manufacturing processes, and study trips for tacit knowledge transfer. It will also improve the quality and safety of pharmaceutical products, accelerate the implementation of a regional mutual recognition system, in line with harmonizing the regulations on medicine in the East African Community. It will therefore support several activities, including joint evaluations of medical product documentation, joint inspections of good manufacturing practices, signal detection and investigations of medical products, as well as post-marketing surveillance activities of antibiotics.

The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation will collaborate closely with the African Union Medicines Agency, Africa CDC, the European Union, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, the Medicines Patent Pool, philanthropic organizations and bilateral and multilateral agencies and institutions.

The first institution of its kind to collaborate with the public and private sectors in Africa, North America, Europe and the rest of the developing world, the foundation has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the European Investment Bank. In addition, it receives substantial support from Germany.

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Pizzaman Chickenman Renews Brand Ambassadorial Deal with AMG DEUCES

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CEQA Food and Beverages, operators of  Pizzaman-Chickenman, the largest fast-food brand, has renewed its brand ambassadorial partnership with AMG DEUCES.

 

The renewal ceremony, which took place on Friday, March 1st, 2024, marks the continuation of a successful partnership between Pizzaman Chickenman and AMG DEUCES, who has been the face of the brand since 2023. The deal will see the influencer continue to represent the brand and endorse its products across various platforms.

 

Via a social media post, David Deuces expressed his excitement prior to the continuation of the partnership, saying, “I’m happy to announce Pizzaman Chickenman extended my ambassadorial deal contract to 1 year straight & … hard work indeed pays off. Thank you to my CEO Christian Boakye Yiadom, Head, Marketing & Branding, Nii Antiye Amoo Quaye, and the entire management of CEQA Food and Beverage for believing in me and appreciating my hard work.”

 

The partnership renewal comes at a time when Pizzaman Chickenman is looking to expand its outlets to other regions in Ghana and beyond. With AMG DEUCES’ partnership, the brand hopes to reach more customers and strengthen its position as the largest fast-food chain in the country.”

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