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DStv EUTELSAT Star Awards launched to promote Science and Technology in African schools

Digital services made available by satellite to all four corners of the world are recognized as powerful engines driving economic and social progress. To continue to propel forward the expansion and democratization of the Information Society, the development of technology and science skills among students is a key factor. Africa is no exception to this […]

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Digital services made available by satellite to all four corners of the world are recognized as powerful engines driving economic and social progress. To continue to propel forward the expansion and democratization of the Information Society, the development of technology and science skills among students is a key factor. Africa is no exception to this – much like other regions of the world, stimulating young minds is core to creating relevant solutions for the development of the African continent.

With a shared vision that education is a key driver for the development of Africa’s social and economic landscape, MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat Communications, supported by Mindset Learn, have assembled their expertise to initiate a pan-African student competition called the “DStv Eutelsat Star Awards”. The aim of the Awards is to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high-school students, to create awareness on how science and technology can be applied to everyday life, and to show the many ways that satellites already impact on the development of the African continent.

The awards take the form of a competition open to 14-19 year-old students in 42 countries. Students are invited to write an essay or design a poster on satellite technology and how it can assist further development of their communities, country or the African continent. Country winners vying for the overall prize will go on to compete at an international level, adjudicated on 12 September 2011 by an international judging panel. The overall winner will be invited to see a live rocket launch and to Eutelsat’s headquarters in France, Merit award winners will win a trip to Johannesburg to see DStv’s technical facilities and television studios at the MultiChoice Africa offices. They will also tour the Mindset education broadcasting facilities.

A resource booklet for teachers and students has been developed for the competition and can be accessed on www.dstvstarawards.com or from MultiChoice or Mindset Offices (South Africa only). MultiChoice Africa will leverage its network of MultiChoice Resource Centres (MRCs) which enable almost 1,000 schools in Africa to access information and educational television resources. Two 26-minute programmes, produced by Eutelsat, on the conquest of space and how satellite applications impact directly or indirectly on everyday lives, will also be broadcast by the Mindset Learn channel on DStv and available on the Internet at www.dstvstarawards.com.

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Commenting on the new initiative, the President of MultiChoice Africa, Collins Khumalo said

 

“We are very excited about this new initiative. Investing in the development of our continent is always a priority for us. Investing in young people and education is an ideal we take very seriously. The “DStv Eutelsat Star Awards” is another way of showing our continued commitment and support for Africa and its next generation. Africa and its people will benefit from a new generation of big thinkers who will take on the new world and become change agents and leaders. We are also very proud of our partnership with Eutelsat and Mindset Learn on these Awards. This is testimony to the fact that our relationships with our partners are far-reaching and go beyond the traditional borders with a common vision that will touch many generations to come”.

Adding to this, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said: “The information society opens a myriad of opportunities for emerging countries to accelerate their economic development on an equitable basis. Working with MultiChoice and Mindset Learn on this new Award is a way for Eutelsat to show our commitment to encouraging African students to engage with new technologies. Over half a century since Arthur C. Clarke developed his vision for using satellites to connect the world, space still represents a field of adventure which can stimulate the minds of students. We are honoured to launch this joint initiative with MultiChoice and, together with our longstanding partner, to demonstrate our commitment to developing digital services in Africa.”

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#CHIVIDO2024: Davido and Chioma share stunning pre-wedding photos ahead of wedding

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Nigerian music star Davido and his long-time partner, Chioma Rowland, have shared stunning pre-wedding photos that have set the internet abuzz. (more…)

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Bills Micro-Credit Limited officially launched

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Bills Micro-Credit

After 15 years of serving Ghanaians with various loan facilities, Quick Credit will now officially be known as Bills Micro-Credit Limited.

On Thursday, May 20, at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, all rebranding procedures were completed and the new name formally unveiled.

The plush ceremony was attended by dignitaries including Special Guest of Honour; HRM King Tackie Teiko Tsuru ll, National Chief Imam; Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu and board members, management staff & clients of Bills.

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Also present at the dinner were Fidelity Bank MD; Julian Opuni, Businessman Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Special Advisor to President of Rwanda; Andrew Mwenda, Minister of State from Liberia; Hon. Reginald Nagbe, Vice Chancellor of UPSA; Prof. Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, GBC Director-General; Professor Amin Alhassan and a host of other guests.

Read Also: I took GHc7k loan from UT Bank to help my company – Bills Founder thanks Kofi Amoabeng

The event kickstarted with an opening prayer and later speeches by the C.E.O of Bills; Romeo Richlove Kwaku Seshie, Board Director; Kobby Awuah, Founder & Board Chairman; Richard Nii-Armah Quaye as well as the Special Guest of Honour.

Intermittently, the night was spiced up with performances from Amakye Dede, KiDi, Joyce Blessing, Nana Asaase, Bernard The Magician and Bethel Revival Choir with words of exaltation from Dr. Lawrence Tetteh.

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The excitement at the well-organized dinner heightened when loyal customers and long-serving staff were rewarded with brand new cars, cash prizes and TV sets.

Overall best staff, Charles Sampson, was presented with a brand new Hyundai Tucson vehicle and a cash prize of GHc200k by Bills Board Chairman, Richard Nii-Armah Quaye, for his long service and commitment.

Fourteen other workers of Bills Micro-credit formerly, Quick Credit, were each gifted a brand new Toyota Vitz vehicle while 5 selected workers were specially rewarded with GHc200k cash prize each.

Fifteen dedicated customers of Bills received 55-inch TV set each plus interest-free loans of up to GHc100k for every customer.

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There’s nothing wrong with creatives endorsing political parties – Akofa Edjeani

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Veteran Ghanaian actress, Akofa Edjeani has asserted that there is no issue with creatives endorsing and aligning themselves with a specific political party. (more…)

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Director Hafiz works with American Superstar ‘NEYO’ on ‘2 Million Secrets’

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Director Hafiz works with American Superstar ‘NEYO’ on ‘2 Million Secrets’ A directorial debut for American singer/ songwriter and performer Neyo, released on Friday 14th June, 2024. This is brand new song coupled with a music film titled ‘2 Million Secrets’

Directed by Neyo himself, co-directed by Christian Gilchrist, this film stares actress Deborah Ayorinde who plays the lead girl. This mini-movie was lensed by legendary British Director of Photography Arran Green.

Renowned Ghanaian Filmmaker, Salifu Abdul Hafiz who was privileged to work in the technical department of this project took to his instagram to express joy and gratitude for the opportunity to work on this high profile project.

He wrote: My first set in the UK happens to be one for the legendary @neyo ‘2Million Secrets’ OUT NOW!
Such a humbling experience. Thank you to my boss @arrangreen and the entire amazing team. Love forever inked 🙏🏽
Salifu Abdul Hafiz, widely known as Director Hafiz, has spent the past decade collaborating with some of the most prestigious brands, institutions, and celebrities worldwide. His impressive portfolio includes work with stars like Usher, Mr. Eazi, FuseODG, Idris Elba, Sarkodie, King Promise, and JoeBoy, to Mention a few, as well as organizations such as USAID, UN-IFAD, BBC, the Ban Ki-Moon Centre, and Global Citizens.

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As the founder of Digital Creative Media, Director Hafiz has led his team in delivering projects showcased on major global platforms, including BBC, the World Economic Forum, CNN, France24, and the World Climate Summit.

In an interview, the globe-trotting filmmaker expressed his excitement for the future, hinting at more international productions in the works. “This is just the beginning,” he said. “I’m thrilled about our upcoming projects. I see myself as an ambassador for our beloved Ghana, and my team and I are committed to raising the Ghanaian flag high.”

Director Hafiz also revealed plans for his annual workshop (Fine Cinematics Workshop), designed to give back to the community by educating current filmmakers and empowering the next generation.

“Additionally, Neyo and I have something exciting in the pipeline. Stay tuned and be the first to see it. Connect with me on Instagram @directorhafiz Thank you!”

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Following his recent accolades in the USA for a short film, Director Hafiz continues to collaborate with top talents like Neyo, further cementing his reputation and flying the Ghanaian flag high.

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Faith Collective Announces “The Kingdom World Tour – featuring Maverick City and Kirk Franklin” in Ghana

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The renowned Faith Collective is thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated “The Kingdom World Tour” will be coming to Ghana. In partnership with Culture Management Group Gospel, this monumental event is set to take place on August 18th, 2024.

The Kingdom World Tour – featuring Maverick City and Kirk Franklin, promises an unforgettable experience filled with worship, praise, and spiritual upliftment.
This event marks a significant occasion for gospel music fans in Ghana, as it brings together one of the most dynamic and influential groups in the genre.

Event Details:
• Date: August 18th, 2024
• Venue: To be announced
• Tickets: Available on https://www.kingdomworldtour.com

In collaboration with Culture Management Group Gospel, this event aims to foster a deeper connection within the gospel music community and inspire attendees through a night of worship and celebration.

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Kingdom World Tour has already made waves in several countries, and the Ghana event is expected to draw a large crowd of dedicated fans and newcomers alike. The venue will be announced soon, with details on how to purchase tickets available on kingdomworldtour.com

Instagram : @Faith_collective
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Nigerian Eye at 15 : Nanahemaa Awindor, Victoria Michaels, Juliet Ibrahim,Dzifa Gray Honoured

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The British Council Auditorium in Ghana played host to the 15th-anniversary celebration of Nigerian Eye Newspaper on June 13, 2024. The event, themed “Trade Conundrum: Expanding Understanding of the ECOWAS Module as Catalyst to Prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” brought together key stakeholders from Nigeria and Ghana to discuss trade and economic relations between the two nations.

The event featured keynote speakers from both countries, including representatives from the Nigerian High Commission and the government of Ghana. The auditorium was filled with dignitaries, business leaders, and individuals from various sectors, all gathered to celebrate the milestone achievement of Nigerian Eye Newspaper.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to building bridges between Nigeria and Ghana. The Bridge Builders Award category recognized Nigerians and Ghanaians who have made efforts to bridge the gap between the two nations, particularly through the creative economy.

Notable individuals who received the Bridge Builders Award include Ghana-Nigeria’s top model, Victoria Michaels, who has been championing education projects and mentoring youths in Ghana and Nigeria. Other recipients include creative economy entrepreneurs Dzifa Gray and Juliet Ibrahim, who have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian creative economy sector.

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The Changemaker Awards were presented to individuals making a difference in their communities. Recipients include Nanahemaa Obaapa Awindor, a development enthusiast whose healthcare work has impacted communities in Nigeria and Ghana, and Hon. Ifeanyi Abaekwume, founder of Earth Conscience Ltd and Hon.Archibold Cobbina the MCE of Ayawaso West Assembly.

Other awardees include Dr. Bayo Albert Asaolu, President of All Nigeria Community Ghana; Dr.Ijeomah Arodiogbu,Mr. Jouvence Babagbeto, founder of Eagle Vision Institute; Dr. Emma Okeson, CEO of Citylight Ghana Ltd; and Hon. Tochukwu Okere, Diaspora Affairs Committee Chairman at the Nigeria 10th National Assembly as well as Mr.Horthman the CEO of Asuogyaman Company Ltd Ghana. The Nigeria High Commission was also specially recognised with a Hero of Diplomacy Award for their support to Nigerian Community in Ghana

The event ended with a call to action for increased collaboration and trade between Nigeria and Ghana, with a focus on the ECOWAS module as a catalyst for prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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