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Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of love

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Marriage is a lifelong devotion between one man and one woman for their common joy, the good of the community, and the procreation of children. Don’t underrate the significance of relationship, pleasure, and sympathy in everyone’s life. Intimacy is a mind and bodily closeness that allows each of you to let your boundaries down, something you may not be able to do with another living soul. It can easily be lost unless informed steps are taken to conserve it. 

 

Long-lasting Marriage 

 

A married couple who share devotion for life and each other warm things up in a good way, which in turn stimulate feelings of enjoyment, faith, and love all good things for maintaining a marriage going strong. Keep the relationship alive in your union. Compassion is another important manner that all husbands and wife’s must-have. This also implies that you don’t hang onto the past events and past pain. Be ready to let go and to move onward with your lives. Acknowledge your dissimilarities and don’t try to change your partner. According to brad browning, Being a couple means you are a team that means dealing with problems and hardship together not even your friends and parents wedge between you. Yes, they can advise but it is you and your partner who should be the ones to solve the problems. Rely on each other for remedies instead and live independently. Both must honor your dedication to each other through good times and bad. Be a friend with each other and take time to get away together sometimes to laugh and do something that both of you enjoy. There are times one needs space and privacy and both should respect that and make sure you give it to each other. 

 

There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. There are and will have occasional fights and misunderstandings but always learn to give open communication and learn how to have a settlement solution. Don’t aim to harm, and above all, don’t fight to gain a victory. Your self-worth is defined by you. You don’t have to rely on someone telling you who you are. All marriages take a road on the uneven patches and walk through the patterns of mundanity; periods of poor communication, indifference, and anxiety. Make God be the core of your married life rather than each of you having yourselves in the middle of your thinking.

 

A happy marriage doesn’t mean everything is happy, and no feuds.  A joyful marriage means a connection where both partners are dedicated to each other, to being nicer people themselves, and helping each other become the best versions of themselves. It also means having common appreciation, healthy communication, practical goals, and sincerity. You have to hear your partner’s problems, recommendations, and guidance, and accept that you’re not always correct. Learn how to adapt to the kind of person your partner is and try not to change them, just focus on their positive traits and live with them for a better life not to mention change can be very tough. Avoid condemning, tormenting, and finding shortcomings in your partner. Your spouse might lack much, but criticism won’t help. Expecting perfection will bring bitterness to you and your spouse. Keep your love for each other burning in the fire to last a lifetime of your married life. Do not leave your spouse for granted, always bring something for your partner to let her know you are always thinking of her. Even simple messages will do while you’re at work and when you come home to have a bouquet for your wife. Make sure you spend some quality time with your partner each day and be willing to convey yourself more promptly. Constantly work towards togetherness and that means always thinking of what makes your spouse pleased.

 

Differences between the I Dos’ before and the Present

 

Once it was easy. You got married, had kids of your own, found a better job, and stayed married whether you could stand each other or not. The concept of “a happy marriage” was no more applicable than the idea of a pretty house or a career. That has changed over time as marriage has become more self-sufficient and the couple is more or less equally dependent on each other. At present both partners are working for the family, contributing to a lesser time spent on the children and for each other as husband and wife. Unlike before, the wife is left in the house to take care of the children, cook, and prepare food for the family, and do household chores. Life was modest before then unlike today. Time is fast and everyone else is busy with their stuff. Parents are always on the run for work and children are left behind with their caregivers. But this does not mean that your marriage can not work, it is still on to both of you to make it last forever. A divorce is never an option but unconditional love is the one to choose even if it calls for giving up something, we are determined to always do that for each other.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Investing in your relationship to last a lifetime is hard and never easy. It takes a lot of undertaking and patience to succeed. There is no formula or recipe for a perfect married life. It takes two to make it happen to be able to overcome trials together, you need to work united and not against each other. There are no happy marriages. You and your spouse make your marriage a happy one by patiently and understandingly working at ironing out arguments and pumping in more smiles, shared pleasures, and happiness. A happy marriage expects more sustenance than your automobile. The mystery of a healthy marriage lies not in having the perfect partner, but in being the good partner. The duty of in-laws is not to intervene with your son’s or daughter’s union unless your advice is solicited by both partners.     

 

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Dede, Big Brother Naija among most-watched titles in Ghana in 2021, according to viewing statistics

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Ghanaian telenovela Dede and Big Brother Naija S6 were among the top 10 most-watched African titles on Showmax in Ghana in 2021, according to 2021’s viewing statistics from Showmax.
Ever since it premiered in March 2021, Dede, which follows the tortuous romance between a girl from humble beginnings and her rich employer’s son, has been one of the most popular shows among Ghanaian viewers on Showmax.
Now in its 230th episode (and counting), Dede is directed and produced by the award-winning filmmaker Shirley Frimpong-Manso, known for Ghana’s box office hit The Perfect Picture (and its sequel) and the ground-breaking drama series Shampaign.
Speaking about the popularity of Dede, Shirley said, “I had hoped the show would be a home run, but it has certainly exceeded my expectations with the overwhelming support and popularity it has gained.”
Dede is Shirley’s first-ever telenovela project. She says this was a daunting experience at first but she fell in love with the fact that it was a Cinderella story. “That was my favourite childhood story. Plus it was a female-led role, which was the icing on the cake for me.”
Big Brother Naija S6: The Buzz, the Showmax exclusive hosted by Toke Makinwa, also featured in the coveted list of 2021’s most-watched, alongside another Ghanaian title – the drama series To Have and To Hold.
To Have and To Hold, which wrapped up production of season 1 in November 2021, follows three women (played by Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor and Zynell Zuh) as they navigate relationships and their careers in Accra.
Naa Ashorkor, who plays To Have and To Hold’s humble housewife Enyonam, said, “It feels good to be part of the winning team. We put in a lot to make this project successful. We worked hard on this project! I am happy Ghanaians love it.”
Ghanaians also loved the Ghanaian-Nigerian star-studded Showmax Original comedy series Ghana Jollof; The Mrs. and the Mistress, starring beloved Ghanaian actress Jackie Apiah; and Cartel: The Genesis, the action thriller starring Adjetey Anang as a dedicated agent who leads an elite unit to take down a powerful drug syndicate.
Other titles that made the list include Ghanaian comedy drama Little Problems, starring Godwin Namboh; the Showmax Original film Rogue,starring Megan Fox as a mercenary leading a team trapped between merciless militants and a killer lioness; and Nollywood film A Thousand Ways to Break a Cheating Man, directed by Kayode Kasum and starring Bimbo Ademoye and Uzor Arukwe.
See below the full list of the top 10 most-watched African TV shows and movies on Showmax in Ghana in 2021 (in alphabetical order)
  • A Thousand Ways to Break a Cheating Man – Movie
  • Big Brother Naija S6 – Reality series
  • Big Brother Naija S6: The Buzz – Reality, Talk show
  • Cartel: The Genesis – Movie
  • Dede – Telenovela
  • Ghana Jollof – Comedy-drama series
  • Little Problems – Movie
  • Rogue – Movie
  • The Mrs. and The Mistress – Movie
  • To Have and To Hold – Drama series
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5 Trends You Need to Try This Wedding Season

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Weddings are one of the biggest celebrations in India. Everyone around the world adores the grand festivities taking place in the ceremony.

 

Speculations suggest COVID-19 and multiple lockdowns caused the steep rise in weddings during the winter of 2021. Experts think 2022 will witness the same trend again since there are a lot of couples who have postponed their wedding to 2022.

 

Have you started planning your outfit already? Don’t worry have got you covered!

 

The grand wedding of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif was all we talked about as 2021 ended. Before the lovely pair tied the knot, other Bollywood celebrities got hitched as well.

 

We saw a lot of brides sticking to pastels and classic red for their lehenga. The attires were kept lightweight and were flowery. Plunging necklines were sported by many. Another highlight among the 2021 bridal fashion was the bird motif.

 

As for 2022, micro weddings have become a thing of the past. Couples are choosing to celebrate their D-day with grandeur.

 

Trends for the upcoming weddings will witness family-style meals, long-weekend weddings, and stunning wedding guest styles. Read The Wedding Trends That Are In-and Out-For Fashion In 2022 by Vogue.

 

The events will be power-packed with girls sporting stunning lehengas. Other than lehengas, Anarkali silhouettes will be a favorite among guests.

 

How Can You Style Them?

 

1.   Anarkali

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An Anarkali never fails to dazzle anyone. The beautiful silhouettes and designs make you look like royalty.

 

Taking inspiration from trends from last year, you can opt for an Anarkali with a bird motif. You can wear classic red or stick to pastel based on the theme of the occasion you attend.

 

Monochrome, black Anarkalis are ideal for a reception or a wedding happening the night.

 

You can check out gorgeous designs from top designers like Tarun Tahilini, Ritu Kumar, Surbhi Gupta, and so on.

 

2. Power Your Look With A Dupatta

 

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While many underestimate the charm that a dupatta can bring, it is undeniable how a dupatta can brighten your overall outfit.

 

Follow dupatta styles such as The Tuck-In, Wrap Around, Saree Style, Side See-All to style your lehengas and suits.

 

There are a variety of dupatta materials that are available to choose from. Also, these can save you big bucks. How? You can re-invent your old suits instead of buying a new outfit altogether.

 

3. Saree

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Weddings in 2022 are going to be a grand affair. And sarees will help you look just as stunning. Sarees are comfortable and suit all different body shapes. You can style them in various ways and add your X – factor to it.

 

We are seeing a lot of girls sporting chiffon sarees. They are beautiful, but you may also consider classic pieces like Kanjivaram sarees or Banarasi Silk while making a purchase.

 

Choose your accessory based on the saree and event.

 

Many designers have beautiful collections of Sarees. Make sure you check out collections from Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahilani to stay up-to-date with the latest styles and trends.

 

4. Ethnic Crop Tops

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The crop top look, paired with a lehenga skirt, rules the wedding guest styles. Many women opt for this for its comfort and effortless style.

 

How To Style It?

 

Be bold and go for a plunging neckline. Choose a skirt having intricate details, choose a top that compliments your lehenga. You can either wear or ditch your dupatta.

 

You can try several other styles as bird motifs, embroidery with this look.

 

5. Patiala Suits

 

Last but not the least, Patialas are going to rock in weddings of 2022!

 

For Haldi, Mehendi, and other such ceremonies, Patiala is ideal. These days there is a rise in popularity for sharara-style Patiala as well.

 

They are optimal for day functions as well as night functions. And you don’t have to worry about styling them. You can sport your classic Jhumkas. You can either leave your hair open or braid them. Styling them is super easy, making a Patiala a favorite among girls.

 

Voila! These are the five trendy styles you can try at upcoming weddings. We hope this article helped you gain an insight into the expected trends of 2022.

 

 

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MTN Group CEO/ President Engages Bank Of Ghana, Minister Of Finance And Other Key Stakeholders

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MTN Group CEO and President Ralph Mupita has paid a day’s working visit to Ghana to engage some key stakeholders of the business and reiterate MTN’s commitment to help grow the telecommunications industry in Ghana.

 

The Group CEO and his team of executives paid courtesy calls on the Bank of Ghana, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization to interact and discuss issues of mutual interest.

 

During the visit to the Bank of Ghana Mr. Mupita expressed his appreciation to the Central Bank for the support given to the business over the years. In his remarks the Governor of The Bank Dr. Ernest Addison congratulated MTN for the work done in the mobile financial services sector and indicated the BOG will count on the business to champion innovation and Financial Inclusion. Dr Addison was joined by the 2nd Deputy Governor Mrs Elsie Addo Awadzi.

 

Ralph Mupita and his delegation then called on the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority Rev. Amishaddai Owusu-Amoah and his deputies where he commended Ghana for encouraging headline growth last year.

 

In his engagements with the Ministry for Finance and the Ministry of Communications and digitalization, Ralph reiterated MTN Group’s commitment to the Ghana market and the company’s continuous support to the Government of Ghana in achieving its digital agenda.

 

This is the third visit of the Group CEO to Ghana since he assumed office.  The Group CEO is being accompanied by the Vice President for WECA Ebenezer Asante, CEO of MTN Ghana Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of Mobile Money Ltd Eli Hini, Chief Corporate Services Officer Sam Koranteng and Chief Finance Officer Antoinette Kwofie.

 

The visit to Ghana is part of Ralph’s commitment to growing MTN’s business in the various markets by consistently engaging local authorities to understand their expectations and to foster cordial working relationship. Ralph’s next stop is Nigeria where he will also engage key stakeholders.

 

 

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TOP 10 Motorcycles 2022: Today’s Best Bikes

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The start of a new motorcycle season is a good reason to think about buying a new iron horse. We have selected the 10 best deals of this year, among which you will find sports Motorcycles, cruisers, and small-capacity models.

  • Suzuki hayabusa
  • BMW M1000RR
  • Ducati Multistrada v4 Pikes Peak
  • Honda grom
  • Harley Davidson pan America
  • BMW R18 Transcontinental
  • Indian super chief
  • Triumph bonneville bobber
  • KTM 1290 Super Adventure S
  • Honda goldwing

Suzuki hayabusa

Known as the fastest production motorcycle, the Suzuki Hayabusa has been in production for over 20 years. The new third generation model features a 1340 cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine. The power unit complies with the Euro 5 exhaust standard and produces 187 hp. and a torque of 110 Nm. The bike gets cruise control, lift hold control, launch control and more.

BMW M1000RR

BMW M Automotive has taken part in the development of a motorcycle based on the S1000RR sports model. Improved chassis geometry, carbon fiber wheels and AMP brakes. The redesigned 999cc liquid-cooled engine features Cam Shift Technology. The maximum power reaches 212 hp. (113 Nm), but it is limited to 205 hp. to meet exhaust and sound standards.

Ducati Multistrada v4 Pikes Peak

The 2022 Ducati Multistrada v4 Pikes Peak sports bike has achieved record service intervals of up to 37,500 miles by replacing the Desmodromic valve with conventional springs. The 4-cylinder 1158 cc engine achieves 170 hp. (125 Nm). The model has 17-inch wheels with sports tires, a fully adjustable inverted fork and a mono-shock absorber. Provides adaptive cruise control with radar support, blind spot monitoring, ABS, Wheelie control, traction control.

Honda Grom

In 2022, the model retained the 125cc air-cooled engine producing 10hp. The five-speed transmission allowed for extra energy at low revs. Redesigned seat and 5-spoke 20-inch wheels, LED headlights provide excellent lighting. ABS version available with IMU function.

Harley Davidson pan America

The motorcycle is presented in two specifications. Both received a 1250cc liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin engine with 145bhp. (122 Nm). The standard model received suspension components from Showa, while the special version received semi-active suspension technology, optional adaptive ride height and a full range of adventure parts (bumpers, centerstand, etc.).

BMW R18 Transcontinental

One of the best options for long distance travel. This cruiser is powered by a 1802cc twin-cylinder boxer engine with 91 horsepower. air / oil cooled. Transmission – six-speed with single-plate dry clutch. For greater comfort, you can choose between three driving modes. Standard driver assistance features include dynamic cruise control, lift control, automatic stability control, and reverse assist.

Indian Super Chief

The model is specially designed for long driving: with a cruiser steering wheel, windshield. The Super Chief is powered by an air-cooled 49 degree v-Twin Thunderstroke 111 ci. The package includes cruise control, optional ABS, different driving modes. A special feature of this motorcycle is the ability to deactivate the rear cylinder.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber

The cruiser got more muscular lines this year. The power plant of the Euro 5 standard is a two-cylinder 1200 cc engine with 76 hp. liquid-cooled, which is paired with a 6-speed transmission. Comfort and safety are provided by switchable traction control, cruise control, ABS.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

Designed as the name suggests, this model is for adventure. Perfect aerodynamic design, multiple driving modes, semi-active block suspension technology, 1301 cc Euro 5 engine with 160 hp. – this is not a complete list of the motorcycle’s advantages. The driver is assisted by two-channel adaptive cruise control, traction control, radar-dependent EPS with emergency braking and blind spot detection.

Honda Goldwing

For almost 50 years, the Honda Goldwing has been giving its owners the maximum pleasure from a comfortable ride. The 2022 is equipped with a new suspension, a 6-cylinder 1,833 cc engine with 125 hp. and 170 Nm of torque, a manual six- or seven-speed automatic transmission to choose from. The bike is nearly 90 pounds lighter and the roof rack has increased in volume. For the convenience of the driver, a TFT display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4 driving modes and much more are provided.

 

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Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives embark on medical outreaches across the country

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The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) as part of preparations for their Mega National launch, has organised medical outreaches in some parts of the country.

The Volta/Oti and the Central Regional branches of the Union on January 20, 2022, rolled out blood donation exercises as well as medical screening in Kete-Krachi, within the Krachi West Municipal Health Directorate.

This was for a myriad of health conditions such as Hypertension, HIV, Hepatitis B and Malaria.

Sugar levels (Random Blood Sugar) and Hemoglobin levels were also checked for beneficiaries with no cost involved.

The exercise supported by the Municipal Hospital and Health Directorate attracted over 60 residents for the blood donation exercise while over 100 were medically screened.

It had in attendance the Krachi West Municipal Hospital Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS) as well as the Volta Regional Public Health Nurse.

A similar exercise was organised in the Central Region in collaboration with the Cape-Coast Teaching Hospital at the Abora market where several pints of blood were also donated.

Other regions are also expected to carry out similar exercises in the coming days.

The Union has been at the forefront of the nursing and midwifery profession and has been relentless in its quest to improve upon the working conditions of nurses and midwives in the country.

It is the first Union within the noble nursing/midwifery profession to institute a loan scheme dubbed the UPNMG Loan Scheme for its members which runs at an interest rate of 11%.

It has also another scheme for its members dubbed the UPNMG Mart/UPNMG Hire Purchase Scheme which has been in operation since May 2020.

The leadership of the UPNMG have also cushioned its members with the UPNMG Insurance via a partnership with Enterprise Life Insurance and is set to roll out the UPNMG Land Policy.

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Earning salary only manages poverty – Paul Mante

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The Managing Director of EDC Investments Ltd, Paul Kofi Mante has advised salaried workers to invest and explore other streams of income in order to attain financial independence.

According to him, depending solely on monthly salary will only manage poverty and will never help one achieve financial independence to live a desired life.

“Traditionally, this has been the thinking, find a good education, find a good job with some secure benefit, work till you are 60 and get a good pension, this thinking belongs to the old school, it doesn’t work in the year 2022 and beyond.

“In the year 2022 and beyond, the new way of thinking is you have to manage personal finances so that you are able to create wealth but ultimately the reason why you are creating wealth is that you want to become financial independent which simply means getting to that stage where you can sustain your desired lifestyle without salary,” Mr Mante said on the Effective Living Series on Citi FM Tuesday, January 25.

Speaking on the theme ‘Rebuilding Wealth Through Financial Planning’, Mr Mante added that “Salary is the medicine for managing poverty, it does not cure poverty only an investment or business cures poverty, not all of us can run a business but everybody can invest because if you don’t find a way to make your money work whiles you are sleeping you will keep working at the time you must be sleeping.”

The MD for EDC also outlined five key areas that one must deliberately plan around in 2022 which includes; Retirement, Housing, Children’s Education, Giving back and the High Life.

Mr Mante also stated that the God Factor and appropriate information are the two key factors that can help one achieve financial independence and create wealth.

According to him, the God factor gives you the financial resources and attract the ideas and opportunities while having the appropriate information in the financial sector helps one to “manage, multiply and preserve what you have.”

Mr Mante admonished students and young people yet to start work to seek financial literacy to properly put in place measures that will help them become financially independent before the age of retirement.

In case you need help to draw up a financial plan you can contact an official at EDC Ghana by clicking the WhatsApp link attached https://wa.link/dqr3zs

 

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