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Facebook launches 2021 edition of “My Digital World” across Sub-Saharan Africa E

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Facebook has announced the launch of the 2021 edition of “My Digital World”. Originally launched in June 2020, ‘My Digital World is a digital literacy program which is accessible across Sub-Saharan Africa  and designed to provide young people and the general public with the skills needed to navigate digital spaces safely and responsibly.  The 2021 edition of “My Digital World” is now accessible on the new website https://mydigitalworld.fb.com/ssa/ that hosts new updated content that is relevant to today’s realities.

 

The program provides educators and trainers with training and resources to reach young people across Sub-Saharan Africa, equipping them with information and skills to help them thrive in an increasingly complex and digitally connected world.

 

“Through My Digital World, Facebook is reaching learners across the region and shaping the Sub-Saharan digital community for the better,” Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy at Facebook said, “Designed for young people aged 13 – 18 years in high-tech and low-tech communities, the content has adaptable step-by-step instructions to fit their needs and learning environment. The lessons help participants learn tangible skills such as protecting personal information, identifying reputable sources, understanding misinformation themes, and recognizing healthy online relationships.”

 

‘My Digital World’ lessons are divided across six content pillars:

  • Introduction to Digital Learning:Demonstrating to learners what the internet is, identifying information that can be shared over the internet, determining various methods for accessing information online, and identifying the benefits, roles, and responsibilities of digital citizenship.
  • Digital Foundations: Teaching learners how to leverage tools to protect their digital devices and their personal information online, as well as that of others.
  • Digital Wellness:Supporting learners’ ability to engage with others (both individuals and the larger collective) online in empathic and positive ways, protect their physical and mental health, and explore their identities.
  • Digital Engagement:Helping learners develop executive functioning, critical thinking, and the skills needed to evaluate and share media and information online, as well as engage with different cultures and contexts.
  • Digital Empowerment:Helping learners use technology and social media to create positive change and better opportunities for themselves, their communities, and the world.
  • Digital Opportunities:Preparing learners to create the next wave of technology and succeed in their careers and pathways.

 

Over the years, Facebook has trained thousands of African youths through existing digital literacy programs across Sub saharan Africa such as ‘Safe Online with Facebook’ in Nigeria, ‘Ilizwe Lam’ in South Africa and ‘eZibo’ in Zambia.  With the program also successfully implemented in Ethiopia, Côte D’Ivoire, Kenya and Senegal,  “My Digital World” will, this year, be launched in Ghana, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ghana.

 

All content is available and can be accessed for free, the program will be available in English, French, Kiswahili, and Amharic.

 

‘My Digital World’ partnered with organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop the learning modules and resources in the curriculum. The list of the partners can be found in this link: https://mydigitalworld.fb.com/ssa/

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The Jollof Festival returns to Accra, December 11

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After taking the year 2020 off, Africa’s leading celebration of Jollof, The Jollof Festival returns in 2021 – scheduled to take place at the City Galleria Mall (Behind the Accra Mall) on 11th December 2021.

The continent’s biggest Jollof event, The Jollof Festival 2021 will see thousands of food lovers come together to eat and drink from an extensive selection served up by some of the best chefs, restaurants, and street food vendors in Accra – promising to be bigger than previous editions, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

This year’s Jollof Festival is a specially curated culinary experience dedicated to celebrating Ghana’s beautiful gastronomy, inspiring fellow Africans to discover new tastes and recipes, promoting the Ghanaian delicacy’s authenticity and highlighting the role of food in Ghanaian Culture by bringing together a vast number of food lovers, and treating them to a mouth-watering array of Jollof, in addition to bites and sips from a dynamic selection of Accra’s celebrity chefs, hobbyist / influencer cooks and local vendors.

A major highlight of the festival is the crowning of the Celebrity/Influencer Jollof Cookoff – a title reserved for the cook with the best tasting Jollof at the event’s Jollof cooking competition, which allows influencer cooks to showcase their cooking skills with customized / special recipes. As part of our efforts to make this year’s competition more exciting, we are inviting both male and female celebrities/ influencers as contestants. The winner of the Jollof cooking competition stands to win products from our prestigious sponsors: OLAM Ghana, makers of Tasty Tom Tomato Paste and the Tasty Tom Jollof Mix, Malta Guinness, and Wilmar Africa, makers of Frytol Vegetable cooking oil, Fortune Rice and Myst Water.

Our carefully selected / curated entertainment set features some of Accra’s rising artistes like RiaBoss, Tommywa, Suzan Augustt and a full-on Jam session with a DJ set in the evening. Additional attractions will include, face painting and cotton candy for the children (and young at heart), board games, football tables and FIFA (gaming consoles) for adults.

The Jollof Festival 2021 is proudly sponsored by Tasty Tom Tomato Paste, Frytol Cooking oil, Malta Guinness, Fortune Rice, Myst Water , EIB Network, Ameyaw Debrah, Telande World, Pulse Ghana  and Echohuse

 

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Johnnie Walker Premieres ‘The Ones Who Keep Walking’ film made by Africans for Africa

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Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling-Scotch, and Forbes 30 under 30 filmmaker, Amarachi Nwosu premiere their new feature film – The Ones Who Keep Walking – which showcases inspiring stories of the creators and collectives who are turning the attention of the world to Africa.

 

Through never heard stories and in-depth conversations, the documentary reveals how fresh creative energy, sheer determination, and a pioneering spirit is bringing authentic African expression to the world.

 

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The documentary features more than 20 defiantly optimistic voices across Africa including Legendary photographer James Barnor (Ghana), Bose Ogulu AKA Mama Burna (Nigeria) manager-mother to global superstar and Johnnie Walker partner, Burna Boy, and self-taught artist Nana Danso Awuah-Asante (Ghana).

 

This new feature film is part of an ongoing global roll-out of the next chapter in their iconic Keep Walking campaign and a follow-up to the release of The Man Who Walked Around the World in November 2020.

 

Additionally, it sets out to explore what the next 200 years of Keep Walking can look like and explores what happens when people can liberate themselves creatively, and the rich vibrant world it creates when there are those freedoms.

 

Lesego Lebogang Mohale, Category Marketing Manager (International Premium Spirits &RTDs), Guinness Ghana in her comments to the media said: “At Johnnie Walker, we are always looking to celebrate the stories of those who push the boundaries. That spirit of defiant optimism and the legacy of Keep Walking – two little words that have been inspiring people across the world for more than 20 years – has never felt more important than they do just now.”

 

“We’re delighted to have partnered with Amarachi Nwosu to share these incredible stories through The Ones Who Keep Walking. The Ghanaians featured in the documentary are pioneers who have taken bold steps and have inspired others, and we are so proud to take this journey with them,” she added.

 

Produced by Something™ Originals and a team of 200+ creatives and talent from across Africa, The Ones Who Keep Walking picks up on the closing provocation of The Man Who Walked Around the World – ‘what’s next?’ – to shine a light on those who embody the spirit of Keep Walking and who, on their terms, are forging a bold new direction for their countries, cultures and the World.

 

The Media-led premiere will be happening in Kumasi to spread the message of ‘The Ones Who’ across multiple walks of life. You can watch the trailer for The Ones Who Keep Walking here: www.theoneswho.film

 

Official Hashtags: #JohnnieWalker #KeepWalking #TheOnesWho

 

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Meet Kafui Prebbie, the Techaide CEO improving ICT education across Ghana

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For developing countries, ICT is a rich investment and one man is leading the charge to ensure students across Ghana have access to practical and impactful ICT education. (more…)

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Rocky Dawuni’s Grammy Nomination Concert set for +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, December 11

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“We need songs and hymns that can touch our emotional nerve,” Rocky says. Musical offerings that serve as timely reminders that “love and hope are an indestructible aspect of the human experience that no amount of fear can take away.” – #RockyDawuni speaking to “Music in Africa”

Rocky Dawuni’s “Voice of Bunbon Vol. 1” has been nominated for “Best Global Music Album” for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards which will be held in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022! Femi Kuti & Made Kuti, Wizkid, Angelique Kidjo and East West Players featuring Daniel Ho have all been nominated in the same category. This is Rocky’s second GRAMMY nomination as he was previously nominated for “Best Reggae Album” for his “Branches of the Same Tree” (Cumbancha) in 2016 making him the first Ghanaian musician to be nominated for a prestigious GRAMMY award!!

“Voice of Bunbon, Vol.1” is available on all major platforms https://tinyurl.com/yy7xo2nf

Rocky Dawuni will be celebrating the GRAMMY announcement with a home town show on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at +233 Jazz Bar & Grill in Accra, Ghana!! Rocky be playing with his full 10-piece band so please come and support LIVE music in Ghana. Tickets are GHC77 and will be available at the door. The concert is kindly supported by Asaase Radio, TV3, Ghana Music, Ghana Web, BeenieWords.com, Kobby Kyei News Live, Ameyaw Debrah, Blagogee.com, OnePlayAfrica.com.

The Voice Of Bunbon has spoken! Those who like Rocky Dawuni’s former works will love this EP – it adds a new flavour to the artist’s output without losing his characteristic style. Well done, Team Rocky!” #Reggaeville

Rocky Dawuni “Woara” Video:

https://youtu.be/NQbuYWSXzsU

Rocky Dawuni “Beautiful People” Video

https://youtu.be/Upb7bjyZJeA

Rocky Dawuni “Ghost Town” Video

https://youtu.be/WIGe4-YjWWQ

Reggaeville Review:

https://www.reggaeville.com/artist-details/rocky-dawuni/releases/mode/review/release/rocky-dawuni-voice-of-bunbon-vol1/

Music In Africa Review:

https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/rocky-dawuni-talks-about-his-new-ep-voice-bunbon-vol-1

For more information and social media connects, please follow Rocky Dawuni at:

http://www.rockydawuni.com

http://www.youtube.com/rockydawunimusic

http://www.facebook.com/rockydawuni

http://www.instagram.com/rockydawuni

http://www.twitter.com/rockydawuni

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Collaboration is the New Competition – Absa Bank Ghana MD

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Managing Director of Absa Bank Ghana, Abena Osei-Poku says collaboration is the new competition in the digital financial services space across the continent. She made the comments during a panel discussion on how Africa can build resilience and drive differentiation in the financial sector at the ongoing Financial Times Global Summit.

 

Africa’s financial services sector has transformed from a decade ago with digital technology leading a revolution that is impacting every facet of human life. Three players in the ecosystem – Banks, Fintechs and Telecoms – are at the forefront of this unique opportunity. Whilst the orientation of these three players is diverse in several ways, the overall assessment has been for them to collaborate with their complementary skills in creating an ecosystem that reflects scalability, accessibility, and convenience for the customer.

 

Fintechs and telecom companies have consistently displayed creativity, agility and an innovative mindset that tend to cause positive disruption for the benefit of the customer. Banks, on the other hand, have a robust system of stringent governance and stability at their disposal, which is critical to the partnership.

 

Taking her seat alongside Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive of Standard Bank Group and Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Abena Osei-Poku said:

“Collaboration will always prove to be the way forward for these key stakeholders to co-exist and create sustainable synergies for the benefit of customers, clients and the financial inclusion agenda. It is a shared responsibility and there is no one size fits all. Regulation is also of extreme importance in this dynamic and already we are seeing Central Banks continuously proving assertive, proactive and transformative in their work in this space. Thanks to the global pandemic as well, awareness around digital payments and collaboration is becoming mainstay, which is a good thing. Essentially, we continue to see a gradual harmonisation of the ecosystem thanks to the understanding of all key stakeholders and this is quite satisfying.”

 

Led by David Pilling, Africa Editor of the Financial Times, the panellists covered several areas, including impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on African economies, financial sector regulation and cross-border transactions aided by digital currency.

 

On her views around blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, Abena Osei-Poku said:

“We continue to take a closer look at the cryptocurrency concept as a Bank. It seeks to disrupt the entire financial system by driving regulation away from the Central banks into the hands of individuals aided by a web of computer connections. Most opponents to the model worry about the risk of decentralisation to the financial system. There is also the other important point of price volatility, which becomes an issue of concern to most mainline actors in the sector. At Absa Bank, we are still accessing the diversity of information and structure of the concept and are yet to conclusively devise a direction around it. Again, issues around closing legal loopholes to prevent cybercrime and fraud are of immense importance to us and we shall continue to keep an eye on this area.”

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Safety Tips for Pets during the Christmas festive season

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‘Tis season is here and as a joyful season which is marked with a lot of loud noises, it can be stressful for pets and frustrating for pet parents especially first timers. It is always important to inform guests about your pets prior to their arrival, don’t startle  them. Below are some  other guidelines that would help you and your pet this holiday season.

Keep your pet inside to avoid harsh weather

Christmas is here again with the harmattan weather conditions which mostly present extreme dryness and cold temperatures especially at night times. Your pets should be keep indoors and inside warm caging to ameliorate the precarious weather conditions. Ensure water is always present for pets to prevent dehydration and to increase humidity  within their environment.

Avoid foods that are poisonous to pets

This season is associated with several feasting bouts and pet owners might sometimes want to invite their fury-friends  to the party by dolling out food from  their plates to the pet animal. Most of these food components like onions can be toxic to your pet which may result in a medical emergency. Table leftovers especially bones are not advisable for pets.

Control your pet during outdoor socializations

You may want to take your pet out for outdoor events around the neighborhood, to the beach or other activities. Ensure to keep your pet on leash to avoid it attacking people or other pets. Unrestraint access to other pets can also allow your pet pick up ectoparasites like ticks from the other animals.

Clean up wrapping papers and gift packages

Christmas is characterized with shopping sprees, and various kinds of gift items. It can be stressful and tiring after the day’s activities but one must ensure that all wrappings or packages gifts, food items came in with are immediately dispose off properly to prevent access by once pet.

Create a safe, quiet place for your pet to relax away from the party

As the celebrations and bustling unfold with a home party, it would be safe to provide a safe, quiet place for your pet to relax away from the party to prevent it getting too excited, especially with cats, in the midst of the people.

 

By Daniel Baba Abiliba, Emmanuel D. Piiru

Ghana Animal Welfare Society

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