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Former street porter honoured with Ashesi Presidential Award

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collageOne of the most captivating stories i’ve seen this week is that of an illiterate mother and street porter who has been honoured with Ashesi University’s Presidential.  Ashesi University published: While graduation day was special for each member of the class of 2018, for Teni Agana 18, it was a day of a breakthrough. The simplest things are sometimes our greatest motivators. In Teni’s case, it was a photo of someone’s college graduation day. “I found the picture as a child, and I kept it on me at all times,” said Teni, whose father passed away early on in her life. “I really wanted to be that person someday and even though my family could not afford to pay my fees, I was ready to do what it takes. So I knew I had to find a way to fund my education myself.” Teni’s strong drive to become a college graduate someday propelled her to make some tough choices. Every vacation while in high school, rather than stay with her family in Bolgatanga in Ghana’s Upper-East Region, she chose to live and work at Bantama market, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, as a kayayo ( head porter), to pay her tuition and boarding fees. Her hard work and perseverance carried her through high school, and eventually got her a spot at Ashesi University, as a MasterCard Foundation scholar. Today, Teni is a model representation of Ashesi’s motto; scholarship, leadership and citizenship, and is a recipient of the Presidential Award, the highest award a student can receive at Ashesi. She did not only transcend academic barriers, but was determined to give back in any way she could. “During my first semester, I failed a couple of courses, including Programming, because I had never used a computer before and I was then learning to type in coding class,” she explained. “Fortunately, staff and faculty especially my academic adviser were really supportive. They guided me to resources on campus including the Math and Writing resource centers. By my second semester, I had improved my grade point average from a 1.25 to a 3.0 (out of 4) and in subsequent semesters, made it onto the Dean’s list”. Having known the power of scholarships as a scholarship recipient herself, she was instrumental in raising funds to see four girls through their senior secondary school education. She also led fundraising efforts to sponsor the education of 15 brilliant students from the Berekuso township, where she also teaches mathematics to children. As a student, she served as a Mathematics tutor with the Berekuso Maths Project and Class tutor for Kayacare, an initiative that provides safe spaces for children of female porters in Accra’s marketplaces. Her long-term goal is to ensure that underprivileged children, especially girls with backgrounds like hers, have a support system to keep them from veering from their goal. She has been in those shoes and understands all too well how easy it is to get sidetracked. “It is hard when you have worked so hard to earn some money and then you have to give it up for a long-term investment such as school. The reward isn’t evident in the short-term and for many of us, it becomes an unrealistic goal and too much of a sacrifice. So it is easy to give up.” Ashesi Teni Agana 3 In her final year, Teni’s senior’s thesis was on creating awareness of the motivation and circumstances of kayayei in Ghana. She is passionate about minimizing the increasing number of girls from Northern Ghana who migrate to the streets of southern Ghana out of poverty. She hopes to eventually build a school for kayayei girls to keep them centered on the importance of education, and to keep them off the streets and help them avoid risks associated such as rape. She has already got some support from faculty and staff as well as her peers to help her achieve some of these goals. In the meantime, Teni plans to continue to teach and coordinate activities for the children at the Berekuso Math Project for the next year as national service. Her story is one of the strongest testaments to the power of sheer determination, and goes to show that once you do not lose sight of the goal, anything is achievable. “Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it,” Boldness really does have genius, power, and magic in it. Meanwhile another student of the University has shared the inspiring story on Twitter of how his illiterate mother, also saw him through his education by hawking

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How to bet on ATP tennis: Top tips to win

The Association of Tennis Professionals, popularly known as ATP is a professional tennis tournament. The ATP world tour is a worldwide event for men. There are only four major Grand Slams: the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and US Open. ATP happens to fall in the minor category with Monte Carlo, ITF and Davis Cup. (more…)

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1xBet promo code for new customers: 1xVip200. 1xBet Official Website gives you a 200% sign-up bonus on your first deposit. All you need to do is specify the promo code during registration, which will activate all the bonus offers at 1xBet. (more…)

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Call for entries: Lifebuoy Opens Applications for handwashing ‘Chief Education Officers’

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Unilever’s Lifebuoy, the world’s number one hygiene soap brand, has launched a creative competition that will see two (2) Chief Education Officers aged between 6-12years appointed to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing among school children.

Leveraging the power of peer-to-peer learning, the ‘CEOs’ will be selected from public and private schools in Ghana to help create impact by teaching other children about handwashing and personal hygiene in a series of fun and exciting activities.

The campaign dubbed ‘Lifebuoy H for handwashing CEOs’ is part of Lifebuoy’s activities to mark Global Handwashing Day which occurs every year on the 15th of October.

 Global handwashing day is an international handwashing campaign dedicated to motivating and mobilizing people worldwide to improve their handwashing habits as a strategy for disease prevention.

In 2020, Lifebuoy launched the H for Handwashing campaign to transform the letter H into a symbol for handwashing and to integrate hygiene awareness into the school curriculum. In 2021, Lifebuoy launched its first ever children’s book- an “H for Handwashing” alphabet book – in which children can explore the Alphabet with Azzy the horse. The book is intended to support school curricula all over the world, whenever and wherever children are taught the ABCs.

This year, Lifebuoy is going a step further by passing on the baton to the next generation who will teach their peers about handwashing, as studies have shown that children are more likely to change their behaviour when influenced by their peers.

Lifebuoy is encouraging Children from public and private schools in Ghana between the ages of 6-12years to take up this unique and exciting challenge.

Parents, Guardians and Teachers are also urged to encourage their children and pupils to participate in the competition by following these guidelines:

  • Share a 30- 45 seconds video of your child reciting their campaign manifesto by explaining what hygiene means to them and how they will promote better hygiene in their schools.
  • All entries must include the #GHD2022 #LifebuoyCEOgh #LifebuoyGHD22 #HforHandwashing hashtag and be submitted on Facebook and Instagram only via the brand’s pages @LifebuoyGhana.
  • Entries are open until the 10th of October, 2022.

The two selected CEOs will get the chance to become part of Lifebuoy’s award-winning ‘H for Handwashing’ movement and receive a certificate from the Unilever Ghana Leadership Team for their participation and commitment to the cause.  As part of celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day, they will also visit the Unilever headquarters and factories to teach employees the importance of handwashing

The ‘CEOs’ will commit a minimum of ten hours a year to help spread the message of handwashing with soap to other children, at home and in schools. To enable them perform their roles, they will be trained in the use of Lifebuoy’s decade-old and well-proven  behaviour change material which will equip them to take the message forward.

For more information, follow Lifebuoy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LifebuoyGhana

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Do you like cryptocurrencies? If you do, don’t forget to take a look at BitiCodes IO. (more…)

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MTN Urges Customers To Register Their Sim Cards Before The September 30 SIMRegistration Deadline

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With only three days to the  September 30, 2022 deadline for SIM registration, MTN is urging its customers to have their SIM cards fully registered to avoid being disconnected.

All customers with voice and data SIM in phones and devices are mandated to register with the Ghana card before the deadline. All SIM cards that are not fully registered at the end of 30th September 2022 will be disconnected from using all services on the network.

Customers who are yet to register should start the process by dialing *404# or use the registration web portal https://simregistrationportal.mtn.com.gh to link their SIM to the Ghana card. Customers who have linked their SIM cards to the Ghana card can complete their registration by either visiting the nearest service centre/agent for the biometric capture or download the SIM Registration Self Service app on google play to complete the registration.

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Commenting on the SIM registration deadline, the General Manager Regional Sales and Distribution, South, MTN Ghana,Abubakar Mohammed said, “we are encouraging our customers to register immediately to avoid long queues at registration centers and subsequent blocking of SIM cards after the deadline.”

“Customers who are not sure of their status can check their registration status by dialing *400#. “B-Cap Yes” means a customer is fully registered”.

To ensure all customers are fully registered before the 30th of September 2022 deadline, all MTN field staff have been deployed to different locations to check registration status and register customers who have not yet registered their SIM cards.

The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization announced the mandatory re-registration of all SIM cards in Ghana last year. The registration exercise which started in October 2021 is scheduled to end on September 30, 2022.

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Ghana ranks 88th in the world by Digital Quality of Life …Ghana has the slowest mobile internet in Africa ?

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Global digital wellbeing study finds that Ghana has the slowest mobile internet in Africa. (more…)

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