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rumorSkillions Records started operating officially as an independent record company in January 2010. Before then the Skillions, headed by founder Jayso was just a name representing a group of young multi-talented musicians. The group included Rappers, singers, producers & business executives. Skillions as a rap group started in 1999 with just Jayso & T-Kube.  Both were rappers & classmates in Senior High School. T-Kube left Ghana for the United Kingdom in 2000 and since then Jayso has been recruiting young rappers and singers like himself. For Jayso, the dream was to create an empire. A force that will take over the entire Ghanaian Music Scene. By 2001, The Skillions consisted of Jayso, Ball J & Jinx Therapy (now Frank P). Jayso later joined the Haatsville Music Group led by Kwame Barfour Osei popularly known as Kobi-Onyame. The Skillions continued to make music together with Haatsville. Jayso continued to recruit talent to ensure the dream was kept alive. EL, J-Town, Midknight, KP & Sandyswiz joined the Skillions between 2002 to 2005. The group worked on the first ever Hip-Hop Mixtape to come out of Ghana. The 21 track Mixtape did extremely well & provided a platform for each Skillions Member to showcase their versatility. The name “Skillions” represents a person with diverse skills. One with Millions Of Skills. After the Mixtape, the Skillions members decided to pursue solo careers. Jayso went ahead to use his newly gained platform to help younger upcoming artists to also achieve their dreams. Jayso formed the New Generation Skillions. This group consisted of Lil’Shaker, Bra Kevinbeats, Joey B, Grafik, Killmatic, Paapa, Rumor, Noble, Padlock, The Third & Gemini. The New Generation Skillions worked on their Mixtape & it was a major success under the Skillions Umbrella & Ebuzu Media Services. Some members of the New Generation also pursued solo careers after the Mixtape. Jayso himself enjoyed a lot of success from producing hit records for local & international artists. He put his artistry on hold to be able to support the young talents. Jayso & his manager, Melissa Mensah formed Skillions Records as a company & signed the remaining acts from the New Generation. For the first time, The Skillions were going official. This move saw the launch of the Skillions Records line-up. Who can forget the famous picture of the artists on the label that was released online? Jayso, Paapa, Sandra, Lil’Shaker & Rumor made the cut. Jayso also signed Edi-Young, a young R&B artist from Nigeria & Adina, winner of Stars Of The Future Season 3. – The first artist the label worked on is Edi-Young. This is because he had a commercial appeal & was set to takeover the R&B / Afro-Pop Scene. The label released his 1st single “You Are” featuring Jayso. A music video was shot for the song & made it to Channel O TV. The Label went ahead & released a 2nd & 3rd single. Unfortunately, the Label & Artist both agreed to halt the project due to a conflict of interest. Edi-Young was set to move back to Nigeria & the Label was left with no choice but to discontinue the project. – Adina worked on her winning song for Stars Of The Future with Jayso. A part of the price package for the winner was a record deal with EKB Records headed by Kiki Banson. After the competition, she was signed to EKB & released her official single “Don’t Judge Me” featuring & Produced By Jayso. After a year with EKB she decided to exit the contract and signed to Skillions Records. With Skillions, Adina commenced work on a 10-Track album. The Label released a single with Jayso titled “Music” in 2011. The song was nominated for Best collaboration at the 2012 Ghana Music Awards. Like Edi-Young, Adina was also a student in her final year. The Label gave her the space to write her final exam and waited for her to complete school. After school, Adina enrolled for Internship as required by her school before she can graduate. With these responsibilities on her hands, Adina decided to exit the Label and focus on her internship. Adina signed to a new label/management company after her Internship & is currently working under that company. – Lil’Shaker has released countless songs, demos, mixtapes since the New Generation Mixtape. A promising artist and producer. The focus of the label was for Lil’Shaker to work on an album. Lil’Shaker believed he was not ready & wanted to further explore his creativity. In March 2012, Lil’Shaker requested some space to be able to do his own thing. The Label obliged. – Paapa is an excellent artist & producer. His 1st project with Skillions Records was his debut album “Solar”. The album has been very successful & still doing extremely well. His thrilling Live performances have won him fans from all over the world. Paapa is currently working on his 2nd album with the Label. He titled it “Songs For Kukua”. A student of Reed College in America. Paapa has been able to successfully combine school with his musical career. – Sandra is a jazz entertainer/performer & the most commercially successful artist under the label. Sandra has performed on many stages & plays weekly Jazz shows. Sandra is currently making the transition from a performing artist to a recording & performing artist. Her first official single will be released by April 2013. – Rumor is a hip-hop artist. His first project with the Label was an EP titled Fans, Friends & Followers. This project was released in 2012. 3 music videos were shot for singles off the EP. Namely, “ME (My Epitome)” featuring Sam Broadway, “Hectic” & “Well Well” featuring Bradez. All three songs were produced by Jayso. The label in conjunction with Rumor’s management team embarked on projects to further promote the Album. In January 2013, Rumor requested an exit from Skillions Records to pursue his career elsewhere. The Label obliged. According to Jayso, The Label does not believe in pinning people down against their will. – Jayso is responsible for countless productions for all artists signed under the label including himself. He also engineers, mix & masters all songs produced under the Label and in the Label’s recording studio. Jayso is also an excellent rapper and singer. Unfortunately, he has not been able to explore that side of his artistry because of his selflessness. Rather he took his time to harness his artists. As CEO of Skillions Records, he has executive responsibilities and plays the big brother figure to his colleagues. Jayso formed a media company called 6miludo Media and invested in video production equipment. His reason was that he lacked the huge resources as an Independent Label to fund all his artists videos and press material so setting up a media production house will help  solve that issue. He partnered with another young talented graphics expert by name Deon Wils and together they formed 6miludo Media. Today, the company is not only responsible for videos like Edi-Young’s “Petrified”, Rumor’s “ME” & “Hectic”, Paapa’s “Jesus Cries” typography video, but also TV informercials for Golden Tulip Accra & Kumasi, Ghana Home Loans & many other clients. “Bayla Trap” by R2Bees & “Pizza & Burger” are materials directed by the same company. Jayso believes strongly in allowing his artists to express themselves creatively but still maintaining moral discipline in all products released under the Skillions Records brand. The slogan of the Label is “Positive Music No Gimmicks”. Non-swearing, uplifting, inspiring content & positive lyrics are marks easily identified on materials released under the Label. Jayso is currently working on a joint-album with Sarkodie after over a decade of suppressing his artistry. Finally a Jayso album. Not just a Jayso album, but in collaboration with Ghana’s most successful musician, Sarkodie. Jayso, is the same producer responsible for the International Success of Sakordie’s maiden album “Makye”. Jayso produced hit songs like “Borga Borga”, “Lay Away”, “Push”, “Chat With You”, and mixed and mastered the album. The first single off their joint album “Pizza & Burger” has already aired on BET International & enjoying a lot of air-play locally and internationally. The Mind Game is the album title and will be released in April 2013. Like any Indie Label, Skillions Records has had it’s ups & downs. For a 2 year old company, it has done extremely well. Being able to showcase alternative acts to an industry like ours where there is very little audience for any music other than the popular, is a big achievement. The Label has listed Paapa, Sandra & Jayso as the main acts (as at February 7th, 2013).  The Label has promised to continue to provide a platform for young musicians. The main aim of the label is to showcase the diverse talents & alternative music options in Ghana. Jayso has also mentioned that there is a huge queue of young musicians waiting to be signed to the Label. The Label cannot sign everyone but with initiatives like Jayso’s online competitions, these young musicians have an opportunity to get heard. Skillions Records knows no fall. The Label is getting bigger by the minute and with focus on their strongest acts, Paapa, Jayso & Sandra, the sky is only the starting point. @SkillionsRec @jaysoskillons @paapamusic @sandraskillions @TheSkillionsLab @SkillionsTeam * Full List Of Skillions members since 1999. Jayso T-Kube Jerone Ball J Jinx Therapy aka Frank P EL Midknight KP J-Town Téri Sandyswiz aka Sandra Huson Greenfield Lil’ Shaker Padlock Bra Kevinbeats Joey B Killmatic Grafik The Third Lady Nancy Jay Edi-Young Adina Rumor Noble (Black n Peach) Paapa Copta (in the making)]]>

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Amazing reasons why we love the new HUAWEI P50 Pro and HUAWEI P50 Pocket

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The HUAWEI P50 Pro and the HUAWEI P50 Pocket

Huawei recently announced the launch of the HUAWEI P50 Pro — the ultimate Camera Phone with Aesthetic Design and the new HUAWEI P50 Pocket – a beautiful foldable phone with fashion beauty and technological innovation.

 

Here are four reasons why we love these two magnificent flagships from Huawei

 It’s all about the looks!

Both of these phones have amazing designs. The Dual-Matrix camera design of the HUAWEI P50 Pro is unique with its double ring structure and makes the phone instantly recognisable. On the front, the phone features an expansive 6.6 inch 3D curved screen with a single punch hole camera. Gaming and watching videos on this HDR display with support for the full P3 colour gamut is a pleasure. The display is a 120Hz True-Chroma Display with a 300Hz touch sampling rate for a smooth user experience. Moreover, the IP68 water and dust resistance will let you have peace of mind.

 

Coming to the HUAWEI P50 Pocket, it is a beautiful phone with a seamless fold that leaves no gaps and folds into a thin and light form. This makes the phone easy to hold and pocket. The seamless fold is made possible by the new-generation Multi-Dimensional Hinge with a short radius. This hinge, combined with the exclusive Multi-Dimensional Lifting design, allows the HUAWEI P50 Pocket have a smooth and flat screen while also allowing the device to stay slim. When it comes to colours, you have White and Premium Gold colourways to choose from. The Premium Gold colourway is an ostentatious display of craftsmanship, while the white version exudes the beauty of diamonds through the advanced 3D micro-sculpture design. The Premium Gold colourway is only available on the HUAWEI P50 Pocket Premium Edition and was created in partnership with Iris Van Herpen, a well-known haute couture designer.

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The Cameras!

The HUAWEI P50 Pro’s Dual-Matrix Camera system delivers True to Life imagery with extreme clarity. The HUAWEI XD Optics allow consumers capture amazing images and reproduce fine details. HUAWEI P50 Pro also launches with XD Fusion Pro, an improved solution that incorporates a new Super Colour Filter System, True-Chroma Image Engine and Super HDR technology to significantly improve detail, colour and dynamic range. It also supports an unprecedented 200 times zoom range, helping users capture any object regardless of distance.

The True-Chroma Image Engine delivers the highest possible colour accuracy, creating images that reflect what is seen by the human eye. The ambient light sensing system uses a 10-channel multi-spectrum sensor, which is coupled with colour calibration of more than 2,000 colours across the P3 wide colour gamut, to improve its ability to detect ambient light and average colour hue accuracy by 50% and 20% respectively. In low-light scenarios, pictures come out brighter and more detailed. The Super HDR technology captures 28% more of the dynamic range for better backlit performance, while light and shadows are optimised. The HUAWEI P50 Pro supports 4K video recording across the full focal range. The all-new AIS Pro image stabilisation solution helps users easily capture stable handheld videos, while AI cinemagraph is great for creative shots that showcase minor movements.

 

The HUAWEI P50 Pocket presents a new breakthrough for HUAWEI IMAGETM.  Just like the HUAWEI P50 Pro, the HUAWEI P50 Pocket also comes with advanced camera features like the True-Chroma Image Engine, HUAWEI XD Optics, and HUAWEI XD Fusion Pro. The most interesting camera feature on the phone is the Super Selfie feature that uses selfie algorithms and takes advantage of the foldable form factor of the phone, and allows you to take superior, more atmospheric selfies using the main camera sensor. In this phone, you get the benefit of the Ultra Spectrum Image Technology, which can capture details on your subject that are otherwise invisible to human eyes. Yet another handy addition is the Sunscreen detection feature in the Mirror app, through which you can check how well you have applied sunscreen on your screen and avoid getting sunburned!

 

Long battery life and fast charging speeds

What powers the HUAWEI P50 Pro is a large 4,360mAh battery that supports 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge and 50W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge. What is mind-blowing is that even with a battery of this capacity, the phone is just 8.5mm thick. As for the HUAWEI P50 Pocket, it also has a large battery that supports the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge.

 

Super Device Features is yet another reason to love these phones

Both phones are powered by EMUI 12 that produces an innovative UI with a clean and elegant look. Controlling multiple devices at once is as easy as controlling just one single device, thanks to the Super Device features. With the Distributed File System, both of these phones can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning you can access the files you want more easily than ever before.

 

Lastly, one feature on the HUAWEI P50 Pocket worth mentioning is the Smart Cover Screen that allows you to check notifications, schedules, calendar, music, weather, and more. Content and services seamlessly flow between the main screen and the cover screen, and users can even access the camera from the Cover Screen.

 

So what do you think of the new flagships from Huawei? We absolutely love them!

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2022 Tour de France to take Showmax Pro subscribers on 109th edition journey

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The 2022 Tour de France is on track for its 109th edition. It will kick off on 1 July in Copenhagen (starting abroad for the 24th time) with the final stage finishing at the Champs Élysées in Paris on 24 July. Riders will cover a total of 3 328 km across flat, hilly and mountain stages.

Showmax Pro subscribers across the African continent (excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho) will be able to join the ride live to see who will finish the race in the coveted yellow jersey.

Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar, winner of both the 2020 and 2021 editions, is the clear favourite to bring home his third title in a row. The 23-year-old is riding for UAE Team Emirates. His compatriot Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo Visma has three Tour de France stages to his name and is also among the contenders. Others include Welshman Geraint Thomas, riding for Ineos Grenadiers, and last year’s runner-up, Jonas Vingegaard.

Two South African riders, Lotto-Soudal’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux’s Louis Mentjies, will be looking to make their country proud in the French tour.

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Other riders to keep an eye out for include Kenyan-born and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who will want to pick up a recent win with his last victory coming in 2017. He will be racing for Isreal-Premier Tech.

The 109th men’s edition of the Tour de France will be followed by the first ever edition of the Tour de France Femmes, one of women’s cycling’s two grand tours. This comes after years of campaigning to get an equivalent to the men’s tour, with the action getting underway from the 24 to 31 July. What many are calling a race for the history books will begin on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and finish at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles. The historic race will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1 029km.

It has been announced that 24 teams are set to go head to head in the eight-day race. Frenchwoman Aude Biannic is looking to impress at her debut Tour Femmes in her home country with home support. Boasting Annemiek van Vleuten on their roster, Movistar are setting out to achieve overall victory at the Tour de France Femmes – a race that holds extra significance for teammate Breton Biannic, who will be challenging at home.

Elisa Longo Borghini is fresh off a 34-kilometre win at Paris-Roubaix and the Italian will now be 100% focused on paddling to victory at Tour Femmes.

Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho can follow all the racing action at this year’s Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes.

Why Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport. You can tune in from any of your favourite gadgets, anywhere you are in the globe.

Subscribers can live stream the latest seasons of the English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.

The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.

Stream on two devices at the same time when you subscribe to Showmax Pro.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

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Cheeky Monkey Club Opens Doors To New Facility Ahead Of Mindcraft Summer Camp

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Cheeky Monkey Club Opens Doors To New Facility Ahead Of Mindcraft Summer Camp

On Saturday the 26th of June, 2022, the Cheeky Monkey Club, a leading activity centre for children in Ghana, held an open house in their new facility located in East Legon, ahead of their MindCraft summer camp set to start 4th July. (more…)

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Tosin Ajibade Hosts 2022 New Media Conference School Debate

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Media practitioner and author, Tosin Ajibade-Oladeinde on Friday, June 24, 2022 successfully hosted the New Media Conference School Debate at Chalcedony School, Abijo G.R.A, Ibeju-Lekki. This year’s edition is themed ‘Does Social Media Enrich Education or take away from Education?’ (more…)

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Storm Puma Awake Promo to send three lucky winners to Qatar World Cup

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Kasapreko Company Limited has launched a National Consumer loyalty Promotion in a bid to garner support for Ghana’s senior national team, Black Stars, at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (more…)

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President appoints Hugh C.A Brown as Executive Director of Forest Services Division (FSD)

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Hugh C.A Brown Executive Director of Forest Services Division FSD of Forestry Commission

The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in accordance with the advice of the governing board of the Forestry Commission, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission, has appointed seasoned professional forester Hugh C.A. Brown as Executive Director of the Forest Services Division (FSD) of the Forestry Commission, Ghana, following a competitive interview supervised by the Public Services Commission to fill the vacant position.

Mr. Brown, with almost three decades of experience in tropical forest management, protection and development prior to the appointment was the Director of Operations responsible for forest plantations, a position he held for 10 years.

A letter signed by Ing. Mrs. Mabel Amoako-Atta, Secretary of the Public Services Commission noted that his appointment took effect from June 14, 2022 and charged Mr. Brown to help provide strategic vision and direction for the achievement of the strategic and business objectives and goals of the FSD and the Forestry Commission.
Profile of Mr. Hugh C.A Brown

Hugh is a certified forester with over 28 years’ work experience in tropical forest management, protection and development. Hugh holds a BSc. in Natural Resources Management and an MBA from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and Masters in Forestry (MF) from Yale University, U.S.A.
His professional affiliations include Ghana Institute of Foresters (member, 1994); Society of American Foresters (Certified Forester, 2010); and Society for Ecological Restoration (member, 2010; Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, 2018).

He currently represents Africa on the steering committee of TEAKNET, an international network of institutions, companies and individuals involved in the cultivation, research, harvesting, processing and marketing of teak timber. He was instrumental in helping Ghana win the bid to host the upcoming World Teak Conference (WTC 2022) in September this year.

Under his able leadership as Director of Operations (Plantations), FSD, over 450,000 hectares of degraded forest land is currently under restoration nationwide employing various landscape restoration interventions.
He also recently coordinated the planting of an estimated 7 million tree seedlings and 25 million tree seedlings under the President’s flagship programme dubbed Green Ghana 2021 and 2022 respectively which aims at restoring our degraded landscapes and contributing to the global fight against climate change.

He has co-authored publications in Forest Ecology and Management, and IUFRO World Series journals. He was the lead editor of the book ‘Ghana Forest Plantation Strategy: 2016 – 2040’ which provides a blueprint for forest landscape restoration in Ghana. In 2020 he was awarded the Prospect Street Award for environmental leadership by Yale University, the first person of African descent to win this prestigious global award.

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