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Ghanaian Doctor in the UK selected to join the Healthcare Leadership Academy as Scholar

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A Specialist trainee in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the United Kingdom  from Ghana has been selected to join the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) Scholars programme – a prestigious scholarship set up to develop and nurture healthcare leaders of the future.

After completing a rigorous selection process, Dr. Daniel Darko will be joining the academy’s cohort for the 2021/22 academic year.

Founded in 2016, the HLA scholarship recognises healthcare students and professionals with proven leadership ability and gives them the opportunity to take their leadership skills to the next level.

The HLA aims to inspire and support healthcare students and professionals to change the world of healthcare through leadership, one small step at a time.

Daniel, a Ghanaian by nationality and had his undergraduate Medical education in Ukraine where he held a number of leadership positions including the President of the Ghanaian students association. He holds a master degree in Health Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Ghana. He is currently a specialty trainee based at the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust where he previously worked as a trust grade doctor.

Speaking about the opportunity, Daniel Darko, said: “The Health Leadership Academy (HLA) has created a niche in raising and empowering next generation of health care leaders through its flagship programs and I am elated to be part of this year’s cohort”

The HLA started with the flagship HLA Scholars programme based in London and since then it has rapidly spread across the UK, with cohorts in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Belfast, and Edinburgh, as well as Amsterdam.

It was formed in response to demand from young clinicians and medical students to learn about leadership. The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and develop their understanding of leadership.

Speaking about this year’s cohort, Johann Malawana, Director of the HLA, said:

“After a rigorous and competitive application process, with over 1,800 people starting the application process, we are delighted to welcome Dr.Daniel Darko to our 2021-2022 scholars.

 “The pandemic has reinforced the need for leaders who inspire, listen and care. At a time of great global challenge, it is important that the next generation of healthcare leaders are motivated, inspired, and prepared in order to best look after the populations they serve.

 “We look forward to seeing what this generation of Scholars achieve with the platform they are given through the HLA and its community.”

 As part of their role, Scholars are expected to develop a community project over the course of the one-year programme, with previous projects having reached national prominence, winning prizes, publications and presentations at national events including at the House of Lords.

Universities and healthcare organisations where previous scholars have been based have benefitted immensely from their staff and students becoming scholars. They have developed high profile projects that have had an impact nationally and internationally.

The HLA is approved by The Institute of Leadership & Management, is a certified member of Social Enterprises UK, and is commissioned by Health Education England North-East and Health Education England South-West. The HLA partners with Medics.Academy and through Medics.Academy its programme is accredited by the Medical School at the University of Central Lancashire. The HLA is also supported by University College London’s Academic Careers Office.

Find out more: https://thehealthcareleadership.academy/

 

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Social media users go crazy as Moesha Bodoung makes first IG post in months

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Ghanaian actress, Moesha Bodoung has returned to social media after a long break.

In the second quarter of 2021, the actress found Christ, an encounter, that led to series of scandals.

Moesha was reported to have suffered some mental breakdown amidst other things.

She went off social media through the period and was missed dearly by her followers.

On Saturday night, Moesha announced her return with a post on Instagram.

“God is King,” she shared.

See screenshot of her post below;

Moesha post has since generated a lot of reactions as colleagues in the industry as well as her fans rejoiced at her return.

See screenshots of some reactions below;

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Chance The Rapper meets Nana Addo, hints at coming back to Ghana in July with a ‘big group’

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Although Chance The Rapper has returned to the USA, he already has plans to return to Ghana soon. (more…)

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‘I started cooking at the age of 10’ – Food vlogger Sweet Adjeley shares her journey

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One of Ghana’s most celebrated food vloggers watched and loved worldwide, Sweet Adjeley has disclosed how her passion for cooking started at an early age. (more…)

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African animation Seal Team makes a splash on Netflix Top 10 Films in 27 countries around the world

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Triggerfish’s third animated feature, Seal Team, is making a splash on Netflix’s global Top 10 films for the week ending 9 January 2022, with members watching over 10 million hours, making it the ninth most-watched film on Netflix in 27 countries!

Seal Team, which launched on New Year’s Eve, is the story of Quinn, a seal who spends his days relaxing in the sun, splashing in the beautiful waters off the coast of Cape Town, and swimming for his life from Great White Sharks. When he decides it’s time for the food chain to bite back, Quinn recruits a ragtag team of likeminded seals brave, stupid and crazy enough to try and teach those sharks a lesson.

 

Decider says, “Seal Team has laughs-a-plenty and a sense of good natured camaraderie in its heart,” not to mention “inspired voice casting” and “the kind of sight gags that look beyond cartoon kids’ fare.”

 

Common Sense Media recommends Seal Team for ages six and up, saying, “Though it doesn’t have the big-name studios behind it, this movie holds its own in the animation and voice acting categories… You can’t help but root for the seals.”

 

The all-star cast is far from wet behind the ears. Jessie T. Usher (A-Train in The Boys) stars as Quinn, opposite the likes of Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Omni-Man in Invincible), Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (Philip in The Americans), Emmy nominee Kristen Schaal (Mabel inGravity Falls, The Guide in What We Do In The Shadows) and four-time Annie Awards nominee Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson in Family Guy), as well as South African stars Sharlto Copley (Wikus van der Merwe in District 9) and John Kani (Rafiki in The Lion King).

 

Grammy Award winner Seal plays a singing seal called Seal Seal and action legend Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) portrays a dolphin called Dolph – two castings which tell you everything you need to know about both the film’s humour and how swimmingly everything fell into place for the production.

 

Seal Team is the feature film debut of South African writer-director Greig Cameron, working from a story by Wayne Thornley (Adventures in Zambezia) and Brian and Jason Cleveland.

 

“Believe it or not, our underwater military animal team is based on a real unit that trains seals and dolphins to disarm mines,” says Greig. “Admittedly, the real-life version probably isn’t armed with exploding sardines and octo-suits made out of octopi that can change colour…”

 

Of course, seals are the unlikeliest of action heroes, especially when on land. “They’re these weird, flubby, amorphous slabs of butter on land,” says Greig. “We went on a research trip diving with them. As we left the harbour in the boat, I was looking at these derpy seals just lying there on the jetty, and I was wondering, ‘Goodness gracious, how are we going to make an action movie with these guys?’ But then as soon as we got in the water, I was like, ‘Yes, this is going to work amazingly.’ When they get in the water, it’s not just that they’re faster: their whole bodies re-form into these darting bullets. They’re pretty much the physical manifestation of ‘squash-and-stretch’ animation.”

 

Greig leaned into the ridiculousness of the seals vs. sharks premise. “Cape fur seals forming a military SEAL team to fight sharks is something so silly and ridiculous, it makes me grin,” says Greig. “It makes everyone grin.”

But co-director Kane Croudace says for all its silliness, behind the madcap gags and rapid-fire punchlines, Seal Team is also an inspiring underdog story that everyone at Triggerfish related to.

 

“It’s about a hero who is brave, stupid and crazy enough to want to do the dangerously impossible,” says Kane. “That’s a theme that resonates throughout my working career. Right at the beginning of my time with Triggerfish, we wanted to make a feature film at the bottom of Africa with a totally inexperienced crew, which everyone said was impossible. We went and did it anyway. If anyone working at a ’proper’ studio had seen our workflows on Adventures In Zambezia, they would have given us 150/1 odds against us ever finishing it. But shielded by our stupidity and bravado, we managed to do it and we’ve got better with each subsequent project. So I think Quinn’s attitude to the task ahead is mirrored in our tenacity in getting these films made.”

 

Triggerfish’s first two films, Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, sold nine million cinema tickets globally, placing them in the five biggest box office hits from Africa ever. Triggerfish then went on to animate the Oscar-nominated Roald Dahl adaptation Revolting Rhymes as well as four much-loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler adaptations, including the 2021 Annie Award winner The Snail and the Whale and the 2020 International Emmy-winning Zog, all produced by Magic Light Pictures.

 

The 25-year-old studio is currently producing three Africa-focused TV series: Mama K’s Team 4 for Netflix; Kiya for eOne, Disney Junior and Disney+; and the anthology Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, for Disney+.

 

The 2021 Annecy International Animation Festival awarded Triggerfish the Mifa Animation Industry Award for “the pioneering role that the company has played in animation in South Africa, and Africa most widely,” according to Véronique Encrenaz, head of Mifa.

 

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It is special to be able to perform at the 02 Indigo- Kuami Eugene

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Lynx Entertainment Label mates, Kuami Eugene and KiDi are gearing up to headline a concert at the O2 Indigo in London on March, 6. (more…)

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I no longer sleep in the same room with my son- Akuapem Poloo

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After suffering  public criticism and going to jail for posing nude with her son on his birthday, Rosemond Brown, a.k.a Akuapem Poloo has learnt her lessons. (more…)

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