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Ghana’s Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong honoured as Female Entrepreneur of the Year at AWELFA 2023

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Ghana’s Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong has been honoured for her contribution to Women and Business in Africa at the Africa Women Economic and Leadership Forum and Awards (AWELFA 2023), held in Cameroon. During the forum, Miss Sarpong spoke on the “Impact, Opportunities and Strategies for Women in Entrepreneurship under the AfCFTA”. AWELFA later presented Miss Sarpong with an award as Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong, is a multiple award-winning Media, Marketing & Communications Practitioner, Humanitarian and Entrepreneur. She is also a Lecturer in International Marketing, Women and Youth Empowerment Coach, an Ecosystem Enabler, Social Impact Facilitator and Africa Trade Facilitator.IMG 20230201 WA0070

Nana Yaa believes in making significant contribution to society through her volunteer activities and philanthropy and holds several board chairmanship and membership roles. She is the Chairperson of the Northern Innovation Lab Foundation and sits on many advisory boards of institutions including The Methodist Church Ghana/Wesleyan TV, Humanitarian Awards Global, The Global 48 Hour Film Project Franchise in Ghana, Women In Media Foundation, amongst others.

Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong is a sought after Keynote Speaker who has been celebrated across Business, Gender, Media, Academia, Humanitarian Works, etc through numerous Awards and citations.

Nana Yaa was honored in November 2022 with the Top 100 Achiever Award by her alma mater, the Ghana Communication Technology University and Anhalt University, Germany.

She is also a two-time honouree of the prestigious Forty Under 40 Awards Africa in recognition of her excellent contributions in industry for the categories of Marketing and Communications as well as Professional Services for the years 2022 and 2020 respectively.  In 2021, Nana Yaa was honoured and awarded by the Humanitarian Awards Global for her humanitarian support and works.

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Her contribution to Ghana’s Media landscape for the last 24 years has won her the admiration of the industry and garnered her numerous notable awards including, Media Personality of the Year by the Ghana Leadership Awards, The Ghana Peace Awards for her extraordinary leadership achievements and contribution to Ghana’s Media landscape and towards Social Change, Kids Choice Awards for her Outstanding Contribution to Kids Television and Entertainment as well as receiving the outstanding Channel Manager award at the C-BAZE Awards 2018, in recognition of her superior leadership and contribution to Media and Entertainment in Ghana.

Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong is the Founder of the League of Extraordinary Women and the League of Extraordinary Youth Networks. She is an accomplished entrepreneur and CEO of the front line Business & Consulting firm and Elohay Group, which has successfully rolled out many projects in areas such as Trade Partnerships, FMCG, Business Development, PR, Advertising & Marketing campaigns to Local , African and International organizations. She also oversees the operations of the Methodist Church Ghana’s Wesleyan Television Station.

Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong holds a joint MBA International Trade degree from Anhalt University, Germany and Ghana Communication Technology University, Ghana. She also holds an LLB Laws Degree from Mountcrest University College, Ghana, a Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from CIM UK and a BSc. Business Administration Degree from the University of Ghana Business School.

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6 out of 10 people reading this have never visited a dentist. Here is Why

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Good oral health is a vital aspect of a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Kami Hoss, a best-selling author and thought leader in dental health says that “Oral health is another essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to staying healthy”.

Ever had a nagging tooth ache that just won’t go away? Bleeding gums that leave your toothbrush red every time you brush or the overly sensitive teeth that give you trouble whenever you take anything hot or cold? Now imagine living the rest of your life this way.

These conditions could significantly affect your quality of life and wellbeing and may even impact your economic opportunities. But it would also mean that you would be suffering from largely preventable pain.

This is unfortunately the reality of many Ghanaians.

Despite the efforts to increase the number of trained dentists available in Ghana, the percentage of Ghanaians seeking dental care is alarmingly low.

Studies conducted in Ghana have shown that the availability and accessibility of dental services alone are not sufficient to motivate Ghanaians to visit the dentist. Experts from the Ghana Dental Association (GDA) continue to raise awareness on other barriers that may prevent Ghanaians from obtaining dental consultation and treatment.

According to the latest statistics, the most significant barrier to accessing dental care in Ghana is cost, as reported by an estimated 80% of Ghanaians. Due to the lack of information on the importance of the dentist and good oral care, many people avoid dentist visits in favour of other costs they deem more important. Statistics also show that 53% of Ghanaians have never visited a dentist because it’s too expensive and lack of access because of barriers like cost means that problems often go untreated leading to permanent loss of teeth. So, in the long run, the issue of cost can be curbed by visiting a dentist in the early stages of oral disease before cases become severe.

Another key barrier is the fear of dentists. By GDA standards, the level of dental fear among adults in Ghana is considered high. This fear may be attributed to the lack of education surrounding oral healthcare and the scary tales that those who have had painful experiences come back with from the dentist. People tend to have perceptions of the dentist’s office being a terrifying place and they cannot unlearn this fear until they are educated about the benefits of dentist visits and encouraged to visit dental clinics regularly.

The World Health Organisation recommends 1 dentist for every 7,500 people However, in Ghana there are fewer than 1(0.1) dentist per 10,000 people. Considering 43% of the Ghanaian population lives in rural areas, but 70% of dental professionals are concentrated in major towns and cities, Ghanaians located in rural areas continue to consider accessibility as a big challenge. Given this severe lack of access millions of people have never been to a dentist

Apart from cost, fear and availability of dental professionals, language has also proven to be a major barrier to accessing dental care in Ghana. Ghana has approximately 50 indigenous languages spanning the 16 regions of the country.   This means that there is still a substantial number of Ghanaians that do not speak English, the language most dental practitioners primarily use to communicate with their patients. This can create a wider gap between the dentist and patient because patients may misunderstand their diagnoses, treatment options and aftercare instructions. They may also feel misunderstood and may find the treatment they received to be inadequate.

To address the situation, a range of alternative approaches can be introduced, such as leveraging tele-health, subsidizing the cost of dental care and education and sensitization of Ghanaians on the need for regular dentals visits and prioritizing oral care to ensure general wellbeing.

Tele-dentistry involves providing real time dental consultations via digital and mobile means. It offers recipients of the service an opportunity to receive professional dental care and support to manage minor oral health concerns without having to go to a dental clinicGiven the limited availability and proximity of dental professionals, scaling up a Tele-dentistry program is a practical solution to bridging the urban-rural divide and making access to dental consultations much easier and more efficient, ultimately encouraging a larger proportion of the population to seek dental treatment and not wait until it is too late to see a dentist.

As Ghana get sets to mark World Oral Health Day, it is imperative for key stakeholders to join hands in addressing the many obstacles facing the Ghanaian populace in having access to good oral health care and systems.

Ghana’s leading oral care brand Pepsodent, is already playing a key role in partnership with the Ghana Dental Association, through its long-standing behaviour change program in schools and communities.

It is only by working together to educate people about the importance of oral health and making treatment more accessible and affordable, that we will improve oral health outcomes and overall wellbeing in Ghana.

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Thuto the Human Outdoored As Winner Of Remy Martin Producer’s Contest – Set To Work With Major League DJZ And Freek in Dubai

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Budding South African producer, Thuto Moloi, aka Thuto the Human, has experienced what many will call “A groundbreaking moment” in his career.

The talented DJ and Producer was announced the winner of the Remy Martin Producer’s contest Season 2 and outdoored at a grand ceremony in Dubai this week.IMG 20230319 WA0052

Thuto the Human survived an intense boot camp and triumphed in a 3-way beat battle in Joburg.IMG 20230319 WA0051

As part of his winning package, the “Ke Dipatjie” hitmaker will be working with Emirati Born musician Freek and international DJ duo Major league DJZ on a mixtape in the UAE.

Alastair Coombe, head of digital marketing and Ecommerce for Remy Martin, echoed that the brand does not expect any future profit from Thuto but only want to see him capitalize on the platform given him to excel.IMG 20230319 WA0050

“It is not on us to expect future returns or anything like that. I think it’s just to get the guys out there,and see them grow and access the support and general tools at his disposal, That’s the expectation,” he answered

A team of creative community leaders & collaborators welcomed the artistes and producers to Dubai at an exclusive yacht experience hosted by Remy Martin with support from The Dubai Tourism represented by Prince Tonye Princewill Tjt, Guests included the local creatives, Media personalities & influencers from Africa.IMG 20230319 WA0049

Major League DJz and Thuto the Human are expected to host a half-day session in the coming days jamming with local superstars like Freek, Abri, and other entertainers.

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IWD Women’s Profile – EVELYN SAM

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In a field dominated by men, many women have been excelling in their various roles. AirtelTigo, one of the leading telecommunications companies, recognizes and values the contributions of women to their business.In a move to embrace equity, the company is highlighting some women whose impact on the organization has been significant.

Today, we will gain insights into Evelyn Sam’s journey to AirtelTigo, her contributions to the company, how mentorship has influenced her career, and her initiatives to support other women in achieving success.

 

Background

Evelyn Sam is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for AirtelTigo Ghana overseeing the overall vendor management and the supply of goods and services to the business. With her roots firmly planted in East Cantonments where she was born and raised; the third out of four children. 

Education

A proud AKORA, Evelyn attended Achimota Secondary School from Form One to Sixth Form majoring in Science and then furthered her education at the University of North London with a focus on Chemistry. Fueled by her passion, Evelyn enrolled in an MBA in Leader and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria UK.

After completing A-Levels in Ghana, Evelyn joined her siblings in the United Kingdom where her first stint in the corporate world. After 15 years, her heart yearned for the familiar sights and sounds of home, so she returned to Ghana with her family.

Evelyn is proud to be a Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and holds a fellowship with the institute.

Family

Evelyn Ashai Sam (nee Botchwey) is married to Mr. Robert Sam an HR Consultant and are blessed with four beautiful adult daughters. They have been her greatest inspiration and motivation to achieve all that she has accomplished in her career.

 

  1. How did you end up in your role as a Chief Supply Chain Officer?

My career in Supply Chain began in UK, where I gained valuable experience before moving on to work in Unilever Ghana for over a decade. In my role as Company Planning Manager, I was responsible for overseeing operations and ensuring the success of various projects.

In 2009, I was offered the position of General Manager of Supply Chain at MTN (Scancom Ltd), where I led a team to numerous achievements and awards until 2018.

After the merger of AirtelTigo, I was asked to join their Supply Chain Management team to share my knowledge and expertise gained over the years. I was eager to explore new opportunities and challenges outside of my previous company and joining as a direct report to the CEO was an added advantage.

 

  1. What do you think helped you get so far in your career?

My personality has played a significant role in my career success thus far. I possess a strong determination and perseverance, which allows me to overcome challenges and achieve my goals. Additionally, I prioritize continuous learning and growth, recognizing that it is essential to remain competitive and stay ahead in today’s rapidly changing business world.

  1. What do you see as the biggest barrier to embracing equity of women in the economy, especially in Technology/STEM (Science Technology. Engineering Mathematics) and what more needs to be done?

There are several challenges women face in their careers. One of the major challenges is the inequality in salaries compared to men in the same field. Another challenge is the scarcity of female role models who can guide and mentor them. Additionally, women have fewer opportunities compared to men, which is another obstacle they need to overcome.

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  1. What is the most important message you want to send to young women thinking about their careers?

My advice to young women would be to approach their career choices thoughtfully. While the challenge and perceived remuneration are important factors, it’s equally crucial to find a career that one genuinely enjoys. Additionally, researching and understanding the culture of the company they wish to join is essential in making an informed decision.

 

  1. On the backdrop of 2023’s International Women’s Day theme “Embrace Equity”, do you think society is embracing equity? In your line of work, is equity something we are inching closer to?

In my opinion, there is still a lot of work to be done by society to ensure equity for all. This can include reevaluating maternity leave policies and exploring possibilities for dedicated areas to support breastfeeding mothers and after-school care.

Furthermore, it’s essential to set aside quotas for recruiting qualified women in various roles. Although we have made some progress in closing the gender gap, there’s still more that we can do to encourage young women to balance their personal and professional lives.

 

  1. At your level, what actions do you take towards gender equality in your workplace?

As part of my efforts to support and mentor young women, I provide coaching and counseling to help them realize their potential and understand that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. In addition to this, I pay close attention to their communication skills and how they carry themselves.

When I’m on the interview panel, I ensure that I give them equal and fair opportunities to showcase their skills and abilities. Moreover, I’m always eager to involve them in different projects and encourage them to speak up and share their ideas at various forums.

 

  1. What advice will you give women struggling in a male-dominated industry?

I would advise women to seek out female mentors at a senior level and to actively seek continuous guidance and support from them. It is also important for women to work closely with their male colleagues to learn from them on the job.

Additionally, I encourage women to always give their best in whatever they do, and to never settle for anything less than what they deserve. With dedication and hard work, they can achieve great things in their careers.

While I did not have female mentors, I had male mentors who provided me with guidance on public speaking, confidence, and core leadership skills, which played a significant role in my career. I strongly believe that women should support each other by sharing their experiences and offering encouragement on how to balance their personal and work lives.

  1. Do you feel you have achieved what you wanted to?

Having accomplished much in my career, I feel fulfilled and content with my professional journey thus far. As I near retirement, I am eager to share my knowledge and experience with younger women and offer them guidance in their own career paths. I believe that passing on lessons learned and providing support to the next generation of female leaders is crucial in advancing gender equity in the workplace.

  1. What positive changes have you seen regarding women in the workplace since you started your career?

I have noticed a trend of women venturing into fields that were previously male-dominated, such as IT and technology. Additionally, I have observed a growing sense of confidence among women in delivering presentations.

  1. What three values govern the way you live your life?

Integrity, Fairness and Godliness

The AirtelTigo International Women’s Day Profiling campaign spans over a month and is aimed at celebrating women in their respective workplaces. The campaign is designed to recognize and highlight the significant contributions made by women to the growth and success of the company. Through this campaign, AirtelTigo aims to promote gender equity and encourage women to strive for excellence in their careers. Overall, the campaign seeks to promote gender diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

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Top Advantages of Investing in Human Hair Bundles with Closure

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If you’re looking for a high-quality, natural hair extension solution, investing in Human Hair Bundles with closure may be the best option for you. These types of hair extensions offer a variety of benefits that are sure to appeal to anyone interested in improving the look and feel of their hair. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the top benefits associated with investing in human hair bundles with closure. Keep reading to learn more!

Benefits associated with investing in hair bundles with closure

There are many benefits associated with investing in human hair bundles with closure.

1.   Hair quality improved

Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that you’ll enjoy better hair quality. Human hair bundles with closure are made from 100% real human hair, so they can significantly boost the overall quality of your hair. If you’re tired of dealing with frizzy, damaged, or otherwise weak hair, human hair bundles with closure may be just what you need.

2.   Increased volume and fullness

In addition to improving the quality of your hair, human hair bundles with closure can also help add volume and fullness. If you have thin or fine hair, adding a few extensions can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your locks. Even if you have thick hair, you’ll still want to add some extra volume and fullness for special occasions. Whatever your goals are, human hair bundles with closure can help you achieve them.

3.   Length added

Another advantage of human hair bundles with closure is that they can provide extra length. Whether you want to add a few inches or get locks like Rapunzel, human hair bundles with closure can help you get there. If your natural hair is relatively short, you may be able to achieve dramatic results with just a few extensions.

4.   Improved self-esteem

Finally, it’s important to note that human hair bundles with closures can also improve self-esteem. If you’re not happy with your natural hair, adding some extensions can give you the boost you need to feel better about yourself. In addition to looking good, feeling good about your appearance can have a positive impact on all areas of your life. Whether you want better quality, increased volume and fullness, extra length, or just to feel better about yourself, human hair bundles with closure can be the perfect solution.

How to get the most out of your human hair bundles with closure purchase?

There are a few things you can do to get the most out of your human hair bundles with closure purchase. First, make sure to buy from a reputable seller. There are many companies that sell fake or low-quality hair extensions, so it’s important to do your research before making a purchase. Second, care for your human hair bundles with closure according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. This will help ensure they last as long as possible. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles! Human hair bundles with closure can be used in a variety of ways, so have fun trying out different looks until you find something you love.

By following these tips, you can rest assured that you’ll get the most out of your human hair bundles with closure purchase. Investing in high-quality extensions can be a great way to improve the look and feel of your hair, so don’t hesitate to give them a try!

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned more about some of the top benefits associated with human hair bundles with closure, it’s time to take the next step and invest in your own set of extensions! With so much on offer, there’s no reason not to try them. Shop today and see for yourself how human hair bundles with closure & Wigs afterpay can transform your look. You will not be disappointed!

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All you need to know about SAP Concur

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Companies need to manage their travel expenses and other expense efficiently. Some businesses used traditional sources like spreadsheets and paper-based management while some businesses used advanced and automate travel and expense (T&E) management software like SAP Concur.

In this article, I am going to tell you all about SAP Concur that you need to know. So, read this article from start to end to know further about it.

 SAP Concur — A Quick Overview

SAP Concur is one of the best and most widely used travel and expense management platforms, which helps businesses of all ranges to manage their travel, expense, and all the processes, related to their invoice from any place. It gives more visibility to the business. It enables them to take more control over their travel and expense to save T&E expenses and enhance the productivity of a business.

It is an efficient service that enables users to automate and integrate all the processes involves in travel and expense management. It helps businesses to streamline their travel and expense to record their expense. It helps businesses in processing reimbursement. It gives an accurate and error-free way of tracking, recording submitting, and reimbursing the travel expense of employees.

What are the advantages of using SAP Concur? 

Following are some of the key advantages that you can get by using the SAP Concur:

  • Integrated solution 

It gives an integrated solution for travel and expense management. It automates all the processes related to T&E management and gives control to the organizations over their expense.

  • Global Software 

It gives a global solution that supports many currencies and languages. It can calculate multiple currency exchange rates, VAT/GST, and car-mileage allowance.

  • Integrated data capturing 

This software integrates expense, invoice, TMC, and credit card data in a single solution so; you do not need to use multiple software for dealing with different types of data. It also enables users to match data from receipts’ pictures and travel companies for reporting expenses accurately and efficiently.

  • Gamification technology 

This software is equipped with gamification technology, which let organizations identify and reward the effort of workers to keep expense down

  • Communicate with team 

This software provides messaging features that make it easy for team members to collaborate and communicate with each other. They can communicate by data feed, detect risk, and can also get alerts to stay updated

  • Travel planning 

SAP Concur Travel and Expense Management Software enable employee to plan their business travel easier. It gives them real-time flight alerts for delays, flight reservations, and cancelation facilities and enables them to change their plans according to the demand and situation.

  • Concur TripIT 

It is a free solution that SAP Concur offers which makes travel planning more streamlined. It gives tools to the users for flight reservations, hotel reservations, events, and activities booking. This tool gives a single solution for all business trips and travel.

What features does SAP Concur provide? 

SAP Concur is a helping hand for all businesses who want to manage their travel and expense efficiently. It helps organizations deal with their travel and expense challenges.

The following are the major features that SAP Concur offers to users:

  1. Concur Expense 

With these features, companies can track and record their spending. This feature helps organizations streamline and control their spending from different sources. This helps them to make data-driven decisions for their business by providing them with accurate data. It simplifies the whole expense management process and supports teams.

This gives the following functions: 

  • It tracks all the expense
  • Automatically capture the receipts to make reports
  • Implement expense policies
  • Process fast reimbursement
  • Enable employees to make, recheck, submit, and approve expense reports using a mobile app
  • Watch the expense management process with digital receipts
  • Get complete control over finance by connecting concur with your ERP
  • Track data accurately
  1. Concur travel 

This feature is developed to help companies to deal with complex travel processes and challenges they faced with traveling. It helps business to manage their travel by implementing their T&E policies. It helps business to detect fraud reimbursement claims.

It gives the following advantages: 

  • Get accurate data for travelers
  • Give location check-in, HR Profiles, TMC, and TripLink
  • Keep users updated with the latest trends in the corporate travel sector
  • Track and manage the traveling program
  • Give useful insights into travel expense

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Say ‘I Do’ to the App that Makes Wedding Planning a Breeze: Nuna

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