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Lifestyle and relationship blogger, Kwadjo Panyin (musingsofanafricanbachelor), looks into how valuable Ghana’s loved pepper sauce, ‘Shito’ is to a bachelor! Check it out:

*Shitor is a hot pepper based preparation as a dark brown aromatic sauce or condiment dating back several years in its origin in Ghana.

I had just moved to a new city and I was standing in my kitchen sectioning and devouring my carefully prepared rice, baked beans, eggs and shitor when my then new girlfriend walked into my apartment.

“You eat that?!” She exclaimed with amusement and a hint of sarcasm. “How can you eat that crap?” she pressed on. “You bachelors are a mess!” She added. “Are you not going to invite me?

I was pissed so I ignored her.  How dare she disrespect my well put together bachelor delicacy!

“Do you know where I can find shitor in this city?  I asked as I started doing the dishes.

“Oh, don’t worry, I will make you some.”

Really!!? I went from a pissed off dude to a dotting Casanova in mere seconds.

Now I know what most of you are thinking; did she become a keeper simply just because she knows how to make shitor? The answer is “NO” but her ability to make shitor increased her value tremendously for me.

I have read and followed the debate surrounding the comment Hammamat made about how to make your African boyfriend marry you.  I have also read dozens of comments and stories about this matter.  I chose not to add to this dialogue since this debate will rage on and there are already enough views out there on the subject.

I am,  however, choosing to react to statements Chris-Vincent Agyapong made in his response to the controversy.

In his response about the matter, he stated; “Yes, mere shitto, you may say. But it was so valuable to me.”  I totally agree with the sentiment Chris expresses here.

The statement Chris made which resonated the most with me goes like this: “As a bachelor who can’t really cook, anytime I pulled a spoon for that amazing shitto, it got me thinking.”

Chris, you couldn’t have said it better.  I am certain Chris considered other factors in his decision to marry his woman but his point which I fully support, was the foresight, the thoughtfulness and the consideration she placed in her decision to give him shitor.  Besides, he will know the value of shitor to a bachelor hence, his thoughts about her every time he reached for the bottle.

Here are my thoughts; Shitor is absolutely essential to the existence of bachelors!

Permit me to share how I came to share Chris’s view-point on how important shitor is to bachelors such as myself.

When I started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey,  I never worried about what to eat on campus.  Fresh bed sheets, washed and ironed clothes was not part of my day-to-day existence but that was not the best part.

The best part about living on campus was three full meals at any of the dining halls of my choosing in the four campuses which made up the college.

Four years later, I was done with college and on my own for the first time in an economy-class bachelor pad.  A clueless bachelor and a kitchen equipped with no more than a toaster oven.  I was confronted with a life-threatening quandary; what the heck do I eat?

I was squarely in that awkward stage between figuring out how to end my total dependence on someone else providing my daily nourishment, how and what meals to cook in record time and wanting to move away from Chinese takeout every night.  This stage resulted in some sad meals like soggy eggs and tuna on toast, cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the occasional microwave TV meal.

It was at this point in my life that my sister entered the scene with the first bottle of shitor.   Shitor entered my culinary life at that point and it has never left my side or let me down. To put things into perspective, the first bottle my sister made for me was 16 years ago.

With shitor, a world of possibilities opened up to me and boy, was I excited!!  All I needed at the supermarket was rice, baked beans, some eggs and I was golden.  If I got my hands on cooked meals such as the ones I used to greedily commandeer at African parties, outdoorings and weddings, adding shitor just made everything taste better.

It’s sacrilegious for a bachelor to leave an African party without both arms hurting from carrying takeaway food which is enough to last for weeks. (My fellow bachelors,  just make sure you support the family with a donation. Hey, stuff does not come cheap, you know?)

Up until today, I depend on my sister’s shitor and she never fails me when I call on her.  I have moved all over the United States and my sister, God bless her heart, will not hesitate to make and ship 3 or 4 bottles to me anywhere. I love my sister and of course, I value her for keeping me supplied with shitor all these years.

A couple of years ago, my sister traveled outside the States for a long time.  To my utmost horror, my shitor supplies were running dangerously low so I made a desperate attempt to make some myself.

I googled, called my sister and some friends who were experts at shitor preparation.  I took notes, watched some YouTube videos and scoured the African markets for shitor making ingredients.

Let me just say that my efforts to prepare shitor was a dismal failure and an absolute disaster.  Not only did I almost succeed in burning down my place,  I almost got kicked out of the apartment building.  I had funked up the whole floor with the smell of charred and burnt fish.

The stench was so bad in my apartment that I had to pay a fire damage and restoration professional to remove the pervasive shitor odor in my apartment.

Needless to say, I never made another attempt to make shitor after that horrible experience. I had to go back to depending on my sister, the generosity of friends and the African markets for my shitor supplies.

Those of you who know me well will share my love for shitor without hesitation.  Shitor goes into almost every meal I eat with the exception of cereal.

I was once out with a few friends and I told them I was hungry and all the food places were closed so I was heading home.

“What will you eat at home?” One of the ladies asked. “Oh, I will probably boil an egg, cook some rice and add shitor to it.

My female friends in the group started roaring with laughter but the fellas stayed quiet.  Finally, one of the fellas interrupted the ladies and declared;

“You ladies have no clue that shitor is life for bachelors.”

Shitor, baked beans, boiled eggs and rice sounds like a weird combination,  doesn’t it?  It may surprise most that I actually know how to cook very well.  My mum, God rest her soul, did not spare the boys in the house when it came to teaching her kids how to cook.

My reliance on shitor is not due to my inability to cook.  Cooking for just one person sometimes comes as a bore to me and taking out the time to cook up elaborate meals can be a task. To add to the complexities, I am a pescatarian and my inability to eat chicken or meat further limits my choices.

My fridge looks like the picture below on most days. 90% of the time, I have no food at home,  however, shitor is an item you will always find at my bachelor pad any day.

I literally panic when I am about to run out of shitor because I know I can’t drive to the neighborhood supermarket and pick up a bottle.

I have come a long way since those bachelor days after college and my bachelor status hasn’t changed.  My repertoire includes adding shitor to almost everything.  I do not think my love for shitor will change should I get married either.

Can a woman’s ability to make shitor cause a man marry her?  I believe the answer lies with the person you ask.  We all have attributes and skills we value the most in the opposite sex.  Just like men, I am sure women also have particular qualities they value the most and can be a factor in their decision to marry a man.

Speaking for myself, a woman who can make good shitor is not an item to be checked on my search for a life partner.  However, should I meet someone who knows how to make shitor and take over from my sister, I will definitely value her and consider the constant supply of shitor a huge benefit.

Below are some pictures of meals prepared by yours truly. It does not taste as good as it looks just in case you were wondering.

By Kwadjo Panyin

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RIOHS Announces The Rebrand Of Riohs Originate To RIOHS College Of Design Ghana

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Riohs is excited to announce the rebrand of our foundational fashion design and illustration institution. Riohs Originate, is now the Riohs College of Design with the tagline “Create. Make radiance.” on the new value proposition; Unearthing potential, making seasoned professionals.

Over the last decade, the institution has existed with the aim of glowing talents. Our rebrand is closely aligned with our ultimate goal of becoming the leading institution in fashion and creative design training in Africa.

The College will be offering a wider range of Creative design courses in:

Photography

Graphic Design

Digital Fashion

Creative Thinking

Concept Development

Branding

Pattern Making

Fashion Design (Clothing & Construction) and many more.

In this new phase, we will continue to identify and nurture fresh potential and prove over and over again that one can learn how to think creatively to attain a concept, sketch and design, create patterns, design and sew a collection in 6 months.  Offering morning, evening and weekend options, our classes offer practical guidance. Our training transforms students into conscious smarter decision makers with an eye on the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Many of our global alumni have gone on to create well acknowledged brands, such as Naddia Ibrahim,ZaQi Africa, Elikem the Tailor, Royalty by Nanasie, Gallant Belle, Maud by Dianne, Avonsige, Sera Ban, Cosma gh, Mayase gh, kojo Boadi Ghana, Sara the Dress Maker, and a host of other creative minds taking on the global fashion space. Beyond creating and sustaining an industry of fashion entrepreneurs, Riohs alumna are working as professional pattern makers, sketch and digital illustrators, fashion designers and atelier managers. Some have even been honoured in Vogue such as the wildly successful – Ajabeng.

Riohs alumni have graced International Fashion Weeks like; London Fashion Week, Denmark Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week Lagos, Durban Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. 

Mr Richard Ohene Sika, founder and talent manager, had this to say – 

“Everyone has a touch of creativity hidden inside them, they just need a little Riohs in them to unearth their potential. The world always needs more people who are creating, so consider joining us. We can help you, realise your vision.”

Boilerplate ( Short description of Riohs) 

The Riohs College of Design is a creative design service and training college in Accra, Ghana that was birthed in 2010 with only 3 students. Since then, it has gone on to graduate more than 1,500 students across Africa and globally, who come to it’s Dzorwulu campus for the 6-month program. RIOHS is the pioneer and creator of the 6-month program in Fashion Design and Fashion Illustration in Ghana. The course was designed to offer practical instruction through learning by doing. Riohs offers a functional fully serviced atelier that serves as the center of it’s campus. The College intends to keep transforming lives through giving an opportunity to talents who seek to express their creative talents, under the guidance of professional artists from all over the world. Apply at riohs.com

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How Imyfone Magicmic is a real time voice changer

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There have been numerous advancements in voice changer technology over the times. Real- time voice changer software allows druggies to make different sounds and make adaptations in real time with a variety of options handed. They come with several preset sound types and will enable you to change the sound by changing the pitch, frequence, tone, and other aspects of the sound. Making fun of musketeers, neighbors, classmates and cousins is one reason why people use voice- changing software. Gamers and pennants are more likely to change their voice as part of the fun. This can help them epitomize their characters and add further fun. Voice changer tools can also be useful when creating vids for a variety of purposes. If you want to get the voice changer for zoom then we have the best option right here as the iMyfone MagicMic.

There are numerous uses, but with so numerous options, it’s hard to choose the right real- time voice changer tool. MagicMic voice changer is one of the most used and trusted coffers moment. So in reviewing this MagicMic voice changer, I’ll look at what it offers and its advantages and disadvantages.

 

Is MagicMic the stylish free real time voice changer?

 

There are numerous voice changers on the request, but MagicMic voice changer is unique. Its one-click function allows druggies to snappily change their voices. All you need is a mouse click. This tool comes from iMyFone, which is a leading inventor of colorful useful tools like MagicMic, Filme Video Editor, MarkGo etc.

 

The stylish free real time voice changer for PC

 

MagicMic comes with several sound pollutants. Minion, Echo, Robot, and Monster are just a many of the options that can be used. It can be used for online converse, voiceover, or streaming. MagicMic voice changer can also act as Skype call voice changer and discarded voice changer.

 

MagicMic features

 

  • Real time voice pollutants.
  • You can choose from over 200 available sound goods.
  • Use voice Impersonator in games and other apps.
  • In real time, just one mouse click can change your voice.
  • Windows 7, 8,8.1, 10, and 11 are completely supported.

 

The software is incredibly intuitive. Anyone from freshman to expert position can start changing their voice incontinently. The one-click function helps it stand out from the competition. To use this voice changer you have to choose the affair and input. The input device must be your microphone. The affair device will be your headphones. You can always pierce this section under the Settings tab if you need to change anything. It will be the one as the best and right at the top so if you are interested in voice changer for zoom then visit here.

 

MagicMic settings

 

Still, choose a sludge and speak into the microphone, If you want to hear how your voice sounds. You can use the tool on Twitch, Skype, PUBG, Fortnite, Discord and other platforms. Then is what you need to do, Start your asked program. Also go to the Voice Settings menu, Elect “Microphone” (Voice Changer Virtual Audio Device, or WDM) as the input device. The sound in the named program can also be converted in real time. Your changes will be heard by other druggies.

 

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Jadarls Group Powers ‘Make A Wish!’ By Purple Angels Kids Foundation

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Purple Angels Kids Foundation in its 3 years of existence has focused on the wholistic well-being of children, by gifting sick and or needy children beautiful memories to inspire hope and teach them that they can be anything they want in the future if they put their minds to it.

Babies in jail, Help! , Chalewote Giveaway, School Supply Drive by and the newly introduced Make A Wish are the projects we undertake all year round.

The maiden edition of Make A Wish kicked off last Saturday the 21st of May. Make A Wish essentially is granting one wish of a child who is terminally ill. Three children had their wishes granted, and laptops and tablets were handed over to these children who are currently fighting cancer at the Korle-Bu pediatric oncology unit.

“Jadarls group of companies powered this edition of the Make A Wish project and we couldn’t be more grateful. One of the children Lucy had just had surgery the previous day, and to be able to give her the one thing she never thought she will have the privilege of having, was a blessing.We are in this with you and we hope to help you grant more wishes,” comments the Group CEO of Jadarls Group of companies.

Purple Angels Kids foundation wishes to thank the Jadarls Group and hope that a lot more individuals, institutions, and companies will come aboard this project.

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WATCH: 24-Year-Old Who Farms To Pay Fees In University

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Perry Appoh a 24-year Geography student at the University of Ghana hails from Ziave in the Volta Region of Ghana and practices farming for survival.

He started farming at the age of fifteen when he and his siblings used to follow their father Mr.Francis Appoh who won the second-best farmer award in their district in the year 2017.

It got to a time he realized that his father don’t do any work apart from farming and with it, he was able to cater for the family of eight without any support from any source. He got the inspiration from there, and has since  been able to farm on large scale which has helped him to pay his fees in University  watch his story in the following interview with Multicdb

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New York City and Accra to host Global Citizen Festival this September

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Today at the inaugural Global Citizen NOW thought leadership summit, Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, and Minister of Tourism for Ghana, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, announced Ghana as the sister location alongside New York City for the 2022 Global Citizen Festival, marking the advocacy organization’s ten years of impact to defend the planet and defeat poverty NOW.

 

The 10th Anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival on September 24 will highlight a decade of impact working with the world’s most popular artists, live from the iconic Global Citizen stage on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City, with a simultaneous show from Accra, Ghana. Featuring performances from high profile artists from across the globe, the 10th anniversary festivals will focus on driving commitments towards defeating extreme poverty NOW. More details, including artist lineups and special guests, will be announced in the coming months.

 

H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana said: “Ghana is honoured to host this year’s edition of the Global Citizen Festival. I look forward to welcoming each and everyone of you to Accra, capital of the country at the centre of the world. Together, let us join hands and help accelerate progress towards the realization of the SDGs. We owe it to the next generation to live in a world free from poverty, disease and the degradation of the environment.”

 

Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Affairs Officer of Global Citizen said:“We are thrilled to announce Ghana as a sister location for the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival. Ghana has long been a champion of the SDGs and has seen great success in reducing poverty, building institutions, providing healthcare and education. The country has galvanized the rest of the continent through its strong institutions and decisive leadership, highlighting what can be possible. The world looks towards Ghana as a beacon in what marks its 65th anniversary year of independence, encouraging others to follow suit to end extreme poverty NOW.”

 

Along with celebrating 10 years of Global Citizen Festivals, this year marks the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence, together with the 20th anniversary of the African Union, a powerful group of nations who will help set the trajectory of the continent for the coming decades. It will also amplify the “Beyond the Return: A decade of African Renaissance – 2020-2030” campaign – a follow-up to the successful “Year Of Return”, Ghana 2019’ campaign which commemorated the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia in 1619. The landmark campaign also celebrated the resilience of the African people over the past 400 years and welcomed all people of African origin to return to Africa, especially Ghana.

 

The Global Citizen Festival in Ghana builds upon the advocacy organization’s continued expansion of its pan-African movement, with recent festivals staged in South Africa and Nigeria. Since the Mandela 100 Festival, in 2018, more than $4.7 billion of the total $7.2 billion in funding announced during the monumental event has been disbursed by commitment makers to communities and organizations on the front lines of extreme poverty impacting the lives of over 117 million people in South Africa and across the world.

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Popular Online Casino Bonuses

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Desc. Decoding a list of the most popular online casino bonuses to help you understand the ones that all players are after and the ones that casinos are frequently offering. 

 

Bonuses are a part of the online gaming experience. In fact, bonuses are one of the most important aspects of the game that needs to be explored and understood by everyone. Not only do they attract players to the online gaming experience but they also make the games a lot better. 

 

By bringing in different kinds of deals and discounts, bonuses go a long way in helping you explore the game with ease and promote you to make the most of the gaming experience. However, if you wish to make it all count, you need to understand more about these bonuses, especially the popular ones in the block. 

  • Welcome Bonus

 

It’s hard to think about a better way to convince someone to explore an online casino. Providing them with a welcome bonus not only helps them get started but also promotes them to learn more about certain games, especially when the bonus is attached to a game or two. 

 

So if there’s a welcome bonus on Blackjack, players will be able to play that game with ease and learn everything that revolves around it, especially if they can do it for free. Since this has made the bonus quite popular, Google searches for other games like ‘online Roulette free play’ are also common.

  • No-Deposit Bonus

 

Coming close to the welcome bonus, we have the no-deposit bonus, which has also done a fair bit of a job in recruiting players to the casino. These bonuses provide small bonus funds that don’t require a deposit and thus, you can look towards exploring these bonuses and the games in the right manner. 

 

Since there are also terms and conditions attached to these bonuses, it is quite important to read them before going all out to choose these bonuses and start playing.

  • Free Spins Bonus

 

The chance to spin the wheel, again and again, is a popular bonus that everyone keeps demanding from time to time. It brings about a lengthy gaming experience and highlights what online casinos want to provide. Be it slots or any other game, these bonuses can be used for different purposes and it all depends upon the casino that is offering. 

 

Regardless, there is no point in trying it out without going through the terms and conditions because those points tell you what these bonuses are about. So look towards exploring the free spins bonus and get it all going. 

  • Mobile Casino Bonus

 

If you choose to explore online casinos through your smartphone, you can get a mobile casino bonus based on the terms on which an online casino is offering the same. Mobile casinos bonuses are quite new to the gambling scene but are turning out to be popular by the day.

 

The different benefits that come with it are essential towards leading a good gaming experience and if used accurately, you can make the most of it.

  • Live Casino Bonus 

 

Considering the impact and popularity of live casinos, you can expect its bonuses to follow a similar path and that is why we have live casino bonuses on this list. As a bonus given out to new players trying out the live casino experience, it is an important one in helping players get started.

 

Moreover, it helps one get comfortable with the new platform of live gaming because it also comes with instructions and various other aspects. So being able to explore and learn more about this particular type of bonus can be seen as a boost for those interested in live gaming.  

 

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