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Annie Joy Annie Joy[/caption] What comes into you mind when you hear the word, expectations? Have you got expectations?   Have you witnessed some of your expectations come to pass? Are expectations something you can rely on? Before this question gets an answer for them, let us get the definition of expectations from google search. It is defined as a strong belief that something will happen OR a belief that, someone will or should achieve something.   In each definition, the word that is used is “belief”; which is defined as an acceptance that something exist or is true especially without a proof. The word I want to highlight here is “without a proof. Now, let us answer the questions. The moment expectations come in mind, you picture something you are yearning for.   Definitely you have got expectations. One or two expectations of yours might have come to pass.   Expectations can be relied on. but at the same time, cannot be rely on. Many have lived by expectations without adding one ingredient to it and has faced disappointments. You cannot tell on expectations because it can keep you down when you do not achieve what you wished to achieve.   Sometimes, expectations hurts when it is not achieved, therefore you should not expects too much in life. Instead, I will urge you fight for whatever you want. You cannot be dependent on something which is without proof even though, it is accepted. Life is not simple where you wish for things and they show up as you see in cartoons.   How is the feeling like when you are expecting that friend to buy you something on her way to your house but came up empty or you gave money to someone to get you something in the market on her way going there and she comes back to tell you, I forgot. Just take a flash back and notice the part where you expected something but could not achieve it. Oh! you expected to get all the A’s in your exams but your expectations beat you up.   Are expectations something you can really rely on? It has made some lost the heart to love, trust and believe.   Someone somewhere right now has lost confidence with his/herself because of an expectation that was not achieved. In fact, expectations can make one shattered for a long period or better still, a short period because you simply did not or did expect that.   On a second thought, you can rely on expectations.   That is when you will add the one ingredient I mentioned earlier which is “FAITH”. Listen, expectations are accepted without proof but with faith, it is accepted with proof, focus and confidence. Let me give a scenario here, The woman who had 12 years bleeding in the Bible expected to touch JESUS and achieve her healing. She did not believe on by expectation but added faith which boosted her confidence level. You think you can expect with your human knowledge and achieve it?   Whenever you notice, someone is confident with his/herself that she will achieve what the desire is for.   Ask the person about the secret behind it. It is simply by faith which is due to prayer. He has made a prayer and believed by faith that he will achieve it. Faith is guaranteed with a proof about what you have accepted. Hence, live by expectations but do not forget to add faith to it.   Because expectations is just a feeling, a belief that something should happen and you might not even be so sure if it will happen.   Elijah made a prayer that it should not rain for some days. Notice, He made a prayer and after the prayer, He expected rain. He lived to witness his expectations happening. Now, you see the proof. You cannot expect without faith because your expectations would be aimless with no proof.   Remember, Faith is laying hold of the unseen realm of hope or expectation and bringing it into reality. You can live by expectations only if you will add faith.   Faith is the manifestation of future expectancy into the realities of the present. Faith tells me that my expectations can be fulfilled now. Faith is guaranteed to achieving an expectation.   Rely on your expectations with faith   Read more on www.donkorsblog.com   Writer: Annie Joy  ]]>

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A Guide To Major Events Happening In Accra This December!

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Ghana has become the favorite December destination of the world, and this year is not different. There are hundreds of shows lined up but I have highlighted all the major programs going on in the capital Accra.

The list consists of Live Events, Parties, Adventure Trips, Comedy, Fashion and Yard Sales.

Check them out:

Live With Mona – 2nd – Coco Vanilla (Adjirigano)

MTN Music Festival – 3rd – Grand Arena

Akpe Experience – 3rd – UPSA Auditorium

Rythmz On Runway – 4th – Grand Arena

Made in Taadi – 4th – +233 Jazz Bar &Grill

The Freedom Xperience Concert (Shatta Wale & Medikal) – 10th – D’effizy Mall

Accra Fashion Week – 9th-12th – Memory Art Lane

Island Concert – 10th – Tortuga Island (Osu)

Turn On Deck – 10th – Oliver Twist

Just A Voice Concert – 10th – Gold Coast Bar

Sell It With Fun – 11th – Efua Sutherland Park

Popular But Broke – 11th – National Theatre

The Jollof Festival – 11th – City Galleria

The Buzz Trade Show – 11th – Impact Hub (Osu)

The Bar Concert – 18th – Coco Vanilla(Adjirigano)

The One Concert (Jupita) – 18th – Fantasy Dome

Beer and Barbecue Party – 18th – Old Kingsway Building

The Trinity Show – 18th – Flip Bar

Unleashed – 18th – Grand Arena

The Live Experience With Gyakie – 19th – La Palm Royal Beach Hotel

Amapiano Festival – 19th – Garage

Manifestives – 19th – Bukom Boxing Arena

Crusade (La Meme Gang) – 20th – Enclave Garden

Bhim Concert – 21st – Grand Arena

Touchdown (The Welcome Party) – 22nd – Luxe Lounge and Garden (AnC Mall)

Golden Hour – 23rd – Suncity Apartment

Romanus Incomplete – 23rd – National Theatre

Samini Xperience Concert – 24th – Grand Arena

Promiseland (King Promise) – 24th – Grand Arena

The Citi’uation – 24th – Venue to be announced

Tribvl Jungle Fever – 24th – Legon Botanical Gardens

The Hiplife Party – 25th – +233 Jazz Bar & Grill

Rapperholic Concert – 25th – Grand Arena

Gold Coast Carnival – 26th – Wakanda Beach Resort (Kokrobite)

Little Havana – 26th – Little Acre (Aburi)

Wildaland Festival – 26th to 27th – Shai Forest Reserve

Afrochella Festival – 28th – El Wak Stadium

Republic Spirit Music Fest – 29th – Untamed Empire

R2Bees and Friends – 29th – La Palm Royal Beach

African Fashion Nightout – 30th – Octagon

Amafest Ghana – 30th – Untamed Empire

DLT Brunch – 30th – Bloombar

Please note that some dates times and locations of are subject to change. 

Eric Agyapong-Mensah (Eric Toscar), Researcher at 3Music provided data of the list of events.

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MultiChoice Teams Up with Udemy to Give Customers Across Africa Access To Skills Advancement and Development Opportunities

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In a move to empower customers across the continent with impactful and functional skills, Africa’s leading entertainment provider, MultiChoice, is partnering with Udemy, a global leader in online learning, to provide access to thousands of high-quality courses to enable DStv and GOtv customers to invest in their personal and professional development.

 

For years, the DStv and GOtv platforms have provided viewers with world-class edutainment, with content catering to personal growth for all ages. In addition to sport, local programming, news and general entertainment, customers of MultiChoice, Africa’s Most Loved Storyteller, can access educational content on Discovery, Nat Geo Wild, History Channel, DaVinci Kids, BBC and many more channels. The partnership with Udemy will continue MultiChoice’s mission to positively contribute toward well-informed and progressive customers.

 

Udemy’s diverse course catalogue includes over 183,000 online courses provided by more than 65,000 instructors in 75 languages. The platform is user-friendly and simple to navigate with a flexible format that allows learners to access a wide variety of courses at their own pace, with personalized recommendations and paths that maximize learning.

 

While their respective platforms are distinct, MultiChoice and Udemy have a shared mission of providing a vast range of accessible content which enriches the lives of a broad audience with diverse interests and needs. This fitting collaboration will serve customers with a passion for learning.

 

“We’re very excited to partner with an innovative and purposeful platform like Udemy, especially as the world shifts to an online learning future,” says Fhulufhelo Badugela, Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Africa. “We are constantly seeking ways to enrich and progress the lives of our valued customers and tapping into learning and development is a natural next step. Investing in the future of our customers in Ghana and the continent is a top priority and we are proud to be able to collaborate with Udemy that values the advancement of customers as much as we do.”

 

“As a global learning platform, our mission is to provide access and create new opportunities for learners around the world, across a wide range of content areas and at all levels of expertise,” said Llibert Argerich, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Udemy. “MultiChoice has a long history of prioritizing learning, and we’re proud to be working with them to unlock new possibilities for learners across the continent.”

 

Whether customers are professionals looking to improve their technical skills, or students wanting to complement their studies, Udemy offers thousands of fresh and current courses ranging from learning a new language to playing a new instrument, to coding, data science, and business leadership, including free courses on topics like blogging, personal productivity, and meditation. Udemy’s content is created by real-world practitioners with a pulse on the latest technologies and business strategies. The courses vary in experience levels, so customers can find a subject that is suited to their skills and ambition.

 

Customers can begin their learning journey by registering at link and enrolling in a variety of courses that suit their learning requirements.

 

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Africa No Filter and Meta announce a new fund to improve Virtual Reality in Africa’s storytelling

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Africa No Filter, a narrative change organisation, and Meta have announced a partnership to launch “Future Africa: Telling Stories, Building Worlds” program, aimed at boosting the use of Virtual Reality in Africa’s storytelling.

 

Supporting Extended Reality storytellers to develop new and compelling content about Africa, the program will provide grants and mentorship. “Future Africa: Telling Stories, Building Worlds” forms part of Meta’s focus on immersive technologies and Africa No Filter’s investments in innovative storytelling that shifts negative stereotypes about Africa.

 

Moky Makura, Executive Director at Africa No Filter, said, “Virtual Reality has the potential to take storytelling to another level. In this new metaverse, audiences don’t just get to watch a story unfold, they get to live in it. This is an opportunity for African content creators to push the boundaries of their creativity and innovation.”

 

Open from today, Africa No Filter and Meta are inviting Extended Reality creators to apply to the program, and recieve funding of up to $30,000. Applicants must be of African descent and living in the continent, aged over 18 years, have a track record of XR content creation and have a portfolio of work showing their creativity and innovation.

They also need to show how the proposed project will tell an exciting African story that changes stereotypical narratives about the continent. Projects can use 360 Video, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality.

 

The application is open to organisations and individuals.

 

Delivered in collaboration with Electric South and Imisi 3D, participants will also get ongoing mentorship, production support, and opportunities to launch their projects in a virtual or in-person showcase, including the Electric South’s Creators Lab held in February 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Commenting, Sherry Dzinoreva, Meta’s Public Policy Programs Director, Africa, Middle East, and Turkey said: “We’re excited to be partnering with ANF to launch a fund that brings together the best of the African tech ecosystem to showcase innovations for the future and tell positive stories about Africa. Meta sits at the intersection of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and social connection, and this investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the African tech industry and its ongoing potential. I’m certainly proud that Africa will be helping to shape the metaverse experience from the start.”

 

Applications close on 7 January 2022 at 6pm GMT. The program runs from 13 February to 13 August, 2022. Participants must be available on these dates. The proposed project must also be completed within six months.

 

Apply here.

 

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Celebrations take place across the Vivo Energy to mark the Group’s 10th anniversary

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Vivo Energy, the pan-African retailer and marketer of Shell and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants, has marked the first decade of the Group’s formation with local celebrations across its 23 operating countries and support teams.

 

The company was formed on 1 December 2011, initially with seven Shell-branded countries, and a further eight Shell-branded countries being added to the Group within two years.  In 2019, eight more countries were added, this time under the Engen-brand. Vivo Energy Ghana joined the group in 2013.

 

In its first decade, the Vivo Energy story has been one of growth, nearly doubling the size of its Retail network.  Other highlights include creation of a non-fuel retail offer, development of the Commercial offer, adding alternative Power solutions, and growth of the Lubricants business.

 

Commenting on the milestone, Group CEO, Christian Chammas said: “1st December marks a special day in the history of Vivo Energy, and I am very proud of the immense achievements that we have achieved over our first 10 years.  These include our relentless prioritisation of HSSEQ; our sustained growth; our focus on customers; and a determination to always do business the right way.  Underpinning all of these is the dedication and commitment of the teams who work for Vivo Energy, and I pay particular thanks to them for their ongoing commitment to deliver our strategy, guided by our purpose.”

 

Mr. Kader Maiga, Managing Director, Vivo Energy Ghana added: “From the very start the Vivo Energy Group set out to be a fast acting, entrepreneurial and agile organisation, supported by the strength and reputation of powerful consumer brands.  In Ghana we try to live up to the Group’s ambitions on a daily basis, offering high-quality products and services to our Retail and Commercial customers, and striving to achieve the Group’s vision of becoming Africa’s most respected energy business. It is worth noting that Ghana’s retail network has almost doubled since joining the group, setting industry standards and driving innovation in the downstream petroleum sector.

 

As it moves into its next decade, the Vivo Energy Group is stronger than ever, with favourable macro trends driving long-term demand growth in our markets.  Vivo Energy will continue to invest to grow its fuel and non-fuel offerings to meet this demand, while broadening its product mix to provide long-term benefits to customers and stakeholders.

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BBC reveals its African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award nominees

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The shortlist for BBC African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award has been announced. (more…)

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Winners of Ghana-Peru Art Contest receive prizes

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The Embassy of Peru in Ghana on Tuesday 30th November 2021 held an event to announce winners of the maiden edition of the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest. The brief ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon.

The event was attended by several dignitaries including the Head of the Peru Mission in Ghana, His Excellency Abel Antonio Cardenas Tuppia, Honorary Consul Of Peru In Ghana, Hon. Ghassan Yared and the Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Ghana, Dr. Joanna Boampong.

Others were representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, and members of the media.

Hon. Ghassan Yared presenting a certificate

Hon. Ghassan Yared presenting a certificate

Bright Alornyo emerged the ultimate winner for the artwork category whilst Caleb Akakpo and Richael Aryeh were first and second runners up respectively.  In the literature category, Janice Kreponi took first place, Dorcas Elinam Gbeddy took second place and Chantelle Tomaides was third place.

The ultimate winners of each category received a cash amount of USD 300 and souvenirs from the Embassy of Peru as well as its partners and key stakeholders. The first runners up each had USD 200 and the second runners up got USD 100 in addition to souvenirs and certificate of participation and acknowledgment.

Dr. Joanna Boampong presenting a certificate

Dr. Joanna Boampong presenting a certificate

His Excellency Abel Antonio Cárdenas Tuppia, acknowledged the great standard of entries received for the contest and further congratulated everyone who participated in the contest as he encouraged them to always strive to succeed at whatever they set out to do.

On his part, the Honorary Consul of Peru in Ghana, Hon. Ghassan Yared highlighted Peru’s African roots, which is evident in Peruvian cuisine and music. He added that Africans have made great contributions to the development of cultural life in Peru.

The Embassy of Peru in Ghana in July 2021 launched the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest as part of activities marking the two hundredth independence anniversary celebration of the Republic of Peru.

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