Photography by Tom D Morgan – www.tomdmorgan.com[/caption] Disability is not inability they say, but how do you overcome when the systems itself is designed to make you “unable”. Over the years, people living with disabilities generally have not been treated fairly, from the engineer who failed to include the walkway to their structural development to the one who took their public slots to a large extent, have discriminated against persons with disability. Access to good and safe support is of great importance for people living with disabilities, as it helps them become independent and gain human rights. In Ghana, most persons living with disability have been left in their fate to battle life’s challenges and make it work no matter what! forgetting, we need each other to become better but life indeed they say is a great struggle. According to the Ghana Federation of persons with Disabilities, it is estimated that, 5 million out of the total number of 2.8 million Ghanaians, live with disabilities Poverty many at times increases the risk of disabilities through malnutrition, healthcare, unsafe working conditions, lack of potable water and sanitation. But for the kind of zeal, perseverance, immovable and undying devotion of some persons with disability who are not perturbed about discrimination but committed to changing one’s world and making an impact, is my inspiration for this piece. For me, once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Ivor kobina Greenstreet is an astute lawyer, writer and publisher called to the Ghana Bar and English Bar Association and a politician who was hugely voted for, to become the 2016 flag bearer of the Convention People’s Party defeating daughter of the first President of Ghana Samia Nkrumah. Greenstreet wasn’t born with a defect or cripple but due to some mishaps which bedeviled him, led to his current state which left him in a wheelchair. In spite of his situation, Greenstreet is psyched to brightening his corner with hope and the spirit of “YES I CAN”. Even though he didn’t win the 2016 elections, he made remarkable strides in pushing his agenda christened “GHANA GOES GREEN” by bringing to fore reasons to rekindle our minds as Ghanaians to embrace agriculture as a way to develop Ghana our beloved country. Host of LIVE-CHAT with Paul on ETV Ghana, Paul Anomah Kordieh is another stupendous and jolting presenter with so much flair and panache. That is why Martha Navratilova said, disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you are needed by someone.The visually impaired presenter, who is an inspiration to our generation on his show, seeks to engage entrepreneurs, creative, innovative and extraordinary personalities who are using their creativity and intelligence, positively to impact and brighten the world of others and this indeed is a perfect definition of “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME”. Personally, I think Paul Anomah is a gem who needs to be acknowledged to boost the morale of others who have similar aspirations and ambitions of becoming beacons of hope not burden to families. Thomas Edison once said, our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. And yes! the visually impaired singer and rapper of TV3’s season 8 Talented Kids reality show contestant, Christian Morgan, who for several times tried to make his way into the reality show but was eliminated at the audition stage, never got tired to be a part of the history in the making of Talented Kids. The 12 years old pupil of the cape coast school for the deaf and blind in the central region justified his stay to the judges and audience with a jaw-dropping performance when he performed, Kofi Kinaata’s “TIME NO DEY”. Though many people have attributed his good performance to his song selections which is mostly geared towards inspiring and giving hope, others also think his uniqueness and creativity is the secret. For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation that throws an interesting light on people. Even as we celebrate Ghana’s 60th anniversary, there is the need to mobilize all and sundry especially the youth for Ghana’s future. As a nation built on blood and toil, we must make it a point to instill in every Ghanaian hope, love and patriotism as we mark this important mile stone, not to discriminate and stigmatize against people living with disabilities, for everything is achievable. Sometimes, we turn to forget that people with disabilities were also born by women just like you and I.But until our lives begins to take a nosedive we would barely appreciate the life of the vulnerable. Twellium Industrial Company Limited producers of Verna Mineral Water is one of such companies who are doing amazingly well with their VERNA CHANGING LIVES Program which focuses on giving a total make over to people living with disabilities on the Street. It is high time we stopped creating the impression that, people with disability are only a form of burden to their families. But , if all hands will come on deck and help in the fight against discrimination against people living with disability, then we would all be citizens and not spectators as said by President Akufo Addo and no one would be left on the street begging for arms. Robert M. Hensel once said, “We the ones who are challenged needs to be heard, to be seen not as a disability but as a persons who has and will bloom. To be seen not only as handicapped, but as a well intact human being like you and I. And the only disability in life is bad attitude”. By: William Lantei Lamptey Broadcast Journalist]]>
AIDEC Consultancies International & Academic City sign MoU to deepen practical AI knowledge
Africa Integrated Development and Communications Consultancies (AIDEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Academic City University College (ACity) to provide practical knowledge in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
The MoU was executed on behalf of the two organizations represented by Mr. Ambrose Yennah, Executive Chairman of AIDEC and Professor Fred McBagonluri, President, and Provost of ACity.
Executive Chairman for AIDEC Consultancies, Ambrose Yennah, said: “the agreement seeks to provide students with practical hands-on-training in Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics and other advanced technological training in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in areas of STEAM needed to efficiently work in the job market.”
He said the MoU is a private sector initiative between the two organizations to compliment government’s effort at digitalization and will enable them to collaborate with other Consortium Partners for the roll out of several Digital Solutions and Services.
“The agreement will include but not limited to the study and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, Robotics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Business Process Outsourcing Services (BPO) with specific focus on the health, and Educational Sectors including Executive Training for the Country Ghana and scaling up to the continent of Africa in the near-term,” he added.
President and Provost of ACity, Professor Fred McBagonluri, said the MoU will help in developing ready job skills by providing access to AI programmes that would help student use technology to pursue research initiatives that is focused on solving the needs of the society.
“The MoU, as part of its objectives, agree to establish, implement and create an enabling environment for students to engage in research and practical consulting assignments as a collaboration between industry and other academic institutions for practical, hands-on training, research, and fieldwork for their mutual good,” he said.
The Consortium Partners, he added, will provide top notch business, educational and technology solutions and services including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform as a virtual and open educational resource facility to our target customers in the public, private and third sectors.
AIDEC and ACity in collaboration with other Consortium Partners will identify projects ideas and invest in them to generate employment in IT/Digital Solutions and Services and generate income for the Consortium Partners whilst providing an avenue for upgrading the skills and competencies of students with creative and innovative technologies that will expose and prepare them for the job market including Students exchange programs for practical hands-on training, research and fieldwork.
The Consortium Partners agree to work to improve and expand their Institutional capacities in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Science, Machine learning including online learning platforms and programs to whip up the interest of students enrolling for higher education for STEAM, SparX leaning Xperience and other competency-based professional training programs for an all-inclusive digital transformation.
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Top Factors to Consider When Choosing an Online Gambling Site
Over the past few decades, the online casino market has witnessed a record-breaking boom. Gamers and gamblers alike started to prefer it as a form of entertainment. Since everyone has instant access to mobile technologies, you can access your favorite casino any time of the day.
Anyone can open a branch or work as an affiliate partner in the gambling industry; it is no longer a restricted industry. As a result of fierce competition, users have to be more careful. They now must watch out for fraudsters and stay away from scam websites. Here is a criterion to help you pick the best online casino.
Pay Attention to User Testimonials
A trustworthy betting site will have a lot of reviews. To determine the platform’s dependability, most reviews must be favorable. The options for gamblers to read reviews and spot a reputable site are plentiful, ranging from a variety of apps to mobile-optimized websites like the featured sites on legitgamblingsites.com. Based on the reviews, one can choose whether to register and start using the platform.
Regulations and Licenses for Online Casinos
Verify the presence of gambling seals of permission to ensure that your chosen platform is regulated correctly. Typically, information about them appears at the bottom of the webpage. Each gaming company needs to be registered and granted a license by reputable administrative bodies to operate in a specific market like;
- ● The UK Gambling Commission
- ● The Alderney Gambling Control Commission
- ● The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority
Before registering, consider a casino’s legislation and ensure they are licensed.
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Adaptability to Your Betting Aim
An online gambling site must satisfy your needs and goals. Check to see if it offers the sports you want to wager on. Knowing which forms of payment the website accepts would also be beneficial. Settle for one that accepts your most convenient payment option.
Keep an eye out for the site’s policies and procedures and any bonuses that may be available. Checking whether the platform is accessible from a mobile device is an additional factor you should consider. It would be helpful if you could use the platform whenever and wherever you want. Therefore, look for a mobile-friendly platform with a website or mobile application.
Customer Support Center
Once in a while, questions and inconveniences always arise, whether you’re a high roller or a novice. It can be concerning the rules of a particular game, where to find your favorite live casino table, and which payment methods are accepted where you live. Having someone available to help you right away is beneficial.
The top gaming platforms work hard to give their users prompt, efficient support. They even use it in their advertisements to persuade the audience that they deserve their trust.
An absence of live chat or an abnormally low response time could be a red flag. Although it’s not always the case, scammers don’t make significant investments because their income is uncertain.
Playing at a reputable casino is truly a unique experience. Players have access to jackpots and great bonuses for more elevated gaming. You can make the best decision for choosing the best online gambling site through the above pointers.
How To Make Your Followers Feel Special On Instagram
Instagram is a great platform when it comes to growth. Whether you’re an influencer looking to build your brand or a business hoping to increase conversions and bring in more customers, you should definitely be using Instagram as part of your social media strategy.
However, it’s not just about “using” Instagram. You’ve also got to find a way to make your Instagram followers feel special; after all, if they feel like you’re treating them poorly or if they don’t feel welcome or valued, then they might decide that you’re not worth the effort in a crowded market. Here’s how to make your followers feel special on Instagram.
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Engage with them
While it’s perfectly fine to use services like Social Followers Free to net yourself a big Instagram follower count, keeping those followers around is quite another matter. After all, if you don’t talk to your followers, then how can you expect them to feel respected or involved in your process?
That’s why you need to reach out to your followers and engage with them. When you receive comments, make sure to comment back and reply to your commenters. Say something that’s specific to the comment and show interest in your followers’ lives; you’d be amazed at the positive effect this can have.
Ask for engagement
When you post on Instagram, you can make your followers feel special simply by asking them for their opinions on what you’re doing. At the end of every post, ask a specific question that pertains to the content you’ve created and involves your followers in some way.
For example, let’s say you’ve just posted something about gaming-related equipment. At the end of your post, you could ask something like “what’s your favourite mechanical gaming keyboard? Let’s talk about it!”. This will incentivise your followers to reply to you and talk to you, thus making them feel more valued and special.
Show them the real you
As a platform, Instagram has come under very understandable fire for what many commenters have described as a lack of reality. Influencers will make themselves look unrealistically attractive or wealthy in order to shore up followers and create an aspirational aesthetic, when this isn’t how they really live.
As such, you can make your followers feel special by showing them who you really are. Don’t change the way you behave or the way you live “for the ‘gram”; don’t pretend to be richer than you really are, and don’t heavily rely on filters and airbrushing when you’re posting pictures. This will make your followers feel like they’re really talking to you and not a social media construction.
Hop into your followers’ comments
Nothing makes a follower more delighted than when they see a comment from you popping up on one of their posts. If your followers are active on Instagram, then why not check out their content and post comments on it? This will encourage them to comment back, and it will make them feel like you really do care about them.
Some of your Instagram followers may even be budding influencers themselves, and if they are, then it’ll boost their profile even more to comment on their stuff, especially if you’re more well-known than they are. There really is no downside to checking out some of your followers’ content and commenting on it.
Create content with your followers
Following on from the above, if some of your followers are budding social media influencers, then why not reach out to see if they want to create some content with you? If their style and goals align with yours, then it could be a very rewarding exercise – both creatively and in terms of followers – to create content with them.
Of course, you should make sure you’re picking the right collaborators before you decide to create content with them. Check out their content first to make sure it works alongside your style. Everyone’s doing their own thing on Instagram, so if your vibe doesn’t work with someone else’s, it doesn’t mean anything about the content you’re both creating.
Listen to what your followers are saying
It’s always a good idea to keep your ear to the ground when it comes to comments your followers are making on your content. If you notice certain trends in what they’re saying – if they’re making suggestions about what kind of content they want to see from you, for example – then you should be listening to those trends.
You don’t need to let comments and followers dictate what you do entirely, though. After all, if you only did what others told you to do, then you’d stand to lose the thing that made you special in the first place. Finding a healthy balance between pleasing your followers and making sure you’re happy in yourself is the ideal when it comes to content creation.
Hold contests and giveaways
Hey, everyone likes free stuff, right? One of the best ways you can make your Instagram audience feel special is to hold contests and giveaways offering them the chance to win things. If you’re an influencer partnered with brands, then why not work with those brands to coordinate a giveaway for your followers?
Conversely, if you’re a brand looking to shore up an authentic following on Instagram, then holding giveaways and contests is an excellent way to do that. It shows that you have a lot of faith in your product and that you’re happy for people to try it out and see for themselves how high-quality it is.
Video Of Visual Display Network Celebrating TV Personality Selly Galley On Her Birthday Goes Viral
On the 25th of September 2022, Ghanaian Actress and TV Personality, Selly Galley celebrated her birthday which she dubbed the “Sellybration”.
Digital Marketer Gorbachev Awuah and his team at the Visual Display Network (VDN) surprised her with some meals and products from some of their Clients and Brands they represent.
The Visual Display Network (VDN) Team wanted to “Sellybrate” her and another year under her belt. Clients and Brands that VDN has and affiliates with all came through to make the day a wonderful one.
Kasapereko Company Limited provided some packs of Stormz Energy Drink as well as some Puma Drinks and Awake Mineral Water. Kubs Original Provided a box of their well knows Boffrot puff puff mix. Perfect Touch Restaurant, Porkytos, Liquid & Grills Restaurant, and Tempo De Dio all also provided the best meals on their menu.
Selly Galley and her husband Prayetiatia showed so much appreciation to Visual Display Network (VDN) and all their Clients and Brands they work with and also stated that they made their day.
The video of Digital Marketer Gorbachev Awuah and his Team delivering the meals and products to her has since gone viral.
We applaud the Visual Display Network (VDN) Team for the great work they’re doing in the industry.
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