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How to Plan Your Event So You Don’t Stress Out



Lets face it; we all know that celebrities who have the deep pockets to afford such lavish extravaganzas are organizing the best events. However, this does not mean that you cannot have something just as spectacular without it breaking your wallet. If you are looking to produce a magnificent event that won’t cost you your entire savings, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Create A Checklist

Planning an event can be exciting, but you have to make sure to think ahead and cover all your bases. Delegating tasks to others can save you time and effort. The best way to keep track of all the “moving parts” of an event is to use an event planning checklist. This is going to help you set clear goals and objectives and know who is responsible for what so that you don’t become overwhelmed. You can use this checklist.

2. Focus On the Big Picture

In the initial stages of planning an event, a brainstorming session is helpful to set the stage for work that has to be done. The first meeting should be used to set a date, brainstorm some venue ideas and generate thoughts about the budget. One of the main things you want to think about is your theme, venue, and the entertainmet or public speakers you might bring in. Once you have these key pillars in place, then the smaller details are easier to assess.

3. Prepare For Covid

While some might think we are out of the water with the whole Covid crisis, the truth is that we are not. It is important that you still be mindful of implementing best practices to ensure everyone’s safety. The non-profit EMPAG has recently been launched in Ghana to help promote these safety protocols to ensure that people can continue to organize events while adhering to safe guidelines.

4. Set A Budget

Develop a budget planning worksheet to keep track of anticipated income and anticipated expenses. Put together a working budget with estimates based on previously held events and can the estimates as committee members find out exact pricing. Include such items as the cost of the venue, rentals such as tables and chairs, food and supplies, entertainment, public speakers, and so on. Do not forget to include any technical support that may be needed as well.

5. Book Your Speakers

Identifying and hiring the speakers for your event can make or break its success. The people you decide to put in front of your audience is going to be paramount to ensuring that everyone is engaged and interested in your event. The first thing you must do is find your keynote speaker as he or she will be responsible for ensuring that the event starts off on the right note. You can visit this website to find a great keynote speaker.

Or, if you want to inspire your audience with a compelling story, you may want to consider hiring a professional motivational speaker. These individuals have a great deal of experience is telling stories and inspiring your audience to do better things in their life. You can visit this website to hire a motivational speaker.

6. Scheduling the Venue

Figure out what size venue you will need for the event, and have the committee go on site visits to investigate options. Think about the location of the venue and nearby transportation. If necessary, find out if there are any hotels nearby for guests. Keep careful notes about prices, what the price includes, when the facility is available and deposits. If you need a podium, computers or screen, find out if they are available. Make sure to write down the name of the person you spoke to at each venue. Book the appropriate date for your event and call the facility to confirm that they have your reservation for that date. You can also check out this new venue from Accra which has created some buzz.

7. Coordinating Dates

If you have a guest speaker, a band, a DJ or other entertainment, make sure they are available on the date you have selected for the venue. If not, reschedule the venue, or hire different entertainment. Since your speakers and entertainment are critical for the success of your event, you should check with them first and your venue before planning anything else as they are the cornerstone of your event.

8. Publicizing Your Event

Depending on the type of event you are planning, you are going to need to have a good promotion strategy in place. Whether it is a conference, seminar, or a wedding, getting people to get excited enough to commit is a skill unto itself. For fundraisers and events that are designed for public participation, posters, email blasts, advertisements and other forms of publicity may be necessary. Just keep in mind that you are asking people to give you their time which means that they must have a reason to want to RSVP. And, you will need to remind them since everyone is quite busy.

9. Handling Stress

It goes without saying that producing and promoting an event can be highly stressful and you are going to need to be able to learn how to multi-task and tackle many projects at once to ensure that everything goes well. According to, if you want to stay focused on the work you are doing, then you should learn certain techniques such as meditation or yoga to help you handle stress so that it does not get the best of you. This will ensure that you can deliver great work without allowing anxiety to take over.

10. After the Event

If the event is to be an annual occurrence, hold a meeting to discuss what went right, and what went wrong. Keep careful notes about vendors and contacts, so next year you do not have to start from scratch. It is important that as you produce the event, you keep track of everything so you can learn from it for the following year. This is why having a checklist and staying organized is so important: so you can improve upon these items for the next event.



Highlights from Sika Osei and Sele Douglas’ white wedding



Highlights from Sika Osei and Sele Douglas' white wedding

The fairytale nuptials of Ghanaian actress, producer, and TV presenter, Sika Osei and Sele Douglas  climaxed with a chic  white wedding in Accra, on Saturday. (more…)

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Angélique Kidjo to storm Ghana for GUBA awards



Multiple Grammy award winner, Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, is expected to perform at this year’s Grow, Unite and Build Africa (GUBA) Awards.

The awards are slated for November 7 and 8, 2021, and would mark a centenary of the passage and resilience of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the influential warrior and Queen mother of Ejisu, who rose to lead an Asante army against the British.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday at Kempinski hotel in Accra, Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of GUBA, Ms Dentaa Amoateng said, the celebrated African musician who hails from Benin would be honoured on the day.

She noted that the ceremony would be attended by prominent people of various background including former President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,the seventh Director–General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, market women among many others.

Dentaa Amonteng further noted that Nana Yaa Asantewaa’s ravery,immensely contributed to the country’s independence story, because it shaped the psyche of the nation, that they could stand up for the country regardless of the apposition.

She said for this reason, there was the need to throw more spotlight on her and celebrate the amazing performance of women and empower young ladies to strive to the top.

According to her the two-day event, would first be a durbar at Manhyia palace in Kumasi on November 7, and followed by the rest of Awards the next day at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre.

Prince Anthony Bart, a member of the team said it would help instill the spirit of patriotism in the youth, “we need to learn about history of leaders who have contributed to our struggle.”

The Year 2021 marks exactly 100 years of the death of Yaa Asantewaa, the last African woman to lead a major war against colonial powers in 1900, where she played the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the powerful Asante Empire.

These events will observe an important moment in African history, one that is unique to the relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Seychelles and is expected to host several high-profile personalities from the diaspora.

While celebrating Yaa Asantewaa, the awards will also recognize the contribution of Black women in the diaspora and Africa. The 2021 GUBA Awards will also raise awareness on maternal mortality and call for measures to ensure safe child delivery across the continent. GUBA Enterprise believes that every child, born and unborn, has a great potential and must be given the opportunity to fulfill this potential

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal remanded in prison custody for 5 day



Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been ordered by an Accra Court to be remanded in prison custody for 5 days. (more…)

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Photos and Videos from Sika Osei’s stunning Ghana/Naija traditional wedding



Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Sika Osei on Thursday, October 21 2021 tied the knot in Accra with her Nigerian fiancé in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony. (more…)

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Showmax Premiers Ghana Jollof



Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

Watch and embed the trailer:

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You asked for the country to be fixed and it is being fixed- Prince David Osei reacts to Shatta/Medikal arrests



Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has opined that the current arrests of Shatta Wale and Medikal are true examples of the country being fixed.

Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

While the protest has gone silent over the last couple months, the current actions by the new IGP has Prince David Osei agreeing that indeed the system was being fixed.

On Tuesday and Thursday night, Shatta Wale and Medikal were both arrested by the Police for committing various crimes.

Reacting to their arrests, Prince David Osei, who is a staunch member of the NPP, on Thursday evening shared on his Instagram stating that Ghanaians asked for the country to be fixed and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

“Did I hear someone say fix the country? Well the power that be heard your plea and is fixing the country. Ghana will prosper. Good night,” he shared.

He added; “In a country where the law works, the people prosper. 24/7 the system is working.”

See screenshot of his post below;

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