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Humble Beginnings: Volume 1 of Kofi Amoabeng’s “UT Story” receives rave reviews

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“The UT Story: Humble Beginnings” written with the help of George Bentum Essiaw, highlights how Prince Kofi Amoabeng came up with the idea to repair the poor lending culture of Ghana’s banking industry and give hope to SME’s, and the many obstacles he faced along the way.

Volume 1 of the book has already received amazing reviews:

The “UT STORY: Humble beginnings” has all the trappings of a Hollywood thriller. Written in impeccable English, the book chronicles the bold exploits of the author as he dives into the unchartered territory of difficulties SMEs face in procuring financing. This was based on first-hand knowledge having suffered that himself.

He brings to the fore and practicalises knowledge acquired during his earlier years of education and training; BSc Administration Accounting Option, Military training rising to a Captain, Chartered Accountant with an ACCA.

Describing himself as “naturally stubborn,” though does not say he is a non-conformist, the author is bold, audacious and not risk-averse by any stretch of imagination. Indeed, he operates better when his adrenalin flow is high. His encounter with the Governor of Bank of Ghana is simply breath-taking and interesting as he throws down the gauntlet!

That Standard Chartered Bank should invite him in a consultancy role is fascinating.

He however accepts and learns from his mistakes and involves everybody in the team-building effort. A lady apprehending a defaulter at Makola and having him “arrested” is classic.

Though principled, hard and ruthless when the situation demanded, he is not heartless. Chapter 16 shows his humaneness as emotions show in his confessing he wished he had known earlier the shenanigans of Capo’s dislike serving under anyone he was senior to in the Military. This adversely ended his relationship with friend and “old-faithful” Johnny at UT.

By: Brig Gen Dan Frimpong(Former Ceo, African Peace Support Trainers Association, Nairobi, Kenya)

For a very long time, I have only skimmed through most books that I read because I have often made fore sense of what I read, predicted what was ahead and drew conclusions. The UT story is very different as I read every sentence of the book because I could not afford to miss what each sentence contained – the surprising, unorthodox strategies; the intuitive skills; the bravado; the persistent obstacles; the broken trusts; the never-ending disappointments from friends, and the fetishism to the desire to succeed have been mindboggling. This is a rude capture into the “kitchen” where entrepreneurship success or failure in Ghana is brewed.  

This book brings out very powerful insider struggles and perspectives of what it takes to grow a business and a brand in Ghana. Clearly, it shows the grit and fortitude required to succeed in business in Ghana and I think every budding entrepreneur, student of business administration, professor of business management, policy maker and regulator as well as motivational speaker MUST read this book. As Dean of the UGBS, I am going to recommend this as a core text for all programmes taught by my faculty and have it stocked in both our undergraduate and graduate libraries.

I am struck by a recurrent “theme” in the book. The issue of “trust” and how the lack or abundance of it; how the various characters either demonstrated or failed to demonstrate it; and how it affected the business is insightful. In an ethics deficit society such as Ghana, the consistent demonstration of how trust played a major role in how the UT story unfolded deserves critical evaluation and discussion in every business management class.

By: Professor Justice Bawole (Dean, University of Ghana Business School)

Candid And Forthright….Libraries and archives can boast of a collection of great memoirs. Only few however, once read, cannot be forgotten. The UT STORY: Vol. 1 HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, by Captain Prince Kofi Amoabeng (Rtd) rivals such collections.

In a style rarely seen among Ghanaians, the UT story is told in a forthright, candid, and “tell-it-as-it-is” manner. The lessons to be gleaned from the book will be profoundly useful not only to entrepreneurs and businesses but for individual personal development as well.

Just like UT, this book should become a household word for all who seek to improve upon their trade and lives.

By: Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey (Vice Chancellor, University Of Professional Studies, Accra, UPSA­­)

This book is an inspiring entrepreneurial account which promises to be an asset to young entrepreneurs.

The book presents a bold narration of life experiences of an entrepreneur to serve as a reservoir of lessons to shape the entrepreneurial journey of many especially the youth.

The book has the potential to teach the valuable lessons of keeping records, discovering the assets in everyone including locals, foreigners and peripheral outcasts in society to achieve goals.

The experience in 2003 about the faulty report to collapse Unique Trust Financial Services Limited without discussing the said report with the shareholders and directors was unfortunate. This may confirm the suspicion about the possible misuse of regulatory authority to bring to an end, painfully, the entrepreneurial journey of many people.

Even though the escape from collapse of the non-banking financial business was mainly due to access to near insider information and the weight of intervention by the Deputy Minister of Finance, deeper understanding and boldness during the meeting with the Governor of the Bank of Ghana was remarkable.

Every effort should be put in place to avoid and discourage the killing of businesses either in banking and financial sector, pharmaceutical or manufacturing by accident, envy and misuse of political power because it amounts to administering poisonous chemical on hardworking indigenous entrepreneurs.

I shall recommend this book to young entrepreneurs to benefit from the valuable lessons from the experience of the author.

Review By: Professor John Gartchie Gatsi, Esq (Dean Of The Business School, University Of Cape Coast)

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Meet the new HUAWEI nova 9; The latest and most stunning smartphone in Ghana

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A great smartphone is one that is styled for the ages, equipped with a great camera, has a large battery that charges up swiftly, and if you throw in some cool futuristic features then you have something special and all of these things are not easy to find in one single phone!

Having said so, Huawei recently launched the all new HUAWEI nova 9, and you can pre-order now before 27th January at the Huawei Experience Store Accra Mall and other accredited retail shops  for GHS 3099 and get free gifts valued up to GHS 519

Dubbed as “the Trendy Flagship & Camera King”, this latest gem from Huawei comes soaring with a stunning design, a 50MP Super Sensing Camera, a large battery that supports 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge in addition to next generation Super Device features which allow you to do more than one things on multiple devices all at once. Let us take a look at its feature closely and you will understand why it is our favourite choice for a smartphone this season!

Breathtaking design

The HUAWEI nova 9 is simply an outstanding smartphone and it comes in a new colourway called: Colour No.9, what a cool name that is! Polished with a brand-new Starry Flash AG Glass process, the device is a pleasure to the eyes. Colour No. 9 is a mixture of low-saturation blue and purples hues that gives off a hint of mysteriousness. Under different lighting, the colour finish reflects vivid and colourful patterns.

Under a spotlight, the whole device shines and sparkles. It reminds users of the subtle moments in their life, which are inspiring and exhilarating. The HUAWEI nova 9 inherits the HUAWEI nova Series’ unique aesthetic and sophisticated design. The Trendy Flagship and Camera king sports a 6.57-inch curved display that can render 1.07 billion colours, and supports up to 120Hz display refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate and the P3 colour gamut to produce smoother and more immersive visuals that are brimming with details.

The HUAWEI nova 9 is sleek with a thickness of only 7.77mm and a weight of approximately 175g only. In terms of industrial design, colourway is always an important factor for the HUAWEI nova Series to showcase its uniqueness and commitment. It also comes with a more iconic camera setup that is updated based on HUAWEI nova 8’s Star Orbit Ring.

 

Ultra-Vision Camera

The HUAWEI nova 9 comes with an Ultra Vision AI Quad Camera system, which includes a 50MP Ultra Vision Main Camera with RYYB colour filter array, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, a 2MP Depth Camera and a 4cm Macro Camera. The upgraded hardware synergies with flagship-class algorithms to empower users capture in high clarity across different scenarios. Meeting the demand for an excellent vlogging experience, the HUAWEI nova 9 is fitted with a 32MP High-Res selfie camera. Similar to the rear camera, it also supports 4K video capture and AIS (AI Image Stabilisation) Video Stabilisation, allowing users to capture high definition footage of themselves as they talk to the camera, as well as the exciting events happening around them.

Thanks to Continuous Front/Rear Recording, users can also switch between the front and rear cameras, allowing them to fluidly capture their story within a single video file. Dual-View Video recording allows users to showcase their live reaction to events, simultaneously using the front and rear cameras with no editing required or, for when you want to show the big picture and the detail, you can simultaneously capture a close up shot and wide-angle shot at the same time.

Large Battery with HUAWEI SuperCharge

Considering how much of our daily lives are tied to the smartphone, battery life is perhaps one of the most important concerns that users have, if not the most. After all, no matter how powerful or well designed a smartphone is, it is of little use to us when its battery is depleted. The HUAWEI nova 9 packs a proprietary 4300mAh battery to provide all-day battery life. Furthermore, the Trendy Flagship Camera King supports 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge, enabling it to charge much faster. It takes only 15 minutes to charge to 53% and 38 minutes to 100%.

Visionary and Inspirational User Experience

 

The HUAWEI nova 9 runs on EMUI 12, which offers a straightforward, smooth, safe and reliable user experience for working, studying, remote communication, gaming, entertainment or video editing. Thanks to the Super Device features, Huawei has consolidated different menus into the Control Panel with a simple swipe users can explore the Control Panel and get quick access to audio playback, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings, as well as making it easier to control multiple devices as if they were controlling just one device.

For example, users can tap on the HUAWEI MatePad icon to activate Smartphone-Tablet Multi-screen Collaboration; tap the HUAWEI MateBook icon for Smartphone-PC Multi-screen Collaboration or tap the HUAWEI FreeBuds icon to seamlessly switch their audio output to their Huawei earbuds.

With the Distributed File System, the HUAWEI nova 9 can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning users can access the files they want more easily than ever before. This means when users are drafting an email on the PC, they can add smartphone files as an attachment or when they see an image they like when browsing the internet on the PC, they can save that image directly to the smartphone.

Using the HUAWEI nova 9, users can also transfer MeeTime calls onto HUAWEI Vision smart TV and conduct the call by taking advantage of the larger display, camera and speakers. Users may also conveniently share their screen during a video and even mark key places, to bring important insights directly into view.

Offering a smart and seamless experience to users, the trusted, innovative and secure AppGallery comes preinstalled on the HUAWEI nova 9, where users can search for, and download a wide range of high-quality apps.

In short, if you are looking for a new smartphone that truly ticks all the boxes and also that comes at a reasonable price range, then the new Trendy Flagship Camera King HUAWEI nova 9 is your go-to option right now! Preorder now for GHS 3099 at the Huawei Experience Store Accra Mall and other accredited retail shops and get free gifts valued up GHS 519.

Visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/gh/phones/nova9/ to learn more about the New Huawei Nova 9.

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Keep Your Kids Safe On The Internet

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There is so much that is unknown about the internet – new and potentially unpleasant or even dangerous sites are springing up every day, and the problem of online bullying is ever-present. It’s no wonder that parents can be very worried about the kinds of things that their children might be seeing and the people they might be interacting with online.

Although it’s difficult, as a parent you must take the time to educate yourself on the internet and to ensure that your kids are safe. This is not an easy task, but here are some ways it can be done.

Keep Up To Date

If parents are lagging behind in their knowledge of the internet and new tech, it’s highly likely their children are not. With this in mind, it’s crucial that you educate yourself on what is happening online so that you can be aware of the dangers and steer your children in the opposite direction, or at least be able to have a frank conversation about the issues that the internet can bring. Make sure you also learn its good points, though; otherwise you will find that your children may well miss out on the positive side of it and that could also be problematic.

 

You might also choose to learn about the internet with your children. Sit down together and explore some interesting sites and work out what is good and what isn’t. If you’re together, you can be sure of what your children are seeing, and your children can feel confident that they won’t find something unsavory by mistake.

 

Use Parental Controls

You won’t always be able to be close to your children when they want to go online; it’s just not entirely practical. If this is the case, you’ll need to set up some parental controls on their devices. When you do this, you can block certain sites or limit how long your kids go online for.

 

Although this might sound difficult, parental controls are quite simple to set up, and they are important too. Alternatively, you can find a Gabb Wireless discount code and get a smartphone specifically designed for kids. In this way, you can be sure that they are safe and they also have their freedom – this combination is ideal to allow them to grow and learn but stay protected.

 

Give Them Limited Screen Time

The more time children are online, the less they are outside in the fresh air, the less exercise they are getting, the less homework or reading they are doing, and the more they could be exposed to the bad side of the internet. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to limit the amount of screen time your children have – although the internet is a fantastic resource, and it’s a great way to relax, too much of it is detrimental to health and even happiness.

 

Make sure you have rules revolving around how much screen time your children can have. We’ve discussed implementing limits on the devices themselves, but it’s also important to be in charge of this. Don’t allow devices during meal times, for example, and make sure that devices aren’t used at least an hour before bedtime

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10X Thrive Conference: World-Class Speakers and Business Leaders Explore Practical Tips for Thriving in The Next Normal

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For two days in February 2022, a retinue of world-class speakers and business leaders will converge for the first ever 10X Thrive Conference to explore thriving in the next normal.

The global conference which will welcome speakers and attendees from all over the world, is scheduled to open on the 10th of February with The Job Suite: a three-hour comprehensive guide to the world of work – be that getting a job, a promotion, pivoting in the workplace and more. From resume hacks to insights on the most sought-after skills, best employers, most valuable skills, and a sweeping guide to the Future of Work.

The second day is The Growth Suite, focusing on growth across multiple facets of career, business and personal development, while also connecting with some of the best minds in branding, marketing, funding, career development, digital technology, self-development and leadership.

Organised by Omawumi Ogbe, managing partner at Lagos-based GLG Communications, and Rachel Onamusi, founder and CEO of London-based VN Sync, the conference is a combination of keynote interviews and fireside chats, one-to-one coaching, networking opportunities, and conversations delivering real, practicable tips that attendees can immediately apply to their personal and professional lives for success.

Participants from anywhere in the world can register to attend the conference for free at The 10X Thrive Conferenceportal.

“After the prolonged period of uncertainty and disruption we’ve all experienced in the last 2-years, this conference will offer actual action items that participants can start working on in order to achieve some great feats for 2022 as we make peace with the constant changes around us.” said Rachel Onamusi.

“We are focused on helping people to unlock their potential, and enhance their performance and impact in the workplace. This is why we’re bringing well respected speakers from across Africa, Europe, North America and Asia to share beyond theory, practical tips and tools that can be actioned now to thrive in today’s world of work. We’re also building a global network and supportive community of like-minded people.” added Omawumi Ogbe.

The conference has attracted speakers from a wide range of fields from some of the world’s most successful companies and businesses. According to the organisers, the powerful speaker lineup will be announced on the 10X Thrive registration portal and social media platforms. Speakers range from popular celebrities to C-Suite and seasoned business owners from leading organisations such as Dell, PwC, VMware, CNN, Coca Cola, and much more.

Some of which include renowned life coach, Lanre Olusola; actor and show host, Nancy Isime;  award winning actor and founder of Dakore Beauty, Dakore Egbuson Akande; IT Director at Dell Technologies, Tiffany Wilson; Founder of Ameyaw Debrah Media, Ameyaw Debra; to mention a few. The conference is open to career professionals and business owners, including small and medium scale entrepreneurs, entry-level and C-Suite professionals from all parts of the world.

Dates: 10th and 11th February, 2022

Time: 3pm GMT start on both days.

Register for free at 10X Thrive and follow @10xthrive on social media for updates and speaker announcements.

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Assemblies of God Ghana Launches TV station – (AGTV)

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Assemblies of God, Ghana has launched a television station – AGTV – in a bid to widen the outreach of the gospel across the world.

Sunday’s launch at the Assemblies of God Headquarters in Accra attracted senior members of the clergy, church members and other invited guests.

The free to air television network would show a variety of programs including sermons, gospel music, Christine movies, news bulletins and sports highlights.

Launching the station, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana, Rev. Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, said the vision for the television station was hatched during initial variant of COVID-19 which necessitated the closure of churches and other public gatherings. According to him, a lot more souls can be reached through the power of television.

“With about 6,000 AG churches and almost 700,000 membership across the country, the TV station owned by AG was handy in reaching the entire nation for Christ. Rev Frimpong – Manso expressed the Church’s gratitude to all its pastors and members for their immense support in making the vision of the AGTV attainable.

The General Manager of AGTV Mr. Abraham Asare, emphasized that the objectives of the

channel are to be a point of reference as the leading Christian television station in Ghana,

and make the gospel of Jesus Christ common through the broadcast of life changing messages. They also seek to promote relevant AG church activities and programs, thereby presenting AG as the church of choice.

Whiles providing quality Christian entertaining programs and Broadcast programs

that give guidance and hope to the Christian youth, he further stated that

AGTV shall be the preferred destination for businesses with quick returns for their investments.

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Professor Robert E. Hinson is Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Kigali

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Professor Robert E. Hinson has been appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Kigali, effective. 19th January 2022. A Skilled University Administrator, Professor Hinson started his academic career in the year 2003. He has acted as Director of Institutional Advancement at the University of Ghana, Head of Department, Head of Hall and Coordinator of the MSc. International Business Degree Programme in the same University. He also had the privilege of serving a short stint as Rector of the Perez University College in Ghana.

 

Professor Hinson holds a doctorate degree in Marketing from the University of Ghana and a second in International Business from the Aalborg University Business School. In Denmark. He also holds a Chartered Marketing qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

 

 

Ranked the leading Marketing Scholar in Africa in 2021, Professor Hinson is the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at the University of Kigali and edits the Palgrave Studies of Public Sector Management in Africa as well as the Palgrave Studies of Marketing in Emerging Economies.

 

 

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No Ghanaian Woman Should Die from Cervical Cancer: Know Your Risk

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Historically, cervical cancer plagued women for a long time. A breakthrough came in  the mid-20th century when screening measures started being implemented.

The healthcare industry was hopeful that screening would drastically reduce cervical cancer incidence globally. Unfortunately, the disease is still prevalent worldwide, with sub-Saharan Africa bearing the burden of the disease. In Ghana, cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer seen in women. Every year 2797 women in Ghana are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1699 die from the disease.

In many cervical cancer cases, there are no early stage signs and symptoms. The cancer develops in the cells lining awoman’s cervix (the entrance to the uterus from the vagina) and is almost always linked to infection with high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – an extremely common virus transmitted through sexual contact.

 

Advanced-stage cervical cancer may have  like vaginal bleeding and unusual discharge, women often dismiss them as normal menstrual cycle-related events, or self-diagnose as another infection.

Women are recommended to always look out for bleeding during or after sex, or in between menstrual periods, pain during or after sex, changes in vaginal discharge, or pain in lower back or pelvis. These may be signs of more advanced-stage cervical cancer. It is important to note that having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer;  you should however get them checked out by your doctor.The good news is that cervical cancerdoes not have to advance to this late stage. It can be detected early through regular screening, and successfully treated.

 

Screening for cervical cancer involves a pap smear or an HPV test, or both. A pap smear, also known as a pap test checks for the presence of pre-cancerous cervical cells. An HPV test checks for infection with certain high-risk variants of the human papillomavirus, which cause cervical cells to become pre-cancerous and develop into cervical cancer. If an HPV test determines that a woman is at high risk for cervical cancer, additional screening, like a pap smear, and a colposcopy ( visual examination of cervix) are recommended. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that women 26 years and above should get screened for high-risk HPV at least once every 5 years.

 

Thanks to Yemaachi Biotech, an African cancer research company based in Ghana, there is an affordable, accessible and easy-to-use test that will detail women’s level of risk for HPV-mediated cervical cancer. The Sheba HPV Testenables women to collect their own samples discretely at home, and drop them off at a conveniently located collection point for HPV testing at Yemaachi’s advanced molecular diagnostic laboratory. Detailed results are returned via email within 72 hours of drop-off.

Women are recommended to share their HPV test results with their physicians or other healthcare workers, especially in the event that a high-risk variant is detected, for further guidance on further testing or treatment.

When diagnosed early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer. Early detection saves lives.

By: Dr Emmanuella Amoako, Head of Clinical Affairs. Yemaachi Biotech

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