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People & Lifestyle unveils list for Emergers 2017



048RUOQWHEKFNWRAt the beginning of 2017, everyone looked out for their favourite personalities in the industry and looked forward to what their idols had in store for them. No one expected that this year’s new crop of personalities were going to make changes to playlists and have people relook at their interests. These fresh ‘bloods’ have brought new genres and interests into the existing industry cutting across from music to film to lifestyle to fashion to media and even culinary. The most noteworthy trait with these individuals is that they are very young and carry a distinct, positive aura that is hard to miss. Like us, most people were confused as to what they had to offer because the difference between what they were bringing on and what already existed was HUGE. Judging by their success at the end of the year, it is safe to say that the doubt of the masses did nothing to douse their determination, they rather used it as a yardstick to prove themselves., a platform that recognizes the efforts and achievements of young people decided that people needed to recognize and know these high achievers, those who had beat the odds and made it the top of their young respective careers, learn more about the background story of these individuals. These led to the concept of EMERGERS 2017. Through a poll conducted on social media, we were able to put together a list of individuals who emerged this year and had made an impact with their talent on the general public. Young people who have found a way to stand out in the crowded Ghanaian celebrity space. After the polls, the responses on social media were shortlisted to the following people (not in any particular order):

  1. Kidi
  2. Kuami Eugene
  3. Darko Vibes
  4. B4bonah
  5. RJZ
  6. Kwesi Arthur
  7. Papa Oppong and Nathaniel
  8. King Promise
  9. Bryan The Mensah
  10. Biishville
  11. Magnom
  12. Militants
  13. Dope Nation
  14. Paq
  15. SDKDele
  16. Tsoobi
  17. KulaGH
  18. Natalie Fort
  19. Alfred Ocansey
  20. Keminni Amanor
  For those of you that know these individuals for just their art this will be an opportune time to get to know them on a more personal note and for those who are yet to discover who they are, this is the time to orient yourselves as to who these talented folks are and why they mattered so much in the year 2017.   Short Profiles KiDi – DENNIS NANA KWAKU BOADI DWAMENA For those who followed the MTN Hitmaker show, the name Kidi should ring a bell. After winning the 20015 edition MTN Hitmaker, Dennis Nana Kwaku Boadi Dwamena better known as Kidi went ahead and was signed on by Lynx Entertainment. His two singles “Say You Love Me” and “Odo” are what shot him into the limelight for the year 2017. The 24-year-old wishes to be an entrepreneur in the near future and also wants to be known as one of the greatest artists on the African continent.   KUAMI EUGENE – EUGENE MARFO Another product of the MTN Hitmaker and also signed to Lynx Entertainment, Kuami Eugene, is greatly recognized for his hit single “Angela”. The 20-year-old, who has been in the industry for just a year, is sometimes overwhelmed by the huge impact his song has made in quite a short while. His passion for his music is driven by the fact that he sees people hustle every day to make ends meet and this is a reminder to himself that he needs to work extremely hard to make it to the top.     SDKDELE – SADIK SULLEY Short videos/skits are fast catching up with us in the new media space. This gentleman’s twist to his short videos is the addition of his mother. Sadik Sulley, also known as Sdkdele has to his name a movie entitled Blue Film which was directed by Prince Dovlo. The upcoming producer/actor wishes to own his own production house in the near future.   BIISHVILLE – KWAME AMFO – AKONNOR Every male you find in the kitchen is known as a Chef but for this gentleman, his vision goes beyond just staying in the kitchen and having a tag to it. Kwame Amfo – Akonnor wants to be the owner of the 1st “proper” African Dining Restaurant in Ghana. Kwame also uses his skills to raise funds for refugees through his volunteer work with UNHCR.   DOPE NATION – MICHAEL AND TONY BOAFO These fraternal twins have made their mark in the industry as producers and musicians. As producers, they have produced hit bangers for people like E.L, Joey B, Pappy Kojo, Ebony, AK Songstress, Flowking Stone and a host of other artistes. Music is practically their world and all they want to do concerning their lives in the near future has to be musically oriented.   BRYAN THE MENSAH – BRYAN MENSAH As a CEO of Plegishes, a Design and Development Company, Bryan wants to actively pursue his career in music and also find new ways to do music to appeal to his fan base. The bathroom is the place that he is the most creative. He does an excellent job of combining his studies, music and running his company. If he did not end up doing music he would have probably been a doctor.   NATALIE ADWOA OFOSUA TWUM FORT A lot of people are taken by surprise whenever they find out how old she is and because of this, 22-year-old Natalie Fort usually shies away from mentioning her age. As a news anchor of the major bulletin on TV3, Natalie found it overwhelming at first to be in a position at such a young age but as time went on she embraced it and now delivers her news with much comfortability. She would have probably been in the Hospitality industry or chosen a career path around customer care if she wasn’t a media practitioner.   KING PROMISE – GREGORY PROMISE BORTEY NEWMAN The budding talent considers himself as a versatile artist because his type of music falls in the range of Afrobeat, Highlife, R&B and Hip-Hop genres. He is gradually building a lasting brand that will allow him longevity in the industry and in turn orient Ghanaians to be conversant with his genre of music. King Promise is currently signed to the Legendary Producer Killbeatz’s record label. The record label is called the Legacy Life Entertainment (LLE) which is managed by Gervin Ohene Addo alongside an experienced team, ready to work and support the talent of King Promise.   KWESI ARTHUR – EMMANUEL KWESI DANSO ARTHUR JNR The Ground Up Charle musician says he started rapping because of the influence of Drake’s song “Thank Me Later”. Kwesi Arthur who represents Tema is driven to do music by the urge to be successful and this is what keeps him going. For him, failure will mean not using his abilities enough to the point of being successful.   DARKO VIBES – PAUL NII AMU ANDREW DARKO When you hear the song “Tomorrow”, the name that should be on your lips should be Darko Vibes. For someone who has spent three years continuously in a studio, you will definitely expect nothing less than success. Apart from his hit single, Darko has in the past been a stylist for the MTN Hitmaker show and also did the soundtrack for MTN Pulse. He cannot stop emphasizing on how much he loves photography and also how much of a good cook he is.   PAQ – STANLEY DARTEY A graduate of Central University and Mfantsipim Senior High School, Paq the beats maker has his signature on a number of hit songs in the country. His made the beats for hit songs “Over Feed Me”, “Pen and Paper”, “Call On Me”, “Human Being”, among others. The 25-year-old beats maker is afraid of anything having to do with water including a swimming pool. Aside from beats for songs, Paq has also worked on audiobooks for the French Embassy and Cref Ghana. He hopes to own a record label in the near future.   B4BONAH – FREDERICK AMOAKO BONAH He probably spoke into existence his current position without actually meaning to with his hit single “Dear God” featuring Sarkodie. B4bonah’s fear is living a life without a purpose and his other passion aside music is helping those who have mental health issues. He happens to be his own biggest and most loyal fan.   MAGNOM – JOSEPH BULLEY As a producer, the name Magnom needs no introduction in the Ghanaian music industry as he has produced a lot of hits for many years. Now Magnom as an artiste is something worth looking forward to. After “My Baby”, Magnom has gone ahead to release other hit singles. For a man of his stature, you will not expect that he will be afraid of dogs and mice. If there is one thing he doesn’t take lightly, it is failure.   KEMINNI NYAMANNI AMANOR With her bubbly spirit and fierce personality, it is no surprise that Keminni doesn’t wait for people to motivate her to do amazing things. She motivates herself to achieve greatness. You would definitely be one of her favourite people if you offer her some good food with some reggae music playing in the background, especially if it is Richie Spice. In whatever situation you find yourself, Keminni is willing to help so far as it doesn’t involve filling forms.   RJZ – JOSHUA PHAREZ ESSUMAN – MENSAH After winning the Sprite Ball Tournament for his alma mater Mfantsipim three times, everyone figured out that RJZ was going to end up playing basketball professionally. With his hard to miss blonde hair, RJZ decided to chase his passion – music. With the fear of not being able to impact positively in the lives of others, RJZ is pushed to work successfully on his music so much so that he plans on donating the proceeds of his first album to charity.   MILITANTS The group of three made up of Abdul Kadir Captan, Melvin Owusu Prempeh and Samudeen Jafaro Mohammed come together to form the Militants. They belong to Shatta Wale’s SM family. They have released bangers such as “Taking Over” and “Forgetti” together with their Godfather, Shatta Wale. They each have a couple of singles that they have released individually. For them, to betray of Shatta Wale and the SM family is equivalent to treason.   PAPA OPPONG BEDIAKO AND NATHANIEL ADJEI BIO Papa Oppong is a designer and Nathaniel is a model so it is no surprise at all that you see them work hand in hand because of their various roles in the fashion industry complement one another. Together they have both worked with Christie Brown. They look forward to producing huge fashion shows in the near future and also collaborate with some of the big names in the fashion circles within Africa and beyond.   KULA GH – FREDERICK MATTEY This Kula is not a designer. He is the artist that goes around selling his own CD just to make a connection with his fan base. He has sold 700 CDs so far and looks forward to selling 1000 before the year ends. Aside music, Kula is a radio presenter and hosts the Lyrics Lounge every Thursday on YFm. For him, no problem is worth worrying your head over because every problem can be solved.     TSOOBI – RHODALINE NANA YAA OHENEWAA NAA DEDEI DARKO She has the name Tsoobi because her mother calls her that probably because of her physique. Tsoobi is a reggae/dancehall artiste who believes in diligence and hard work. She is also a fashion designer and a painter aside from her music. When asked what she would have been if not a musician, Tsoobi said she would have loved to be a Sex therapist. The worst thing she has been asked to do to push her career is to sleep with her manager.   ALFRED NENE OCANSEY You might have probably seen him on your screens a couple of times and it would not have been because he was reading the news on TV3 but because he has featured in a couple of Pascal Amanfo directed movies. Alfred Ocansey is a News Anchor at TV3 and the host of Late Edition on 3FM. He will love to advance in his current profession internationally and later go into full-time ministry. And No, he doesn’t want to be called a Pastor just because he has interest in going into ministry. Just so you know, he sings Tenor in his church. — For the next few weeks, we will be profiling these individuals and get to know who they are and what their background is.   We would also get to find out some things about their personal life and what their thoughts are about the everyday happenings around us.   For those of you that know these individuals for just their art, this will be an opportune time to get to know them on a more personal note and for those who are yet to discover who they are, this is the time to orient yourselves as to who these talented folks are and why they mattered so much in the year 2017.]]>


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Kenya’s Jennifer Riria to be Honoured as Model African Woman of the Year 2022 by YAWC



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The Group Chief Executive Officer of Echo Network Africa (ENA), formerly Kenya Women Holding which is a woman led, women serving development institution has been nominated to be honoured at the 6th Annual Continental Convocation of the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) which is set to take place in Accra, Ghana from 2nd to 6th October, 2022 under the theme, “Network for Empowerment: Eliminating Barriers to Women’s Development”.

She will be honoured in relation to her interventions in improving the socio-economic situation of women and girls in Kenya, having been admitted into the EY Global Hall of Fame.

A special event dubbed, “Jennifer Riria Day” will be held in her honour on Tuesday 4th October within the period of the congress.

Dr Riria is distinguished as a Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist. She has led Kenya Women Finance Trust Microfinance (KWFT) Bank for over three decades, and propelled it from an unprofitable NGO to a medium sized Bank, serving low income women and their families all over the Kenya. KWFT has served over 3 million women and disbursed over US$ 3 billion over a period of 30 years. As the CEO she spearheaded the transformation of KWFT from a microfinance institution to a regulated middle-sized bank (2004-2009).

She has served in many other leadership roles both in financial, public, and health institutions for which she has been recognised locally and internationally. Dr Riria is the Patron of the Democracy Trust Fund (DTF) a semi-autonomous organization that supports and positions women to participate in democratic processes. Additionally, Dr Riria is the Chairperson of the Africa Women Leaders Network – Kenyan Chapter. Recently she re-launched the “Jennifer Riria Foundation” whose focus is to enhance young women’s leadership through innovations and connecting them with the private sector. Working with and touching people’s life is her passion. Dr. Riria served on many Boards including the Women’s World Bank Board which is an international microfinance network of microfinance institutions and banks for 21 years, which she was the Chairperson.

The “Jennifer Riria Day” will be the second in a series of events to recognise and celebrate astute women of Africa for their contributions to women empowerment for national and global impact. The first, having been conferred on the first female Chief of Staff of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare in 2019. The day is specifically named after the woman proposed to be celebrated at the specific congress to leave an imprint on the minds of delegates on the achievements of the honouree.

The Young African Women Congress is a Pan-African event opened to young women of African descent. It is a platform which fosters knowledge-sharing and cultural exchanges among nations and generations. Major activities at the congress include Keynote Presentation, Panel Sessions, Career Workshops, Group Brainstorming Sessions as well as Project Story Presentations by delegates. There is also a full day trip to interesting sites to promote Africa’s heritage and tourism.

Its main objective is captured in its motto: Empowering Women for Continental Development and Integration for a Better World.

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Ghana’s new dancing super-talent, Endurancegrand steps into the light with her effervescence




Dance With Purpose Academy (DWP) have established themselves as one of the best producers of dance talent on the African continent. One of their most exciting prospects emerging on the scene is Endurancegrand.

Born Endurance Dzigbordi Dedzo, the dancing queen who has been stepping gracefully to the rhythm since she was 7-years old has already performed on some of the biggest stages in the country including the VGMA, TV3, Coca Cola, Ghana Football Awards, Ghana’s Most Beautiful and most recently, The Global Citizen Festival: Accra as part of the DWP Academy collective during Usher’s show-stopping performance. To top that impressive feat, she has also worked with brands like AirtelTigo and Dark & Lovely.

Endurancegrand’s interest in dance was piqued by her brother-in-law, Joshua Rana, back when she was just a kid who loved playing football, video games and singing; and she has never looked back since. For her, dancing has never been just a job or a simple means to an end, dancing has always been the “end” itself, her north star. “I faced neglect, doubt and lost some people very close to me because I chose dance as a career but that did not stop me because I always knew what I wanted. To me, dancing is just as important as the air I breathe or the water I drink. Dancing is my life! When I step on the stage, nothing else makes sense. Only my body and the rhythms and energy it releases”, Endurance describing what dancing means to her.

The Capricorn dancer’s biggest dream is to be able to touch lives globally, travel around the world to share her knowledge to the young and old and show women around the world that they can be whatever they choose to be.

Dance with Endurancegrand on her socials and keep up with what will be a very majestic career. Instagram: endurancegrand | TikTok: endurancegrand | Twitter: EnduranceGrand

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Understanding probable cause



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Probable cause refers to a legal basis that gives the police officer a chance to arrest a person, seize property, or conduct a search. This originates from the United States constitution Fourth Amendment. So what is probable cause? (more…)

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Global publisher to release first graphic novels from South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios




North American independent book publisher Catalyst Press will publish two graphic novels from Cape Town’s world-renowned animation studio next year, its first venture into the literary sphere. (more…)

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Global ed-tech leader releases Moodle Workplace 4.0 and a new user experience in its enterprise LMS



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Today, Moodle announced the release of Moodle Workplace 4.0 and an improved user experience in its customisable enterprise learning management platform.

Emilio Lozano, Head of Workplace Solutions said, “Moodle Workplace is built on top of Moodle LMS, giving Moodle Workplace unique advantages as a platform to develop, upskill and reskill employees.  In this release, we have benefited from the discovery and consultation process with the Moodle community that informed the improvements in Moodle LMS 4.0.  As well as providing a better user experience, we have used the enhancements to further evolve our workplace learning tools, including rigorous testing with our end-users.  In an increasingly competitive environment where learning and development is a key driver of performance and talent retention, I’m very excited about the benefits this release will provide to the L&D sector.”

The new Moodle Workplace 4.0 interface is fresh and intuitive with tabbed navigation.

Learning is prioritised through a personalised Dashboard


The Dashboard in Moodle Workplace 4.0 is simplified to display learners’ current enrolments plus a section for new available courses.  Learners can see completion status at a glance, and when a learner completes a course, further courses unlocked as part of a learning path or program will appear in the “New available courses” section.

Easily navigate learning content with My Courses

There’s a new addition to the menu called “My Courses”. My Courses is a stand-alone dedicated page that summarises all the learning assigned to an employee in a learning hub, including enrolled, available or past courses.

Managers can create learning journeys for their staff by combining different courses into learning programs and learning paths. All programs, courses and course subsets are linked so that managers and employees can easily navigate within and between learning programs and courses.

Manage team performance and development


In Moodle Workplace 4.0, a new page called “My Teams” provides managers or department leads visibility into team members, including tracking employee roles, learning path progress, course completion status and certifications. Managers can generate individual or team reports obtaining insight into individual or team performance and learning program effectiveness.

Automate onboarding and streamline compliance training


The user experience improvements in Moodle Workplace 4.0 make it easier for managers to create tailored training pathways and onboard employees by automatically assigning learning and granting competencies to individuals or teams based on tailored or dynamic rules.


With automation, managers can turn learning programs into certifications to streamline compliance training or meet legislation requirements.  Managers can also schedule a ‘recertification’ which can be the same Program or a different one.


Improve program efficiency by centrally managing multiple learning platforms within a single LMS site

Through multi-tenancy, Moodle Workplace 4.0 makes it straightforward for administrators and managers to support different learning audiences by creating an ecosystem of individual learning environments in a single LMS site. Each tenant can have its own look and feel, user membership, administrators, and content, and Moodle Workplace also supports content sharing across tenants.

Evaluate the impact of learning and make informed decisions

In Moodle Workplace 4.0, report builder now allows managers to build custom reports for audiences in a drag-and-drop interface with instant preview. Data insights help managers adapt and improve learning programs to drive better employee performance.

Build a seamless learning ecosystem with single sign-on and integrations

Moodle Workplace 4.0 integrates seamlessly with a wide variety of software, including HR systems and content repositories, so that L&D departments can build an ecosystem that supports their organisation.

The streamlined sign-in accommodates Single Sign-On with support a wide range of standard single sign-on providers (Google, Microsoft, Facebook) and also custom authentication plugins.

Boost employee engagement with rich and engaging learning experiences

Moodle Workplace 4.0 goes beyond the basic content features of most enterprise learning management systems. Courses are rich with activities requiring learners to actively engage with the learning content and each other in various modalities. New enhancements include BigBlueButton, the web conferencing and virtual classroom, and Appointment Booking, which allows managers to schedule group sessions or 1:1 meetings.

Contribution to open source Moodle LMS


The enhanced tools and features created for workplace learning in Moodle Workplace directly benefit the Moodle community and Moodle LMS as open source code and features.  This relationship contributes to Moodle’s sustainability and allows us to continue on our journey to enable quality education in all corners of the globe, and our mission to empower educators to improve our world.

Find out more about Moodle Workplace 4.0 or please contact us.

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Bush & Co Lauded the Best Expert Witness and Case Management in the Uk



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Facing a terminal injury, either from personal injury or clinical negligence, can be overwhelming for a family and casualty. When it arises from clinical negligence, it creates even more bitterness realizing that the casualty is in pain from someone’s incompetence. (more…)

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