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Letshego Appoints Ato Okyir As Group Head Of New Ventures – Technology Innovation

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The inclusive finance organisation’s latest appointment of Ato Okyir as Group Head of New Ventures (Technology Innovation), reiterates Letshego’s commitment to cementing Ghana as a valuable sub-regional hub for talent and expertise.

 

Letshego Africa, with a presence in 11 countries across sub Saharan Africa, is supporting the growth of its regional strategy by creating three sub-regional hubs to host talent, regional operations and specialist digital expertise – these hubs being Botswana, Kenya and Ghana.

 

The inclusive finance organisation acquired the Ghana business in 2017, and has since transitioned the operations to the Letshego brand, committing further investment into digitalisation, systems and expansion of products for the benefit of individuals and small and micro entrepreneurs across Ghana.

 

Letshego recognises Ghana as a valuable source of talent for the Group, with their latest regional appointment being Mr Ato Okyir as Group Head of New Ventures (Technology Innovation).

 

Prior to joining Letshego, Ato Okyir was the Chief Information Officer for Standard Chartered Ghana, starting his expansive technology focused career in 1993.  Ato brings fifteen years of banking technology experience from across the continent.  As the Chief Information Officer for Standard Chartered, he maintained the Bank’s technology infrastructure capability and supported business activities across all business segments.  He also assured compliance oversight for all country and Standard Chartered Group policies, statutory regulations, local banking laws, anti-money laundering regulations and industry practices.

 

Marking the appointment, Andrew Okai, the Group’s Chief Executive addedGhana is one of our largest profit generating centres, so it makes sense that we leverage the regional expertise and talent available locally, not only for the benefit of our local business and subsidiary, but also for the Group as a whole.  Letshego recognises that cultural diversity in a pan-African organisation is an asset and an advantage – we are delighted to have Ato join our regional family.  His digital and tech experience will prove invaluable as we achieve our ambition to be a leading digital-first, inclusive finance organisation across the continent.”

Letshego Africa recently announced its Transformation Strategy, that includes a tactical roadmap to achieve its 2025 ambitions and vision to be a world-class retail financial services organisation, spurred by digitalisation along with strategic investment into empowering and growing regional talent.  In 2021, Letshego rolled out the LetsGo Digital Mall, an online platform that enables customers easy access to solutions and services, across multiple digital channels, including web, USSD, whatsapp and mobile.

Commenting on his new appointment, Ato Okyir, Group Head of New Ventures for Technology Innovation, added, “Letshego is a well-established Africa brand that is on an exciting transformation trajectory into digital.  I am delighted with the opportunity to bring my own skills and experience to support a regional organisation that has such a dynamic vision to achieve sustainable growth and impact across so many sub Saharan markets.”

Letshego Ghana, a subsidiary of Letshego Group, has more than demonstrated its strategic and potential value to the Group with a cumulative aggregated growth of 600% over the last 5 years, more than tripling its proportion of profit before tax in the same period.

Letshego Ghana

In Ghana, Letshego employs over 500 local nationals, with the business led by seasoned Ghanaian banker, Arnold Parker, Country CEO of Letshego Ghana.  Letshego expanded into Ghana in 2017 through the acquisition of ‘afb Ghana’.  Since the acquisition and under Arnold’s leadership, Letshego has diversified the entity’s product portfolio with the addition of MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprise) loans, retail and corporate deposits, as well as opening two new outlets to compliment the brand’s national, omni-channel network. 

 

Speaking on the value of Ghana in Letshego’s regional footprint, Arnold Parker noted that Ghana is proving to be a valued talent pool for regional companies across diverse sectors.  He added that Letshego is one of many regional entities that invest and support Ghana’s growth potential, while gaining benefit from the passion and expertise of its people.  The Ghana team remain proud to be a part of a Group that is committed to supporting inclusive finance initiatives, supporting sustainable business and growth of communities in Ghana, and across our continent.

 

Letshego Ghana posted record national performance for 2020, more than doubling its profit before tax year on year to GHS40 million (USDXmillion).

Letshego Holdings Ltd (“Letshego Group”) is a truly African multinational organisation, headquartered and listed in Botswana and focused on delivering inclusive finance solutions to underserved populations across its 11 sub Saharan Africa footprint. 

 

With a staff compliment of over 3,000 – including both direct and indirect sales agents – and more than four hundred thousand customers, Letshego is synonymous with leveraging innovation and technology to improve the lives of individuals who have limited access to traditional financial services. 

 

The Letshego Group is a truly African multinational, first opening its doors in Botswana more than 21 years ago by offering loans to government employees.  Today the Group has over 3,000 employees comprising more than 21 nationalities, and supports public and private sector individual customers, as well as micro and small entrepreneurs.  Letshego has operations in 11 sub Saharan African markets. 

Letshego Holdings Limited (the group holding company) is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, with a subsequent listings including a subsidiary listing on the Namibian stock exchange, and bond listings on both the Ghana and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. 

 

In 2022, Letshego celebrates 24 years of supporting regional communities, making strong progress with the launch of its Transformational Strategy in September 2020, towards the Group’s vision to be a world class retail financial services organisation, improving the lives of mass and middle market individuals and micro and small entrepreneurs.  For more info visit www.letshego.com

Mr. J. Ato Okyir is the former Chief Information Officer for Standard Chartered Ghana, starting his expansive career in Technology in 1993. He brings on board fifteen years of Banking Technology Experience from across the Continent.

 

As the Chief Information Officer for Standard Chartered, he maintained the Bank’s Technology infrastructure capability and supported the business activities across Business segments. He also ensured total compliance with all Country and Group policies, statutory regulations, local banking laws, anti-money laundering regulations, and industry practices.

 

Before that, he led the company’s Country Technology Management in Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone. He was responsible for developing, implementing, and delivering the Group Technology Strategy for the Cluster.

 

Mr. Okyir played a pivotal role in Standard Chartered’s Business Process Reengineering and custody business integration as the Archway Project Manager – Infrastructure for Africa. He covered Kenya, Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Mauritius.

 

He has also led Technology Risk Management and IT Security for Standard Chartered Bank in West and Central Africa. He successfully and effectively managed Information Technology risk and security controls to ensure Data Integrity, Data availability, confidentiality, and consistency of Standard Chartered databases and transaction processing systems.

 

Before joining Standard Chartered, he held various Information Technology roles at other companies, including Digitronix Systems, LeasAfric Ghana Limited, Agricultural Development Bank, and Electricity Company of Ghana. 

 

Ato Okyir holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Systems from Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom.

He has also undergone Professional training in Strategic & Scenario Planning in Accra,  Business Management Programme (BMP) in Singapore, Talent Acceleration in the United Arab Emirates, and AWS & Microsoft Azure Cloud Practitioner by Skillsoft. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the British Computer Society (BCS), and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

 

A Champion of Creativity and Innovation, and an effective communicator, Ato Okyir marries emotional intelligence and his passion for Technology to achieve positive results. He loves restoring vintage cars, long road trips, and sharing his life learnings with the younger generations.

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Hollard Ghana and Melcom extend partnership online with e-commerce

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Insurance and commerce partners Hollard Ghana and Melcom have announced the extension of their “Shop and Insure” collaboration beyond the current in-store Hollard on-the-go booths in select Melcom stores, to e-commerce on www.melcom.com. This move will enable more Ghanaians to conveniently use digital means to access financial security on their purchases and lives.

The existing partnership between the unconventional insurance group with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance, and the retail giant, Melcom, enables customers who enter selected Melcom stores to sign up for insurance on their appliances, electronics, and families while they shop. With this e-commerce addition, customers can also navigate Melcom’s online shopping portal to access Hollard’s general and life insurance products.

Speaking on the announcement, Group CEO of Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu, said: “As an innovative company, we seek ways to make insurance more accessible. Consequently, with this move to e-commerce, we have elevated our pioneering partnership with Melcom by adding digital to the conventional brick and mortar store distribution channel. We are proud to acknowledge that this aligns with our purpose of courageously pursuing a better way to improve the lives of Ghanaians.”

“Our goal at Melcom is to be a one-stop-shop for all our customers. Recently, there has been a surge in e-commerce since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a forward-thinking company, it is only prudent to add insurance to the variety of products available in our online shop. Customers can now log on to www.melcom.com to enquire about the unique insurance products as they shop for their groceries and home essentials online. We believe it will deepen our partnership with Hollard while increasing insurance penetration in the country”, said The Directors of the Group.

The Hollard general and life insurance policies available on Melcom’s e-commerce platform www.melcom.com are motor, electronics and appliances, home, travel, life, funeral, and investment. Hollard is poised to answer all related customer enquiries.

About Hollard Ghana

Hollard is the country’s favourite insurance group, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. The group combines its deep local knowledge of the market, having operated in Ghana for 25 years as Metropolitan Insurance, with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand in 18 countries worldwide. With feet firmly planted on Ghanaian soil but headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to Ghanaians’ unique risks. Hollard offers various life and general insurance products, including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, travel, home, and more, and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life).

Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, Melcom stores and online at www.hollard.com.gh and www.melcom.com for all their insurance needs.

 

About Melcom Limited.

Melcom Limited is West Africa’s Leading Organized Retail Chain and is a true local home-grown Retail Super Brand. Established in 1989, it has footprints across Ghana with 55+ retail stores and 10+ Cash n Carry outlets, making it a preferred shopping destination. Melcom has been adjudged a SUPER BRAND and rated as one of the Top Business Houses in Ghana year after year.

For all media enquiries, contact pro@melcom.com

 

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Kwahu Summit Launched – Ghana To Host Africa’s Prosperity Dialogues

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The Africa Prosperity Network has launched the Kwahu Summit for Africa’s prosperity.

The launch which featured top African business leaders, political leaders, and local and international media occurred at the Accra Marriot Hotel on the sidelines of the African Development Bank’s annual meeting currently happening in Accra, Ghana.

Speaking at the launch, His Excellency Wamkele Mene who is the Executive Secretary of the AfCFTA Secretariate emphasized the need for Africans to have impactful dialogues about Africa’s trade relations with the rests of the world in light of the state of intra-Africa trade. His Excellency Wamkele Mene declared AfCfFTA Secretariate’s support for the Kwahu Summit and urged that the Summit would effectively engage the full range of sustainable development actors, governments, and businesses to explore how to accelerate the AfCFTA implementation as well as the explore the kind of economic development vision Africa must have for decades to come.

 

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On behalf of the Government of Ghana, Honorable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Ghana’s Minister of Information, spoke about the government’s support for the thought leadership platform the Kwahu Summit creates for Africans to leverage opportunities and resources on the continent to achieve more.

 

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Mr. Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) emphasized the need for Africans to proactively direct global discourses and collaborations on Africa’s development, given the share of global natural resources the Continent possesses and the potential of the Continent’s demography for consumerism, leadership, and labor force.

 

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The maiden edition of the Kwahu Summit on Africa’s prosperity will take place at the Rock City Hotel in Kwahu on 28th and 29th October 2022. The partners of the Summit are AfCFTA Secretariat the Government of the Republic of Ghana, and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

 

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RIOHS Announces The Rebrand Of Riohs Originate To RIOHS College Of Design Ghana

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Riohs is excited to announce the rebrand of our foundational fashion design and illustration institution. Riohs Originate, is now the Riohs College of Design with the tagline “Create. Make radiance.” on the new value proposition; Unearthing potential, making seasoned professionals.

Over the last decade, the institution has existed with the aim of glowing talents. Our rebrand is closely aligned with our ultimate goal of becoming the leading institution in fashion and creative design training in Africa.

The College will be offering a wider range of Creative design courses in:

Photography

Graphic Design

Digital Fashion

Creative Thinking

Concept Development

Branding

Pattern Making

Fashion Design (Clothing & Construction) and many more.

In this new phase, we will continue to identify and nurture fresh potential and prove over and over again that one can learn how to think creatively to attain a concept, sketch and design, create patterns, design and sew a collection in 6 months.  Offering morning, evening and weekend options, our classes offer practical guidance. Our training transforms students into conscious smarter decision makers with an eye on the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Many of our global alumni have gone on to create well acknowledged brands, such as Naddia Ibrahim,ZaQi Africa, Elikem the Tailor, Royalty by Nanasie, Gallant Belle, Maud by Dianne, Avonsige, Sera Ban, Cosma gh, Mayase gh, kojo Boadi Ghana, Sara the Dress Maker, and a host of other creative minds taking on the global fashion space. Beyond creating and sustaining an industry of fashion entrepreneurs, Riohs alumna are working as professional pattern makers, sketch and digital illustrators, fashion designers and atelier managers. Some have even been honoured in Vogue such as the wildly successful – Ajabeng.

Riohs alumni have graced International Fashion Weeks like; London Fashion Week, Denmark Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week Lagos, Durban Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. 

Mr Richard Ohene Sika, founder and talent manager, had this to say – 

“Everyone has a touch of creativity hidden inside them, they just need a little Riohs in them to unearth their potential. The world always needs more people who are creating, so consider joining us. We can help you, realise your vision.”

Boilerplate ( Short description of Riohs) 

The Riohs College of Design is a creative design service and training college in Accra, Ghana that was birthed in 2010 with only 3 students. Since then, it has gone on to graduate more than 1,500 students across Africa and globally, who come to it’s Dzorwulu campus for the 6-month program. RIOHS is the pioneer and creator of the 6-month program in Fashion Design and Fashion Illustration in Ghana. The course was designed to offer practical instruction through learning by doing. Riohs offers a functional fully serviced atelier that serves as the center of it’s campus. The College intends to keep transforming lives through giving an opportunity to talents who seek to express their creative talents, under the guidance of professional artists from all over the world. Apply at riohs.com

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How Imyfone Magicmic is a real time voice changer

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There have been numerous advancements in voice changer technology over the times. Real- time voice changer software allows druggies to make different sounds and make adaptations in real time with a variety of options handed. They come with several preset sound types and will enable you to change the sound by changing the pitch, frequence, tone, and other aspects of the sound. Making fun of musketeers, neighbors, classmates and cousins is one reason why people use voice- changing software. Gamers and pennants are more likely to change their voice as part of the fun. This can help them epitomize their characters and add further fun. Voice changer tools can also be useful when creating vids for a variety of purposes. If you want to get the voice changer for zoom then we have the best option right here as the iMyfone MagicMic.

There are numerous uses, but with so numerous options, it’s hard to choose the right real- time voice changer tool. MagicMic voice changer is one of the most used and trusted coffers moment. So in reviewing this MagicMic voice changer, I’ll look at what it offers and its advantages and disadvantages.

 

Is MagicMic the stylish free real time voice changer?

 

There are numerous voice changers on the request, but MagicMic voice changer is unique. Its one-click function allows druggies to snappily change their voices. All you need is a mouse click. This tool comes from iMyFone, which is a leading inventor of colorful useful tools like MagicMic, Filme Video Editor, MarkGo etc.

 

The stylish free real time voice changer for PC

 

MagicMic comes with several sound pollutants. Minion, Echo, Robot, and Monster are just a many of the options that can be used. It can be used for online converse, voiceover, or streaming. MagicMic voice changer can also act as Skype call voice changer and discarded voice changer.

 

MagicMic features

 

  • Real time voice pollutants.
  • You can choose from over 200 available sound goods.
  • Use voice Impersonator in games and other apps.
  • In real time, just one mouse click can change your voice.
  • Windows 7, 8,8.1, 10, and 11 are completely supported.

 

The software is incredibly intuitive. Anyone from freshman to expert position can start changing their voice incontinently. The one-click function helps it stand out from the competition. To use this voice changer you have to choose the affair and input. The input device must be your microphone. The affair device will be your headphones. You can always pierce this section under the Settings tab if you need to change anything. It will be the one as the best and right at the top so if you are interested in voice changer for zoom then visit here.

 

MagicMic settings

 

Still, choose a sludge and speak into the microphone, If you want to hear how your voice sounds. You can use the tool on Twitch, Skype, PUBG, Fortnite, Discord and other platforms. Then is what you need to do, Start your asked program. Also go to the Voice Settings menu, Elect “Microphone” (Voice Changer Virtual Audio Device, or WDM) as the input device. The sound in the named program can also be converted in real time. Your changes will be heard by other druggies.

 

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Jadarls Group Powers ‘Make A Wish!’ By Purple Angels Kids Foundation

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Purple Angels Kids Foundation in its 3 years of existence has focused on the wholistic well-being of children, by gifting sick and or needy children beautiful memories to inspire hope and teach them that they can be anything they want in the future if they put their minds to it.

Babies in jail, Help! , Chalewote Giveaway, School Supply Drive by and the newly introduced Make A Wish are the projects we undertake all year round.

The maiden edition of Make A Wish kicked off last Saturday the 21st of May. Make A Wish essentially is granting one wish of a child who is terminally ill. Three children had their wishes granted, and laptops and tablets were handed over to these children who are currently fighting cancer at the Korle-Bu pediatric oncology unit.

“Jadarls group of companies powered this edition of the Make A Wish project and we couldn’t be more grateful. One of the children Lucy had just had surgery the previous day, and to be able to give her the one thing she never thought she will have the privilege of having, was a blessing.We are in this with you and we hope to help you grant more wishes,” comments the Group CEO of Jadarls Group of companies.

Purple Angels Kids foundation wishes to thank the Jadarls Group and hope that a lot more individuals, institutions, and companies will come aboard this project.

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WATCH: 24-Year-Old Who Farms To Pay Fees In University

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Perry Appoh a 24-year Geography student at the University of Ghana hails from Ziave in the Volta Region of Ghana and practices farming for survival.

He started farming at the age of fifteen when he and his siblings used to follow their father Mr.Francis Appoh who won the second-best farmer award in their district in the year 2017.

It got to a time he realized that his father don’t do any work apart from farming and with it, he was able to cater for the family of eight without any support from any source. He got the inspiration from there, and has since  been able to farm on large scale which has helped him to pay his fees in University  watch his story in the following interview with Multicdb

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