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#LifestyleWednesday: The Day Of My Engagement Ceremony

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musingsofanafricanbachelor), recounts the day of his engagement ceremony few years ago and how that marriage ended. 

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This image perfectly captured my excitement at my engagement ceremony in Accra a couple of years ago.  It was the day I got married and joined the prestigious order of men with rings. A plethora of thoughts raced through my mind when I came across my engagement pictures as I was packing today. It’s amazing how memories have a way of flooding back when you are in the process of moving.  The process of packing and moving forces one to take stock of almost everything you own as you make decisions on what to keep or discard. With the pictures in hand,  I suddenly found myself reliving the day I got married.  I found myself reminiscing about who the man in the pictures was versus the man I am today. I still remember the two lingering thoughts I had that day.
“Oh shit!  The party is over and I’m really getting married was the first thought.”
Building and maintaining a strong relationship with my soon-to-be wife and future children was my second thought. 2014 06 25 19.49.00 That day,  I did not think for one second that getting married was not the best decision I was making for myself.  I was in love with her and there was no evidence to show that she was not in love with me. That day,  divorce wasn’t something I thought would ever happen to us.  How could it? Oprah Winfrey once said to her audience;
“Life always speaks to us in whispers and we have to listen closely to the things that whisper to us.”
There were whispers behind that beaming smile that day; whispers I tactfully ignored. Staring at the man in the pictures now,  it’s easy to turn up the whispers and hear them clearly.  So here I am,  conducting an autopsy of my thoughts on the day of my engagement ceremony. That smiling man in my engagement picture is still me today;  just magnified and proudly bearing the bruises and scars of this thing called life. I never thought incessantly about marriage after college.  I was 22,  just landed an excellent job,  purchased a 4-bedroom house with two cars parked in the garage and,  I had a string of girlfriends. Life was a party and marriage to me was that annoying neighbor who constantly complained that the music was too loud. When my friends, colleagues and family members started to get married and pregnant,  I set out on a path to discover life and all its finery.  The marriage had to wait,  I said to myself.  What was the rush anyway? IMG 0076 At 30, I felt something I did not expect;  pressure to get married and have a kid or two.  Suddenly the pressure was constant and coming from every direction.  Everyone I dated brought up the ‘M” word quickly and often. It felt like folks wanted to check the “married” and “children” boxes for me.  The inherent bachelor inside me responded to the pressure with a rebellion. I had very good reasons for rebelling.  The loved ones applying the pressure presented marriage,  not as a concept for finding a lifetime partner,  it was about social validation. I hated the thought process of having to conform to societal norms just to feel validated as an adult. Well,  my rebellion did not last as long as I had hoped.  Before long, I started thinking I may need the validation after all.  I felt a need to be part of the masses and toe the line. The whispers questioned if I was ready to be plugged into an eco-system made up of men with rings, kids and a life of suburban bliss.  I ignored the questions because the whispers were not loud enough. Looking at the pictures now,  I realize that I was excited about life as a married man.  The excitement was not a result of my propensity to ignore the whispers,  I simply had no fears and no worries as I went through the ceremony.  I was confident that my marriage would last an eternity. I kept thinking, “Oh wow! I’m getting married! I’m registered for adulthood now!  I successfully checked the box! I’m in the club! 2015 05 29 21.31.01 If the whispers were loud enough that day,  I would have thought more about what I really wanted out of life,  who I was and where I wanted to go.  Instead, I was more worried about how to make the marriage work and what I can do for her. Like most,  I did not see my divorce coming.  I assumed it wasn’t in the cards when you join the club.  We had been together for seven years and weathered some shit.  Why would we get divorced? Then again, life happens. Oddly enough,  my marriage ended up being a catalyst for discovering who I was and what I wanted out of life. After the divorce,  it took me years to fully understand what the whispers had said all along.
You have to discover who you are and what you are first before you find love.  You have to find love before you consider marriage.  Finding love for the sole purpose of marriage makes a mockery out of marriage.
I felt like a failure after the divorce and everything felt dark.  The darkness faded away with time.
I didn’t realize that there was an amazing person inside me waiting to come out.
My marriage was not a failure as others including myself,  had described it over the years.  This type of reasoning places one on the highway of regret. IMG 0079 My marriage did not turn out how I expected it to be.  However, I can’t help but be grateful that I am an ex-husband to my ex-wife.  My ex-wife was an amazing person who is responsible for the lessons which continue to keep me out of trouble today. The man I am today could not have imagined how much better life could be on the day of my engagement. With that,  I placed my engagement pictures in a box marked “do not discard.” By Kwadjo Panyin IMG 0050
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FTX and SALT Announce Crypto Bahamas 2023

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FTX, a leading global cryptocurrency exchange and global presenting partner of SALT, today announced the next Crypto Bahamas will take place April 17-20, 2023 at the Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. This is the second annual Crypto Bahamas Conference in partnership with SALT, a premier thought leadership forum focused on innovation and investing.

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX, commented “We’re excited to welcome the crypto community back to the Bahamasin 2023. Our inaugural Crypto Bahamas conference was a huge success and brought some of the biggest innovators in the industry to the island to collaborate on the continued collaboration between TradFi, crypto and DeFi. Everyone at FTX is eager to unveil our plans as we go bigger and better for next year’s conference.”

The 2023 Crypto Bahamas Conference will take over the entire Baha Mar Resort, opening the event to more attendees and speakers. The invitation-only event will feature collaboration and networking among leading investors and builders in the digital assets industry.

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“We are excited to build on the success of the inaugural Crypto Bahamas and grow the premier institutional digital assets event in the world,” said Anthony Scaramucci, chairman of SALT. “FTX is a transformative company and we look forward to continue working with them to foster innovation in web3.”

FTX and SALT debuted Crypto Bahamas in April 2022. The conference welcomed over 2,000 attendees to Nassau and featured speakers including the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Philip “Brave” Davis, former President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair, NFL quarterback Tom Brady, and a plethora of the leading crypto-native voices from all aspects of the web3 world.

“Partnering with SALT to present Crypto Bahamas earlier this year was extremely successful,” commented Ryan Salame, Co-CEO of FTX Digital Asset Markets. “We’re really looking forward to bringing it back next April with high-quality and in-depth discussions for an even bigger crowd. This is going to be the crypto event of the year, and no one in the digital asset industry should miss it.”

To learn more about the event, visit cryptobahamas.com

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IDEAL Milk Celebrates 50 Years By Rewarding Consumers

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Nestlé Ghana Ltd. rewards loyal consumers of IDEAL Milk as part of the brand’s 50th anniversary celebrations. (more…)

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Promolta shares the 5 best ways to get more views on your YouTube videos. If you follow these tips, your videos will gain more traction. (more…)

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Crazy online gaming Wins: Biggest in the world!

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The online gaming and esports industry has boomed in recent years, with millions of individuals taking part in these games worldwide.

With such explosive growth, there have consequently been a number of substantial prize purses, made all the more fascinating due to their sheer magnitude. Similarly, staggering winnings are sometimes seen by online gamblers, too. For example,’BetMGM Awards Over $800K’ was recently in the news in one lucky US state.

While we can’t tell you how to get lucky when gambling or gaming online, we are going to show you some of the biggest wins from online gaming. 

How do Gamers Win Money? 

Below, we’re going to show you how gamers have made money by winning some of the most prestigious online gaming tournaments in the world. But, there are other ways these professional gamers make money

 

Some have paid sponsorships and partnerships with gaming companies, computer brands, and even global giant drinks manufacturers like Red Bull and Mountain Dew. 

 

Others are paid salaries from the teams or leagues they belong to – it really is just like any other sport in this regard. 

1. Fortnite World Cup (2019) – $30.4 million 

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It’s no secret that Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world right now, and the first-ever Fortnite World Cup is also one of the highest-ever online gaming wins.

In 2019, over $30 million was awarded to the winning players – the winning solo player, Kyle Giersdorf, took home $3 million, while David W and Emil Pedersen split $3 million between them as the top-ranking duo. 

 

Winning contests isn’t the only way players earn from Fortnite, though. It also has a huge following on Twitch, with many gamers making a decent amount of money from live-streaming their gameplay to their adoring fans. 

 

Fans have to pay to subscribe to their favorite channels, and there are often different tiers available for those who wish to show more support. So, for someone streaming a popular game such as Fortnite, this is a great way to make a steady income. 

2. Honor of Kings World Championship Cup (2021) – $7.7 million 

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Last year’s Honor of Kings tournament, the World Championship Cup, was hosted in Beijing. Twelve teams of the best Honor of Kings players entered the contest, with the winning team ultimately taking home a cool $7.7 million between them. 

 

The battle was closely fought between two teams, Gank Gaming and QG Happy, with the latter eventually coming in the number-one spot and claiming the colossal prize. 

 

The tournament is going to be even bigger in 2022, with a prize pool of $10 million for the winning team. It’s expected that 16 teams will take part in this year’s event. 

3. Call of Duty League Championship (2020) – $4.6 million 

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Call of Duty has been popular for almost two decades – fans were playing the series long before online gaming and esports became big. But, it’s only more recently that players have been able to make considerable sums of money from playing their favorite first-person shooter. 

 

Call of Duty is so popular it’s not just one event but an entire league dedicated to it! At the end of the League, Dallas Empire won the Championship event and netted themselves the tidy sum of $1.5 million. 

 

4. The International 10 (2020) – $40 million 

Dota 2’s annual championship event in 2020 was the biggest of its kind to date, and one of the biggest ever online gaming wins ever. With a total prize fund of $40 million, it’s no surprise that the 16 teams who entered fought so fiercely to emerge victorious. 

 

After various rounds and stages, Team Spirit from Russia netted themselves over $18 million to share between them. The tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania, at the Arena Naţională. 

Final Thoughts

Aren’t esports exciting? It’s one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and it has only just begun to hit its stride. So, expect the prize funds given out at these tournaments to grow year on year. 

 

If you keep practicing your favorite game, maybe you too could one day join the likes of these players and teams above and become a multi-millionaire overnight. 

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