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Meet Ghanaian TikTok superstars, Nancy G and Am.Tuff

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Ghana TikTok stars Nancy G and Am.Tuff

If you are a fan of TicTok videos, then you would have come across  ‘Nancy G’ and ‘Am.Tuff’, two of the most followed TikTok content creators in Ghana.

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the world which presents an alternative version of online sharing. It allows users to create short videos with music, filters, and some other features.

Nancy G and Am.Tuff were amongst the first Ghanaian TikTok creators to hit 100k followers, as well as to be verified by the TikTok. They were invited to join TikTok’s exclusive creator program last year.

Nancy G and Am.Tuff  are always passionate about sharing how they started, their journeys on the app and the great opportunities it comes with.  They both believe that the video sharing app can help  the youth of Ghana in discovering their inner love and passion for content creation. “TikTok gives us a free platform to share our creativity, which also serves as an aid to open doors to the entertainment world and companies beyond the shores of Ghana,” Nancy G adds.

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Who is Nancy G?

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My name is Nancy Yamoah Gyimaa. I am popularly known as NANCY G on social media. I am 24 years of age and I am a class of 2018 graduate of Accra Technical University. I have four siblings and live with my parents. My hobbies are dancing, acting, writing, content creating and editing. Due to my love for filming and editing I became a content creator on YouTube and now a popular creator on TikTok but I focus primarily on TikTok now so you can say I’m a TikToker.

I started making TikTok videos at the end of January 2019 for fun due to my love for dancing and acting and it was the perfect app at that time for me to perfect my skills on but as time went on it was just not a hobby for me, it became a passion. I started TikTok with 90 fans but due to my growth of love for the app I became serious with content creation and started thinking out of the box and thanks to my determination I went from having 90 fans to 100,000 fans in just 5 months and another 100,000 in the remaining months I ended the year with over 200,000 fans to my surprise. Thanks to this achievement I got recognition from TikTok and got verified on their app. I also had the chance of being featured on the popular American website Famous Birthdays and also got invited to join TikTok’s exclusive creator summit.

I love TikTok and will continue to make contents for a long time to come, and I will continue to represent Ghana on the app and make the country proud.

I would love to recommend TikTok to all young people out there who have a passion for dance, acting and everything entertainment related as it is a great platform for people to show those skills and get discovered. Who knows you might be the next Charli D’Amelio.

Who is Am.Tuff?

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My name is Marko Ampadu popularly known as AM.TUFF on all social media sites. I am 21 years old and currently a final year student in the University of Ghana. My hobbies are filming and editing contents. I never knew I was into creating and editing contents until I joined TikTok (Musical.ly) back in 2018. I must say it was super difficult to grow and be noticed back then. I used to make transition videos which weren’t doing not so great and not so bad either. So, I switched genres to a very trendy one at that moment which was SlowMos (Slow motion videos) and with hard work and consistency I grew from 1000 followers to about 100000 followers in less than a year.

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Due to my achievements on the TikTok app I have gotten the recognition I deserve by becoming the first Ghanaian to hit 100000 on the platform and also the first Ghanaian male to get verified also. I’ve also gotten the chance to be featured on the American website Famousbirthdays.com and also gotten the chance to join TikTok’s exclusive creator summit. I’ve also gotten to meet awesome people I call my friends outside Africa and I’m so proud.

I love TikTok and will continue to create contents to entertain people. I started this app as a joke but now with all these achievements, it pushes me to be a better person actually. There are a lot of things going on in the world right now and I’m so glad I can use this platform to share positivity.

I recommend TikTok to all of you guys out there who are interested in showing the world what they’ve got. This is the chance to be recognized for your talent.

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Cybersecurity Tips For 2024

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Cybercrime is rampant in 2024, and many experts state that this is the biggest threat to modern organizations. Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, utilizing AI and advanced tactics to cause damage to individuals and organizations that can be hard to recover from. A cyber attack can harm a business in many ways, including downtime, equipment repairs/replacements, financial losses, data losses, and reputation damage. This is why cybersecurity must be a priority for all organizations in 2024. With this in mind, this post will offer a few tips that will help you develop robust protection and continue your operations with confidence. 

Use Unique Passwords & MFA

Often, attacks are successful simply by working out a password. Therefore, you must have a password policy in place that requires staff to use unique passwords and different passwords for separate accounts. Additionally, MFA should be used to add an extra layer of protection. It is also good practice to change these passwords on a regular basis. 

Provide Training For Staff

One of the best tips for protecting your business is to provide security training for your team. 95% of cyber attacks succeed due to human error, so it is clear that this is an area that needs to be addressed. Training your team so that they can carry out their role safely, protect data, and detect scams like phishing will greatly improve your cybersecurity protection and give your team confidence. 

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Leverage Restful APIs

You can also use restful APIs to improve your cyber defenses in 2024. You can use restful APIs to bolster your defense in a number of ways, including automating various security tasks and integrating with identity management platforms and incident response orchestration tools. By integrating security tools with restful APIs, you can both streamline operations and ensure that you respond to threats effectively. This all means that leveraging restful APIs is one of the best ways to enhance your security posture during a time when attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. 

Back Data Up Regularly

Data is incredibly valuable to any business in 2024, and this is why it is targeted heavily by cybercriminals. One of the best ways to protect your data and business is to back up sensitive information to a secure external location on a regular basis. This ensures you will always have access to data in the event of a cyber attack, hardware failure, or any other kind of disaster. 

Update Software ASAP

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One of the worst habits to have regarding cybersecurity is delaying software updates. Although they can be disruptive, software updates will contain security patches that will offer protection against the latest threats. This is why you must make sure that you and your team perform updates as soon as possible.

These are a few of the best cybersecurity tips for this year. Every business needs to make cybersecurity a priority right now, with attacks so prevalent and criminals using increasingly sophisticated technologies and tactics. With this information, you should be able to bolster your security posture and protect your business and digital assets from cybercriminals in 2024 and beyond. 

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KobbySalm Quits Gospel Music?

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In a recent heartfelt interview on MX24’s “The Plug” show with JKD, renowned Gospel artist KobbySalm opened up about the intense struggles he faces in his music career. Gospel artist KobbySalm revealed a deeply personal struggle he faces every night. Despite his passion and dedication to creating music that honors God, KobbySalm shared that he contemplates quitting music every time he goes to bed.

KobbySalm spoke openly about the immense challenges Gospel artists endure. “Every night, there’s a constant battle within me,” he confessed. “I find myself wrestling with the decision to quit music.” This internal conflict stems from the disparity between the effort he puts into his music and the support he receives.

Gospel artists often face unique hardships, balancing their desire to serve God through their art with the need for recognition and support. KobbySalm highlighted this issue, noting that despite their spiritual motivations, Gospel artists are still human and seek validation for their hard work. The lack of adequate support can lead to feelings of depression and discouragement. 

“You pour your heart and soul into your music, striving to please God, but there’s also that human desire for your hard work to be recognized and rewarded,” KobbySalm explained. The emotional toll of these down times can be overwhelming, pushing many Gospel artists to the brink of quitting. 

For KobbySalm, the battle is nightly. Each time he lies down to sleep, he confronts the decision to quit music. However, he finds solace and strength in his faith. “The Holy Spirit whispers words of encouragement and gives me the strength to continue,” he shared. This divine encouragement is what keeps him going despite the challenges.

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Kobbyslam (right) and Kofi Karikari (left) in a pose 

KobbySalm’s recent body of work, titled “Never Forget,” features Kofi Karikari and is a testament to his resilience and dedication. The video for “Never Forget” is now available on YouTube, offering fans a glimpse into his unwavering commitment to his craft and his faith.

You can watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou7Jjhx0yFQ

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China’s Lunar Exploration: Achievements and Future Missions

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China’s journey into lunar exploration has seen many notable achievements and ambitious future missions. From the start of its space program to today’s cutting-edge missions, China has continuously improved its abilities and become an important participant in space exploration. This blog looks at the key moments in China’s moon study history and investigates upcoming plans for exciting moon trips.

Early Steps and Initial Achievements

Chang’e 1: China’s First Lunar Mission

China’s first step in lunar exploration was the launch of Chang’e 1 in 2007. It was named after a moon goddess from Chinese mythology, and this orbiter successfully mapped out and sent back data about our planet’s natural satellite – Moon. This important mission showed that China had now joined other nations exploring beyond Earth’s atmosphere while also showing its ability to carry out intricate space tasks. For more updates follow China Space News

Chang’e 2: Advancing Lunar Science

To progress from Chang’e 1, we sent Chang’e 2 into space in 2010. This mission had two main parts: mapping of the moon became more detailed and flyby around asteroid Toutatis displayed China’s increasing skill with space navigation. The detailed pictures of moon’s surface taken by Chang’e 2 helped improve our knowledge about lunar geology.

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Chang’e 3: A Historic Soft Landing

Chang’e 3, which was launched in the year 2013, it marked a significant mission because this is when China succeeded in making its initial soft landing on the moon. The mission involved a lander and rover known as Yutu or “Jade Rabbit” that explored surface of moon by doing scientific experiments there and sending back beautiful pictures to Earth. This mission marked the return of humans to moon, with China becoming the third country to achieve soft landing after United States and Soviet Union.

Recent Milestones

Chang’e 4: Exploring the Far Side of the Moon

China created a new record in 2019 with the Chang’e 4 mission, where a spacecraft landed on the far side of moon for first time. This mission contained both a lander and rover named Yutu-2; it is still exploring around on moon’s surface that faces away from us towards Earth. The achievement of Chang’e 4 has given us never-before-seen knowledge about our moon’s geology and improved understanding about how solar systems formed early in history. The success of the mission was supported by the Queqiao relay satellite, which helped in communicating between the moon’s far side and Earth.

Chang’e 5: Sample Return Mission

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The mission Chang’e 5, accomplished in December 2020, was a prominent event for China. This mission managed to gather and bring back lunar samples to Earth, marking the initial time since Luna 24 from Soviet Union in 1976 that such an action happened. The success of Chang’e 5 provided fresh moon material for scientists to analyze. It offered new understanding about what makes up our moon as well as its past history.

Chang’e 6: Aiming for More Lunar Samples

After Chang’e 5, China is now preparing for Chang’e 6 in the year 2024. This mission will focus on the South Pole-Aitken Basin area of Moon which happens to be one among solar system’s biggest impact craters. In gathering samples from this particular location, scientists are hoping to attain a more comprehensive comprehension about mantle of moon and history behind lunar impacts. Chang’e 6 wants to expand China’s understanding about lunar geology and enhance its abilities in returning samples from the moon.

Future Missions: Ambitions and Goals

Chang’e 7: Exploring the Moon’s South Pole

Chang’e 7, planned for the mid-2020s, plans to examine the South Pole of moon. This mission is anticipated to include an orbiter, a lander, a rover and a mini-flying probe. The South Pole holds fascination because it has areas that are always in shadow and might have water ice. Chang’e 7 wants to study the moon’s environment, make a map of its topography and look at how resources like water ice are spread on it.

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Chang’e 8: Laying the Groundwork for a Lunar Base

Chang’e 8, which is planned for the late 2020s, will concentrate on checking technologies and performing experiments that are necessary in order to prepare a lunar base. This mission will cooperate with worldwide allies and examine how we can utilize resources found on the moon for an enduring human existence. The methods and technologies created through Chang’e 8 are anticipated to assist in building a research station on top of the moon.

International Lunar Research Station (ILRS)

Together with Russia, China has suggested the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS). This plan wants to create a stable and enduring human existence on the moon by 2030s. The ILRS will become a center for doing scientific research, developing technology and cooperating internationally. It will possess life support, energy production, communication and science experiment functions to allow complete lunar exploration and use.

China’s Strategic Vision for Lunar Exploration

China’s lunar exploration program is not only a race to achieve certain technological firsts; it fits into a wider strategic plan. The goals of this vision consist of scientific discoveries, advancement in technology, maintaining national reputation and collaborating globally. China aims to accomplish the following by enhancing its lunar exploration abilities:

Increase Scientific Comprehension: The tasks from China add to worldwide understanding on matters like the moon’s creation and shifts, along with its geological features. The details obtained assist in answering basic inquiries about the moon’s geology and solar system history.

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Drive Technological Innovation: The exploration of Moon needs modern technology in fields like robotics, materials science, propulsion and communication. Missions from China are testing these technologies’ limits which could result in advancements useful for more than just space explores.

Increase in International Recognition: Success in space explorations raises the country’s worldwide status and shows its ability as a leading space traveler. Advancements made on lunar exploration also add to the pride of nation and inspire coming generations of scientists and engineers.

Promote Collaboration with Other Countries: To encourage collaboration in space exploration, China can form partnerships with other nations and organizations. This will show how working together is beneficial for all parties involved, just like the ILRS project that allows participating countries to share in the advancements made by everyone.

Conclusion

China’s moon research program has seen big growth in the last twenty years, making history and setting high aims for what is to come. From the first accomplishments with Chang’e 1 and 2 to innovative tasks such as Chang’e 4 and 5, China has shown its capacity and dedication towards exploration of moon. With upcoming missions including Chang’e 6,7,8 along with International Lunar Research Station that is full of vision – it shows how ready China becomes a leader in mankind’s journey for understanding moon while using its resources too. In the coming days, China’s lunar exploration will be a key part of our efforts to learn more about the moon and find new ways for space exploration.

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Academic City introduces MSc in Cyber Security programme

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 As part of efforts to strengthen Africa’s digital landscape and foster economic advancement, Academic City University College has introduced an innovative MSc Cyber Security programme to safeguard Africa’s digital infrastructure and drive innovation.

In today’s interconnected world, cyber security is important for long-term growth and global competitiveness. By introducing the MSc Cyber Security, Academic City aims to equip graduates with advanced cyber security expertise, which fosters critical analysis and practical skills to combat evolving threats in digital landscapes.

This programme will enable students to develop practical cyber security analysis skills through hands-on training and real-world scenarios, addressing the complexities of cyber threats. Emphasising multi-dimensional problem-solving, the curriculum provides students with versatility to tackle diverse cyber security challenges and insights into risk management, ensuring a holistic approach to cyber defense.

In 2023, ISC2 estimated the global cyber security workforce to be 5.5 million, with a growth of 8.7% between 2022 and 2023, adding nearly 440,000 new positions. Additionally, all regions experienced growth in cyber workforce size in 2023, with the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions leading with an annual increase of 11.7% and 11.8%, respectively.

Speaking on this new programme, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, President of Academic City, remarked, “As the African continent continues to embrace digital transformation, the introduction of our cyber security programme signifies our desire to empower individuals and organisations to thrive in an increasingly digitised world.”

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According to him, the programme aims to help address the critical need for safeguarding sensitive information, which is crucial for economic growth and attracting investments.

“This innovative programme promises to establish a robust digital infrastructure for the continent’s future prosperity,” he added.

David Gowu, Executive Director of the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH), stressed how important it is to have cyber security experts in a world where technology is changing so quickly.

 “As businesses deal with the constant threat of cyberattacks, it is crucial for business owners to empower employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to help protect their digital assets.”

He commended Academic City for introducing the MSc in Cyber Security to provide professionals with the skills they need to deal with cyber security problems. 

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“I am very optimistic that this programme will give professionals the training they need to confidently get through the complex cyber security landscape,” he said.

The two-year MSc Cyber Security programme will start in September 2024. To qualify for the program, an applicant must have a BSC from an accredited university with a minimum of second-class upper or lower.