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Meet Lemuel Nsiah-Kusi, the KNUST graduate who didn’t mind doing a cleaning job for 6 months

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A post from a Twitter user saying that he was jobless and ready to accept a GHC700-salary job, prompted Lemuel Nsiah-Kusi, a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to share his touching story in a series of tweets.

Lemuel, who graduated from KNUST with a degree in Development, in his series of tweets, shared the story of how he took up a job as a cleaner for 6 months before he finally got something close to his dream job! His tweets caught the attention of lifestyle blogger, Naa Oyoo Quartey, who arranged a meeting with Lemuel to get more insight into his story of perseverance and hard work.

Here are some highlights: Lemuel completed his National Service at SSNIT in 2014 and found himself at home and felt uneasy after almost 2 months of doing nothing.

“During the period of September to November, I had put in about 70 applications to several organizations but nothing positive came out of them. I emailed some soft copies to family friends and I went personally to some organizations to submit hard copies. My parents were also asking their friends for any openings and assistance. My parents would go to work and I would be left alone and when they returned home they would inquire about my day and if I had had any success with any of the applications. I would reply in the negative. My Dad for one was very confident that I would get a job after school because of his strong network connections. That actually didn’t work.”

According to him, Development Planning is interdisciplinary which makes it flexible to work anywhere, and so he was ready to start out to gain experience to enable him branch out into his area of interest. So he started looking for jobs from all angles. “One time I was close to getting a marketing job at an IT company. I passed the first round after convincing the panelists that I was good with people. It was a strength I could use to get customers to buy their product. I however didn’t make it through to the second round.”

After many disappointments, Lemuel started losing hope during that dreadful waiting period. His parents couldn’t understand why he was stressing as others before him had to wait a year or two before getting jobs. Finally hope came, but it was not what Lemuel expected when his dad’s friend who was in the real estate industry as a facility management service provider asked him to come see her.

“So I dressed up immaculately because my mother always advised me to be mindful of how I dressed irrespective of where I went. I wore a tie with my long sleeves shirt and made sure my shoes were well polished. I gave her my resume after I sat down in her office. I have always done internships during vacation periods, which over the period made my cv quite interesting for a first-degree holder. I had done several stints as a sales rep after JSS, SHS and even in the University, I interned in several companies and hotels. So after she perused my resume, she said, ‘I have an opening in cleaning if you are interested’. My initial thought was, ‘Did you not see my CV?’ This was what I asked in my mind not out loud. Was she joking? I realized she was serious so I asked for some time to think about it. Even though she Okayed my request, she reminded me not to keep long because the position could soon be filled.”

When he went home and told his Dad what happened, his father was shocked. But after some initial hesitation, Lemuel shocked his father when he decided to accept the job offer. He started the cleaning job by first going for cleaning training at the cleaning company to understand the basics of how to clean effectively.

“I learnt how to measure the various detergents, how to clean windows, which equipment to use etc. The training took place at the Barclays Club House because my employer had a contract with the bank to clean some of their branches in Accra. I met another KNUST graduate who worked as an Operations Manager in this same cleaning company. He also faced a similar dilemma of not finding a job after school and ended up in this role in the cleaning company. For us, this wasn’t the end. It was a means to an end and that was the advice he gave to me on the first day of the job. That’s what got me running because I realized I wasn’t alone in this.”

The cleaning was not as easy as it sounds, and soon Lemuel was moved to be with the team which cleaned the NHIA office , where he was also in search of miracle because the office was a good place to work.

“It was challenging. I had to leave home at 4:30am everyday because the NHIA office opens at 8am and I had to commute from West Hills Mall, which is where I stay. We had to finish cleaning latest by 7am. In the beginning, I was motivated but because of this crazy dawn schedule I began to lose vim after about 3 weeks. The thing is, after cleaning we had to stay behind for the evening shift and there was no appropriate room for us to hang around in. There was a room beneath the stairwell, which was used as a storage space, which we often waited around in. It wasn’t comfortable at all. I also came to realise how it felt to work in the cleaning industry in Ghana. I was placed in a position, which made me realize how people talk to cleaners and how they treat them because of the work they do. It was humbling as I got to understand life from the point of view as a cleaner. One time, an employee at NHIA happened to say hello to me and she was surprised to learn I was a graduate from Tech. After a few months, I was promoted to be a Supervisor, which saw me managing the team to make sure the offices were clean and such.”

In addition, another major challenges was not receiving his salary on time. He was paid GHC500 a month and sometimes, it would delay for about two months. He had to ask his father for transport money. From learning on the job, Lemuel saw an opportunity to start something on his own.

“My time in the cleaning company made me realize how profitable the business was. I was gaining more experience on the job, so I decided to also start my own cleaning company. I registered the business name, hired some young people in my area to clean some offices on the side. So I managed this whilst working at the cleaning company. My Mom’s friend spoke to a friend of hers to sub-let some of her cleaning services to me and it was a way to generate money for the business.”According to him, some friends didn’t believe I was actually cleaning banks and offices.

He occasionally run into some schoolmates while on duty and when he told them he was cleaning most did not believe him. In fact most said they could never work as cleaners. “I have always been a confident person but there were a few times when I felt low. I prayed a lot during this time, which helped me. Interestingly, my prayer life increased more during this time. I found myself connecting to God more. My parents also encouraged me through it all too.”

There was some light at the end of the tunnel for Lemuel when his mom’s friend, who helped him with his cleaning business, gave him a contact to call. The number belonged to a CEO of a real estate company, who was impressed with the story of Lemuel.

“I called the number she gave me but the man who picked up was curt and said he was busy but he would call me back. I got a text from him a week later to come by his office. I dressed up as though I was going for a interview and got to his office at 7am. I then got a call from the cleaning office to go to another areas to clean sofas and rugs with a professional cleaning equipment.  I left that office and showed up at work in a tie and everyone wondered what was up with me. After cleaning, I changed back and went to the man’s office. His secretary allowed me to go see him as I had waited about 3 hours in the morning. This was the CEO of a real estate company and all he asked me was ‘You be hustler? You fi hustle?’ I said yes. What did I study? Did I know anything about construction? He didnt even ask for my resume. He made a call to one of the construction managers to give me a job because he liked my matter. I then signed a contract with his HR manager. I had gotten a job without even an interview and the pay of course was much better and it was also aligned with my field of study. It was an incredible feeling! The catch however was for me to start work the next day. So now I had to figure out a way to work as a cleaner I waited for my delayed salary to be paid and then I quit the cleaning company.”

After recounting his inspiring story, Lemuel believes that everyone’s life journey is different so irrespective of where you find yourself don’t see challenges as an end. If someone offers to pay you GHC 700 work as though you were being paid GHC 4,000. Your hard work will make such an impact that when it’s time for you to leave, people will be reluctant to see you go.

“Yeah, we all want to earn good money but we need to consider the opportunities that come our way and the realities of life. You need to go out there and make your own decisions. Build your own dream and work for it. There are some graduates who get mobile banking jobs and all they do is complain that “ehh, a whole graduate like me, I dey go walk for sun top.” They don’t know what opportunity they could be missing out on whilst in the field. This is part of the grind of life. “

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Thabo Mbeki to lead Commonwealth observers for Nigerian elections

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Former President of South Africa, H.E. Thabo Mbeki, will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to Nigeria, which will be holding Africa’s largest democratic exercise later this month when it holds general elections on 25 February 2023.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, constituted the Commonwealth Observer Group following an invitation from Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission.

As of January 2023, an estimated 93.4 million registered voters will have the right to cast ballots for presidential and national assembly candidates in 176,846 polling units across 774 local government areas.

Announcing the group, the Commonwealth Secretary-General said:

“The Commonwealth remains a committed and reliable partner in Nigeria’s continuing journey towards peaceful democratic governance. Since 1999, we have observed all six general elections in Nigeria and the deployment of this observer group is a testament to the Commonwealth’s enduring support for the promotion of the culture, processes and institutions of democracy in Nigeria.

“In accordance with the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter, the work of the group seeks to promote transparency, strengthen democracy and the rule of law, and protect the right of the people of Nigeria to participate in credible, transparent and inclusive elections to shape their society.

“This month’s elections hold immense significance not just for Nigeria, but for the entire African continent and the wider democratic world. It is, therefore, essential that all stakeholders in Nigeria reaffirm their shared commitment to ensuring a peaceful election environment which is conducive to the free exercise of people’s franchise and in which fundamental freedoms and rights are respected.”

She also expressed her appreciation to President Mbeki for accepting her invitation to lead the group and to each observer for agreeing to undertake this important assignment on behalf of the Commonwealth.

The mandate of the group, which is independent and impartial, is to observe the preparations for the election, the polling, counting and the results process, and the overall electoral environment. The observers will assess the conduct of the process as a whole and, where appropriate, make recommendations for the strengthening of the electoral system in Nigeria.

Before deployment to different parts of Nigeria, the group will also have briefings with the electoral authorities, political parties, law enforcement agencies, the media and civil society groups representing women, youth and people with disabilities.

Upon completion of its assignment, the group will submit its recommendations in a report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will forward it to the Government of Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the leadership of political parties taking part in the elections and all Commonwealth governments. The report will be made public afterwards.

The Commonwealth Observer Group comprises 16 eminent persons from around the Commonwealth, including politicians, diplomats and experts in law, human rights, gender equality and election administration. The full team is listed below.

The observers will be in Nigeria from 18 February to 2 March 2023. They will be supported by a staff team from the Commonwealth Secretariat led by Joshua Setipa, Senior Director of the Strategy, Portfolio, Partnerships and Digital Division.

The Commonwealth Observer Group members, in alphabetical order by country name, are:

  • H.E. Thabo Mbeki (Chairperson), Former President, South Africa
  • Ian Browne, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Electoral and Boundaries Department, Barbados
  • Hon. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs,Botswana
  • Dr Andrew Knight, Distinguished Professor, Fulbright scholar and expert in terrorism and security, Canada
  • Tara Chetty, Human rights and gender expert, Fiji
  • Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director, Institute for Democratic Governance, Ghana
  • Dr Mohamed Chambas, Former United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Ghana
  • Hon. Amina Mohamed, Former Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture, and former Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Kenya
  • Linda Bonyo, Legal and data analytics expert, Kenya
  • Seabata Motsamai, Chairperson, Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organizations, Lesotho
  • Rt. Hon. Martin Ngoga, Speaker, East African Legislative Assembly, Rwanda
  • Hon. Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, Former House Assembly Speaker, Former Minister for Women Affairs and Former Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Saint Lucia
  • Dr Gregory Mills, Director, Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa
  • Josephine Karungi, Journalist, Uganda
  • Dr Alex Vines, Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House, United Kingdom
  • Kryticous Nshindano, Former Chief Electoral Officer, Zambia Electoral Commission, Zambia

 

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How to mute someone on Instagram?

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Are you looking to limit your interactions with someone on Instagram or Do you want to stop hearing notifications every time someone messages you on Instagram, Have you had enough of their posts cluttering your feed? Then you’re in luck! In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at how you can mute someone on Instagram so that you can keep your newsfeed clean and tidy.

Muting someone on Instagram is easy, and you can quickly silence the notifications from someone without having to block them. This allows you to keep up with their posts without being bombarded with notifications

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to mute someone on Instagram. We will also explain how to unmute someone if you decide to do so in the future. So, let’s get started!

How to mute someone on Instagram?

If you are new to Instagram and want to get more followers, you can buy Instagram followers to increase their count. Also, Instagram makes it easy to mute people and conversations so you don’t have to see their posts or messages. 

Here’s how to mute someone on Instagram.

Step 1: Tap the chat with the person you want to mute/unmute. You can find chats in your inbox or by tapping the speech bubble icon in the top right of your Instagram home page.

Step 2: Tap the three-dots icon in the top right of your chat.

Step 3: Tap Mute or Unmute next to Mute Messages to mute/unmute someone.

Once you’ve muted someone, you’ll no longer receive notifications for their posts or messages. You can also mute group chats by tapping the three-dots icon in the group chat and tapping Mute.

That’s it! Muting someone on Instagram is a great way to keep your feed and inbox free from unwanted posts and messages. Just remember to unmute that person if you change your mind and want to see their posts or messages again.

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Conclusion

Muting someone on Instagram is a great way to manage your conversations and keep your inbox organized. All you need to do is open the chat with the person you want to mute or unmute, tap the top right of the chat, and tap the mute or unmute button. 

This will allow you to have more control over your conversations and help you stay on top of your notifications. With this feature, you can communicate with people without having to be bombarded by their messages.

Muting someone on Instagram is a great way to keep your conversations organized and your inbox clutter-free. Try it out today to have more control over the messages you receive.

 

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Jumia appoints Sunil Natraj as new Ghana CEO

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Jumia, the leading e-commerce platform in Africa, has announced the appointment of Sunil Natraj as Ghana’s new Chief Executive Officer. He takes over the leadership mantle from former CEO, Tolulope Thomas.

“I am very excited to take up this enormous responsibility to lead such a great team of enthusiastic professionals. E-commerce is fast growing in Ghana, and I believe the time to drive growth and impact lives in Ghana through the internet is now. I look forward to a successful journey of sustainability and profitability, and I believe that together with all our stakeholders, we will achieve amazing things.” said Sunil Natraj upon his appointment.

 

Sunil brings with him a wealth of experience; He joined Jumia in 2022 with extensive experience in Sub-saharan Africa. In Jumia, he has been handling the Jumia Express logistics business as VP of Sales and Marketing. In his short time at Jumia, he has worked towards cost definitions and reduction, price definition and standardization, and business development. He has managed and built brands in the region and has handled large businesses with turnovers in excess of USD 150mn per annum. He has been based in Ghana for over 9 years, where he worked for GBFoods – a large food-producing multinational with operations in Europe and Africa. Sunil holds a B.S in Engineering and an MBA from The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

He looks forward to driving growth in Jumia’s Ghana operations while working closely with all stakeholders to ensure partner development and consumer satisfaction as the company scales toward profitability.

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Jameson Widens The Circle With Jameson Connects GH 2023: A Celebration of Freedom and Creativity

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Jameson Connects Gh is back and this year’s edition promises to be better elevated and more connected. (more…)

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Guest Blog: Is religion becoming Ghana’s new parliament?

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When religion begins to influence policies that affect every single person, then there is a problem. Religious beliefs are private and personal, but laws are not,” says Alex Kofi Donkor. (more…)

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MTN Ghana Reviews Tariffs Upward

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NOEL KOJO GANSON CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER MTN

Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) has announced an upward review of the tariffs of its products and services effective February 07, 2023.

The review is as result of two changes. Firstly, the implementation of the 2.5% statutory adjustment of VAT from 12.5% to 15% across all services. This will impact both Prepaid and Post-paid customers. Secondly, MTN Ghana is proceeding with a 15% average upward review of its mobile data tariffs which was originally announced in November 2022 and was subsequently put on hold. The increase in mobile data tariffs will impact both Pay Monthly and Pay-As-You-Go users. The review in mobile data bundle offers cover products available on the short codes 138 & 170, as well as on purchases through Electronic Voucher Distribution (EVD), MTN Pulse, and Data Zone except for XtraTime.  The data tariff increases do not apply to Fiber Broadband and Fixed Wireless Access (4G Router / Turbonet) customers.

With this review, voice users will receive less airtime due to the VAT implementation, and mobile data customers will receive less data bundle allocations for the same price purchased before the tariff increase was made.

The Chief Commercial Officer for MTN, Mr. Noel Kojo-Ganson, explained the impact by giving an example of how the new pricing will work. He said, following the review, a three cedis airtime purchase before the VAT increase, which previously gave customers 24.4 minutes will now give customers 23.9 minutes, whilst a three cedis data bundle which previously gave customers 471 MBs will now give customers 401 MBs.

Explaining the reason for the upward review of the Data Bundle prices, Mr. Noel Kojo-Ganson said the review was necessitated by the recent economic shifts leading to increasing cost of operations largely due to continuous increase in inflation. “These economic shifts have impacted us directly and for us to ensure we have the right balance for sustaining growth and investments into the network, we have had to consider price increases in various segments of our business.”

Mr. Kojo-Ganson added, “MTN recognises that we are in very tough times and would like to assure our customers that we will continue to offer them the convenience and flexibility in the purchase of data bundles at their desired price points via the MTN Flexi and Non-Expiry Bundles. Also, customers will continue to enjoy the 50% bonus incentive on mobile data purchases via MyMTN App & MoMo (valid for 7 days) for 4G customers”.

MTN remains committed to investing USD1 Billion by 2025 to continue its network expansion and improve the network experience for customers. In line with our Ambition 2025 strategy, our purpose is to lead digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

For more information on the revised prices for the data bundle offers, visit www.mtn.com.gh.

 

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