You asked for it and so I went digging! After searching and asking around I finally present to you ‘The Real Rich Kids of Ghana’. These guys may not always be on Instagram flaunting their wealth, but most of them are making their money or were born into families with known sources of wealth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA84ST3e0BM Tamara Jonah [caption id="attachment_114010" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Tamara Jonah -Goka[/caption] Tamara is the daughter of Ghanaian businessman, Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, former President of AngloGold Ashanti, and the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital. Mr Jonah is reportedly worth $1.2 Billion. Jonah Capital, a holding company and private equity firm that makes investments in the mining sector, real estate, agriculture, construction materials, financial services, oil and gas services. The private equity firm is 78% owned by the Jonah Family and 22% by Standard Bank. Now known as Tamara-Jonah-Goka, she is the owner of Lionheart Events, an events design house offering full service event planning for usually the rich. She married into the Goka family, another rich Ghanaian family that includes Tucci Goka (who is daughter to the sister of Ghana’s First Lady), and Kwame Goka, manager of the popular Twist Nightclub. Kennedy & Henrietta Osei Kennedy and Henrietta Osei are for now the most publicly known children of Dr Osei Kwame Despite, Chief Executive of Despite Group of Companies, who is one of Africa’s most successful businessmen. Mr Osei is noted for collecting luxurious vehicles and has great love for exotic cars. [caption id="attachment_114011" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Kennedy Osei with Diana Hopeson[/caption] Kennedy Osei is the eldest child of Dr. Osei Kwame ‘Despite’. Affectionately called Ken, he is now the General Manager of the Despite Group of Companies, operators of Peace FM, Peacefmonline.com, OKAY FM and Neat FM in Accra, Hello FM in Kumasi, and United Television (UTV). Ken studied BSc Business Administration at the University of Ghana, and had a MS in Economics (Money, Banking and Finance) at the University of Birmingham. He is also the Executive Managing Director of Golden Crystal Lodge. [caption id="attachment_114012" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Henrietta Osei wedding[/caption] Henrietta Adwoa Osei, in 2017 completed a masters program at the University of Warwick. She later made the headlines all over Ghana when she married, Kwaku Shink, son of a rich import merchant. Nana Kwame Bediako & Kwaku Bediako I like to call Nana Kwame Bediako and his older brother Kwaku Bediako, the “real-estate family”. [caption id="attachment_114013" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Nana Kwame Bediako[/caption] Nana Kwame is CEO of Wonda World & Petronia, a real estate developing firm. He is the new kid on the block as far as the construction of modern city estate and town houses of the likes in Monte Carlo and Miami, USA, are concerned. He started life as owner of a nightclub in Accra in his mid 20s. By age 21, he had made a million pounds for himself, selling scrap steel and telecommunications material while attending school at Waltham Forest College and briefly, Westminster University. Today he is known for the ambitious projects like the construction of a $4.5 billion estate in Takoradi. Among other projects are the 43-apartment Kwarleyz in the Airport Residential area – named after his mother. There is also the 16-floor building designed by the celebrated architect Branco Cavaleiro, in Oxford Street. Nana Kwame also known as Cheddah is noted for his love for supercars and he owns a fleet including Ferrari and Lamborghini. [caption id="attachment_114014" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Kweku Bediako[/caption] Kwaku Bediako is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Petroleum Ghana Limited. A recent report estimated his worth to be $350 Million. He is also the Founder of Goldkey Properties and Blackwell Properties, two of the leading property developers with luxury apartments and townhouses in three prime areas of Accra which includes Airport, Cantonments and Roman Ridge. Nana Kweku, Chiefy and Edjah Nduom The sons of Ghanaian serial entrepreneur and politician, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom cannot be left out of our list. His Groupe Nduom company has over 60 businesses from banking to media to real estate, insurance and mining. Dr Nduom revealed how he lost $2 million in on day, in the April edition of the Forbes Africa Magazine. Phew!! [caption id="attachment_114015" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Nana Kweku Nduom and Chiefy Nduom[/caption] Nana Kweku Nduom and Chiefy Nduom are both Vice Presidents of Groupe Nduom. They oversee their family’s investment in Illinois Service Federal Savings & Loan Association in Chicago. The Nduoms’ $9 million stake in ISF Bank marks the family’s entry into the U.S. financial services industry. [caption id="attachment_114016" align="aligncenter" width="734"] Dr Edjah Nduom[/caption] Dr Edjah Nduom is a neurosurgeon in the United States of America. He is the first black to chair the Young Neurosurgeons Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ernest Taricone [caption id="attachment_114017" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Ernest Taricone[/caption] Ernest is the only son of Ernesto Taricone, Executive Chairman and CEO of Trasacco Group. He has raised three children, Ernest, Cinzia and Agata who are all actively involved in the daily growth of Trasacco Group. Ernesto Taricone was born in Italy but came to Ghana in 1968 with his father and two brothers during his teens. The majority of his businesses are in Agriculture, Mining, Forestry, Construction and Real Estate development including Trasacco Valley, Villagio Primavera Condominium, Villagio Vista, Casa Trasacco, and Vista Alto. A recent publication put his worth at $1.3 Billion. Boatemaa, Kwabena and Kofi Duffuor The children of Dr Kwabena Duffuor, former Finance Minister and former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, surely deserve a mention on our list. Reportedly worth $680 Million, Dr Duffuor is the Founder and Chairman of HODA Holdings, a business entity comprising Insurance, Banking, Real Estates, Farming, Mining and Media (EIB Group). [caption id="attachment_114018" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Boatemaa Kakra Duffuor-Nyarko[/caption] Boatemaa Kakra Duffuor-Nyarko is the Chief Actuary and Executive Director of StarLife Assurance Company Limited. [caption id="attachment_114019" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Kwabena Duffuor II[/caption] Kwabena Duffuor II is the Board Chairman of uniSecurities. He is a banker by profession. He was appointed CEO of uniBank (Ghana) Limited effective 1st June, 2017. [caption id="attachment_114020" align="aligncenter" width="990"] Kofi Duffuor[/caption] Kofi Duffuor is the Managing Director of Star Assuarance. Kofi had his insurance training in the United Kingdom and has been in the insurance industry for over twenty-five years. [caption id="attachment_114021" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Panyin Boatemaa Panin Duffour[/caption] Boatemaa D. Barfour-Awuah (Boatemaa Panin Duffour, older twin sister to Kakra) is the Executive Director of Star Assurance Company Limited in charge of Finance and Administration. Martin Beeko [caption id="attachment_114022" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Martin Beeko and wife Crystal[/caption] Martin is the son of Theresa Oppong Beeko, the CEO of Manet Group one of the largest real estate developers in Ghana. Martin is the Managing Director of the Manet Group. He is married to the beautiful Christal Jeane, CEO of INEN Limited, and a former TV host. https://ameyawdebrah.com/meet-lemuel-nsiah-kusi-knust-graduate-didnt-mind-cleaning-job-6-months/]]>
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Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.
In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.
We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.
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“It’s impressive how much AI is improving all of our services. We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modelling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world. To give a sense of the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps. Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to keeping our services safe for everyone,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook profile.
Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.
“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”
While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”
To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.
Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.
There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.
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