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O-News and Video Wars on Channel O this Friday!

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Channel O is proud to be bringing the best and latest Originally African content to your screens every day and the party never stops! This week on O-News, Channel O VJ Flavia from Uganda is on the controls and will dish all about the latest in African Urban music scene. Viewers who are hip-hop heads can look forward to a behind the scenes look at Kenyan hip-hop outfit Camp Mulla, who recently brought the house down during the Big Brother StarGame eviction show.

One of the most recognizable hip hop names today, US rapper Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money Cash Money recording label will also feature on the show. Are they adding an African artist to their stable? O-News will have that answer for you. And of course, hip hop music videos are not complete without a video vixen or two, so let Nigerian Channel O VJ Denrele take you through some of Africa’s video vixens and you’ll be surprised at what you will learn. Just tune in to O-News on Friday at 21:00 CAT to find out more.

VideoWars which has taken African music lovers by storm by combining social networking and television viewing, giving viewers control over which music video is tops for the night. VideoWars takes to your television screens every Friday at 20:00 CAT and viewers can freely interact via http://www.facebook.com/channeloafrica , http://videowarsafrica.mobi and via SMS on +27839208401 where standard international rates apply.

Stay tuned to Channel O on DStv Channel 320 on for the latest Originally African music, news and interviews or you can log on to www.channelo.tv

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How Ghanaian engineer Dr. Thomas Mensah earned the title, “The Greatest Mind Of The 21st Century”

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Ghanaian-American chemical engineer and inventor, Dr Thomas O. Mensah has provided massive contributions as a son of Global Africa had have greatly changed the world, but you will not find his name in neon lights, unlike those of his White colleagues. (more…)

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Some unusual ways you should be relaxing after a busy week at work

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There’s a pretty good chance that, at the moment, work is nothing but stress. The effects of coronavirus on our physical and mental health and the extra work this involves is almost guaranteed to have many people trying to catch their breath. As a result, normal ways of relaxing after a long week at work no longer apply to many people, which can be stressful for companies that suddenly have too many overworked and exhausted employees. With that in mind, here are some unusual ways that you should be relaxing and helping yourself cope with the huge amount of stress you might currently be under.

#1 You should be taking your head out of work entirely

This is one of the crucial ways that you should be separating your work and your home life. Have a routine that as soon as you enter your front door to help you get your head out of the workplace and into relaxation mode. You can do this through many means, such as:

  • Playing games. This can be a good way to completely remove yourself from the troubles that might be going on at work. Playing relaxing games such like an online casino can help you make the most out of your evenings without being bogged down by work stress.
  • Reading books. Reading books can help you have a break from a screen. Whether it is something educative, something funny, or something downright serious, reading a chapter of a book a night can help you refocus on what is important outside of work and give you a little escapism too.

These things can help your brain put up a barrier between work and home, which can mean that over time, you find it easier not to worry about work so much.

#2 Doing housework

OK, doing housework might be the last thing that you want to do when you get home from work, but much like playing games or reading a book, you can help your get your body in gear for staying at home, as well as make your house look great in the meantime. It can help you get some much-needed washing up or vacuum cleaning done, which can help you relax later on in the evening after you have fixed whatever it is you’re having for dinner. Waking up to a clean house might help you feel better about your day too, which could also be a great way to help you boost your motivation for work, and the happier you are at work, the more likely you are to be relaxed when you get home.

#3 Doing some exercise

Maybe not so unusual, but it doesn’t alter the fact that exercise can be a great way to help your body feel good after work. Exercise can help you boost the positive hormones in your system, making you feel better about yourself, and can also act as a relaxant. This can help your mind and your body feel healthier, and therefore more confident, and can make you feel better about your body and consequently help you at work and out of it too.

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Why is Substance Abuse in Ghana Such a Widespread Problem?

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Drug and alcohol abuse in Ghana is prevalent and devastating in terms of loss of life and the knock-on effect on societies. In this article, we’ll look at some of the reasons that substance abuse in Ghana is such a widespread problem. 

The West African country of Ghana has a population of around 31 million people, and is known for its lush forests and diverse wildlife. However, despite this amazing scenery, there is an epidemic that plagues the country; its widespread substance abuse problems.

 

Drug cultivation and distribution in Ghana is a relatively recent problem, in comparison to other countries. So, for those charged with being concerned in the production of drugs, they are joined by a select few people in the country who make a living from this industry.

 

With this drug production must come an abuse of drugs by people. The question is, how widespread is the drug problem in Ghana, and what are the reasons behind this use of drugs? We posit some potential answers, here…

The Stats Behind Drugs in Ghana

 

A 2019 report revealed that around 10 percent of inpatient cases at state funded psychiatric hospitals – and up to 30 percent of outpatient cases – were linked to substance abuse. These alarming figures are expected to rise within the next 12 months.

Substance abuse within Ghana results in around 542 deaths every year – making up 0.27 percent of the country’s overall deaths. A significant number of these deaths are attributed to Tramadol, a super strength painkiller designed to treat serious illnesses and injuries.

The reasons for the substance abuse problems in Ghana are many-fold and, here, we’ll examine some of the factors which contribute to this deadly issue.

 

6 Reasons Why Substance Abuse in Ghana is Widespread

Lack of regulation

 

Unlike many other countries, Ghana’s lack of regulations over drugs such as Tramadol means that these substances are more widely available than they should be. It’s relatively easy to ship drugs into Ghana, and this is often done in broad daylight with canoes used to ship drugs from South America straight into Accra.

 

Adding to the problem is the fact that Ghana’s policy on illegal drugs tends to blame the user rather than the seller. This means that drug users are arrested rather than being offered help. In the meantime, authorities have little interest in going after those charged with being concerned in the production of drugs who are perpetuating the problem.

Poverty

 

While it may be a cliche, poverty and unemployment play a big part in Ghana’s drug abuse problem, with many people stating that the hopelessness of their situation was the trigger for their descent into drug addiction. In 2021, the international poverty rate in Ghana stood at a staggering 11 percent, with unemployment at around 4.53 percent.

 

There’s very little doubt that these figures are a major factor when it comes to the levels of substance abuse, particularly for young people. Unfortunately, when it comes to the drug trade in Ghana, the only people who profit are those charged with drug production.

 

Peer pressure

 

As with most societies, a lot of Ghana’s problems arise from peer pressure – particularly among students at colleges and universities where alcohol is widely advertised. Although Ghana has launched a number of educational initiatives in recent years in terms of drug and alcohol abuse, the mixed messaging from glamorous alcohol advertising means that young people remain a large part of Ghana’s substance problem. A form of peer pressure also comes from families whereby drugs and alcohol have simply been part of a child’s life from birth.

 

Religion

 

The population of Ghana is made up of a number of different religions, including Christianity, and many of these religions forbid or discourage the use of drugs and alcohol. For example, Christianity does not forbid alcohol but frowns on drunkenness.

 

A problem arises in the fact that some extreme religions in Ghana promote the use of drugs, such as hash and peyote as a tool with which to achieve a heightened spiritual state. This can lead to huge problems with young people who associate their religious rulings as set in stone.

 

Ignorance

 

Another common factor when it comes to substance abuse is simple ignorance. While those brought up in Ghana’s cities, such as Accra and Kumasi, are likely to be aware of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, those from smaller towns and villages do not have access to the same educational materials as city dwellers. Often, people from villages will travel to larger towns to find work, only to find themselves being offered illegal drugs within hours of their arrival, and addiction quickly follows.

 

Cost of treatment

 

One of the most harmful factors – and one which exacerbates the issues – is that of the cost of substance abuse treatment. For some, it is simply beyond the means of most people in Ghana. This tends to lead to a vicious cycle whereby the user spirals further and further into addiction and debt due to the fact that they can see no other viable way out.

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Looking to the Future of Drug Abuse in Ghana

 

Substance abuse in Ghana is rapidly approaching pandemic levels and, unfortunately, many more lives will be lost to this issue, destroying families and corroding societies. With a lack of governmental help, many feel that the answer to the problem lies first within families. As is customary with other kinds of education, it’s felt that family elders should be educating children as to the dangers of abuse.

 

However, this becomes less straightforward when the elders themselves are involved with drugs. Others feel that schools need to be doing more to educate about the dangers, however, only around 39 percent of children of secondary school age actually attend school in Ghana.

 

As with so many other things, it may come down to the internet and the media to turn around Ghana’s substance abuse problems by educating the youth.

 

 

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5 Factors You Should Consider Before Getting an International Divorce

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Divorce is stressful enough, but can feel considerably harder if you have to apply for an international divorce. So that you understand whether it is right for you, in this article, we are going to provide five factors to first consider before getting an international divorce.

 International divorce can be a complex matter, so it is worth seeking somewhere that offers a free divorce consultation to help you understand the ins and outs of it, first and foremost. But, before seeking this advice, perhaps it’s best you know what you’re in for?

So that you have more of an understanding of what an international divorce is and the considerations that should be made before getting one, we have listed five factors for you to be aware of. Read on to learn more…

What Is an International Divorce?

An international divorce can be applied for, for many different circumstances. It could be due to the following reasons:

 

  • You and your ex have different nationalities
  • You or your ex live abroad for work
  • You and your ex live in different countries

 

What Are The 5 Factors You Should Consider Before Getting an International Divorce?

 

1.    You Can Only Get a Divorce in a Country That Recognises Your Marriage

 

Unfortunately, some countries do not recognise a marriage that has taken place in a different country. For example, if you were in a same sex relationship and legally got married in the UK, your marriage would not be legally recognised in Poland. If they are the two countries you have a personal connection to, you will only be able to get divorced in the UK.

 

2.    You Have to Show You or Your Ex Has a Connection with The Country you Want to Apply for a Divorce In

 

In order for you to be able to divorce in a country, you must be able to show that you or your ex has a connection to it, and this can be through a number of ways, including:

 

  • You or your ex are a ‘national’ of that country – acquired by birth, your parents, adoption, and in some countries, marriage is considered.
  • You or your ex are ‘habitually resident’ in that country – when you regularly live in the country, by being either settled in the country or planning to stay there a while. It could be for work, study, etc.
  • You or your ex are being ‘domiciled’ in that country – where your permanent home is.

 

It is wise to keep in mind that certain countries might have more requirements to determine that you are personally connected to the country. A solicitor will be able to provide accurate advice regarding this, which leads to our next factor; that you should consider a solicitor.

 

Should you need additional assistance regarding connection to a country, Advice Now can provide further information and meaning behind nationality, habitual residence and domicile.

 

3.    Consider an International Divorce Solicitor

 

One consideration that you should be doing before starting an international divorce is deciding whether you need a solicitor to assist you with the proceedings. In most instances, we would recommend you do get one, because an international divorce is more complicated than a standard divorce.

 

There are international divorce solicitors up and down the country, so you will be able to find the perfect one for you and your circumstances. Most tend to offer video conferencing so you can contact them from wherever you are located.

 

4.    Workout Which Country Will Give You the Best Outcome

 

It is essential that you understand that divorce legislation can vary from country to country. One rule might not apply in another country. So, it is important to consider which country you want to divorce in, and these can only be countries that you have a connection with.

 

Once you have realised that countries legislations vary, you need to consider the country that would work better for you in hopes that you get the best outcome possible for yourself. There is the potential that the following things will be different from country to country:

 

  • Financial orders the court will make.
  • The costs involved in divorce.
  • How long the divorce takes to finalise, financial settlement, and any arrangements for children, if applicable.
  • Whether it is easy for orders made by the court to be enforced.

 

One country might offer you a better settlement than the other one. There is the potential that men could be favoured more, over women. All these considerations need to be made before you jump into an international divorce.

5.    The UK No Longer Gets Special Rules Since Leaving the EU

Before the UK left the European Union, international divorce was far simpler if the other country you were personally involved with was part of the EU.

Friends and/or family members who have been through an international divorce themselves and received the special rules might have advised you on what will happen during yours based on their own experience. But, from January 2021, the special rules stopped applying, meaning that your international divorce will be different from theirs.

International Divorce is a Complex Matter

 

There is no doubt that any type of divorce is complicated and stressful. That said, what we can conclude is that an international divorce requires more awareness because there are double the options and possibilities.

Have you had an international divorce before? If so, what do you wish you had known before going forward with it? Leave a comment below.

Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a trained legal professional. Be sure to consult a legal professional or divorce solicitor if you’re seeking advice regarding your divorce. We are not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on this site.

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Equipping Young People With Digital Skills Can Reduce Youth Unemployment- Barimah Amoning Samuel

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Ghanaian blogger and Creative Director of the YT Creators Festival in Ghana, Barimah Amoaning Samuel has stated that one of the major ways of reducing youth unemployment in Africa is equipping young people with digital skills.
Speaking on a panel at the just ended YT Creators festival, here is what barimah had to say ;
“ yes it’s true the space is saturated, that’s why we’re doing something like this, because we need to be educated on about the craft we’ve chosen, it’s a dynamic industry hence we must be updated all the time. I believe equipping young people with digital skills is one of the major means of reducing youth unemployment in Africa. “
Ghana saw the largest gathering of digital content creators at the first ever Zeepay YT Creators festival last weekend. This initiative by Entamoty media ltd in partnership with ICS Africa was one of the highly anticipated events in the month of November as well as the Governments’ official ‘Beyond the return’ event being forecasted. Africa’s biggest creator, Mark Angel, Ghana’s leading YouTuber Wode Maya, Kenya’s Miss Trudy, CEO of Menta Music, Yonny Friedman and the French Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Anne Sophie Avé were some of the special guests of the festival.
The 3-day (26 – 28 November) creators festival began with a tour for creators and influencers. Before the tour started there was a special meet and greet session amongst creators, the media, and Mark Angel. The Accra City tour with creators was a fun filled and an exciting road safari expedition with the Ghana Tourism newly launched double decker buses for experiencing Ghana. Creators were driven through Ako Adjei Interchange, Ring Road Central, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Accra Digital Center, Boxing Emporium, James Town, Light house, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Independence Square and ended at ATIC. Since the bus was filled with content creators, all you could see is selfie sticks, tripods, cameras, and smart phones in the air just for them to catch a glimpse of the amazing sceneries in Accra Ghana.
The second day which was regarded as the main day of the festival, took place at Zeepay head office in cantonment from 9am to 5pm. The activities scheduled included keynote presentations, one on ones, panel discussion sessions, master class, brainstorming and virtual reality experience. Despite being a full day’s summit, the Saturday event was engaging, informative yet devoid of boredom; at one point some participants didn’t want it to end. The master class was the most insightful session as both creators and potential content creators were able to undergo practical class to learn subjects like YouTube content monetization, Seo and algorithm growth and basic video editing techniques. The class was led by Rick Aqua, Mordin Bi Taiwan and Cyber Reviews. Mark Angel and Wode Maya had one on one to share their success stories and inspired fellow creators about the art of content creation. Other Speakers included CEO of Zeepay Andrew Takyi Appiah, CEO of Menta Music, Yonny Friedman, Media personality Jessica Osei – Saforo, Nadia Modoc, Steven Blessing Ackah and the French Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Anne Sophie Avé. Other Speakers who took on the panel discussion included MzGee, George Britton, Kwadwo Sheldon, Ivy Prosper and Lakeisha Ford. The summit ended with an exclusive influential party hosted by Zeepay Ghana.
The creators Awards and concert at Accra City Hotel on Sunday 28th November climaxed the whole Zeepay YT Creators festival. It was a night of glamour, fashion, and excellence. Creators turned up in their afrocentric costumes looking all elegant and alluring for the night. Some of the content creators who took home a golden plaque included Jessica Opare – Saforo who won YT Creator of the Year, Ivy Prosper as Travel Creator, Mark Angel and Wode Maya winning the Zeepay YT African Influencer of the year and the YT Diaspora Creator of the year respectively. The event is an Entamoty Media Initiative in partnership with ICS Africa Limited and support from Zeepay Ghana.
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Ghana Association of Phonographic Industry swears in new Board, a blend of the old guard and fresh blood

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A 5-member Board of Trustees for the Ghana Association of Phonographic Industry (GAPI), has been sworn in by Ms. Dorothy Habada on behalf of the Attorney General at the Copyright Office, Accra- Ghana. The ceremony follows an opening of polls which saw the new board members picking nomination unopposed. The representative of the electoral commission thus declared the contestants as due winners paving the way for the swearing-in ceremony. The boards members are as follows;

1. Chairman – Seth Kwaku Amponsah

2. Vice chairperson  – Nana Yaa Owusu Prempeh

3. General secretary – Richmond Adu Opoku

4. Financial secretary – Augustina Addison

5. Organizer – Collins Abeka

In attendance was the Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) – Rex Owusu Marfo, Chief Exceutive Officer of Ghamro – Abraham Adjatey, Acting President of the Musician’s Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) – Bessa Simons, Director of Operations for the Greater Accra Regional Police command – ACP Isaac Kwadwo Asante. Deputy Director of Elections of the Electoral Commission of Ghana – Mr. Samuel Kwaah and members of the immediate past Interim Management Committee of GAPI, members of the Election Committee and some members.

Addressing the Board after the swearing in Ceremony, Rex Owusu Marfo, admonished them to work with diligence and grow tough skins as their new chattered terrain required such for success. The CEO of Ghamro on his part expressed optimism in the new board and stated that they represent an array of light for the entire industry.

The Chairman of the Board thanked the speakers and attendees for their magnanimity. The General Secretary, Richmond Adu-Poku outlined some of the projects the Board would embark on.

Background

In July, the Ghana Association of Phonographic Industries (GAPI) was injected with fresh energy after members met to deliberate on issues affecting the organization. The producers, music makers and executives decided to put measures in place to raise the Association to the level it used to be some decades ago.

They thus put in place a 6-member interim management board with Seth Kwaku Amponsah as Chairman and Nana Asa Mensah, Samuel Adjei Frimpong, Augustina Addison, Francis Adofo Omare, Becky Asiedu Gyebi as members.

Subsequently, an Election Committee was constituted to organize elections and have the baton of leadership handed over to the such leaders as may emerge from the electioneering.

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GAPI played a pivotal role in the passage of the Copyright Act 690, for the revision of the Ghana cultural policy and also engaged with the National Development Planning Commission in the development of policy direction for the creative industries.

GAPI members also played an active role in the formation of The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO).

The Association had Dr Osei Kwame Despite the owner of Despite Group of companies as its first chairman alongside other music heavy weights as executive members.

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