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OPINION: The misrepresentation of feminists in the Ghanaian media and why it must stop!

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Until a month ago, I was scared to look up the meaning of feminism because of how those who identified as feminists were constantly been attacked on social media and represented in the media.

The statement “I am a feminist” has become synonymous to the statement “I hate men.” It’s become a widely spread belief that feminism represents the idea of switching the power structure so that men are on the bottom and women are on the top; however, this is a common misconception in the Ghanaian society.

Over the past weeks, I challenged myself to ignore all the misconceptions and contradictions surrounding the feminism ideology in Ghana and research from the bottom. What I found were the underpinnings that led to such representation.

FEMINISM IN GHANA

The definition of feminism and what it means to a group of people or region has also been very controversial. In Africa, feminism has been received with mixed feelings leading to the proposal of alternative terms and definitions in a bid to clearly define the struggle of African women.

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In Ghana, feminism has received considerable attention from women in various sectors (academic, social, political and professional) of the country and in different ways. This is because the struggles to liberate women from oppressive situations have taken various forms.

Feminism and feminists have come under considerable attack over the past years but grew more in the Ghanaian society in 2017, 2018 and 2019. These attacks have included misrepresentations of feminists as bra burners, and men hating harridans who see men as perpetrators and women as passive victims; they have included charges that men are under threat because of advances in women’s rights.

Decades ago, advocacy for feminism in Ghana started through literature where writers like Ama Attah Aidoo and other female writers wrote stories that challenged the societal roles assigned to women. In recent times through the rise in social media use, feminism activism took a new turn.

Over the last 2 years, Pepper Dem Ministries, a vocal movement of feminists has been ‘flipping the script’ on social media, to the admiration and condemnation of many. By flipping the script, Pepper Dem Ministries and its supporters replace men in oversimplified roles women are expected to play and vice versa which is clearly the wrong way for fighting for women.

GHANAIAN MEDIA AND FEMINIST PRESENTATION

The media and society are interconnected; levels of understanding various social constructs influence media contents, meanwhile, media platforms and contents impact social and day-to-day practices. The media plays an important role in the decision-making framework which is a behavioral change and in opinion formation which is observable behavior. A person closely monitoring media consumption is not immune to media effects.

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The nature of feminist representation to the Ghanaian audience mostly takes place in the new media i.e. online and social media.

Most online written stories about the Pepper Dem Ministries gives a clearer picture of how the society sees feminists.

With headlines such as “Pepper Dem Ministries ladies unkept, unintelligent with smelly hair”, “Members Of Pepper Dem Ministries are suffering from mental disorder”, “You’re a disgrace to your families” among others, the media influences the minds of young girls and females who seek to learn about the ideas and ideal of feminism and also men who support these ideals.

This may have to do with male domination in media. Media gate-keeping practices from ownership, sponsorship, editorial, production, presentation, guest, etc. are mainly done by the men. Where there is an imbalance of gender participation in the media landscape, the least presented group (women) suffer the more.

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The religious prejudices women face where Holy Scriptures and religious teachings are used as tools to make them submissive and the questions raised on their psychological state of mind as they are considered too emotional or vulnerable are some excuses used to fight feminist ideas.

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THE NEED FOR CHANGE

The news media influence what people know and, sometimes, what they think about an issue. This impact, in turn, determines human actions, reactions, and behaviors regarding the issue and this is very evident as fewer people refuse to self-educate on issues and solely rely on the media.

The representation of feminists by the media to the society and the behaviors of the society towards feminists clearly shows that men are unwilling to share the power they hold for being top of the social hierarchy with women. It also shows that society is willing to make women evermore submissive and not ready to support any feminist agenda that pushes against patriarchy.

The effects of these actions on society are quite alarming as fewer women fight for equal rights and responsibilities and suffer at the hands of patriarchy. Some good ideas of feminist groups/feminists that can increase women’s participation in all sectors of the country are easily disregarded.

Whiles some countries and societies have made much progress in disregarding patriarchy as being natural and fixed but rather seeing them as social and cultural constructions for women and have changed in their direction of gender equality, Ghana is yet to make these changes.

It is therefore of critical importance that the media helps to build and sustain women’s movements so that women may address unequal relations of power within society. There is a need to take up new struggles around depoliticizing feminist concepts and bring an end to the misrepresentation of feminist groups to guard gains they may have already won.

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SUPPORT TRUE FEMINISM

Truth is, some individual feminists hate men. A lot of feminists might hate men. You might even argue based on what you find on the internet that most feminists hate men. But that’s irrelevant because man-hating isn’t a part of true feminist goals!

What matters is that feminism, distilled down to its absolute core, is about gender equity. The goal of feminism is to create a society in which individuals’ genders don’t restrict them from an equitable shot at success and happiness and the media needs to promote more of these reasonable feminists ideals.

Does the media want to keep whining about how “feminists hate men” and distract their audience and others from serious issues of inequality?

Do you want to blindly follow what is represented to you in the media without making personal research to change your misconceptions about feminism?

Your Call!!!!

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By Jacqueline Johnson Quaye, a one-month-old feminist!!!

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Pepsodent wins Oral Care Brand of the Year and more at FMCG Awards

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At the recent FMCG Awards held on 19th May 2023, Pepsodent took home four awards, including the prestigious Oral Care Brand of the Year award, presented to Osato Evbuomwan, Category Manager (Oral and Skincare). The other awards won on the night were FMCG Innovative Initiative of the Year, and Brand Manager of the Year. 

Pepsodent’s recognition at the FMCG Awards, which are renowned for recognising excellence in Ghana’s Fast-Moving Consumer Goods industry, serves as a testament of the exceptional quality and innovation demonstrated by the brand. This remarkable achievement in diverse categories highlights a firm commitment to delivering outstanding products and services that resonate with consumers. 

Pepsodent’s DigiDentist, part of their innovative tele dentistry campaign, brought dentistry to the doorstep of every Ghanaian, bridging the dentist and patient gap and encouraged Ghanaians to schedule one-on-one dentist visits at least once a year, was adjudged the FMCG Innovative Initiative of the Year. Brand Manager of Pepsodent, Mr. Elvis Twumasi, won the coveted award for Brand Manager of the Year. 

By this incredible success, Pepsodent seeks to build further, continue to innovate, and remain a force to reckon with in the FMCG space, while leaving a lasting impression on customers and the general public.

Mr. Elvis Twumasi, Brand Manager of Pepsodent, lauded his colleagues for their efforts in the year under review, saying, “I speak on behalf of the entire team on how excited we all are for what the Pepsodent brand has achieved so far. The partnerships created during our World Oral Health Day activities that brought together customers, influencers and dentists will be to our collective advantage going forward. We are particularly proud of the DigiDentist Campaign, not just for the award because with it, we are contributing to expanding access to dental care for everyone, no matter their location in Ghana.”

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Pepsodent has been a partner to Ghanaians for decades, providing high quality and affordable dental care products from toothpastes of varying formulations to toothbrushes for adults and children. Over the years, the Pepsodent brand has been awarded time and again for its immense superiority and unparalleled quality. 

 

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Dr Prince Afriyie: From Adisadel College to his appointment to the US Centers for Disease Control

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An associate professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science, Prince Afriyie, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. (more…)

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HON. George Mireku Duker launches Wassa Fiase Students’ Union (WaFSU)

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On the 3rd June, 2023. The MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem-constituency Hon. George Mireku Duker who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources launched the recent established students’ Union known as Wassa Fiase Students Union(WaFSU) wuth the aim of connecting students from the Wassa Fiase Land with opportunities which include, attachment, national service, jobs, also help students who are facing financial difficulties in terms of academic and non- academic works and many more in the constituency and nation wide.

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This union will also help champion developmental programs for the area. The Deputy minister who is also a proud Wassa man admonished Mining companies, Traditional authorities, academia, businessmen to support the union in their activities. He also agreed to be the National Patron for the Union and promised to assist them in all their endeavors.
The union has already been established in the following institutions:
The University Of Ghana (LEGON)
University Of Mines And Technology (UMAT)
Takoradi Technical University (TTU)
University Of Energy And Natural Resources ( UNER)
University Of Cape Coast (UCC)
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (KNUST).

Let’s all rally behind this amazing initiative by the Wassa Fiase Students.

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Zakes Bantwini and Nando’s founder Robbie Brozin Attend the Bridges for Music Gala, Emphasizing the Impact of Music on Communities

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The transformative power of music took center stage at the recent Bridges for Music Gala Dinner and auction, surpassing expectations by raising an impressive R256,000.00 in support of the Bridges Academy. This remarkable event was held at the globally renowned Marabi Jazz Club tucked away in the basement of the iconic Hallmark House Hotel, and showcased the exceptional generosity of attendees and their shared commitment to empowering underserved communities through music education.

Partnering with the Africa Rising Music Conference (ARMC), as it culminated in a spectacular finale the evening was a true celebration of the creative arts. The event featured special performances by Namakau Star, Wandile Mbambeni, German singer Aka Kellz and Bridges Academy graduate Fundi Mbambani. Esteemed guests, including Grammy Award winner Zakes Bantwini, and Robbie Brozin, and international delegates of the Berlin Music Commission, gathered at the event to celebrate the transformative power of music.Fundi 1

Zakes Bantwini, shared his personal experience and gratitude towards Bridges for Music. “Bridges for Music has helped many artists travel overseas for the first time and, more importantly, gain the skills to navigate the business. I hope it can continue to help other artists as it did to me,” he expressed.

The conference culminated in a spectacular finale at the renowned Marabi Club, where esteemed attendees came together for a special dinner event to raise funds for the Bridges for Music Academy.

This notable occasion marked the first fundraising event held by Bridges for Music in Johannesburg, as the organization proudly commemorates its 10-year anniversary of empowering young talent through music.

Founder of Bridges for Music, Valentino Barriosseta, expressed his gratitude for the community’s support, stating, “ARMC proved again why these community-building events are key to the future of any industry. We are very proud to have hosted our first fundraising event in Johannesburg with them, as we celebrate 10 years of empowering young talent through music.”Gala 1

Bridges for Music has experienced remarkable expansion and diversification of its initiatives over the past ten years, further enhancing its impact and reach. One of the organization’s notable achievements during this period is the successful establishment of the Langa Music School. This exceptional institution offers free music education to underprivileged children, contributing to their development and empowerment.

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Brozin, Co-Founder of Nando’s, also shared his thoughts on the importance of supporting Bridges for Music, saying, “It’s the time when creatives are waking up the country, which is why we at Nando’s couldn’t be prouder of supporting Bridges for Music for the last 5 years.”

The Bridges Academy is a pioneering institution that provides music education and mentorship to disadvantaged communities. By offering comprehensive training programs, access to resources, and opportunities for collaboration, the academy aims to uplift and empower aspiring musicians, producers, and DJs, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Through events like the Bridges for Music gala dinner and auctions, the organization continues to raise funds to expand its programs and provide even greater support to underserved communities. The generous contributions from attendees at the gala demonstrate a shared belief in the power of music to create positive change and transform lives.

Bridges for Music remains committed to its mission of fostering a thriving music industry that is inclusive, diverse, and accessible to all. By leveraging the power of music, the organization seeks to break down barriers, build bridges, and empower the next generation of talent.

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What you need to set up your own recording studio

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In today’s fast-paced world, having the ability to record high-quality audio from the comfort of your own home can be a game-changer. Whether you’re a musician, voice-over artist, or content creator, having a mini recording setup is essential to capturing pristine audio that can help take your craft to the next level. In this article, we’ll explore the key components you’ll need to set up your very own mini recording studio.audio interface

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the flow of audio recording. While it used to be done on actual physical tape, technological advancements now allow us to capture and store audio on hard drives for easy retrieval. The universal standard for capturing vocals is via microphone, but to get that sound into your computer, you’ll need a mediator – an audio interface that acts as a bridge between your mic and computer. This nifty device is typically a small box that contains XLR inputs for microphones, as well as USB connections for your computer. Popular audio interfaces include the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface, Universal Audio Volt 276 USB-C Audio Interface, and the Apogee Symphony Desktop 10×14 USB-C Audio Interface.

Of course, your audio setup isn’t complete without a means of playback. For this, you’ll need a set of headphones that connect directly to your audio interface, as well as studio monitors for those times when you need to play your recordings out loud. To ensure your setup is fully functional, you’ll need two XLR cables – one to connect your microphone to the audio interface and another to connect the interface to your studio monitors. The headphones also come with their own cable that plugs into the audio interface. This setup gives you the flexibility to record without electricity – ideal for mobile recording using a laptop.

AUDIO TECH MICROPHONE

When it comes to software, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are the go-to application for modern audio recording. These workstations allow you to produce and manipulate audio digitally, while communicating with your audio interface to create an optimal recording environment. Popular DAWs include Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, and Studio One. Each application has its own unique features, perks, and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the one that suits your needs best and enhances your workflow.m audio headphones

In conclusion, setting up a mini recording studio is a must-have for anyone looking to take their audio game to the next level. By investing in the right equipment, you’ll be able to capture high-quality audio from anywhere, at any time. Whether you’re a musician, voice-over artist, or content creator, the possibilities are endless with a mini recording setup at your fingertips.

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10 Years of Samsung Knox Security and Vision for a Safer Future

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Samsung Electronics’ Samsung Knox security platform is 10 years old! Named after one of the most heavily guarded places, it was first introduced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2013.

That is a decade of cutting-edge mobile protection for users around the world, during which Samsung Knox evolved into a holistic security platform synonymous with safeguarding billions of consumers and businesses. And now, Samsung is addressing the next frontier of device security with Knox Matrix.

Bringing Security to an Increasingly Connected World

Knox Matrix is Samsung’s vision for a future where devices connected in an ecosystem can protect each other – as well as their users. It is a comprehensive approach to security, which will become increasingly essential as more devices and aspects of our lives become connected.

Many users around the world already own an array of connected devices, from mobile devices and TVs to refrigerators and robot vacuum cleaners. The presence of over 14 billion connected devices on the market demonstrates the vastness of this landscape, which shows no signs of shrinking.

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Samsung is aware that despite the benefits, increased connectivity has the potential to lead to more exploitations. Traditional security infrastructure that protects single devices will be unable to keep up, as one compromised device stands the chance of impacting others within the same ecosystem. Knox Matrix will address this challenge through a revolutionary concept that paves the way for multi-device security for mobile phones, TVs, home appliances, and more.

Samsung devices that are empowered with Knox Matrix work to protect one another in a trusted network. If one element is compromised, Knox Matrix will isolate it from the ecosystem in order to protect the others. Having Knox Matrix supported across devices can effectively turn a smart home into a smart shield – the more devices a user has connected, the stronger their overall security.

There are currently three critical features of Knox Matrix that ensure its success. Trust Chain has devices monitoring each other for threats. Credential Sync secures user information as data is moved between devices; and Cross Platform SDK will enable devices on various operating systems and platforms (including but not limited to Android, Tizen and Windows) to join Knox Matrix with consistent security standards. This way, we can keep devices safe even in a hyper-connected world.

Knox Matrix manages all this within a private blockchain, allowing compatible devices to check each other for breaches and ensure safety with intelligent threat monitoring. With these steps in place and more features to be introduced, users will be able to enjoy multiple connected devices safely and conveniently.

The Path to the Next Frontier: Stronger Together

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Creating the foundations for the next era of device security requires careful consideration. Knox Matrix’s development is going strong, but there are challenges on the way to the next frontier. These include reconciling the many different types of products, with varying operating systems and security standards, into a frictionless system able to work as one.

As devices become more connected, Samsung must also ensure they are not more complicated to use. With Knox Matrix, we are working to offer users transparency and choice along with protection. Users should be safe in the knowledge that they can make informed decisions about their devices, so they can be protected without hassle. We anticipate that Knox Matrix will alert users of potentially unsafe situations, such as the use of old firmware, offering suggestions for any next steps. 

The power of Knox Matrix to protect connected ecosystems will be demonstrated in phases, starting with Samsung Galaxy products, such as smartphones and tablets. Knox Matrix-compatible models will be available from 2024, initially with the three core features mentioned above and more expected to follow via updates. This will expand to cover Samsung’s home appliance devices within the next two to three years, followed by partner devices. Development is already underway for partner device compatibility.

A Trusted Record of Secure Innovations

Samsung already has a long history of enabling different kinds of devices to work seamlessly together through SmartThings. In line with the company’s philosophy of open collaboration, Samsung has also been working closely with the most trusted industry partners and the wider security community to define and expand security standards, by better identifying flaws before they become problematic. 

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More eyes, more heads, better solutions. This background serves as a key foundation for all Samsung Galaxy devices, along with end-to-end protection and real-time threat detection that is built into every single layer of its products. 

Knox Matrix is just the latest development in the innovative history of Samsung Knox security. Samsung most recently introduced Knox Vault, a key security solution that isolates users’ most sensitive data to ensure it never falls into the wrong hands.

Previous evolutions included TrustZone, which provided a secure environment within the main operating system to run sensitive applications and processes separately from regular software. As such, work and play could coexist securely on the same device. Samsung Knox also evolved into Knox Suite in order to help businesses and key institutions around the world efficiently secure, deploy and manage their fleet of devices with customisable, easy-to-manage software and end-to-end security. 

Samsung can proudly say that Knox is one of the most trusted security platforms – thanks to its defense-grade security. We are confident Samsung Knox is best placed to provide one of the best device security systems. Connected technology will help us create better lives and better experiences — and more connectivity does not necessarily have to mean more risk. With Samsung Knox, Samsung is setting the foundation for a safer tomorrow to be stronger together. 

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