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Pepsodent Ghana Supports SOS Children Village 2019 Founder’s Day Celebration



Ghana’s leading oral care brand, Pepsodent, partnered with SOS Children Village to make the 2019 Founder’s Day a memorable one for the entire student body and the teachers as well.

The 2019 Founder’s Day, held on the 21st June, saw 600 children, gathering at the school’s Azuma Hall for a day of special activities.

As part of the celebration, Pepsodent organized a free dental screening exercise, and gave the children the opportunity to experience the groundbreaking virtual reality experience of oral health. Children were also coached by professionals who showed them the correct way to brush their teeth

Pepsodent is a popular Unilever brand loved by many Ghanaians. Pepsodent has championed the cause of educating individuals, both young and old, to brush twice daily, as well as enlightening them on the benefits of practicing good oral hygiene.

Since 2014, Pepsodent has reached 5 million school children with the Brush Day and Night campaign all over the country.

In an interview with Joel Boateng, Oral care Category manager in Unilever Ghana, he mentioned that, good oral hygiene is an essential element of general wellbeing, thus, it is a privilege for Pepsodent to go a step further and be more than just a product, by championing the brush twice daily which is a good way to impact lives and imbibe good health practices in the lifestyle of all Ghanaians and the world at large.

The assistant head of school, Mrs. Evangelina Awo, expressed her gratitude to Pepsodent, for taking part in their Founder’s Day celebration, especially because, oral health education is a big part of their school programs. She also encouraged parents to brush day and night and teach their children to do same, because their oral health contributes to academic excellence.

Pepsodent will continue the brush day and night campaign and plans to reach 10 million Ghanaians by 2023.

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Philipa Baafi Drops Another Mighty Song “Privilege”



Ace Ghanaian gospel musician, Philipa Baafi, has released yet another hit single, dubbed, ‘Privilege’, which has already started enjoying airplay on radio stations nationwide.

The song with easy lyrics begins with a powerful instrumentation followed by a strong vocal delivery.

Moment after the instrumental and deep vocals come the main lyrics which seek to preach gratefulness to the ‘Giver of Life’.
The song reminds everyone that waking up every morning is not by our own might and strength, but by the sheer benevolence of the Almighty God who is the giver of Life.

The single seeks to reiterate the fact that each year begins with millions of people having dreams, visions and activities they want to accomplish but sadly the year ends with most of them (siblings, neighbours, friends, loved ones) who are not counted among the living. Philipa therefore concludes that it is a privilege to be counted among the living.

Philipa, who is also a Physician Assistant (PA), posits that this song was inspired by an emotional experience she witnessed during her clinicals as part of her program. She tells a story of how a neonate (less than a month-old baby) was presented with a respiratory distress. As a result, the baby was gasping for breath, foaming, poo pooing and wee weeing on herself. It was only after oxygen was administered that she was stabilized.

“The look on the mothers’ face when her baby was stabilized and could finally sleep was so refreshing and humbling. After this experience, I came to the realisation that the oxygen we take for granted is not our RIGHT but just a PRIVILEGE”. Philipa concludes.

The ace is known for her style of blending the pidgin with Twi but this time, it was the British English which took portions of the song making it unique.

Privilege is one of the gospel songs that would encourage every soul to praise his or her maker.

Philipa Baafi is married to Kwame with whom she has two kids, Adom and Sika. The family worships at Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) West Hills, Accra.



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Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhene Aiko, and More Headlining Smokin Grooves Festival In Los Angeles On March 19, 2022



Today Smokin Grooves Festival announced the fest will take place at LA State Historic Park next year, on Saturday, March 19, 2022.  The festival will embody a timeless Neo-Soul experience with a modern twist, with appearances by Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko and many others, including twist acts like Flying Lotus and Thundercat, as well as contemporaries like Angie Stone and Leela James.


The full festival lineup includes Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko, The internet, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Smino, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sir, Little Dragon, Toro y Moi, Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie, Macy Gray, Angie Stone, Leela James, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, Dead Prez, Slum Village, Dwele Joe Kay, Ravyn Lenae, Phony Ppl, Bilal, Goapele, Fousheé, Free Nationals, Yussef Dayes, Charlotte Day Wilson, Domi & JD Beck, Unusual Demont, Daydream Masi, Blu & Exile and Jelani Aryeh.

There will be a special presale beginning Friday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. PT for guests who sign up for early access to passes online at Following the presale, any remaining tickets still available will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. PT at GA tickets start at $184.99 and VIP tickets (only available for guests 21 years of age and older) start at $399.99.


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Silver Fox officially opens in Ghana, with a subsidiary, Tunnel Lounge Restaurant



Known as the biggest and most successful Nite Club and Nightlife hub in Africa, Silver Fox opens in Ghana this Friday, December 3, 2021.
Silver Fox Nigeria has for the past years proved itself as a platinum destination for Club life and Nightlife. Having pulled so much success in the giant West African country, the Owner — Big Slim — further moved into Ghana to open another branch which officially opens this weekend with a mega launch.
Few days ago, on Friday, November 26th, Tunnel Lounge, an extravagant restaurant in the heart of Accra officially began its operations. Tunnel Lounge Ghana is tipped to redefine cuisine and beverage service in Ghana. Both Silver Fox Ghana and Tunnel Lounge Ghana are located within the same premises, located at Kofi Atta Annan Street 53, close to Nyaho Clinic at Airport Residential Area.
About Tunnel Lounge:
The restaurant is split into two (2) mains — the outdoor space for regular eatery with the second part, a VIP area known as ‘Tunnel Lounge Plus’ is a lead Tunnel way with a cozy ambience that leads you in.
A walkthrough into Tunnel Lounge Plus is an experience worth satisfying with an exquisitely designed Tunnel that befits a tourist edifice; while walking through the Tunnel into the ‘Plus’ area you’re likely to get lost for a while in a world of fantasy and oblivion until another ambience welcomes you into that VIP lounge with top class dining area with the finest settees to make you extra comfortable as if you’re at home. Tunnel Lounge could hold about an audience of 200 within its space. It will operate all week from 11:00am to 11:00pm each day.
About Silver Fox Ghana:
“A gentleman’s club and the ladies’ entertainment destination”, as the General Manager describes it is a well serviced facility which will operate as a Club to a modern audience taste. It is a one-storey building with well secured and well stuffed with the latest equipment and restroom facilities. Has a Regular, VIP and VVIP sections.
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Jacob Beckley’s dream: a charitable stairway to decentralized finance



In an age where decentralized finance (DeFi) is seemingly the future of the world economy, there have been no shortage of cryptocurrencies and the visionaries behind their making. But of the over thousand forms that exist today, none better embody the spirit of altruism than Jacob Beckley’s CURE Token.


A new arrival to the world of cryptocurrency, the CURE Token is a blockchain extension of Jacob Beckley’s esteemed non-profit organization, the Beckley Foundation and was made available on September 16, 2020 to aid in accelerating pediatric cancer research and awareness. Now an enormous success, the DeFi project now boasts over thousand transactions among its current 7,974 holders, having hit the 10 million USD mark on October 9, 2020 right in time for its all-time-high market cap of 51 million USD just 14 days later.


‘’The Covid-19 pandemic and its social implications made it hard for us to assemble people and raise money the way we were accustomed to. During this period, we noticed the cryptocurrency market was gaining good traction, and with crowdfunding through blockchain technology already an established concept, it was the best time to usher in a cryptocurrency evolution of the Beckley Foundation. CURE Token was born and our dream to help combat the menace of pediatric cancer lives on into the future of global healthcare’’, Jacob Beckley shared.


The CURE Token is based on the Binance Smart Chain network and has seen two iterations released so far; V1 and V2 — the former taken down in the wake of its June 18 release following the discovery of a bug typical of DeFi scams. According to the American philanthropist and Solidity Developer, the vision is to partner with research organizations across the globe and draw from the wealth of experience available in the fields of innovation, technology and charity, in order to discharge finances in an equitable manner and save as many lives as possible.


On the technical end, Jacob’s charity inclined token is modeled on a Deflationary Contract Protocol meant to check curb inflation in the community and steadily increase the CURE Token’s market value as transactions pile on. Also, it is worth highlighting that the token incorporates a 10% transaction tax which factors in the following components:


  • 4% Reflections; to reward long-term members of the community. 
  • 3% Charity Wallet; with donations delivered to the custodial non-profit focused on childhood cancer awareness, support and research, aside future causes. 
  • 3% Marketing; to keep the project growing.


In the end, Jacob’s dream of providing a charitable stairway to DeFi through his decentralized CURE Token is well on course. It is set to herald a new age of scientific research funding, one that has easy access, equity and above all, the bright smiles of countless children and families worldwide at its heart.


Join the fight to revolutionize global healthcare today and get your CURE here:


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When altruism and decentralized finance merge – meet Jacob Beckley



The American businessman came up with his biggest idea yet – the CURE Token, just over a year ago to enormous success. But before this new-found glory in the province of decentralized finance (DeFi), Jacob Beckley’s quest as a philanthropist cannot be understated.


Of the several prominent figures in the expansive world of cryptocurrency today – think Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto, Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin, etc., Jacob Beckley, although new to the party is an instant highlight of the broad market. How come, you may ask? Well, for starters, where others did it for fortunes untold, Beckley did it for the noble act of selflessness and hit an all-time-high market value of $51 million USD to say the least. It’s that simple.


Before venturing into the very volatile decentralized finance however, Beckley’s intentions have never been puzzling. Not only has the Beckley Foundation he founded and continues to spearhead raised over a million dollars so far, but it has donated 150% of the said amount to pediatric cancer research due to Beckley and his wife’s commitment to match every dollar raised with 50 cents.


Be it rowing in his custom-built boat for over a day across all 65 miles of Lake Michigan alone, to rowing alongside former American Football cornerback, Charles Tillman a few hours longer, Beckley’s passion, which is now expressed as a decentralized financial token open to the public is an evolution worthy of praise. And as his new brainchild is set to give international healthcare a facelift through blockchain technology, Jacob Beckley’s honorable character renders a beautiful portrait of what could be if altruism and decentralized finance became one.


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Wizkid, The Weeknd, others win Apple Music Award



Apple today announced the winners of the third annual Apple Music Awards, recognizing the best artists of 2021 and their influence on global culture.

The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music across five distinct categories — Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Top Song of the Year, and Top Album of the Year — and winners are chosen through a process that reflects both Apple Music’s editorial perspective and what customers around the world are listening to the most.

This year, the Apple Music Awards will introduce a new category of awards for Regional Artist of the Year, recognizing artists from five countries and regions: Africa, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia. The Regional Artist of the Year awards recognize artists who made the greatest impact culturally and on the charts in their respective countries and regions.

“The past 12 months have proved to be a remarkable year for music, and we’re thrilled to honor the artists who are shaping culture and connecting with fans around the world on Apple Music,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “This year we’re also recognizing more regional artists, showing the world the impact of extraordinary talented musicians who are making waves globally.”

The Apple Music Awards celebration kicks off Tuesday, December 7, 2021, with interviews, original content, and more all streaming worldwide on Apple Music and the Apple TV app. Music fans who are not already subscribed to Apple Music can sign up for a three-month free trial at

And the winners are…

Global Artist of the Year: The Weeknd

Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The global superstar’s 2020 album “After Hours” quickly surpassed one million pre-adds on Apple Music, and is the most pre-added album of all time by a male artist on the platform. “After Hours” also holds the record for the most streamed R&B/Soul album in its first week in 73 countries. The smash single “Blinding Lights” peaked at No. 1 on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100: Global chart, and ranks as one of the 20 most Shazamed songs of all time. The Weeknd also hosts the massively popular taste-making Apple Music Radio show “MEMENTO MORI,” celebrated for its eclectic playlists and major world premieres. He’s graced recent covers of TIME, Forbes, Variety, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ, and blew away fans with his 2021 Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, which was one of the most Shazamed moments of the year.

“I’m so grateful for this huge honor and want to thank Apple for all its support, not only for my work but also for great music by newer artists, where it matters so much for creators to be found and supported,” The Weeknd said.

Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo

For Olivia Rodrigo, 2021 will go down as the year of epic firsts. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter released her tear-soaked debut single, “drivers license,” in January, which quickly topped the charts and became one of the most streamed new releases of the year. “drivers license” registered the highest first-week streams ever for a debut single by an artist on Apple Music globally, reaching No. 1 on the Daily Top 100: Global chart, where it remained for over a month, and was the fastest-ever debut solo track by a US artist to accumulate five million Shazams. Her highly anticipated debut album, “SOUR,” followed in May, and was celebrated with an Apple Music First Listen virtual event with fans and an accompanying interview with Zane Lowe. “SOUR” carries the highest first-week streams for a debut album on Apple Music globally, with all 11 songs on the album ranked on the Daily Top 100: Global chart, as well as the Daily Top 100 chart in 66 additional countries. Rodrigo has been on the cover of Apple Music playlists Today’s Hits, A-List Pop, and New Music Daily, and closes her life-changing year as the deserving recipient of her first three Apple Music Awards. She took home Breakthrough Artist, Album of the Year (“SOUR”), and Song of the Year (“drivers license”).

“I did my first interview for ‘drivers license’ with Apple Music, and so much has happened since then,” Rodrigo said. “It’s truly surreal. Thank you to Apple Music for these amazing awards.”

Songwriter of the Year: H.E.R.

Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist H.E.R.’s work within the R&B genre grew even more expansive in 2021 with the release of her acclaimed 21-track album “Back of My Mind,” which captures the artist at her most brilliant, confident, and freewheeling. The chart-topping album was the third most streamed R&B/Soul album on Apple Music in its first week of release by a female artist this year, with singles “Damage” and “Come Through” (featuring Chris Brown) both spending multiple weeks on the Daily Top 100 chart in over 30 countries. The former Apple Music Up Next artist also penned the anthemic original “Fight for You” for the celebrated motion picture “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and covered Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” for Apple Music’s exclusive “Juneteenth: Freedom Songs” compilation. H.E.R. is a regular guest on Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden’s shows on Apple Music 1, and she has been featured as the cover of popular Apple Music playlists New Music Daily, R&B Now, and more.

“I am very honored and blessed to receive this recognition,” H.E.R. said. “As a young Black and Filipino artist, and a woman who is on the stage giving my all, there’s no doubt that representation is important. Thank you so much, Apple Music.”

Artist of the Year (Africa): Wizkid

Singer-songwriter Wizkid is one of Africa’s biggest crossover acts, having worked with Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, among others. The Nigerian musician first found regional success in 2011 with the massively popular single “Holla at Your Boy,” which appeared on his debut album, “Superstar.” Wizkid went global in 2016 after his collaboration with Drake on “One Dance,” which soared to the top of the charts in 15 countries. Between 2019 and 2020, Wizkid was featured in Beyoncé’s projects “The Lion King: The Gift” and its companion piece, “Black Is King.” In October 2020, he released “Made in Lagos,” his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album, which included his hit song “Essence,” a track that gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams. This past year, he’s been the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Daily Top 100 charts in 60 countries, in addition to his monthly plays on Apple Music growing by more than 250 percent outside of Africa. He’s also been featured on Apple Music’s Today’s Hits and R&B Now playlists, and he’s a frequent guest on Apple Music Radio shows, including “Africa Now Radio,” “The Ebro Show,” “New Music Daily with Zane Lowe,” and “OVO SOUND RADIO.”

“Thank you to Apple Music for this award,” Wizkid said. “It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”

Artist of the Year (France): Aya Nakamura

French-Malian pop singer Aya Nakamura is the most streamed Francophone artist in the world. Best known for her hit song “Djadja,” she has released three albums featuring countless chart-topping songs, including “Copines,” “Pookie,” “Plus Jamais,” and “Jolie nana,” and she has been on the cover of Apple Music’s Hits Français playlist. In France, Nakamura is one of the only female artists to consistently appear in the streaming charts in a market dominated by male rappers, and her album “AYA” garnered the highest first-week streams for an album released by a female artist on Apple Music. Her songs “Jolie nana” and “Plus Jamais” hold the top two spots for the highest first-week streams for a song by a female artist on Apple Music in France, and all 15 songs on the album entered the Daily Top 100 chart in France, Belgium, and Niger, with “Jolie nana” peaking at No. 1 in those countries. Her song “Bobo” also peaked at No. 1 on the Daily Top 100 chart in France, Niger, Cape Verde, and Micronesia. It marked her fifth single topping France’s Daily Apple charts.

“I am extremely honored to be the very first Francophone artist to win an Apple Music Award as Artist of the Year (France),” Nakamura said. “Thank you, Apple!”

Artist of the Year (Germany): RIN

Rapper Renato Simunovic, aka RIN, was born in 1994 in Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart in the south of Germany. After releasing his first EP, “Genesis,” in 2016, his debut album, “Eros,” followed quickly in 2017. A 25-time gold and three-time platinum artist, RIN has performed countless live shows, done features with legends, and collaborated with some of the world’s most influential brands. With his third album, “Kleinstadt,” RIN freed himself from the idea of what German rap should sound like, and fans and critics alike cite this album as hugely influential in shaping the current sound of rap in the south of Germany. He was the first German artist to host his own show on Apple Music, “KLEINSTADTRADIO,” tied to the new album, and he has graced the cover of Apple Music’s HYPED and Deutschrap 100 playlists.

“2021 was such a good year for me because it has borne a lot of fruit of things that I postponed for a long time,” RIN said. “My music has evolved in the same sense. I am much more personal.”

Artist of the Year (Japan): OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM

Formed in Shimane, Japan, in 2012, OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM, aka HIGEDAN, consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Satoshi Fujihara, guitarist Daisuke Ozasa, bassist and saxophonist Makoto Narazaki, and drummer Masaki Matsuura. They released their debut mini album, “Love to Peace wa Kimi no Naka,” in 2014. Their first full-length album, “Escaparade” — which includes their popular song “No Doubt” — was released in 2018, but it was their second single, “Pretender,” that rocketed to the top of the Apple Music charts in Japan. HIGEDAN entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists in Japan and Australia for the first time in June 2019, ahead of the release of the band’s follow-up album, “Traveler,” which became their first No. 1 album in Japan. The group has been featured in three different Apple Music Japan commercials, with their hit songs “Stand by You” and “I Love…,” along with the 2021 song “Apoptosis,” taken from their third album, “Editorial,” which carries the third-highest first-week streams for an album released in 2021 in Japan, and was recently featured in an Apple Music Japan spatial audio with Dolby Atmos commercial. The band has also made several guest appearances on “J-Pop Now Radio” on Apple Music 1.

“We didn’t know Japanese artists could win this award and were shocked when we were told,” the band said. “We’re super happy to be the winners of the first Apple Music Award for Artist of the Year (Japan).”

Artist of the Year (Russia): Scriptonite

Rapper Scriptonite, aka Adil Zhalelov, was discovered by Basta and signed to his label Gazgolder in 2015. Scriptonite’s debut album, “House with Normal Activity,” became an instant classic and has been deemed one of the biggest records of the new Russian hip-hop revolution. In 2017, Scriptonite followed up with two more LPs on Gazgolder, rising to the top-ranked producer and performer of the current hip-hop era, with fans and critics crediting him as the most important voice and sound of the new generation. After starting his own label, Musica36, in 2019, Scriptonite’s “2004” album was released exclusively on Apple Music to critical acclaim, becoming the No. 1 streamed record of the year. Scriptonite also holds the record for the two most streamed albums for its first week on Apple Music in five countries (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova). His single “Baby Mama” landed him in the Top 20 of worldwide Shazam charts. In 2020, Apple Music exclusively released the short film “Behind Scriptonite’s ‘2004’” along with a “36 Jam” live concert of all Musica36 artists. This year saw the release of his album “Svistki Y Bumazhki,” as well as a COVID-postponed show in Moscow, both released exclusively on Apple Music. Scriptonite has graced the covers of Apple Music’s Kirillitsa, Russian Hits, and New Music Daily playlists, and he’s currently working on his first English-language record in collaboration with Gee Baller, a young Nigerian rising star who recently signed to Musica36.

“This award is the culmination of an incredible few years, and Apple Music has been with me for so much of it along the way,” Scriptonite said. “Thank you for the recognition.”


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