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Q&A with William: TV producer, Ayerkie Narnor talks ‘Date Rush’, photography and more

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It has sparked conversations, dominated headlines, and social media trends in an era where many individual’s true sense of happiness has been taken away.
Truly, the social media commentary that accompanies a reality show on a free to air channel on Sunday evenings is undeniably a proof of producing content that engages the audience. But, TV3’s reality show, Date Rush despite the excitement it brings to our homes, has come under several criticisms with people asking questions about the authenticity of the show.
Producer of the show, Ayerkie Narnor clarifies the frequently asked question about the show being copied from South African Tv content, the known and the known questions about the show, her life, and what to expect all in one Q&A interview.

Q: First of all, tell us about your criticisms why Date Rush?

A: I always find it difficult to answer this question. “who I am?” I’m a producer. I always see myself as a storyteller and a creative person that’s all.

Q: Why Date Rush?

A: Why not Date Rush? I don’t think there’s any special response to this question aside from the fact that my boss asked me to work on it so I obliged, that’s all.

Q: What goes into producing a show like Date Rush, especially looking at the sort of interest the show has generated?IMG 20200512 WA0024A: First of all, it is a lot of work but it is also the desire to succeed. And I always say that there’s always room for improvement and growth. I think that’s the main reason why it’s been succeeding. We know there’s a lot more we can do to improve upon the program. I feel there’s a lot more to do but continuous growth is the secret of our success.

Q: As a producer what are some of the challenges you encounter on the show?

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A: Errm, every new project is a challenge. Aside from me and the team having to put in our all, we’ve not had any technical challenge so far. I think one of our challenges is, for our first and second seasons, people didn’t really know about the show therefore, delays the audition process. But now that it is out there, i think we’ll no longer face that challenge.

Q: Would you say the show has yielded the desired results?

A: Yes we’re happy at how far the show has come but we believe there’s a lot more we can achieve. We believe a lot more work can be put in, we believe a much wider audience can be achieved, so with that, i think it is 50/50. We’re excited about where it is, but we certainly believe there’s a whole lot more to be done.https://youtu.be/CWkXb914Fsc

Q: How do you respond to views that the show was borrowed or copied from South African TV content, Take Me Out?

A: You see, i learned that ideas are like birds, they fly around. There are several times I’ve had an idea and the next minute someone else is doing it. Just last night I was sent a message that Ayerkie, you said you wanted to do this, now this station is doing it, that’s the thing with ideas. Truly in this age that we’re in, we all do a lot of research these days. So what’s wrong in seeing that there’s an idea like this, we want to do something similar so we look at how this person did it, add and take out? I don’t think it is only ‘Take me Out’. There are other shows that are similar but not entirely the same thing. There are different versions, so what is so wrong about learning or taking cues and inspiration from other shows?  You see, Africa we’re so hypocritical that it is not even funny. Back in the day we used to laugh at the Chinese that they’re the copycats of the world but today, they’re the champions of the world. You can only learn and make it yours when you see someone doing something right. I don’t think Date Rush would be accepted like it has if it was the exact thing they compare it to. If we say we live in a global village, then let’s learn from others.

Q: There’s been a lot of talks about whether Date Rush is scripted, is that the case?

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A: It is not scripted. Like I stated in another interview, we only create an environment for people to free their minds and say what they want to say. It is a reality show so we try as much as possible to be real. When we start recording, these guys come in and out several times so they get used to us. So they’re no longer shy anymore, they’re not timid. As to why people think it is scripted, I do not understand but I think it is emanating from the fact that they’re on their own trying to create a series or production. So there are videos circulating of them reading scripts and people are associating it with Date Rush. That video has nothing to do with Date Rush.

Q: Who qualifies to be on the show because it seems everyone has a well-defined profile?

A: Everyone deserves love! So long as you’re single and mature, you have the right to be on the show.

Q: Did you envision Date Rush being this huge? Because undoubtedly on Sunday nights, Ghana is virtually on lockdown with the young and old all glued to their TV sets.IMG 20200512 WA0025

A: (Laughs) When we started working, all we wanted to do was a good job and we also enjoyed the show. Date Rush is one of the few productions that whiles recording, you’d find me dancing with a colleague. We have so much fun on the show that our main aim was to do something good.

Q: There’s something about the DJ, he seems to have a song that corresponds with every moment on the show. Is it tabulated?

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A: The DJ has also grown with the show because you’d realize that in the middle of the season, everybody is noticing him because he’s has also done his homework. He has understood the terrain and the way the show works now, so he knows what type of songs to select. He has really done a good job with the selection of songs he plays, and also we try as much as possible to be African with our selections.

Q: One question on the minds of people is whether the people who pair on the show actually go ahead with the dates? Do you have any follow up mechanisms?

A: We do, you realize that with every episode, we show you the previous couples, the dates they’ve been on, and what they’re saying and what they feel. Like we keep saying, Date Rush is only a platform for singles to connect. What you do afterward is up to you. We’d love it if tomorrow someone walks up to us that we’re getting married. We will gladly shoot that production. If you’re a young man and you truly want to go on a date, you will at least go out with 6 or 7 people before getting the right person. I’m not saying you have to sleep around. So yes, we do.

Q: Has the show recorded any marriages so far?

A: Not yet, in fact, I didn’t want to give it all out. I mean the season is not yet done so whatever happens we’d put it out there for you all if we have a success story or unsuccessful stories.

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Q: Your host, Nii Kpakpo, what went into that choice?

A: (Laughs) First of all Kpakpo is fabulous, he’s great and the show in itself we wanted humor. Kpakpo is a very funny character but brilliant as well. And we wanted that combination that’s why we went in for him and we so do not regret it. He gives us humor but he’s witty and knows what to say at the right time.

Q: How is it like dealing with such a character?

A: He makes the work easy and fun because he knows his stuff.

Q: Would you say he has lived up to expectations?

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A: He definitely has lived up to expectations. I think Kpakpo has done a good job, there’s nothing to be said.

Q: What has been the A factor about him?

A: The fact that he is a funny person, his jokes, and you see, there are people who try to be funny but are really not funny. Kpakpo is not that kind of person. He is funny naturally and that is what is working for us. He doesn’t force it so he doesn’t look fake.

Q: How is reality TV shaping ideas of men and women roles?

A: This is an interesting question. I think we’re in the time of reality TV or productions that are real. I mean when you go on Youtube, people are living their lives and they’re showing it and people buy into it. Shows like the Kardashians, Married to Medicine, House Wives of Atlanta, etc. Yes it is dramatized but it’s all reality TV and I think it is really big online and that’s the world we’re in now and definitely, Africa is part of this world. The only thing is, we as a people have our own identity and culture. I’m not a copycat, I do not believe in copying people but I believe in getting inspirations and building upon that inspiration to make it mine. There’s nothing wrong with getting an inspiration, the only mistake is taking inspiration and failing at it.

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Q: Has our culture sort of limited our creativity in any way?

A: No, not necessarily. The only limitations have got to do with our minds, it has nothing to do with our culture. Sometimes when we say culture we make it seem as if it is some grandiose or weird thing. I mean if you have to come here every morning, that is your culture so our culture is never a limitation. It is just who we are and what we do. It is just that we have it in our minds that as blacks, people were limited. So we’re not as forceful and adventurous as we should.

Q: What key elements should a great reality show have?

A: (Laughs) I think every reality show is different so I think it is basically knowing exactly what you’re doing and what you’re looking out for. With Date Rush we’re really big on humor, fashion and dance so we harness on those things.

Q: In 2010, you took part in a beauty pageant, Miss Malaika with Berla Mundi, how did it go for you?

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A: It was such an eye-opener. It is an opportunity I’m also grateful for. Yeah, we had the opportunity to travel to Egypt where you know Egypt is the hub of African identity, and getting to experience that looking at what we saw and learned, was a huge turnaround for me. I’ve always been passionate about who i am and where I’m from, but being part of that pageant and seeing and learning what we did when we traveled was an experience I’d always cherish.

Q: Would you say your exposure to the world of Entertainment has better positioned you in life?

A: Not entertainment necessarily, but it was more of an awakening, self-identity, getting to know who I am as an African. I think when you have a true sense of identity, you do not have any limitation or whatsoever, so whatever you do gives you a certain kind of confidence and belief.

Q: Do you still do photography?

A: It been a while I must say. Sometimes I miss it. I hardly do photography these days but I’m working on a book that is about photography and poetry so once in a while I’ll find time, travel, take some pictures and probably write. But the way I used to do photography then, the events, studio work, I don’t see my self doing that anymore. I definitely will do travel photography. I’ve been working on a book about photography.
Actually, I’ve had that book for years but this time it definitely has got to come out!

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Q: What inspired that book and is it all about Photography?

A: It is photography and poetry. I traveled to Begoro, they have this beautiful place like a small village of rocks in different shapes and forms, so beautiful! I just had to capture that also, I love to write, I love poetry. So I did something on poetry and added it to the photography. I’ve had that book for 6 years, it was actually a project I started in Uni.

Q: As a creative person, what really inspires you?

A: Anything at all. I’m one of those people when i look into the clouds i see shapes and forms. Animals and faces, sometimes when i look at the wall, i see a pattern and stuff so everything inspires me. Music, people, nature, anything around me inspires me.

Q: How do you translate it into what you do?

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A: I translate it into writing, photography, poetry production, etc. anything creative.

Q: Would you say you’re at your Apex?

A: Hell No! Not at all, i don’t think I’ve even achieved 1% of what I want to achieve. I feel there’s a lot more to give and a lot more to do. Look, sometimes when i sit back and I’m watching Date Rush, i cringe! I see the mistakes we do and i cringe but an ordinary person will watch and say it is perfect. There’s a lot more to be done creatively, technically and for me as a person, there’s so much more to give and do.

Q:  Any advice to people who aspire to venture into production or showbiz?

A: It’s a tough industry, never give up, do not compare yourself to other people. Be highly focused on exactly what you want and where you want to be. Our industry is all about show business; You have a lot of people showing but having nothing after the show. Understand that it is not just a show, it is a business, so have a plan and don’t give up. Keep pushing, eventually, they will see your worth.

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Q: You appear to be calm, is that your nature?

A: I’m a very calm person but also strong-willed. I can also be very difficult when things are not going as they should. But hey, at the end of the day when you keep pushing, everyone else will understand why, when you succeed.

Q: Lastly, the now-famous Ignatius and Freelove brouhaha. People have tagged it as unfair treatment from Ignatius and totally disrespectful to women. Do you find any fault with what he did or to you it is just a show and he’s free to do what he wants?

A: (Laughs) Can I ask a question? Yes.
Do you remember the episode where Freelove said she didn’t like a guy because of his ears?  Yes, that’s all i have to say. How is it unfair if she turned her rush off on someone because of his ears and someone else has turned his rush off on her. Let’s be fair. I mean, women, sometimes we act as if the things we do,  when the guys do it to us it is like it can’t be done and shouldn’t be done and it’s weird and stuff. They turn their rushes off all the time on guys, so what’s the big deal?  And another guy comes in to turn their rushes off, after all, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder!

Alright, thank you so much, Ayerkie.

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A: Thank you, too.

Interview by: Willam Lamptey

Edited by: Joshua Quodjo Mensah
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Slamm Foundation, ISC2 set to empower women in free Cyber Security Training to mark IWD 24

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As part of measures to commemorate this years, International Women’s Day (IWD 2024), the Slamm Foundation, International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and Yadaba Communications are partnering to offer a free, one-week intensive cyber security training program for young women aged 20 to 36.

The program, which runs from March 4 to 8 in Kumasi, under the 2024 IWD general campaign theme – ‘Inspire Inclusion, will address the gender gap in the tech industry by providing women with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in cybersecurity.

Director for Slamm Foundation, who doubles as Chief Operations Officer for Slamm Technologies, Fransisca Boateng said this represents a great opportunity for women who were never encouraged to pursue STEM careers. 

She said while an information technology degree can be helpful, it is not mandatory and cyber skills can be taught on the job.

“This program is designed to open doors for young women to the burgeoning field of cybersecurity, addressing the gender gap and fostering equality in this critical area of technology,”she said.

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Read Also: Slamm Foundation, ISC2 join forces to boost cybersecurity education …Trains 400 Ghanaians in cybersecurity basics for free

She added that the: “Slamm Foundation and ISC2 are committed to providing a comprehensive learning experience that not only covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity but also offers insights into the latest trends and practices in the field.”

The program includes a combination of practical skills training, mentorship, and insights into the latest cybersecurity trends. 

Bridging the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity

Despite the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals worldwide, women remain underrepresented in the tech sector, particularly in specialized fields like cybersecurity. 

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An ISC2 study highlighted the dramatic decline in the percentage of girls choosing I.T., tech or computer classes past primary school. Meanwhile, aPWC research reported that just 3% of women who studied information technology at the tertiary level went on to work in cybersecurity.

This program aims to change that narrative by offering young women the tools, knowledge, and confidence they need to excel within the domain.

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ISC2, Dwan Jones made a clarion call to young women on the need to participate in the training and any other training that presents an opportunity to study cybersecurity 

“We invite young women with a passion for technology and an interest in cybersecurity to seize this unparalleled opportunity and any other opportunity that they lay their hands on particularly in the field of cybersecurity,” she noted. 

Public Relations Executive at Yadaba Communications, Mabel Ocansey said the program would not be just a talkshop but one that drives impact. 

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“This promises not only to equip participants with valuable skills but also to inspire them to pursue careers in a field where they can truly make a difference,” she said. 

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What are the different business analytics approaches to data?

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In the constantly evolving landscape of business analytics, various approaches to data analysis have emerged, each offering unique perspectives and methodologies for deriving insights and driving decision-making. From descriptive analytics, which focuses on summarizing historical data, to predictive analytics, which leverages statistical models to forecast future trends, along with prescriptive analytics, which provides actionable recommendations for optimal decision-making, business analytics offers a spectrum of approaches to extract value from data. In this blog, we delve into the different business analytics approaches, exploring their characteristics, applications, and implications for organizations seeking to harness the power of data-driven insights in gaining a competitive edge in today’s dynamic business environment.

Business analytics has emerged as a coveted career choice due to its pivotal role in aiding businesses to make data-driven decisions and gain competitive advantages. With businesses increasingly relying on data to build strategy and operations, the demand for skilled professionals proficient in analytics has surged. Pursuing a business analytics course equips individuals with essential data analysis, statistical modeling, and data visualization skills, making them a valuable asset in the job market. By mastering these techniques and gaining hands-on experience, individuals can unlock diverse career opportunities across industries, positioning themselves for success in the rapidly expanding field of business analytics.

What is business analytics?

Business analytics involves applying statistical analysis, data mining, predictive modeling, and data visualization techniques to interpret complex data sets and derive actionable insights. It aims to inform strategic decision-making, optimize operations, and drive business growth by uncovering patterns, trends, and correlations within data. By leveraging advanced analytics tools and methodologies, business analysts transform raw data into valuable information that guides organizations in identifying opportunities, mitigating risks, and enhancing performance. Ultimately, business analytics enables companies to gain a competitive edge in today’s data-driven landscape by facilitating informed decisions and fostering innovation across various functions, right from marketing and finance to operations and supply chain management.

Types of Business Analytics

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Business analytics encompasses three main types: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Descriptive analytics focuses on summarizing historical data to provide insights into past performance and trends. Predictive analytics utilizes statistical models and machine learning algorithms to forecast future outcomes and identify potential opportunities or risks. Prescriptive analytics goes a step further by recommending specific actions or strategies based on the insights generated from descriptive and predictive analytics, guiding decision-making towards optimal outcomes. Together, these types of business analytics enable organizations to gain a comprehensive understanding of their operations, anticipate future trends, and make data-driven decisions to drive growth and competitive advantage.

Importance of Business Analytics

Business analytics plays a pivotal role in today’s data-driven world by providing organizations with the means to extract valuable insights from data and make informed decisions. By leveraging advanced analytical techniques, businesses can gain a deeper understanding of their operations, customers, and market trends, allowing them to identify opportunities, mitigate risks, and optimize performance. Business analytics facilitates strategic planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement across various functions, from marketing and finance to operations and supply chain management. It enables organizations to uncover hidden patterns, trends, and correlations within data, empowering them to stay competitive, adapt to changing market dynamics, and drive innovation. Ultimately, the insights derived from business analytics fuel growth, efficiency, and profitability, making it an indispensable tool for modern enterprises.

Business Analytics Approach

Data Collection: Data collection is the initial step in the data science process, involving the gathering of relevant data from various sources such as databases, APIs, sensors, and files. This includes identifying the types of data needed to address specific questions or problems, determining the appropriate data sources, and extracting data in a structured format. Data collection methods may vary depending on the nature of the project and the available resources. It is essential to ensure the quality, accuracy, and integrity of the collected data to produce reliable insights and analyses.

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Data Cleaning: Data cleaning, also known as data preprocessing or data wrangling, is the process of identifying and correcting errors, inconsistencies, and missing values in the collected data. This involves tasks such as removing duplicates, handling outliers, imputing missing values, and standardizing data formats. Data cleaning is crucial for ensuring the quality and reliability of the dataset before proceeding to analysis and modeling. It requires careful examination and manipulation of the data to prepare it for further processing, visualization, and analysis.

Data Visualization: Data visualization is the graphical representation of data to visually communicate patterns, trends, and insights contained within the dataset. It involves creating visualizations such as charts, graphs, maps, and dashboards to explore and present data in a clear, intuitive, and insightful manner. Data visualization helps stakeholders, decision-makers, and analysts to understand complex data relationships, identify outliers, and uncover hidden patterns that may not be apparent from raw data alone. Effective data visualization facilitates better decision-making, communication, and storytelling by conveying complex information in a visually compelling and easily understandable format.

Data Analysis: Data analysis examines, interprets, and derives insights from the collected and cleaned data. It involves applying statistical techniques, machine learning algorithms, and other analytical methods to uncover the dataset’s patterns, trends, correlations, and relationships. Data analysis may include descriptive statistics to summarize the characteristics of the data, inferential statistics to make predictions or test hypotheses, and exploratory data analysis (EDA) to gain deeper insights into the data. Data analysis aims to extract actionable insights that inform decision-making, drive innovation, and solve business problems based on evidence and empirical findings.

Conclusion

Understanding the various business analytics approaches to data is essential for organizations seeking to harness the power of data-driven insights. From descriptive analytics to prescriptive analytics, each approach offers unique methodologies for extracting value from data and informing strategic decision-making. Pursuing a business analytics course equips individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate these approaches effectively, making them valuable assets in the modern business landscape. By mastering data analysis techniques, statistical modeling, and data visualization, individuals can build a futuristic career in business analytics, driving innovation, and enabling organizations to thrive in the increasingly data-centric world.

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Trailblazers of the Pitch: African Sports Icons Who Changed the Game

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Sports in Africa resonate with rich history, cultural significance, and remarkable tales of triumph against all odds. From the dusty streets of local neighborhoods to the grand arenas of international competitions, African athletes have left an indelible mark on the global sporting landscape. In this article, we delve into the lives and achievements of some of the most influential African sports icons who have redefined the game and inspired generations. Alongside their remarkable journeys, we explore the evolving landscape of sports betting in Africa, including the burgeoning interest in free betting Ethiopia, reflecting the region’s passion for sports and the betting culture that accompanies it.

Unveiling the Pioneers

1. Didier Drogba: A Symbol of Resilience 

Didier Drogba, the Ivorian football sensation, stands as a beacon of hope and resilience. His journey from humble beginnings in Abidjan to becoming one of the most formidable strikers in the world is nothing short of extraordinary. Drogba not only dazzled spectators with his unparalleled skill on the pitch but also used his platform to advocate for peace and unity during Ivory Coast’s tumultuous times. His leadership both on and off the field earned him admiration and respect worldwide.

2. Haile Gebrselassie: Running Towards Greatness

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Haile Gebrselassie, the Ethiopian long-distance runner, epitomizes endurance and excellence. With a record-breaking career spanning decades, Gebrselassie dominated the track and field scene, capturing numerous Olympic and World Championship titles. His unwavering determination and unparalleled work ethic propelled him to become one of the greatest distance runners of all time, inspiring aspiring athletes across the globe.

Shifting Paradigms: Breaking Barriers and Defying Odds

1. Caster Semenya: Challenging Conventions 

Caster Semenya, the South African middle-distance runner, emerged as a symbol of defiance and empowerment in the face of adversity. Despite facing relentless scrutiny and controversy regarding her gender identity, Semenya remained steadfast in her pursuit of athletic excellence. Her unparalleled talent and unwavering resolve not only shattered records but also sparked crucial conversations about inclusivity and equality in sports.

2. Hakeem Olajuwon: Towering Legacy in Basketball 

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Hakeem Olajuwon, the Nigerian-born basketball prodigy, revolutionized the game with his unmatched skill set and versatility. Rising from humble beginnings in Lagos, Olajuwon soared to prominence in the NBA, where he mesmerized audiences with his unparalleled footwork and defensive prowess. His legacy as one of the greatest centers in basketball history continues to inspire aspiring players across Africa and beyond.

Inspiring Generations: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

1. Blessing Okagbare: Soaring to New Heights 

Blessing Okagbare, the Nigerian track and field sensation, continues to captivate audiences with her electrifying speed and grace. With a string of accolades and championships to her name, Okagbare has cemented her status as one of Africa’s most decorated athletes. Her journey from the tracks of Sapele to the global stage serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication in achieving greatness.

2. Samuel Eto’o: A Striker’s Brilliance 

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Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroonian football maestro, left an indelible mark on the world of football with his unparalleled goal-scoring prowess and leadership on the pitch. From his humble beginnings in Douala to conquering European football’s biggest stages, Eto’o’s journey is a testament to talent, hard work, and unwavering determination. His legacy as one of Africa’s greatest football exports continues to inspire millions of aspiring players across the continent.

In conclusion, the impact of African sports icons transcends borders, languages, and cultures, resonating with millions around the world. Their remarkable journeys serve as a source of inspiration and empowerment, encouraging individuals to dream big, work hard, and defy the odds. As we celebrate the achievements of these trailblazers, let us also reflect on the transformative power of sports in shaping lives and bridging communities, as says Tony Sloterman. Africa’s sporting heritage is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit, reminding us that greatness knows no boundaries.

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AKPLE FESTIVAL, EXCITED ABOUT GROWING BIGGER

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The much-anticipated food party, Akple Festival, comes off on Ghana’s Independence Day, 6th March 2024, at the forecourt of the State House.
The festival, which usually takes place at Mmofra Place, moves to a new location, the State House, to cater for the growing numbers. With each passing year, the festival has grown in popularity, drawing visitors from far and wide who come to experience the magic of Akple firsthand.
Akple Festival is a Ghanaian food party which started in 2020 to celebrate local staple foods in Ghana. The celebration has had over 50 food vendors display varieties of food with Akple being the main dish. Other food contenders are Banku, Ga Kormi or kenkey, Tuozaafi with different accompaniments like Ademe soup, Okro stew or soup and others to celebrate the significance of eating homegrown foods.
As the anticipation mounts for this year’s festival, organizers are buzzing with excitement as they prepare for what promises to be the biggest celebration yet.
The theme for this year, ‘Live the Culture’, drums home the message of celebrating what we know as the rich Ghanaian heritage, food, music, dance and art. Cultural performances hitherto were limited to the Volta Region. This year, performances will not only be borborbor but will cut across all the tribes in Ghana projecting the diverse rich cultural tapestry of Ghana.
The festival which starts at 11 am will see performances from Adaha Dance Band, Kwampa Music, DJ Sleek and more.
The 4th edition of the food festival has generated positive reactions as fans have expressed joy that the festival is moving to a new and bigger venue. This move also means, there will be an expected increase in the number of vendors and more attendees.
According to Brand with Echiri, organizers of the event, there will be a lot of surprises and giveaways to put smiles on the faces of attendees as it celebrates five years of its establishment. The festival will also create an eco-friendly environment with less use of plastics. It also intends to go cashless; all tickets will be purchased electronically including transactions on the event grounds.
Akple festival is sponsored by Everpack Ghana Ltd., and Kasapreko Company Limited and supported by Pluzz FM, GBC, Asaase Radio, Unique FM, and Ameyaw Debrah.Com.

















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How OCR Used for Scanning and Text Extraction

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OCR stands for optical character recognition. It is a technology that allows computers to recognize text and numbers in pictures of documents. For example, if you take a photo of a page in a book, OCR software can analyze the image and recognize the letters, words, and numbers on that page. 

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The computer can then convert the image into a text document. So OCR allows computers to read text from images like a person can, instead of just seeing shapes and colors.

Why is OCR Important?

OCR technology is very useful because it makes information from paper documents and images digital. This image to text conversion allows the text to be searched, copied, edited on computers. It saves a lot of time typing things manually.

OCR helps scan large amounts of documents faster for businesses and libraries. For example image to text converter uses OCR technology to extract text and translate to other languages automatically. 

Additionally it makes documents more usable in many ways. It takes printed words and turns them into digital text.

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This allows people to easily search documents, copy its text from photos, save backups, and share them online. OCR also helps people who are blind or have trouble seeing. Screen reading software can read the OCR text out loud for them. So OCR makes more documents accessible.

Working of OCR Technology

OCR is an innovative technology that helps computers read words from pictures and extract text data. It works by using smart software to turn the text from images into words that computers can understand and use. OCR software goes through several steps to extract text from images.

1. Preprocessing

This prepares the image for analysis. The image is made cleaner by adjusting brightness, removing background colors, straightening text, etc.