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Qisimah: The exciting new platform that’s connecting African music

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QISIMAHAfrican music has exploded of late, with artists receiving recognition and winning fans across the globe. And now, thanks to a revolutionary new, proudly African piece of software, the music industry is set to grow and connect with even more people across the continent. Qisimah is a radio content monitoring platform that provides everyone from label bosses and licensers to publishers and artists with real-time data of their music as it plays on radio. With Qisimah it’s not just a song to sing along to, it’s a rich feedback loop that produces invaluable insights into how music is broadcast, consumed and appreciated.   Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Qisimah, Sakhile Xulu, recently returned from Vienna where he collected the prize for being the most innovative start-up at the World Summit Awards. “It’s been an exhausting but exhilarating ride,” enthuses Xulu. “It was such an honour to be recognised on the global stage for the meaningful contribution we are making to African culture. We’re a fresh, young company, but we’ve already done enough to make an impact and garner attention, and this makes all our hard work really worth it.”   Xulu has always been passionate about data and how it can be used to inform decision-making and strategic development. He met up with Ghanaians Solomon Appier-Sign and Kofi Aboagye-Akyea, a duo with whom he shared interests, ideals and experience in broadcast monitoring. They saw radio as an untapped medium. Although still incredibly popular, especially in Africa, it had not been harnessed to provide the rich data and defined measurable that the Internet offered. They decided to pursue this opportunity and, after intense research, market analysis studies, blood sweat and tears, they founded their start-up and called it Qisimah, Swahili for “well of knowledge”.   Built on smart technology and deep insights, the platform is allowing the music industry to take greater control of the work it produces. Existing clients are ecstatic with the wealth of information that can be leveraged to better promote and profile their artists. Yielding the same results for both online and offline radio stations, the data offered up by Qisimah has helped clients re-strategize, plan and activate in geographic areas where musicians are underexposed. The company operates across the continent – with plans to expand around the globe – and has already asserted itself as the ultimate music consumption data company in Africa.   And the world is really Qisimah’s oyster. Xulu’s international trips have yielded some very positive results, connecting him with a host of global start-ups and lining up potential partners in the Middle East and North America. The plan is to eventually move into those territories and to increase the product offering to include radio advertisers. But for now, Xulu is happy that Qisimah has not only been a success, but that its success has helped countless others succeed. “It’s amazing when all your efforts and planning bear fruit and you see your vision coming to life,” he smiles. “But more incredible is the impact that this very special platform is having on both artists and audiences. We’re helping the industry fine-tune itself and make stronger connections. And as long as we continue to elevate African music, we know we’re doing something right”.   For more information go to: www.qisimah.com]]>

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1xBet recommends: don’t miss 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League main intrigue

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Who will challenge the favorite duo? Reliable bookmaker 1xBet is talking about the third CAF Women’s Champions League, which will occur from November 5 to 19 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Women’s football development

Women’s football is growing in popularity and winning new fans in Africa and worldwide. In the summer of 2022, the Women’s African Cup of Nations took place in Morocco which was broadcast by channels from more than 60 countries. The tournament attracted much attention, and the continent’s four best teams – South Africa (CAN winner), Morocco, Zambia and Nigeria – played in the 2023 World Cup.

At the World Cup, the only African team that failed to make it to the playoffs was Zambia. The South African national team lost 1/8 to the Netherlands (0-2), Morocco could not find arguments against France (0-4), and Nigeria only missed out on England, the future finalist of the tournament, in a penalty shootout.

The standard of women’s football on the continent grows yearly, and the prestigious CAF WCL tournament provides great opportunities for African footballers to progress and perform at the highest level.

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Participants and format

Eight teams will take part in the CAF WCL finals. Athletico Abidjan received a quota as the tournament host, and Moroccan AS FAR – thanks to their victory in the last edition. SC Casablanca (Morocco), JKT Queens (Tanzania), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Ampem Darkoa (Ghana), Huracanes FC (Equatorial Guinea) and AS Mande (Mali) proved their strength in the qualifying round of the tournament, finishing top in their respective qualifying zones.

As a result of the draw, the participants were divided into two groups. Quartet A included Athletico Abidjan, SC Casablanca, JKT Queens and Mamelodi Sundowns, while Group B included AS FAR, Ampem Darkoa, Huracanes FC and AS Mande. In the group stage, each team will play one match with each of the opponents, and then the two best representatives of each quartet will play in the semi-finals. Africa’s top team will be crowned in the final match on November 19, with the losers battling it out for third place the day before.

CAF Women’s Champions League Favorites

AS FAR and Mamelodi Sundowns are considered the tournament favorites. Both teams have already won the CAF WCL and are the only ones among all participants playing in the final part of the tournament for the third time in a row.

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Morocco has positioned itself as a leader in continental women’s football and is investing heavily in its development. AS FAR won its tenth domestic trophy in April and is now preparing to defend its African title.

Mamelodi Sundowns have reached the previous two tournament finals. In 2021, the team confidently beat Hasaacas Ladies 2-0 in the final, but last season, it lost to AS FAR 0-4 and is probably dreaming of revenge. South Africa’s women’s players easily qualified in their qualifying zone, scoring 21 goals in 5 matches and heading into the group stage in excellent form.

Will the main favorites be able to confirm their ambitions, or will new stars write a new page in Africa’s most prestigious club tournament? Follow the exciting women’s tournament and bet on your favorites with 1xBet!

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UBA Clinches Dual Honors at SSI Awards 2023 Accolades for Educational Support and Exceptional Partnerships

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United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Ltd has proudly secured two prestigious accolades at the 2023 Sustainability and Social Investment Awards. The bank was honoured as the “Best in Educational Support” for the third consecutive year and received recognition for its outstanding “Partnerships and Collaborations”.

Accepting the awards on behalf of UBA, Henry Nii Dottey, the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, expressed the bank’s deep-rooted commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goals 4 and 17. Henry underscored UBA’s strategic partnerships with key entities such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), emphasizing their collective efforts to empower Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), thereby fostering growth and development in Ghana and the wider African continent.

Under the theme “Sustainability and the Economy: Creating a Sustainable Future,” the SSI Awards 2023 recognized individuals and organizations making impactful contributions to sustainable development and social investment in Ghana.

Professor Douglas Boateng, Chairman of the Award Board, praised the significance of acknowledging initiatives that bring tangible and lasting change to communities. He emphasized the awards ceremony as a powerful platform to showcase innovative efforts that make a real difference in the areas where organizations operate.

The SSI Awards 2023 serve as a catalyst for transformative change, inspiring individuals, organizations, and policymakers to prioritize sustainability and social investment. Professor Boateng highlighted the crucial role of recognizing and celebrating those who contribute significantly to these areas, creating a ripple effect that motivates others to make meaningful contributions, irrespective of scale, in preparation for the betterment of society for generations to come.

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UBA’s dual triumph at the SSI Awards underscores the bank’s commitment to making a positive impact on both a local and global scale, setting a standard for excellence in the realm of sustainability and social investment.

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Sweet Dreams in Style: Finding the Perfect Pajamas for You

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1. Introduction to Pajama Fashion

Once a mere necessity for a good night’s sleep, pajamas have transcended their traditional role, morphing into a significant fashion statement. The evolution of pajama fashion mirrors changes in societal norms and cultural tastes. From simple nightgowns to chic loungewear sets, pajamas now play a pivotal role in our wardrobe, offering both comfort and style. The journey of pajamas from mere sleepwear to trendy outfits showcases the dynamic nature of fashion and its ability to adapt to our evolving lifestyle needs.

2. The Role of Fabrics in Comfort and Style

In the world of sleepwear, the fabric is a silent comforter, whispering ease into our nighttime attire. Pajamas crafted from cotton breathe life into summer nights, offering a cool embrace. Meanwhile, silk slides over the skin with a promise of luxury, perfect for those seeking a touch of elegance in their slumber. Every material, from the snug warmth of flannel to the gentle caress of satin, serves a dual purpose: ensuring our utmost comfort and enhancing the visual appeal of our bedtime ensemble. The right fabric doesn’t just dress us for sleep; it sets the stage for a night of peaceful dreams and stylish repose.

3. Exploring Pajama Styles and Cuts

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The world of pajamas is a kaleidoscope of styles and cuts, each uniquely suited to different tastes and body shapes. Consider the jacquard cotton pajama set, a harmonious blend of style and comfort. Its intricate patterns speak to those who admire detail and texture in their sleepwear. For a touch of sleek sophistication, the v-neck ice silk pajama stands out. Its smooth fabric glides over the skin, offering a cool, luxurious feel that’s perfect for warmer nights or those who prefer a featherlight touch.
Then, there’s the charm of the retro or vintage cotton gauze pajama set. This style is a nod to the past, where comfort met simplicity in a lightweight, breathable fabric, ideal for those who treasure a classic, airy feel in their night attire.
Each style serves more than the purpose of comfort; it’s a reflection of personal aesthetics and a celebration of individuality. Finding the right pajamas becomes not just about a good night’s sleep but an expression of personal style, making every night a journey into comfort and fashion.