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Remember them? This is what the contestants of ‘The Apprentice Africa’ have been up to almost a decade after

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the apprentice africaSo I decided to catch on what the contestants of the first and only season of ‘The Apprentice Africa’ have been up to because I met one of them on my recent trip to Lagos, Nigeria. Oh and by the way did you know I also auditioned for the show and got cut after the second round in Ghana? Anyway, Nnamdi Mbonu was one of the contestants on the show, which premiered in February 2008 and ended in June 2008. Like most of the other contestants, I followed Nnamdi on Facebook and we became ‘Friends’ but the funny thing is that each time I met him in person I only would stare at him and say in my mind ‘where do I know him from?” I first met him once in Luton, England when I went shopping. After wondering where I knew him from I concluded he must have been one of the Nollywood actors I had seen on TV. I even made a Facebook update to say “ I just met a Nollywood actor at so, so and so shop. So I felt like a star shopping there too”. Due to some of my social media update on the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum, Nnamdi followed me on Twitter and again I said to myself ‘I know this name’. When I saw his profile picture he also looked familiar but I couldn’t immediately recollect how or where I knew him. And of course he had added on some few pounds now (clearly life has been good haha). But when I spotted him at the forum in person, ‘it finally clicked’ and I remembered that Nnamdi is only a familiar face from The Apprentice Africa’ reality TV show, a show I followed and reviewed weekly in my early years as a blogger. So based on this, I decided to revisit the show and see what the big dreamers on the show have become almost a decade after. The Apprentice Africa was an African version of the original American Reality TV format, The Apprentice, hosted by Donald Trump (now president of the USA). Biodun Shobanjo, an advertising magnate, hosted the show. It gathered 18 contestants from across Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and Guinea. Ghana’s Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng, who was a Customer Account Manager for Huawei Technologies won the season. He was hired by Biodun Shobanjo and offered a brand new car and an annual salary of $200,000. The show was sponsored by Bank PHB.   Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng Isaac Dankyi KorantengIsaac graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Publishing Studies degree (just like me wink wink). Dankyi-Koranteng is married to Ghanaian gospel musician Obaapa Linda and they have three children, Darrel Asiama Dankyi-Koranteng, Aimee Sampomaa Dankyi-Koranteng and Hillary Kwesibea Dankyi-Koranteng. After the Apprentice Africa later worked with Bank PHB in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2008 to 2009 as a member of The Corporate Execution Team. He returned to Ghana and joined Airtel Ghana as the Corporate Sales Manager from 2009 to 2012 June and he joined IBM as Territory Sales Manager for Ghana. From January 2014 Isaac was appointed the Managing Director of Resourcery Ghana Limited, an IT integration giant in West Africa. Hannah Acquah Hannah AcquahHannah Acquah is the Founder/CEO of The Knowledge Channel (TKC). She is an Economist and Entrepreneur with over 15 years of professional experience in business development, training and recruiting and deal facilitating across the African continent. Hannah Acquah is currently also the Recruitment Manager for the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), an initiative launched by the United States Government and implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hannah is excited to be part of an organization that identifies and trains Africa’s future leaders. Regina Agyare regina agyare honu Now known as Regina Honu, Regina has remained in the news a Social Entrepreneur and software developer. She is the founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company.   She has also opened Soronko Academy, the first coding and Human-centered design school for children and young adults in West Africa. As one of the few women making significant contributions to Africa’s development through innovative technological solutions, Regina has received multiple awards for her tireless efforts, including being named by CNN as one of the one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was also named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of the ten female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. Omar Bah omar bahOmar was one of the many contestants from the diaspora. He has parents from Guinea before the show, his credentials included being a professional actor and a consultant at the World Bank. Omar has worked in array of industry leading companies and organizations in the fields of international development, non-profits, oil and gas, media, and government. In 2012, Omar founded the Pantera Group, and works as a business development and communications consultant for this multifaceted investment, services, contracting and procurement Company. Pantera’s mandate is to service the sophisticated, operational needs of large multinationals conducting business on the African continent. Omar has over years of acting experience and has extensive knowledge of television production through his experiences working on Los Angeles, CA based television productions; The Price Is Right, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Dennis Miller Live, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   Nancy Kalembe Nancy KalembeNancy Kalembe seems to have since grown into Uganda’s top female entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Spring Clean, a cleaning company, and Mbalimbali Ltd, a pineapple juice and jam-producing company based in Nakawa. She also worked as a news anchor at the then Uganda Television (UTV). She was the account manager for Uganda Telecom (utl) and account holder for Nation Media Group at Lowe Scanad advertising agency, and sales and promotions executive at Sanyu FM. Nancy also had a working stint at PHP bank in Nigeria after The Apprenctice Africa and later also at Orient bank in Uganda. Despite being formally employed, Kalembe, a mother of two, was interested in making jam and started off slowly. Bekeme Masade Bekeme MasadeBekeme Masade after The Apprentice Africa has evolved into a social entrepreneur. She is the executive director of CSR-in-Action, a social business-networking platform and advisory enterprise, dedicated to corporate social responsibility, women and youth empowerment, and sustainable development in Nigeria. Bekeme Masade organized the Nigerian Business Council for Sustainable Development (NBCSD) in May 2014, an initiative spearheaded by Shell Nigeria which aims to form a coalition of businesses across all sectors to drive collective development. Joyce Mbaya joyce mbayaKenya’s Joyce Mbaya-Ikiao is a Dynamic Entrepreneur who has launched and runs successful business enterprises in line with her overall business vision to champion the empowerment of the people of Africa. Joyce is also a published author who launched her book, GIBÉBÉ: imaGIne, BElieve, BEcome, in 2011, and has worked with various organizations to enable them achieve success through the GIBÉBÉ framework. In 2011, Joyce had the honor of being selected as the opening speaker for Robin Sharma in Nairobi (one of the top leadership coaches in the world Eddie Mbugua Eddie MbuguaKenya’s Eddie Mbugua moved to Nigeria after his participation on the Apprentice Africa show to work with Bank PHB. In 2009 he moved to Uganda to work with the same bank. In 2011, Eddie made the conscious decision go back home and joined the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Group in Kenya as Business Development Manager. He also continues to act in movies. Anthony Migui Anthiony MiguiKenya’s Anthony Migui after the show worked in Nigeria for Bank PHB as Investment Analyst manager in the East and Central Africa expansion department of Bank PHB. He later became Head of Internal Control at Orient Bank (Bank PHB) Uganda in 2009. He then moved to Credit Bank Kenya Limited as Projects Coordinator in 2010. He also worked as Project Manager South Sudan Commercial Bank from 2011 to 2012 and joined Isolutions Associates Ltd (ISOLS) as Head of Business. He is currently the Managing Director of LipaEasy Limited, a company that deals with IT Security Solutions and Real Estate Development. Oscar Kamukama oscar kamukamaUgandan Chartered Marketing Consultant, Oscar Kamukama after Apprentice Africa became Retail Assets Manager Bank PHB/ at Keystone Bank. Oscar has harnessed his Business & Marketing management experience in the Telecommunications Industry, Insurance & Risk management sector, the Banking & Finance Industry. He also worked as Corporate Accounts Manager at Uganda Telecom. Currently at Oskam MarketPro, he is the Managing Partner responsible for Strategy setting, execution and driving performance across business segments. Blessing Njoku Blessing NjokuAfter the show Blessing like most of her collegaues joined Bank PHB Plc, as a Human Resource Strategist. In 2011 she moved to First Bank Nigeria Ltd as HR Business Partner and rose to become Head, HR Strategy. Eunice Omole eunice omoleEunice Omole came in second place on The Apprentice Africa and now works to dispel African stereotypes. She is the Founder of O&M Media based in New York. She used her O&M Media to produce a new Pan-African television series called Africa’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs. In 2016 Eunice was named host of a new show on Mo’Abudu’s EbonyLife TV. The show “Hello Africa” sees Omole interviewing some of Africa’s most inspirational and successful celebrities. Omole, who was also the producer of the show joined EbonyLife TV as Chief Strategy Officer. Deox Tibeingana Deox was fired in episode 15 of the 18-episode show. He would be remembered on The Apprentice Africa for walking away with an unblemished record. He never failed a task as Project Manager. Deox is today one of the youngest billionaires in Uganda, he is the founder of a very powerful and efficient full-service law firm known as Tibeingana and Company Advocates which handles legal work for giant companies, he is an advocate of the high court of Uganda and all courts of judicature in Uganda. He is also the owner of Rivonia Hotel, a $3 million investment of suites has opened in Mbuya, arguably the most expensive in the eastern part of Kampala. His hotel has 16 suites and a luxurious health club; he is also a real estate dealer. Nnamdi Anthony Mbonu Nnamdi Anthony MbonuAnd now to Nnamdi Mbonu, the man who made me put together this post. The Chemical Engineering grad from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria has been around the business world pretty much since the show. He has worked with Bank PHB/Keystone Bank, and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems. Nnamdi is the CEO of Mobicoll Technologies Ltd, and founder of Indigitech Innovations Limited. Mobicoll Technologies is a Fintech start-up deploying innovative solution with policy and process expertise to deliver services to the bottom of the pyramid or low-income groups in Nigeria. https://ameyawdebrah.com/random-act-kindness-send-young-daniel-university/]]>

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Ghanaian Rapper Gariba Joins Forces with Stonebwoy and Jamaica’s DeepJahi for “True Love Remix”

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In a groundbreaking collaboration that transcends borders and musical genres, Ghanaian rapper Gariba has teamed up with renowned Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy and Jamaican sensation DeepJahi to deliver a mesmerizing remix of the hit song “True Love.” 

The single, which showcases a fusion of Ghanaian and Jamaican musical influences, is set to captivate audiences worldwide with its infectious beats and powerful lyrics.

The “True Love Remix” not only brings together the talents of Gariba, Stonebwoy, and DeepJahi but also boasts the executive production expertise of Kelev Ra Records. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the global music scene, highlighting the unifying power of music and the boundless possibilities that arise when artists from different backgrounds come together.

Gariba, known for his distinctive style and lyrical prowess, brings his unique perspective to the “True Love Remix,” infusing the track with his signature energy and charisma. His dynamic verses blend seamlessly with Stonebwoy’s soulful vocals and DeepJahi’s melodious delivery, creating a dynamic interplay of voices and sounds that is both captivating and exhilarating.

Stonebwoy, a household name in the Ghanaian music industry and beyond, adds his unmistakable flair to the remix, delivering a soul-stirring performance that elevates the song to new heights. His emotive delivery and powerful presence serve as the perfect complement to Gariba’s rap verses, creating a dynamic contrast that keeps listeners engaged from start to finish.

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DeepJahi, hailing from Jamaica, brings a touch of reggae-infused magic to the “True Love Remix,” infusing the track with his infectious rhythms and infectious energy. His smooth vocals and rhythmic flow add an extra layer of depth and dimension to the song, enhancing its overall appeal and ensuring its universal appeal.

The executive production of Kelev Ra Records ensures that the “True Love Remix” maintains the highest standards of quality and professionalism, from production to promotion. With their expert guidance and support, Gariba, is poised to make a lasting impact on the global music scene with their collaborative effort.

With its infectious beats, powerful lyrics, and star-studded lineup of talent, the remix promises which is really doing well within the music circles globally like been featured on BBC1Xtra is looking at a chart-topping success and a testament to the transformative power of music in bringing people together across cultures and continents.

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Pepsodent Charcoal Relaunched with Additional Benefits

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Leading provider of quality consumer and household goods, Unilever Ghana Plc, announced the relaunch of its innovative product, Pepsodent Charcoal toothpaste, at a glitzy event that took place at the Underbridge Event Centre in East Legon, Accra.

The improved Pepsodent Charcoal toothpaste comes with 10x more Charcoal, ensuring exceptional stain removing for naturally whiter teeth. It is also made from a formulation of activated charcoal, lemon, and zinc for fresh breath. By giving consumers more benefits, Pepsodent Charcoal is setting a new standard in oral care products with the addition of these new ingredients ie- Zinc and the increase in Charcoal contents.

George Owusu-Ansah, Managing Director of Unilever Ghana, expressed his excitement about the relaunch: “Our goal is to always provide our consumers with products that not only meet their needs but also exceed their expectations. With Pepsodent Charcoal toothpaste, we are offering a revolutionary product that guarantees more benefits, enabling our customers to do more, be more, and smile more.”

As a loved and cherished brand, Pepsodent has over the years has produced new variants tailored to the Ghanaian market. The relaunch of Pepsodent Charcoal toothpaste is testament to Unilever’s drive for innovation in its products. 

Speaking after the event, Category Manager (Oral Care) for Unilever, Vera Boadu, was optimistic that Ghanaians would see the benefits of the product and take to it. She said, “The Ghanaian public has proven to be discerning, expecting quality output from the Pepsodent brand. We continue to reward this loyalty with affordable and accessible products made with their unique needs in mind.”

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The event featured exciting performances from award-winning artist Sarkodie and comedian O. B. Amponsah. There was also a sensory experience called the Black Universe that took patrons through a darkened maze with various engagement features. 

This product relaunch marks a significant milestone in Unilever Ghana Plc’s commitment to delivering innovative, high-quality products to its consumers. The company invites everyone to experience the remarkable benefits of the new Pepsodent Charcoal toothpaste.

Pepsodent Charcoal comes in 130g packs and is available nationwide.

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Meetings Africa Launches To Enthusiasm, Demonstrating Sector’s Growth Potential 

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JOHANNESBURG – Amidst global challenges and growing collaborations, organisations are increasingly relying on in-person conferences and business meetings to devise solutions and strengthen relationships.

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Amerado Drops Official Video for Hit Song “Abronoma”

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Ghanaian music star Amerado has set the stage ablaze once again with the much-anticipated release of the video for his hit single “Abronoma”. The music video, a vibrant and dynamic accompaniment to the infectious rhythms and powerful lyrics of the song, promises to captivate audiences worldwide.

Abronoma, which has been making waves since its release, showcases Amerado’s lyrical prowess and unique style, earning him acclaim from fans and critics alike. With its catchy hooks and thought-provoking verses, the track has quickly become a favourite among music lovers across the globe.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gordon Appiah, the music video for “Abronoma” is a visual masterpiece, blending stunning cinematography with innovative storytelling to bring the song’s narrative to life. From mesmerizing dance sequences to striking visual effects, the video is sure to leave a lasting impression on viewers.

Speaking about the release, Amerado expressed his excitement, saying, “I’m thrilled to share the visuals for Abronoma with the world finally. This song is very dear to my heart, and I believe the video captures its essence. I can’t wait for fans to see it.”

For fans eager to experience the magic of “Abronoma”, the music video is now available on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/nz67pxA9uV0

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Comparing Your Options for Private Jet Charter: How to Pick the Best Service

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Comparing Your Options for Private Jet Charter: How to Pick the Best Service

Commercial airlines cannot equal the degree of luxury, comfort, and flexibility that private jet charter provides. It might be challenging to select the best charter company because so many options and services are available. This guide will assist you in navigating the process and choosing the ideal private jet charter choice for your requirements:

  • Define Your Needs:

Concerning private jet charter, defining your demands entails determining and ranking your forthcoming trip’s particular needs and preferences. Ascertain the size of your travel group, considering the total number of passengers flying with you. This will make it easier to choose an airplane big enough to fit everyone comfortably. Indicate the destination or destinations you want to reach and any possible detours or layovers. Please take into account variables like proximity, runway length, and airport accessibility to make sure it works with the aircraft you have selected. Establish your desired departure times and dates, along with any scheduling flexibility. Private jet charter provides more freedom than commercial airlines, enabling you to tailor your trip to your convenience. Determine any specific amenities or features you require for your journey, such as in-flight entertainment systems, Wi-Fi connectivity, spacious seating arrangements, or special accommodations for pets or medical needs.

  • Research Charter Companies:

Finding the best private jet charter service for your needs requires research from the charter firms. Start by looking for charter businesses online and perusing testimonials and rankings left by previous clients. Websites such as Yelp, Google Reviews, and Trustpilot may offer important information about each company’s reputation and level of customer service. Examine trade publications and groups like the Air Charter Association (ACA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). These sources frequently include certified charter operators’ listings and helpful details about their offerings. Make safety your priority by examining each charter company’s safety records and certifications. Seek out pilots that have received credible safety ratings from Wyvern, ARGUS, or IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations). Go to the charter web pages. Review their aircraft portfolios to ensure they offer suitable options for your travel needs.

  • Fleet Diversity and Availability:

When evaluating fleet diversity and availability, you consider the variety of aircraft types that private jet charter firms provide and how adaptable those aircraft are to your demands. Seek out private jet charter providers with a varied fleet of planes to meet different travel needs. Consider the number of seats, range, and amenities that various aircraft types provide. Standard classifications include light jets, midrange jets, super-midsize jets, huge cabin jets, and ultra-long-range aircraft. Examine the number of seats and the layout of every aircraft in the charter company’s inventory. Check if your group can fit comfortably on the available aircraft and if you have any special needs, such as extra legroom, a bed, or workstation facilities. Assess the performance capabilities and range of the aircraft in the fleet. Consider maximum cruising speed, range (in nautical miles), and runway requirements. Choose an aircraft that can efficiently meet your itinerary’s distance and destination requirements.

  • Safety and Compliance:

Safety and compliance are the most important factors when renting a private jet. Verify that the charter business complies with all applicable aviation rules and regulations. This involves following the rules established by aviation authorities, such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in other areas, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Europe, or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. Examine the charter company’s safety ratings and certificates. Seek for industry-accepted safety certifications like Wyvern Wingman, ARGUS Platinum, or IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations). These certificates show a dedication to aviation safety and a knowledge of industry best practices. Find more about the aircraft maintenance methods and procedures the charter firm uses. Confirm that their aircraft undergo regular maintenance inspections and comply with manufacturer recommendations and regulatory requirements. Ask about the aircraft’s maintenance records in their fleet to ensure they meet safety standards.

  • Transparency and Pricing:

Pricing and transparency are essential when choosing a private jet charter provider. Seek out charter providers who offer an understandable and open price schedule. This involves outlining the upfront expenses related to your charter flight, including hourly rates, landing fees, fuel surcharges, taxes, and any other extra charges. Steer clear of businesses who withhold information regarding their prices. Get detailed prices for your preferred trip from many charter providers. To compare prices accurately, ensure the quotations contain a breakdown of all fees. Be mindful of additional costs or levies that might not be immediately obvious. Make sure the pricing does not include any unexpected or hidden fees. Request that the charter provider disclose any potential additional fees upfront, such as catering fees, ground transportation costs, de-icing fees, or overnight parking fees. Transparency regarding all expenses helps prevent surprises and allows for better budget planning.

  • Personalized Services and Amenities:

When selecting a private jet charter service, personalized services and facilities are important considerations. Seek charter businesses that provide individualized trip-planning services catering to your needs and tastes. Please select a travel service provider who can meet your unique requirements, including making many stops, accommodating certain departure times, or including ground transportation services. Look for charter companies that provide concierge services to help with bookings for restaurants, hotels, event tickets, and recreational activities, among other parts of your vacation. A committed concierge crew may take care of all the minutiae, freeing you to enjoy the trip. Find out what possibilities there are for fine dining on board the airplane. Select a charter provider that provides a selection of food options to your culinary preferences, dietary restrictions, and special occasions. Catering services can elevate your in-flight dining experience, from gourmet meals to custom-designed menus.

Conclusion

You may compare private jet charter choices and choose the best service for your needs, interests, and budget by paying close attention to these suggestions and doing extensive research. A well-selected charter operator will guarantee an opulent and hassle-free flight from takeoff to touchdown, regardless of your travel purpose.

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Digital Marketer Gorbachev Awuah Surprises MzGee with Special Gifts on Her First Anniversary at UTV

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Ghanaian media personality MzGee celebrated her first anniversary at UTV on Saturday, February 24, 2024. As she marked a year as the host of UTV’s United Showbiz, she was met with surprises from Digital Marketer Gorbachev Awuah and his clients.

Gorbachev Awuah, known for his strategic approach to Digital Marketing, seized the opportunity to present MzGee with special gifts during the celebration. Alongside his team, he joined MzGee and the pundits at the UTV studio to honor the occasion.

The surprises included a hamper from AMADIA filled with wine, champagne, chocolates, and other goodies, as well as a juicing machine from KITCHEN AND BEYOND. Additionally, Gorbachev Awuah, affectionately known as REMs, gifted MzGee with a Caveman Watch.

Reflecting on MzGee’s impact on the media landscape, Gorbachev Awuah highlighted her instrumental role in Visual Display Network’s journey. He commended her hard work and described her as one of the driving forces in the media fraternity, using her influence for positive change.

Gorbachev Awuah, the Founder of Visual Display Network (VDN), is recognized as a marketing strategist who helps companies focus their resources on maximizing sales and achieving sustainable competitive advantage.
The surprises presented by Gorbachev Awuah and his clients added an extra touch of joy to MzGee’s anniversary celebration, highlighting the appreciation and admiration she has garnered within the media industry.

Kitchen And Beyond Limited stands as Ghana’s leading destination for premium brands encompassing kitchenware, electronic appliances, mobile devices, cutting-edge gadgets, and more. Situated at 24 Westland Building in Accra, Ghana, Kitchen And Beyond Limited is dedicated to offering top-quality products to its customers.

Amadia Shopping Center, nestled in the heart of Tema Metropolitan District, Greater Accra Region, stands as a beacon of convenience for locals seeking a one-stop-shop experience. Offering a vast collection of groceries, household detergents, and more, this neighborhood store has become synonymous with quality and comfort.

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