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Spoken Word Artist Bebewan Chronicles Life on Death row In New Visuals for ’Cell 64’

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With less than 24 hours to life on death row, spoken word artist, Bebewan also known as ‘Super Bard Boy’ tells the story of an inmate from his cell, in ‘Betterlife Prison’. Using his life as an example to remind and caution everyone that not all that glitters is gold. And also begging for forgiveness as he prepares for his last moon.

The poem and the video dwells heavily on the popular scripture from Mark 8:36, which says ‘for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ‘Cell 64’ is a reality check for all and a gentle reminder to have faith in the Lord and trust in only him.

Powered by 5micsGh, the official spoken word video for ‘Cell 64’ by Bebewan taken off his debut spoken word project dubbed ‘Me Talking Poetry’ is a reality check for all.

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Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives embark on medical outreaches across the country

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The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) as part of preparations for their Mega National launch, has organised medical outreaches in some parts of the country.

The Volta/Oti and the Central Regional branches of the Union on January 20, 2022, rolled out blood donation exercises as well as medical screening in Kete-Krachi, within the Krachi West Municipal Health Directorate.

This was for a myriad of health conditions such as Hypertension, HIV, Hepatitis B and Malaria.

Sugar levels (Random Blood Sugar) and Hemoglobin levels were also checked for beneficiaries with no cost involved.

The exercise supported by the Municipal Hospital and Health Directorate attracted over 60 residents for the blood donation exercise while over 100 were medically screened.

It had in attendance the Krachi West Municipal Hospital Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS) as well as the Volta Regional Public Health Nurse.

A similar exercise was organised in the Central Region in collaboration with the Cape-Coast Teaching Hospital at the Abora market where several pints of blood were also donated.

Other regions are also expected to carry out similar exercises in the coming days.

The Union has been at the forefront of the nursing and midwifery profession and has been relentless in its quest to improve upon the working conditions of nurses and midwives in the country.

It is the first Union within the noble nursing/midwifery profession to institute a loan scheme dubbed the UPNMG Loan Scheme for its members which runs at an interest rate of 11%.

It has also another scheme for its members dubbed the UPNMG Mart/UPNMG Hire Purchase Scheme which has been in operation since May 2020.

The leadership of the UPNMG have also cushioned its members with the UPNMG Insurance via a partnership with Enterprise Life Insurance and is set to roll out the UPNMG Land Policy.

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Earning salary only manages poverty – Paul Mante

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The Managing Director of EDC Investments Ltd, Paul Kofi Mante has advised salaried workers to invest and explore other streams of income in order to attain financial independence.

According to him, depending solely on monthly salary will only manage poverty and will never help one achieve financial independence to live a desired life.

“Traditionally, this has been the thinking, find a good education, find a good job with some secure benefit, work till you are 60 and get a good pension, this thinking belongs to the old school, it doesn’t work in the year 2022 and beyond.

“In the year 2022 and beyond, the new way of thinking is you have to manage personal finances so that you are able to create wealth but ultimately the reason why you are creating wealth is that you want to become financial independent which simply means getting to that stage where you can sustain your desired lifestyle without salary,” Mr Mante said on the Effective Living Series on Citi FM Tuesday, January 25.

Speaking on the theme ‘Rebuilding Wealth Through Financial Planning’, Mr Mante added that “Salary is the medicine for managing poverty, it does not cure poverty only an investment or business cures poverty, not all of us can run a business but everybody can invest because if you don’t find a way to make your money work whiles you are sleeping you will keep working at the time you must be sleeping.”

The MD for EDC also outlined five key areas that one must deliberately plan around in 2022 which includes; Retirement, Housing, Children’s Education, Giving back and the High Life.

Mr Mante also stated that the God Factor and appropriate information are the two key factors that can help one achieve financial independence and create wealth.

According to him, the God factor gives you the financial resources and attract the ideas and opportunities while having the appropriate information in the financial sector helps one to “manage, multiply and preserve what you have.”

Mr Mante admonished students and young people yet to start work to seek financial literacy to properly put in place measures that will help them become financially independent before the age of retirement.

In case you need help to draw up a financial plan you can contact an official at EDC Ghana by clicking the WhatsApp link attached https://wa.link/dqr3zs

 

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BBC World News launches search to find exceptional talent in African journalism to continue to honour broadcasting heavyweight Komla Dumor

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The BBC has begun the search for a future star of African journalism with the launch of the seventh BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

The search for the next worthy winner of the Komla Dumor award launched with an online event on 26 January 2022, featuring an exclusive interview with Komla Dumor’s family.

The interview was conducted by the former winner, Victoria Rubadiri, who spoke with Komla’s widow, Kwansema Dumor, and two of their children in their home – the first time an award recipient has had an opportunity to learn more about Komla from his family in this way. Kwansema shared that she was ‘proud’ of her husband’s impact at the BBC, and also told Victoria that her family are “thankful to the BBC for remembering him” through the prize.

The BBC is encouraging journalists across Africa to apply for the prestigious prize, which seeks to promote and celebrate outstanding journalistic talent living and working on the continent.

The winner will spend three months working with BBC News teams in London across television, radio and online, and will be given the opportunity to sharpen their journalism skills through training, workshops, and mentorship with leading BBC journalists. As part of the placement, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa to report on a story that they have researched, with the report broadcast to the BBC’s global audiences.

Applications close on February 16, 23:59 GMT.

Launched in 2015, the prize was set-up to honour the memory of the distinguished Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Dumor, who presented on BBC Africa and BBC World News. Known for championing robust, dynamic journalism and for his commitment to reporting African stories comprehensively and authentically, he made a significant impact on Africa and the rest of the world.

The BBC is committed to continuing Komla’s legacy through the Award by empowering journalists from Africa to tell original and nuanced African stories to reach international audiences.

Previous BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winners are:

  • Nancy Kacungira (2015)
  • Didi Akinyelure (2016)
  • Amina Yuguda (2017)
  • Waihiga Mwaura (2018)
  • Solomon Serwanjja (2019)
  • Victoria Rubadiri (2020)

During her placement Victoria travelled to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to report on an app developed to improve transport safety in Kinshasa, the country’s capital city.

Victoria was presented with the award by BBC Director General, Tim Davie.

Victoria says: “Beyond the huge honour of elevating the memory of the late Komla Dumor, and the weight of the BBC recognising my work as a journalist, I have seen the growth in myself just in the last three months I spent in London. The training and exposure took my skills to the next level. This opportunity gave me a continental perspective of the news market and opened my mind to new ways of telling the African story.”

Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of BBC World Service, says: “I’m delighted that the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award has returned for its seventh year. The previous winners have truly exemplified Komla’s dedication to telling Africa stories with depth, erudition, and insight. We are excited to find and welcome this year’s winner and see the legacy of Komla’s journalism continue.”

For more information about the award, including how to apply, entry criteria, and terms and conditions visit: https://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/BBC-World-News-Komla-Dumor-Award/58367

 

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Photos from the installation of Osu Mantse, Notse Nii Nortey Owuo IV

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On 22nd of January 2022, history was made in Osu. A new King was enstooled on this day. Thus, for the first time in 14 years the people of Osu will be led by one man as their King. This follows the death of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI in February 2021 and the abdication of Nii Nortey Owuo III a few days ago behind closed doors. History may have it known that Nii Nortey Owuo III was enstooled in December 1984 and served as the King of Osu until the advent of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI who was enstooled in May 2007.

The final enstoolment proceedings for Notse Nii Nortey Owuo IV, the new osu manste, was performed at the Ajuwate We this past Saturday and was duly attended by representatives of all four quarters of Osu. The colorful event was engulfed with merrymaking amidst drumming, singing and dancing as indigenes of Osu embraced their King.

Profile of the King

Notse Nii Nortey Owuo IV was born Bernard Nii Nortey Botchway to Mr. Christopher Nii Noi Botchway of Osu Owuo We (Kooloo ko We) and Mrs Victoria Akwele Naa Ahinee Botchway (nee Amarteifio) of Asere Amartse We. His grandfather was Mr Clement Augustus Botchway who was a previous head of family for Owuo We. He is a direct descendant of Nii Nortey Doku through Osu Mantse Nii Noi Owuo I and Mantsebi Nortei Kooloo ko.

Nii attended the Additrom School for his lower level education and was the head school prefect during his final year. He went on from there to Galaxy International School where he focused his studies on science related subjects but maintained an aptitude for the humanities and social sciences. Whiles at Galaxy he represented the school and country at the prestigious ISWEEEP Science Olympiad in Houston, Texas USA. Out of thousands of competitors he and his team mate secured bronze.

He pursued his undergraduate education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. There, Nii was a member of the Wesson High Honors Society, the Alpha Chi Honors society and repeatedly made the Deans list as testaments to his academic achievements. He was voted by his class as Class President, making him the first black person in the college’s history to achieve this. He was also voted Student Government President during his final year which also made him the first black person elected to this position. In addition, he was awarded the Barbera Johnson Stearns Leadership Award for his leadership excellence during his time at the university.

During those same years he was awarded a Resolution Fellowship at UN Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, USA. Nii attained his doctoral degree in law from the prestigious University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA. His joint paper of the Venezuelan debt crisis is published and cited. Nii is an assistant Professor and practicing lawyer by profession. His works with one the biggest banks in the world.

He continues to find time to teach including helping with classes at his alma mater. In 2020 Nii was inducted to into the NC Pro Bono Honour Society. Nii is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Nii is on the board of Colby-Sawyer College, making him again the first black person to hold a board seat. He is a member of the American, North Carolina, and Mecklenburg County Bars. Nii enjoys a large variety of leisure activities including football, reading, hiking, and gardening. He is a life-long supporter of Arsenal FC and the Accra Hearts of Oak FC.

Words of the King

In His address to the press and general public He indicated His reign will focus on the development of Osu, education of its children and the skillful development of the youth. He thanked all the houses and quarters who came together to support in the enstoolment process. He expressed his gratitude for a successful and peaceful process and prayed it continues as the development of Osu can only happen when there is peace. Notse promised to unite Osu and work with the Osu traditional council and elders to ensure growth and development in Osu.

By Desmond Isaac Addo

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Meet James Ganyo, the man who walked away with GHS 100,000 from AirtelTigo “To Gu Me So” PROMO

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One man beat the odds among the over 50,000 customers who participated in the ‘To Gu Me So’ promotion. James Ganyo, a resident of Lakeside Estate who walked away with the amazing prize of GHS 100,000 in the just ended AirtelTigo “To Gu Me So” promotion is now the talk of the town.

 

Speaking to the media, James recounts how he was able to make the spot as the overall winner: “It feels good to win. I did what I do normally on AirtelTigo, this time around I did more; I engaged in the weekly trivia, made transactions with AirtelTigo Money and purchased extra points. This is just how it happened.”

“AirtelTigo has proven to be different and honoured their promise. I still can’t believe I am a GHS 100,000 richer, for just doing more with my AirtelTigo number.”

“We have seen many promotions that have been twisted in ways that have dampened the spirit of customers from active participation. Most of these promos already have winners, very high targets and organizers do not fulfill their promises to customers,” he added.

 

James, like many other customers who are skeptical about these promotions was declared the overall winner and walked away with such a huge prize. He echoed his sentiments: “AirtelTigo “To Gu Me So” has made me believe in promos.”

 

If you’re wondering, like many others, what James’ plans for the money are, he intends to invest the money wisely.

AirtelTigo’s “To Gu Me So” promotion was launched in October last year to show appreciation to customers. The promo rewarded customers hourly with call minutes and data as well as Daily, Weekly and Monthly Cash prizes, all based on Recharge and Usage. Overall, over 50,000 customers won One Million Ghana Cedis Cash plus other prizes.

 

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Fly Emirates to Dubai together and save 25% on fares with brand-new offer

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Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has launched a new offer for passengers visiting Dubai with friends and family, when booking by February 6 2022.

Two or more passengers travelling to Dubai from January 24 2022 to April 30 2022 will have the opportunity to save 25% on fares when travelling together.

 

This special offer is valid for two or more travellers who book a return trip via emirates.com to Dubai in Economy or Business Class between January 24 2022 and February 6 2022 on the same booking reference. The offer is also available via travel and call centre agents and Emirates Retail shops.

 

Experience Dubai with Emirates

In addition to this exclusive new offer, there are plenty more ways to save on your Dubai getaway with Emirates and take advantage of its incredible winter sun, beaches, outdoor dining and events including:

  • Free Emirates Expo Pass: It’s an amazing time to travel to Dubai with the much-anticipated Expo 2020 mega event taking place until March 31 2022. Emirates customers visiting and travelling through Dubai anytime during the final two months of Expo 2020, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Pass for every flight ticket booked with the airline. For more information on this promotion, please visit thededicated offer page.
  • My Emirates Pass – Expo Edition: Customers travelling to or via Dubai anytime until March 31 2022, get to explore the city for less with My Emirates Pass Expo 2020 Dubai. Enjoy exclusive discounts and benefits at over 500 retail, dining, and recreational attractions by simply showing their Emirates boarding pass.

 

  • Earn a Mile a Minute in Dubai: Emirates customers can earn 1 Skywards Mile for every 1 minute spent in Dubai until March 31 2022. Existing and new Emirates Skywards members who sign up for the program before March 31 2022, can benefit from the offer Mile A Minute, and will earn up to 5,000 Skywards Miles. The offer is applicable on all Emirates flight tickets purchased until March 31 2022, for travel during Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates‑marketed, flydubai‑operated flights with an Emirates (EK) flight number are also included in the offer.

 

Visiting Dubai with friends & family

Whether seeking a city break, a beach getaway, a relaxing retreat or a unique desert experience, there is something for every traveller when visiting Dubai.

Dubai remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, especially during the winter season, and visitors can choose from an array of hotels to stay at, to suit all budgets, as well as exciting entertainment, dining and shopping options for all ages. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences.

As international borders reopen and travel restrictions ease, Emirates has resumed passenger services to over 120 destinations and currently operates 7 weekly passenger flights from Accra to Dubai.

 

Explore Dubai with Dubai Experience

Dubai safely re-opened for international business and leisure visitors in July 2020, and it remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety. Customers can create their own itinerary from hotels to Expo-themed packages with Dubai Experience.

 

Explore Dubai with Emirates Holidays

Dubai safely re-opened for international business and leisure visitors in July 2020, and it remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.

Customers can book their holiday to Dubai, including other Expo-themed packages through Emirates Holidays.

 

Emirates Holidays’ dedicated 24/7 On Holiday Service team will be there to support holidaymakers for every moment that they’re away.

 

 

Travelling with Emirates

Keeping the health and wellbeing of its passengers as top priority, Emirates has introduced a comprehensive set of safety measures at every step of the customer journey. The airline has also been building on its contactless technology offering and has scaled up its digital verification capabilities to provide its customers even more opportunities to utilise the IATA Travel Pass.

 

Emirates continues to lead the industry with innovative products and services that address traveller needs during a dynamic time. The airline has taken its customer care initiatives further with even more generous and flexible booking policies, its covid-19 medical travel insurance, and helping loyal customers retain their miles and tier status.

Customers are encouraged to check their latest government travel guidelines and ensure they meet the travel requirements of their final destination. For more information on entry requirements for international visitors and residents returning to Dubai visit: https://www.emirates.com/gh/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/

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