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Star-studded, 'Turning Point' premieres in Lagos, May 24

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turning pointFollowing a star-studded London premiere in December 2012, the details of the highly anticipated Lagos premiere of Nollywood and Hollywood production by HekCentrik Films,Turning Point, has been revealed. Expected to host the glitterati of Nigerian cinema, entertainment and fashion as well as government officials, dignitaries, leading business people and journalists, the Lagos premiere will be held at the Silverbird Galleria on Friday 24 May 2013.

The invite-only premiere will kick off with red carpet at 6.30pm prompt followed by the film screening and an after party. A compelling story of ethnic prejudice, blurred moral lines, revenge and redemption written and directed by Towolawi, Turning Point follows the rise and fall of Ade (Igoni Archibong), Nigerian-American New York City investment banker who is in a relationship with keen-to-marry African-American Stacey (KD Aubert) but is forced into an arranged marriage to seemingly submissive Grace (Jackie Appiah) by his controlling mother (Patience Ozokwor).  

With a star-studded cast of Hollywood and Nollywood talents bringing together Hollywood heavyweights Ernie Hudson best known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Albrecht in The CrowThe Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Warden Leo Glynn in Oz, Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes fame, Victoria’s Secret model and actress from Scorpion King, Friday After Next and Soul Plane, KD Aubert, Joe Estevez with leading names of African cinema such as Nollywood’s noted actress Patience Ozokwor (Mama Gee) also known as Mother Africa, Ghana’s celebrated actress Jackie Appiah, Nigerian actress of Blackberry Babes fame Oge Okoye, Turning Point turns into reality what was once a dream of a partnership between the world’s two largest film industries, Hollywood and Nollywood.

The sponsors of the premiere are Lagos State Government, Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info, Africa Magic, FAB Magazine, Arik Air, WAP TV, SCOA, Fos Marai,Intercontinental Distilleries, SPAN, Pro-Vision Media, O’bibi Consult and Peekaboo Global Consult. ]]>

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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.