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Tennis legend Martina teams up with Laureus Academy Member Kip Keino

Laureus World Sports Academy Members Martina Navratilova and Kip Keino joined together at the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Nairobi, Kenya, to celebrate a new milestone in the history of this remarkable Laureus-supported community sports project. Just days before she leads a team of climbers up 19,341 ft (5,895 metres) Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania […]

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Laureus World Sports Academy Members Martina Navratilova and Kip Keino joined together at the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Nairobi, Kenya, to celebrate a new milestone in the history of this remarkable Laureus-supported community sports project.

Just days before she leads a team of climbers up 19,341 ft (5,895 metres) Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Martina and legendary Kenyan runner Kip announced the launch of a new MYSA Curriculum which will be a major aid in the training of the next generation of community leaders in Africa.

The curriculum has been funded by Laureus and developed in partnership with Active Communities Network in London. It covers all aspects of MYSA’s work and provides the basis for a training programme which will be used to teach local MYSA staff to do their job well and to train organisations from other countries to learn about and replicate what MYSA does.

Martina said: “Laureus has been supporting the idea of using sport to make a difference in young people’s lives for ten years. We have seen for ourselves what a difference it can make to the lives of individuals and communities, but we can do more. To support a plan that can train leaders from across Africa to set up and run successful Sport for Good projects in their own countries is a sure way to magnify the success of what can be achieved. This is great news and I am so proud to be here to launch the MYSA Curriculum.”

Martina, who finished radiotherapy treatment in June following breast cancer, will lead a group of 27 climbers, including German Paralympic cyclist and Laureus Friend and Ambassador Michael Teuber and British Olympic badminton star Gail Emms up Mt Kilimanjaro from December 6-12. Some of the funds from the climb will be used to support projects such as the MYSA Curriculum and other Laureus projects in Africa.

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Kip Keino said “Martina has enormous passion about the work of Laureus and I am honoured to be with her today to mark this significant step in the growth of the Sport for Good movement in Kenya and Africa. Mathare has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and now in co-operation with Laureus it can become a beacon of hope for other countries in Africa.”

Martina also announced that Laureus has commissioned a report to be published in the New Year which will explore how sport can be more extensively used to solve some of the most pressing social problems affecting the continent and achieve key development goals. Reflecting the voice and experience of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Laureus World Sports Academy and key stakeholders and opinion formers, both inside and outside sport, it will set out the challenges which must be overcome to expand the use of sport in tackling the challenges faced by African nations.

Martina said: “Sport can be part of a bigger solution to the problems of Africa. This report will be a start, a big start, but it is only a start. I call upon all the governments in Africa to open their eyes and see how grass roots sport really can change their world.”

Laureus has been supporting community sports-based projects across Africa since its inception. Over the years, it has become much clearer that sport for good has the potential to tackle social challenges and achieve key development goals in a more extensive way in some African countries than it currently does.

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Based in one of the largest and poorest slums in Nairobi in which HIV/AIDS and other diseases are widespread, the Mathare Youth Sports Association project has pioneered the use of football as a tool to encourage co-operation and raise self-esteem in the young people of the community.

Each year MYSA organises thousands of matches for around 20,000 young people, playing in over 1,000 leagues. Success is measured not just by the goals scored in matches, but by the work the young people do in cleaning up the slums. MYSA has been supported by Laureus since 2000.

Martina added: “I’ve been to many projects but the kids in Africa and in Kenya particularly have so little. I’ve spent a lot of time there and I’m always amazed by the attitude of the people in Kenya and Tanzania, where Kilimanjaro is. It’s great to be involved in these projects where very little goes a long way. And so it’s almost ridiculous not to do something. And so I’m glad that I can help a great, great project by climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds.

“Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro is part of my approved treatment. Basically I’m cancer free now and you’re encouraged to be very active during radiation and after radiation. The more in good shape you are, the better you will deal with the treatment and also of course hopefully will keep it from coming back. And so it’s life as usual.”

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Director Hafiz works with American Superstar ‘NEYO’ on ‘2 Million Secrets’

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Director Hafiz works with American Superstar ‘NEYO’ on ‘2 Million Secrets’ A directorial debut for American singer/ songwriter and performer Neyo, released on Friday 14th June, 2024. This is brand new song coupled with a music film titled ‘2 Million Secrets’

Directed by Neyo himself, co-directed by Christian Gilchrist, this film stares actress Deborah Ayorinde who plays the lead girl. This mini-movie was lensed by legendary British Director of Photography Arran Green.

Renowned Ghanaian Filmmaker, Salifu Abdul Hafiz who was privileged to work in the technical department of this project took to his instagram to express joy and gratitude for the opportunity to work on this high profile project.

He wrote: My first set in the UK happens to be one for the legendary @neyo ‘2Million Secrets’ OUT NOW!
Such a humbling experience. Thank you to my boss @arrangreen and the entire amazing team. Love forever inked 🙏🏽
Salifu Abdul Hafiz, widely known as Director Hafiz, has spent the past decade collaborating with some of the most prestigious brands, institutions, and celebrities worldwide. His impressive portfolio includes work with stars like Usher, Mr. Eazi, FuseODG, Idris Elba, Sarkodie, King Promise, and JoeBoy, to Mention a few, as well as organizations such as USAID, UN-IFAD, BBC, the Ban Ki-Moon Centre, and Global Citizens.

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As the founder of Digital Creative Media, Director Hafiz has led his team in delivering projects showcased on major global platforms, including BBC, the World Economic Forum, CNN, France24, and the World Climate Summit.

In an interview, the globe-trotting filmmaker expressed his excitement for the future, hinting at more international productions in the works. “This is just the beginning,” he said. “I’m thrilled about our upcoming projects. I see myself as an ambassador for our beloved Ghana, and my team and I are committed to raising the Ghanaian flag high.”

Director Hafiz also revealed plans for his annual workshop (Fine Cinematics Workshop), designed to give back to the community by educating current filmmakers and empowering the next generation.

“Additionally, Neyo and I have something exciting in the pipeline. Stay tuned and be the first to see it. Connect with me on Instagram @directorhafiz Thank you!”

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Following his recent accolades in the USA for a short film, Director Hafiz continues to collaborate with top talents like Neyo, further cementing his reputation and flying the Ghanaian flag high.

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Faith Collective Announces “The Kingdom World Tour – featuring Maverick City and Kirk Franklin” in Ghana

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The renowned Faith Collective is thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated “The Kingdom World Tour” will be coming to Ghana. In partnership with Culture Management Group Gospel, this monumental event is set to take place on August 18th, 2024.

The Kingdom World Tour – featuring Maverick City and Kirk Franklin, promises an unforgettable experience filled with worship, praise, and spiritual upliftment.
This event marks a significant occasion for gospel music fans in Ghana, as it brings together one of the most dynamic and influential groups in the genre.

Event Details:
• Date: August 18th, 2024
• Venue: To be announced
• Tickets: Available on https://www.kingdomworldtour.com

In collaboration with Culture Management Group Gospel, this event aims to foster a deeper connection within the gospel music community and inspire attendees through a night of worship and celebration.

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Kingdom World Tour has already made waves in several countries, and the Ghana event is expected to draw a large crowd of dedicated fans and newcomers alike. The venue will be announced soon, with details on how to purchase tickets available on kingdomworldtour.com

Instagram : @Faith_collective
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Nigerian Eye at 15 : Nanahemaa Awindor, Victoria Michaels, Juliet Ibrahim,Dzifa Gray Honoured

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The British Council Auditorium in Ghana played host to the 15th-anniversary celebration of Nigerian Eye Newspaper on June 13, 2024. The event, themed “Trade Conundrum: Expanding Understanding of the ECOWAS Module as Catalyst to Prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” brought together key stakeholders from Nigeria and Ghana to discuss trade and economic relations between the two nations.

The event featured keynote speakers from both countries, including representatives from the Nigerian High Commission and the government of Ghana. The auditorium was filled with dignitaries, business leaders, and individuals from various sectors, all gathered to celebrate the milestone achievement of Nigerian Eye Newspaper.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to building bridges between Nigeria and Ghana. The Bridge Builders Award category recognized Nigerians and Ghanaians who have made efforts to bridge the gap between the two nations, particularly through the creative economy.

Notable individuals who received the Bridge Builders Award include Ghana-Nigeria’s top model, Victoria Michaels, who has been championing education projects and mentoring youths in Ghana and Nigeria. Other recipients include creative economy entrepreneurs Dzifa Gray and Juliet Ibrahim, who have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian creative economy sector.

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The Changemaker Awards were presented to individuals making a difference in their communities. Recipients include Nanahemaa Obaapa Awindor, a development enthusiast whose healthcare work has impacted communities in Nigeria and Ghana, and Hon. Ifeanyi Abaekwume, founder of Earth Conscience Ltd and Hon.Archibold Cobbina the MCE of Ayawaso West Assembly.

Other awardees include Dr. Bayo Albert Asaolu, President of All Nigeria Community Ghana; Dr.Ijeomah Arodiogbu,Mr. Jouvence Babagbeto, founder of Eagle Vision Institute; Dr. Emma Okeson, CEO of Citylight Ghana Ltd; and Hon. Tochukwu Okere, Diaspora Affairs Committee Chairman at the Nigeria 10th National Assembly as well as Mr.Horthman the CEO of Asuogyaman Company Ltd Ghana. The Nigeria High Commission was also specially recognised with a Hero of Diplomacy Award for their support to Nigerian Community in Ghana

The event ended with a call to action for increased collaboration and trade between Nigeria and Ghana, with a focus on the ECOWAS module as a catalyst for prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Joe Mettle Urges Team Eternity and Kwame Mickey to Resolve ‘Defe Defe’ Conflict Amicably

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I went to university without SHS education- Joe Mettle recounts struggles

Contemporary Ghanaian gospel artiste, Joe Mettle has called for Team Eternity Ghana and Kwame Mickey to come to a peaceful resolution regarding the copyright infringement dispute over the song ‘Defe Defe’. (more…)

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I’m no longer motivated by charts, sales – Beyoncé

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Multiple award-winning American singer, Beyonce has disclosed that she is no longer driven by charts and commercial achievements. (more…)

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Joey B is one of the best producers in this country but he hasn’t been credited before – Hammer

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Ghanaian artiste, Darryl Paa Kwesi Bannerman-Martin, professionally known as Joey B has been hailed by renowned music producer, Hammer as one of the country’s finest yet uncredited talents. (more…)

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