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The Most Influential Ghanaians Of All Time



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We live in a very diverse and multicultural world. As the globalization process is ongoing and we all have witnessed the globalization process interfering with our lives not once, it is hard to ignore people of different origins who have contributed a lot to the formation of certain nations as well as have a huge influence on the modern world.


Ghana is one of the countries, which always remains in the shade. It is due to several reasons, one of them being a distance and relatively new pop up into the rest of the world. The country has started to show up more and more and has already attracted the attention of many people from each and every corner. As the interest is rising and the globalization tendency is moving as well, we should at least be slightly acknowledged with the people from this country and their culture. With the list down below, we will focus on the most influential Ghanaian people, who have contributed to the development and formation of the country a lot.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, (The President of the Ghana Republic)

While talking about the formation of the nation and generally the population of a certain country, it is hard to skip the president and the leader of the country who has contributed the most to it.


Despite the fact that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo does not need any introduction at all, as he is the current active president of the Ghana Republic, we would like to say a few kind words about him. Nana Addo is not only the president of the country, but he is also the African Union’s Champion for Gender and Development. This is already a huge step forward to the African country.


Akuffo-Addo has worked hard in order to become the role model for many people and to awaken the responsibility and obligations against oppression in society. The also owns his Law Firm, which is actively working on this topic. He has not once acted against the will and opinions of the conservant Ghanaian society, but he has proved that development and equality are very important. Through his hard work and charismatic character, he received the title of the Incorrigible Personality.


One more reason why he is loved and listened to is because of the fact that he managed to return many African American senators and politicians back to their roots, and thus people of Ghana named 2019 as “The Year of Return”. He increased the popularity of the country and 100% hotel occupancy since last November. What does a person need to do more to be called influential?

Nana Aba Amoah (A Journalist)

Continuing the topic of equality and development, we should mention Ghanaian woman journalist, Nana Aba Amoah. She is one of the most influential women in the social channels of the country. She is a role model for many young girls and has influenced the lives of many, via her enthusiasm, unique outlook on life and her career.


She is very persuasive, talented, hardworking, assertive, composed and those are only a few qualities people characterize her with. This is something that not many Ghanaians can boast with. With a degree in finance and banking, she managed to put all her knowledge and aspiration into journalism.


Nana Aba made her show New Day, on TV3, which is the local TV station, the most-watched in the country. This happened due to the quality product and the very innovative display of the news and facts. Since then she has not once hosted and performed in many top-rated shows and programs. She has 613,6K followers on Twitter, which makes her one of the most influential ladies in Ghana.

Shatta Wale (Local Artist)

While going back to the globalization topic, we should mention the most controversial local artist, who is Shata Wale. his real name is Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr. Shatta is one of the most influential Ghanaians, as he has more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter. Wonder how he got all of the fame and his one movement in the country?


Music events are very popular in Ghana and many local artists perform at them. Most of the events are of luxury type, and what is better than hosting events in several VIP casinos and luxury venues? As gambling is a very popular activity in Ghana and many luxury venues belong to casinos, it is not surprising to see some of the most influential Ghanaians play a hand of poker or two. Moreover, the casinos are often hosts of some major public events, as they can offer the highest quality service. Just like many other events, the CharterHouse is held in one of those luxury venues, where Shatta was nominated for one of the nominations. Moreover, this event kinda made him popular. He fought the event for being unfair with regards to awards, and the scandal quickly brought him fame in public.


Nonetheless, he had feuds with some of his colleges and this time the news got the national attention. Now he has grown into the biggest artist in Ghana and has the largest fan base. Many ticket organizers put on the list and have the guarantee of selling every single ticket. What is worth even more attention, is that not only he fights for fairness and equality, but he is also involved in philanthropy and gives away a lot of gifts and rewards to many of his fans.


His latest success can be considered the fact that he has been featured on Beyonce’s Lion King 2019 Album and this even expanded his reach even more. Since this fact, all of the local youths pay even more attention to him and consider him as an empowerment symbol of the youth movement.

Elsie Effah Kaufmann (Biomedical Engineer)

Being a biomedical engineer is not an easy thing to do in general. Then, being a biomedical engineer as a female, is another struggle, in terms of occupying your own niche, and the third is that being a biomedical engineer in Ghana makes everything this even harder, but only at the first sight.


Elsie Is well known as the Quiz mistress of the famous National Math and Science Quiz Dr. She has risen to national prominence and gone ahead to inspire thousands of Ghanaian girls. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Engineering’s biomedical department and has gone to the head of the department for many years already.


Kaufmann gained her knowledge and education while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite the great and prosperous features and perspective in the US, she decided to come back to her roots and since then has been an irreplaceable part of the Ghana University.


Her teaching and research focus on tissue engineering, biomaterials, and the application of biomedical engineering concepts to the solution of problems in the Ghanaian context. She has been participating in many programs and shows and has not once spoken for the local girls. Especially since 2016, she has become a true role model for young ladies and she has been encouraging them to take up match and sense as their career paths.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (Asantehene)

Asantehene also known as Ashanti Chief, is the local traditional ruler. He is one of the most influential people in Ghana and is very popular in the country. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, or Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, his birth name, has a degree in Human Resources Management and Public Administration, which he gained at the London Metropolitan University.


He has positively influenced the local culture and changed the delegation of traditional rules to mediate and bring peace in one of the northern territories of Ghana, where there were clashes and wars. He successfully completed his mission and brought him even bigger recognition.


Otomfuo Osei Tutu II is the Paramount Chief, who is extremist for the just. He has destooled several chiefs, who abused their power. He takes part in the green movement and plans to plant over 2.5 million trees by the end of the year.


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Itel Ghana Donates Library and School Items worth GHC40,000 to Ayikai Dablo M/A school



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Itel Ghana this Friday 24th June 2022  embarked on yet another corporate social responsibility project themed “ itel Wandering Library Project” in the Ayikai Doblo M/A Basic School. (more…)

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African-centric video games leap forward



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The number of gamers has skyrocketed in Africa, going from 77 million in 2015 to over 185 million by the end of 2021. Driven by ever-improving Internet access and the increasing affordability of smartphones, mobile gaming is leading the way. Estimations project that nearly 95% of African gamers use mobile devices. With 650 million smartphones in circulation, the mobile gaming market is even expected to grow at an annual 12%. And as gaming booms across the continent, so thrives the demand for games made in Africa. (more…)

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Best small business ideas to promote online



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If you have a passion for doing something but are lacking the capital you may be wondering how to start a small business with little money. Well, you are not alone. There are thousands of people just like you who are looking for the best ways to make money. The internet is a great resource for finding your clients. On the platforms like, you can use your skills and expertise to start your own small business and offer your services to sell a product online.

First, you must decide on your small business idea. Before choosing an idea, be sure to get some input from friends and family members. Often, they can help you come up with ideas that will help you earn money while still having a great time. And don’t forget to have fun while working! It’s very important to find a business idea that you can enjoy.

Starting a small business in Сanada

You have decided that starting a small business in Canada is the right choice for you. While it might seem like an overwhelming task, it does not have to be. You can start your own business while working your current job and still have time to devote to your new venture. Start by developing a business plan, which will outline your goals, milestones and success measures. Some of the most important parts of a business plan include the objective of the business, the market position, the competitive landscape, financials, and target market information. Before submitting your plan, you should know the differences between the various business structures that are available in Canada.

A winning business idea is essential to starting a small business. When creating your business plan, focus on the latest technologies and trends, and fill a gap in your local industry. You should also consider the needs and interests of potential customers to ensure that you have a profitable business. 

Small business ideas for little money

There are countless small business ideas for little money out there, but which one is right for you? While money is always a motivation to get started, there’s more to the idea than just making money. To find the right idea for you, bounce it off of friends and family to get their feedback. Also, don’t be afraid to have fun while you’re working! Listed below are some of the most popular small businesses:

  • Handyperson. One of the best small business ideas to start is to provide a service. Although this may not be the most passive form of self-employment, it is a viable choice if you have specific skills and time that others would be willing to pay for. Such businesses can range from home repairs to building construction. To be a handyman you don’t need a large amount of capital to get started.
  • Furniture assembling. If you know how to assemble Ikea furniture, you can start a profitable business. As the popularity of Ikea furniture grows, you can expand the service to other areas. Who knows maybe someday you grow into a full furniture factory.
  • The pet industry is also ripe for small business ideas. From grooming services to dog walking services there are countless opportunities. Dog walking is a common service, and you can set a schedule for walks and charge a flat rate. You can also offer pet boarding services if you are interested in earning extra money. 
  • Video content making. If you want to run a small business, you can opt for video production. Video content is popular across various social media platforms and on the internet. Whether you wish to produce videos for your own business or for clients, you can learn the skills of cutting, editing and shooting videos. Even if you do not have any previous experience in video production, there are many online courses that will teach you the skills.
  • If you’ve recently quit your job and still have the expertise to offer, you can turn that knowledge into a business. Consulting services, for example, are in high demand, with a $263.5 billion market expected by 2022. You can turn your knowledge and experience into a business by filling a need in the market. Many consultants are needed across different industries, and they charge for their services.

These small business ideas are a great source of extra cash, and they’ll also give you a sense of independence. So, start today. Don’t wait until your next paycheck is coming in – invest in yourself and your small business idea today.fee4bee small business ideas img2

How to promote small businesses online?

There are many cost-effective ways to promote small businesses online. Two models of promoting your business online include your own website promotion and cooperation with grand marketplaces.

Not for all the local businesses you need a business website. You have to build high-quality landing pages on your site and budget for large expenses so that the website generates income. 

If you don’t have the time or the budget to do this yourself, you can consider alternative ways to promote online. Social media presence and services marketplaces are great places to list your business for free. These sites are often well-known with high search engine rankings. Listed businesses tend to get local customers. Profiles on these marketplaces don’t take long to set up and can help you promote your business to nearby customers. 

Reviews are another way to get local customers to try your business. Word-of-mouth can be very powerful for your small business. Getting customer feedback on services platforms is the best. This way, potential customers can read what others have to say about your business and decide if it is the one for them.

Another free way to promote your business is through social media. Tik-tok, Instagram, and Pinterest are among the most popular social media sites. Make sure to include your contact information on your page, and create useful and engaging content to attract users. These platforms are great for local businesses because they can promote their products and services 24/7.

Using video on your social media is a great way to reach a wide audience for free. Also, you can use hashtags and contests to increase your exposure. Update your profile regularly. And don’t forget to follow your competitors, too. These social media sites are a great way to reach local customers.


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EMY Africa CEO, Kojo Soboh ranks among 50 Top Young CEOs in Ghana



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EMY Africa CEO, Kojo Soboh has been ranked among Avance Media and YCEO Africa’s Top 50 Young CEOs in Ghana for 2022.

The YCEO top 50 young CEOs in Ghana is a yearly classification which acknowledge and recognizes young Ghanaian Chief Executives Officers who are contributing to various sectors of the economy, including sports, manufacturing, agriculture, social entrepreneurship, energy, entertainment, real estate, health media among others.

An official tweet by Avance Media Africa on June 27, applauded Kojo for being one of the selected young leaders ranked among the 2022 Top 50 Young CEOs in Ghana.

The congratulatory message requested the public to visit to vote for the 2022 Young CEO of the Year.

The selection of the winner will be from the 50 and will be decided by the public in a 100 percent voting exercise before official declaration of the eventual winner.IMG 1260 2

Making a remark on the ranking, Kojo said, “It’s a big honour to be named as part of the 50 top young CEOs in Ghana for 2022. This means more to me and my team of other young dedicated staff who are vibrant and zealous about Emy Africa’s mission and assignments”.

“At Emy Africa, we celebrate and recognize people’s achievements. It is the reason why I am elated that the works of EMY is also being recognized by YCEO Africa and Avance Media” Kojo said.

“When you get recognition for the things you do out of passion, it brings more fulfilment to do more to cause positive change in society” he added.

Other key young leaders who made it to the list this year include, Emmanuel Kojo Jones-Mensah; CEO of Empire Domus, Sadiq Abdulai Abu; CEO of 3 Music Networks, Sammi Awuku; CEO of NLA, Gwyneth Gyimah Addo; CEO of HairSenta and Dentaa Amoateng MBE; CEO and president of GUBA Enterprise.

Kojo is the founder and executive director of EMY Africa, which produces the annual EMY Africa Awards, One of West Africa’s biggest and most prestigious awards event and the quarterly EMY Africa Magazine.

The awards and its complementary events have been carefully designed to celebrate men’s achievements across local industry, community, culture and public service to inspire the youth to aspire to be better.

Every year, the Awards also gives complementary honours to women who have made an impact in society.

The EMY Africa Awards have honored an impressive list of inspiring personalities including former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, Tony Elumelo (Founder & CEO, United Bank of Africa), Togbe Afede XIV (President, African World Airlines ), His Eminence Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu (Chief Iman of Ghana),  Sir Sam Jonah (CEO, Jonah Capital),  Abedi Pele (Ghanaian football legend), Azumah Nelson (boxing legend), Meiwey (Ivorian music legend),Marufatu Abiola Bawuah (Regional CEO for UBA, West Africa),  Togbe Afede XIV (President of the Asobgli Traditonal Area and Executive chairman- World Trade Center , Accra), Patricia Obo-Nai (CEO, Vodafone Ghana),  Dr Daniel McKorley (CEO, McDan Shipping), to name a few.

Kojo was named among the top 50 young CEOs in Ghana in 2019 by Avance media. He was also named in the 2021 African Event Influencers list by Avance media and Oasis Magazine.  In 2018, Forbes Africa Magazine  featured him as one of the finest emerging event managers in Ghana. Kojo is very thrilled to be part of a platform that inspires people to be better.


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Africa No Filter Launches the Tony Elumelu Storytellers Fund to Empower Emerging African Creative Talent




Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative working to transform stereotypical narratives of Africa, has launched the Tony Elumelu Storytellers Fund.  Named after African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu, the Fund will award grants to emerging artists and storytellers, whose work shines a light on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in Africa.

The $30,000 fund is sponsored by Heirs Insurance and Heirs Life Assurance, the insurance subsidiaries of the pan-African investment group, Heirs Holdings.

Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, has led the championing of entrepreneurship in Africa and has empowered over 15,000 young African entrepreneurs across the continent through a $100 million commitment made by his Foundation.

The Tony Elumelu Storytellers Fund is a standalone initiative and an extension of his commitment to catalysing a redefined African success story, powered by Africa’s youth and their creative ideas. The Fund calls on journalists, filmmakers, content producers, and visual and performing artists to submit multimedia creative ideas, that tell the stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and showcase the true and positive spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years, living on the continent or in the Diaspora.  They must have a platform or portfolio of work that shines the light on entrepreneurship in Africa.

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Speaking on the Fund, Tony Elumelu said:I have always believed in the potential of young African entrepreneurs to transform Africa. This initiative aligns with our belief and extends the work that we do at the Tony Elumelu Foundation.  Empowering young creative entrepreneurs and the creative sector provides a channel for us to project Africa’s positives globally.  We need their voices to tell our often less-told stories of triumph, resilience, hard work and innovation.”

Moky Makura, Executive Director at Africa No Filter, said: “Our partnership Is significant because this is the first African funding we have received towards the fight for narrative change.  We are also excited to be partnering with one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs to celebrate entrepreneurship on the continent through storytelling.  We need more success stories, more awareness and more celebrations around entrepreneurial ideas and the dynamic young people driving change here

Ifesinachi Okpagu, Chief Marketing Officer, Heirs Insurance and Heirs Life, said: “We are pleased to support this initiative that directly impacts the lives of young African creatives. As frontrunners of digital innovation in the insurance space, Heirs Insurance and Heirs Life both recognise the important role the creative sector plays in transforming Africa’s narrative. We are on the same transformative path, and this initiative clearly demonstrates that the ideas that we need to boost Africa are right here on the continent.”

The Fund is open for applications on the Africa No Filter website with a closing date of 29 July 2022.

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CSOs call on government to depoliticize social protection delivery and pass the ‘Social Protection Bill’



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SEND GHANA and other Civil Society Organisations in the country have appealed to the government to increase its spending on social protection programmes to help improve livelihoods based on finding in the Social Protection Mirror Report 2021. (more…)

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