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The role mobile technology plays on the African continent

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With smartphones becoming more accessible and affordable, and network coverage growing stronger, the uptake of mobile technology is in a good space and growing in leaps and bounds on the African continent. Many mobile technology companies and organisations, both public and private, are harnessing the potential of this to bridge education gaps and alleviate poverty.

With over 70% of its population under the age of 30, Africa has one of the youngest populations in the world. Lack of resources and infrastructure to educate this young population has resulted in a huge education gap.

 

According to UNICEF, more than 1 billion children globally are at risk of falling behind due to recent school closures. To keep the world’s children learning, countries have been implementing remote education programs, and many organisations and companies like Huawei have stepped in to alleviate the pressure, especially for those children from families who can’t afford laptops or computers to connect to the internet.

 

Bridging the education gap

 

The role of technology, especially mobile technology, in ensuring students in rural and poverty-stricken areas can get access to basic education is vital.

Mobile phones, with their ability to fast-track communication and connect many people in next-to-no time and with relative ease, have been instrumental in keeping children in school. Schools have had to think of innovative ways to get the school year going and for some, it has been met with more challenges than good outcomes. However, thanks to mobile technology, some pressure has been alleviated in African countries like South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

 

How Huawei is carving a digital footprint in skills development

 

In October 2020, as part of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative Tech4All, Huawei South Africa collaborated with the Digital School Project in partnership with operator Rain and educational non-profit organisation Click Foundation. The project is about connecting schools and boosting skills development to improve quality education, which aims to connect 100 urban and rural primary schools over the next year using 5G technology. Through this, partnership schools will get access to high-quality educational resources like digital curriculums and e-learning applications, and teacher and student training by connecting schools to the Internet.

 

To bridge the educational gap even further, once students are able to access the Internet they will be able to tap into some of the informative, educational and fun Applications provided by Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) either through HUAWEI AppGallery or HUAWEI Petal Search. With these two platforms, there are over one million Apps to download to help with homework or keep organised with school activities. One such App is School – Ultimate Studying Assistant. This App is your personal assistant in educational processes and keeps you organised with day-to-day and school activities. This App is available on HUAWEI AppGallery  and is just one of many tools HMS has to alleviate the pressure on school-goers.

 

How mobile technology can change the future of skills development

 

Since the majority of young people have access to smartphones, Apps can play an even bigger role in developing a technologically savvy generation.

To further enhance digital skills development, there is the Huawei HMS Innovation Competition, AppsUP, which is currently taking place in Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Latin America, and China. AppsUP aims to inspire global developers to leverage the open capabilities of HMS Core to create innovative Apps, reconstruct the future of technology and bring all-scenario, smart life experiences to 650+ million Huawei users globally.

 

To enter, participants must register an account on the competition’s official website and submit their App before 5 September 2021. Participants can sign up either as an individual or as a team of up to three members. All Apps entered must integrate one or more of the HMS Core Kits (find more info about the Kits and how to integrate them here). A panel of judges will pre-select work based on social value, business value, user experience and originality, from 6 to 23 September. From there, the top 20 shortlisted Apps in each region will be made available to the public to download on the competition’s official website or HUAWEI AppGallery from 24 September to 08 October, before making their way to the finals later in the month.

 

Competitions like AppsUP give developers the tools to build something that has the potential to change the world. Whether it’s an App to help with a health or education crisis, the AppsUP competition will help established and aspiring developers to take their ideas to great heights.

 

These are just a few ways in which Huawei Mobile Services and Huawei are helping combat the education crisis in Africa. With the current decline in school attendance in some countries and the unemployment rate, mobile technology solutions can change the course of many people’s lives in Africa and show the rest of the world the potential that the countries on our continent have.

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Kickstart your new year with Apple Music’s workout playlists

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Apple Music’s extensive range of fitness playlists is the perfect motivation for achieving those new years’ resolutions. Whether you’re looking to turn over a new leaf or hoping to increase the intensity of your training, Apple Music has you covered.

 

Thoughtfully curated by Apple Music, the playlists range from home workouts, high intensity, cardio and cycling, to yoga, meditation, rowing, weights, jumping rope, running, pilates and walking.

 

This summer, legendary Afrikaans rocker and title-winning boxer, Francois van Coke, and prolific Cape Town fitness instructor and entrepreneur, Tammy Rawstron, will takeover two of Apple Music’s flagship fitness playlists Fiks of Niks and Summer Fit respectively, sharing their favourite workout tracks to sweat to.

 

“I’ve been serious about my fitness for the past few years, but I took it to a new level this year when I had to beat up a Springbok. This is my workout playlist of the past few months. I regularly update it with new tunes or tunes that I rediscover. My Apple Music playlist is also not genre-specific at all. It features pop, punk, rock and hip-hop and a few other things in between.” – Francois van Coke

 

“Let’s get healthy and happy together, if you were looking for a sign, this is it. Don’t attempt a fit summer without a set of trendy tracks. Listen up, you can’t help but get moving! Fitness was always supposed to be fun. Summer was always supposed to be sweaty so let’s have the hottest summer ever.” – Tammy Rawstron

 

Apple Music’s fitness playlists also include guest-curated playlists from some of South Africa’s leading sports personalities including Protea’s captain Temba Bavuma, Springbok rugby player Makazole Mapimpi, cricketing legend AB de Villiers and Olympic gold medal swimmer Chad La Clos.

 

As part of their year-end charts, Apple Music have launched a brand new Top 100 2021: Fitness playlist, featuring the most-played workout music across Apple Music this year. The Top Streamed Workout Song of 2021 was ‘Head & Heart’ (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] by Joel Corry.

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Pizzaman-Chickenman opens 4 branches simultaneously in Accra

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Pizzaman-Chickenman opens 4 branches simultaneously in Accra.

This brings to a total of  10 branches in less  than 2years of their existence.

Pizzaman chickenman is fully  owned by Ghanaians.

Kumasi already has 6 branches  and locations include; Ahodwo, KNUST campus, Sofoline, Suame Maakro, Airport Roundabout, Dakodwen and a food truck at Tafo.

In Accra,Pizzaman chickenman have  branches in Dansoman Exhibition Roundabout, Spintex, East Legon and Awoshie all opened simultaneously .

Christian Boakye-Yiadom, a young Ghanaian man is the CEO for Pizzaman-Chickman.

The first and fully Ghanaian owned Angel Investor company in Ghana QuickAngels are partners to this business

Quick Angels so after after establishment have financed over 32 companies . Among some of the businesses under QuickAngel include Pinknerry, Doughman Foods, Richie Rich Gummies, Sankofa Natural Spices, Agatex Paints, Benji Rice, Sun Solar( Into Salt Production), Coli Networks, Alcilla Farms, Tigon Creative Studio, Jenam Cosmetics, Prospectus.

The primary aim of QuickAngels is to support start ups, businesses and entrepreneurs with equity funding.

QuickCredit & investment microcredit limited is a sister company to QuickAngels and also has other businesses in  African countries such as Tanzania, Uganda ,Kenya,Nigeria,Sierra Leone, Liberia with the name “Oya” meaning quick in the Ga language.

Richard Nii Armah Quaye is the Chairman for QuickAngels and QuickCredit Companies

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Ghana To Host Kusi Ideas Festival December 10- 11

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he Ghana Tourism Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Nations Media Group are organising the 3rd edition of the Kusi Ideas Festival on the 10th – 11th December, 2021 at the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC.

This year’s conference, which will be a hybrid is under the theme; ‘HOW AFRICA TRANSFORMS AFTER THE VIRUS’, and subthemed; ‘BEYOND THE RETURN: AFRICAN DIASPORA AND NEW POSSIBILITIES.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, said the Kusi Ideas Festival has come at the right time to cement Ghana’s reputation as a leading business tourism destination. “We have embarked on a journey to attract meetings, conferences and events into Ghana and this partnership with NMG is in the right direction “

This year’s Kusi Ideas Festival will be opened by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Other Presidents billed to speak are President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Several business and political leaders across Africa are billed to attend.

Other sub themes are;

• Taking forward the lessons learnt from leading during the pandemic
• Technology, innovation and creating the most African wins
• Opening borders and building back tourism among others.

Kusi Ideas Festival was started three years ago by the Nation Media Group as a Pan-African platform to examine the African continents place in the world.

ISSUED BY THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF THE GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY.

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Queenlet’s One Month Old Song Receives Two Nominations – Over 207k Views

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One month old song, “Windblow” receives two nominations from Rhema Awards Global 2021.

When one mention Soakat, the person who comes in mind is multiple award-winning Artiste QueenLet, the Soaking and atmospheric gospel minister, also known as Queen Leticia Kyerewaa.

In the space of one year, through Euro-African’s Favourite Record Label Debrich Group, QueenLet have released four (4) singles, the latest one, ‘Windblow’ is just one month old.

Most noteworthy, this is a collaboration featuring a Nigerian gospel minister, Jimmy D Psalmist.

Windblow have received two nominations from Rhema Awards Global 2021, the categories are best gospel collaboration song, and gospel song of the year.

Even more, Dear Holy Spirit, the award winner song of Maranatha Awards 2021 was also nominated as best gospel worship song.

Furthermore, Anwanwadwuma (marvelous God) which won the best female minister global uprising 2021 Maranatha Awards, also received nomination as best gospel praise song in Rhema Awards Global 2021.

Above all, a month-old song has achieved massive views on YouTube and so many powerful media houses across the world, especially Nigeria and Ghana.

Almost, major Nigeria and Ghana publishers or Bloggers published articles on the new release in less than 24 hours as the song was uploaded @queenletmusic, on her YouTube channel.

Recently, QueenLet is seen in Tiktok and Instagram videos with the programme, Music In Exaltation (MINE). Where She exalts people through music and the word of God.

Meanwhile, her genre of music called SOAKAT, which means soaking and atmospheric music is outstanding. It could be classified as very spiritual or spirit filled.

Source: GhanaChurch.com

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Grace Asantewaa Koranteng tops all at the 15th Congregation of the Presbyterian University College

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Grace Asantewaa Koranteng, an entrepreneur and owner of Grasante Collection has the internet screaming ‘girl power’ as she managed to graduate with 44As and a B+ making her the Overall Best Graduating student of the Presbyterian University College (PUC). She also bagged the most coveted Moderator’s Special Award.

She shared the occasion on her Facebook page saying:

“SO, I AM MORE THAN EXHILARATED!! At the 15th Congregation of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana, which was held on Saturday, 27th November, 2021, I graduated with a first class honors in Bsc. Business Administration (Management). I produced 44 A’s and 1 B+ out of 45 courses with a CGPA of 3.98 on a score of 4.0. This won me the most desired Moderator’s Special Award for Overall Best Graduating Student, making me the Valedictorian of the 2021 Graduating Class. In addition, I received awards for Overall Best Student – Department of Business Administration, Overall Best Student – School of Business and Economics. 

It’s an honour! God, your daughter is grateful.I didn’t know such a day ever existed in my life.
My life at some point, didn’t go as planned so I thought some blessings were for some special people only. Glory be to God! To achieve this feat means a lot to me. I express my utmost gratitude to my parents, lecturers, mentors, coaches, group study mates, course mates and all the special people in my life. I couldn’t have done it without you. God bless you all so greatly. Everything you put your mind to, you can do it!”

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Download tons of apps on HUAWEI Y9a with AppGallery and Petal Search

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Featuring a 64MP AI Quad Camera and 40W (22.5W) HUAWEI SuperCharge, the HUAWEI Y9a has become a top player in the mid-range smartphone market and is a top-selling product. Pre-installed with AppGallery, along with Petal Search, HUAWEI Y9a users can easily download a huge number of popular mobile apps onto their phone.

 

TOP 3 app marketplace in the world: AppGallery has it all

As Huawei’s official app marketplace, AppGallery provides users with global top apps and services, as well as a wide variety of local quality apps. AppGallery is currently available in more than 170 countries and regions, making it the TOP 3 app store in the world.

From news to social networking, entertainment and more, AppGallery covers 18 app categories so you can enjoy a diversified selection of some globally popular apps and services.

To protect user’s personal data and security, the AppGallery has a full-cycle security and protection system, including developer real-name verification, four-step review process, download and installation protection, as well as a prevention mechanism for app operation.

Search and Download things you want through Petal Search

As a search engine, Petal Search has two major features – generic search and app search. Through these you can explore apps, news, images and more. Petal Search lists apps from multiple sources, including AppGallery.

This search and download process can be done with only two steps:

  • Open the Petal Search app or search widget and enter the name of the app you are looking for. In the result list, select the Apps category to shortlist the content.
  • Go to the app you need and hit the Install button – Petal Search will direct you to the source so you can start downloading it. The source might be AppGallery, its official website or third-party platforms such as APKPure. Before the installation starts, your Huawei mobile will request for a security check to scan for any risks.

Other than downloading new apps, users can get updates for existing apps from Petal Search. Just go to Me -> Downloads -> Updates, and select an app to get the update.

The Petal Search widget is pre-installed on the home screen on HUAWEI Y9a

In addition to app experience, the HUAWEI Y9a appeals to a range of consumers with three colour options: Midnight Black, Space Silver, and Sakura Pink, and has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, priced at GHS1759

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