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Thinking Outside the Box: The Remarkable Story of organic farmers, Bright and Obed

Ghana, one of the most notable countries in Sub-haran Africa, has nonetheless grappled with its alarming rates of graduate unemployment for decades; a phenomenon that has seen the vast numbers of graduates from the nation`s tertiary institutions exceed by far, available decent job opportunities on the job market. Government after government has attempted to do […]

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Ghana, one of the most notable countries in Sub-haran Africa, has nonetheless grappled with its alarming rates of graduate unemployment for decades; a phenomenon that has seen the vast numbers of graduates from the nation`s tertiary institutions exceed by far, available decent job opportunities on the job market.

Photo: Obed and Bright at Samdel Gardens
Obed and Bright at Samdel Gardens

Government after government has attempted to do its bit in helping minimize, if not totally eradicate this stark and glaring reality. The fact still remains however, that none of the measures deployed by these governments have yielded the desired outcomes, with literally thousands of the nation`s human capital jobless and thus unproductive.

            It is instructive to note that it has been widely conceded that one of the sure routes to gainful employment is self-employment or entrepreneurship, as it were. This route has however been the road less travelled by the teaming youth of this country. Relatively fewer persons travel this route while in school. Yet, it remains a prudent route by far; the few daring and visionary students, who set sails into the world of entrepreneurship, have time and again largely demonstrated that in spite of some monumental difficulties, it remains not only a prudent option but also a viable one indeed.

            Joining the league of students in Ghana in particularly and the world in general, who have dared to think outside the box, breaking the status quo to create viable business entities for themselves and their communities, are two unassuming young men, Bright Abiah and Obed Asamoaha, students of the University of Ghana, with the Department of Agriculture. 

            In an era especially in Ghana where very few students venture into business and run businesses alongside their studies, these students are breaking the glass ceiling and defying the odds. In an age where in spite of the scarcity of decent jobs, many graduates tend to chase after non-existing white collar jobs, these young fellows spotted a viable agro-business opportunity and latched onto it; wasting no time to set sails, little capital notwithstanding.

            Samdel Gardens, home of organic foods was born and is currently operated by the ‘incredible trio’, Obed, Bright and Ebenezer. Their incredible ability to spot a need and to commit to providing a workable solution are worthy of note. Samdel Gardens at present produces and serves oysters and mushrooms to primarily students and lecturers within the university of Ghana community and also inhabitants within the East Legon catchment area. Bright, the team leader once posited: “It is our objective to build a strong and vibrant economy through a revolutionary’s agriculture which would not only contribute to food security and health benefits but also serve as a major tool of employment for the teaming youths in Ghana and beyond”.

            Having chalked a modicum of success, Obed and Bright are not resting on their ores; they are stretching their vision; a vision of increased capacity and output. According to Obed, Farm manager of Samdel Gardens, they plan on expanding their production capacity to 10 tons of fresh mushrooms daily, 5 tons of dried mushrooms weekly and 10 tons of canned mushrooms to serve both the local and international market in the next 5 years. He further stated: “We would also venture into manure processing from by-products from our mushroom farm; produce about 20 tons of processed snails for the international and local markets; produce fresh vegetables for export as well as other agricultural ventures.” This is obviously daring. They are however poised to make this a reality someday. 

            A fine blend of the sterling leadership qualities of Bright and Obed, notably vision, pragmatism, initiative, drive, passion, team work, and diligence have resulted in a thriving agro-business, as they have managed to maintain a good balance between studies and their ever-expanding business, going beyond theory (learnt in class) into practice, with remarkable success. It should thus not come as a surprise that these visionaries are contesting for the presidency of the International Association of Students in Agricultural & Related Sciences, University of Ghana (IAAS UG).

            It was the enigmatic Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who once opined: “revolutions are brought by men, men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.” In these young men, I see persons with convictions and ambitions intrinsically linked to the world of Agriculture that are nothing short of revolutionary in nature. They are not only men of action but are also men of thought, and this is evidenced by their entrepreneurial accomplishments among others. 

            It was William Shakespeare, the celebrated English poet, playwright and actor who remarked: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”It can be said and right so, that Obed, and Bright were neither born great nor beneficiaries of some sort of greatness being thrust upon them; they actually achieved greatness, and this is only the beginning. 

Written by Daniel Dela Dunoo

(Writer, Editor, Blogger)

Email: dudelda3@yahoo.com

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9 ways to protect the house from UV rays

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In this article, you will get to know about the ideas from which you can protect your house from the rays. By getting unique and different ideas you can change your house outlook. And decor your house with it. Let’s discuss this in detail.

 

What are UltraViolet rays?

Ultraviolet rays are the direct rays that come from the sun. These rays can cause harm to many things. It is a must that one has to take the necessary steps to get rid of the UV rays. House is also one kind of thing which can get affected from the UV rays. You must need some techniques from which you can protect your house. Read the article below for different ideas.

 

What are the different ways to protect the house from UV rays?

When one built a house the first thing he keeps in mind is how they can protect their house from the sun’s rays? So, here we come with the unique ways from which you can be beneficial. You can apply the shades to protect the house’s furniture and color from the rays. Some of the ways are:

 

  1. Window shades:

One of the best options to protect your house from UV rays is to apply window shades. You can choose any type of shade which will look suitable. These shades can be very helpful to you. For this, you can refer to the silhouette shades. The shades are the best ones which can give 88% protection from light.

 

  1. Shift the furniture to a different location:

Another option is that you can move the furniture. The reason behind this is that some people want sunlight in their house. This also protects your furniture from the rays. But this is not a permanent option because it is not easy to shift the furniture on a regular basis.

 

  1. Window films:

You can choose the window films which can easily be handed to the window of your house. These window films can protect the house from UV rays. You can take the help of professionals to get it installed in the house. And within a short period, it is a must that you can replace these window films.

 

  1. Curtains:

Curtains are the more popular choice of people to cover their house. And such curtains can also help to protect the house from UV rays. These curtains can protect a half ratio from the sunlight. You can choose these to give a new look to the house.

 

  1. Replacement of window screens:

While the old window screens can get damaged with the sun rays. You can also replace these window screens. And apply the new screen according to the trending. There are some bug screens which give protection. 

 

  1. Tinted windows:

The permanent solution to get rid of the UV rays is to replace your windows. Such is getting covered with the tiny metallic oxides which can protect the house from the UV rays. This also keeps your room warm on the winter days. The cost of these shades is high but it gives more protection and security to the house.

 

  1. Fabric and colors:

One of the methods to protect your house from UV rays is to select the best color of the furniture. Some dark colored furniture will get dull easily. And does not look quite good. So, you can choose some of the light-colored furniture which can not get damaged easily. 

 

  1. Roofing material:

It is not possible to remove all sunlight from the rooms of your house. For this, you can choose the roofing material. You have to choose the right siding material for the protection of the house. Must choose the lighter shades which keep the house cool. And must apply the best sealants for its best use.

 

  1. Cover hardwood floors:

The next option is to cover the floors. Because such hardwood floors are very expensive and get easily damaged with the sunlight. 

 

Above are some of the ways to prevent the house from UV rays.

 

Conclusion:

These are some of the ways in which you can protect the house from UV rays. Silhouette shades are the best option for the house. These shades will not only provide protection for the house. But it also helps in maintaining the furniture colors of the house.

 

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How can music, dance and art help improve air pollution?

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Music, dance, art and storytelling have allowed an international team of researchers to reveal aspects of air pollution in Nairobi that would not have been identified otherwise.

Air pollution is a well-documented major human health issue, but despite many air pollution reduction policies designed to improve health, these are frequently ineffective. Often this is because they fail to account for local knowledge, cultural practices and priorities of the intended recipients. Evidence suggests that top-down interventions often fail and therefore people should be put at the centre of developing ways around the problem.

Designing meaningful solutions requires in-depth exploration of the relevant issues with stakeholders.

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth, together with researchers and practitioners from the UK, Kenya and Sweden, worked collaboratively with local residents in the informal settlement of Mukuru in Nairobi, Kenya to develop a range of methods including storytelling, music, art and theatre to explore understandings of air pollution. Their findings are published in Nature Humanities and Social Sciences Communications this week.

One of the authors of the study, Dr Cressida Bowyerfrom the University of Portsmouth, says: “For the first time, a study has placed arts and humanities methods at the centre of the exploration of perceptions of air pollution. Our research has pushed the boundaries between disciplines, between research and action, and between experts by education and experts by experience.

“Working with local communities, we were able to uncover contrasting definitions of air pollution, differing perceptions of who was responsible for enacting solutions, and overall a view that air pollution cannot be seen in isolation from the other issues faced by settlement residents.”

The use of these creative methods meant the researchers were able to explore the issue of air pollution with a wide range of stakeholders.  The methods enabled local knowledge and experiences to be incorporated into the understanding of the issue, and allowed the voices of those living with the problem to be heard.

Some examples of creative methods include:

  • Community members made digital stories by taking photographs around Mukuru which, when stitched together and combined with their voiceover, told their story of air pollution.

  • Trained community researchers facilitated school children to create drawn and/or written stories of their experiences of air pollution.

  • Theatre pieces were presented in key community spaces around Mukuru including at a market, a community centre and a football ground. Suggestions were given by the audience about how to resolve the problem and spectators acted out their proposals as part of the theatre.

  • The song ‘Mazingira’ by the Mukuru Kingz, has been played on national radio and television stations with an estimated reach of three million people. The song lyrics explain the problems of air pollution.

Dr Sarah West, Principal Investigator at the Stockholm Environment Centre, says: “From this range of methods we have gained a more complex and nuanced understanding of how air pollution is perceived and understood in Mukuru. The project also created new spaces and forums for dialogue and critical reflection on the topic of air pollution in the community.

“We urge other researchers wishing to address multifactorial problems, such as air pollution, to use a mixture of qualitative, participatory and creative methods to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. This can elicit new and unexpected understandings that may not otherwise emerge.”

Researchers concluded that using creative methods and a collaborative, co-created approach, allowed them to reveal aspects of air pollution that they would not otherwise have identified, and led to a more complex, nuanced and holistic understanding.

This project is part of the Air Network.  For further information please contact:

Emma Gaisford, Media Officer, University of Portsmouth, email: emma.gaisford@port.ac.uk 07889 504483

 

 

The University of Portsmouth is a progressive and dynamic university with an outstanding reputation for innovative teaching and globally significant research and innovation.

It was rated ‘Gold’ in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and was ranked in the top 150 under 50 in the world according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

The University’s research and innovation culture is impacting lives today and in the future and addressing local, national and global challenges across science, technology, humanities, business and creative industries. http://www.port.ac.uk/

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Wildaland: Davido, Stonebwoy, R2bees And Over 2o Top Acts Set To Headline “Africa’s Glastonbury”

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A stellar line-up of Afrobeats stars across Ghana and Nigeria have been announced for the inaugural WILDALAND Festival, slated for the Shai Forest Reserve in the Greater Accra Region on 26th and 27th December.

Christened as “Africa’s Glastonbury”, the WILDALAND festival is a music and entertainment lifestyle festival and seeks to provide a distinctive entertainment experience that will merge the best of both African audiences in the wild every December in Ghana.

 

The festival, which will see the grand return to live events, will also be characterised by ultra-immersive real-time social content. Davido, R2Bees and Stonebwoy have been named as headliners for this year’s edition. Joining Nigeria’s roster are Adekunle Gold, Omah Lay, JoeBoy, Oxlade, Buju, Lojay, CKay, and Ruger.

 

Completing Ghana’s contingent are KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Black Sherrif,  Gyakie, Wendy Shay,  Kwabena Kwabena, Camidoh, Yaw Tog and Kofi Jamar.

 

The organisers say the festival, an experiential haven, adds to a growing portfolio of year-end activities that allow Africa’s massive diaspora audiences to meet their resident African middle-class counterparts at some of the continent’s biggest parties in Ghana. “Having played home to most of the widely patronised entertainment experiences, Ghana has become the hub for Pan-African expressions; enhanced by the recent ‘Year of Return’ programme among many others.  

“From accreditation points, through the wild drive, Champagne Garden, to the marketplace, Hot air baloons, WILDALAND Camping Sites, VVIP Decks to the main stage, the WILDALAND Festival will provide endless, exciting, and rewarding experiential opportunities for the fan and every brand.” the founder of the festival, Baba Sadiq Abdulai Abu indicated.

“ Aside the main stage, The WILDALAND FESTIVAL also offers an array of exciting programs such as the Jungle pre & After parties with a line-up of the most exciting breakout musicians and top African and global DJs, breakfast parties, Hiking, hot air balloons, Abseiling at The Adomi Bridge,  Camping in the wild and endless music from our top DJ’s and headline acts” Baba Sadiq further commented.

Meanwhile, aside from being a 48-hour non-stop celebration of culture, the festival is also running with the vision of protecting the forest, wildlife, and amplifying wildlife conservation via its #PartyWiththePlanet campaign that requires festival attendants to take a pledge to protect the forest and wildlife whilst taking actions at the festival to assert that.

Buy tickets and access full event routing here: https://wildalandfestival.com/ or https://v-access.io/event/wildaland

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The Jollof Festival returns to Accra, December 11

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After taking the year 2020 off, Africa’s leading celebration of Jollof, The Jollof Festival returns in 2021 – scheduled to take place at the City Galleria Mall (Behind the Accra Mall) on 11th December 2021.

The continent’s biggest Jollof event, The Jollof Festival 2021 will see thousands of food lovers come together to eat and drink from an extensive selection served up by some of the best chefs, restaurants, and street food vendors in Accra – promising to be bigger than previous editions, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

This year’s Jollof Festival is a specially curated culinary experience dedicated to celebrating Ghana’s beautiful gastronomy, inspiring fellow Africans to discover new tastes and recipes, promoting the Ghanaian delicacy’s authenticity and highlighting the role of food in Ghanaian Culture by bringing together a vast number of food lovers, and treating them to a mouth-watering array of Jollof, in addition to bites and sips from a dynamic selection of Accra’s celebrity chefs, hobbyist / influencer cooks and local vendors.

A major highlight of the festival is the crowning of the Celebrity/Influencer Jollof Cookoff – a title reserved for the cook with the best tasting Jollof at the event’s Jollof cooking competition, which allows influencer cooks to showcase their cooking skills with customized / special recipes. As part of our efforts to make this year’s competition more exciting, we are inviting both male and female celebrities/ influencers as contestants. The winner of the Jollof cooking competition stands to win products from our prestigious sponsors: OLAM Ghana, makers of Tasty Tom Tomato Paste and the Tasty Tom Jollof Mix, Malta Guinness, and Wilmar Africa, makers of Frytol Vegetable cooking oil, Fortune Rice and Myst Water.

Our carefully selected / curated entertainment set features some of Accra’s rising artistes like RiaBoss, Tommywa, Suzan Augustt and a full-on Jam session with a DJ set in the evening. Additional attractions will include, face painting and cotton candy for the children (and young at heart), board games, football tables and FIFA (gaming consoles) for adults.

The Jollof Festival 2021 is proudly sponsored by Tasty Tom Tomato Paste, Frytol Cooking oil, Malta Guinness, Fortune Rice, Myst Water , EIB Network, Ameyaw Debrah, Telande World, Pulse Ghana  and Echohuse

 

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Johnnie Walker Premieres ‘The Ones Who Keep Walking’ film made by Africans for Africa

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Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling-Scotch, and Forbes 30 under 30 filmmaker, Amarachi Nwosu premiere their new feature film – The Ones Who Keep Walking – which showcases inspiring stories of the creators and collectives who are turning the attention of the world to Africa.

 

Through never heard stories and in-depth conversations, the documentary reveals how fresh creative energy, sheer determination, and a pioneering spirit is bringing authentic African expression to the world.

 

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The documentary features more than 20 defiantly optimistic voices across Africa including Legendary photographer James Barnor (Ghana), Bose Ogulu AKA Mama Burna (Nigeria) manager-mother to global superstar and Johnnie Walker partner, Burna Boy, and self-taught artist Nana Danso Awuah-Asante (Ghana).

 

This new feature film is part of an ongoing global roll-out of the next chapter in their iconic Keep Walking campaign and a follow-up to the release of The Man Who Walked Around the World in November 2020.

 

Additionally, it sets out to explore what the next 200 years of Keep Walking can look like and explores what happens when people can liberate themselves creatively, and the rich vibrant world it creates when there are those freedoms.

 

Lesego Lebogang Mohale, Category Marketing Manager (International Premium Spirits &RTDs), Guinness Ghana in her comments to the media said: “At Johnnie Walker, we are always looking to celebrate the stories of those who push the boundaries. That spirit of defiant optimism and the legacy of Keep Walking – two little words that have been inspiring people across the world for more than 20 years – has never felt more important than they do just now.”

 

“We’re delighted to have partnered with Amarachi Nwosu to share these incredible stories through The Ones Who Keep Walking. The Ghanaians featured in the documentary are pioneers who have taken bold steps and have inspired others, and we are so proud to take this journey with them,” she added.

 

Produced by Something™ Originals and a team of 200+ creatives and talent from across Africa, The Ones Who Keep Walking picks up on the closing provocation of The Man Who Walked Around the World – ‘what’s next?’ – to shine a light on those who embody the spirit of Keep Walking and who, on their terms, are forging a bold new direction for their countries, cultures and the World.

 

The Media-led premiere will be happening in Kumasi to spread the message of ‘The Ones Who’ across multiple walks of life. You can watch the trailer for The Ones Who Keep Walking here: www.theoneswho.film

 

Official Hashtags: #JohnnieWalker #KeepWalking #TheOnesWho

 

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Meet Kafui Prebbie, the Techaide CEO improving ICT education across Ghana

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For developing countries, ICT is a rich investment and one man is leading the charge to ensure students across Ghana have access to practical and impactful ICT education. (more…)

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