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Tour of Zimbabwe, Francis Doku lists 5 things Ghana can learn

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20170923 1359241Journalists and media communications practitioner, Francis Doku shares his recent tour Zimbabwe. Check out the guest blog: I RECENTLY had the opportunity to visit Zimbabwe for the very first time. Zimbabwe is a country that when mentioned you are very likely to associate with a dictatorial president, flying inflation, beating of the opposition and many such negative connotations. I was curious therefore to know what was different when I was invited by the President of TOUGHA Mrs. Nancy Sam Quartey to come along to Zimbabwe as part of an international media team. That trip opened my eyes to many things that the southern African nation has to offer and here below are five things we learned and I believe we can derive some knowledge from in our quest to deepen our tourism development. THE NEED FOR A TOURISM FORUM:  The main purpose for which we were in Zimbabwe was to participate in the country’s decade old tourism and hospitality forum known as Sanganai Hlanganani World Tourism Expo organized by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. It was the second time the forum was taking place in second largest city of Bulawayo, after the previous eight had taken place in the national capital of Harare. Sanganai, as everyone in Zimbabwe refers to the forum, is a tourism market event compared to the likes of World Tourism Market (London), ITB Berlin, INDABA (South Africa), Magical Kenya, etc. in the sense that it brings together players across the value chain of the tourism trade. Albeit on a smaller scale compared to the others aforementioned, it gives opportunity to tourism market operators to exhibit their products and services and to create meetings for exchange of ideas, make deals and or form partnerships with both local and international companies and individuals that would enhance each other’s business. I have realized, since getting involved in this tourism promotion and marketing, that all countries on the continent that take tourism serious have something of the sort. Some of the giants in the business such as South Africa and Kenya have theirs, but also smaller countries including the likes of Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana, and Mozambique have theirs too. If for nothing at all, it opens up the country for visitors and it create an opportunity to enhance the tourism promotion and I can’t say this enough that we do need one! francis AN OPPORTUNITY TO SELL GHANA:  Ghana as a country that seeks to draw people to experience what it has participated in the Sanganai this year through the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA). Led by its President Mrs. Nancy Sam Quartey, the TOUGHA facilitated this trip with the support of the Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Ghana Her Excellency Pavelyn Tendai Musaka, who spent a lot of time in Ghana stand to help promote the country of her service to Zimbabwe. The Ghana stand was a beehive of activities as exhibitors and others thronged to see what they could gather about the country, as a few questions about Kente and taste the Nkatie Burger that GTA officials had in abundance at the stand. Indeed on the second day of the forum, Ghana was given the opportunity to showcase what it has in cuisine and culinary skills. Mrs. Nancy Sam and the team prepared various Ghanaian dishes including waakye, gari fortor, kelewele, plantain chips, yam and kontomire, etc. Above all, H.E. Musaka took the time to tell her fellow countrymen and women to visit Ghana and West Africa to, among other things, learn about the history of the continent through the European slave castles that are located here. “For as long as you have not gone to see those slave castles in Ghana or West Africa, you have not discovered yourself as a true African person, whether they are abroad or within Africa”.   A COUNTRY OF WILDLIFE AND NATURAL BEAUTY: The biggest tourism attraction to Zimbabwe is the mighty Victoria Falls. A group of eight huge falls crashing into the deep crater below with a loud sound and huge vapour viewed from sixteen different spots with sixteen different angles and perspectives. One of the things anyone living on the African continent should do before they die is to visit the Victoria Falls and maybe, if they have the heart, do the bungee jumping, zip-lining, God swing or any of the other adrenaline inspired activities that’s an industry around the Victoria Falls enclave. However, the realization as one goes further away from Victoria Falls to other parts of Zimbabwe would be the fact that there are other places worth visiting and that it is really a very beautiful country with scenic views and awesome scenery all over. That Zimbabwe has massive numbers of wildlife is not an issue at question. It has massive numbers and different types of antelopes including impalas, kudus, steinboks, waterbucks and others; also in the wild in Zimbabwe are huge numbers of predators including lions, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas and more; then there are the likes of giraffes, zebras, warthogs, hippopotamuses, rhinos and elephants. There are several national parks that are home to these wildlife and they are protected from poachers, although it is a tough fight between the rangers and poachers, but they do their best to protect the animals in the wild. We had the opportunity to visit two national parks: Hwange and Matobos and got up close and personal with some of these animals. At Hwange our delight was to see wild dogs that had not been sighted in three months and huge numbers of elephants as well as giraffes. But the height of it all was at Matobos where we tracked rhinos and eventually found a crash (a group of rhinos) grazing and from about 50 metres to where they were we took photos. It was a great experience of wildlife tourism. DEVELOPING TOURISM INFRASTUCTURE:  Tourism is one of the largest contributors to the USD16billion economy of Zimbabwe, indeed the second largest and they understand that to either keep it at that or push it to the top, there is the need to ensure that infrastructure to tourism sites are improved. For the places that we visited on this trip: Victoria Falls, Hwange, Bulawayo, Matopos, Gweru and Harare, there are fairly good road infrastructure that links the various places. Zimbabwe also has a good railway system that serves the various cities and tourist could use that as a means of transport to access destinations and experiences. It is even heartwarming that the keynote speaker at the Sanganai Hlanganani World Expo, Hon. Patrick Chinamasa (who was the Finance Minister until a reshuffle last Monday) underscored the fact that the government would improve the infrastructure to such places, adopt an open sky policy, set up a revolving fund for tourism operators, etc. all to improve tourism. THE MUGABE FACTOR:  If there is any particular lesson I picked on this trip it is the fact that sometimes living in other parts of the world and reading or watching news of things from other parts may not be a good test of the reality of how things are. There is a huge view out there about the insecurity of foreigners all because of the highhandedness and dictatorial tendencies of President Robert Mugabe. During the eleven days that I was in Zimbabwe, I travelled with foreign journalists from different countries: USA, Australia, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria and South Korea and in time we all realized that we couldn’t be living in a more peaceful country. We did everything that could be done in any country including roaming the streets, shopping at the mall, going to eat out and going to the night club. For many Zimbabweans, the issue of their President is one to be laughed about. He is a good meme material for the internet and social media and as one Zimbabwean told me “we keep him there for some of these things” while showing me a viral video of Mugabe walking the to the podium with swagger at the UN General Assembly recently! Forget Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe is a beautiful country with beautiful people and you should visit.  ]]>

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Simon El-Longwell reveals his intents for PUSAG Presidency 2022

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The mantle of leadership transcends from one generation to another successive one which builds a large prospects of development in our various institutions, organizations and perhaps countries. (more…)

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Crazy online gaming Wins: Biggest in the world!

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The online gaming and esports industry has boomed in recent years, with millions of individuals taking part in these games worldwide.

With such explosive growth, there have consequently been a number of substantial prize purses, made all the more fascinating due to their sheer magnitude. Similarly, staggering winnings are sometimes seen by online gamblers, too. For example,’BetMGM Awards Over $800K’ was recently in the news in one lucky US state.

While we can’t tell you how to get lucky when gambling or gaming online, we are going to show you some of the biggest wins from online gaming. 

How do Gamers Win Money? 

Below, we’re going to show you how gamers have made money by winning some of the most prestigious online gaming tournaments in the world. But, there are other ways these professional gamers make money

 

Some have paid sponsorships and partnerships with gaming companies, computer brands, and even global giant drinks manufacturers like Red Bull and Mountain Dew. 

 

Others are paid salaries from the teams or leagues they belong to – it really is just like any other sport in this regard. 

1. Fortnite World Cup (2019) – $30.4 million 

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It’s no secret that Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world right now, and the first-ever Fortnite World Cup is also one of the highest-ever online gaming wins.

In 2019, over $30 million was awarded to the winning players – the winning solo player, Kyle Giersdorf, took home $3 million, while David W and Emil Pedersen split $3 million between them as the top-ranking duo. 

 

Winning contests isn’t the only way players earn from Fortnite, though. It also has a huge following on Twitch, with many gamers making a decent amount of money from live-streaming their gameplay to their adoring fans. 

 

Fans have to pay to subscribe to their favorite channels, and there are often different tiers available for those who wish to show more support. So, for someone streaming a popular game such as Fortnite, this is a great way to make a steady income. 

2. Honor of Kings World Championship Cup (2021) – $7.7 million 

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Last year’s Honor of Kings tournament, the World Championship Cup, was hosted in Beijing. Twelve teams of the best Honor of Kings players entered the contest, with the winning team ultimately taking home a cool $7.7 million between them. 

 

The battle was closely fought between two teams, Gank Gaming and QG Happy, with the latter eventually coming in the number-one spot and claiming the colossal prize. 

 

The tournament is going to be even bigger in 2022, with a prize pool of $10 million for the winning team. It’s expected that 16 teams will take part in this year’s event. 

3. Call of Duty League Championship (2020) – $4.6 million 

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Call of Duty has been popular for almost two decades – fans were playing the series long before online gaming and esports became big. But, it’s only more recently that players have been able to make considerable sums of money from playing their favorite first-person shooter. 

 

Call of Duty is so popular it’s not just one event but an entire league dedicated to it! At the end of the League, Dallas Empire won the Championship event and netted themselves the tidy sum of $1.5 million. 

 

4. The International 10 (2020) – $40 million 

Dota 2’s annual championship event in 2020 was the biggest of its kind to date, and one of the biggest ever online gaming wins ever. With a total prize fund of $40 million, it’s no surprise that the 16 teams who entered fought so fiercely to emerge victorious. 

 

After various rounds and stages, Team Spirit from Russia netted themselves over $18 million to share between them. The tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania, at the Arena Naţională. 

Final Thoughts

Aren’t esports exciting? It’s one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and it has only just begun to hit its stride. So, expect the prize funds given out at these tournaments to grow year on year. 

 

If you keep practicing your favorite game, maybe you too could one day join the likes of these players and teams above and become a multi-millionaire overnight. 

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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 https://fee4bee.com/, 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 http://yceo.votinghubgh.com 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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