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Trevor Noah, the South African host of The Daily Show, has been voted the 2016 Most Influential Young South African in a public ranking poll by reputable rating establishment, Avance Media. 2016 saw Comedian Trevor Noah, making The Daily Show become a global phenomenon, and was among the top commentators for the 2016 US Presidential Elections which also had him interview US Ex-Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Votes which drew public participation from about 90 countries from across the globe also endorsed DJ Zinhle, Nasty C, Caster Semenya and Sibusiso Leope as among the top 5 young South Africans who influenced South Africa and beyond in 2016. DJ Zinhle known in private life as Zinhle Jiyane, and one of the few women in South Africa who took up a career in Disc Jockeying also got voted as the Most Influential Young Lady in the ranking. Below are the Young South Africans voted as the Most Influential in their various categories related to their field of work:

  • Business: Tebogo Ditshego – CEO, Ditshego Media.
  • Sports: Caster Semenya – Athlete
  • Media: Trevor Noah – Host, The Daily Show
  • Lifestyle: DJ Zinhle
  • Entertainment: Nasty C
  • Law & Governance: Julius Malema – Leader, EFF
  • Social Entreprise & Philanthropy: Lebang Nong – Founder, Katleho Pele Education
  • Leadership & Civil Society: Khaya Dlanga
  • Personal Development & Academia: Sibusiso Leope
  • Science & Technology: Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
MD of Avance Media, Prince Akpah extended his appreciation to all who participated in the inaugural ranking polls for South Africa and advised young people to learn and be inspired by the stories of these young achievers as they represent South Africa on the globally. Below is the Official 2016 Ranking of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans  
  1. Trevor Noah
  2. DJ Zinhle
  3. Nasty C
  4. Caster Semenya
  5. Sibusiso Leope
  6. Tebogo Ditshego
  7. Sandile Shezi
  8. Wayde van Niekerk
  9. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
  10. Julius Malema
  11. Khaya Dlanga
  12. Cassper Nyovest
  13. Akani Simbine
  14. Bonang Matheba
  15. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
  16. Lebang Nong
  17. Siyabulela Xuza
  18. Mduduzi Manana
  19. Vusi Thembekwayo
  20. Catherine Constantinides
  21. Itumeleng Khune
  22. Thabang Mabuza
  23. Thabang Mathopo
  24. Khusela Sangoni
  25. AKA
  26. Minnie Dlamini
  27. Mmusi Aloysias Maimane
  28. Ashley Uys
  29. Lebo Selloane-Tshabalala
  30. Sizwe Nzima
  31. Yolanda Zoleka Cuba
  32. Tokologo Phetla
  33. Phakamile Mbengashe
  34. Emmanuel Bonoko
  35. Boitumelo Thulo
  36. Rosie Motene
  37. Luvuyo Rani
  38. Phumlani M. Majozi
  39. Duduzane Zuma
  40. Frederick Bohasu
  41. Khethi Ngwenya
  42. Elvis Mmaphuthelo Sekhaolelo
  43. Lindiwe Mazibuko
  44. LIRA
  45. Mmabatho Mokiti
  46. Faith Mangope
  47. Thato Kgatlhanye
  48. Rapelang Rabana
  49. MsCosmo
  50. AB de Villiers
  51. Thula Sindi
  52. Vuyo Jack
  53. Musa Manzi
  54. Bongani Baloyi
  55. Ludwick Marishane
  56. Terry Pheto
  57. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
  58. Candice Swanepoel
  59. Thando Thabethe
  60. Raelene Rorke
  61. Siya Beyile
  62. Zwelethu Mambane
  63. Mandisa Shandu
  64. Nizenande Machi
  65. Masechaba Ndlovu
  66. Redi Tlhabi
  67. Unathi Msengana
  68. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
  69. Floyd Shivambu
  70. Conrad Travis David
  71. Azania Mosaka
  72. Collen Maine
  73. Simphiwe Dana
  74. Justin Stanford
  75. Naadiya Moosajee
  76. Victor Dlamini
  77. Vinny Lingham
  78. Seana Nkhahle
  79. Mogau Seshoene
  80. Jonathan Liebmann
  81. Steven Pienaar
  82. Thembi Seete
  83. Alex Fourie
  84. Cathy Mohlahlana
  85. Caspar Lee
  86. Karabo Mathang
  87. Max Hussmann
  88. JP Pietersen
  89. Adii Pienaar
  90. Masizole Mnqasela
  91. Shashi Naidoo
  92. Jaco De Bruyn
  93. Bulelwa Mkutukana
  94. Dario Trinchero
  95. Hajrah Ormajee
  96. Mike Eilertsen
  97. Gareth Pon
  98. Magdalene Moonsamy
  99. Chris Morris
  100. Louis Oosthuizen
The 100 Most Influential Young South Africans is an initiative of Avance Media in partnership with Reputation Poll, EOD Partners, Jagari Designs, CELBMD Africa, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, iCare Hub Africa, Global Skills Exchange, Core Foundation Barcity Media and Project Know Thyself International.]]>

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Actress and Activist Akosua Asieduaa Advocates for Youth Empowerment and Gender Equality at USAID Youth Conference

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 Budding Ghanaian actress and activist, Akosua Asieduaa Asare Brewu, took center stage at the recently concluded USAID Youth Conference in Washington, where she passionately voiced her commitment to addressing the challenges facing the most vulnerable  demographic in society – the youth.

As a fervent advocate for youth empowerment and gender equality, Asieduaa highlighted the urgent need for concerted efforts in empowering the girl child and tackling period poverty, particularly prevalent in Ghana. Drawing from her own experiences and observations, she underscored the importance of prioritizing these issues to ensure a brighter and more equitable future for all.

  Discovered and signed in 2019 to Pave; a prominent hub dedicated to discovering and nurturing creative talents in Ghana, Asieduaa has garnered widespread acclaim for her role as “Tilly”, a high school senior who battles the turbulence of adolescence in the popular YOLO TV Series. Leveraging her platform as an actress and activist, she continues to inspire change and drive meaningful dialogue on pressing social issues.

Her impassioned address at the USAID Youth Conference resonated deeply with attendees, igniting discussions and catalyzing action towards building a more inclusive and prosperous society. Asieduaa’s dedication to advocacy serves as a beacon of hope for youth empowerment and gender.

Asieduaa holds a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Ghana and is currently pursuing her post graduate degree in Environmental Resources Management at KNUST. 

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Asieduaa identifies as a #Paver; a term which is synonymous to an individual who uses their influence to promote positive change in society.

 

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Telecel Ghana CEO Calls for Multilateral Collaboration and Investment in Digital Public Infrastructure

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Chief Executive of Telecel Ghana, Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai has made a clarion call for stronger multilateral partnerships and cooperation between industry, government, and investors to accelerate the growth of digital public infrastructure in Africa. 

Delivering the keynote remarks on ‘Digital Infrastructure and Innovation: Accelerating Africa’s Development’ at the Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) session of the 3i Africa Summit on Wednesday, Ing. Obo-Nai outlined a roadmap for leveraging technology to fast-track digital infrastructure, innovation and literacy across the continent.

My first call on the topic is for cooperation and partnership between governments, industry, domestic direct investors and foreign direct investors to work together on increasing digital public infrastructure if we are serious about it. Let’s not just discuss, let’s implement” Obo-Nai said.

Ing. Obo-Nai highlighted three key areas that require attention to expedite the integration of technology into public service to benefit every community – infrastructure, innovation, and digital literacy.

Hosted by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications under the auspices of the 3i Africa Summit, the MT4D sessions also hosted multiple panel discussions with experts from the field of technology, innovation and public information, who shared insights and solutions on expanding digital public infrastructure for inclusive development.

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Future-proof infrastructure

Citing a report on the state of mobile internet connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa that showed that15% of people on the continent remain without network coverage, and 59% have coverage but are not connected, Ing. Obo-Nai advocated for expansion of safe, resilient and high-quality communication.

 As a service provider, Telecel, we believe in investing in network infrastructure and will continue to do so. However, we also believe in participating in infrastructure sharing and co-investment programmes to close the gap,” she said. “This will ensure the much-needed progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 to provide universal and affordable access to the internet across Africa.

Innovation powers progress

Quoting the e-Conomy Africa report which revealed that Africa’s digital economy is one of the largest overlooked investment opportunities with a potential to add US$180 billion to Africa’s GDP by 2025, Ing. Obo-Nai urged stakeholders to invest in Africa’s innovative capacity and prioritise invention in schools and industry. 

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Innovation is the fuel that powers progress and drives change. We must be more deliberate and invest in tapping into the innovative capacity of our talents and prioritise innovation in schools and industry to drive development at scale.”

Ripple effect of digital literacy

Making the case for the scaling up and adoption of digital literacy programmes in schools to equip African youth with skills for the digital economy, Ing. Obo-Nai said, “If we have the infrastructure and sort out all the innovative solutions, will we have an African population ready to take advantage of it and accelerate our development?”

With Africa’s working-age population projected to increase to approximately 450 million individuals from by 2035, Ing. Obo-Nai believes expanding internet accessibility holds the potential to generate millions of job opportunities and upskill young people for tech opportunities in the digital landscape.

Governments and businesses must invest in digital literacy programmes to equip African youth with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy, from coding to digital marketing to cybersecurity and data analytics. Instil digital technology knowledge in our young people right from primary school and build their exposure.”

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Crack the code.

In concluding the keynote address, Ing. Obo-Nai advised stakeholders to go beyond the dialogues and implement the shared solutions to ensure the acceleration of Africa’s development through digital public infrastructure.

“Together, we must crack the code to realise the full potential of Africa’s digital revolution and development.”

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Why Are People Raving About Pizzaman’s Food? Watch The Bite Buzz to See!

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Hey food enthusiasts! We’ve got some exciting news for you. Pizzaman Chickenman is launching a brand-new weekly series called “Bite Buzz,” and it’s hosted by the energetic and fun-loving Wizbid. Get ready to dive into a world of flavors and honest reviews with their tagline: “Taste, Review and Join the Buzz.”

Every week, Wizbid will be bringing you lively and entertaining episodes where customers give their honest review on their delicious meals, from Chickenman’s meals paired with Boneless beef and chicken , to their flavorful noodles and their cheesy pizzas. But this isn’t just about us talking – it’s about you sharing your experiences and joining the conversation.

What makes “Bite Buzz” unique? It’s all about community and connection. With Wizbid right there with you as you enjoy your meals at the branch, every bite and every laugh is shared, making the experience even more special. Plus, you’ll discover new favorites and might even see your own review featured!

So, mark your calendars and get ready to taste, review, and join the buzz. “Bite Buzz” is here to celebrate great food and a great fast food chain, and we can’t wait for you to be part of it. Follow Pizzaman Chickenman all Social Media Platforms and let’s make every meal an adventure!


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Francis Afful Gyan Speaks on Veunux At 2024 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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The Business Development manager for Reservoir Management Group (RMG), Francis Afful Gyan, on Friday, May 17, 2024, detailed the benefits of the company’s digital flagship innovation, Veunex, an Artificial Intelligence Software System tailored for Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSE).
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Custom Tote Bags: A Trendy and Sustainable Choice in Fashion and Marketing

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In a world increasingly attentive to sustainability and personal style, custom tote bags have emerged as a popular and versatile accessory. Whether used for grocery shopping, as a stylish day bag, or a promotional item, these bags combine functionality with a strong fashion statement. This article explores the significance of custom tote bags in contemporary culture, their benefits, and the impact they have on both personal use and as marketing tools.

1. The Rise of Tote Bags

Historical Background

Tote bags were originally used to carry ice from cars to freezers in the mid-20th century. Their simple, sturdy design has since evolved into a fashion statement and a banner for personal expression and environmental consciousness. Today, tote bags are made from a variety of materials, including traditional canvas, recycled plastics, and organic fabrics, reflecting a growing concern for sustainable practices in fashion.

Popularity in Modern Fashion

As fashion increasingly leans towards practicality, tote bags have become a staple accessory. They are celebrated not only for their eco-friendly appeal but also for their versatility and capacity, which make them ideal for a range of activities from shopping to traveling.

2. Benefits of Custom Tote Bags

Environmental Impact

One of the most significant benefits of tote bags is their reusability. Unlike disposable bags, which contribute to landfill waste and pollution, tote bags can be used repeatedly, drastically reducing the need for single-use plastics. They are a practical component of a sustainable lifestyle, encouraging consumers to make eco-friendly choices.

Marketing Advantage

For businesses, custom tote bags serve as an effective marketing tool. They are a practical item that consumers are likely to use regularly, ensuring repeated exposure for the brand. Customizing these bags with a company’s logo or slogan turns an ordinary item into a mobile advertisement, enhancing brand visibility and consumer engagement.

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Versatility and Convenience

Custom tote bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but also highly versatile. They can be designed to suit various needs, from grocery shopping to serving as a daily carryall. Their spacious design and durability make them suitable for nearly any occasion or purpose.

3. Customizing Your Tote Bag

Design Options

Customization allows individuals and businesses to create tote bags that reflect their style or brand identity. Options can include various colors, graphics, and text. Adding unique designs or messages can transform a simple tote into a statement piece or a personalized gift.

Material Choices

Choosing the right material is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Common materials for tote bags include:

  • Canvas: Durable and sturdy, ideal for everyday use.
  • Cotton: Soft, lightweight, and often organic, perfect for casual use.
  • Polypropylene: A recyclable plastic option that’s sturdy and water-resistant, suitable for heavy groceries.

Size and Function

The size of the tote bag should be tailored to its intended use. Smaller bags are great for everyday essentials, while larger ones are perfect for shopping or as beach bags. Features like zippered pockets, adjustable straps, and interior compartments can also be customized to enhance functionality.

4. Using Custom Tote Bags in Marketing

Promotional Events

Custom tote bags are excellent giveaways at trade shows, conferences, or community events. They are practical, which increases the likelihood of them being used by recipients, thereby extending the reach of the brand.

Retail Merchandise

Many retailers offer branded tote bags as part of their merchandise, either for sale or as a complimentary gift with a purchase. This not only enhances the shopping experience but also encourages brand loyalty.

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Corporate Gifts

Custom tote bags make thoughtful corporate gifts. Whether filled with other promotional items or given alone, they are a useful and appreciated token that can foster better relationships with clients and employees.

5. Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Supporting Eco-Friendly Practices

Businesses that use custom tote bags demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, an increasingly important factor for consumers. This commitment can strengthen a brand’s image as environmentally responsible and socially conscious.

Reducing Plastic Waste

By promoting the use of reusable tote bags, companies contribute to a reduction in plastic waste, a critical factor in global environmental conservation efforts.

6. Choosing a Supplier for Custom Tote Bags

When selecting a provider for custom tote bags, it is essential to consider the quality of materials, customization options, and the company’s environmental practices. Vograce, for instance, offers a comprehensive selection of custom tote bags with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction, making them a reliable choice for both personal and professional needs.

Conclusion

Custom tote bags blend functionality, style, and environmental responsibility, making them a smart choice for consumers and businesses alike. They offer an effective way to promote sustainability, enhance brand visibility, and express personal style. As society continues to embrace eco-friendly practices and personalized products, custom tote bags stand out as a practical and stylish solution that meets the needs of modern consumers.

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MTN GHANA REFLECTS ON WORLD TELECOMS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DAY

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Stephen Blewett CEO For MTN Ghana

 On the occasion of the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, MTN celebrates the transformative power of communication technology. At MTN Ghana, we remain committed to connecting people, enabling progress, and driving digital inclusion across our nation.

This year’s theme, “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development,” is aligned with MTN’s Ambition 2025 strategy which seeks to lead digital solutions for Africa’s and Ghana’s progress with Environment, Social and Governance at the core. It demonstrates that technology, innovation, environmental and societal concerns are realities that cannot be overlooked if long-term sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity is to be achieved in Africa. It also underscores the importance of leveraging and harnessing digital innovation in the telecommunications industry to provide innovative products and services, address global issues, drive socio-economic empowerment, and boost digital and financial inclusion.

Over the last 30 years, MTN has played a crucial role in Africa and Ghana in driving digital innovation on several fronts. From enhancing access to education and healthcare, boosting economic growth through digital skills and other support programmes, innovation in the fintech and digital economy sectors, fostering strategic collaborations, infrastructure investment among others, MTN’s contributions have been far-reaching and invaluable.

As a company rooted in Africa, our journey has been one of innovation, resilience, and collaboration. We have set the pace with our innovative products, empowered communities through our corporate social investments, and paved the way for a brighter digital future through our massive infrastructure investments. Partnerships with governments, businesses and others have been at the centre of our success in areas such as financial inclusion. As we reflect on our achievements, we extend our gratitude to each stakeholder who has been part of this remarkable journey.

As we celebrate the day, we reiterate the remarks of the CEO of MTN Ghana, Stephen Blewett, at the recent 3i Summit that “Africa’s fintech ecosystem is the engine that will drive its digital revolution and economic development in the coming years. Fintech can stimulate local economies and drive progress across the continent in several ways – financial inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, job creation, cross-border transactions and payments, digital identity and security, agriculture and rural development, government services, investment, and funding, as well as digital and financial literacy.”

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His call for policy and legal frameworks to encourage the establishment of innovation hubs and 

digital sandboxes to provide the platform for incubating, testing, and rolling out new products reinforces the need for governments and businesses to be deliberate and collaborate in their approach to sustainable development.  Such hubs will be the channels for mentoring and nurturing the next generation of African entrepreneurs while providing the necessary resources, environment, and training in the digital space.

As we mark World Telecommunication Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to harnessing digital innovation for sustainable development. By embracing technology as a force for good and leveraging its transformative potential, we can all work together in shaping Africa’s progress. 

Today, we celebrate the power of connectivity, the promise of technology, and the unity of purpose. Together, we shape a future where every Ghanaian can thrive in the digital world and affirm our belief that “everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life.”

We thank all our customers for being part of our journey and wish everyone a Happy World Telecoms and Information Society Day.

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