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Viasat 1 premieres new drama series, ‘5 Brides’ on July 2

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Viasat 1 will on Monday July 2, 2012, premiere the latest addition to our locally-produced programmes. The introduction of The 5 Brides series emphasises Viasat 1’s determination to collaborate with the local production houses to bring our viewers the best of local content. Easy access to globalised television content is fast turning the Ghanaian into ‘consumers’ of foreign culture, which is mildly eroding the Ghanaian way of living. Based on research and by popular request from our viewers, Viasat 1 has chalked very good ratings since we began airing high-standard/ quality series and reality shows Produced by Venus Films in conjunction with Viasat 1 Television, The 5 Brides tells the story of five young married women, and the unique problems that characterise their marriage lives. Their lives revolve around the joys and angers of love, betrayal, deceit and what goes on in a typical Ghanaian marriage or love setting. The story also touches on controversies, innocence and issues relating to parenting. We decided to partner Venus productions to come up with this fantastic work to get Ghanaians to relate more to what they see on Viasat 1. Chief Executive Officer of Viasat 1, Charlotte Gustavsson, is optimistic about The 5 Brides. “Viasat 1 Television has a will to reach our viewers with local content of international and global quality through our daily slots of African movies and television series. “With the introduction of The 5 Brides, we believe our viewers will be entertained and educated at the same time. To pursue this, Viasat 1 has unveiled a number of programmes to strengthen our local content. We have secured the rights to programmes such as ‘Desperation’, ‘Home Sweet Home’, ‘Illusions’ and ‘Living with Trisha’, all of which currently air between Mondays and Wednesday from 8pm and 9pm, a time when our core viewers are relaxed behind their TV screens,” she explained. The actors are a blend of young, contemporary and fresh movie stars including Paulina Oduro, Chantelle Asante, Regina Nelson, Kalsoume Sinare, Julia Clement and Princess Shyngle; with Kwabena Danso and Kafui Danku also featuring. The 5 Brides will premiere on Monday 2nd July at 8pm and will show exclusively on Viasat 1 every Monday at the same time. We believe that together, we can make The 5 Brides the most successful locally produced television series through Viasat 1.]]>

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Photos from the installation of Osu Mantse, Notse Nii Nortey Owuo IV

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On 22nd of January 2020, history was made in Osu. A new King was enstooled on this day. Thus, for the first time in 14 years the people of Osu will be led by one man as their King. This follows the death of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI in February 2021 and the abdication of Nii Nortey Owuo III a few days ago behind closed doors. History may have it known that Nii Nortey Owuo III was enstooled in December 1984 and served as the King of Osu until the advent of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI who was enstooled in May 2007.

The final enstoolment proceedings for Notse Nii Nortey Owuo IV, the new osu manste, was performed at the Ajuwate We this past Saturday and was duly attended by representatives of all four quarters of Osu. The colorful event was engulfed with merrymaking amidst drumming, singing and dancing as indigenes of Osu embraced their King.

Profile of the King

Notse Nii Nortey Owuo IV was born Bernard Nii Nortey Botchway to Mr. Christopher Nii Noi Botchway of Osu Owuo We (Kooloo ko We) and Mrs Victoria Akwele Naa Ahinee Botchway (nee Amarteifio) of Asere Amartse We. His grandfather was Mr Clement Augustus Botchway who was a previous head of family for Owuo We. He is a direct descendant of Nii Nortey Doku through Osu Mantse Nii Noi Owuo I and Mantsebi Nortei Kooloo ko.

Nii attended the Additrom School for his lower level education and was the head school prefect during his final year. He went on from there to Galaxy International School where he focused his studies on science related subjects but maintained an aptitude for the humanities and social sciences. Whiles at Galaxy he represented the school and country at the prestigious ISWEEEP Science Olympiad in Houston, Texas USA. Out of thousands of competitors he and his team mate secured bronze.

He pursued his undergraduate education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. There, Nii was a member of the Wesson High Honors Society, the Alpha Chi Honors society and repeatedly made the Deans list as testaments to his academic achievements. He was voted by his class as Class President, making him the first black person in the college’s history to achieve this. He was also voted Student Government President during his final year which also made him the first black person elected to this position. In addition, he was awarded the Barbera Johnson Stearns Leadership Award for his leadership excellence during his time at the university.

During those same years he was awarded a Resolution Fellowship at UN Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, USA. Nii attained his doctoral degree in law from the prestigious University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA. His joint paper of the Venezuelan debt crisis is published and cited. Nii is an assistant Professor and practicing lawyer by profession. His works with one the biggest banks in the world.

He continues to find time to teach including helping with classes at his alma mater. In 2020 Nii was inducted to into the NC Pro Bono Honour Society. Nii is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Nii is on the board of Colby-Sawyer College, making him again the first black person to hold a board seat. He is a member of the American, North Carolina, and Mecklenburg County Bars. Nii enjoys a large variety of leisure activities including football, reading, hiking, and gardening. He is a life-long supporter of Arsenal FC and the Accra Hearts of Oak FC.

Words of the King

In His address to the press and general public He indicated His reign will focus on the development of Osu, education of its children and the skillful development of the youth. He thanked all the houses and quarters who came together to support in the enstoolment process. He expressed his gratitude for a successful and peaceful process and prayed it continues as the development of Osu can only happen when there is peace. Notse promised to unite Osu and work with the Osu traditional council and elders to ensure growth and development in Osu.

By Desmond Isaac Addo

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Meet James Ganyo, the man who walked away with GHS 100,000 from AirtelTigo “To Gu Me So” PROMO

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One man beat the odds among the over 50,000 customers who participated in the ‘To Gu Me So’ promotion. James Ganyo, a resident of Lakeside Estate who walked away with the amazing prize of GHS 100,000 in the just ended AirtelTigo “To Gu Me So” promotion is now the talk of the town.

 

Speaking to the media, James recounts how he was able to make the spot as the overall winner: “It feels good to win. I did what I do normally on AirtelTigo, this time around I did more; I engaged in the weekly trivia, made transactions with AirtelTigo Money and purchased extra points. This is just how it happened.”

“AirtelTigo has proven to be different and honoured their promise. I still can’t believe I am a GHS 100,000 richer, for just doing more with my AirtelTigo number.”

“We have seen many promotions that have been twisted in ways that have dampened the spirit of customers from active participation. Most of these promos already have winners, very high targets and organizers do not fulfill their promises to customers,” he added.

 

James, like many other customers who are skeptical about these promotions was declared the overall winner and walked away with such a huge prize. He echoed his sentiments: “AirtelTigo “To Gu Me So” has made me believe in promos.”

 

If you’re wondering, like many others, what James’ plans for the money are, he intends to invest the money wisely.

AirtelTigo’s “To Gu Me So” promotion was launched in October last year to show appreciation to customers. The promo rewarded customers hourly with call minutes and data as well as Daily, Weekly and Monthly Cash prizes, all based on Recharge and Usage. Overall, over 50,000 customers won One Million Ghana Cedis Cash plus other prizes.

 

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Fly Emirates to Dubai together and save 25% on fares with brand-new offer

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Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has launched a new offer for passengers visiting Dubai with friends and family, when booking by February 6 2022.

Two or more passengers travelling to Dubai from January 24 2022 to April 30 2022 will have the opportunity to save 25% on fares when travelling together.

 

This special offer is valid for two or more travellers who book a return trip via emirates.com to Dubai in Economy or Business Class between January 24 2022 and February 6 2022 on the same booking reference. The offer is also available via travel and call centre agents and Emirates Retail shops.

 

Experience Dubai with Emirates

In addition to this exclusive new offer, there are plenty more ways to save on your Dubai getaway with Emirates and take advantage of its incredible winter sun, beaches, outdoor dining and events including:

  • Free Emirates Expo Pass: It’s an amazing time to travel to Dubai with the much-anticipated Expo 2020 mega event taking place until March 31 2022. Emirates customers visiting and travelling through Dubai anytime during the final two months of Expo 2020, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Pass for every flight ticket booked with the airline. For more information on this promotion, please visit thededicated offer page.
  • My Emirates Pass – Expo Edition: Customers travelling to or via Dubai anytime until March 31 2022, get to explore the city for less with My Emirates Pass Expo 2020 Dubai. Enjoy exclusive discounts and benefits at over 500 retail, dining, and recreational attractions by simply showing their Emirates boarding pass.

 

  • Earn a Mile a Minute in Dubai: Emirates customers can earn 1 Skywards Mile for every 1 minute spent in Dubai until March 31 2022. Existing and new Emirates Skywards members who sign up for the program before March 31 2022, can benefit from the offer Mile A Minute, and will earn up to 5,000 Skywards Miles. The offer is applicable on all Emirates flight tickets purchased until March 31 2022, for travel during Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates‑marketed, flydubai‑operated flights with an Emirates (EK) flight number are also included in the offer.

 

Visiting Dubai with friends & family

Whether seeking a city break, a beach getaway, a relaxing retreat or a unique desert experience, there is something for every traveller when visiting Dubai.

Dubai remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, especially during the winter season, and visitors can choose from an array of hotels to stay at, to suit all budgets, as well as exciting entertainment, dining and shopping options for all ages. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences.

As international borders reopen and travel restrictions ease, Emirates has resumed passenger services to over 120 destinations and currently operates 7 weekly passenger flights from Accra to Dubai.

 

Explore Dubai with Dubai Experience

Dubai safely re-opened for international business and leisure visitors in July 2020, and it remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety. Customers can create their own itinerary from hotels to Expo-themed packages with Dubai Experience.

 

Explore Dubai with Emirates Holidays

Dubai safely re-opened for international business and leisure visitors in July 2020, and it remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.

Customers can book their holiday to Dubai, including other Expo-themed packages through Emirates Holidays.

 

Emirates Holidays’ dedicated 24/7 On Holiday Service team will be there to support holidaymakers for every moment that they’re away.

 

 

Travelling with Emirates

Keeping the health and wellbeing of its passengers as top priority, Emirates has introduced a comprehensive set of safety measures at every step of the customer journey. The airline has also been building on its contactless technology offering and has scaled up its digital verification capabilities to provide its customers even more opportunities to utilise the IATA Travel Pass.

 

Emirates continues to lead the industry with innovative products and services that address traveller needs during a dynamic time. The airline has taken its customer care initiatives further with even more generous and flexible booking policies, its covid-19 medical travel insurance, and helping loyal customers retain their miles and tier status.

Customers are encouraged to check their latest government travel guidelines and ensure they meet the travel requirements of their final destination. For more information on entry requirements for international visitors and residents returning to Dubai visit: https://www.emirates.com/gh/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/

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I spent $40,000 on my ‘Eyɛ Woa’ video – Empress Gifty

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Gospel artiste, Empress Gifty, claims she spent about $40,000 the equivalent of Gh¢250,531 on her newly released music video for her song ‘Eyɛ Woa’. (more…)

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GSA Africa exposes African Edtech solutions empowering tomorrows future leaders

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The COVID-19 crisis has irrevocably changed education. At the outset of the pandemic, 180+ countries mandated temporary school closures, leaving about 1.6 billion children and youth out of school and affecting approximately 85% of children world-wide.  All countries were able to deploy remote learning technologies using a combination of TV, radio, online and mobile platforms. Currently, most countries are working towards re-opening schools, but there will still be intermittent closures and use of hybrid learning. However, school closures and limited access to remote learning means that learning poverty is likely to worsen from 53% to 63% especially in low-income countries.

“This begs the question: how can technology help today’s children and the adults of tomorrow?” says Jo Griffiths Co-founder of the Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), the exclusive rights holder of the Global Startup Awards (GSA) Africa – the first and only continent-wide Sustainable Development Goal-aligned tech innovation competition.

iSchool, Northern Africa Regional Winner has created an online education platform for 6-18 year olds, with over 8,000 graduates and 100+ coding coaches. The platform has recently become both STEM and AI accredited and has been voted in the Top 10 EdTech startups in the world. Mohamed Algawish, Founder of iSchool, states: “From day one we at iSchool believe in the potential of our nation’s young minds, that is why we are working day and night carrying a mission to empower today’s generation so that they become tomorrow’s technology leaders.”

Hanae Bezad Founder / President of Douar Tech, an inclusive tech hub and platform that contributes raising the resilience of vulnerable youth, especially rural women in Morocco and other countries in Africa, shares that her hope is for parents to understand the potential of technology to empower their children. “A lot of kids have to walk many kilometres just to go to school. I’ve also been in areas where I’ve had discussions with parents who have decided to take their daughters out of school because they are now hitting puberty and they don’t want them to risk getting pregnant or to have their period at school as there’s no infrastructure for them. Preventing their children from attending school is basically killing any chance for them to thrive in the 21st century. Technology has to solve this and empower people with knowledge to become the best version of themselves.”

Douar Tech is the Northern Africa Regional Winner of GSA Africa’s ESG Tech category and provides vulnerable youth with innovative entrepreneurship and web development skills.

George Akilimali, CEO and Founder of Tanzanian digital learning content development agency Smartcore, one of the GSA Africa country winners, shares that in Sub Saharan Africa there are more than 65 million students who are out of school. “That number is terrifying. Additionally, for those who are lucky enough to be in school, the quality of education is unfortunately low. That is why we have the challenge of unemployment; people lack skills because of the quality of education itself. These are the biggest problems in education in Africa today.”

Another GSA Africa country winner, Ibrahim Oredola, Founder of SKillNG, a skill acquisition accelerator startup based in Nigeria, adds that while students do learn some skills, they aren’t equipped with the right skills that are demanded globally. “Unemployment is one of the greatest problems in Africa, especially in Nigeria, where we have over 80% of the workforce either unemployed or underemployed because there is a skill mismatch and skill gap. In fact, recent research has found that 90% of job applicants are not qualified for the jobs they apply for. With tech being the backbone of every single industry nowadays, we need people to be tech-empowered.”

Looking to the future, Mustafa Abd Ellatif, Co-Founder and CEO of EYouth, the Egyptian country winner, believes that education will be completely online – especially universities. “Not only will it be cheaper, but this will also enable students to attend any university in the world to get the learning they desire.”

Griffiths concludes by saying:” To have a chance of impacting SDG Goal 4 – providing access to quality education on the continent, we need to first find the solutions that are solving educational challenges on the ground. Through the GSA Africa 2021 competition, Edtech constituted 19% of the 7500+ nominations. Our aim is to give visibility to these solutions and connect them to the right networks to help ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

 

For more information, go to https://www.globalstartupawards.com/africanstartupawards

 

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Big Brother Mzansi: Meet the colourful housemates

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2022 brought with it the revival of a reality television fan-favourite in the form of Big Brother Mzansi (BBMzansi) and the show seems to be a smash hit on social media.

The show began trending from the second the premiere episode aired on Sunday evening and it continued trending well into Monday.

The show’s new host, Lawrence Maleka, also seems to be part of the reason fans are so enamoured with the show. Maleka was recently unveiled as the show’s host, taking over from Lungile Radu.

Big Brother Mzansi is the modern version of Big Brother South Africa, which first aired in South Africa in 2001. The live shows back then were hosted by TV legends Mark Pilgrim, Gerry Rantseli (now Gerry Elsdon) and Zuraida Jardine.

After 13 years, the show rebranded as Big Brother Mzansi, with Radu in the driver’s seat as the show’s host.

Maleka is the new face billed to usher in a new era of Big Brother, which unveiled an interesting set of housemates on Sunday evening.

Meet the Big Brother Mzansi housemates:

Gugu Refiloe Bonga, aka Terry Treasure, is a 26-year-old from Johannesburg. Terry says she is honest almost to her own detriment. The OnlyFans adult content creator says she has a very big personality and stands for acceptance and non-judgment. She doesn’t like fake people and considers herself to be very open.

Big Brother Mzansi 2022 housemates: Terry Treasure | Picture: Supplied
Adindu Asuzu, aka Zino, is a 21-year-old from Johannesburg who is self-confessed mommy’s boy. This season’s youngest housemate describes himself as both bubbly and mellow. He reckons he won’t start drama – but will be the one to end it. He says his Nigerian side won’t let people take advantage of him.

Keamogetswe Motlhale, aka QV, is a 23-year-old from Mahikeng. Self-described as easy-going, Keamogetswe is a sharp-shooter and straight talker. She says she has no interest in keeping her annoyance to herself when someone gets on her wrong side. She describes herself as a tomboy.

Libo Njomba, aka Libo, is a 32-year-old from Johannesburg. Born in Uitenhage, Libo says he is an avid lover of life who enjoys the outdoors. He says people are his weakness and, as a result, he tends to befriend “strange characters” – but also considers himself a loner.

Gashwan Brandon Mthombeni, aka Gash1, is a 28-year-old from Pretoria. Having overcome a troubled past, Gashwan describes himself as a deep thinker with varied interests and talents. He’s deeply spiritual and enjoys giving people advice and motivation.

Luthando Mthembu, aka B.U, is a 31-year-old from Johannesburg. The aspiring musician says one of the highlights of his life was quitting his high-flying corporate job to follow his artistic dreams. A vegan, he is focused on centering himself.

Mvelo Ntuli, aka Mvelo, is a 28-year-old from Johannesburg. Describing himself as loud and lovable, Mvelo is a lover of people and passionate about education. Bubbly and candid, he hides a more complex side behind his infectious humour.

Naledi Mogadime, aka Nale, is a 24-year-old from Pretoria. A self-described “fine gyal, not a sad gyal”, the model is as much a firecracker as she is calm and zen. She considers her ability to understand and analyse people her strength. Naledi predicts that she might not be everyone’s cup of tea in the beginning of her time at the Big Brother Mzansi house.

Michelle Dimpho Mvundla, aka Mphowabadimo, is a 27-year-old from Daveyton. The sangoma describes herself as outgoing and kind, but says she has “zero tolerance for nonsense”. She is also a doting mom who considers herself to be a nurturer who loves cheering people up when they’re not feeling their best.

Norman Nhlapo is a 24-year-old from Johannesburg. The daycare worker says he has an adaptable personality and is a sporty person. Despite a tough upbringing, he says his life has been a “bundle of blessings”. He runs a non-profit organisation and daycare with his mother.

Rethabile Potsane, aka Dinkybliss, is a 29-year-old from Johannesburg. Rethabile describes herself as “loud and proud” and says she can transform people’s moods and lift spirits when she is around. More of a boys’ girl than a girls’ girl, she enjoys socialising and loves fashion.

Thando Mcopela, aka Acacia, is a 30-year-old Soweto resident who is family orientated and describes herself as a free spirit and a risk-taker. She also says she is a foodie who loves community and togetherness. She considers herself relatable and is as comfortable ekasi as she is in upmarket suburbs.

Tulani Madala, aka Tulz, is a 28-year-old radio DJ from Johannesburg. The velvet-voiced straight-shooter says he has a softness beneath his tough exterior. He also says he is currently single because he was “badly behaved” in the heyday of his career.

Thato Mokoena is a 28-year-old from the Vaal who says she is not one to limit herself. Thato is an accountant and TikToker who describes herself as a “world within worlds”. Bubbly and energetic, she’s bluntly honest and is comfortable with her transparent nature.

Themba Karabo Mabaso is a 30-year-old heavily-inked tattoo artist from Johannesburg. He describes himself as “simple”, “basic” and “normal”, and says despite his attention-grabbing looks, he doesn’t actively seek the spotlight. And yet he is a housemate on Big Brother Mzansi…

Thobeka Mtshali, aka Venus, is a 25-year-old from Richards Bay. In her own words, when it comes to her “you just never know what you’re gonna get”. She says she embodies creativity as she writes music, makes beats and plays the piano. She considers herself to be a layered person.

Ukho Samela, aka Sis Tamara, is a 25-year-old from Johannesburg. The multifaceted and bubbly Ukho goes by the pronouns he/ him/ she/ her/ they/ them. Known as “Sis Tamara”, they describe themselves as “a gender non-conforming experience”. They are also passionate about trans and queer representation.

Yolanda Glover, aka Yoli, is a 30-year-old from Durban who says she is outgoing and effervescent and describes herself as “Berocca without the medicine”. She loves being around people and says they are drawn to her infectious energy. She can sometimes be too honest and upfront and says she’s an open book.

There is also a daily highlight show on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161), Tuesdays to Fridays, starting on 25 January 2022 at 10:30pm.

Sunday eviction shows begin on 30 January at 6pm and will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic.

This season will also see the return of fan favourite segments such as Shower Hour at 10pm on Mondays to Thursdays on Mzansi Magic, Saturday night parties with Channel O (DStv channel 320) and Friday night games.

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