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  Addofio, and his fiance Lisa Aidoo are celebrating their one-year engagement anniversary. On January 13th of last year, he hosted a private dinner party to celebrate his 30th birthday. The event was a celebration of life, music, elegance and a surprise to the love of his wife. Let’s relive the moment in the moment […]

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Addofio, and his fiance Lisa Aidoo are celebrating their one-year engagement anniversary. On January 13th of last year, he hosted a private dinner party to celebrate his 30th birthday. The event was a celebration of life, music, elegance and a surprise to the love of his wife.

Let’s relive the moment in the moment as the couple celebrate their anniversary!

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The moment I stopped looking, I found it. I found love. It did not present itself the way I expected, nor did it happen how I imagined it would. When he entered my life, I had doubt in my heart about the fate of the relationship. Considering my past, I assumed the possible routes the relationship would take, utterly ending in separation. But with humility, patience, and an understanding heart, Addofio Addo has taught me how to properly give and receive love. The walls I had once placed around my heart from encountering men of jealousy, lust, and control were torn down piece by piece. It is with this foundation, our relationship is able to stand as strong as it does.

Four years later, Addofio’s 30th birthday was approaching and to celebrate, he organized a dinner party that infused his love for entertaining, the arts, and to my surprise, me.

THE MORNING OF

Every morning, before getting out of bed or even checking for the time, we are to greet one another. Whoever is to wake first usually initiates, an understanding we both enforce. When I woke up the morning of Addofio’s birthday dinner, I turned to greet him, but he was no longer in bed. He had started the day without me.

With a growing feeling of annoyance, I felt robbed of the good intentions I had to pray with him over the day. So, I decided to pray alone. Then, my prayers were interrupted by the sounds of Addofio starting the shower. I headed to the bathroom and sarcastically said good morning so that he could recall our missed connection. With the same level of sarcasm, he greeted me back, blaming his absence on improper sleep. It felt like a bad excuse for something he wasn’t remorseful about, an attitude that was already dampening the day.

Attempting to change the mood, I brought up another topic that was quickly met with the same energy. Warning him about this, I made it clear that I’d rather stay home on such an occasion, than to deal with his attitude in public. He responded, “That’s fine. You don’t have to come if you don’t want to.” With fury, I walked out of the bathroom.

It didn’t take long for us to make up after Addofio expressed how much he needed me at his dinner and how incomplete the event would be without me. After little resistance, I forgave him.

Later, I gave my mom a call and she asked how the prepping was going. Soon after, she asked, “How come your dad and I weren’t invited?” I felt shame crawl up my back as I realized I didn’t tell Addofio to invite them. His parents typically relocate to Ghana for the winter months, so they weren’t attending either. I gathered an apologetic excuse and explained that it was an event for his friends, using his parents’ absence as a justifier. I felt horrible and knew she had heard it in my voice. She forgave me and asked to inform her about how everything went the next day.

THE EVENT

Upon arriving, I was mesmerized by the decor done by D​ aphnee Lauren Events,​ which had touches of gold, glass, and candles everywhere. Coats were checked-in and glasses of champagne were given in exchange. I circled the room to find warm familiar faces, falling into deep conversations. Smiles were everywhere and everyone looked beautiful, I appreciated the time they all took to present their best. Beyond the sounds of occasional laughter were the beautiful notes of cellist,Gabriel Royal,​ playing in the background. An atmosphere of joy and love had taken over the entire room.

Cocktail hour concluded and everyone was met with the task to find their named seats. We were surrounded by our siblings, cousins, and best of friends as the night unraveled into a memory I’d never forget. Bottles of wine were poured and orders were taken for a meal of either chicken or fish. ​Gabriel Royal​ sang in a tone that had our guests enraptured. After the first of his performances, Addofio and I climbed up to the second level of the event space to change outfits. I was jealous that I couldn’t sit there longer to listen.

At the end of Gabriel’s performances, we re-appeared in matching custom outfits that were handmade in Accra, Ghana – a trip we had returned from just a week prior. Addofio made his first speech by thanking everyone for attending and encouraging the guests to meet someone new. He wanted to celebrate his life by shedding light onto those who play a dear role in it. It wasn’t just about him turning thirty, it was about everyone who helped him make it to thirty.

After his speech, C​ hef Joe​ and his waiters delivered the meals from the kitchen. When opera vocalist, ​A-LaRenée Davis, took center stage to sing, we gathered around the room to listen. She commanded our attention with her astonishing vocal range. Most of us had never seen a young black woman sing such notes from across the world in different dialects. I looked around the room as she sang, no one dared to move. I felt chills repeatedly take over and leave my entire body, and was thankful for the blessing to be able to experience her gift.

After leaving us in a trance, we had a few moments to transition. Addofio had asked our siblings and I to stand near the kitchen for better views of the final talent of the evening. Dancer, J​ ustin Melvin​, moved the room to a Senegalese song from the 1970s called, “Aduna Diaroul Niawo” by Orchestra Baobab. The rich sounds of Africa suffused the room as we watched him sway, kick and move majestically. ​It was during this last performance that my heart felt so full. I leaned into Addofio’s ear and whispered, “This is a night we will remember for the rest of our lives.” T​ his conviction of my heart would soon prove to be a reality.

THE PROPOSAL

After the dance performance was done, there was an awkward silence in the room, which became an energy that quickly grew uncomfortable for me. I leaned over again to whisper, “Say something!” Later, I found out that he was waiting for a cue to retrieve my parents. He moved a few steps away from me to speak to the crowd.

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I turned to look at one of his sisters when I saw my parents walking towards me. My mother started to pass by without making eye contact, and it felt like a dream. I called out to her and touched her coat. She just turned to me and smiled but kept walking on by, being led by Addofio. She was the last person I was expecting to see considering our conversation earlier that day. At first, I was stunned and confused, but then it clicked and I stated, under my breath, “Shut the f**k up.”

As I placed my hand over my mouth, the lights were suddenly brightened.Corey Fulmore,​ also a vocalist, came down the stairs with a microphone singing, “She’s Your Queen”, a memorable song originating from the film, Coming to America.

My legs felt frozen, my mind was running, and I didn’t want to move. Addofio, knowing this, said, “Come here, girl!”, and pulled me apart from the crowd. I felt all eyes on me and wished I had rehearsed for that moment. Shock, love, appreciation, shyness, humility, and disbelief all formulated into tears rolling down my face.

He started his proposal speech that sent me over the edge. All I could muster out in a crying scream was, “Oh, my God!” And he replied, “I know, I got your ass!”, and we laughed with our guests, both of our heads nodding. Like the superman he is to me, he came to my rescue with a fresh white handkerchief to wipe away my tears, knowing to press it against my cheeks lightly to prevent my makeup from smearing. His ability to completely think things through is one of the many attributes I love about him.

With his help, I mustered up enough focus to store my thoughts and actually listen to the words he was saying because I knew I’d only hear them once. And these were the words that followed:

“So it’s been an incredible journey; we’ve been through a lot. And, I got on your nerves on purpose this morning for this very moment. I love you.”

I interrupted and stated, “I was so mad at you! I was so mad at you!” The crowd laughed.

He continued, “I knew you were, I know. But, I love you. This has been an incredible journey. I love your excellence. I love your skin. I love your scars. I love everything about you. You’re so badass. You’re so amazing. This is the best birthday gift I could give myself by doing this. I’ll keep it brief and short. So…will you, will you marry me?”

He got down on one knee and opened a flat box of a ring that blinded me. I couldn’t see it because it was reflecting but figured that was a great sign. I looked over to my parents who bore the widest smiles their faces could carry. I saw our family and friends cheering and hollering. I tapped into myself for clarity on this major life decision. And after a total eight seconds that felt like a lifetime, I said the words:

“Of course!”

WRITTEN BY LISA AIDOOD

CREDITS

VIDEOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY: CULINARY: EVENT DECOR:Zachary Thomas Cedarholm @CEDARIMAGE Mambu Bayoh @Mambub
Chef JOE @theofficialchefjoe
Daphnee Lauren Events @DaphneeLaurenEvents

 

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CELLIST:
1 VOCALIST: DANCER:
2 VOCALIST:

Ike Nartey @IkeNarteyEssentials Kevin @Kombolo @Patmot_Clothing

Gabriel Royal @GabrielRoyalMusic A-LaRenée Davis @moboopthanbetty Justin Melvin @JaeDominic
Corey Fulmore @CoreyFnj

 

 

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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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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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