My mother, whom I love and adore, has called twice already and I am missing her calls on purpose. Whenever she calls there has to be some sort of reminder of a past event. The last time she called, she went on a rant on how reckless breaking off my engagement with my fiancé was when I could be married instead to a successful, handsome man.
That is a story for another day. I am trying to avoid that at all costs. The last thing I need is a daily reminder of what my life has become. She does not give up, does she? She keeps on calling.
While trying to answer her call, someone yells at me and the next thing is me falling into the gutter near the sidewalk on the busy streets of Accra. I try to get out immediately to save myself from the embarrassment, but it is too late. People are already gathering around the gutter while two ladies try to help me out. They get me out and take me to the corner of a provision kiosk to get a bench for me to sit. One of the ladies, who probably owns the shop, calls out a little girl to bring water for me to wash my feet, and they enter the shop.
Paid for insults
As I sit, I am left to reminisce on my not-so-horrible life. Believe me when I say this is not the worst thing that has happened to me Perhaps, I am to blame for falling into the gutter, for trying to answer the phone, or these ruthless Accra pedestrians for being too pushy, or my dear mother who cannot catch a clear signal.
“Stand up for your rights,” they say. My former boss was rude, pushy and never appreciated my efforts. It was so hard working for someone who seemed to have no control whatsoever of their anger. I was getting paid all right but I was not getting paid to receive insults. I mean who gets paid to be insulted? I was getting sick and tired of her pushy and obnoxious attitude. I decided to tell her, in the most polite way I knew, to watch her attitude or I would quit. But then she said: “Well, let me make it easy for you. Pack your belongings and leave, young girl. You are fired.”
That was definitely not the response I was hoping to receive. I stood in the middle of my office floor, right in front of her office, in complete shock. I was embarrassed because everyone seemed to have stopped working and was watching. I rushed to my office in the corner, packed my office belongings, placed them in a box and left.
While in the elevator, I could hear my heart pounding. I was very angry, to the point where tears started welling up in my eyes. Have you ever reached a point of anger where your emotions come out as tears? Yes, that was me at that very moment.
As I reached out for my keys to open my car door, the security guard told me I no longer had access to the car, because it is the company’s property. He then confiscated the car. I felt I was being watched so I made a quick about-turn and when I looked at the building, there my colleagues were, watching. Great! What more could I ask for? I walked to the roadside, hailed a taxi and left the premises. I was beyond angry.
Do I regret telling my boss to change her behavior towards me? Right now I am not certain, but I am glad I do not have to endure being treated poorly every day.
A month later, I am sitting by a kiosk on a bench, unemployed, feet covered in gutter dirt. While still in my thoughts, the little girl taps my shoulder and gives me the water. I wash the mud and dirt off my feet and clean it with the rags in my bag. I give her some money to give to the ladies for helping out but she brings the money back saying they are refusing to take it, I buy drinks for them instead I thank them again and bring my phone out to order a ride with Uber.
A driver honks his horn at me and shouts my name. Saved by the honk. The voice sounded familiar. Looking closely, I realise he is someone I knew in high school. He smiles and asks me where I am heading and offers me a ride. I decline but he convinces me to allow him to take me there. I am reeking of various unpleasant smells and I know he can smell them too. I stay silent, trying to avoid any form of conversation, because at this point my life is not something to chatter about. He laughs nervously and asks me why I look a mess. When I tell him, he laughs about it and apologises for my inconvenience. An awkward silence follows.
My phone starts ringing. It is my mom calling. I pick up this time because it must be really important if she keeps on calling. She sounds annoyed and asks why I have been avoiding everyone’s call. Without giving me time to complete my sentence, she says she has good news for me.
“Your own mother”
“So your little sister has been trying to break the news of her recent engagement to you and you have not been answering our calls.
“You see that young man Lady told us about? Yes that handsome man. The traditional ceremony will be held this Saturday because they want to do things quickly. Young people these days.
“She wants you to be her maid of honour, my dear. If you do not accept this you will break her heart ooo.
“I can finally put my enemies to shame, one of my beautiful daughters is getting married.
“Call me when you are free. Now your own mother has to call you a thousand times before you mind her. I have to attend to a few visitors. If you like don’t call,” she says, and hangs up.
By Priscilla Owusu
The Daily Statesman
DStv For Business Enhancing Customers’ Experience with The Right Mix of Entertainment
At the heart of any business is the customer and at DStv Ghana, the goal is to evolve daily to meet the demands of the ever-changing and competitive market. In a bid to cater to its wide array of audiences, Africa’s number one Pay TV company, MultiChoice Africa has repositioned its commercial service “DStv For Business” with packages specially curated with the right edutainment content to suit various businesses.
According to the Acting Head, DStv For Business, Kelvin Kamasa, “our objective is to deliver a pay TV experience designed for your business. The content and packages are specifically curated to seamlessly fit into the way commercial customers consume it. Our solution for hotels for instance allows guest in different rooms to watch their choice of channels without the intervention of the front desk personnel. Your clientele can continue watching their favourite shows/channels whenever they are on the road for business or stop by your office, hotel, or pub. DStv For Business has a tailored package to suit your business size and pocket so you can have the best working moments with DStv.”
MultiChoice Ghana continues to improve its service offerings over time, with the addition of consultancy service for High-rise buildings, multiple user dwelling on how DStv can be installed. The DStv For Business unit can advise on countless options to ensure the incorporation of either our IPTV service or other alternatives to a seamless and cost-effective TV entertainment solution to your high rise or estate project. According to the Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere, the business is all about the customer’s experience, and the greatest motivation for his team is to offer more value for money to not just our domestic users but commercial users.
DStv For Business has three main offers; DStv Work, DStv Play and DStv Stay. Each package is tailored to suit the needs of offices, bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and so on. The essence of this, Kelvin Kamasa explains, is to tailor content to specific customers to enhance their viewing experience. Instead of having to watch a wide array of content, these DStv For Business packages now give you what you want based on business customers’ needs and preferences.
The DStv Work package offers the latest news headlines from around the world, sports, weather updates and other work-related entertainment. The goal here is to set the tone for a stimulating work environment and keep everyone well informed. The Work packages are best suited for offices, banks, and other corporate organizations.
The DStv Play packages are best suited for businesses such as pubs, restaurants, bars, clubs, café, and betting houses. These packages enhance the guest’s experience and ensure that they are always entertained with their favourite sports programmes and other first-class entertainment.
The DStv Stay packages are suited for hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, Air BnB’s and serviced apartments. Giving each guest whether a kid, adult or elderly a memorable in-room experience during their stay.
One important feature is that these packages they can be tailored to customers’ budget. This means that customers can enjoy entertainment at a certain threshold which is a unique offer. For less than Ghs 170, one can enjoy several channels. For instance, the DStv Stay (Basic), offers customers an array of entertainment with more than ten channels spanning sports, news, kiddies’ channel, and music with just GHs77.
Businesses also have the flexibility of choosing a package that perfectly suits your business model without worrying about not having the popular channels needed by customers. From small entrepreneurs to 5-star hotels, multinational corporations and government agencies, every business has something that works for them.
For hotels, their customers get a mix of carefully selected movies, music, and sports channels as well as documentary channels. This is the same for a financial establishment where customers are more concerned about the latest updates from the financial sector and latest news over that of a music or movie channel like Akwaaba Magic Abusua and ROK Gh. Similarly, fast-food joints, pubs and clubs will be in tune with Trace Jama, Akwaaba Magic, SuperSports channels over National Geographic Channel or News channels.
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How to Start Playing in an Online Casino Safely
When you’re ready to start playing in https://irelandbestcasinos.com/, it’s important to do so safely. Here are a few tips to follow:
- Make sure the casino is reputable and has a valid license.
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- Play for fun, not to make money. Never gamble more than you can afford to lose.
The Risks and Rewards of New Online Casinos
When it comes to gambling, there’s no doubt that the internet has made things a lot more convenient for people all over the world. Instead of having to travel to a physical casino, players can now simply log on to their favourite online casino and enjoy all the action from the comfort of their own home.
While this has undoubtedly made gambling more accessible and enjoyable for many people, it has also led to the rise of a new breed of online casino – the so-called ‘newcomer’. These casinos are often established by relatively unknown companies and tend to offer players lower betting limits and a narrower range of games than more established brands.
So, what are the risks and rewards of playing at new online casinos? On the one hand, these casinos may be less reliable and secure than more established brands, so there is a risk that your personal information or money could be compromised. On the other hand, new casinos often offer generous bonuses and other promotions which can allow you to make some free money or get extra value for your bets.
Ultimately, whether or not you decide to play at a new online casino is up to you. However, if you do decide to take the plunge, it’s important to do your research first and make sure that you choose a reputable brand. With a little bit of care, you should be able to enjoy all the fun and excitement of online gambling without any major problems.
Benefits of Using a Good Betting Site
When it comes to gambling, there’s no doubt that the internet has made things a lot easier for people. These days, there are tons of great betting sites available online, and this means that you can enjoy all the convenience and excitement of gambling without ever having to leave your home.
But with so many different sites to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. So what should you look for when choosing a betting site? Here are some of the key benefits of using a good betting site:
- Security and safety – One of the most important things to look for in a betting site is security. You want to make sure that your personal information and your money are safe and secure, and that the site has measures in place to protect you from fraud and other scams.
- Variety of games – A good betting site will offer a wide range of games, including slots, poker, blackjack, roulette and more. This means that you’ll always have something new to try and you’ll never get bored.
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- Easy payment options – Another important thing to look for is easy payment options. The site should offer a range of payment methods such as credit card, debit card, PayPal and more. This makes it for you to deposit money and start playing right away.
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As you can see, there are plenty of great reasons to use a good betting site. So if you’re thinking about gambling online, be sure to choose a site that offers all of the above benefits.
Everton Welcomes Ghana’s Ridge City Women as Club Partner
Everton is proud to announce that Ridge City has become the first women’s football club to join forces in an exciting new partnership.
The Ghanaian club, based in Accra and formed just four years ago, is the newest addition to Everton’s International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP) as the Club looks to build on the huge progress made in the women’s game in recent years.
It is also the first African club to join the EIAAP programme, which aims to expand the knowledge and expertise of Everton’s player development processes to affiliated clubs across the world.
Everton aims to help expand the profile of Ridge City Football Club by facilitating and developing the women’s game in Ghana and offering a pathway for players.
The two clubs will also collaborate on player and coach development, coach education and helping Ridge City establish themselves as a foundation club for women in Ghana.
Formed in 2018, Ridge City FC has thrived following a truncated start as a professional club caused by the Covid pandemic: earning promotion to the Ghanaian Premier League in only their third season, as champions of Division One.
The club, which currently has around 30 women in its ranks, plus a burgeoning academy, has aims to facilitate the development and promotion of women’s football in Ghana.
Ridge City’s mission also includes creating career opportunities for girls and women as footballers and in the technical and managerial aspects of the game, and contributing positively to the upliftment of female football in Ghana.
Cleopatra Nsiah Nketiah, CEO of Ridge City, said: “I am super excited about the partnership. We have been looking for an opportunity like this for a long time and the most important thing for us is that women in Ghana are serious about playing football.
“I feel like our relationship with Everton will help us on that pathway and let our people know that in Ghana you can play football and that there can be a career path, perhaps even having a chance to travel to the UK and trial there.
“The environment and resources Everton can provide is a huge pull and the opportunity to have online coaching programmes to follow, and even potential visits by their coaches, is another real positive that we can tap into, to help our women feel that they are part of something bigger.
“I want to let the world know that we can see a pathway forward for Ridge City and this is a relationship we can’t wait to be a part of.”
The EIAAP initiative provides clubs at all tiers of the game with access to the finest coaching knowledge from Everton’s renowned Academy to support with growth – a level of support that sets it apart from more traditional models.
- A holistic approach to player, coach and club development, offering technical support from Everton’s Finch Farm training complex and business and marketing support from its Royal Liver Building business headquarters
- Weekly support from a dedicated Everton Academy coach
- Full access to the Everton Academy curriculum
Under the EIAAP initiative, coaches from Ridge City will have access to Everton’s state-of-the-art Finch Farm complex – the home of Everton’s senior men’s, senior women’s and academy teams – for education and training.
Paddy Byrne, Everton’s International Technical Manager, plans to make a future visit to Ridge City to assist in sharing the Everton Academy curriculum and implement methods used at Finch Farm to develop both player and coaching skills.
In turn, this provides Ridge City Women with further knowledge and help grow their club to achieve their vision and objectives.
Byrne added: “We are delighted to welcome Ridge City as an inaugural women’s partner club to Everton’s International Academy Affiliate programme.
“I’m excited to work with Cleopatra and her team and help them to build on the solid foundations laid in only four years of existence.
“We feel there is plenty of opportunity for them to grow – and by sharing our values and coaching methods we will build on the affiliate programme in a new territory.
“I am sure this will prove a fruitful partnership for both clubs, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Everton’s International Academy Affiliate Club programme, which is available to grassroots teams, professional sides, youth academies, girls’ and women’s teams, as well as colleges and universities, was launched in 2020.
The programme already has affiliates in the US, Canada, South America, Australia and Ireland.
To find out more, visit EvertonInternationalAcademy.com
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