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Fuse ODG Also Cites GTA For Unauthorised Use Of His Content

Ghanaian music star Fuse ODG has revealed his legal team is in touch with that of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) over the use of his intellectual property in a promotional ad without his notice.

In a statement obtained, the musician revealed that although he has sanctioned works in the past for government use most notably his 2018 record “Bra Fie” ft Damian Marley, which was used as the theme song for the Year of Return; which we launched via our TINA festival alongside the President, no such process was observed in relation to the recent video in question regarding our record “New African Girl”  

He sympathized with Ayat who has also had to suffer this unfair treatment.

The statement reads;

“As a company, we feel that the last few days have exposed an issue in Ghana that goes beyond the office of the President: The lack of respect and understanding of intellectual property.   

We have sanctioned works in the past for government use, most notably, our 2018 record “Bra Fie” ft Damian Marley, which was used as the theme song for the Year of Return; which we launched via our TINA festival alongside the President.  

However, no such process was observed in relation to the recent video in question regarding our record “New African Girl”   

We sympathise with Kirani Ayat. As creative persons, we sacrifice a lot to be able to put together a song let alone a whole video with high-quality production value.   

As a company we have stayed true to our own mission, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote Ghana over the years off our own backs, which we will continue to do.   

Clearly, mistakes have been made by the Government in this situation, but hopefully, they can simply hold their hand up and take corrective action to compensate accordingly.   

Going forward, the solution must be to invest in more education around intellectual property. This is something the ministry can do both internally and for the creative sector as a whole. Ghana has always been an influential voice in music globally and a lot more can be done to support artists from an early stage.   

In the meantime, our legal teams are in discussion with the ministry and their legal team in order to resolve this issue.

 

The last few days have exposed an issue in Ghana that goes beyond the Office of the President, Ghana 🇬🇭 …@ghanatourismGTA @NakufoAddo pic.twitter.com/PSBpah3g2i

— Fuse ODG (@FuseODG) September 29, 2022

 

On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the president of Ghana shared a video as part of a campaign dubbed Visit Ghana. The video has portions of Fuse ODG’s 2018 released single New African Girl which featured Kuami Eugene and KiDi.

 

Beneath the deep blue sky, the Black Star is calling. Follow the stars and let them take you on a journey of our people. I invite everyone to the country at the centre of the world – #Ghana 🇬🇭. #VisitGhana2022 pic.twitter.com/2m5KC2QTkt

— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) September 27, 2022

 

 

 

Source: Nydjlive.com

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CEO Of Access Bank, His Wife, His Son And 3 Others Die In Helicopter Crash In California

A Nigerian banker, his wife, and his son are among the six people who died in a San Bernardino County helicopter crash Friday evening, as the aircraft was en route from Palm Springs to Boulder City, Nevada.

Six passengers were confirmed onboard by the FAA with early Saturday morning reports stating that “no survivors have been located.”

 

The Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter, with six people on board, crashed around 10 p.m. local time, east of the 15-Freeway near Nipton, which is just west of the Nevada border.

 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash and its circumstances.

 

Dr. Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe,57, CEO of Access Bank, had professional ties to Nigeria, serving as a Board Member of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company and a member of the Advisory Board for Friends Africa.  His wife and son along with Abimbola Ogunbanjoa, a former chair of Nigerian Exchange Group, died in the crash CBS News confirmed.

 

The identities of the other two people on board the helicopter have not been confirmed.

 

Watch the National Transportation Safety Board give details on the accident in a media brief below.

 

Source: CBS News

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Telecel Group Takes Over After Acquiring 70% Shares In Vodafone Ghana

Vodafone Group Plc has completed the transfer of its 70% majority shares in Vodafone Ghana (Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited – GTCL), to the Telecel Group after successfully obtaining all the necessary regulatory approvals, including the agreement of the Government of Ghana, as a minority shareholder.

 

This is the most recent major change for the Ghanaian telecommunications company since 2008 when Vodafone Group Plc purchased a controlling interest in GTCL and established Vodafone Ghana.

 

Telecel is an Africa-focused telecommunication company, with a brand founded in 1986, operating primarily in Africa and converging telecommunication with fintech, e-commerce, and tech startups. The completion of the agreement to acquire Vodafone Ghana by Telecel Group presents an opportunity for further innovation and continued delivery of unparalleled services to Ghanaians.

 

Operations of Vodafone Ghana and its three subsidiaries; National Communication Backbone Company Limited (Vodafone Wholesale), Vodafone Ghana Mobile Financial Services Limited (Vodafone Cash), and the Vodafone Ghana Foundation, will continue operations uninterrupted while embracing exciting new possibilities.

 

‘This acquisition is a testament to our enthusiasm and positive outlook for the Ghanaian market, which we view as a vital market with unlimited potential for digitalization and innovation in Africa. Telecel Group is eager to develop and bring forward-thinking offerings to our subscribers, enterprises, and communities in Ghana. We look forward to a transformation journey of Vodafone Ghana with the contribution and growth of its human capital.’ stated Malek Atrissi, Telecel Group’s COO.

 

Vodafone Ghana assures its customers and stakeholders of their unwavering commitment to continuity across all services and products. Vodafone Ghana’s CEO, Patricia Obo-Nai said: ‘We are fully committed to delivering excellence across all facets of the business and providing our customers with innovative products and services.

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Dr Grace Boadu Of Grace Gift Herbal Clinic Confirmed Dead

Dr Grace Boadu of Grace Gift Herbal Clinic has  been reported died.

 

The sad news was first published on the internet by Kessben FM on its social media platforms.

 

As reported, Dr Grace Boadu passed away just a few hours ago after battling a prolonged illness.

 

Ghanaians on the internet have taken to their various social media timelines to sympathise with the bereaved family.

 

The country has lost a great heroine and philanthropist. Recall that just last November, she donated Ghc10,000 to the ‘Heal Okomfo Anokye Project’ initiated by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

 

 

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“Things We Do For Love” Star, Vincent E. McCauley Reported Dead

Vincent E. McCauley, a Ghanaian actor well-known for his role in the popular 90’s television series Things We Do For Love has died.

The news of his death was confirmed by colleague actor and friend Adjetey Annang.

Popularly referred to as Max in the TV Series, the actor is said to have died on Monday, January 15, 2024.

 

It is immediately unknown the cause of his death.

Vincent McCauley also starred include other movies including “Games People Play”, “Fortune Island”, “Office Palava”, “Living With Trisha: House of Secrets” and “The Idiot and I”.

Since the news of his death, tributes have poured in from far and near.

 

Sharing the news, Adjetey Annan, who was also known as Pusher, a rival to Max in the 90’s series, Things We Do For Love wrote;

“The tight hugs, the smile, the bulging eyes, the new words…we barely have recovered from losing Marlene (‘Lois’: your cousin in the series) and another member of the #thingswedoforlove family #vincentmacauley bids farewell,💔…not what we imagined beginning a new year…what deep pain! Rivals on set “Pusher & Max” since 1999 but cool guys off set. Thank you for being a part of the family and paying your dues very well. Rest in perfect peace brother🙏 Our deepest condolences to the family.”

Other celebrities have taken to social media to express their condolences.

 

 

 

 

 

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Popular Waakye Seller Auntie Muni Has Died

Celebrated waakye seller Auntie Muni has passed away.

 

According to Asaase Radio, Auntie Muni passed away on Wednesday 3 January at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) in Accra after a short illness.

 

Speaking to Benjamin Offei-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (3 January), Auntie Muni’s son Arafat said she will be buried in Tamale today.

 

“Mummy was sick, she was complaining of pain, so we took her to the SNNIT Hospital…., there were complications, so she asked that they discharge her.”

 

“When they discharged her, after two days, we realised she was still not feeling well. So we rushed her to the University of Ghana Medical Centre for medical attention and this morning at 3 am she passed away,” Arafat said.

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CEO Of JAF Links Travel, Christian Juliet Marks Her 50th Birthday With A Grand Thanksgiving Service

The beautiful and powerful entrepreneur celebrated her birthday today, December 28, 2023, at the Presbyterian Church in Osu-Accra, where she was joined by her illustrious  husband, three children, family, and friends.

 

She was seen wearing a stunning golden beaded dress with a glittering fascinator, donned with ribbon and sliver-like heels.

 

Other eminent personalities such actresses Joselyn Dumas, Stacy Amoateng and other distinguished personalities outside Ghana were all present to share in her milestone.

 

Christian Juliet’s 50th birthday was a very wonderful golden Jubilee celebration of happiness, serenity, love and success.

 

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Afrobeats Artist Danny Lampo And BBC Presenter Stefania Okereke Join In Honoring Dr. Felix Effah’s PhD Achievement In The UK

In a heartwarming celebration of academic excellence, Afrobeats sensation Danny Lampo and BBC presenter Stefania Okereke came together to honor their friend, Dr. Felix Effah, on the occasion of his recent PhD attainment in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Felix Effah, a distinguished member of the UK Health Security Agency and affiliated with St George’s Medical School, has not only excelled in academia but also contributed significantly to the field of health security. His dual roles in public health and academia showcase a commitment to both research and practical application in ensuring the well-being of the community.
The festivities took place in the vibrant city where Dr. Effah pursued his doctoral studies, bringing together a blend of music, media, and academic accomplishment. The event not only marked Dr. Effah’s significant achievement but also highlighted the strong bonds of friendship that transcend various spheres of life.
Danny Lampo, known for his infectious beats and dynamic presence in the Afrobeats music scene, added a touch of rhythm to the celebration. His upbeat tunes resonated through the venue, creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration. Lampo’s presence underscored the importance of acknowledging achievements across diverse fields, reinforcing the idea that success knows no boundaries.
Stefania Okereke, the distinguished BBC presenter with a reputation for her insightful interviews and engaging storytelling, brought her media prowess to the event. Her coverage of Dr. Effah’s journey, from the initial stages of research to the triumphant completion of the PhD, highlighted the dedication and hard work that paved the way for this academic milestone.
Additionally, Stefania Okereke’s professional background includes collaborations with top artists such as Samini, Victony, and Bisa Kdei, showcasing her versatility and influence in the music industry. Her experience working with these renowned artists further adds a layer of artistic flair to the celebration, bridging the worlds of media and music.
The gathering served as a testament to the power of collaboration between individuals from different walks of life. Lampo’s artistic flair, Okereke’s journalistic finesse, and Dr. Effah’s academic dedication created a dynamic trio that showcased the richness of talent within their circle.
As friends and well-wishers raised a toast to Dr. Effah’s success, the event became a symbol of inspiration for aspiring individuals across various fields. The convergence of music, media, academia, and healthcare underscored the diverse talents present within the group, demonstrating that success is often the result of a harmonious blend of passion, hard work, and mutual support.
The celebration of Dr. Felix Effah’s PhD achievement became more than a formal acknowledgment of academic success. It evolved into a lively gathering that celebrated the fusion of talent, friendship, and the pursuit of excellence. Danny Lampo and Stefania Okereke, each a luminary in their respective fields, played integral roles in making this event a memorable testament to the power of collaboration and celebration in the face of achievement.
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Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS 2003 Year Group Donates 12- Seater Flush Toilet To Alma Mater At 20 Years Anniversary Ceremony

The 2003 Year Group of Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School on Saturday 11th November, 2023 celebrated their 20 years anniversary after completing school.

As part of the anniversary commemoration, the old students of the prestigious all female school donated a 12- seater flush toilet to one of the houses in the school named Yaa Sarponmaa House ( House 8)

Talking to the media present, the president of the association Ms. Erica Edem Senayah,  divulged that her Year group was motivated to donate a lavatory in a quest to enhance proper hygiene and sanitary conditions in the school. She says this is the first time any of the year groups from Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School has embarked on a comprehensive infrastructure project.

Dr Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor , National Coordinator for The National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme , a former school prefect and member of the 2003 year group also launched ‘The Girls Leadership Academy ‘ an initiative designed by her to groom students within the school for prominent leadership roles.

The three day anniversary ceremony commenced from Friday 10th November with a mentorship session to Sunday 12th November ,2023 climaxing it with a Thanksgiving Service at Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS assembly Hall.

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Mobile Web Ghana’s Africa Digital Skills Conference 2023 Records Outstanding Participation

Mobile Web Ghana, in collaboration with Ghana Dot Com and Keap, is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the fourth annual Africa Digital Skills Conference 2023, its most impactful to date. 

The event, which took place online from November 7th to November 9th, 2023, saw an unprecedented increase in active participation across the African continent.

This year’s conference had a total of 7,162 session attendees, which is more than double the previous year’s figure of 2,997.

 

 

Attendees at the sessions came from 53 different countries, demonstrating the continent’s growing digital synergy and interest. The conference was led by 40 trainers, each of whom provided unique insights and knowledge in a variety of emerging and highly relevant digital fields.

Key digital skills such as data analysis, graphic design, digital marketing, social media marketing, programming, and product development were among the digital skills taught. 

 

These essential digital skills are the foundation of the modern digital economy, and this will enable the youth to positively contribute to the continent’s growth story.

 

 

“We are thrilled by the high participation in this year’s Africa Digital Skills Conference,” said Florence Toffa, director of Mobile Web Ghana. This overwhelmingly positive response attests to changing digital needs and quantifies the value of this conference to Africa’s expanding digital ecosystem.”

 

The fourth annual conference’s success demonstrates Mobile Web Ghana and its partners’ unwavering commitment to promoting digital empowerment among African youths. 

 

It also highlights the potential for digital learning platforms to scale their impact and equip African youth with the skills they need to navigate and thrive in the digital economy.

 

The Africa Digital Skills Conference 2023 further confirms the advancement and potential of digital learning in Africa, and the organisers eagerly anticipate the fifth edition next year.

 

For more information about the next Africa Digital Skills Conference or to collaborate with us, please visit Africadigitalskillsconference.org or email info@mobilewebghana.org. 

 

 

About MobileWeb Ghana

Mobile Web Ghana is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting digital literacy and entrepreneurship among Africa’s youth. Their influential training, partnerships, and events help to shape Africa’s expanding digital economy.

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Apateim Methodist Basic School Receives Learning Materials From The Shidaa Foundation

The Shidaa Foundation led by Canada-based Ghanaian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Roland Akwensivie has donated learning materials to Apateim Methodist Basic School in the Nzema East Municipal in the Western region.

On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the foundation donated an electric wheelchair, reading books, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, binders, colored pencils and crayons, calculators, mathematical sets, and school bags.

In an interview with Wyse Brain of Wyse Promotions, Mr Roland Akwensivie disclosed the reasons why he chose Apateim for this particular donation.

“Apateim was identified as an area with a significant need for educational support. This was based on factors such as economic conditions, access to educational resources, and the number of underserved children in the community. The foundation identified Apateim as an area where the donations would have the most impact”, he said.

He also appealed to the general public to support the Shidaa Foundation.

“The Shidaa Foundation welcomes support from individuals and organizations to help advance its mission of empowering underserved youth and improving education. Contributions can take various forms including donations, in-kind donations, volunteering, partnerships, advocacy, sponsorship, and community engagement”, he added.

The mission of The Shidaa Foundation is to advance education and empower underserved youth to reach their full potential. The foundation is dedicated to providing educational support, resources, and opportunities to children in need, ensuring that they have the tools to succeed in their academic journeys.

The vision of The Shidaa Foundation is to create a brighter future by making education accessible and igniting hope in underserved communities. The foundation aspires to touch the lives of as many children as possible, kindling their love for learning and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed. It envisions a world where education is a transformative force, breaking down barriers and empowering youth to realize their dreams.

 

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