The dispute between Ghanaian musician Kirani Ayat and the Ghana Tourism Authority over copyright infringement does not appear to be going away anytime soon.
Yesterday, Kirani Ayat chastised the Presidency for using parts of his music video in an advertisement without his permission.
This came after Ghana’s President, H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, shared a video promoting tourism in Ghana in honor of World
Tourism Day 2022.
According to Kirani Ayat, the President used a portion of his “Guda” video in the advertisement, despite the fact that he received
no response from the Ministry of Tourism after contacting them in the 2018/2019 fiscal year to request permission to use the video to
promote tourism in the north.
Some portions of Kirani Ayat’s music video for his hit song “Guda” can be seen in the video, which captures beautiful scenes of the country with a VoiceOver by the President.
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) responded today to the claims of copyright infringement made by Kirani Ayat.
According to a GTA statement, the footage was purchased from a creative agency three years ago and has been used for promotional purposes both locally and internationally.
The GTA, on the other hand, did not reveal the name of the agency that created the video, only stating that Kirani Ayat’s concerns had been forwarded to them.
In a statement issued in response to the Ghana Tourism Authority’s (GTA) statement, Kirani denied giving any agency rights to his intellectual property and threatened legal action against the authority.
See his statement below.
In response to the Ghana Tourism Authority statement.
I would like to state I and ONLY I (Kirani Ayat) owns the rights to the GUDA video. No agency has ANY rights or have been granted any rights to use my video for the visit Ghana Ad campaign. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/vswVjqTtHJ
— Kirani Ayat 🌍 (@KiraniAYAT) September 28, 2022
ExGlo Foundation Supports Livelihood Projects
A nation who does not invest in their young ones isn’t worth dying for they say; in lieu with this adage, ExGlo Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Ghana has been at the forefront of championing charity initiatives as well as educative and well-meaning programmes to help not only the young ones but people in need and support, across various spheres.
ExGlo Foundation recently undertook 2 initiatives worth highlighting. The first one done in Tamale, capital of the Northern Region of Ghana saw Senior High School Girls undergoing training that will be able to equip them for business start-ups after school.
This year, the foundation selected 2 regions and identified two beneficiaries for its activities. The Northern Region and the Central Region were selected with specific reference to the Tamale Girls Senior High School in the North and the Srafa community in the Central region. The objective of the foundation this year was to engage these beneficiaries in skill development training and also to offer educational assistance to the Srafa D/A Basic school.
The rationale behind the skill development training was based on the needs assessment carried out before the training. We discovered that, with regards to the Tamale Girls, most of the students were more likely to venture into entrepreneurship to make a living for themselves after school. But there are little to no skill acquisition avenues in the school and the few existing ones are expensive and thus unaffordable hence they are not able to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations when they leave school. This is a major problem in our target regions and most of the students involved in this end up becoming delinquent and living reckless lives. Most of the girls become pregnant after a few months of coming out of school with little or no financial support for themselves and their kids.
For the Srafa Community, they discovered that the women in the community are mostly engaged in farming which serves as their only source of income for themselves and their families. Since farming is a seasonal occupation, these women become financially handicapped when it is not yet the farming season. Most of the women in this community are also housewives who have no particular skill to support their families financially aside farming.
As part of their mission as a Foundation, they decided to equip these girls and women with various skills that can help them attain some level of financial freedom.
Skill Development TrainingaAt Tamale Girls Senior High School:
On the 12th of November, 2022 the ExGlo foundation visited the Tamale Girls Senior High School to train them in liquid soap and bead making. As stated early on, the aim was to equip them with these skills to prevent them from being idle and delinquent after school and also acquire entrepreneurial skills to help them in the future.
Skill Development Training at Srafa Community and Donation Of Essential Items to Srafa D/A Basic School
On the 18th of November, 2022 the ExGlo foundation visited the people of Srafa in the Central region. The visitation was in 2 folds. The first half of the program was to donate some essential items the school needs to facilitate learning and some menstrual hygiene items the female students requested for during the needs assessment conducted. Items donated to the school included marker-boards, sanitary pads, towels, soaps, African print cloths (to cover themselves with it in the washroom when changing), dozens of panties and a cupboard where all these menstrual hygiene items can be kept. ExGlo foundation also repaired the spoilt hand wash basin in the washrooms for them and fixed the marker-boards as well.
The second phase involved the entire community, but mostly the women. The aim was to engage them in making shampoo, liquid soap and pastries, which was very successful. The women were equipped with these skills to help them generate extra income to support themselves and their families.
Source of Funding for This Year’s Projects:
The key sponsors and collaborators for this year’s activities are the management of St John’s Hospital and Fertility Centre, Tantra Hill Roundabout, Accra as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Western Premier, Accra Airport Hotel. Other contributors included Mr Michael Sandow Ali (the chairman of the board), Abeiku Aggrey Santana, Prof. Joshua Y. Abor, Prof. Mrs. Vera Fiador and other family and friends. We are grateful to all our patrons, sponsors and contributors for helping us teach these disadvantaged community members how to fish instead of giving them only fish. God continue to bless their kind hearts.
The foundation would like to thank our hardworking volunteers who helped to make these projects successful. The team was led by Ms Nancy Abena Manko, the Project Manager for the Foundation with oversight provided by the Executive Director, Dr. Patience Aseweh Abor.
Our volunteers for this year’s projects were;
Ms. Priscilla Wiah
Ms. Hannah Ampomah
Ms. Winifred Bakari Soale
Ms. Rahama Issahaku
Ms. Jennifer Yaa Andorful Wilson
Nana Tawiah Gaisie
Mr. Kwesi Ohene-Djan
Mr. Samuel Quansah
Mr. Moses Quarshie
Ms. Alberta Koffuah
The ExGlo foundation initially targeted the Central, North, Upper East and The Upper West Regions for skill development training but due to financial constraints, we were able to focus on just 2 Regions. They are appealing to the general public, other NGOs, organizational bodies et al to help our cause so we can reach out to more beneficiaries. Thank you.
About ExGlo Foundation
As part of our Vision statement, ExGlo Foundation is dedicated to partnering and working closely with various stakeholders to ensure that the people of the rural areas of the Central, Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions enjoy access to a decent education, healthcare, and sustainable livelihood projects to improve their lives. we have been dedicated to this goal since 2012. In the past 8 years, we have engaged in various activities which include but are not limited to helping some brilliant but deprived students to complete school through the payment of their fees, donation of stationeries, student and staff tables and chairs, clothing and other essential items. The foundation also organized health talks and screening, offered career guidance to its beneficiaries, and as well as skill development training.
Membership of ExGlO is open to professionals, graduates, graduate students, foundations, corporate bodies, or anyone interested in helping the organization to achieve its aims and willing to abide by the rules and regulations.
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‘Power Rangers’ Star Jason David Frank Dies At Age 49
Frank was best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” television series, which ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1996.
Former “Power Rangers” star Jason David Frank has died, his manager confirmed. He was 49.
“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being,” manager Justine Hunt in a statement. “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”
The cause and manner of his death have not yet been released.
Frank was best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” television series, which ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1996. According to his IMBd page, Frank’s character appeared in 225 total episodes, more than any other ranger.
Though he began as the popular Green Ranger, Frank’s character transformed into the White Ranger, Red Zeo, and Red Turbo Ranger before returning as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger in 2004. The actor has also starred in both “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Movie” in 1995 and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” in 1997.
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Glitz Galleria Maiden Edition Of Entrepreneurship Made Easy Successfully Launched
Glitz Galleria opened its doors to the general populace after initiating their “Entrepreneurship Made Easy” which was successfully held on 7th November, 2022. The event successfully happened after creating more awareness on social media with the initiative. The flyer of the launch caused a stare on the media which amassed a lot of anticipation and attention.
It was an insightful pursuit which was well presented to the general populace and the nation at large. The main motive; “Dare to dream” really aligned with its purpose earlier today at the launch. Entrepreneurship made easy is targeted at inspiring, motivating and encouraging all artisans and aspiring entrepreneurs who have low sense of self-belief in whatever field of work they find themselves in.
This great seminar was an insightful one which is expected to create an impact in the nation and among all entrepreneurs from different fields across the nation. In the quest for posterity, Mrs Albertha Bossman and her able team intends to initiate a huge network which will bind all of these participants together. The aim of that particular network is to support each other to win in their respective fields of work, they also aim to create life changing , high values experiences driven by the passion to make impact in the lives of people. “Entrepreneurship Made Easy” made a huge step ahead to inspire an elderly man who also graced the event. The maiden edition also recorded a good number of people who vacated all the way from Kumasi to Accra for this wonderful occasion.
The grand maiden edition felt the honorable presence of special guest speakers such as Media Personality; Maxbel Coleman of Kantanka TV; CEO of Maxbel Consult , Fashion Fusion Ghana & Maxbel Modeling Agency, Madam Afua Asantewaa Aduonum; CEO of Askof Productions, Dr Charity Twumasi Ankrah; CEO of Chartma Herbal Center.
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Ghana Tourism Authority And Kirani Ayat Reach An Agreement Following A Copyright Infringement
The Ghana Tourism Authority and rapper Kirani Ayat have reached an agreement after the
former was accused of violating the musician’s intellectual property rights.
This was after they used footage from Kirani’s ‘Guda’ video as part of a tourism reel.
According to a statement posted on Kirani Ayat’s Twitter page, “the parties have reached an
amicable agreement in settlement.”
However, no specifics about the agreement were provided.
Aside from reaching an agreement, the rapper and the GTA will work together on a number
of projects to promote Ghana.
“Ayat appreciates all support from the good people of Ghana throughout this process,”
according to a section of the statement.
Announcement of settlements.
To the good people of Ghana, thank you. 🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/5JM6H2WyCe
— Kirani Ayat + The Spireeet 🌍 (@KiraniAYAT) October 31, 2022
Creative Director Of Akoma Scrubs Unveils New Collection On His Birthday
From June 2021, Lynks Klodin has experienced sixteen months of significant progress as the number one trendy medical Scrubs brand, supplying Akoma Scrubs within Ghana, America and the European market.
Akoma scrub draws inspiration from the Ghanaian kente that represents royalty. We create unique unisex designs, and are packaged with a top (name and other details embroidered), one pair of pants (2 side pocket) and a matching hair cover. We however make productions to suit the customer’s taste.
Various color options available in different sizes. If your color choice is not in our catalogues, message us to find out if it’s available.
The data on sales has grown steadily by forty-five percent monthly, with amazing customer reviews.
The brand is aware of our challenges and opportunities for further development and is committed to making a difference and expanding our market.
We would like to congratulate our hardworking staff for the success chalked so far. To our clients, partners and allies, we say thank you for your valued business and referrals. We value your trust and confidence in us and sincerely appreciate you!
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CEO Of Rickens Construction Limited Princess Cornelia Bags Awards At Annual Leadership And Industry Awards
Business mogul and hardworking female entrepreneur Princess Cornelia Adamu have been at the receiving end of awards at the just-ended Annual Leadership And Industry Awards. The female entrepreneur and philanthropist who doubles as the CEO of Rickens Company Limited received two awards at the event which held on 21st October 2022.
Rickens Company Limited is a multi-purposed company located in Accra, Ghana which is engaged in building construction, manufacturing and fabricating of UPVC windows and doors, aluminum windows and doors, roofing sheets , wood works and roofing of house, POP and plaster board ceilings, alucobond cladding and curtain wall, burglarproofs and general metal works, partitioning and all types of balustrade.
The event organized by the Global Business & Entrepreneurship Summit &Awards themed the just ended award event “HONOURING THE PAST, TREASURING THE PRESENT, SHAPING THE FUTURE. The award sought to honour 30 national top business and brands of which madam Adamu was deservedly awarded.
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Liz Truss Steps Down As U.K Prime Minister
Liz Truss has announced her resignation as prime minister.
At a press conference at No 10 Downing Street on Thursday afternoon in front of dozens of reporters, she said she came into office at a time of “great economic and international instability”.
She added: “I recognise…given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.”
Truss the briefest serving PM in UK history
Liz Truss has been in office for just 45 days – the shortest tenure of any UK prime minister. The second shortest-serving PM was George Canning, who served for 119 days after dying in 1827.
Trouble began when her first Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, spooked the financial markets with his mini-budget on 23 September.
Since then, Conservative disquiet has morphed into widespread anger within the parliamentary party.
Her stepping down today follows dramatic scenes in the House of Commons last night over a vote on fracking. Calls for her to go kept growing in the hours afterwards.
Muted response on markets to resignation
There has been a muted response on the markets after Liz Truss announced she was resigning as prime minister.
The pound rose initially in the immediate aftermath of the statement before settling back at around $1.12.
Before she delivered her statement, one analyst said the markets were “watching in a kind of stunned, open-mouthed horror” at political events.
Jeremy Hunt, who recently replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor, has confirmed he will not stand to be the next Conservative leader and UK prime minister.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Keir Starmer has demanded a general election “now” after Liz Truss announced her resignation as prime minister.
Kirani Ayat – Ghana Tourism Authority Reach An Agreement Over Copyright Tussle
The copyright infringement battle between Ghanaian music star Kirani Ayat and Ghana Tourism Authority may soon be over as the former has hinted at reaching an agreement with the GTA.
On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, Kirani Ayat announced the new development although he would not give full details yet.
He also took advantage of the opportunity to announce his first live show scheduled for October 20, 2022.
“Good morning everyone, I’ve reached an agreement with the GTA, I’ll issue a statement soon, thank you. My first live show is this Thursday 20th October at @thealleybargh 7PM. Bring your friends,” he tweeted.
Good morning everyone, I’ve reached an agreement with the GTA, I’ll issue a statement soon, thank you 🙏🏿.
Aisha’s Sun streaming worldwide; https://t.co/IabFPNFvms
— Kirani Ayat 🌍 (@KiraniAYAT) October 19, 2022
On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, Kirani Ayat called out the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo for sharing a campaign which used portions of his creative piece without any prior arrangements.
“The president of Ghana has used my video “GUDA” in this ad to promote Ghana. I was actively reaching out to the Ministry of Tourism in 2018/19 to use this video to push tourism in the North and got NO reply, yet today it’s in an ad and no one reached out to me for permission.”
The president of Ghana has used my video “GUDA” in this ad to promote Ghana. I was actively reaching out to the Ministry of Tourism in 2018/19 to use this video to push tourism in the North and got NO reply, yet today it’s in an ad and no one reached out to me for permission. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/vLnAP0bRqf
— Kirani Ayat 🌍 (@KiraniAYAT) September 27, 2022
The tweet, however, did not sit well with the Ghana Tourism Authority which had oversight responsibility of the said promotional video hence leading to a battle of press releases and media engagements.
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