re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on digital and social topics, is set to be hosted in Accra, Ghana and for the first time in Africa.
The event which is set to host politicians, entrepreneurs, bloggers, scientists and activists will be held at the “Round Pavilion at the Trade Fair” in Accra on 14 & 15 December 2018 under the theme: NEXT LEVEL.
Notable among speakers to participate at the 2 days event are Prof Nii Quaynor, Farida Bemba Nabourema, Yemisi Adegoke, Wanlov The Kubolor, Kwame A.A Opoku, Jemila Abdulai, Kwame Acheampong, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Steve Song, Douglas Ian Scott, Jorge Appiah and others
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) who is the main partner of the first re:publica on the African continent will also present inspiring sessions which will be used to discuss how digital technologies with innovative solutions can contribute to mastering global challenges.
One of the keynote speakers for the event, Nanjala Nyabola, an author will be speaking about the limits of technology in her talk “What Technology Can’t Fix”. Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman will be in dialogue with other high-profile participants on a panel about internet access. The architect and anthropologist Sénamé Koffi Ag – bodjinou, initiator of the platform “L’Africaine d’architecture” and founder of WoeLab, is speaking at the re:publica Accra about “Future Cities”.
A multifaceted evening programme will also be held to connect artistic perspectives with digital topics and across continents. Presentations will include the internationally renowned artist Kudzanai Chiu-rai from Zimbabwe and a screening of We Live in Silence with a live soundtrack by the award-winning musician M.anifest, who’s been described by The Guardian (UK) amongst others as “the foremost rapper on the continent”.
Andreas Gebhard, co-founder and CEO of re:publica GmbH, says, “The re:publica is an event for digital society. It’s global and thus international! But I say that without wishing to ignore regional differences. How can we work together to shape and design the digital society when regional differences create very different frame-work conditions for it? Whether in Berlin, Los Angeles or Accra, re:publica creates space for dialogue and ex-change between equals. I’m very pleased that we can now create these spaces on three continents.”
Tickets for the re:publica Accra are available for less than 6.50 US-Dollars/33 Ghana Cedi for both days of the conference with our partner eGotickets.
Key partners for republica in Accra include: Impact Hub Accra, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, MESTI, GOETHE Institute, DW TV, Mozilla Foundation, Avance Media, Tech Nova, Citi TV.
Afrochella Renovates School For Orphans
As part of efforts to support Ghana in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of education, Afrochella, an afro music, and cultural festival, is renovating the Genesis Academy.The Genesis Academy is a school for the orphanage.It is located in Jamestown, a suburb of Ghana’s capital, Accra.Spokesperson of Afrochella, Gifty Boakye, told DGN Online in an interview that the renovation would lead to the provision of a “solid roof on the school’s building.”According to her, Afrochella has raised about GH¢ 28,000 for the renovation.
She hinted that additionally, Afrochella would provide about 150 backpacks, books, crayons, pens and papers to pupils of the Genesis Academy.In 2018, Afrochella supported WaterAid Ghana with an amount of GH¢ 10,000 as part of its charity initiatives.Ms. Boakye said this year, Afrochella is interested in supporting the Ghanaian Government’s agenda of providing quality education for all its citizens. She said to develop, it was key for Ghana to achieve the SDGs, noting that there was the need for all stakeholders to support the state in providing quality education.
Seagram’s Imperial Blue Debuts In Ghana, Set To Strengthen Its Presence In Sub-Saharan Africa.
Perfect blend of quality grain spirits and imported scotch malts, Seagram’s Imperial Blue whisky has been officially launched in Ghana on October 4th, 2019. On this day, a few carefully selected whisky lovers, key customers and media were invited to an exclusive launch event to sample for the first time the newest addition to the Pernod Ricard Ghana portfolio.
During the event, Gregory Leymarie, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard West Africa said: “True to Joseph Seagram’s uncompromising pursue of excellence when he created his distillery in 1857 in Canada, Seagram’s Imperial Blue was launched in 1997 in India and has become since then, not just one of the largest but also amongst the fastest growing whiskies in the world! In addition to its indisputable quality, its affordability makes it the go-to option for the young and vibrant Ghanaian whisky loving individual. This is one of the many reasons why we strongly believe in this market’s solid potential.”
Ghana is the 36th country in the world in which Imperial Blue has been launched successfully. The brand is indeed the world’s third largest selling whisky* and is also the largest volume contributor to the Pernod Ricard Group globally. It is a testament to the consumers ‘love for the brand which has kept growing throughout the two-decades of its existence: over 3500 bottles of Imperial blue are sold every minute !
Commenting on the penetration of the brand in Ghana, Mr. Kartik Mohindra, Chief Marketing officer of Pernod Ricard India, said, “Ghana has the highest per capita GDP in West Africa, which makes it one of the most critical markets for us. We are excited by the business potential & size of the market. We are proud to introduce Seagram’s Imperial Blue to the relatively young population of Ghana. This launch is hence crucial to help fulfil our ambition of becoming the leader in the mainstream spirits market among the emerging middle class within the next 5 years.”
Imperial Blue Whisky is the winner of Monde Selection Gold Award (Bruxelles) 2018 for its quality. It has also won Gold & Bronze awards at Abby’s (presented by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) for its iconic brand communication strategy.
Make sure to experience Seagram’s Imperial Blue, available soon at your neighborhood store !
About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s no. 2 in wines and spirits. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions. Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolio comprising of : Blenders Pride, Royal Stag, Imperial Blue, 100 Pipers, Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and well known wines like Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralized organization. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.
Ballantine’s True Music Accra Celebrates Pioneering Artists in Ghana
Some of Ghana's hottest music stars including King Promise, Darkovibes, DJ Vyrusky, DJ MicSmith, and iPhone DJ thrilled an ecstatic crowd with live performances at the Ballantine's True Music Accra held at the Carbon Night Club last weekend. The Glow in the Dark party that celebrated pioneering Ghanaian artists and DJs that "do it their way" was fueled with sounds from Africa and was attended by over 1200 attendees including musicians and media personalities Ova Wise, Efya, Nana Fofie, Efia Odo, Moesha Buduong, Official Kwame, and BrownBerry.
"For years, Ballantine's has celebrated authentic and pioneering artists who have stayed true to their passion, True Music. We are excited to create a platform for music lovers and True Artists to come together and share their art while enjoying Ballantine's," said Sarah Haman, Brand Manager of Premium Brands at Pernod Ricard Ghana.
True Music Accra kicked off with tattoo artists and Ballantine's hostesses who painted guest's faces and bodies with glow paints and escorted them to the dance floor and avant-garde photo booths at various corners of the club for photo opportunities. MC Kojo Manuel stirred the crowd with a special homage to Sarkodie for winning International Flow Act at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards after an impressive performance from rapper Yaw Bema. DJs for the evening, DJ MicSmith, DJ Vyrusky, and iPhone DJ kept the crowd on the dance floor with best mixes of Afrobeats, Hip-hop, Highlife and Dancehall.
King Promise took on to the stage with his signature dark shades singing R&B and Afrobeats hits off his 'As Promised' Album including "Bra", "Tokyo" and "Commando". Darkovibes climaxed the night and brandished his smooth vocals and hype rhymes on songs such as "Kpo KeKe", "Stay Woke" and "Bless Me". He was later joined on stage with La Meme Gang member, $pacely, and they performed together.
"Music is one of the ways where different people from different communities can come together and share the bond of oneness. I am grateful for the unique platform given to me by Ballantine's True Music Africa to share my music in an unfiltered way," said King Promise, Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeats singer-songwriter.
Ballantine's and Boiler Room launched True Music Africa in Ghana earlier this year with a live-streamed party broadcast to more than 17 million people around the world featuring epic performances from exciting talents in Ghana's buzzing hip-hop, rap, trap and R&B scenes.
Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
Kojo Manuel Grabs Another Nomination at Ghana DJ Awards: Here’s Why He Should Win!
Kojo Manuel has grabbed his third Best MC nomination in a row at the 2019 Ghana DJ Awards, first in 2017 and then 2018. He has never won the award but with his rising popularity and new energy wave, its safe to say he has his best shot this year!After hosting the biggest parties and concerts from 2018 to 2019, the competition barely exists. Here are a list of events Kojo Manuel has been on since 2018 till date:
Ghana Meets Naija 2019
Ghana Rocks 2018
Tidal Rave 2018 & 2019
True Music Accra
Boiler Room Accra
MTN Pulse Concerts (Takoradi & Cape Coast)
La Meme Gang’s Crusade Concert 2018
The Reign Concert 2018
Infinix Hot 8 Launch with Shatta Wale
Samsung Galaxy A Series Launch
Rexona Colourthon (UCC, Legon)
Detty Rave 2018
AFRIMA Music Village Concert 2018
Kuami Eugene’s Rockstar concert Kumasi
Vac with Vyrusky
Original Beats Party Tour at over 12 locations
4syte TV Campus Tour (Pent)
YFM Area Code Jams
Guinness Smooth Launch
Wheeeww! The list goes on and on… and he shut them all down! Do you think he deserves to win this one? The vote for Kojo Manuel as the Best MC at the Ghana DJ Awards which happens on November 2nd at the National Theatre
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