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Technology Meets Music at AfroMusicon Accra

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In the next few weeks, EchoHouse Ghana in partnership with Innova DDB and Pulse Creatives is hosting Ghana’s first ever music conference. The conference and music festival is themed “The Business of Music”. It will focus on how musicians can use existing platforms and opportunities and capitalize on them to make money from their craft

AfroMusicon will be a three-day event consisting of three major impactful sessions as well as several breakout sessions that will tackle different aspects of the music business industry. It will also include a number of unplugged sessions at different venues simultaneously.

In recent times, Ghanaian music has evolved and one of the significant areas that heavily influences these changes is technology and how easily accessible it has become and allowed Ghanaian music to keep up with artistes outside our borders.

New technology changes the way we approach music, it changes the accessibility of music for artists, and how it’s consumed, every new invention gives a different type of person a different approach to music.

We cannot imagine a world without music streaming, but before this we listened to music on vinyl records, then on cassette tapes, CDs, followed by digital downloads. At every point, technology has and continues to influence music. It was not sudden, and it is a progression; with people finding innovative solutions to existing problems, innovation drives music.

And now that a professional-quality home studio can be assembled with little to no capital, provided you have the right software and programs like FL Studio, Logic Pro and Reason, the gap between the home engineer and the studio engineer now is sometimes as small as the price of their equipment.

At every stage in this progression, it has required people willing to invest and change the status quo, and eventually yielded great rewards for them.

For instance, in Ghana today, we have platforms where tech meets music. We can mention a few like Aftown, GhudMusic and Qisimah, which allow artists to directly monitor how receptive their music is on air, and gather data that gives them information about where the concentration of their fanbase is strong and essentially helps translate these into an income stream of properly utilised.

AfroMusicon will delve into how all these have changed the Ghanaian music industry and what can be done with them to further push the music industry into an even more profitable space for all stakeholders. How do we capitalize on the many opportunities available to us within the existing system? How do we create new opportunities?

To answer these, the event is scheduled to happen in May 2018 in Accra, and is supported by Kuulpeeps, Rogue Lens, digIT, Aftown, BBnZ, DGN, Ameyaw Debrah Media, NYDJ Live Media, George Britton Media, GhudMusic, Enews Ghana and TalkMedia GH.

Join the conversation on www.afromusic.com and @AfroMusicon on social media.


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Ghana’s Chris Koney Selected For 2019 GES Press Visitors Program.

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The world’s attention will be focused on The Hague from June 3rd to 5th 2019 when the Netherlands Government in collaboration with the U.S. Government hosts the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Expected patrons will include about 1,200 hand-picked entrepreneurs who will engage with over 300 investors managing trillions of dollars of assets, as well as top policymakers, corporate partners and thought leaders to accelerate solutions.

This year’s edition of the GES is symbolic as it will be the first time the annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and thought leaders from around the world will be held in Europe. The 2019 GES will provide a unique event: a combination of an innovation marketplace and policy forum.

As part of the 2019 GES, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Agency and “Free Press Unlimited” is organizing a one week Press Visitors Programme for selected journalists, media and communications professionals around the world.

In addition to the official GES events, participants of the Press Visitors Programme will be involved in a round table discussion on business models and technology in journalism before visiting one of the biggest newspaper outfit in the Netherlands, De Volkskrant. They will have a session at the Free Press Unlimited for a debrief of the 2019 GES.

Confirmed participants for the Press Visitors Programme include Ghanaian Communications Expert and Journalist, Chris Koney, Nigerian Media Entrepreneur, Adebola Williams,Qaris Tajudin, Director at Tempo Institute (an institution under Tempo Media Group that provides education of journalism and supports democratization in Indonesia), seasoned Pakistani Journalist and Writer Sohaib Jamali. Others are Saudi – Arabian Journalist and Political Communication Specialist, Ms. Shaikha Al-Dosary, Tanzanian Ms. Koleta Ferdinand Makulwa who reports on Agriculture, Science and Technology and Ms. Mai Ezzat from Egypt.

Initiated nearly a decade ago by the U.S. Government, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the pre-eminent annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and thought leaders from around the world, providing a unique event that is a combination of an innovation marketplace and policy forum. GES 2019 is the first GES held in the European Union.

Since 2010, an estimated 20,000 emerging leaders having participated in GES, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide. Host cities have included: Hyderabad, India; Silicon Valley; Nairobi, Kenya; Marrakech, Morocco; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Istanbul, Turkey; Dubai, UAE; and Washington, DC. Governments of countries involved have co-hosted these past summits.

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Ministry of Information Organizes Seminar on Roadmap for RTI Implementation.

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The Minisitry of Information, the Implementing Agency of the Right To Information(RTI) act led by, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has organized a workshop on the roadmap for the implementation of the RTI act in the capital city, Accra.

The small brief intensive course for a small group that is emphasized on problem solving is part of the series of mechanisms arrayed to enlighten patrons, including civil society groups and state agencies including UNESCO, RTI Coalition, Media Coalition on RTI.

Hon. Oppong Nkrumah(second, from left) in a stunning photograph with stakeholders at the opening ceremony of the workshop on the roadmap for the implementation of the RTI act.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo–Addo on 22nd May 2019 gave assent to the Right to Information (RTI) Act that was passed by Parliament in March, this year.

The RTI Law seeks to give effect, to Article 21 (1) (f) of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states that all persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society.

It also seeks to operationalize the constitutional right to information by the public, and some private institutions, subject to exemptions that are necessary and consistent to safeguarding the public interest in a democratic state.

Participants attending the workshop on roadmap for implementation have been drawn from civil society groups and state agencies including UNESCO, RTI Coalition, Media Coalition on RTI and members from the , constitutional, legal and parliamentary affairs committee of Parliament.

Stakeholders Present At The Opening Ceremony Of The Workshop.

Addressing the opening ceremony, minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said, the workshop was part of measures to get stakeholders aligned and acquainted with the processes before full implementation of the RTI in January 2020.

Hon. Oppong Nkrumah(Middle) Addressing Stakeholders At The Opening Ceremony.

The honorable minister stated that, the RTI is a product of collaboration, adding that, it is therefore important to bring stakeholders back on the table for the roadmap for implementation.

Minister of Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said, the workshop will also afford participants the opportunity to make suggestions and inputs on the draft roadmap for a smooth implementation.

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2 Ghanaian Entrepreneurs Remind Africans At The Harvard Business, School Of Their Ancestry With A Gift.

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Two of Ghana’s tenacious entrepreneurs; Mr. Selorm H.K Fiadjoe and Mr. C. Makafui Dey Sadika at the Harvard Business School after the African Forward conference presented the painting of an ”African Village” to the African Business Club of the revered University.

The opus of work by Mozzay was given as a symbolic cultural gesture of the African people to foster relations and to remind the Africans in the diaspora of their communal duty of coming back home to help.

The young artist (Mozzy) is successfully signed on to a creative talent hub (https://www.worldctalenthubb.com/). His works over the years points to positively changing the African narrative through a visual display.

The image in the art piece which was gifted represents a village which is the community we are all part of, the combined effort of every village member to ensure the eventual success and development of this village. It also showcases how important every member of this village is in its growth process. In elementary terms, its talking, ‘’unity in development’’.During the presentation on behalf of all the exceptional Ghanaians, Selorm and Makafui congratulated the executives of the African Business Club for such conference which is goal-focused on the growth of Africa.

The two entrepreneurs who made it to this year's conference where Mr. Selorm H.K Fiadjoe, the Managing Director of Background Media Group. He doubles as a Brand Development Consultant an Entrepreneur, a Cultural Influencer and a Philanthropist while Mr. C. Makafui Dey Sadika is a Civic Development Analyst with Civics Ghana.

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Nairobi, Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Welcome Fashion Focus Talks 2018

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Fashion Focus Talks

Fashion Focus Talks kicks off this weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. Tagged “Building From Within”, the Fashion Focus Talks is a series of curated free talks to inspire African creatives of the need to work together towards achieving a sustainable economy. It will run from the 26th of August to the 2nd of September 2018.

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On Sunday the 26th of August, Nairobi will host speakers Omoyemi Akerele (Founder, Style House Files and Lagos Fashion Week), Diana Opoti (Founder, Designing Africa Collective), Adebayo Oke-Lawal (Creative Director, Orange Culture), Sunny Dolat (Co-founder, The Nest Collective), and James Kahuri (Strategy and Financial Advisor) at the first city stop at the Tribe Hotel, Limuru Road, The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya.

Speaking on the talks, Londe Thompson, Programme Director, Fashion Focus Africa &

Fashion Focus Talks stated:

“The expansion to include Nairobi and Accra in our talks couldn’t have come at a better time when Fashion Focus Africa is opening its application to candidates all around Africa. Our goal is to provide as many young and emerging designers with enough knowledge to level the playing field in the fashion industry in Africa and the rest of the world.”

Fashion Focus City Tours is an initiative of  Heineken Lagos Fashion Week in partnership with Style House Files, FetsWallet, Viva Boutique, Glitz Magazine, Avivere, and Designing Africa Collective.

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Media Partners: BellaNaija Style, Pulse NG, Guardian Life, Konbini, Genevieve, George Britton, Glitz Africa, Business Day, and Ventures Africa.

City Tour speaker announcements for Lagos, Abuja, and Accra will be announced via https://www.instagram.com/lagosfashionweekofficial/ Instagram page. Follow for all updates.

Attendance to all Fashion Focus City Tours is FREE.

Follow the link to register to attend  http://lagosfashionweek.ng

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