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Joselyn Dumas, Bola Ray And Others Stuns At EMY Africa Awards Party.

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The EMY Africa Awards celebrates exceptional and distinguished men in Africa who have excelled in their fields of endeavour. Although just for men, the EMY Africa Awards this year, has a special complimentary award for women known as the Ultimate Woman of the Year.

Some ladies who attended this party was Selly Galley Fiawoo, Joselyn Dumas, Salma Mumin and Nana Adwoa Awindor.

Some nominees who will be competing in seven categories include Kuami Eugene, Isaac Dogboe, King Promise, Kobby Blay and Alloysius Attah in the Discovery of the Year and Nathaniel Attoh, Okyeame Kwame, Stephen Appiah, Harold Amenyah and Jake Obeng-Bediako in the Best Groomed Man of the Year category.

This event is organized by Carbon Av and Exclusive Men’s Magazine, the main EMY Africa Awards slated for August 18, 2018 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra is under the theme, “Rewriting the African Story, Empowering the Youth”.

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Edem, KiDi, Donzy, Others Billed For ‘Shaker vs Ko-Jo Cue’ Concert

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A big list has been released for the highly anticipated ‘Shaker vs Ko-Jo Cue’ joint concert by BBnZ Live artistes, Shaker and Ko-Jo Cue.

The concert scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Alliance Française in Accra has a line-up of the big names in the Hip-hop/Hiplife business.

On the night, the tall list of the supporting artistes will be divided into two teams; Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker will have their separate supporters to battle it out on the stage.

Shaker will have the backing of Twitch, Kofi Mole, Dopenation, Ojo , S3fa, Killmatic, CJ Biggerman, Wan-O, Epixode, Strongman and Quamina MP.

Ko-Jo Cue, on the other hand, will have Tulenkey, Eddie Kae , Sizz The Truth , Wan O, B4Bonah, Offei, Teephlow, Cabum, Donzy, Kula, A.I, Adomaa and Tibu JRN behind him.

After the main battle, Magnom, KiDi, Edem and Nana Beynin will join Shaker and Ko-Jo Cue with a stellar performance to close the show.

First of its kind in Ghana show business, the new school rap powerhouses will pull from their expansive catalogue, and treat fans to old and new songs alike, as they battle it out with each other with support from their respective crews made up of other music heavyweights.

‘Shaker vs Ko-Jo Cue’ joint concert is set to bring the nostalgic moment to the duo’s loyal fans and respective fan armies.

“Come and witness a showdown between two of the pacesetters of the game today! It’s going to be an explosive, unforgettable experience!” Shaker and Ko-Jo Cue assured fans.

This event is proudly powered by Aftown, BBnZ Live, Daily Guide newspaper, DGN TV, TV7, Zone36, 30 Minitzlive and WatsUp TV.

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Rigworld C.E.O Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban Gets Double Honour At The 2018 40 Under 40 Awards.

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Over the weekend, the plush Kempinski Hotel hosted the 2018 edition of the Forty UNDER 40 Awards. On the night Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban the C.E.O of Rigworld International Limited took home two awards; Energy and oil and gas categories respectively.

Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban, a Tema born and a graduate of the University of Ghana also holds a master’s degree from the Oslo University. The discovery of Ghana’s oil in 2007 shaped his drive as a young man to venture into an industry which is revered due to how fierce and capital intensive a sector oil and gas can be.

In 2011, Kofi Amoa-Abban who currently is C.E.O of Rigworld, a world class institution that specializes in providing edge-cutting tuition in Oil and Gas situated here in Ghana – Takoradi started from a small office in Osu.

From providing recruitment services to the burgeoning oil and gas industry in Ghana, Rigworld now prepares these experts and equip them for the job. Prior to that, he had served as a drill crew member with Atwood Hunter responsible for the TEAK1, TEAK 2, and Banda Wells.

In July 2015 Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban co-founded PressureTech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rigworld International Services, which offers engineering solutions to Oil and Gas companies in Ghana and beyond.

Dr. Kofi  Amoa-Abban over the years from 2016 till date is a proud recipient of both local and international awards such as; Ghana-UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA), Ghana Shippers Awards 2017, Ghana Oil and Gas Awards (GOGA), EMY Awards, Tema Excellence Awards and the Gender and Development Initiative for Africa (GADIA) Awards 2018 among others.

The Forty under 40 Award is to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nations most influential and accomplished young business leaders under age forty from a wide range of industries we cover, who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service and have risen up the ranks of their companies or industries at a relatively young age.

Congratulations to Dr. Kofi Abban and all the winners on the night, Ghana and the youth of this country is proud of your deeds and accomplishments all in the quest to propel and move Ghana forward.

You can follow Dr. Kofi Amoah Abban on all social media platforms;  Facebook Dr Kofi Amoah-Abban, Instagram @Kofiamoaabban and on twitter @dr_abban.

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Edem Launches “Edemfest’ 18”

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What a delight to have you all here today, at the launch of the second annual Edemfest —our end-of year festival celebrating art and culture, and also tacking pertinent social issues.

As you would expect of creatives form these parts, my career began modestly — pounding on school desks and sleeping on studio floors. And so, I consider it a great blessing to reach the heights that I have, and to possess an influential voice.

Whenever I sit to reflect on my journey thus far, my heart brims with joy, but at the same time, I am reminded of the responsibilities a person in my position automatically assumes —one to leave my society better than I met it. Undoubtedly, music is a powerful tool, and my music has constantly served as a great platform to share my story, and inspire fellow youth who nurse hopes of a better life. My name loosely translates as “redemption” —and it is what I seek to demonstrate with my life

Especially in an era where it is easy to lose our identity whilst navigating the globalization question, Edemfest was conceived as part of brand Edem’s Corporate Social Responsibility, as an avenue to remind ourselves of an illustrious heritage as a people, and a wake up call for us to preserve the very culture that makes us unique.

A day-long event highlighted by a grand musical concert, Edemfest consists various activities catering to art, culture, tourism and business.

Last year, we held the festival on the Keta High Street, with the core aim of raising awareness on illegal fishing. This year, the event, which serves as prelude to the Hogbetsotso Festival, will be held with the objective of tackling sand winning, and open defecation.

Day in, day out, we continue to witness the devastating effects of illegal sand mining on our coastlands, destroying our environment, and hampering tourism potential. Indeed, some experts have compared the effects of sand winning to the galamsey menace. Therefore, the need to raise awareness on the adverse effects of this activity cannot be overstated.

A 2017 Unicef report indicates that 208 districts in Ghana still engage in open defecation. Earlier this year, the Global Media Foundation (GLOEMF) revealed that open defecation cost our economy about $79 million each year. These are clearly staggering statistic that must be addressed as a matter of urgency, and we very much look forward to having government, corporate Ghana, and private individuals support us on this quest.

Plans are far advanced to make Edemfest a nationwide affair, because I recognise the gravity of the task I have taken on.

Edemfest 2018 comes off November 2nd at the Aborigine Beach Resort, Keta. A serene beach wit pure sands, the venue is a gorgeous testament of what happens when we take the duty of preserving our environment seriously. This year’s event will be attended by over 20,000 patrons —double of the number we recorded last year. We are confident that Edemfest 2018, aside reconnecting us to our heritage, and reviving our confidence in our potential, will go a long way towards contributing to the economic development of the area, as well as fostering budding talent from there. Watch out for a special performance by Agbadza group, Charles Nipson Foundation Group (NFG).

We would like to especially acknowledge our partners: Clayman Impression, Griddle Kitchen, Gbevunation, Rythms Africa, and Genet Services for helping us put together the event.

To our sponsors: Snappy Snacks, MTN, Aborigines Beach Resort, and Betway, we can’t thank you enough.

We are also grateful to donors for Edemfest 2018: JK Horgle Transport, OBZ Group of Companies, and Top Oil). And of course, to our media partners: Ameyawdebrah, ENewsGH, Zionfelix, Ghlinks, Nkonkonsa, Cypressgh, Showbizpundit, Tmghlive
RonnieIsEveryhere, Blagogee, Beeniewords, Jonilar, and StandoutEntGH.

Thank you again for making the time today, and see you on November 2nd.

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Ghanaian-American Emmanuel Mensah Posthumously Named ‘Local Hero’ By NYC Red Cross

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“Emmanuel Mensah was simply an amazing Private First Class (Pfc) of the United States (US) army. It is so honoring and equally humbling for me to receive such a huge recognition on his behalf from the Red Cross. May his soul rest in peace.”

This was said Catherine Cudjoe who had just accepted a posthumous award for Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah from the American Red Cross in Greater New York (NY).

Catherine spoke to this writer barely a week after she had accepted the award on October 10, 2018, at The American Red Cross Local Hero Award gala themed ‘Heroes Among Us’, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NY. “He will be greatly missed, but he will equally be greatly loved for his valor and bravery,” she said about Pfc. Mensah.

She also thanked CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield from whom she accepted Private Mensah’s award, and “the entire Diaspora African community of NY, and well-wishers for their overwhelming support.”

Army Pfc. Mensah received the award due to his act of selflessness and bravery when in December 2017, while visiting his family in the Bronx, NY building located at 2363 Prospect Avenue, Belmont, in which he also lived [on the third floor].

During the visit, he noticed a fire breakout raging uncontrollably, and sprung into the part of the building with the fire from where he led neighbors to safety. Though 13 lives were claimed by the fire [his included], Mensah’s choice to put the lives of others before his saved four lives through his singular act of bravery.

“I still can’t think where he got the courage to do what he did. His actions will inspire a generation, including myself,” Catherine said, as she went on to explain that father of Pfc. Mensah, Kwabena Mensah, on behalf of their family “asked me to receive this honor on behalf of their son from the Red Cross ‘Heroes Among Us’.”

Prior to this Red Cross honor, the late Pfc. Mensah was posthumously awarded the highest award for valor outside of combat — the Soldier’s Medal, he also received the NY State Medal for Valor. Born May 11, 1991, in Accra, Ghana, the Private also received American citizenship in 2017 after he was brought to the US in 2012 by his father.

Catherine on behalf of the Mensah family told this writer that the family was thankful to Josh Lockwood — NY region Red Cross CEO, the entire Red Cross, the respective event sponsors including Macy’s Inc., Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and among others Ogilvy and IBM.

According to Catherine who is also President of the National Ghana Parade Council (NGPC), the NGPC and the Ghanaian Community in NY will hold a thanksgiving vigil in the Bronx, on December 27, 2018, at 6 PM. “It will be in remembrance of the 6 Ghanaians among the 13 that lost their lives in the December 27, 2017 fire,” she calmly explained.

Written by Oral Ofori

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