Award-winning Ghanaian author Elizabeth-Irene Baitie will this weekend mount the stage to delight book lovers as the latest guest reader of the DAkpabli Public Reading Campaign. The University of Ghana, Legon Campus edition event is dubbed ‘’Tickling Legon with Nsempiisms’’ and takes place on Saturday March 25th at the Alumni Centre, Ecobank Legon.
Baitie is expected to feature along the regular stars Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli in their first readathon of this second quarter. A medical laboratory director as well as mother of three children, she lives in Accra with her husband Rami. Awards she has won for her novels includes the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa and the Burt Award for African Literature.
The guest reader is expected to thrill the university audience with readings from her works such as A Saint in Brown Sandals, The Twelfth Heart, The Dorm Challenge and Rattling in the Closet.
Ahead of the event, students and lecturers alike are excited to catch the National Readathon train in their own backyard.
“We are going to be there in our numbers,” said Dr. Mawuli Adjei, a Senior Lecturer at the English department. “A year ago, I was among the participants at their public reading at East Legon and it was an evening of laughter and learning.”
According to Marie-Franz Nyameke Fordjoe, a Level 400 Political Science student and hostess of the literary program Read A Book on Radio Univers, the event on Legon campus has been long overdue. “I cannot believe that the DAkpabli Readathon passed us by and visited KNUST last September. I also cannot wait to see their new guest reader, Elizabeth-Irene”.
The DAkpabli Readathon promotes book reading for pleasure as well as local authorship. Besides holding public reading events within Accra, the team has also gone to Kumasi, Ho and Tema. The Readathon campaign by the two authors has received local and international press coverage with ChinAfrican magazine doing a special feature on them in their January edition for 2017.
Between them, the two Ghanaian authors have published 12 books. Nana Damoah has recently been voted ‘Author of the Month’ by KWEE, a Liberian Literary magazine, while Kofi Akpabli’s latest work ‘Made In Nima’ has won a place in an African anthology featuring writers from 14 countries which was published by the Commonwealth in London.
In their readings so far, the two have received sponsorship from THREADEX, Aky3de3, MTN, Unicorn Rentals, WearGhana, Norte Sobolo, Lincar, Sasa Clothing, Fali’s Fruit Bay and AJ’s Housekeeping Services.
Elizabeth-Irene Baitie becomes the third guest reader in the row, having taken over from Dr. Ruby Goka, a celebrated author and dentist. The first DAkpabli guest was Alba Sumprim, author and film producer.
During her guest reader tenure, Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is expected to star at all DAkpabli Readathon events. “Getting that phone call to come on board was such a thrill. It’s a fine opportunity, joining a laudable initiative to bring reading and writing closer to our people. I just can’t wait to start working with the team.’’
“Tickling Legon with Nsempisms” kicks off at 5:30 pm prompt.
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“The world will only come to appreciate Africa when we learn to celebrate our own.” These are the words of Managing Director of Bábu Global, Sandra Appiah, the company behind the prestigious Ghana Legacy Honors launching on March 25th at the MovenpickAmbassador Hotel.
In 2013, Sandra Appiah and partner Isaac Boateng were the first Ghanaians to be featured in Forbes’ “Thirty Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs”, an annual list which profiles exceptional young Entrepreneurs of African descent around the world. Since launching in 2011, their media company Face2face Africa has served as a leading voice for the pan-African generation, helping to change the narrative on Africa in the West.
“The Ghana Legacy Honors is an initiative that is very close and near to our hearts. Ghana, for us, represents the legacy of Africa, and there have been so many people since our independence who have blazed the path for Ghana to be the distinguished nation that it is today. We launched this initiative to help tell the stories of these individuals and inspire the next generation to also become vanguards of Ghana’s legacy.”
This year, the Ghana Legacy Awards will honor six distinguished pioneers and trailblazers of African descent, including business magnate Sam Jonah, renowned tech innovator Herman Chinery-Hesse, African human rights and anti-corruption leader Anna Bossman, and distinguished corporate executive Lucy Quist. Two of the honorees, David Adjaye and Ozwald Boateng are Ghanaian descendants who reside in the UK.
Ozwald Boateng is a renowned UK-based Fashion designer who has had a transformational impact on mens fashion-wear for almost 3 decades. He was the first Black designer to open a shop on the popular Savile Row in London, and previously served as Creative Director of Menswear for French fashion house Givenchy.
David Adjaye is currently one of the most sought-after architects in the world, having designed some of the world’s biggest monuments, including the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History, which officially opened last year with a ceremony officiated by president Barack Obama.
“It is very important to celebrate these individuals who have broken glass ceilings and blazed a path for Ghanaians and Africans around the world, and use their stories to inspire the next generation. We have been fortunate to meet so many of these people,and through this platform, we hope to expose to the world the talent, creativity, and passion that lives in Ghana.”
The Ghana Legacy Honors will provide the opportunity for these pioneers to invest in the younger generation through various meet and greets, seminars and workshops where they can share their stories and inspire them.
The awards gala is taking place this Saturday at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. Top local and international business leaders as well as Ghanaian and African dignitaries are expected to attend. For corporate tables or tickets, please visit Ghanalegacy.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 0506556661
It’s been almost three years since we first met. It feels like longer; how can so much have changed in such a short span of time? I still remember the very first time I saw you, but I guess I didn’t really see you then. You were just that friend of that guy that I know. I barely even looked at you when we were introduced—I was too caught up in my own life at the time. I never would have guessed in that moment that you’d be the one who would change everything.
It doesn’t make sense, but I feel like I owe you. That’s the thing about love, isn’t it? You left me scattered on the sidewalk but I’m the one apologizing for the mess. But we weren’t always messy. We were epic. Sure, we fought a lot but you also made me laugh harder than I ever have before. I think we were meant to be, but we were young and stupid and we did it wrong.
Looking back now, it’s hard to remember our mistakes. It’s hard to remember anything, really, except the feeling. I didn’t know what love was before I met you, but now you’re the very definition of it. I think that’s what makes first loves so monumental: For the rest of my life, my idea of love and relationships will always be rooted in you…in us. Not because I still love you, but because I did once and it changed everything.
I was angry with you for a long time after you left. I went to bed every night praying that the sun would rise and I’d finally forget your name. I tried to convince myself that I didn’t love you anymore. I knew it was possible; if I could be convinced that you never loved me, why couldn’t I do the opposite? But that’s not how it works, is it? You’re still the only one that knows the truth. You got to walk away knowing that I loved you. I was left drowning, not knowing anything.
I could have filled this letter with clichés like “it’s your loss” and blah blah blah, but I don’t really believe that. Yes, I would have done anything for you and you walked away from that, but maybe there’s more to it. Maybe we were lucky to have what we did at such a young age, even if we did burn too quickly. Maybe timing is everything, and maybe ours was all wrong. Maybe we really weren’t meant to be. Either way, I don’t blame you for leaving all those years ago.
I’m too much of a romantic to believe you never think of me. I hope you look at the empty side of your bed and wonder what I’m doing or what I’m thinking or if I look at the empty side of my bed and think of you sometimes too. Maybe I am too romantic. Maybe you never think of me at all. Maybe I’m just that girl you knew three years ago. Sometimes you scroll past my face on your newsfeed. Maybe you just keep scrolling. The truth is that I don’t know. I don’t know what made you leave. I don’t know what made you stay gone.
I have come to accept that we will always be a question left unanswered.
By Charlotte Emeljanow in LOVE
Source : hercampus.com
Dr. Sam Ankrah is a global business strategist by choice, and a Ghanaian socioeconomic advocate by temperament. Dr. Ankrah has had more than 15 years successful experience in providing fiscal, strategic and operations leaderships in uniquely challenging situations. He has repeatedly produced sustained revenue and EBITDA growth in dynamic and changing markets. Dr. Ankrah has a proven track record in management and finance, investment banking, leasing and finance, factoring and forfeiting oil and gas, private pension management and international trade.
Educated in the United Kingdom, Dr. Ankrah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Management from the University of London, an MBA (Finance & Management) and a Leadership Advantage Program Certificate from the Cranfield School of Management, an MSc. in Economics, Social Science and Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy and Social Science all from the Pan-American University of Science and Medicines. Dr. Ankrah who has been awarded a PhD. (Honoris Causa) from the Sovereign Medical Order of the Knights Hospitaller, for innovative and exceptional financial engineering to help bring the functions of the group to the Sub-Saharan Africa Region will make his appearance on the Corporate Dialogue of Role Model Africa to distill insights on the theme: Winning in Business
Dr. Ankrah has been speaking and promoting investment opportunities in Africa, educating and encouraging the youth to venture in entrepreneurship at various platforms including UN sub-committees.
In open dialogue format the Role Model will share pragmatic insights on how to win in business, turn failing business around and building a globally competitive business.
The platform will as well host Professional Car Washer,Emmanuel Awumee. For over a decade now, Ghanaian national, Emmanuel Awumee, a Car Care Consultant has distinguished himself as a specialist in Car Detailing and Reconditioning.
Emmanuel Awumee has been the best at what he does and this has merited his company the privilege to Detailing Presidential vehicles of a number of Presidential administrations in Ghana.
His company SESIL CONSULT which specializes in Interior and Exterior maintenance of vehicles, has a collaborative arrangement with TOTAL PETROLEUM in Ghana and Partnership arrangements in Cote D’Ivoire and also coming up in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Emmanuel will be making his debut appearance on the Corporate Dialogue of the renowned mentoring platform Role Model Africa, this March.
Since its creation in 2015,Role Model Africa has received mention on GTV (Ghana), Business Television Africa (Ghana), Ghana Business and Finance Magazine (Ghana), Daily Graphic Newspaper (Ghana), Daily Sun Newspaper (Nigeria) and Africa Rizing (an Offshoot of Voice of America)
The revered platform has over the years attracted illustrious Role Models to share their stories in an open dialogue. Emmanuel Awumee joins the Hall of Fame of Role Models, being in the company of Dr. Samuel Onwona (Former World Bank Official), Prince Kofi Amoabeng (UT Bank), Michael Okyere Darko (Obrafour), Bishop Titi-Ofei (Pleasant Place Parish) and Dr. Mrs Ellen Hagan (L’aine Services) among a high cadre of personalities who have honored the platform as Role Models.
Having at one point in his business lost almost all he started with including the folding up of about 5 branches of his company, the ‘Professional Car Washer’ will in an open dialogue speak on the theme: Winning in Business’ on Sunday 26th March at the African Regent Hotel in Accra.
As has been the culture the platform which promotes African Narratives will attract guests from across Africa, magnetizing a rich pool of human capital and knowledge base for networking and business. The event which is scheduled to be held at the African Regent Hotel is set to start at exactly 3pm And climax at 6pm. Guests are expected to be seated 30 minutes ahead of the program.
Guests from all across Africa are expected to participate in the Corporate Dialogue which is designed to project African Narratives.
The public is advised to contact 0503183699 or visit www.inventsfoundation.com for registration.
Africa has Role Models
Photo Sessions have become the order of the day for us in this age such that we hardly appreciate the beautiful selfies our smartphones provide us on a regular day. Just as the photography business keeps expanding and there is the emergence of so many photographers so is there the high demand of a lot of people for Photo Sessions (PhotoShoots).
It is not disputable that many of us want to get professional memories of us captured and also get the “I’m- a-model feeling”.
Personally I had a photo session recently I felt really good about it and I kept saying to myself ,jeez!….why am I not on billboards yet…lol. That’s what I refer to as the “I’m a model feeling”.
Well, in as much as we admire these beautiful photo session pictures of our friends and social media followers we also want to get these professional photographs of us. But really what stops us ? Procrastination? Not knowing who to contact ? Not knowing where to start from ?
Most of these photos are staged unless of course you’re unknowingly captured at an event and it may look so easy. But then when you are ready to get a photo session done it might not be as easy for you as you thought especially when you’re looking forward to creating the “perfect picture”. There’s a lot that goes in to booking for a photo session .
- Visualize Your Concept
For me the first thing I’d advice that you consider is to visualize the images you want to achieve in the end. Visualizing makes it easy for you to know the concept you’re going to be working with. It also makes it easy for the photographer you’re working with to advice accordingly if you have difficulty making a location choice considering the amount of experience he has gathered over the period he has been working as a photographer. Oh and if you’ve run out of ideas you could fall back on help from Pinterest and Tumblr which are my go to places when I’m running short of ideas. How could I forget the best friend of us 21st Century Kids, google. There’s so much ideas you can get from the internet lately. Take advantage hun!
2. Pick Out Your Costume/ Props
The next thing to do is to get your costume or your props put together once you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve at the end of the session. Be sure to get the right costume. If making the choice of a costume proves difficult it’s advisable to contact a stylist if you are able to afford one. Otherwise just fish out one of your friends who is trendy and has all the fashion info you might need.
3. Talk to a Photographer
Make contact with the photographer. It’s important to make an early booking with the photographer instead of waiting till it’s a day to the date you set personally. Doing that would only go against you since you would end up not having your session done on the day you actually planned for it. The demand for photographers is really high lately and so they might have bookings every other day. An early booking puts you on their schedule and if any changes have to be done with regards to your booking because it’s an early one it makes it easy to make the changes.
4. Prepare for that Face Beat
For some of us who suck at making up ourselves we’d always fall back on our talented MUAs to get our face beats done. If you don’t fall in this category and you’re a pro at getting a face beat by yourself then you’re the luckiest person at this point.
Get face slayed on that day and save yourself some money. If you’re like me then get ready to pay to get that face beat done by your favorite MUA.
It is also important to give the MUA a visual representation of the photo session. Discuss the look that would work perfectly with the concept and you’re good to go.
5. Now the location.
Once you know the concept that you want to create out of the photo session it is important that the location is keenly selected. This is due to the fact that the concept’s ability to come to life the way it should to some extent depends on the location of the Photo Session. For instance if I am to make a choice for the Professional Look concept I would either have my location in an office setting or a studio setting to get the professional look done. The selection of a good location for various concepts deserves a different article which I would write soon. It is also good to consult your photographer to assist with making a choice of locations. Proceed to make the necessary arrangements for the decided location in order to prevent property owners’ from questioning you on your big photo session day.
It all looks well planned figured out but making the Photo Session come to life all depends on you , the efforts you put into making the session come alive and I’d like to also say in planning for the photo session you need to add time consciousness as a part of the preparation list.
From the few Photographers and Stylists I have spoken to or worked with one thing that irks them about a client is when they are not time conscious. Time is important to everyone but for people in this profession time is extremely important, so take due note and don’t let your lateness ruin the fun moments you might have during the photo session.
And oh! Make sure you’re in a lit mood on the day…..
Written by: Josephine Kalira Tanlongo