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Nana Kwaku Appiah enstooled as the Nkosoɔhene of Kwahu Aduamoa

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In recognition of his sterling leadership qualities and organisational skills, the leader of Spiritual Awareness Movement, Nana Kwaku Appiah has been enstooled as the Nkosoɔhene of Kwahu Aduamoa.

The simple but colourful event was held at the Aduamoa Chiefs Palace on Saturday, 23rd June, 2024 showcasing the rich traditional heritage of Kwahu Aduamoa.

Maharaja ACHARYA as he is popularly called was taken through the traditional rites and took the oath of office before Nana Ahia-Tutu Brempong, Aduamoa Hene and Kwahuman Benkum Hene, other sub-chiefs and people of Kwahu Aduamoa, swearing to abide by the tenets of the customs and traditions of the people and to right at all times.

He was later carried shoulder high and paraded through the principal streets of the Aduamoa town receiving cheers from onlookers thereby advertising his presence as their new Development Chief.

Speaking to journalist after the ceremony, he expressed his profound appreciation to the Chiefs and elders for the honour done promising to take the developmental needs of the people a notch higher. “It would be an honour to contribute my quota towards the development of my people”, ACHARYA underscored.

Nana Ahia-Tutu Brempong, Aduamoa Hene and Kwahuman Benkum Hene, shared the vetting committee having monitored him for a period of time realised that he possessed good developmental qualities, hence the confidence reposed in him.

The Nkosoɔhene is a title created to honour someone who does not belong royal family but has some qualities that can innure to the community’s benefit. The office doesn’t necessarily have to be given to a rich person but normally to some possess organisational abilities, is selfless, has a vision for the community, has the community’s welfare at heart, and above possess the know how about community development.

VRA Illegally Destroys 12-acre Mature Corn Farm at Old Apaaso

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A USA-based Lawyer John Akpalu plans to sue VRA for destroying his Old Apaaso 12 acres of maize farm.

20 personnel of the Volta River Authority (VRA) at Akosombo together with some security personnel are alleged to have destroyed 12 acres of maize farm at Old Apaaso.

The farm which belongs to Lawyer John Akpalu, a USA-based Ghanaian lawyer was destroyed by these VRA officials accompanied by four military officials on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Asegya – Old Apaaso.

Officials of VRA stormed the farm site with guns and cutlasses in a Nissan Mini Van vehicle with registration number GV 1946-14 with the inscription AKUSE TRAINING CENTER embossed on its side.

According to an eyewitness they cut down 12 acres of corn farm which had only 3 weeks to mature into fresh corn without any notification to the farm managers.

The owner of the farm, Lawyer John Akpalu, who has been growing corn on his farm at Asegya-Old Apaaso
near Akosombo shares that, his main motivation was to grow corn not to feed his family in the USA but to support the needy and other voluntary activities in Ghana.

He is therefore in a state of utter shock when news got to him that his 12 acres of corn had been completely destroyed by personnel from VRA.

The irony is that, VRA had not given them any prior notice of ownership interest in the land or erected any trespass warning sign on the
land. They have also not been served any court restriction order or notice and that makes it very bizarre to comprehend.

In this era when the government is encouraging private investment, Lawyer Akpalu finds this situation highly unconscionable that his idea of growing corn to augment Ghana’s food stock thereby helping us to achieve food security would be met with such callousness.

He avers that he had planned that when the corn matures after three weeks, “I intended to donate to people who have lost their livelihoods in the recent flood brought upon them by VRA’s negligent management of the spillage from the Volta and Kpong Dams. This is heartbreaking and sad at the same time. If Ghanaians wonder why investors are not rushing to Ghana, it is such lawlessness”, Lawyer Akpalu emphasized.

Nana Otieku Amoah Asare III, the registered owner and custodian of the Old Apaaso lands and the lessor, has explained that VRA only required a 280-foot buffer from the Volta River. “The corn farm
is 1,600 feet from the river and I find the situation very difficult to comprehend”, Nana said.

Meanwhile, Lawyer John Akpalu is in the process of taking VRA to court to seek compensatory and punitive damages to deter such lawless behavior from reoccurring in the future. The chief is also contacting his lawyers to obtain an injunction to prevent VRA from taking such lawless action in the future.

Noyam’s ‘Dede’ Production Highlights Migration Issues Through Dance

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The Noyam African Dance Institute, in partnership with the Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) Network Plus, and the Center for Migration Studies, Legon, has conducted artistic research activities in Ghana to promote conflict transformation and sustainable peacebuilding, as part  of CUSP Network Plus Strand 3. 

Noyam organized three arts initiatives aligned with the project’s goals of utilizing creative practices for positive social change.

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, Noyam put together an amazing stage production dubbed ‘Dede’ at their theatre in Dodowa. The production told a story of how a young lady, Dede lost her dad though conflict, traveled out of her community in search of answers for stopping the conflict in her homeland.

Noyam put together the contemporary dance theatre piece ‘Dede’ in collaboration with partners at the University of Glasgow and University of Ghana’s Centre for Migration Studies. Dede also highlights the stories of migration and displacement through music, dance and drama.

The ‘Dede’ production saw a massive turnout of dance and art enthusiasts from all walks of life coming together to watch this great show.   

As part of the CUSP activities, Noyam held a youth dance competition at Noyam Theatre featuring groups creating dances around the theme ‘Move for Peace’. The event gave young people a platform to express their visions for nonviolence, unity and social harmony through dance. Groups incorporated varied dance styles from hip hop to traditional African along with spoken word, music and theatre. Themes addressed in the pieces included ending tribalism and police brutality, the power of women, and solidarity. The competition fostered positive connections between youth across different communities in Accra and provided them agency in advocating for social change through artistic expression. A panel of local dance artists and peace practitioners evaluated the groups, with prizes going to the top three crews.

Noyam dancers also staged a powerful performance in Ahenkra village in the Eastern Region promoting messages of unity, resilience, and hope through a blend of traditional and contemporary African dance. The event brought together Noyam’s professional dance troupe with community members in Ahenkra to showcase regionally specific dances from Ghana alongside modern styles. The fluid mix of genres reflected the continuous evolution of Ghanaian cultural heritage. 

Speaking after the project, Nii-Tete Yartey, a renowned Ghanaian choreographer and artistic director at the Noyam African Dance Institute, stated that a lot of research went into this production to ensure that their audience around the world would understand the essence of the production and go home with the core message of unity, resilience, and hope through a blend of traditional and contemporary African dance. 

“Over years, Noyam has taken it upon itself tp preach on several aspects of having a better society through traditional and contemporary African dance. We are thrilled to contribute Noyam’s artistic voice to the wider conversation within CUSP Network Plus. These activities enabled our artistic team to practicalize the role of arts in peacebuilding and share our cultural knowledge,” Nii-Tete Yartey said. 

Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Communications Manager at Noyam African Dance Institute disclosed that it is easy to spread messages about illegal migration, peace and unity through traditional and contemporary African dance productions. 

 “What Noyam has been doing over the years is to preach on areas that constitutes to a better universe. The ‘Dede’ production focus on unity, resilience, migration and hope. These key things have become very important in the world in recent times. Together with our partners, we at Noyam will continue to deliver high-level productions and play our part to ensure that the world becomes a better place for all of us,” Nii Ogbamey Tetteh said.  

Kofi Boadi, a patron from the ‘Dede’ production commended Noyam African Dance Institute and all its partners for putting together the piece. 

“This performance showed our community coming together through dance and music. Despite our difficulties, this connected us and lifted our spirits,” Mr Boadi noted. 

About Noyam African Dance Institute

In addition to providing Ghanaian artists a platform to develop their craft, Noyam is steadfast in its drive to collaborate with academic and artistic institutions locally and abroad that are invested in positive social change. The Institute aims to bridge gaps between scholars and creative practitioners to advance the role of arts in building peace. Noyam’s partnership in CUSP Network Plus exemplifies its commitment to working across disciplines and borders to produce knowledge and artistic works that support sustainable and ethical approaches to conflict transformation. 

For more information on the CUSP Network Plus and Noyam’s peacebuilding initiatives, please visit www.noyamafricandanceinstitute.org.

“Daddy’s Personal Devil”: Meet The Director And Cast Of Robdys Productions’ New Stage Play

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Rebecca Amerley Quartey’s ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS is set to thrill theatre lovers with another scintillating stage play which the production house has titled “Daddy’s Personal Devil”.

The stage play which seeks to address important societal and family norms which hitherto haven’t gained much talking point.

Daddy’s Personal Devil revolves around family, life and career choices, personal development, and, more importantly, mental health.

The play has already generated massive buzz on both traditional and new media with many Theatre enthusiasts anxiously waiting to see the production.

The stage play is set to happen on Friday, August 4, 2023, at the National Theatre in Accra. This date was picked strategically since it falls on a public holiday (Founders’ Day).

Show times for this much-anticipated masterpiece from the stables of Robdys Productions are 4pm and 8pm on the same night. 

The play was written by CEO of ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS who doubles as a director and producer. Daddy’s Personal Devil would be directed by Ato Ghartey.

ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS, having enjoyed all the plaudits for the exceptional cast for the very first production from the media house, they have once again put together a top-notch cast for Daddy’s Personal Devil as well. 

The cast for this latest production can be best described as the “best of both worlds”.

DIRECTOR’S SEAT 

The stage play would be directed by the brilliant Ato Ghartey.

Emmanuel Ato Ghartey Is A RTP Award Winning Self Motivated, Hardworking, Conscientious And Consummate Stage And Television Actor With Well Over Two Decades Of Experience In Directing, Public Speaking, Events Hosting And Management, Artiste Coaching And Character Development. He Brings To The Field of The Creative And Performing Arts A Great Spirit Of A Team Player And Gifted With Immense Enthusiasm And Versatility With A Listening And Persuasive Aura. One Of The Nation’s Finest Stage And Television Actors Who By His Creative Skill And Intelligence Has Won The Admiration Of Both Local And International Audiences, Drawing Him Into The Membership Of The Federation of International Actors (FIA). He Is Highly Respected And Adored By His Compatriots Due To His Readiness To Share His Rich Vein Of Knowledge And Experience Acquired Over A Period Of Two Decades Without Prejudice. An Exceptional Host Of Many Corporate Events With A Unique Style of Calmness In Delivery And A Proud Member of The Ghana Actors Guild.

Ato Ghartey Has Directed Well Over 20 Plays And Currently Has Under His Belt As A Creative Director, The Following Plays: “TAKE ME TO THE ALTAR”, “ANANSE AND THE 7 VIRGINS”, 

“PRISON GRADUATES” and ONCE UPON A TIME IN LAGOS” (All Written By The Legendary Efo Kodzo Mawugbe)

He Also Assisted In Directing A Play Under YADAH PRODUCTIONS titled “Red Light” 

He Is The Director of One Of The World’s Most Hilarious Play ” RUN FOR YOUR WIFE ” Written By Renowned American Playwright – RAY COONEY. A Play That Is Currently Showing In Various Theatres Within The Metropolis Of Accra And Tema And Has Been Recognized As One Of Ghana’s Top 50 Events For The Year 2022. 

Today, Emmanuel Ato Ghartey was Celebrated As The Creative Director Behind The Scenes Of ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS “DATE ME AGAIN” Written By Sensational Writer REBECCA NAA AMERLEY QUARTEY.

 “CAST CORNER”

Ken Fiati an experienced Ghanaian actor and Pastor. He is known for top movies including The Storm (2023), Aloevera (2020), Soil (2011) and Master And 3 Maids. He has many acting roles to his credit.

Brimah Watara is a living legend when it comes to acting. He has an illustrious acting caree spanning many years. He is noted for starring in movies like Beasts of No Nation. Brimah Watara is known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Public Toilet Africa (2021) and Amerikafo (2018). The work that shot him to national and international stardom was his role as Asteriks in sitcom, Taxi Driver.

Mavis Yayra Amuzu is a Telesales Executive, Actress and a Voice Over Artist with over 8 years experience in acting. She has had awesome opportunities to work on projects in stage productions, television and radio commercials, and with production houses such as Anod’s Communication, Perez Theatre Act, STN Media Consult And Now ROBDYS Production.She is working hard to become successful in the stage industry, film and radio in and beyond. 

Nana Prempeh Yeboah-Afari Jnr. is a young, multifaceted creative artist. He’s an actor, photographer, DJ, and host. The aforementioned skills were brought to light during his senior high days in St. Augustine’s College, where he doubled as the Entertainment Prefect and Drama President. He was also the Choreography and Drama Director for Mass Drama in KNUST. He’s been on stage with notable names such as Adjetey Annan, Fiifi Coleman, Clemento Suarez, Naa Ashorkor, to mention a few. His dream is to be a global icon in various creative fields. 

Gadede Aku Segbefia is a performer with the Ghana Drama Company,Abibigroma, a resident company at the National Theater of Ghana. With over 10 years of experience in acting, she has worked on projects in both film, television, stage, radio, and commercials. She aims to become a beacon in the film, television, and stage industry both on the local and international fronts. 

Louis SK Apetor is a content creator, stage and screen actor, voiceover artiste, a TV presenter with Precious tv, and a communication personnel with Glovo Ghana. Louis is a diploma holder in journalism and mass communication from Gh Media School and is currently pursuing a BA in strategic communication with Africa University College of Communication. Louis is involved in some major stage plays like Pastor Sacramento, After Sunset, and Achop the Preacher all staged at the Perez Dome, LandLord Saga at Legon Drama Studios, Atonement at the National Theatre, Skirt & Suit at the Nat Hall, and Date Me Again at the National Theatre. 

Willie Chembez born William Odartei Lamptey is a Ghanaian theatre and film actor. He has featured in various stage plays at The National Theater of Ghana including Are we safe, Chains and shackles, The Prisoners, Accra we dey, among many others. His performance in the popular hit “Yolo TV series” propelled him to fame by his famous “zamsaying” catchphrase. He recently starred in the hit family sitcom titled “RSM” showing on DSTV Akwaaba magic which was nominated for The Best Original Comedy series at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2023, Nigeria. 

In 2021, he won the Most influential Actor award at the Pulse influencers awards. He is currently a student of the University of Ghana studying Psychology and Information studies. He is a gifted Dancer with many years of experience. Due to his galant ability of delivering spectacular performances, his peers and some industry people call him “The Greatest Showman”.

Joel Wuddah, popularly known as Wuddah in the music space is a young multitalented urban gospel rap artiste who is steadily making waves with his self coined style of music ‘Rapomedy’, a fusion of Gospel Rap and Lyrical comedy. In which he conveys God’s message of truth in a humorous way; seeking to motivate, inspire, address issues, put a smile on people’s faces and above all win the lost to Christ.

The multiple award winner is a former student of Accra Academy and NAFTI, a Producer at Precious TV and the CEO of Wuddwek Studios which has other wings such as Wuddwek TV, Wuddwek Rentals, Rap Pills Cypher, among others.

Wuddah loves to rap, dance, swim and also a lover of motor bikes.

He has a 16-track album, numerous singles, music videos also has both local and international collaborations to his credit.

His latest single “Easy Easy” is available on all digital platforms.

Bernice Boakye is a Financial Consultant currently with Prudential Life, She started as a Customer Consultant with Merchant Bank ,now UMB . Aside being in the fiancial sector , her passion for acting made her joined George Padmore Drama Group where she mostly emerged as best actress in most of their productions, Her love for arts made her hopped on Tiktok app where she can display lots of drama and skills, she engages over six thousands(6,034 ) followers, globally on her handle; Nana Ama Boakye (benybanks).. Bernice Boakye is a Financial Consultant and an actress.

Ama Krampah is a broadcast Journalist currently with EBN TV (Eclipse Broadcasting Network) .

She started her Journalism journey at Multimedia, Joy FM Joy News as a reporter and producer for the morning show (AM Show).

She moved to EBN where she worked and still works as a broadcast Journalist. 

She founded the ExtraOwomanshow and Foundation where she interviews women who have achieved great strides in their careers. Thue ExtraOwomanshow has interviewed women like Patricia Adusei-Poku, CEO of Ghana data protection Commission, Samia Nkrumah, Tucci Ivowi CEO of Ghana Stock Commodity Exchange , Dr. Agnes Adu CEO of Ghana Trade Fair, to mention but a few.

The ExtraOwomanfoundation has made donations to Dzorwulu Sepecial School, OSU children’s home and some personal donations . We also organise training sessions where our Extraordinary guests share their expertise with young women and get to mentor some of them. 

Ama Krampah is an event host, a voice over artist and an actress.

About Tickets

Tickets for the stage play are going for GHc 100 cedis for single and GHC180 for double.

Hotline for tickets: 0546556804 or Shortcode *713*33*45#

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ABOUT ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS

ROBDYS Productions, spearheaded by Rebecca Amerley Quartey, is an audio-visual startup based on mainly entertainment in Ghana and specifically focused on writing plays, movie and series’ scripts as well as has a team of young directors who have worked on many projects.

The team at RODBYS Productions is made up of young creatives who are determined to work hard to promote the main objective of the company.

REBECCA QUARTEY’S ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS SET TO THRILL WITH 2nd STAGE PLAY “DADDY’S PERSONAL DEVIL”

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 Ghanaian playwright and scriptwriter, director, and producer Rebecca Naa Amerley Quartey, together with her production house, Robdys Productions, have put together a new project for stage play lovers.

The Chief Executive Officer of the growing production house responded to the massive success of her maiden play “DATE ME AGAIN” and has pieced together yet another masterpiece that addresses important societal needs.

The production house has titled their new project “Daddy’s Personal Devil,” and it is set to be staged on Friday, August 4, 2023, which falls on a holiday, at the National Theatre in Accra.

Just like their maiden stage play, the new project is scheduled for two shows: 4pm and 8pm that same night.

The stage play would look to address issues of mental health, personal development, career goals, and family influence, among other important societal themes that do not get the attention they deserve.

Seasoned director Ato Ghartey would take the director’s seat for this project.

An A-list crew and cast would be on this project so as to ensure it is pulled off successfully, just like their previous production.

Rebecca Quartey took the world of stage play in Ghana by storm as she filled the National Theatre twice in one night with her maiden showpiece, “Date Me Again.” The mariage-themed stage play was the talk of the town even before and after it was staged on February 10, 2023. The hilarious play, which was full of life lessons, starred the likes of Prince Amoabeng, famed as Jeneral Ntatia, Gadede Segbefia, Louis Apetor and a host of others. 

Rebecca Naa Amerley Quartey has with this new project, reiterated that she aims to bring back the love people had for live shows, especially stage plays.

Robdys Productions together with its CEO are calling on Corporate Ghana, private individuals, NGO’s and all well-meaning individuals to partner in the sector so as to motivate creatives to give out their best and produce up-to-standard content.

The tickets for this production go for GHC100 for single and GHC 180 for double.

Contact 0546556804 or dial the shortcode *713*33*45# for tickets.

ABOUT ROBDYS PRODUCTIONS

ROBDYS Productions is an audio-visual entity based on mainly entertainment in Ghana and specifically focused on writing plays, movie, and series’ scripts as well as a team of young directors who have worked on many projects.

The team at RODBYS Productions is made up of young creatives who have garnered lots of experience from the veterans in the industry and have honed their skills to improve upon what has been taught, what has been learnt and what would make one be kept at the edge of their seats.

The Rise of Social Media Influencers in Today’s digital space and how they are shaping Communication and Marketing

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In today’s digital space, social media influencers have emerged as strong catalysts for shaping
communication and marketing strategies. With the influx and rise of platforms like Twitter,
Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and TikTok, everyday individuals now have the
opportunity to transform into influential content creators, captivating the attention and garnering
the trust of millions of followers.
This evolution of influencers did not happen overnight, making it crucial to delve into its roots
and identify its impact on consumer behaviour and campaigns. Moreover, it is important to
explore effective influencer marketing strategies that brands can adopt to build mutually
beneficial partnerships and achieve their marketing objectives.
A decade ago, platforms like TikTok did not exist, and though Facebook and Instagram were
around, the term ‘brand influencer’ was relatively unknown. However, in retrospect, the advent
of diverse social media platforms has enabled individuals from all walks of life. The advantage
for social media influencers is that they are able to engage directly, and quickly, sharing relatable
stories and creating content that resonates with their followers’ interests, unlike traditional
celebrities. As a result, they have become instrumental in shaping communication and marketing
strategies in the ever-evolving digital age.
The beautiful and interesting thing about social media is that it is not a one size fits all.
Influencers come in various forms and provide assistance to diverse target audiences. There are
three aspects of influencers; Macro-influencers, Micro-Influencers, and Nano-influencers.
Macro-influencers have large followings, and so can reach a wide range of consumers and offer a
wide experience for brands.
Micro-influencers, on the other hand, excel in specializing in niche markets and possess
dedicated audiences, leading to higher engagement rates. These influencers have specific target
audiences, focusing their content on a particular lifestyle or industry.
Last but not least, nano-influencers, who with their localized influence, have a smaller following
but can connect deeply with specific communities, making them effective for geographically
targeted campaigns.
The impact of social media influencers on consumer behaviour is undeniable. It is widely
recognized, supported by data, that consumers increasingly depend on recommendations from
influencers they trust when making purchasing decisions. Influencers have the ability to shape
consumer preferences, influence perspectives, and drive purchase choices. Moreover, they play a
role in building brand loyalty and, in certain situations, can even influence brand boycotts. The
authenticity of their storytelling, their capacity to connect with their audience on a personal level,
and their inclusion of followers in their journeys all contribute to a sense of credibility and
belonging that traditional advertising often fails to achieve.
In recent years, influencer marketing has emerged as a fundamental element in the strategies of
numerous brands. It encompasses various tactics, including sponsored content, product reviews,

endorsements, brand partnerships, influencer events, social media takeovers, and affiliate
marketing. Working in a creative agency, I have personally experienced the immense impact that
influencers can have on a product or service. Just a few weeks ago, I was tasked with engaging
influencers for a client’s event and brand immersion because of their extensive reach and
dedicated following. This approach proved more effective than traditional media coverage,
which often came at a high cost and uncertain audience reach. In a remarkably short span of
three days, the influencers generated millions of views and significantly expanded the brand’s
exposure.
Overall, influencer marketing offers brands a powerful means to connect with their target
audience, drive engagement, and achieve business objectives in the digital space. This is because
influencers build credibility and trust with their followers through genuine content, transparency,
and ethical practices. This originality creates a genuine connection between influencers and their
audience, creating a unique level of trust. Brands that partner with influencers who authentically
align with their values and messaging can tap into this trust, enhancing their own brand
credibility and establishing long-term relationships with consumers.
Despite the growing demand for influencers and their significant impact on brands, forming
influencer-brand partnerships requires careful consideration and extensive research. Brands
carefully select influencers based on factors such as audience demographics, engagement
metrics, content alignment, and brand affinity. By forming well-aligned partnerships, brands can
effectively reach their target audience and create a positive impact. However, challenges may
arise, including value misalignment, negotiation complexities, content control, reputation
management, algorithm changes, and Return on Investment (ROI) evaluation.
Regulatory guidelines exist to ensure transparency and disclosure in sponsored content. Both
influencers and brands must adhere to these guidelines, which vary across regions. Navigating
these regulations, including proper disclosure and compliance with advertising standards,
presents challenges for influencers and brands alike. However, transparent practices not only
protect the targeted audience and consumers but also contribute to maintaining the integrity of
influencer marketing as a whole.
Looking ahead, the future of influencer marketing holds exciting possibilities. Emerging
platforms, such as threads, evolving content formats, and technological advancements are all
expected to shape the influencer space. There is also the aspect of virtual reality, augmented
reality, and AI that may redefine how influencers create and engage with their audience.
Integration of influencers into broader marketing strategies and the emergence of new creative
collaborations will provide fresh opportunities for brands to connect with consumers in authentic
and impactful ways.
The growing influence of social media influencers has revolutionized communication and
marketing in various aspects of our lives. As the power of influencers continues to soar, brands
must acknowledge their significant impact on consumer behaviour and embrace authenticity in
their partnerships. By effectively harnessing the influence of these content creators, brands can
tap into their immense potential in the digital age. To ensure successful collaborations, it is

crucial for brands to establish clear communication, set expectations, and cultivate strong
relationships with influencers. This proactive approach will enable brands to navigate challenges
and maximize the benefits of influencer marketing.
By: Esther Adobea Akuamoah

About Writer
Esther Adobea Akuamoah is a Public Relations Professional, Gender Activist and Sports
enthusiast. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the
University of Ghana and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute
of Journalism. She is currently a Senior Account Manager at Pulse Ghana.

TiC Named Brand Ambassador For UK-based OA Pay

An Africa-first money remittance platform based in the United Kingdom OA Pay, announces Ghanaian music icon, TiC as their brand ambassador.

OA Pay (registered trademark of One Africa Technologies Ltd), prides itself as an authentic home-grown remittance platform regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.

The collaboration will enable the Ghanaian music powerhouse become the face of the business, spearheading campaigns, execute informative initiatives, and other activities of OA Pay.

TiC expressed his excitement on the collaboration and conveys that he is delighted to be a part of OA Pay’s growth journey, taking into account the achievement and the impact he has made through his music career in Ghana, Nigeria the UK, the US, and other parts of the world.

Adding further, TiC states that this opportunity provides a platform for him to facilitate connections between Ghanaians residing both at home and abroad with a service that is developed by Africans, for Africans. OA Pay simply understands and resonates with the African settings and narrative.

“Getting access to an efficient remittance platform has become crucial in this digital age, therefore the need for a fast, convenient, reliable and easy approach to how people can send and receive money with the best rates in the market,” as stated by TiC.

TiC encourages families in Ghana, Nigeria, the UK and the US to use the app and urge their families to get involved because it is reliable, “Using the platform comes with some bonuses among others which benefits the users, besides the seamless service from OA Pay”

According to TiC, he used the platform multiple times in the UK and attests the platform has been built in addressing the gap in money remittance services and fostering financial inclusivity. Adding further, TiC claims that the platform’s features and vision makes him thrilled to partner and represent OA Pay.

Mrs. Tracey Abiola, the CEO of OA Pay, also shared her excitement in having TiC partner with his extensive and genuine experiences in Africa.

The CEO further mentioned that TiC’s brand is highly regarded and respected in Ghana and internationally, and his acceptance of their offer demonstrates the valuable contribution he brings to the table.

OA Pay is a money remittance platform with absolutely no hidden fees or commissions, offering the highest transfer rates and with transfers communicated via real-time alerts, without any middlemen; and the best of all, you can use the app while on holiday in Africa for payment of your goods and services.

The company also actively participates in supporting social causes and welfare of the local communities in the continent.

PSG suspends Lionel Messi for unauthorized promotional trip to Saudi Arabia

The suspension of Lionel Messi, one of the world’s greatest footballers, has caused quite a stir in the footballing world. PSG’s decision to suspend the Argentine player came as a surprise to many, considering his status and contribution to the team. Messi joined PSG in August 2021 after leaving Barcelona, where he had spent his entire professional career.

The incident has once again raised questions about the power dynamics between players and clubs in modern football. While players are often seen as the stars of the game and the ones who bring in the revenue, they are also subject to the rules and regulations set by their clubs. In this case, PSG was within its rights to suspend Messi for violating the club’s rules.

The fact that Messi was in Saudi Arabia for a personal promotional trip also raises questions about the relationship between football and politics. Saudi Arabia has faced criticism for its human rights record, and its use of sports as a tool for international diplomacy has been well-documented. Messi’s role as a tourism ambassador for the country has also been controversial, with some arguing that it gives legitimacy to the Saudi regime.

Looking ahead, it remains to be seen what the long-term implications of this incident will be for Messi and PSG. Messi’s contract with the club is set to expire at the end of the season, and the suspension could impact his decision to sign a new deal. It is also unclear how the suspension will affect PSG’s performance in the upcoming matches, as Messi has been a key player for the team this season.

In any case, the incident serves as a reminder of the complex and often fraught relationship between football, politics, and business. While the sport itself may be a source of joy and excitement for fans around the world, the forces that govern it are often anything but simple.

PBC Director Blasts Ghana Boxing Authority Over Richard Commey Controversy

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has come under fire from Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Public Relations Director, Kenneth Bouhairie, for their controversial stance on former IBF Lightweight champion Richard Commey’s refusal to pay dues to the organization.

In an exclusive interview with Citi Sports ahead of the PBC co-promoted big fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis on April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Bouhairie blasted the GBA’s demand for 5% of Commey’s purse from his Vasiliy Lomachencko fight.

According to Bouhairie, Commey has not been licensed by the GBA since 2017 and therefore is not under their auspices. Despite this, the GBA used statutes in their rulebook to claim that they were entitled to the 5% cut. When Commey refused to pay, GBA President Abraham Neequaye instructed him to avoid fighting under the Ghana flag.

Bouhairie was scathing in his criticism of the GBA’s actions, stating that they were acting as if they were the ones who gave birth to Richard Commey.

“The GBA demanded he give them 5% of the purse and they used statutes in the GBA rulebook to claim that they can do this when in reality is Richard Commey has not been licensed by the GBA since 2017 so he isn’t under the auspices of the GBA,” Bouhairie said.

“Yet they demanded this money and when he would not give it to them, they even told him he could not carry the flag of Ghana to the ring…as if they were the ones who gave birth to Richard Commey.”

The controversy surrounding Commey’s dues to the GBA has been ongoing for some time, and the situation came to a head after his recent loss to Jose Ramirez. Despite the defeat, Commey remains a highly-regarded fighter in the sport, and his refusal to pay the GBA has won him widespread support from fans and fellow fighters alike.

The GBA has yet to respond to Bouhairie’s comments, but the controversy is likely to continue until a resolution is found. For his part, Commey will be looking to bounce back from his loss to Ramirez and prove that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the Lightweight division.

“Manchester United crash out of Europa League with dismal defeat to Sevilla

Manchester United crashed out of the Europa League in disappointing fashion on Thursday night as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sevilla in the quarter-finals.

The Spanish side took the lead after just eight minutes when Youssef En-Nesyri capitalized on a mistake from United captain Harry Maguire. The centre-back failed to clear a cross, and the Moroccan striker was on hand to finish with ease.

Sevilla doubled their advantage midway through the second half when defender Loic Bade rose highest to head home a cross from the left-hand side. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but VAR correctly overruled the decision.

United, who had barely threatened throughout the game, had a chance to get back into the tie when Bruno Fernandes won a penalty with just under 20 minutes remaining. However, the Portuguese midfielder saw his effort saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.

The miss proved costly, as En-Nesyri added his second of the night just a few minutes later, latching onto a mistake from United goalkeeper David de Gea to tap home and complete the victory.

It was a desperately disappointing night for United, who never really got going in the game. The defeat means that they will end the season without any silverware, and puts pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a crucial period of fixtures.

United face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, before a key Premier League match against Tottenham on 27 April. They currently sit second in the table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, and will need to win their remaining games to have any chance of catching their rivals.

For Sevilla, it was a superb performance and a deserved victory. They will now face Juventus in the semi-finals, with the first leg taking place on 11 May.

The defeat will be a bitter pill to swallow for United fans, who had hoped that this could be the year that they ended their four-year trophy drought. However, it was not to be, and Solskjaer will need to regroup his players ahead of the crucial games to come.