Give The Gift Of Reading- FOTC

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The Friends Of The Children (FOTC) launched it’s charity fund raising event to help collect gently used reading books, exercise books, erasers, pens,pencils and other stationary to be sent to selected deprived schools in the Northern Region of Ghana.

This event was organized in collaboration with the Westhills mall; the biggest mall in West Africa. Other supporting companies are; Liliz Events And Decoration Service, Knight klique, Temi’s Foundation and Light Magazine Africa.

Below are pictures from the event launch.

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We will appreciate if you help us achieve our of aim putting a smile on the faces of these less privilege ones.Kindly send your donations to the Westhills mall or call or whatsapp us to come pick the items  on +233242225739 or email fotcgh@yahoo.com.

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Traits To Make You The Best Candidate For The Job

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It is an undeniable fact that the desire of every young person, after years of studies is to have their dream job; to enable them face the future with confidence and some level of certainty. Notwithstanding this dream and desire, the truth and reality on the ground has always been different. You will agree with me that the search for a job in recent times could be likened to looking for needle in a haystack.
In our current dispensation, there are fewer job openings relative to the vast number of job seekers in the country; many of whom are graduates from the various universities. This situation has further been compounded by the mismatch between the supply (skills) and the demand in the labour market.
A conversation with Human Resource Managers and Recruiters, has always revealed that the skills and experience that they require have oftentimes been quite different from what job seekers possess. These in-demand soft skills have become very crucial in the light of how competitive the market place has become and companies want the creme de la creme of employees when filling roles.
While hiring managers and recruiters don’t expect job seekers to possess 100% of these traits when staffing, the closer you are to 99%, the better your odds become at receiving a job offer.
So apart from what is often learn from the class room, what skill sets do Hiring Managers and Recruiters look out for? Outlined below are some of the salient traits.
Leadership Oriented
Most recruiting managers look out for job seekers who have a future with their organization. Most facets of leadership are learned, and thus the most efficient organizations want to mould progressive thinkers rather than have stagnant employees. They want and provide the enabling environment for each individual worker in their ranks to have room to progress and, in time, be able to formulate their own winning teams.
Ambition
Ambitious employees are those who continually strive towards a better way of doing things. They embrace challenges and are able to overcome hurdles. These people are never satisfied with the status quo and work towards better solutions, consequently making an organization more competitive.
Ability to adapt
When staffing, recruiters and HR Managers often seek for job applicants who can change with the business environment. While many people love familiarity and patterns, most companies see job seekers who are ready to change things as and when it is a necessary for business growth
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Creative
Most successful companies flourish because of innovation and a consistent improvement on current internal processes. These companies are continually looking for prospects who cannot only work autonomously, but who also can formulate fresh ways to complete old tasks.
Team Oriented
Often for HR mangers, hiring people who “buy into the system” is of the utmost importance when recruiting. This is because they believe these people can work effectively in situations that require the cooperation of others, clearly fit into the confines of the firm’s corporate culture and bring a dynamism to meetings that welcomes debate and, ultimately, solves problems.
Competent
Hiring Managers in recent times are overworked and have little time to oversee day-to-day activities. Thus recruiting employees who can get the job done without being micromanaged is a significant priority these days. Competent job seekers can develop a return on investment for their employer while requiring minimal hand holding from the leadership team.
Resilient
Resilient applicants are among the most sought-after by hiring managers. These are the individuals who view their problems in an optimistic manner and don’t view hurdles as insurmountable, pervasive or their fault. They can fail and, after a brief demoralization, get right back on their feet and continue producing for the company.
Competitive
Highly successful companies believe in differentiating their top performers from the average employees. These firms recognize the worth of making clear distinctions regarding the output individuals produce when compared to that of their peers. They understand that the people who fare best in the office are those who want to succeed and who are consistently formulating creative, compelling and logical methods to beat competing firms.
Goal-Oriented
Employers want to hire job seekers who always escalate their goals, yet still enjoy the journey along the way. They understand that money, power, status and possessions mean little without true passion for their job and, when recruiting, seek people who feel the same way.
Passionate
Although all employees are driven by monetary gain, the most sought-after people are the ones who enjoy the work as much as they do the reward. Without passion, employees will utilize only a fraction of their intelligence, achieve only a percentage of what they’re able to and will inevitably burn out. Moreover, they will fail to positively impact both their lives and the lives of their co-workers, clients, managers and the firm’s leadership team.
Trustworthy
Without integrity, the other 14 qualities listed here mean nothing. To be successful, companies need to have a culture that thrives on honesty and doing what is best for both the client and shareholders. Once trust is broken within a corporation, the rest of the positive aspects slowly unravel.
Decisive
Companies love hiring employees who can make tough decisions. These are the people who can quickly and efficiently analyse the options, potential outcomes and pitfalls of a situation and make a firm call. They are the opposite of “wishy-washy.” HR managers know that indecisiveness can keep organizations from reaching a desired output and thus actively recruit what former GE CEO Jack Welch refers to as “edge.”
In addition to the above listed traits, qualities such as intelligence, vision, confidence, knowledge and persuasiveness are also vital qualities employers seek out for in job seekers.
Notwithstanding all these traits, HR managers and recruiters have always maintained that they also expect job seekers to know how to write a good Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter.
So in addition to developing the soft skills which will make you competitive in the job market, don’t forget to learn or polish your CV and Cover letter writing skills.

Uhuru’s Re-Election Nullified

Kenyan Supreme Court judges arrive for a hearing of a petition challenging the election result filed by the National Super Alliance coalition and Human Rights groups at the Supreme Court in Nairobi

The Supreme Court has nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A six-judge bench, by majority decision, on Friday indicted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), saying it conducted the elections contrary to the dictates of the Constitution and poll laws.

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Chief Justice David Maraga agreed together with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola that the electoral body messed up transmission of poll results.

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Chief justice David Maraga said.

“Elections is not an event but an process. After considering the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the Constitution and the applicable principles.”

Judges Jackton Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u dissented while judge Mohammed Ibrahim, who fell ill on the second day of the case hearing, did not take part in the decision because he is still in hospital.

LAWYERS

Justices Ojwang’ and Ndung’u said the petitioner, National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga, had failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of Mr Kenyatta.

The two said the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

Justice Ndung’u said challenges face every election and if they occurred, they were not deliberate or in bad faith.

The top court in Kenya, in a bold move, ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days.

Lawyers who represented President Kenyatta and the IEBC protested the judgment and sought explanations and clarifications from the judges.

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, for Mr Kenyatta, faulted the court, saying it had made a political decision because no one is disputing that the voter made his decision.

RIGGING

According to him, Lady Justice Ndung’u upheld the wishes of Kenyans.

But Justice Maraga said, in due time, they would be able to demonstrate why they reached their decision.

Nasa lawyers, led by James Orengo, were happy with the decision and thanked the court for agreeing with them that IEBC flouted electoral laws.

“The decision is history. The first judgement in Africa that has upset a presidential election. Supreme Court has done Kenya proud and lived up to the principle and law regarding election,” he said.

“The decision by the court means well have new presidential election within 60 days. We hope this time around, they will not make the mistake of generating elections through computers.”

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“What IEBC did was treasonable because they wanted to declare the presidency against the Constitution. I don’t think IEBC will preside over the election.

The decision has is a big win for Mr Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, who accused the IEBC of rigging the election in favour of Mr Kenyatta.

The two rejected the results even before they were announced on August 10, accusing the commission of imposing “computer-generated leaders” on Kenyans.

The quashing of Mr Kenyatta’s victory is particularly important to Mr Odinga because it has granted his political career a lifeline.

Aged 72, Mr Odinga had promised his opposition co-principals that it was the last time he was running for State House after previous three barren attempts.

‘CANAAN’

After the vederct, Mr Odinga told his supporters that their march to what he has branded “Canaan” , the famed promised land, was unstoppable.

“This is a historic day for Kenyans and Africa. For the first time in history of democratisation in Africa, ruling made to nullify a presidential eletion,” he said

‘’Our journey is unstoppable. IEBC committed criminal act and belong to jail.”

Mr Musyoka, on his part, said Friday was a historic day not just for Lenya but Africa.

“The dignity of Supreme Court has been established. I am happy to be a Kenyan today. We will have to look deeply into the conduct of IEBC. We do not have faith that they can conduct a credible election,” he said.

After issuing the verdict, Mr Maraga, who is also the president of the court, urged Kenyans to maintain peace, saying an election is a process and not an event.

He pleaded with lawyers to help the country in maintaining the peace.

Source: Daily Nation

“Career Guidance”, The Powerful Tool Lacking in Ghana.

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Ghana is getting obsessed with the improved matric results while no attention is given to career guidance. Lack of career guidance in our schools is one of the major problems leading to high unemployment rates in the country and the continent as a whole. About 99.9% of West African Secondary School Certificate Examination(WASSCE) candidates have no idea what profession they will like go into and the appropriate program to study to attain that. Those days in my village school, we the “smart” ones will be like, I want to become a Bank manager, so I need to go study Business; it is true studying business in Senior High School can let you be a banker, but studying Pure Science  can equally get you there too.

Despite losing days of learning due to strikes by teachers over issues of remuneration, one can safely say the 60+ percent pass rate every year reflects the level of commitment on the part of the matriculants, teachers and the Department of Basic Education of the Ghana Education Service.

However, a large number of learners will not be able to pursue their studies at institutions of higher learning due to lack of career guidance at schools. Proper career guidance would have assisted many of these students with early applications at universities and or further education and training colleges, selection of career paths at an early stage, and with more career options other than enrolling at these institutions. I strongly believe that proper career guidance would have at least made this situation manageable for learners and the institutions of higher learning.

Our education system should prepare the learners at least from Grade 7(JHS One) onwards when it comes to choosing career paths. In order to achieve this, the schools should dedicate the beginning of every year to career guidance or include it in the curriculum or better still enact  career guidance as a course to be studies for at least a year. This will allow learners to select subjects that are in line with their future plans. Moreover, career guidance could go a long way in giving the learners the confidence to decide where they want to be in future.  A week of Freshers Orientation is not enough.

In my encounters, I came across a number of matriculants who did not have a clue about their career ambitions. This does not paint a good picture for the entire country because it means that teachers do not prepare the learners for post-matric studies or they lack the capacity to offer career guidance to learners.

I recall one learner declaring that she does not intend furthering her education because she comes from an impoverished family. How many of these learners know the existence of the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF)? Is the Department of Tertiary Education and Training of the Ministry of Education doing enough to encourage matriculants to study at institutions of higher learning? Or the stake holders involved in management of the scheme is ashamed of how poor and corrupted they are in running it?The reality is, poverty should never stand in the way of matriculants while funding schemes like SLTF exist.

The SLTF should also benefit those matriculants who are currently sitting at home with nothing to do. While we encourage matriculants to study subjects such as Mathematics and Science, we should always remember that some of these matriculants have good marks in these subjects. In situations like this, the Department of Tertiary Education and Training of the Ministry of Education should take a stand and inform high school learners about the availability of bursaries and loans from government, the private sector and foreign funding agencies. Lack of information or access to information in rural areas has also been a contributing factor. How many of the rural areas in have libraries?

More so, institutions like the Technical, Vocational, Nursing and Teacher Training, Professional(ICAG,CIMG,GIB etc)  colleges should also encourage learners to enroll with them in order to reduce the influx of learners to the universities. Learners need to be made aware that these colleges also offer programmes that could drive the growth of our economy. These programmes, which most of them are referred to as ‘scarce skills’, have the potential to equip them with the necessary skills to drive the economic growth of this country in future. This will help turn Ghana into a country which will no longer import skilled professionals.

Life Orientation teachers should take up the duty of career guidance. In addition, the government should deploy career counsellors to schools to offer career guidance to learners on a full-time basis. If government cannot afford employing career counsellors, it is best to have at least one career centre that will cater for schools in a specific region. In order to realise this, government should collaborate with communities, the private sector, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

Standing together as a nation in navigating the right education for the careers of our learners could help build a country free from social ills such as poverty, unemployment and crime. Together we can make Ghana and the African continent is better place to live.

Martin

You can take a career test on http://www.yourcareertest.com.

 

7 Profitable Business Ideals In Ghana

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Considering the truth state of the nation now, putting all hopes on the government for survival is not advisable. It is about time we go into setting our own business to make ends meet. The rate of unemployment in Ghana as at 2016 is 48% as projected by the World Bank, but in actual sense, it is far more than that. Despite the jobs that we hear is been created everyday, the number of job seekers still outnumber the jobs available.

By now the thought in your mind is the Startup capital. Yes, it is true, but starting a business on your own as a youth does not need as much as you think. It’s even less the the phone you have in your palm right now. You do not need a bank to borrow you to start your business, even that, you will not be able to meet the requirements for such credit from the bank, so let’s count that out.

Below is the list of business you can start with a minimum capital;

  1. SMALL SCALE IMPORTATIONonline

Small scale importation is one of the most easiest business to start as a young person. With the improvement in technology in this century one can just buy goods online and it will be delivered directed to your home. No hustle. The only problem is the identification of the right item to import. December last year I imported 5 pairs of shoes at a total cost of GHC1,012.5 including the cost of shipment and delivery. I made a profit of Ghc737.50 after selling all the 5 pairs. Maybe you do not have such amount to begin with, you can buy how much you can and then plough back the money and trust me, after some time, you will be a self boss! And more so, you should know the items that sell quickly like shoes, bags, makeups, cloths, electronics, watches, etc. And also, compare the prices of the items on various websites and choose the best price so that you would not find it difficult selling the stuffs, there is no money in the system these day. Adding to that, you will not need an office to display your goods, social media will do all for you. You get not less that 1k likes on your pictures or even your “cough” on the various social media platforms, my slay Queens and Kings, turn the likes into cash now!

    2. BEAD MAKING

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This is the most lucrative business on the African continent currently. Both males and females are end users of beads, with these emerging beautiful and rich designs, one can make bracelets, bags, waist beads, etc for some cool money at the comfort of his or her home. It requires less than a Ghc100.00 to start and also it takes less than a week to learn it and you can start by selling them to your family and friends.

3. LIVESTOCK FARMING

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Livestock farming is a booming business in Ghana and the trend is not dying anytime soon. With 25+ million mouths to feed daily, there will always be demand for livestock products. However, lack of technical know-how and the use of old fashioned equipment are the major factors hampering the growth of this industry. If you can come in with adequate knowledge and the patience to nurture this business, you will reap immensely. Now you can choose to either venture into livestock breeding of animals or better still, you can stick to livestock feed production or equipment retailing.
◦Poultry farming – Egg production, meat production, hatchery or day-old-chicks production, etc.
◦Cattle Farming – Diary (milk) production, beef, etc.

Assuming you have a Ghc500.00, you can buy about 100 pieces of broilers and after six weeks you can sell 1 at a cost of Ghc30. At the end, you are making about Ghc3000 gross profit which can be neted at a profit of Ghc1500.00, all things been equal.

    4. CATERING SERVICES

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Catering services and food vendors in Accra and other major cities in Ghana have three elements in the price of the food they sell. 33 percent of the price is direct cost of preparing the food (ingredients mostly). Another 33 percent for overheads and the remaining 33 percent for profit. Catering services have very short trade cycles. Most of them sell virtually everything in a day, making about 33 percent margin in the process. A minimum of 15% margin is expected on sales. How much you earn is directly based on how often you sell and the volumes. Everyone at home enjoys everything that you cook, just turn it into cash. With these projections above, you can strategically boost your sales by doing an office-office delivery and also look out for orders for events like wedding, conferences, birthdays, etc. I guess Ghc100 can start that yeah?

    5.BLOGGING

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This is first on my list of the profitable business ideas I want to talk about. Blogging is not for everyone. But if it may be for you, just like any other internet business, I urge you to go into it. Comparing the Ghanaian cedi to the dollar which is increasing on a daily basis you can make a lot of profit from Google AdSense. If the dollar is now 4.6 cedis as at the time of writing this article, any amount you make in dollars is four times your currency.Adding to that, blog like ameyawdebrah.com and ghanacelebrity.com do not charge less than Ghc2000.00 per month for adverts.You determine how much you make by how smart and hard you work. This is seriously a very rewarding business. Once you have your computer and a reliable internet connection, Ghc500.00 will be enough for the set up and hosting for a year.

6. HAIRSTYLIST/GROOMING

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You can turn your passion for grooming into a very profitable business. Hair-styling is a popular business that can be quite lucrative. Corporate professionals, ladies, and gentlemen are always shining-up themselves always. You may want to run a home based hairstylist business or you may want to serve your clients in their own homes. You’ll need cosmetology training and in certain cases, a license. Also, you need loads of experience under your belt working in a hair-styling salon. Your family and friends can provide initial clientele and will give you valuable word-of-mouth reference.

7. WEBSITE DEVELOPER

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You may design and/or be a website admin for an organisation or a small business. Although experience and training are required, you can learn the language of website creation and its systems, security concerns, etc, by way of courses offered online. You will, of course, need to have a flair for art and design. You’ll need to research each company you design for: what is the atmosphere of the company that you need to reflect in the website design. You could also add graphic designing to these and it really fetches lots of cash.

 

 

Know Your Tea

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If you are cold, tea will warm you, if you are too heated, it will cool you, if you are depressed, it will cheer you, if you are excited it will calm you”- William Ewart Gladstone.

The word “tea” originated from the Chinese word “kia” and in the course of the 6th century the name evolved into “cha” and subsequently, when it arrived in Western world, it became “te”. It was said that in 2737 B.C , then Chinese emperor Shang  Nong, every morning boils water in his garden at his palace for breakfast and he do this every morning until one morning as he was boiling his water for his usual breakfast, a leaf fell from one of his flowers into his water which was then boiling in a kettle. The leaf gave the water a rich and alluring aroma. Emperor Shang Nong then tried drinking and realised it is refreshing and energizing. He therefore ordered more of that flower to be cultivated in his garden at the palace.

After the discovery of tea by the emperor, the Chinese upper class cultivated the habit of presenting tea packages as a highly esteemed gifts and enjoy drinking it at social functions and their private homes.

The tradition of tea began in Europe by the Dutch and Portuguese sailors in the 17th century. They transport the teas to Britain and Holland then auction them therefore making it limited to the aristocracy and the wealthy. As teas was used as a coin in China, the Europeans deem it as a symbol of high status.

Tea started making entries into North America when the British established tea houses in New York and Boston in the 18th century and by the 20th century the Africans and the South Americans also joined in the tea consumption.

Today, statistics tells us that the tea activities stands more than 3 billion US dollars a year and it is grown in more than 40 countries across the globe.

Currently, there are many types of teas on the market which can broadly be categorized into two namely;

  • Green tea
  • Black tea

The green tea is mostly dominated by the Asians and the black tea by the Europeans. Unknown to many people they both come from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. A tea may be classified as green or black base on the climate, altitude, the part of the plant been used, flush and how the tea leaves were handled when harvesting. The greenness or the blackness in respect to the above conditions has to do with the level of oxidation and exposure to oxygen that took place before a tea is dried.

People with different cultural background understand the  way through which the various types of teas help them in maintaining good health. There are many health benefits of green tea offered in every cup that you sip on regular basis.  Some of these benefits include; increment in the level of the sense of energy and interest. The properties contained in green teas help stimulate metabolism therefore you find yourself wanting to get up and work in more vigorous way. These properties also help your body to naturally make better use of the food that you choose to eat and will tend burn calories much quickly thus reducing your weight. One great benefit which you will be excited to know is that it is not additive, nor does it contain any element that have been sighted for any sort of  undesirable effects.

Black teas on the other hand help in fighting bacteria and also help in bone health. It also balances the level of hormones thus releases stress. They can also help reduce the risk of stroke and balancing of the cholesterol level in the human system.

Some examples of green teas are the jasmine green tea and the moroccan mint tea. The earl grey tea, english breakfast tea, cardamom assam and chai tea are also the examples of black tea.

The examples of the green and black teas mentioned above have the basic benefits of the category under which they fall, but then what is added to the mother ingredient i.e. the green tea or the black tea makes the difference thus adds other benefits to it. For instance, the jasmine  plant present in the jasmine green tea contains a high amount of etheric oil which improves digestion and burns fat in the body.  On the other hand, the presence of spearmint and cornflower in the morroccan mint green tea help relief of nausea, cold symptoms, stomach distress and headaches. It also promotes heart functions and a good remedy to menstrual cramps.

Similarly, in addition to the health benefits of the black tea, ingredients such as cardamom present in the cardamom assam tea controls cancer, relief from cardiovascular diseases and improves blood circulation as well as curing urinary tract infections such as nephritis, cystitis and gonorrhea. It also a cure for impotency, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunctions. The presence of cinnamon in the chai tea has an effect on sugar level in the human system and thus fights against diabetes.

Subsequently as the cultural of tea is worldwide known, the herbal teas were introduced. The green and the black tea are technically not herbal teas, they are called the ‘‘true teas” and they are the mother of all teas. A tisane or a herbal tea is a tea extracted from any other plant apart from camellia sinensis. This extraction is done through infusion or decoction.  Examples of tisanes are chamomile, mint, rooibos and wildberry.

Tisanes or herbal teas like any other tea have several health benefits in respect to where or the plant from which it is made. Chamomile tisane is made from chamomile and therefore when you take a cup of it regularly, you will enjoy all the benefits such as; cure to sore throat, fever, vomiting and flatulence. The wildberry on the other side contains nutrients such as vitamins C and K as well as manganese and fibre thus helps in repairing tissue, blood clotting and also keeps the digestive system healthy.

Teas are more important to us today because most of our food now contains chemicals that reduces our life span instead of the other way round. Therefore make a decision today onwards and pass by a tea or coffee shop most preferably Second Cup international to have a cup of your healthy tea and will find the taste to be enjoyable and you could begin to see differences  in the way you feel within a week or two.

What have you got to loose but a little time spent taking your tea? As we always say “health is wealth”.

                  By: Martin Kwaku Adjei

                         (Certified coffee expert)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigerian Gov’t Bans Davido and Others

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The National Broadcasting Corporation has banned five Nigerian songs having tagged them as “Not to be Broadcasted.”

The banned songs are Olamide‘s “Wo” and “Wavy Level“; Davido‘s “Fall” and “If (Remix)“; and 9ice’s “Living Things.”

The corporation released the list on Tuesday, saying it has banned the 5 songs from being aired across the Nigerian airwaves.

The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet on Friday said that the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015.

The 28-year-old rapper, who is signed to his own record label, YBNL, had returned to Ladi Lak in Bariga where he was raised to shoot the video of his latest single.

“This is our position: video contravenes the act. Innocently or otherwise Tobacco Promotion Advertising Sponsorship is banned in all forms.”

KOKROKONEWS could not immediately ascertain why the songs of the two other musicians were banned.

In June this year, the federal government, through the Ministry of Health, had launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

The Health Ministry, in a communiqué, said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.

Tweeting the information via its official Twitter page, the Ministry of Health claimed that the video, which features ghetto scenes in which youth are seen smoking, encourages second-hand smoking.

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This is not the first time that an Olamide song will be banned by the Nigerian regulatory body.

In 2016, just a few months after the ban of one of his songs ‘Shakiti Bobo’, NBC also banned, ‘Don’t Stop’ which is a track off Olamide’s 5th studio album, Eyan Mayweather, for its vulgar lyrics.

Defending the decision at the time, the NBC said the song was banned from being played on the airwaves for its ‘obscenity, being indecent, vulgar languages, lewd and profane expressions like ‘wa gba ponron’, ‘I just want to hit you now’, ‘je kin wo be…”

Rapper Falz had also in June criticized Ngerian musicians who glamourise fraud with their lyrics, a criticism fans took to be directed at 9ice for “Living Things.”

The actor and rapper stated that the recent trend of hailing Internet fraudsters in music is not helping future generations as the young ones are beginning to see this as a normal way of life.

He recounted the personal experience of challenges faced by Nigerians in other countries as a result of cyber crime.

According to the 2015 Tobacco Control Act, it is prohibited to promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products except between a manufacturer, retailer and consenting persons above 18 years of age.

“No person shall promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products in any form.

“No person shall engage or participate in any tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship as a media or event organizer, celebrity or other participant,” it read.

According to the 2015 law, anyone who violates the law faces the risk of a fine and jail term of not more than one year.

Persons that produce or publish advertising, promotion or sponsorship content shall attract a fine of not less than N3,000,000 and a term of imprisonment of not more than one year.
If the tenets of the tobacco-control act are followed to the latter, then the rapper is at risk of N3 million fine, one-year jail term over ‘Wo’ video.

WAEC Withholds 1,298 BECE Results

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has withheld 1,298 subject results of some candidates who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The affected candidates were cited for various malpractices during and after the examination.

According to the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Agnes Tei Cudjoe, the number excludes candidates who were detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to have cheated in the object test.

It is unclear when the withheld results will be released, however, the Council says it has commenced investigations into the matter.

A total of 468,060 candidates sat for this year’s examination. The number comprises 241,145 males and 226,906 females.

According to WAEC, the number represents a 1.53 percent increase from the 2016 figure.

It noted that 3,315 of the registered candidates did not turn up for the examination sitting.

The candidates were from a total of 15,185 schools and the examination took place at 1,702 examination centres.

WAEC is in the process of dispatching the results to the Schools via the Municipal and District Directors of Education.

WAEC said the results of the candidates are currently online and can be accessed via its website.

The hard copies of the results are being distributed via the District and Municipal Education directors.

Reduce JHS Subjects to 6 -CODE Argues

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The Conference of Directors of Education (CODE) has advocated the reduction of the number of subjects studied at the various levels of basic education.

It suggested that while pupils in the kindergarten and lower primary should study only numeracy, literature and physical education, those in upper primary and students in junior high school (JHS) should be made to study six subjects, instead of nine.

In a communique issued at the end of the 24th annual conference of CODE at Abesim, near Sunyani, last Saturday, the conference expressed the view that the use of chalk had outlived its usefulness in schools and, therefore, suggested that blackboards should be replaced with whiteboards and markers provided for use by teachers.

The communique, signed by the National President and the National Secretary of CODE, Mrs Margaret Frempong-Kore, and Mr Isaac Nsiah Edwards, respectively, did not assign any reasons for the proposal to the educational authorities to reduce the number of subjects being studied at the basic level.

However, in an interview, Mrs Frempong-Kore explained that at the Kindergarten and lower primary levels, the major problem now was literacy and numeracy.

“By the time that the child leaves the lower primary, if he cannot read, he cannot grasp other subjects taught at Upper Primary and the JHS levels,” she said.

She further explained that the conference also wanted the subjects taught at the upper primary and the JHS levels to be reduced from nine to six because there was a challenge about reading currently.

Justifying the contention of CODE for the subject to be reduced, Mrs Frempong-Kore said  the subjects had to be reduced to enable the pupils to concentrate on the basics of the subjects they would pursue at the senior high school (SHS) level. “With the low level of reading, studying nine subjects gets the students rather confused,” she added.

Free SHS policy

The CODE, in its communique issued at the end of  its meeting, said as much as CODE supported the free SHS policy, “we recommend an increase in advocacy through the distribution of hard copies of guidelines on the policy”.

It also called for the timely payment of all subsidies in relation to the programme to prevent delayed payments during its implementation, a feature that was associated with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), the progressively free SHS and the Capitation Grant.

It also expressed concern over the lack of textbooks and, in some cases, inadequacies in the provision of teaching and play materials and called for an immediate solution to the problem.

Pre-school education

“There is a big deficit in the supply of furniture at the basic level,” the communique stated, and suggested that the award of contract for the production and distribution of furniture should be done at the district level to ensure quality,  appropriateness and timely delivery.

“We are suggesting that the construction of new primary schools should have kindergartens attached, while the training of early childhood education teachers should be encouraged by increasing the quota for study leave,” it said.

TVET courses

The communique recommended that facilities at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions should be redesigned and improved to attract females and persons with disability.

“Effective inputs such as government of Ghana grants, vehicles, residential and office accommodation, as well as office equipment, should be made available to the education directorates for effective delivery of directors’ mandate,” it said.

It said CODE supported the licensing of teachers by the National Teaching Council to improve on teachers’ professional competence, but recommended that there should be more education on the issue.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

7 Steps To Help You Get Over The Guy Who Just Don’t Want You

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Circumstances in love don’t always play out the way we want them to. Sometimes he has a girlfriend. Sometimes he’s leaving the country. Sometimes he’s just not interested.

Sometimes the problem isn’t getting a guy to like you, but rather getting yourself to stop liking him.

I’m not talking about exes here, either. I’m talking specifically about that guy in your life who — although you’ve never been together — won’t get out of your head.

No matter what the case is for you, you know one thing: You have to get over these feelings.

Here’s how to get over him:

1. Distance yourself.

The first and most important thing you can do is get distance. If he’s someone you’re frustrated about having feelings for, it’s likely you’re around him a lot. You need to do as much as possible to change that.

If the circumstances permit not being around him at all, that’s ideal. This also means not messaging him, texting him or bringing up discussions about him with friends.

It’s impossible to avoid him entirely, however. He’ll pop up eventually. In these instances, do your best to avoid him on a personal level. You can still chat about work, assignments, etc. when needed, but keep personal conversations off the table. Be polite, but engineer some emotional distance to help you get over him.


2. Accept your negative emotions.

Whatever you feel as you distance yourself, it’s OK to feel that.

When we let go of someone (even if it’s just a crush), it’s common to be struck with sadness, grief and other emotions that go hand-in-hand with loss. You’re human, it’s what happens.

What you can’t do is resist your emotions. When you focus on fighting them, you’re still focusing on them and giving them power. It’s a battle you can’t win.

Let them wash over you. Let yourself feel sadness, grief and even despair, if that’s what comes. Sooner or later, the storm will blow over.


3. Surround yourself with support.

There’s nothing more important than having good people around when you’re feeling down. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family. This will give you a secure base and the emotional support you need to pick you up.

Connect with them. Play board games, watch movies, have a girl’s night in. Do whatever makes you feel good. A good set of friends or family will help you remember your own value and push you out into the world again when you’re ready.

Make sure your friends know you don’t want to discuss that guy. They’re there to support you in your decision to let him go, not to make those memories drag on by questioning you about them.


4. Write a list of qualities you liked about him.

It might seem counterintuitive to write a list of things you liked about him, but I assure you, there is a method to this madness.

Write down the traits that attracted you to him. Instead of having them swimming around in your head, this written list will give you a hard copy. Once you list the traits, try your best to keep them out of your mind. Your mind won’t obsess over his good qualities if you’ve tucked them away for a rainy day.

Also, you now have the beginnings of a list of traits you like in a man. You can continue adding to it as you meet new people, giving yourself targeted traits to look for in a new romance.


5. Write an equal list of things you disliked about him.

This exercise is more difficult.

Create a list, equal in length to the previous one, consisting of traits you do not like about him. The important point here is the word “equal.”

You will find this hard, especially since you may not know him that well. However, you must persist. If you don’t, you’ll struggle to get over him because his positives will continue to outweigh his negatives in your mind.

Take things you know about him, things you’ve heard from friends or things he’s done (or hasn’t done) to you that you didn’t care for and write them down. Do whatever it takes to make your list equal in length.

Once completed, this list will help you take off the rose-colored glasses. You’ll see that, while he had his good moments, he also had just as many flaws.

6. Focus on yourself.

There is no better time to turn the spotlight onto you than when you’re hurting in love. Fill your schedule with enriching activities. Have you always wanted to learn how to dance? Start taking classes. Have you been out of the gym for a while? Go back. Have you always wanted to learn a language? Download the first module.

Not only do these things take your attention off him, but they also help you grow in the meantime, helping you feel good about yourself and become a more fulfilled person.

As you focus on you, understand your mind will continue to fall back to him. This is normal. Each time it does, simply thank it and then remind yourself of his negative traits before turning your attention back to you.


7. Get back out there.

By now, your feelings for him will have significantly weakened. You’ll be feeling better within yourself, you’ll be seeing things from a fresh perspective and you’ll be close to letting your feelings for him go entirely. Now it’s time to put yourself back into the world.

Meet new people. Flirt with those people. Remember what it’s like to enjoy men. Don’t jump into a relationship, just appreciate what it’s like to feel attractive and wanted as you enrich your life with new people.

And then, one day, as you continue to put yourself out there, you’ll turn around and realize you haven’t thought about him in a week. Your life, your friends and perhaps even a new man will have taken over the mental real estate he used to own.

That’s when you know you’ve moved on. You’ll have stopped liking a guy with whom things just weren’t meant to be, and you’ll be ready for bigger and better things to take his place.

source: elite