Category: News


Twi classes in London brought to you by Ghana Union

Are you 16+ want to learn Twi? Then register now for Twi classes in North and South London. Both classes run for 12 week and its only £5 per lesson! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

SOUTH LONDON

Starting Friday 5th May

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Walworth Methodist Church (Clubland), 54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EW

 

NORTH LONDON

Starting 6th May

Time: 11am-12.30pm

Venue: 12 Finspace, 225-229 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DA

 

For any inquiries email starproject@ghanaunion.org.uk

 

 

Grab exclusive tickets to see Caroline, Or Change

A limited number of exclusive tickets for Caroline, Or Change at Chichester Festival are are available for The Voice readers only.

This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval spurred by the civil rights movement.

Michael Longhurst, who recently directed an acclaimed revival of Amadeus at the National Theatre, directs Sharon D. Clarke in the title role. Equally renowned as a singer and actor, her Olivier Award-winning stage and screen work encompasses Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Ghost the Musical and We Will Rock You in the West End and Holby City on TV.

Tickets are subject to availability and valid for performances from 6 May-3 June 2017. See below for full details on how to accesst his special allocation.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS:

Contact box office on 01243 781312 and quote CFTCC when booking, or visit www.cft.org uk and log in or create an account, then:

1. Select ‘TICKETS’ on the Caroline, Or Change web page 
2. Select ’16-25 TICKETS’ on one of the performance dates
3. Add the promotion code ‘CFTCC’  at the bottom of the page
4. The available seats will then appear as purple or yellow stars
5. Select the seats you’d like (maximum of two per customer)
6. Select ‘CONTINUE’ to proceed to payment

Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit: London Roadshow Event

As a member of the UK Diaspora Homecoming Summit committee, we are proud to invite you to attend the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit London Road Show event taking place 13th May 2017

  • Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
  • Road Show Attendance Cost: FREE
  • Venue: Pestana Chelsea Bridge, SW8 4AE
  • Key Note Speaker: Minister of Information and Spokesperson for the Presidency – Mustapha Abdul-Hamid

This is a registration only event so please register as soon as possible to secure your place

Summit Registration: Click here to register for free today

(Registration is on a first come first served basis, so register ASAP to secure your place!)

The main summit is being organised in fulfillment of a manifesto pledge by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, to engage Ghanaians Living Abroad in the transformation of the political and socio-economic structure of Ghana.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring the Ghanaian Diaspora together to dialogue on how to achieve the President’s vision of active participation by Diasporans in the economic development of the country and to fully integrate them into the political processes.

The Summit also aims to attract the full participation of Ghanaians Living Abroad in Private Enterprise by bringing them together with local businesses.

KLM have come on board as the airline sponsor and offering up to 15% off flights for those attending conference. So anyone travelling to Ghana around this time can make use of that. CLICK HERE

Please visit: www.ghanadiasporahs.org to register and for more information

London Tech Week to Shine Spotlight on African Startups

The Africa Technology Business Network’s annual pitch competition Africa Tech Pitch LDN will be featured in London Tech Week 2017. Now in its third year, Africa Tech Pitch LDN provides an opportunity for Africa-focused tech startups to showcase their solutions to the London tech ecosystem. It spotlights high-impact, high-growth startups that are using technology to unlock untapped opportunities and address a real need in the African market.

In a bid to include startups who are unable to travel to London, this year’s search will be held as a three-minute video pitch competition allowing Africa-based innovators to submit their entries online for the first time.

A panel of industry judges will select five top startups to be highlighted and screened during London Tech Week (12th-16th June) at an exclusive reception hosted by TLA Africa, part of the Tech London Advocates – a coalition of over 4300 tech leaders, experts and investors in London.

The final tech pitch winner will be announced at the Africa Technology Business Forum in London on 21st June 2017 before an audience of innovators and investors from across Europe and Africa.

Startups can apply until 31st May – http://www.atbnforum.com/startup-showcase

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced today that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implementation programme that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.

The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. RTS,S will be assessed in the pilot programme as a complementary malaria control tool that could potentially be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention.

“The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine”, said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa,” she added.

Africa bears the greatest burden of malaria worldwide. Global efforts in the last 15 years have led to a 62 percent reduction in malaria deaths between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429,000 people died of the disease in 2015, the majority of them young children in Africa.

The WHO pilot programme will assess whether the vaccine’s protective effect in children aged 5 – 17 months old during Phase III testing can be replicated in real-life. Specifically, the pilot programme will assess the feasibility of delivering the required four doses of RTS,S, the vaccine’s potential role in reducing childhood deaths, and its safety in the context of routine use.

WHO recommendations and RTS,S

RTS,S was developed by GSK and is the first malaria vaccine to have successfully completed a Phase III clinical trial. The trial was conducted between 2009 and 2014 through a partnership involving GSK, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and a network of African research sites in seven African countries—including Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi.

RTS,S is also the first malaria vaccine to have obtained a positive scientific opinion from a stringent medicines regulatory authority, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which approved RTS,S in July 2015.

In October 2015, two independent WHO advisory groups, comprised of the world’s foremost experts on vaccines and malaria, recommended pilot implementation of RTS,S in three to five settings in sub-Saharan Africa. The recommendation came from the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), following a joint review of all available evidence on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. The World Health Organization formally adopted the recommendation in January 2016.

Pilot implementation

The three countries were selected to participate in the pilot based on the following criteria: high coverage of long-lasting insecticidal-treated nets (LLINs); well-functioning malaria and immunisation programmes, a high malaria burden even after scale-up of LLINs, and participation in the Phase III RTS,S malaria vaccine trial. Each of the three countries will decide on the districts and regions to be included in the pilots. High malaria burden areas will be prioritized, as this is where the benefit of the vaccine is predicted to be highest. Information garnered from the pilot will help to inform later decisions about potential wider use of the vaccine.

The malaria vaccine will be administered via intramuscular injection and delivered through the routine national immunization programmes. WHO is working with the three countries to facilitate regulatory authorization of the vaccine for use in the pilots through the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF). Regulatory support will also include measures to enable the appropriate safety monitoring of the vaccine and rigorous evaluation for eventual large scale use.

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNITAID, are partnering to provide US$49.2 million for the first phase of the pilot programme (2017-2020) which will be complemented by in-kind contributions from WHO and GSK.

Articel via ReliefWeb

O.Y Releases Debut Single “KELEGBE”

Odunayo Odunayo popularly known as O.Y Productions is set to launch the countdown to his producer E.P with the release of  his debut single titled “KELEGBE”  off the yet to be named producer E.P.


O.Y who only relocated to Nigeria from the UK about 2 years ago is a versatile music producer, sound engineer and music teacher; He is currently tutoring a diverse set of people through his music school called O.Y Academy. Having worked with A-list artistes such as Olamide, Patoranking, Sudan, Ice Prince, Stonebwoy, Wande Coal and Iyanya amongst others and with a wealth of over 15 years’ experience learning and perfecting his craft; it’s time for O.Y to take his rightful place among the music greats.


“KELEGBE” is a term from a game played in the western part of Nigeria; this term is used to lay claims to whatever you want from other players whenever it’s your turn. “KELEGBE” is a prayerful song which sees O.Y laying claims to the good things of life with an influence of some backing traditional sound and intriguing strings; written and performed by the man himself KELEGBE is set to break bounds on the streets and in homes.

Listen to ‘Kelegbe’ below

Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2017

Me Firi Ghana through its youth charity Future of Ghana have been invited on the UK chapter of the global planning committee for Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2017 between the 5-8 July 2017 and we are pushing to ensure the diaspora and young Ghanaians are part of the conversation and aware of such a high level event.

This Summit is being organised in fulfilment of a manifesto pledge by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, to engage Ghanaians Living Abroad in the transformation of the political and socio-economic structure of Ghana.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring the Ghanaian Diaspora together to dialogue on how to achieve the President’s vision of active participation by Diasporans in the economic development of the country and to fully integrate them into the political processes.

The Summit also aims to attract the full participation of Ghanaians Living Abroad in Private Enterprise by bringing them together with local businesses.

The three day Summit is divided into three areas :

First Day: Entrepreneurial Ghana – Investment opportunities etc

Second Day : Human Resource Marketplace – Employment opportunities etc.

Third Day : Political Inclusion of the Ghanaian Diaspora – Ropal

Fourth Day : Factory Visit and Delegates Dinner

Keynote Speaker:
H.E PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA

OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President.

Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, Chairperson – Electoral Commissioner

Other Ministers, Captains of Industry and Banking.

Leading and Successful Ghanaians Living Abroad and Returnees

The conference itself is FREE. You would only need to pay for breakfast and lunch.

KLM/Air France have come on board as the airline sponsor and offering 15% off flights for those attending conference. So anyone travelling to Ghana around this time can make use of this offer via – http://www.airfrance.fr/FR/fr/local/www_airfranceklm-globalmeetings_com.htm?eid=30718AF

To Register to attend this presitgious summit visit: www.ghanadiasporahs.org

Afrobeat star Sona releases new single ‘GINGER’

Ginger is the newly anticipated single from British-Nigerian Afrobeat musician Sona.

Following the release of his first single of the year, “Story” which was highly received, Sona has officially released the anticipated visuals to his single “Ginger” and as he says “he is ready to ginger”.

Sona released his debut single Summertime in 2013. Following on from this he then resurfaced with a treble release in early 2014 with singles Ijo Sona, No Wahala & Eyy Mama garnering over 2 million streams collectively. Sona also collaborated with Sneakbo on their song ‘Hurt Nobody’ which has almost 2million views.

He has since received massive airplay support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and has also been recognized by BETKey UK and African based taste-makers have labelled Sona as a prospect to look out for in the year of 2017.

Check it out below!

GUBA AWARDS 2017 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The anticipated launch of the GUBA 2017 Awards took place on Monday the 10th of April 2017 at the Ghana High Commission in Highgate, London.

The launch which serves as a precursor to the official awards ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd of June, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, o2, London – served as an official declaration and announcement of the shortlisted nominees for the GUBA 2017 Awards.  

Voting for the nominees of the respective categories commences on Wednesday the 12th of April, 2017, via www.gubaawards.co.uk/voting/#.  Tickets for the awards are also available to purchase at www.gubaawards.co.uk

The final phase of elimination for the Made in Ghana, Professional of the Year and Charity of the Year categories takes place at midnight, on Thursday the 20th of April 2017.   Nominees for the aforementioned categories will be condensed to 4 nominees and announced at the GUBA Ghana Launch on the 21st of April, 2017 at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

Voting ends on the 30th of April 2017, with the winners being announced at the main event in London on Saturday 3rd June 2017. The categories and nominees for the GUBA Awards 2017 are as follows:

Animator of the Year Award

  • Comfort Arthur
  • Francis Y Brown
  • Cycil Jones Abban
  • Indigene Bros

Professional of the Year Award (Will be reduced to 4 Nominees on 20th April 2017)

  • Dr Nicholas Ossei-Gerning  – Medical Doctor
  • Joshua Siaw – Lawyer
  • Sheila Nortley  – Film Director
  • Myx Quest   – Entrepreneur
  • Samuel Boateng – Sales Professional

Charity of the Year Award (Will be reduced to 4 Nominees on 20th April 2017)

  • Actionplus Foundation (UK)
  • Wulugu Project
  • Creating New Beginnings
  • Nyarko Cleft Care
  • ATE Action Through Enterprise (ATE)

Ghanaian Alumni Award

  • Aburi Old Girls Association (AOGA)
  • Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA)
  • Opoku Ware Old Boys Association (AKATAKYIE)
  • Prempeh College Old Students’ Association (AMANFOO)

Made In Ghana Products Award (Will be reduced to 4 Nominees on 20th April 2017)

  • Skin Gourmet
  • Studio Badge
  • Chaste Clothing
  • Muange Clothing and Multimedia
  • Selina Beb
  • Peini Skin Care
  • Booomers International Ltd
  • Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative
  • We Naturals
  • SeKaf Ghana Ltd (Tama Beauty & Hair Nature)  
  • The Sweet Art Company

Business Start Up of the Year Award

  • DFT Printing Studio
  • Bespoke Binny
  • Vitae London
  • Purete  Nature

Efie Ne Fie Award

  • Genevieve Puni – RecTrain Services Limited
  • Vanetta  & Vemilleon Ackah – Kiddie Garden Nursery International
  • Andrew Takyi- Appiah – Zeepay
  • Ruth Amoah – The Sweet Art Company

Upstanding members of the Ghanaian, UK and African community will also be honoured for their long standing contributions to the society – dubbed the ‘Black Awards’, their consistency and dedication to excellence, will be celebrated on the night. The prestigious black award nominees for 2017 are:

  • Madie Arkutu – Female Influential Leader
  • Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo  – Innovative Pioneer
  • Anas Aremeyaw Anas – Exceptional Journalist
  • Dr. Michael K. Obeng – Humanitarian Spirit
  • Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom – Excellence in Business,  Ghana
  • Mr & Mrs Mensah  – Enterprising Business Award
  • Dr. K. Oteng  – Outstanding Industrialist
  • Dr Kofi Amoa Abban – Young Oil & Gas Entrepreneur
  • Kelvin Doe – Young African Innovator
  • Dr Nii Dzani – Influential Economist
  • Jason Sarfo-Anning – Student Achiever of the Year

GUBA Awards seeks to celebrate exceptional talent and commitment to advancement within the Ghanaian and British community. The awards this year will be in honour of Ghana at 60 and GUBA Awards at 6.

Rev. Yawson and Friends’ #OurGratitudeUKConcerts kick off in Telford and Manchester this June

Ghanaian gospel big names Gifty Osei, Tagoe Sisters, Noble Nketsiah- and two UK-based artistes- will join praise & worship veteran, in a tour of the UK from June 23.

Dubbed #OurGratitudeUK Concerts, Rev Yawson explains: “it seeks to create the strongest gathering of lovers of Ghanaian gospel music as we give thanks to God for how far He’s brought us amidst the challenges both home and abroad. These concerts will primarily inspire you in your gratitude, praise and thanksgiving”.

#OurGratitudeUK Concerts kicks off on Friday June 23 rd from 6pm to 10:30pm, at the Oasis Recreational Center in Telford [Grange Avenue, Stirchley in Telford, TF3 1ET]. The Team will stop in London on Saturday June 24 at a venue to be announced soon.

Manchester will have her turn on Sunday June 25 from 5pm, at the Christ Apostolic Church Manchester Hall, 167 Edge Lane M43 6BE.

Noble Nketsiah: “I have been around the world, but it would be my first time with my fans in the UK”. Gifty Osei added: “The forces of darkness can't stand to be around hearts that give thanks and honour to God. Our Praises and thanksgiving in Telford, Manchester and London this summer will surely make the enemies flee”.

“These encounters will surely help us to recognize we have so much to be thankful for. Join us as we take our attention off of our problems and reflect on the goodness of His many blessings”, according to the Tagoe Sisters.

Reverend Yawson will use this platforms to announce and perform for the first time, songs off his upcoming 7 th album, his latest since 2013.

#OurGratitudeUK Concerts is organized by Base Group Inc, Ozberga Promotions UK, LaBoroGH and Showbiz Africa. Entry for each of the concerts is £15 at the door and £10 in advance. Part of the proceeds from these concerts would be used to support Charity Organizations in Ghana.