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PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL AND TOYOTA USA SIGN ON AS CO-PRESENTING SPONSORS OF THE 2017 PAN-AFRICAN WEEKEND NYC

The Pan-African Weekend to celebrate the best of the pan-African community with women’s forum, networking events, and formal awards gala

Prudential Financial Inc. and Toyota USA have signed on as co-presenting sponsors of the 2017 Pan-African Weekend produced by Face2face Africa.

In its 6th annual edition, the Pan-African Weekend is a multi-day event that highlights and celebrates the best of the pan-African community. The action-packed schedule includes the Pan-African Women Forum, the IAAPA Networking Mixer, and the closing Jazz Brunch.

The highlight of the weekend is the FACE List Awards, the most prestigious celebration of pan-African achievement in the Unites States, where pioneers and trailblazers of African descent are honored for their contributions and impact on society.

The Pan-Weekend Weekend has given us the unique opportunity to tell a new narrative on people of African descent in this country and around the world. We are proud to have Prudential returning for the second consecutive year as presenting sponsor, and we are thrilled that Toyota will be joining them this year as co-Presenting Sponsor.  Both companies have demonstrated their unyielding commitment to empowering and equipping members of our community with the tools and resources that we need to change our story”, said CEO of Face2face Africa Isaac. O. Babu-Boateng.

The 2017 Pan-African Weekend kicks off Thursday, July 13th, and concludes on Sunday, July 16th.

Speaking on the partnership with Face2face Africa, Dorinda Walker, Prudential Financial’s Vice President of Consumer Strategy and Key initiatives said:

Prudential’s ongoing sponsorship of Face2face Africa’s Pan-African Weekend is not just about discussing the type of financial services we provide. We’ve been able to share educational information with Pan-African community members on how to save, invest and reach their long-term financial goals. The attendees leave the Pan-African Weekend with Prudential top of mind, knowing that we are ready, willing, and able to work with them to achieve prosperity and peace of mind.

This year, Toyota USA has also joined the Pan-African Weekend as the official auto sponsor.

Toyota is proud to be a sponsor of Pan African Weekend, an event that celebrates the individuals in the Pan African community who are committed to transforming society,” said Mia Phillips, National Manager- Brand, Multicultural & Crossline Marketing Strategy.

For more information on the Pan-African Weekend, visit: panafricanweekend.com or contact info@f2fafrica.com.

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Ghanaian-British Entrepreneur Runs U.K.’s 1st African Fine-Dining Food Brand

While African cuisine may be extremely popular locally, it is yet to be appreciated globally in fine-dining. In addition, lovers of African cuisine often find it difficult to access real African food overseas.

It is this under-representation that motivated Adwoa Hagan-Mensah, a Ghanaian-born British entrepreneur, to incorporate real West African cuisine in to London’s food culture.

For Hagan-Mensah, who now owns East Jollof London (EJL), a highly successful luxury catering company in the U.K., her story is of turning passion into a profitable venture.

Her Beginnings

Samples of cuisines prepared by Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

Speaking to Face2Face Africa in a recent interview, Hagan-Mensah explained that the idea to start a catering company came when she was in college in the U.K.

As a foreign student, Hagan-Mensah had to work hard to make ends meet since she needed money for her school fees and general upkeep.

So she decided to start cooking and delivering food to fellow students as a part-time job. Hagan-Mensah started with British cuisines but would occasionally throw in some West African staples for a change.

Eventually, she realized that students from other countries had a real appetite for West African dishes, and this gave her the courage and inspiration to start the first Ghanaian street food stall, Jollof Pot, in London.

“At university, I paid my rent cooking and delivering pre-packed West African dishes to students,” Hagan-Mensah says. “It was then I realized my passion was in West African food and catering, and [I] have never looked back.”

For Hagan-Mensah, her mother, who taught her how to cook at a tender age and continued to have her cook during school holidays, serves as her chief inspiration for West African dishes.

“To this day, I am unable to cook small for small numbers. She inspired me to be inventive with Ghanaian ingredients and she continues to be a huge inspiration to this day,” Hagan-Mensah adds.

Her Big Break

In 2012, Hagan-Mensah appeared on BBC2’s program “The Restaurant,” a popular British reality TV series where a group of couples compete for a chance to set up a restaurant financially

A waitress at Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

backed and personally supported by French chef Raymond Blanc.

Jollof Pot, which she co-founded with her husband Lloyd Mensah 15 years ago, has since been renamed Spinach & Agushi and has street stands at Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Exmouth Market in Farringdon, and Broadway Market in Hackney.

All these outlets operate under the umbrella company Eat Jollof London, which specializes in corporate events and weddings.

By offering luxury catering and fine-dining services, Hagan-Mensah is paving the way for West African cuisine to be given the Michelin star treatment it deserves.

Unique Cuisine

A chef preparing food at Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

According to Hagan-Mensah, Eat Jollof London serves both the millions of Africans living in the U.K. as well as foreign clients who want to have a taste of real West African cuisine. A lot of her African clients want to enjoy the real food flavors they grew up with — albeit with a look and taste that is different from home cooking.

“Our chef spent a lot of time tweaking traditional dishes and adding the EJL flare to each dish. [The] presentation of each dish is also a very important aspect of what we do,” says Hagan-Mensah.

Among the many unique West African dishes that EJL prepares, jollof rice is the most popular, with Hagan-Mensah revealing that they had to bring in chefs from several West African countries, including Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, the Gambia, and the Ivory Coast, to help reinvent the dish.

Hagan-Mensah is currently considering opening branches in Ghana and Nigeria. She has also established the Ghana Super Club, a bimonthly dinner, to taste traditional Ghanaian flavors in Kent.

Article via Face2FaceAfrica

KINGSBY LONDON LTD PARTNERS WITH GUBA AWARDS

Renowned gold merchants – Kingsby London Ltd are category sponsors of the 6th annual GUBA Awards, taking place on Saturday 3rd of June 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel, o2, London. Kingsby London will be sponsoring the GUBA Professional of the Year award.

Kingsby London Ltd is an independent bullion dealer that operates outside the banking system. By offering gold ingots in smaller units, their aim is to make investment grade gold affordable and accessible to the wider public. Their ingots range from 1 gram to 100 gram in size and are presented in an enclosed security case that can be instantly authenticated by downloading the CertiEye application on your smartphone.

Each ingot case is printed with a unique serial number issued by The Assay Office London; matching the number imprinted in the bullion bar to act as a certificate. Their business partnership with the Assay Office London also means that every ingot carries the world renowned ‘Leopard’s head’ hallmark also historically known as the ‘Kings Mark’. Kingsby Bars will be available to purchase online from June.

Kingsby London Ltd also offers fine jewellery under the trading name – Kingsby Diamonds. With variations of silver, platinum, white, yellow and rose gold, customers are able to customise their engagement and wedding rings to reflect their personal taste, style and budget. Each Kingsby diamond is independently certified by the leading international gemmological laboratories.

Speaking on the sponsorship, Managing Director of Kingsby London Ltd, Maximus Afriyie-Barwuah states:  “GUBA Awards celebrates excellence and promotes personal and collective growth. As an aspirational luxury brand that shares these common values we are proud to be a sponsor. We continue to bridge the gap between Africa and the International Community and endeavour to create added value in our activities. GUBA is an ideal partner in facilitating these objectives.’’

CEO of GUBA Enterprise Dentaa Amoateng MBE adds: “GUBA Awards is pleased to have Kingsby London. Kingsby London’s unique investment grade bars is a wonderful addition to the GUBA 2017 Awards.”

Kingsby Diamonds ensures their diamonds are sourced ethically from reputable suppliers in line with the Kimberley process treaty established in 2003 to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. To find out more about investing in gold bullion bars visit www.kingsbylondon.com . For customised engagement and wedding rings go to www.kingsbydiamonds.com.

GUBA 2017 Awards promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening. Tickets are currently available at www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket

Technical Education Key To Country’s Future…

Nana Akufo-Addo tells student audience that country must invest in education to prosper

Technical higher education will be one of the driving forces in Ghana’s industrial revolution, according to the nation’s president.

In a recent speech to students at Ho Technical University, Nana Akufo-Addo told them the country’s goals will be achieved through the work that goes on in institutions such as theirs.

“If the ambitions we have for this country are going to come into fruition, a great deal of it depends on what is going to happen in places like this,” he said. “You are going to be at the centre of the industrial revolution of our country.”

Mr Akufo-Addo, who was speaking as part of a two-day working visit to Ghana’s Volta Region, said that his government was prioritising education – particularly technical provision – to improve the economy, the government of Ghana’s website reported.

Ghana would continue to be poor if it maintained its position as a nation reliant on the production of raw materials, he warned.

At the same event, GhanaWeb reported him as saying that countries formerly similar to Ghana were now “places of prosperity and development” as a result of committing “a lot of resources” to developing their education systems, with “technical and scientific” provision at the forefront.

“[Technical education] is the key to our future,” Mr Akufo-Addo said. “Whatever we can do to support your development, to make it relatively easy for you to study hard and to get the information to be able to contribute to the progress and development of the country, the Akufo-Addo administration is going to do exactly that.”

john.elmes@timeshighereducation.com

Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ghana-president-technical-education-key-countrys-future#survey-answer

CALL TO ALL VENDORS – opportunity to showcase your ‘made in Ghana’ products

Are you an entrepreneur creating amazing “made in Ghana” products? Want the opportunity to showcase those products to a large audience?? Then read on -> -> ->


Dziffa.com, an online marketplace for African goods enthusiasts all over the world  invites you to join them at GHANA NIE, a local goods fair and outlet for producers of local food, clothing, homeware and natural beauty products to expand their reach, and introduce customers to quality goods. GHANA NIE will take place at the Impact Hub in Accra on Saturday 24th June.

Interested in selling your products at GHANA NIE? Then register here: www.bit.ly/ghananie-reg

DR PAPA KWESI NDUOM IS RECIPIENT OF GUBA 2017 EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, Chairperson of Groupe Nduom and prolific Ghanaian businessman will be honoured with the GUBA 2017 Black Star Award for Excellence In Business at the Intercontinental Hotel in London on Saturday the 3rd of June 2017. The Excellence in Business award sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, recognises leading outstanding businesses that best demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth, innovative strategies, and market leadership in their sector.

The GUBA Awards, now in their sixth year, seek to celebrate exceptional talent and commitment to advancement within the Ghanaian and British community. The prestigious ‘GUBA Black Star Award’ will be awarded to thirteen outstanding members of the Ghanaian, UK and African community, honouring them for their consistency, dedication to excellence and longstanding contributions to society.

 A product of Elmina, Central Region of Ghana, Dr Nduom is an esteemed academic who holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics, a Master of Science Degree in Management and a Doctorate Degree in Service Delivery Systems, in addition to other qualifications. He joined Deloitte & Touche in 1981 and became a partner in Milwaukee, USA in 1986.    He became the Chairman of the Board of Deloitte & Touche Africa Region in 2000. Co-owner of Groupe Nduom (an international conglomerate with close to 60 companies in countries across Africa, the UK and the United States), Dr Nduom has an impeccable record as an economist & management analyst. 

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has also made a considerable mark in Ghanaian politics. He has been elected an Assembly Member and also a Member of Parliament.  He has been a three-time presidential candidate.  Dr Nduom has also had the privilege of serving as minister of state for Economic Planning, Energy and Public Sector Reform between 2001 and 2007.

The GUBA Black Star award is in recognition of Dr Nduom’s exceptional business acumen in establishing and sustaining various successful ventures across numerous sectors. Tickets for the award can be purchased at www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket/

Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka of Kantanka is the recipient of the GUBA Innovative Pioneer Award

Apostle and Founder of Ghana’s first car manufacturing company – Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, will be honoured with the Innovative Pioneer Award on Saturday the 3rd of June, 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel, o2, London.

The Innovative Pioneer award recognises those who have made significant contributions to African society through inventions, manufacturing and production, to the benefit of Africa’s social, economic and international standing. Dr Kantanka’s revolutionary invention and its bid to develop Ghana’s business industries places him next to thirteen other innovators who are recipients of the coveted GUBA Black Star Awards.

Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka founded Kantanka Automobile Company Limited, following the manufacture of his first car, Kantanka Saloon in 1998. Realising the potential and gap in the Ghanaian automotive industry, he expanded and released the Kantanka Onantefo I and Onantefo II in 2007. Today, he has built a semi-automated vehicle assembly facility with a monthly capacity of 120 cars.

A successful engineer and inventor, Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka is the also the founder of Christ Reformed Church in Ghana. The church opened its doors in 1971 after starting out as a prayer group in 1969. It now has over 140 branches across Ghana with its core fundamentals – to care for the needy. Christ Reformed Church also encourages members to volunteer within agriculture and to regularly visit those in hospitals, prisons and orphanages.

The GUBA Innovative Pioneer Award will be presented to Dr Kantanka for successfully designing and creating the first vehicle manufactured in Ghana, at a standard that rivals competition within the automobile industry.

The prestigious GUBA awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of influential and inspirational members of the Ghanaian community. The star-studded event will be full of glamour, entertainment and motivation. For tickets to the GUBA 2017 awards, visit www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket

GUBA 2017 is sponsored by – Title Sponsor: ECOM Ghana. Category Sponsors: uniBank Ghana, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Imperial Homes, ABN TV and Radio. CEO Dinner Sponsor: PayAngel.

Media Partners: ROK TV, VOX Africa TV, Starr Radio UK, Hot Digital Online FM, Rising Africa, Afropulp Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Glam Africa, ABN TV and Radio, GHOne TV, Starr FM, OK FM, Peace FM, Adom TV, UTV, Hot Digital Online FM, Ahomka FM, FAB Photography, AKLASS photography, SWAG of Africa, Screen Nation, Inspirational You,

Partners: Final Effects Studios, NAS Studios, Anita Erskine Media, Precise Marketing, E-Volution International, Plant It Events and MakeUp Ghana. Material Sponsors: Vlisco, Kente Queen. Outfit sponsors: A-COTE Collections, Jay Renkyi. Travel Sponsor: Faze 2 Services

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For further information please contact: 

Claudia Andrews

Email: claudia@gubaawards.co.uk

 

 

MAIDIE ARKUTU IS THE GUBA 2017 FEMALE INFLUENTIAL LEADER

Maidie Arkutu, the Vice President of Unilever Francophone Africa, will receive the honour of being the recipient of the 2017 GUBA Black Star Award for Female Influential Leader, at the 2017 GUBA Awards. The awards is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 3rd of June 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, o2, London.

In its sixth year, The GUBA Awards seeks to celebrate the consistency, dedication to excellence and longstanding contributions to society with the GUBA Black Star Awards. The Female Influential Leader Award recognises the actions of individuals with progressive influence on women in business. It also shines a light on those who use their exceptional style in providing direction, implementing plans and motivating to affect the development and behaviour of others and to assist them to succeed.

Miss Arkutu is a multi-skilled professional marketer with an extensive business portfolio and monumental leadership experience to hand. She has a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, as well as a MBA from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a BA in Business Economics from Vesalius College, Belgium.

Her ascent to the VP role at Unilever Francophone Africa was preceded by a successful three-year stint as Managing Director of Unilever Ghana. Before that MD role, she was the Marketing Director for Unilever West Africa, having joined the Unilver brand from Coca-Cola East and Central Africa Business Unit (ECABU) where she was the Marketing Manager for the Horn, Islands and Mid Africa sector (HIMA).

A born leader with significant influence, Maidie Arkutu has held various executive and non-executive board memberships at places such as Barclays Bank Ghana, and the African Business Centre for Developing Education, as well as the Lady Chairship/Executive Board Membership of the Executive Women Network (EWN).

The GUBA Black Star Award 2017 for Female Influential Leader will add to an already impressive collection of accolades received by Miss Arkutu, including the prestigious Marketing Woman of the Year 2015 (Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana) and Outstanding Manufacturing Executive, Personal Products 2016 (Feminine Ghana Achievement Awards).

This accolade is a result of her work in inspiring, supporting and empowering women executives to be internationally successful in the business world. The GUBA Awards 2017 is set to be a monumental event, tickets are available for purchase at www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket/

GUBA 2017 SPONSORS – Title Sponsor: ECOM Ghana. Category Sponsors: uniBank Ghana, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Imperial Homes, ABN TV and Radio. CEO Dinner Sponsor: PayAngel.

Media Partners: ROK TV, VOX Africa TV, Starr Radio UK, Hot Digital Online FM, Rising Africa, Afropulp Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Glam Africa, ABN TV and Radio, GHOne TV, Starr FM, OK FM, Peace FM, Adom TV, UTV, Hot Digital Online FM, Ahomka FM, FAB Photography, AKLASS photography, SWAG of Africa, Screen Nation, Inspirational You,

Partners: Final Effects Studios, NAS Studios, Anita Erskine Media, Precise Marketing, E-Volution International, Plant It Events and MakeUp Ghana. Material Sponsors: Vlisco, Kente Queen. Outfit sponsors: A-COTE Collections, Jay Renkyi. Travel Sponsor: Faze 2 Services

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For further information please contact: 

Claudia Andrews

Email: claudia@gubaawards.co.uk

 

Project 1957: TWI CLUB

After the success of their launch event last month, Project 1957 presents TWI CLUB!

Twi Club is designed to bring together beginner and intermediate Twi speakers (both Ghanaian and non-Ghanaians) and provide them with a fun, relaxed and unique environment where they can practice and improve their knowledge of conversational Twi, without the fear of ridicule.

We will have designated specialist speakers who will listen in on conversations, and guide where necessary, which will assist attendees in building confidence in their speaking ability.

We’d love for you to join us from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 8th May for this new and exciting initiative!

For queries, email us – info@project1957.com

Sign up >>>> here

Ghanaian Diaspora Homecoming Summit

UK Press Launch: Government to Woo Ghanaian Diaspora at Homecoming Summit in a Bid to Boost Agenda for Change Nations

On Friday 5th May, 2017 the GHANA High Commission UK hosted the Accra launch of an insightful event that will shift the paradigm of development and growth within the African continent, attracting Ghanaian personalities and dignitaries such as Capital Xtra’s DJ Abrantee. The event in question is the Ghana Homecoming Diaspora Summit 2017, where prominent leaders past and present both from the sub-continent and around the world are expected to join up to 500 Ghanaians living outside the country at the biggest gathering of Ghana’s diaspora in Accra for many years.


REPRESENTING: DJ Abrantee, centre, at the launch

The Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit will take place at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana from 5th-8th July and is organised as a direct outcome of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s election campaign pledge to involve Ghanaians living abroad in the development of their country.

At the launch of the event in Accra this week, the Director of the Diaspora Relations Office at the Presidency, Akwasi Awua Ababio said:

“The Government is fully committed to the mobilisation and harnessing of the resources and skills of the diaspora community for accelerated development of Ghana. The diaspora community is equally committed to the challenge of being equal and recognised partners in the government’s development effort.”

The summit’s agenda will cover three main themes which will set-out the opportunities for business investment and employment in Ghana, as well as the political inclusion of Ghanaians living abroad.

Clifford Mpare, CEO of Frontline Capital a major sponsor of the summit said:

“We see this initiative as a potential shot-in-the-arm for the economy and future prosperity of this country at a time when there is much work to do. Work equates to opportunity whether in employment or business building and Ghana needs proven talent and a strong work ethic to create viable and competitive industries across a broad swathe of market sectors.”

Running parallel to the four-day summit will be an exhibition where companies, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and corporate bodies will demonstrate their support for the objectives of the event, as well as showcase employment opportunities and business projects which require special talent or resources that the diaspora may be able to provide.

The Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit is Chaired by entrepreneur Alex Dadey who heads-up a network of country groups around the world. With just eight weeks to go before the summit opening, Dadey spends much of his time raising funds from the private sector and so far has commitments from Standard Chartered Bank, Tullow Oil, Ghana Home Loans, Broll, Forewin, Zoomlion, Ghana Gas and a number of other organisations eager to align themselves with the summit’s objectives.

The event, which is partnered by Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Business Development and the Diaspora Relations Office, will open at 7.30am at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday 5 July with a welcome address given by President of The Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to an expected audience of 500 eager diasporans seeking a new beginning at home.

Please click here to visit the site.

All photo’s taken curtesy of Ernest Simons Photography

Please visit the site http://www.ghanadiasporahs.org/ or email uk.gdhcs@gmail.com for more info