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12 Ghanaians Named Among 2019 100 Most Influential People Of African Descent Under 40

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Twelve Ghanaians across different sectors have been named among a list of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) under 40, a global 100 list that identifies high achievers of African descent worldwide, pairing those based across the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa.

The MIPAD under 40 recognition comes as a global civil society initiative in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and recognizes young people across 4 categories namely: Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture and Religious & Humanitarian.

Young Ghanaians who have been announced as part of the 2019 class of the global recognition include: Presidential Spokesperson, Eugene Arhin in the Politics & Governance Category and Papa-Wassa Chiefy Ndoum of Groupe Ndoum, Vice President of Marketing at DoorDash, Kofi Amoo-Gottfried & Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager for Africa, Facebook in the Business & Entrepreneurship category.

The Media & Culture category which was announced at the sidelines of the BET Awards in Los Angeles in June also features, Actress Juliet Ibrahim, co-founder of Face2Face Africa, Sandra Appiah, Founder of African Fashion Fund, Roberta Annan, Founder and Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah, Global Youth Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, Jake Obeng-Bediako, CEO of Core Hospitality Anita Ottenhof and the Head of Music Marketing at Beats by Dre, Nana Adu Sarfo.

Other notable young Ghanaians who have received this honour in the past include: Zanetor Rawlings, Virgil Abloh, Rebecca Acheampong, Nana Appiah Mensah, Kow Essuman, Ashifi Gogo, Afua Osei and Peace Hyde
As a 2019 honouree of MIPAD, Prince Akpah, Founder & MD of Avance Media, an African PR & Rating firm with presence in 7 countries noted that; it is an honour to have the works of Avance Media recognized as part of this year’s ranking, and he is hopeful, the recognition will inspire more young people of African descent to pursue their dreams without looking back at their backgrounds.

According to Kamil Olufowobi, CEO of MIPAD, MIPAD media & culture recognition in 2019 wouldn’t be complete without a special commendation award for the Government of Ghana landmark marketing campaign, Year of Return – Ghana 2019, targeting the Diaspora to mark the 400th year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arrival in the United States by returning home to Ghana in the year 2019.

All MIPAD Honorees past and current of Ghanaian origin are celebrated within this group recognition.

Honourees are expected to be awarded at the sidelines of the 2019 United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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4 Regions To Be On Partial Lockdown Due To Coronavirus Rise In Ghana

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Ghana’s caseload passed the 21, 000 marks on the 8th day of July 2020 as president Akufo-Addo addressed the nation lifting conditionally a raft of restrictions few days ago.

Schools resumed in mid-June, religious places reopened with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols. Social gatherings are to be allowed under certain conditions.

The address, the tenth by the president, also spelled out measures that the government was putting in place to curb the spread of the virus. “Consensus from stakeholder consultation recommends a phased approach to ease anti-Covid-19 restrictions,” he said.

Since we are attributed to news breaking and giving latest updates, four regions are said to be on lockdown following the rate at which these said regions keep recording higher cases as each day passes.

It is said that Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and Central region might go on partial lockdown for the fact that these four regions mostly come first with the most recorded cases respectively.

As we speak now, Greater Accra leads all the all 16 with over 10,000 cases followed by the Ashanti region, Western and Central.

Although people find it difficult to cope with lockdown measure, the only option left now to put the deadly virus under control is to put the hotspot regions on lockdown partially as the Minister of Information recently hinted.

The Information Minister has said the reason for imposing the partial lockdown restrictions in the 4 regions was to carry out enhanced contact tracing and testing activities to determine the infection rate of Covid-19.

Meanwhile,it is not all confirmed that only four regions will be locked.

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Hushpuppi’s Lawyer Reveals His Client Is A Real Estate Dealer

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Hushpuppi’s lawyer, Gal Pissetzky has rubbished reports that his client is a fraudster.
According to him, the alleged fraudster does legitimate businesses including real estate.

The lawyer made this known when he spoke with Forbes News as uncertainty still lingers around his client.

In his submission, he said; “Absolutely not guilty of (the) charges they are accusing him of. He was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.

He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … (he’s) an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”

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Revealed: Mobile Money Fraudsters Now Target Bank Accounts Linked To MoMo Accounts

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Mobile Money (MoMo) fraudsters have taken their nefarious activities a notch higher after it came to light that they now target MoMo wallets which have been synchronized with bank accounts.

This was brought to the fore by MTN Mobile Money executive, Mr Godwin Tamakloe who explained this in a zoom discussion with members of the Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA), how the thieves operate.

He said the fraudsters often follow the same routine they use to dupe unsuspecting customers of their hard earn cash but this time around as they keep telling you about settings from the MTN office, they may lead you through some steps which in the end generates an ATM token for them which they use to empty all your money.

Mr. Tamakloe further assured Ghanaians that despite the rise in strategies being adopted by the criminals, MTN is committed to fighting the menace as they engage the police to fight these fraudsters.

This year, a total of 13 mobile money fraudsters have so far been arrested and there appears to be no let-up in the quest to nab more of them. MTN has requested that such fraudsters should be published in the media to serve as a deterrent to others. “Our management has written to the head of the police in that direction; we are still appealing to the police,” Mr Tamakloe disclosed.

Mobile money, which has become so popular after it was first introduced in Ghana by MTN in 2009, is an electronic wallet system linked to a mobile phone number. The service allows users to store, send, and receive money using their mobile phones. The service is operated by three major Mobile Network operators: MTN (MTN Mobile Money), AirtelTigo (AirtelTigo Mobile Money) and Vodafone (Vodafone Cash).

With mobile money, one can send and receive money safely, pay utility bills, TV subscription, buy movie tickets, buy airtime, withdraw cash at merchants’ points including ATMs, and pay for goods and services. Bank of Ghana’s Payment System Statistics on mobile money in Ghana revealed the constant growth of MoMo services.

Statistics about MoMo theft from the Director-General in charge of the Cybercrime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson indicateS that in April 2019, mobile money operators recorded 388 money fraud cases in 2016 as against 278 in 2015.

“Various sums of money have been made away by the fraudsters; the majority of these cases have been reported to the police for further investigations and some have been successful as suspects have been tried and convicted of their fraudulent actions,” ACP Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson had revealed in 2019 when he was creating awareness about the activities of the fraudsters.

He said victims of MoMo fraud had lost monies ranging from ¢70 to ¢4,000, describing their experience as unfortunate.

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