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2019 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians Announced



2019 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians

The most anticipated annual list of young Ghanaians, 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians, which is curated by leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media, has been released.

Currently in its fifth year, the annual ranking by Avance Media has helped highlight the works of young Ghanaians across the world and has seen notable personalities such Anas Aremeyaw Anas (2015 & 2016), Kow Essuman (2017) and Prophet Daniel Amoateng (2018) voted as the Most Influential Young Ghanaians in the previous years.

Honourees cut across diverse sectors with these inspiring young change-makers and leaders making great strides as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social entrepreneurs, public servants and politicians.

According to Prince Akpah, founder and MD of Avance Media, “the list serves as an encouragement to young Ghanaians who are accomplished in their industries and continue to build a distinguished brand for themselves and influence over others. This list also urges those honoured to continue striving harder so their stories can inspire other young people to also contribute their quota to the development of Ghana and the continent of Africa.”
Profiles of all finalists have been published on:

Public voting has been opened via for the public to decide who among the 50 honourees served as the most influential young person in 2019. The public voting ends on 27th January.

Avance Media is also spearheading related annual rankings for Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

Below is the list of nominees arranged in their respective categories

1. Anthony Dzamefe [CEO, Caveman Watches]
2. Awura Abena Agyeman [CEO, WearGhana]
3. Marcia Ashong [CEO, The Boardroom Africa]
4. Rashida Saani Nasamu [CEO, I-ZAR Group]
5. Sangu Delle [CEO, Africa Health Holdings]
1. Becca [Musician]
2. Kofi Kinaata [Musician]
3. Kuami Eugene [Musician]
4. Kwesi Arthur [Musician]
5. Stonebwoy [Musician]

Law & Governance
1. Hon Francisca Oteng-Mensah [Member of Parliament, Kwabre East Constituency]
2. John Dumelo [Parliamentary Candidate, National Democratic Congress]
3. Kofi Tonto [Head of Information and Public Affairs, Embassy of Ghana in United States]
4. Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah [Minister, Ministry for Information]
5. Sammy Gyamfi [Communications Director, National Democratic Congress]

Leadership & Civil Society
1. Akosua Asaa Manu [Deputy CEO, National Youth Authority]
2. Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo [Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Hollard Ghana]
3. Derek Nii Laryea [Head of Research and Communications, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications]
4. Ernesto Yeboah [Commander-in-Chief, Economic Fighters League]
5. Patrick Stephenson [Head of Research, IMANI Centre for Policy and Education]

1. Dancegod Lloyd [Dancer]
2. DJ Vyrusky [Disc Jockey]
3. GuiltyBeatz [Music Producer]
4. Kwadwo Sheldon [Social Media Influencer]
5. Kwaku Bediako [Fashion Designer]

1. Berla Mundi [On Air Personality, Media General]
2. Kevin Ekow Baidoo Taylor [Social Commentator, Loud Silence Media]
3. Manasseh Azure Awuni [Freelance Journalist]
4. Sally Akua Amoakowaa Mensah [On Air Personality, Angel TV]
5. Serwaa Amihere [On Air Personality, GhOne TV]

Personal Development & Academia
1. Ewura Adjoa Ahimah Nunoo (Dr) [Medical Doctor, Swan Clinic]
2. Kabu Nartey [Student, Ghana Institute of Journalism]
3. Kenneth Gyamerah [Education Advocate]
4. Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare [Managing Director, Primetime Ltd]
5. Rose Dodd [Lecturer, Ashesi University]

Science & Technology
1. Derick Omari [CEO, Tech Era Ghana]
2. Gregory Rockson [CEO, mPharma]
3. Ivy Barley [CEO, Developers in Vogue]
4. Richard Briandt [CEO, Codetrain]
5. Simon W. Alangde [CEO, Wineloya Digital]

Social Entreprise & Philanthropy
1. Foster Awintiti Akugri [President, Hacklab Foundation]
2. Hikmat Baba Dua [CEO, League of Young Female Leaders]
3. Mabel Suglo [CEO, Dignified Wear]
4. MacCarthy Mac-Gbathy [CEO, Hopin Academy]
5. Prince Agbata [CEO, Coliba]
1. Andre Ayew [Footballer, Swansea City]
2. Elizabeth Addo [Footballer, Jiangsu Suning]
3. Jordan Ayew [Footballer, Crystal Palace]
4. Mubarak Wakaso [Footballer, Deportivo Alavés]
5. Thomas Partey [Footballer, Atlético Madrid]

The ranking is spearheaded by Avance Media in partnership with Reset Global People, VIPI State, Jagari Designs, Surge Studios, WatsUp TV and Cliq Africa.

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Apple CEO, Tim Cook Is Now A Billionaire



Apple CEO, Tim Cook has become a billionaire after the Cupertino-based iPhone maker broke all previous records to become the world’s most valued company at over $1.84 trillion.

According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the net worth of Cook has eclipsed $1-billion mark, officially making him a billionaire.

“Cook owns 847,969 shares directly and took home more than $125 million last year as part of his pay package,” reports the BBC.

The milestone comes 9-years after Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011.

Last week, Apple surpassed Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable company.

The massive earnings helped Apple shares closed up 10.47 percent to become the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company, surpassing the largest oil producer in the world.

Apple is now closing in on the milestone of being the first company to be valued at $2 trillion. Back in 2018, Apple was also the first US company to cross the $1-trillion mark.

However, Cook still has a long way to meet up with other CEOs on the Bloomberg Billionaires’ list, like Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ($187 billion), former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates ($121 billion) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ($102 billion).

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Russia Approves First Coronavirus Vaccine; Putin Says His Daughter Received Dose



President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by the end of the year.

Russian health workers treating Covid-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, a source told Reuters last month.

Regulatory approval paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population and authorities hope it will allow the economy, which has been battered by fallout from the virus, to return to full capacity.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, hailed the development as a historic “Sputnik moment”, comparable to the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite.

The vaccine will be marketed under the name ‘Sputnik V’ on foreign markets, he said.

Dmitriev said Russia had already received foreign requests for 1 billion doses. International agreements had been secured to produce 500 million doses annually, with the vaccine also expected to be produced in Brazil.

He said clinical trials were expected to start soon in the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.

But only about 10 percent of a clinical trials are successful, and the speed at which Russia has moved, approving a vaccine before the final stages of trials to test safety and efficacy are over, has worried some scientists, who fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin dismissed those concerns, saying the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.

He said he hoped mass production would start soon.

The vaccine’s approval by the health ministry comes before the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.

Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine’s effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.

The Moscow-based Association of Clinical Trials Organizations (ACTO), a trade body representing the world’s top drugmakers in Russia this week urged the health ministry to postpone approval until that final trial had been successfully completed.

In a letter to the ministry, it said there were high risks associated with registering a drug before that happened.

“It is during this phase that the main evidence of a vaccine’s efficacy is collected, as well as information on adverse reactions that could appear in certain groups of patients: people with weakened immunity, people with concomitant diseases and so forth,” it said.

Some international experts have also questioned the speed at which Russia approved its vaccine.

“Normally you need a large number of people to be tested before you approve a vaccine,” said Peter Kremsner from the University Hospital in Tuebingen, currently testing CureVac’s Covid-19 vaccine in clinical trials.

“In that respect, I think it’s reckless to do that (approve it) if lots of people haven’t already been tested.”

Duncan Matthews, a professor of intellectual property law at Queen Mary University of London, said news of a potential Covid-19 vaccine was to be welcomed, “but safety must be the priority”.

“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have fast-track approval procedures for emergency humanitarian use and we need to see evidence that Russia is adopting an equally prudent approach,” Matthews said in an emailed comment.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the Covid-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data.

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Jane Naana Opoku Called Mzbel To Boycott The Case After Nigel Raped Her : Kennedy Agyapong



The ‘strong’ man Kennedy Ohene ‘Akompreko’ Agyapong has announced his come back to Net 2 TV’s Hot seat program with a serious disclosure about NDC’s newly elected Vice-Presidential Aspirant, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

The Assin Central’s MP, for months, went into a long silence which began to raise eyebrows on social media. Some netizens who have held him up high became worried at his sudden disappearance.

Others were with the thoughts that whenever Kennedy Agyapong vanishes from the public space, then it means he’s up to something. Thus bringing an expose that will shake grounds.

But our guesses this time were very wrong. His disappearance was due to the fact that he was seriously ill. He had contracted the deadly COVID-19 and was in mandatory quarantine for 2 weeks.

Kennedy Agyapong after receiving proper medical care is back on his feet very strong than before. It’s good news anyway for the country.

Looking very healthy at age 60, Kennedy Agyapong, yesterday on Net 2 TV revealed that Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang was the person who fueled Nigel Gaisie in doing all his bad acts.

He again disclosed that it was the Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang who pleaded with Mzbel not to further carry on with any legal action against Nigel Gaisie after he raped her.

According to the maverick politician, because of Nigel’s affiliation to the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress-NDC Jane Naana stood in to fight for him even though he had done something that’s punishable by law.

Whiles speaking on his private owned television station, NET2 TV, the NPP firebrand asserted that Mzbel boycotted a meeting with him on TV because Jane Naana had called to apologized on Nigel’s behalf.

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