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Access Bank In Partnership With ScaleUp Africa, Introduce A New Initiative To Improve Female Owned Businesses



Access Bank, a multinational commercial bank know for its effective work in savings, loans, expansions and investments has outlined 2 new accounts to save businesses.

2021 coming in as a pandemic year, the bank in its own knowledge has placed measures to help female owned businesses yield more in these hard times.

Organising a 2021 Pan-African Women’s Conference with the Theme “Choose To Challenge” aiming more improve the funding options for female owned businesses.

The project introduces new ways to easily open new accounts based on free banking (no COT) whereby any individual can open a Premier Current Account with just 100ghc while businesses can open an MPower Biz Account with a minimum of 1000ghc only to receive the benefits of instant business support loans, pay day loans, the W credit card, maternal health support financing, financing schemes at selected retail outlets, etc.

The Pan-African Women’s Conference is scheduled for April 21st, 2021. Elsie Addo-Awadzie the Second Deputy, Bank Of Ghana will be the keynote speaker.

There Will also be other top dignitaries; Matilda Asante-Asiedu (Group Head Retail Banking, Access Bank Ghana Plc), Fatima Alimohamed (CEO, Africa Brand Warrior), Yofi Grant (CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre), and Franklin Owusu Karikari (Director of Business Support, NEIP) as the panelists.

Special guest attending the conference will be Olumide Olatunji (MD, Access Bank Ghana Plc), Irene Ochem (CEO, African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum), Chilufya Mutale (CEO PremierCredit), Justina Mutale (Founder & President Justina Mutale Foundation), Amma Gyampo (Co-Founder Scale-Up Africa), Ayona Aguele-Trimnell (Group Head, Women Banking Access Bank Plc), Sheila Komen Keino (Country Director, African Fertilizer & Agricbussiness Partnership) and lastly Moderator, Kokui Selormey Hanson (Media Personality).

Click here to sign up for the conference and receive the opportunity to open a W initiative account:

You can also follow ScaleUp Africa (@scaleup_africa) for more on the innovations to improve funding and business for Africa.


‘I Want To Learn From Xavi At Al Sadd’ : Andre Ayew



Andre Ayew, Ghana captain  has heaped praise on Al Sadd boss Xavi Hernandes and says he expects to learn a lot from the Barcelona legend during his time at the club.

Ayew joined Al Sadd on a free transfer last week, where Xavi has been head coach since 2019.

2010 world cup winner, Xavi, led the team to win the Qatari League last season, and Ayew says he’s been left impressed with the work he has done since taking charge of the team three years ago.

“Xavi, the coach of the team, was a great player and played for a long time with the biggest and best club in the world – Barcelona, and he is now a coach for the best club in the Gulf after playing with the team for five years”.

“I follow the Al Sadd team and watched the development that took place in the team’s performance in terms of entertaining football, the positioning of the players and the great tactics with which the team plays.

“I expect to learn a lot from him during my time with him. My goal is to win titles, to make the fans happy, and to strive hard to win the AFC Champions League.”

Ayew expressed his happiness in joining the Qatari league champions

“I am very happy and proud to play at Al Sadd. It’s an important moment for me and my family, because of what Al Sadd provided to my family in the past, and therefore when the club offered me a contract, I agreed immediately and I am sure that we will win more championships together.”

Ayew played for six clubs, including his two loan spells at Lorient and AC Arlésien, in Europe and recorded 131 goals and 55 assists in over 400 appearances.

Ayew is expected to bring his wealth of experience on board to help the club achieve thier goal of conquering Asia having dominated domestic competitions in recent years.

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Manchester United Agree Fee With Real Madrid For Varane



Manchester United have agreed a fee of £41m with Real Madrid for defender Raphael Varane.

The price for the France international is believed to be £41m including add-ons and the deal is set to go through, subject to a medical.

Having already signed England international Jadon Sancho for £73m from Borussia Dortmund, the acquisition of Varane would be a further statement of intent from United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team were second in the Premier League last season but finished 12 points behind Manchester City.

Varane is well established as one of the world’s top defenders, having joined Real from French side Lens in the summer of 2011.

He has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the club, and be capped 79 times by France, helping them to World Cup glory in 2018.

He started all four of France’s matches at Euro 2020 before they were knocked out on penalties by Switzerland.

If the deal goes through as expected, Varane’s first competitive action for United could come when they start their Premier League campaign on August 14 against Leeds United at Old Trafford.

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Twitter Tests Upvote And Downvote Buttons



Some iOS Twitter users will see up and down votes on comments as parts of research “to understand the types of replies you find relevant”, the social network says.

The voting buttons will be thumbs or arrows according to a graphic shared by Twitter.

Twitter said downvotes will not be visible to other users and will not change the order of replies.

Commentators have drawn parallels with Reddit’s use of up and down voting.

Twitter’s interest in methods for users to downvote or dislike had already been trailed last year by product lead Kayvon Beykpour who tweeted it was something “we’re exploring”.

But in today’s announcement the company was clear this was not a “dislike” button.

Reddit responded to the announcement on its twitter account with a gif that simply said “interesting”.

Upvoting and downvoting are features of many sites, but users were uncertain as to whether this would improve the quality of interaction on twitter.

One writer wryly observed in a popular tweet: “I for one am glad that twitter is introducing a dislike button as the one thing this platform doesn’t have enough of is unnecessary negativity.”

Cody Elam, a user researcher at Twitter, tweeted that the change “gives people the power to privately voice their opinion on the quality of replies without publicly shaming others while also giving us more nuanced feedback.”

Presently twitter allows users to hide individual replies to their tweets so that other users need to click if they wish to read them.

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