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Absa Introduces Industry’s First Free Banking For Young Ghanaian Start-ups

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Absa Bank Ghana has rolled out a free banking service for any Ghanaian start-up business that is less than three years old. It is an industry first and a game changer expected to support young start-ups in the country to scale up.

The free banking service forms part of the bank’s newly launched ambitious proposition known as “Absa StartUp Banking” which is an initiative that supports the grooming and scaling up of Ghanaian-owned start-ups with solutions that will bring their possibilities to life.

The Absa StartUp Banking, which is available across the bank’s branches and offices, will provide start-up businesses with clear- cut and tailor-made solutions such as opportunity to tap into Market Access, Business Mentorship, and free banking services.

Detailing the opportunities available for Start-ups, Mrs. Grace Anim-Yeboah, Business Banking Director at Absa Bank Ghana indicated that the free banking offering includes services such as zero commission on turnover (COT), free cheque books, free local transfers, free transactions on digital channels, free debit card and more.

“The start-up ecosystem in Ghana is developing rapidly. Every SME was once a start-up but the reality is that nine out of ten start-ups fail due to various reasons. Key amongst them is the lack of financial resources. At Absa Bank, we are being intentional to support start-ups. With the right support, we believe that small businesses are able to grow three times faster and are able raise finances seven times more than they could have done on their own,” said Mrs Anim-Yeboah during an interaction on Absa Business Connect Series, the bank’s virtual interactive platform.

Reinforcing Absa’s social commitment to be a Force for Good in society, Mr. Kobla Nyaletey, Director of Markets for Absa Bank, West Africa, noted that the bank is committed to help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses by connecting their dreams to financial services and opportunities.

According to Mr. Nyaletey, the Absa StartUp Banking is an industry’s first in terms of the offerings and opportunities available for start-ups. “This is a very exciting proposition designed to offer solutions for start-ups to achieve sustainable growth.”

“The Absa StartUp Banking has a deliberate strategy to call on identifiable stakeholders, partners and institutions that will work with Absa to move start-ups forward in Ghana. We will be working with clients, partners among others to provide market access that will create demand and avenues for start-ups to sell their products and services,” he added.

Mr. Nyaletey indicated that the bank will bring start-ups under its enterprise business solution programme, which will afford them access to mentors, financial training and capacity building opportunities.

Starting a business can be daunting and Absa, through its StartUp Banking initiative, is calling on Ghanaians to encourage and support start-ups as well as young people with business ideas, so they can thrive and grow their businesses.

The Absa StartUp Banking is open to young Ghanaian businesses registered for less than three years and engaged in production of local goods and services. The initiative is designed to equip start-up businesses with relevant business skills, knowledge and opportunities to scale up.

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Sidiku Buari, Prof John Collins, Ken Kafui & Big Ben Honored As VGMA Titans

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Yesterday at the Grand Arena in Accra, 4 distinguished personalities who have stood for excellence in their various fields in the music industry over the years were honored.

The honors came off at the ‘VGMA National Music Summit’; an event that precedes the grand ‘VGMA Weekend’ aimed at highlighting the importance of music in Ghana and the challenges facing the industry as well as the stakeholders.

The honorees were Sidiku Buari, Professor John Collins, Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui and Big Ben Music. They become the first recipients of the newly curated TITAN AWARDS, a scheme to specially honor individuals and institutions of velour for their contributions to the growth and development of the Music Sector.

The four received different citations and a Plaque as part of the honor;

Alhaji Sidiku Buari was honored as the ADMINISTATOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Mr. Mark Okraku Mante, Deputy Minister Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture

Professor John Collins got his honor as MUSICOLOGIST for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Rex Omar, Ghamro Chair.

Kenneth Kweku Avotri was recognized as MUSIC EDUCATOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The plaque and citation was received by his Children which was presented by Mrs. Diana Hopeson.

Big Ben Music received an honor as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Fred Kyei Mensah.

The VGMA Titans Awards is a Charterhouse initiative, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

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VGMA Honours Titans Of The Music Industry On World Music Day

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21st June marks world Music day; in commemoration of the day and in furtherance of VGMA22, Charterhouse introduces the 1st ever national Music Summit. The purpose of the summit is to empower players and to help better the lot of the music sector.


The day will also see the scheme present a set of new honors dubbed “VGMA TITAN AWARDS. These honors will go to four distinguished industry stalwarts with the aim of recognizing their pivotal roles in growing music in Ghana. Meet the four awardees;

SIDIKU BUARI – For Meritorious service to the Ghana music industry as an ADMINISTRATOR


In 1980, Together with Ghanaba, Joe Mensah, Fiasal Helwani, Nana Kwame Ampadu, and others, he re-established the Musician Union we have today. He facilitated the Union’s movement to the old Passport office, organized regional congresses, produced corporate music to campaign for peaceful elections, lobbied for exemption of taxes on musical instruments for musicians, training for musicians to play live music and chaired the collective Management organization of Ghana, facilitating the building of its first office.

During his lifetime as a Musician, he carried out several music industry administrative roles as Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (Musiga) Chairman of the Copyright Society of Ghana (Cosga) now Ghana Music Rights owners Organization (Ghamro) and Vice President of International Federation of Musicians (FIM).
 

PROFESSOR JOHN COLLINS – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSICOLOGIST

As one of Ghana’s most prolific Musicologists and composers, he chronicled most of our highlife music across the decades. He also served as a Musiga Executive in the 1970’s , now a Patron of Musiga and are an honorary life-member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in Ghana together with Professor J.H.K. Nketia and Egya Koo Nimo, our popular folk guitarist.

He served on the Ghana National Folklore Board of Trustees and Copyright Administration for seven years and are currently the acting Chairman of the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation (BAPMAF), currently donating some of its digitized holdings to the J.H.K Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies.

Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSIC EDUCATOR

 Ken Kafui was a Ghanaian composer. He was a lecturer in music theory and composition at the music department of the University of Ghana, Legon. He composed choral works, works for choir and orchestra, symphonic works, piano and organ works, and works for traditional African instruments. He created new concepts and genres in African art music such as the Pentanata, the HD-3 form and Drumnata. He holds a Diploma in African Music and a Master’s degree in music.

He also composed for the orchestra of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation during the late 1970s. Kenneth was also a music tutor and the conductor of the Aggrey Memorial Chapel Choir at Achimota School before he moved on to the University of Ghana.

BIG BEN MUSIC PRODUCTION – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR


Big Ben Music Production is a production outfit in Ghana. A gospel label, it is run by Benjamin and Theresa Mensah, and some point had the following artistes Monica Konadu, K.K. Fosu, Vine Praises, Ofori Amponsah, Kofi Nti, Sandra Oduro, Christiana Love, Lady Prempeh, and Ohemaa Mercy. The outfit is credited as helping the Ghana music industry grow. He became one of Ghana’s top Music Executive Producers and Distributors of repute in Ghana, producing and distributing music for artistes such as Christiana love (Obaapa Christy), Ofori Amponsah, A-plus, Ohemaa Mercy,  Kofi Nti, the late Daasebre Dwamena, Obrafour, and many others.

He was also the major music distributor for several of the top Industry artistes such as Batman Samini, Tic-Tac, 4×4, Daddy Lumba, Reggie Rockstone and many others.

His role as an investor in the production of music from the 80s across the decades till 2005 enabled many talented musicians get heard and were able to derive commercial gain from their talent.

The VGMA MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by Charterhouse, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

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VGMA 1ST NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT – MEET YOUR SPEAKERS

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As part of the world music day celebration and as part of the activities lined up for the VGMA Musical June, Ghana’s biggest music awards scheme introduces the VGMA National Music Summit.

The summit is to use music as a tool to drive social change and is aimed at using education to empower players in the industry to help better the lot of the sector.

The summit is to be held with limited audience but shared with millions across the VGMA official social media channels. It starts at 10am and ends at 2pm.

The 4 hour event is meant to engage Musicians, Music Producers & Managers, Distributors of Music, Music Promoters, Media and Other Industry Players nationally to discuss core industry issues.

At the end of the dialogue, a communique on the insights, conclusions and recommendations collated from the discussions will be presented to the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Arts for consideration. There will be 3 panel discussions; Royalties – The Way Forward, Music Distribution in the Digital Era and Play it LIVE.

Starting off the conversation for Royalties- The way forward, are; Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Rex Omar – Chairman Ghamro and Veteran Ghanaian musician. Abraham Adjetey, President of Ghamro. Trigmatic, is a Ghanaian award winning musician, composer, songwriter and Philanthropist. Last but not least, Cynthia Quarcoo, Managing Partner, CQ Legal & Consulting.

Leading the conversations in the Music distribution in the digital era are 3 distinguished industry players with in-depth practical knowledge in their respective field of endeavor. Chioma Onuchukwu is Head of Operations at TuneCore Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia & Ethiopia. Jefferson Seneadza CEO of Aftown – a digital sales platform. Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Juan Gomez is the Head of African Content and Curation at Pandora Media.

CEO EKB Records a talent Management and Entertainment company and LIVE Music enthusiast Kiki Banson, will be heading the PLAY IT LIVE discussion. With support from Kwame Yeboah, a Ghanaian born, UK based multi-talented instrumentalist, producer and keyboard player and programmer and Beats Mechanic.

The event will be hosted by Rudy Kwakye – Executive Producer AfroNationGhana Festival.

The VGMA NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by charterhouse, partnered by Tv3, GHQR, KPMG, DStv, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

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