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Apple Music’s Covid-19 Royalty Fund

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Apple Music has launched a $50 million advance royalty fund to ensure that artists get paid.

The streaming service informed independent labels about the move to support artists this week. Indies that earn at least $10,000 in quarterly Apple Music earnings under direct distribution deals will qualify.

“These are difficult times for the music industry globally,” said the letter to labels. “Livelihoods are at risk, with multiple sources of income that our industry relies on vanishing overnight. Apple has a deep, decades-long history with music, and we are proud to be in close partnership with the best labels and artists in the world. We want to help.”

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Hollard Ghana’s Patience Akyianu Is The African Female Business Leader Of The Year

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Hollard Ghana’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Patience Akyianu has achieved continent-wide recognition as the African Female Business Leader of the Year at the just-ended 6th Invest in Africa Summit 2021 (virtual) organized by the prestigious African Leadership Magazine.

The award ceremony was held as a highlight of the 6th Invest in Africa Summit which was organized under the theme: Africa 4.0: Redefining Growth, Sustainability, and Innovation.

African Business Leadership Awards seeks to acknowledge and commend top-performing individuals for their selfless services to nation-building. This meritorious award recognizes leading lights on the continent, contributing towards changing the African narrative.

The selection process ethics entails three steps, involving nomination, subsequent voting, and final screening by the editorial team of the African Leadership Magazine.

Patience Akyianu emerged winner of the African Female Business Leader of the Year category. Patience was recognized as an exceptional female leader, with fantastic managerial skills who despite stiff competition in a male-dominated world, has shown resilience, courage, and sagacity in building a worthy brand.

Receiving the award, Patience Akyianu in her acceptance speech expressed profound gratitude to God, the advisory council, the editorial team, and Dr Giami of the African Business Leadership Awards.

“I am so delighted to be honoured as the African Female Business Leader of the Year and I give all the glory to God from whom all blessings flow. I am completely stunned by the massive support I have received from across Africa, especially from Ghana during the voting process and I thank everyone for this overwhelming vote of confidence. It is clear to me that, I could not have emerged the winner of this prestigious award without the help and support of my family, friends, my church community, colleagues at Hollard Ghana, and the various networks I’m part of”.

“I, therefore, dedicate this award to my entire network and all the people who have contributed to making me who I am today. I’m very encouraged by this recognition and will continue to contribute my best to the financial services sector and the development of our continent. Together through hard work, we will create and secure a better future for all. Thank you for this international honour,” she added.

According to Dr Giami, the Publisher of the African Leaders Magazine, the 2021 Africa Business Leadership Award (ABLA) celebrates grit, purpose, and impact in Africa’s business environment, especially in what continues to be a difficult period for most people due to the impact of coronavirus. He further added that the leaders who have emerged winners in the various categories have exhibited these celebrated attributes in admirable capacities and are deserving of great accolades.

About Hollard Ghana

The country’s favourite insurance group is Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. The group combines its deep local knowledge of the market having previously operated in Ghana for 25 years as Metropolitan Insurance with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand in 18 countries across the world.

With feet firmly planted on Ghanaian soil but headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to the unique risks Ghanaians face. Hollard offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, travel, home, and more; and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life).

Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, Melcom stores and online at www.hollard.com.gh and www.jumia.com.gh for all their insurance needs.

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Nautyca Partners Michy On An Amapiano Inspire Joint

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Sensational rapper, Nautyca has served fans with some hot steaming raw sauce in his latest collaboration with none other than the queen herself, Michy and it’s simply titled; OK.

I guess it is truly ‘Ok’ to have two buzzing acts converge on one dope soundtrack to produce some musical magic in the fast-spreading genre of Amapiano.

Produced by Sky Beatz, the South African-inspired Amapiano sound that is the current vibe in town finds exclusive expression and customization to the Ghanaian ear via the creative lyrics of Nautyca and Michy.

Whether it’s that intensive gym workout or a night out with the guys, this certified banger will set the tone for an upbeat atmosphere.

Don’t delay the jam, get moving to the tune right away! OK is available on all streaming platforms worldwide here – https://fanlink.to/NautycaOK

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Incredible Zigi Storms Accra Mall With Guinness Ghana’s Black Shines Brightest Flash Mob

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In between the daily deluge of late afternoon stress, shoppers, workers, and passersby at the Accra Mall were entertained to an energetic flash mob performance led by none other than Ghana’s dancing sensation, Incredible Zigi.

The flash mob which generated waves and trended on social media is an ode to Guinness Ghana’s Black Shines Brightest Campaign and a means to call on Ghanaians to join the new and exciting wave of up-and-coming cultural change makers within Ghana and Africa at large.

Onlookers could not hide their amazement and excitement as many who were present pulled out their phone cameras to record a moment that would never come back but only be etched in their minds as one of the most memorable.

‘Black Shines Brightest’ is a new Pan African campaign celebrating the iconic black liquid enjoyed all over the continent for over a century.

This new campaign is inspired by the bold and unique black beer of Guinness stout and brings together passionate and creative individuals to celebrate the spirit of Guinness and its home across African markets Energetic and empowering the campaign celebrates individuals coming together, fizzing with optimism, creativity and potential and the flash mob performance fell nothing short of portraying the creativity of individuals coming together with so much energy and pizzazz to dance to a tune that tells the whole of Ghana and Africa that indeed Black Shines Brightest.

Throughout the campaign, Guinness is working with real culture makers from across the continent who demonstrate how Black Shines Brightest in a range of different ways.

These individuals will create moments, events, and content to be enjoyed by everyone and as the Ghanaian brand influencer, Incredible Zigi has proved that he is indeed a real culture maker through his recently gone viral dance challenge and storming Accra Mall with arguably the most energetic flash mob performance ever seen in Accra.

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