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DUBAI THROUGH THE EYES OF EMIRATES’ CAPTAIN JULIAN QUAO

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Growing up, my dream was to have an opportunity to soar across the sky flying the aircraft of a well-respected airline company.

I took the phrase “working on a dream” so seriously that my entire existence revolved around being able to cruise at 39,000 feet one day, dressed in a starched double-breasted blazer with the accompanying winged badge and my pilot hat. Those were the days when I was growing up in Ghana as the son of an aeronautical engineer.

My dad worked for Ghana Airways. He was in charge of research and development, testing, parts assembly and the maintenance of aircrafts.

He also studied the effects of aircraft on the environment, evaluating new aircraft technologies and fuel efficiency of the Ghana Airways planes. I think my dad was my motivation in deciding to become a pilot.

Today, the dream is a reality. Just a couple of weeks ago, I clocked ten years of working with Emirates in Dubai as a pilot and now captain. I’ve lived in Dubai for a decade now. Dubai has gained worldwide recognition for its pioneering spirit. For some people, it is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of regular everyday life. To others, it presents the opportunity for career progress. But to me, it is home.

When I first got the offer to work with Emirates as a pilot, I was thrilled to commence a new career journey in a progressive, contemporary and cosmopolitan city like Dubai.

Despite having some logistics concerns and adjustment worries, I sooner realised my fears were unfounded. We had barely relocated into our new home when I realized my family had settled in perfectly. My children have made the best of friends here, they attend a great school, my wife found her dream job.

Moving to Dubai has been a blessing not just for me but my entire family. It introduced us to a new level of lifestyle– affordable yet quality healthcare, secure living environment, visionary technological advancements and several others.

To say I love my job will be the understatement of the year. Outside of my family and the few hobbies I have, nothing gives me more joy than flying Emirates aircraft. Each time I sit in the cockpit, I feel like a newbie pilot fresh out of flying school, with all the giddiness to boot. It’s like falling in love or reconnecting with a long lost best friend every single flight for the past decade; nothing comes close to this.

Making the decision to join Emirates was a fairly simple one. Emirates was the best way forward in terms of career progression and opportunities such as upgrading to captain. And one of the best parts about working for Emirates, for me, is the advanced roster system that gives me the flexibility to enjoy equal time flying and pursuing my career as well as spending adequate time with my family.

I love flying with Emirates and cannot imagine myself flying with any other airline. Flying with Emirates offers me more than150 destinations to fly to across the globe. Apart from the destinations, I greatly enjoy flying the well-maintained, large fleet of aircraft and the multicultural workforce I get to work with each day. I’ve made some great connections through working with Emirates and these people have graduated from colleagues and friends to become family.

I especially enjoy flying to Ghana because it allows me the opportunity to catch up with old friends and some extended family members. I always take time out to visit new places springing up across the country. Every time I come back home, I hear about a new place I have to visit. I visited Aqua Safari in Ada on one of these vacations and it has become one of my favourite places in Ghana. The nice and serene environment allows me to relax and unwind from my otherwise busy schedules. I am able to engage in water sports, hike and enjoy delicious foods I have not had in a while.

Having my family with me in Dubai has always allowed me to see Dubai as my second home. It is the place I build my family, create memories, share laughter and celebrate life events. I love travelling the world and I particularly enjoy the fact that as an Emirates captain, I get to travel to over 80 countries. Nevertheless, I always look forward to coming back home to Dubai, because Dubai is home for me and it will always be, just as Ghana is.

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New Groundbreaking Video ‘Woman’ Ft. Kidi Out Now

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American multi-Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Stokley, has finally dropped his much-anticipated video of ‘Woman’ off his yet to be released album ‘Sankofa’ which featured lynx signee Kidi.

The song which was written and produced (respectively) by Shakespear! (Justin Beiber), S.Dot (MJB, Lauryn Hill, Diddy), and Stokley.  

According to Stokley, “WOMAN” is a love letter to the gender he affectionately refers to as the “greatest producers of life who help shape the world.” 

In a line from the song, he appreciates eulogizes women “I’m a king but I still need my rib/ Need a queen that can keep me grounded/ Don’t need no mirror, mirror on the wall to know there’s no world without a woman”

The accompanying visual, directed by REX, sets the scene with vibrant colours against the beautiful Ghana landscape. Stokley taps into the deep-rooted love and appreciation for the beauty, tenderness, warmth, perseverance, dedication, and dedication strength that all black women exude. 

The video, which was first premiered on BETHer and BET Soul stares pretty Ghanaian models and breathtaking scenes from the Western region to the Central region of Ghana. Click here to stream  ‘Woman

Watch video here 

About Stokley 

Stokley’s “Cascade” featuring The Bonfyre holds firm at number 8 on the Billboard and Mediabase R&B Airplay Charts, garnering airplay in New York, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and more. His “Cascade-LVRS Quarrel Mix” is also receiving love from fans.

Earlier this year, both versions of the song were performed on The Kelly Clarkson Show and Black Music Honors. “Cascade” is the follow-up to Stokley’s 2020 summer release “Vibrant” featuring Snoop Dogg (click here) and his #1 hit UAC song “She” (click here).

All these songs will culminate in the release of Stokley’s sophomore album Sankofa via a partnership deal with Bluraffe and Legendary hit-making team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis’ Flyte Tyme/Perspective Records.                                                                                                                 

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Ogilvy Africa Appoints New Chief Strategy Officer

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Leading marketing and communications network, Ogilvy Africa has today announced the appointment of Sumanta Ganguly as the new Chief Strategy Officer for the region.

In his new role, Sumanta will be responsible for strengthening the network’s strategy capabilities across its markets, and client portfolio. With this appointment, Ogilvy Africa continues its transformational journey by adding data-led solutions to its offerings. The role reports into the Ogilvy Africa CEO, Vikas Mehta, with a team of analysts, strategists, and strategy directors, based in various locations, covering 39 African countries. The office of the CSO would house the agency’s competencies in data, technology (and tools), including partnerships. The strategy team will operate like a unified think tank across Ogilvy’s disciplines including Advertising, Brand communication, Content, PR & Influence, Social | Digital, Experience, Media and Digital (business) Transformation.

“In our region’s context, the strategy function in agencies is developing, and very siloed. In service of our One-Ogilvy ambition, we are breaking down these siloes to create a unified strategy team that can work through the entire user journey straddling several disciplines. We believe this approach will make a significant impact in helping our clients’ brands become more consumer centric. Building, and running a think-tank of this nature requires someone with width, and depth of knowledge. We are delighted to have found such an ambidextrous leader in Sumanta.” Said Vikas Mehta, CEO, Ogilvy Africa.

Sumanta joins Ogilvy Africa from Mullen Lowe Lintas Group (IPG), where he spent over six years in various leadership roles. He was instrumental in establishing several practices in Performance marketing, Technology and Omnichannel Strategy as centres of excellence. He believes in “solving for culture and scaling with platforms”.

On his appointment Sumanta said “Africa and African business have been at the forefront of human-first approach to solving for growth; be it fintech or agritech, Africa is a true demonstration of solving for people and scaling with technology. This is an exciting backdrop for any strategist. When you add the giant talent and inclusive culture of Ogilvy Africa to that, my role is simply to provide the right page, and the solutions write themselves.”

In a career spanning more than two decades, Sumanta has played multiple roles in technology and strategic planning. Starting with early day internet start-ups, where Sumanta went to work with business plans and securing VC funding; to finally settling in Strategic Planning roles. Besides IPG, Sumanta has worked in the past with organisations such as Ogilvy, Experience Commerce, M&C Saatchi and Cyber Media.

A background in technology coupled with data; Sumanta has worked with clients in multiple categories to develop strategic frameworks that enable businesses to draw insights and measure effectiveness. Notable achievements are his work on retail customer matrix for a grocery retailer in India using the RFM modeling, use of real-time health data to build a disease tracking app in India’s fight against the dreaded Dengue & malarial infections and more recently developing the first of its kind AI based voice bot for India’s top auto company Tata motors, that recently won an award at the APAC Smarties.

Besides being guest faculty at premier management institutions such as IIMs in India, Sumanta has been a speaker at International forums that include Ad Tech, AMES Singapore among many others. He also mentors several early stage mar-tech start-ups. 

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DZIFA BAMPOH IS NEW HOST OF TV3’S KEY POINTS

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Management of leading Ghanaian television channel, TV3 Network, has announced seasoned broadcaster, Dzifa Bampoh, as the new host of its award winning television news analysis program, The Key Points.

She takes over from Abena Tabi, who expertly hosted the show over the past four years. Dzifa, who also serves as a News Editor with the Media General Group will commence her new hosting role on Saturday 7th August 2021 and expected to steer the program to continue to be the number one weekly news analyses show of choice for audience and advertiser value on Ghanaian television.

The Key Points, which is simulcast on TV3 and 3FM on Saturday mornings provides a breakdown of the week’s biggest stories with key and relevant personalities and panelists with an opportunity for members of the general public to contribute to the conversation. Expect nothing short of the tough questions, biggest interviews and enlightening analyses of the key issues on the program.

Commenting on the show, Dzifa said “Saturday morning is a good time to catch up on what you‘ve missed during your busy week. That is why every Saturday morning at 7am, we take the time to delve into the key points to ensure you are adequately equipped to play your role as a citizen. Our job is to ensure that you are a part and parcel of nation building”.

You cannot afford to miss any key moment anymore, be part of The Key Points on TV3 and 3FM this and every Saturday at 7am with Dzifa Bampoh.

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