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EXPERIENCING GHANA THE PROMPT WAY

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American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T’s Warner Media, CNN, recently released a list of 19 places to visit in the world with Ghana ranked number 4 and described as one of the most peaceful countries in the world with some of the most diverse tourist attractions.

In September 2018, Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, declared and formally launched the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” for Africans in the Diaspora, giving fresh impetus to the quest to unite Africans on the continent with their brothers and sisters in the diaspora.

The “Year of Return” celebration marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in North America. After the announcement of this campaign, there has been a record rise in the number of people visiting Ghana including several high profiled persons.

In an interaction with Tourism Entrepreneur and Marketing Communications expert, Ms. Cassandra Obiri, she highlighted the importance of the “Year of Return” which is to put the country in a better position on the world tourism ladder in terms of popularity. The creative lead and event curator added that the “Year of Return” as a brand is certainly going to have a positive impact on the country’s image and its marketability.

Knowing the benefits of tourism to the national economy of a county, Ms. Obiri elaborated on her newly created platform, Prompt Travel (www.prompttravel.co.uk), which seeks to address the needs of tourists and other persons visiting Ghana. According to the Co-founder of Prompt Travel, “tourism brings many benefits, including but not limited to the growth and boost of economic activities, Infrastructure development, source of foreign exchange earnings and employment opportunities”.

Prompt travel is an online portal that allows users to easily and securely book one of a kind tours, workshops and other exciting activities across Ghana conveniently with just a click of a bottom which translates into the next unique adventure. 

Speaking about the rationale for setting up Prompt Travel, Ms. Obiri stated that “discovering real people, amazing locations and genuine cultures around the world. Tourism actively brings cultures together and it is through experiencing other cultures that we come to understand and appreciate one another. At Prompt Travel, we are committed to ensuring our clients are given unforgettable travel experience and services. We offer variety, comfort and value for money services with expedient authentic local experiences”. 

Commenting on experiencing Ghana the “prompt way”, Ms. Obiri stated that “our main goal is to cater for everyone who is visiting Ghana with our amazing packages which have been tailor made just for exceptional travel experience you won’t find anywhere else. Prompt Travel got you covered this December. As much as we want to tie you down every day we want you to have the freedom to choose that option. If it’s only 1 or 3 days you spend with us, we want you to have the best time with us”.

Having the customer at heart, there are no hidden charges with Prompt Travel. There are no hidden extras and you will know what you are paying for. Customers are given a realistic idea of how much their trips and experiences will cost them – entry fees, taxes, transportation, meals and others.

As a way of helping in the development of the eco-system, Ms. Obiri revealed that “our goal is to work with local businesses and start-ups by offering them a free platform to advertise their businesses.

We are passionate about young people and want to inspire them through life-changing experiences and exposure. We know what works and we want to be a part of their journey”.

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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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Nanky Wins VGMA22 Unsung Initiative

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Ahead of the most prestigious music awards scheme in Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2021 slated for 25th and 26th June, Nanky has been announced winner of the Unsung Initiative.

The fast rising 28 year old Tema based Afro-Pop. R&B, Highlife singer who is currently signed on Sultan Incorporation was on Friday 18th June 2021 announced winner on TV3’s Showbiz 360 hosted by Giovani Caleb.

He won ahead of his competitors Oseikrom sikani, Adelaide the seer, Koby Tuesday, Kwame Yogot, Malcom Nuna, Queendalyn and Naana Blu.

Nanky, as the tradition has been since its inception in 2015, will get to perform at this year’s edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards which would be held on Saturday, 26th June, 2021.

The Unsung is an initiative to project underground artistes who need the platform and exposure to make it to mainstream. Previous year’s has seen winners like Lynx Entertainment artiste Kuami Eugene, Reggae/dancehall artiste KelvynBoy among others.

The Unsung Initiative is produced by Charterhouse and brought to you by Closeup Toothpaste.

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VGMA 2021 – Ghana’s biggest music weekend beckons!

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Two nights of drama, awards, and exhilarating performances from 30 chart-topping acts will be LIVE in the spotlight at the 22nd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

From Efya, Kuame Eugene, Eno Barony, KiDi, Kwesi Arthur, Kofi Kinaata, Adina, Joe Mettle, Diana Hamilton, Medikal, Okyeame Kwame, through to Epixode, DopeNation, Mzvee, Sista Afia, Yaa Yaa, Dead Peepol, Yaw Tog, Gyakie, Fameye, Bethel Revival Choir, the VGMA will be the center of national attention next week Saturday.

Do well not to miss out on the two day event happening on the 25th & 26th June which will be live on TV3, Akwaaba Magic, Soundcity TV and on Ghana Music Awards, and MTV social media pages.

The VGMA is produced by Charterhouse with support from TV3, DSTV, GHQR Code and Vodafone.

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