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Serial entrepreneur, Tim Hogins Launches Blacqmarket As A Tech Game Changer For Africa



Off the back of celebrating 10-years in business, former security guard turned business magnate (serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist), Tim Hogins, announces the launch of Blacqmarket, a tech game changer for Africa.

The ultimate African dream, Blacqmarket is for the people by the people and to the people. Tim Hogins has created THE solution for entrepreneurship on the African continent, not just South Africa. Using cutting edge technology, Blacqmarket is an equal opportunity large scale employer, proud supporting SMME entrepreneurship.

“We live in unprecedented times. With the constant threat of unemployment, economic downturn and the COVID 19 pandemic weighing heavily on potentially 11 million South Africans unemployed. A huge percentage of these being youth, it comes with no doubt our future is at a perilous point. This is why Blacqmarket is an urgent solution needed,” shares Tim Hogins.

Blacqmarket brings together the possibility of kick starting the largely informal sector by bringing them online safely and securely. Blacqmarket will afford the common businessperson a solution that will make them continue to trade and fairly earn despite the situation on the ground. Blacqmarket gives the economy a fool proof approach to moving online. Blacqmarket is the first online global marketplace securely backed by a blockchain. No-one else is doing that in the world let alone Africa or South Africa.

A shop on Blacqmarket offers:

  • Most secure e-commerce blockchain enabled platform – this makes all transactions safe and secure.
  • Lowest merchant fees – we have kept fees low so that the shop owner retains more.
  • Free logistics for parcels 5kg and less – we have an exclusive logistical solution that covers the whole of South Africa with guaranteed 3 day delivery.
  • Safest logistics due to counter to counter – eliminating the hands that handle the parcels we make it safer.
  • Accommodates formal and informal traders – unlike other platforms we encourage all who have a product to sell it on our platform.
  • Split payments on a single item – an incentive to give more opportunity for people to buy more.
  • Group purchasing engine – we can now group buy for more value for the buyer giving more opportunity of shop produce guaranteed to be bought.

These opportunities for each shop opened will go a long way to alleviate the fledging economy. Each shop will attract an annual fee of R1200, a fee a third cheaper than Blacqmarket’s closet competitor. This annual fee is converted into the eZar cryptocurrency which retains the value of the fees. Administrative fees will go towards the maintenance of the site and advertising costs to drive traffic to the site. The Blacqmarket platform offers this safe haven by running a cryptocurrency ecosystem, where it’s pegged 1:1 to the Rand.

Each shop will have a shop assistant that will be an unemployed youth to assist in the unemployment challenge – The Blacqmarket platform aims to be the solution that will help not just any SMME but generate employment down the line.

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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



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!



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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