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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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West African Music Festival Set To Be Launched On Thursday

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Bigtwins Events has announced the West African Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at Alliance Francaise will be launched on Thursday, December 9th 2021.

Artistes including Big Twins from Ghana, King Ayisoba from Ghana, Amandziba from Ghana, Sylvette from France, Metaphore Crew from Niger, Mary B Jah from Cameroon, Xlnc Family from Ghana, Masa Deme from Brukina Faso, DJ Absolute from Benin Gabon, Padmore Oware from USA, Smart Nkansah from Ghana, Saymone from Brukina Faso, Big brain from Ghana, Blakk Rasta from Ghana, Trigmatic from Ghana and Koara Culture Group from Ghana will be performing this year.

With music from around the continent, West African Music Festival as a concert revolves around the universal power of music as a tool of unity in the African continent.

This event will be marked with a showcase of artistic excellence and sonically defining moments.

Concert-goers and fans of great entertainment should brace up for all the surprises and exciting news about the festival which will be unveiled at the launch on Thursday.

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MultiChoice Ghana Premieres Inspector Bediako At Star-Studded Event In Accra

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The MultiChoice Ghana on Friday, 3rd December 2021 hosted a star-studded season premiere of the Inspector Bediako which will air on Akwaaba Magic on DStv and GOtv. The premiere was attended by actors, producers, directors and other industry players who gathered to be the first see the series before other to hits our screens on Monday.

The series follows the life of Inspector Bediako Jnr, the son of the legendary Inspector Bediako Snr who used smart and creative detective techniques in investigating and solving various crimes, like kidnappings, corruption cases, murders and robberies. The show is a remake to the hit 1990’s hit investigative series. Friday’s event was a prelude to the series coming to Akwaaba Magic on Monday 6th December.

Delivering his welcome address, MultiChoice Ghana Managing Director, Alex Okyere, emphasized the support MultiChoice has given the creative industry follow the rollout of the “Hyper-Local” strategy in 2019 to support local film industries in the countries we operate in to transform them into economic power houses. He added this strategy informed the creation of our plethora of local channels including Akwaaba Magic, Honey and Novela Magic amongst others.

Mr. Okyere added that the success of Akwaaba Magic shows has not only been on linear platforms (DStv & GOtv) but has been extended to our video on demand platform, Showmax.

On her part, the Executive Head of Content & West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Group, Busola Tejumola, commended the Akwaaba Magic team for the diligent work they have done so far. Adding, “In March, when we launched this channel, we set very high viewership targets and Ghana didn’t disappoint. In month one, the channel went up to number 8 most viewed on DStv”. “Since then, ‘Dede’, our tentpole show has shattered the ceiling raking in exciting numbers on DStv, Showmax and recently GOtv.”

The Channel Head for Akwaaba Magic, Kennedy Dankyi-Appah, also highlighted other exciting shows to look forward to this festive and beyond. According to him, ‘Inspector Bediako’ is just the first of a number of shows lined up including Date My Family Ghana which hits our screen on December 17th; he added two new shows DStv and GOtv customers can look forward to Korle Bu and Co-Habit will start air in January 2022 on Akwaaba Magic.

The event was climaxed with a panel discussion among selected actors and director of the series. ‘Inspector Bediako’ airs every Monday at 22:30 CAT on Akwaaba Magic on DStv channel 150 and GOtv channel 101.

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MultiChoice And Africa Magic Announce The Eighth Edition Of The AMVCAs

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Africa Magic, in association with MultiChoice, is pleased to announce the call to entry for the eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). Entries open Friday, 3 December 2021 and close Friday, 14 January 2022.

Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition are eligible to enter for the AMVCAs. In addition, all films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCA if they were broadcast, publicly screened or exhibited from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2021.

Hailed as the premium awards for filmmakers in Africa, the AMVCAs has recognized and celebrated outstanding achievements in the African film and TV industry both in front and behind the cameras.

Following the seventh edition in 2020, plans for the next instalment were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant concerns on the health and safety of all stakeholders. The AMVCAs will now take place in Lagos, Nigeria in 2022 with Amstel Malta as headline sponsor.

Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere, said: “Last year was indeed a tough one for the world with the global pandemic, however the industry continues to thrive against all odds. We are proud of the improvements seen across different fields in the industry since the inception of the awards in 2013. The eighth edition of the AMVCAs once again demonstrates our commitment to spotlight the immense talent we have in the African film and TV industry and promises to leave a much bigger impact than previous editions.”

For the eighth edition, organizers have announced the introduction of a new category for Best Online Social Content Creator in recognition and acceptance of the growing popularity and quality of social media content across the continent.

“We are very excited about the Best Online Social Content Creator category as we believe this will further underscore our commitment to represent all content creators and inspire new talent. There is no better time than now to recognize and celebrate this growing digital community as we stage the eight edition of the awards,” said Dr. Busola Tejumola, Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria.

The eighth edition will also see the return of the Best Africa Magic Original Drama Series, Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series as well as the Best Dressed Male and Female, which will be voted for on the night of the event.

Entry guidelines for the eighth AMVCAs below:

  • Prepare a 5-minute-long show reel for your online submission
  • Log on to the Africa Magic website. Click on the AMVCA eighth edition banner that will take you to a submissions page.
  • Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A unique reference number will be allocated to each completed online submission
  • Please ensure the video edit represents the category of entry and is under 300MB
  • Quoting your unique reference number, send a hard drive of the submitted project to one of the following, based on your region:

Nigeria

Busola Komolafe

Africa Magic

4 Industrial Street, Ilupeju

For digital file delivery mechanism, entry guidelines & additional information please visit our website at www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Facebook and Instagram.

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to you by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.

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