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Hollard Ghana Hosts Senior Corporates On “A Better Future Through Wealth Creation And Protection In Uncertain Times”

Following the success of previous editions, insurance group, Hollard Ghana has announced the August edition of its “H.Insured: All About Insurance” webinar series to be held on Friday, August 7, at 4 pm. The virtual event meant to demystify all things related to insurance, is under the theme “A better future through wealth creation and protection in uncertain times.”

The highly anticipated conversation features senior corporates, Patience Akyianu, Group Chief Executive Officer of Hollard Ghana; Maidie Arkutu, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, Nutrifoods Ghana; and Kojo Addae-Mensah, Group Chief Executive Officer, Databank Group.

On the essence of the webinar, Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Hollard Ghana, said: “Most people work hard to create sustainable wealth but as we’ve seen this year, unforeseen circumstances could joepardise those efforts.

H.Insured this August will explore how the unpredictable should factor into wealth creation and protection. We have an impressive panel made up of senior corporate stalwarts appearing together for a down-to-earth, jargon-free conversation sure to intrigue anyone interested in wealth and how insurance makes a difference. We welcome everyone to join!”

Interested participants should visit Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Hollard Ghana on LinkedIn for information on how to register.

About Hollard Ghana

The country’s favourite insurance group Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance, combines its deep local knowledge of the market with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand.

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 was previously Metropolitan Insurance which operated in Ghana for over 25 years.

Hollard offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, home, and more and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life) www.hollard.com.gh.

Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can also find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, and some Melcom stores for all their insurance needs.

Absa Bank Applauds M.anifest For Winning “Distinguished Citizen Award”

Absa Bank Ghana has congratulated its Brand Ambassador and award-winning musician Kwame Amet Tsikata known in showbiz as M.anifest for being named one of the nine recipients of the Macalester College 2020 Alumni Awards in the United States of America (USA).

Nominated by peers selected by the College’s Alumni Board, M.anifest was announced winner of the Distinguished Citizen Award at the Grand Celebration: Reunion Kick-Off event held earlier this month.

According to the Macalester College Alumni Board, the award recognizes M.anifest’s leadership in civic, social, religious, and professional activities. “It is given because the Macalester community believes that a college education should be the training and inspiration for unselfish and effective service to the community, the nation, and the world.”

In a congratulatory message, Nana Essilfuah Boison, Marketing and Corporate Relations Director at Absa Bank Ghana commended M.anifest for positively impacting society through his music and arts.

“We congratulate our Brand Ambassador for winning such a distinguished award from his alma mater, for promoting social good and advancing the arts. As a forward-looking bank deeply rooted in Africa with global connectivity and a passion for excellence, we are excited to be associated with M.anifest, who exhibits and exudes similar characteristics and passion,” said Nana Essilfuah Boison.

M.anifest was named Brand Ambassador in February this year after the bank rebranded to become Absa Bank Ghana. He is known for his musical boundary-crossing, multilingual wordplay, and a refreshing hybrid songwriting approach that acknowledges both his Ghanaian upbringing and his sojourns in the West.

The rapper’s accomplishments extend beyond music. He works to improve the lives of adolescent girls, tackling issues like anemia, child marriage, and gender-based violence.

Vodafone Customers Enjoy Big Value With Current Data Offers

Telecommunication giant, Vodafone Ghana, has enhanced its data packages to give customers exceptional value for money and unmatched experience on the network during this period.

Customers currently enjoy double data allocation on a host of Vodafone’s data offering including the Ghs 0.25, Ghs 1 and Ghs 2 daily bundles, and the Ghs 5 weekly bundle. Data allocation on Vodafone’s ‘2 Moorch Data’ proposition (Ghs 10, Ghs 20, and Ghs50), which offers the best volume of data and price points across the industry, was also doubled earlier this year.

The extra data allocation, which is available for browsing from 12am to 4pm, empowers customers to do so much more at the same price.

Additionally, the Telco has lifted the limited validity on its daily data bundles, Ghs 0.25, Ghs 1 and Ghs 2, as well as Ghs 5 weekly bundle. This means that all four bundles are now ‘No Expiry’ products. The prices of all the above bundles have been marginally reduced to enable customers confidently connect to the things that matter them most.

Speaking on the big value Vodafone is offering on data bundles, Pushpinder Gujral, Consumer Business Unit (CBU) Director at Vodafone Ghana said: “Giving customers more value for money has become imperative because of the unprecedented adverse impact of the pandemic. At Vodafone, we deemed it necessary to review our data packages to ensure customers get the most for their money. Our customers are at the very heart of what we do and that is why we dedicate substantial attention to customer insights. These products have been modified to specifically respond to the pressing needs of our customers based on feedback they shared with us.”

Customers can enjoy these packages by dialing *700#. New customers can also port their existing numbers to the Vodafone network or visit any Vodafone Retail Shop to join the network and begin to enjoy these data offers by Vodafone.

Hollard Ghana’s Patience Akyianu Named Outstanding Group Chief Executive Officer Of The Year 2019

The Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu, has been named the outstanding Group CEO of the year at the 10th edition of the Ghana Entrepreneur & Corporate Executive Awards.

The event was held under the theme, “Celebrating Ten Years of Entrepreneurial Excellence and Business Development in Ghana.” The prestigious awards, which took place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, through a virtual live broadcast on TV3 Network and social media platforms, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, sought to publicly honour outstanding corporate executives across a wide range of sectors in Ghana.

Patience Akyianu is an experienced and well-rounded business leader with a strong commercial acumen. She has over 27 years of experience in Banking, Finance, and Insurance. This award is a testament of Patience’s exceptional and versatile leadership having overseen Hollard Ghana’s double-digit revenue growth, a feat she achieved since assuming office as Group CEO in October 2018.

She is celebrated for her passion to increase financial inclusion through business and social initiatives that are positively impacting the lives of Ghanaians and in turn, translating into significant milestones and business growth for Hollard in Ghana.

Receiving the award at a brief and socially-distanced presentation ceremony at Capital Place, Hollard Ghana’s Head Office in Accra, the Group CEO of Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu said, “I am elated and humbled by this recognition. I give thanks to the Almighty God for his omnipresent grace and to my able Team Hollard, our business partners, and beloved customers for their immense support.”

“I am proud to affirm that this award reflects Hollard’s purpose to be exceptional and to enable more people to create and secure a better future. We shall continue to provide innovative products and unrivaled customer experience to Ghanaians,” she further added.

About Hollard Ghana

The country’s favourite insurance group Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance, combines its deep local knowledge of the market with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand.

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 was previously Metropolitan Insurance which operated in Ghana for over 25 years.

Hollard offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, 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 also find Hollard at Shell Fuel Stations, Welcome Shops, and some Melcom stores for all their insurance needs.

Running: Herbalife Nutrition Shares 8 Tips To Get Started

While some of us are still stuck at home, it’s easy to feel like we are forever cooped up indoors. While we have some spare time, a great way to pass it is trying out new things. A great habit to pick up is regular exercise, especially cardio workouts. Cardio exercise is important, so let’s talk about one of the easiest ways to add an effective cardio workout to your fitness routine—running. Here are some easy tips to get you started on reaching your desired running goal.

It’s important to keep exercising while staying safe. One of the easiest – and safest – ways to stay fit is running. 

More and more of us are finding fun and more creative ways to stay fit. From home workouts, using full water bottles as weights to online yoga classes and more, we can now choose the exercises we want to do from the safety of our homes.

Running is a great – and increasingly popular – way for people to stay fit. You can do it anywhere, be at any fitness level and don’t need a lot of equipment to get started.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a first-time runner or not run for a while, here are some tips to help you get started and achieve your fitness goals.

Running equipment

The great news is that you don’t need to purchase a lot of equipment to run, although there are a few essential items that will make your journey more enjoyable.

  • A pair of running shoes that fit well 
  • Distance running socks
  • Comfortable clothing

Listen to your body

If you don’t feel ready to run, simply walk instead. Once walking for a set time becomes easy, try to alternate between jogging and walking. Your aim should be to find a comfortable, sustainable pace that feels good. Remember to stop if you experience pain. Always perform a warm-up and cool-down to ensure your body is prepared for exercise.

Train to time not distance

During the first few weeks of running, focus on the amount of time you are running (walking or jogging), instead of thinking about distance. Set a goal of 20-30 minutes and, once you can successfully run for the entire duration, increase your time. Looking at kilometres in the first few weeks can be mentally discouraging. Once you can successfully complete 45 minutes at your desired pace, map out the kilometres and steadily increase the distance you cover.

Understand your phases 

Don’t just hit the pavement and start racking up kilometres. Instead, know that you need to form an aerobic base level by training at about a level five or six intensity out of the maximum intensity of level 10. This is because ‘steady state training’ effectively teaches your body to burn fat as fuel. This will be important as you start to increase your distance. You can work on your speed later in your training.

Cross training

In order to become an efficient runner, you must run. However, adding cross training such as biking, swimming or weight training to your weekly routine will help you to get fit and avoid getting bored.

Take technique one day at a time

Pick one technique to work on each time you go out for a run. There are several things you can work on, such as:

  • Foot placement – ensuring you are striking the ground between the mid and forefoot 
  • Arm movement – ensuring you are staying relaxed as you pump your arms back and forth 
  • Posture – ensuring you keep a strong core

If you break down your technique one day at a time, you will not be overwhelmed. And after a few weeks, you’ll have improved your running style.

Mix in some hills

Add some hill running or varied terrain into your program. Your posterior chain muscles, including the hamstrings, glutes and calves, have to work harder when you are running up hill.

Rest!

You must schedule rest days into your program to allow your muscles to adapt to the increased workload and efficiently repair themselves. One to two rest days per week are essential for great performance.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition – changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and programs – since 1980. Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through its independent members in more than 90 countries. Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) and its Casa Herbalife programmes to help bring good nutrition

ScaleUp Africa Unlocks Pan-African Business Growth Potential With Inaugural Pan-African Business Festival

On August 6th, women-led B2B Enterprise Development Agency, ScaleUp Africa, will virtually host its inaugural Pan-African Business Festival coined IGNITE.

The festival is poised to nurture closer economic ties and opportunities for youth and women-led businesses in Africa and across the global stage. The digital experience is set to provide practical resources for entrepreneurs of African descent, globally.

The festival programmes are geared toward entrepreneurs with an interest in doing business in Africa and will support them with accessing new markets across Africa, the USA, the Caribbean and Europe. The event will offer attendees five Curated Sector Segments.

ScaleUp Africa will work with corporations to connect entrepreneurs to the networks and organizational partners needed to scale their solutions. Network connections will include professional advisors and partners to help overcome barriers that prohibit their growth.

By 2050, Africa will account for 50% of the world’s population, with half of its population under 25. To say Africa is the future is an understatement. Population growth yields market potential and a major opportunity for SMEs, as African markets will need the jobs, services and general economic growth SMEs will provide. Africa accounts for a fraction of global trade, however, most black business owners perform below par in comparison to their non-black counterparts due to factors like limited access to funding, business resources and mentor guidance.

“We are keen to connect big businesses with SMEs in our community. For example, if a large international Fast-Moving Consumable Goods company signs up to one of ScaleUp Africa’s programmes, they will bring their extensive experience of operations from around the world and they would share their knowledge with our entrepreneurs and potentially commit to ways of integrating more Small Businesses into their global supply chains,” shared Amma Gyampo.

Starting ScaleUp Africa

Co-founded by Enterprise Advisor and Non-Executive Director, Amma Gyampo and Olivia Asiedu Ntow, a branding, communications and talent advisor, ScaleUp Africa is on a mission to nurture closer ties between African and Black-owned businesses for positive, long term economic legacy.

ScaleUp Africa offers SME GROWTH Services, Acceleration, SME Ecosystem Building and Fundraising, Corporate Innovation/Enterprise Services: helping organisations implement and achieve their CSR, ESG, Diversity, Talent and SME Support goals, Training, Events and Consulting Services to do with Economic Empowerment, Gender Lens Enterprise Support, Impact, Capacity Building, Innovation, Digital and Social projects.

ScaleUp Africa will also roll out an Innovative Media Content Strategy to disseminate African and Black storytelling and case studies to create entrepreneurship education content for women and youth of African Descent, globally.

“We’re very excited by this pillar of our offering because we know the power of media and the urgency required to turn around the performance and contribution of our entrepreneurs to the economic development of this segment of the population,” shared Amma Gyampo.

The pair was introduced through a mutual friend and after comparing notes on their respective work, they realised the power in their synergy, which birthed ScaleUp Africa. During the onset of COVID 19, The ScaleUp team produced webinars called The Survival Series to help the SME Community navigate through the shock of the pandemic.

In conjunction with IGNITE, ScaleUp Africa will launch a crowdfunding campaign for ventures led by women and youth of African descent, to improve funding access. All interested contributors can connect through the ScaleUp Africa website. Throughout July, ScaleUp Africa will announce the Pan-African Business Festival Partners and Speakers. Individuals and companies can register at ScaleUp Africa.

About ScaleUp Africa

ScaleUp Africa is a Women-led B2B Enterprise Development Agency offering professional services to Foundations, Corporations and established SMEs to solve sustainable development challenges through entrepreneurship programmes.

Absa Introduces Industry’s First Free Banking For Young Ghanaian Start-ups

Absa Bank Ghana has rolled out a free banking service for any Ghanaian start-up business that is less than three years old. It is an industry first and a game changer expected to support young start-ups in the country to scale up.

The free banking service forms part of the bank’s newly launched ambitious proposition known as “Absa StartUp Banking” which is an initiative that supports the grooming and scaling up of Ghanaian-owned start-ups with solutions that will bring their possibilities to life.

The Absa StartUp Banking, which is available across the bank’s branches and offices, will provide start-up businesses with clear- cut and tailor-made solutions such as opportunity to tap into Market Access, Business Mentorship, and free banking services.

Detailing the opportunities available for Start-ups, Mrs. Grace Anim-Yeboah, Business Banking Director at Absa Bank Ghana indicated that the free banking offering includes services such as zero commission on turnover (COT), free cheque books, free local transfers, free transactions on digital channels, free debit card and more.

“The start-up ecosystem in Ghana is developing rapidly. Every SME was once a start-up but the reality is that nine out of ten start-ups fail due to various reasons. Key amongst them is the lack of financial resources. At Absa Bank, we are being intentional to support start-ups. With the right support, we believe that small businesses are able to grow three times faster and are able raise finances seven times more than they could have done on their own,” said Mrs Anim-Yeboah during an interaction on Absa Business Connect Series, the bank’s virtual interactive platform.

Reinforcing Absa’s social commitment to be a Force for Good in society, Mr. Kobla Nyaletey, Director of Markets for Absa Bank, West Africa, noted that the bank is committed to help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses by connecting their dreams to financial services and opportunities.

According to Mr. Nyaletey, the Absa StartUp Banking is an industry’s first in terms of the offerings and opportunities available for start-ups. “This is a very exciting proposition designed to offer solutions for start-ups to achieve sustainable growth.”

“The Absa StartUp Banking has a deliberate strategy to call on identifiable stakeholders, partners and institutions that will work with Absa to move start-ups forward in Ghana. We will be working with clients, partners among others to provide market access that will create demand and avenues for start-ups to sell their products and services,” he added.

Mr. Nyaletey indicated that the bank will bring start-ups under its enterprise business solution programme, which will afford them access to mentors, financial training and capacity building opportunities.

Starting a business can be daunting and Absa, through its StartUp Banking initiative, is calling on Ghanaians to encourage and support start-ups as well as young people with business ideas, so they can thrive and grow their businesses.

The Absa StartUp Banking is open to young Ghanaian businesses registered for less than three years and engaged in production of local goods and services. The initiative is designed to equip start-up businesses with relevant business skills, knowledge and opportunities to scale up.

DPU University Offers Subsidized MBA Package For Ghanaian And African Students

Renowned Indian online University DPU today announced a special package for Ghanaian and African students.

To this end, it has partnered with a number of local entities including the Accra-based Kandifo Institute to facilitate the admission of persons who desire to take up some of the available MBA courses.

Courses in Finance, Marketing, IT, Operations, and International Business Management among others, are available for the 2020 admission year.

Interested persons can apply at dpuacademicadvisor@gmail.com and also book through the mobile numbers +233 241 267 943 and +233 302 953 831.

With Covid-19 impacting physical classrooms, options such as what DPU offer, provide a seamless window for students to reach their dreams even in this pandemic.

Globally, over 1.2 billion educational institutions are out of use. Education has changed dramatically as a result, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. It is the new normal and fortunately, people across the globe are beginning to appreciate the need for virtual education.

The Kandifo and DPU partnership seeks to help build an enlightened, culturally and economically vibrant community through education in diverse disciplines as well as deliver on its mandate of providing high quality education.

To consolidate the partnership, Executive Director of the Institute, Palgrave Boakye-Danquah has been appointed as the Academic Advisor for Africa for the University.

DPU has demonstrated full resilience and diligence toward academics and has taken up the role to develop an online learning platform for many Africans across the globe, including online assessments (examinations).

Both partners believe it is essential to disseminate knowledge across borders, companies, and all parts of society hence why virtual learning technology especially in this age, plays a vital role in eliminating those barriers.

ABOUT DPU

A successful story of over a decade, DPU is the first online university in India, and has grown over the years stretching across professional institutions in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, optometry, biotechnology, management, Ayurved, Homeopathy and Distance Learning.

These institutions provide quality education to thousands all over the world using its state-of-the-art e-earning architecture and dedicated faculty. All DPU courses are duly recognized.

Vodafone And Opera Give Away 50MB Of Free Browsing Every Day To All Customers In Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has partnered with Opera, one of the world’s leading browser developers, to give its customers free browsing of up to 50 MB every day for those who use Opera Mini, Opera News, and Opera News Lite on their smartphones.  

The partnership seeks to enhance the online experience for the millions of Vodafone customers by giving them access to their favorite websites, latest local and global news, as well as connecting them with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on the Opera Mini browser.

Commenting on the initiative, Pushpinder Gujral, Consumer Business Unit (CBU) Director at Vodafone Ghana said:

‘’This initiative affirms our commitment to finding innovative ways to offer our customers matchless value. We want customers to enjoy the experience of free browsing with Opera, products. Additionally, this initiative will give Vodafone users access to free and unlimited information about the global pandemic and more.’’

On his part, Jørgen Arnesen, EVP of Mobile Browsers at Opera said the partnership with Vodafone Ghana would allow Ghanaians browse confidently and for free without fear of exhausting their data bundles.

“Ghana is a country with huge potential for mobile internet adoption with only 32% of the population accessing the internet in 2020. By providing Ghanaians with free browsing together with Vodafone on the Opera mobile apps, we are opening new possibilities so that millions of people can browse confidently and for free without fear of exhausting their data bundles, especially on mobile devices.

Today, Opera Mini is the browser of choice for more than one hundred million people around the world who prefer it over the likes of other preloaded browsers on Android devices. Opera Mini gives a fully revamped browsing experience; it is the most downloaded news apps in Ghana and has easier and faster access to official COVID-19 news.”

Vodafone users who want to enjoy free browsing on their smartphones will need to have the Opera Mini, Opera News, or Opera News Lite app installed on their device. The free daily data covers browsing only, while normal data costs will apply to video streaming and file downloads.

Vodafone Invests In Extensive Fibre Infrastructure Rollout

Vodafone Ghana has invested in an extensive fibre infrastructure rollout to provide seamless ultra-high speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity for its customers at home and at work. As part of this initiative, Vodafone has begun a campaign to upgrade customers on its copper-based broadband to its FTTH service for free.

The campaign is part of Vodafone’s FTTH rollout strategy, aimed at progressively replacing its copper network nationwide with fibre. Vodafone’s fibre broadband service is already transforming communities in Ghana by enabling businesses and customers to do so much more . It offers far greater reliability and seamless connection across data and voice calls.

As part of this campaign, Vodafone is upgrading customers in various communities within the Greater Accra Region onto its fibre broadband service for free. These communities include Abeka, Abelemkpe, Achimota, Adenta, Airport Residential Area, Ashongman, Asylum Down, Avenor, Awudome, Botwe, Bubuashie, Cantonments, Dansoman, Dzorwulu, East Legon, Fadama, Haatso, Industrial Area, Kaneshie, Kanda, Kokomlemle, Kotobaabi, McCarthy Hill, New Town, Nima, North Kaneshie, Nungua, Osu, Oyarifa, Pig Farm, Ridge, Spintex, Tema Community 18 and 22, Tesano, Teshie, West Legon and Weija.

Commenting on the initiative, Patricia Obo-Nai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana said:

‘’We have a superior network and continue to invest heavily to make it even better for our consumers as well as businesses. We are excited to provide customers with additional value through our fibre broadband service.  Connecting to this service gives customers 10 times the internet speed they already get on copper. Fibre offers a completely new world of possibilities for businesses and consumers as they get to do so much more online, at the same time. The wider bandwidth makes it possible for more connected devices to be used at the same time, which means you can watch TV, take an online course, play video games, stream, download and many more. Customers in the other regions where our FTTH service is also readily available will be subsequently upgraded.

Customers can visit www.fbb.vodafone.com.gh or any Vodafone Retail Shop to check availability of the service in their community and select a suitable plan from Vodafone’s portfolio of family packages. Vodafone’s family data plans offer broadband internet access for the entire household, unlimited evening and weekend calls to Vodafone numbers from your landline, as well as voice minutes and SMS allocations for up to four mobile devices. In addition to these, the customer can share broadband data with up to four (4) mobile devices depending on the selected package.

New customers can also visit www.fbb.vodafone.com.gh or any Vodafone Retail Shop to check availability and subscribe to Vodafone’s ultrafast fibre broadband service.