February 26, 2021
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Samsung Named No.1 Global TV Manufacturer For 15 Consecutive Years

Samsung Electronics topped the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year, according to market research firm, Omdia. Newly released data published on February 23 notes that Samsung Electronics recorded 31.8% in global TV market share by revenue in Q4 2020 and retained the largest annual category market share by revenue in 2020, at 31.9%.

Samsung’s growth across the Visual Display Business reflects a commitment to the most premium at-home viewing experiences, coupled with the fast-growing QLED portfolio, category leadership in the ultra large screen segment over 75-inches, the introduction and expansion of a Lifestyle TV portfolio, and a series of industry, category and product “firsts” made possible thanks to Samsung’s constant drive for innovation.

“Consumers use screens every day to entertain, connect with loved ones, work, exercise from home and do much more. And we have seen how different lifestyles and routines have not only evolved, but converged,” said Lucas Lee, Managing Director at Samsung Ghana. “We continue to be incredibly humbled by the trust placed in our vision and products; it is what drives our relentless pursuit to deliver cutting-edge innovation and a best-in-class screen experience that meets the needs of the modern-day consumer.”

Looking back over the last 15 years, Samsung’s innovation-led growth agenda has incorporated groundbreaking new technologies, while spanning multiple categories, reaching a wide range of consumers and use cases.

In 2021, Samsung expects to maintain its industry-leading market position with the introduction and expansion of core products and by incorporating proprietary technology and features across all TV lineups. This includes Samsung’s new Neo QLED lineup along with Samsung’s MICRO LED, Lifestyle TVs and a company-wide alignment of operations through long-term sustainability programs.

Over the next few years, Samsung will also continue to invest in R&D and product development in strategic business areas to strengthen its core and emerging technology offers.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions.

Tips & Hacks That Every Bolt Rider Needs To Know This Season Of Love

February is joyful, warm and a season of love – a season where we share our love by exchanging gifts with loved ones, friends and family.

Bolt, the fastest-growing ride-hailing platform in Africa  active in 4 cities within Ghana – Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Cape Coast has the best gift for you this season; 5 tips and hacks to get the best out of your Bolt Rides this month of love.

1.Call and wait for your driver inside – When you order for a ride, avoid spending time outside alone with your phone in your hand. Wait indoors until the app shows your driver is arriving. This way, you are safe till your driver arrives.

2.Double-check the car details and driver’s identity – When you are matched with a Bolt driver, you will receive information about his name, vehicle model and car plate number from the app. Be sure that the vehicle that arrives is the same one you requested on the app. If anything doesn’t add up, do not get in and make sure  you report to Bolt via the in-app support tab or via email: accra@bolt.eu

3.  Wear a face mask and insist your driver does the same – To help protect the health and safety of everyone, face masks are mandatory for anyone riding or driving with Bolt. If your driver arrives without a face mask, you can cancel your ride and request another one. Similarly, drivers have the right to cancel your trip if you are not wearing a face mask.

4.  Buckle In – Always wear a seatbelt! Even when you sit in the back. Wearing a seatbelt has been found to be the most effective way to reduce injuries and safe life in the case of any sudden stops or incidents.

5.    Keep your loved ones in the loop: Share your ETA – With safety in mind, we have a Share My ETA function that appears on the bottom of the app, right under your driver’s profile. You can share your current trip details with trusted friends and family members during every ride. This makes it easier for loved ones to keep track of your journey and know when you’ve arrived.

Whenever you need a ride around town, Bolt has always got your back, so stay safe and use the safety toolkit in the Bolt passenger app to get help whenever you need it.

UBA Ghana Restates Commitment To Provide Fast And Secure Remittance Service With Africash

UBA Ghana, a Pan-African financial institution, has reiterated its commitment to provide fast, secure, reliable and convenient remittance services across all 20 operating countries with its intra-African money transfer service, Africash.

Africash is a secure and robust remittance processing platform that helps customers and non-customers to quickly send and receive funds at any location where UBA or any of its partner agencies is present across Africa.

The service is designed to provide an efficient payment system for the booming and largely informal trade activities within the African Regions as well as provide a platform for settlement of imports and exports within Africa.

With Africash, customers can initiate or receive money from any business office or partner location in their local currency instantly after transfer has been effected.

Managing Director and CEO of UBA Ghana, Olalekan Balogun remarked “Africash is a simple and secured web-based platform to support customers move money easily for trade and investment within the continent.

He continued “More importantly, Africash gives room for refund or cancellation based solely on sender’s request, to ensure the process is secured, the transaction is tied to a reference code, test question and answer”.

Mr. Balogun said as Africa’s global bank, UBA understands the importance of intra-African trade and has therefore made the service more convenient to allow customers transfer with ease using the same transactional process.

He added “Through our product offerings and services, we will always put our customers first to ensure they get the maximum value and experience from us”.

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries.

With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.

50,000 People In Eastern Ghana Get Internet Connection

Dow is supporting an information and communication infrastructure pilot to reach approximately 50,000 people in Nsutem, Eastern Ghana to support improved internet and data communications connectivity. Dow’s support will help to enable the construction of a renewable energy biomass power facility which will generate sustainable incomes f or thousands of smallholder farmers locally.

Through its local grantee, the Okyeman Environment Foundation (OEF), Dow has enabled the construction of a WiFi network inclusive of hardware, software and deployment of technology to support two base  stations and  18 hot spots to  create an  information and  communication infrastructure pilot  covering  a  collective  area  of  about  15  km  radius  within  surrounding communities of the biomass power facility.

The infrastructure allows approximately 50,000 people to connect to a WiFi network permitting af fordable data communications and internet access. This Project is a grantee of the Dow Business Impact Fund, which has been identifying and funding new projects around the globe that hold the potential to create significant social impact since 2016.

“Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. For Ghana, and indeed the world over, affordable energy decreases poverty and improves quality of life, be it f or jobs, security, climate  change,  food production or  increasing  incomes,”  said  Adwoa Coleman, Country Manager, Dow Ghana and  Africa Sustainability &  Advocacy Manager, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “Communication infrastructure is also key f or sustainable development. Access to reliable and affordable communication technologies lif ts people out of poverty and helps them to overcome the digital divide. Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals aim to engage f or impact and deliver breakthrough innovations, which is exactly what this project allows us to do.”

Lack of affordable access to electricity and subsequent lack of telecommunication infrastructure form the crux of the digital divide inhibiting poor rural community members from participating in meaningful socio-economic development in this region. To address this problem in a sustainable way, a 40MW biomass power plant is planned to be constructed in Nsutem, Ghana. The project has been sponsored by Village Corps and a Power Africa grant by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and has been advanced through the commitment and support of the Government of Ghana,  the Akyem  Abuakwa  Kingdom and  the Okyeman  Environment Foundation.

The Project will address several UN Sustainable Development Goals, inclusive of #7 and #9 for clean and affordable energy and industry, innovation and infrastructure. The Project will not only drastically increase the access to baseload  renewable electricity, but also will help mitigate climate  change and assist local community members to adapt to a changing climate, which contributes to the Paris Climate Accord.

With  the  Inf ormation  and  Communication  Technologies (ICT)  infrastructure installed  and operational, community members can have affordable data connectivity and will be trained in how to use their phones to benefit from various software solutions to help enable skills development and access to valuable information in areas such as primary education, f arming, and healthcare,” said  Norman  Beaulieu, founder of  Village  Corps.  “WiFi  infrastructure can  no  longer  be considered a luxury, it is now an essential resource, and we believe that this project is taking important steps towards delivering this resource to an under served community.”

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future f or the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners.

Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science -based products and solutions f or its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately  35,700  people. Dow  delivered  sales  of  approximately  $39  billion  in  2020.

Pepsodent Herbal Launch: An Ode To Nature

Unilever’s oral care brand over the weekend launched a new variant of Pepsodent – Pepsodent Herbal.

A one-of-a-kind event, it was held at the Legon Botanical Gardens as an ode to the natural composition of the new variant and the growing consumer preference for natural products.

With all COVID-19 protocols being observed, guests were hosted to a serene atmosphere and serenaded with a live music performance from a saxophonist.

The new Pepsodent Herbal is infused with Green Tea herbal extracts to provide consumers strong teeth, gums, and all-round cavity protection.

Pepsodent still remains the same trusted brand in Ghana’s oral care sector and the new Pepsodent Herbal with natural herbal formula ushers in an exciting period for the brand as it continues its mission to help improve people’s oral health.

Being the first to lay their hands on the new Pepsodent variant, guests could not hide their excitement when samples were shared. They gushed with admiration at the new package and showed their eagerness to introduce the new product to friends and family.

As they spoke to guests, representatives of Pepsodent Ghana assured consumers that they will love the great brushing experience they get from Pepsodent Herbal with its green tea flavor and distinctive mouth feel. Ghanaians were also urged to make brushing day and night a part of their daily lifestyle routine.

If ever there was a time to truly appreciate nature and a new product, it was at the launch of Pepsodent Herbal. With all that is going on in the world, the chance to immerse oneself in the richness of the earth, to feel the breeze of the leaves from trees and to inhale the rich scent of nature is a dream only few experience and though it may sound like poetry, this is exactly what the new Pepsodent Herbal promises to every Ghanaian.

Its green tea herbal extracts release an inner heat to repair and protect gum tissue and give an all-round cooling sensation, equal to the inner sense of renewal, restoration and calm you feel when you are out in nature.

Unilever Ghana Introduces New Natural Variant, Pepsodent Herbal, To Meet Growing Consumer Preference

Unilever’s Oral care brand, Pepsodent has introduced a new natural variant Pepsodent Herbal Triple Protection 140g to meet the growing consumer preference for natural products.

The new Pepsodent Herbal is infused with Green Tea herbal extract to provide consumers strong teeth, gums and all-round cavity protection.

Pepsodent still remains the same trusted brand in Ghana’s oral care sector and the new Pepsodent Herbal with the natural herbal formula ushers in an exciting period for the brand as it continues its mission to help improve people’s oral health and habits.

Commenting on the new Pepsodent Herbal, Mame Serwah Saifah, Oralcare Brand Manager, Unilever Ghana said, “A leading oral care brand like Pepsodent has combined a unique blend of herbs to create a whole new brushing experience for consumers.

“The carefully selected natural extracts and herbs are uniquely formulated to release inner heat, repair and protect gum tissue and give an all-round cooling sensation when used”, he added.

Mame Serwah Saifah added “Massive demand for plant-based toothpastes or toothpastes which include ingredients from natural sources inspired us to manufacture Pepsodent Herbal.

Consumers will love the great brushing experience they get with Pepsodent Herbal. With a unique green tea flavor and distinctive mouth feel”.

Ms. Saifah noted that the surge in health-consciousness is a major trend which can impact the herbal toothpaste market positively, adding that the high benefits of using herbal toothpaste can drive the adoption of the product.

Pepsodent Herbal is endorsed by the Ghana Dental Association as a quality toothpaste that contains fluoride for great cavity protection and Sodium Monofluorophosphate as the active ingredient for strong teeth and gums.

Dr. Paapa Puplampu, President, Ghana Dental Association, explains: “Ultimately, we have endorsed the new Pepsodent Herbal and we will partner with Unilever to ensure oral hygiene is properly practiced among Ghanaians. This new product is here to serve us all, but most importantly let us cultivate the habit of brushing twice daily.”

Connecting Africa Is The Seminal Challenge Of Our Time

By Patricia Obo-Nai, Vodafone Ghana CEO

The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted all aspects of our lives resulting in an unparalleled acceleration in digital transformation. The mobile community in sub-Saharan Africa responded to this crisis proactively to keep individuals and businesses connected. Nonetheless, nearly a billion people on the continent are still being left behind, and effectively and permanently remedying this, is the seminal challenge of our time.

Vodafone Ghana is proud to join our Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom teams across Africa to invite governments, industry players and businesses to become part of our Africa.Connected campaign. We commit to accelerate our efforts to close the digital divide and ensure that every man, woman and child is equally and equitably connected with no one left behind.

This campaign builds on our six-point plan to future-proof our network and infrastructure, accelerate support to governments, support e-education and e-health, enhance digital accessibility and literacy for the most vulnerable, promote widespread digital adoption for business, and ultimately support our societies to overcome the crisis brought by the pandemic through targeted digital adoption and better financial inclusion.

The economic repercussions of the pandemic have been brutal, and sub-Saharan Africa is facing a significant economic crisis. According to The World Bank in Africa, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to fall to -3.3% in 2020, pushing the region into its first recession in 25 years.

A white paper by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that COVID-19 will drag African economies into an economic slump of about 1.4% in GDP. Preventative measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus have generated significant setbacks for African economies mainly in terms of lost productivity and trade – both within and among countries. Specifically, these measures have significantly strained almost all key growth-enhancing sectors of many economies, and ultimately, on their overall income.

To expedite Africa’s economic recovery post-pandemic, the continent must accelerate digitalisation and expand regional cooperation. We are on the cusp of a “pan-African reset”, one that could transform the entire continent, improving living conditions and economy opportunities for more than 1 billion people. But the time to act is now! That is why Vodafone is launching the Africa.Connected campaign.

Together with our colleagues in markets across Africa, we are calling on governments, industry and business to join us in the journey to close the digital divide in Africa to make the continent more competitive, more resilient, more inclusive and greener.

We must continue a collaborative approach to build a future that is fair, inclusive and sustainable. Initiatives such as the African Union Commission digital transformation strategy and the UN Digital Cooperation Roadmap provide sensible frameworks for how this could progress.

The impact of Ghana’s digital footprint has been felt with the implementation of the mobile money interoperability platform, biometric national identification card, paperless port operations, e-procurement and smart workplaces among other initiatives. These initiatives form part of government of Ghana’s Digital Ghana Agenda, which is aimed at bridging the digital divide.

Vodafone Ghana is already at the forefront of advocating for change and leading the digitalisation agenda in the country. Our National Coding Programme, the establishment of ICT Centres in Senior High Schools and driving digital payments and mobile financial services through our Mobile Money platform, complement the government’s digital economy agenda. Our Internet of Things (IoT) solutions continue to power businesses and industries across the country. Additionally, we have been working with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to improve rural connectivity in the country.

We have developed digital platforms that are delivering end-to-end support for organisations within the agriculture and educational sectors. Vodafone is also offering tailor-made solutions for small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) that are addressing their challenges. Vodafone Ghana’s various digital channels including My Vodafone App and our virtual assistant, TOBi, have also redefined customer engagement during this pandemic.

Public-private partnerships are crucial to accelerate development

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic hastening changes in digital adoption, the race towards a digital Africa will depend on collaboration as well as technology. There are many admirable, ambitious targets to close the current digital divide, but they cannot be achieved if we work in isolation. It will take a strategic and considered set of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to achieve Africa’s ambitions to compete in the global digital economy.

During the pandemic, the mobile industry has worked hand-in-hand with governments and businesses to develop initiatives that alleviate the impact of the pandemic on citizens. From money transaction fee waivers to discounts on data tariffs for health and educational sites, as well as cash and equipment donations, mobile companies and other industry players have supported vulnerable communities during the pandemic, while also contributing to economic recovery efforts. 

In Ghana, Vodafone demonstrated leadership through a number of initiatives in partnership with government including our Data for Good initiative – the provision of anonymised and aggregated mobile network data to assist the government in data-driven policy making during the ongoing global pandemic. 

Vodafone also provided free access to educationvia the Vodafone Foundation Instant Schools platform and zero-rated e-learning platforms for over 60 schools and universities to enable them to continue their learning and teaching processes without worrying about data charges. In partnership with the Ghana Health Service, Vodafone Ghana’s Healthline Call Centre was also reopened with over 50 specialists to offer accurate information on the pandemic and refer suspected cases to the Rapid Response Team.

Connectivity is an economic imperative

The numbers tell the story. According to the GSMA Mobile Economy 2020 report, mobile technologies and services generated 9% of GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2019 – a contribution that amounted to more than $155 billion of economic value added. The mobile ecosystem also supported almost 3.8 million jobs (directly and indirectly) and made a substantial contribution to the funding of the public sector, with $17 billion raised through taxation. By 2024, mobile’s contribution will reach around $184 billion as countries increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services.

We must get more people online

Internet connectivity across Africa is still low, and there’s a need to use innovative ways to connect the unconnected and the underserved. The GSMA found that the mobile market in sub-Saharan Africa will reach several important milestones over the next five years: half a billion mobile subscribers in 2021, 1 billion mobile connections in 2024, and 50% subscriber penetration by 2025. These achievements will be underpinned by operators’ continued investment in network infrastructure.

To support broader digitalisation, major infrastructure expansions will be required, including those in backbone networks and last-mile connectivity. It is estimated that governments, development finance institutions, companies, and investors will need to spend $100 billion on key ICT infrastructure by 2030 to achieve universal broadband access— including 250,000 new 4G base stations and 250,000 km of fibre cable. And with 5G on the horizon, although not yet at the point of roll-out in most African countries, there is no question that there is a significant task ahead.

The digitalisation of our continent will not happen overnight. This is a long-term commitment that is only possible through sustained, robust and authentic collaboration.


The United Bank for Africa, Ghana has demonstrated boundless love to its valued customers in this season of love while celebrating the National Chocolate Week instituted by the Government.

This year’s celebration was in partnership with the Ghana Cocoa Board and others to help drive the consumption of locally produced cocoa products amongst Ghanaians.

In line with UBA’s Customer1st philosophy, customers who visited Business Offices nationwide received UBA branded chocolates to express the Bank’s love to its cherished customers. Special cocoa product packages were also distributed to the Bank’s corporate customers.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Olalekan Balogun noted that “despite the challenges with COVID-19, it is even more important now that we care about people by showing #ADifferentKindOfLove”.

Mr. Balogun further noted that “considering the health benefits of cocoa which can help improve human immunity during a pandemic period like this, UBA decided to express our love on Valentine Day which coincides with the National Chocolate Day by sharing chocolates and other cocoa products, putting the interest of our Customer1st”.

He expressed appreciation to customers for their continuous patronage of the Bank, promising more innovative products to offer more value to the customer.

Throughout the week, there were activations that rewarded both staff and customers sharing the #UBALoveExperience, #ADifferentkinfofLove. Items won included airtime, souvenirs & hampers.

UBA Ghana is among the institutions that partnered with the Ghana Cocobod and Ghana Tourism Authority to celebrate the National Chocolate Week in a bid to promote made in Ghana chocolates.

Samsung’s Epic Galaxy S21 Available On Ghana Market

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S Series has received amazing reviews around the world. It is clearly Samsung’s greatest Galaxy yet. The new Galaxy S21 5G series builds on its impressive legacy to offer a premium flagship experience that makes every day epic.

And starting from 15 February 2021, Galaxy S21 5G will be available in all stores across Ghana. It is available in a variety of models, including Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, which has the fastest processor on a Galaxy and its smartest and brightest display ever.

Those who purchase the device between February 15th, 2021 until February 28th, 2021 can take full advantage of the incredible launch special. This includes a complimentary Clear View Cover for the Galaxy S21 Ultra and S21+ or Silicone Cover for the S21, Galaxy SmartTag and Samsung Care+.

Clear View Cover: The stunning official Samsung Clear View Cover is the stylish way to keep your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or S21+ 5G protected, whilst still being able to see your notifications.

Samsung Care+: This is the popular accidental damage protection service plan exclusive to Galaxy smartphones that offers even more value to your Galaxy S21 purchase. It includes 1 screen repairs over 12 months*.

For those who demand the finest flagship mobile experience, with pro-grade camera innovations and top-of-the-line performance, at various price points, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ deliver in the categories people want most.

The Galaxy S21 will be available in a range of eye-catching colours, including a new signature colour: Phantom Violet and each device is coated with a luxurious matte finish for a sophisticated look and feel.

For more information on the Galaxy S21, visit https://www.samsung.com/africa_en  * Terms and conditions apply *

Samsung’s Greatest Galaxy Device Now Available With A Range of Incredible New Accessories

With the release of the Galaxy S21, Samsung has undeniably launched its best Galaxy device to date. The Galaxy S21 series is the ultimate smartphone designed to make every day epic.

The new flagship series debuts a head-turning, iconic design, an epic pro-grade camera for users of any skill level and the most advanced processor ever in a Galaxy device. The series includes the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra – all 5G ready. Samsung has enhanced every aspect of the smartphone camera experience with Galaxy S21 series.

And along with the Galaxy S21 Samsung has introduced new accessories that make your every moment epic:

S Pen Writes New Future: Now available for Galaxy S21 Ultra

Galaxy S21 Ultra users expect the flagship smartphone experience to take creative expression and productivity to the next level. That’s why, for the first time on any S Series device, Samsung is bringing the fan favorite S Pen experience to the Galaxy S21 Ultra with Wacom’s technology.

Galaxy S21 clear cases: Flaunt your Galaxy S21 in all its glory

Keep your colour on view – You chose the colour and now you can show it off. The back of the case is transparent so you can keep the design on display.

Clearly protected – This case delivers protection with the help of two different materials. The corners are protected with a bouncy TPU bumper, while the solid PC back protects the rear of your phone.

Control your content view – You can kick back and watch at your choice of viewing angles. The Free Stop Hinge on the rear is adjustable, letting you pick out the angle that works best for you.

Galaxy Bud Pro: Tunes out noises. Tunes in voices.

Offering you immersive audio, exceptional call quality and intelligent ANC, Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung’s most premium earbud offering to date. Galaxy Buds Pro have been built to provide truly holistic and intelligent sound experiences, featuring a range of innovations and functionalities designed for the way you use your earbuds today – for work, for play, and for everything else in between.

Amazing Launch Gifts offered

Pre-orders will come with limited free gifts including the all-new Galaxy Buds Pro, Smart View Cover and travel adapter for those who purchase the Galaxy S21 Ultra or Galaxy Buds Live, Smart View Cover and travel adapter for the Galaxy S21+ or Galaxy Buds Live, Silicone Cover and travel adapter for the Galaxy S21 and a Galaxy SmartTag with every device purchased. Samsung is also offering Samsung Care+ as part of the pre-order package (1x free front screen replacement within 12 months).

With the Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator, customers can keep track of everything that matters. You can attach it to your keys, bag, pet or anything you want to keep tabs on. The promotion will last for a limited time and only while stocks last.

For more information on the pre-order offer visit https://www.samsung.com/africa_en/