Beauty and Lifestyle entrepreneur Nana Konamah founder of Pure Persona by Nana, epitomizes what it means to be intentional about self-love, authenticity and holistic self-care in the latest Glamour South Africa October 2020 issue
This issue of Glamour serves as a gentle reminder for us all to take a deep breath and do what makes us feel good as the year has been a tough one.
Nana Konamah has been a strong advocate for redefining the narrative of self-care for the modern African Woman. On any given day, the world is likely to watch, hear and read about her initiatives that are all about ensuring that everyone has a safe space to reveal their truest selves and live a meaningful existence.
A Master’s degree holder from Columbia University, Nana Konamah switched from a career in medical research, health policy and renewable energy to follow her vision of being a leader in the wellness, lifestyle and beauty space.
In June 2020, after five years of nurturing and planning her dream, Nana Konamah launched her beauty brand Pure Persona by Nana.’ Inspired by the Akan Adinkra symbol ‘Sankofa,’ translates to “go back and get it”, the brand thrives on beauty, confidence and dedication, whilst seeking one’s inner beauty.
Her brand celebrates ancient secrets of Africa passed down from generation to generation using pure natural ingredients to serve health-conscious products that empowers the mind, and body, and also enriches the soul of the user.
Pure Persona by Nana is a natural product made of premium ingredients formulated with the highest quality product to help reveal one’s personality through beautiful hair.
The brand launched with ‘The Discovery Kit’ which comes power-packed with the Cleansing Shampoo, the Caring Conditioner and the Everyday Nourisher for an easy, luxurious wash day.
In the October issue of Glamour South Africa which is appropriately themed “Self-Care”, Nana Konamah lets the world in on her platform of unadulterated self-love, belief in one’s self and potential in everyone.
This September is a massive month in smartphone innovation. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold2, which brings together the very best of foldable innovation technology, a category pioneered by Samsung, to change the shape of the future.
It is Samsung’s third-generation foldable device, pairing a stunning and bold design with refined engineering to push the boundaries of mobile experiences. Incredibly, it’s a phone when closed and a tablet when open.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Fold2 begins on 25 September until 8 October 2020. This unparalleled device will be available in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. The recommended resale price for the Galaxy Z Fold2 is GHS 12,499.
“With this device, we are reshaping and redefining the possibilities of the mobile device experience. With Galaxy Z Fold2, luxury meets the power of flexibility and expert craftsmanship, so you can enjoy entirely new mobile experiences.
This innovative technology enables trailblazing innovators and entrepreneurs to be more efficient and perform at the peak of their industry. It’s a statement like no other, said Eugene Nahm, Managing Director at Samsung, Ghana.
With an all-new design, featuring a larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen and massive 7.6-inch Main Screen with Infinity-O Displays, Galaxy Z Fold2 promises a true 2-in-1 experience. It’s a smartphone when folded and a tablet when unfolded, offering effortless productivity and immersive experiences.
Combining the ease of the Galaxy Fold’s book-style fold and the innovations of the Galaxy Z Flip – Galaxy Z Fold2’s new design features a Hideaway Hinge with sweeper technology, hands-free functionality with Flex mode, and a foldable glass Main Screen that supports 120Hz refresh rate.
Those who purchase the Galaxy Z Fold2 users can access the Galaxy Z Premier Service: With premium support from a dedicated team of product experts. Galaxy Z Fold2 owners can also sign up for a Complimentary Samsung Care+ service plan within 30 days of device purchase, which provides one-time inner foldable screen protection against accidental damage within one year of device purchasing date.
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today revealed the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE), the newest member of the Galaxy S20 series. Galaxy S20 FE is a premium flagship smartphone that includes innovations Galaxy fans told us they love most, made available at an accessible price point, starting at GHS 3,599.
COVID-19 disrupted the world as we knew it and technology is now playing an even more crucial role in our lives and that is why we created Galaxy S20 FE to deliver flagship experiences to reach even more consumers. Samsung took select features of the Galaxy S20 series, such as the super smooth scrolling display, an AI-powered camera, advanced chipset, hyper-fast connectivity, all day battery, expandable storage, with a streamlined premium design, in order to create the all-new Galaxy S20 FE.
“We are constantly speaking to our fans and
taking feedback, and we heard what they loved the most about our Galaxy S20
series, what features they used most often and what they would want to
see in a new smartphone,” said Eugene Nahm, Managing Director for Samsung,
Ghana. “The S20 FE is an extension of the Galaxy S20 family and is the start of
a new way to bring meaningful innovation to even more people to let them do the
things they love with the best of Galaxy.”
Express Your Best Self
These days, taking
pictures or videos and sharing them is the best way to express yourself. That’s
why the Galaxy S20 FE brings a pro-grade camera along with the 32MP selfie
Camera including tetra-binning technology that lets you
instantly capture a
Galaxy S20 FE’s large image sensors including multi-frame processing, you can
take richer, more vibrant images — even in low light — so you can simply snap
and go. Night mode multi-frame processing with AI frame integration stabilizes
motion in-shot while you record, so you can focus on having fun.
while you may not always be physically close to the action, the Galaxy S20 FE’s
powerful 30X Space Zoom lets you get close enough to capture the shot. Editing
and sharing photos and video is important to fans, so the Galaxy S20 FE makes
it easy to create and curate stunning photos and videos in real-time like a
To reflect your personal style, the
Galaxy S20 FE comes in a selection of six vibrant colors to suit every
attitude, look and personality with signature design elements pulled from sleek
and slim Galaxy S20 family. Colors include Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint and Cloud Navy. It also features a premium textured haze
effect that minimizes fingerprints and smudges.
Do What You Love
When your phone is at the center of your
life, everything from the design to performance should be a great experience. Samsung
equipped the Galaxy S20 FE with an advanced processor to enable a seamless
experience. The Galaxy S20 FE is the perfect device for fluid scrolling or
watching a video, thanks to its 6.5-inch Infinity-O Super AMOLED screen with a super
smooth 120Hz refresh rate.
The Galaxy S20 FE instantly connects to
the Galaxy ecosystem of products, such as Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watch3 and
Everything You Want, Worry-Free
Samsung equipped the Galaxy S20 FE with
a battery capable of lasting throughout the day. The Galaxy S20 FE’s robust
4,500mAH battery, powerful AP performance and Super-Fast charging ensures you
can keep doing what you love, without a worry about battery life.
And since life can be unpredictable, the
Galaxy S20 FE is water and dust resistant IP68 rated. Better yet, when accidents
happen, you can rest easy knowing Samsung Care+ has got your back, whether you
have a cracked screen.
Technology is always evolving, so Galaxy
users get three generations of Android operating system (OS) upgrades that keep
the Galaxy S20 FE updated with the latest security protection and features
Samsung has to offer.
Starting on October 23, 2020, Galaxy S20 FE will be available throughout
all authorized Samsung stores in Ghana.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20 FE begin on October 9, 2020.
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A radio newscaster, Naa Atswei Oduro, who came into the media spotlight through Accra100. 5FM, has duped her former employer with a tactful scheme and has absconded with huge sums of money.
The newscaster, who is now involved with another radio station, also diverted monies paid for advertisements into her own personal accounts and issued a dud cheque to the former employers, when confronted.
The money involved is more than GHS50,000 and includes revenue from advertisements.
By that act, Naa Atswei, who was seen as one of the voices that earned some appreciable level of respect on the airwaves through Accra100.5 FM, has moved from giving the news to making the news, albeit for the wrong reasons.
Information available to us indicate that it took an audit to detect her nefarious activities, which, from the evidence, revealed a calculated plan by the female broadcaster to redirect money meant for the radio station into her personal accounts for private use.
Impeccable information available to this medium show that following the outcome of the audit, the management of her former employers have now initiated the necessary processes to recoup the money and file criminal charges against Naa Atswei.
She is said to have admitted to the offence after she was confronted, according to our sources but issued a cheque that could not be cashed as part-payment of the money she illegally pocketed.
Also known as Nana Asantewaa Oduro, Naa Atswei was a loved voice on Accra 100.5FM until July this year, when she quit, apparently after it became obvious that her cup was becoming full.
The highly-placed sources say the money in question was revenue from a project that the station was carrying out as well as from other sources.
The sources say after noticing that the money could not be accounted for, management of the station initiated an audit, which later revealed that all those payments were done illegally into Naa Atswei Oduro’s purse.
They added that when she was confronted on the detected fraud, Naa Atswei admitted to the crime but agreed to refund the money.
She is alleged to have written a cheque that covers part of the amount, a cheque that could not be cashed when taken to the bank.
It also raises questions over how she intends to settle the remainder.
Our information show that beyond pocketing company funds illegally, Naa Atswei also used her offer from her current employers to blackmail the former employers into offering her an enhanced package, which she enjoyed but quit nonetheless.
Additional information also reveal that she had been caught in other inappropriate activities that do not speak well of her as a lady while working for her former employers.
In her response, Oduro called the bluff of management of Accra FM, challenging them to seek “legal action if they want.”
“If the company feels I’ve stolen or ran away with their money the law court is there and the police is there and I am in Accra, they can take me there… there was a contract between me and them and I was given GhC50, 000 to buy a car just to let me stay. I even added GhC20, 000 to that amount to buy the car, amounting to GhC70k. After I bought the car I stayed there for close to a month but when I realized things were not working the way I want I decided to leave. All I’m saying is they should have patience for someone to buy the car then they can refund my GhC20, 000 and take the rest.
“They can take legal action if they think I’ve stolen their money… the part about me diverting advert payments into my personal accounts are all lies. I’m even surprised about their position. I think because I left them it didn’t go down with them but they should have patience. All those money they claimed I diverted are my commission on adverts so how do you come back and accuse me of stealing?” Oduro, who now works with Angel FM asked.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) of the Ministry of Communications, in collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group, have nabbed the administrator of the notorious website, empress leak.
Empress Leak is a website known for the publication of
child pornographic and adult sexual content. The website records about 600,000
monthly users who are located in Ghana, Nigeria and the United
The Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
revealed this during a joint press briefing held on Monday August 10, 2020 in
Accra, to announce the arrest of the operator.
Addressing the media, she noted that, an investigation to
clamp down on activities of empress leak was launched after a female Senior High
School student, filed a report on January 6th, 2020, with the Computer
Emergency Response Team (CERT-GH) of the NCSC.
The report by the victim who is below 18 years, was to alert the CERT-GH
team of an uploaded sexually explicit video of her to the website.
The Minister further noted that, preliminary
investigations uncovered information on the website’s registrant information,
associated domain names, email addresses, telephone contacts as well as
residential address of the administrator, Mr. Anderson Ofosuhene
She said “As part of Government’s efforts towards the
protection of Ghana’s cyberspace, the National Cyber Security Centre in 2019
launched a Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Point of Contact (PoC), to provide an effective mechanism
for citizens to report suspected and identified cybercrime and cybersecurity incidents.” The channels are:
Call or send a
message to – 292
NCSC Ghana App on Google Play store or Apple App store
The Minister stated that since the
operationalization of the PoC, the NCSC has received countless cybercrime/cybersecurity
incidents reports from the public. Key among these reports are the publication
of non-consensual intimate images (sextortion), online impersonation, online
fraud, malware attacks, online blackmail, website defacement, among others.
According to her, sextortion and distribution
of sexual images of individuals are gradually becoming a canker in the Ghanaian
cyber space, due to the trusting nature of most Ghanaians.
“Out of a total of 296
cases received by the National CERT between January 1 to June 30, 2020, 27% of
the cases, representing a total of 79 cases, are related to either sextortion,
non-consensual sharing of intimate images or child online abuse”, she added.
She stressed that these criminal acts are perpetrated by
malicious individuals who build acquaintance with unsuspecting victims on
platforms such as social media, dating and adult website through the use of
Explaining how these criminals operate, the Minister
said, victims are coax to either share nude pictures/video of themselves or
perform sexual acts that are secretly recorded. The criminals capitalize on
these recordings to extort monies from victims.
Touching on the provisions of the law, the Hon. Minister explained
that, “Child pornographic content and the act of extortion constitutes criminal
activities under Section 136(1) of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2008 (Act
772) – (c) possesses child pornography in a computer system or on a computer
or electronic record storage medium, commits an offence and is liable on
summary conviction to a fine of not more than 25 penalty units or a term of
imprisonment of not more than10 years or to both, and Section 151 of
Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).”
She added that, “Government and its agencies
are working assiduously to curtail the prevalence of cybercrimes, however,
implored the general public, especially children and young adults to be
cautious of the activities of malicious individuals.”
The Director General of
the CID of the Ghana Police Service, COP Isaac Ken Yeboah, in his address,
mentioned that victims who reach out to the perpetrators of these criminal
activities are compelled to pay between GHS 500 to 1,000 via mobile money.
He revealed that the suspect will be
charged for obscenity, child pornography and extortion.
press briefing was also graced by the National Cybersecurity Advisor, Dr.
Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. George Andah,
Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. Alexander Abban, Director, Cybercrime
Unit, Dr. Gustav Yankson, Chief Director, Mrs. Magdalene Apenteng and others.
The National Cyber Security Centre works closely with
the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group (NCSTWG), which is the
governance body responsible for providing technical direction to the country’s
Few days ago, it was reported a 90-year-old woman was beaten to
death. Cause of why this happened was — she was referred as a witch by
community people as this occurred at Kafaba in the East Gonja
Municipality of the Savannah region.
According to the report, women in the town were heard clearly
refuting allegations that she is a witch as se was pushed down by one of
the women, and beaten mercilessly.
Reacting to this sad and disturbing viral video, TV Africa’s morning
show Presenter Roselyn Felli is against the action of seeing a woman
lynch another over allegations that the 90-year-old woman was a witch.
The Coalition of Event Managers and Suppliers, an interest group of professionals in Ghana’s events ecosystem, are starting a campaign to contribute to ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts.
Named Mask4All, the initiative according to the group, is to help garner support in whichever form towards combating the pandemic.
To this end the group will embark on a massive support drive to mobilize face mask for distribution to the vulnerable while putting out educational material on multiple mediums to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The group says the project ties in to that of one of its key partners, Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s ‘Wear nose Mask’ campaign, launched in April.
Key Media Partner of the initiative, Multimedia Brodcasting Company say they are excited to be a part.
“This is an initiative worth supporting and we are glad to be playing a significant role. This definitely does a lot for the fight against COVID-19,” says Abdulai Awudu, General Manager, Multimedia Broadcasting Company.
Multimedia Broadcasting will support the initiative with Joy Prime TV as the lead as well as Joy FM, Joy News, Adom FM, Hitz FM, Asempa FM and Myjoyonline among others.
Ghana like many countries, continue to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. With infections still climbing up, it has become even more important for initiatives such as this to be supported.
The government of Ghana is still receiving donations for the COVID-19 fund but with more relief needed for affceted persons especially in the area of protective gear, Mask4All is a necessary intervention.
The campaign is also supported by the Creative Arts Council of Ghana.
Fourteen(14) persons are in the grips of the Ashanti Regional Police Command for chasing some illegal miners from a mining site at Ntobroso in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti region, resulting in the death of one.
The group, who had stormed the mining town in two Toyota Prado Land Cruiser vehicles posing as a task force from the Minerals Commission are alleged to have been terrorizing and extorting money and gold from artisanal miners in that area for a long time, but luck eluded them on Wednesday.
One illegal miner died when he fell and drowned in the Offin River while fleeing from the group who had stormed the mining site in their two vehicles clad in security accouterments and wielding guns.
The deceased, popularly known as Nana Addo was a cobbler at Asuoyeboah, a suburb of the Kwadaso Municipality who had gone to the mining area in the company of other young men for greener pastures after he was unable to operate his shop during the 3 week lockdown on the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Angel FM on Thursday, Oboy Emma, a mobile phone seller at Adum Kumasi who was with the deceased hunting for gold when the group stormed the site said the disease fell in the river in his attempt to flee from the fierce group; they were two that jumped into the river but the other survived.
Youth of the Ntobroso town barricaded the road and accosted the group when they tried fleeing after noticing the death of the young man; their two land cruisers were seized and vandalized.
The District Chief Executive for Atwima Mponua, Hon Williams Darko said it took the intervention of the chief of Ntobroso to whisk the group of 14 into his palace for cover before the youth could lynch them.
He indicated that they have been arrested, fourteen in all and handed over to the Ashanti Regional Police Command.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah says the matter is being investigated and whoever falls foul before the law would not be spared after it was suggested to him that the group had links to the government and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Godfred Yeboah Dame, Deputy Attorney-General (AG) and Minister for Justice, has indicated that his predecessor, Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, sought to mix up the terms Public Office and Public Service.
He explained that Article 295 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana defines the two expressions, namely, “Public Office” and “Public Service” differently.
According to the Deputy AG, the only qualification for a person to be a Public Officer is to draw salaries or emoluments out of public funds or the Consolidated Fund.
“Indeed Article 295 of the Constitution defines Public Office to be an office, the emoluments attached to which are paid out of the Consolidated Fund and then the Public Service also defined as any office in the civil service. So, you find that Public Service has broader elements in relation to the narrow definition of a public officer and this imply that there are many categories of public office holders,” he told Paul Adom-Otchere on Good Evening Ghana on Thursday.
He explained further that persons holding career offices in the public service thus retire at the age of 60 as clearly defined in Article 199 of the 1992 Constitution.
“The Constitution has a separate chapter devoted to the Public Services of Ghana and Article 190 (1) defines Public Services, and the first on the list is the Civil Service of government and it goes down to the Judicial Service, the CHRAJ, the Parliament of Ghana, the Audit Service amongst others,” he stated.
He noted that the President has the power under the constitution to appoint all public servants in Ghana. “So, Article 194 states that the power to appoint a person to hold an office in the public service of Ghana, is vested in the president upon the advice of the governing council given in consultation with the Public Service Commission.”
Lawyer Dame stated that the Attorney-General in the Ayine v Amidu case pointed it out that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) falls within the category of persons anticipated under Article 199 which stipulates the retiring ages of public service holders.
He said that Dr Ayine reduced the argument of Martin Amidu’s age into simple terms which implies that a public officer is a public servant and all public servants retire at the age of 60.
“That is a constitutional fallacy because not all public officers are public servants but indeed all public servants are public officers. So, public office has that broad umbrella,” he stressed.
He stated further that the Supreme Court distinguished that the Special Prosecutor, was appointed into the broad public office.
“Martin Amidu is a public officer because his salaries are paid out of the consolidated fund but Parliament in exercise of its powers enacted an Act of Parliament specifically making provisions for the manner of appointment of Martin Amidu,” said the deputy A-G. “The Act of Parliament gave a term of 7 years to the Special Prosecutor to retire.”
Corruption in Ghana has been common since independence.
There is a growing perception in Ghana that government-related corruption is on the rise.
Even though corruption in Ghana is relatively low when compared to other countries in Africa, businesses frequently quote corruption as an obstacle for doing business in the country.
Corruption occurs often in locally funded contracts, companies are subject to bribes when operating in rural areas.
Ghanaians have been occupied in recent weeks by the trial of former government appointees.
Under the administration of former President John Agyekum Kufour, many former government appointees were trailed and jailed on charges of corruption.
Though most of the jailed appointees belong to the opposition, that record of successfully prosecuting corrupt public officials stands unmatched.
Here are 10 previous government appointees that were jailed by the NPP for causing financial loss to the state.
1. Tsatsu Tsikata: Legal luminary and former Ghana National Petroleum Corporation boss, Tsatsu Tsikata was jailed in 2008 for causing financial loss to the state. He was said to have intentionally misapplied GH¢2,000 (20 million old cedis) to acquire shares in Valley Farms. Tsatsu was pardoned by President Kufuor before he exited office.
2. Mallam Issa: The People’s National Convention (PNC) member and former Minister of Youth and Sports was jailed in 2003 when monies that were in his car got missing mysteriously during a Black Stars World Cup Qualifier against Sudan in 2002. The money was $46,000.
3. Dan Abodakpi: In 2007, former Member of Parliament for Keta, Dan Abodakpi was jailed 10 years. sentenced him on three counts of conspiracy, two counts of defrauding, and two counts of willfully causing financial loss of $400,000 to the State.
4. Victor Selormey: The late Victor Selormey was a former deputy Minister of Finance and was accused of conspiring with the then Minister of Trade and Industry, Dan Abodakpi to divert funds of $400,000 meant for a project. But he was sentenced in 2001 for his involvement in the Quality Grain Scandal.
Selormey, who was convicted on all the six counts of defrauding by false pretense, conspiracy, and causing financial loss to the state arrived at the Nsawam Medium Prisons at exactly 4 pm amidst tight security.
5. Kwame Peprah: An Accra High Court sentenced former Finance Minister Kwame Peprah to 4 years in prison in 2003 for his role in the Quality Grain scandal. charged with conspiracy and causing financial loss of 20 million dollars to the State in a rice project at Aveyime in the Volta Region.
6. Abuga Pele: A former National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Abuga Pele was convicted in February 2018 and charged with a six-year jail term for willfully causing a loss of GH¢4.1 million to the state of Ghana.
The court also found Pele guilty of acting in a manner that resulted in the loss of the amount to the state.
The former MP was slapped with a lower sentence because the court held that there “was no evidence that he benefited from the proceeds of the crime.”nal Communications Authority (NCA) was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
He was jailed for his role in a “clandestine” purchase of US$4million cybersecurity equipment.
8. Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie: Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, a former board chairman of the NCA will also serve six years imprisonment for his part in the $4m NCA scandal.
Baffoe-Bonnie received more years because the court held that he personally benefited from the deal to a tune of $200,000.
9. Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman: A former Deputy National Security Coordinator also joined Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and William Tetteh Tevie for willfully causing financial loss of $4m to the state.
Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
The three were found guilty of indulging in acts that led the State to lose the amount in a deal purchase of a cybersecurity surveillance equipment, known as the Pegasus machine, for the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which was sponsored by the NCA.
10. Philip Assibit: Philip Akpeena Assibit, a representative of the Goodwill International Group was jailed to 12 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of causing financial loss to the state.
Assibit will serve 3 years for dishonestly causing financial loss to the state and 12 years for defrauding by false pretense.
The conviction follows 4 years of a legal battle at the High Court, where state prosecutors and defense lawyers for the accused put forward evidence to advance their claims.
Assibit was jailed together with Abuga Pele. The two men were alleged to have connived to defraud the state of some ¢4.1 million but they had pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.