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AFTER THE DEGREE, WHAT NEXT? (1) – Best entrepreneurs in ghana 2012

As we get ready to join the job market in about 3 weeks, what are your plans after school?

Grabbing a job with a multinational company with the opportunity to travel all around the world with a fat salary?

Or starting your own venture after 16 weeks of lectures in entrepreneurship development

If you belong to the former group, here is the list of the best entrepreneurs in Ghana to motivate you irrespective of your programme of study

  • Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong .CEO, ZoomLion Ghana Ltd – Overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Mr Ramcharnd Udharam Mohinani ,Chairman ,Mohinani Group of Companies, Lifetime Entrepreneur Achievement Award ,
  • Sir. Sam Jonah, Executive Chairman, Jonah Capital Ghana and South Africa, Best Ghanaian International Entrepreneur Award.
  • Mr. Bhagwan Khubchandani, Chairman .Melcom Group of Companies, Special Entrepreneur Achievement Award.
  • Dr.Theresa Oppong-Beeko, CEO, Manet Group of Companies, Best Woman Entrepreneur Award
  • Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, CEO, Champion Divine Clinic, Outstanding Entrepreneur Achievement Award,
  • Mr Mike Nyinaku,founder & CEO, Beige Group of Companies, Best Young Entrepreneur Award .Mr.Salem Kalmoni, CEO, Japan Motors Group of Companies, Best Serial Entrepreneur Award,
  • Mr.James Ebo Whyte, CEO, Roverman Productions , Most-Promising Entrepreneur Award,
  • Mr William Ato Essien,CEO, First Capital Plus Savings and Loans Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Banking & Finance Award ,
  • Mr. Kimathi Mawuse Dake, CEO,Jescan Constructions Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Building & Civil Engineering Award ,
  • Rev.Prof. Kingsley E. Larbi,President & CEO, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Best Entrepreneur Education Award ,
  • Dr.Fawzi Wolley,CEO,Kwatsons Group of Companies and Max Mart Shopping mall,Best Entrepreneur Trading & Retailing Award 2011
  • Mr.Macdonald Vasnani,CEO, Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd ,Best Entrepreneur Transport & logistics Award ,
  • Dr. Felix Kwaku Anyah ,CEO, Holy Trinity Medical & Spa Centre. Best Entrepreneur in Health Services Award ,
  • Mr Samuel Amo Tobbin ,CEO.Tobinco Pharmaceutical Group of Companies, Best Entrepreneur in Pharmaceuticals Industry Award ,
  • Mr.Herman Chinery-Hesse,Executive Chairman, The SoftTribe Ltd & BSL Ghana Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Information Communications Technology Award ,
  • Yonny Emmanuel Kulendi, Esq,Managing Solicitor, Kulendi @ Law, Best Entrepreneur Professional Award
  • ,Mr Kennedy Okosun,Chairman, KRIF Ghana Ltd &The Stationery Depot, Best Entrepreneur Office Suppliers & Stationery Award.
  • Mr.Isaac Tetteh,CEO,T.T Brothers Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Food & Beverage Award ,
  • Mr.Sydney Baeta CEO, Expertravel-HRG Ghana ,Best Entrepreneur Travel & Tourism Award
  • Mr.Stephen Osei Akoto,CEO, Mplaza & Mariset hotels ,Best Entrepreneur Hospitality Industry Award ,
  • Mrs Edith Dankwa, Executive Director, Business & Financial Times Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Print Media Award ,
  • Mr. Talal Fatal,CEO, Global Village Group Best Entrepreneur Electronic Media Award ,
  • Mr. Edward Boateng,Executive Chairman ,Global Media Alliance & Silverbird Entertainment , Ghana ,Best Entrepreneur Media Communication & Entertainment Award,
  • Mr Magnus Nunoo CEO, Magvlyn industries ltd, Best Entrepreneur Manufacturing Industry Award.
  • Dr.Fawzi Wolley,CEO,Kwatsons Group of Companies and Max Mart Shopping mall,Best Entrepreneur Trading & Retailing Award ,
  • Mr John Daniel Otoo, CEO,Capital 02 Natural Health Co.Ltd, Best Entrepreneur in Herbal Services Award ,
  • Chief Yaw Kumey,CEO,Y. Kumey International Group limited,Commercial & Property Development Award
  • Nana Odeneho Kyeremanteng Executive Chairman, Comet Properties, Best Entrepreneur Real Estate Development Award.

Brian Dzidefo Dzansi

www.watsuptek.com

 
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Posted by on 23 April, 2012 in FEATURE

 

AFRICA TODAY

AFRICA TODAY

We are in the twenty first century and some of the key concepts associated with this period are civilization and development .If someone behaves in a way that is contrary to a kind of common behaviour in an area, people say, the person is behaving in a weird manner and that, the fellow is not receptive to the changing trends of the world. Usually, if people do not put up behaviours that are expected of them to bring about improvements in their lives, we say, they are not ready to develop. Development is a continuing process. It is like climbing a ladder: it starts from one level and moves to the other. It should not be stagnant; there should be an improvement every time.

When we are making references to past events, we mostly use words like barbaric, colloquial, outmoded, uncivilized, uncouth, blindfolded and a lot of negative indicators to describe the actions of our forefathers. Some local languages have some translations to describe them as ignorant, gullible and malleable among others. Others try to erase their feature as being humans and compared them with some lesser entities.

Mostly, we blame our forefathers probably because of the stories (histories) we have heard about them.Why do we always count on the negativeness of the past generations but do not want to know about some of the creativeness they exhibited? They designed wonderful, life-touching and inspirational songs in various forms without violating any of the integral rules relating to language. They also had amazing historic records showing their might and capabilities. Mind-blowing and creative folktales were not left out coupled with proverbs, idiom and figurative expressions. They had a lot of moral lessons to learn from. They left all these for posterity to help straighten the lives of their descendants.

Generations coming after them are only beneficiaries of the innovative exploits of those ‘we’ claim were not intelligent and civilized like we are. What have we done for ourselves and what are we leaving behind for posterity? How do we feel when a fellow human being is able to come out with inventions which we rely on to give meanings to our livelihood? What perceptions will such people have about us? Since we are not ready to take risk and more importantly, we do not wish to explore, what would have happened if this generation had come into existence before the older generation?What legacy would have been left behind for ‘our’ descendants? Some people have laid the foundation for us making life easier. Instead of us to build upon it to make life more enjoyable, we do not do that. Inferiority complex, selfishness, bribery and corruption, laziness, lack of creativity and other related ill-thoughts constitute the bulk of our cognizance.Africa is endowed with a lot of natural resources more than any other continent but Africans do not see the significance of this and even say, Africans are cursed. How do you feel when raw materials are exported out of Africa cheaply (the buyers even determine the prices) and are transformed into finished products which are imported into African countries at higher prices where the profits accruing from the sales of these finished products are used to develop their countries? We feel there is nothing wrong. We are experts in consuming than in producing. What a shame. How many times do we hear our political leaders, media practitioners, traditional rulers, priests among others entreating Africans to free ourselves from neo-colonialism?

Apart from raw materials, those developed countries also receive imports but they do not feel relaxed. They always wish to explore more into such areas to be able to produce those products to help reduce their spending on imports and to build their countries. Self-redundancy has made us unaware of our voguish potentials, skills and talents. We have chosen to reject the natural gifts of nature and have refused to move forward in life. One may perhaps say we are moving into the civilization years as every day passes by. This may be wrong and may be correct at the same time depending on the approach that a country is taking towards its development.

Our predecessors whom we mostly underrate their level of intelligence, opted for their own products and were willing to improve upon them. They also tried to be innovative as much as possible in all facets of life. Probably, their level of success never reached its peak. Think of how they cured sicknesses and ailments, how they got their names and once again how they came about with proverbs, idioms and its related forms.

If we claim that we are in the twenty first century and for that matter, we are civilized, then our pragmatic steps towards development should be unveiled and should reflect in the way we think and act. As Africans, we should add value to ourselves, realize our potentials, utilize our resources effectively, and should be ready to leave footprints behind. When this happens, other people across the world will have respect for Africans. In that regard, Africa will never be belittled in any way.

It is of no significance to boast of someone’s past achievements or depending solely on what other people have done. Productive things should come out of us and with this; we can boast of something and be proud of ourselves. Total self-sufficiency is unattainable.Therefore; we should be inter-dependent but should not be dependent on other nations. If we feel we are in the ‘computer age’ and therefore we should drive in‘nice cars’, have exotic drinks, wear fine and fashionable clothing, eat continental dishes among others, then we should also learn how to come about with such products or we should invent other things that will be exclusive to us to be used locally and some for export to improve our economies. We should further explore other fields of study to avoid unpleasant and pathetic situations where high profile contracts like extraction of oil and other construction works are left in the hands of foreigners. The proceeds accruing from such contracts are used in developing their respective countries. When Africans have such opportunities, the profits will still remain in the country thereby helping to develop our own countries.

Whatever the mind can conceive, man can achieve, therefore, let us work assiduously with determination and perseverance. Having this in mind, we have met success half-way.

OPPONG MARFO EDWARD – FOCUS FM, KNUST, KUMASI

 
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Posted by on 20 April, 2012 in FEATURE

 

THE ASANTEHENE OTUMFUO OSEI TUTU II HAS CAUTIONED STUDENTS AGAINST EMBEZZLEMENT

THE ASANTEHENE OTUMFUO OSEI TUTU II HAS CAUTIONED STUDENTS AGAINST EMBEZZLEMENT

The Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has cautioned student leaders to behave themselves with regards to how they manage the affairs of the respective institutions they represent. He was much particular about how some SRC executives embezzle funds which bring about delays in policy implementation.

He made this assertion on Friday, April 13, when speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the first phase of the KNUST SRC Hostel which has been named after him.

He bemoaned the practice whereby some student leaders take up leadership positions as platforms to enrich themselves.

The Asantehene added that, the SRC Hostel project which kick started in 1999, was to be completed in a period of about two or three years but has taken about thirteen years before nearing completion. He attributed this to the fact that, most student leaders embezzle funds.

He said “along the line, I heard about some SRC members messing up with the money and all that: during the interim. I felt like from 1999/2000 up to this stage, when it was started, the old idea was for us to have completed this within a period of about two years or three years and it did continue to about thirteen years for us to be commissioning this. I still will say, I appreciate the contribution of students but we have to caution ourselves that, we come to school to discipline ourselves and to learn the trade of discipline and therefore, when we are charged with the responsibilities, we have to behave ourselves regarding how we manage our affairs.”

He further added that, he is aware of the difficulties students go through and gave the assurance that, all efforts will be made to ensure that, those issues are addressed accordingly. The Asantehene admitted that KNUST can much up to any university in the world and therefore, he deems it necessary to put up every effort to support the University.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. William Otoo Ellis, stated that the university has rules which governs it and will be enforced to the latter .He added that, every student’s main aim is to study therefore, any student who falls  foul to the regulation of the university will be punished accordingly.

OPPONG MARFO EDWARD, FOCUS FM, KNUST

 
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Posted by on 20 April, 2012 in KNUST

 

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Europe

ImageBurma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is planning to travel abroad for the first time in 24 years, officials say.

The Norwegian foreign ministry said she was expected to visit Norway in June.

A spokesman from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party also told the BBC that she would visit the UK – but this has yet not been confirmed by London.

The Nobel laureate spent years under house arrest while Burma was ruled by a military junta.

She has previously refused to leave Burma for fear that she would not be allowed to return.

The exact dates of her travel – which would be her first outside Burma since 1988 – have not been confirmed.

British Prime Minister David Cameron invited Aung San Suu Kyi to visit when he met her last week in Burma, where a new civilian government is undertaking a process of reform that has been welcomed by the international community.

Reports from Burma say Aung San Suu Kyi is yet to receive a passport she has requested ahead of the planned trips.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s willingness to travel abroad shows her growing confidence in the reform process and Burma’s President Thein Sein, the BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Thailand reports.

The choice of Norway as the first country to visit is a natural one, as Ms Suu Kyi still has to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded back in 1991, our correspondent adds.

 

 
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Posted by on 18 April, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

India to test fire long-range missile

ImageIndia is due to test fire a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The locally-developed Agni-V missile has a range of more than 5,000km (3,100 miles) and is expected to be launched in the eastern state of Orissa.

Analysts say the Agni (meaning “fire” in Hindi and Sanskrit) missile family is to be the cornerstone of India’s missile-based nuclear deterrent.

The missiles are among India’s most sophisticated weapons.

In 2010, India successfully test-fired Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a range of more than 2,000km (1,250 miles).

 
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Posted by on 18 April, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Ken Agyapong’s comment inexcusable, indefensible – Akoto Ampaw

There appears to be some division among members of the National Media Commission (NMC) on what position to adopt about the alleged treasonable comments by the Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, George Sarpong, Tuesday refused to specifically condemn the comments widely denounced by political parties and civil society organizations.

There have been calls for the NMC to do same, but in an interview with Joy News Mr. Sarpong refers to an NMC statement that adopts a general approach and says nothing about Kennedy Agyepong’s comments.

But, a member of the commission and renowned lawyer, Akoto Ampaw holds a different view.

He believes the comments by Kennedy Agyepong deserve specific and outright condemnation.

He told Joy News: “Personally speaking, I think his comments are completely inexcusable and indefensible.

“And even if he had reasons to be provoked, those reasons do not in anyway justify the kind of inflammatory language he used, to the extent that that statement incites people to violence, it ought to be condemned.

 

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Posted by on 18 April, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

THE WORLD BANK BOSS

Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His selection Monday extends the U.S. hold on the top job at the 187-nation development agency.
Kim, a surprise nominee of President Barack Obama, was selected Monday in a vote by the World Bank’s 25-member executive board. He’ll succeed Robert Zoellick, who’s stepping down after a five year term.
Developing nations waged an unsuccessful challenge to Kim, 52, a physician and pioneer in treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in the developing world.
Kim’s selection marks a break from previous World Bank leaders who were typically political, legal or economic figures. The World Bank raises money from its member nations and borrows from investors to provide low-cost loans to developing countries.
Developing countries had put forward two candidates for the post — Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.

Kim will begin a five-year term in July. Born in South Korea, Kim is an American who moved to the United States with his family at age 5. His selection extends the tradition of Americans leading the World Bank dating to the institution’s founding in 1944.
Kim was in Lima, Peru, on Monday — the latest stop in a global tour that has taken him to Africa ,Asia and Latin America to try to build support among developing countries.
He and the other candidates were interviewed by the World Bank’s board last week. In his statement to the board, Kim said he had worked throughout his career for “reform and change” and would continue those efforts at the World Bank.
Obama’s announcement March 23 that Kim would be the U.S. nominee for the World Bank post came as a surprise. His name had not been mentioned as a possible candidate. Since 2009, Kim has been president of Dartmouth College.
Kim’s nomination had won widespread praise because of his extensive experience in working to improve health in the poorest countries. In the 1990s, Kim defied skeptics to find a cost-effective way to fight tuberculosis in the slums of South America. He also began a program that has treated millions of Africans for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

 
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Posted by on 17 April, 2012 in Uncategorized