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ECOBANK, others light up Accra for Christmas

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The project, dubbed “Light Up The City 2021” was executed by Jandel and Mullen-Lowe, and also has other corporate organizations such as MTN, Unilever, Duraplast, Absa, Access Bank, FBN Bank, The Enterprise Group, Qualiplast, Wire Weaving Industries, and a few others.

This is the third edition of Lighting Up The City, and Ecobank has always been part of the project, aimed at creating a bright and exciting atmosphere in the city at night during the festive season.

This year’s Light Up The City, which will benefit Accra and Kumasi, has been taken a notch higher in terms of the designs and reach, to restore some brightness and joy to Ghanaians, after having gone through a difficult year due to Covid-19.
Dan Sackey – Ecobank Ghana MD

In a speech read on his behalf, Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, Dan Sackey drew a line between “Light Up The City” and Ecobank’s digital banking service, saying that everyone need their phones to light up before they can access Ecobank’s digital banking services, so the bank saw it fit to always be part of the project to light up the city.

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He said “As a leading financial services provider, Ecobank has a lot to be thankful for this year. This is because, in spite of the many devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, we have continued to remain one of the leading and topmost performing banks in Ghana.”

According to him, its digital banking platform, Ecobank Mobile App has been the main driving force behind its sterling performance during the pandemic year because through the platform, it was able to to provide convenient solutions to the market.

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“We do this in the hope that every individual can easily open and operate a bank account, make payments and send remittances to other people, on the back of the numerous self-service solutions deployed by the bank. Everyone can do this without visiting any of the bank’s branches” he said. “You are encouraged to do this remotely, especially, in these times of COVID-19, when we are grappling with the new variant, Omicron.”

Dan Sackey said Ecobank’s diigital banking service is also available *770# on any registered SIM, adding that it is seamless and hustle-free, thereby bringing convenience to all.

He urged all Ghanaians to “commit to adopting the habit of buying and selling online and, most importantly, making all payments and funds transfers electronically.”
Henry Quartey – Greater-Accra Regional Minister

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Greater-Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, who has in recent times been in the news for his aggressive and strategic approach to beautifying the capital city and ensuring discipline, noted that the “Light Up The City” Project is a key component of the “Operation Clean Your Frontage” campaign launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure citizens took responsibility for cleaning, greening and beautifying their immediate surroundings.

He said currently, Ghanaians are enjoying a grace period, but come January 1, 2022, the by-law to back the Clean Your Frontage initiative will kick in and anyone found culpable will face the full rigors of the law.

The Regional Minister also announced that, the same by-law is designed to ensure that all automated tricycles (popularly known as Aboboyaa) would be limited to specific communities per the number plates they use, and anyone found operating outside of their designated area of operation will be prosecuted.

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Henry Quartey also assured Ghanaians that the law will also be strictly enforced to ensure that motorbike riders wear the right gear and also obeyed traffic rules just like all other vehicles on the road.

Currently, motorbike riders in Accra and Kumasi, in particular, have no regard for road signs and traffic lights. The ride on road shoulders and on the middle line of roads just to beat traffic, and when they get to the traffic light they just ride on even when the light is red.

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But government has acquired new and faster motorbikes for the police to make it possible to chase down and arrest violators of the by-law beginning January 1, 2022.

Meanwhile, CEO of Jandel, Afi Amoro said this year’s Light Up The City will have a special feature, which is a float on December 31, 2021. It will start from various parts of the city and all the teams will end at the Nationalism Park where there is be a festive occasion for all to enjoy.

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Charles Inojie: #MakeWeHalla movement shows it’s time to change culture of silence around domestic violence in Nigeria

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 Nollywood actor and director Charles Inojie has opened up what inspired he and actor Ali Nuhu to create the #MakeWeHalla movement against domestic violence.

In a recent interview with Wazobia FM, Inojie noted that he wanted to use his platform to change the culture of silence around domestic violence, and he realized that the way to do it was to make noise.

“When we all keep quiet, the abuser, perpetrator of this act of abuse seems confident to do more. But when we speak up and against the abuse without being violent, it sends a signal to the perpetrator that he should desist.”

Inojie continued, “This evokes what prompted myself and Ali to decide to join our voices for this matter. We thought about it and arrived at the fact that we all are guilty if we continue to keep quiet, and watch domestic abuse happen around us. “Make We Halla” is actually a call to action to everybody around to say “if you see something that is bad, speak out and do not keep quiet.”

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Ali Nuhu and Inojie recently teamed up in a viral video, “Make We Halla”, that has continued to make waves on social media. In the video, the two friends start banging on their plates in a restaurant in an attempt to call out the domestic violence they witness. Other patrons join in on the halla in a moving display of solidarity, and the violence stops.

The two film stars have gone a step further to start the #MakeWeHalla challenge that has seen celebrities like Wumi Toriola, Kiki Bakare, and Tosin Olaniyan, and many other fans jump on the #MakeWeHalla train and lend their voice.

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Explaining the challenge during his interview, Inojie said, “We’ve been overwhelmed by how much support we’ve seen in this movement. It just shows how much we need this conversation. People have spoken up, shared their stories, and most importantly, committed to “Halla” whenever they see domestic violence.”

He continued, “The #MakeWeHalla challenge for everyone is very easy. Just go Tiktok or Instagram. Almost everybody is now on Tiktok, almost everybody is on Instagram. Take your phone. It’s easy. No rules, just halla your way. Anyhow, you deem fit to add your voice in raising awareness against domestic violence is welcome. Halla, talk am. Or if you feel like “I am someone that is shy’, you can go to the videos already uploaded -whether my own oo, or Ali’s own – you can duet. Just post with the hashtag #MakeWeHalla. And the beautiful thing is that joining in the challenge to create more awareness even gets you a reward. The best Halla video will collect brand new iphone 12..”

Going further, he said, “The hashtag is very important so that we can see the video. The hashtag is #MakeWeHalla. If you like, tag Ali or tag myself and for the prize we have, the middle of May will be the finale.”

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When asked about his motivations for “Make We Halla”, Inojie also revealed how an incident he witnessed as a young man further changed his mindset about the need to always speak up when domestic violence is witnessed.

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“By myself, as a little boy, I have seen one who, till today, lost one eye to domestic violence. That time, many of us could have done something in that same compound but we felt like we were concerned about it, because they are a couple and they will sort themselves out. So, all of those things are what we refer to as silent bystanders, passive. People just say “Wetin concern me?” or ignore and move on with their lives and in little time, major damage would have been caused. This has led to several innocent children losing their mothers and some becoming orphans. Hence, we say no to domestic violence, it shouldn’t thrive in our midst or our society. Let’s see a way, a movement to call people to action saying don’t keep quiet when you see domestic violence, no matter where it happens, no matter who it happens to, speak out but not in a violent way. Let’s Make We Halla!”, Inojie encouraged.

Links to #MakeWeHalla Challenge entries:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5bzgAhqf5w/?igsh=MXZ6Y2d0dmdjcHpwdg%3D%3D

https://www.tiktok.com/@jire_ogunleye/video/7361394106943245573?lang=en

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Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

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Segun Daniel Ogedengbe is a versatile Nigerian actor, movie producer, and skit maker with a rich portfolio of work in the entertainment industry.

Born on August 22, 1996, he is a graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

As a producer, Segun has spearheaded the creation of several acclaimed movies, including “Omo Jeje,” “Oba Korope,” “Agbara Eje,” “Ayo (The Scores),” and “Emi Ni.” In addition to his work behind the scenes, he has showcased his acting talent in films such as “Peregun,” “EMILOJU,” and “Labalaba,” among others.

Segun’s creativity extends to skit making, where he has produced engaging content such as “Idan,” “The Herbalist,” and “Trap,” featuring popular actors like Okele and Solaibi Gaji. Collaborating with other versatile Nollywood actors.

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Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

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After successful London premiere, Aiyefele Movie to screen in all major cinemas across lagos from May 3rd (Photos)

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On Friday 5th April 2024, Double Tees Productions premiered and screened the movie Aiyefele at the iconic Odeon Imac Cinema in Greenwich London.

The premiere red carpet was graced by hosts of Nollywood celebrities, from one of the lead actors Biola Adebayo, Bimbo Oshin. To celebrity guests Rykado Agbor and a host of others.

Aiyefele Movie (A Community on the Brink) is a riveting feature film that follows the journey of a community always on the brink of desolation; it struggles to find a cure for the plague killing its citizens as its beliefs and practices conflict with the new faith brought by missionaries. The people are threatened by a self-destructive culture,
assaulted by an endemic disease and oppressed by some evil forces until an unexpected visitor arrives to lead them from the drumbeats of sorrow to a vibrant tune of freedom.

Aiyefele features a respected ensemble cast in the industry, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Lara Aiyeomoni and Akinola Akano. It is directed by
the award-winning Seun Olaiya.

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Set in 18th Century Nigeria and England, Aiyefele takes its audiences on an emotional journey of sacrifice, reflection, and redemption.
Executive Producers are Toyin Moore and Omotayo Utomi.

Feedback from the Premiere in London has been hugely positive, with the audience describing the movie as interesting, funny, emotional, with a wow effect and an immersive experience.

AIYEFELE Movie will be showing at Bluepictures cinema in City Mall Lagos from Friday 3rd May 2024.

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Check out pictures from the London Premiere below.

 

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