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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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Davido Reacts To WhatsApp New Feature That Will Allow WhatsApp Users To Control People Who Can See When They Are Online.

Nigerian Afrobeat Award-winning artist David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has reacted to Whatsapp’s new features that will allow users to control who can see when they are online.

The singer uses his social media page to react to certain impending privacy modifications that WhatsApp, a popular messaging program, would shortly roll out.

Recall, The ETA’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that WhatsApp will now have new security features.

He said that Meta will soon roll out a function that would stop Facebook group exit announcements.

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Christy O reveals who she thinks will win BBNaija 2022

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Christy O, the recently evicted BBNaija season seven housemate, says Phyna is likely to win the show because “she has so much energy”.

The entrepreneur was evicted from the ‘Level Up’ edition on Sunday alongside Cyph — after two weeks on the show.

In an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the host, the 23-year-old reflected on her stint on the show and plans for the future.

Asked who she thinks will win this year’s edition of the show, she said: “I don’t know about the other house, but talking from mine while on the show, I’m rooting for Phyna. She has a lot of energy.”

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On her eviction, Christy O said she was still trying to find her feet on the show when she was sent packing from the house.

“It was more of the whole lockdown thing. My body started reacting to water and I was like oh my God, I’ll be on national TV and because I’m light-skinned, it’s very easy to see my body clearly,” she said.

“Even though Big Brother took care of that, it wasn’t the way I wanted my skin to be…so the first week, I was out there but not really out there.”

The entrepreneur also spoke on her budding friendship with PharmSavi, fellow housemate, and why she cannot date him.

Christy O described the 27-year-old pharmacist, born Saviour Akpa, as a “confused person” who doesn’t know what he wants, adding that he is not straightforward.

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“I think PharmSavi has intentions for me but he is not one of those straightforward guys. I kept saying he’s confused because this minute he’s like I want slim lady, then the minute, he will say something else,” she said.

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“I wouldn’t have agreed if he made his intentions known because he’s not straightforward. I like straightforward and intentional guys.”

 

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Kizz Daniel apologises to Tanzanians, promises free show for fans

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Nigerian music star Kizz Daniel has apologised to Tanzanian music fans for failing to show up at a Summer Amplified Show.

Str8up Vibes organised the event.

The organisers of the Summer Amplified Show in Tanzania arrested the Buga hitmaker for failing to perform at the well-publicised show on Sunday night.

The singer’s absence angered fans who came to see him perform, causing them to thrash the show’s venue.

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In an interview session with radio personality Daddy Freeze, the show promoter Steven Uwa said that Kizz Daniel opted out of the show because the airline he flew with did not bring all his baggage.

The show promoter revealed that Kizz Daniel was booked for $60,000.

He also revealed that he spent nothing less than $300,000 on the show because it was a premium event.

He also lamented the flimsy reason the singer gave after he failed to perform and explained why he got him arrested.

Apologies

Addressing a press conference in Tanzania, Kizz Daniel said he had agreed with Str8up Vibes that the show must go on.

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“We agreed to put up a show on Friday. A free show. So, I will be partnering with Str8up Vibes.

Also, I must apologise to the fans. None of this was intentional. I love my job. Mainly, I love performing.

“I didn’t mean to disrespect the fans. It was never intentional. I wanted to perform. I came to Tanzania to perform, but due to some circumstances way over my power, we couldn’t make that happen.

“I apologise once again to the people of Tanzania, and I hope you guys give me another chance to give you a show, to give you a proper show, a beautiful show,” the ‘Buga’ crooner said.

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Reasons for absence

Explaining the reason behind his missing the show, Kizz Daniel said when he arrived in Nairobi from Kampala, the plane he was supposed to fly in (connecting flight) had already departed.

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He then stayed in Nairobi for eight hours and got a connecting flight at 8:30 p.m.

Upon arriving in Dar es Salaam, he said he discovered that some of his belongings had been forgotten.

“The organisers assured me we’d get other equipment. We arrived at the hotel at 9 p.m. and sent my band to the hall to practice.

“Unfortunately, the band failed because the fans had already entered the venue.

“I tried contacting the designers here to get clothes. When I decided to leave the venue, I was told it was unsafe already. The fans got angry”.

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“We agreed with the organisers that we will apologise to the fans and organise another show.

“On the second day, news spread and the police followed me to the hotel, not to arrest me but to question me about what happened,” he said.

 

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