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Who we are Welcome to the maiden edition of Which Ghana, the first and only definitive consumer magazine totally dedicated to the masses of Ghanaian Consumers who need information about many different products and services that are available throughout the country. Information is Knowledge, and knowledge is Power. We believe in the need of our readers to convert information into Publishers Delta3 International Business Services – Publisher Director General Dele Editor-in-Chief Eric Editor Eric, Edna

Contents 04 Content & publisher's 04 Ghana top ten information

message 06 Editor's Products & services – flying the flag for ghana consumers

Advertising & Creative Agents Graphic Design Roger Kelly If you are interested in Advertising win Which Ghana, Or order for bulk magazine Supplies please contact us at: sales@whichghana.com Tel: 0271 352 439 0r 0244 112 701 If calling from abroad, dial 00233 271 352 439 Or 00233 244 112 701 For international enquiries, Please contact: Editor@whichghana.com Or 0044 208 265 1341 “If you are a budding writer or Photographer and Ghana is Your inspiration, then email: features@whichghana.com Your article or photo could be Chosen to feature in next Month's issue” Website: www.whichghana.com

productive knowledge. As such the magazine will feature well written consumer focused articles, lots of tips and advertisements on a quarterly basis. We will source listings from a wide range of consumer areas such as Hotels, Restaurant, Shopping, Property, Travel, Airlines, Tourism, Mobile Telecommunications, Education, Business, Banking, Entertainment, Sport, etc, in a fresh modern format and in form of Advertisement from owners of products and services throughout Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.

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What's on your mind?

13 Business

– article the african way of doing business

15 The world's most

corrupt countries

18 Travel & transport – how to get a free flight upgrade

23 the richest pastors in africa?

23 The police: our

friends or friends of criminals?

23 education

– why is it so expensive in ghana?

04 Trade shows in

ghana & nigeria

04 The rise of

afrobeats in london

04 Action aids – Ghana

04 Back to our root

project – an initiative of london elite forum (LEF)

04 Consumer

resources in ghana

04 Nigerians are still

the most optimistic people in the world.


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Information is Knowledge, and knowledge is Power. We believe in the need of our readers to convert information into productive knowledge. As such the magazine will feature well written consumer focused articles, lots of tips and advertisements on a quarterly basis. We will source listings from a wide range of consumer areas such as Hotels, Restaurant, Shopping, Property, Travel, Airlines, Tourism, Mobile Telecommunications, Education, Business, Banking, Entertainment, Sport, etc, in a fresh modern format and in form of Advertisement from owners of products and services throughout Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. The Vision of Which Ghana is to be the Voice of millions of Ghanaian Consumers through out the country. Our magazine will give valuable information and knowledge to millions of Ghanaian consumers at home in Ghana as well as people coming from abroad.

Unlike other magazines that have been providing information, Which Ghana exists to give million of Ghanaian Consumers key knowledge required to get the best for themselves and their family & friends Consumer Focus - We focus on consumer issues and ensuring you have the knowledge to make the right choices, whether that's by reviewing Products / Services or by Articles / Editorials. We are very unique in this sense as we are the only magazine solely dedicated to consumer issues and consumer affairs in Ghana. Voice of Ghana Consumers – All great countries such UK and USA has consumer guides / magazines. Which Ghana is the first and only definitive Guide to Consumer Information in Ghana. It exists to tackle the issues that matter to all consumers; it is the voice of the masses and the consumers in Ghana and West Africa as a whole! Uniqueness - Which Ghana is not another lifestyle magazine, it is not another Business or Tourist directory; Which Ghana is a consumer affairs magazine, in a simple and friendly format. This is the first and only definitive consumer magazine in Ghana. Fascinating articles – When was the last time you read a fascinating article in a magazine? On a quarterly basis, Which Ghana magazine will feature fascinating, well written consumer focused articles, with lots of tips that will give valuable information to millions of Ghanaian consumers. National Coverage & Wide Distribution network – The magazine will be made Which Ghana - Consumer platform Magazine

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available at key locations such as Airports, Accra Mall, All major travel agents, Hotels, Restaurants, Woolworths Store, Koala, etc. The Magazine will also be distributed to offices, Banks and other key locations in Ghana. However, Which Ghana is not just limited to Accra; it will also be made available to the masses of consumers throughout the regional capitals of West Africa and throughout the regions of the country, thus ensuring national and international coverage.

back while being affiliated with a brand such as Which Ghana. You will be known as an accredited business to Ghanaians and visitors alike, receive vital updates, be invited to networking events where you will meet like minded people with the same interest as you (doing well in business).

In conclusion, it was the great Samuel Johnson who said and I quote “Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.....Step inside Knowledge is freely On a quarterly basis, copies of the available” magazine will be made available for the benefit of the business community, policy makers, professional bodies and associations, libraries, Trade shows & Events.

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International Circulation - Which Ghana will be available in Ghanaian Missions and Consular offices in ten key countries such as UK, USA, China, Nigeria, South Africa, France, Holland, Germany, UAE and Malaysia; thus making information available to consumers even before they arrive in Ghana. Further, there are plans to make the magazine available on major airlines flying between Ghana and all the 10 key countries listed above. Online - Which Ghana will also be available online in a readable and downloadable format. Product & Services Review – Ultimately Which Ghana will be the authoritative consumer affairs magazine for Ghana. We will review products/services and offer independent advice on a wealth of subjects, with a view to getting better products and services for the consumers. Business Accreditation - Here at Which Ghana we believe that consumer focus is a huge part of a growing business and organisation, being able to gage your place in the market through consumer feed Which Ghana - Consumer platform Magazine


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Empowering the Ghanaian Consumer

The Need for Strong, Efficient Consumer Protection Laws

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eing a Third-World country, the problems of consumers in Ghana are more related to the provision of essential services such as drinking water, sanitation, education and health care, than the market-related ones. Like other Third-World countries, most of the policies in Ghana today, are consumers, producers or service providers linked to the Millennium-Development in the respective buying and selling of Goals set by the United Nations. products or services and the effective control of the marketplace by the Over the years, several businesses have government through the enforcement of sprung up in response to the needs of a laws and regulations, the promotion of diverse population resulting in growing standards and the dissemination of economic empowerment. A common trait consumer information and education.’ however seems to be exhibited by businesses within the country, and in the It must be noted however, that consumer sub-region – the focus of these businesses protection is not a one-way street and seems to dwell solely on the provision of requires consumers to act responsibly. No goods and services without taking so much quantum of protection can secure into account the actual needs of the irresponsible consumers! This preconsumer. This has therefore been an issue supposes that for consumer protection to of dispute among service providers and be effective, consumers must be aware of their rights and responsibilities, be consumers. responsible in the exercise of their rights, as Consequently, it is increasingly becoming a well as be aware of the ethical general focus and appeal for consumer consequences of their consumption. protection societies in most countries to Producers and Service Providers must also push for the enactment of, and the bear the consequences of selling shoddy enforcement of consumer protection laws. goods and services, be ethical in the Currently in Ghana, several agencies conduct of their business. Government including the Consumer Protection Agency must also regulate the marketplace through have been established with the sole aim of policy, laws and regulations. In addition, fighting for the interest of the consumer but government must exercise its responsibility of promoting standards, Consumer sadly enough, they are all non-functional! Education and Consumer Protection Consumer Protection is a process that through other supporting agencies. involves consumers, service providers, producers and the government in blending Most often, the actions of educated roles and responsibilities. Thus, as consumers and responsible businesses are proposed by the Consumer Partnership, highly effective in minimizing the harm Consumer Protection refers to, 'the caused by shoddy services and unsafe responsible ethical behaviour of products, usually done in a manner that

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poses the least obstacles to business. Consumer protection laws must also give special attention to the basic needs of the disadvantaged, in both rural and urban areas, including low-income groups, and those with very low levels of literacy. It must clearly spell out the rights of consumers and the responsibilities of suppliers of goods or services. It must regulate all aspects of the purchasing cycle for goods and services, from advertising or marketing of products, sale of goods, full disclosure of product or service information to consumers, the terms and conditions of contracts and after-sales services including the respect of guarantees and warranties, refund and return policies. Responsible businesses go to considerable lengths to ensure that products marketed are safe and that, consumers are provided with sufficient information to use products safely. Many Ghanaian consumers take for granted the need to educate themselves about the safety of products purchased.

cutting, rights-based approach to the development of a single, comprehensive legal framework for consumer protection. It must cover enough grounds to the extent of providing for future innovative business fraud schemes and unfair trade practices. The Ghana Consumer Protection Law must integrate the universally accepted consumer rights with reference to the eight specific consumer rights which include Basic needs, Safety, Information, Choice, Representation, Redress, Consumer Education, and Healthy Environment. Until the Ghanaian consumer starts enjoying the listed consumer rights, there is no consumer focus. If we are building, we ought to build it right! As a country, let us embrace the policies that would contribute to the progress and development we all desire. The backbone of every nation and every economy is founded on fullyfunctional policies. Our policies ought to address the needs of consumers!

Developing countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Botswana, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa have moved towards a comprehensive rights-based approach through legislation for consumer protection, guided by the UN Guidelines for consumer protection under the themes of Physical Safety, Economic Interests, Standards, Essential Goods and Services, Redress, Education and Information, and Health. Even countries with enacted Consumer Protection Laws, consumers are yet to know its contents fully. As constitutions of countries have evolved to reflect a citizens' rights-based approach, so are consumer protection laws. The Consumer Protection Law for Ghana must move beyond mere consolidation of scattered sectoral laws and regulations to defining and reforming consumer rights within the various laws of Ghana, as well as fair trading regulations. This will ensure an easily-accessible, consumer-friendly, cross-

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What's On Your Mind? Submit a Complaint or Review Which Ghana is a private, non-govermental entity that empowers consumers by providing a forum for their complaints and a means for them to be contacted by our writers if their complaints have merit. Your complaints and comments may be investigated by us, published or shared with other readers of the magazine. Your complaints may also be published on web site. Please be accurate and fair in your comments. Remember, you are responsible for what you write, so please type carefully -- and please, don't use all capital letters. We do not publish your identity but must have it for our records. If your complaint is published, only your first name will be used on our Web site. See privacy policy for more information. Reports become the property of Which Ghana and may be published, edited or discarded at our sole option. If you have any complaints or you want to submit a review or pictures, please visit our web site: www.whichghana.com

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Here at Which Ghana we believe that consumer focus is a huge part of a growing business and organization, being able to gage your place in the market through consumer feed back while being affiliated with a brand such as Which Ghana. You will be known as an accredited business to Ghanaians and visitors to Ghana, receive vital updates, be invited to networking events where you will meet like minded people with the same interest as you (doing well in business). For more information please visit our website: www.whichghana.com


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African way of doing business

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ave you ever encountered a trader or any sort of business man or woman who left you wondering why they were into business? Have you ever been badly treated or rudely addressed in the course of a business transaction? Have you ever had to witness a trader mistreat a customer for no reason? Have you ever encountered a marketer who seemed not to have enough information on the product being marketed? Quite sadly, that is the African way of doing business!

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Clearly on our continent, the statement: “The customer is always right�, means nothing to most business enterprises and entities. Most of our businesses lack the fundamentals of any business enterprise which is good customer care. No consumer focus whatsoever! These trends exist in our schools, hospitals, banks, mundane politics, and even churches! Yes, rather sadly, even our churches have no consumer focus! In schools, students are the customers. In hospitals, patients! In the world of politics, the electorate! In banks, the client and in our churches, the congregation! Clearly, in all sectors of our economy, the issue of how we conduct our businesses always comes up as a top of discussion. This is because it directly affects us. It directly affects our daily life activities. Reliability is the number one disease killing most businesses in Africa, hence the slogan- African punctuality! African time! The usual operating hours quoted by most businesses are mere formalities. In truth, there is no strict adherence to their operating hours. A visit to various institutions or businesses, both private and public will reveal that. Even in our hospitals and other emergency-related services, the same trends exist. For others, poor delivery is their bane. Deadlines are usually not met; goods and services are usually not delivered. In our businesses in Africa, disappointment is the usual theme! Most businesses also operate without any clear policies for the average consumer! A number of businesses usually fail to provide consumers with the right information. Consumers are mostly fed with false information. The quality of goods and services often advertised or marketed is not what is usually delivered. No value for money! Most businesses usually have no useful alternatives either. Consequently, consumers are forced to

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accept whatever goods or services exist. In the event of problems or setbacks, the response of these businesses to the woes of the consumer is undesirable, if any!

Even if the focus of a particular business is to serve animal products, it is humans who patronize and not animals! Businesses are operated to serve the needs of the consumer. However insignificant a

transaction may be, it counts in Contrary to what we the world of business. What witness back home in In our businesses then becomes the essence of Africa, the story in the in Africa, any business if customers are western and most driven ignored? African developed countries is disappointment businesses take things for completely different. Most is the usual theme! granted! Most people operate businesses have clear their businesses as if rendering policies that ensure excellent delivery of goods and services to customers a favour. What we fail to the advantage of the consumer. acknowledge is the fact that the customer Consumers are usually provided with puts food on our table and pays our bills. information on their rights and entitlements That is the reality! by service providers and other businesses. Armed with this information, consumers Why should anyone operate any business know what to expect and hence make their which basically involves consumer demands in the event of any setback or interaction when they are not cut out for non-compliance. Back home, all people that? Should the consumer not come first? feel is regret for ever stepping foot into a business premise based on the treatment As a continent, our general attitude towards received. Our local businesses force our work is the main retardant to our themselves on their customers! Customers growth and development. Clearly, I am are forced to accept whatever services or talking about our businesses but this cuts goods they receive without any complaints. across all customer-related businesses. No tolerance whatsoever! Even with businesses that operate customer-care services, accessing these For some businesses, an enquiry should services usually prove arduous. The irony of mean a patronage! Others do not even pay it all is that, the very institutions established attention to the needs of their customers. All to ensure that the consumer obtains his or they care about is profitability. Others are her money's worth are all non-functional! also into classification! They look out for Most consumer protection agencies have customers who look presumably affluent failed consumers! They are equally guilty of and channel all their energies towards the very crime they have been established treating such really well, usually using all to combat! They have failed to provide their persuasion skills. You will marvel at the consumers with the necessary information praises that will be sung! For those whose in accessing goods or services. No appearance tells otherwise, forget it! What standards of operation have been spelt-out most business owners fail to recognize is or provided. Those rules that exist are not that, however insignificant a person may readily available or not made known to seem, they all count in the world of business consumers since no proper education has especially if a transaction is made in the been made. Over the years, in our end. mundane politics, the continent has encountered a remarkable number of Can a business exist without consumers? failed leadership. Yes, our politicians keep

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failing because; they fall short of addressing the needs of their electorates! In Africa, the number cause of our underdevelopment is as a result of our failure to go by our laws and policies. Our structures are non-functional. The citizenry is not informed. Those well-informed chose to look the other way. Others also fail to demand for their rights. Majority also choose not to do the right thing. How do we expect to develop as a continent if the very structures established to ensure development and progress are nonfunctional? For every nation, the growth of its businesses and other commercial activities means increase in revenue. Increase in revenue means increase in infrastructure which ultimately results in development and growth. All these are dependent on the way we transact our business, largely dependent on the consumer!

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A growing economy is largely dependent on the amount of economic activities that exist within a given period of time. The success of an economy rests with its citizenry. The best politicians satisfy their electorates. We need to change our general attitudes towards our work. We need to change our attitudes towards our businesses. To catch up with the developed worlds means us redefining our business rules. We need to re-strategize. We need to put the consumer first before any other. We need clear legislation that would ensure that our businesses are fully functional. We need legislation that would ensure that our businesses are compliant and in conformity. We need legislation that would ensure consumer-focus in our businesses. That is the key to the success of any business. That is the key to the development of our continent. Our general attitude towards our businesses in Africa ought to take a drastic turn!

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failing because; they fall short of failing because; they fall short of addressing the needs of their electorates! addressing the needs of their electorates!

World's most corrupt countries How does Ghana fair

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failing because; they fall short of need clear legislation that would ensure addressing the needs of their electorates! that our businesses are fully functional. We need legislation that would ensure that our In Africa, the number cause of our businesses are compliant and in underdevelopment is as a result of our conformity. We need legislation that would failure to go by our laws and policies. Our ensure consumer-focus in our businesses. structures are non-functional. The citizenry That is the key to the success of any is not informed. Those well-informed chose business. That is the key to the development to look the other way. Others also fail to of our continent. Our general attitude demand for their rights. Majority also towards our businesses in Africa ought to choose not to do the right thing. How do we take a drastic turn! expect to develop as a continent if the very failing because; they fall short of s t r u c t u r e s e s t a b l i s h e d t o e n s u r e addressing the needs of their electorates! development and progress are nonfunctional? For every nation, the growth of In Africa, the number cause of our its businesses and other commercial underdevelopment is as a result of our activities means increase in revenue. failure to go by our laws and policies. Our Increase in revenue means increase in structures are non-functional. The citizenry infrastructure which ultimately results in is not informed. Those well-informed chose development and growth. All these are to look the other way. Others also fail to dependent on the way we transact our demand for their rights. Majority also business, largely dependent on the choose not to do the right thing. How do we consumer! expect to develop as a continent if the very structures established to ensure A growing economy is largely dependent development and progress are nonon the amount of economic activities that functional? For every nation, the growth of exist within a given period of time. The its businesses and other commercial success of an economy rests with its activities means increase in revenue. citizenry. The best politicians satisfy their Increase in revenue means increase in electorates. We need to change our infrastructure which ultimately results in general attitudes towards our work. We development and growth. All these are need to change our attitudes towards our dependent on the way we transact our businesses. To catch up with the developed business, largely dependent on the worlds means us redefining our business consumer! rules. We need to re-strategize. We need to put the consumer first before any other. We A growing economy is largely dependent

In Africa, the number cause of our underdevelopment is as a result of our failure to go by our laws and policies. Our structures are non-functional. The citizenry is not informed. Those well-informed chose to look the other way. Others also fail to demand for their rights. Majority also choose not to do the right thing. How do we expect to develop as a continent if the very structures established to ensure development and progress are nonfunctional? For every nation, the growth of its businesses and other commercial activities means increase in revenue. Increase in revenue means increase in infrastructure which ultimately results in development and growth. All these are dependent on the way we transact our business, largely dependent on the consumer!

In Africa, the number cause of our underdevelopment is as a result of our failure to go by our laws and policies. Our structures are non-functional. The citizenry is not informed. Those well-informed chose to look the other way. Others also fail to demand for their rights. Majority also choose not to do the right thing. How do we expect to develop as a continent if the very structures established to ensure development and progress are nonfunctional? For every nation, the growth of its businesses and other commercial activities means increase in revenue. Increase in revenue means increase in infrastructure which ultimately results in development and growth. All these are dependent on the way we transact our business, largely dependent on the consumer!

A growing economy is largely dependent on the amount of economic activities that exist within a given period of time. The success of an economy rests with its citizenry. The best politicians satisfy their electorates. We need to change our general attitudes towards our work. We need to change our attitudes towards our businesses. To catch up with the developed worlds means us redefining our business rules. We need to re-strategize. We need to put the consumer first before any other. We need clear legislation that would ensure that our businesses are fully functional. We need legislation that would ensure that our businesses are compliant and in conformity. We need legislation that would ensure consumer-focus in our businesses. That is the key to the success of any business. That is the key to the development of our continent. Our general attitude towards our businesses in Africa ought to take a drastic turn!

A growing economy is largely dependent on the amount of economic activities that exist within a given period of time. The success of an economy rests with its citizenry. The best politicians satisfy their electorates. We need to change our general attitudes towards our work. We need to change our attitudes towards our businesses. To catch up with the developed worlds means us redefining our business rules. We need to re-strategize. We need to put the consumer first before any other. We need clear legislation that would ensure that our businesses are fully functional. We need legislation that would ensure that our businesses are compliant and in conformity. We need legislation that would ensure consumer-focus in our businesses. That is the key to the success of any business. That is the key to the development of our continent. Our general attitude towards our businesses in Africa ought to take a drastic turn!

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How to get a free flight upgrade

upgraded so that they're travelling in business class or first class. After all, who out there doesn't want more legroom and better service when they're travelling – especially if it's free?

- If you can help it, don't order a special meal if you want to get upgraded. This is because a meal cannot usually be moved up with you – plus an airline would never want to be seen serving an economy meal in business class in the same way that you wouldn't want to be seen eating it!

To improve your chances of getting that muchsought-after upgrade , check out realbuzz's following tips – which should help to get you rubbing shoulders with the first class jet-set while being pampered by attentive staff and stretching out on a flatbed chair!

- You should nearly always be willing to move from your seat when asked to do so by the cabin crew, as it's quite possible that the seat you are being offered as a replacement is in first class. Of course, there's always the possibility that you may not get a better seat than the one you had before – but you never know!

Top tips for getting a flight upgrade - Become a member of your airline's frequent flyer mileage club. The more miles you rack up against your name, the greater your chances of getting an upgrade will be if there is one available. Also, remember that you can be a member of many different airlines' clubs.

18 Getting upgraded on a flight is one of the best travelling perks around, there's nothing like relaxing in first class knowing you paid for economy! But the thing is getting a flight upgrade need not just be a stroke of luck, there are ways to get upgraded on a flight and here's how... Blagging, flannelling, verbal gymnastics, sweet talking – you know what we're referring to: that ability to talk yourself into a business class or, better still, first class seat when you haven't paid for it! Almost everyone, provided they're not bags-of-money travellers, wants to buy a cheap economy ticket and get

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- Travelling alone may help when you're trying to secure that cherished upgrade. You won't have a realistic chance of getting bumped up to a highergrade seat if you're being trailed by others – particularly if you're travelling with the whole family. - Travelling with someone else who is holding a higher-class ticket than you and asking to sit together may reap rewards. And you may be even more likely to blag an upgrade if you, as the lowerclass ticket holder, have good status in a frequent flyer programme. - Really try to look the part if you're looking for an flight upgrade . Smart casual wear or business attire should ensure you fit in, while some decentlooking luggage will complete the picture. A battered rucksack and sandals are unlikely to fit the bill! - Make sure you're early at your flight's check-in, because your chances of getting an upgrade will quickly diminish over time. If you're one of the last to check in, then it's a certainty that you're going to be one of the last to be enquiring about an upgrade – by which time they will probably all be taken.

- It may sound obvious, but make sure you're courteous. Being nice to ground staff – who are probably used to being on the receiving end of hassle and abuse – can go a long way towards making you stand out and getting you that upgrade. - If you feel like laying it on thick, then make it known that you have been inconvenienced on a previous flight. Do this in such a way that you don't make a scene, however – otherwise you might end up in the worst possible seat! If you handle this well, the airline may be more willing to accommodate you.

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Major Airlines operating in Ghana South African Airlines

Millennium Heights Bldg. Accra Contact: 0302-783676 /783680/783677/783561

Alitalia

Silver Star Airport City Accra Contact: 0302783319 /0302775865

Kenyan Airways

Virgin Nigeria 86 North Ridge Crescent, Ring Road ,Central Accra. 1st Floor, Woolworth Building Contact:0302241560/241570. 60 Liberation Road, Accra Contact:0302-7012606-8 Lufthansa

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American Airlines

Meridian Hse. Ring Rd. Central Accra Conatct: 0302243893 /0302243894

Valco Trust House, Ridge, Accra Contact: 0302688804 /0302688805

Delta Airlines

Air Namibia

Silver Star Tower, Airport City Accra Conatct: 0302213111

KLM

86 North Ridge Ring Rd. Central Accra Contact: 0302214700 /0302214747

British Airways

60 Liberation Rd., Accra Conatct: 0302214996

Emirates Airlines

Meridian House Ring Rd. Central Accra Contact: 0302213131

Silver Star Tower Airport City Accra Contact: 0302766602

Ethiopian Airlines

Cocoa House Kwame Nkrumah Ave. Accra Contact: 0302664857 /0302664856 Royal Air Maroc Silver Star Tower Airport Accra Conatct: 0302787182 /0302768197/0242687669


PEOPLE

PEOPLE

Are These the Richest Pastors in Africa?? except Matthew Ashimolowo's representative

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od is good, especially if you're a Nigerian pastor with some business savvy. These days, millions of souls, desperate for financial breakthroughs, miracles and healing, all rush to the church for redemption. And while the bible expressly states that salvation is free, at times it comes with a cost: offerings, tithes, gifts to spiritual leaders, and a directive to buy literature and other products created by men of God. Pastors are no longer solely interested in getting people to Heaven; they've devised intelligent ways to make good money while reaching out to souls.

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Take Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, for example. He is the founder and lead pastor of the Christ Embassy, a thriving congregation with branches in Nigeria, South Africa, London, Canada and the United States. His publishing company, Loveworld Publications, publishes 'Rhapsody of Realities,' a monthly devotional he coauthors with his wife. It sells over 2 million copies every month at $1 apiece. He also owns television stations, newspapers, magazines, a hotel, a fast-food chain, and more. Many other Nigerian pastors are similarly building multi-million dollar empires from their churches. Today, pastors fly around in private jets, drive fancy cars like Daimlers, Porsches and BMWs, don Rolexes and Patek Phillipes, and own breathtaking mansions all over the world. After the blog post I wrote in May about Nigerian pastors owning private jets, I was bombarded with emails from readers requesting to know the richest pastors in Nigeria. So I set out to investigate the assets of some of Nigeria's most prominent pastors, and I came up with conservative estimates of their fortunes. I contacted representatives for all of the pastors and all

confirmed ownership of the assets I list. Representatives for Pastor Ashimolowo did not respond to my emails.

Bishop David Oyedepo Affiliation: Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel Estimated net worth: $150 million David Oyedepo is Nigeria's wealthiest preacher. Ever since he founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has grown to become one of Africa's largest congregations. The Faith Tabernacle, where he hosts three services every Sunday, is Africa's largest worship center, with a seating capacity of 50,000. Oyedepo owns four private jets and homes in London and the United States. He also owns Dominion Publishing House, a thriving publishing company that publishes all his books (which are often centered on prosperity). He founded and owns Covenant University, one of Nigeria's leading tertiary institutions, and Faith Academy, an elite high school. Chris Oyakhilome Church: Believers' Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy Estimated net worth: $30 million – $50 million Last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35 million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds from his church to foreign banks. Pastor Chris pleaded no wrongdoing and the case was eventually dismissed. His church, Christ Embassy, boasts more than 40,000 members, several of whom are successful business executives and

politicians. Oyakhilome's diversified interests include newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and extensive real estate. His Loveworld TV Network is the first Christian network to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world on a 24 hour basis. Temitope Joshua Church: Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) Estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million Nigeria's most controversial clergyman is also one of its richest and most philanthropic. T.B Joshua heads the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays. The Pastor has remained controversial for several years for his inexplicable powers to heal all sorts of incurable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, cancer and paralysis. For miracle-craving worshippers, it's the perfect seduction. The church currently has branches in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece. In the past three years, he has given over $20 million to causes in education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs for former Niger Delta militants. He owns Emmanuel TV, a Christian television network, and is close friends with Ghanaian President Atta Mills. Matthew Ashimolowo Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) Estimated net worth: $6 million – $10 million

In 1992, Foursquare Gospel Church, a Nigerian church, sent Ashimolowo to open a satellite branch in London. But Pastor Matthew had other ideas and decided to set up his own church instead. Today, his Kingsway International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. In 2009, the church posted profits of close to $10 million and assets worth $40 million. Ashimolowo earns an annual salary of $200,000, but his real wealth comes from varied business interests including his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media, which churns out Chris Okotie Church: Household of God Church Net worth: $3 million -$10 million Pastor Okotie made his first success as a popular pop musician in the 80s. He found the light, embraced the bible and set up the Household of God Church, one of Nigeria's most flamboyant congregations. His 5,000 member church consists predomi-nantly of Nollywood celebrities, musicians, and society people. He contested and lost Nigerian presidential elections for the third time this year under the Fresh Party, a political party he founded and funds. An automobile lover, he owns a Mercedes S600, Hummer and Porsche among several others. In a continent where many people live below the poverty line, these pastors drive with their Limo while they see poor beggers on the street. We know the Church is now serious business but can anyone justify the extravagant lifestyle of pastors?

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List of some Major Churches in Nigeria CHRIST ASCENSION CHURCH Dr. Sonsy O Ndubuisi LOCATION: Divine parks and garden, Area 1, Garki Abuja Minicipal Council TELEPHONE: 07031830921, 0802819970 EMAIL: christascensiongarki@yahoo.com

DELIVERER'S PENTECOSTAL MISSION INC Apostle A. N Egesiokwu LOCATION: 23 Umuogbuji Rd, Off 215 Uratta Rd Aba Aba North TELEPHONE: 07031663664, 08056423643, 08050870825 EMAIL: dpminc@justice.com

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EVANGELIST CHINAGOROM MINISTRY

Evangelist Chinagorom P. E. Okechukwu

LOCATION: No. 1 Okechukwu Gabriel Avenue, Bus/stop,Aba,Abia State After Ukpakiri Council Hall, Off Ikot-Ekpene Road, By Ukpakiri Primary School ,Nigeria Obingwa L.G.A TELEPHONE: +2347065516604, +2347080480570 EMAIL: evangelistchinagorom@yahoo.com WEBSITE: www.evangelistchinagorom.com

CHRISTENDOM MEDIASERVE NIGERIA LOCATION: 27, Sarki Murktar Street, By Ukachukwu Outreach, Apo-Gudu District, FCT, Abuja - Nigeria FCT, Abuja TELEPHONE: 08035255655, 07025201305 EMAIL: christendommediaserve@yahoo.com

DELIVERER'S PENTECOSTAL MISSION INC Apostle A. N Egesiokwu LOCATION: 23 Umuogbuji Rd, Off 215 Uratta Rd Aba Aba North TELEPHONE: 07031663664, 08056423643, 08050870825

EMAIL: dpminc@justice.com

CITY ON THE HILL ASSEMBLY Very Rev Olanrewaju G. A LOCATION: FHA, Lugbe Amac EMAIL: cityonthehill@ymail.com WEBSITE: www.cityonthehillonline.org

GREAT GRACE MINISTRIES Bro Amadi Otuosoro Simon LOCATION: No 6 agonmuo street, off no 31 Omuma road Aba Aaba north TELEPHONE: 08034555433, 08035407864, 08082119224 EMAIL: simon_amadi@yahoo.com

FULLNESS OF LIFE & POWER MINITRIES. Pastor Olusegun Erinle LOCATION: Plot O/S 3, Ext.III, JikwoyiKaru Abuja Municipal Area Council TELEPHONE: 08023366043, 08062926610, 08091132263 EMAIL: olusegunerinle@yahoo.com

THE CHRISTAIN FELLOWSHIP GROUP OF NIGERIA Bishop Barr. John D.c Ogbansiegbe LOCATION: No 7-9 C.F.G Avenue Off 119 Port Harcourt Road. Aba. Aba South LGA TELEPHONE: 08033416327, 08033409675 EMAIL: houroflight@yahoo.com WEBSITE: www.cfgmandated.com

CHRIST BLESSING MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL Rev. Felix I. Cookey LOCATION: Chrisblem Close, Off Ikot Ambang Ibiono Ibiono Ibom, L.G.A TELEPHONE: 07034341755, 08069488674, 08032717199 EMAIL: elishacookey@yahoo.com

List of some Major Churches in Ghana AGAPE HOUSE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH Location: #21 Otublohum Street, Avenor North Industrial Area ADDRESS: Box KN 4571,Kaneshie Lagos Avenue, East Legon-Accra TELEPHONE: Office: 0302-544355 General info: 0544-1003877 or 0544-1003878 EMAIL: info@agapehouseghana.org

CHRIST EMBASSY Pastor Chris Telephone: (+233) 21 254 477, (+233) 244 211 623, (+233) 277 119 203 EMAIL info@christembassyaccra.org , WEBSITE: www.christembassyaccra.org

CHRIST THE KING PARISH TELEPHONE: 302775645 EMAIL: thepastor@christthekingaccra.org WEBSITE: www.christthekingaccra.org

CHRISTIAN PROFESSIONALS FELLOWSHIP (CPF) Dr Ntimaoh ADDRESS: P.O Box CT 5168, Cantonments, Accra. Ghana, W/Africa. TELEPHONE: + 233-24-438 0884 / + 233-24-293 3599 EMAIL: info@cpfghana.com WEBSITE: www.cpfghana.com

INTERNATIONAL CENTRAL GOSPEL CHURCH LOCATION: 69 Ring Road West, Accra, Ghana

ADDRESS: International Central Gospel Church (Christ Temple), Post Office Box AN 7933, Accra- North, Ghana TELEPHONE:+233 302 688000 - 4 Fax: +233 302 688007 EMAIL: icgc@centralgospel.com WEBSITE: www.centralgospel.com

CHURCH OF PATMOS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY Prophet Koomson LOCATION: Stufio Junction, AmansamanAccra TELEPHONE: 00233244515926/244515926 WEBSITE: www.churchofpatmos.org

CHURCH UNIVERSAL & TRIUMPHANT LOCATION: Near Ages Aba Hostles, East Legon-Accra TELEPHONE: 0302507774/0244373795/ 0243469369 EMAIL: E pkkyei@yahoo.com

CITY OF PRAYER INTERNATIONAL LOCATION: Osu Amafon, Accra TELEPHONE: 0285341143/271594385

DAYSTAR ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH Pastor Annobil LOCATION: Teshie, Agblizar-Accra TELEPHONE: 0243349071 EMAIL: pastorannobil@yahoo.com

DEEPER CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY (HEAD OFFICE) LOCATION: No. 14, MaCarthy Hill-Accra TELEPHONE: (0)302666458/ Fax:0302304348 EMAIL: accra.ghana@deeperlifeonline.org WEBSITE: www.dclm.org

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ACCRA MOTOR FAIR


CONSUMER INFORMATION

PEOPLE

The police: our friends or friends of criminals?

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uite recently, I visited a police station upon the news of the arrest of someone known to the family. Later that morning, at the station however, I was shocked to hear that this person had escaped from custody. The story was that he went out to urinate and took to his heels afterwards. I was really shocked at first but later on, that shock turned into anger. I was angry because it was obvious that he had been allowed to escape and not the story that he had escaped on his own accord. Fellow citizens, I am sorry to say this but we all live in danger!

one of the cells to the dismay of everyone present. Any attempt to shut him up fell on deaf ears. This young man clearly had no respect for the uniform! If this is the atmosphere in most of our police stations, is it then surprising when criminals now run into our police stations in search of ammunitions and even attack police officers on duty for that? With such an atmosphere in most of our police stations, it is understandable how people return from custody without making any change for the better. They rather return worse than before! I thought suspects and criminals were to feel intimidated by our Each day, other suspects and criminals police but what I witnessed that morning left alike escape just as this person did without more to be desired. us knowing! If criminals in police custody are escaping or being aided to escape, Our police men and women who are then we all live in danger! Do not for once supposed to be our friends are gradually think that you are safe because you are not! becoming the friends of criminals! These Most often, these criminals escape their days, most people do not even want to visit towns or cities of arrest and resettle the police station to lodge complaints but elsewhere. This may be your village, town, rather prefer to settle their own disputes. The resultant is the mob justice we often city, neighbourhood or country! witness. The product of which, is the death Our police stations are supposed to be safe of innocent people! Information meant to houses, fortresses perhaps, where criminals be kept secret in our police stations find cannot escape. However, my encounter their way onto our streets! Informants are that morning said otherwise! There should being given away! Evidences are be no reason for the escape of anyone disappearing and finding their way back to our streets! Criminals are paying our off arrested and held in police custody! police! This cannot continue! There was something else I witnessed that day too. This police station was totally in a On a number of occasions in the past, the state of lawlessness, a free zone perhaps! police have failed to respond to the phone Ordinarily, I thought that before anyone calls for help from citizens in the midst of could talk to someone in a cell or even at on-going robberies. The reason has always the counter-back, approval had to be given been attributed to lack of transportation. Is by the police on duty. I was shocked that an excuse? In fact, these officers rather however, when one young man walked into request for victims to send them this station, stood by the counter and transportation! How possible is that? How started shouting out to a friend locked up in professional is that? In the midst of a

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PEOPLE

Quite recently, I visited a police station upon the news of the arrest of someone known to the family. Later that morning, at the station however, I was shocked to hear that this person had escaped from custody. The story was that he went out to urinate and took to his heels afterwards. I was really shocked at first but later on, that shock turned into anger. I was angry because it was obvious that he had been allowed to escape and not the story that he had escaped on his own accord. Fellow citizens, I am sorry to say this but we all live in danger!

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Each day, other suspects and criminals alike escape just as this person did without us knowing! If criminals in police custody are escaping or being aided to escape, then we all live in danger! Do not for once think that you are safe because you are not! Most often, these criminals escape their towns or cities of arrest and resettle elsewhere. This may be your village, town, city, neighbourhood or country! Our police stations are supposed to be safe houses, fortresses perhaps, where criminals cannot escape. However, my encounter that morning said otherwise! There should be no reason for the escape of anyone arrested and held in police custody! There was something else I witnessed that day too. This police station was totally in a state of lawlessness, a free zone perhaps! Ordinarily, I thought that before anyone could talk to someone in a cell or even at the counter-back, approval had to be given by the police on duty. I was shocked however, when one young man walked into this station, stood by the counter and started shouting out to a friend locked up in one of the cells to the dismay of everyone present. Any attempt to shut him up fell on deaf ears. This young man

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Contact Information about Ghana Police Service NATIONAL HEADQUATERS

Ring Road East, Cantonments, Accra, Near Ako-Adjei interchange Tel: +233(030)276 1250, +233(030)277 3906 Email: gps@ghanapolice.info

REGIONAL HEADQUATERS ACCRA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION: Accra Central, Tel:+233(030)266 2290 / +233(030)266 3563 FAX: +233(021)66 4345 EMAIL: greateraccra@ghanapolice.info

ASHANTI REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION: Adum , Kumasi Tel:+233(032)202 3484, +233(032)202 6341, +233(032)202 5787 FAX: +233(032)202 2074

BRONG AHAFO REGION

LOCATION: Sunyani Tel: +233(035)202 7356, +233(035)202 7332 Fax: +233 (035) 202 8998 Email: brongahafo@ghanapolice.info

EASTERN REGIONAL HEADQUATERS

LOCATION: Koforidua Tel:+233(034)202 2252, +233(034)202 2263, +233(034)202 4520 FAX: +233(034)202 2761 E- MAIL:eastern@ghanapolice.info

WESTERN REGIONAL HEADQUATERS

LOCATION: Sekondi Tel:+233(031)204 6888, +233(031)204 6068 FAX: +233(031)204 6502 EMAIL: western@ghanapolice.info

NORTHEN REGIONAL HEADQUATERS

LOCATION: Tamale Tel: +233(037)202 2227, +233(037)202 2889, +233(037)202 2844, +233(037)202 2736 FAX: +233(037)202 2844 E-MAIL: northern@ghanapolice.info

VOLTA REGIONAL HEADQUATERS

LOCATION: Cape Coast Tel:+233(033)213 2464/5, +233(033)213 2305 FAX: +233(033)213 2305 E-MAIL: central@ghanapolice.info

TEMA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION: Tema Tel:+233(030)320 2259, +233(030)320 6911, +233(030)320 2939 FAX: +233(030)320 2801 E-MAIL: tema@ghanapolice.info

UPPER EAST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION: Bolgatanga Tel: +233(038)202 2364, +233(038)202 2351 FAX: +233(038)202 3318 E-MAIL: uppereast@ghanapolice.info

UPPER WEST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION: Wa Tel: +233(039)202 2301, +233(039)202 2302 FAX: +233(039)202 2004 E-MAIL: upperwest@ghanapolice.info

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Mobile Phone shopping in Ghana Lets be smart about it!

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hich smart phone do you own? I've heard and taken part in a number of debates pertaining to which smart phone is the smartest choice for T&T (Trinidad and Tobago), where networks aren't the most reliable or affordable for data plans. I believe I can safely say that Blackberry handsets are winning as the most popular “smart� phone in Trinidad and Tobago. Why are Blackberrys so popular? Is BBM (Blackberry Messenger) the driving factor? Doubtful. Due to the plethora of free instant messengers that are platform independent such as PingChat or Gtalk, BBM is not much of a feature attraction any longer, at least not from

where I am standing. As a Blackberry owner I strongly believe that this smart phone is the most cost-effective in terms of data plans and not to mention the handset, however as a software developer and technologist, the Blackberry operating system is most unimpressive. RIM (Research in Motion) market share is in danger and the central system in which BBM is architectured renders the service inoperable as we may recall. That said, let us step outside my personal experience and biases and take a look at the T&T smart phone market and see if we can conclude which is the smartest choice when buying a smart phone

The argument of Android OS (Operating system) verses iPhone OS

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OS notwithstanding, these two operating systems are deemed savvy to the techies in society, myself included, and the demand is high for each. Bmobile offers iPhone payment plans to make the iPhone handset affordable to 'all'. For a package that is not basic, the customer would receive an unlimited WiMax 4G hot spot. Not only is this pricey, but it requires the user to walk around with a phone and a mobile hot spot! The packages are also strictly for postpaid customers. The Android plans from Bmobile are quite similar to that of the iPhone. In my opinion, this makes the Blackberry plan the most flexible as you don't need to walk around with a WiMax device in your pocket in addition to your actual mobile phone. Additionally, the Blackberry handsets do not require the use of 3G and 4G networks, but uses EDGE which is available nationwide. Digicel accommodates only Blackberry plans,

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both postpaid and prepaid. Outside of our two primary phone providers, the majority have purchased their smart phones via Amazon, E-bay or independent dealers. Many are seemingly content with the use of iPhone and Android phones without access to a 3G or 4G network simply for the applications installed on the phone. The question remains: Are users satisfied with not being able to use the full worth of a handset that is worth more than the average phone? Do factors such as the iPhone 4s boasting an excellent camera be a motivating factor to make it most suitable for our island? Perhaps it cannot be summed up based on price, availability or convenience, but that each purchases the smart phone based on individual needs? Why did you buy your smart phone

Mobile Phone Operators in Ghana – Their Tarrifs & Current Promotion MTN

Tigo

VodafoneAirtel

Expresso

On Net 0.09

0.07

0.144

0.08

0.0954 0.0959

Other Local Networks

0.12

0.162

0.144

IDD

MTN

TIGO

VOD

AIRTEL EXPRESSO

UK

0.3

0.354

0.3

0.36

0.2118

USA

0.144

0.132

0.13

0.19

0.2118

Canada 0.144

0.132

0.13

0.19

0.2118

Italy

0.54

0.86

0.49

0.3601

Nigeria 0.192

0.198

0.3

0.36

0.2118

South Africa

0.44

0.354

0.86

0.39

Germany 0.44

0.54

0.44

0.36

0.44

0.08

SMS-On Net

0.04

0.04

0.04

0.04

0.0424 0.0405

SMS-Off Net

0.05

0.048

0.0424 0.04

0.0438 0.0456

Data/MB 0.06

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.1420

Zain

Tigo

SMS-IDD MTN US

0.12

0.1152

Canada

0.15

0.15

0.12

0.1152

UK

0.18

0.15

0.1152

Nigeria

0.15

0.15

0.144

0.05

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PREMIUM NUMBER COMPETITION WIN YOURSELF A BRAND NEW BLACKBERRY & NOIKA PHONES Phone and tell us you favourirte story in this edition of Which Ghana

Emma to write the wordings…… GDs to design the page Dele to investigate how premium number works in GH

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EDUCATION

Higher Education –

Why is it so expensive in Ghana? The world is moving toward high-tech service industries and lots of us are feeling the pressure to learn new skills or renew old ones.Parents are more concerned than ever that the public schools may not be equipping their children for the more demanding job market that awaits them. All this creates a fertile field for those whose claims sometimes exceed their ability (or desire) to deliver.Whatever school you choose, it's likely to be expensive, as Mark Huffman reports in Why Does College Cost So Much? And watch out! Those student loans will be around a long time after final exams are finished. But are colleges overcharging students and parents? And if not, then why is a college education today so expensive that many can't afford it and others can do so only by racking up substantial debt In private higher education, the quest is to be as good as you can," Ehrenberg told ConsumerAffairs.com. "Tuition increases in private higher education reflect increased expenditures per student, in real terms.” Public colleges and universities are raising their tuition as well, he says, because of reduced support from state governments. But there's also the supply and demand factor. Naroff, who taught economics at the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University, says that for elite colleges, raising their tuition doesn't necessarily discourage applicants; in fact, it can increase an institution's perceived desirability. "There is very little pressure of any kind to keep costs down at private schools," Naroff said. "For most of the private schools,

especially the better and elite schools, the more expensive it is, the more elite it is, and the more having a degree from that school is a perceived value.” These days, all universities -- public and private -- are directing some of that spending to a bidding war for faculty members with reputations. As a result, salaries and perks for college professors have risen dramatically. Competition Raises Costs As a result, colleges spend more money making their institutions attractive, and charge more to attend them. Normally, competition drives prices down but apparently not in academe. Which Ghana Scholarship Fund will like to work with benevolent members of our society or organizations to offer scholarship to intelligent students from a poor background. Interested organizations should contact us immediately Post Your Comment Log in to www.whichGhana.com and post your comment now. Best comments / storis may get published in our next editions

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List of Universities & Colleges in Ghana PUBLIC

PRIVATE

University of Ghana

Central University College

Location:Accra Email: pad@ug.edu.ghpad@ug.edu.gh Tel: +233-(0)302-500381 Website:ug.edu.gh

University of Cape Coast

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Location:Cape Coast Tel. 03321-32440/4 & 32480/3 Fax. 32484 Email:registrar@ucc.edu.gh Website:ucc.edu.gh

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Location:Kumasi Tel: +233 -3220- 60331 E-Mail: registrar@knust.edu.gh Website: www.knust.edu.gh

University of Mines and Technology Location:Tarkwa Tel:+233 (362) 20324 Fax:+233 3123 20323 Email:

University for Development Studies Location:Tamale Tel:+233 (71) 22422 Fax:+233 (71) 23957 Email:nokoe@uds.edu.gh

University of Education Location:Winneba Tel: : +233 3323 21036 Website:uew.edu.gh

Location:Accra Tel:+233 (21) 311040 Fax:+233 (21) 311042 Email:

Ashesi University

Location:Cantonments-Accra Tel:+233 (21) 777 902 Fax:+233 (21) 784 768 Email:info@ashesi.edu.gh

Islamic University College

Location:Cantonment,Accra Tel:+233 00233 24315548 Fax:+233 00233 21 778930 Email: info@islamicug.com

Garden City University

Location:Kumasi Tel:+233-51-73927 Email:info[at]gcuc.edu.gh

Valley View University

Location:Accra Tel:+233 (0302) 767178 Fax:+233 (0302) 508998 Email:webmaster@vvu.edu.gh

All Nations Univertsity

Location:Koforidua Tel:+233-81-21587, +233-81-21588 Fax:+233-81-21590 Emailail: admissions@allnationsuniversity.org

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P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

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Trade Shows in Ghana & Nigeria 2012

The rise of Afrobeats in London

LIST OF GHANA TRADE SHOWS AND EVENTS IN 2012 NAME OF SHOW Trade Expo lnternational Ghana Offshore West Africa Conference and Exhibition Solar West Africa Annual Global Automobile and Semina and Airline Business Exhibition Me & Home Pet Show

DATE 8th-11th February 2012 24th to 26th January 2012

Ghana Summit

27th - 29th March 2012

Sikaexpo

22nd to 24th November 2012

West African International Mining and Power Exhibition(WAMPEX) Medishop

31-May to 02 June-2012

4th - 5th April 2012 24th -26th May 2012 14th to 16th February 2012

11th Oct- 13th Oct 2012

LIST OF NIGERIA TRADE SHOWS AND EVENTS IN 2012

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NAME OF SHOW 4th Nigeria lnfrastructure and Construction Nigeria Oil and Gas Exhibition 2012 Nigeria Intercontinental Trade Show Offshore West Africa (14th Edition Conference & Exhibition) Power Generation & Steel Production Exhibition & Conference Upstream & Downstream Oil & Gas Expo Water Africa & West Africa

DATE 17th to 18th march 2012

06-07 March 2012

Lagos International Motor Show West Africa Tel Expo Nigeria Com

18th-24th April 2012 8th-10th May 2012 18th -19th September 2012

Herbfest

10th -12th October 2012

IFSEC West Africa

6th-7th March 2012

Nigeria Electricity Expo

15th-17th May 2012

Nigeria Air Expo

15th-19th May 2012

20th to 23th February 2012 25th to 28th January 2012

VENUE lnternational Trade fair centre Accra lnternational Conference Centre La Palm Royal Beach Hotel Ghana International Trade fair Centre Accra lnternational Conference Centre Accra lnternational Conference centre Accra lnternational Conference centre Accra lnternational Conference centre National Theatre Accra Ghana

VENUE Eko Expo Centre, Victoria lsland,lagos. Abuja lnternational Conference center Tafawa Balewa Square lagos

24th to 26th January 2012

lnternational conference centre,Abuja

6th-8th August 2012

Abuja lnternational Conference center

21th to 28 August 2012

Abuja lnternational Conference center Eko Expo centre, Victoria lsland,lagos. Tafawa Balewa Square lagos Eko Hotel, Lagos Eko Meridian Hotel Expo Centre,Lagos-Nigeria Lagos Airport Hotel, Lagos Nigeria Eko Expo Centre In Lagos -Nigeria Abuja lnternational Conference center Nigerian Airforce Base Kaduna

It's the new sound of the UK underground, reworking the African pop of Fela Kuti for kids reared on grime, hip-hop and funky house. Clubbers at a DJ Abrantee Afrobeats night. Photograph: dlauk.com

With stars like Kanye West wanting in, just how big will it get? As London ushered in its Olympic year at midnight on 31 December, the official fireworks playlist blaring out over the Thames moved predictably through Vangelis, Soft Cell, Shirley Bassey and Adele. But it was accompanied by one less obvious choice: D'Banj's Oliver Twist. It may have been the first time most of the 250,000 revellers heard the hit-in-waiting from the Nigerian rap star, but it probably won't be the last. At that moment, London DJ Abrantee, the man who gave the name "Afrobeats" to the hottest scene in the UK right now, was getting ready to fly to Egypt, where the very same song "tore the place apart" in front of a Cairo club crowd more used to house music. Most people are familiar with the Afrobeat styles of Fela Kuti – Afrobeats is something different; with the addition of the letter "s" comes a whole new chapter in global pop music.

getting played on New Year's Eve at the Thames, that kind of certifies it now – this is serious! For years we've had amazing hiplife, highlife, Nigerbeats, juju music, and I thought: you know what, let's put it all back together as one thing again, and call it Afrobeats, as an umbrella term. Afrobeat, the 60s music, was more instrumental – this Afrobeats sound is different, it's intertwined with things like hip-hop and funky house, and there's more of a young feel to it."

Abrantee's neologism describes a new sound – a 21st-century melting pot of western rap influences, and contemporary Ghanaian and Nigerian pop music – but it didn't drop out of a clear blue sky. "I've been playing this music to three or four thousand people at African events in the UK for years," he explains. "Things like the Ghana Independence celebrations or the Hiplife festival at the O2 in London last year. Bringing it to the mainstream is a different ball game, though – D'Banj

DJ Abrantee: "It's funky, energetic and young' Photograph: SKD

Abrantee is unfailingly cheerful, 30 years old, and astonishingly busy, his two BlackBerrys buzzing constantly even on a Sunday evening. He hosts a radio show six days a week on Choice FM in London, yet when we meet his DJing has already taken him to Africa twice in 2012, and this is only in the first week of January. On his weekly Saturday night Afrobeats radio show, and for his forthcoming UK tour, the playlist is

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almost all Ghanaian and Nigerian – Africa's just too big to keep up with all its other genres, he laughs. "This is specifically the western African sound: there are a lot of shared ideas between these two neighbouring countries. I see Afrobeats as music which makes the heart beat. And it's funky, and hyped, and energetic and young.”

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It certainly is young – Abrantee only coined the term when his Choice show launched in April 2011 – but Afrobeats has found its way on to the MP3 players of a generation of under-18s looking for an alternative to British urban pop music. "It's striking how young they are – when I do these Afrobeats events there's thousands of people, and they're all youngsters, really." The kids are always the earliest adopters, though, so Abrantee reckons that this bodes well. "It's like when funky house first came out; the youngsters all jumped on it, it was the new thing on the street, the kids were all on it. It was the same when grime first came out. And now it's Afrobeats' turn.” This has had some amusing knock-on effects for black British fans. Abrantee has, he says, heard stories of UK-born kids saying to their African parents: "'Can I have some money to go to this Afrobeats rave?' and they've gone, 'Afrobeats? What is this, African music?' – and the parents are really pleased, and proud, that their kids are all of a sudden embracing their culture. It didn't used to be cool, but now they're going through their parents' record collections going, 'Have you got this old song by Daddy Lumba?'." He seems proud of having inadvertently united the generations. "I'm getting a lots of tweets saying, 'My mum loves you,' or, 'My dad's blasting your mix CD.'” For 16-year-old Natasha, whom I find sodcasting – playing music in public through her phone – with her friends at a Hackney bus stop, it's just the ultimate party

music: "Afrobeats is the best thing to dance to right now, it's got the best vibe," she enthuses, as her friends look for that same D'Banj song on their phones, in order to demonstrate. It's not just the Afrobeats fanbase that's growing rapidly in the UK, but the interest from British and American urban music acts too. Ghanaian rap superstar Sarkodie has already collaborated with UK artists Donaeo and Sway, and a few weeks ago a video appeared on YouTube of him teaching Wretch 32 and Chipmunk how to do the Ghanaian Azonto dance, while they worked on songs together. "You're going to see more and more UK artists doing Afrobeats collaborations now," Abrantee says, pointing to further interest from Alexandra Burke and Tinchy Stryder. Meanwhile in the US, Kanye West has signed D'Banj, following his collaboration with Snoop Dogg on Mr Endowed; while last month Akon swooped to sign three Nigerian Afrobeats artists in one go, Wiz Kid, 2Face Idibia and P-Square. According to Abrantee, the funky party sounds now emanating from Ghana and Nigeria are providing an injection of new energy into UK urban and US hip-hop. "The floodgates have opened. Music is always evolving, and everyone's always looking for the next drug. Funky house has died out, grime is still there but it's gone back underground, electro-pop's got UK urban music in the charts, but that'll die out too, it's got a short shelf-life. So everyone's looking for the next thing, the next hype – and people are finally noticing I'm getting 3,000 people coming out to dance to Afrobeats."


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especially the better and elite schools, the more expensive it is, the more elite it is, and the more having a degree from that school is a perceived value.”

especially the better and elite schools, the more expensive it is, the more elite it is, and the more having a degree from that school is a perceived value.”

These days, all universities -- public and private -- are directing some of that spending to a bidding war for faculty members with reputations. As a result, salaries and perks for college professors have risen dramatically.

These days, all universities -- public and private -- are directing some of that spending to a bidding war for faculty members with reputations. As a result, salaries and perks for college professors have risen dramatically.

Competition Raises Costs As a result, colleges spend more money making their institutions attractive, and charge more to attend them. Normally, competition drives prices down but apparently not in academe.

Competition Raises Costs As a result, colleges spend more money making their institutions attractive, and charge more to attend them. Normally, competition drives prices down but apparently not in academe.

Which Ghana Scholarship Fund will like to work with benevolent members of our society or organizations to offer scholarship to intelligent students from a poor background. Interested organizations should contact us immediately

Which Ghana Scholarship Fund will like to work with benevolent members of our society or organizations to offer scholarship to intelligent students from a poor background. Interested organizations should contact us immediately

Post Your Comment Log in to www.whichGhana.com and post your comment now. Best comments / storis may get published in our next editions

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especially the better and elite schools, the more expensive it is, the more elite it is, and the more having a degree from that school is a perceived value.”

especially the better and elite schools, the more expensive it is, the more elite it is, and the more having a degree from that school is a perceived value.”

These days, all universities -- public and private -- are directing some of that spending to a bidding war for faculty members with reputations. As a result, salaries and perks for college professors have risen dramatically.

These days, all universities -- public and private -- are directing some of that spending to a bidding war for faculty members with reputations. As a result, salaries and perks for college professors have risen dramatically.

Competition Raises Costs As a result, colleges spend more money making their institutions attractive, and charge more to attend them. Normally, competition drives prices down but apparently not in academe.

Competition Raises Costs As a result, colleges spend more money making their institutions attractive, and charge more to attend them. Normally, competition drives prices down but apparently not in academe.

Which Ghana Scholarship Fund will like to work with benevolent members of our society or organizations to offer scholarship to intelligent students from a poor background. Interested organizations should contact us immediately

Which Ghana Scholarship Fund will like to work with benevolent members of our society or organizations to offer scholarship to intelligent students from a poor background. Interested organizations should contact us immediately

Post Your Comment Log in to www.whichGhana.com and post your comment now. Best comments / storis may get published in our next editions

Post Your Comment Log in to www.whichGhana.com and post your comment now. Best comments / storis may get published in our next editions

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Nigerians are still the most optimistic people in the world. How? For the second year in a row, Nigeria has been found to be the most optimistic country. Maybe it's time we started to get angry Despite having little to be optimistic about, 'when it comes to considering economic prosperity, Nigerians have only the sunniest of dispositions'. Photograph: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters. A year ago, a Gallup poll revealed that Nigerians were the most optimistic people on the planet. This year, we have topped the poll yet again: when considering economic prosperity, Nigerians have only the sunniest of dispositions. My immediate response was: "Really? Again? How?” Last year I placed the source of Nigerian optimism at having lived through bad times and surviving. Even so, after the 2011 we've had, it is nothing short of miraculous that Nigerians have maintained their optimism. The single biggest issue right now is probably the government proposal to remove the fuel subsidy on petrol. The finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has speculated that the price of a litre of petrol will jump from 65 naira (40 cents) to 139 naira a litre. The government says the money can be channelled more effectively into developing infrastructure; opponents worry that the prices of commodities will badly hit ordinary people. This was also a landmark year for the Nigerian bank robber . Reports of gruesome robberies across the country forced banks to shut down branches in several states; during a particularly bad week in November, entire regions were left with no open banks. The Islamist terror group Boko Haram continued its campaign across the north-east and Abuja this year, launching a suicide car bomb

that "Nigerians live on hope. Belief in religion outweighs common sense. That's the key thing." A Nigerian friend Funlayo, who lives in Tunis, says simply: "We don't get angry like the Tunisians; we're mad for a while, and then we start to make excuses.” On the one hand, it's nice to write pieces

attack on the Abuja police headquarters in June and bombing the UN building in August. Then there was the story that shocked an entire nation – the gang rape of a young woman at Abia State University by five young men, who filmed their actions and distributed the recording until it found its way on to the internet. At the time, the governor of Abia rejected reports of the rape, saying they were a "satanic falsehood" and a "tissue of lies". Despite widespread outrage, no one has ever been formally charged with the rape, and the identity of the victim remains a mystery. Last month, a bill to outlaw gay marriage and ban public displays of affection between homosexual couples, as well as making gay organisations illegal, was introduced. When Britain and the US threatened to withhold aid to countries that do not respect gay rights, the senate president, David Mark, responded: "If there is any country that does not want to give us aid or assistance just because we want to hold on to our values, that country can keep her aid and assistance.” So, what the hell have we got to be so damn optimistic about? My father argues

on the legendary optimism of the Nigerian. But on the other hand, is it a sustainable optimism? Whether it's a question of cultural philosophy – a natural resilience or wilful denial – is moot. With 40% of the population under the age of 14, and the Arab spring less than 1,500 miles away, maybe it's time we started getting a little less optimistic and little more angry.:


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Major Charitable Organisation in Ghana Laine Service Int’l

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Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Laine Service Int’l

Laine Service Int’l

Laine Service Int’l

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Laine Service Int’l

Laine Service Int’l

Laine Service Int’l

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

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P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not 40far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Laine Service Int’l

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Laine Service Int’l

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Loc: Adabraka Market not far from Commercial Bank

Laine Service Int’l

Laine Service Int’l

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P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

P.M.B KA 9 Accra - Ghana

Back To Our Root Project An Initiative of London Elite Forum (LEF)

London Elite Forum is a collective of top London promoters, business and social entrepreneurs, working together to combine their skills, knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others. Our aim is to facilitate learning and self development, provide training and create opportunities for young and up and coming entrepreneurs and professionals to develop both in the UK and Abroad. The Forum is currently establishing an international network that will enable members to gain access to social, cultural, business and investment opportunities outside of the UK.

alternative place to establish themselves other than in the UK and Europe, but often do not have the know-how or contacts to fully explore overseas opportunities. Through the international network, partnerships established will assist by offering advice, guidance, expertise and acquired knowledge to assist, in getting charitable projects and business ideas realised.

Having identified a substantial curiosity and interest in Africa, the Forum has embarked on an initiative to raise awareness of fun, cultural, business and investment opportunities that exist within Africa.

The objective is to introduce them to the culture and give them a Fun, Cultural, Historical, Educational and Charitable experience. In addition to this we would like to open their minds to business and investment opportunities that exist and are available to them within Ghana. Charitable activities are an integral part of the Back To Our Roots initiative. We are currently establishing a Charity Network to link like-minded Charities and individuals together so they can share ideas, best practice, joint fundraise and help reduce poverty more effectively. Through teaming up with World Vision and Action Aid we visited some of their rural projects including a women's project and a village school. A spontaneous collection enabled the school to purchase a water tank that is now providing the school children with drinking water and a facility to wash their hands while at school. Everyone on the trip vowed it was a very rewarding experience, filled with fun, educational and social activities.

'Back To Our Roots' is the name of this initiative. A three year programme aimed at bringing Africans from across the Diaspora back to their ancestral home and giving them a Social, Cultural, Historical, Educational, Culinary and Commercial experience. November 2008 saw over 85 people attend Gambia for the 1st time, with a large number returning independently after just one month! October 2009 saw 65 people attend Ghana for the 1st time where we have been given land to develop and numerous golden opportunities to take forward. Popular demand has driven us back to Ghana again this year, but 2010 will also take our endeavours to KENYA in October. Some British born nationals are seeking an

For more details of this great project, Email: BTOR@Whichghana.com

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Consumer Resources in Ghana There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of agencies and organizations that try to help consumers avoid trouble and, if that doesn't work, resolve problems. Here's a look at some of the resources in Ghana Judith and the writers to compile a list Consumer Protection Link Association (CPLA) appreciates the efforts of Consumer Partnership to ensure the health and safety of the Ghanaian Consumer. We are encouraged by your actions. The CPLA considers that it is time consumers protect themselves through activism at all levels as you had noted. The CPLA is an NGO whose goal is to protect the Ghanaian consumer from hazardous products and poor service delivery. We are located at Tarkwa desirous of working with grassroots involvement. You May contact My contact number is 0249847303. CPLA email address is cplghana_info@yahoo.com . Congratulations for your good work.

Most people want a rewarding career and still be able to lead and manage their lives according to their own choices. In most cases, a lot of people never discover their true talents until later in life. Here at Career Insights, our job is to help you get to that much earlier in your life. When the time comes to choose a career, people will more than often prefer a career that suits their personality and passion in life. Over the last five years, we have found that people who end up being successful project managers have the natural ability to plan, organise, communicate effectively, administer and set goals. In most cases they are naturally proactive and show leadership qualities such as the ability to influence, work in a team, stay focused on the expected end and in most times, start with the end in mind. These kind of people have the ability to orchestrate the design, development and deployment of various deadline-based projects. If we have just described your personality and quality traits, then a career in project management is for you.

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