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Touching Africa, Touching The World!

FLYafrica ISSUE 1


Launch Issue



Free things to do


CHOCOLATE Going loco for cocoa






Catching waves in Kokrobite

Photo credit: Brett Davies

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3 Foreword

24 Passion and perseverance

Welcome to the first edition of our brand-new inflight magazine

6 EVENTScalendar

Jessica Opare Saforo

27 Surf’s up!

Catching waves in Kokrobite

8 STARdestination

30 Going loco for cocoa

10 MYafrica

32 Proud to be Ghanaian


Why the world loves Ghanaian chocolate

13 SLEEPafrica

Celebrating 61 years of independence

16 EATafrica

34 Thrill of walking above the forest…

A luxury layover

Buon appetito!

Kakum National Park

18 DRIVEafrica

36 Futurestars

20 TECHcorner

40 Feel free to enjoy a great day out

What’s new in world of wheels

Four new releases to up your tech game

22 INVESTMENTmarket review

Strong confidence boosts returns and liquidity

AWA Information

An ideal start to the game of life

Four fun things to do in Accra without paying a penny

42 ANO Ghana

Capturing, challenging and transforming culture

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4 AWAnews 45 AWAroutes 46 TRAVELinformation 48 AWAcontacts

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TO THE FIRST EDITION OF OUR BRAND-NEW INFLIGHT MAGAZINE Dear passengers, It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to FLYafrica, our new inflight magazine, full of information about our awardwinning airline, some ideas for exciting things to do in the AWA network, plus reviews, interviews and more. Africa World Airlines was incorporated on 15 November 2010 and launched its first flight on 21 September 2012. Since then, the airline has consistently offered customers competitive prices, reliable services and an ever-growing network that connects West Africa. AWA was formed with the sole vision of being the leading airline in Africa delivering a world-class service and we continue to work to this vision today. We are proud to be able to connect Ghana with Nigeria, Liberia and, recently, Sierra Leone, in addition to domestic flights that make travelling between Accra and Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale a breeze.

Our commitment to our customers is evident in the awards that AWA has been humbled to receive, including ‘Domestic Airline of the Year’ five times in a row at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Awards and the Ghana Tourism Board Awards. The airline was also adjudged ‘Excellence in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality’ at the 2017 National Aviation Awards. We hope that FLYafrica will inspire you to get the most out of our well-connected network that spans seven destinations across four countries, with more destinations to be announced soon. On behalf of the Africa World Airlines team, I would like to welcome you aboard this AWA flight and wish you an enjoyable and comfortable journey.

LAUNCH ISSUE Welcome to FLYafrica

John Quan Chief Executive Officer Africa World Airlines

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AWA launches flights to Freetown

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On Monday, 21 May, Africa World Airlines officially commenced flights from Accra to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. AWA passengers can fly direct between the two capitals every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. This new route marks the fourth West African country to be served by AWA in addition to Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana, where the airline is based. For more information about visiting Freetown with AWA, check out our dedicated ‘Star Destination’ feature on Pages 8 and 9.

AWA’s head of HR honoured at national awards AWA’s head of HR, admin and IT, Christabel Amegayibor, was recognised for her outstanding commitment and contribution to Ghana’s corporate sector at the inaugural ‘Ghana Top 50 HR Leaders’ event in Accra. Held at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in February, the awards

ceremony recognised the 50 best HR managers from the public and private sectors. Mrs Amegayibor took sixth place at the awards, beating off competition from dozens of HR managers from across Ghana. Congratulations, Christabel!




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Father’s Day Sunday 17th June

Celebrate your father or father figure on 17 June. This annual day of celebration is observed across the world as a way to honour everything good that our fathers do for us, so be sure to celebrate the special father figure in your life by showing him extra love and gratitude. Stuck for ideas? With so many restaurants offering special deals, why not take him to his favourite lunch spot or treat him to a few evening drinks? If you’re on a budget, why not go for a picnic or prepare some home-made treats to show him how much you care. However you choose to celebrate, be sure to keep the day in your diary free for your dad.



All Fire on the Runway photo credit: LV Photography of Atlanta, GA - Van Miller International, Atlanta, GA

JULY Fire on the Runway, Accra, Ghana Friday 13th Party organiser Fire on the Runway is hosting a night at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra to bring together designers, models, make-up artists, fashionistas, photographers and media personnel from across the world. This networking event will include a performance by DJ Trigg, a royal carpet and interviews to help connect those in the fashion and media industries.

Health and Curls 2018 Saturday 14th The annual Health and Curls event will give you a helping hand when it comes to women’s issues, from tackling natural hair to losing baby weight and general health problems faced by mothers. Held at Osu Presbyterian Church Hall in Accra, this all-day event is organised by Avery’s Naturals and offers excellent advice on problems related to hair, while also providing guests with enjoyable food and music.

Liberia Independence Day Thursday 26th If you’re from Liberia or will be there on 26 July, be sure to make time for the Independence Day celebrations. This year, Liberia commemorates its 171st anniversary as a self-governing country. Come together with your loved ones over a family meal or perhaps a street party with neighbours and friends to sing the National Anthem and parade the Liberian flag.

AUGUST Black Star International Film Festival Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) in Accra is a non-profit-making event that aims to create global connections through film, bridging the gap between African cinema and the rest of the world. The BSIFF is a platform where filmmakers across the world can learn, network, do business and celebrate the art of film in an African manner in the hope of gaining a better understanding of African film. Members of the public are welcome alongside filmmakers to this event.

Chale Wote Street Art Festival Monday 20th to Sunday 26th The Chale Wote Street Art Festival, taking place in James Town, Accra, brings together art, music, dance and performance. More than 200 local and international artists take part in Chale Wote each year, drawing in thousands of guests to experience a range of activities including live performances, African film shows, workshops, a food and fashion market, photography exhibitions and much more. The theme for the 2018 festival is ‘Para-Other’, to promote the advancement of radical imagination and new perspectives of ourselves.






Freetown is the national capital of Sierra Leone and a major port city in West Africa. Located on a peninsula in the west of the country, Freetown is known for its historical role in the slave trade as well as for its striking mountains and sandy beaches. It’s a city of contrast and charm with plenty to be discovered.


FREETOWN Fishing boats at sunset

TRAVEL: Fly with AWA three times per week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Accra-Freetown: departs 10.30, arrives 12.50. Freetown-Accra: departs 13.30, arrives 15.50. SEE: The Cotton Tree, in the central business district of Freetown, is the city’s most famous landmark and a historical symbol marking the freedom of slaves upon their return to Sierra Leone in the late 1700s. DO: Visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Western Area National Park and learn about the efforts to rehabilitate orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees. Tours, overnight stays and walking trails are available. Freetown is also known for its beautiful beaches, so spend time relaxing at River Number Two or Lumley Beach, two of the city’s finest. EAT: Wilkinson Road is the place to look for somewhere to eat, with a range of eateries serving international food (Crown Xpress, Bliss and Basha Bakery) and local food (Tessa’s Restaurant). A good choice for fresh sushi is Lagoonda at Mamba Point Hotel. SLEEP: Freetown has a good selection of hotels, lodges and self-catering accommodation, especially in the coastal neighbourhood of Aberdeen. They include Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, The Family Kingdom Resort and Home Suites Hotel. There is also a choice of lodgings in the city centre, including Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites and New Brookfields Hotel. FLYafrica


MYafrica Introducing FLYafrica’s new photo competition Welcome aboard your flight with Africa World Airlines. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, to see the sights or to see your family, we invite you to submit the best image from your experience with Africa World Airlines to be in with a chance of having your photo published in the next edition of FLYafrica. It could be anything from a family reunion to an urban landscape, a beach panorama or even just your favourite cup of coffee at the local café. Get creative! Send your best image to: The winning image will be featured in Issue 2 of FLYafrica and shared on Africa World Airlines’ social media accounts.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: - Closing date is 10 August - Images should be sent in low resolution format and the winner must be able to supply a high resolution copy for printing on request - One entry per person - Entrants must be 18 or over - The winning image will be selected by Land & Marine Publications Ltd - This competition is not open to employees of Africa World Airlines or Land & Marine Publications Ltd.




SLEEPafrica By Amy Laubach

A luxury layover Three of the best airport hotels Whether you’re a travel bug looking for a quick kip between flights, or you simply want to stay conveniently close to the airport, it’s essential to know the best airport hotels available. To celebrate Africa World Airlines introducing new flights to Monrovia from Accra and Lagos, FLYafrica has chosen the perfect hotels in which to rest and relax after your AWA flight.

Shoregate Hotels Lagos, Nigeria

SHOREGATE Luxury at a good price

3 km from Murtala Muhammed International Airport Situated in Ikeja, the busy capital of Lagos state, Shoregate Hotels is a six-floor property just a 15-minute drive from MMIA offering luxury at a reasonable price. The hotel has 76 rooms including twin rooms, superior rooms, deluxe suites, a diplomatic suite and a penthouse. The more luxurious suites come with a private lounge and kitchenette and can accommodate up to four people. For business meetings and events, the hotel has a spacious conference hall with a capacity of over 100 as well as a boardroom with state-of-theart furnishings and an additional meeting room. Other facilities include an outdoor pool that can host pool parties and a fitness centre with modern equipment and a gym instructor. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar serving top-quality continental and local Nigerian cuisine as well as delicious drinks. The bar is fitted with TV screens where guests can catch up with the latest sporting fixtures before their flight. FLYafrica


The Farmington Hotel Monrovia, Liberia

POOL Relax at The Farmington

1.9 km from Roberts International Airport Nestled in the peaceful town of Harbel on the outskirts of Monrovia, The Farmington Hotel is just a three-minute drive from Roberts International Airport, offering the perfect stopover destination or weekend retreat. The hotel has 164 air conditioned rooms, all equipped with en-suite bathroom, blackout curtains and flat-screen TV featuring premium channels. Guests have a choice of three swimming pools, including an outdoor infinity pool set in beautiful gardens overlooking the river – the perfect place to cool down after a long flight. There is also a children’s daytime play area, a spacious sun terrace and a fitness centre furnished with modern equipment. For those who enjoy sport there are tennis and basketball courts, while the riverside beach makes an ideal spot for a game of football or volleyball. The main on-site restaurant, Toscana, is open from 7 am to 10 pm serving delicious southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine (breakfast, lunch and dinner), while the lounge and pool bars serve drinks, snacks and light meals throughout the day. In the near future, beauty rooms are due to open at The Farmington Hotel, offering relaxing treatments such as manicures, facials and massages. 14

ACCRA Airport View Hotel

Airport View Hotel Accra, Ghana 0.6 km from Kotoka International Airport Located just a three-minute drive from Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, Airport View Hotel has 81 air conditioned rooms consisting of executive, twin and standard deluxe. All rooms are en-suite with a minibar and views of Accra city. For business meetings and cocktail receptions the hotel has three conference rooms consisting of two large halls with a capacity of 80 people and a smaller hall for 40 people. Staff members are on hand to offer professional help in planning, organising and catering for your special event. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a fitness centre and a massage parlour so that guests can fully relax after their flight. The rooftop Luna restaurant offers delicious continental breakfasts, à la carte lunches and buffet-style dinners and there is also a pool bar providing snacks and drinks. There is a free shuttle service to and from the airport and the hotel is conveniently located within easy reach of the city’s Marina and Accra shopping malls. FLYafrica



Buon appetito! Italian three ways in Lagos

As one of the world’s largest cities, it’s no surprise that Lagos is packed full of establishments serving food from all corners of the globe – everything from unfussy street snacks to European-style fine dining. Among the suya spots, Indian eateries and steakhouses there are also Italian restaurants, bringing a slice of ‘la dolce vita’ to Lagos. EATafrica has chosen three of the best Italian restaurants in the city to help you get your pizza and pasta fix.

La Veranda WHERE: Oju Olobun Street WHEN: 12.00 to 22.30 TRY: The chef’s speciality, tagliatelle all’aragosta, or get creative and customise your own pizza with two toppings of your choice. This award-winning restaurant in Victoria Island uses top quality ingredients in its menu to offer guests a slice of Italy in bustling Lagos. Overlooking the pool of the Blowfish Hotel, this charming restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as take-out/delivery, so you can enjoy fine Italian cuisine from the comfort of your own home. La Veranda’s menu is varied and enticing, with a wide range of dishes showcasing the best of Italian cuisine. A wood-fire oven ensures that all pizzas are cooked to perfection with thick crusts and delicious toppings. La Veranda’s team make a 16

point of using only the finest ingredients, much like in Italy itself, to guarantee an authentic experience. The chef’s specialities are tagliatelle all’aragosta (lobster with sautéed garlic and ceps, served with tomatoes, fresh basil and tagliatelle) and tagliata all’aceto balsamico (grilled beef slices on a bed of rocket with balsamic sauce and french fries).

LA VERANDA Pizza heaven

La Giara


WHERE: Sheraton Lagos Hotel, 30 Mobolaji

WHERE: Musa Yar’ Adua Street, Victoria Island

Bank Anthony Way WHEN: 17.00 to 22.30 TRY: The grilled prawns (gamberoni Siciliana) or the chicken with prosciutto (involtini di pollo).

WHEN: 10.00 to 22.00 TRY: The suya pizza, an inspired and delicious combination of two favourite dishes. Popular with expats and locals alike, Pizze-Riah (as in ‘pizzeria’)

Located on the ground floor of the Sheraton

is a laid-back restaurant with a strong reputation for some of

Lagos Hotel, La Giara is an elegant eatery

the best thin-crust pizzas in the city.

serving a wide range of Italian classics that the whole family will enjoy. Popular with hotel guests and diners alike, La Giara has earned a reputation for the kind of hearty, warming dishes that you would find in a traditional Italian trattoria. La Giara’s varied menu includes everything you would expect to see on an Italian menu and more: starters including mushroom arancini and beef carpaccio; classic pasta dishes such as ravioli and lasagne; hand-crafted pizzas with delicious toppings including four seasons (mushroom, chorizo, anchovy and capers) and diavolo (spiced beef, chorizo pepper, onion and

Pizze-Riah has both indoor and outdoor seating, although, if you can, we would definitely recommend sitting outside to fully appreciate Pizze-Riah’s charm. The leafy greenery turns the garden into a small oasis in a busy part of the island. Coupled with a freshly cooked thin-crust pizza and a cold Star lager, it’s a real dining delight. The menu is unfussy, with a range of pizzas to satisfy any craving. There are classics such as pepperoni and quattro formaggi (four cheeses) as well as the suya pizza for which Pizze-Riah is probably best known (and rightly so). A nice touch at Pizze-Riah is that you can order two different halves of pizza, allowing you to try more than one if you’re really struggling to choose between all the options.

jalapeño); meat and fish dishes; and a choice

Aside from pizza, Pizze-Riah also serves a small selection of

of desserts to round off the Italian experience.

dishes straight from the grill including suya, chicken wings and

There is a good selection of fine wines to

pork chops. The cold cuts platter, too, is a good way to enjoy a

perfectly complement your meal.

taste of Italy if pizza is not your thing. FLYafrica



What’s new in world of wheels We look at the latest versions of four of the most popular vehicles on the roads of Ghana and advise you on their key features. By John Tavner

Toyota Land Cruiser The Toyota Land Cruiser has long been a vehicle of choice in Africa for all kinds of on-road and off-road travel in rugged conditions, including safaris and

through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic. With an eye, perhaps, on the possible rebirth of the Land Rover Defender in the near future, Toyota

long-distance hires.

has introduced an entry-level three-door manual

While the Land Cruiser is the ultimate ‘classless’ 4x4

modestly priced compared with the range-topping

vehicle, widely used in Europe, for example, as an

Invincible model.

version of the Land Cruiser called the Utility which is

urban and extra urban runabout for busy families, its rugged nature is particularly well suited to the

A key feature of the new Land Cruiser is the Multi

climate and road conditions of Africa.

Terrain Select system, which allows more slip

Introduced in its current form in 2009, the Land Cruiser has been significantly revised for 2018, although the basic concept of body-on-frame construction will stay the same. There are three-


before the traction control intervenes, depending on the kind of terrain – rock, mud, sand, etc – being negotiated. There’s also a Crawl Speed Cruise Control.

door and five-door body styles with five or seven

The revised interior includes a new larger central

seats. Power is provided by a 2.8 litre diesel engine

screen for easier monitoring and control of the Land

assisted by a new smaller turbo unit. This gives an

Cruiser’s various functions, including its external

output of 174 bhp with all four wheels being driven


Mercedes Sprinter

Honda Civic

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Mercedes Sprinter has become

Now in its 10th generation, the Honda

The seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe is

widely recognised, both in Africa and around the world, as a tough and reliable workhorse. It combines the practicality of a box-shaped panel van with the quality and reliability of a Mercedes.

Civic has proved a popular and competitively priced rival to other class-leading saloons around the world such as the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.

the largest SUV in the Hyundai range. In standard two-wheel-drive format, it’s a reasonable lower priced option for drivers who don’t need to go off-road on a regular basis.

The latest version of the Civic is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor and comes with improved suspension. It is available in six grades – from SE to Prestige – with a choice of two turbo-charged petrol engines and one diesel unit.

The Santa Fe has been revamped for 2018 with an all-new platform, although the engines are the same as for the previous generation. The styling has been reworked to give it more of an SUV appearance. One of the main features is the deeper rear side windows, which let in more light and give rear passengers a better view out.

The Sprinter was introduced in 1995 and the Mk 2 came along in 2006. The all-new Sprinter will be in showrooms in 2018 and is expected to offer still more practicality along with lower running costs. There will now be the option of front-wheel drive. All vans come with single rear tyres, thus providing a load bay width of 1.2 metres between the wheel arches. As before, there will be a choice of at least nine different body styles, including a minibus and a pick-up, although most buyers will choose the traditional panel van. The new Sprinter is expected to be powered by updated versions of the 2.1 litre turbo-diesel unit, with outputs of between 114 and 163 PS and an improved fuel economy of better than 40 mpg. These units will be teamed with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a ninespeed torque converter automatic. The interior of the new 2018 Sprinter has been considerably revised and improved, with bigger seats and various car-style features. One option is a large touch screen featuring the company’s latest MBUX infotainment system.

Both the 1.0 litre and 1.5 litre petrol engines are good units that will accelerate strongly from low revs, while the 1.6 diesel unit offers excellent fuel economy, with more than 80 mpg being claimed for the combined cycle. Interior quality has been improved. There is plenty of head and leg room in the front, while rear passengers have adequate leg room, too, although head room is limited by the slope of the roof. Missing from the new Civic are the so-called ‘magic seats’ that had proved so popular in the past. This feature allowed the seat squab bases to be folded upwards to free up floor space for large, bulky items. The new Civic comes with fully independent rear suspension. This gives it more precise handling and an improved ride quality.

The interior has been modernised and refreshed. The new head-up display is clearer than before and the infotainment screen includes a virtual rear-view mirror (in addition to the conventional mirror). The Santa Fe is fitted with Hyundai’s HTRAC system, which brakes individual wheels to give better traction and assigns torque in various degrees between the axles depending on road conditions. Main power units for the Santa Fe remain as before. The most popular is likely to be the 2.2 litre diesel, producing 194 bhp, which is available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. A 2 litre diesel version is also available.




Four new releases to up your tech game DJI Mavic Air Combining sleek style with the convenience of portability, the latest drone from the DJI family trumps most drones currently on the market. This ultra-portable gadget is incredibly light and can be easily folded away into a backpack, so the Mavic Air can be taken on a hike or trip. It has a 3-axis gimbal camera to minimise vibrations while the drone is in flight mode and taking shots, so the Mavic Air is able to glide through the sky producing the clearest of images. The user can take horizontal, vertical and 180 degree panoramic pictures, including crystal-clear 32 MP sphere panoramas created by the Mavic Air stitching together 25 photos in just eight seconds. The special HDR feature alters the exposure according to light conditions, with dark areas being processed in a natural manner to appear clearer. The video setting on this brand-new drone shoots ultra HD video at high speed; and there is also a slow-motion feature. DJI’s Mavic Air has 8 GB of internal storage as well as a micro SD card slot. Price: From US$ 799


Rooster Money This brand-new app uses the latest technology to allow parents to teach their children the value of money in a modern and updated fashion. Simple and easy to navigate for the whole family, Rooster Money makes managing cash smart by allowing the user to digitally track his (or her) children’s pocket money. Children are also able to log on to keep track of how much cash they have, enabling them to understand how to manage pocket money, rewards for doing chores and cash treats from relatives. Inand outgoings are overseen by parents, so that they never have to worry about what their child is spending cash on. The youngsters can log into the app on the go and visibly track how close they are to purchasing an item they have been saving for. In addition, they can send requests to their parents asking for permission regarding items they would like to purchase. Parents can set allowances or ‘boosts’ for chores and rewards. Money can also be taken out of the account if need be; and the Rooster Money app is available to use in multiple currencies. Unfortunately, this app is only available at the App Store for iOS devices. Price: Free (extra features cost)

Dell XPS 13

JBL Soundgear BTA JBL has recently released a wearable wireless Bluetooth speaker that introduces a completely new way of experiencing sound. The lightweight Soundgear BTA is made of soft-touch fabric and designed in an ergonomic shape to sit comfortably around the neck, creating a hands-free and earsfree speaker for the home. Users are able to walk from room to room and still listen to their favourite tunes or continue phone calls. By means of the quad transducers and bass booster, the JBL speaker produces a signature sound experience for the user, while also facilitating more awareness to surroundings than standard headphones and minimising sound disruption for others. The Soundgear BTA allows users to switch effortlessly between different Bluetooth devices so they can go from listening to a film on the TV to answering a call on the phone, all by controlling the speaker from their devices so they never have

At just over 13 inches long, the brand-new XPS 13 from Dell is officially the world’s smallest laptop, featuring virtually borderless InfinityEdge display. The XPS is incredibly slim, ranging between 9 mm and 15 mm (depending on the model) and weighing just 1.22 kg, so users can travel light with their laptop. This latest release from Dell features a state-of-theart display and UltraSharp QHD+ resolution – a few steps up from normal HD to say the least. The XPS 13 offers a far brighter screen than the usual laptop and an easy-to-share system that provides a viewing angle of up to 170 degrees, resulting in viewing content from every angle. The touch-friendly option allows the user to tap, pinch and swipe the screen, while the eighth-generation processors offer increased performance in a sleek form. Once fully charged, the laptop can withhold up to 22 hours of continual basic use ­– and 13 hours when it comes to streaming content through Netflix or YouTube. Microsoft Hello provides the user with a password-free sign-in option by using a fast yet secure fingerprint reader. The Dell XPS 13 is available in rose gold or silver. Price: Starting at US$ 799.99

to take the speaker off. Using a USB charging system, the JBL speaker has a six-hour battery life and can be recharged in just two hours. Price: US$ 249.95



INVESTMENT market review Brought to you by: Strategic African Securities Limited

Strong confidence boosts returns and liquidity Share prices sustain upward trend in first quarter of 2018 Share prices on the Ghana Stock Exchange continued their strong run from 2017 to record another period of solid gains in the first quarter of the year. The GSE Composite Index and the SAS Index returned 30.51 per cent and 32.74 per cent respectively in the first quarter, pushing the value of listed Ghanaian companies to record territories. A general sense of confidence about economic growth and corporate earnings combined with a broader risk-on approach from both Ghanaian and foreign portfolio investors contributed to the steady ascent of market indices. Most sectors ended the quarter well in the green, with 22

particularly financial institutions and the oil marketing companies driving the market higher. Advancers led decliners by 17 to eight at the end of the quarter. The largest share price gainers were SIC Insurance (up 280 per cent), Societe Generale (up 182 per cent) and GOIL (up 86 per cent). Produce Buying Company (down 33 per cent) led the few companies that shed value.

which supports continuing investor optimism on the stock market.

Continuing accommodative monetary policy provide the backdrop for lower money market rates The Bank of Ghana reduced the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 200 basis points to 18 per cent in March, Selected Market Indices (1st Qtr, 2018)

The total market turnover was GH¢ 102.6 million for the quarter with Fan Milk Limited emerging as the most liquid company (accounting for 21 per cent of the total value of trades). The corporate results season for the fiscal year to December 2017 was substantially completed in March, with many of the companies reporting profit figures above expectations,



0.00% Jan


Source: SAS Equities Desk


March SAS-FI

citing declining inflation rates and stability of the cedi. Liquidity in the inter-bank market was stronger generally in the first quarter of the year and interest rates on money market instruments were lower than rates in 2017, especially at the short-end of the market. The downward realignment of the Government Bond yield curve also continued into the first quarter. In response to interest rate developments, investors have turned to climbing the yield curve and also adding spread assets or corporate bonds to their portfolios. Corporates raised a total of GH¢ 90.2 million successfully in the primary debt market in January and February. Fixed income investors also purchased a total of GH¢ 26.3 billion in short-term Treasury Bills and Notes issued by the Government and Bank of Ghana in January and February. Cocobod Bills issued in the first two months totalled GH¢ 580.2 million. At the back end of the yield curve, the Government issued GH¢ 1.99 billion five-year Treasury Bonds in February and GH¢ 1.58 billion threeyear Treasury Bonds in March. Both transactions were oversubscribed by investors. The secondary bond market continues to benefit from the steady improvement in liquidity that we have witnessed since 2016. The total value of trades for the first three months of 2018 exceeded GH¢ 10 billion, the best-ever quarter. Inflation edged down in March 2018, coming in at 10.4 per cent

y/y according to the Ghana Statistical Service, way below say the reading of 12.8 per cent y/y in March 2017. The cedi was broadly stable against the US dollar and other major trading currencies over the first quarter of 2018 on the back of subdued demand pressures and improved liquidity.

Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE)

A busy year ahead

Source: GSE, SAS Equities Desk

Primary market activity and corporate actions in the first quarter of the year signal a strong issuance market for 2018. In March, Digicut Advertising and Production Ltd priced a GH¢ 2.85 million Initial Public Offering (IPO). Quantum Terminals Ltd issued GH¢ 45 million in Fixed Rate Notes to investors. Also in March, Enterprise Group Ltd consummated a GH¢ 219.7 million fully subscribed Rights Issue. The second and third quarters of the year promise to be even more active. A number of banks plan to issue new shares in the stock market to raise additional equity capital to be able to meet the new minimum paid-up capital threshold set by the Bank of Ghana before 31 December 2018. We expect to see significant other capital markets transactions including the IPO of MTN Ghana Ltd and a couple of other large Ghanaian corporates, as well as new corporate bond offerings from seasoned issuers under already registered bond programmes and also some completely new issues.

Official List of Securities


GH¢ Billion Top Market Value 64.4 Top 5 Companies by Market Value GH¢ Billion Tullow Oil 23.5 Anglogold Ashanti 15.2 Ecobank Transnational 4.3 Standard Chartered Bank 4.1 Ecobank Ghana Limited 3.3

Major Share Price Changes (1st Qtr, 2018) Top Advancers SIC Insurance Societe Generale Ghana Oil Company PZ Cussons Mechanical Lloyd

Open 0.10 0.82 2.69 0.20 0.06

Close Change 0.38 280.00% 2.31 181.71% 4.99 85.50% 0.37 85.00% 0.10 66.67%

Top Decliners Produce Buying Company Aluworks Trust Bank Gambia Access Bank Ghana Republic Bank

Open 0.06 0.16 0.35 4.05 1.39

Close Change 0.04 -33.33% 0.11 -31.25% 0.30 -14.29% 3.60 -11.11% 1.29 -7.19%

Source: SAS Equities Desk Money Market Rates (1st Qtr, 2018) AIBOR 91 Day Tbill 182 Day Tbill 1 Year Note 2 Year Note

Open Close Change 19.20% 17.83% -1.37% 13.33% 13.36% 0.03% 13.78% 13.90% 0.12% 15.00% 15.00% 0.00% 17.50% 16.50% -1.00%

Source: Bank of Ghana, SAS Fixed Income Desk Bond Yields (1st Qtr, 2018) 3 Year Bond 5 Year Bond 7 Year Bond 10 Year Bond

Avg Open Avg Close 16.57% 15.64% 16.30% 15.77% 15.98% 15.70% 16.35% 15.75%

Change -0.93% -0.53% -0.28% -0.60%

Source: SAS Fixed Income Desk GH¢ Exchange Rates (1st Qtr, 2018) Currency Avg Open Avg Close Change US Dollar 4.4157 4.4044 0.25% Pound Sterling 5.9669 6.1816 -3.60% Canadian Dollar 3.5159 3.4157 2.85% Japanese Yen 0.0393 0.0415 -5.61% S/African Rand 0.3580 0.3713 -3.72% Source: Euro SAS Equities Desk 5.2964 5.4179 -3.72% Chinese Renminbi 0.6789 0.7000 -3.12% Naira 69.3950 69.4550 -0.09% Source: Bank of Ghana, SAS Research

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All Jessica Opare Saforo pictures courtesy of Mo Shutter Photography



AND PERSEVERANCE Jessica Opare Saforo talks music, fame and using her status to positively influence others

Q: How did you first get into presenting? Did you always know it was something you wanted to do? A: I got into radio by chance and through a referral from my elder sister, Lily, who was in radio at the time. There was an opportunity at Vibe FM for a host of a youth-oriented show called ‘Teen Vibes’. I got into TV when I had to audition for a role as the host of a reality TV show called ‘Miss Malaika Ghana’ and I got

An unexpected opportunity led Jessica Opare Saforo to become a radio presenter for Vibe FM. Today she holds a career in television and radio while also fulfilling the role of CEO at The Voice Ova Company. And, to top things off, WomenRising has recently named her one of the 100 Most Influential Ghanaian Women. Jessica speaks to FLYafrica’s Amy Laubach about how she balances these different roles and what it means to receive such an award.

the part. I always thought I would end up being an accountant! Q: Who was your favourite guest on Celebrity Fanzone? A: M.anifest. He’s honed his craft and has the brains to boot. Q: Who would your dream guest be? A: Oprah Winfrey. Q: What has motivated you to succeed in your career?

I’m a self-motivated individual; my drive and passion is unmatched. I must say that my true fans motivate me to succeed

A: I’m a self-motivated individual; my drive and passion is unmatched. I must say that my true fans motivate me to succeed. I always feel like I can’t possibly let them down and that keeps me going. Q: You have a career in television and radio and you’re the CEO of The Voice Ova Company. How do you manage to juggle your career and personal life? A: It’s a real challenge. It’s something I’m still trying to perfect. As it stands, one aspect of my life always suffers and unfortunately it’s my personal life. I’ve had friends walk out on me because they don’t understand why I can’t seem to make time for them. I suck at divided attention. FLYafrica 25

Q: Describe the music scene in Ghana at the moment. A: Exciting. A couple of years ago content providers weren’t sure they could sustain any programme which required highlighting Ghanaian music. Now, though, we are genuinely spoilt for choice. It’s refreshing; Ghana has a lot of talent. That being said, Ghanaians typically are biased towards certain genres while other less popular forms suffer. Q: You’re one of the most recognised names (and voices) in radio and TV. How do you deal with the fame surrounding your career? A: I don’t think I handle it adequately. I’m rather shy so I avoid public spaces as much as possible and when I do find myself in the midst of people, I’m glad when they just leave A: ‘Transformation with Jess’ is a

Why do you think it is important for

reality show that chronicles the

well-known personalities such as

Q: How did it feel to be named one

weight loss journey of 10 contestants.

yourself to speak out about issues

of the 100 Most Influential Ghanaian

They literally compete against each

like this?

Women by WomenRising last year?

other to lose the most weight by

me alone or keep it moving.

following a strict diet and work-out

A: It’s important because people

A: It felt great. I think we never quite

routine. It’s hosted by myself and I

listen. Influence is a thing people like

know the impact we make until we

personally coach them on how to do

me should not – and cannot – take

receive such recognition. Influence is

it because I’ve been there before. The

a powerful thing and it gives you the

person who loses the most weight

leverage to do more.

wins. The message is simple: essentially, you can do absolutely anything

Q: Which moment in your career

you put your mind to. The question is:

are you most proud of?

how badly do you want it?

A: There are many. You see, my job

Q: What is a typical day like for

is multifaceted. I’m glad to see my


for granted. You never know who JESSICA One of Ghana’s most influential women

you are helping or making worse off by your actions and inactions. We have the gift of a platform and must use it for the greater good. Q: What plans and goals do you hope to meet by the end of 2018? A: I’d like to see my baby project Citi

creations come to life or to realise an increment in my audience, both

A: I wake up at 4.00, head to the

TV launched and doing well. I also

on-air and off-air.

gym by 5.00 and work out until 6.30.

hope to get season two of my weight

I’m in the office by 8.00.

loss show off the ground.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start a

I manage the programming function

career in radio?

of Citi FM & Citi TV until 13.00 then I go on air from 14.00 to 17.30 with

A: It depends on which aspect of

Citi FM’s late afternoon show ‘Traffic

radio you’re interested in. However,

Avenue’. On Thursdays I go on air

being your best self will always take

again at 19.00 to host my all-women

you further. Passion and persever-

talk show called ‘Sister-Sister’. I get

ance cannot be taken for granted

home at about 20.30 and I’m asleep


by 21.30. [laughs] I’m quite predictable!

Q: Tell me about your weight-loss


reality TV programme ‘Transform

Q: You’ve used your platform to

with Jess’. What message do you

raise awareness of threatening

hope to give your viewers?

behaviour and harassment.

Quick fire Q&A Favourite healthy snack? Almonds. Favourite Ghanaian musician? Tough to say… I have so many. What can you never leave the house without? My cellphone. Favourite city in Ghana? Takoradi.

All Surf’s up pictures courtesy of Brett Davies

Surf’s up! Catching waves in Kokrobite

California’s Santa Cruz or


Ghana as a renowned surfing desti-

in Kokrobite about why Ghana is

the shores of Newquay in

nation, so much so that some areas

the perfect place to surf and the

England to catch some serious

of the coast are now home to surf

growing local surfing community.

waves; Ghana’s golden beaches

schools and surf shops, catering to

are fast becoming a destination of

a growing number of local people

sport in his blood; he began surfing

choice for surfers in West Africa

and visitors looking to get out on

at seven years old and has since

and beyond to practise their pumps,

the waves of the west coast. Kirsten

spent his life working in the industry

snaps and fades.

Alexander spoke to Brett Davies

and competing at a high level.

ou don’t need to travel to

Interest is growing steadily in

from Mr Brights Surf Shop & School

Brett, a Newquay native, has the

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BRETT Surfing one of the best waves at a secret spot

Inspired by the film ‘The Endless

10-minute walk away is a wave that

Summer’, in which two surfers visit

breaks 220 yards [201 metres] out to

many countries, including Ghana,

sea, which I believe is the best begin-

Brett came to see the country for

ner/intermediate wave in Ghana.”

himself. After spending some time

surfing conditions, more and more

culture and waves, deciding to open

surf schools are popping up along

a surf shop and school, Mr Brights,

the coast. “At the moment there

at the coast to make the most of the

are five in Ghana: four in Busua and

conditions. “Ghana has some of the

myself [in Kokrobite],” says Brett.

best waves in the world,” says Brett.

“There’s also one local guy trying to

“Most of the best waves are secret

start something with the locals at

populations, there is a growing

spots and only a handful of people

Cape Coast.” These small communi-

number of local surfers who are

surf them. The water is warm and

ties are gradually expanding as more

showing promise. “We have three

there’s a lack of crowded waves; it’s

people learn about Ghana’s favour-

surfers who I would say are the

the perfect destination for all levels.”

able surfing conditions and the surf

outstanding Ghanaians,” says Brett.

schools and camps that can help

“Two of them have travelled with me

them experience these.

to compete in South Africa and Côte

Kokrobite Mr Brights is located in Kokrobite,

“Surfing is great for any tourist

In addition to the visiting tourist

D’Ivoire; Micheal (Ballack) Bentum is

at the popular Big Milly’s Backyard

industry – you just need to look at

one of them, the current surf cham-

beach resort, and offers surfing

Bali for example,” says Brett. “Ghana

pion. Surfing is still young here, but

lessons, courses and equipment

isn’t the new Bali, but surfing will

the future generations will for sure

for beginners right through to

help the local communities where

turn heads.”

experienced surfers so no matter

there are good waves. We need to

your ability, Mr Brights will help you

work on getting all the surf instruc-


get the best out of your visit. “As

tors qualified teachers, but to be

Brett is dedicated to helping further

Kokrobite is so close to Accra and

qualified you need to hold an up-to-

improve the West African surfing

the airport, it’s the ideal first stop to

date lifeguard certificate. This could

community: “One of my passions

surf in Ghana,” says Brett. “Kokro-

open up opportunities for jobs as

is helping the emerging surfing

bite has a fun beach break but just a

lifeguards, too.”

communities by donating equip-

COACHING Micheal Bentum offers his knowledge


To make the most of the excellent

here, he fell in love with our people,

‘As Kokrobite is so close to Accra and the airport, it’s the ideal first stop to surf in Ghana’

ment, coaching and holding surf contests,” he says. “To date, I have donated a large quantity of surf-

SURFING Check out the waves in Kokrobite

boards not only in Ghana but also in Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia.” With emerging local talent and the growing surf industry, Brett has high hopes for the future: “A dream would be to help organise a team to surf in the ISA [International Surfing Association] World Championship and possibly the Olympics. We’re a while off, but everything is possible.”

Find out more If you’re interested in taking up surfing or learning more about the surfing community in Ghana, contact Mr Brights: Tel: +233 (0)264 316 053 Email: Website: Facebook: Big Milly’s: FLYafrica 29


for cocoa Why the world loves Ghanaian chocolate


aint Valentine’s Day – 14

from Kotoka International Airport

February – is a day for sharing

were given a piece of locally made

love with your other half, your

chocolate as a token of the day’s

crush, or even just your friends and family. The most romantic day of the year is also dedicated to another


love shared by millions of people all

Even though we are one of the

over the world: chocolate.

world’s leading cocoa exporters,

Launched in 2007 by the

second only to Côte d’Ivoire, the

Ghana Tourism Authority, National

people of Ghana, and West Africa

Chocolate Day aims to promote

in general, don’t have as much of

chocolate consumption and the

an appetite for the sweet stuff as

country’s cocoa industry in general

the rest of the world. By contrast,

by encouraging businesses, hotels

European countries, notably the

and restaurants to give customers a

UK, Germany and Switzerland, are

and transformed into all kinds of

taste of the local chocolate as well

among the world’s biggest consum-

tasty treats. For example, Divine

as celebrating the day with various

ers of chocolate.

Chocolate, based in London, uses

activities in Accra. As part of this year’s Chocolate



Ghana cocoa beans are of the Forastero variety, which are known for their full-bodied flavour and hardiness, meaning that they grow fast and can be harvested regularly Our cocoa beans are exported

But what makes Ghanaian cocoa

only Ghanaian cocoa in their choco-

beans so popular? For a start,

late products and combine it with COCOA Important for the economy

Day celebrations, Africa World

we have a huge supply of cocoa

Airlines staff handed out a chocolate

beans. This appeals to manufactur-

other ingredients to create luxurious

bar to each passenger travelling with

ers abroad who need a seemingly

toffee and sea salt; dark chocolate

the airline on 14 February. This initia-

infinite supply of beans for their

with pink Himalayan salt; and orange

tive was announced by Catherine

products. Secondly, our beans are of

milk chocolate. Furthermore, South

Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and

the Forastero variety, known for their

Korea-based Lotte Confectionary

Culture, as part of the event’s theme

full-bodied flavour and hardiness,

uses Ghanaian cocoa to produce

of ‘Eat Ghana, Eat Chocolate’. All

meaning that they grow fast and can

its aptly-named ‘Ghana’ range of

passengers arriving in or departing

be harvested regularly.

chocolate, available in milk and dark

flavours such as dark chocolate with

Weird and wonderful chocolate facts Brussels Airport is the world’s foremost retailer of chocolate, with more than 800 tonnes sold there each year The word ‘chocolate’ comes from ‘xocolatl’ – an Aztec word referring to the bitter taste of a cocoa bean drink The world’s first chocolate bar is said to have been made in 1847 by British doctor Joseph Fry, who promoted the health benefits of cocoa powder The most expensive individual chocolate was created by Danish chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt and cost US$ 250 (about GHS 1,100) White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate as it contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor; instead, it contains cocoa butter In 1961 cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to eat chocolate in space during his time aboard ‘Vostock I’ on the first manned space flight in history. Today, chocolate is a popular request for astronauts to take with them into space.

varieties, and is one of the most

by sisters Kimberly and Priscilla

popular chocolate brands in Asia.

Addison, which produces a range of


chocolates celebrating Ghana: the name is a homage to our independ-

Back here in Ghana, a growing

ence year and some of their bars are

number of chocolate manufactur-

engraved with Adinkra symbols from

ers are producing bean-to-bar

the Ashanti.

chocolate and proving that we can

While we may never be one of the

produce quality chocolate from

world’s biggest chocolate consum-

home-grown beans. Arguably the

ers, we can take pride in being the

best known is Golden Tree, which

second-largest cocoa growing

produces a variety of chocolate-

country and take time to savour

based products like Kingsbite bars,

the world-renowned product that

Pebbles and Choco Delight spread.

we grow here – and not just on 14

Then there’s ’57 Chocolate, started

February. FLYafrica



GHANAIAN Celebrating 61 years of independence year’s celebrations, our


celebrate independence in

thoughts focus on inde-

a similar way. Most of us are

pendence and what it means to be

able to get the day off work and we

Ghanaian. It is a time for us to give

participate in street parties held on

thanks to Kwame Nkrumah and the

our doorstep where we can parade

Gold Coast government for their

flags and dance to music. It is also a

determination and perseverance,

day on which many of us dress from

enabling Ghana to declare its inde-

head to toe in kente, batik and wax

pendence from the United Kingdom

fabrics, wildly patterned in pan-Afri-

and establish the nation of Ghana

can colours to symbolise our pride

on 6 March 1957.

and devotion to Ghana.

s we wave goodbye to this

ACCRA Independence Square

Ghanaians tend to

Black Star Square Alternatively, some choose to honour the occasion by heading to Black Star Square in Accra to visit the very place where our first president stood and proclaimed the country’s independence. In recent times the square, which is the second-largest city square in the world, holds a spectacular national Independence Day parade consisting of march32

1957 A historic year

ing school children, the Armed Forces and security officials saluting the president and waving patriotic flags as they go. This year our president, President Nana Akufo-Addo, was joined by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, who travelled to Accra to join in the festivities. In his speech at Independence Square he paid tribute to all the Republican leaders since President Nkrumah. As

It is a time for us to give thanks to Kwame Nkrumah and the Gold Coast government for their determination and perseverance, enabling Ghana to declare its independence from the United Kingdom and establish the nation of Ghana on 6 March 1957

expected, President Buhari shared stories of the close ties, both cultural

the world in some shape or form.

tion concert was held at the O2

and historical, between Nigeria and

New York City hosted the Official

Arena in London. Performing live

Ghana and graced the occasion by

Ghana@61 Weekend Celebration with

was Kuami Eugene, a young and

reaffirming the long-standing rela-

a Kente Wave party – a day spent

multi-talented producer and musi-

tionship between the peoples and

showcasing Ghanaian fashion, design-

cian from Accra, best known for his

governments of Nigeria and Ghana.

ers, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts

smash-hit song ‘Angela.’ In Australia,

– while in Washington, D.C. there was

the Ghana Association of Victo-

a Dream Ghana Party, essentially a

ria held an evening dedicated to

cultural night full of glamour, fashion,

outstanding professional cultural and

cocktails and music.

contemporary artists, including DJs

Celebrations across the world From wild parades to sophisticated parties, it’s certain that Ghana’s 61st birthday was celebrated across

On 3 March in the UK the Official

playing highlife music and a whole

Ghana 61st Independence Celebra-

feast of delicious Ghanaian treats.

CELEBRATE 61 years of Independence

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above the forest… Kakum National Park Ghana is blessed with vibrant cities, superb beaches and national parks that draw visitors from across the world. But when was the last time you took a day out as a tourist in your home country? Why not head out and explore some of our wild nature by taking a trip to Kakum National Park in the Central Region and experience this lush green rainforest with all it has to offer.


akum National Park, about

that include hiking, birdwatching,

in Africa and one of only a few on

30 km from Cape Coast,

camping and exploring the canopy

the continent (others can be found

is one of seven national

walkway. Prices vary from GH¢ 20

in Kirstenbosch, South Africa, and

parks in Ghana and one of the most

for an hour’s hiking to GH¢ 75 for a

Lekki Conservation Centre, Nigeria).

accessible in the country, easily

three-hour birdwatching walk. Chil-

The walkway stretches more than

reached by car, trotro, taxi or by

dren and students pay cheaper rates;

300 metres across the forest canopy,

way of organised tours from nearby

and rates for Ghanaian nationals are

with a series of bridges providing

towns and cities.

always cheaper than for tourists.

unique views across this wonderful

Covering just 375 sq km, Kakum is

national park. Hanging from the trees GREY PARROT Often seen in Kakum

far from being the country’s largest

per person. At the entrance you can

national park – Mole National Park

also hire a guide, who will walk you

holds that title with an area of 4,840

through your chosen activity and

netting so you can walk confidently

sq km – but is certainly an intriguing

make sure you keep safe and get the

and securely among the treetops.

destination with its environment of

most out of your visit.

untouched rainforest together with


There is a park entrance fee of GH¢ 2

about 40 metres off the ground, the bridges are well secured with safety

You don’t need to be super-fit to enjoy the canopy walkway as the

rare animals and one of only a few

Canopy walkway

canopy walkways in Africa.

Arguably the most popular activity

are several steps up to the starting

On entering to the park, visitors

in Kakum is the canopy walkway,

point, so be sure to wear comfort-

can choose from a range of activities

thought to be the first of its kind

able shoes. A bottle of water to keep

bridges are relatively easy; but there

CANOPY High up in the trees

Ghana’s National Parks If you’re not heading for the Cape Coast region any time soon and would still like to experience a day away from the city, there are plenty of other places to be explored:

Bia National Park • Western Region • 563 sq km • Home to elephants, chimpanzees and some of Africa’s tallest trees.

Bui National Park • Brong-Ahafo and Northern regions • 1,820 sq km • Highlights include the large hippo population of the Black Volta River.

Digya National Park • Brong-Ahafo Region • 3,743 sq km • Bordering Lake Volta and home to primates, elephants and hundreds of bird species.

Kyabobo National Park • Volta Region • 360 sq km

you keep hydrated is a good idea,

For a closer look at the forest, visi-

too, as although you’re far from

tors can enjoy a one-hour hike through

the ground, the forest gets hot and

the national park, led by knowledge-

humid throughout the day.

able guides who will help you find


and identify the various flora and fauna. Kakum is home to many animal

As you traverse the walkway, you

species including the black-and-

get a sense of how dense and vast

white colobus monkey, duiker, forest

the forest is. Being so high off the

elephant and bongo, although the size

ground means you’re unlikely to see

and density of the forest means that

much wildlife, although you may

sightings aren’t guaranteed.

well spot some of the park’s vibrant

Visitors can also choose to stay

• Tropical rainforest and savannah landscapes with leopard, buffalo and rock hyrax.

Mole National Park • Northern Region • 4,840 sq km • Largest national park in Ghana, with a diverse range of wildlife including lion and elephant.

birdlife. Dedicated birdwatching

overnight in Kakum, either in the

Nini-Suhien National Park

tours are available for keen twitchers

Treehouse, which accommodates up

and those looking to observe some

to 15 people, or in the simple camping

• Western Region

of Kakum’s wide variety of birds,

facilities in the park. These must be

including the African grey parrot,

booked in advance, however, so plan

white-crested hornbill, olive sunbird

ahead if you want to experience the

and red-fronted parrot.

thrill of camping in Kakum.

• 160 sq km • Next to Ankasa Resources Reserve and home to the endangered Diana monkey.

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the game of life

Getting involved in football helps students achieve all-round excellence


s the world’s most popular

enthusiasts. For many boys and girls


sport, it’s little wonder that

in Tema – and over the border in


association football – or

the Togo capital, Lomé – football is


soccer – has the power to change

helping them to seek new goals and


people’s lives. Talented players

be the best they can, both on and off

back to the

have gone on to become record-

the pitch.


breaking sportsmen, representing


and a conver-

their countries at world level and


inspiring others to follow their

Conceived by Gary Miller, director of

– at that time the


Tema-based OMA Ghana Ltd, and

academy director of

You don’t have to be a profes-

ex-professional footballer Simon

Ipswich Town Football

sional soccer player to benefit from

Milton, Futurestars is a sporting

Club in England – led to

The Beautiful Game, however. A

programme and registered charity

the Futurestars concept.

casual game of football can improve

that aims to change young people’s

your fitness and there’s a chance to

lives through sport. The idea came

in 2015 and is active in Ghana

make new friends with like-minded

about when Gary was looking at how

and Togo, providing sports

sation with Simon

Futurestars was launched

lessons in schools as well as running development academies and sports festivals. The programme has been rolled out to five schools in Tema, all close to OMA Ghana’s Tema office and selected in agreement with the

SIMON Futurestars Director

Ghana Education Service; and there is also a programme in Lomé. At the schools in Tema some 2,500 children aged between five and 16 enjoy weekly football and netball lessons taken by two qualified coaches, Silas Donkoh and B. Asare Wilson. In addition to the physical education (PE) sessions that are designed to get all the children involved, there are also football and netball sessions before the start of the school day to coach talented students and prepare them for competitions. Those who show exceptional talent are then invited to join development academies, where they receive additional coaching to help them progress as footballers and also learn about key subjects like sanitation and hygiene. The aim is for them to share these life lessons with their classmates back at school.

Impact The introduction of dedicated, structured PE lessons is already having a positive impact at the five schools in Tema. While the sports sessions allow the students to get active on a regular basis and improve their fitness, the football and netball

them to achieve a better future for

lessons are also having a huge effect

themselves with the knowledge and

on their wider lives. Simon Milton

determination to succeed in their

told FLYafrica: “All five schools in


Tema have reported that student

In addition to the sports lessons,

attendance has increased and that

Futurestars – with the help of Yinson

pupils are showing more engage-

Production WA – has begun a school

ment in lessons throughout the day

refurbishment programme that has

as a result of participating in Futur-

brought running water to the schools

estars lessons.” With truancy levels

where Futurestars is active as well as

falling, the students are getting

repairing, refurbishing and decorat-

more out of their education, helping

ing classrooms and school facilities.

Futurestars was launched in 2015 and is active in Ghana and Togo, providing sports lessons in schools as well as running development academies and sports festivals

Festival of Sport In addition to the weekly school sessions, Futurestars has launched an annual Festival of Sport that brings together all five of the Tema schools, plus the academies in both Ghana and Togo, to compete in football and netball tournaments. Last year’s fourth annual Futurestars Festival of Sport on 16 September also included sprint races, entertainment and catering to make the day enjoyable for competitors and observers alike. Community 8 won the school’s football tournament, while Twedaase won the netball event. Futurestars Ghana beat the previous year’s winners Futurestars Agoe, from Togo, to take the academy teams trophy, while the adult tournament was won by Ghana Education Services’ GES Meo Stars team. The fifth annual festival is to be held later this year, so keep an eye on the Futurestars website for more information. FLYafrica 37

The aim of these improvements is to

Futurestars Agoe also supports CEG

give students a safe and secure place

Cacaveli School in Lomé with PE

of learning with improved facilities.

lessons and sporting events for the



school’s 1,600 pupils. Futurestars is supported by

Over the border in Lomé more than

legendary footballers Terry Butcher,

150 children and young adults receive

a former England captain who

training, overseen by a team of eight

earned 77 caps for the national team,

coaches, as part of Futurestars Agoe,

and Titus Bramble, who played for

the first international expansion of

Ipswich Town, Newcastle United and

Futurestars. Students are divided into

Sunderland during his professional

five teams and have already shown

career. Both men have first-hand

promise in the regional champion-

knowledge of how the sport can

ship, with the Futurestars Agoe

change people’s lives for the better.

teams winning in the U15, U17 and

As Futurestars Ambassador and

U20 categories, while the U20s team

lead coach, Titus visits Tema and

also won the Togo National Cup

Lomé regularly to work with the

in 2017. The success does not stop

team. Titus is also involved in the

there, however, as talented players

coaching programme, building on

have been selected for the national

his experience coaching the Ipswich

youth teams, including two female

Town Academy, and helps Silas and

players who joined the senior Togo

Wilson to come up with suitable

national women’s team to play in

programmes for the students.

the international WAFU Zone B Cup.

TRUSTEE Terry Butcher lends his support

While Simon is also an

‘We have a board of trustees who oversee how the money gets spent, so people can be reassured that any money donated is going straight to improving these young people’s lives’

ex-professional footballer, he is more

as expanding Futurestars’ fund-rais-

involved with the business side of the

ing activities. “Unlike a foundation,

programme, visiting local companies

people can see what the donated

to tell them about Futurestars and

money goes towards, which is so

advising on how people can get

important,” says Simon. “We have a

involved. “If local companies or inter-

board of trustees who oversee how

national companies with a presence

the money gets spent, so people

in Ghana or Togo don’t have any

can be reassured that any money

CSR [corporate social responsibil-

donated is going straight to improv-

ity] programme set up, they can get

ing these young people’s lives.”

involved with Futurestars,” explains

Having seen huge success in Tema

Simon. “Local businesses can give

and Lomé so far, where does Futur-

their employees the opportunity

estars go next? Simon says: “There

to be a part of this growing sports

are around 400 schools just in Tema,

programme and charity and help to

where OMA is based. In addition

make a difference.”

to Ghana and Togo, OMA also has


NETBALL Festival of Sport

offices in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, giving us the potential to

In April this year, Futurestars was

expand to schools in these countries,

granted UK charitable status. Direc-

too.” Simon is determined to spread

tors Gary and Simon hope this will

the word of Futurestars and hopes

ensure transparency going forward

to visit these countries soon and

and encourage other companies to

let them know about this inspiring

get involved with the charity, as well


Get involved It’s easy to get involved with Futurestars, either as an individual or as a company. Individuals can support the charity by buying footballs through the charity Alive & Kicking ( who make the balls used by Futurestars. Futurestars hopes to soon offer the option of purchasing solar lanterns from the GCP Foundation, which are then donated to families in the programme. Later this year, the charity also expects to be able to offer opportunities for volunteers to raise funds and work in the programmes through Akwaaba Volunteers. Companies can join Futurestars as part of their CSR programmes or partner with the charity in other ways. For more information about getting involved with Futurestars, head to: Futurestars is currently supported by the following partners:

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a great day out Four fun things to do in Accra without paying a penny

It’s true what they say, you know: the best things in life are free – and that doesn’t stop when it comes to seeking thrills, spectacular sights and fun experiences in Accra. We have carefully chosen the best of the bunch to prove that you can explore the city without spending a dollar.

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Labadi Beach

Or any beach, in fact! By staying at a beach resort, you can use its private beaches free of charge. Accra’s coast is lined with clean, golden sand and palm trees aplenty. Paired with Ghana’s guaranteed year-round warmth, this is an obvious place to add to your itinerary on a day when you feel like winding down. Neat, well maintained and private, Labadi – also known as La Pleasure – is Accra’s most popular beach. There are various restaurants and beach bars offering everything from a refreshing drink and light bite to a full evening meal. Simply relax in the sun, ride a horse along the beach, catch some live music or watch the sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

EXPLORE Makola Market

3. 2.

Artists Alliance Gallery

Located on the coastal front halfway between Labone and Labadi, the Artists Alliance Gallery is a three-floor art exhibition with paintings by Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes as well as new and upcoming artists. The walls are filled with traditional African and abstract pieces, including multimedia art on the top floor. There is a room of kente cloth pieces, two lower floors with modern paintings and multiple rooms containing intricate African wooden carvings and masks, both antique and replica. While there is no entrance fee, the public is invited to purchase works of art ranging in price from US$ 10 to USD 10,000.

LIGHTHOUSE Bird’s-eye view of the city

Makola Market

Visiting a market in Accra is ideal if you really want to gain a sense of day-to-day life and experience some local culture; and, best of all, you don’t have to spend anything to do a spot of window shopping. Makola is rightly regarded as the best market in Accra, with a wide variety of food and market stalls and shops selling goods and services at very affordable prices if you are looking to purchase. Most of the traders sell brightly coloured fabrics, clothes and accessories as well as fresh produce. The area is perfectly safe, but it’s best to visit later in the day when there’s less traffic. Going with someone who knows the area will make it easier to find your way around.


Jamestown/ Ussher Town

Jamestown and Ussher Town are in a small area of Accra east of the Korle Lagoon along the coastal front. As the oldest district in the city, well known for its rich history, this destination will provide you with plenty of worthy sights without having to hand your money over to anyone. Today, these towns are fishing villages; yet there is an abundance of beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings and clapboard houses that keep these districts vibrant and alive. For a spectacular view of the fishing harbour and a bird’s-eye view of the city, why not climb the Jamestown Lighthouse. And if you’re happy to spend a little, the Jamestown Café next to the Ussher Fort serves delicious food and cocktails accompanied by live music daily. FLYafrica


Capturing, challenging

Photo credit: Steve Morris



ANO First of its kind in Accra Photo credit: Desire Clarke


Photo credit: Latifah Iddriss

Photo credit: Francis Koufie

All pictures courtesy of ANO 2018

Tucked away down an old street in Osu stands the first art space of its kind in Accra, comprising two exhibition rooms, a library, a bookshop and a screening and performance area. Founded in 2002 by cultural historian Nana Oforiatta Ayim, the non-profit organisation ANO aims to uncover and create brand-new cultural narratives in Africa by connecting and supporting its development in society. Amy Laubach finds out about ANO and the organisation’s plans for the future >

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SUNSUM SESSION Celebrating Ghana’s best

EXHIBITION Showcasing works of art

FOUNDER Nana Oforiatta Ayim Photo credit: Steve Morris


NO (pronounced ‘a-no’)

the creation of brand-new cultural

stems from the word ‘ no’

institutions and paradigms like

meaning ‘grandmother’ in

the Cultural Encyclopaedia and its

Akan, referring to the belief that

forthcoming film series on the Ghana

Abrewa (the old woman) was the

Arts channel. ANO has also given

first human being and origin of all

upcoming artists like James Barnor,


Felicia Abban and Ibrahim Mahama

Cleverly, ANO is also short for A.N. Other – a pseudonym for the unknown or anonymous. The

a helping hand in international acknowledgement over the years.

meaning truly captures ANO’s aspira-


tions to uncover new and unknown

The impressive organisation regular-

narratives, challenge current

ly engages with Ghanaian institutions

historiographies and transform

like the Kwame Nkrumah University

social contexts to gain a deeper

of Science and Technology (KNUST),

understanding of Africa’s culture, in

AccradotAlt and the Ministry of

particular Ghana, and its transition

Culture, as well as showcasing their

through the centuries. ANO is inter-

works in busy public places across

ested in the way that history is organ-

the country. In addition, Oforiatta

ised, told and passed down through

Ayim and her team have branched

generations in various forms.

out on an international scale to

Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a

institutions such as Dak’Art in

Ghanaian-born writer, art historian

Senegal, the British Museum and the

and filmmaker who grew up in both

Liverpool Biennial in England; the

Germany and England, with regular

Palais des Beaux-Arts in France; and

trips back to Ghana as a reminder

the Los Angeles County Museum of

of her heritage. She decided to start

Art (LACMA) and the New Museum

ANO when she discovered that

in the United States.

there was a lack of knowledge and

ANO brought Ghana to Bonhams

resources regarding Ghana’s cultural

in London on 16 April. It has always

history and decided that more work

been one of its goals to create

needed to be done. Since its opening

self-sustaining ecosystems. Present

15 years ago, ANO has launched

were politicians, the First Lady of

numerous innovative and ground-

the Republic of Ghana, collectors,

breaking narratives, movements,

theorists like Paul Goodwin, heads

works and artists, which include

of institutions like Saatchi and artists like Adelaide Damoah, Afua Dabanka

The Mobile Museum Between the months of May and August next year, ANO will travel across Ghana’s 10 regions to collect material culture from each area and add it to the pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia on which ANO has been working over the past few years. Researchers will spend two to three weeks travelling to each region collecting photographs, audio and visual testaments and documents of Ghana’s past and present that provide new ways of cultural interaction, display and learning. This digital platform will provide a large-scale documentation and archive service that facilitates the reordering of knowledge, narratives and representations, both from and about the African continent. To help build the encyclopaedia, ANO will be organising a series of ‘edit-a-thons’ in collaboration with schools and universities across the country’s regions. These organised events will see the researchers write, edit and upload materials such as reviews, essays and images to the digital platform. These will be in various subject areas that cover the cultural foundations of each country, ranging from the arts all the way to the social sciences.

and Charlotte Mensah, who came together to celebrate modern and contemporary Ghanaian art. In the coming years, ANO Ghana will launch a new series of projects combining African culture, technology and education reframing how the continent represents itself to the Photo credit: Steve Morris



Find out more Address: Lokko Street, Osu, Accra, Ghana Website: Facebook: @ANOghana Instagram: @ano_ghana Twitter: @ANOghana





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Infants and toddlers

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or contained gas either in the

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FLYafrica Magazine, Issue 1, June 2018  

FLYafrica is published four times a year and is the inflight magazine of Africa World Airlines (AWA). FLYafrica provides news about the airl...

FLYafrica Magazine, Issue 1, June 2018  

FLYafrica is published four times a year and is the inflight magazine of Africa World Airlines (AWA). FLYafrica provides news about the airl...