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Win a #NokiaX via Nokia Ghana

Nokia Ghana is offering their cool #NokiaX to celebrate the arrival of the Black Stars in Brazil! All you need to do to stand a chance of winning this cool device?

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Hit like on the post on the Nokia Ghana Facebook page, and share the news with your friends… Yes! Don’t forget to be quick about it- the promo runs till 11th of June! You can thank me later 😉 Like their page on facebook for these and more from the world of Nokia. Let’s connect with the world through Nokia! Cheers…. Go BlackStars Go!

 

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PERSONAL BRANDING SUMMIT 2014: REBRANDING #ReBrand14

In a world today, where there are so many people looking for few opportunities that exist, each person must find a way of differentiating him or herself to standout and be noticed; to build a personal brand. That is what BKC Consulting is set to help many people do with its annual Personal Branding Summit® which has helped thousands of young people in Ghana to stand out and be noticed.

This year’s Personal Branding Summit®organized by BKC Consulting (a professional and personal development training company) is geared at fully equipping participants on the essence of personal branding and how to build successful authentic personal brands.

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The theme for this year’s Summit is Rebrand. It is aimed at focusing this year’s participants to focus on their strengths, identify their weaknesses and use their knowledge of this information to brand themselves in an attractive way to make it easier for them to standout in all their endeavors.

Critical areas to be tackled are:

  • Understanding the Future of Brands & Designs
  • Artiste Branding and Reputation Management
  • Introduction to Neuro-Lingusitic Programming
  • Developing a Confident mindset, behaviour and appearance
  • Corporate Branding, Marketing and Communication
  • #Rebrand: Personal Branding for Career Success
  • Social Media Branding and Management

This year’s Summit is yet again promises another great collection of experts and experienced professionals who have built their personal brands and have helped others do same. They span various industries and are fired to equip participants of this year’s Personal Branding Summit® with the best ever offered. They include:

  • Albert Ocran, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach
  • Linda Narh, Communication & Marketing Expert
  • Nana K. Dua. Brand Design Strategist
  • Ofie Kodjoe, International Renowned Musician, Radio & TV Hostess
  • Selorm Alfred Betepe. Entrepreneur & Brand Consultant
  • Jennifer Agyeman, Image Consultant
  • Bernard Kelvin Clive, Lifestyle Entrepreneur/ Amazon Bestselling author

Make a date 31st May 2014, 10:00AM prompt at the Airport West Hotel, Dzorwulu. Enquiries: 0246628059, 0244961121, 0242785743, 0246869649 Visit www.RebrandLive.com

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Professional Portrait photoshoots for all participants will begin at 9AM by Stan O. (Photography). Sangy Nursing Services will provide free medical screening, blood pressure check and blood sugar level tested, at exactly 9AM. Details at www.RebrandLive.com  Find more about Bernard Kelvin Clive, Lifestyle Entrepreneur/ CEO of BKC Consulting on: www.BKC.name See you there!

 
 

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Call for Applications: Youth Impact Workshop 2014

DEADLINE: 15th May 2014

Are you a young person living in Ghana between the ages of 16 and 20?  Are you passionate about effecting social change? Do you have a big idea?

This opportunity is for you —-> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VG4faJ-WcsRUTsqFIJ7__0eGmSs8MyoYPxX2TMCT9-M/viewform

We are excited to announce that applications for the 3rd edition of Youth Impact Workshop is open. YIW is an entrepreneurial leadership program for young people aged 16-20. The workshop is dedicated to equipping Ghanaian youth with skills which will enable them create and develop solutions to address community challenges, plan for their implementation and learn how to communicate these ideas effectively.  YIW 2014 will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn from African Leadership Academy’s BUILD Model (entrepreneurial leadership model)
  • Visit and learn from Ghana based Startups
  • Learn from renowned Ghanaian entrepreneurs
  • Lead, Launch and implement a project that will address a need
  • Network with Ghanaian youth and Civil Society experts
  • Participate in a 6 month mentoring programme after workshop

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Follow for www.facebook.com/youthimpactworkshop  for details.

Venue: West Africa Civil Society Institute Secretariat, East Legon, Accra.

Date: 2nd to 4th July 2014

Eligibility

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 20 as at the start date for the workshop.
  • Be living in Ghana.
  • Be able to cover their own cost of transport to and from the venue.
  • Be able to communicate in English with reasonable fluency, as this will be the primary language for communication during the workshop.
  • Be able to avail themselves at the venue for the entire duration of the workshop.
  • Apply: YIW is free for all young people and applying will enable the selection panel select best candidates.

 

Contact: +233 (0) 248439620 Email: youthimpactworkshop@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!

 

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Mental Health: Getting It Right!

Me: “Hello Bra Odartey”

Bra Odartey: “Hello Ato, t3 Oy)) t33n?” (Hello Ato, how are you)

Me: “Ofaine e y3 jogbaan” (I am doing fine)

Friend: “Did you just do that”

Me: “Do what” *wondering *

Friend: “Greet a mad man”

Me: *smile* “He isn’t mad, he only has a mental health problem, that’s all, and if we keep treating and tagging him a ‘mad man’ we will end up having him as one”.

Few days on I spotted an “Information about mental health” booklet by “The Kintampo Project” at the UNICEF Ghana Country Office, it brought back fond memories, when Mind Freedom Ghana engaged media professionals in a two day training workshop to ensure we were well built to capacity in spreading the word. Indeed many people find mental health puzzling and misunderstand the issue, it’s not just a Ghana thing, all across the globe- people who have little or no knowledge on the matter are likely to stigmatize and treat people with mental disorders badly.

According to information gathered, good mental health is when one can think clearly, solve problems, enjoy happy relationships and feel spiritually at ease. A mental illness or ‘mental disorder’ or ‘psychological disorder’ is when one behaves abnormally and one or others are upset by the behavior. When one is mentally ill, he/she changes and it’s often strange and hard to understand. Kindly note that schizophrenia, severe depression, manic depression, dementia, alcoholism, serious drug abuse, bad anxiety all qualify for mental illness- yes they do!

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Mental illness, which is very common is mostly caused by chemical imbalances in the brain which can be due to: using illegal drugs such as cannabis, amphetamine, cocaine, heroin etc. also drinking much alcohol, serious head injuries can cause mental illness, serious head injuries and any big stress. So there is no known exact cause and nature of people’s mental illness is often unclear. I know few people who have recovered from a mental disorder- I can relate, it can be upsetting, common to be ashamed, angry, and at times guilty and frightened. Talking about the problem and taking needed steps can help ameliorate the situation and stay better.

If you are thinking metal health is infectious, you got that wrong- it’s no cough or flu. Again, everyone can be affected- children, men, youth, and women.  But we need to have access to good mental health services, we might need them one day! Truth is, most people with mental illness can be helped, and my friend and mental health professional Mr. Odonkor (Kobby Blay) demonstrated it.

How can you keep yourself mentally healthy?

  • Eat healthy diet and don’t drink too much alcohol: it can protect you from feeling anxious and depressed.
  • Do you smoke weed? It causes schizophrenia.
  • Nothing does the trick like a good night sleep, it helps you feel better, improves memory and gets mind and body in shape and strong next day.
  • Get a good laugh: it’s good for your mind and soul.
  • Crying, lols- yes, you might feel terrible at the time but one feels better afterwards.
  • Situation gets worse if you leave them, speak to someone worth trusting, family, friend or a professional.
  • Make time for yourself and things you want to do and enjoy doing.
  • Keep your relationships healthy: it makes you feel better so look after them.
  • Exercise: it’s good for the heart and blood pressure.

If you want to support other people with mental illness, you can. How?

  • Remember that mental illness is treatable and nobody’s fault.
  • Let’s not shout at, criticize, threaten or stigmatize people with mental illness- it only worsens their plight or make them violent. Mental illness can’t be caught by touching someone who is mentally ill or sharing their food.
  • We must keep our friends, be there to listen and talk to friends who are down and need us- they might help us when we need them too.
  • Support the newly set Mental Health Board to implement the Mental Health Law.

“Dear Government,

           Mental health is an integral part of health- I agree, there is no health without mental health. Let’s ensure mental health workers are supported and encouraged to continue their good work. Thank you”.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Issues!

 

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FREE SMS Quiz on Sexual Reproductive Health Launched

The Association of Church-based NGOs in Northern Ghana (ACDEP) has launched an SMS Quiz on sexual reproductive health. The aim of the SMS Quiz is to inform adolescents in a fun and interactive way about their sexuality. That is important, since 75% of the adolescents – questioned during one of ACDEP’s research on SRH (Sexual knowledge, attitude and behavior among adolescents in Northern Ghana, June 2013) – did not know that they can get pregnant when having sexual intercourse without using any contraceptive method. Less than half of the adolescents knew that you cannot tell someone’s HIV status just by looking at them. By enhancing their knowledge they are able to make their own decisions. Participants who answer all questions will receive a ticket for the World Aids Day Event and can also win prizes like mobile phones, t-shirts and airtime.

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The SMS Quiz

Participants of the free SMS Quiz need to text a keyword “WAD2013” to 7000 (MTN) or 1904 (Airtel, Expresso). Then they will receive 11 questions about sexual and reproductive health and 3 personal questions during one week. “Participants will receive two questions a day. If they answer all questions, they will receive a ticket for the World Aids Day event at the 30th of November in the Jubilee Park. There will be performances by famous artists, drama and dance”, explains Prince Abugri programme manager at ACDEPs health unit. “Since this is a sensitive topic, I would like to emphasize that the answers are confidential and will not be shared.” In order to create more awareness for the quiz, ACDEP has partnered with Curious Minds Ghana and radio stations Kesmi FM, Fiila FM, Justice FM and Northstar FM. ACDEP has also launched the website www.wad2013.acdep.org.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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BKC: The Essence of Personal Branding in the Social Media Era

Does personal branding really matter? This is it: whether you are a job seeker or entrepreneur, your personal brand and online presence has immense effect on you. A recent survey by Jobvite stated that more and more recruiters are turning to social media to aid them in their job recruitment, and that an individual’s online presence is one great determinant for securing a job.

“Candidates best watch what they put on their social profiles, as an overwhelming majority of recruiters form negative opinions from posts flaunting drugs, alcohol, and profanity—and 42% of recruiters have apparently reconsidered an applicant (either positively or negatively) based on what a social profile revealed.” ~ Jobvite

The shocking revelations, confirms lots of the point and concerns raised in the book. The simple guide helps readers, to use the Four D’s (4 D’s) and Four P’s (4 P’s) to build their personal brand. Let’s take a quick overview:

DiscoveryPersonal Discovery ~ Purpose.

Development – Working on your talents ~ Preparation.

DesignPlatform building, Career and work life ~ Positioning

DeploymentService and execution ~ Publicity, Promotion

The goal is to build a brand base on authenticity, value creation and service. Here again, according to the bayt.com report, about 9 out of 10 search for people’s profiles online after they have applied for a job or about to meet in person either for business or the activities. It’s proves that personal branding and having an online presence is really important in this age, and that it can either work for or against you. From the report it stated that, “In fact, even something as simple as a photograph could influence decision-makers, with eight in 10 (79.6%) respondents of the belief that their online photo effects how they are perceived.” The crust of the matter is that these polls were not conducted anywhere than East and North Africa. It’s now time to take your personal brand seriously. Don’t be left out.

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This is what an international Bestseller had to say concerning the book:

“With the speed of changes in the world today, success has no geographical borders. In this engaging book, Bernard Kelvin Clive shares principles from his own success in Ghana that can inspire and guide readers anywhere in the world. With a gentle and humble spirit, he reminds us that building a name for ourselves is most easily done not by manipulating and pushing but simply by serving others. I highly recommend The No Nonsense Guide to Personal Branding for anyone who has a voice to be heard.” Dan Miller, author of New York Times bestselling 48 Days to the Work You Love.

Remember: It’s time to make your career and brand count. “#SocialMedia can get you the attention you want but not the trust you need. You got to build trust. #PersonalBranding” ~ If you are interested in learning how to position yourself properly online, a copy of the book “The No Nonsense Guide to personal Branding for Career Success”

Your brand matters.

Author: Bernard Kelvin Clive | Amazon Bestselling Author | #1 Self-Help Podcast Host in Ghana

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!

 

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