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Proof you should never go out to eat on Valentine’s Day

Scoring a reservation at a buzzy new spot or one of your favorite restaurants may seem like a major Valentine’s Day coup, but proceed with caution. Here’s a piece of insider knowledge that those in the restaurant industry might hesitate to tell you: Valentine’s Day is the worst possible night of the year to dine out. Having dined out on this holiday, I’ve firsthand witnessed these pitfalls.

The fundamental reason: you won’t get a true taste for what the restaurant has to offer. With a high demand for reservations, many restaurants choose to serve a prix-fixe menu in lieu of the establishment’s greatest hits. Not because it makes for a better meal, but because a prix-fixe menu reduces cost and complication. The problem: it can be unfamiliar to both the cooks and wait staff, inviting more opportunity for mistakes both in the kitchen and in terms of wine pairings and menu choices.

Contributing to the chaos, tables get shuffled around and squeezed in to accommodate an increased head count. You might end up in a subpar location (near the dishwasher) or seated at a wobbly, rented table, as has happened to me. More significantly, the arrangement alters the flow of service. An increased number of tables means more orders for waiters to manage, which spells trouble even for veteran teams. Add these factors to the pressure of making this night memorable for the moony-eyed couples, and blunders are bound to happen.

I find it much more romantic to stay in and instead treat my boyfriend and myself to a bottle of Champagne (or Barolo) and a simple but special cheese and charcuterie plate, something hands-off that keeps the cleanup to a minimum. (A mountain of dirty dishes can be quite the mood killer.) Typically, we make a Valentine’s Day dinner out of baguette, our favorite cheeses, charcuterie, and luxe accoutrements, like membrillo, cornichons, and marcona almonds. Pair with a couple glasses of wine and a sweet treat sourced from a favorite bakery or a choice assortment of chocolates, and you have the makings of an ideal meal to linger over.

Ultimately, the decision to dine out or stay in is up to you and what feels right to where you are in your relationship, but I wholeheartedly suggest choosing an intimate evening in and instead booking a prime reservation on a less-loaded night.

Akufo-Addo receives AAI’s National Achievement Award

Steve Pfeiffer and Kofi Appenteng, President and CEO of the Africa America Institute, presenting the National Achievement Award to President Akufo-Addo

The Africa – America Institute (AAI) has awarded President Nana Akufo-Addo with the institute’s National Achievement Award for the year 2017.

The award, which is also for the people of Ghana, was bestowed on the president on Tuesday in New York at the institute’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala.

The award is to recognise the President and the people of Ghana “for their continued leadership and excellence in promoting democracy, accountability and peaceful transitions of power”, a citation for the award said.

In his acceptance speech, President Akufo-Addo said “Ghanaians are deeply humbled by the award”.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the award, which recognises Ghana’s status as a free, democratic and stable country in Africa, is as a result of the contributions of successive generations of Ghanaian patriots who played invaluable roles in establishing the free, sovereign and democratic Ghana.

He noted that over the course of Ghana’s long, tortuous history, it has emerged that “the spirit of the Ghanaian, in his or her quest for peace, progress and prosperity, cannot be quenched. We are a determined lot, who cannot be deterred.”

Ghana flag

Despite taking a while to reach a consensus on the establishment of multi-party constitutional, democratic rule in Ghana, he added that “today, after quite some time, we are recognised as a beacon of democracy and stability on the African continent. We are a country governed by the principles of democratic accountability, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the rule of law, an aspiring modern nation.”

It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo indicated that, in the aftermath of the disputed elections of 2012, “we demonstrated clearly that it was not the ambitions of Akufo-Addo, or the fortunes of the New Patriotic Party, that we sought to promote. The stability and progress of Ghana, and the enhancement of her democracy, were the paramount considerations that guided our every action in those difficult days.”

Ghana’s future 

President Akufo-Addo giving his acceptance speech

President Akufo-Addo told the packed gathering that the time has now come for Ghana to move on even further to deepen her democracy.

“It is time to make sure that we have a genuine separation of powers between the various arms of government. Our Parliament, the legislative arm of government, must grow into its proper role as an effective machinery for accountability and oversight of the Executive. Our Judiciary must inspire confidence in the citizens, so we can all see the courts as the ultimate, impartial arbiters when disputes arise, as they would,” he stressed.

Additionally, he noted that Ghana must also decentralise more, and devolve more power with corresponding resources to the base of her political system and to her people, in the regions and communities.

President Akufo-Addo being congratulated after the receipt of the award

President Akufo-Addo being congratulated after the receipt of the award, while First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo looks on

“We must trust the individual and collective wisdom and good sense of our people. We must create wealth and restore happiness to our nation. We can only do this when we have a powerful private sector, with a strong sense of enterprise, innovation and creativity, and an educated and skilled population that is capable of competing in the global economy,” President Akufo-Addo added.

It is for this reason that his government, he told the gathering, is insisting on making basic education, i.e. kindergarten through primary school to junior high school to senior high school, free in all the country’s public schools, to guarantee access to quality basic education to all of Ghana’s children, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth.

“In doing so, we must expand our horizons and embrace science and technology as critical tools for our development. We want to create a society of opportunities and incentives. We have to build a confident Ghana which is united, at peace with itself and takes pride in its diversity, and which continues to pursue its pan-African vocation,” he added.

Tribute to successive generations

President Akufo-Addo paid tribute to a tall list of Ghanaians who made the receipt of the award possible.

This list included the members of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society; the great nationalists who gathered at Saltpond to inaugurate the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC); Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and leading stalwarts of the government of the Conventions Peoples Party.

The President also paid tribute to some others, who are not listed among the forefront fighters for political freedom, ”but who fought equally hard for our cultural integrity and identity of who we are as Ghanaians, such as Philip Gbeho, Ephraim Amu, Theodosia Okoh, Amon Kotei, Kofi Antubam, Ayi Kwei Armah and Ama Ata Aidoo, Esther Ocloo, Dede Asikisham, Akua Shorshorshor, and other pioneer entrepreneurs.

He also paid tribute to his predecessor Presidents of the country, ”all of whom contributed in their diverse ways, during their respective tenures of office, variously to the Ghana we are celebrating tonight, the Ghana of Freedom and Justice, the stirring words of our national motto.”

Africa-America Institute  

Founded in 1953, the Africa-America Institute is a premier U.S.-based international organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management.

AAI raises funds to provide scholarships to smart and under-resourced students to attend top-performing African universities and develops programs that focus on increasing the skills of the next generation of African youth so that they become globally competitive.

AAI alumni are at the forefront of Africa’s public, non-profit, and private sectors.

The Gala supports AAI’s efforts to strengthen the human capacity of Africans and to promote enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, skills training, dialogue and special events.

The award ceremony brought together diplomats, international and senior US government officials, business and civil society leaders, educators, philanthropists, journalists and other prominent figures.






Lord Bondzie, others billed for Young and Free Concert

On Saturday, 12th August, 2017, Reconcilers International holds its 5th edition of Young and Free at the International Charismatic Church (ICC), Fadama in Accra.

Since 2013, Reconcilers International has organised their theatre program, Young and Free; a night of drama, choreography, spoken word and music. It is a program designed for the Youth and lovers of theatre. It aims at ministering the word of God through the Arts to its audience to help them in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. It also seeks to help reconcile lost souls back to God the Father: drawing them away from waywardness and showing them they can be young and still have a meaningful life of purpose and freedom that comes from God.

Ministering at this year’s Young and Free is Lord Bondzie (of No tribe fame), E-Rock, Worship Revolution and Reconcilers International (Host).

They have had sponsorship, over the years, from a few generous corporate brands like Carex from PZ Cuzzons and Kharis Media, and also from individuals like Uncle Ebo Whyte and Roverman productions. With these valuable supports, they have worked hard to bring educative, hilarious and heart- warming drama, inspiring spoken word performances and spiritual music to their audience. Their stage set-up for the drama is always a sign of how much diligence is given to what they do.

They have had acts from amazing artists and groups like Akesse Bempong, Kinzkid, Worshippers and Worship in Motion on the Young and Free platform.

These young people made up of students (both High School and Tertiary), graduates, engineers, architects, teachers, illustrators, artistes, photographers, bankers, entrepreneurs among others, have this in common; love for God, love for the arts (Theatre, Dance and Poetry) and a desire to show the love of God through these art forms.

Nothing is as inspiring as a youth on the move to make an impact in their immediate world.  You will have to be at a Reconcilers International meeting or rehearsal to see these young people who are Christ-driven and desirous to bring positive change to their world in their own small way.

According to the president, Ing. Pastor Yooku Yawson, Young and Free isn’t the only project they do. Reconcilers International has a Mentorship Program that is conducted termly in JHS and Senior High Schools to inspire the mentees to become their best selves.

They also have a Scholarship Scheme that currently takes care of the tuition of about 21 students in basic and JHS from four public schools in Accra. The scholarship continues to provide support when any of the students excel in their BECE. Currently, they have one of the beneficiaries of the scheme in St. Aquinas studying General Science.

In addition to that, they will be going for their first outreach program at Bole – Bamboi in November. The members have started donating items towards this outreach.





E.L to perform at Tigo Tribe Afroboss edition tomorrow

First, we went to Mo town with Episode the General

Then Airport City with Sark, BisaK’dei, kinaata, D-black, Medikal and Akwaboah.

Now we are coming to a neighbourhood near you.

The Tigo Tribe Xperienceis making its next stop in Dansoman with EL!

So if you love EL and FIFA 17 make sure you are at The Page in Dansoman

This Saturday, 22nd July 2017 at 12pm.

Because a gamer that has never played FIFA at the Tigo Tribe xperience

Is that one too a gamer? ….before you ask, yes amazing prizes await the winners!

Activities lined up include, FIFA tournament, Mortal Kombat, treasure hunt and many other exciting games, and of course music from the Afroboss king himself, not forgetting our amazing vendor fair.

Entrance is absolutely free, so be at the Page in Dansoman this Saturday at 12pm sharp!!!!

The Tigo Tribe Xperience is powered by Tigo, Ghana’s favourite network.

Tigo Live it! Love It!

Source: livefmonline.com

Ghana to host wine tasting event July 15

Some participants at the last wine tasting event

Wine lovers and dealers will have another opportunity to sample and participate at this year’s Wine tasting event scheduled for July 15 at the Movenpik Ambassador hotel in Accra.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is bringing together the best wines makers and brands from South Africa for the grand tasting tour.

The grand event is an initiative of WOSA (a non – profit Organization) to promote the world acclaimed South African Wines to consumers around the World.

The tour in West Africa, and particularly in Ghana, is in partnership with JON WILLIAMS Events Company which has joined forces with WOSA to promote quality South African wines in Ghana.

The team will interact with consumers, wine distributors and wholesalers as well as the hospitality and Tourism industry in Ghana.

The ceremony will include a professional Wine Course Training session in the Morning for Hospitality and Tourism operators like Restaurants, Pubs, Lounges and HotelsBusiness to Business session with Wine Distributors/Wholesalers, potential wine importers and a new addition called the WOSA tweetup Ghana aimed at protecting the brands and tasting tour on Social Media

Over the last few years, Ghana has been selected as a strategic destination in West Africa due to many factors which the organizers are hopeful will be the epitome of great hospitality, business and pleasure for all stakeholders in the industry.

Ghana holds an enviable position as a favorite investment destination in the sub–region, and with a strong bond of business between South Africa and Ghana.

The July 15 WOSA wine tasting tour in Accra is supported by Starr103.5fm, Live 91.9fm, GHonetv and all brands under the EIB network.



Mama Zimbi’s Widows Conference set for June 17

Akumaa Mama Zimbi’s annual National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC-2017) has been set for Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The event, according to the organisers, will take place at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre from 8:00am.

The theme for this year’s event which is also to celebrate the United Nations International Widows Day is ‘Empowering Women for Greater Achievements’.

This year’s event is expected to attract a large number of personalities, including ministers of state and female celebrities.

The event will also witness live musical performances from some selected Ghanaian hiplife, highlife and gospel artistes who will entertain guests who will grace the event.

The event is being sponsored by UniBank, Indomie Instant Noodles, Everpure Purified Water, Joy Dadi Bitters, GTP, Yeripa Jasmine Rice, Minataand Daughters Porridge Servings, Mobile Engineering Services, Kalyppo, Bedita Pharmacy and a host of others.

NAWAC is an initiative by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable socio-economic development of widows in Ghana.

The conference is part of the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows in Ghana, being undertaken by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF).

The conference also continues to serve as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in Ghana.

To date, WANE has formed over 400 widowhood clubs and associations to its credit, with over 8,000 widows as members. The theme for NAWAC-2015 was ‘Transforming women through education’.


Source: myjoyonline.com

Ghana’s largest local food festival slated for June 10 and 11

Chow Ghana is Ghana’s first local food festival that seeks to showcase the culture of Ghana mainly through traditional food, performances and display of art, culture and dance.

The event is slated for the 10th and 11th June 2017 that’s on a Saturday and Sunday and will be held at Venue Gh, located behind Tullow Oil at Dzorwulu.

Chow Ghana is envisioned to be a household event held annually to attract both locals and expatriates from all walks of life to come and have a feel of the First Ghanaian food festival.

Ghanaians love to defend their food to the death! Not to talk of Ghanaian Jollof and the endless rant around their favourite waakye spots, so we thought, why not bring theses favourite traditional meals together, foster creativity and birth happiness through food.

Another reason for creating this event was to

1. create excitement and around traditional food Ghanaians have grown up loving,

2. encourage art and talent

3. promoting the Ghanaian culture

4. Bringing Ghana’s favourite local meals together

5. Foster relationships, partnerships and creativity through food

6. Create and encourage a bond with Ghana’s food brands, making them the people’s first choice

7. promoting made in Ghana products, promoting local and international tourism in Ghana.

What to expect:

1. 100 exclusive vendors

2. Food forum

3. Dining experience ( happy hour)

4. Culture and dance parade & display

5. Fashion show

6. Music


FOOD FORUM: How can we instil creativity & innovation in local food making?

How can we better market, package and process our local food for global markets?

FASHION SHOW: The Evolution of Ghanaian clothing/ fashion over time.

Fashion from the different regions


Cultural musicals/ Short drama (no words, just music)

GAMES: Ludo, oware, counters ball, dame, football, alikoto, hopscotch, eating competition, soccer, darts, cards

EXHIBITION: More than 100 local food vendors, made in Ghana producers, fashion designers, health practitioners, bloggers etc. showcasing their products to more than 4,000 attendees.

DINING EXPERIENCE: Live cooking demonstrations and fine dining. You will pick and choose from ten tasty dishes from 5 of Ghana’s finest Chefs all under one roof. Royal treatment as you explore some of Ghana’s finest local food offerings.

Event is organized by JUST FRESH:
Bringing together fascinating brands & exciting consumers to deliver great, themed experiences.



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