PR Ghana Networking Event slated for 26th May

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F Project will host a PR/Communications Industry networking and cocktail event on Friday, 26th May, 2017 at Villa Monticello Hotel, allowing industry professionals in Ghana, an opportunity to connect, engage and reflect on the role of communications in Africa’s development.
This event will be one of concurrent meetings around the world, as part of the 1st annual Africa Communications Week (ACW), which takes place between May 22 and May 26 2017. Countries such as Nigeria, India, Belgium, South Africa, and Kenya will have similar networking events to dialogue on the role of communications in Africa’s development

Powered by a virtual international team of multi-talented communications professionals who share a vision for transformative change in Africa through strategic communications and in partnership with the World Communication Forum Association, Africa Communications Week’s key objective is to encourage and engage communicators across the board to critically assess how the communication industry impacts Africa’s development.

ACW is open to all communicators with an expertise/interest in Africa, from African countries and across the globe. “Along with other fields such as economics, agriculture and technology, communications now has the opportunity to position itself and demonstrate its relevance as a real management discipline that contributes significantly to Africa’s socio-economic rise. And this is a collective effort that the industry should lead”, explains co-founder Annie Mutamba.

The Africa Communications Week is supported by an advisory board of seasoned communications professionals passionate about changing Africa’s narrative. They include:
  • Wynne Musabayana, Head of Communications, Africa Union
  • Yana Dubeykovskaya, President World Communication Forum Association
  • Moky Makura, Country Representative South Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Mimi Kalinda, MD Africa Communication Group
  • Khalid Baddou, Head of Communication Africa, Western Union
  • Thierry Hot, Founder, Rebranding Africa Forum
  • Tidiane Dioh, Fonctionnaire International & Media specialist
ACW’s special report on the role of communications in Africa’s development will be published annually featuring the research and informed opinions of communication experts from over 40 countries.

ACW also promotes knowledge and professional development by hosting informative webinars and masterclasses as well as providing practical tools on how Africa focused communicators can begin to advance more realistic narratives about Africa.

“It’s time to critically assess our role and impact and take more deliberate actions to shaping Africa’s narrative,” says ACW co-founder Eniola Harrison.

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Burson-Marsteller Africa CEO to head training workshop in Ghana

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Robyn De Villiers, will be in Ghana to facilitate a training workshop entitled Corporate Branding and Reputation Management.

The half day training program will take place on Wednesday, 26th of April, 2017, and will cover key areas in Corporate Branding and Reputation Management, such as the process involved in Discovering, Defining and Implementing a Corporate Brand.

The training program aims to bring corporate organisations and individuals to a common understanding of the significant impact of effective communications and the benefits derived from managing public relations well.

With 25-plus years’ experience in the field of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Robyn founded a network of in country communications consultancies which provides local and international clients with market relevant communications services in over 50 African countries.

The Burson-Marsteller Africa network, of which Infocus Burson-Marsteller, Ghana, is a partner, is recognized locally and globally as the premier communications network on the continent and in 2016, Robyn was recognized by the Holmes Report, the PR industry’s most highly regarded trade publication globally, with an EMEA SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

A respected communications practitioner, Robyn is called upon by business associations and local and international communications associations to address, and facilitate training for, communications professionals, public relations and corporate communications students and corporate audiences on a range of topics including reputation management, issue and risk management and crisis communications management.

Commenting on her upcoming visit to Ghana, Mrs De Villiers said, “It is a privilege to visit Accra again and to be able to highlight the importance of effective corporate branding and reputation management to communications executives and organisations in Accra.  Globally it is accepted that CEOs are responsible for managing the reputations of their organizations and protecting the value of their corporate brands.  In my experience, this message is beginning to hit home in countries across Africa and I value the opportunity to   share my understanding of this increasingly important area of overall business success during my visit.”

Alberta Akosa, General Manager of Infocus Burson-Marsteller said, “Infocus Burson-Marsteller is honored with the presence of Mrs. De Villiers, an internationally recognized thought leader in corporate communications to facilitate the training, we extend invitationsto Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Senior Executives and Marketing Managers to participate as the Ghanaian market is growing increasingly competitive and customers are gradually evolving. Corporate branding and reputation management form part of organizational DNA and cannot be over looked.”

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Djembe Communications signs MoU with The One Event

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Djembe Communications, a pioneering Pan-African communications consultancy, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The One Event (TOE), a leading Ghanaian public relations and events management agency, to form a strategic partnership.

Combining Djembe’s award winning international corporate communications and financial PR capabilities with TOE’s consumer PR and event expertise is a strong offering to existing and potential clients in Ghana and West African region.

In a release issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, it said the expanded team, consisting of Djembe Country Manager Toyin Dania and TOE’s team of seven Ghanaian staff, will be in an even stronger position to deliver successful and impactful communication programs for clients with a particular commitment to both Anglophone and Francophone West Africa.

In Ghana to announce the MOU, Djembe Communications’ Director-International, Kevin Nolan explained, “We are thrilled to further grow our presence in Ghana with this partnership with TOE.”

He said the company would now offer clients not only an added consumer PR and events capabilities but also be able to provide clients more in-depth insights in the West African regional market.

“Being the communications partner of choice across Africa, we are investing in expanding our local presence in key markets such as Ghana. With our cross-border approach when it comes to building strategies and delivering campaigns for our clients, the Ghana TOE team will be an integral part of our global network and be a benefit to all of our clients.”

He said in addition to their presence in Ghana, Djembe is present in Angola, Mozambique, Morocco, Nigeria, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States through a wholly owned and integrated network of offices.

Paschorina Tedjame-Mortty, Managing Director of TOE, added, “At TOE, we recognize that the world is constantly evolving and we must be ahead of this evolution. We are therefore excited about the potential and injection of energy our strategic partnership with Djembe Communications presents not just for us, but for our clients across West Africa and the ever evolving Ghanaian business community.”

“Our values that are centered on going the extra mile and providing high quality, creative services will only be amplified by Djembe’s award winning capabilities and solid African footprint.”

The two companies would be working closely to service existing clients such as Vlisco, Philips, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation and Infinix amongst others.

They would both consult across the whole spectrum of communications encompassing consumer marketing, digital, events management, reputation management and stakeholder engagement as well as branding and design.

Source: GNA

Nana Akufo-Addo names Eugene Arhin as Director of Communications at the Presidency

eugene-arhinAhead of his inauguration on Saturday, President-elect of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,  has named Eugene Arhin as the Director of Communications at the Presidency.

Commenting on his appointment, Nana Akufo-Addo said Mr. Arhin has been of invaluable assistance to him during his work as flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“He is a young man who has been my Press Secretary for the last 3 or 4 years and whom i find to be extremely dedicated and efficient in the work of these matters, Nana Akufo-Addo intimated.”

The President-elect added that a great deal of the information and publicity of what he (Akufo-Addo) has been doing, what the party (NPP) has been doing, and position on matters with respect to the Ghanaian people have been filtered through him.

Eugene Arhin is a graduate of  the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering.

He worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Materials Engineering for a year, and joined the Danquah Institute as a Research Analyst in 2008.

He held this position until he was appointed as the Press Secretary to the NPP flag-bearer in February 2014.

Mr Arhin is 33 years old and married with one child.

Stratcomm Africa wins Global Award for Excellence in PR

 

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Ms. Esther Cobbah, CEO of Stratcomm Africa receives the award from an official

Strategic Communication Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa), a total communications and reputation management agency, has won the United Nations Award for Public Relations (PR) and Sustainable Development at the 2016 International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Awards.

The event, which took place at Doha in Qatar on Saturday, November 5, was aimed at recognising PR organisations that had performed excellently towards the achievement of some of the global goals of the United Nations (UN).   Stratcomm Africa took home the UN Prestigious Award for its PR campaign dubbed; “Colour me W” an initiative championed to accelerate the realisation of the UN Goal on Gender Equality, the number five priority of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The campaign, which seeks primarily to promote economic empowerment among Ghanaian women through the introduction of banking products that met their needs, was funded by Access Bank Ghana Limited. Ms Esther A.N Cobbah, the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, who received the Award with her team, said it was going to encourage the organisation to work harder.

Ms Cobbah thanked Access Bank for contributing to the organisation’s feat saying the bank had remained committed to helping the organisation grow.

“We are encouraged by this recognition from the UN and the International Public Relations Association. At Stratcomm Africa we see public relations as an important tool for Africa’s development. We are, therefore, delighted that this is an award related to the objectives of the UN for development. We are grateful to Access Bank Ghana for the opportunity to develop this campaign”, she added.

Rev. Professor Samuel K. Adjepong, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stratcomm Africa, said the award bestowed glory on Africa.  He said the recognition indicated that Africa had a strong human resource base capable of attaining the heights of the international public relations industry.

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Ms. Esther Cobbah and some officials from Stratcomm Africa

“We congratulate management and staff of Stratcomm Africa on the hard work that has earned this prestigious award,” he said. This was the second time an African company had won the UN IPRA award since it was established in 1990. Stratcomm Africa is the first company in the West African sub-region to have won the UN IPRA Golden World Award.

Source: GNA

 

IPR Ghana holds 5th Excellence Awards

…recognises Gayheart Mensah and Georgina Asare Fiagbenu.

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Elain Sam-Kwami, President of IPR Ghana with Mr. Gayheart Mensah and Georgina Asare Fiagbenu

The Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana, the professional body for Public Relations practitioners in Ghana has held its 5th IPR Ghana Excellence Awards and Presidential Dinner. Since its inception, the IPR Ghana Excellence Awards has recognized the sterling achievements and positive contributions of personalities and public relations department of various organizations.

This year’s awards ceremony, which was under the theme: “PR and Peaceful Elections: My Role, Your Role”, saw Yolanda Zoleka Cuba, the Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana as the Special Guest of Honour.

In her speech, Mrs. Cuba noted that PR is integral part of every organisations and so practitioners must use their role to ensure that organisations, they represent see the return on investment.

She also called on PR practitioners to use their role to promote peace in Ghana especially, as Ghana heads to the polls later this year; adding “Ghana is a beautiful country and you must jealously guard the peace”.

This year, Mr. Gayheart Mensah, External Affairs and Legal Director at Vodafone Ghana, was adjudged the PR Personality for 2015, while the PR Discovery of the Year award went to Georgina Asare Fiagbenu of MTN Ghana.

Below is the full list of  winners and some pictures from the event.

  • PR Personality of the Year 2015 – Gayheart Mensah (Vodafone Ghana)
  • PR Discovery of the Year 2015 – Georgina Asare Fiagbenu (MTN Ghana)
  • PR Organisation of the Year (Telecommunications) – MTN Ghana
  • PR Organisation of the Year (Public sector) – Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)
  • PR Organisation of the Year (Finance) – Stanbic Bank 
  • PR Consultancy of the Year  – Global Media Alliance (GMA)
  • Social Media organisation of the Year – Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)
  • PR Campaign of the Year – Vodafone X
  • CSR Project of the Year – MTN Heroes of Change

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Excellence Awards: Tigo Ghana Wins Best Communications Team

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Tigo Ghana Communications Team

The Corporate Communications team of Tigo Ghana have been adjudged as the ‘Best Communications Team’ at the African Excellence Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa on April 21, 2016.

As front-runners the Corporate Communications wing of Tigo Ghana limited were recognized for their rock-solid efforts in reshaping the reputation of the business and engaging with stakeholders using various strategies and tactics.


The Corporate Communications Department was formed in July 2014 with a specific mandate to help the business build on its transformation agenda.

Some of the key projects the team has worked on to build an enviable reputation for Tigo include a series engagements on network investments, products, marketing and customer operations campaigns, and most notably on the CSR front, Shelter 4 Education and the Mobile Digital Library projects.

Speaking on the team’s outstanding achievements, the Director for Corporate Affairs, Gifty Bingley said, “We are thrilled to receive this award because it reinforces the strong track record we have established for delivering compelling content, campaigns and staff engagements. We thank the Millicom Group, the Ghana Leadership team, colleagues, and projects partners for their excellent collaborative support.”

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Roshi Motman, CEO Tigo Ghana

Congratulating the team on the award, the CEO for Tigo Ghana, Roshi Motman, was full of praise for the team’s contribution to Tigo Ghana’s excellent business results over the last two years. “Great teams creates great results and I am proud of the excellent achievements by Gifty and the team”, she said.

The African Excellence Awards is dedicated to recognizing the changing fortunes of businesses across Africa and honoring outstanding achievements in the field of Public Relations and Communications.

Winners were chosen based on outcomes from months of rigorous and in-depth research, careful examination of performance over the past year, methods, market and competitor reviews.

Other big winners include Fleishman Hillard as Agency of the Year, Grayling was adjudged Newcomer Agency of the Year, Safaricom in Kenya picked up Best Multi-Market Communication; the Rezidor Hotel picked up the Best Crises Communication plan for the Ebola pandemic in Sierra Leone. The Corporate Advertising Award went to Ogilvy and Mather in Namibia while Change Communication went to the Malaria Consortium in Uganda.

The 5 member team are responsible for Tigo’s external and internal communications, Social Investment and Corporate Responsibility portfolios. They have since merged with the Regulatory and Government relations team to become Corporate Affairs.