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Barclays Bank Ghana Officially Becomes Absa Bank Ghana.

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ACCRA, GHANA, FEbruary 10, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ Barclays Bank Ghana Limited, on Monday, February 10, 2020, officially commenced operations as Absa Bank Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Absa Group Limited, after receiving all required regulatory approvals from the Bank of Ghana.

The name change marks the start of a new era for the bank’s operations as a forward-looking African bank with global reach.

“Today, we begin a new chapter as Absa Bank Ghana Limited, while we retain our 100-year heritage of indelible commitment to Ghana’s economic growth. Our new brand demonstrates our commitment to building a bank that is centred on growth for our people through the provision of financial resources, services and opportunities that connect their dreams to possibilities,” said Mrs. Abena Osei-Poku, Managing Director of Absa Bank Ghana Limited.

The bank, which has been the most profitable in the industry for the past three years, is a major financier and contributor to key sectors of the Ghanaian economy, including agriculture, education, health, industry and infrastructure among others. Under the Absa brand, the bank has reiterated its commitment to remain a significant player in the financial services sector and the country’s economic development.

“As one of Africa’s top three largest banks, backed by a large capital base and balance sheet, we will continue to play a leading role in Ghana’s development agenda while we remain focused on serving Ghanaians with quality groundbreaking financial services and safe investments for their hard-earned money. Our destiny is tied to that of our country and our commitment to Ghana is absolute,” said Mrs. Osei-Poku.

The change to Absa will not cause any change in customers account details and the bank’s branches will continue to operate as usual. Barclays branded cards will continue to work as normal until their date of expiry. Customers can also continue to use their Barclays chequebooks until 10 August 2020, after which only cheques drawn on an Absa chequebook will be accepted.

“When we started this journey over 3 years ago, we took time to seek insights from our clients and stakeholders. We took to heart what they told us and set out to build a bank that partners them in innovative ways to bring meaning to their lives. Ghanaians can look forward to stronger partnerships that drive sustainable growth and a brighter future for all,” Mrs. Osei-Poku reiterated.

Source: Ghana Web

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Stonebwoy Tours Big Boss Energy Drink Factory

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Exercising one of his due responsibilities as a brand ambassador and franchisee, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Burniton Music Group (BMG), Stonebwoy, has, on Wednesday, September 23rd, paid a visit to Bel Beverages; a Ghanaian producer of a variety of top of the range non-alcoholic drinks, including the widely accepted Big Boss energy drink.

His visit was to categorically “inspect and authenticate” the new labeling which has his photo printed on it. The inspection was followed by an aerial tour of the factory where variety of drinks are produced and how every step of the production is manned by a workforce of people passionate about delivering quality unparalleled refreshment to our customers.

Stonebwoy and his entourage later took a trip to Ashaiman where he was born and bred to make some giveaways of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) vetted and approved energy drink, and to have an intimate interaction with the natives of the town and most importantly, ardent followers of his craft who amassed in their numbers to give him an experience.

Barely two months after he secured an ambassadorial deal with the non-alcoholic producing firm, Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla fully purchased the owning rights of the energy drink, Big Boss. The deal saw the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards winner take control of the energy drink’s franchise and act as the president, while it’s still produced by Bel Beverages.

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Facebook To Open Its Second African Office In Lagos, Nigeria

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Facebook is set to open its second Africa office in Lagos in the second half of 2021, after it opened its first Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015., which will house a cross-section of Facebook teams from sales, policy, and communications to engineering. It is the company’s latest commitment to Nigeria—Africa’s largest internet market, after it opened a hub space in partnership with Co-Creation Hub, a leading Nigerian startup accelerator, in 2018.

It is essentially a major play for talent and proximity to an important, fast-growing market—and it is not happening in isolation: Google and Microsoft have grown their local presence in Nigeria over the past decade. In fact, Microsoft’s moves have included a $100 million commitment to build software development centers on the continent and employ 500 African developers by 2023.

With more Nigerians using Facebook than anywhere else on the continent and the suite of high-ranking executives at Facebook’s global offices being a ringing endorsement, Facebook is moving closer to where the talent is. Nigeria ranked among the fastest growing developer communities in Africa last year.

The global tech giant is in the business of serving and monetizing eyeballs, hence a more hands-on operation in Nigeria, and across Africa, and being closer to the world’s fastest-growing population of young people is a shrewd move. Africa’s population, already the youngest in the world, is expected to triple by 2100 while the rest of the world shrinks. And Nigeria will play a key role in that growth spurt by becoming the second most populous country in the world, ahead of China.

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The Best Just Got Better; Introducing Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV Range

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In 2019, the Samsung QLED TV range received universal praise for its innovative display quality, sound, design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung added a welcome twist to an incredible story. With the 2020 QLED range, the best just got better. You can now turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with immersive sound, endless detail, minimalist design and unrivalled technology. This is Samsung’s most complete television ever. This is no surprise coming from the brand leading the way across the world and acclaimed by experts.

“Our goal is to continue Samsung’s unparalleled legacy of providing leading TV viewing experiences by combining the advantages of our next-generation displays with AI technologies, immersive technologies and breath-taking sound quality – a personalised journey that turns a TV into a series of incredible adventures,” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

Any great movie has an equally great trailer. Below are the highlights that showcase the greatest QLED in show-stopping action:

  • Long-lasting, burn-in free picture quality with brightest and most vibrant colours
  • Brightest colour and true details with anti-reflection at night or day for Movies, Sport and Gaming
  • Rich surround sound with 6 speakers firing from top, bottom and sides
  • Sleek and elegant design, which creates an immersive cinematic experience

This is a TV that will change your expectations of what a TV can do

QLED offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. Available in 4K or 8K and from 43″ to 85””, the QLED series was designed with options to fit any space and budget. It’s simply a matter of choosing your viewing pleasure:

  • QLED 4K features stunning scenes with 8 million pixels – that’s four times the pixels of Full HD
  • QLED 8K offers unreal clarity with 33 million pixels – that’s 16 times the pixels of Full HD

Experience jaw-dropping detail and resolution – Real 8K resolution with Quantum Processor 8K

With QLED’s brightest and vibrant colours, you can choose to watch everything in 8K by advanced AI upscaling. Feel the power of every frame with 33 million pixels and a resolution four times that of 4K. Quantum Processor 8K ensures you always have 8K, no matter the source quality of the original content ¹

Get even closer to the action with dynamic sound that tracks the story

We all know that action movies with amazing sound arrangements provide the most realistic experiences when experienced at movie theaters. So how can this realism be recreated in the home? Samsung’s sound developers came up with Object Tracking Sound+ technology, in which sound follows movement onscreen through six speakers built into the TV.Thanks to this technology, a video’s audio follows the action on-screen in real time. When a car moves from the left to the right-hand side of the screen, so will the sound it makes; and when a heavy object drops from the top to the bottom of the screen, so will the audio. Doesn’t that sound good.

Experience maximum picture, minimum distraction – Infinity Screen

You can now push your viewing experience to the limit with a nearly-invisible bezel. In the flagship Q950TS-series, black edges are shrunk to almost nothing, and an ultra-slim frame removes any distractions so you can get a more immersive viewing experience. Explore the magic of Infinity Screen², a truly bezel-free design that removes any distractions for the most immersive TV experience.

Be the star of the show

QLED Smart TVs, powered by Tizen, makes it easier to find the content you love with personalised recommendations. It’s time to discover TV designed just for you. Want to watch what’s on your TV and your smartphone on the same screen? With MultiView, you can. Whether it’s live stats for sports or cheat videos for games, simply connect your phone and dual-screen like never before. To make sure you’re always in control, the TV is powerfully integrated and simple to use.  The 2020 Samsung TV also comes with a brand-new feature for mirroring your phone’s screen. Tap view feature allow phone’s screen to be displayed on your TV so you can enlarge photos, show friends a video, or maximize a spreadsheet for easier viewing. Set up Tap view in the SmartThings app and on your TV to start transferring your phone’s screen with a simple touch.

Take Control

Ultimately, QLED puts the power in your hands. With the Samsung OneRemote you have effortless access and control. Devices that are automatically recognised by QLED can be easily controlled—no need for separate remote controls. But the power doesn’t stop there. You can also do amazing things through’s Samsung’s Intelligent virtual assistant – Bixby3. You can ask Bixby for show recommendations, make quick title searches or control connected devices. Bixby knows what you like and makes sure you don’t miss out by suggesting shows you’re interested in but might not be watching at the moment. And because we live in a connected world, you’ll enjoy your SmartThings Dashboard, where you can put all of your connected devices on one screen. Simply set up the QLED SmartThings Dashboard to receive notifications as well as monitor and control your other smart home devices. With all this digital magic you’ll start to feel like anything is possible.

This year, Samsung has created truly unrivaled flagship TVs that give new meanings to picture perfection. With the 2020 QLED, the best just got better.

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TV When Turned On, Art When Turned Off; Samsung Launch The Frame TV

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Africa’s most admired tech brand has announced the launch of TV that is bound to fill your own home with many admiring glances1 . The Frame 2020 is a unique combination of Samsung’s revolutionary QLED technology and innovative design, enhancing both the living space and entertainment experience for consumers. The QLED technology enables beautiful colours, exceptional contrasts and impeccable details with 100% colour volume. What’s most unique and spectacular about The Frame is that when it is not being used as a TV, it moves into Art Mode. Just like how a framed picture looks different depending on the time of day, The Frame adjusts the screen brightness based on the ambient light in the room, using its in-built motion and brightness sensors.

“With The Frame you can expect what feels like a home makeover. It offers stunning picture quality, awe-inspiring sound and innovative features that effortlessly becomes an opportunity to showcase your own artistic taste. We are pleased to offer a product designed for the discerning tastes of Samsung customers, “said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

Whether you love TV or art, The Frame offers both. This spectacular TV truly complements your living space, bringing entertainment, and fine art into your home. Thanks to QLED technology, you can experience the brilliance of watching everything in lifelike colour and incredible detail, just as the creator intended. When you’re not watching TV, the screen is a blank canvas to display a gallery of artwork or your favourite photos. Better still, with no distracting cables, nothing will get in the way of your striking view.

How The Frame changes your space

  • Frame-look Design

The Frame is designed to turn your TV into a piece of elegantly framed art, enhancing your space and expressing your style. Mounted on the wall, the 2020 The Frame TV has a design that looks like a real picture frame to blend into your living room. 

  • Style The Frame your way with interchangeable bezels and No Gap Wall Mount.2

Your frame, your colour. The Frame TV’s customisable bezel lets you choose the right one for your interior. Find the perfect match for your own taste with a choice of black, brown, beige and white. The Frame TV can be effortlessly mounted flush to the wall with the provided No Gap Wall Mount, and allow you to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, games and media content without taking up space.

  • Art Mode

When the TV is off, turn it into a showcase of world famous art masterpieces3 or a gallery of your own photographs. Samsung is expected to open the online ArtStore in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mauritius in October. This means a world of fascinating art will be just a click away.

  • Colour Volume 100% by Quantum Dot

Experience colour the way it’s meant to be seen and artwork as realistically as it is in a gallery. With 100% colour volume and the bold contrast of Dual LED, The Frame brings everything to life with incredible detail and texture, from any angle. Samsung has also considered the quality of the content you watch and The Frame uses AI-powered upscaling to transform older content into a higher quality picture. This all adds to an immersive and realistic experience.

  • Ambient Mode + brings your vision to life

TV no longer has to be just a black screen. Ambient Mode lets you change what you see on-screen. Set it up so the time, weather, news headlines or calming animations are waiting for you every time you look over.The Frame can also match the surrounding wall’s colour and pattern to virtually blend in. It’s all up to you.

With The Frame you won’t feel like you need to visit galleries, because you can appreciate numerous pieces of art inside your own living room. QLED technology will also make you feel like a cinema experience is right in your home. Now that’s a TV worth having.

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