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Ghanaian New Media Company Raises $1.1M In Quest To Become ‘BuzzFeed Of Africa’

Ghanaian new media startup OMG Digital has raised $1.1 million in seed funding that will be used to help fulfill their growing reputation as the ‘BuzzFeed of Africa’. OMG Voice, the primary website run by the group, currently operates with versions in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, and the new investment will go towards expanding the footprint of the brand to additional African territories. Known as the ‘BuzzFeed of Africa’ due to the company’s focus on creating content for millennials, the tech startup creates and curates listicles, pictorials, videos and memes with an African audience in mind, according to Techpoint.

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Ghanaian Entrepreneur Sees Opportunity In Student Online Mentoring And Guidance

When Afia Bobia Amanfo thinks about Ghana, she sees a country ripe for harvesting, full of opportunities for its young population but lacking many basic necessities crucial for the success of young people. “This might not be an advantage for every business but it is a great opportunity for us as a social enterprise to make a difference in the lives of these young ones and help redefine the future of Ghana,” Amanfo told AFKInsider.

Amanfo co-founded Students Hub Ghana, an online social enterprise that provides a platform for mentoring young Ghanaians in education, career, technology, and entrepreneurship. The platform features education resources and information on available scholarships with outreach to rural children. Along with youth leader Nana Ofosu Boakye, Amanfo launched Students Hub Ghana in March 2017. It already has more than 3,000 followers.

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Young Entrepreneurs Combine Web Savvy, African Tradition, In Kente-Colored Swimwear Line

London-born Yasmeen Opare, 23, lived in Ghana for six years and loved to visit family there. While on vacation, she wanted to wear Kente swimsuits, and that inspired the launch of a business — Ashanti Swimwear. She runs the company with her brother, Dexter Opare, 27. The family-run business venture came about organically and was “not intentional at all,” Yasmeen told Atlanta Black Star via email. “My brother Dexter and I have worked on many other business projects together since we were very young. He encouraged me to pursue this idea and brought his expertise so organically we became partners. We have a very honest and open relationship, which helps us to avoid conflict and challenges.” Once the line moved into the prototype stage, the siblings knew their cousin Anita Atuobi was a no-brainer to develop the designs.

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GE Oil & Gas Opens New Sub-Saharan Africa Facility To Support ENI

GE Oil & Gas opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana Thursday, expanding its global footprint and supporting Italian oil and gas  giant Eni, Africa’s leading gas producer. Based in London, GE Oil & Gas is a subsidiary U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric. The company says it plans to deliver more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years as it seeks to build a local team. The GE facility will be the primary service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana, GE said in a press release. It has a 1,600-square-meter (17,200-square-foot) indoor test area and 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet) of indoor and outdoor storage.

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