Friday, January 8, 2016

This woman used Youtube and her natural hair to earn millions on the Internet

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
Hair care is big business, especially within the African-American community. As a matter of fact, it has been reported that ‘more robust growth’ is expected within the next five years. 2013 saw a 7% increase in the $2.7 billion industry for black hair products.
In order for companies to take advantage of consumers within the black hair care industry, they are doing what is necessary to understand how black consumers care for their hair.
Case in point – Whitney White has a YouTube channel that’s helping companies capture the market. White began her YouTube channel in 2009 ‘when she chopped off her hair and vlogged the process of growing it back.’ Her channel Naptural85 has roughly half a million subscribers along with 53 million video views. Because of her success, White who is 29-years-old has received endorsement deals from major brands such as Carol’s Daughter.
YouTube has about a billion views a day while readers of popular magazines dwindle. According to Yahoo Finance, “You might say she’s the Michelle Phan of the natural hair movement. And yes, it is a movement.”
Many African-American women are ditching relaxers and turning towards natural hair care. That’s right; since 2013, there has been a decline in sales of relaxers by $130 million. On the other side of the spectrum, there has been an increase of $200 million in natural styling products.
Because of what White has been able to accomplish, she has seen her income increase year after year. Admitting that she was tired of going to the salon and dishing out money while maintaining a heavy college workload, White “found a small community of women on blogs and YouTube who were tossing out their perms and growing out their natural curls and afros. She combed blog posts, photos, and videos from some of the go-to hair gurus of the time — but she couldn’t find anyone who represented her cork-screwed hair pattern. So she decided to chop off her own damaged hair and vlog the process of growing it back on YouTube. From there, her brand was born.”
YouTube advertising revenue system, Google AdSense began generating money for White. By working with brands and creating sponsored content, White started seeing positive change. White went on to say, “I try not to promote anything I wouldn’t personally purchase,” says White. “I’ve turned down a lot of money … I’ve turned down deals from huge companies … because I didn’t like the ingredients in the product.”
Without a doubt, White has used YouTube to her advantage.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, author, life coach and radio/television talk show host (Tuesdays at 7pm). Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

Aubameyang wins CAF Player Of The Year


Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named as 2015 CAF Player of the Year ahead of Yaya Toure and Ghana’s Andre Ayew.
The award was handed out at the CAF Awards Gala held in Lagos.
He is the first Gabonese to win the award since its inception.
He got 143 votes while Toure and Ayew had 136 and 112 respectively.
The forward has been a key part of Borussia Dortmund’s season scoring 24 goals in all since August 2015.
He set a Bundesliga record by scoring in the first six matches of a season; a feat which had never been done in the 53-year history of the German top flight.
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New African Football King: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Despite missing out on the main award, both Andre Ayew and Yay Toure were named in CAF’s Best Eleven for 2015. It also featured Robert Kidiaba of TP Mazembe and Sadio Mane of Senegal and Southampton.
Africa's Best Team for 2015
Africa’s Best Team for 2015
Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon won the Women’s Player of the Year award ahead of Gabrielle Onguéné, Ngozi Ebere, N’rehy Tia Ines, and Ghana’s Portia Boakye.
The Best Player in Africa award went to Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta of TP Mazembe while the Club of The Year went to TP Mazembe for winning the CAF Champions League for a fifth time.
Herve Renard was given the Best Coach of the Year award for guiding Cote d’Ivoire to win their first AFCON title since 1992.
Gaffer supreme: Herve Renard
Gaffer supreme: Herve Renard
Ghana’s C.K. Gyamfi was given the African Legend Award for his achievements with the Black Stars as he won the African Nations Cup in 1963, 1965 and 1982.
He passed on in 2015 but his feats were recognised posthumously and his son Edwin was present to take the award for the family.
Edwin Kumi Gyamfi taking the African Legend Award for his late father C.K. Gyamfi
Edwin Kumi Gyamfi taking the African Legend Award for his late father C.K. Gyamfi
Full list of award winners
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- CAF Player of The Year
Cameroon- Women’s national team of the year
Mbwana Samatta of TP Mazembe- Best Player in Africa award
Cote d’Ivoire- Men’s national team of the year
Allez Casa- Fair Pay Award
TP Mazembe- Club of the Year
Etebo Oghenekaro   – Most Promising Player
Victor Oshimen- Best Young Player
Herve Renard- Coach of the Year
Women’s Player of the Year: Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon)
Bakary papa Gassama (Gambia) – Ref of the year
C.K. Gyamfi of Ghana and Mbappe Lempe of Cameroon- African Legend
- See more at: http://sport.citifmonline.com/2016/01/07/aubameyang-wins-caf-player-of-the-year/#sthash.7tNgM6AR.mCqaLzOf.dpuf

Thursday, January 7, 2016

No harm will come to Ghanaians by accommodating terror suspects – Gov’t


The government is assuring Ghanaians that it has taken all the necessary security measures to ensure the safety of citizens and security of the nation despite accommodating two former terror suspects.
Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Ofosu Kwakye gave the assurance after concerns raised by Ghanaians about the propriety of the country’s decision to accept two former Guantanamo Bay detainees of Yemeni origins.
On Wednesday, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration in a statement signed by the sector minister, Hanna Tetteh said Ghana has accepted a request by the US government to accommodate the former detainees.
The statement said: “At the request of the US Government we have also agreed to accept two detainees of Yemeni origin who were detained in Guantanamo but who have been cleared of any involvement in any terrorist activities and are being released. They are unable to return to Yemen at the moment and we have indicated our readiness to accept them for a period of two years after which they may leave the country.”
“The United States is grateful to the government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility,” the New York Times quotes a Pentagon spokesman, Cmdr. Gary Ross, as saying in a statement.
The two Yemeni men transferred to Ghana are Khalid Mohammed Salih al-Dhuby and Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef. Both were born in Saudi Arabia but are considered citizens of Yemen based on their family and tribal ties, according to militarydossiers leaked by Pvt. Chelsea Manning.
Speaking on the issue in an interview on the Super Morning Show with Kojo Yankson Thursday, Mr Ofosu Kwakye said, “I can assure you, enough has been done to ensure that they don’t pose a threat.”
According to him, no harm will come to Ghanaians by the decision and, “We are confident that the number arrangement we have put in place; we will be able to handle the situation.”
He said the detainees should be in Ghana by now.
United States government, he noted, will bear the cost of the upkeep of the two former Guantanamo detainees.
The Deputy Communications Minister noted that, although the US itself has refused to accommodate the detainees, Ghana took the decision to welcome them on humanitarian grounds.
“We are [only] helping the United States,” he said.

Netflix goes live in Ghana


Online movie and television series streaming service ,Netflix, officially went live in 130 countries including Ghana on Wednesday, 6th January, 2016. In a tweet from its US twitter account, Netflix US, the company said ‘ Netflix is now global. #NetflixEverywhere. Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Heard Island and McDonald Islands…’ Co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix, Reed Hastings, also made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. 

“Today, I am delighted to announce that while we have been here on stage at CES, we switched Netflix in Azerbaijan, in Vietnam, in India, in Nigeria, in Poland, in Russia, in Saudi Arabia, in Singapore, in South Korea, in Turkey, in Indonesia, and in 130 new countries,” said Hastings. The other 130 countries to get the service include Botswana, Congo, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d Ivoire, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Western Sahara, Eritrea,  South Korea, Afghanistan, Angola, Antarctica, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Russia and India among others. 

China, though, is not on Netflix’s new countries while other countries excluded from the launch are Crimea, North Korea and Syria because of US government restrictions on American companies. Netflix, which started its streaming service in the US in 2007, last year expressed a goal to expand to an extra 150 countries across the globe. Popular US TV shows that Ghanaians can watch on Netflix include Suits and will also get movies from Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler and  Angelina Jolie among others. Industry players believe coming on board of Netflix will improve competition in the industry. 

They believe Netfllix which is the world’s leading internet TV service provider stands the chance of ousting Multichoice’s digital satellite TV service, DSTV, following constant  complaints about the company’s high monthly subscription fee. - See more at: http://viasat1.com.gh/news/technology/article.php?postId=509#sthash.Z3yOjS47.lOIMoR2G.dpuf

Third private jet for Malawian pastor


“I am what God says I am. I was born a winner," is how a Malawian pastor, known as Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, has described himself after the acquisition of his third private jet, reports Malawi's Nyasa Times newspaper
Mr Bushiri is thought to be the richest man in Malawi and has recently revealed that he plans to open a bank and mobile company in South Africa, the paper adds. 
He posted pictures of the new jet on his Facebook page.
The latest jet is reportedly a Gulf Stream III jet, which costs $37m (£25m). 
More than half of Malawi's population of 16 million live under the poverty line. 
When criticised for spending money that could have been used to help the poor by one follower on Facebook, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri replied:
"When are you going to sell your phone which you have used to type here and give the money to the poor?" 

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Guantanamo detainees transferred to Ghana

                  The Guantanamo Bay facility is used to detain what the US government calls "enemy combatants
Two Yemeni detainees held at the controversial US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to Ghana.
The Pentagon said Khalid al-Dhuby had been approved for release since 2006 and Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef since 2009.
Both have been held for more than a decade and have never been charged.
Ghana has given permission for the men to stay for two years subject to security clearances, Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh said.
The West African nation has not previously taken any Guantanamo prisoners.
The jail was set up following the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US to detain what Washington called "enemy combatants".
US President Barack Obama has said he wants to close the jail down before he leaves office in 2017.

'Bright young man'

According to military records, Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef is a Yemeni citizen born in Saudi Arabia in 1979 and was handed over to the US following his capture by Northern Alliance Forces in Afghanistan in 2001.
His US lawyer, George Clark, described him as a "smart, bright young man" and said his client intended to start a family and find employment.
US official documents say Khalid al-Dhuby was born in Saudi Arabia in 1981 and travelled to Afghanistan to fight. They say he was assessed as "a probable member" of al-Qaeda.
Dozens of countries have received former Guantanamo Bay detainees, including other African states such as Uganda and Cape Verde.
A total of 780 men have been held at Guantanamo since 2002, the vast majority without charge or criminal trial.
The US navy base now has 105 detainees, nearly 50 of whom have been cleared for release.
Map of where Guantanamo bay is

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Ben Carson The Paradox: A respected surgeon now in search of presidency, baffling science-minded Americans

Dr. Ben Carson


Ben Carson was a well-respected neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital for years, reportedly known to be reserved, calm and collected. That image juxtaposed with his current political person is not only confusing, it’s disconcerting to some of the Americans acutely conscious of science, medicine and simple logic. How is it that a relatively reserved man who conquered as many as 400 surgeries a year could have some of the most radical beliefs now that he’s behind a podium and sharing thoughts with the media?

The New York Times took a thoughtful look at Carson’s clearly contradictory personas in a piece that highlights how it has led some (mostly in the medical community and previous colleagues) to be disappointed and others actually personally or professionally affected.
“I think many of the doctors out there would disagree with the things he says as a politician, but understand him as a person as a very decent person,” Dr. Karin Muraszko, the chairwoman of the neurosurgery department at the University of Michigan, who has been in contact with and shared patients with Carson, told The Times. “The person and the doctor are very separate from the politician.”

It’s no mystery that Carson is devoutly Christian and has both gained and lost potential followers based on his extreme commentary about things such as same-sex marriage, pedophilia, climate change, creationism, 9/11, veterans affairs or ISIS.
Although some of those views are perplexing and offensive to many, those beliefs don’t really have anything to do with him being a healthcare professional, necessarily.
Eyebrows have been raised, though, as he has backed the view of the medical community that autism was not caused by vaccines but stated that “it is true that we are probably giving way too many in far too short a time.”
In an interview with The Times published over the weekend, Carson defended his comments about vaccinations by saying:




When you look at how many times the schedule has been altered by so-called experts, it tells you right there that whatever schedule they come up with is not necessarily the perfect schedule. Take into consideration the concerns of these people and let’s work with them, so that we can get people on the same page, rather than declaring: “I’m the great Oz. No one else could possibly know anything.”
In addition to that, he stated:
There are some diseases where I think there is room for discussion. Chickenpox. Now, chickenpox is generally not a fatal disease by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, when I was a kid, they used to have chickenpox parties. Somebody would get it, and they’d bring everybody over so they would get it, too. And then everybody would be immune to it.
Running for office has either altered the way Carson truly feels about certain scientific and medical topics, along with how he presents himself, or it has simply allowed him to access and perhaps exploit a previously untapped outlet.
Carol James, his longtime physician assistant, told The Times that when she heard Carson’s comments about vaccinations, “I was ranting and raving.” She also stated that his comments might be a demonstration of “how he is open to compromise.

Why are so many 20 year olds engaged in Sakawa (money rituals)?


Internet Fraud and Sakawa are not the same!
Yes, the above may not sound like news to a lot of you but apparently to a good number of people, the two are the same.
No they are not the same.
Internet fraud is simply that act of deceiving some bored, rich white people in Europe or the States or some part of the world that you are some pretty girl who wants love, or some hunk with six packs running away from some political nonsense or that you own gold mines and can produce more gold than Obuasi has ever seen – and then they believe you and send you some money. Sometimes you make a lot, other times you make little, and sometimes you make nothing. Your success depends on how dumb the folks on the other side of the world are.
So that’s Internet fraud. That’s what you find young men and women in cafes in 2016 doing. That’s not Sakawa.
Sakawa is a ritual. Sakawa involves spiritual matters. People that indulge in Sakawa sacrifice one thing or another to gain the limitless wealth they crave for. The sacrifices may involve you killing your parents, boyfriend or girlfriend, brother, sister, or simply a dear one.
Other sacrifices may involve the young people foregoing the use of their manhood for the rest of their lives. Let me rephrase that – with Sakawa, the spiritualist may ask that you sacrifice your manhood so that you can either never have sex or you are unable to have children. It could also be that you get the blood of virgin or the spermatozoa of certain kinds of people. Others must have sex with fellow men or fellow women. Some must never bath. Some must sleep in coffins. Some must never eat some specific foods or meat.
Now, what’s Kwame Gyan on about?
I overheard a group of young people having a chat. I got interested in what I overheard and they politely indulged me. Now, I am in my 30s (yea don’t be deceived by the photos, I am an old man), and having a chat with 19 and 20 and 21 and 22 year olds felt refreshing and i was awed at what I learnt.
And that includes all that i have typed above.
There are a few things I struggle to grapple my 30-something year old mind around:
What could drive a 21 year old boy to drive to Togo or Benin, sit before some fetish priest, is told to go murder his mum and dad, and then he actually does so, just so that at the age of 21, he gets so much money that he is able to buy all the things his dad and uncles and mum and aunts spent 40 or 50 years to get? I don’t get that. May be I am too old to wrap my mind around this.
They cited one of their friends whose parents they said were rich. I asked what they meant by rich. “They bought him one of the hyundai 4X4 and what receives as weekly money is what some of us get us monthly or even money for a semester”. Yet this lad had gone in for money rituals because he wanted to be a man – at 20. Now he regrets his stupidity because keeping up with the demands of the ritualist has become too much that he can’t bear any longer.
And to the girls that hang around these boys there are a few things I don’t understand as well:
Are they aware that these boys actually may have killed people to get their riches?  And again, are they aware that these boys are required to ‘replenish’ the sacrifices and this could mean using bodily fluids from them or some sort of thing they benefit from them?
Does it not intrigue you that a 21 or 22 year old is able to spend 3,000 cedis in in a night club when he is yet to get get a degree and does not own able my companies? Or that you ask this 20 year old boy for the latest Samsung or iPhone and he gives you cash there and then to buy it?
Seriously think about it…
I also learned from my thirty three minute interaction that, Sakawa, also known as money ritual, is also very heavily practiced by girls. Yup, girls. Young girls.
Not every young woman driving a top of the range vehicle got it from her dad or a willing sugar daddy. Some of them got them through Sakawa. Some get all sorts of ritual stuff that they apply on their faces to confuse rich men to spend on them, what they wouldn’t spend on their ailing children or octogenarian parents.
Others are okay to serve spiritual fathers by tattooing themselves and drinking shit you and I cannot imagine. Some in just themselves with all sorts of things and must sit on pots and collect the sperms of men to complete their ritual.
All of these so they can travel to Las Vegas and take selfies, visit Dubai and its awesome sights, shop in London and Paris and go holidaying in South Africa and the Bahamas. They want to live the life. The life of the rich and famous. They forget though that rich and famous of Hollywood that they seek to copy make their millions starring in movies, recording music, training to do a sport or doing some serious business.
The Struggle
Nothing comes for free. And for these people, sacrificing their parents and loved ones and destroying their manhood and others is just the initial pain before the superficial gain. Apparently a lot of them later realise the money is not as sweet as they thought. They start having regrets and nightmares. The reality of sleeping with animals against your will now comes home. Being a forced gay and paedophile now begins to stink. The memories of your dead boy and girlfriend and mum and  dad and dear one now hits them.
Yes, they may drive all the big cars and have the fabulously furnished apartment but sleep eludes them; peace of mind does not exist, and after all the friends they ‘spread’ have gone home they become as lonely as the dead bodies they caused to be buried. These boys and girls struggle in life. Imagine, at 22 you struggle to sleep and enjoy your ‘wealth’. Just 22. Until some powerful Man of God breaks the chain, they get lucky to live beyond a few years especially as they are unable to meet the demands of their rituals.
This is just me ranting away after spending some time with some young people. I got frightened listening to the tales. They didn’t call them tales. They know people that were in these situations. These were eye witness accounts. They are worried about their friends. Their friends are worried about themselves. They fear they may have to attend one too many funerals before they turn 30 or may ne 25 or even 23.
So why are young people chasing money at 18 and 19 and 20 and 21 and 22 and 23 years?
Why have they lost absolute interest in schooling so they can work and earn and buy what they want to?
Why has the desire to live the high live so consumed young people that whatever it takes to appear rich is what they will do?
I can simply just ask these questions. If you have answers hit me up via email at kwame@kwamegyan.com or Twitter at @KwameGyan or through Facebook.
If we can change minds and attitudes, let’s do it. Together.

Voters Register: NDC want Bawumia arrested for deception

Dr. Bawumia                                                                           

Deputy Communications Director of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, Fred Agbenyo has urged the Police to immediately arrest the running mate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr Mahamdu Bawumiah for deception.

According to him, Dr Bawumiah concocted a document he claimed to be the Togo voters register to deceive the Electoral Commission (EC) and the public into supporting the NPP’s claim that Ghana’s current voters register is loaded with Togolese and hence renders the electoral role not credible.

The largest opposition New Patriotic Party has since last year been championing the course for a new voters register ahead of the November General elections, insisting the register contains several anomalies. The NPP claimed that its scrutiny of the register established over 76,000 Togolese on the Ghana electoral roll.

The party subsequently petitioned the EC over their findings. However in response, the EC stated:

“In examining the identity and status of the 76,000 Togolese alleged to be on Ghana’s Register, the EC found that they were all duly registered during the mass registration period in 2012. Most of the voters were registered in districts in the Volta and Northern Regions.

These districts include Keta, Ketu South, Ketu North, Akatsi South, Akatsi North, Adaklu, Agotime Ziope, Ho Municipality, Kpando Municipality and Tatale/Sanguli. Our conclusion from this examination is that the voters are duly qualified under the laws of Ghana to be on Ghana’s Register”.

The EC added: “The NPP did not provide any proof of the citizenship status of these persons and did not show any proof that they were not entitled to be registered in Ghana. Registration on the register of another country, under the current laws of Ghana, does not take away one’s eligibility to be on the Ghanaian Register.”

“The Commission was also unable to confirm the authenticity of the Togolese Register used by the NPP in their analysis as the Electoral Commission of Togo declined to provide the EC with a copy of its register or confirm the authenticity of the soft copy of the register used by the NPP. It is important to observe that in the petition of the NPP dated August 18, 2015, the party claimed to have based its analysis on copies of the register displayed in Togo prior to their elections. However, upon request from the EC for the register used in the analysis, the NPP presented a soft copy of the Togo Register which the Togolese Electoral Commission says it had not given out to any third parties.” The EC further said.

Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show Tuesday, Mr Fred Agbenyo emphasized that the denial by the Togo Electoral Commission makes the arrest and questioning of Dr Bawumia very necessary.

“Dr Bawumia must not be walking freely by now, he must be arrested by the police for questioning as to why he used a fake Togo register to deceive Ghanaians. He just concocted a document and presented it to Ghanaians to push his party’s agenda. He heightened tension in the country with that dubious claim.”

He added: “Dr Bawumia and his NPP told Ghanaians that they had done only 10% of work on the register which allegedly revealed that huge number of Togolese registered, and they promised to come out with the remaining ninety percent (90%) of their investigations. Ghanaians are waiting for them; they should tell us when they are going to make their additional findings public.”

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