The indelible Speech of Kwesi Koomson at VGMA15

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Everybody keeps talking about the young man who received the Award on behalf of JOE METTLE at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. His eloquence and confidence awed the majority. The Best Male Vocal Performer Award went to Joe Mettle who was also nominated in other categories including the Gospel Song of the Year.

Well Kwesi Koomson is the gentleman’s name. A backup vocal and Booking agent for Joe Mettle. Many have been challenged with a voice identity puzzle when He sings because the Young man does it like Joe does. I have the opportunity to share with you the most talked about clip from the event in the link below.

Kwesi Koomson is also a Consultant who has significant experience in research, stakeholder engagement and media/government relations. He played a key role in the team which conducted a study on stakeholder perceptions of the Ghanaian mining sector for the Ghana Chamber of Mines. He has also worked on a variety of projects with clients such as The MasterCard Foundation, Google Ghana, The Canadian High Commission (Ghana), Dow Chemical, Michelin Tyres, The Rockefeller Foundation, Saint Gobain, Microsoft 4Afrika Project and The Leadership in Conservation for Africa Project.

Just so you know, You can succeed in so many areas as this man here has. Keep the focus and execute your dreams in steps with a strong mental discipline and remember, THE JOURNEY REMAINS FORWARD!!!!

Story: Nick Solomon

LIFESTYLE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WOMAN FEEL LOVED.

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As women, it’s in our nature to be affectionate and loving.

Making your woman feel happy and loved isn’t complicated. In reality, its very simple. You just need to make her feel special and cared for when you’re around her. And when we’re in a relationship with a wonderful guy, we love being treated in a special way by them. But more often than not, a guy just doesn’t know how to treat his girlfriend in a special manner.

A perfect relationship is never one sided. When you make the effort to please your girlfriend and make her happy, she’ll involuntarily put in her effort at making you happier in love if she truly loves you back.

So the next time you’re with your special girl, instead of holding back, give more. In mutual love, every loving act gives back more happiness to both lovers.

Below are a couple tips to make her fall in love with you over and over again.

#1 Surprise her with memorable gifts. Make sure you never forget your girlfriend’s special occasions, however trivial they may seem to you. And every now and then, show just how much you love her by giving her a memorable gift of love, be it a bling thing or a priceless gift like a heartfelt letter of love.

#2 Make her friends envy her. All of us want our relationships to be perfect, but very few of us actually work towards making it so. Treat your girlfriend with love and affection, and pay attention to all her needs, especially when she’s around her friends. When her friends notice how good a catch you are, her heart will swell with pride and happiness, and you’ll feel like a real smooth talker too!

#3 Get along with her friends and family. To a girl, her family and her close friends mean everything, because she shares all the intimate details of her life with them. And to a large extent, she listens to her friends and takes their opinions seriously. So make an effort to get along with her friends and treat them well. She’ll be happy to see that you’re a big hit with her loved ones.

#4 Don’t ignore her when she’s with you. Make your girlfriend feel like she’s the center of your world all the time, and especially so when she’s with you. Don’t ignore her because you’re having a fun conversation with another attractive girl or are distracted by something else. When your girlfriend is around you, it doesn’t matter who or what is around, make sure your attention is focused on your girl.

#5 Respect her opinions. As humans, respect plays a big part in how we feel about ourselves. When we feel disrespected by someone important to us, we feel miserable. And this holds the same effect in relationships too. Don’t dismiss your girlfriend’s opinions and ideas without listening to her, and don’t take her lightly just because *she’s a girl*. In a relationship, both partners have to learn to listen to each other and respect each other’s point of view.

#6 Ask her for help. You may be a big, fully grown man. But that shouldn’t stop you from asking your girl for help now and then. By letting your girlfriend see your vulnerable, helpless side, she’d feel closer to you because you aren’t afraid of showing your weaknesses to her.

#7 Compromise for her. Every now and then, compromise your wants for her needs. If she wants to watch a romantic movie while you want to watch something else, give in to her now and then. When she sees how you’re willing to give up something you like just to please her, it’ll only make her feel more loved and happy and willing to compromise for you as well.

#8 Be affectionate with her in public. Make your girlfriend feel special when you’re with her in public. You don’t need to eat each other’s faces off to make a point that both of you are dating. Hold her hand, brush her hair away from her face, make her feel like you’re completely attentive to her needs, and most importantly, don’t hold yourself back from behaving in a silly manner if you can bring a smile on your girlfriend’s face.

#9 Make her laugh. Humor has a very important place in relationships. Even when both of you don’t have anything to talk about, a few funny lines or gestures can make the whole day feel like such a fun activity.

#10 Make her feel secure. If you want to make your girlfriend feel happy in the relationship, you need to focus on the one thing girls want most in a guy, his protective streak. When your girl feels secure when you’re around, and when she feels like she can depend on you for anything, she’d instinctively feel happier to be in love with you.

#11 Give her your attention. When you go out with your girlfriend, do you stay close to her and make sure she’s feeling comfortable, or do you leave her aside and catch up with your own friends. When your girlfriend is around, always focus on her needs first before you think of yours. If you need to spend a few minutes away from her to speak to your own friends, make sure she won’t feel uneasy when you aren’t around. Whenever you’re out, always pay attention to her needs before yours.

#12 Communicate. Misunderstandings arise when there is a lack of communication in a relationship. If you want to have a happy relationship with your girlfriend, learn to express your feelings clearly. And every now and then, spend a few hours talking about each other’s lives. When you spend a lot of time talking about your future together, both of you will feel more secure and loved in the relationship.

#13 Compliment her. Women love compliments. It makes them feel more appreciated. If you like something about your girlfriend, let her know about it. It doesn’t matter if it’s something about her personality or about the way she dresses, if you like it, say it.

#14 Let her know you’re lucky to have her. Did you have to woo your girl for a while before she finally accepted to date you? Always let her know that you still love her just as much as you did when both of you first started dating. And more than anything else, let her know that you have never taken her for granted and never will. If you feel lucky to date such a wonderful girl, remind her about it all the time.

#15 Involve her in your life. If you’re serious about your girlfriend and see her as a big part of your life, learn to involve her more in your daily life, be it for get-togethers or a night out with your friends. When you invite her to spend more time with you and your friends, you’re letting her know that you’re serious about her and the relationship. And emotional security always makes any girl in love a much happier girlfriend!

#16 Call her unexpectedly and sweet talk her. Love shouldn’t always be predictable, especially when it’s a happy surprise. Drop by at her place or at her office out of the blue with a small gift. Call her up when she least expects your call and remind her about how much you miss holding her in your hands right at that moment. In love, if it’s a happy feeling, share it. It makes all the difference between a happy romance and a bored one.

#17 The little things in love. Big birthday surprises and anniversary celebrations are always memorable. But to keep a romance alive, you don’t always need those big gestures all the time. It’s the little things in love that hold a relationship together better than those big gestures. Indulge in sweet romantic gestures every now and then to please your girlfriend. It’ll definitely make her appreciate your relationship a lot more.]

Sometimes, it’s the smallest of romantic gestures that can bring the widest of smiles. Use these tips on how to make your girlfriend happy and she’ll definitely appreciate you a lot more for being such a special guy to her.

STORY: UMBORTI WUJANGI

Michelle Obama On Gospel Music: ‘When There’s Struggle, Gospel Music Is That Ray Of Hope’

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Michelle Obama has previously expressed her love for some of today’s biggest music artists, including Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, through her childhood-obesity-fighting program, “Let’s Move.”

But Obama’s love for music don’t stop with pop. On Tuesday, during a special White House-arranged workshop for students on the history of gospel music, the first lady professed her love for the genre and how it has fueled her life spiritually by providing a “ray of hope.”

“It’s what helps connect us to God, to that higher power,” she told those in attendance,according to the Associated Press. “For so many, when times have darkened, when there’s struggle, gospel music is that ray of hope and it gives you that strength.”

“There’s nothing like hearing a choir sing an old gospel track. When you hear that, it gets your feet tapping and your heart pumping.”

Tuesday’s workshop served as a precursor to the evening’s special gospel concert,“The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House.” The concert will feature performances from Pastor Shirley Caesar, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Williams and Darlene Love, among others

LIFESTYLE: Pentecostal Beliefs About Hair & Skirts to the Church

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Pentecostal Christianity has more than 700 denominations. Most of them encourage their members to dress and live modestly, but do not have specific teachings about hair and skirts. Some Pentecostal denominations, often referred to as Apostolic Pentecostals, Pentecost Church of Ghana, take the encouragement to dress modestly a bit further, specifying how their members are to dress and wear their hair.

Women’s Hair

Apostolic Pentecostals teach that women should not cut their hair. They base this teaching on a literal interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, which includes admonitions such as “every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head” and “if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.” Pentecostal churches which do not require women to wear long hair generally interpret these portions of the Bible as referring to a specific cultural issue in the Corinthian church during the time the New Testament was written. Adult Apostolic Pentecostal women often wear their hair up in a bun, but there is no requirement to do so.

Skirts and Dresses

Apostolic Pentecostals typically expect women to dress in modest attire specifically designed for women. In most cases, women must wear full length skirts or dresses at all times. Most churches require that skirts fall below the knee, but some require ankle or floor length skirts. Some Apostolic Pentecostals churches allow women to wear some form of pants outside of church as long as they are specifically designed for women. Longer culottes pants are common casual attire for many Pentecostal women.

Cosmetics, Jewelry and Adornment

Apostolic Pentecostals generally discourage women from wearing any form of cosmetics, especially colored makeup. They usually don’t allow women to wear jewelry, though most make exceptions for simple wedding bands and wrist watches. Hair adornments such as barrettes and hair pins are typically expected to be simple and functional. They base this teaching on 1 Timothy 2:9-10, which says, “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

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While Apostolic Pentecostals’ standards regarding women’s attire and hair are more noticeable, they do have standards to which men must adhere as well. Like women, men are not allowed to wear cosmetics or jewelry other than wedding bands and wrist watches. They are generally expected to wear full length pants and to keep their hair cut noticeably short. Apostolic Pentecostals cite 1 Corinthians 11:14 to teach that nature itself teaches that men should not wear their hair long.

LIFESTYLE: Ways to make your man feel like a MAN!

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Making your man feel inadequate is the worst thing you can ever do to him and that is why men rarely forgive cheating. To most men cheating is the number one relationship deal breaker. Just like you, a man needs to feel loved, appreciated and also attractive and the only way you can make him feel that way is by giving him an ego boost every now and then.  An ego boost will make your man a better man and in turn he will treat you right and when he treats you right you both end up in a very healthy relationship.

Below are little ways you can make your man feel like a man.

#Thank him for every little thing he does around the house and even for something as random as loving you or for putting up with you.

#Listen to him intently when he is explaining something to you and allow him to feel smart even though you are smarter than him.

#Cook for him without making him feel like he is the reason you can never get anything done or like he is cramping your style. This will make him feel special. Wait on him, get him water  and even when visiting friends or family or at a barbeque, bring him a plate and make sure he is satisfied.

#Let him make the plans and take charge of directions as men like to feel like they are great at remembering directions. Even if he gets lost, do not make him feel like he’s the reason why everyone in the world gets lost and how much he sucks at giving directions .

#Allow him to take you to his fave restaurant and order for you. He probably likes the restaurant for a reason so for once just let him do his thing.

#Feel him, need him, appreciate him and enjoy being with him in the bedroom and always do that thing that he loves so  much. Give him full control and let him take all the credit for satisfying you and for making you glow.

#Massage him after that long day at work and let him know how much you know he deserves a massage as he works really hard to provide for you and yours.

#Allow him to be a boy when he is with the boys.  Don’t call him out in front of his boys and remind him it’s his turn to do the dishes.

#Attend his events whenever he invites you and make an effort to look great. Give him a reason to be the envy of the ball and enjoy being his arm candy with pride.

#Don’t cheat on him or share private matters with your whole gang of friends.

#Compliment him. Tell him he looks great whenever he makes an effort to dress well.

NEWS: The Christian who Celebrated Good Friday By Nailing himself to a Cross..

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The Philippines is a country with a Christian majority, most of whom are Roman Catholics. So, it comes as no surprise that Good Friday, a religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, is one of the most important days on their calendar.

While most of the world spends the day praying, fasting and atoning for sins, Filipinos have a rather different way of doing things. Hundreds of these worshipers spend the day self-flagellating and even crucifying themselves to crosses, all in an effort of atonement and showing thanks to God, with the hopes of miracles occurring because of the acts. The practice, known as “Senakulo,” is common in many cities across the Philippines, but is more ingrained in the traditions of the people of San Pedro Cutud.

Although Senakulo has been going on for decades, the local Roman Catholic Church would rather its followers be do-gooders than self-punishers.

Marvin Tao, 25, has been self-flagellating himself every Good Friday for almost a decade. He says, “I started doing this when my mother got sick, kidney problems. I vowed and prayed to God so that she could be cured.”

Another participant, Arjay Rivera, 30, uses a different method of atonement — cutting himself with glass and razors. “I feel no pain,” he says as he cuts himself. “Because I know I am one with my God in suffering.”

There are also some who have others whip them instead of self-flagellation.

Once the flagellations are done, the people — participants and spectators alike — walk to a hill to watch the crucifixions.

Men dressed as Roman soldiers and the men who are to be crucified sterilize their hands and feet before the nails are driven into the extremities. For those who think they can’t take the pain of the real thing, there is the option of being tied to the crosses instead of being nailed to it.

NEWS: LUNCH WITH THE PROFESSIONAL SUMMIT- The Stocks Edition

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Building a high level investment plan for long term financial independence isn’t easy, or for the faint of heart. Before you can begin investing, you need to understand the answers to simple investment questions such as Stocks. Have you ever wondered what stock is or why shares of stock even exist?  It is very simple!!!-  to make money by investing in companies you believe will make money. In the language of investing, you’re seeking a positive return.

Building and maintaining a high level of authority in commerce demands accurate knowledge in investment dynamics and a high level of mental amplitude to secure financial independence .It is the essence of this that the Tesano Baptist Youth Ministry organizes “LUNCH WITH THE PROFESSIONAL” summit periodically. This summit is aimed at bringing Professional resource persons from various sectors to interact, train and share their experience with young folks who are willing to take the future with excellence in all their endeavors. These summits talks about, Leadership, Financial independent tools, integrity amongst others.

Unlike many other events, the “LUNCH WITH THE PROFESSIONAL” has a lineup of just two speakers who are pros in their respective fields to talk about stocks and its crucial effect on the journey to perpetual wealth creation. These speakers are in the persons of Mr. Richard Adu Poku and Mrs. Wendy Malm. The event comes up on the 11th April, 2015 at the Tesano Baptist Church between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The rate for the summit is Ghc50 for double participants and Ghc30 for a single participant. For further inquiries, you can reach organizers on 0270155605.

You want to be a Proud owner of a company you believe is a good investment for wealth creation? “LUNCH WITH THE PROFESSIONALS” is the place to be…

STORY: Nick Solomon

NEWS: JONN WINNER GOES CORPORATE….

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Talk about energy, vocal ability, performance, charisma  then you know it’s JONN WINNER.  He is known for the hit single “GOD EBI TOO MUCH” that broke the airwaves with consistent rotation on radio and TV.  His style,  energetic and interactive performance gives him out as a regular performer at the annual poolside praise party organized by the premiere gospel tv show in Ghana, FOOTPRINT TV.

The young vibrant gospel recording artist is gradually finding his ways into the corporate environment which is a major challenge for a lot of local gospel artists. Preceding the Easter celebrations, JONN WINNER ministered to staff of the Barclays Bank with some sweet tunes of his which lead the workers into a time of praise and worship. The corporate visit was embarked with his whole team including his musicians, management and publicist.

There is no doubt this step has launched him into the corporate environment. Speaking to him, he mentioned that alot of companies has shown interest in his corporate visit and will be reaching a few of them soon. Watchout for JONN WINNER in your office soon…. Below are a few pictures of the maiden edition….

STORY: Nick Solomon

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Prosperity Preaching must STOP!!!! – Bishop Dag-Heward Mills

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Outspoken Presiding Bishop of Lighthouse Chapel International,  Dag Heward-Mills says prosperity preaching is false religion and nonsense.

“Today Christians are into happiness preaching – everything to make you happy – Christ did not come to make us happy – Christ came to save us from our sins  – and to put happiness and prosperity as the reason for Christianity is a false religion – that is not Christianity.

“Let us not follow comfort – to be a good Christian you cannot be comfortable – to be a good Christian you cannot always try to be happy – this prosperity, money gospel is a nonsense gospel that is not why Jesus came to this world…” he said.

Bishop Heward-Mills made the statement during his Easter message to thousands of church members who gathered at the Independence Square for a Good Friday Convention this Easter.

Preaching on the topic “the token of the blood”, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills noted that Jesus did not come to make people happy and comfortable but to save man from his sins.

He said some preachers have made the gospel about prosperity and money and are therefore directing the attention and trust of Christians off Christ and God to the extreme desire for comfort, happiness and success in secular life, rather than in things that pertain to God.

The Bishop said the focus on comfort, happiness and prosperity is a sign of a backsliding Christians and God will bring judgment on such people.

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills contended that because of the extreme focus on prosperity preaching, most Christians have placed their businesses and politics above God and they lie, steal, cheat and do everything for business and political success, without thinking about pleasing God.

“Today when a Christian says ‘I am blessed’ it means business is working – today a lot of Christians will sacrifice anything for business to work – you put aside Christ, you become a liar, you become a thief – you cannot see the difference between Christians and non-Christians because of business,” he said.

The outspoken corruption crusader also warned Christians who are into politics not to place politics above God and rig elections because “God will bring judgment on you if you did that.”

He said it is about time people saw the clear difference between Christians and non-Christians in all aspects of life.