The Movie Industry Does Not Breed Alot of Filmmakers Who Are Willing to Take the Bold Risk of Standing Out. – CEO & Founder of Accra Indie Filmfest (AiF) Shares In An Interview With SammytheAuthor.

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1: For the Benefit of those who might not know You, Who is Mr. Evan Eghan?
I’m an Actor who doubles as a Director/Producer and a Writer. I holistically, call myself a “filmtrepreneur” as in film entrepreneur and this is because I try my possible best to span wide my creative capacity as far as filmmaking is concern. I have only been in the film business for about four years now. However, my career experience spans beyond Ghana to another African countries as well as Europe. My acting projects include but not limited to the following; “Divine 419 – Hawkers’ Hustle” (2019) directed by Johannes Krug from Germany, “Stalemate” TV series (2015-2017), “If God Be For Us” (2016) all directed by Pascal Amanfo and produced by Venus Films, “No Man’s Land” (2016) also directed by Pascal Amanfo. “Hooked” (2016) directed by Chima Okoroji from Nigeria, ISIDORE (2018) directed by Nuhu Dalyop also from Nigeria, Samai (2017) directed by Eddie Nartey. On top of my screen acting reel, I have numerous credit for theatre performances as an actor. These credits also include but not limited to the following “Blood and Tears”, “The Trial of Dedan Kimathi”, “The Legend of Aku Sika”, “Fences”, “Perpetua and the Habit of Unhappiness”, and more.

2: Tell us more about Yourself. I mean what’s Your Story? (Family, Education e.t.c)
I lived with my grandparents in a village around Mankessim called Ayeldu and that is where I had my primary education till I was in primary 3 when I moved to stay with my dad in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region. I moved back to the village to my grandparents from when I was in JSS1 till I completed JSS in 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Junior Secondary School. Afterwards, I had a scholarship to study General Arts with specialty in Literature at Aburaman Senior High School in 2007 till 2011 also in the Central Region. In between this period I was living both in the Central and the Western Region with my elder brothers. In 2012, I won the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to study Theatre Arts and Information Studies in the University of Ghana which I completed with a first class in 2016. I did my national service as teaching assistant at the School of Performing Arts assisting the teaching of courses including; Fundamentals of Radio, Film and Television Production, Research Methodology, Media and Society, and African Film and Cinema. So I moved to Accra basically for my university education but I now permanently reside here.

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During the period of my national service, I again won a scholarship to do my Masters. However, I had to decline that and discover myself in the world of creative business and to solve practical problems rather than being in the academia. But we will go back to the academia pretty soon after we have gathered enough experience to share and inspire.

3: As the Founder & CEO, what was the Inspiration behind Accra Indie Filmfest (AiF)? Give us an Overview?
I practically realized that, there was a gap in the film industry considering the ground for growth as filmmakers. Elsewhere, there are enough available avenues that kind of help the growing filmmaker to really understand and appreciate the process of growth or realize that whichever level that they are in as filmmakers is part of the growth. Unfortunately here in Ghana, one is practically considered as a filmmaker when he/she makes a feature film and premieres at the cinemas. So Accra Indie Filmfest (AiF) is practically created as the avenue to celebrate the growing filmmakers who are practically using short film productions as the learning ground and creating amazing films that the regular film lover does not have the opportunity to see. Again, AiF stays as the ground for healthy creative collaborations and knowledge exchange among the local and international filmmakers who have the opportunity to be part of this internationally ground-breaking short film festival.

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4: What are some of the Challenges You face or still facing as an Actor?
The major challenge is basically lack of opportunities. The industry does not breed a lot of filmmakers who are willing to take the bold risk of standing out as well as searching for other alternatives of storytelling or film marketing. Unfortunately, the already existing distribution channels or systems do not favor so much of the trending filmmakers. So the reality is that, some new filmmakers find it exciting and get into film producing and after one or two films, they are unable to come back to make the films. So if you are a daring actor like myself that is looking for some sort of “extraordinary” films to be starred in, then you are likely never to act. And the regular actor who is even willing to jump on anything, the opportunities are still limited. Because, literally actors are the last to be considered in the process of filmmaking, so if the initial process of production is not commissioned at all, then it does not even get to the casting stage for an actor to get the opportunity to act because almost everybody is scared to make a film for the fear of losing money.

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5: What would you suggest Actors or producers/directors do to help lift or give the Movie Industry a facelift?

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I Started PASL With A Borrowed Laptop and One Client.- CEO & Founder Of Platinum Africa Solutions Ltd Shares In An Exclusive Interview.

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With God, Hardwork and Determination, you are sure to conquer/break your way through and achieve your Dreams/Objectives. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Platinum Africa Solutions Ltd. Checkout the Interview Below!
1: Who is Mr. Derrick S. Vormawor?
I am a business consultant, and a marketing strategist. I run PASL which is focused on helping businesses to start, grow and expand profitably and strategically. Sometimes, I get invited to speak at events and I also do some writing on business and entrepreneurship as well as a Vlog on social media. I am the creator of The Business Startup Clinic currently being sponsored by Access Bank’s W-Initiative in Ghana, and the 5K Challenge sponsored by Code 57 and starting off this summer 2020 in Ghana. Aside business and entrepreneurship, I am a whole mood and vibe on a personal level. Lol!
2: What’s the Story behind Your Personality?
I learned to fully embrace who I am and can be and decided to design my own life. You know, if your life is your biggest project, why not design it?
Ever since, I have been on an amazing personal journey. No one can change my perception about ‘me’ any longer and the things I could achieve in life. This mindset and experience drive my personality. I recognize that I am human, and life would always happen with or without me, so I better get my groove on whiles I am here.BFF5490E-7916-4B9A-A1A5-64687F4336E3

3: Tell us more about the Educational aspect of Your Life.
I started my primary education at Apam Royal Preparatory school in the Central Region, then I continued at Christ Ebenezer Preparatory School in Darkuman. I moved on to Christ Vision International School for my junior high education and completed at Anglican Church’s school, both in Prampram. Afterwards, I did an IT course at IPMC in Tema then I went to pursue ‘Business’ at Anlo Senior High School in Anloga (Volta Region). I later read a Diploma in Business Studies at Excellent Business College in Madina, then I went on to do a Bsc. Banking & Finance at University of Professional Studies, Accra. Presently, I am pursuing an MSc. General Management in Germany.f1a3a9ad-fce8-4fff-bf47-648c08030de9 2

4: At what point did you realize you could start a Company of Your Own? What Inspired that Decision?
Before I started my company, I did not have any big dreams. I promise, I never thought I could become who I have become today. I only wanted a regular life and I was a contract staff in a Bank at the time, but life happened. I lost my job and through the process of recovering myself from the heartbreak, I decided to do something for myself. I realized I loved creating strategies, and taking on business problems, and finding solutions for them. I started with one client, a borrowed laptop, a small dream, and presently our company is worth a couple of hundreds of thousands of dollars in value, with a greater vision. We are building the most reliable business consulting firm in Africa.
5: Being the Founder/CEO of Platinum Africa Solutions, what are some the necessary measures, you put in place to ensure that your Company runs smoothly and productively?
It’s not easy running PASL. I serve in two roles. As a CEO & a Lead consultant. I get involved in every single thing happening. I lead by example. I have a relationship with my team members. Aside the fact that I have created structures to function, the company is able to run productively because we thrive on teamwork, respect for one another, we choose our clients wisely and we take on what we can deliver. Everybody in PASL is intrinsically motivated and we don’t joke with our work and our people.15780924_841400982668967_1288877154078322675_n

6: What are some of the services Platinum Africa Solutions Ltd Offer?

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My Childhood Was Covered With Domestic Abuse And Violence. Art was an Escape For Me- Mr. Chris Mukasa, C.E.O/Founder of Fatumas Voice Shares In An Interview.

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Your Dreams are possible, regardless of where and how You were born; You are here, what impact are you gonna make to better your life and the lives of others. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Kenyan Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Fatumas Voice Kenya. Checkout the Interview Below!

1: Who’s Mr. Chris Mukasa?

Besides being known as the Founder of Fatuma’s Voice, I am a dynamic person who loves exploring. Although I am inquisitive and outgoing, I also value intentional solitude.

 

2: What’s the Story behind Your Passion to do what you do??

Just like many of my peers, the background of my childhood was covered with domestic abuse and violence. Art was an escape for me but I soon found solutions within it. This inspired me to work with like-minded creatives and start Fatuma’s Voice, which is slowly transforming into an African community movement . Our goal is to encourage creative expression and drive for social change.

 

3: Wow!!Awesome…You sailed through regardless..Being the CEO/Founder for Fatumas Voice, what are some of the Impacts you have made so far with your Initiative?Anything Sharable?

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Since we begun in July 2013, we have been using simple and creative avenues like; open debates, political art, conscious music, expressive dance and social-issue based theatre, to creatively reaffirm people about the significance of their voice. We have grown from a small weekly event in Nairobi into a themed and structured forum independently coordinated by the local youth in three different counties; that is Nakuru, Mombasa and Kisumu.

By 10th December 2016, we had held 142 youth forums where we hosted 1,420 artistic performers and attracted a live audience of 15,000 participants and over 500,000 online participators. Our goal is to replicate it to each and every African country. Besides focusing on the number of participants engaged, we also keep track on attitude change and level of participation. We involve the community in the process of defining the social metrics and indicators they expect to see. People are interviewed before and after the forums and the feedback compiled in testimonials and case studies.

We have seen an improved understanding about social issues within communities we have worked with. We have experiences people changing their attitudes towards political accountability by realizing that their personal action or inaction is connected to the political space. We have witnessed an increased sense of ownership and responsibility in the process of creating social change. Fatuma’s Voice now seeks to increase impact by replicating the forum in other African countries. Our first event out of the country was all the way in West Africa, in Ghana. The forum was called Youth Uniting Africa and it happened in July 2019.

 

4: Powerful!!! Any challenges faced so far?

Systematic manipulation through social institutions like Education, Politics, and Mass media, is used to maintain status quo. Individuals grow up thinking social action is blocked by government policies, which disconnects the community on the ground from the government leaders. People lose trust and develop a culture of self-imposed silence. Our biggest challenge is to address this issue by creating awareness and helping people break out of a restricted system that doesn’t allow critical thinking.

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No Regrets, Only Lessons As An Entrepreneur: CEO of Maestro Group, Seidu Ali, Shares In An Exclusive Interview!!

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On your journey to success, this is what you find, Challenges and Setbacks but with God, Hardwork and Determination, you are sure to conquer/break your way through and achieve your Dreams/Objectives. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Maestro Group. Checkout the Interview Below!
1: Who’s Mr. Ali Seidu?
Seidu Ali, I would say is an Entrepreneur, a Business Consultant, a Mentor, a Journalist and a lot of other things he can’t even keep track of. That’s to say that, he’s a simple guy who believes in the values of individuals other than the titles ascribed to people who possess not, the ability to deliver or add value not just to themselves but to the people around them at large.
I would also say he’s an individual who believes and supports achievable dreams regardless, and also one who strongly believes in the law of reciprocity.
To the fun bit of him, I’d say he is a simple guy and a very easy to relate with individual.


2: What’s the Story Behind this great Personality?
The story behind this personality I would say is one that’s been full of practical lessons and that’s what has molded him into what you are seeing now, and it is a lengthy one.
Now, before one can have a personality or before a personality can be identified, there should be three identifiable phases in your life answering three simple yet, complicated questions.
i. What are you as an individual capable of achieving?;
ii. How do you prove your capability?; and finally,
iii. How can you help others prove their level of capability?
Now, the above phases to the questions listed are an unbreakable cycle. One that a person has to go through before having a great personality.
So firstly, Seidu Ali has gone through a lot of turndowns, a lot of sacrifices and sleepless nights which helped him efficiently define what he’s capable of doing.
Secondly, Seidu Ali has served a lot of people, just for the experiences and that also helped him to clearly define how to prove his capability.
Thirdly is the fact that he helps others prove their capabilities even though he’s still in the process of helping others do that.
So with the above framework set, I would say I’m still not a great personality yet, for the sky is not the limit, beyond the sky is.

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3: I understand you are the CEO/Founder for Maestro Group..what Inspired such an awesome Idea?
What inspired me is very simple, ‘Fear of the Unknown’ and the desire to reap whatever I’ve planted.
Now, I’ll leave you with two simple questions for you to digest.
i. How would you feel if you wake up one beautiful morning, and your mum, dad, son or daughter, wife or a sister falls ill severely and in a case either of them has nothing to support the illness, a call comes in informing you about it.

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A Day In The Life Of Nessa Official, The Vocalist. – Be Inspired!

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Behind every Great Personality, lies a story and behind every Smile, lies a bit of sadness. Regardless of the setbacks or challenges faced in our quest to pursue the dreams and ambitions stacked within, We Discover our true Self. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, we take on Ghanaian Awesome Talent and a Vocalist, Vanessa Abossey who goes by the brand name, Nessa_Official as she shares with us a bit of her life story and career as a Singer and Brand Influencer. Checkout the Interview Below!
1: So tell Me, Who Is Nessa?
Nessa is a lady who has lots of stories untold behind her smile. And who wishes to use that to impact and influence the world.
2: What’s the Story(background) behind this Awesome Talent?
I guess I was born with it.

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3:When did you discover you could sing?
When I was in class 4.
4: Where there Any Challenges growing up? If Yes, is it shareable?
Yes there were lots of challenges.
It is shareable but if I decide to talk about it will take days. But basically I’m just on a quest in finding my biological mother since my name was changed when brought to Ghana.

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5: If You had a chance to turn back the hands of Time, what would you have changed in your life?
Honestly nothing. I loved everything I went through. Both ups and downs. I always saw my life as an adventure. It’s helping me become the woman I dreamed of becoming.

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You Are Not Too Young To Pursue Your Dreams.Work That Dream – Model Baby Adelle


What are Your Dreams and Aspirations? Do You think it’s Achievable? Never under-estimate yourself because of few setbacks in your Life. You can do all things if you believe in Yourself. Be encouraged, see yourself doing it. Nothing is Impossible..Form a clear mental image of the person you want to become. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Model shares with us, her life story and career as a Model and Brand Influencer. Checkout the Interview Below!
1: So tell Us, Who is Baby Adelle?
Baby Adelle is a 20 year old lady whose real name is Adelita Kabuki Ami Tettegah. I hail from Big Ada.I have just one sibling who is a boy. I love to sing,take pictures and also crotchet.
2: What’s your Story?
My story actually began right in shs 2 where I started my photoshoots
My first photoshoot began in 2015 where I was invited to be part of the models on a basketball tournament billboard photoshoot. I later had a shoot for an African wear clothing line. Later in 2016,after completing shs,One of Ghana’s finest photographers gave me lessons on how to be a great model. I took these lessons seriously and started shooting with photographers. When I started posting these shoots on social media, I got a lot of photographers calling me to work with them. Later on in 2017,at the age of 18, I auditioned for Miss Ghana 2017,where I was selected and I represented Greater Accra region. I was the youngest finalist. It was after Miss Ghana that I got a Pinkberry commercial deal,I was also in Perk Biscuits advert and did a shoot for Darling hair. That’s my story so far

3: Woow..That’s Awesome.. I’ve seen some of your works on Social Media. What was your Mission at the Onset?
My mission at the onset was to show the world that ‘’you are not too young to achieve your dreams and goals’’ And also my mission was to teach everyone not to give up.

4: Tell me, any Challenges so far?
My major challenge was people discouraging me and telling me that my dreams are too big and that I’m too young to be engaging myself in all the works I was doing.

5: How has the Journey been like after Miss Ghana Pageant?
It’s been a smooth and interesting journey after Miss Ghana. I must say Miss Ghana groomed me into the lady I am today and now many young girls now look up to me as their role model.
6: Do you have regrets ever signing any deals?
I have no regrets so far.

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EXCLUSIVE!!! The Gifted Blogger (SammytheAuthor) Interviews The Executive Director Of SpreadAid International. Be Inspired!!!

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How do you view yourself now? What about in the next 5years? What do you want to do in future? Some people tend to under-estimate themselves because they failed to visualize who they want to become in life. You need to understand that, whatever work you set your eyes on, to be in life, requires hard work and determination. Be encouraged, see yourself doing it. You need to form a clear mental image of the person you want to become.
Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur. Check the Interview below.
So tell us. Who is Dzagbletey Nenebie Faith Adabah Julius.?
Ans: Faith Julius is a 26-year-old young man who graduated from the university of Ghana-Legon with a first degree in Economics and Information Studies. He also has a background in Human Resource Management from the same university. Julius sees himself as a catalyst for individual and organizational growth and development. He finds his fulfillment in helping others, especially the youth, to identify their purposes in life and to go all out for them (their purposes).
Wow.. That’s nice.. I understand you are the founder/CEO of Spread Aid International which is an NGO. Ermm.. Tell us more about it and How did you come up with the idea or concept?
Ans: Thank you very much Sammy for the opportunity. I see it as a great privilege to lead the entire membership of SpreadAid International as the Executive Director.
The journey of SpreadAid International started way back during my first year, second term of SHS level of education.
It actually started with the name “GreenAid“. It was a study group that involved students from about 5 schools. SpreadAid International, today, is a legalized- youth-based NGO, with her main focus on the provision of quality education, youth empowerment and aiding to eradicate poverty through the provision of basic necessities to deprived communities with the vision of “Putting Back Smiles on Faces”.

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Yea..I have noticed some of your great works and even the impacts your making through the events your organization puts up..So let me ask..What was your mission at the outset?
Ans: Our burning desire was and is to help people, especially those in rural communities. Our focus is mainly directed towards the youth because we have the strong belief that if we want this generation and the unborn generation to be better, then there is the need to invest in the youth. These are our mission statements.
1) Promote excellence in education.
2) Advocate for and support the less privileged in society.
3) Unearth and build talents in the youth.
4) Undertake volunteer programs.

Thats nice. So what are some of the Impacts made ever since your initiative came into the scene?
Ans: In general, SpreadAid International has positively impacted the lives of over 6000 people in her operation for 2 years (officially). This has been done through our annual projects listed below.
Project 5000: Through this project over 2500 lives have been impacted in about 12 schools in 6 out of “previously” 10 regions in Ghana.
The aim of this project is in the direction of the 4th Goal of the global vision (SDGs) which is the provision of Quality education, which is first on our mission statement. SpreadAid International believes that in order to live a permanent impact on individuals, then the first thing to look out for is education (training their minds).
Through this project we distribute stationery to students and also address some basic needs of the schools which are within our reach. The main aim of Project 5000 is to encourage the young ones out there that they can actually become whoever they want to become if they don’t give up on themselves and aren’t tired of pushing themselves forward ( giving the essence of why they should be educated and not only schooled).

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Build the Child Today, Save Tomorrow” Upon a research conducted by some members of the organization, the findings revealed that for most students, before they sit to start writing their final exams (BECE, in this case), they fail before the actual exams begin. Most of these students fail not because they aren’t prepared academically but because they aren’t often prepared psychologically- the fear of failure actually fails them.
This project which stated in 2016 with the aim of preparing BECE candidates for their exams have impacted over 500 students in two communities- Ashaiman and Mallam.

SpreadTalk: This is an annual conference held for young entrepreneurs and potential young entrepreneurs to share ideas on how to either start their journey or how to overcome some challenges they face along the way. Speakers are mostly young entrepreneurs who are doing well in their various fields. Last year, which was the third edition ( sitting over 100 young ones), had among others, Kafui Danku ( film-maker, author and Goodwill Ambassador) as one of the speakers. The feedbacks we get from attendees have always being positive with great testimonies of the aftermath every edition of SpreadTalk.

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We have been to these orphanages more than twice; Hope Children’s Home ( Haatso), Village of Hope ( Cape Coast) and Rising Star ( Dodowa) totally over 700 young ones we shared love with. We have also been to Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital to provide some of their needs and to share some time with them.

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Finally, we have collaborations with other organizations and associations to embark on Projects, the recent one is with the Keta Naspa on their Project dubbed “Stay in School” where we provided stationery to about 200 students.
Awesome. I applaud this initiative for that. So tell me, any challenges so far..? Anything you wanna share?
Ans: It is an opened-secret that one of the major challenges facing youth set-ups like SpreadAid International, who are striving to do good in our country and beyond is limited resources (mainly funding) to undertake projects.
Amazingly, SpreadAid International is made up of about 90% of University students and fresh graduates but alot has been done through the little they have. Just as it is said in our local dialect, ” it’s the Child who starts claiming a tree that deserves a push”, we call on all to come on board to support the good work that is being done through Spread Aid International. Individually, we can’t do much but together we can achieve so much.

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We call on all media partners who would want to join this good work being done to come on board to project to the world what we can all do to make the world a better place. There are evidences of our works on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the name Spread Aid International.
What do you look for in an employee/member in your organization?
This work is really a sacrificial work. If you don’t find fulfillment in it, my advise is that you don’t do it. Most times the only fuel that keeps you going is when you remember the smile you have been able to put on someone’s face. My members should be selfless and very persistent ( the result wouldn’t come in a day- the need to keep on keeping on). Above all an undying believe in the promises of God ( the compass for our operation).
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Why do you want to do what you are doing or about doing? This question is extremely imperative because there are many youth out there who are just doing what they are doing because someone is doing same and either succeeding or otherwise. It always gets to that point where the only motivation to continue is to ask yourself that question. If you don’t have an answer to it, trust me, you would give up.
And also let me take this opportunity to thank all Spreaders who believed in this vision and went all out to see it’s manifestation. Thanks to all individuals who have and continue to support this organization in divers ways to see her (SpreadAid) where she is now. Many thanks to you SammytheAuthor for this opportunity of letting the world know that an amount of good is done in SpreadAid International which they need to hear about. Special thanks to these two individuals who have been with me in the thin and thicks- Raymond Okyere-Forson and Mawuenam Priscialla Aheto. I greatly appreciate you all.
And also your readers can follow us via our Social Media Pages:
Instagram: @Spreadaid_international
Twitter: @Spread_aid
You are humbly welcome. And I wish you well in all your endeavors. Keep shining and reaching out…Stay Blessed.