Ghana Grabs 3 Gold Medals At Sage World Cup – Courtesy ZYLOFON CASH

Ghana won three gold medals at the 2018 SAGE WORLD CUP competition held in South Africa this month, placing the West African country second to Israel which won four medals.

The competition saw teenagers from 32 countries across the globe compete with their entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to find out which idea is most viable and addresses the world’s most challenging needs with respect to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs).

Countries that participated include the USA, Ireland, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Iran, Chile, Japan, Canada, Israel, China, Russia and others.

Countries that won gold medals for addressing the SDGs with their projects include Israel – 3, Ghana – 3, Ireland – 2, USA – 2, Canada – 2 with South Africa, Iran, Chile, China and Japan all going home with 1 each.

USA and Ireland were adjudged the best Socially Responsible Business (SRB) and Best Social Enterprising Business (SEB) respectively.

The country’s co-ordinator for SAGE Ghana, Jonathan Nsebo, expressed enormous gratitude to President Nana Akufo-Addo for the support he has given to the group both this year and last year and to the former president Jerry John Rawlings for the personal support he has given to the project.

Mr. Nsebo also expressed his gratitude to Benjamin Sedem Afetornu’s Techbooth, an IT firm and Nana Appiah Mensah’s Zylofon Cash for the financial support they gave to the teams to travel this year.

He expressed his gratitude to Zylofon Cash again for concluding a Title Sponsorship deal with SAGE Ghana for 2019 and beyond.

This sponsorship deal bridges the mission of both institutions of raising the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders who can monetize their creativities.

SAGE- Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship is a non-governmental organisation founded by Professor Curtis L. Deburg in Chico California USA.

The vision of this movement is to raise the next generation of teenagers whose innovative ideas address the world’s most challenging needs. Founded in 2002, SAGE currently operates in over forty-three (43) countries.

Every year, SAGE countries hold a National Competition to choose two (2) Teams with the most viable projects to represent the country in the SAGE-Global World Cup.

The National Competition dubbed “National High School Entrepreneurship Competition (NHSEC) was held on the 7th of July 2018 hosted at the University of Ghana Business School (R.S. Amegashie Auditorium and two lecture halls).

Thirty (30) High Schools made up of forty (40) Teams included Opoku Ware School, Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School Legon, Aburi Girls’ SHS, Tema Secondary School, Ghana International School, St. Lwanga JHS, Tema Technical Institute, St. Augustine’s College, Mfantsipim School, Adisadel College, Aggrery Memorial SHS, Ghana National College, Methodist Girls’ SHS, West African Secondary School, Aduman SHS, Tema Presbyterian SHS and other High Schools participated while ten (10) other High Schools represented as Observers.

Teams Ecoplas GH of Aduman SHS and PAHA of Methodist Girls’ School won the Best Social Enterprise Business (SEB) and Best Socially Responsible Business (SRB) respectively to represent the country in Durban, South Africa.

Team Ecoplas GH with their Plastic Waste awareness, recycling and upcycling project won Ghana three (3) gold medals for efficiently addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation),13 (Climate Action) and 14 (Life Below Water).

National High School Entrepreneurship Competition (NHSEC) organised by SAGE – Ghana has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education, supported by Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) received support from the office of the President which seeks to help build a new Ghana with the involvement of the ideas of our young ones for the next generation.

He appealed to other Ghanaian businesses to push in more resources to SAGE Ghana to help them efficiently mentor the Ghanaian students to stand shoulder to shoulder with developed countries in subsequent world cups.

He mentioned, that they are doing their best with the little available to them but the work becomes increasingly difficult having to compete with countries like USA, Canada, Russia, China and all the ‘first world’ countries with the resources available to them.

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A Must Read: A letter to Nana Appiah Mensah on Zylofon Cash

Dear Nana Appiah Mensah,

I trust God that you are doing well wherever you are now.

I intended sending this message to you in private but knowing how inboxes of busy millionaires like yourself are flooded with business proposals, reports and messages from people seeking financial assistance for varied reasons minute-by-minute left me with no option than to go this way.

Not to talk of the unending formalities in meeting powerful persons like you in society, this would also prevent or delay me (that’s if I’m lucky) in meeting you in person.

Kindly pardon me for any inconvenience this open letter may cause you as I am hopeful it may get to you in time and you may find some few minutes to consider the thoughts behind it.

We need no prophet or ‘mallam’ to tell us that you have a good heart and good plans for Ghana’s entertainment industry because it is so clear for everyone who cares to see. Evident in your recent investments in the industry although you have received a lot of criticism on countless occasions, some of which were fueled by the fact that your label signed only already-made acts. Artistes that have already solidified their influence on the entertainment scene. Well, you may want to build a solid foundation for the label or whatever may be your reason, I sincerely pray these denunciations do not weigh you down.

We are pleased with your efforts in reviving the entertainment industry, honestly and with your kind of money, I believe failure should not be anywhere near you. Even the Bible says money answers all things. Those who say money can’t buy life can go ahead and argue with their Bibles.

As a blogger, web developer and someone who genuinely wants you to succeed, I can confidently say Zylofon Dream/Cash as it stands now is 99% wrong. The remaining 1% is what we see now. This is not because the concept or the initiative is a bad one. No, it is not! There is no doubt that Zylofon Dream/Cash would unearth more underground acts and also enrich their pockets if it is done correctly. But as it is now, it would rather extort funds from these struggling underground talents and also waste their time as they wait to receive funds that may never be generated.

This letter does not seek to address the technical problems saddling the service because there is no one on board to decipher should I list them here.

Zylofon Cash is Ghana’s version of the most powerful video search engine – YouTube and this alone should send you a strong signal that not just anyone can run it.

If amateur bloggers are able to drive massive traffic to their websites with no financial commitments, and a whole Zylofon Cash with all the marketing channels available to it cannot receive traffic, then you should know something is definitely not going well.

I have been a critic of the product since its launch but it seems you are so determined to make it work and this is so admirable. The concept of creating a platform where musicians and other content creators can monetise their works must be applauded.

Such a great concept needs people with adequate knowledge and skills to have its objective realised. For months now, Zylofon Cash seems to be struggling at least from where I stand. With all the marketing channels (Radio, TV ) owned by Zylofon Media, one may ask why the product isn’t receiving the adequate traffic as it should.

The marketing team is doing a great job by trying to force the product on people through pool parties, musical concerts and even to the extreme of sponsoring the Ghana Premiere League. Many experts are reluctant in pointing out the problems faced by this initiative because they feel it is too expensive to give out for free especially when Nana Appiah Mensah is at the center but let me point out this major problem for free.

The question is: why the name Zylofon Cash? Having ‘Cash’ in the trademark sends a message that anyone who has something to do with the product receives cash and that isn’t the case. The CASH reminds everyone that visiting the website pays someone. This notion alone prevents people from visiting. Internet users who know that bloggers make monies from their blogs hardly visit blogs to read simple because they don’t want to make money for someone else. Keeping the name as Zylofon or something else would have been better. The CASH doesn’t make it sound like a content-sharing platform but a place where everyone goes to make cash.

I will reserve the technical aspects of the platform for now and first urge you to change the name of the product. With this name (Zylofon Cash), no amount of advertising may be able to drive traffic to the platform.

A $10million Premier League sponsorship is a great mistake. I have been wondering why the league wasn’t sponsored by MENZGOLD. If it’s possible to change the name of sponsor, I’ll urge you to do so immediately because the rewards may be more beneficial with MENZGOLD.

Zylofon Cash fits best for a Money transfer service. If it’s not possible to change the name of the headline sponsor, then Zylofon Cash becoming a Money transfer service wouldn’t be bad while a new name is considered for the content-sharing platform.

A Kotoko-Hearts match which will undoubtedly be the most expected match of the season may not even be able to send 1000 visitors to the Zylofon Cash platform but could do a Money transfer service much good with brand awareness.

With the kind of money available to promote the platform, a new name and right expertise on board would see it rub shoulders with YouTube and other video aggregation platforms out there.

Top officials managing the platform seem to have less knowledge about what it is really about. If blogs with less than $500 investment are doing so well, then it is fair to say Zylofon Cash might have just employed friends or people with mere certificates without adequate skills and knowledge. Excuse me to say the person responsible for advising the technical team is paid for nothing because he is actually not doing enough to upgrade the platform.

I know you’ve already had many suggestions but consider a name change and thank me later.

Source: Akesse Moise Sanza – Asembi.com