Zipline, Jumia join forces to pioneer drone delivery of thousands of products to homes across Africa

World’s leading clean, eco-friendly, automated, on-demand and instant logistics service will serve Jumia’s consumers upon launch.

Jumia (NYSE: JMIA), the leading e-commerce platform in Africa, and Zipline, the world’s largest instant delivery service, announced today a collaboration to deploy automated, on-demand delivery for e-commerce in Africa. Pilot program and testing were launched a few months ago in Ghana.

The collaboration will integrate Zipline’s automated, on-demand delivery system with Jumia’s existing distribution network to enable customers to receive instant, on-demand delivery of exactly the products they want, exactly when they want them and from the comfort of their homes.

“Using the latest instant logistics technology will allow Jumia to offer our consumers on-demand delivery of the products they need – instantly. Whether they’re ordering electronics, fashion, health, and beauty, or other categories, Zipline’s instant logistics system will provide fast and convenient access. This will support Jumia’s commitment to sustainability and innovation and provide much-needed access to rural and remote areas where conventional delivery services have challenges,” said Apoorva Kumar, EVP Jumia, Group COO.

An initial pilot was carried out across multiple use cases with varying product assortment logging up to 2,500km in testing. Deliveries to outlying Jumia hubs as far as 85km from the take-off location at the Zipline operational hub in Omenako (Ghana) were completed in less than 1hour with real time visibility of the drone for all stakeholders in the delivery cycle. Eventual plans call for expansion to Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, and ultimately to other countries in the future.

“Zipline is pleased to partner with Jumia to use instant logistics to improve the lives of customers across Africa. This collaboration will increase access to goods for customers and help small and medium sized businesses grow. Zipline’s safe and efficient instant logistics system will make shopping on Jumia even more convenient, sustainable and accessible for its customers”, said Daniel Marfo, SVP – Zipline Africa.

Jumia’s logistics network includes 30+ warehouses and 3,000+ drop-off stations and pick-up stations, located across Jumia’s 11-country market. In 2020, Jumia announced that its logistics service would now be available to third parties seeking to leverage the network, technology, and expertise for last-mile deliveries across its 11 countries in Africa.

Zipline’s instant logistics system, on the other hand, is made up of a world class autonomy platform, fleet of light, electric aircraft, and flight management systems that reduce green-house gas emissions by 98% compared to delivery by car. This system is designed to enable all consumers, from the most urban to the most remote, to access the products they need in 45-minutes or less while reducing the carbon emissions of last-mile delivery up to 98% compared to traditional cars.

Jumia’s partnership with Zipline is part of its commitment to providing affordable and eco-friendly delivery of online orders for consumers. In addition to its partnership with Zipline, Jumia works with Solar Taxi in Ghana and eBee in Kenya to achieve a fully green footprint using clean and sustainable renewable energy.

Source: Modern Ghana

I spent time, resources to urge for votes but my name was missing from nominees – Emelia Arthur fumes at NGMA organisers

Gospel musician and Made-In-Ghana Ambassador, Emelia Arthur, has expressed anger at the shabby way she was handled at the Ghana National Gospel Music Awards (NGMAs) held on August 27, 2022 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The NGMA is organised by the Global Expert Recovery outfit to honour deserving Ghanaian gospel acts at home and abroad. Ms. Arthur gained nomination in the Gospel Songwriter of the Year category with her ‘Osoro Abue’ song. She was in contention with 10 other musicians.

According to Ms. Arthur, someone who claimed to be a representative of the organisers called her manager on the day of the event and requested them to wait at the State House to be conveyed to the Conference Centre for the red carpet segment of the programme.

“There was nobody at the State House when we got there, but we waited for a while only to move to the Conference Centre later to realise the awards ceremony had begun,” Ms. Arthur explained.

She said though she was not happy about that happening, there was a gross show of disrespect when her name was left out of the preview of nominees in the Gospel Songwriter of the Year category during the show.

“I told myself there could have been a technical hitch, but nobody has reached out to me or my manager, to explain why I was left out of the preview of nominees. I had spent time and resources to urge for votes and there I was, not even being mentioned as a contender for the award. It was so upsetting,” Ms. Arthur said.

Ms. Arthur has been part of the gospel music scene in Ghana since 2014 when she appeared with her debut eight-track ‘Kyere Me Kwan’ album.

She has combined music with her official Made-In-Ghana campaign, which took off in 2016.

Notable songs she has put out after her debut include ‘Sesa Wo Suban’, ‘Nyame Enndi Ye Abro’, ‘Too Loaded’ and ‘Osoro Abue’, which was recorded and mixed by Shadrack Yawson at Wavebox Studios in Accra.

She congratulated Quame Gyedu, who won in the Gospel Songwriter of the Year at the awards ceremony with his ‘Wahooden’ song. She also gave thumbs up to all other winners on the night.

“What matters to me most is that the gospel must continue to be preached in whichever way possible. Music is an important channel for reaching out with the gospel, and I think event organisers must have more regard for all musicians because they are the real backbone of their (event organisers) activities,” Ms. Arthur added.

Source: Modern Ghana

Presec adjudged winners of 2022 Onga Jollof battle #Old-Skul-reunion-edition

As part of activities marking this year’s World Jollof Day celebration, leading culinary brand, Onga, has organized the second edition of the Onga Jollof Battle.

This year’s Jollof battle which was under the theme, “Old-Skul” Reunion edition, sought to discover which alumni of the 8 selected senior high schools prepare the best Jollof. Held under a colorfully charged atmosphere, the event was packed with a series of exciting activities which brought back nostalgic memories as well as electrifying dance performances and musical performances from Gasmilla, Camidoh, Offei, and Ghetto Studio among others.

After a fierce battle for culinary supremacy amongst participating schools, Presec-Legon came tops and took home the ultimate cash prize together with products and souvenirs from Onga and Blochem (producers of Bel Aqua & Bell Beverages).

Aburi Girls and Apam SHS placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Each of the top three schools will also receive a sponsorship package for an upcoming speech and prize-giving day or an anniversary celebration. Accra Academy took the 4th position followed by the tie between Mfantsiman Girls and Adisadel college who placed 5th in the competition.

The 6th and 7th positions were chalked by Wesley Girls senior high and St. Peters Boys senior high respectively.

Addressing the media, Culinary Category Lead Promasidor Ghana (Producers of Onga), Miss Eva Njeri Njeru, expressed her excitement about the success of the event and the participation of hundreds of patrons despite the rains. She also reiterated commitment by Onga to provide a unique brand experience through activities like the Onga Jollof Battle and many more.

“Onga is more than excited to always provide novel and innovative brand experiences to its patrons through varying marketing activities. Beyond our products providing superior taste and unique aroma which delivers in the pot, we believe it is important to organize activities like the Onga Jollof Battle to engage our patrons as well as promote the food culture of the country and we are glad to use this event to climax the World Jollof Day celebration.” Miss Njeru said. She also congratulated Presec Legon for emerging as the winner of this year’s Jollof Battle.

Participants also took the opportunity to share their delight about the event and called for more such activities from the brand. Onga Jollof Battle is an annual party-themed cooking contest organized by the brand to mark the celebration of World Jollof Day.

Source: Ghana Web

Let’s support government’s effort to achieve green economy – FORIG Director

Sunyani, Sept. 1, GNA – Professor Daniel A. Ofori, the Director of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), has implored stakeholders to collaborate and support government’s efforts to attain a sustainable green economy.

Prof. Ofori made the appeal in a presentation at the launch of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) Natural Resources Students’ Association (NARSA) Week at the Sunyani campus on Thursday.

It was on the theme: ”Achieving Sustainable Green Economy: The Role of Natural Resources Students”.

He said the Government had rolled out many programmes and policies such as the National Climate Change Policy, National Environmental Policy, Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy and Plantation Policy targeted at obtaining a green economy.

Ghana has also signed unto the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and committed to restoring two million hectares of degraded lands by 2030.

Other interventions are the Forest Plantation Strategy 2016-2040, projecting more than four million hectares of tree plantations, the Forest Investment Programme, Green Ghana Project, Solar power and E-mobility and the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to accelerate sustainable energy transition and enhance landscape restoration, among others.

Prof Ofori, however, expressed worry over some unpatriotic Ghanaians undermining government’s efforts, and cited illegal miners, who had destroyed FORIG’s station at Benso at Tarkwa-Nsuem in the Western Region, a reserve site where a lot of trials were on-going.

“Now illegal miners have ruined the trials because of gold mining,” he said.

Prof. Ofori urged the students to intensify research in technological development and deployment to support the transfer of suitable emerging technologies to meet the country’s needs.

Prof Simon Abugri, the Dean of School of Natural Resources, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the students had been trained to impact on society with the knowledge.

He said during the celebration they adopted a community and identified its natural resource conservation and related challenges and assisted with suitable solutions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Flora Tissues partner GFA to support Black Stars’ World Cup campaign

Accra, Sept.1, GNA – One of the leading tissue brands in Ghana, Flora Tissues have partnered the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to support the Black Stars of Ghana in the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Qatar.

The one-year renewable partnership, dubbed “Floral Goal” worth Ghc1.5 million include sales component, product sponsorship, event sponsorship and the promotion of sport related activities.

Speaking at the launch of the Floral Goal at the GFA Headquarters in Accra, Madam Barbara Incoom, the Marketing Director of Flora Tissues expressed her excitement to partner the GFA to help in the development of football in Ghana.

She said, Flora Tissues would brand their products with the Flora Goal logo designed with the national colours, red, gold, green and black to help create awareness in their quest to support and rekindle the passion and enjoyment of football in Ghanaians towards the Mundial.  

“Every purchase of the Flora Goal branded tissue product is a show of support for the Black Stars and other national teams, as a percentage of sales will go to support the activities of the GFA,” she explained.

Madam Incoom urged Ghanaians also in the diaspora to buy the branded products in order to generate funds to support the national team.

Mr. Kurt Simeone Okraku, the President of the GFA said “The journey that we started few years ago is starting to bring desired results, and one of these desired results is this new partnership between our dear football association and Flora Tissues”.

He said, for a corporate entity as Flora Tissues to come on board to support the GFA was as a result of the hard work of his administration.

“We believe between ourselves and Flora Issues, we have a history to make, to position our individual brands to the level that we all want and to make our sports what it’s supposed to be.”

He thanked Flora Tissues for having confidence in the GFA and assured them of a great partnership going into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Broadcast Journalist, Serwaa Amihere, who is the Brands Ambassador for Flora Tissues also expressed her excitement in the partnership and urged Ghanaians to purchase the Flora Products in order to help support the various national teams.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NSA Boss pledges support for the development of roller sports

Accra, Sept. 1, GNA – Professor Peter Twumasi, the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), has pledged his support for the development of roller and kho-kho sports in Ghana.

He made this pledge during a dialogue with Mr. Kportufe Johnson Gameli, President of the Kho-Kho Federation of Ghana and West African Roller Sports General Secretary. 

Prof. Twumasi, during the discussion, said he would accord maximum support to the promotion of the sports. 

According to Prof. Twumasi, the development of these sports would be prioritised and maximum attention given to their growth. 

The discussion also covered the journey of these least-sponsored sports thus far, highlighting the various challenges they were faced with. 

Mr. Gameli pleaded with the NSA Director to help secure land for the building of a multipurpose facility for roller sports, Kho-Kho, and other disciplines in Ghana.

The roller sport, which is an Olympic sport, uses human-powered vehicles that use rolling either by gravity or pushing techniques, while Kho Kho is an Indian traditional sport, the second most popular traditional game in India. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Medeama captain praises GFA for supplying Puma boots to clubs

 Accra, Sept. 1, GNA – Kwesi Donsu, Captain of Ghana Premier League (GPL) club, Medeama SC has praised the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on its intervention to supply clubs with 30 Puma football boots.

The GFA President, Mr. Kurt Okraku announced this initiative at the 28th Ordinary Congress on Tuesday to provide each Division One league club and GPL team with boots as part of efforts to ease players off their burden.

The skillful midfielder, in an interview with the GNA Sports said it was a good idea on the part of the Okraku led administration to undertake.

The 26-year-old said, “This is a good thing from the GFA, and I think they would look out for quality. It’s a good idea and this will come to ease us off some burden.

“But it should not be a one-off thing. For me as a player, I wish my room is even full of boots. This is a good thing from the GFA, and I am happy.”

Donsu scored three goals with six assists to help Medeama SC sit on second position with 56 points in the 2021/22 season.   

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ministers urged to make personal appearances before parliamentary committees

Accra, Sept 1, GNA – Madam Patricia Appiagyei, the Chairman of the Government Assurance Committee of Parliament, has urged ministers of state to appear personally before the parliamentary committees to answer questions.

She said, per the mandate of the committee, no minister who appeared before Parliament to make “promises, undertakings and assurances” should assign deputies to speak to those issues at the committees hearings.

This was in reaction to an attempt by the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development to send Mr O.B. Amoah, a Deputy Minister, to appear before the Assurances Committee following a letter it sent to the Ministry asking Mr Dan Botwe to appear before it.

“Once a minister is still at post, the minister is required to appear personally to answer questions about the fulfilment of the assurances they make to Parliament,” she said.

Madam Appiagyei said this when Mr Dan Botwe, the sector minister, appeared before the Committee to answer questions on whether he had fulfilled the assurances and promises he made when he appeared before the Eighth Parliament.

She explained that the Committee’s objection to the appearance of the deputy minister was without any malice but on principles of the Committee’s mandate.

Madam Appiagyei, the Member of Parliament for Asokwa, clarified that the Committee had no mandate to witch-hunt but to ensure that promises, undertakings, and assurances that had been made by ministers in Parliament were fulfilled.

Mr John Bless Oti, Ranking Member of the Assurances Committee, said per the workings and principles of the Committee, they only dealt with ministers who were the heads of the various ministries.

Mr Botwe, on his part, said: “Sitting here, I do not believe the answers are in person because they are officially given; these answers are sought from official sources and they are officially given by the ministers of state.”

“So, I thought that an official, for that matter, a deputy minister, could stand in to give those responses.”

Mr Botwe appeared to answer questions on election or approval of presiding members, the elevation of Jasikan and Guan districts to municipalities and their budgetary allocations, construction of jubilee markets, especially the Jasikan market, and the purchase of 10,000 motorbikes for assembly members in 261 assemblies.

Source: Ghana News Agency