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TECNO Mobile wins ‘Portable Phone Brand of the Decade’ at GITTA – 2020

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Few weeks after unveiling Stonebwoy as the brand’s official ambassador, TECNO Mobile; premium mobile phone brand of TRANSSION Holdings with a comprehensive mobile device portfolio across feature phones, smartphones and tablets has been announced the best portable telephone brand of the Decade at the just ended Ghana International Technology And Telecom Awards (GITTA), which was hosted on November 13, 2020, at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.

The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer based in Shenzhen and a subsidiary of Transsion Holdings has focused its business on the African and the South Asian markets.However, following market research conducted in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America, the company found that Africa was the most lucrative among all of its market regions. As a result of this, in 2008, the company stopped doing business in Asia to exclusively focus on Africa.

As a brand, TECNO is dedicated to transforming state-of-art technologies into localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Established in 2006, TECNO has presence in more than 60 countries across the globe. It is now one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide. TECNO is also the Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club.

Tecno announced in 2016 their first mobile phone to run on Marshmallow. In 2016, Tecno Mobile launched “The Best Camera Smartphone In Africa”. In the same year, the firm launched the Tecno Phantom 6 and Tecno Phantom 6 Plus with a Biometric authentications security followed by the Phantom 8 that was unveiled at an event in Dubai. In 2017, it launched its first Dual front led flash device, the phone is dubbed Tecno Camon CX.

In January 2018, the firm launched another smartphone on the Camon series dubbed Tecno Camon CM in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and India which became the first device from Tecno Mobile to feature the 18:9 aspect ratio.

In October 2020, the firm launched the Camon 16 series, a successor to the Camon 15 through an online event hosted at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra , an event which came paired with unveiling Africa’s most revered reggae & dancehall artiste with international presence and reputation, Stonebwoy, as the official brand ambassador of the mobile phone firm.

Celebrating a decade of ICT excellence . Now in its landmark 10th year, Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA) is a gathering of the best of Ghana’s ICT industry and a platform to celebrate organizations and individuals who have really stood out over the last 12 months for the past 10 years. Now in its landmark 10th year, Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA) is a gathering of the best of Ghana’s ICT industry and a platform to celebrate organizations and individuals who have really stood out over the last 12 months for the past 10 years.

GITTA has proven over and over again that we are always willing to innovate, reinvent and challenge the status quo. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, GITTA 2020 will feature new award categories and unveil Ghana’s 10 Prominent ICT leaders. A compilation of leaders that have transformed the industry over the years.

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Stonebwoy makes a MOBO Awards cut; nominated for the ‘Best African Act’ category

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The Mobo awards, which celebrate music of Black origin, have announced the nominees for their first ceremony since 2017. Africa’s reggae/ragga & dancehall and Afrobeats luminary, Stonebwoy, has been nominated for the “Best African act” category. Alongside the aforementioned Ghanaian musician known by birthright name as Livingstone Etse Satekla, the best African act category features other illustrious talents from Nigeria, South Africa.

In May, the award ceremony reigned priceless accolades on the King of African Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall genre of music on his new studio album – Anloga Junction. In tweet, the awards organization stated that, the album that is breaking and setting new records on all major music stores is a standardized project filled with endless bops.

After been under heavy criticisms in some previous years for giving major awards to white creatives, the 2020 edition of the awards schemed have overwhelmingly nominated Black performers this year. The virtual ceremony will be hosted by DJ and TV presenter Maya Jama alongside vocalist and online entertainer Chunkz, and will feature classic performances. It will be livestreamed on YouTube before a late-evening broadcast on BBC One.

Founder Kanya King said she wanted the awards to “continue to uplift creative voices in the UK and around the world … Recognising the unique role the Mobo awards plays for so many, and the challenging year we find ourselves in, it is now more important than ever to be there and to continue the rich history of showcasing the very best of Black music and culture.”

The awards show, inaugurated in 1996, announced a one-year hiatus in 2018, with King saying the organisation needed time to “bring the platform to brand new heights”, and would return in 2019. That year’s event never took place; in November 2019, King instead announced the 2020 event – originally earmarked for Wembley Arena before the Covid-19 pandemic – saying she was “returning with even more determination and energy to support and boost our culture wherever we can”.

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Stonebwoy listed amongst 2020 Most Influential Young Africans in Entertainment

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Curated to recognise young Africans for their outstanding contributions towards the development of Africa in a diverse range of fields, Africa’s most revered Reggae & dancehall Icon with international presence and reputation, Stonebwoy, listed amongst the 2020 Most Influential Young Africans in entertainment – a publication by Leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media and Africa Youth Awards.

He was listed based on his Excellence in Leadership & Performance, Personal accomplishments, Commitment to sharing knowledge, Breaking the Status Quo and being an accomplished young African.

The 5th annual publication features 7 young ministers from across the continent, including Angola’s Finance Minister, Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves, Rwanda’s ICT Minister, Paula Ingabire, Sudan’s Minister of Youth, Wala’a Essam al-Boushi and Namibia’s deputy ICT minister, Emma Inamutila Theofelus.

With a record 49 females and 51 males represented from 29 African countries, the list also features notable faces such as Davido, Peace Hyde, Bobi Wine, Aya Chebbi, Caster Semenya and climate change activists Vanessa Nakate & Nisreen Elsaim.

Stonebwoy normally ragga in Jamaican Patois (Patwa or Patwah), and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical styles he possesses. In 2015, he received many awards and nominations ranging from “Artist of the Year” to “Album of the Year”. His sophomore album, Necessary Evil, was the recipient of 3 Ghana Music Awards from 6 nominations.

Known by birthright name as Livingstone Etse Satekla, the Ghanaian Afropop, dance hall and reggae singer is the CEO of Burniton Music Group. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2015 BET Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards. He is also a recipient of two billboard plaques. He has been described as the king of reggae and dance hall artists in Africa.

In 2019, he was listed as part of the 2019 50 (fifty) young CEOs, by YCEO and Avance media. The list which was launched earlier in 2018, was set out to honor distinguished young individuals pursuing the course of providing solutions to some of Ghana’s pertinent problems. In September 2019, he was made the brand ambassador for Voltic Natural Mineral Water, in a deal that could be renewed after two years.

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Grammy Recording Academy present Certificate to Stonebwoy

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American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals famous for its Grammy Awards which recognize achievements in the music industry; Recording Academy, have presented certificate of participation to Livingstone Etse Satekla – a Ghanaian born Nickelodeon & BET | 3-time Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall award winning artiste who performs under the name, Stonebwoy.

This certification from the Recording academy is in recognition of his monumental participation and contribution as a featured performing talent on the Grammy award-nominated recording “Avrakedabra” by Morgan Heritage – a Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan.

Stonebwoy becomes the only Ghanaian artiste of his kind to receive such an honor from the most prestigious awards scheme in the world. He is also a recipient of two billboard plaques.

Following the Grammy-winning success of_ Strictly Roots_, Morgan Heritage returned with Avrakedabra, and another melodically bright collection of contemporary reggae. The Morgan siblings invited a lot of guests to the fold, leading off the 14-song album with Mr. Talkbox (Bruno Mars) accenting the vocals of Peetah and Gramps on the one-drop, horn-driven “Want Some More.” while DreZion spiced up the evening on the ‘80s throwback keyboard tones of the danceable “Reggae Nights” featuring Stonebwoy.

Earlier, he was spotlighted as an African winner and nominee of both the BET Awards and Grammy Awards respectively, thus far, both international awards organization and media house, Grammy and BET International, acknowledged Ghanaian born reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste in the Grammy Museum for his contribution to Sound of Africa exhibit, which showcases and celebrates the unique diversity of African music.

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