The Wedding Cake And Champagne Toast

By: Awuradjoa Quansema Sam (Mz Raj) – Professional MC/Voice Talent

At wedding receptions, guests are always excited to see that delectable tiered wedding cake being cut and tasted as well as the popping and toasting of the sparkling fizzy champagne or wine. They are wedding rituals greatly anticipated by guests, but do we know what they symbolize?

The Wedding Cake

It is mostly believed that a wedding is not a wedding without the wedding cake. The cake cutting is symbolically, the first task that the bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife and it reflects the life they will share as a couple.

Together, the couple cut through the cake after which the groom will feed his bride with a piece of the cake and the bride does same before distributing it to the guests. For weddings I have emceed and possibly, almost all wedding receptions held in Ghana and some other parts of the continent, the couple is assisted by their mothers or some other women who are of high repute and have been married for so many years, so they can serve as example to them.The cake cutting by the couple symbolizes their union, their care for each other and their commitment to provide for each other. It also signifies good luck and fortune for the guests.

The Champagne ToastThe toasting and drinking of champagne to mark celebrations is said to be a long held tradition and was viewed as a status symbol.

At wedding receptions, the champagne toast is done to wish the newlywed the best of health and good luck. It is usually done before or after the cutting of the cake. After the bottles are popped, the glasses of the couple are filled, followed by the wedding party, the couple’s parents and all guests present. Then the Bestman, standing before the audience, holds up his wine glass in his right hand to signify friendship and peace. He gives a short speech of hopeful wishes, inspiration or advise to the couple. The Groom responds to the toast with a few words to his Bride and a word of appreciation to their parents, the wedding party and all present, following which the first sip of the wine is taken by All to express a collective feeling of joy.Sometimes, the parents of the couple and other guests take turns to express their felicitations after the Bestman.

So, next time you attend a wedding or if you are planning your own wedding, you won’t just participate in these two popular wedding traditions but you would do so with meaning.

What are your thoughts on the wedding cake and the toast? Comment below and don’t forget to share.


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The Magic of A WhatsApp Dp (The Agyepongs)

It’s been a while since I shared some highlights on events I have hosted, as I shifted focus towards guest blogs and features on Entrepreneurship & Financial Tit-bits, as well as Entertainment in the past weeks.

Well, we are back on track and today, I present to you a feature on the marriage ceremony of #rajcouple Michael  and Hilda Agyepong.  It’s a delayed post of about 3 weeks (forgive me😊) and those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram may have already fed your eyes with some photos from the events. It’s a long narrative but I hope you’ll enjoy reading and viewing the beautiful shots as captured by Pinhole_Xpressions.

Their Love Story…..

Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, Michael does and moreso, virtually. It all began with a whatsapp dp. Yes, Hilda’s photo as display picture on her friend, Alex, whatsapp in commemoration of her birthday. Michael, also a friend of Alex sees the photo of this damsel and it’s a jackpot!!! Here we are today, about a year and half later, with Mr. and Mrs. Agyepong.The Magical Whatsapp dp

The Surprise Bridal Shower…..
I was not only tipped as the official MC for the Wedding Reception but I also actively participated in planning the events, which involved not just anybody, but a bride-to-be who is more of a sister than a friend or client. Together with 7 other friends; Edna, Jemima, Priscilla, Adzo, Ruth, Stella and Aggie, we pulled off a surprise Bridal Shower for the bride, with our Chief Conspirator being the groom-to-be. It was so much fun, the following pictures can tell the story better…….

The Engagement……

Marriage Ceremonies in Ghana are never complete without the Traditional Marriage rites popularly known as Engagement. On Monday May 1, 2017, the city of Abelemkpe in Accra came to a standstill with a well-attended and colourful red and white-themed Engagement Ceremony. After all the initial introductions of families and presentations, it was time to see the groom. Clad in a beautiful Fathia Fata Nkrumah kente cloth, the groom was ushered unto the premises with Ohemaa Mercy’s Aseda, in the company of an entourage of gentlemen, majority clothed in white.Then it was time to see the bride…the Angel who’s got Michael’s heart beating so fast. Wearing a silver with red and gold embellished beaded kente gown, the bride arrived at the grounds flanked by a bevy of beauties (my humble self inclusive😊) in white apparel and red turbans, chereographing to Eben’s Victory song. The entire ceremony was a sight to behold and just before I forget, the two elderly women “Akyeame” (linguists/local MCs) were so on point!The Akyeames at work 

The Wedding…..
The divine, unique and subtle champagne, brown and red themed wedding ceremony was held at the Ghana Police Church in Accra on Saturday, May 6, 2017. 

This was followed by a well organised and coordinated reception at the Log Base at Burma Camp. Yours truly, #theversatileemcee and #ladyonthemic Mz_Raj…. I was in full control of the mic. As part of the asides for the day, the bride dared to do the reverse of the spot your wife challenge by spotting her husband. The performances and presentations by the Krobo Girls Old Students Association (KOGA) and the Old Boys of the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School where the bride and groom respectively belong, is just unforgettable. It was also a delight working with the wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) on a few weddding games and an exciting dance battle.

To the newly weds, Congratulations! I pray for God’s blessings in your marriage.

And finally, to all vendors, you were super!

List of Vendors

Bridal Shower

  • Accessories- Raeem Bridal Stuff & Swoon Bridal Wear
  • Cake- Luscious Treats
  • Finger Foods: Silver Refined Foods
  • Photography: Pinhole_Xpressions

Engagement & Wedding

  • Photo/Video: Pinhole_Xpressions
  • Decor/Set up: Royal Settings
  • MUAs: Beauty by Teby & Na_Cole
  • Kente Gown: Priscyant Wear
  • Hair fixing/styling: Revup Salon Gh
  • Bridesmaids Turbans: Balkyzz
  • Bridesmaids Fascinators: A Touch By Gloo
  • Bride’s Gown: Xclusiv Bridals
  • Groom’s Suit: Royal Suits Gh
  • Favours: The Favourhub Gh
  • MC: Mz_Raj (@mz_raj.gh)


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All Is Set For The Elaff Corporate Madness

A lot is happening this April and the Elaff Corporate Madness is one event you should not miss.  

Be a part of the Lafftology Movement and let’s give meaning to Charles Dicken’s “There’s nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour”. 

Join host,  Comedian Elaff aka “The Lafftology” and other comedians and artistes such as Shegelabobor,  CYLaf, Legend,  Comic Emmie,  Leki, Dimitri Dance Crew and a lot more as they treat you to a night of rib-cracking comedy and entertainment, with a special appearance by one of Ghana’s finest dancehall Artiste, Samini.

I once shared the stage with Comedian Elaff in my line of duty as MC and trust me,  it was a session of unending lafftology😂😂😂. 

You don’t wanna miss this. Grab your tickets before it’s too late😉
The Elaff Corporate Madness is a Chase Entertainment Event.

Village Minds Production To Thrill Lovers of Theatre To “AMALE”

The Amphitheater of the Alliance Française D’Accra will be the place to be this Saturday,  the 8th of April,  2017 as Village Minds Production is set to thrill lovers of Theatre to an exciting night of drama, comedy,  poetry and music with their new play, Amale. 

Amale in the Ga dialect means Lies. The performance, which is full of music, poetry, storytelling and biting sacarsm seeks to ridicule the laid-back nature of Ghanaians and question their gullibility. It will tell pockets of stories that is intended to create self-introspection and cause the audience to find their own solution to the problem.

Amale is the third production by Village Minds Production,  following The Love of Mamavi and Homeless, staged in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Production Team is under the leadership of Nii Ayi Solomon, a tourism advisor,  poet, playwright and actor.Nii Ayi Solomon, Writer and Team Lead, Village Minds Production

Nii is ably assisted by WK Dziewornu-Norvor, the Technical and Artistic Director who is also an actor, poet and performer. 

WK DziewornuNovor, Technical and Artistic Director,  Village Minds Production

You want to know more about the tale of false truths?  Grab a cool Thirty Ghana Cedis and let’s catch the Amale Train this weekend. 

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Funding Your Business The Right Way (Part 2)

I bring to you the second part of the guest blog on funding for start-ups and small businesses. Whether you are an Entrepreneur or an aspiring one,  this is definitely for you.  Enjoy reading!

If you missed Part 1, click here

Funding Your Business The Right Way – Partnerships 
By Se Lorm (CEO, Seloart) 

Today let’s look at business partnerships.
Building a healthy business partnership is very important for the growth of every business.
A partnership is an arrangement in which two or more individuals share the profits and liabilities of a business venture. Various arrangements are possible: all partners may share liabilities and profits equally  or some partners may have limited liability ( less of the risks).
This is another easy way of raising capital for your business. It is quite unfortunate that partnerships are not very common in our part of the world mostly because of greed.
A partnership will make your business life easier and will enable you to do more.

Below are four key questions you should always ask when you want to consider anyone as a partner in your business;
1. Is the person trust worthy?

2. Is the person financially sound?

3. Is the person patient?

4. What other things does the person bring on board?

Your financial muscle will determine your share in the business. Values like trust and patience to stand the test of time cannot be overemphasized.

 

Funding Your Business The Right Way

Many young people have either started or would want to start a business someday. A major challenge for many of these aspiring Entrepreneurs however, is funding. So, today is a Guest Blog that will shed light on funding for start-ups. 

Funding Your Business The Right Way.
By: Se Lorm (Founder,  Seloart)

I have always maintained that capital is very crucial when it comes to running any business. Let’s look at how best you can raise that much needed capital to start your business. Admittedly it is easier when you are already in business.

1. Map out a plan on how to generate income in your business (sales)
2. Take your time to grow 
3. Be diligent in all your dealings with your clients and suppliers

4. Keep records of all your transactions

5. Deposit all your sales at the bank

6. Do not carry your cheque book on you 

7. Do not spend your client’s deposit on what it’s not meant for

8. Get the right people to work with

9. Be innovative 

10. Be ready to sacrifice  

When you are able to do all these things you are sure you will succeed in getting that capital. No one will hand his money to you when you have not proven your self worth.

You can also easily raise capital from your clients by asking them to do deposits for their orders if your business model allows for that. This is to ensure that the client is committed and it also helps you not to put too much stress on the little funds you have.

If you are able to follow the 10 steps mentioned earlier, you are assured a finance house is more likely to offer you a loan. 
Now there is one thing about loans that we must understand. A loan is not your own money therefore it must be used for it’s purpose. If you deviate from the purpose you are likely to run into debt (Sika emp3 rough). If you misuse a loan, it is very difficult to pay back so it essential you handle it with care and to make sure you honour your weekly or monthly installments. 

A loan is not for your consumption. You will have to pay it back so treat it with respect. 

These points will help you to control and monitor your cash flow and enable you to acquire cheaper funds( capital with little or no interest) for the smooth operation of your business. 

To be continued…


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God Bless Our Homeland Ghana

Thoughts on “60 Years On: Mobilising For Ghana’s Future”

By: Awuradjoa Quansema Sam (Mz Raj : The Versatile Emcee) 

That moment when we are all reminded to be proud Ghanaians is with us again. Personally, this year’s Independence Anniversary and all others I have witnessed bring fond memories of my involvement 14years ago,  when I delivered the Children’s Independence Day Message in Asante Twi to the then President of Ghana, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufour. And that powerful handshake I received from Mr. President, the Gentle Giant,  after my presentation is a memory I will forever cherish.

Today, 6th March 2017, Ghana celebrates it’s 60th year as an Independent Country under the Theme “60 Years On: Mobilising For Ghana’s Future”

Ebenezer: Thus Far Has The Lord Brought Us. 

Characteristic of all Ghana’s Independence Celebrations, the Independence Parade was held across all the Regions of Ghana,  with the National Parade at the Independence Square in Accra. Though the National Parade lasted a bit too long (about 4 hours), I stayed glued to my TV set to catch a glimpse of even the tiniest detail. 

The ceremony was very colourful with the display of rich Ghanaian culture, which to a large extent, awed some,  if not all the invited foreign dignitaries. The cultural performances, parade and colours of the school children and the Security Services was spectacular, while the Makola and Agbogbloshie Market Women Association was a sight to behold as they joined in the parade and displayed some of their wares. I cannot mention the highlights of the ceremony without special mention of the 60 Years On Relay Torch which is a symbol of mobilising for Ghana’s Future for accelerated development and prosperity. The 60th Anniversary cloth,  which was outdoored few weeks ago, also featured prominently at the ceremony, eventhough I expected to see some key personalities also clad in the cloth. 

The climax, the Independence Day Speech by President Nana Akuffo-Addo, was eloquently delivered and touched on three major issues I would like to share a few thoughts on. 

•Honouring our Founding Fathers-The President paid homage to All Founding Fathers (women inclusive) who contributed to building Ghana and did not only emphasize the Big Six as is usually done and taught in our schools. 

• State of the Economy-The President envisages a Ghana beyond aid. That may be a discussion for another day. But, I believe you agree with the President that at 60, Ghana deserves to be in a better economic position than it is now. Looking ahead, there is a lot to be done both by the leadership and the citizenry in this regard. How can we grow Ghana’s economy?  Something to think about. 

• The Environment-Yes,  the environment. At 60 can we proudly say we live in a clean, condusive environment, considering that we are engulfed in filth even in the major cities of the Country?  Various efforts have been made by previous governments, such as the National Sanitation Day but how sustainable is it and how many of us have ever participated in the programme since its inception? What is the state of our forest reserves?  A lot more to think about. 

I could go on and on and together, we could identify a lot of setbacks that do not befit the status of a Country that has attained the age of 60. That notwithstanding, Independent Ghana has seen a lot of development these past 60years which cannot be overemphasized  and I say Ayeeko to All whose tireless efforts have resulted in the Ghana we see today.  

Ghana will work if you and I decide to make it happen. Patriotism,  Team work, Discipline,  Dedication and Commitment to Duty are some virtues we need to carry along in our everyday walk as we mobilise for Ghana’s Future.

I wish you All a blessed yearlong 60th Anniversary Celebrations.

God Bless Our Homeland Ghana!