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OkayAfrica is Hiring a Senior Staff Accountant

Come work with us out of our New York office!

OkayAfrica is a leading media company, connecting a global audience to the African continent and its diaspora through compelling content and high-profile cultural events. The company launched in 2011 as the only platform truly capturing the breadth of the continent's unprecedented youth culture boom.

We are seeking a Senior Staff Accountant to join our dynamic team. This role will work closely with our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Account Executives.


Responsibilities

  • Manage the daily accounting activities of the firm in Quickbooks, including but not limited to preparation of Clients' billing and invoicing, entering all expenses into the GL system, and bank reconciliations on a daily basis
  • Cross function-work with sales & account management teams on weekly budget trackers
  • Obtain/maintain/communicate accurate accruals and documentation and monitor monthly activity
  • Prepare and co-ordinate the reconciliation of accounts, preparation of financial statements maintain all documentation digitally and in binders as needed
  • Assist with the preparation and review of the annual budget, as well as the mid-year reforecast
  • Prepare the necessary financial reporting schedules
  • Manage special projects and provide administrative support, as assigned
  • monthly closings and preparation of monthly financial statements
  • draw up monthly financial reports
  • assist with year end closings
  • administer accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • prepare tax computations and returns
  • assist in preparing budgets and forecasts
  • assist with payroll administration
  • monitor and resolve bank issues including fee anomalies and check differences

Management Skills

  • Ability to work effectively with cross functional groups. Develop critical relationships within the company.
  • Clear writing and communication skills with peers and management
  • Clear communication with outside vendors and client finance depts
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, work within a team environment and company culture, and willingness to work overtime as needed
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, committed, and ability to manage many projects to achieve objectives
  • Ability to evaluate processes and recommend and implement more efficient practices and procedures

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Bachelors in Accounting. Strong understanding of US GAAP and partnership accounting.
  • 4+ yrs of experience in accounting preferred
  • Advanced Quickbook Enterprise knowledge: Ability to issue invoices, execute payroll, equity and capital accounts
    year end closing
  • In-depth understanding of accounting and finance issues to critically review financial results, account analysis, and
    coordinate financial activities within Group and company-wide, as needed.
  • Ability to work with people in a professional manner and gather information necessary to complete assigned tasks.
  • High PC aptitude and literacy, especially with Excel and Word.
  • Extensive knowledge of Quickbooks Enterprise.
  • Must be able to work from our offices in Brooklyn

This position is based in New York City, applicants must legally be able to work in the U.S. OkayAfrica is an EEO.

To apply please submit a CV and cover letter to Jobs@okayafrica.com with Senior Staff Accountant in the subject line.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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