Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bernard Oduro Takyi 
Presiding Member for Sunyani West District Assembly and Lead Advocate for the Assembly Members Common Fund initiative, Bernard Oduro Takyi has reiterated the strategic role Assembly Members play and the need for a fund.


In a recent interview on Happy FM’s “Epa Hoa Daben” current affairs show, the Presiding Member stressed that Assembly members were the foundation of the local governance system and therefore critical that they are resourced like any other Officer of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and added that such measures will equip them to deliver their mandate adequately in accordance with Chapter 20 of the 1992 Constitution and the Local Governance Act, Act 936. 


In the past weeks, Mr. Oduro Takyi and other Assembly Members have been on national radio and television stations explaining the rationale for their proposal. Their approach and advocacy seek to plead with the key Stakeholders in the Local Governance set up through to find a more sustainable way of empowering Assembly members to deliver on their mandate to their Electoral Areas.


In calling for this fund, the Assembly Members are not asking for a source of fund but a restructuring of the current 5% earmarked for Community Initiated Projects under the District Assemblies Common Fund. To ensure accountability and efficient use of state funds, a proposed financial framework with checks, balances and sanctions was mentioned as a step to ensure that funds are directed to the right plans and initiatives. Details of their proposal including usage, systems etc. are to be developed, deliberately and discussed with State officials responsible for local governance. 


Commenting on the duties of an Assembly Member, Mr. Oduro Takyi stressed that Assembly Members are the bedrock of national development.  “A wise, experienced and professional Assembly Member with the right resources would be able to mobilize, initiate and ensure government policy and strategies are fully absorbed by their respectively communities. “We live, sleep, eat and drink in our local communities, we are the first point of call for any celebration or sorrow in our communities. Why can’t we then be conduit for policy success? It is an easy thing to do if the structures are enhanced”. 


He commended the government’s commitment in ensuring that MMDCEs are elected and added that it was a bold step to ensuring grassroot accountability and transparency. 

Story by : Timothy Kwakye Karikari

Monday, November 19, 2018

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) – Beijing Chapter in collaboration with Zhogguancun the Belt and Road Initiative Promotional Association (ZBRA); an independent nonprofit social organization which aims to integrate China’s innovative technology in the development of China’s Belt and Road Initiative organized the maiden edition of a leadership and development forum dubbed “Global Leadership Forum” in Beijing; China.

The forum, which aimed at providing a platform for international youth to communicate and cooperate in diversity, was patronized and had participants from leaders, youth and students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities residing in China.

Mr. Zhang Xiadong; President of ZBRA highlighted the impact of ZBRA on the development and nurturing of innovative ideas. He encouraged participants and international students to take advantage of his organization’s platform to launch their ideas and set up businesses in China.

Mr. Sylvester Akyereku; Ghana's Embassy in Beijing
Explaining his organization’s impact, he mentioned that ZBRA trains brilliant international students in business and ideas development, assist international students in setting up businesses in China by providing space, research and professional guidance, searches and places international students in companies in need of interns and other provides services available to students without discrimination. His organization exists to assist students in integrating and gaining access to Chinese leading multinationals to know more about China’s innovation and development.

To share China’s impressive growth and opportunities available, the forum had Dr. Hu Biliang; Executive Dean of the Beijing Normal University The Belt and Road School delivering the keynote speech. Dr. Biliang took participants through China’s 40 years of reform and opening up to the world and explained factors that contributed to China’s rise to global success and power.

Participants at the forum
He listed China’s unique economic model and ability to blend the formal and informal systems such as culture and traditions in its development. He noted “Everywhere, social networking is very important but in China, it is particularly important” when speaking about the role culture played in the development of the country.

To enhance the image of Africa and tell the compelling African story, representatives from African Missions in China including Ghana and Kenya took turns in sharing their country’s development trajectory. Mr. Sylvester Kofi Akyereku; Minister/Consular from Ghana’s Embassy in Beijing spoke on Ghana’s development, successes and learnings and from Kenya, Mr. Zachary Bosire Omariba from the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing did same.

On his part, Ahmed Abdul Basit Sofo; President of the National Union of Ghana Students Beijing Chapter, encouraged participants to take advantage of their presence in China, develop networks and meaningful relationships with like-minded Chinese national and other international students for future collaborations.

Participants at the forum were excited and had their passions re-ignited to achieve success in today’s competitive global world. A participant remarked “We rarely get opportunities to attend free leadership and development seminars with participants and speakers from diverse and experienced backgrounds in Beijing. It is therefore commendable that NUGS put this together with ZBRA at no cost to participants and we hope that subsequent sessions will be held with new speakers”.

Following the success of the maiden edition, participants are expectant and anxious for subsequent editions.

By: Timothy Kwakye Karikari

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Not a single footbridge (from Madina Firestone to Adenta) has been completed since the construction of the Madina – Adenta – Aburi Highway.

What shocks me is that the uncompleted footbridges have become advertising sites for politicians (incumbent and aspiring MPs) and some organizations among others.

Before you think of politicizing this post, let me remind you that both political parties have sat unconcerned as innocent Ghanaians die trying to cross this highway. Corporate Ghana also looks at these structures that have become ‘white elephants’ and see an avenue to sell their brands by advertising on them and I believe government also makes money from this by charging these organizations money before they advertise on the uncompleted footbridges.

According to reports, more than 190 deaths have occurred on that highway as pedestrians are forced to compete with speeding drivers to be able to cross to the other side of the road. Just last night, a friend told me of another death that occurred on that same stretch.

For once, I think people need to be angry enough and tell those in authority to fix these bridges immediately else we might wakeup someday and the worse would have happened.

For those who ‘had’ and ‘have’ the opportunity to fix these footbridges on the Madina – Adenta – Aburi Highway but ‘turned’ or ‘turn’ a ‘blind eye’, I dedicate Damian Marley’s ‘Sabali’ and Worlasi’s ‘You Saw Me’ songs to you. #fixourfootbridgesnow .

By Nii Ogbamey Tetteh (email: ogbameytetteh@gmail.com)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

European football specialist, Reuben Obodai brings you a comprehensive update on how Ghanaian players performed in abroad this weekend.

Solomon Asante’s impressive debut season with Phoenix Rising was rewarded with a silverware as they defeated Orange County to clinch the Western Conference playoff Cup.

Samuel Owusu was at his usual best for Cucaricki as he provided an assist and scored in their win over Mladost.

Benjamin Tetteh 8th strike for Sparta Prague in the Czech League could not come at a better time than in the Prague Derby as they drew with Slavia Prague.

Abraham Frimpong returned from a long injury lay-off to cameo for Ferencvarosi in the Hungarian League.

Reuben Obodai gives you a lowdown on how the players fared in abroad..

ENGLAND

Daniel Amartey missed Leicester City 1-0 win at Cardiff City through injury.

Christian Atsu was an unused substitute for Newcastle United as they recorded their first win of the season against Watford. They won 1-0.

Jordan Ayew and Jeffery Schlupp came on in the second half for Crystal Palace when they lost 3-1 against Chelsea.

In the premier league 2, English born Ghanaian Jerome Opoku was not in the team for Fulham when they won 2-0 against Southampton.

Joseph Annang was between the sticks for West Ham United when they lost 2-0 to Derby.

English-born Ghanaian striker Eddie Nketia scored a brace but it wasn’t enough to save Arsenal’s U-23 side from slipping to their first defeat in eight Premier League 2 fixtures on Saturday, as Chelsea ran out 5-4 winners. Callum Hudson Odoi played full throttle for Chelsea. Ethan Ampaduwas substituted in the 46th minute while Tariq Lamptey also cameoed for the Blues.

In the Championship, Albert Adomah played 73 minutes for Aston Villa when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0.

Andy Yiadom played 90 minutes and was booked for Reading FC when they won 3-2 against Bristol City.

In League One, Kwesi Appiah cameoed for AFC Wimbledon when they lost 2-1 against Shrewsbury Town.

Joe Dodoo was a 79th minute substitute for Blackpool against Bristol Rovers. They lost 3-0.

Tarique Fosu was an unused substitute for Charlton Athletic when they lost 2-0 to Doncaster Rovers.

Abu Ogogo played 69 minutes for Coventry City against Accrington Stanley. The game ended 1-1.

In League Two, Alex Addai played the last 12 minutes for Cheltenham when they played a 2-2 draw with Mansfield.

English born Ghanaian Bernard Mensah warmed the bench for Lincoln City when they won 2-1 against Forest Green Rovers.

Kobby Arthur played the last 25 minutes for Macclesfield in their 4-1 loss to Bury.

Hiram Boateng was not part of Exeter City’s squad that that lost 2-0 to Tranmere Rovers.

In the National League, Nana Ofori Twumasi warmed the bench for Maidstone in their 2-0 win against Barnet.

Dover Athletic beat Maidenhead 2-0. Nortei Nortey cameoed for the victors while Harold Odametey played 90 minutes and received a booking for Maidenhead. Nana Owusu also played the last 15 minutes for the losers.

Kwame Thomas came on in the 22nd minute for Solihull Moors against Boreham Wood. They game did not produce any goal.

SPAIN

Atletico Madrid played a 1-1 draw with CD Leganes. Thomas Partey was a 72nd minute substitute.

Deportivo Alaves lost 2-1 to Eiber. Mubarak Wakaso missed the match doe the losers through injury while Patrick Twumasi was left out of their matchday squad.

Emmanuel Boateng was an unused substitute for UD Levante in their 1-1 draw with Villarreal. Raphael Dwamena was not included in the squad

In the Segunda Division, Yaw Yeboah was substituted in the 78 minutes for CD Numancia when they won 2-0 against Tenerife.

Richard Boateng was a second half substitute for R.Oviedo in their 1-1 stalemate with Mallorca. Baba iddrisu was an unused substitute for Real Mallorca,

Isaac Cofie was an unused substitute for Sporting Gijon in their 2-1 lost to UD Almeria.

FRANCE

Nantes beat Guingamp 5-0. Majeed Waris came on in the 79th minute for them while French born Ghanaian Enoch Kwateng played full throttle.

In the Ligue 2, Lawrence Ati-Zigi was on the bench for Sochaux when they played goalless draw with Paris FC.

Ebenezer Assifuah cameoed for Le Havre when they lost 1-0 to Niort

Emmanuel Ntim watched from the bench when his side Valenciennes lost 4-2 to Troyes.

Kyei Grejohn was not in the squad for Lens when they lost 1-0 to Chatearoux.

ITALY

Kwadwo Asamoah was an unused substitute for Inter Milan when they thrashed Genoa 5-0.

Afriyie Acquah was substituted in the 67th minute for Empoli when they lost 5-1 at SS Napoli.

US Sassuolo won 2-0 at Chievo Verona. Both Kevin Prince Boateng and Alfred Duncan started for the winners but were substituted in the second half.

Rahman Chibsah was substituted in the 70th minute for Frosinone Calcio when they played goalless draw with Parma.

Godfred Donsah was left out of Bologna’s team that lost 2-1 to Atalanta.

Nicholas Opoku played full throttle for Udinese when they lost 1-0 at home to AC Milan

In the Serie B, Bright Addae played full throttle for Ascoli when they beat Benevento Calcio 2-1. Bright Gyamfi lasted 90 minutes for the losers.

Moses Odjer was introduced early in the second half for Salernitana but they lost 1-0 to Venezia

GERMANY

Derrick Luckassen was left out of Hertha Berlin squad that were white-washed 3-0 at home by RB Leipzig.

Kasim Nuhu played 90 minutes and was booked for TSG Hoffenheim when they thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 4-1.

Baba Abdul-Rahman was once again not included in the Schalke 04 team that won 3-1 against Hannover 96.

Hans Nunoo Sarpei warmed the bench for VfB Stuttgart when the lost 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Isaah Abass was not added to Mainz 05 squad that defeated Werder Bremen 2-1 at home.

In the Bundesliga II, David Atanga and Jan Gyamarah all played 90 minutes for their respective side when Greuther Furth and Bochum played a pulsating 2-2 draw. Gyamarah picked a booking in the game.

Bernard Tepketey played full throttle and was booked for SC Paderborn 07 when they lost 2-0 to Duisburg. Christopher Adjei-Antwi came on in the 60th minute. Claude Gyau didn’t make the victors match day team.

Noah Awuku was absent for Holstein Kiel when they drew 2-2 with Inglostadt. Kingsley Schindler grabbed a goal for Kiel.

Steffan Nkansah played 90 minutes and was booked for Braunschweig when they played a 1-1 draw with Grossaspach

Daniel Kofi Kyere played 90 minutes for SV Wehen when they thrashed Fortuna Koln 7-0. Bernard Kyere was a second half substitute for the losers. Kwame Yeboah also played 29 minutes for the losers.

German-born Ghanaian Anton-Leander Donkor warmed the bench for Hansa Rostock when played a 1-1 draw with Jena. Phil Ofosu-Ayeh was left out of Rostock matchday squad.

AUSTRIA

Seth Paintsil missed Admira Wacker 3-2 defeat to Hartberg through injury.

Samuel Tetteh came on in the 57 minute for LASK Linz in their 2-2 draw with St. Polten.

In the Bundesliga 2, Kennedy Boateng played full throttle for Ried when they played goalless draw with Austria Klagenfurt.

Felix Adjei scored for Wattens in their 4-0 smashing of Liefering FC. Gideon Mensah cameoed for the losers.

FC Juniors thrashed Kapfenberg 4-0. Paul Mensah played full throttle for the losers. Reuben Acquah was not in the victors match day squad.

BELGIUM

Joseph Aidoo played 90 minutes for Genk while Joseph Painstil was an unused substitute when they played a pulsating 1-1 draw with Club Brugge.

Nana Kwesi Asare played full throttle for Gent when they won 3-1 against Kortrijk. Bernard Kumordzi was an unused substitute for the losers.

Daniel Opare started for Royal Antwerp but was substituted as early as the 13th minute with an injury. William Owusu also came on in the 75th minute for them. Antwerp won 2-0 against St. Liege

Eric Ocansey was substituted at the beginning of the second half when his side KAS Eupen lost 2-0 to Sporting Lokeren.

Samuel Asamoah played full throttle for Sint Truiden as they beat Zulte Waregem 2-1.

In the Proximus League, Edwin Egyere scored the only goal for Tubize when they got thrashed 4-1 by OH Leuven. Divine Naah played full throttle for the losers. Kamal Sowah was left out of the victors matchday squad.

BULGARIA

Edwin Gyasi watched from the bench as his side CSKA Sofia won 1-0 against Lokomotive Plovdiv.

Ishmael Baidu played 90 minutes for Septemvri Sofia when they piped Vereya 1-0. Micheal Tawiah played 75 minutes for the losers.

BELARUS

Yahaya Seidu played full throttle for Dinamo Minsk when they piped Vitebsk 1-0.

Joel Fameyeh warmed the bench for Dinamo Brest in their 3-1 win over Isloch Minsk.

CROATIA

Obeng Regan played 90 minutes and was booked for Istra 1961 against Lokomotiva Zagreb. They lost by a lone goal.

Ahmed Said played full throttle for Hajduk Split when they drew 1-1 with NK Gorica. Nasiru Moro was an unused substitute for Gorica.

CHINA

Frank Acheampong lasted 90 minutes for Tianjin Teda in their 1-1 draw at Chongqing Lifan.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Benjamin Tetteh hit the back of the net for Sparta Prague in their 2-2 draw in the Prague Derby against Slavia Prague.

Emmanuel Antwi played full period of action for Pribram in their 3-0 home loss to Slovacko.

DENMARK

Collins Tanor was not in the squad for Hobro when they lost 1-0 to OB Odense.

Godway Donyoh was on the score sheet for FC Nordsjaelland when they played a 1-1 draw with Aalborg. Mohammed Kudus came on in the 72nd minute while Ibrahim Sadiq was an unused substitute and Clinton Antwi left out of their squad.

Emmanuel Oti was substituted in the 79th minute for FB Esbjerg when they played a pulsating 2-2 draw with Midtjylland.

HUNGARY

Abraham Frimpong returned from a long layoff to cameo for Ferencvaros when they won 2-0 against MTK Budapest.

KAZAKHSTAN

David Mawutor enjoyed full throttle for Zhetysu Taldykorgan in their 1-0 loss at Kaisar Kyzylorda.

KOSOVO

Khalid Abdul Basit hit the winner for FK Prishtina in their 1-0 win over Drecina.

NETHERLANDS

Dutch born Ghanaian Cody Gakpo was an unused substitute for PSV when they piped Vitesse 1-0.

Myron Boadu missed AZ Alkmaar 1-0 win over De Graafschap through injury.

In the Eerste Division, Rodney Antwi cameoed for Volendam in their 2-1 win at Dordrecht.

Kelvin Luckassen was not included in Almere City matchday squad that beat Helmond 2-1.

Asumah Abubakar cameoed for Maastricht in their 2-0 home loss to Sparta Rotterdam.

MALTA

Isaac Ntow was not included in the match day team of Hibernians when they won 4-0 against Mosta.

MEXICO

Joseph Akrong played 90 minutes for Zacaptec in their 2-0 defeat at Cimarrones de Sonora.

NORWAY

Adam Larson Kwarasey captained Valerenga to 0-0 draw against Sarpsborg 08. Mohammed Abu was missing in Valeranga matchday squad.

Dennis Antwi was a 59th minute substitute for Asane when they lost 5-0 to Strommen.

Finnish-born Ghanaian Solomon Duah was not in the Levanger side that lost 4-0 to Aelesund.

Gilbert Koomson played 90 minutes for SK Brann in their 3-1 win against Stromsgodset.

Enoch Kwakwa played the entire game for Falkenbergs when they drew 2-2 with Norrby.

PORTUGAL

Lumor Agbenyenu played the entire game for Sporting Lisbon when the won 2-1 against Santa Clara.

Alhassan Wakaso played full throttle and was booked when his side Vitoria Guimaraes played 0-0 with Boavista. Henry Medariouse couldn’t travel with Guimaraes due to injury.

Emmanuel Hackman was unused substitute for Portimonense in their 1-1 draw with Belenenses.

SAUDI ARABIA

Carlos Ohene enjoyed full period of action for SC Ohod in their 1-0 win over Al Taawon.

SERBIA

Red Star Belgrade won 2-0 against Proleter. Richmond Boakye Yiadom and Rashid Sumaila were all out of the team for victors.

Francis Kyeremeh played 76 minutes for Radnik in their 2-0 win against Dinamo Vranje. Zakaria Suraka played full throttle for the losers.

Samuel Owusu registered an assist and scored for NK Cukaricki in their 2-1 win over Mladost.

Samuel Affum was not in Spartak Subotica’s team that drew 1-1 with Rad Beograd.

SCOTLAND

Thomas Agyepong missed Hibernian 1-0 home loss to St Johnstone through injury.

SLOVAKIA

Benson Annang watched from the bench as his side MSK Zilina thrashed Ruzomberok 3-0.

Patrick Asmah was missing in FK Senica matchday team that won 3-0 against ZiON Moravce.

Osman Bukari was substituted in the 58 minute for Trencin when they lost 3-1 to Sered

Mitch Apaw played 90 minutes for Slovan Bratislava when they thrashed Michalovce 6-0. Sadam Sulley was substituted in the half time for the losers.

SLOVENIA

Eric Boakye played full throttle for NK Olimpija Ljubljana in their 4-4 draw with Domzale

SWEDEN

AIK Stockholm drew goalless with Sundsvall. Enoch Adu missed the game for AIK through suspension.

Thomas Boakye was substituted at the start of the second half for Halmstad when they lost 2-1 to Orgryt.

IF Gefle lost 4-0 to Degerfors. Isaac Shaze played 76 minutes for the losers.

Sadam Karim played 90 minutes for Landskrona BOis when they lost 2-1 to Jonkopings.

Lawson Sabah played full throttle for Linkoping City when they won 3-0 against Rynninge.

Emmanuel Yeboah was not in the squad for Umea FC when they lost 2-1 to Nykopings.

SWITZERLAND

Majeed Ashimeru was brought on in the 71st minute and got booked in the 72nd minute for St. Gallen when they pipped Sion 1-0.

Gregory Kwesi Wuthrich missed FC Basel 3-2 win over Lugano through injury.

RUSSIA

Aziz Tetteh played 62 minutes for Dynamo Moscow against CSKA Moscow. The game ended goalless.

ROMANIA

Isaac Donkor played full throttle for U Craiova 1948 CV when they beat Poli lasi 3-0.

Joseph Mensah was a 74th minute substitute for Sepsi in their 3-1 loss to FC Hermannstadt.

TURKEY

Fenerbache played a pulsating 2-2 draw with Galatasaray. Andre Ayew played full throttle for Fenerbahce.

Elvis Manu picked a booking for Akhisar Genclik Spor in their 1-1 stalemate with Erzurum BB.

Attamah Lawerh cameoed for Istanbul Basaksehir as they pipped Besiktas 1-0 at home.

Bernard Mensah was introduced in the 68th minute while Asamoah Gyan cameoed for Keyserispor when they lost 3-1 to Ankaragucu.

Isaac Sackey played full throttle for Alanyaspor but they lost 1-0 to Yeni Malatyaspor. Muniru Sulley came on in the 31st minute for the winners.

Caleb Ekuban cameoed for Trabzonspor in their 1-1 stalemate with Bursaspor.

Kamal Issah missed Eskisehirspor 1-0 win over Osmanlispor through injury.

QATAR

Lawrence Quaye played 75 minutes for Umm Salal when they lost 5-1 to Al-Sadd.

Al Ahli Doha won 2-0 against Al Khor. John Benson lasted the entire duration of the game for them.

George Kwesi played full throttle for Al Sailiya when they thrashed Al-Kharitiyath 5-0.

UKRAINE

Najeeb Yakubu grabbed his debut goal for Vorskla Poltava in their 2-0 win over FK Lviv.

USA

Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah enjoyed 90 minutes for Columbus Crew as they pipped New York Red Bulls to seal a semi-final place in the MLS playoffs. Lalas Abubakar cameoed for the victors.

Gladson Awako and Solomon Asante featured as Phoenix Rising defeated Orange County 2-1 to clinch the Western Conference play-off final.

By: Reuben Obodai @ReubenObodai on Twitter

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Reuben Obodai
This year's 8th Edition of the 3G Awards is a reminisce of the 2011 version. The 2011 edition honoured many soccer legends and personalities who had travelled to the US for the first time.

The 2018 edition will have similar great media personalities also coming to New York for the first time and one of them is the award-winning and great media personality; Reuben Sai Obodai of Global Media Alliance's Happyghana.com and Editor for the biggest football website, GHANASoccernet.com

3G Media is once again proud to announce that Reuben Sai Obodai has confirmed and attending the 8th annual edition ceremony in New York as Honoree. Talking about excitement, many fans who watch his program on e.TV Ghana are looking forward to join him celebrate the occasion.

A little known History Fact

Reuben Obodai was a key cog of the Amidaus Professionals's side that won promotion to the 2013/14 Ghana Premier League season.

However, due to persistent knee injury he quit the beautiful game to pursue his dream of becoming a sports journalist.

He attained a Diploma in Journalism at the Institute of Advance College Education before furthering the course at e.TV's E-Academy where he later became a lecturer at the school.

Mr. Obodai is now the Editor for the biggest football website in West Africa, GHANASoccernet.com as well as Happyghana.com, which is a sub-company of Global Media Alliance.

The enterprising writer also anchors 'The Team' show on e.TV and his analysis on Happy FM renowned sports show, Anopa Bosuo Sports has been revered by many as one of the best sports shows in Ghana.

Mr. Obodai was selected as one of three sports journalists from Ghana by the Confederation of African Football to cover 2018 Club Licensing workshop in Kenya.

3G Media will be rewarding Mr. Obodai for his role in projecting Ghanaian players in Europe as well as the American top-flight league (Major League Soccer), with his weekly feature on the performance of Ghanaian players in abroad.

3G Media is a Ghanaian owned and operated online news and entertainment media house led by US-based Media Mogul; Charles Nimmo Ntiamoah-Mensah (Mr. CNN). Since 2009, the company set up 3G Magazine, 3gmediaonline.com, and 3G Awards.

3G Awards is an annual event; dubbed; "A Night of Heroes" recognizes the sacrifice and dedication of the leading trailblazers of the greater Ghanaian and Global communities. It has honoured over hundreds of personalities who have made a difference in their communities and changed lives.

3G Media also every year invites; government officials, celebrities and businessmen/women to visit New York and network with their fellow American business colleagues. The key area is creating an opportunity for Ghanaian based with their US counterparts.

Past honorees include; The Nation’s Prophet; Apostle Owusu Bempah, Hollywood Actor Abraham Attah; Former New York Senator, Hassel-Smith, Boxing Legend; Michael Spinks, Hon. Kennedy Ohene-Agyapong, MP, Tommy Smythe, ESPN’s Sports Presenter/Analyst; Boxing legend, Azuma Nelson; Soccer legends; Sunday, Osei, Kofi and Kuuku Dadzie, The Black Stars’ Coach; Dr. Akwasi Appiah, Captain, Asamoah Gyan; Koofori, KKD, Irene Logan, Counsellor Lutterodt, Prince David Osei, Shatta Wale and many others.

3G Media produces this 8th edition to be held on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 starting 9pm. The venue is the Grand American Ballroom, located on 899 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10459

This is supported/endorsed by the Ghana Permanent Mission of New York, Ghana Consulate of New York, Ghana Chamber of Commerce USA, NCOGA (National Council of Ghanaian Association), New York Mayor's Office; Bronx Country Director; Famod Konneh, Boogie Down Nima Productions and others.

Sponsors include; Investigroup, MayJay Property Management, Prestige Tours and Travels, Anokye Krom Restaurant, Malata African Market, NY, Nyamekye African Market, NJ, AB African Market & AB Africa Fabric Store, TADMI and Star Beer.

Media houses supporting, Adomonline, Myjoyonline, GhanaWeb, Modernghana, TV3, Peacefmonline.com, Highlife Radio, Vitalghradio, BAK TV, Adinkraradio, Amansanradio, Keymama and Playback Magazine.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


M.anifest drops a banger with the Nigeria’s King of Africa's street anthems, Olamide in this uptempo number titled “Fine Fine”.

As usual the god MC's flow and unquestioned lyricism is on display while Baddo's heavy-hitting hook adds a touch of Afrobeats.

Is this Olamide's first continental African feature? Well if it is then it was worth the wait.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations, Ghana’s first large scale shopping centre; Accra Mall Limited on Friday 3rd August treated shoppers and patrons to euphonic live band music dubbed; ‘Highlife Night with the Funky Millionaires Band’.

For music lovers who trooped the Accra Mall last Friday, it was a delight to watch Ghanaian Highlife acts including Dada Hafco, Quarme Zaggy, Asaase among others mount the stage at the Mall’s food court for turns of electrifying performances.

The event was live on Happy 98.9 FM’s Ayekoo Drive show hosted by DJ Advisor and streamed live on the station’s Facebook and the TuneIn app to reach over a million traditional and digital audiences of the station.

According to Denise Asare, Marketing Manager at Accra Mall, the highlife night is part of events lined up to celebrate the mall’s 10th anniversary.

"We organized this highlife event because highlife is truly Ghanaian and we believe every Ghanaian resonates with its tones. From a broader perspective, we value the support and patronage received from Ghanaians in our 10 years of providing a unique and centralized shopping centre and therefore deem it fit to celebrate with every shopper.”

Happy fm's DJ Advisor
She added that there are many rewards for shoppers including daily prizes with the grand prize being a brand new Renault Logan from Premium Motors and other prizes courtesy Huawei Ghana.

"Shoppers who spend GHc300 or more at any store or a combination of stores from July 9th 2018 to September 3rd 2018 can enter at the promotion area in the Mall Square in anticipation of the final draw on 8 September" she added.

Denise Asare (Marketing Manager of Accra Mall) presenting a prize to (Name); lucky winner
Patrons of the highlife night did not only3 dance to good music but had opportunities to win prizes including shopping vouchers.

An elated Priscilla Zigah from Burma Camp; a winner at the event said “I’m so happy to have won this voucher; I must also say that I have really enjoyed myself.”

If you missed last Friday, stay tuned or visit Accra Mall’s website www.accramall.com for more surprises.



By Joseph Nii Ankrah

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Obrafour
Hiplife artiste Michael Kwabena Okyere Darko, popularly known as Obrafour says only death can bring a stop to his music career.

He disclosed in a recent interview that there is no retirement in the music career.

“Once you are blessed with that talent, it is for life. I’m not sure there is pension in music, when God gives you music talent you can do it till death. All you need is strength,” he said.

He further stated that even though one cannot rule forever, new artistes emerging with time do not have to automatically retire old musicians.

“In this world, you can’t rule forever because everything has an end. I wouldn’t agree if someone says new crop of artistes are emerging so the old ones should retire,” the 'Ako' hitmaker said.

Hammer helped Obrafour secure a deal with Abraham Ohene Djan (OM Studios) and in late 1990s. He has released hit after hit since then. Some of his hit songs include, ‘Kwame Nkrumah’, ‘Aden’, ‘Pae Mu Ka’, Yaanom’, ‘Konkonsa’ and many others.

By: Susan Amoako Agyemang

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II has acknowledged the work of Mrs. Abena Asomaning - Antwi, Founder of the Angle-Zoe Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ghana by conferring on her the Point of Light Award.

The presentation of the award which took place last Thursday at the British High Commission in Accra signifies the great impact Mrs. Asomaning Antwi through Angel-Zoe Foundation has made in the Ghanaian community

The Point of Light Award recognizes outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their communities. It was first established by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, and embraces the challenge of undertaking community need projects through volunteerism. 

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Asomaning- Antwi said “Angel-Zoe Foundation had come to stay regardless of the opposition faced and the nonchalant attitude of the same society I sought to help. My weapons in the past eleven years have focused on building relationships with inmates and officers, mentorship, counselling, training. We also reconciled inmates and families who want nothing to do with them after their incarceration.’’

Sharing her experience in the early stages of the foundation, Mrs. Asomaning-Antwi said “It wasn’t easy when I decided to quit corporate work and concentrate solely on Angel-Zoe Foundation. But I pursued this singular cause quietly because many corporate entities I approached for support refused to help. Angel Zoe Foundation was too unpopular, and often didn’t fit into their corporate social responsibility plans. And today here I am with the evidence of my desire”. 

She expressed her appreciation for the award saying “it was never intended for prestige or recognition but alas, here we are. The Point of Light recognition will definitely spur me on to pursue further the welfare of the vulnerable in my country and elsewhere”. 

The British High Commissioner, Mr. Iain Walker, explained that “the Point of Light Award acknowledges the power of the individual to cause change and improve the world, and has celebrated more than 6,000 winners so far. 

About Angel-Zoe Foundation

The Angel-Zoe Foundation is a voluntary faith-based non-governmental organization founded by Mrs. Abena Asomaning-Antwi in 2007, with the objective of reaching out to prison inmates to help with their rehabilitation and proper re-integration into the society following their discharge from prison.

The work of the Foundation for the past 11 years, has expanded the understanding of women’s economic contributions as well as the hurdles that prevent them from being successful. Its efforts focus on how inmates affect economic development efforts related to societal misfit, employment as well as decreasing crime to the barest minimum. And with our donors, AZF aims to properly reintegrate ex-offenders into society.

The Angel-Zoe Foundation hopes to reach out to as many prison inmates as possible. The Foundation owes its existence to the inspirational words found in Hebrews 13:3 which says ‘Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering’.


 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Apostle  Isaac Attoh
The Ghanaian missionary to Cameroon, Apostle  Isaac Attoh, killed in Batibo last Saturday by the Cameroun Soldiers has been buried.

The burial took place in Batibo on Tuesday July 17, 2018. His remains were laid to rest by the Mayor of the  Batibo council in the presence of some church ministers who volunteered to see one of theirs laid to rest.

Council officials said,  the  state of the corpses only needed burial. The Pastor was buried same alongside one of his slain Christians.

The reaction of the family members who were making arrangements for the corpse to be repatriated remains unknown at the time of filing in this report. Sources also said the local council was under pressure for the corpse to be buried same day.

Media reports had insinuated that Pastor Attoh’s family are due to drag the French Cameroon government to court, for killing the Ghanaian missionary who left behind a two months old baby, a wife and family to mourn him.

Late Apostle  Isaac Attoh of DESTINY IMPACT MINISTRY left Ghana for  Cameroon for an evangelical mission but was unfortunate to have gotten into Batibo when the French Cameroun soldiers were carrying out raids across the town in search of the Pro Independence Self Defense Forces.

According to eye witnesses, the military opened fire indiscriminately. This may have been the situation which led to the brutal shooting of the Ghanaian cleric and his companions whose bodies were only discovered early next day on Sunday July 15.

The killing of the Ghanaian national has raised questions as to whether the French Cameroon government was now involved in the targeted killing of foreign nationals.

However, the family of the deceased wants the government of Ghana and the international community  to get involved to seek justice for Apostle Attoh.

By: Joseph Nii Ankrah

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Isaac Attoh
A Ghanaian missionary, Apostle Isaac Attoh has been brutally murdered by soldiers loyal to Cameroonian President Paul Biya in Batibo, on the 14th July 2018, Batibo Sub-Division, Momo Division, North West and dumped his body on the walkway of one of the streets.

According to family sources, Pastor Isaac formally of the Destiny Impact Ministry located in Barn Yard, Accra, Ghana who now runs his own Ministry; Isaac Attoh Ministry left Accra, Ghana by road on Tuesday July 10, 2018 for evangelical duties in Cameroon.

Reports say the young and energetic Man of God arrived Batibo in Cameroon on Friday July 13, 2018 before being brutally murdered by the Cameroon military on Saturday July 14, 2018. National Telegraph's secret stringers are now confirming that the corpse of the 28-year-old curate is presently at a mortuary in Bali, a neighboring town to Bamenda, North West Regional headquarters.

Information also reaching the deceased family from Cameroon indicates that, the military is trying to bury the body to conceal the evidence. Observers have condemned the death of the Pastor but the church in Cameroon is yet to make an official intervention.

Pastor Attoh was murdered alongside two other Ghanaians who are yet to be identified. Efforts by some stranded Ghanaian pastors and friends, in Cameroon to retrieve the body of the deceased have proven futile, as the military is unwilling to release the body to cover up their heinous action.

The wife, Esther Attoh has since been in shock, National Telegraph has been told. The young Pastor is third of four siblings. Rev. Isaac is survived by his wife and 2-month-old baby boy. Meanwhile, the family is calling on the Ghanaian Government and the International Community to intervene and get the remains of their brother ferried to Ghana for a decent burial.

By: Joseph Nii Ankrah


Seth Eshun
Seth Eshun, Head of Supervision at the National Insurance Commission (NIC), has said that about 40 percent of cars in Ghana are not insured with some having fake motor insurance.

According to him, data available to the National Insurance Commission (NIC) indicates that there is an alarming gap between the number of cars that have been registered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) compared to the number of cars that have been insured by insurance companies in Ghana.

Speaking at a symposium organized by Donewell Insurance Company Limited as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations to discuss current issues and trends in Ghana’s insurance industry, Mr. Eshun said “We have about 3.5million cars that have been registered by the DVLA, road worthy are about 1.5million but cars that insured are about 1million from our statistics.”

“We have about 40 percent of cars that are not insured in the country or have fake motor insurance. These are people who are driving every day and if anything happens to them or they cause injury to other people, they both will not receive any insurance payment,” Mr Eshun disclosed.

NIC working with DVLA

However, Mr. Eshun mentioned that the NIC is working together with the DVLA to ensure that cars that are not registered by the DVLA and are not road worthy are not allowed on our roads unless they are properly insured.

He disclosed that, a number of discussions have already been held between the Commission and DVLA under the auspices of the Vice president of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, last month announced that, government will soon launch a digital system that will link the data between insurance companies and the DVLA in order for them to check vehicles that have been insured in real time. Dr. Bawumia said the system will boost insurance penetration and create a wealth of fund for investment.

The digital platform, if successful, is expected to enhance the vehicle registration process through online application.

With respect to insurance penetration, Mr. Eshun said is not possible for it increase by 100%. “If insurance penetration is at 100%, then what it means is that, all productive activity that is done in the country is by insurance and that is not possible”, Mr. Eshun added.

By Joseph Nii Ankrah

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chief Executive Officer for Donewell Insurance Company Limited, Seth Aklasi
On Thursday, 12th July 2018, Donewell Insurance Company Limited will hold a symposium on Ghana’s insurance industry as part of activities scheduled for the celebration of their 25th anniversary.

The symposium, themed ‘Insurance in Ghana-The different perspectives: The Regulator, The Investor and the insurer’ is scheduled to take place at the British Council in Accra and is targeted at major stakeholders in Ghana’s insurance industry.

According to Jennifer Bebli, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Donewell Insurance, the symposium will bring together decision makers in the insurance industry to discuss critical issues peculiar to insurance in Ghana. Participants would contribute to discussions concerning professionalism, innovation, ethical business and standards towards the growth of Ghana’s insurance industry.

“We would assemble the decision makers and influencers in our industry to discuss the pertinent issues that affect our survival as businesses and industry. Innovation is key in today’s dynamic world and must be embraced by all. Insurance is not and must not be immune to change and innovation and as such we are happy to be organizing this event for all stakeholders”, she said.

The symposium promises to be relevant and meaningful to the growth of Ghana’s insurance industry. Some of the guests expected to attend and speak at the event include Mr. Justice Yaw Ofori (Commissioner of Insurance), Mr. Larry Kwesi Jiagge (Managing Director; Risk Management and Advisory Service), Mr. Seth Eshun (Head of Supervision; National Insurance Commission), Mr. Ofori Kuragu (Managing Director; AP & L Consult) and Mr. Fiifi Simpson, Groupe Nduom.
Justice Yaw Ofori, Commissioner of Insurance at the National Insurance Commission (NIC)
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, Donewell Insurance Company Limited will on Thursday, July 12, hold a symposium to discuss current issues and trends in Ghana’s insurance industry.

The symposium, themed ‘Insurance in Ghana -The different perspectives: The Regulator, The Investor and The insurer’ will take place at the British Council in Accra and will attract all key players in the insurance industry with Mr. Justice Yaw Ofori, Commissioner of Insurance at the National Insurance Commission (NIC) as the Guest of Honour.

According to Seth Aklasi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Donewell Insurance, the symposium will offer stakeholders an opportunity and platform to discuss pertinent issues affecting the industry. The discussions would also help and offer suggestions to improve professionalism, innovation and promote the growth of the industry.

“Donewell Insurance Company Limited has played a major role in the growth of the insurance industry and Ghana’s economy over the past 25years. We intend to use this symposium to assemble the major players in our industry to deliberate on issues that will affect the insurance industry positively,” he said.

Mr. Aklasi has been an advocate for standards and professionalism in the insurance industry and in April 2018, bemoaned the influx of fake insurance stickers in the country and its negative effect on the perception of clients on insurance.

Other speakers expected at the symposium include, Mr. Larry Kwesi Jiagge (Managing Director; Risk Management and Advisory Service), Mr. Seth Eshun (Head of Supervision; National Insurance Commission), Mr. Ofori Kuragu (Managing Director; AP & L Consult) and Mr. Fiifi Simpson of Groupe Nduom among others.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has "already signed" for Juventus according to the club's former CEO Luciano Moggi, who claimed he tried to bring the Real Madrid star to Italy when he was a teenager.

Serie A champions Juventus are reported to have made a bid of £88million for Ronaldo, who is Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer after nine seasons at Santiago Bernabeu.

Moggi, who headed up Juve's board from 1994 until 2006 when he was a central figure in the Italian football scandal that saw him given a life ban from football, claimed the transfer was already at an advanced stage.

The 80-year-old told Italian TV network Tele7Gold: "In my opinion, he has already signed and passed the medical examination with Juventus in Munich.

"This is what I think after talking to important people."

"In my opinion Ronaldo has already signed & had his medical in Munich" - Moggi said.

Moggi recalled his attempts to make Ronaldo a Juventus player in 2002, when he was emerging from the Sporting CP youth ranks and becoming one of the Primeira Liga's hottest talents.

A proposed transfer involving Chilean striker Marcelo Salas moving in the opposite direction never transpired, according to Moggi, and Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003.

"I received an alert," said the former Juve chief. "I sent an observer to look at him, he was an 18-year-old boy, but he impressed me with his maturity and his choices.

"In the middle of the day I made the contract. Unfortunately, Marcelo Salas refused to sign for Sporting Lisbon because he wanted to return to River Plate.

"I offered five million more for an 18-year-old player, but it could not be done at that time."

Source: Opera Sports

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pastor Adom with his beloved Dr. Belinda Collins
He might not be a household name yet. His music might not be on everyone lips yet but there’s indication all that is soon to change.

Emmanuel Adom Adjei informed Blakkpepper his musical journey started in primary school when he was in the tenor section of the school choir eventually becoming the leader of the tenor group aged 10.

According to Adom, he served with many artists either as a backing vocalist or or as a bands man adding he developed himself musically such that he directs choirs while grooming other artists.

The Takoradi Technical University graduate first tested the commercial market with his debut EP ‘Unveiled in Glory’ before offering albums ‘100% African Praise Party’ and ‘Praise Overflow’ revealing “there’s a fourth album on the way from which I released the single ‘Conquerors’ which is doing so well.”

His academic journey has seen him through Labone Senior High School, Takoradi Technical University where he offered Marketing and earned a Higher National Diploma (HND), seminary schools where he earned certificate and a diploma before relocating to the US in 2012 where he earned an Associate Degree in Theology and a Second Degree in Human Resource Management. Pastor Adom recently earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and getting awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity.

Adom is officially engaged to US born Dr. Belinda Collins who is a daughter of a Minister of God and by training is a Finance and Education person.  Although she was based in Miami, she now resides with Pastor Adom in Houston, Texas with Adom disclosing “we became friends before we fell in love, got engaged we will marry in the year.”

But why Jesus music?

Adom rendered:

“Gospel music is the only form which has no genre like jazz. It is fluid but also it is also my calling and I am a messenger for the people. God’s word can be propagated through acting, writing and other forms but sound has no barrier so I use music as a duty to sway souls for God. Also after death, we gonna do worshipping of God, so why not start now and get used to it.”

It will be 6 years since Adom landed in the US in December, and though he noted that things have been tough, he submits that “I have a church I lead, the youngest to lead a church in my state, I also have a music ministry, publishing ministry and missionary ministry whose mandate is to impact the world.”

Already he’s released his first book and a second is due soon while he serves as a host of a radio show in addition to being a TV host on ND TV.

Although it’s been tough in America, Adom has managed to find himself in corporate America and hopes the networking will help advance his cause.

“Coming to America and being new to the system, I had to study and get grounded and juggling preaching duty, recording in the studio and taking lessons at school was tough but worth the effort,” the ebony man rendered to Blakkpepper via Whatsapp.

While in Ghana, the songwriter, artist groomer and musical director held musical concerts to bring folks under God’s umbrella for worship and in the US he’s carried on the tradition visiting states to minister.

His efforts have been noticed such that in 2017, he received the Community Impact Award for his positive strides in his community.

Among the challenges he’s faced, the pastor cum artist recalled “buying instruments for my music was tough and coming by money to invest in my music was equally challenging and it didn’t help matters that when you play with certain artists they only thank you with ‘God Bless You’ ignoring the fact that it cost money to transport yourself to the venue and prepare yourself for the performance. Some Churches also did same. Also serving people but they proving to be ingrates and bad mouthing you to others was shocking as was some paying good with evil. Also initial low attendance at my concerts was troubling but things have since picked up.”

But how would Pastor Emmanuel Adom Adjei love to be remembered?

“I would love to be remembered as an original artist, a creative whose career lasted long and was impactful across generations and as an artist who helped raise others.”

What can Ghanaians expect from this son of the soil?

“Good music, concerts, conferences or seminars, collaborations with other African acts, solid music videos and interactions with fans on social media,” the Houston based man submitted.

Pastor Adom’s music is on major music shops with CdBaby serving as distributor to digital stores Amazon MP3, Apple and iTunes as well as Ghana’s afTown music platform which sells African records.

But with what meal would Pastor Adom be at home with?

“Waakye with veggies, chicken, beef and fried fish with lots of pepper sauce or ‘shito’.”

By way of beverage, Adom is cool with any fruit beverage.

Enjoy ‘Conquerors’ by Pastor Adom from his yet to be released 4th album

By: Michael Eli Dokosi


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nii-Tete Yartey
It has been 4 years since Nii-Tete Yartey took over as director of one of Ghana’s most prestigious artistic institutions, the National Dance Company of Ghana (Ghana Dance Ensemble).

As one of the youngest directors to hold such a position in Africa, Nii has envisioned his work in his field as a re-contextualization of traditions, with a particular focus on the development of dance theatre and contemporary Ghanaian dance.

Nii-Tete Yartey is the son of Ghana’s foremost dance choreographer and teacher, the late Professor Francis Nii-Yartey.

Over the years, Nii-Tete Yartey, has worked on Projects like ‘Diema’, ‘Aza’, Panafest, ‘Alkebulan’s awakening’ and the Ghana at 60 celebrations, where he drew from the many regional dances to beautifully express Ghana’s historic and contemporary dance traditions.

It has come as no surprise that he will be the one in the director’s positions for the National Theatre’s 25th Anniversary production, ‘Agoro’, a collaboration between, the National Theatre of Ghana and three of its prestigious resident companies, (The National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra and National Drama Company) and Ohio University and Azaguno, Inc. from the United States of America (creators of Diema 2015 and AZA2016).

The exciting international festival and concert dubbed ‘AGORO’ will be performed live at the National Theatre of Ghana from June 25 – 30, 2018, as part of the 25thAnniversary celebrations of the National Theatre of Ghana.

AGORO, a concert of New African Music, Dance and Drama will be an educational and transformational cultural experience for all.

According to Nii, the celebration will bring back excerpts from ‘Diema’ and ‘Aza’ to be performed by The National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, National Drama Company, International Artists representing the United States and Canada in addition to several of Ghana’s own nationally and internationally recognized groups and will also feature new works by prof Paschal Younge, composer and prof Zelma Badu-Younge

AGORO will mark the third collaboration of its kind organized by the National Theatre of Ghana, Ohio University and Azaguno Inc.

As part of this program, a 3– day Symposium and Workshops focused on the theme: “ARTS, HEALTH, and WELLNESS” will also be organized on from 25th to 27th June in collaboration with the Ministry Tourism, Arts and Culture; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Youth and Sports; Ministry of and Gender, Children and Social Protectio; University of Ghana (Korlebu Teaching Hospital ) and Psychiatric Hospital.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mrs. Catherine Afeku
The Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Mrs. Catherine Afeku, has revealed that Ghana will be hosting the first ever Africa Women in Tourism Conference in 2019.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the Ghana Women in Tourism Summit in Accra on Thursday 21 June, Madam Afeku said, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and 36 African Ministers of Tourism selected Ghana to host the first ever Africa Women in Tourism Conference.

“Just about two weeks ago, 36 African Ministers of tourism met at the 61st edition on UNWTO. The commission for Africa met in Abuja and Ghana was unanimously selected to host the first ever Africa Women in Tourism Conference(WIT) which is to take place in 2019. In this regard, it is very critical that we applaud women in tourism in Ghana. I’m indeed very excited to be the Sector Minister at this point in time when the Women in Tourism conference will be hosted for the first time in the history of Africa here in Ghana,” she added.

She also mentioned that the WIT Summit seeks to identify a set of impactful programs that could be adapted to leverage tourism as a vehicle for the women’s role in the Ghanaian tourism sector.

“This we believe will be achieved through, women empowerment and leadership in all sub-sectors of tourism. The protection of women’s rights through better and quality tourism employment, building the culture of education and entrepreneurship thereby bridging the gender inequality gap,” she disclosed.

By: Joseph Nii Ankrah

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Nyansa  Boakwa interviewing the repented armed robber
Day in, day out, lives and properties are lost to individuals and groups who attack us in our homes and offices. Lives that are spared are scarred with trauma.

Though they act inhumanely, they are human just like we are. This leaves us wondering who these people are, why they do what they do, how they know when and when not to attack and how they even come by the weapons they use against us.

These questions will be addressed in the below confessions of a repented armed robber.
At noon on April 19, a young man willingly walked into the studios of Happy FM at Asylum Down after listening to the confession segment on Happy FM’s ‘Nsem Pii’ show.

In an interview with Pastor Nyansa Boakwa, host of Nsem Pii on Happy FM, here is what the 42 year old repented armed robber who will be called ‘Koo’ for the purposes of this story and on grounds of security has to say as he makes these hideous revelations.

According to Koo, negligence from his father and his inability to excel academically resulted in him dropping out of school at an early age. He started gambling at the age of 15. As a result of greed, this habit of gambling landed him in prison when a rich man he gambled with and cheated reported him to the police for stealing from him.

Koo recounted that he connived with the woman who sells the playing cards and tampered with them. When he was done, he told the woman to sell those particular cards that had been tampered with to the rich man.

After the rich man had purchased the playing cards, Koo and the said rich man gambled in the latter’s home where he won 7,000ghc. The rich man refused to accept defeat so he went back to the same shop to buy another set of cards and he was sold another one of the tampered cards. Upon reaching home, he was defeated again and this time around, he lost 3,000ghc.

The rich man refused to let Koo leave his house with his 10,000ghc so he attacked Koo with a knife but Koo got a hold of it and injured him running away with the money. He went to pay the cards seller for her participation.

The rich man later reported the incident to the police and said Koo attacked him in his house and stole from him. The police took the rich man’s word and didn’t believe Koo when he said they gambled and he won.

Koo was arrested after two months when he had already squandered all the money. He was tried and jailed for two years.

Koo had heard rumours of sodomization in prison and that was his fear. But when he got there he realized it was a choice.

According to him, life in prison was not easy. He had to wash clothes of some inmates for one cedi and that was how he was able to buy certain things he needed.

“The food served there was so terrible that it was not fit for a dog. The banku had no salt and the soups were so light that you could see your reflection in it,” Koo stated.

He also revealed that being sodomized in jail is a choice one makes if they decide to enjoy their stay in prison. An older man or a longer serving inmate with money will have sexual intercourse with an inmate who allows it in exchange for giving him good food and basically providing a comfortable life for him.

We have all heard that Indian hemp is sold in jail, I am sure just like me, you wonder how the Indian hemp gets into the prisons to be sold to inmates.

According to Koo, the inmates insert the ‘wee’ into their anus when they go out for communal labour and smuggle into the prison. These inmates before they leave undergo an exercise to widen their anus by inserting a big battery in there. They leave it in there for three days. Other objects that are not allowed in prison like cell phones are also smuggled into the prison through the anus. The people who do this are referred to as ‘cargo’.

Koo went to jail as a chronic gambler, instead of getting reformed in there, he came back worse. There are different blocks for different crimes and Koo knew where each was. He went to the robbery block and as he passed by, he overheard an argument where one person was being accused of being the reason ‘they’ got arrested. He got closer upon hearing this, when he was asked what he wanted, he told them, he was like them, implying that he just wanted to mingle. He was then asked the offense that landed him prison, in order to fit in and impress them, he lied and said he was jailed for shooting someone he went to rob.

He became friends with them and they planned how they were going to go on robbery operations when they were released. In there they get phone calls from people on the outside giving them information about who to rob but since they were incarcerated, they called their counterparts out there and transferred the jobs to them.

The source of the information is the scary part. The information comes from house helps, drivers and personal assistants among others. These are trusted people in our everyday lives.

When Koo was initiated into the robbery gang, he and some other interested participants were trained at the prison backyard which was their meeting place. In the course of the training, there were 99 laws to abide by and if one goes against any, he was fined and inability to pay the fine lands him in a jail set up by the leaders of the robbery gang community inside the prison.

When Koo returned home after 2years with the feeling that he had been left behind in life and needed to catch up with his peers.

His family also stigmatized him and so he left home feeling like an outcast. He then contacted some armed robbers whose phone numbers he had gotten from his new friends in prison.

He moved in with them and served them as a houseboy. He got paid for doing this but he wasn’t participating in their robbery activities. After a while he decided to go with them for the robberies.
Koo’s first robbery operation was in Awoshie. A house girl had informed the gang that her employer was coming home with a sum of 80,000ghc .

Koo disclosed that “we didn’t have any guns but there were some police men who rented out the guns to us in exchange for one third of the money we stole.”

They had told the police they were going to get 30,000ghc when in actual fact they were going to get 80,000ghc. After they had rented the guns from the police, they met with the house girl who aided them to duplicate the keys to the said house.

This, according to him, was done by pressing the keys on a bar of soap to get the impression and the soap was later sent to a locksmith for the duplication.

He added that the house help instructed them to attack at 1am so they did. When they entered they slapped the house help in the face to fake an attack on her. She started screaming for help which called the attention of her boss.

He arrived at the scene but refused to hand over the money to them, his wife joined in and pleaded with the robbers to take the money and leave her family unharmed. As the man struggled with them, they hit him hard on the head with the gun getting him unconscious.

Koo was instructed to rape the 13 year old daughter of the couple who was also present at the scene of the attack, he refused to do it but another member was delighted to have that unfortunate opportunity passed to him, the young girl was mercilessly raped in front of her mother as she cried out “I have given you the money, why are you doing this”.

When the father gained consciousness, he asked what was going on upon seeing the blood stain from his daughter’s rape. Another one wanted to rape his wife, he fought to stop them but they overpowered him and tied him up as they raped his wife right in front of him “at that moment, I thought to myself, what kind of job have I gotten myself into”, Koo said.

“After everything, we took the money and left. We later met the house help at the Accra Mall to give her share of 5,000ghc to her. We met the policeman who provided us with the guns too and gave him his share of 5,000ghc”, Koo stated. He added that he also got 5,000ghc which he was very happy about.

The story continues with Koo recounting his meeting with a different gang who were more established than the previous one and had support from some police officials and Judges for two more robberies on Happy FM’s Nsem Pii.   He said they met at Ashaiman.

Over there they were contacted by a banker who called to inform them that  a client was about to make a withdrawal. She gave them the time the client  was going to pick up the money -which according to Koo was 50,000ghc - ,  the model of car he was going to bring and the car registration number.

They picked up their guns which they had already purchased from some police men at the cost of 9,000ghc and 6,000ghc. They then drove in cars they were given by the police to Dansoman where the bank was.

They went ahead of time and waited for the man outside.  They spotted him when he got there and when he went inside the bank to withdraw the money, the lady called them to alert them that he had the money and he was stepping out. They followed him closely from Dansoman till they got to Circle, a little beyond Odo Rice.

One of the cars overtook his car and stopped abruptly in front of him. He got out of the car demanding for explanations, they also got out wearing face masks and gave warning shots.

They immediately took a pinch bar from their car to force open the trunk of the man’s car and made away with the money leaving a small stick in the ignition to prevent the man from chasing them. Bystanders could not go after them maybe because they were afraid of getting shot.

Koo further disclosed that the cars they used had the real number plates in front whiles the ones behind were fake number plates so they could not be traced. He also revealed that armed robbers never go on any operation without reliable information from an insider.

He made 5,000ghc from that robbery, the banker made 5,000ghc and the police also got 10,000ghc.

Koo spoke about another operation, this time around at East Legon.

Just like the first robbery the house girl gave them the information about her madam returning from abroad.

 “She gave us the time of arrival and the kind of car that was going to pick her up,” Koo added.

Again they went ahead of time and waited for her to come out of the airport. They followed her from the airport until they got to her gate and attacked her right there. The house girl had come out to open the gate so she fell to the ground when they got out of their cars and gave warning shots.

“The woman was refusing to give us the keys so we took them by force and opened the trunk to take out the luggage and drove off in our cars. She had children at the back seat crying.” Koo narrated.

When they got home they burnt the other content of the luggage. All they needed was the money and keeping those other things was a risk they were not ready to take.

They found 30,000 dollars, the exact amount the house girl told them they would find.

He detailed that there are big police officials and judges who assist them when they get into trouble, they assisted them by reducing their charges when they are arrested. For instance, if it is robbery or murder, it could be reduced to stealing. This reduces their jail term to about two years. When they have more money they could get the judge to arrange an appeal for them which further reduces it and possibly lets them free.

Koo said he is a changed man now, because he is afraid he would be forced to kill or become an accomplice to murder eventually. He has cut all ties with his friends and has even approached the police three times to tell them what he knows but they always tell him to go and bring the guns he has. That, he says, has been very difficult to do because he cannot just walk to the robbers and demand that the hand their guns over to him.

He concluded by saying “I want to help end robbery in Ghana and I am ready to talk on any platform, I don’t care if I die and if I die, I die for my country Ghana,” he told Happy FM’s Nyansa Boakwa on Nsem Pii.

By: Susan Amoako Agyemang


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Vodafone’s Chief Executive, Yolanda Cuba was heading off to a meeting when she stopped to assist a customer into the Vodafone building. As it turned out, this man, Andrew Kufuor, a cousin of former President J. A. Kufuor, had come to personally thank a staff of Vodafone for saving his life.

Eunice Ampomah-Manu, with the SME Enterprise team, had called Mr Kufuor sometime last week, on a routine customer check-up. Whilst on the call, Mr Kufuor suffered an attack. He was breathless and told Eunice, he was dying. She panicked but kept her composure.

In a flurry of activity, including keeping Mr Kufuor on the line for about ten minutes, she managed to extract the digits of his wife’s number and called her. In a matter of minutes, Mr Kufuor’s wife rushed home and managed to get her husband to a nearby clinic to receive medical attention. Later in the week, Eunice also called to check up on him at the hospital.

“I was helpless. Her call came in good time and I really want to thank her for what she did. She saved my life. Without that, I perhaps wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

What started out as a cursory offer of assistance to a customer at the headquarters at Vodafone Ghana has become a very defining story of effective customer service.

Yolanda Cuba, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, said: “Providing unmatched customer experience is what we stand for. It is not mere rhetoric; it is a way of life for us and the value system of our business. We really care for each and every one of our customers and we will never renege on this.”

By: Paa Kwesi Forson

Monday, April 23, 2018

This UFO is expected to enter Earth's Atmosphere on Friday, April 27
Information available to Tech Voice Africa indicates that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sighted and reported of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) that has entered into the Earth’s orbit and heading towards the Planet.

Per their calculations, the said UFO if it continues on course and maintains velocity, should enter the Earth’s atmosphere by Friday, 27th April 2018.



There are however rumours that the spaceship may be that of Thanos’, a supposed alien from Titan, which is the largest moon of the planet Saturn.

Following this, Tech Voice Africa followed up with the “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division,” S.H.I.E.L.D to verify the rumours. We were able to get Colonel Nicholas “Nick” Joseph Fury but the Director remained tight lipped on the issue refusing to comment.


However reliable inside source have confirmed that S.H.I.E.L.D are indeed worried that the Ship may be that of Thanos the “mad” Titan. Our source who decided to speak on condition of anonymity confirmed he over heard Directory Fury on the phone with Billionaire Tony Stark urging him to assist put the “Team” together.

The source confirmed to our reporter that the whereabouts of Dr. Bruce Banner and Captain Steve Rogers remained  top priority.

In the meantime we all remain in suspense and hoping for the best. This is because if the rumours are confirmed to be true and it is indeed Thanos heading to Earth, then this spells doom for the entire planet especially in the wake of the division and confusion being rumoured to have striken the “Avengers” Headquarters.

One thing you can however be sure of is that your leading Technology news portal in Africa, Tech Voice Africa will follow the development closely to bring to our cherished readers.

That said, note that Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters this Friday, April 27. Make sure you make a date to actually confirm or debunk these awesome rumours.

If not, we will be there to bring you spoilers and we would not want that, will we?

Source: Tech Voice Africa

Friday, January 26, 2018

It’s that time of year again where Public Relations (PR) persons will gather to strategize for the 2018 fiscal year. To make this year’s planning different, I will be sharing some strategic ideas, communication trends and international best practices.

If you plan on soaring in 2018, here are some ideas to pay attention to.

VISUAL STORYTELLING

In 2017, many companies spent a chunk of their communication budget on broadcast media alone. We can’t keep paying over GHS 6000 for TV news coverage when Facebook Live is free, effective and interactive. We can’t pay for a channel or segment our target audience don’t watch, listen to or read. Feel free to disagree though.

Ask yourself this: “are the demographic factors of my target audience in sync with my choice of media platform?” At the end of the day, we as PR practitioners must review what works in our industry and what doesn’t.

The power of video is undeniable. More than 8 billion average daily views and 100 million hours of video are watched every day on Facebook. As PR and business practitioners living in Ghana, I’m not sure we have milked the dawn of video storytelling enough.

I don’t know if you have noticed also that attention span is shortening. People hardly read newspapers from cover to cover. People hardly listen to news from the beginning to end, etc.

Dear PR people, if you are not harnessing the video era, start now. Go to Udemy, Skillshare and the Khan Academy to take free online courses.

MEASUREMENT

Most people at agencies or with client start off their PR career doing media monitoring and clippings. This necessary evil has become a trend the world over. Because of time and staff constraints, the average PR practitioner monitors for monitoring sake. No trends, patterns, opportunities and the deeper analysis are suggested for planning. I dare say the absence of project/campaign measurement has fuelled the perception that PR doesn’t bring much to the table.

In 2018, let the relevant measurement tools and analytics do the talking in our reports. Tools like AMEC Integrated Framework and Google Analytics can help with PR campaign measurement. You can take free webinars on measurement at Ragan’s Measurement for Communicators Conference.

Let’s look at more PR measurement tools below:

TrendKite: Trendkite’s PR analysis helps to know PR’s true impact. It does this by measuring impact, enhancing quality coverage, and strategically shaping your approach to PR.

Gorkana: Media database, monitoring and social media analysis

Meltwater: Meltwater offers the largest global media database, ensuring you’ve found all of your media mentions. With intuitive dashboards and one-click reports, it’s easy to demonstrate campaign performance and ROI.

Newsmeter: Newsmeter is an online global news tracker service with an award-winning indexing technology. Our platform traces all the global news resources around the world continuously. Our platform has the capability to gather all published news together and generates detailed reports on topics that interest you by analyzing these news articles.

Talkwalker: Protect, measure and optimize the impact of your brand communication with our leading social listening and analytics suite

Hootsuite: Manage all your social media in one place. From finding prospects to serving customers,
Hootsuite helps you do more with your social media.

TweetReach: Monitor all the topics and profiles important to you on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Improve your social media strategy and execution across social media with Union Metrics.

MUST HAVE TOOLS/SOFTWARE

Departments like Marketing, Finance, Operations, etc. have always questioned how PR budget is used. Some practitioners are not able to justify in detail how a campaign’s performance is linked to ROI. In an era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), PR divisions must invest in platforms that provide value and analysis on projects.

Cision: The award-winning Cision software brings together the elements you need to engage the right influencers, get coverage, achieve measurable results and manage your campaigns. Cision circulates media stories globally and with so much convenience. Hence there’s no need to bother media cabal here in Ghana to publish your stories for you; the system does the distribution for you.

Trello: Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.

Mention: Mention monitors millions of sources in 42 languages, helping you stay on top of all brand mentions. It monitors social networks, news sites, forums, blogs or any web page. The app lets you keep track of your team’s actions, shares alerts and assigns tasks. Generating reports and exporting mentions can help you get a snapshot of your mentions by source or language over a selected period of time.

By Paa Kwesi Forson

About the Writer

Paa Kwesi Forson's writing love started after some girl broke his heart 'yayaaaya' (a Twi phrase meaning painfully. lol). That negative experience helped unearth the best in him. He officially started blogging on Myfirstcopybook.blogspot.com and moved it to www.paakwesiforson.com

Mr. Forson never knew he was this funny till he started blogging. He noticed that whether he is writing a piece on nostalgic moments, religion, social issues, or business, there is always a satirical and/or humorous touch to it.

Aside being busy at his day job at Ghana's biggest Public Relations Agency,  he love making music, relaxing with his family, reading stuff and many more.


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I am a Creative Arts Writer who is also into Strategic Communications, Public Relations, Photography and IT consultancy. I am also Social media enthusiast and an alumni of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).

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