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 for more surprises.

By Joseph Nii Ankrah

Thursday, August 2, 2018

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

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