Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Veteran hiplife trio VVIP will perform alongside a host of other artistes at this year’s edition of YFM’s Loud in GH.

This year, the annual event, which has been considered as the official Christmas party in Ghana is slated for December 17 at the Labadi Beach, Accra dubbed the ‘Beach Mashup’.

According to organizers, VVIP has confirmed to put up a show stopping performance for music lovers from all walks of life that will flood the venue on Saturday, December 17.

The group, made up of Zeal, Reggie Rockstone and Prodigal, are known for their various award winning hits like ‘Alhaji’, ‘Dogo Yaro’, ‘Skolom’ and ‘Selfie’ among others. They have vowed to treat patrons of the event with all of their hits back to back on the said day.

Commenting on the event, Ms Naa, General Manager of YFM, said, “YFM is all about entertainment, innovation and turning it up with the best parties. Due to the great feedback we got from our listeners and the public after last year’s event, we have decided to once again move ‘Loud in GH’ to the beach, prolonging the fun to last throughout the day and giving our patrons a truly memorable experience”.

Other great musicians like Trigmatic, Guru, Mr. Eazi, Medikal, Epixode, Joey B and Mz Vee  among others are all fired up to perform at the much anticipated show.

However, there will also be great music from YFM’s best DJ’s from Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi as well as other interesting activities to give a great kick-start to the Christmas celebrations.
Gbese Mantse Nii Ayi Bonte II (arrowed) hiding from the cameras yesterday
The man who touts himself as the chief of Gbese, Nii Ayi Bonte II, yesterday suffered an embarrassing fate when president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, called on the Ga Traditional Council at Dodowa.

Nana Akufo-Addo had gone there to thank the chiefs and the queen mothers for their support during the 2016 electioneering campaign – which saw him elected as president.

He went there in the company of his wife, Rebecca and party kingpins, including Acting General Secretary, John Boadu; Regional Chairman, Ishmael Ashitey; Professor Mike Oquaye; Stanley Adjiri Blankson; Ayikoi Otoo; Laud Commey; Nii Ayittey Boafo and some of the NPP’s elected Members of Parliament in the region as well as those who failed in their parliamentary bids.

A few days to the December 7 elections, an emotionally charged Nii Ayi Bonte II – famously known as Tommy Okai – was seen at a public function largely attended by members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), vowing to destool himself if the NPP’s candidate (now president-elect), was voted as the president of Ghana after 7th December, and subsequently sworn in on 7 January, 2017.

Nii Ayi Bonte claimed that (outgoing) President Mahama and the NDC government had done more than enough in terms of projects hence, was sure they would win the elections and decided to put his stool [even though not the rightful occupant] on line.

Interestingly, the man has since gone silent after Akufo-Addo was declared winner of the election, as many people, including his own people in Gbese, have begun to call for his head.

Luck eluded him when Akufo-Addo (now the president-elect) and members of his team entered the hall where the meeting with the Ga Traditional Council was to take place.

Minutes after they had arrived at the place, Tommy Okai, former chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak Football Club, started taking cover, hiding his face.

He had gone to sit far behind the crowd where he could not be easily identified, with his body language telling of a man feeling quite apprehensive, whiles trying strenuously without success to swerve the prying eyes of journalists and the cameras.

Throughout the programme which lasted close to 30 minutes, Nii, who was fully dressed in a chief’s regalia, was seen bending his head to avoid being captured by the cameras.

Try as he did, the media men, especially the photographers, managed to capture him from the distance with their sharp lenses.

Many were those who thought the chief would be apologetic enough by eating back his words to go and greet Nana Akufo-Addo after the event as he [the president-elect] and the chiefs and queen mothers exchanged pleasantries, but the self-acclaimed chief was nowhere to be found, obviously shy to go close.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu /Daily Guide

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ahead of M.anifest’s end of year concert, M.anifestivities 2016, the has godMC dropped his latest video for 100% ( directed by Garth Von Glehn (Flourish and Multiply).

Two of Ghana’s hottest MCs, according to MTV, team up on this banger.  Rapidly rising Ghanaian musician, Worlasi joins M.anifest on 100% and the up beat video reveals a side of them rarely seen. 'Normally some deep things, but now we dey ease things' is how Worlasi put it.

The Keta Lagoon resort served as the backdrop for this video with pulsating rhythms against an enchanting sunset.

The Mobeatz-produced banger was dropped months ago but could this be a precursor to a joint project between M.anifest and Worlasi?

The pair collaborated on two songs on M.anifest's ‘Nowhere Cool’ album.  The video was Executive Produced by TTD Media Ltd.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Okyeame Kwame
Annica Nsiah-Apau, wife and manager of Ghanaian rapper Okyeame Kwame says she feels honored that her husband was adjudged the Male Fashion Celebrity Icon of the Year at the just ended e.TV Ghana Fashion Awards 2016 because he really works hard to look good.

Okyeame Kwame beat former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah and Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) to emerge winner of the Male Fashion Celebrity Icon category.

According to his wife, though everyone in that category deserved to win, it meant that the organizers and judges of the event appreciated Okyeame Kwame’s unique style of dressing.

Explaining the secret behind her husband’s style of dressing at the event, which took place over the weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Showroom, Silver Star Tower, Annica said “Okyeame Kwame is predominantly Afrocentric and so everything he wears he wants to have the African touch to it.”

“Most of all he is a gentleman who also stands for positivity and so he also dresses according to that,” Okyeame Kwame’s wife stated.

Double Award in November for the Rap Dacta

Okyeame Kwame and his wife (Annia Nisa-Appau)
Annica said Okyeame Kwame, who is known in real life as Kwame Nsiah-Apau, could not pick up the award himself as he was away in the US on business where he was honoured by the Mayor of Cincinnati. The award entailed the key to the City of Cincinnati and an Okyeame Kwame Day celebrated in Cincinnati every year.

This year’s Ghana Fashion Awards which was organized by e.TV Ghana –a subsidiary of Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company - saw a display of fashion prowess by both fashion designers, models and patrons of the event. The show, hosted by e. TV Ghana’s Fati Shaibu Ali and Happy FM’s DJ Advicer, had amazing performances from fast rising songstress eShun. Other high profile personalities like Sandra Ankobiah picked up awards at the event.

The winners for this year’s Ghana Fashion Awards are: Emerging Designer – Ato Tetteh, Designer of the Year – Sima Brew, Accessory Designer of the Year (Jewelry) – Joyce Owusu (Purple Trendz), Accessory Designer of the Year (Bags, Sandals) – Mpaboa. The rest are Female Fashion Celebrity Icon of the Year – Sandra Ankobiah, Fashion Photographer of the Year – Duke Tetteh Quarshie, Male Model of the Year – Meek Ghartey, Female Model of the Year – Leana Efia Apenteng.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A 28-year-old farmer from Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region, Nicholas Affum has emerged grand winner in the maiden edition of the Vodafone Farmers Loyalty Awards which rewarded 20 most loyal Vodafone Farmers’ Club subscribers at a ceremony in Techiman in the Brong-Ahafo region.

The grand winner received a hand tractor, a year’s scholarship for one child, and farming gear which included wellington boots, helmets, and other materials required for his work. The other winners took home tricycles, motorbikes, scholarships for their wards and farming gears.

Commenting on the package, Mr. Affum said:

 “I am excited about the honour done me by Vodafone Ghana. The award came to me as a big surprise as I never imagined my work could be recognized. The recognition and prize package will spur me on to succeed and achieve even more”. 

The Nkoranza based farmer encouraged more farmers to sign up to the Vodafone Farmers’ Club to experience the valuable services offered by Vodafone.

Agnes Emefa Essah, Director of the Consumer Business Unit at Vodafone Ghana, said:

“For many years, farmers have played a crucial role in our nutrition and economic growth. At Vodafone, we are proud of our contribution to agriculture through our technology-based engagement with farmers and after a year of success, we find it apt to acknowledge their indispensable contribution to Ghana’s economic growth”.

The CBU Director said Vodafone will continually engage members of its Farmers Club initiative to improve their lives and farm yields, whiles rewarding them for their loyalty.

The Vodafone Farmers’ Club initiative was launched in Ghana in 2015 to offer a range of mobile services exclusively for farmers. Partnered by Esoko Ghana, an information service provider for agricultural markets in Africa, the club provides farmers with access to relevant information on improved farming practices, crop information, prices of commodities and expert advice, in their preferred language.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thinking aloud... 

If you decide to belong to a church that will humiliate you a guy for impregnating a lady out of wedlock or you a pregnant lady, then that is purely up to you. Apart from that confused angel, I haven't heard of any church that will dare assault a lady and a guy for engaging in sexually intercourse and ending up with pregnancy.  Because away from the religious self-righteous nonsense, assault is a criminal offence which is against not only the individual but the state, and anyone who allows him or herself to be assaulted in the name of some god is just a plain idiot.

After visiting some churches and seeing how some of its members have been possessed by the spirit of ‘holier than thou’, I'm left to believe that most Christians in our part of the world are ignorant, selfish and judgmental. Yet the Holy Book says ‘Judge not, and you shall not be judged’. Jesus the Christ accepted everyone without pointing out their sins -including the prostitute Mary Magdalene-.

In Christianity which means Christ-like or behaving like Christ, there is a popular account where a woman (Mary Magdalene) was brought to Jesus the Christ for being a prostitute or a ‘loose woman’. Expecting Christ to condemn the woman, the crowd were shocked with the Messiah asked each of them without sin to cast the first stone. This Mary later became a disciple of Christ.

Why can’t we Christians who claim to be emulating the Christ behave in that regard?

To the Churches, will you prefer that youth will pretend to be without sin as they engage in abortions- which is murder, one which is the greatest sins among most religions- and all manner of sinful behaviour or they come in their sinful nature just like Saul and Mary Magdalene did,  and should they get pregnant and you counsel them, accept them just as Jesus the Christ accepted you even in your sin and filth?

On The Obinim Famous Lashing Video

Some have argued that he was disciplining the two individuals for engaging in sexual activity which resulted in pregnancy. If he had done that in his house without publishing it and none of the affected parties felt the need to report it fine. But once it was published (through social media and other platforms) it goes beyond the 2 to become a criminal offence which is against the state as well.

Again other say as the guardian of the 2, the fake angel has the right to discipline them any how or anywhere he likes. I think that is total nonsense. Do you remember the story of the grandparents who decide to discipline their grandkid giving him pressing iron burns? They are prosecuted and jailed for the act. That was the best way they felt they could discipline the kid but was that right in the sight of the law? No!!!

As a man of god, common sense should have told him not to subject a pregnant lady to that form of punishment. I'm no medical practitioner yet I know that he could have caused the lady to lose the pregnancy as a result. I reckon that he and his god will prefer that the innocent baby who was given by God will die because it was conceived out of wedlock. It's a shame!!!

As I get off this dusty road of nonsense and madness in the name of Christianity, I can proudly say -like Jesus the Christ said- that those who assault, scorn or mock individuals who bare a child or children out of wedlock should cast the first stone if they are without sin or they should pick the log out of their eyes before they point to the speck in the eyes of other. 

I'm done

Nii Ogbamey Tetteh

Friday, August 26, 2016

There has been a massive concern about a picture and video making rounds on social media about something called ‘Are You the One’.

For the past few days, a bold picture of a faceless personality in a hood has been flooding various timelines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram among other social media platforms. On the other side, there was a video of this same hooded personality with a voice that says “are you the one? Coming soon”

Others have also spotted this strange hooded personality in our newspapers with the same inscription as well. The element of surprise attached to this whole thing has got several people around the country asking it is.

As to whether this ‘Are you the one’ craze has to do with a campaign, promotion, event or a movie or series, still remains a mystery.

Meanwhile no organization or face has been attached to this and makes it very difficult to know about. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Gabriel aka Gabby
GABRIEL ANKRAH is representing Ghana at the 9th of the Project Fame West Africa. Gabriel is fondly called Gabby by his friends. The 27-year-old school teacher who is from Accra loves God, music, and children. Being an only child, Gabriel is very close to his Dad whom he said taught him almost everything, cooking, especially.

Also, because he is an only child, Gabriel hopes to have six children, so he can make up for the large family experience he didn’t have.

Gabby continues to hone his singing skills by listening closely to artistes like Kesse, James Arthur, Frank Ocean, and Brymo. He plays the piano and drums.

ELI LETSA is the other contestant representing Ghana at the Project Fame West Africa reality show .22year old Eli is currently studying Fashion Designing in Ghana. He grew up in a house where they enjoy listening to music. He holds his family and pastor dearly and would miss them greatly while in the Academy.

He enjoys listening to Timi Dakolo and Tuface while playing his favourite sport-basketball. Apart from singing, Eli also enjoys playing the guitar, Single and ready to mingle, Eli however sees the Academy as serious business and not a place to mingle.

Catch the live telecast of the show every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm prompt  exclusively on e.TV Ghana and follow happenings in the academy house every Monday -Friday at  5:30pm.
Kofi Kinaata rocking the crowd 
Ghanaian Rapper, Kofi Kinaata, has thrilled hundreds of traders and music lovers at the Kaneshie Market in Accra to wonderful tunes during the outdooring of Vodafone 1,2 free.

Kofi Kinaata, who is noted for his great stagecraft, took the stage to treat numerous fans to good music including some of his hit songs like ‘Susuka’, and ‘Oh Azaay’. He got the crowd going “gaga” as he performed more than 30 minutes.

The ‘Fante Rap god’  sang both his old sand current hits with his ‘Sweety Pie and Action Time’ getting patrons patrons of the event on their feet to make some dancing moves.

Speaking to the enthusiastic crowd, Marketing Director of Vodafone Ghana, Agnes Emefa Essah, said, “We are excited that once again we are able to deliver something unique to our customers”.

She added: “Customers, are not outsiders to our business. They are in fact our targets and we will go to every length to make sure that our customers are satisfied with our services”.

“Vodafone 1 – 2 – Free” gives prepaid customers free 60 minutes to call Vodafone numbers or 5 free minutes to call other networks, after every second call.

This means that prepaid Vodafone customers who subscribe to this offer can enjoy every third call for free regardless of the number of minutes spent on the first two calls.
The overall contributions of businesses to sustainable development underpin the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (UNES 2007). 

It is termed differently in several circles. While companies prefer using the term CSR or Corporate citizenship, non-governmental organizations and some governments prefer social investment. 

Some, in recent times, prefer sustainable development in order to demonstrate their consciousness and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Whatever the term used, be it corporate citizenship, philanthropy, corporate responsibility, social investment or triple bottom line, generally it connotes the contribution of businesses to development in a country.

Currently, CSR has become a popular acronym in the Ghanaian media and means many things to many companies. It is often used by companies at the slightest show of philanthropy to society no matter the worth of what they give out. 

And with the UN’s declaration of the Sustainable Development Goals it has become even more imperative that companies prove their commitment. Regardless, companies cannot be blamed for the exploitation of the term if they have committed resources in any quantum to address societal issues. 

Where there are no clear guidelines and structured framework for CSR practice in a country, the misuse of the term is inevitable and that could expose the all-important role of public policy in shaping CSR practice in Ghana.
The challenge with CSR practice in Ghana is lack of strong commitment to integrate CSR practice in to public policy as recognized by Kweku Rockson, senior lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in a lecture delivered at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ghana. He argues that this has led to some organizations virtually isolating some aspects of CSR. 

No wonder in Ghana CSR can be seen to be more social than environmental and more outward (projects in society) than inward (working environment and human right issues). A practice not guided by policy or clear-cut national framework or benchmarks portrays a chaotic scene where companies build with no clear guidelines or with self-made social architectural designs. 

Most often this leads to the duplication of social projects in particular sectors (education and health) to the neglect of other sectors (water and agriculture) that equally need attention.
Though there are considerations and efforts to integrating CSR practice in public policy such as the setting up of the CSR policy committee in 2013, government has shown little commitment to this cause.  

Perhaps government is oblivious of the great potential of the Ghanaian private sector in contributing to social and environmental development as compared to external and donor assistance. The allocation of resources annually for social projects demonstrates the private sector’s eagerness and enthusiasm to address social issues in Ghana. 

Companies such as Vodafone, Guinness Ghana and Tullow to mention but are few, continue to demonstrate their commitment to addressing social issues. Regardless of the amount of financial contribution, are these being harnessed and aligned to a national plan for the actualization of the SDG goals?  

How is the private sector being roped in to contribute to development in Ghana? Actualising development in a sustainable and equitable manner reinforces the importance of public policy in CSR. 

A policy framework which will outline clear targets and enforce minimum standards, guarantee transparency and accountability of business, ensure innovative and adaptable core standards and provide guidelines for reporting as identified by Rockson will provide the enabling environment for effective practice of CSR in Ghana.

Government is the primary development agent in the country and has the responsibility to create the needed environment as well as employing measures to advance sustainable development in the country. Adopting a policy framework, which states a clear development vision on the part of government with objectives and timelines will maximize the potential of the private sector in contributing to the SDGs in Ghana.

By: Princess Sekyere
Founding Director
Kingdom Concepts Consult (KCC)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hip Hop artist M.anifest is set to thrill music lovers in Geneva, Switzerland on July 6 as the opening act for the Summer Series, Musique en ete.

M.anifest who has performed extensively in Europe will outdoor some new songs off his soon to be released fourth studio album, ‘Nowhere Cool’ as well as some of this hit songs.

Nowhere Cool is a narrative-based exploration of the idea that ''the grass is always greener,'' against a musical backdrop which is an ambitious and progressive fusion of Hip-Hop and music of Ghanaian origin.

The much anticipated solo project is bound to contain some surprises and M.anifest who says he is putting finishing touches to the album cannot wait to unveil the track list and album artwork later this summer.

'It's my most involved work till date and speaks to the ups and downs of my journey in life and music thusfar,’ M.anifest said.

M.anifest will be backed by Kwame Yeboah and the ObY band. Genevoises can expect a night of pulsating grooves and unquenchable energy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

From right: Gayheart Mensah presenting the books to the headmaster
The External Affairs and Legal Department of Vodafone Ghana has presented over 150 books covering various subjects to the St. Thomas Aquinas school at a short ceremony in Accra. 

The gesture is in response to a TV3 news feature on the poor state of the school’s library; which was aired some weeks ago.

The donation is also part of the 25 impactful community projects the company’s employees are undertaking to mark 25-years of the Vodafone Group Foundation.

The team, led by External Affairs Director, and Head of Vodafone Ghana Foundation Nana Yaa Ofori-Koree, will also organise career counselling and mentorship activities for the students.

“As a socially responsive company, we remain committed to providing platforms for our employees to truly impact their communities. We believe the books donated will inculcate in students the habits of reading and researching, while improving the teaching and learning process, ” Nana Yaa Ofori-Koree said 

The Headmaster of the school, Cyril Dadey who received the donations on behalf of the school commended Vodafone for the kind gesture. 

“We are more than grateful the news item carried by TV3 has yielded results and today Vodafone Ghana is supporting our school with various books covering the SHS syllabi. I can assure you that the donation will certainly go a long way to develop the knowledge of the students as they prepare for their examinations,” Mr Dadey stated. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

If you aren’t at least peripherally aware of the FTK, there’s a good chance you’ll very soon get to know and hear about them in Ghana. The group, founded and operated by two Nigerian twin brothers, Falobi Taiwo and Kehinde, is already making waves with their style of music and performance in Nigeria. 

If there's one word to aptly describe FTK’s artistic ingenuity and personal growth, it's certainly, hard work, as their passion for music led them to record their first single in the same year (2014) as they started out.

Falobi Taiwo and Kehinde (FTK) are both undergraduates of Babcock University, Nigeria where they are currently studying Mass Communication with bias for Advertising and Journalism respectively. 

They ventured into the world of music and have so far released four audio singles and two videos.

On their plans for Ghana, FTK has this to say ‘’we want to make Ghana our second home/base. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Ghanaians as we seek to position ourselves as total artistes.’’

‘’Our strength lies in our ability to play some instruments, understanding of music having gone through a music school, energetic but choreographed dance steps backed up with professional dancers as well as proven ability to perform with live bands," they stated.

FTK has just released "GBESOKE remix" in Ghana, featuring the popular Nigerian Act “91ce". It is a fast tempo celebration of their act which is directed at both the youths and the old alike.

They have previously released 5 singles with 2 videos in Nigeria while two (2) singles are also ready but yet to be released.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Asamoah Gyan
Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan., has been rated as the most influential sportsman in Ghana for the year 2015. 

Gyan who had an eventful year in 2015, beat the likes of Andre Ayew, Stephen Appiah, Azumah Nelson and Abedi Ayew Pele to emerge the top sportsman in the 100 Ghana’s Most Influential (GMI) personalities list released by e.TV Ghana recently.

The list is made up of politicians, clergy, footballers, business people, entertainment personalities, journalists and other people who contributed immensely to the growth of our society in various ways during the year under review -as voted by the general public.

The annual research conducted by e.TV Ghana, in partnership with audit firm PKF, placed Asamoah Gyan as the 44th Most Influential Personality in Ghana.

The Shanghai SIPG forward undertakes several humanitarian roles in the country. He performs various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs with his Asamoah Gyan Foundation and promotes the Boxing with his Baby Jet Promotions among others. He has in the past supported the women’s national team as well.

Below is the list of Most Influential Sportsmen and how they came up on GMI list:

Most Influential Sportsman 
Asamoah Gyan (44)
Andre Dede Ayew (49)
Stephen Appiah (74)
 Azumah Nelson (79)
Abedi  Ayew Pele (82)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo
Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) beat off competition from the likes of former Presidents Kufuor and Rawlings, Dr. Bawumia, Dr. Paa Kkwesi Nduom, Nana Konado Agyeman Rawlings and most importantly his major contender in the upcoming November elections to emerge as the 4th most influential personality in Ghana in 2015.

This was contained in the current list of the first 100 most influential personalities released by e.TV Ghana, organizers of the annual Ghana’s Most Influential Awards. The list, which is made up of politicians, clergy, footballers, business people, entertainment personalities and journalists among others was released live on e.TV Ghana’s State of the Nation program.

This rating comes at a very crucial period in Ghana’s political space as the country prepares to elect a leader for the next four years for which Nana Addo is one of the main contenders. The fact that he is rated higher than the sitting president, John Dramani Mahama, heightens the tension between both camps and adds to the political excitement in the country. 

The dispute over which of the two flagbearer’s is ahead of the other in terms of popularity, influence, etc. is always an issue of contention between the two main political parties, NDC and NPP and even among many ordinary Ghanaians. This rating therefore gives room for pundits to make various analysis and projections about the upcoming elections.

In 2013 however, Nana Akuffo Addo was adjudged Ghana’s Most Influential Personality.

The Ghana’s Most Influential Awards is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian personalities who have contributed immensely to the growth of our society in various ways -as voted by the general public.

Public nominations which was opened in November last year were scored 40 percent and the GMI Committee consisting of editors, producers, and representatives of audit firm PKF Accountant & Business Advisors scored the remaining 60 percent.

The LA Palm Royal Beach Hotel will host the grand ceremony on June 30 where the various personalities will be awarded.

Below is the list of Most Influential Politicians and how they came up on GMI list:

Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo (4)
Dr.Mahamud Bawumia (8)
Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom (9)
President John Dramani Mahama (14)
Ivor Greenstreet (36)
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (39)
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (53)
Samia Nkrumah (63)
Dr. Ekwow Spio –Gabrah (66)
Edward Doe Adjaho (71)
Alfred Okoe Vanderpuiye (72)
Dr Edward Mahama (73)
Lordina Mahama (76)

Source: Global Media Alliance 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ace Ankomah
Renowned Lawyer, Ace Ankomah says that every applicable law was broken to ensure that Smartty’s Management and Productions Limited - the company at the centre of the bus branding saga – was awarded the contract.

Speaking on ETV Ghana’s 'State of the Nation' with Kwame Gyan, Ace Ankomah who is also a member of pressure group OccupyGhana said there was no properly written contract or proper public procurement approval for Smartty’s to go ahead and brand the buses.

“Everything was done to breach every possible applicable law just so that the contract was given to that entity. There was no document which contained the conditions of the contract. If you are going to steal our money at least give it to a first-year lawyer to draft a proper contract for you. That sham of a contract is the basis for paying GHC 3.6million of our money? This is a joke,” he stated.

Ace Ankomah stressed that at least five laws including; the Constitution, the Petroleum Management Law, the Procurement Act and Government Contracts Protection Act among other laws were broken to ensure that Smartty’s won that contract.

On April 13 a Human Rights Court gave its ruling in a controversial case brought by some members of OccupyGhana asking for full disclosure of government’s contract with Smarttys Production over the 116 branded Metro Mass buses.

A revelation that the rebranding of 116 buses cost the country the sum of GHC 3.6 million sparked a lot of controversies and public outrage, compelling the government to retrieve GHC 1.5 million from Smarttys Management and Productions Limited.

According to Ace Ankomah the whole sole sourcing and procurement process to award Smartty’s the contract involving the Office of the President, Public Procurement Authority (PPA), the Transport Ministry and Finance Ministry was a sham.

“If indeed the office of the President had no hand in all of these, why would the office of the President order the Attorney General to investigate the matter? Was it why they were refusing to release the AG’s report?” Ace Ankomah quizzed.

He called for a full investigation into the PPA and its connection to the Smartty’s bus branding scandal.

“The PPA ought to explain more to Ghanaians. How can they either by being asleep or being complacent, allow this to pass through their hands when it took the AG less than a week to determine that we were being duped on this contract. The PPA itself massaged and breached its own law to allow the payment,” he noted.

Ace Ankomah disclosed that both the Legal and Audit team of OccupyGhana would continue to work tirelessly to chase the money involved in the Smartty’s deal until they get to the bottom of the matter

Monday, May 23, 2016


 Amu’s chamber, dirty drapes hanging loosely down the windows, and partly covering the peeling paint of his walls. Clothes lay flung across the floor and on the single, mahogany bed with brown sheets and spreads. 

A smiling picture of a striking Esenam used to hang up there somewhere, and he used to worship it every sunrise. It was his single photo gallery, and all his friends were forced to see it upon entry. But something happened; he cannot exactly tell what, except to battle with his left and right conscience.

Amu’s soliloquy

“My love for Esenam had drained faster than food in a colander
Yes I adored her hips and curvy contours, Yehowah!
Her lips tasted like fire
Burning with the slightest touch…Liar!
Keep mute, right conscience!  Do not call me a liar
I loved Esenam with a desire
Not for curvy contours and luscious lips…never!
I speak of bells, gowns, and a priest at the altar”

“O laka l3”….daabi, mi laka ko l3, you know
I like fair women with tall legs and long hair, although
Esenam’s skin should glow
Have blue eyes and lashes that show
Whiter teeth and fuller lips or so
Maybe I was carried away, tonight will tell…”


Esenam’s mirror; with her reflection staring at her, wanting to burst forth and slit her throat with a broken piece. She admired the nakedness of that young, dark woman in the mirror, who had grown slender for her lover, Amu. 

Esenam envied her curves…maybe her freedom, for she was stuck in the mirror and away from the work love burdens its captives with.

Esenam’s soliloquy

“How such brawny arms turned so old
And the red hot flame, go cold
Is best left a story untold
I loved him…Liar! You loved his apartment and the cars he sold
Even a gold ring does corrode
But first cut was deepest; I feel it in my node
Or maybe I should hold
Tonight will tell…

Tonight, somewhere around Osu

Amu threw on a crumpled polo shirt over faded jeans, paying little attention to the Nike sneakers caked in layers of mud and filth.  He chuckled and shrugged as he took his seat at the table of the eat-out where he first took Esenam. 

He remembered how he had ironed his shirt back then, and traced his trousers with the tip of the iron to avoid double-lines. Now he cared less, and as Esenam appeared, he realized she too could not be bothered.

There was no hug, no greeting…
“How long have you been waiting?” Esenam asked perhaps innocently, while hanging her bag on the seat and straightening her messed-up hair. Two months ago, she had braided the latest, most complex rasta with expensive Brazilian wig.

“What time did we agree on?” Amu retorted.
“Let us make this short,” Esenam advised.
“Don’t worry,” Amu cut in sharply. “I have better things doing with my time as well”
Esenam rolled her eyes in disgust at Amu’s sarcasm. She hated him for that.

“Oh, like milking cows?” she wanted to hit back at him, but realized it was not working, for he just blew his nose and feigned indifference.
“I realized that we are no longer compatible. Fine, we like the same food, the same music, can carry on a conversation for hours…” Esenam started. “But that connection is lost”

“Guess we were all attracted by the wrong elements,” Amu shrugged, and that was it. They hugged and locked each other in a passionless embrace for a second or two and parted.

As Esenam left the venue, she had Braa Kwami on her mind, and yes, his brawny arms, accent, the sleek Chrysler PT Cruiser he drives and his tall stature charmed her most. 

Amu was on his way to Odornaa, and then head on to Nima to meet Aisha, who had fascinated him three weeks earlier with her fair complexion, near-green eyes and a curvy frame crowned with well-greased lips, as though they had just been dipped in frytol.

Such vain cycle; this love businesses’, the wind sighed, but they both were ear-clogged!

Originally Written and Published in May 23, 2012 by Michael Thompson 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Award winning rapper, Sarkodie, has been adjudged the most influential entertainment personality for the year 2015.

This was mentioned in the first 100 Ghana’s most influential (GMI) personalities list released by e.TV Ghana recently. The list, which is made up of politicians, clergy, footballers, business people, entertainment personalities and journalists among others was released live on e.TV Ghana’s State of the Nation program.

According to the annual research conducted by e.TV Ghana, Sarkodie –known in real life as Michael Owusu Addo, is the 25th Most Influential Personality in Ghana.

The ‘Take it Back’ singer beat the likes of Shatta Wale, Stonebowy, Yvonne Nelson, Abraham Attah, Samini and Abrantie Amakye Dede among others who fall in that category to emerge the most influential entertainment personality.

The Ghana’s Most Influential Awards is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian personalities who have contributed immensely to the growth of our society in various ways -as voted by the general public-.

After public nominations were opened in November last year, the list was compiled and the review process started. Public nominations were scored 40 percent and the GMI Committee consisting of editors, producers, and representatives of audit firm PKF Accountant & Business Advisors scored the remaining 60 percent.

Nominees were rated on 5 key metrics and the results were collated and analyzed with the assistance of audit firm, PKF. They partnered with e.TV Ghana to authenticate the voting and weighting process. The various personalities will be awarded at the June 30 ceremony at the LA palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.

Below is the list of Most Influential Entertainment Personalities and how they came up on GMI list :

Most Influential Entertainment Personality
·      Sarkodie (Michael Owusu Addo) (25)
·      Abraham Attah (46)
·      Samini (Emmanuel Andrews Samini) (51)
·      Stonebowy (Livingstone Etse Satekla) (54)
·      Shirley Frimpong Manso (62)
·      KSM (Kweku Sintim Misa) (65)
·      Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr (Shatta Wale) (67)
·      Lydia Forson (70)
·      Abrantie Amakye Dede (83)
·      Bisa Kdei (Ronald Kweku Dei Appiah) (84)
·      Daddy Lumba (Charles Kwadwo Fosu) (93)
·      Yvonne Nelson (94)

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Car
The introduction of the ‘Live Inside and Win the Ride’ (LIWTR) competition by Global media Alliance Broadcast Company, operators of YFM, Happy FM and e.TV has succeeded in transforming and remoulding the face of reality shows in Ghana because of its unique nature and the fact that it has not been tried in the sub-region before.

The concept behind the LIWTR reality show is to bring together five individuals from different backgrounds across the country to endure sitting together in a five-sitter Renault Logan saloon car for a period of up to 40 days. Along that period, contestants were evicted till there was one left. The ‘last man standing’ walked away with the ride. But to emerge winner, all contestants had to be tolerant, time conscious, cunning and most of all strategic to torment – without abusing – fellow contestants in order to get them out of the running.

As part of the rules of the competition, contestants have a 15 minute break every 3 hours during which they can do whatever they want. They are also allowed 2 hours on their phones per day. Based on these rules, a contestant faces eviction for lateness after breaks as well as abusing fellow contestants. A contestant may also voluntarily leave the car due to their inability to cope with the other car mates.

A brand new Renault Logan salon car housing the contestants was parked within the foyer of the West Hills Mall at Weija for the 40-day contest.

Ghana’s first Live Inside the Ride competition started with Abdul Malik Jaberl, Setor Jinadu, Vittor Faustinus Komla, Sarah Ayim and Ernestina Fiah on March 7, a day after Independence Day and ended on April 15 at the West Hills Mall, Weija with one contestant pulling a surprise on all patrons to emerge winner of the show. 

The Evictions 

On the first day of the LIWTR, retired security officer Vittor Faustinus Komla, the oldest contestant, suffered a premature eviction for not reporting on time after a break.

The Finalist interacting with Media 
The 61-year-old who was 10 seconds late after the first allocated 15-minute break in the competition, attributed his lateness to his failure to find his way back to the car at the West Hills Mall which cost him his chance of driving home the brand new Renault Logan. He lasted less than 24 hours in the captivating reality show which caused several of his fans to start a social media campaign to bring him back, but to no avail. 

Abdul Malik Jaberl, a 27-year-old entrepreneur, was also disqualified after he brought an ‘unhygienic’ item into the car. He was kicked out of the competition after an investigation found him guilty of placing the ‘unhygienic’ substance in the car, an act which according to organizers was against the rules of the competition.

The disqualification and eviction brought the number of  constants to three – Setor Jinadu, Sarah Ayim and Ernestina Fiah- remaining in the Renault Logan car, each hoping to emerge the ultimate winner of the 40-day competition.

The Drama

Setor Jinadu, one of the three finalists in ‘Live Inside and Win the Ride’ reality show vowed to kick out contestant Sarah Ayim from the competition but he failed to accomplish that.

Setor, junior brother of Coded of hiplife trio 4x4 and considered by patrons of the event as the ‘bad boy’ of the completion had since day one pulled various stunts to make the other contestants very uncomfortable. His main target had been 23-year-old model, Sarah Ayim.

The young model, who carved a niche for himself as the troublemaker of the reality show, pulled several stunts to make the other contestants as uncomfortable as possible. He targeted to kick out the two ladies by resulting to sleep naked in the ride during their 40-days stay in the car. 

 “If I don’t know how to drive, my brother wouldn’t leave his car for me. When I am going out (with a car), they (family members) give me a strong warning not to mess up (with the car). Annoyance is the most important part of this contest. You need to work on your temperament to fit in this contest and I started with a bad temperament. My temperament can’t go to the extent of throwing blows but I can go verbally bad,” Setor said during a media interaction. 

There was however confusion over who really is Setor’s girlfriend with over 3 beautiful ladies coming up to say he is their boyfriend. Setor on the other hand remained silent on who was actually his girlfriend or not. 

Sarah on the other hand remained firm throughout the competition, enduring all the stunts by her car mates. She appeared to have had her own game plan to stay in the competition and eventually win the car. 

Sarah, the Winner in the Car

To get things heated a bit, the family of Sarah moved to the West Hills Mall to warn Setor about his persistent tormenting of Sarah. “If I have been courageous to live with them, I think the public has noticed it and they will help me to win. I have learned about time management, how to control temper, people with different attitude and those who want to stab you at the back,” Sarah shares her experience inside the car. 

Ernestina who always took some minutes from her breaks to privately smoke some sticks of cigarette said she misses her 8-year-old daughter. “I have found myself where they -Sarah and Setor- are before so being with them is like living with siblings. Trust me, it’s not been easy. I have missed my daughter so much and want to be with her,” Ernestina shares her challenge.

The show received an appreciable level of corporate support with Premium Motors, MTN Pulse, Mentos and New York Sizzler sponsoring.

As the 40-day reality contest ended on April 15, Sarah Ayim (model), Sector Jinadu (model) and Ernestine Mawuse Fiah (Hairstylist) were the only contestants left to demonstrate their fortitude for the Renault Logan. Before the grand finale, Setor disclosed that he would use it to serve orphanage homes, Ernie would run her hairstyle business with it while Sarah would use it to run her ticketing agency.

Patrons enjoyed  with regular updates and live feed from the event on e.TV Ghana, YFM and Happy FM as well as on social media with the hashtag #liveinside.

On April 15, friends, family and patrons of the event received a shock of their lives after the results were collated. Sarah polled 75 percent votes with Setor and Ernestina splitting the remaining 25 percent unevenly. The overwhelmed Sarah was presented with the keys of the brand new car becoming winner of the maiden edition of the show.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Residents of Anyaa School Junction in the Ga Central Municipality near Awoshie, a suburb of Accra, have raised red flags over the influx of filling stations in the area.

This, according to residents, could lead to another disaster if authorities do not take steps to stop the operations of these filling stations.

They have therefore issued an SOS to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as well as the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations and all bodies associated with issuing permits for the construction of commercial gas and fuel filling stations to ensure that they are not sited in residential areas, to come to their aid.

This follows the decision to site a gas/filling station in the locality, which poses a danger to residents.

A visit to the site recently confirmed that  two fuel filling stations- Excel Oil Company Limited and Strategic Energy Limited (SEL) – were situated in the middle of the residential area, with Glee Oil, another filling station, under construction on the same stretch.

The Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations Minister, Mahama Ayariga, recently ordered that all gas and filling stations in all residential areas be closed down following a gas station explosion at Dansoman in Accra.

However, this directive has not been adhered to by the EPA as it continues to grant licenses to petrol stations in residential areas.

The residents claimed that though the EPA had initially come round to prevent Excel Oil Company Limited from operating, they had allegedly falsified some documents that suggested that they (the residents) had given them permission to operate despite the risk the business poses to their lives.

They added that the EPA placed a 'stop work' notice at the construction site on September 16, 2015 but the warning was treated with contempt as work continued.

According to residents, Excel Oil Company Limited had been constructed directly on a waterway, which was likely to cause flooding in that area in the rainy season.

“The EPA shouldn't have given them permit and the GCMA shouldn't have also given them the building permit. They should have acquired a bigger plot somewhere that was not close to our residence. In case of any fire incident like what happened on June 3 last year, it will cause a lot of damage and even claim lives. We want the EPA and the other authorities to come out and tell us how those filling stations got their permits to operate because we feel where the filling stations are situated is unsafe,” a resident told the paper.

The tour of the area also revealed that the Excel Oil Company Limited was situated closely to a kenkey cooking house and two welding shops, even though these businesses depend heavily on naked flame for their operations.

NPA's regulation indicates that gas or fuel filling stations should be situated about 30.8 meters or 100 feet away from residential areas, but that was not the situation on the ground as the filling stations were less than 10 meters away from residences.

Another resident who appeared worried about the situation wondered how the EPA, GSA and NPA allowed the construction of filling stations in the midst of welding shops, houses, churches, shops, drinking spots, and banks among others.

She said their fear stemmed from the fact that most of the businesses operating around the filling stations used fire for their trades.

“How did these filling stations, especially Excel Oil Company Limited, secure permits to operate in a residential area and on a waterway close to a kenkey house and also surrounded by two welders? The authorities haven't learnt from what happened from the June 3 disaster that hit the country,” she added.

The issue of fuel and gas filling stations springing up in residential areas is currently an issue disturbing discerning Ghanaians. Some have said owners of these filling stations are top guns in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Excel Oil 

One of the pump attendants, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the manager had instructed them not to grant interviews or give out his number to any media house, said the filling station had secured all the necessary documentation and also had the backing of the residents to commence operations.

Glee Oil was also in the process of constructing a new fuel filling station just before the Excel Oil Company Limited.

However, various attempts to get the EPA to comment on the issue proved futile as appointments were ignored.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nana Addo launching the book
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has observed that there had been several attempts in the past to deliberately wipe out the achievements of JB Danquah from the political history of Ghana.

He said the intolerant stance in the politics of Ghana that characterized the early years led to a deliberate attempt to wipe out the significant role played by JB Danquah and others.

Nana Addo, who was speaking in Accra at the launch of a book entitled, ‘Things Every Child of Ghana Should Know About Dr. JB Danquah,’ written by Abyna-Ansaa Adjei, said among the various achievements, Dr. Danquah did a research and came up with the idea of calling this country Ghana (hitherto known as The Gold Coast).

The launch of the 72-page book – edited by Elizabeth Ohene, a seasoned journalist – coincided with the 51st anniversary of the death of Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, known as the doyen of Ghana’s politics.

The book, which is the  10th by the author, tells the story of Dr. Danquah’s life from his childhood, his years of academic excellence as a student in the United Kingdom, through his political career as a freedom fighter and politician until his death in the Nsawam Medium Security Prison on February 4, 1965.

According to Nana Addo, the book brought back vivid memories of Dr. Danquah’s personality as a dynamic and charismatic individual who wrote profusely and was never shy of arguments.

He also disclosed that though the book is meant for children, adults would also learn a lot from it and gain a better insight and impression of JB Danquah’s achievements.

“Fifty-one years ago, JB Danquah died in the Nsawam Medium Security Prison under the most inconvenient conditions. So touting a figure was he that my proudest moment as a child was when he asked me to become Page-boy at his wedding to the love of his life, the beautiful Elizabeth of Sekondi. I am really astonished that Abyna has unearthed these pictures of me as a young child in this book which is meant for young children. This will be a remarkable testimony to our qualities of receipt because I never knew there was a record of that event,” Nana Akufo-Addo articulated.

He added that by researching and putting together the book, the author had taken the argument away from the life history of JB Danquah to unearthing so many unknown and unacknowledged facts about the man.

“The author backs up every statement about Danquah with evidence and does so in elegant simple prose,” he said.

The NPP standard bearer bought 1,000 copies of the book to be stocked in the various public libraries across the country.
Prof. Kumi Ansah-Koi, Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, reviewing the book, noted that the family of the late Dr JB Danquah are still victims of defamation and slander  due to the problem of mass ignorance and illiteracy .

He predicted that the book would go a long way to dispel the mass ignorance and illiteracy about Dr Danquah.

Abyna-Ansaa Adjei, the author, said she was inspired to write the book after she had been tasked to design the brochure for the 50th anniversary of Dr JB Danquah’s demise last year.

A good number of dignitaries and political bigwigs like Elizabeth Ohene, Freddie Blay, Ken Ofori-Atta, Alan Kyeremateng, Keli Gadzekpo,  Samuel Atta Akyea and Osafo-Maafo among others, turned up for the event.
Kufuor presenting a certificate to one of the scholars
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has officially inaugurated the Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP) to provide specialized orientation through program mentorship, skills and experiential activities as well as annual stipends to young people in the tertiary level.

According to Mr Kufuor who is also the Chairman of the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK)  Foundation, the KSP which was instituted  by JAK Foundation, was expected to produce leaders imbued with unwavering sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavor.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at the head office of the JAK foundation in Accra yesterday, Ex-President Kufuor said it had been his long cherished dream to nurture young people with ambition and leadership qualities.

“I am delighted because it has been my long cherished dream to nurture young people with ambition and leadership qualities, ready to assume the control of affairs of whatever industry they find themselves in.  This could be in politics, business, academia, sports, religion, culture, administration, health and technology among others,” he stated.

Over 500 applicants from tertiary institutions who were expected to have completed their first year course were screened by various intellectuals of high repute and great experience – independent of the foundation-. They were pruned to 50 and then to 20 and after another interview session 14 brilliant young applicants emerged.

Each of the 14 selected candidates would receive an annual stipend of GH¢10,000 for 3 years.

The former President urged the candidates to prove themselves worthy as missionaries and ambassadors to serve as the stems on which branches would grow for the good of the nation and the African continent.

“You will also have the opportunity to participate in programs of the foundation including seminars, lectures and direct interactions with renowned world leaders and achievers. This would be in the GH¢ 10,000 that would be paid to each of you annually for the 3 years that you enjoy the scholarship.”

Prof Baffour Agyeman-Duah, Chief Executive for the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation noted that the program would prepare the 14 candidates to become responsible and effective leaders in any position they find themselves in the future.

The event brought together a host of personalities like Erling S. Lorentzen, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, Dr Pascal Brenya, Henry Baye, Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor,  Kwadjo Mpianim and Dr Mary Chinery Hesse among others.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Commercial drivers across the country have expressed frustration over the recent increase in insurance premiums, with some threatening to embark on a strike if nothing is done about the situation.

Charles Danso, Chairman of the Ghana Committed Drivers Association (GCDA), told Nii Ogbamey Tetteh that by the increment, commercial drivers were expected to pay GH¢357 for third party insurance, from a previous GH¢75, representing over 500 percent increase.

It would be recalled that in June, 2015, the GIA attempted to increase motor insurance premiums (third party) by 800 percent which was strongly rejected by Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) and GCDA, among other transport operation bodies.

Following negotiations between the Ministry of Transport, Road transport operators, the GIA and the National Insurance Commission (NIC), a mutually agreed incremental rate of between 240-260 percent was arrived at.

But the GIA earlier this year, increased the premium rate by over 500 percent.

“The recent percentage of increment in the insurance premium is more than 500 percent.  In fact the new insurance premium is affecting all commercial drivers and their car owners. This is not good, and is bad faith by the GIA,” Mr Danso said.

He said the various transport operators met with the GIA on Monday to kick-start the negotiation process but the GIA asked for some time to consult with the NIC and get back to them.

“We met them today and we are telling them to reduce it, the price is outrageous and we cannot bear it. We will be meeting with them in the middle of this week to conclude this matter. The insurance guys say they have to consult the National Insurance Commissioner herself so that they come back to the consultation table with them,” he added.
Mr. Danso stated that if the GIA decides not to reduce third-party insurance premium, the transport operators would embark on a nationwide strike to protest against the insensitivity on the part of the NIC and Ministry of Transport.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Prof. Akua Kuenyehia
Prof. Akua Kuenyehia, a retired judge of the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands, says the peace in Ghana will be transient if the people do not work hard to reduce the level of corruption in the country.

According to the retired judge, Ghana needs to have low levels of corruption in order to attain sustainable peace.

Speaking at the maiden annual peace lecture of the Rotary Club of Accra-West, which is in collaboration with the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) in Accra on Wednesday, Prof. Kuenyehia stated that corruption would destroy the nation if the citizenry fail to do something about it.

“Corruption is a canker that will destroy us as a nation if we don’t do anything about it. You can talk all the peace you want but if you don’t deal with corruption, you are not going to get any peace or the peace will only be transient.   As a nation, are we prepared to face corruption? For sustainable peace in this country, we need to have very low levels of corruption. When you have low levels of corruption then you have a chance of making progress,” she said.

She added that corruption was a serious issue that Ghana and Africa as a whole must handle carefully.

“How do we correct some of these things? Unless we correct some of these nitty-gritty things, the peace that we are looking for sustainable development will elude us, and are we ready to sit in the same place marking time while other countries make progress around us? I believe that these are very serious issues that we need to look at,”   the President of MountCrest University College said.

She however added that despite the corruption that has engulfed the country, Ghana was an oasis of peace in the mist of turmoil in the sub-region and the African continent as a whole.

Prof. Kuenyehia also indicated that peace was one of the factors that attract investors into the country, adding that anything that would disturb the peace of a country would affect its economy as well.
She urged Ghanaians to work hard to minimize factors that could inflame passions and spark violence in the upcoming elections slated for November 7.

“This is an election year and therefore the mantra is peace, we should avoid election violence or anything that will disturb the peace of this country.  I believe with the current economic conditions and lack of transparency in most cases, we should be very careful touting how peaceful we are and as we move towards the election month of November, each of us has an obligation to make sure that we try and minimize some of these factors that heighten disagreements. If you don’t do that, this is the kind of thing that could easier trigger violence,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Amos Amankwah, Rotarian President of the Accra-West Rotary Club, has said that the peace lecture would become a reference point on the Ghanaian calendar to serve as a reminder for individuals.

The event brought together various personalities including former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, Eva Lokko, former PPP running mate, Prof Atukwei Okai, Vitus Azeem, Hackman Owusu Agyemang, La Mantse Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III and Lt Col Eric Aggrey Quarshie, of Ghana Armed Forces PR Directorate, among others.

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