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Lynx Entertainment artiste, Kidi, has lambasted persons describing his latest ‘Thunder Fire You’ hit song as a cursed song. The musician who was not happy about the comments by critics including pastors said, such individuals are hypocrites. Prophet Kumchacha has suggested Kidi’s latest song ‘Thunder Fire’ will have a negative effect on him. According to Kumchacha, Kidi may think he used those words in the ‘Thunder Fire’ song for fun but the words will hunt him and affect him sooner than he thinks. He added that the song itself is one of the most useless songs he has ever come across in recent times. But appearing on the mid-morning show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kidi said, ‘’with all due respect those saying that are hypocrites. We were in Ghana when Davido released his ‘If Water Dey Carry Me Go Far Away’; we will sang along and loved the song but after I released ‘My Thunder Fire You Song’ people are claiming that my song is a cursed song. In explaining the rationale behind the song he said, it was just an exaggeration to express the love I have for someone. It is part of literature. It was just done to exaggerate and express my love.’’
Lynx Entertainment artiste, Kidi, has said life for him was full of roses and thorns growing up. He told mid-morning show host of Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Sokoohemaa Kukua that, there were good times, bad times and situations where it felt disheartening for any child growing up. Originally known as Nana Dwamena, Kidi said his father died when he was seven years old and ‘’so my mum took care of me from 7 and there were bit of ups and downs.’’ He revealed on the show there were times it became difficult for the family to eat because they didn’t have money. Kidi said, his senior brother who had completed tertiary and was working picked him at a point, and started taking care of him. ‘’I was at junior high school. My brother took care of me, paid my fees and saw me through university,’’ he added. Kidi indicated that at the university, he used his music talent to raise funds to support himself because he did not want to depend solely on his brother for everything. ‘’It was along journey till now, the artiste who won the 2015 MTN Hitmaker said. He also revealed why he loves churning our loves songs. Kidi said, his experience with heartbreaks is one of the inspirations behind his choice of songs. The artiste who suffered multiple breaks recounted one at the university. He said, there was a lady I was deeply in love with but we did not define what we wanted to do and so a son of a wealthy man snatched her from me. It pained me. That was how I started releasing heartbreak songs. I had a lot of heartbreaks. But we are still friends. She even came to my house to visit last Friday,'' he said. He is an old student of Accra Academy and completed university of Ghana. KiDi is one kind of musician who like to listen to a wide range of music. He look up to people like Justin Timberlake, Kojo Antwi, Chris Brown, Bruno mars and Usher. Kidi is signed to Lynxx entertainment and had featured Mzvee in most of his music videos. His song was chosen by America’s radio station America VOA,to represent in their shows together with Telemo by Gasmilla, Skolom by VVIP and Bleed by me.
The 2015 MTN Hitmaker winner, Kidi, has disclosed on Rainbow Radio’s mid-morning show on Wednesday his breakthrough and decision for Lynx Entertainment to sign him as an artiste, did not start after the reality show. Speaking to Sokoohemaa Kukua, the award-winning artiste said, he met Lynx somewhere 2013 through a female friend. According to him, the female friend, Akosua Broni, who was then a personal assistant to Richie Mensah recommended him as an exceptional talent who needed assistant. He said, a meeting was then arranged where he had the opportunity to meet Richie Mensah who coached and groomed him before he even participated in the reality show in 2015. He further disclosed Richard Mensah after meeting him said his label was ready to sign a new artiste but gave him the opportunity to learn from him. ‘’When the meeting happened there was no signing yet. Richie saw me and described me as a talented artiste but said was not ready to sign new artistes but promised to groom me. That was how it stared. I was always going with them to events, learning until I went to Hitmaker 2015 and won’’ Kidi told the host it was Richie Mensah who encouraged him to participate in the reality show although he [Kidie] was not a fan of music reality shows. ‘’Richie Mensah knew I was not a fan of reality shows but he encouraged me to register and participate because he felt I was apt for it.’’ ‘’People don’t know the story behind me Lynx. They think I was just signed by Lynx after Hitmaker. They don’t know what had gone behind the scenes. I had to go through the process before the big break happened,’’ he disclosed.
Some Ghanaian citizens have called for the immediate resignation of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) boss over the distribution of expired food products to the three Northern regions of the affected floods and spillage of the Bagri Dam. Contributing on the matter on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, listeners were unhappy over the issue. Others were also demanding for the prosecution of those who were in charge of the food items. A listener told the host, ‘’this is disgraceful. The NADMO officials should resign. We cannot blame the Vice President.’’ Another listener by name Rita said, ‘’this is wrong. It is totally wrong and I don’t know why NADMO allowed the Vice President to distribute expired foods in the affected areas.’’ Calling from Achimota, Christopher wondered why expired food products were distributed. He felt it was negligence on the part of NADMO officials. ’This nonsense must stop. The NADMO officials must be punished. The statement they issued in response to the issue was insulting,’’ another listener said. Meanwhile, a medical doctor and public health physician, Dr. Jehu Appiah, has called for the sanctioning of individuals over the distribution of expired food products to Bagre Dam spillage victims over the weekend. The doctor said the team that worked to ensure the food items were supplied should be dealt with because they have embarrassed the second gentleman of the land. ‘’I cannot blame the Vice President. I cannot do that. He has a team and NADMO also has a team. I blame his team for not being vigilante.’’ He was however quick to add that, the Vice President should take responsibility and apologise because he is the leader. He has also called on government to organize a health screening in the areas where the food items were distributed. NADMO has admitted it erroneously added some expired cooking oil to food items presented to flood victims in Wa at the weekend by the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
A medical doctor and public health physician, Dr. Jehu Appiah, has called for the sanctioning of individuals over the distribution of expired food products to Bagre Dam spillage victims over the weekend. The doctor said, the team that worked to ensure the food items were supplied by the Vice President should be dealt with because they have embarrassed the second gentleman of the land. ‘’I cannot blame the Vice President. I cannot do that. He has a team and NADMO also has a team. I blame his team for not being vigilante.’’ He was however quick to add that, the Vice President should take responsibility and apologise because he is the leader. He has also called on government to organize a health screening in the areas where the food items were distributed. NADMO has admitted it erroneously added some expired cooking oil to food items presented to flood victims in Wa at the weekend by the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. According to NADMO, the expired cooking oil had been isolated at the warehouse in Wa awaiting authentication by the internal auditor, before they could be disposed-off. However, when loading boys were picking the items for distribution to the flood victims, they erroneously picked six expired cooking oil and added them to the items. But the doctor insists people must be punished for the negligence. ‘’Whoever distributed that product should be arrested. Even if it was for free, the person should be arrested for negligence,’’ he stated. Dr. Appiah explained some expired products are injurious to the body whiles some may have grace periods with its efficiency reducing. Meanwhile, he has cautioned the media to desist from creating fear and panic with the situation. Checks conducted by Rainbow Radio have revealed some beneficiaries of the expired products have already consumed some of the products.
Traditional leaders have led residents in Tarkwa to stage a demonstration over the deplorable nature of their roads. The demonstrators according to Rainbow Radio’s Sir Fresh, blocked roads leading to and from the town. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Sir Fresh stated that, the residents want to send an emphatic statement that, their roads are in deplorable and dilapidated state. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Asoma Kyeremeh and his deputies were prevented from entering the town. The demonstrators burnt car tyres on the roads and demanded for an immediate solution to the concerns they have raised. They expressed their displeasure at the failure of government to repair the roads despite ‘sweet promises’ given them.
The CEO of Accra-based Citi FM, Samuel Attah-Mensah, has resigned as the head of the Coastal Development Authority in less than six months of being in office. He resigned three weeks ago after falling out with the sector minister Mavis Hawa Koomson, who is in charge of Special Development Initiatives. From details available, Mr. Attah-Mensaha is unhappy with the management style of the sector minister including certain contracts being awarded.
Economist, Jerry Jelili Afolabi, has opined that, the comments by Finance Minister on the $50 billion indicates that government ‘’is bent on’’ signing onto the bond despite expert views. In his view, it is not a step in the right direction for Ghana to sign onto the century bond. He said, already we have a huge debt stock with a high GDP to debt ratio with marginal difference of just 4 per cent. Mr Afolabi explained the $50 billion is not small money and we are talking about paying it for 100 years. He quizzed, where would those who would contract the bond be in the next 10-50 years? We shouldn’t be self dependent when taking decisions.’’ Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has expressed optimism that the century bond will contribute to strengthening the falling cedi. Speaking with the parliamentary press corps on Monday, 24 September 2018, Mr Ofori-Atta said the government is exploring several means in its bid to stabilise the currency. “For now, we are structuring what we call the century bond of $50 billion, and a successful century bond will then make everybody pretty comfortable about the future of our needs for both infrastructure and the foreign exchange we need, so that we have more stability”. Mr Ofori-Atta continued: “As you also begin to see the realisation of industrialisation, that means that something like food, which we used to import about $2.4 billion a year, we will begin to cut down on that; that is a lot of savings”. Details of the bond will be outlined in the 2019 budget statement, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said. According to Mr Ofori-Atta, the budget statement which is expected in parliament on November 15 will give clear information and strategies on how the government intends to raise the fund. The process to raise the fund will begin after parliamentary approval, he said. But Mr Afolabi is arguing that, the years earmarked for its repayment in dollar term would further depreciate the cedi and so, we should be very careful. I don’t think we have what it takes to sign onto this century bond. I think government should be strategic and circumspect in some of the decisions they are taking today. We need not to take decisions that would hurt generations after us.’’ He called for broad stakeholder consultation and added, I will not advice any government to go for the bond at this time. Mr Afolabi said, the economy of Ghana is facing serious challenges because we are signing onto too much loans.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the only way to create a society of opportunities for the youth, empower them to confront the challenges of this globally competitive world, and, at the same time, realise the 17 UN SDGs, is to guarantee for them access to education. Lending Ghana’s voice in support, at the launch of the United Nation’s Youth Strategy, on Monday, 24th September, 2018, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “that is exactly what we are doing in Ghana, through our policy of Free Senior High School education.” Associating himself with comments made by the late former Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan, who rejected the characterization of the youth as a "disinterested, insular group", the President stated that “I want to help ensure that our energetic, restless young population, who demand the best in the world, get the best.” Ghanaian and African youth, he stressed, “are not in a mood to wait for the dividends from a slow progression, as the hazardous trek across the Sahara vividly illustrates.” That is beginning September last year, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering of Heads of State that his administration has removed one of the biggest obstacles that stood in the way of Ghanaian youth accessing education, i.e. cost. “The Free SHS policy ensured that, in September 2017, the first year of its implementation, ninety thousand (90,000) more Ghanaian youth gained access to Senior High School, than in 2016. This year, the number has doubled, with one hundred and eighty thousand (180,000) more young men and women entering Senior High School,” he said. The President continued, “We are also investing in our institutions of learning, which are the providers of skills and education to our young people. No nation can afford to marginalise the youth, the very group that makes up the chunk of its labour force. Education is the key.” With access to education helping in the growth of democracy and political stability, he added that it is also allowing citizens, particularly young ones, learn about their rights and responsibilities, and helping them acquire the requisite skills and knowledge to exercise them. “If we are to ensure that the UN Youth Strategy succeeds, then, together, let us guarantee the youth of our respective countries, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth, unfettered access to education,” he said. Ghana, President Akufo-Addo assured, will continue to remain an active and dedicated partner to the United Nations in the implementation of this strategy. “Through the UN Youth Strategy, we have, essentially, made a pact with both present and future generations to leave them a better legacy than we inherited from our forebears. Let our generation be at the measure of history,” he added.
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