Ghanaian Highlife musician, Bisa Kdei, has rubbished claims that his career is dead as speculated by some critics.
The 2016 Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) Artiste of the Year, Song Writer of the Year and Best Male Act said, although he has not released bangers like ‘Mansa’ and ‘Brother Brother’ he is still working hard.
He told Danny Fii Abrantie on the Away Bus Show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he has released slow songs but it does not bang like his two previous bangers.
He also revealed on the show that he is working on his album and will it tomorrow [Saturday] April 21, 2018.
‘’I am doing what I have to do…When I released the banging tunes, I was criticized and so I decided to released slow songs. But I am being criticized again for not releasing banging songs,’’ he said.
Musically, Bisa Kdei has had successful collaborations with top musicians in Ghana, Africa and the World at large. Some of these Ghanaian musicians Bisa Kdei has worked with include Sarkodie, D-Black, Efya, Obrafour, Kwaw Kese, M.anifest, Stonebwoy, Medikal, Becca, E.L, R2Bees, Samini, Irene Logan, Kofi Nti, DeeVS, Keche, Lighter, Patoranking, Reekado Banks, Lola Rae, Tach-Noir, JRioand others.
A middle aged woman has been found dead in her room at Teshie Tsui Bleoo in the Greater Accra region.
Reporting from the scene, a resident Maame Afia, told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the woman who is yet to be identified is laying dead in her room.
She also revealed that the woman was last seen in her room five days ago looking pale and weak.
According to her, the man with whom the deceased had two children was last seen in the house some few days ago.
When asked if the two were married, the eye witness said we don't know if the two were married but they had two children.
The police is yet to visit the scene.
As part of efforts to help the National Bank to collect and stock blood to save lives, the Economic Fighters league, a socialist group in collaboration with the National Blood Service is organizing a voluntary blood donation exercise tomorrow [Saturday] April 21, 2018.
It will take place at the National Blood Service Secretariat, adjacent GCB Bank, behind Fire Service, Korle-Bu, from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
“In response to this and as part of our revolutionary duty, Economic Fighters League is organizing an emergency blood donation exercise in collaboration with the National Blood Service. We call on all Ghanaians to come out in their numbers for this noble national duty,” a statement from the organizers said..
The statement further said: the “blood collection takes about five to seven minutes, after which the donor is made to rest for 10 minutes and given light refreshment” adding that “the donor will be able to return to his or her normal duties immediately after donating.”
The president of the republic of Ghana, he Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has presented to parliament, a list of 998 presidential staffers.
The president acted in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President.
The list includes ministers of state with their special assistants and personal assistants, stewards and a support staff.
Akufo-Addo's list is 320 more staffers than President John Mahama's list of 678.
Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, has been putting pressure on the president to present to parliament the list.
The former presidential staffer had accused Nana Addo of breaching the constitution.The list comprises of 27 Presidential Staffers,256 junior political appointees and 706 civil servants, at the office of the president making a total of 998.
Mr. Boateng, a former Volta Regional Secretary of the NPP was disqualified alongside three other aspirants by the vetting committee chaired by Mr. Bob Charles Agbontor in March 2018.
He thus filed an ex-parte motion in which he stated that he was unfairly disqualified from the contest and the court, presided over by Justice Eric Baah granted the injunction on Friday.
The plaintiff in an interlocutory injunction application dated April 16, 2018 stated that the party’s regional and national hierarchy failed to respond to a petition he presented over two weeks ago against his ‘unfair’ disqualification, prompting him to exercise his right through the court.
He told Graphic Online moments after the court ruling that he only got to know of his disqualification on Whatsapp, a social media application on March 30 which was later confirmed to him by the chairman of the vetting committee, Mr. Agbontor, with no reason assigned.
Ghanaian male actor, director and writer, Evan Eghan, has made Ghana proud at the just ended Script2Screen Africa competition which was held in Nigeria between March 24-April 21, 2018.
Eghan, joined the competition as an actor. Out of the 60 finalist, the competitors were grouped into 6 groups of 10 each; they were trained, mentored and assigned to produce films across social issues gearing towards corruption free Nigeria within four days.
After the films were produced, a jury adjudged Group 4, with the film titled 'ISIDORE' as the best film of which Eghan, played the role of ISIDORE.
He was also assigned the role as the group leader and was responsible for the success of the group at the same time.
ISIDORE was written by Julie Ako, a Nigerian. Executive Producer for the film was High Definition Film Academy and was directed by Nuhu Dalyop, assisted by Juliet Ezeigwe; Screenplay, Julie Ako; Editor, Peter Oyenuga; Props, Juliet Ezeigwe; Light Man, Peter Onyenuga; Soundman, Saka; Graphic Designer, Sebastian ‘MC’ Ukwa Ukwa and Costume, Grace Joel.
The group was awarded I million Naira as prize package. There were other individual categories of of 500,000 Naira each including best actor (LYDIAN JOHN) who played Eghan’s wife.
The best screenplay, and best filmmaker was by the cinematographer for ISIDORE, Teejay Idogho, a Nigerian.
Script2Screen Africa is a Filmmaking Reality TV project that will train and engage 60 Filmmakers each year, to produce 4 Short Films and 1 Feature, to tackle Social illshead-on, educate viewers while entertaining them, and hopefully pique effective action once the screen’s glow diminishes.
The 2018 Edition is dedicated to tackling corruption in Nigeria, and with the theme ‘’Corruption Free Nigeria’’.
Nollywood star Actors and filmmakers were engaged as facilitators/mentors for the 2018 Script to Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV project.
The A-list actors facilitated courses in Acting for the acting students while the filmmakers facilitated film making related programs for the film making students.
The jury comprised of veteran filmmakers including Hilda Dokubo, Steve Gukas, Bright Wonder and TEco Benson. Award winning actor, Majid Michel and Stella Damascus were the facilitators for actors and Pascal Amanfo and C.J. Obasi were the facilitators for filmmakers
Ghana is expected to host the 2019 edition.
A tax expert, Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey, has stated that the report that indicted the former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Ernest Thompson and three top management members of the pension fund for their alleged roles in the failed IT project – Operational Business Suite (OBS) initiative of the Trust is confusing and incomplete. The report covered operations of SSNIT for the period ended 31st December, 2016 and the three-month period ending 31st March, 2017. Michael Asiedu, lead partner in the PwC assessment, said his team did not speak to any of the indicted persons. The PricewaterhouseCoopers report also indicted the previous board of SSNIT headed by Joshua Alabi, an NDC presidential hopeful. It was reported that on December 9, last year, Mr Ernest Thompson allegedly ordered the payment of $9 million to Perfect Business Systems after the NDC had lost the elections in 2016 and was on its way out of power. SSNIT allegedly agreed to pay $4 per card that was to be issued to pensioners in the contract but the amount increased miraculously to $7 per card and the Trust ended up paying the private company $7.1 million for one million cards. Reacting to the report, the tax expert in an interview with Kwame Tutu, said the fact of the matter is that, the media is getting everything wrong because if PwC was to conduct an audit review, then that was different from forensic audit. In his view, the investigation should be premised on forensic audit with technical people including IT professionals among others appointed to do it. Mr. Akpabey said, ‘’I expect the media to be on top of the issues…The media must be clear because when I heard PwC did an exercise and called for further investigation, it means the work wasn’t conclusive… So this thing must be clarified because I am at a lost over what is happening in the media.’’ He quizzed if we are dealing with the EOCO or PwC report adding, if we are dealing with the EOCO report, then it has gone to the Attorney General and so the media must collaborate with the A-G and get the report. He also explained to the host that he is aware EOCO has conducted an investigation into the matter and was wondering what PwC did. He wondered why SSNIT held a press conference when they did no job. He emphasized that the finding is inaccurate when the persons indicted were not given as opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the report. ‘’It will be strange to me if the accounting firm did not talk to them [indicted persons…This country we are lackadaisical. That is what we do. We have to be fair,’’ he said. Mr. Akpabey said, the finding may not stand the text of time in a court because of how the issues have been handled and further slammed the media for twisting the fact and confusing the general public. He asked for thorough work to be conducted so the reputation of people is not damaged.
Two mobile money agents have been shot dead by suspected armed robbers at Pelungu market in the Upper East region.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Issah Anthony, reporting the incident on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the incident occurred today [Friday] afternoon at 12:15pm.
The two agents he noted have been confirmed dead.
Issah Anthony revealed that, the robbers numbering about 4 and ridding two motorbikes robbed the first Allied Bank, an electrical shops before robbing the mobile agents.
He also reported that the allege robbers are suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Issah Anthony, indicated that the robbers shot the agents because they realized they [agents] could have caused their arrest because they knew where the herdsmen rear their cattle.
The police have since moved to the said location where the suspects are said to reside.
Meanwhile, the amount the robbers bolted away with is unknown.
The General Overseer of the Alabaster International Ministry, Prophet Dr. Kofi Oduro, has posited that, countries that legalizes same sex do so because of the financial benefits attached to it.
The prophet in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, homosexuality is ungodly and an act that has serious medical implications.
He was reacting to comments made by Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister that, her country will help Ghana decriminalize same sex relationship.
The UK Prime at the ongoing Commonwealth nations head of states meeting said, the UK should be blamed for criminalizing same sex relationship in colonized states.
Her comments received wide spread contamination from the public. Reacting to the issue, the prophet said politicians give audience to such demands because they get financial benefits.
‘’Homosexuality is a detestable act. God frowns on homosexuality. Politicians do not speak the truth and homosexuality comes with a lot of money to any nation that accepts it. They [politicians] should tell me it is a lie. The reason why our politicians will give audience is the revenue that is attached to it,’’ he said.
He alleged that South Africa and some nations received billions of dollars after decriminalizing same sex relationship but has cautioned Ghana not to legalize homosexuality otherwise the wrath of God will come upon us.
Meanwhile, Information Minister, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, has described homosexuality as un-Ghanaian and against the cultural and religious beliefs.
He said at a press conference on Thursday that, no foreign nation can impose on Ghana the need to legalize homosexuality.
Dr. Mustapha Hamid, said ‘’we are uniquely Ghanaian…The law is based on custom and tradition…So the custom of the land is what factions law. So people or the law cannot be divorced from the cultures and traditions of the people. So as far as our cultures and traditions are concerned, gayism and lesbianism are un-Ghanaian.’’
He went on to add: ‘’it is difficult to see how foreign interests can impose foreign cultures on us…It is a non issue. The issues of bread and butter which is what I have been responding to, are more critical. The issue of poverty and how we can eradicate it are the matters that concerns developing nations today. If they’ve gone past the kind of poverty that we have and therefore can afford to talk about other issues, that is fine with them. But for us, we [Ghana] want to stick with the bread and butter issues.’’
The United Kingdom (UK) has increased its export finance cover available to Ghana from £125 million to £500 million.
The offer is intended to, among other things, support new Ghanaian businesses that want to partner with the UK.
The UK Minister of State for Africa, Ms Harriet Baldwin, who announced this at the UK-Ghana Investment Summit in London, said the move was also to spur the plans of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for industrialisation, infrastructure development and value addition to important sectors that drove the economy.
Ms Baldwin also announced a new partnership between the Bank of England and the Bank of Ghana, saying that stronger technical assistance between the two financial entities would help Ghana and its companies raise local currency bonds abroad.
UK investors visit Ghana
“In February this year, the Department for International Trade brought 18 of the UK’s top infrastructure companies for a week-long trade mission and business forum to better understand Ghana’s infrastructure needs.
“Last week, the Scottish Development International also came to Accra with an 18 strong oil and gas trade mission. But in all these, finance is crucial and that is an area where the UK can deliver,” she said.
Describing London as the meeting place for the world’s global investors and global investment opportunities, Ms Baldwin said: “The London Stock Exchange had, in the last decade, raised $10 trillion and also has $15 trillion in assets under management.”
The British government, she explained, was, therefore committed to having a trade relationship with its African partners that were as good as those it already had, if not better.
She said the bilateral trade between the UK and Ghana was £1.4 billion in 2016, representing a 26 per cent increase over the previous year’s figure.
“Today, we are hosted by the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, which has 95 members, 60 of whom are UK-based, with many investing in Ghana for years.
“Nurturing these business relations and increasing bilateral trade will help provide more jobs because it is increased trade that will help provide the revenue and support for infrastructure improvement and education, so that Ghana has a workforce that can truly meet the workforce of the future,” she added.
On economic development, Ms Baldwin said the UK was seeking long-term partnerships to deliver economic development and create opportunities for everyone.
To that end, she said: “The UK is shifting the focus of our support, in line with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision, away from large-scale resource transfers in health and education and towards targeted technical assistance which will support economic development, diversification and the creation of decent jobs and livelihoods.
“It will support domestic resource mobilisation and tax reforms in a partnership between the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the UK Customs to enhance Ghana’s ability to self-finance and secure exit from poverty.”
Alluding to the fact that 57 per cent of Ghanaians were under the age of 25, Ms Baldwin said that young population would not only be a huge opportunity for the country in its development efforts but also present real policy challenges, since young people needed education and jobs to secure their future.
She, therefore, gave an assurance that the UK would work on governance of the social sectors to safeguard the considerable gains made to date.
“Building on work that has already helped to shape the business environment, develop oil and gas and support small and medium-size businesses and a new strategic partnership will deliver mutual benefit for the UK and Ghana.
“With the refocusing of UK aid and greater engagement with the private sector, a new UK aid of allowing the final stages of design will stimulate that private investment and create thousands of jobs for Ghanaians by increasing private investments into key industries working with British, Ghanaian and global businesses,” Ms Baldwin said.
Source: Daily Graphic