Ghanaian rapper Richard Akwasi Siaw Akrofi popularly known as Ex-Doe has rejected an offer of $30, 000 from colleague musician Nhyiraba Kojo.
Nhyiraba Kojo offered to give him the amount of money so he will use it to promote his music but surprisingly, the rapper rejected the money.
Ex-Doe was reacting to comments made by Nhyiraba Kojo on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM today [Saturday].
Nhyiraba Kojo appearing on the show said he is highly disappointed in Ex-Doe for still moving from station to station to promote his songs.
According to him, the rapper should have directed people to do that on his behalf considering the number of years he has practiced in the industry.
He said, ‘’ a musician like Ex-Doe has been rapping for years but I cannot understand why he is still doing promotion. He is disgracing himself because I started listening to his music when I was in school. Ex-Doe should have taken a break and help up and coming artiste. He did save enough money and so he is struggling and feels he will still make money from music.’’
But reacting to Nhyiraba Kojo, Ex-Doe slammed him and described him as hardcore fraudster who is not making genuine money.
Ex-Doe further threw salvos at Kojo and claimed that, he is a known artiste who has established his name and former presidents Rawlings, Kufour and late Mills are greatest fans.
The host asked if he needs money to promote his music, he reacted saying: ‘’who doesn’t need money to promote his music.’’
Nhyiraba Kojo then pledged to offer him $30, 000 to promote his music but Ex-Doe responded, ‘’is the money a fraud money? If it is fraud money, then I don’t need it. If it is genuine money I will take it.’’
Nhyiraba Kojo laughed and said, ‘’I don’t do fraud. I am a businessman. If he is ready for the money I will give it to him now.’’
But Ex-Doe said: ‘’I am grateful but I have a management promoting my work. He should use the money to help others. If his money is genuine, he should help others with it and stop bragging on radio. I am in need of his money. He should give it to other people.’’
Famous hiplife artiste and Chief Executive Officer of Nhyira City Night Club and Money Go Flow Music, Nhyiraba Kojo, has refuted claims that his music career is dead.
In an exclusive interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome; the musician noted that he is still into music.
He said, ‘’my career is not dead. Some people are also of the opinion that, a musician is one that releases songs. But that is not the case. A vocalist is a musician, a guitarist is a musician, a backing vocalist is also a musician. You do not have to release songs before you become a musician.’’
Nhyiraba Kojo indicated that you cannot depend solely on music when you fail to add business to the craft.
He said, the wealthy musicians in the world today are those who ventured into other businesses so they are able to survive.
The musician also told the host event organizers don’t pay musicians what is due them when they perform on their shows because musicians are their friends.
In his view, musicians in Ghana performs ‘’sympathy shows’’ due to the relationship they have with event organizers.
He stressed, ‘’I do not want to be a beggar and so I have ventured into other businesses so I can survive.’’
He described Shatta Wale as a musician who is always tagged as an arrogant artiste due to his business mindset.
He said, ‘’Shatta Wale will not perform at sympathy shows and because of that, he is tagged as arrogant. He is not arrogant but a businessman and will not allow anyone to cheat him.’’
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that savings and investments by both individuals and governments, are important to building wealth and leveraging on the wealth to ensure rapid economic development in Africa.
Speaking at the Africa Sovereign Wealth Funds Summit organized in Accra, Dr. Bawumia observed that “It is clear that if we are going to move Africa beyond aid, we need the resources. The resources are not going to come from aid. Obviously, they are going to come from savings and investments”
Citing the savings and investments culture in Singapore, one of countries with the biggest Sovereign Funds, Dr. Bawumia stated that “one of the biggest Sovereign Wealth Funds is Singapore. I don’t know what natural resources they have but they have a savings culture both by the population and by the government.”
The Vice President bemoaned Africa’s over reliance on natural resources and aid for development. He argued that the more sustainable means of raising wealth for Sovereign Wealth Funds is through savings and investments. He said “If we are really going to build a Sovereign Wealth Funds that are going to contribute to the transformation of the economy then, there has to be that savings culture and what that means for us, and many African countries, it means domestic revenue mobilization”
AID NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE
The Vice President also told participants at the summit that Africa’s reliance on aid and charity was no longer sustainable for three reasons.
He said “The idea of Africa Beyond Aid is one of economic independence. Even though the data shows that actual aid to Africa has fallen significantly, Africa still depends extensively on the world to support critical projects and its development. The situation is first, not sustainable and second, not acceptable for three reasons. First, charity is not sustainable in the long term. Sooner or later fatigue sets in and the realities of narrowing fiscal space for those who give will begin to set in. Second, there are enough resources on our continent to help us move forward and third, dependency on international donors and financiers also come down to playing by their rules and committing to their terms some of which may not be aligned to Africa’s specific development challenges”
Dr. Bawumia urged African countries to commit more resources to address the challenges across the continent by pulling more money from Africa. This, Vice President Bawumia believes, would allow Africa to select the partners it wants and set and negotiate priorities and terms Africa needs.
FUTURE SUMMITS SHOULD ADDRESS FINANCING INFRASTRUCTURE.
The Vice President called on participants to use this summit and subsequent summits to address the critical issue of financing infrastructure. He suggested that “One crucial issue I hope this edition of the summit as well as subsequent editions should address is the critical issue of financing infrastructure.”
Citing a World Bank Report to buttress his suggestion, Dr. Bawumia revealed that “A World Bank report revealed that closing the infrastructure quantity and quality gap in Africa relative to the best performances in the world could increase the growth of GDP per capita by 2.6% per year. And the cost of addressing Africa’s gap has been estimated at $90 billion per year for the next decade”.
Public Relations officer (PRO) for the National Service Secretariat (NSS), Mr. David Prah, is suggesting that, the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration under late Mills concealed information regarding a number of exposes conducted by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI Team.
He alleged that the piece on the cocoa smuggling had the names of late Mills and former president Mahama mentioned but they failed to take the needed action.
‘’The name of late Mills was mentioned in the video. The name of then vice president, Mr. John Dramani Mahama was mentioned. What steps did they take? They didn’t take any step. They covered up and allowed some individuals to be punished and others left to go unpunished.’’
He commended President Akufo-Addo for his bold decision after watching a portion of the Number 12 video which is set to premiere at the International Conference Centre on June 6, 2018.
‘’Nana Addo wanted to set a good example. I will commend the president for his bold decision but I will not agree with the NDC on their disagreement over his action. They cannot dictate to the president.’’
In his view, the method used by Anas is not problematic because we have to use any means possible to expose looters and corrupt individuals who steal from the state for their own selfish interest.
Mr. Prah, commenting on the allegations raised by Kennedy Agyapong said, he supports the Assin Central MP because his allegations are serious.
‘’I support Kennedy Agyapong on some of his allegations. I will encourage Ghanaians to allow us watch both videos. Kennedy Agyapong has promised to expose Anas and I know it is going to be an interesting adventure,’’ he said.
‘’He who calls for equity must come with clean hands. Without Kennedy Agyapong, we wouldn’t have known these things about Anas,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale has slammed Kennedy Agyapong, for attacking Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
He wondered why the MP is attacking Anas over his latest work when he failed to do same in the past.
He however noted that the secret recording of people without their consent is unlawful.
‘’The way Anas is embolden means he has sought permission over what he does. If people are aggrieved about his modus operandi, they should have to go to court. On the face value, I believe Anas has sought permission before doing what he id doing.’’
He has challenged Kennedy Agyapong to go to court if he believes he [Anas] is an extortionist and corrupt.
‘’I am disappointed in Kennedy Agyapong for attacking Anas. Is it because he is going to expose the president? I don’t agree with Kennedy Agyapong and in his workers. His employees have lost their dignity working for him. I would have resigned if I was working for him,’’ he said.
He has also admonished Anas to seek legal redress over the allegations leveled against him because if someone has accused you in the open, and you have refused to clear your name, people will believe in the allegations.
He further challenged Anas to confirm or deny the existence of an expose on former appointees of Mahama. He concluded by denying the allegations raised by David Prah and further called on Mr. Agyapong to show his alleged videos before Anas premieres his latest piece.
A former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale, has expressed strong optimism that Professor Joshua Alabi will be Ghana’s president come 2020.
Mr Namoale, who has dropped his ambition to lead the NDC and is backing Professor Joshua Alabi, said the former head of the University of Professional Studies will shock his political opponents and emerge as Ghana’s best president.
The former legislator stated that, Professor Alabi stands tall compared to all other candidates who have expressed their interest in contesting.
He said, ‘’Professor Joshua Alabi is the next president of Ghana and I pray God grants him the wisdom to succeed in whatever he does.’’
Professor Alabi is an accomplished academic, astute politician, a visionary and transformational leader, with tremendous credit in governance, sports administration and an acclaimed entrepreneur.
Professor Alabi has managed countless number of international and national projects successfully and is the founder and Board Chair of the Consumer Advocacy Center (CAC), Ghana; a Full Member of the Consumers International, (CI) and a member of the Federation of Consumer Organization in 115 countries.
In academia, Professor Alabi rose through the ranks as lecturer in 1987 to founding Head of the Marketing Department of the University of Professional Studies, Accra in 1989, to the Dean of Management Faculty in 2003 to 2005, to the Pro-Rector from 2005 to 2008, became Rector from 2008 to 2012 and Vice-Chancellor in 2012.
Top officials working for Kenya's government must undergo a lie detector test as part of a corruption crackdown, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Mr Kenyatta said the test, which would determine employee "integrity", was just one part of a raft of planned measures to deal with the problem.
He was speaking after it was revealed 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m; $78m) had gone missing from a government agency.
The corruption scandal, which was brought to light by suppliers who had not been paid, saw funds allegedly stolen via the National Youth Service (NYS) through fake invoices and multiple payments.
The investigation into the NYS - a key part of Mr Kenyatta's plan to address youth unemployment - is seen as a blow to the president's pledge to stamp out corruption, made when first elected in 2013.
Mr Kenyatta's speech appears to be an attempt to get ahead of the problem.
Speaking to crowds gathered to celebrate 55 years since Kenya attained internal self-rule, he said Kenya had to eliminate "corruption in our country before it fully destroys us and the future of our children".
"Let me now mention just one part of a raft of measures that we intend to implement to tackle corruption," he said.
"As an initial step, all heads of procurement and accounts in government ministries, departments [and] agencies... will undergo fresh vetting, including polygraph testing to determine their integrity and suitability.
"Those who fail the vetting will stand suspended."
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Samuel Atta-Akyea has said government will invest heavily in a world class drainage and sewage system.
According to the minister, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is bent on changing the face of Accra and if it means going for huge sums of loans, government will do it.
He said the ministry wants to give a permanent fix to the Odaw drain.
‘’It’s going to cost us huge sums of monies but we have to do it.’’
He was speaking at the launch of a new mobile app aimed at monitoring weather conditions and warning of potential environmental dangers.
The app is a collaborative project by Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Vodacom Business Ghana and the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana.
It is a multipurpose one that offers regular weather forecasts, warns users of potential flood prone areas during rainfall, offers recommendation on safe havens during floods, emergency contacts and allows users to monitor reported incidents of distress during floods and other related incidents.
Mr. Atta-Akyea was worried about the perennial challenge which has bedeviled the country over the years.
He wondered why since the independence era, we have not had any political commitment towards a sustainable solution.
‘’In 1958, Accra got flooded. That was Dr. Nkrumah’s time when we hard the British Pounds. People don’t want to talk about it. Accra got flooded in 1958, a year after independence. That was a warning that we were going to have a perennial problem but we have not had the political boldness to affect our drains in a positive way,’’ he said.
"We do not need open drains, what we need are underground sewages in where filth is not openly paraded. In every civilized environment, you find that filth is buried underground," he said.
He also called for attitudinal change to prevent their human errors that contribute to the perennial problems we have.