The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says one of the important aspects of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth, has been the transformation of the Commonwealth.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “from an initial membership of five countries namely Australia, Canada, New Zealand and then white-ruled South Africa, who were linked by ties of blood and race to Britain, to becoming, now, a 53-member organisation of diverse, once colonised peoples from all the continents of the world, who have gained their freedom and sovereignty, and are today equal members with Britain in the Commonwealth of Nations.”
This dramatic transformation, the President stressed, has been done peacefully and enthusiastically, largely due to the stewardship, guidance and leadership of Queen Elizabeth II.
“Her Majesty has been the influence that has steered the Commonwealth to pay greater attention to our shared values and better governance. She has been the rock that has kept this organization sturdy, and true to its positive beliefs,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 19th April, 2018, when he delivered a toast to Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace, on the occasion of the Queen’s Dinner for Heads of Government of the Commonwealth.
Paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the President recounted the two visits paid to Ghana, in 1961 under the leadership of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and in 1998 under President Jerry John Rawlings, by the British Monarch.
“On both occasions, we remember the elegance, style and sheer joy she brought to the performance of her duties. We remember with equal fondness the warmth and graciousness of her welcome when she hosted President John Agyekum Kufuor, during the state visit he paid to Britain in 2007, to commemorate the happy anniversary of Ghana’s Golden Jubilee, i.e. the fiftieth year of Ghana’s independence from British colonial rule,” he added.
With Queen Elizabeth II winding down her duties as Head of the Commonwealth, the President noted that his toast takes on an added significance, as it falls upon him to express the depth of the collective regret of the Commonwealth that she would no longer automatically be present at meeting.
“The Organisation would, undoubtedly, be the poorer for it, as we shall miss her inspiring presence, her calm, her steadiness, and, above all, her great love and belief in the higher purpose of this Commonwealth of Nations, and in its capacity to be a force for good in our world,” he said.
He continued, “Over the years, she has extended her customary courtesy, and smoothened the entry into the club for new leaders, making them feel at home in her practiced and direct manner. This being my first CHOGM as President of the Republic of Ghana, I am one of the new entrants into the family, and have become a beneficiary of Her Majesty’s legendary ability to make you feel at ease and forget that you are nervous.”
It was the President’s fervent hope that the deep love Queen Elizabeth shown for the Commonwealth “will continue to light the way for all of us and our successors, as we endeavour to establish firmly in a world, where many traditional assumptions are under serious threat, the values of fairness, decency, freedom and openness, which have been the object of her work. She will always be an icon of the Commonwealth.”
After a successful fight for political freedom, Ghana is once again leading the rest of Africa in a fight for emancipation, this time for economic freedom, the Vice President of the Republic has declared.
According to H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, this vision of an economically-emancipated Africa is what underpins President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, which should eventually lead to an Africa Beyond Aid.
Dr Bawumia outlined the President’s vision when he received H.E. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, former President of the Republic of Cape Verde, at the Jubilee House, Accra on Friday 20th April, 2018.
H.E. Pedro Pires is in Ghana to deliver the 6th Edition of the Africa Leadership Lectures of the University of Development Studies, Tamale.
“Decades after Ghana and the rest of Africa fought for political freedom, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is engaged in a fight for economic freedom, which is captured in his vision of a Ghana beyond Aid. We hope this eventually leads to an economically-emancipated Africa, an Africa Beyond Aid,” H.E Dr Bawumia stated.
The Vice President commended the former Cape Verde President, who was awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Leadership after his terms ended in 2011, saying “President Pires is a role model for those privileged to serve.”
Recalling his days in Ghana, when he arrived in 1962 as a Freedom Fighter, H.E. Pedro Pires had high praise for President Akufo-Addo’s stance on matters affecting the African continent, as well as Ghana’s economic and political stability now.
“Ghana is a shining example for the rest of Africa, and I sincerely hope it is sustained and enhanced.”
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.