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Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the death of renowned poet, Prof Atukwei Okai as colossal loss. Mr Mahama in a Facebook post said “He was a unique oral poet of our time; a wordsmith whose art was a unique combination of music and dramatization. 'Lorgorligi Logarithms' for which he was well known, tickled our cultural fantasies,” Mr Mahama said. “He would be remembered as a genius whose musical poetry was not only spectacular in imagery and clever wordplay, but also natural in how it captured the cadences and rhythm of speech. "I am yet to know anyone who was not delighted after listening to one of those beautiful poetic renditions by Prof., which we are going to miss forever. "Prof., like the eponymous ‘Rosimaya’, you have finished our Friday and wrecked the rest of our week. "May your soul rest in peace,” he added in a Facebook post. The renowned Ghanaian scholar, cultural activist and author, died in Accra, at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital aged 77. He passed away on Friday, 13 July 2018 after a short illness. Until his death, Prof. Atukwei Okai was the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) of Ghana.
The Northern Lotto Marketers and Retailers Association (NLM&RA) has apologised to Mr Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) over an unfortunate press conference organised by Nana Kofi Asabre, its Northern Regional Vice Chairman in Tamale. Nana Asabre unilaterally organized a press conference demanding the dismissal of Mr Osei-Ameyaw, but a statement signed by Mr Abubakari Seidu, the Convener of the Association and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said his association was not party to the said press conference held by Nana Asabre. The statement said: “Nana Kofi Asabre press conference against the NLA Boss was born out of malice, selfishness and ignorance of the National Lotto Act, 2006 (Act 722). “We the concerned Northern Lotto Marketers and Retailers Association fully support Mr Osei-Ameyaw, the NLA Boss over his transformational agenda for the Lottery Industry in Ghana”. It said the association strongly believes Mr Osei-Ameyaw has performed creditably well by expanding the lottery business to include the Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operators, Agents and Writers. The statement said the initiative to include the illegal lotto operators to generate more revenue for the Government, increase employment opportunities and also ensure discipline and uniformity in the lottery industry is laudable. It said: “We are urging all to disregard the unilateral press conference organized by Nana Asabre. The lottery industry is too big to accommodate the Private Lotto Operators and Agents as well.” Source: GNA
The Gomoa East constituency organizer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prince Mensah, has met his untimely death after he was knocked down by unknown vehicle. The organizer who was only elected into office some three weeks ago according to information gathered was knock down late Friday evening whiles riding on his motorbike. The incident occurred at Potin Junction, Communication Officer for the constituency, Fredrick Jones, told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The constituency executives he said have been hit hard by the incident because the late organizer, was a hard working party official and ‘’was only elected three weeks ago. And that is what makes the incident sorrowful.’’ Mr Jones indicated that he could not believe the incident until the message started circulating on various Whatsapp groups. ‘’He was a hard working party official. We have lost a great party official in the constituency. His dedication to party work was good and I am saddened by his death.’’
Up and coming female gospel musician, Millicent Yankey, is set to release two singles dubbed ‘’Double Release’’. The multi-talented female musician who is based in the United States, Atlanta Georgia, will on August 4, 2018, release the singles, ‘Great is Our God’ and ‘Nyame Ka Ma Me’ at 725 Scenic Highway Lawrence Ga 30046. The 26-year-old who studied business administration and a graduate of Adventist Senior High School started music and singing at age eight (8). The singles would be her first professional work as a musician but she is talented and serves as the Music Director and Praise and Worship Singer her church. She hails from Nzema in the Western region. The singles were produced by Kora who is also billed to attend the launch. Other renowned gospel musicians are also expected to attend the launch. She is also billed for an European Tour after the launch in August. She will later move to Ghana for another launch. Speaking in an interview with rainbowradioonline.com, the musician said, her desire for God’s work is her inspiration and believes, music serves as an evangelism tool in winning souls for God’s kingdom. Millicent Yankey is currently managing her mother’s business.
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has taken Gabby Otchere-Darko to the cleaners for attacking former President John Dramani Mahama. The legislator slammed the NPP member and questioned why President Nana Akufo-Addo has failed to fight corruption as he promised Ghanaians and has rather turned into a ‘’clearing agent’’ clearing his appointees who have been accused of being corrupt. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has asked former President John Mahama to “shush” because the Akufo-Addo administration has been kind to him. The NPP stalwart took a swipe former President Mahama who advised the ruling government not increase Value Added Tax (VAT) from 17.5 per cent to 21 per cent as speculated through media reports. “The Ghanaian business sector has never experienced such difficult times in the history of the 4th Republic. Akufo-Addo’s proposed new taxes would cripple businesses further and also defeat his much-touted mantra of “from taxation to production,” the former leader said in a Tweet. But reacting Gabby said: “Certainly, the reckless way the NDC ran down the economy in 8yrs (lest we forget), called for creative and intelligent measures to satisfy three things: manage the debt crisis; keep the state machinery running and; deliver on your own promises. The Akufo-Addo government found a way in 2017, and will continue to find ways that will keep faith with the people of Ghana. Be in no doubt. And, please, can somebody out there tell John Mahama to shush! It is not his fault, though. The NPP has been kind to him on the havoc he caused to the economy,” Gabby wrote on Facebook. Responding to the comments by Gabby who is the former head of Danquah Institute said, ''Gabby says what? Your Uncle NADAA and his side kick said they will not borrow, yet have borrowed so much with nothing to show for it! He said he will fight corruption but has become a clearing agent and a facilitator, view #12! Has any dam been constructed, has any factory been established, has any constituency received one million dollars? Your Uncle and his side kick said they will move Ghana from taxation to productivity, yeah, GUTA agreed, AGI agreed, Importers and Exporters agreed, Bankers and Telecos agreed, the Asante Business Association agreed. You got power and you are doing the direct opposite, they are complaining. What do you do, you decide to impose more taxes in the coming days and you say JM should what? Why have you not responded to all these groups? What impunity! Tell me anything fundamentally new your Uncle and your NPP has to show! All you know is to rebrand, relaunch and recommission. Your Uncle appoints, in consultation with your good self, as many believe, 110 ministers, 998 Presidential Staffers, Several CEOs and their bus loads of deputies, and staggering numbers of personal aides and assistants, and you say what? Why should Ghanaians tighten their belts by enduring tax increases when you and your posse are feeding fat at the expense of the tax payer? So much for prudent management and fighting corruption! So much for protecting the public purse! As former President Kufour said at your recent event in Koforidua, power can corrupt, power is tricky! Keep dreaming!''
Renowned Ghanaian music video director and filmmaker, Xbills Ebenezer has disclosed on GH Entertainment that, the cheapest budget a musician can put into a video is GHc15, 000. The Chief Executive (CEO) of Xpress Philms, a production that speciliases in production of film, television, and music video told Sokoohemaa Kukua, sit-in-host for Mr Handsome said, musicians would have to invest heavily in their videos to get the best. According to him, it would important for musicians to invest in the videos if they really want to make an impact. Xbills Ebenezer also disclosed on the show that he does not just direct any videos and had on several occasions rejected a lot of projects because they did not meet his requirement. He stressed, the amount of money involved does not really matter but rather the important things is that, I accept projects I believe can best represent what I want to do. For the number of years he has worked in the showbiz industry, he has had the opportunity to work with so many companies and individuals. He has produced videos for artistes such as Guru, Obrafour, Bisa Kdei, Edem, Dobble, AK Songstress, Jupitar, Sarkodie, Tic-Tac, VVIP, Castro and so on. The list is endless and as the days go by, he continues to work with some of the best brands in the showbiz industry. Xbills Ebenezer is also an organist and musical vocalist. His hobbies include singing, film making and playing the keyboard; indeed, he’s a real versatile person in the showbiz industry. With his up-coming movie series, he dreams of seeing his works showing on international tabloids and sweeping great and memorable awards. Xbills Ebenezer has worked with professional cinematographers including Kwasi Oduro, Abraham Ohene Djan, Akwaaba Films, Unit Africa and Isaac Offei Awuah. At the 2015 4Syte Music Video Awards, Bisa Kdei ‘s Mansa video which was worked on by Xbills Ebenezer was nominated in the Best Male Video alongside Edem’s Girlfriend featuring Racquel, El’s Shelele, KK Fosu’s Panin De Panin, Guru’s Pooley Swag, Omar Sterling’s Nineteen ninety and Flowking Stone’s Too Strong, Samini’s Money Biz. With his work on that video, Bisa Kdei won the award for Best Male Video. Mansa was also nominated in the Best Hi-Life Video category. His work on VVIP’S Skolom music video helped VVIP to win the award for Best Choreography Video of the Year ahead of 4X4’S Kpagam, El’s Shelele, Kwamz and Flavour’s Wo Onane No, Fuse ODG’s Only, Okyeame Kwame’s Mere Twen Wo and Ruff n Smooth’s Liberian Girl. Skolom was also nominated in the Best Group Video category, Best Hiplife Video category, Best Edited Video category and Most Popular Video category.
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is cautioning the general public an expired malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kit being offered for sale on the Ghanaian market”. This was contained in a statement issued by the FDA. According to the statement, the re-labeled product has the information: Lot No.05CD017A Mfg. Date : 2018-03-09 Exp. Date : 2020-03-08 Code : B303D “It is therefore a dangerous situation to have a test for malaria using RDT kit, which would certainly produce a false result and may lead to inaccurate diagnosis,” a press statement issued by CEO of FDA, Delese A. Darko, on Friday 13 July 2018, said. The FDA has also cautioned health facilities to desist from using the kit. Meanwhile, the FDA has directed the public to report and call to report. -Hotlines : 0299802932, 0299802933 -Short Code : 4015 (Free on all networks except GLO) -WhatsApp : 0206973065 -Twitter: @fdaghana -Facebook : Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for candidates who sat for the 2018 WASSCE candidates. 26, 434 candidates had their results withheld by WAEC pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination. A total of 316,999 candidates entered for the examination. This figure is 9.6% higher than the 2017 candidature of 289,207. The 2018 entry figure was made up of 158,550 (50.02 %) males and 158,449 (49.98%) females. The examination was conducted for 946 participating schools. A total of 1,378 (0.43%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination. The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows: English Language 147,232 {46.79%) obtained A1-C6; 99,402 (31.60%) obtained D7-E8 while 68,002 (21.61%) had F9; Mathematics (Core): 120,519 (38.33%) obtained A1-C6; 94,607 (30.09%) obtained D7-E8 while 99,275 (31.58%) had F9; Integrated Science: 158,691 (50.52%) obtained A1-C6; 109,069 (34.72%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,367 (14.76%) had F9; Social Studies: 230,141 (73.27%) obtained A1-C6; 46,464 (14.79%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 37,494 (11.94%) had f9 Read Below the full statement Below is the statement in full. RELEASE OF PROVISIONAL RESULTS FOR THE WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (WASSCE) FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES. 2018 The West African Examinations Council wishes to inform its numerous publics that it has released provisional results of candidates, who took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, 2018. The Council will despatch the results to the schools and candidates are advised to contact their heads of school for their results. Meanwhile, the Council has hosted the results online and candidates who so desire, may access their results at the Council's website. The Council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be wary of impostors, who promise to change examination results for a fee. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed. STATISTICS A total of 316,999 candidates entered for the examination. This figure is 9.6% higher than the 2017 candidature of 289,207. The 2018 entry figure was made up of 158,550 (50.02 %) males and 158,449 (49.98%) females. The examination was conducted for 946 participating schools. A total of 1,378 (0.43%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination. The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows: English Language 147,232 {46.79%) obtained A1-C6; 99,402 (31.60%) obtained D7-E8 while 68,002 (21.61%) had F9; Mathematics (Core): 120,519 (38.33%) obtained A1-C6; 94,607 (30.09%) obtained D7-E8 while 99,275 (31.58%) had F9; Integrated Science: 158,691 (50.52%) obtained A1-C6; 109,069 (34.72%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,367 (14.76%) had F9; Social Studies: 230,141 (73.27%) obtained A1-C6; 46,464 (14.79%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 37,494 (11.94%) had f9 Based on the provisional results, the performance at Al- C6 in Social Studies showed a marked improvement over that of 2017 (52.25% to 73.27%), while Integrated Science recorded a slight improvement (43.66% to 50.52%). On the contrary, Mathematics (Core) showed a drop in performance from 2017 (42.73% to 38.33%). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in English Language (54.06% to 46.79%). MALPRACTICE The entire results of 26,434 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination. The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable, or released if otherwise. CONCLUSION The Council wishes to express its deepest appreciation to all stakeholders especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Supervisors, Invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, Examiners and all who in various ways helped in the successful conduct of the examination and the timeous release of results.
Renowned Ghanaian Poet, Professor Atukwei Okai has passed on at the age of 77 after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. The Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association of Ghana died at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital, Friday after a short illness. Prof Akilakpa Sawyerr on behalf of the Odoi and Okai families confirmed the death of the late poet. The late poet was noted for his excellent poetry recitation and is believed to be one of the first real poetry performers to have emerged in Africa. His performances on radio and television include an acclaimed 1975 appearance at poetry international at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London where he shared the stage with US poets Stanley Kunitz and Robert Lowell, and Nicolas Guillen of Cuba. Prof Okai was survived by a wife and five daughters.
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