When he made a decision five years ago to make gospel music despite the daunting challenges that may come with his new “job,” Superintendent Kofi Sarpong knew the conflicting roles of being a police man and a gospel artiste.
But despite the bad image the Police Security Agency might have courted over the years in the eyes of Ghanaians and beyond, the Ayeyi Ndwom artiste believes police officers are all destined for heaven since their profession is a “divine calling”.
“We are like pastors who lead the flock of God on the right path. You cannot be part of the police force if you don’t have a calling from God.
I know that many people would disagree with me because the police have been crucified for many years but that is the bitter truth,” were the words of Superintendent Kofi Sarpong when he spoke with Showbiz on Monday.
According to him, he was depressed at the start of his music career by negative comments passed about him because he was a member of the Police service but such criticisms, he said, were not enough to get him discouraged about his dream.
“What is the role of the Police? Is it not to maintain law and order and bring sanity to the society? Is that not similar to the work of pastors? Don’t they ensure that people lead righteous lives and shy away from sin which breeds chaos?
“How can such a group of people who ensure the security of the society be disregarded by society? I have always and will continue to be proud of my police background.
“Truth is that, my job as a police officer has really influenced my success as a gospel artiste because both have divine duties to teach people the right path,” he added.
SP Sarpong, who was on the defence of the Police Service disputed assertions that it is a corrupt institution.
A survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs early this year suggested the Ghana Police Service was the most corrupt state institution in the country.
That wasn’t the first time the Ghana Police Service had come under public scrutiny for their alleged corrupt practices.
An earlier report by the Ghana Integrity Initiative dubbed, Voice of the People Survey had also suggested same.
But when these findings were pointed out to SP Sarpong who recently released his third album, I Believe, and asked of his opinion, he had this to say.
“We know that people are bias towards the Police Service. Yes, there may be some bad nuts in the Service like all other professions but that doesn’t negate the good services to the country. Even with such personnel, I know and believe they will make it to heaven despite the negative judgments about them,” he added.
The I Believe album, which has the popular Hour By This Time song and already receiving massive airplay would be launched at the Liberty Assemblies of God Church on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
In 2010, SP Kofi Sarpong, announced his “huge” presence on the music scene with his debut Sacrifice album. The album had the popular Ayeyi Ndwom song which earned him the Gospel Song of the Year award at the Ghana Music Awards the following year.
He expressed his appreciation to the public for the support given him since he came on the music scene and hinted on an impending “Thank You” concert in December this year to celebrate five years of his music career.
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The chairman of the Council of Elders in the NPP, Mr. CK Tedam has said the decision to suspend the national chairman Mr. Paul Afoko was a decision that was brought before the National Executive Committee after careful deliberation among the leadership of the party.
He said “having observed the way things were going, we were going into disaster so we petitioned to the Disciplinary Committee.”
CK Tedam was speaking to some journalist at his private residence following the suspension of Mr. Paul Afoko.
He revealed that the party tried on different occasions to allow Paul Afoko to defend himself before the party but he refused to do so, and to the party that is arrogance.
‘’We’ve been asking him [Paul Afoko] to be in his own judgment..Because of that, we sent it to the right place; the disciplinary committee. They intend invited Paul Afoko just like the Council of Elders invited him and he refused. I went to talk to him myself, he refused to come. We wrote to him officially so that he will reply officially because our idea is to bring peace and harmony to the party.”
According to CL Tedam, it was not the intension of the elders of the party to impeach the national chair but the decision was taken in the interest of the party sine any delay may have disorganize the party.
“As fathers and mothers of the party, it was not our intention to impeach him because we thought that will take time and it will disorganize the party a little so we asked him to come and explain why he is not cooperating,” he stressed.
He added, since he [Afoko] “took power, he is not been going to the party office. He said he is afraid of his own shadow. We have done everything possible and the Disciplinary Committee also did all that they could with our support to bring him for discussions and he himself did not cooperate at all.”
I have personally called on some influential leaders in the Northern region to advise him but he [Afoko] ‘’said no.’’
The Chairman of the Council of Elders indicated further that the party had a strong conviction that the NEC was the best to handle the matter sine Afoko cannot judge in his own case.
“And we believe that the only way we can handle this matter is to let the Disciplinary Committee take it upon themselves because he can’t be judged in his own case and we only asked that he should be disciplined and should be asked to wait until things are put in shape. We planned to bring peace, but Chairman Afoko would not just cooperate,” he said.
A sixteen year old girl has died today after she drunk poison claiming that her father had on several occasions sexually abused her.
Earlier yesterday Nyankonton Mu Nsem reported that, the lady narrowly escaped death after doctors tried their best to save her life but unfortunately she died Monday morning.
Our regional correspondent, Christopher Anto reported that the deceased lived with her father in the same compound at Brenyakwa a farming community in the Amenfi District of the Western Region.
Abena Amankwa as she is popularly called made the attempt to kill herself because, she could not stand the public disgrace that she had to face for having an amorous relationship with her father.
According to our reporter the girl felt disappointed in her father for doing to that to her because she trusted him so much after her mother passed on.
The father has constantly denied the allegations and described it as an attempt to tarnish his image, he has also invoked curses on those accusing him of the crime.
How can I sleep with my own biological daughter, that is impossible I cannot do that so stop accusing me falsely, he said.
The police is yet to effect any arrest.
The New Patriotic Party has finally collapsed as a political party due to their failure in managing their internal party wrangling, says former NHIS boss, Mr. Sylvester Mensah.
According to him the NPP is incapable of managing the affairs of this country because their unending troubles.
“The NPP party has collapsed, there is no NPP anymore, the party has collapsed because of poor party management skills, the party has collapsed because of its dysfunctional leadership module…as we speak today, the NDC is the only party available,” he said.
He was addressing party supporters at the parliamentary campaign launch of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in North Tongu in the Volta region Sunday.
Mr. Mensah admonished Ghanaians not to vote for the flagbearer of the NPP because his interest is not to see this country progress rather they should maintain the NDC for the unprecedented achievements.
“We know that life expectancy in this country is about 65 years and you are over 72 years and you want to lead this country into the future, a future that you have no interest in, a future that you might not live to see then that person is a liar, that person has no interest in the development of this country,” Mr. Mensah added.
According to Musa Superior, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo remains a better leader than President Mahama because President Mahama is incompetent, lacks leadership and the vision to manage the nation.
According to him Nana Addo is by far the best candidate who has been tried, tested and proven to be incorruptible whose vision is to lead this country in a transparent and accountable manner.
He described the Mahama led administration as corrupt and unfit to manage a country like Ghana were the ordinary Ghanaian are suffering because of the poor leadership of the NDC.
Musa Superior said, ‘’the presidential candidate is doing his best working for the party, he is traveling to Europe and other parts of the world, seeking the views of the Ghanaian people on how best we can manage the economy of this country and how we can get a credible register for the elections..’’
He stressed that a vote for the NDC will throw the country into a more difficult times and so Ghanaians should not allow the NDC to deceive them by scoring political points with the internal challenges of the party.
He posited that Ghanaians needs a more credible leader with better policies to save them from their difficulties.
’There is no proper social policies framework that can look after our people who are mentally unwell, that look after our people who cannot find economic security. Ghanaians are concerned about the deep corruption in this government and Ghanaians are concerned about the lack of leadership by President Mahama that what Ghanaians are concerned about,’’ he said.
He made this comments in an interview with Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio.
The first power barge to produce 225 megawatts of electricity to alleviate the rolling power cuts is expected to set sail to Ghana tomorrow after a brief commissioning ceremony.
According to the initial arrangement, the barge was scheduled to set sail yesterday but had to be rescheduled to tomorrow.
Government officials and selected media practitioners are in Turkey for the official commissioning ceremony before the barge sets sail.
When the vessel finally docks in Ghana, another vessel is also expected to dock close to the power barge to supply it with fuel. This vessel will fuel the barge until such a time a fuel pump is connected for the barge.
A source close to the Power Ministry said Karpowership, the company that built the barge, has test fired it, and everything is functioning efficiently.
Under normal circumstances, the journey from Turkey to Ghana should take 21 days (three weeks).
However, The Finder understands that considering the urgency of the situation, a fast boat, called a Semi- submersible vessel, has been contracted to pull the barge for it to arrive in Ghana in two weeks.
Government has also instructed Karpowership to increase the capacity of the second barge from the initial 225 megawatts to 400 megawatts.
This means government has increased the power expected from the two barges by an additional 175 megawatts, from the initial 450 megawatts to 625 megawatts.
Officials told The Finder that when the barge arrives, it would take about two weeks to connect it to the national grid.
Ground works at the location where the power barge would dock in Tema is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
The second barge to produce 400MW is expected to be delivered by the end of the first quarter of 2016.
The power barges were originally scheduled to dock at Tema Port in the first quarter of this year.
It was rescheduled to September 2015, but government failed to meet the first two timelines for the arrival of the barges.
The first contractual 225 megawatts power ship was scheduled to be delivered in Ghana in September this year, and the second one was to be subjected to clarification but will be delivered at least 60 days earlier than contracted, Karpowership told journalists who went to Turkey to witness progress of work on the barges.
Source: The Finder
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has Ghana has honoured has Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Afrom for his immense contribution to the development of hockey in Ghana.
The event was under the auspices of the Ghana Hockey Association, the event also coincided with his 96th birthday ceremony.
President Mahama in his speech congratulated Dr. Afrom for his contributing to the nation in his field as a medical doctor and also as great sports man with international recognition.
According to the president Ghanaians are so grateful to the Dr. Afrom for contributing to the development of hockey in Ghana.
President Mahama stressed the need for hockey to be given the needed support to help boost the game.
‘’Unfortunately hockey has fallen into one of the categories that we very derogatorily call the lesser known sports and actually treat it as a lesser known sports and we don’t have resources been invested in the sports. I believe that working together, government, the private sector and the National Hockey Association.’’ Should work together to provide resources for the development of sports in our senior high schools to help unearth talents like it was done in the past.
Dr. Anfom is a former Vice chancellor of KNUST, Founding member of Gold coast hockey association. He was the first President of Gold coast hockey association from 1952 to 1962. He was again appointed as the chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association in 1972, as the chairman he was in charge of the team that won the 1st Africa hockey cup of nations in Cairo in 1974 which qualified the team to represent Africa at the world cup in Kwalumpo in 1975.
In addition to his impressive academic performance, he displayed distinction as a sports man particularly in the field of hockey. He was a star hockey player for 25 solid years including his school days at Achimota College.
He captained the Edinburg University Hockey Team form the year 1945-1946, aside that he helped captained the combined Scottish University Hockey Team from the year 1947-1948.
The specialized surgeon was also a star player in the National Hockey Team and captain from 1958-1962. He together with Mr. Kofi Atiobo and Mr. K. J Konu founded the Gold Coast Hockey Association in 1950.
Dr. Anfom is a recipient of the Pan-Hills sports award in 1979 and 1980.
Aide to the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Musa Superior has refuted claims that the NPP is not ready to manage the affairs of this country.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, he described those statements as false and sheer propaganda to deceive Ghanaians by their political opponents.
To him what Ghanaians are worried about is what he described as lack of leadership by President Mahama.
‘’There is no proper social policies framework that can look after our people who are mentally unwell, that can look after our people who cannot find economic security. Ghanaians are concerned about the deep corruption in this government and Ghanaians are concerned about the lack of leadership by President Mahama, that is what Ghanaians are concerned about,’’ he said.
He added, '’what is happening in the NPP is a life cocosm of what is happening in this country.’’
Musa Superior explained that, there is a clear evidence that Ghanaians have given them an assurance of their massive support, but the only thing left is for the party to address their challenges.
He lambasted the NDC for engaging in a false propaganda to play around the happenings in the NPP to score political points.
In his view, the NDC had gone through this in the past and now they are in power, so they should stop deceiving themselves over what the NPP is going through.
‘’Any propaganda by the NDC that we are challenged by our internal wrangling and therefore we cannot manage the country is false. The NDC had been challenged by internal problem, they sacked their party national chairman, they sacked the general secretary, they suspended their national organiser and at one stage every young person in the NDC was speaking trash to the founder of the party. Today the NDC is in power so what is the NDC talking about, it is falsehood, it is propaganda.It hasn’t got a life span and Ghanaians will not accept this bonk,’’ he stressed.
However he accepted that the NPP as a party is facing some challenges but they will come out stronger.
‘’I also accept that the party has a responsibility to present a credible front to the people and that is what the disciplinary committee has done and hence forth I believe the whip will be cast. Any party member who misconduct himself should I call the disciplinary committee to be fair to everybody and that is where I will be recommending the next few days that someone like Arthur Kennedy who has been making very lose statement and public comment about the party should hauled to the disciplinary committee,’’ he said.
Ghana is in crisis not NPP
Musa Superior opined that the crisis in Ghana now is worst than what the NPP is going through and it is the Nana Led administration that can change the prospect this country.
''We are not in crisis, we have a challenge and we are addressing the challenge. The nation is in crisis and the nation is not going to reject a party that has a bigger vision and more comprehension programme just because they have a little internal crisis, no that is what the Ghanaian people is thinking. The Ghanaian people is telling us to resolve our challenges and go out there and mobilize the votes we are behind you. This propaganda of the NDC doesn't fly, Their performance is the worst in record times and no Ghanaian citizen will want to be governed on the walls of President John Mahama in 2017 but what we have to do as a political party is to access the kind of things we do and when we elect a flagbearer all officers, members, supporters have to work directly to the flagbearer and if that is done am sure there would be any problem. If you are a chairman general secretary or national organiser your job is work for the flagbearer, you must project the flagbearer and defend him, no rivalry, no person is elected to rival the flagbearer. The flagbearer is the leader of the party. the flagbearer must be respected, he must be projected, supported and defended by the members of the party,'' he said.
Entrepreneurship is an inherently risk-based profession. Every day you're risking your own future on the power of your personal work ethic, market conditions and other factors -- some within your control, many outside of it -- that you will succeed.
So when you’re facing risk or feeling the apprehension of it on the horizon, here are five inspiring quotes about risk that will help you manage the ambiguity of an unknown future and forge ahead in confidence.
1. “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?” -- George Bernard Shaw
For most entrepreneurs, the dream of your future lies in a present or past moment where you asked, “what if?” Great innovation comes from asking what could be. Don’t be afraid to start questioning the status quo of all things and take a risk to see your dream into reality.
2. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” -- Peter Drucker
With great risk often comes great reward. There are failures, setbacks and even complete start-over’s along the way, but if you don’t risk something, you’ll never gain anything. Take a chance and see what rewards might come out of that courageous decision.
3. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
No one is going to blame you for being scared when big risks come your way. You’ll need to weigh them appropriately and come up with your own assessment about whether they’re intelligent gambles. When you’re staring calculated risk in the face it can still feel scary, but know that in times of fear and challenge you often learn and grow the most. Rise to meet the risk you’re facing head-on and know that whatever the outcome, you’ll be better off in some way for having taken the challenge.
4. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” -- attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
With the risk comes the magic that often arises from succeeding at big challenges. Somehow the greatest solutions, biggest innovations and best breakthroughs seem to always come personally and professionally when you risk the unknown and forge out, not forgetting your fear but embracing it and choosing to move forward in spite of it. There is most certainly a genius to being bold. Remember this great good that comes along with risk.
5. “Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -- Helen Keller
The very nature of life is uncertain. Watching any good wildlife documentary will help you realize this to be true. It can help take the sting out of risk to remember the natural order of life is risk and reward. Sometimes we fail, other times we succeed, but there is evolution in continuing to go forward. Don’t settle for a false sense of security by shrinking from the right risks. Live bold and have a daring adventure every day.