Ghanaians will vote for NPP if we eschew monecracy – Prof. Oquaye

Accra, Sept. 1, GNA – A former Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has urged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to follow the traditions and principles of the Party to win the support of the people in its quest to retain power in 2024.

He said members of the Party must shun monecracy and abide by the tenets of truth, fearlessness, critique, and hard work.

“…We would want to resolve that we will follow not after monecracy but we will follow the principles and tenets of the tradition. The tradition of truth, fearlessness, critique, of working hard by principle and by valour.

“If we do that, Ghanaians would repeatedly come and knock at our door in order to invite our government to take over the reins of governance in this country,” Prof. Oquaye said.

He made the call when he launched a book in honour of the late Baffour Osei Akoto, a celebrated statesman and astute politician, in Accra on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Titled, “Baffour Osei Akoto: A royal Patriot and the making of Ghana,” the book is a collection of speeches and articles made by famous speakers about the exploits of the late Baffour Akoto, with particular reference to the “Annual Re: Akoto and Seven others” Lectures organised by the Ghana Law School.

Prof. Oquaye, who co-edited the book, described Osei Akoto as a man of valour and encouraged members of the NPP and its leadership to emulate his ideals and principles.

“If we (NPP) do otherwise, we will not be honouring those men of valour like Akoto, Danquah, Busia Dombo and others,” he said.

Outlining the contributions of Baffour Akoto to the country’s constitutional and democratic reforms, he said the celebrant fought for the protection of human rights and inclusiveness.

He said all the constitutions that had emerged after the 1960 Constitution (1969, 1979, and 1992 constitutions) guaranteed the rights of the people courtesy the efforts of Baffour Osei Akoto and others who stood against dictatorship.

“So today, when you invoke the rights that when you’re kept in prison you cannot be kept in an inhumane situation, you’re invoking the rights those people fought for,” Prof. Oquaye said.

Nana Professor Susubribi Krobea Boaten Asante, the Paramount Chief of Asante Asokore, described the late Baffour Osei Akoto as an “influential traditional and political leader in the history of Ghana.”

He said the submissions made by Baffour Osei Akoto’s lawyer, J.B. Danquah, in the famous 1961 Re: Akoto case, were “faithfully incorporated” in all constitutions that were promulgated after 1966.

“Although Danquah’s submission did not prevail in the Akoto case, they subsequently became the cornerstone of the judicial edifice, which was erected after his death for protection of human rights,” Nana Asante said.

Mr Stephen Ayesu Ntim, the National Chairman of NPP, said the memory of Baffour Osei Akoto “must be a lighthouse that beckons us to navigate towards patriotism.”

“We can best break the eight if we bear each other’s burden, forgive each other when we are offenders and work diligently to support the government’s efforts to ameliorate the plight of the Ghanaian people,” he said.

Bafuor Osei Akoto was born in1904 and died in 2002.

He was a Ghanaian agriculturalist, traditional ruler and politician.

He was the direct descendant of Asantehene Osei Bonsu and was chosen by Nana Sir Agyeman Prempeh II, as a senior linguist for the Asante-kingship in 1935, a position he held for 68 years until his death.

He combined his role as a traditionalist with national politics in the early 1950s.

As the founder and leader of the National Liberation Movement (NLM), he contributed to the formation of the NLM, the main opposition Party of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s, Party (CPP).

He was among prominent politicians who opposed the rule of the Nkrumah government and pushed for multiparty democracy

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fincap Securities partners the Ghana Stock Exchange to launch Cedimanager

Fincap Securities in partnership with the Ghana Stock Exchange have launched CediManager, an investment platform for trading government securities.

CediManager is a user-friendly and secure platform that can be accessed on desktop computers and mobile devices. It provides investors, both residents and non-residents, quick and convenient access to investments in the Government of Ghana Securities.

At the launch, the Head of the Ghana Fixed Income Market of the Ghana Stock

Exchange, Mr. Augustine Simons said, “The launch of this innovative platform brings the world’s attention to the need of bringing people and capital together to create value for all stakeholders”.

As a first in the Ghanaian market, CediManager will bring Government bonds, Cocoa bills, Government notes and Treasury bills to the fingertips of Ghanaian investors.

Mr. Francis Boadu, the Head of Broker-Dealers of the Securities and Exchange

Commission (SEC) said, “The Securities and Exchange Commission reiterates the call to all stakeholders to partner with the Commission in the successful implementation of the various market initiatives in the Capital Market Master Plan.

The SEC remains committed to protecting investors, integrity of the market and promoting the growth and the development of a vibrant capital market that will support the economic growth agenda of Ghana”.

Fincap Securities is an investment banking and securities trading company focused on innovation that provides a variety of financial services to a clientele that includes governments, financial institutions, businesses, and private individuals.

Fincap uses cutting-edge technology, years of expertise, and in-depth financial understanding to offer its clients a multifaceted, custom strategy to satisfy their capital needs.

According to Mr. Geoffrey Fathers Maison, CEO of Fincap, “This step’s major idea is to strengthen our growth and commitment by driving a distinctive proposition “Making Money Work” and assisting our clients in recognizing and associating with our CediManager brand in the marketplace.

Called to launch the CediManager platform, Ms. Abena Amoah, the Deputy Managing

Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange expressed her excitement about the wave of

advanced technology being utilized to bring the capital market to the doorstep and fingertips of investors. She urged the brokerage community and industry players to follow suit and provide other innovative technologies to assist the growth of the capital market.

Source: Ghana Web

Access Bank launches Womenpreneur Pitch-a-Ton season 4 to empower female entrepreneurs in Ghana

As part of Access Bank’s commitment to empowering female entrepreneurs with financial and business skills, Access Bank Ghana has launched the fourth edition of its Womenpreneur Pitch a-ton Africa competition under the theme ‘Empowering Women for Global Impact’.

Unlike previous seasons that opened participation to women entrepreneurs across Africa, this edition will be run in Ghana for women entrepreneurs in the country for the first time.

The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa has been designed to provide female-owned businesses, an opportunity to access finance, world-class business training as well as mentoring opportunities. The initiative is running concurrently across nine other African countries where Access Bank has a presence.

Set to run for five months, the competition begins with a call for applications from today, 1st September 2022, and is in partnership with GIZ, Scaleup Africa, Innohub, Oze App, and Sheeltech.

Speaking in an interview ahead of the launch, Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana Plc., Olumide Olatunji said Access Bank would continue to advance the cause of women in Ghana through world-class programs that would empower them holistically.

“As part of our vision to become the world’s most respected African Bank, we continue to empower key sectors of our nation’s economy. A sector that contributes over 70% of Ghana’s GDP is SMEs thus supporting them to continuously impact the nation should be welcoming news to everyone.

Womenpreneur Pitch-a-Ton Africa is about the economic empowerment of women and I am excited about the opportunities we are offering Ghanaian women entrepreneurs”, Olumide explained.

Throwing light on the dynamics of the 2022 edition, Pearl Nkrumah, Executive Director for Retail and Digital Banking said the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton is a great opportunity for women entrepreneurs in the country to be exposed to world-class training in entrepreneurship.

She noted that a call for applications has been opened on the Access Bank Ghana website at https://www.ghana.accessbankplc.com to allow women entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 45 years, who have run their businesses for at least a year, and have full ownership or own at least 50% share of the businesses to apply. According to Pearl, 300 businesses that meet the criteria will proceed to pitch their business ideas to an independent assessing Organization.

Touching on awards for the competition, Pearl further explained that the top 50 women who are finally selected from the 300, will be enrolled in an International Finance Corporation (IFC) mini-MBA course and receive business coaching.

“Our top ten finalists will receive a share of GHS300,000 in cash prizes and personal accident cover and free website design among others”, she revealed.

Access Bank Ghana has been a leading advocate for women’s economic empowerment in Ghana through its ‘W’ Initiative which provides support to women, particularly in the areas of financing, capacity building, and creating networking opportunities.

The bank continues to build solid long-term relationships with customers based on trust, digital innovations, good customer service, and transparency. Over the years, Access Bank has developed a deep understanding of its customers, delivering excellent services and empowering them to achieve more through financial education.

Source: Ghana Web

Music prodigy “Elevated” revels in Efya, Epixode “Feelz” collab

Accra, Sept 1, GNA – Rising Afrobeats sensation Daniel Oche Benjamin, known by his stage name “Elevated,” is excited about featuring two of Ghana’s top music talents, Epixode and Efya.

The young musician recently released the highly anticipated “Feelz” single featuring award-winning music duo Epixode and Efya.

According to Elevated, it was a dream come true to feature these two artistes on his ground-breaking single, as he strives to reach the pinnacle of Ghanaian music in the near future. 

“Efya is undoubtedly my number one female vocalist in Ghana, and she demonstrated her vocal prowess on my latest single, and I am truly excited about that.

“Epixode’s talents as Ghana’s best performer is undisputed, and I have learned a lot having him feature on my single, and I am very grateful,” he said.

The new song comes along with very artistic, intriguing visuals and entrancing cinematography directed by Snares Films.

Below is the video of the new song: https://youtu.be/QbfT1yhRnQ4

Source: Ghana News Agency