Federation retains Mohammed Shahnoon as President

Accra, Dec. 28, GNA – The Ghana Cycling Federation (GCF) has retained Mr. Mohammed Shanoon Baadea as President.

He was elected together with three others executives for the next four years.

Mr. Baadea went unopposed after his contender Mr. Larbi Kwabena withdrew from the race, while Mr. Riyald Mohammed has been appointed as the Vice President.

Mr. Mohammed Shaaban former Technical Director has also be appointed as the General Secretary, Dennis Kwaku Moore former General Secretary now the Public Relations Officer and Daniel Amo the new Technical Director.

Below are the newly elected Executives, Mr. Mohammed Shanoon Baadea (President), – Riyald Mohammed (Vice President), Mr. Mohammed Shaaban (Secretary General), Joseph Addo (Deputy Secretary Genera), Mr. Bright Kwaasi Nyarko (Treasurer), Mr. Ali Umar (Deputy Treasurer), Agnes Owusua (Women’s Commissioner).

The regional representative included Mohammed Riyadhd- Eastern, Oku Albert Nii Ayi-Greater Accra, Ametor Amen-Volta, Dzikunu Caesar-Ashanti, Mohammed Inusah- Western, Addo Joseph Kwame- Central, Zakari Abdul-Wahab-North East, Ali Umar-Northern, Boateng Charles Nsiah- Bono Ahafo and Kwabena Larbi-Savannah.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I stayed in the rain till 3am but was never allowed to perform – Kwesi recounts journey to stardom

Sensational Ghanaian hip-hop singer and songwriter Kwesi Arthur has recounted his struggles before stardom.

The singer said he was invited by some event organisers as one of the underground artists, which is normally referred to as “and many more” after the headline and supporting artists have been announced.

The “Grind Day” singer disclosed that he stayed in a rainstorm for about three hours at the dawn of the event but never had the opportunity to perform his songs.

Speaking to Accra-based JoyPrime, the one-time BET nominee said regardless of how hard and embarrassing such things are, they strengthen people on their journey to greatness.

“…Maybe they thought my style then wasn’t trendy enough or it wasn’t what was on and what everyone was used to because I feel my music is really different. I was more introspective, I was more of talking about my story when everyone was doing the danceable vibe and I had people turn me down.

“Going to the show, I spoke to one of the organizers who was putting the names down who said he was going to make me perform. I stayed from 5 pm to 2 am, I stayed in the rain and it rained on me till 2:30 – 3 am but I never performed. The next day, I went to do the same thing. I feel all these things happen to strengthen you,” he explained on the Prime Morning show.

According to Kwesi Arthur, the internet is the future [for both upcoming and establishes Ghanaian artists]. “The internet gives grounds for everyone to shine and make a name for themselves. It’s a great source to use to boost whatever you’re doing, and I’m thankful I could make it through the internet.”

Source: Modern Ghana

More engaging in casual sex without condoms this Christmas – AIDS Commission

The Ghana Aids commission continues to express worry over the low usage of condoms by the general population, especially during festive periods.

The Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene tells GHOne news Nadima Umar Uthman that the perception that casual sex without a condom is better, continuous to lead a lot people especially the youth astray.

In the first half of 2022 alone, 23,495 people tested positive for HIV.

However, over one hundred thousand persons are living with HIV without having been tested or on any form of treatment.

The festive season is often a time for people to make merry and break away from ironclad routines.

But as people celebrate, sex cannot be removed from the equation.

The Ghana AIDS commission says more people are having casual sex than ever before.

Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene says eighty percent of all HIV infections are through risky sexual behaviors like casual sexual encounters such as hookups, booty calls, and one-night stands.

“Casual heterosexual sex contributes to over 70 percent of all new HIV infections, but people still continue to engage in casual sex without condoms. Sex is fun but whiles having fun, remain cautious.’’

Kwaku Ankomah is the pharmacist in charge of the lesson pharmacy. He says there has been a reduction in condom sales compared to last year.

‘’Sales are quite low compared to December last year. Every month we sell about fifty packs of condoms but this month, it is less than ten. I think we need to up the advocacy.’’

Previously, the commission would embark on mass condom distributions, testing and advocacy during festive seasons like Christmas in all regions across the country. However, none of these activities have taken place this year as the commission says it lacks resources.

Funding from donor partners has significantly reduced over the period, a situation which continues to affect advocacy campaigns the commission intends to embark on.

“We are calling on all Ghanaians to come to the aid of the AIDS commission financially as this should be a collaborative effort between all stakeholders.”

As the New Year approaches, Ghanaians are advised to remain cautious and adopt healthy sexual lifestyles if the country is to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

Source: Ghana Web

Chiefs urged to be ambassadors of COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Okofo Katakyi Nyarkoh Eku X, the Omanhene of Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area, has called on chiefs and queen mothers to continue to lead the campaign for vaccination against COVID-19.

He said this would help reduce the spread of the disease during and after the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Okofo Nyarkoh Eku made the call when he addressed the end-of-year meeting of the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Council at Nyakrom in the the Central Region.

He said chiefs had a major role to play during the festivities to educate residents on the need to take the COVID-19 vaccination to complement government’s efforts in fighting the disease.

“There is the need to remind the people of the existence of the disease as they celebrate the occasion with all sorts of gatherings including weddings, naming ceremonies, parties, birthday parties, and church conventions to go for the vaccination to prevent contracting the COVID,” the Omanhene said.

He commended the government for the way it was handling the disease and advised the citizenry to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols.

Okofo Nyarkoh Eku admonished the people to abstain from indiscriminate sexual relationshipto avoid contracting HIV and AIDS.

“The recent figures of the increase in HIV/AIDS from the Ministry of Health were not pleasant and I want to appeal to the youth to desist from multiple sexual relations since the diseases still have no cure,” he cautioned.

On chieftaincy, Okofo Nyarkoh Eku urged the chiefs, queen mothers, kingmakers and heads of families to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing enstoolement of chiefs to avoid disputes.

He called for peaceful coexistence among the chiefs and the people in the Nyakrom Traditional Area to ensure effective transformation of the entire Agonaman in the years ahead.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr Foster Kofi Gyesi, the Agona Nyakrom District Commander, assured the chiefs and the people that the police would intensify their day and night patrols to reduce crime in the area.

“We have instituted more spot checks on the roads to support the patrol teams from the Agona Swedru Divisional Police Command to reduce accidents and to track down on criminals.”

Source: Ghana Web

When I started politics, Nana B was in school – Joseph Yamin

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Yamin, has said that people should stop comparing him to the National Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye, a.k.a. Nana B.

Speaking in an XYZ TV interview monitored by GhanaWeb, Yamin said that claims that he has similar traits as Nana B are false.

The NDC national organizer said that he is not in the same league as his NPP counterpart because he far outweighs him when it comes to experience.

“How can Nana B and I be the same? If you ask Nana B himself, he will tell you we are different. In the first place, I am older than him, so how can he be the same as me?

“… when I started politics, Nana B was in school. When I was regional secretary, Nana Ba was TESCON president. Do you know what it takes to be a regional secretary of a party?” he questioned in Twi.

He added that academics who are saying that he has the same traits as Nana B are just afraid of saying that he (Yamin) is better than him (Nana B).

Also, the NDC national organiser said that the NPP made a mistake when they elected their national executive before the NDC.

“The disservice they did to themselves is that they did not wait for us to have our national election before they did,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

5 Ghanaian private businessmen who can revive the economy in 2023

For an economy to thrive, private investors need to pump money into it by establishing businesses in the country.

Some of the money they make goes to the government in the form of taxes.

On the other hand, the citizens gain employment as these businesses are established, and would need persons to run them to witness growth.

What comes to mind when you hear the name Femi Otedola, Dangote? Your guess is as good as mine. These people are labelled as the richest men in Nigeria.

In Ghana, names like Osei Kwame Despite, Jospong, McDan, Ibrahim Mahama, and Sam Jonah are also known as top businessmen in the country.

But did you know that should these business magnates decide not to invest in the local economy, it would be wobbling?

One can argue that these men own chains of companies, support the government, and also solve one of the government’s major challenges, youth unemployment.

Below are the top 5 Ghanaian private businessmen

Ibrahim Mahama

Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian businessman and the founder of Engineers and Planners, the largest indigenously owned mining company in West Africa. He is also the owner of several other businesses in Ghana.

The mining company now employs over 3000 Ghanaian employees. Ibrahim Mahama has also invested in Asutsuare poultry farms, which was started in 2004 and produce 150,000 eggs and 10,000 live broilers a day.

He’s the owner of Dzata Cement Limited. Dzata Cement Company Ltd is touted as the first fully Ghanaian-owned cement processing factory.

The factory is located on about 10 acres of land near the Tema port. The over 200-million-dollar plant is expected to produces an average of 120 bags per minute from its two production lines.

The cement factory has a production capacity of 2.6 Million Tonnes per annum and this is the highest single cement facility in Ghana.

The factory has created five thousand direct and indirect jobs. It has provided employment opportunities for several thousands of Wholesalers and Retailers, across Ghana and the West African sub-region.

The factory commenced operations in August 2021. Osei Kwame Despite is an entrepreneur with a chain of media outlets, including UTV, Peace FM, under the name Despite Group of Companies. He owns Best Point Savings and Loans and has 50% shares in U2 Company Limited.

He also owns Neat Foods Company Limited which produces Neat Fufu, Neat Banku, Neat Abenkwan, Neat Hausa Koko, and Neat dairy products. The famous This Way Chocolate drink is also one of his products. Jospong

Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong is the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Company Limited.

This serial entrepreneur has employed several people in the sanitation sector. He currently owns Ignite Media; Metro TV, and Original FM/TV. McDan

Business magnate, Daniel McKorley is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the McDan Group of Companies.

McDan Group of Companies is a Ghanaian transportation and logistics company with operations in freight forwarding for land transports, sea freight, air freight and contract logistics.

He owns a private jet terminal at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. Sam Jonah

Sam Jonah is a Ghanaian businessman and the executive chairman of Jonah Capital, an equity fund based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was previously the president of AngloGold Ashanti and headed about 19 different companies.

His Jonah Capital is the second-biggest shareholder in the pan-African micro-lender, Bayport, and a major shareholder in Houses for Africa, a firm that offers middle-class residential construction projects and financing in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria.

Source: Ghana Web

The Cross Preachers Network donates to Future Stars Orphanage Home on Boxing Day

The Cross Preachers Network( T.C.P.N) visited the Future Stars Orphanage Home at Buduburam in the Central region to preach the gospel of Christ in a fun-fair style to orphans.

The group donated some cash and items to the home on Monday, December 26, a day earmarked to commemorate Boxing Day.

The T.C.P.N commemorated Boxing Day by sharing gifts with the orphans at the Future Stars Orphanage Home through several fun-fair activities.

Members of The Cross Preachers Network started by fraternizing with the Orphans through an introduction process followed by a powerful worship and praise session. A session the amazing kids of the home fully participated in with great joy.

The group engaged in a dancing competition with the orphans after the praises and worship session. The kids really displayed great dancing skills which amazed members of the T.C.P.N.

The Cross Preachers Network donated some cash and assorted drinks, bags of rice, sachet water, toiletries, dresses among others.

The founder of the prayer group, Bro Michael Nii Aryeetey presenting the donation on behalf of the group thanked the Lord for such a day and expressed his excitement.

He said the gesture shouldn’t be seen as just a donation but an appreciation to God for the amazing things He is doing in the lives of the kids.

He announced a return visit to the home next year.

Bro Michael Nii Aryeetey seized the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to everyone who supported the donation in kind or cash.

“I’m really happy The Cross Preachers Network made it a point to celebrate the Boxing Day with these amazing orphans on this day, It is significant and a great joy to bring word here and make declarations on the lives of these kids. I will like to first thank God almighty and everyone who supported us in cash or kind to put smiles on the faces of these orphans and call for more support for such gestures …” Nii Aryeteey noted.

The founder of Future Stars Orphanage Home, Mr. Shadrack Donkor after receiving the items thanked the payer group for the kind gesture and their time with the kids. He called for more support for the home.

“I want to say a big thank you to The Cross Preacher Network for the visit, on occasions such as this we want to share the little have with these kids, food items, clothes among others. We hope in the near future we will be able to joins hands with many organizations to extend a helping hand to the kids and reach out to many more kids…” he noted.

The Cross Preachers Network is an interdenominational prayer group made up of energetic young men and women in their youthful age based in Agege-Laststop, a suburb within Ablekuma West Municipality in Greater Accra. The group was established in early 2019 with the core mandate of spreading the gospel of Christ.

Source: Modern Ghana