Adjetey Anang supports Omotola’s call for authentic African representation in Hollywood films

Ghanaian actor Adjetey Anang, known by his stage name Pusher, has expressed his support for Nollywood actress Omotola Kalade-Ekeinde’s call for the western film industry to stop casting black Americans as Africans in their movies.

Speaking on Adom TV, Anang believes that the industry should instead explore native African talent.

“There is a need to bridge the gap since there are equally talented African-born actors and actresses who are more followed than those in the west,” Anang said.

He acknowledged that budget constraints are a significant factor hindering the African film industry. Without these constraints, he believes the world would have a different picture of the continent.

He also said, “At the end of the day, they determine the shots because they have the money. That means we should have investors in our industry to push big budgets.

“If it’s about us, we need to project ourselves, but I think it’s about time they explore our talented actors and actresses. In the spirit of globalization, we shouldn’t close all windows.”

In an interview with GhanaWeb at the Women of Valour event, Omotola urged western filmmakers to understand Africa’s complexity and to stop portraying Africans as different people while encouraging Africans to stand up for themselves. When you have roles for Africans, stop casting Americans as Africans. It makes no sense.”

In response, Anang said that having western actors and filmmakers present in Africa would boost the film industry entirely.

“Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba all want to do something here. It will be nice to see Samuel Jackson on a project here. There is a need to have that relationship so that we are not cut entirely.

“They have their fan base that we can gain from commercially to strengthen our base. Collaboration is good, but they need to give us that to portray our history,” he stated.

The actor further asked the western film industry to pay more attention to accents when producing movies about Africa.

“We West Africans have a way we talk. We all have slightly distinct accents. They generalize it, which is wrong. It comes from a specific place, and accents play a role when talking about someone’s story and history. That is why they need to explore some of these things and get the characterization right,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

Another accident at Akuse-Junction kills seven

Seven passengers perished in a dawn accident on Saturday, March 25, 2023, on the Tema-Akosombo highway.

The accident occurred on the accident-prone Akuse-Junction to Kpong section of the road in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal of the Eastern Region.

According to Police sources at Akuse, the accident, which occurred just before 6 am in front of the King David College, involved a Hyundai Mini Bus with registration number GB 4644 – 20 which was heading towards Tema from Juapong in the Volta Region and an articulator truck with registration number GT 6473-21 loaded with pavement blocks from Tema heading towards Akosombo.

Information gathered by GhanaWeb indicated that the Hyundai minivan attempted overtaking a sprinter bus in front of it. The attempted overtaking was said to have happened at a section of the road where a faulty sky bus with registration number GW 6464-22 had been abandoned for the past two weeks.

The Hyundai driver which found itself in the lane of the articulator during the failed overtaking attempted veering back to its lane after sensing danger.

Unfortunately, it was too late with the nearness of the articulator truck leaving it very little time to save the situation as it rammed into the Hyundai.

The impact of the crash resulted in the Hyundai somersaulting several times with the head of the driver’s mate said to have been crushed in the process and a female passenger completely decapitated.

Six occupants including four females and two males out of the eight persons aboard the vehicle died on the spot while one more died from the injuries at the Akuse Government Hospital where the victims were rushed.

Their remains have been deposited at the morgue of the facility for preservation and autopsy while one critically injured occupant remains on admission.

Officials of the Akuse Police Command, Ghana National Fire Service and the National Ambulance Service responded to the carnage and helped convey the dead and injured to the hospital.

Accident prone area

The Akuse-Junction to Kpong stretch of the Tema-Akosombo highway is an accident-prone area, claiming many lives over the years.

Nine persons were crushed to death on the night of 31st December 2021 while two persons before that also died on February 22, 2021, in an accident on the same stretch.

Overspeeding, parking of vehicles on the shoulders of the road and the absence of road markings have been identified as key contributory factors of accidents on the road.

Source: Ghana Web

Andre Ayew out of second leg game in Angola

Andre Ayew Captain of the senior national team the Black Stars will not be part of the squad that will travel to Angola for the second leg AFCON qualifier against the Palancas Negras on Monday. Ayew, who was not part of the squad that played in the first leg, is injured, hence the decision to keep him out of the squad. The Captain according to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) slipped last Thursday on his way to the dressing room and sustained a knee injury. The GFA said after an MRI scan, Ayew was declared unfit for the match. Also missing the trip are Mohamed Salisu, who failed to make the team in the first match and Alexander Dziku who sustained a last-minute injury in the game against Angola last Thursday. The Black Stars would fly to Angola with a chartered flight on Saturday evening for the crucial second leg game.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana legend Michael Essien celebrates Cristiano Ronaldo for setting new record

Former Ghana midfielder, Michael Essien, has congratulated ex-teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, after he broke the record for most international appearances in men’s football.

The Portuguese superstar set a new record after making his 197th appearance for the 2016 European champions in the Euro qualifiers against Liechtenstein.

Ronaldo, who scored a brace in the 4-0 win over Liechtenstein, surpassed Kuwait legend, Bader Al-Mutaw, to reach his new feat.

Essien played together with Ronaldo during his brief loan spell in Spain with European giants Real Madrid.

“Another great achievement, Congratulations my man Cristiano Ronaldo. Well done. Keep going,” he wrote on Twitter.

Essien these days works as assistant manager at Danish outfit FC Nordsjaelland while Ronaldo left Manchester United in January to join Saudi giants Al Nassr.

The former Ghana international enjoyed a stellar career before hanging his boots in 2019. He played for several clubs including Chelsea, AC Milan and Olympique Lyon.

Source: Ghana Web

Residents acknowledge the challenges of bearing many children

The residents of Kagu, a community in the Wa Municipality, have acknowledged the challenges associated with bearing many children and the difficulty in adequately caring for their basic needs. The residents said properly feeding the children and providing for their education and health needs for them to grow into responsible adults were difficult and stressed the need for birth control to adequately cater for them. ‘We have to reduce the number of children we give birth to so that we can educate them very well,’ Madam Matilda Saadong, a resident, said during a Social and Behavior Change (SBC) forum at the community. The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) organised the event in partnership with UNICEF and Children and Youth in Broadcasting (CYIB Curious Minds) to sensitise the community to adopt some initiatives and behaviours that could auger well for their personal and community development. While some men at the event contended that they could care for any number of children they gave birth to, Madam Charity Batuure, the Upper West Regional Director of the Department of Gender, indicated that feeding the children alone was not enough for their holistic development. She stressed the need for the proper education of the children for them to become beneficial to their families and society and not only to feed them and give them parcels of land to farm. ‘If two of your children gain admission into the nursing training college, what will you do to pay their fees? ‘If you really think you want your children to be properly educated, then, bearing ten children will not be an option. ‘If we want our children to grow and become beneficial to us then, we should reduce the number of children we give birth to,’ she advised. She said some parents, by their actions and inactions, encouraged their children, especially girls, to engage in certain behaviours that were detrimental to their lives and appealed to parents to live up to their responsibilities of ensuring the proper growth of the children. Madam Batuure also advised girls to take advantage of educative programmes and activities to develop themselves into useful citizens. Mr Kingsley Obeng-Kyere, the Programme Manager for the SBC project, advanced the need for prioritising the needs of both the girls and the boys to achieve holistic national development. ‘UNICEF is always concerned about the development of every child and in every community, the girl child is important because they form a significant part of our population. We cannot help developing the boys alone and leave the girls out, and if we are talking about the girls’ development too, we cannot leave out the boys because they will share the society and remain together,’ he explained. Mr Obeng-kyere, who is also the Executive Coordinator of Curious Minds, said the GBC-UNICEF-Curious Minds SBC platform was a learning curve for communities to adopt best practices that promoted their personal and community development. Naa Salifu Zakaria, the chief of the Kagu community, called on the community members to take their wards’ education very seriously to ensure they grow to become better people in the future. He said SBC was not about bathing and dressing nicely but about ensuring every child had access to education and appealed for adequate classroom blocks for the Kagu Basic School to ensure their children receive a better education. The participants were also sensitised on good nutrition, good health practices and the need for them to accept the COVID-19 vaccination.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dede Ayew pulls out of Black Stars squad – Reports

Black Stars skipper, Andre Dede Ayew, has reportedly pulled out of the Black Stars squad ahead of their trip to Angola.

According to reports, Ayew’s withdrawal is due to a knee injury he suffered during Ghana’s 1-0 win over Angola in Kumasi on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

The 34-year-old has been excused by the team doctors to travel back to England for further assessment.

The Nottingham Forest man, who was an unused substitute, is said to have picked up the knock during warm-up for the game.

The Black Stars after a recovery session on Friday have departed to Accra to continue preparations before their trip to Luanda.

The team is expected to travel to Luanda on Sunday for the return leg which is scheduled for Monday, March 27, 2023.

Source: Ghana Web

I promise to help close developmental gap in Nkwanta South-Osei-Nyarko

Mr Narayana Osei-Nyarko, a parliamentary candidate hopeful for the Nkwanta South Constituency, Oti Region, in the National Democratic Congress primaries, has expressed his resolve to help close the developmental gap in the Constituency and the region when elected. Mr Osei-Nyarko spoke in an interview with Ghana News Agency (GNA) after submitting his nomination forms to executives at the party’s constituency office in Nkwanta on Wednesday. ‘I promise the people of Nkwanta South a dyadic representation at the House of Legislature: lobbying the appropriate authorities to close the developmental gaps in Nkwanta South Constituency, and I promise to give them very good reasons to be proud of me as their MP in 2025 and beyond,’ he said. He told GNA, his motivation for joining the Parliamentary Candidacy race was to win political power, to have a voice and the required power to offer service to his constituents in particular, and Ghana in general. Mr Osei-Nyarko who is an entrepreneur in the Construction and Housing industry said, ‘I’m already engaged in a lot of social services in the constituency in my own small way, and so having the opportunity in an official capacity will give me some impetus and energy to do more and set new standards.’ Last year, Narayana Support System, a non-governmental organization that Mr Osei-Nyarko founded, constructed and handed over a 12-seater modern toilet facility to the Chiefs and people of Kabiti in Nkwanta South. In the same year also, Denteka Construction and Housing Ltd, where he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), donated a multipurpose printer and accessories to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in the district. ‘I am highly optimistic that the delegates of Nkwanta South NDC will elect me as their Parliamentary Candidate to lead the party into victory,’ he said The NDC opened nominations for the election of its Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates for the 2024 General Election from the midnight of February 22, 2023. The submission and filing of nomination forms began Monday, March 20, and ended Wednesday, March 22. Vetting of the aspirants would be held from Monday, March 27, to Wednesday, March 29. After the vetting, aspirants who have issues with the vetting process would have the opportunity to appeal from March 30, to April 6 after which the election would come off on May 13, 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Thomas Tuchel replaces Nagelsmann as new Bayern Munich manager

Former Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has been appointed as the new Bayern Munich head coach, replacing outgone trainer Julian Nagelsmann.

Tuchel, who was sacked by Chelsea in September 2022, has penned a two-year deal with the Bavarians.

The record Bundesliga holders officially made the announcement in a Twitter post on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

“Thomas Tuchel will receive a contract until 30th June 2025 and will supervise squad training for the first time on Monday.”

The former Paris Saint-German manager replaces Nagelsmann who was axed by Bayern on Friday.

Nagelsmann, who took charge of Bayern in 2021, won 60 of his 84 games, winning just one Bundesliga trophy and two German Super Cups.

For Tuchel, this will be his third Bundesliga side as a coach after managing Mainz O5 and Borussia Dortmund.

Source: Ghana Web