Slim Buster accuses Fred Nuamah, Abeiku Santana, Kwasi Aboagye, others of collapsing Ghana music industry

Ghanaian musician, Slim Buster has accused prominent figures in the country’s music space of blocking the success of many artists.

Speaking in an interview with GH Page on April 23, 2023, he identified Fred Nuamah, Kwasi Aboagye, Abeiku Santana, and others as people who have created enemies with artists and facilitated their downfall, adding that he, along with other musicians like EL, were victims of these industry influencers whom he called “secret enemies.”

According to Slim Buster, these individuals use their power and influence to block the success of up-and-coming musicians.

He claimed that Kwasi Aboagye and Abeiku Santana among others demand payment from artists in exchange for playing their music on radio, and if an artist refuses to pay, they instigate other DJs to block their music.

“I am telling you, the house I built is through music and a lot of things that I did was through music. But the problem is, in Ghana when you are growing up in music, you tend to meet your enemies, that is why I told you that people fall back because we meet our enemies on the way.

“And I can mention names of the people who blocked the chances, one has to do with the Ghana Music Awards…fortunately and unfortunately, we had somebody like Fred Nuamah who is another bad actor, a bad human being who collapsed the industry.

“We have people like Fred Nuamah, we have people like Kwasi Aboagye, who will tell you that they won’t play your music if you don’t pay them…these are the people that blocked a lot of musicians, and I am saying this confidently because I don’t hate anybody and they don’t invest anything.

Slim Buster expressed frustration that Ghanaian musicians often have to invest significant amount of money in their careers, only to be held back by these influential figures. He believes that their actions are holding back the Ghana music industry from reaching its full potential.

The musician emphasized that he does not hate anyone and that his claims were based on personal experiences.

“You come to Ghana, invest a lot of money, and meet these people who become your secret enemies. And one thing is that when you get an issue with him, he will call all other DJs and ensure they block you. They did it to me and not me alone, they did it to Nana Kwame, they did it to EL. The problem is when you invest money and have people like these presenters, who want to become stars…the Abeiku Santana’s and co, then there is a problem…that is why our music doesn’t go far,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Legendary Ghanaian musician Samini will headline the maiden edition of the Adonko Ghana Festival Ohio.

The five-day festival themed “Upholding Ghanaian Culture, the Columbus Way” is scheduled for August 3–7, 2023, and is expected to attract over 1000 people from around the world.

Samini, who is a multiple award-winning musicians, has been announced as the face of the festival, which would witness some exciting activities, including an investment forum, a taste of Ghana, a tour of Columbus, and a Thanksgiving service, among others.

Madam Tricia Quartey, the Communication and Marketing Director for the festival, speaking at a colourful launch in Accra, said the festival seeks to create a platform for cultural exchange between Accra and Columbus, Ohio.

“Accra and Ohio share a unique bond, and the upcoming festival offers a good platform to celebrate that relationship.

“This relationship was established in 2015 with the goal of promoting culture and boosting economic ties between the two cities.

“The birth of the Ghana Festival Ohio seeks to strengthen the relationship between the Ghanaian community and the Columbus community, as well as promote understanding between the two cultures,” she said.

Madam Quartey also noted that the festival is also targeted at celebrating the tremendous role Ghanaians have played in the development of Ohio.

Samini, for his part, was elated to be part of the festival and looks to showcase Ghanaian music, arts, and culture, among others.

“We are promoting Ghana to the world, and I am willing to support anything that would lead to the growth of Ghanaian culture in the diaspora.

“So we would run a competition on social media where people would have to wear traditional clothing, and the winner would get to win a prize,” he stated.

Samini urged Ghanaians to support this course of promoting Ghanaian culture to the outside world, as it would benefit Ghana’s tourism.

Source: Ghana Web

WHO launches new pandemic prevention plan, as COVID deaths fall 95%

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, 26 April 2023, launched a new initiative to help strengthen countries’ ability to plan for, and deal with, another deadly pandemic like COVID-19, as latest figures show a huge fall in COVID deaths this year.

The guidance provides a joined-up approach for responding to the threat or arrival of any respiratory pathogen such as flu or the range of coronaviruses that can rapidly mutate into different variants.

According to WHO, the new Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threat Initiative (PRET), incorporates the latest tools and approaches for shared learning and collective action established during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other recent public health emergencies.

In his regular weekly briefing in Geneva, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said “We’re very encouraged by the sustained decline in reported deaths from COVID-19, which have dropped 95 per cent since the beginning of this year.”

He, however, cautioned that some countries are seeing increases in reported cases as some 14,000 people have lost their lives to covid in the past four weeks.

He indicated that with the emergence of the new XBB.1.16 variant shows, the virus is still changing, and is still capable of causing new waves of disease and death.

According to Dr Tedros, covid has come to stay and all countries will need to learn to manage it alongside other infectious diseases.

PRET’s new approach

PRET focuses on improving pandemic preparedness for groups of pathogens based on their mode of transmission. It recognises that there are three tiers of systems and capacities relevant for pandemic preparedness: those that are cross-cutting for all or multi-hazards, those that are relevant for groups of pathogens (respiratory, arboviruses etc.), and those that are specific to a pathogen.

The aim is to strengthen existing systems and capacities, and to fill gaps. This approach avoids siloes, promotes coherence and efficiency, and helps streamline actions at the time of a pandemic.

With the ever-present risk of an influenza or other respiratory pathogen pandemic, PRET’s first module looks at pandemic preparedness for respiratory pathogens. PRET will develop more modules for other pathogen groups as we move forward. Each module is intended to be a living document so that new learnings and innovations are incorporated over time.

Source: Ghana Web

The plight of a Ghanaian worker

We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to the thousands of Ghanaian workers for their unwavering dedication and commitment towards nation building in spite of the insurmountable exigencies.

Over the years, work has contributed considerably to impressive progress in human development. However the progress has been uneven with significant human deprivations and large human potentials remain unused (UNDP 2015).

In the grand scheme of things, policy options for enhancing human development through work have to be built around three broad clusters: (1) creating more work opportunities to expand work choices, (2) ensuring workers’ well-being to reinforce a positive link between work and human development and (3) targeted actions to address the challenges of specific groups and contexts.

Besides, an agenda for action to build momentum for change is needed pursuing a three-pillar approach—a New Social Contract, a Global Deal and the Decent Work Agenda (UNDP, 2015).

“Work is intrinsic to human development. From a human development perspective, the notion of work is broader and deeper than that of jobs or employment alone” (HDR 2015).

As a matter of fact and observation, when positive, work provides benefits beyond material wealth and fosters community, knowledge, strengthens dignity and inclusion. Nearly a billion workers in agriculture, 450 million entrepreneurs, 80 million workers in health and education, 53 million domestic workers, 970 million voluntary workers contribute to human progress globally (HDR).

Regrettably, however, over the years, a Ghanaian worker has received a raw deal, and continues to work through unfavourable working conditions despite dint of effort.

In recent years, there have been countless strike actions as a result of fruitless contract negotiations between the hiring authorities and the employees.

Take, for instance, somewhere in 2015, the medical doctors working in the country’s health centres quit their consulting rooms indefinitely and threatened to carry out mass resignations if the Mahama government failed to improve their conditions of service.

A few days after the medical doctors’ agitation, pharmacists and psychiatric nurses left their posts, requesting improved working conditions and unpaid allowances and salaries.

Moreover, following unsuccessful talks, teachers in public universities declared an indefinite strike to demand payment of their 2014 and 2015 book and research allowances.

According to the university teachers association, the Mahama government egregiously failed to acknowledge receipt of several letters they have written requesting payment of the allowances, which led to their decision to boycott the lecture rooms.

The then president of the association, Dr Samuel Ofori Bekoe, stated in a statement: “We will not take part in any academic work until our demands are met.”

Dearest reader, if you may recollect, somewhere in 2014, the university teachers declared a similar strike, lasting five weeks, which was to compel the government to release the book and research allowances.

In the same year, teachers and education workers union warned the NDC administration it might also join the strike bandwagon if issues about their conditions of service were not addressed.

Besides, about 3,000 mid-wives and nurses in the country also threatened to occupy the finance and health ministries if the Mahama government failed to pay their allowances and salaries.

But despite public outcry for the erstwhile NDC government to address the pressing issues in the public sector, especially, the health area, the Mahama administration blatantly failed to act.

Suffice it to state that the doctors were incensed by former President Mahama’s lack of concern and vowed to intensify their strike action by withdrawing emergency services (see: www.theafricareport.com/West-Africa/labour-unrest-rocks-ghanas-public-sector.html).

So, who says that all politicians have the wellbeing of an ordinary Ghanaian worker at heart?

Source: Ghana Web

We will sue Ofori-Atta’s Databank when Akufo-Addo leaves office – Martin Kpebu

Private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, has vowed to take legal action against Databank, a company owned by Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, after President Akufo-Addo leaves office.

Kpebu is accusing Ofori-Atta, who is a cousin to the president, of advising the government on loans that benefit his own company, calling it a clear conflict of interest and an act of corruption, and has thus warned that he will initiate legal action to ensure the retrieval of such monies by the state.

“Less than 20 months or thereabout, President Akufo-Addo will be going with Ofori-Atta. They’re going to be out of government, then we’ll go to court. They will vomit it. We’ll take this money back. The money Databank made from the bonds, we’ll take it back. Not here in Ghana. Are we fools?” he said.

“You come and promise that you’re the philosopher king, incorruptible, “I’m not corrupt” then we vote for you and then clearly, so blazingly, very nauseating, broad daylight then you put Databank there and they’re making hundreds of millions of dollars from our bonds,” he lamented on the Saturday, April 29, 2023, edition of Key Point on TV3.

He also criticized the Akufo-Addo government for causing hardship for Ghanaians while enriching themselves and called for the NPP to be voted out of government.

“Today our people are dying; today people can’t buy drugs; today people are starving; today people can’t pay rent; and you have become richer. We’ll take that money back as long as we live,” he added.

Ghana is currently going through severe economic hardship, which has had a serious impact on the cost of living for its citizens.

The government is seeking to remedy the situation through a $3 billion International Monetary Fund facility.

However, critics of the finance minister say the minister and, in extension, the government bear responsibility for the economic challenges arising fromA what they say is reckless borrowing since assuming office.

Source: Ghana Web

Sudan evacuation: 74 Ghanaian nationals expected in Accra on May 2

The first batch of 74 Ghanaian nationals being evacuated from war-torn Sudan will be airlifted from Addis Ababa to Accra on Tuesday, May 2, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has said.

The Ministry in a statement, shared with the Ghana News Agency, said 76 Ghanaian nationals had successfully crossed the Sudan-Ethiopia border with the assistance of officials of the Ghana Embassy in Ethiopia and were currently in Addis Ababa.

It said arrangements were in place to fly 74 of them to Accra on Tuesday May 2.

Additionally, one footballer and two engineers had been assisted by officials of the Ghana Embassy in Egypt to cross over the Egyptian border post of Wadi Halfa, north of Sudan, while two other footballers were going through immigration formalities, itsaid.

“The Ministry wishes to reiterate its commitment to evacuate all willing Ghanaians nationals in Sudan to safety to neighbouring countries such as Egypt and Ethiopia,” it assured.

It, therefore, urged those in need of assistance to take note of the details of the following persons who were on standby to help them to cross the respective borders.

For Egypt, Peter Okoe Agoe Allswell can be contacted by phone number +201-55441-4228, whereas, for Ethiopia, Samuel Asante can be contacted by phone number +251-94242-1242.

Also for Sudan, Osama Ataaelmanna can be reached on Whatsapp number +249-92920-0000/+249-91239-2570.

The statement said the Ministry would continue to keep the public abreast of new development regarding the evacuation exercise.

Source: Ghana Web

Pru East ambulance grounded over faulty injectors

The ambulance donated to the Pru East district in the Bono East Region as part of the government’s flagship programme One-Constituency-One-Ambulance has been grounded over faulty injectors.

According to Accra 100.5 FM’s reporter Twum Barimah, the ambulance has been grounded for the last four months.

He told the host of the Ghana Yensom morning show, Odehyeeba Kofi Essuman, that the ambulance could not be moved to Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital for servicing because of the faulty injectors.

He said patients have to cough up close to GHC1,700 to GHC2,000 for the services of an ambulance in view of the situation.

He said the situation has been a source of worry to some well-meaning people in the district.

Alhaji Adams Abdullai, the Municipal Chief Executive of Pru East District Assembly, confirmed that the vehicle had been faulty.

He said the vehicle is grounded because parts for fixing it are unavailable.

“The officer in charge at Yeji has given the assurance that an order has been placed for the parts,” he added.

He said the Assembly is planning to have the vehicle fixed by the end of the month to help save the situation.

He added that the Assembly will take steps to have the vehicle fixed by early next week if the parts from the workshop of the National Ambulance Service delays.

Source: Ghana Web

Project to improve prostate cancer care among GAF men launched

A Prostate Cancer Early Detection Project has been launched to improve prostate cancer diagnosis, care and management for men aged 40 years and above in the Ghana Armed Forces.

The project, initiated by Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson and Johnson in partnership with the Ghana Armed Forces, aims at increasing awareness, screening, early detection and treatment of prostate cancer to ensure the survival of patients.

Mr Henry Osei-Agyekum, Country Manager of Janssen who was speaking at the project launch in Accra, said the project would build the capacity of health promotion and medical officers at 24 selected military installations across the country to screen more patients and increase early detection of the disease.

He said a total of 2500 semi-quantitative Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test kits for screening had been procured under the project to screen 2500 servicemen across the country.

Mr Osei-Agyekum said that would help reduce prostate cancer deaths among servicemen.

“Once we can detect prostate cancer early and bring the diagnosed patients into care, they have a greater chance of being treated, and their quality of life will be drastically improved,” he said.

The Country Manager of Janssen said the project launch was a great example of how public-private partnerships could address the unmet needs of patients and strengthen healthcare systems in Ghana.

He said 50 medical officers and 34 health promotion officers would be trained to perform digital rectal examinations to support the screening and early diagnostic activities across the country.

Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of the Defense Staff, said “Prostate Cancer when detected early can potentially be cured, unfortunately in our context, most cases are diagnosed late due to a low prostate cancer disease awareness among the population,” he said.

He said the project would ensure a comprehensive uptake of prostate cancer management bills to overcome the” Out-of-Pocket” hurdle.

The Chief of Defense Staff said the project was in line with the national strategy for cancer control as well as the National Policy for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.

Source: Ghana Web