Stonebwoy warms hearts as he sneaks behind Black Sherif to steal a hug

Stonebwoy stole the VGMA with a heartwarming moment with Black Sherif when a video of the two popped up online.

As seen in the video shared on social media, the “Gidigba” artiste was greeting some notable personalities, including Cheddar and Wode Maya, when he spotted Black Sherif.

Stonebwoy paused as if to think of a prank and then tapped Black Sherif’s shoulder, followed by a warm hug between the two artistes.

After the warm embrace, Stonebwoy whispered something into Black Sherif’s ear, and the two artistes, who were both nominated for the ‘Artiste of the Year’ category, laughed heartily before Stonebwoy went to find his seat.

The heartwarming moment between Stonebwoy and Black Sherif at the VGMA event has warmed the hearts of many, with fans and followers of the two artistes expressing their admirations for the camaraderie and support shown between them.

Source: Ghana Web

Your anti-LGBT utterance can cost the economy – NPP MP to Speaker of Parliament

The Member of Parliament for Anyaa Sowutuom, Dickson Adomako Kissi, has criticised the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, for his pronouncement on the acceptance of LGBTQI+ activities in Ghana.

According to the MP, Alban Bagbin can have his views on LGBTQI+ but his public utterance on it should be guided because of the position he holds.

Speaking in a GTV interview monitored by GhanaWeb, on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, Adomako Kissi added that the speaker’s utterance, if care is not taken, will jeopardise the government’s revenue mobilising efforts.

He explained the issue of LGBTQI is becoming more of a “turf war” which might seriously affect Ghana’s economy if care is not taken.

“I worry because this LGBT thing is almost going to be more of a proxy-type turf war… In the sense that it is not about LGBTQ or whatever it is but the fight for independence, liberty and rightly so in another context the liberty of those who are downtrodden.

“I worry because of the economic ties associated with either being for it (LGBT) or not and that is where I think that from a political-economic standpoint, we need to be very careful how to approach this,” he said.

“… it is very important that the speaker of parliament be mindful that when he goes out of the country and he talks on behalf of Ghana, it is no longer an individual talking but that position he holds. In that sense, I would plead with him… to carry out the same conversation with different wording.

“He has to be mindful of the economic nature or association with this new demand… even if the speaker personally has a stance when he is outside the shore of Ghana, his linguae should be guided by a team of people who give him the appropriate wording to use. His oration can shut down a lot of possible funding,” he reiterated.

Background:

Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, during his recent trip to the UK, said that Africa is not deterred by the veiled threats of withdrawal of investments and international aid and other stringent economic measures that have attended the continent’s effort at protecting its culture, values, and societal norms and to safeguard the future of its youth.

Speaking at a meeting with the members of the British House of Lords and the House of Commons at Westminster in London, Bagbin said: “Threats are not the way to go. If your neighbour or partner has a problem, you help him to solve it. Boycotts and threats do not solve problems: engagement and understanding do”.

The speaker also told the members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons that there is nothing wrong with the anti-LGBTQI+ bill the Parliament of Ghana is considering.

He added that Ghana needs laws on LGBTQI+ activities and parliament will ensure that these laws are enacted.

“There is nothing untoward; nothing wrong with the efforts by Ghana’s Parliament to legislate on the promotion of human sexual rights and family values in Ghana, using our constitution as a compass,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

Three groups team up to promote juvenile golf in Obuasi

Obuasi based NGO, Mama Love foundation has collaborated with a Ghana non-profit chari­ty organisation, Captain One Golf Society (Golf for all) as well as the Obuasi Golf Club to train children from foster homes, the needy and less privileged in Obuasi to develop interest in golf.

The initiative forms part of the ‘deprived kids project’ introduced by Captain One Golf Society and implemented by the Obuasi Golf club. The program kick-starts in Obuasi with children from the Mama Love foundation who are already

undergoing skills development training in dressmaking, hairdressing, bakeries, etc.

The girls will go through weeks of training to be equipped with the rudiments of the game of golf.

Speaking with the media, the Captain of the Obuasi Golf club, Stephen Dapaah said the initiative of the Captain One Golf Society aligns with the objectives of the Obuasi Golf club to demystify the notion that golf is meant for only the rich in the society and also develop the talent of Juvenile goffers in Obuasi.

“The Obuasi Golf club has established Golf academy which is to train kids, nurture them to be good golfers in future. We are working assiduously to bring more of the kids from different schools here onboard to come and learn golf. We want to appeal to parents to enrol their children to start learning the basics at a very early stage”, he explained.

The Secretary of the Obuasi Golf club, Paul Baah Nuakoh explained that, currently, they are training kids from Mama Love foundation as a pilot project which will be rolled out across the various children’s homes in Obuasi.

He talked about the benefits of golf as a sport. He said golf has social, financial and health benefits which are vital in the development of mankind.

He said: “Golf has enormous benefits hence we at Obuasi Golf club are committed to help our children learn the rudiments of the sports and the benefits involve”.

The President of Mama Love Foundation, Reverend Dr. Love Konadu said she was excited for enrolling kids from her foundation unto the program. She said though the girls are developing their skills in apprenticeship training, the lessons from golf will bode well for their development.

She lauded Captain One Golf Society and the Obuasi Golf club for their resolve in training kids to develop interest in golf.

“Over the years, we have embraced golf as an elitist sport so it was important that these groups are working to demystify that”, she stated.

According to the founder and president of Captain One Golf Society, Pius Ayeh Appiah, Golf is now played at the Olympic level and requires great talent to compete but currently very few people play golf in Ghana and majority of the few are from the well to do class but he believes that talent cuts across and

all must be given equal opportunity.

He added that the golf clubs and other golf societies are doing a lot to demystify the sport and correct certain misconceptions hindering certain groups of people from participating, but Captain One Golf Society wants to support this by focusing on the deprived who are neglected in our society.

“It is for this reason that we have the ‘Deprived Kids Project’. We want to have at least one care or vulnerable home attached to a golf club in the country”, he said.

Mr. Ayeh intimated that aside all the benefits of golf that the kids will get from this project, it is their belief that the children can progress to become professional golfers like Tiger Woods or professional golf coaches and earn the money that comes with it.

Key to their challenges, he added was funding. He called on organisations and philanthropists to come to their aid to make their dream come true for the deprived kids.

Source: Ghana Web

Chief Justice inaugurates circuit court at Assin Kyekyewere

Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah has inaugurated a state-of-the-art circuit court at Assin Kyekyewere in the Assin South District of the Central Region to bring justice to the doorsteps of the citizenry.

The court building, funded by the District Assembly through its common fund has other auxiliaries like a registrar’s office, bailiffs and docket rooms and residence for the judge

The rest are an information and communication (ICT) room and a standby generator for uninterrupted power supply.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Chief Justice, said the circuit court was the first circuit court spanning from Adansi North District in the Ashanti Region, New Edubiase in the Adansi South District, through Assin Fosu Municipality, Assin South District to Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese- District, all in the Central Region.

He noted that the existing circuit court were in Obuasi of the Ashanti Region and Cape Coast of the Central Region.

This circuit court, he said had brought great relief to the people of Assinman and others who travel from far and other communities to access a circuit court.

The Chief Justice informed and advised staff who would be posted to work there to protect the facilities and equipment at their disposal.

He pointed out that the judiciary was on course to build a justice system that would ensure litigants and citizens had efficient and quality justice delivery.

The inauguration of the Kyekyewere circuit court was witnessed by Rev. John Ntim-Fodjor, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South District, traditional leaders, religious bodies, and members of the community.

The MP was grateful to President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo for his immense investment in effective justice delivery.

With the circuit court in place, he advised residents not to take the law into their own hands but to report all cases to the Police for due process to ensure fairness.

He advised workers and staff of the circuit court, who would work there, to take utmost care of the facility to prolong its lifespan.

Barima Kwame Nkyi XIII, Paramount Chief of Assin Apemanim Traditional Area, expressed gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo for the construction of the court in the district.

He cautioned traditional leaders not to interfere in the justice delivery, but rather support them to work to administer justice to ensure law and order.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kadjebi pays cycle 81st and 82nd LEAP package to beneficiaries

A total of 6,545 Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) beneficiaries in the Kadjebi District have received their payment for the 81st and 82nd cycles.

The figure includes 2,159 males and 4,386 females from 2,037 households with a total of GH?318,812 disbursed to them.

Mr Wilson Agbanyo, Kadjebi District Chief Executive (DCE) disclosed this at the First Ordinary Meeting of the 4th Session of the Kadjebi District Assembly at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.

He said the project was meant to empower people to be economically independent thereby reducing poverty and improving their standards of living.

The DCE said 866 LEAP beneficiaries from nine communities were also enrolled onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for access to healthcare and that ‘for new NHIS registrations, a total of forty (40) people were registered; including 17 males and 23 females.’

Mr. Agbanyo said a total of 826 people including 406 males and 420 have also had their NHIS cards renewed.

On education, he said as part of measures to improve the learning outcomes in the education sector, the Ministry of Education has selected two schools namely; Kadjebi E.P and Pampawie D/A Junior High Schools to benefit from the Smart Classrooms project.

The DCE said the project aimed at equipping existing classrooms with teacher laptop with learning management classroom system, 50 tablets, projector, content access point, storage unit, virtual library, coding robotics A1 kit and curriculum and teacher 4.0 curricula and training.

He said these classrooms would promote the use of audio, video, animations, and images to enhance the teaching and learning process.

On security, Mr. Agbanyo said, an attempt to meet cattle farmers for discussion on ways to proactively quell potential issues of conflict between indigenous farmers and Fulani herdsmen failed.

He said the two factions in the Dodi-Atta Kofi Muslim community Chief Imam Succession case did not help to resolve the case, but ‘DISEC is monitoring the situation as we take steps to ban Friday prayers at the Mosque.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Effutuman looks forward to the inauguration of safe landing facility

Neenyi Ghartey VII, Effutu Oma Odefe on behalf of the Effutu Traditional Council and the entire citizenry of the area has thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu-Addo for the almost completed safe landing facility in Effutuman.

He stated that they were looking forward for the official inauguration to help curb the prevalence of unhygienic environment at the landed fish site over the years.

Neenyi Ghartey, who is also the President of Effutu Traditional Council, made the call in an address he delivered at a durbar on the theme: ‘Your participation makes a difference for development,’ as part of the 2023 Aboakyer Festival in Winneba.

At the durbar, the Oma Defe (Paramount Chief) receives the first catch of a live Deer from any of the two Asafo groups (Tuafo No.1 and Dentsefo No.2), who go hunting for a live deer as their religious and moral obligation to the Effutu Stool.

The Tuafo No 1 company, this year, brought the first catch to the durbar ground at exactly 10: 13hrs while the Dentsefo No 2, also brought their catch to the ground at 11:00 hours when the dignitaries, including Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan Central Regional Minister, Mr. Asamoah Boateng the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, delegation from the Effutu Charlottesville Sister City, representatives of the various Political parties, Municipal and District Chief Executives and others had left the ground.

Neenyi Ghartey was unhappy that a tree planting exercise at the hunting site which was part of the celebration was put on hold because cattle herdsmen had overgrazed and rendered part of the area bare and had also refused to leave and called on the Assembly to act quickly to avert any misunderstanding.

Neenyi Ghartey said climate change was real and it was the reason that their forebearers reserved some area for purposes other than human habitation.

He said the Ramsar site where they hunt for the sacrificial animal annually was one of such places not for human habitation but for religious and other sustainable environmental best practices.

‘It has been a tough battle maintaining the integrity of the hunting grounds which forms part of the Ramsar site because some people think that is the best area to reside and as such, the area is subjected to intense pressure from encroachers,’ he stated.

All the events done were to sustain their tradition to propitiate the deity and the souls of their ancestors for them to support their endeavours, bring all the sons and daughters of Effutuman home each year and help them to reflect on the past and plan for the future, Neenyi Ghartey said.

He also appealed to the government to construct an ultra-modern market for Effutu State adding that the present state of their market was not the best because foodstuffs were sold on the ground and on the surrounding streets which were blocked on market days.

‘We hope if our plight is duly considered by the government, it will go a long way to help protect the lives of our people from diseases that spread through unhygienic environment which had been a matter of serious concern to us over the years,’ he said.

Later in the afternoon, the divisional chiefs, Asafo groups and the entire people of Effutu carried Neenyi Ghartey in a palanquin amidst fromtomfron drumming, dancing, and chanting of Asafo war songs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GMMB marks African World Heritage Day with symposium in Cape Coast

The Ghana Heritage and Conservation Trust (GHCT) has appealed to Ghanaians to make concerted efforts to conserve and protect the country’s cultural, natural, and historic heritage to maintain its identity and promote sustainable development.

It said the various historic monuments and natural sites were not only economically valuable but also signalled the resilience of Ghanaians through the struggles of their ancestors and inspired optimism for the future.

Mr Isadore Armah, the Executive Director of GHCT, noted some heritage sites had gone extinct while some existing ones were diminishing in value owing threats such as climate change and uncontrolled development, hence the need for urgent action.

‘Our Africa heritage is a treasure that must be passed down to future generations and it is for all of us to ensure that we leave a good legacy for generations to benefit.

‘It is our collective responsibility to ensure that our heritage sites and cultural traditions are protected and preserved for the benefit of all,’ he said.

Mr Armah was speaking at a symposium held by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) in Cape Coast to mark the African World Heritage Day.

The day institute in 2015, is celebrated across Africa annually on May 05 to appreciate the continent’s unique and rich cultural and natural heritage and promote their sustainability.

Held on the theme: ‘African Natural and Cultural Heritage beyond Borders,’ the GMMB also unveiled quotes and pictures of some African freedom fighters sited at various points within the Cape Coast Castle where the event took place.

The symposium assembled students from selected second cycle and basic schools including Oguaa Senior High and Technical School, Philip Quaque Boys, Philip Quaque Girls, and Jacob Wilson Sey M/A Basic School.

The day was eventually crowned with a tour of the dungeons of the Castle.

Mr Armah indicated that while Africa was underrepresented on the World Heritage list with just 12 per cent, about 39 per cent of the listed facilities were endangered.

‘Many of Africa’s world wonders risk losing their universal value as a result of contemporary threats such as climate change, uncontrolled development, poaching, civil unrest and instability,’ he warned.

In Ghana, he said despite efforts by the Trust and its allied agencies to save the country’s legacy, they were hindered by numerous obstacles such as inadequate funding and resources, insufficient governance systems and a lack of political will.

‘Once we all put together a coordinated effort and we get the right financial support, we can maintain and ensure all of these monuments are restored,’ he said.

The GHCT Executive Director also highlighted the devasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on heritage sites, noting that many suffered significant damage and deterioration due to decreased tourism and the closure of cultural institution.

As a conservation measure, Mr Armah said there was the need to educate and raise awareness among citizens about the significance of the country’s heritage.

‘Educational activities, cultural events and heritage tourism are all capable of helping achieve the objective,’ he explained.

He also called for the establishment of international corporations and partnerships with other African countries to safeguard one another’s cultural heritage.

‘We need to improve heritage site management conservation which include creating and implementing effective conservation programmes and monitoring and evaluating the state of our sites to ensure they are adequately maintained,’ he added.

Mr Clifford Eshun, the Central Regional Director of GMMB, later told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that they needed more funding to keep the castles and forts in their acceptable state.

He indicated it was expensive and difficult to get original materials to replace damaged parts of the facilities, stressing that it required a lot of money and research.

He, however, stressed the Board’s commitment to manage and maintain the facilities under their care in the best possible way to engender the maximum benefit.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gallery: 2023 Aboakyer Festival climaxed with beautifultradition

After a week-long celebratorytraditional and social activities, the chiefs and people of Effutu in Winneba climaxed their annual Aboakyer Festival with a well attended durbar.

The colourful ceremony saw the best of Ghanaian culture in music, dance, language, and dressing.

The 2023 Aboakyer Festival was held on the theme: ‘Your Participation Makes a Difference for Development’.

The festival ended in joy and jubilation when the two Asafocompanies, Tuafo Number One and Dentsefo Number Two brought two live bushbucks at 10:10 hours and 11:20 hours, respectively.

The Effutus mark Aboakyer, which means ‘the capture of a live animal’ in Fante, as a sacrifice to their god, Penkye Otu, in appreciation of their safe migration from the ancient western Sudan Empire to their present home, Winneba.

The sacrifices have evolved over the years from a young member of the Royal Family to a live wild cat, and to the current live bushbuck.

Here are some moments from the festival captured by the Ghana News Agency.

Source: Ghana News Agency