Akosua Agyapong reveals plans to use Nima boys to fight GHAMRO at Akwaboah Snr’s event

Veteran Highlife musician Akosua Agyapong has made explosive allegations against the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), hinting at organizing a group of individuals from Nima to ensure that GHAMRO executive members would not be allowed to attend Akwaboah Senior’s One-Week funeral observation.

In a 3news.com report, she accused the members of neglecting the late Kwadwo Akwaboah, when he was in need and expressed her determination to do everything in her power to prevent GHAMRO executives from attending the event.

According to Akosua Agyapong, GHAMRO’s executives frequently cheat and neglect musicians who are in dire need, instead diverting a significant portion of the musicians’ royalties for their benefit.

“The collectors of the Organization’s royalties received ¢433,000 as commission, as indicated in GHAMRO’s 2021 annual report,” revealed Akosua Agyapong.

She also disclosed that the executives received ¢132,000 as a sitting allowance and refreshments for their board meetings, according to the same report.

“If it so happens that in the case of Kwadwo Akwaboah, who told me before his death that he only received ¢250 as royalties, what does that amount to, if not cheating?” Akosua Agyapong wondered.

Akosua further questioned the fairness of this allocation when considering the case of Kwadwo Akwaboah, who allegedly informed her before his death that he had only received ¢250 as royalties.

She argued that such a meagre amount amounted to nothing short of cheating on the part of GHAMRO.

In light of the perceived mistreatment of artistes, Akosua Agyapong declared that she would take drastic measures to prevent any GHAMRO executive from participating in the one-week funeral observation, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 30 in Trede, the hometown of Akwaboah Sr., situated in the Ashanti Region.

Source: Ghana Web

A pilgrimage to Asamankese – Celebrating 100 years of the Pentecost Experience in Ghana

Feel the Physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the form of a “pillar of fire” at Asamankese in 1923, the great gathering on 20th May, 2023 and why you should visit Asamankese this year!

Be a Pilgrim!

Focus on your life, see God and your community differently, and so much more. From ancient times till now, people of diverse faith continuously desire to maintain spiritual and intimate relationship with the Supreme God-YHWH. One of the ways by which people forge, maintain and renew this spiritual connection is through pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is a trip made to a holy place for religious reasons. A Christian pilgrimage is a journey to a significant place with the intention of encountering God in Christ.

To embark on a pilgrimage is not merely to visit a place to admire nature’s beauty, art or history. To make time for a pilgrimage experience really means to step out of yourself in order to have a concrete encounter with God in places where He has visited and revealed himself, where His grace and mercy have shone with particular splendour, bringing a transformational experience and bearing fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe. Christians go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to other places associated with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, His death and resurrection. Pilgrims go to many other places where God visited in both solemn and dramatic ways to establish His name and covenant with mankind.

In the Bible, Jesus Christ and His parents went on a pilgrimage every year when he was a boy. (Luke 2:41-42.). There was a man called Elkanah who lived in Ramah, but went on an annual pilgrimage to Shiloh to offer sacrifices to the Lord with his two wives; Peninnah and Hannah. It was at this place that “pilgrim Hannah” (1 Samuel 1:9-28) made a vow and covenanted with God for a child, and she got more than she asked for. She had five (5) more children apart from Samuel. Great testimonies born by pilgrims in the past and present times, is an assurance of your own testimony this year as you choose to become a pilgrim at Asamankese.

There You Shall Go …

God is a Spirit and is not limited by time, space and matter, He is omnipresent. (Psalm 139:7-12, Jeremiah 23:24) The prefix omni- originates in Latin and means “all”. So, to say that God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere at all times with no exceptions. There is no place you can be that God is not present. The attribute of God as omnipresent means he is both transcendent and immanent. He lives in time and beyond time and occupies every atom in nature.

God is omnipresent but humans are not, as humans, we are bound by time, space and matter. Thus, though God is everywhere humans cannot easily locate His presence unless He reveals Himself to us. “Those who seek Him find Him” (Matt. 7:7). God chooses to show His presence to mankind in diverse ways. He may reveal Himself in one form or another at different situations. God in Christ chose to step into time at a place in order to mingle with mankind. We as a people encounter the Presence of God at a place, where He chooses to establish His name in time. “But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go”. (Deuteronomy 12:5). For instance, God asked Moses to come up to Him at the Mt. Sinai where Moses had an encounter with the LORD. (Ex. 24:1-18). Certainly, there are place(s) that we go because the name of God is honoured in those places and His presence is evident in these places in concrete ways through the signs and wonders He performs. It is good to be in the company of other saints in a gathering at one place in time to encounter God’s presence and power together, in these meetings we all practically become a living tabernacle of our God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There are many places and spaces around the world where God at a particular point in time chooses to make His light shine and loves to spark a transformational relationship with mankind. We speak of a particular place in the then Gold Coast now Ghana known as Asamankese where God chose to show Himself in a spectacular manner as we will soon discuss in this paper.

God Chose Ghana (Gold Coast) And Asamankese

Hundred years ago, there was a dramatic experience at Asamankese similar to the Pentecost experience which the apostles of Jesus encountered at Jerusalem. God poured out His Holy Spirit and manifested physically in the form of a “pillar of fire” on top of the church building where a group of people had gathered to pray during a revival programme. In his book titled “Pentecostalism: The Eddies of Ghanaian Christianity;(pg100), Emmanuel K. Larbi noted that, more people were added to Peter Anim’s group after the incident which happened on 20th May 1923.Their faith was sharpened and many miracles took place in those days. The church is the Christ Apostolic Church International, and as the founder, Apostle Peter Kwaku Manasseh Anim was the leader of the prayer group since its inception in 1917. God chose Asamankese to demonstrate His great power and grace for a reason, and you are part of that reason as a Ghanaian and an African. On 20th May 2023, there will be a great gathering at Asamankese to launch the 100th year celebration of this great visitation and awakening.

A little background information may help to appreciate this great day very well. As mentioned, a Biblical example of this experience is what happened in Jerusalem in 33 AD, when the promise of God was fulfilled, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles as tongues of fire as recorded in the book of Acts 2:1-3. This great visitation also occurred in the United States of America at a place called, Azuza. The Azusa Street Revival beginning in the spring of 1906, largely spawned the worldwide Pentecostal movement. It was led by William J. Seymour, an African-American preacher in Los Angeles, California. The revival began on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915.

Three places among others that this great awakening of mankind by the visitation of the Almighty God has happened in the history of the world include; Jerusalem in 33AD, California in 1906 and Asamankese in 1923. In Africa it’s happened only in Ghana. There is God and He can be trusted to faithfully engage mankind by stepping into time in whatever form and place He chooses.

The Asamankese Experience: The Seal of Ghanaian Pentecostalism

The Asamankese experience is simply the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in all forms upon those who believed which culminated in the physical manifestation of fire from heaven at Asamankese on May 20th,1923. The Holy Spirit is the seal of salvation for all believers. (Ephesians 4:30) God’s approval and empowerment are demonstrated by the presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit, the apostles waited for the Spirit as a seal and an approval to begin their ministry. Without the Holy Spirit, God is not present, His presence and power is carried and released by His Spirit. God’s promise in Joel (Joel 2:28-29) was fulfilled in Jerusalem, in Azuza, also in Asamankese and continues to be fulfilled in us as a sign of God’s approval, the seal of the Holy spirit like flames of fire. The “Trinity” of Ghanaian Pentecostal churches -The Christ Apostolic Church International (CAC), The Church of Pentecost (COP) and the Apostolic church-Ghana which have formed the bedrock out of which other charismatic churches in Ghana have emerged, all begun from the “Asamankese Experience”; an initiative of God through his servant Apostle Peter Newman Anim. From small beginnings bewildered with great weaknesses of diseases, poverty etc., men and women of a small prayer group led by Peter Anim to the great visitation of the Almighty God with fire from heaven to assuage vulnerabilities into power and dominion with God’s total salvation for both soul and body. Professor Asamoah-Gyadu had this to say in his book titled African Charismatics: Current Developments Within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana: Western Mission-Related Pentecostal Denominations, (pg. 23)-The Church of Pentecost (COP) is one out of three ‘Apostolic’ churches (talking about CAC, COP and APOSTOLIC CURCH-GHANA) to emerge from the initiative of Apostle Peter N. Anim (1890–1984) and his subsequent collaboration with the British Apostolic missionaries James and Sophia McKeown.

Asamankese is a place where God chose to reveal His grace to Ghanaians and Africa like never before. No fairy tales and no drama, God being God by concretely and vividly revealing Himself to mankind to shut the voice of unbelief, skepticism and Satan. God has chosen to place His name there, and we must go there at least once in a life time to worship. All believers in Ghana and Africa should not take this for granted. God chose an indigenous Ghanaian man, an African to light the flames of Christian spirituality in Ghana, Africa and other parts of the world, especially with the advent of the British Apostolic missionaries James and Sophia McKeown to the Gold coast in 1937. God has visited us and left us with trails to follow so we could find Him in all the events that unfolded and that which continues to unfold in the life of the people who have believed and the churches connected to this great awakening and revival; The Christ Apostolic Church International, the church of Pentecost, the Apostolic church Ghana and all the charismatic churches that have sprung out of these Pentecostal churches. God is still working and writing His-Story. A simple pilgrimage to Asamankese will earn you a spot in this God story. Tap into the revival and rally behind the fire to experience this great grace for the next level.

The Same God, Different Cultures and A Distinct People

God responds to us with His love and grace (Roman 5:8), He descends into our cultures to solve our common and particular problems when we call, thus he comes to us just as we are, wherever we are and however he chooses to come. God does not come based on another man’s standard, problem or prescription. God has shown His unconditional love to many people of different cultures and nations. Pentecostal stirrings across the world follow the same pattern, from Jerusalem to Azuza to Asamankese and to many other places without having to think that one is the export or spillover of the other. In Ghana, the Pentecostal move that was sealed on May 20th ,1923 by the physical manifestation of the fire of the Holy Spirit at Asamankese is without the direct influence of any foreign mission. God used the local men and women to start a global revival and ministry.

Taking the intercultural perspective of viewing Pentecostal history as advocated by Walter J. Hollenweger and sanctioned by Asamoah-Gyadu, “the intercultural view of Pentecostal history rejects conventional interpretations that consider what happened in the course of Western Christendom as universally normative for Christian history”. God’s work in any part of the world is not the duplicate of another. God’s work and revival in any culture or nation carries in itself a distinct purpose that is fit to bring the kind of salvation the people have been crying for. Interculturality values diversity. Asamoah-Gyadu agrees that “An intercultural theology, therefore, aims at a ‘body of Christ’ in which individual organs remain committed to their function whilst contributing to the whole without any assuming a sense of superiority over the others”. The great awakening and revival that took place at Asamankese that culminated in the physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit as a pillar of fire had not been because of what happened in Jerusalem or Azuza, we should simply understand that God chose to reveal himself at Asamankese to accomplish his own purpose in the lives of his people. What happened at Asamankese is God’s direct visitation to mankind without the interference or help of any western group. This is authentic. It is the responsibility of the current generation to keep the fire burning always. The fire is our heritage, it must be kept generation after generation, not for only Pentecostals but for everyone who believes. Ghana, Africa and the rest of the world is forever blessed in Asamankese, halleluiah!!! As we celebrate the 100 years of this great awakening and blessing, be a blessing by visiting Asamankese this year.

“Before” And “After” The Physical Manifestation of The Holy Spirit as A “Pillar of Fire” At Asamankese.

The apex of the Pentecostal movement in Ghana without doubt is the “Pentecost Phenomenon” which happened on 20th May 1923. Even though Anim’s prayer group had received testimonies of healing and many other miracles, God’s visitation in this dramatic way of fire falling from heaven and ‘standing’ on top of the church building cannot be compared to any testimony. It’s a sign of God’s eternal approval, true revival and awakening in Ghana and Africa. According to Asamoah-Gyadu, in his book titled “African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana, Studies of Religion in Africa, Volume: 27”, in 1917 Apostle Anim started a local prayer group at Asamankese in the Eastern Region of Ghana, triggering off a ‘revivalist type campaign’ throughout that region. Anim lost his wife in 1920 and in 1921 Anim was healed of his chronic stomach and guinea worm disease through prayer without the use of any medicine and prophylactic substances. This personal testimony formed part of Anim’s theology. It was quite evident that Anim and his group were bent on experiencing the power of God and thus worked very hard in that direction. According to E.K. Larbi, in 1922, October 15th, a revival service was held in the house of Elder Kwabena Asare and several converts were won. Professor Larbi continues to say that “the healing and evangelistic activities of Anim attracted the then traditional chief of Asamankese, Nana Kwaku Amoah. In consequence, he offered them a parcel of land upon which they constructed their first church building”.

From 1917 to 1923 when the first church building was built, Apostle Anim had gone through a lot of phases with his prayer group including finally leaving the Presbyterian church and moving from Boso to Asamankese. It was on top of this first church building that the fire fell from heaven on 20th May, 1923. Before the fire came in 1923, fasting, prayer, evangelism, healing and many struggles characterized Anim’s group, including changing the names of the prayer group and affiliations. see Anim, Peter Newman – Dictionary of African Christian Biography (dacb.org)

E.K. Larbi accounts in his book titled “Pentecostalism: The eddies of Ghanian Christianity, (pg. 100)” that; “Another event which seemed to have increased the faith of Anim and also added more people to the group took place in May 1923 during a revival meeting. After the closing of service, it was reported that several Christians and non-Christians saw what was believed to be the Glory of God in the form of a pillar of fire on top of the church building”.

After the ‘fire’ came, they were endued with power. Great faith means greater works. Anim’s group continued growing and expanding beyond the borders of Asamankese and the Eastern region. Even at this point Anim begun to seek and contend for a deeper faith and greater spiritual power. He fed on the Apostolic faith teachings and even more on the Holy Spirit. In 1928, Anim faced serious opposition at the hands of pagan and religious persecutors but this did not impair the progress of his movement.

In 1932 a major event happened that changed the landscape of Christianity in Ghana, a member of Anim’s movement called Stephen Owiredu experienced the phenomenon of Spirit baptism. Owiredu went into the bush at Brekumanso to pray for one of his twin babies who was also left to die. It was during this intense prayer encounter that he experienced what Pentecostals call the baptism of the Holy Spirit; Glossolalic phenomenon (speaking in tongues), the place which Prophet Stephen Owiredu went to pray is now a huge prayer camp built by the Christ Apostolic Church International (C.A.C INT.) called KWAO YEBOAH. The spot where he prayed is still preserved, and his twin daughter Maame Ataa is still alive. Most of the history of the Asamankese Experience has been preserved and passed on by her through oral means.

After most of the dramatic spiritual experiences of this great awakening had happened without the influence of any foreign missionary, and after the foundation has been laid for the Ghanaian classical Pentecostal move, God then opened the doorway for the great Pentecostal move to spread in Ghana and to other parts of the world in later years by way of bringing foreign missionaries to work with Apostle Anim. From 1932 to 1937, God opened up international affiliations to Apostle Anim as he got in touch with his contemporaries in Nigeria and also in UK. From Asamankese he connected with the Nigerians and later through the Nigerians connected with the Apostolic missionaries in the UK. The first missionary to visit Asamankese from the UK Apostolic church was Pastor George Perfect in 1935. Pastor George Perfect spent two weeks in Asamankese. It was this visit from Pastor George Perfect that made Anim’s movement affiliate with the UK Apostolic church. By the time Pastor George Perfect was leaving Asamankese, he made such a great impression on the group with the spiritual gifts he possessed. Because of this great impression he had on the group, Apostle Anim and his group became affiliated with the Apostolic church, Bradford in 1935, and adopted the name. In October 1936, Pastor Vivian Wellings, Missionary secretary of the Apostolic Church visited Asamankese from Britain. It was during the departure of Pastor Wellings that he promised to recommend the Anim’s group (which had then adopted the name -Apostolic church) to the authorities in Bradford, with the view of sending a missionary who would stay and help the Lord’s work in Ghana at Asamankese.

The Coming of Apostle James McKeown

The coming of Apostle James McKeown was heralded by the coming of Pastor Perfect and Pastor Wellings in 1935 and 1936 respectively, through the recommendation they made to the authorities of the UK Apostolic church, because at that time, what Apostle Anim started in 1917 as a prayer group at Asamankese had evolved to become the “Apostolic church” ( Unity Prayer Group/ Faith Tabernacle Church—— 1917–1926, First Century Gospel Church—- 1926-1929, Apostolic Faith —— 1930, The Apostolic Church—-1935, The Christ Apostolic Church —-1939, Christ Apostolic Church of Ghana——- 1960, The Christ Apostolic Church International ——1994.) which was affiliated to the UK Apostolic church. What we should note here is that the group had gone through phases of changing affiliations, and certainly the UK Apostolic affiliation could not be the last until God had finished the work He intended to do with His church.

When Apostle James McKeown came to Ghana as a missionary to the Gold Coast in 1937, the ‘Pentecost phenomenon’ (Physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit as a ‘pillar fire’ on top of the church building) had already occurred at Asamankese, so he saw evidence of Pentecost in Ghana. It may not be an error to think that he called his church; The ‘church of Pentecost’ because of the evidence of Pentecost experience he saw in Ghana at Asamankese. According to Professor Emmanuel K. Larbi in his book “Pentecostalism: The Eddies of Ghanaian Christianity, pg.108)”; “Apostle Anim ended its affiliation with the Apostolic church UK in June 1939”, two years after they sent a missionary to Ghana.

A Pilgrimage to Asamankese-Why You Need to Go and Places to See

Asamankese is a town in southern Ghana, and it is the capital of West Akim Municipal District, in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Asamankese has a settlement population of approximately 39,435 people. Asamankese is on the main highway to Kumasi and Accra in the interior. It is in this place that God chose to reveal Himself which has resulted in bringing great salvation to the people of then Gold Coast and Ghana in recent times. It is a place God has chosen to put His name for the people who believe. This is a Holy Place where God’s name is honoured and you can go and fellowship there too. Out of this place three of the most vibrant and respected Pentecostal churches in Ghana have emerged. The fire is literally still burning on that hill…every spiritual eye can behold its spot and glory. Go, see it and set yourself aflame for God in this End Time Revival. Rally behind the fire that set off the great move of the Ghanaian Pentecostalism. God’s story is still being written, His great salvation is still in progress, it’s our time in this generation to write our own story too. Asamankese is a good place to stop by especially this year as we celebrate the 100 years of Pentecost in Ghana; A physical manifestation of God’s fire at Asamankese.

A pilgrimage to Asamankese will take you to the Holy Ghost temple, a 100 years old church building that the Holy Ghost fire ‘stood’ upon. The last time I was there, the Prophets who took us round the place testified that after 100 years, that building still remains very strong and not much has been changed in the building.

You may also visit the power house, the building that served as the mission house for both Apostle Anim and Apostle McKeown. Many people have testified how going inside the building and praying to God saw their requests being granted of jobs, healing, the opportunity to travel, business contracts and, many more. Sometimes just by touching the building according to their faith resulted in healings. At Kwao Yeboah prayer camp, you will meet the only surviving daughter of Prophet Stephen Owiredu. Maame Ataa is the twin who died and came back to life when her father, Prophet Stephen Owiredu vowed to take his own life if his daughter also died. Such a blessed heritage in the Lord. Her life is full of God’s grace, brethren you need to encounter this woman of God.

At Kwao Yeboah there is a spot where Prophet Stephen Owiredu received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the first man in Ghana to speak in tongues. There is so much power and God’s presence in this place. Kindly visit Asamankese this year to see Kwao Yeboah prayer camp, your life shall not be the same.

The Beauty of a Pilgrimage

There are a lot of powerful reasons to go on a pilgrimage. But what happens when you return home? How will you be changed? In other words, what are the benefits a person derives from going on a pilgrimage?

Among many others, here are a few benefits you may gain from a pilgrimage at Asamankese…

1. You shall see God and Scripture Differently

It’s impossible to see the town where God revealed himself and touched people for over 100 years, and remain the same. Every place reveals something different. When you walk into the church building, you’ll come to know better the God who is within you, who speaks to you as you pray, walk in the same places that Apostle Anim, Apostle McKeown, Prophet Owiredu and others walked, and reflect. These experiences will sear themselves on your mind, heart, and spirit, and will be with you as you go through this pilgrimage of life.

2. You shall Return with Renewed Focus

Travelers have long known first-hand the ability of places far away to take you out of your everyday life and return home with a new perspective. The beauty of travel is to explore the world and whilst you are in a new location, distance from what is familiar often reveals new light on your life. Pilgrimages are not just about enjoying the treasures of nature; it adds another layer to the travel — a spiritual focus. Pilgrimage provides the setting, experiences, and insights so that real spiritual change is possible. Last year when we came back from our pilgrimage to Asamankese, a sister in the church testified of the great spiritual awakening in her life. She has not remained the same. This could be your story and even more. Many pilgrims come back reporting a call to start something new, repair a broken relationship, invest more in their spiritual life, and so many other things. What will a pilgrimage do for you this year?

3. You’ll Never be the Same

Everyone’s pilgrimage experience is very different. The truth is that, in ways big or small, you’ll remember the experience for the rest of your life. For some, they weren’t sure about such a spiritual journey in the first place, but it opened their eyes to the benefits of going on a pilgrimage. For others, they were searching for a deeper spiritual experience and the pilgrimage was, in fact, that catalyst. But wherever you fall on the spectrum, we promise you, you’ll be different when you step off the bus back home. Have you thought of entering the bedroom of Apostle Anim and Apostle McKeown? to sit in the same hall they sat? walk the same pathways they walked? A miracle is waiting for you this year at Asamankese.

4.Discover the places God has revealed himself in a unique way.

Perhaps the most immediate reason to go on a pilgrimage is to experience firsthand the literal places that God has impacted in time and space. You have heard the stories, Go and see the place…

5. Seek transformation in your faith.

The journey of faith is filled with ups and downs, seasons of high spiritual energy, and periods where it seems like nothing is happening. No matter the of your faith journey, a pilgrimage to Asamankese is an opportunity to experience transformation. A pilgrimage might open up new questions, inspire a new way of thinking, or cause some serious soul searching, but whatever happens, you won’t remain the same. Take a leap of faith and visit Asamankese this year!

The Impact of The Asamankese Experience on Christianity Today.

Pentecostalism at the moment represents the most cogent, powerful and visible evidence of religious renewal and influence in Ghana. In his book, “African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana, Studies of Religion in Africa, Volume: 27, pg.14”, Asamoah-Gyadu noted, “even the new lease of life being experienced by some of the older churches in Ghana is explicable in terms of their, albeit recent, tolerant and open attitude towards Pentecostal phenomena and renewal movements in their midst.” The emergence of Pentecostal churches in Ghana has without doubt changed the religious landscape in the country. The expedient use of media and technology in its evangelistic, missionary activities and church services has given them great public space.

The Asamankese Experience brought a new hope, a belief that a true and realistic experience with the Holy Spirit is possible even as Africans if we search in truth with all our hearts. Today believers have this assurance that if God did it at Asamankese in times past, then he can as well do it in our time. The Asamankese Experience unveiled a new style of worship that continues to influence Christianity today. Christian liturgies that followed a strict set of rules was revived to allow a personal and distinct experience with the Holy Spirit. It is important to note that most indigenous Christian songs that are common in Ghana today which have helped shaped the faith of many in Ghana and beyond have come through Pentecostals. These songs have found their way even into the mission churches during times of praises and adoration. Pentecostals have been able to penetrate the religion of indigenous people and their culture because Pentecostalism shares the basic African ontology of good and bad spirits, and embraces supernatural beings i.e., God, Jesus, demons, that can have a direct influence in the world. In this way Pentecostalism becomes a lot more meaningful and powerful to Africans than earlier forms of Christianity. And in this spiritual power, we find an astonishing ability to bring about change and transformation – often in the direction of what we usually call ‘development’. A lot more people (souls) have been won and many churches have been planted in Ghana and other parts of the world.

The Holy Spirit outpouring in 1932 which ushered in the Glossolalic phenomenon (tongue speaking) by an indigenous person among the Pentecostals during the Asamankese Experience continues to shape the prayer life of believers today. Many young believers do desire to speak in tongues. Selfless giving of members for building Gods kingdom as a demonstration of our devotion and sacrifice to God was dominant in the days of the Asamankese Experience, most members, chiefs and philanthropist gave to support the work of God. Today many believers are motivated to give in support of kingdom work looking at the great example of the Anim’s group.

The Impact of the Asamankese Experience is readily seen in the operations of the various Pentecostal and charismatic churches that sprung out of the Asamankese Experience. The C.A.C. INT., The C.O.P. and the APOSTOLIC CHURCH-GHANA continue to greatly influence Christianity in Ghana and beyond the borders of Ghana. The 2021 population and housing census in Ghana revealed that entecostal/Charismatic Christians were the largest religious group in Ghana, reaching a share of 31.6 percent. This translated into over 9.7 million of the country’s population, an increase compared to the 2010 census year.

Shadrack Kwabena Yeboah, MDiv.

The writer is the Head Pastor, C.A.C.INT. Fwc Adenta, Accra-Ghana.

Email-Yeboahsh@gmail.com

Source: Ghana Web

6 persons remanded over death of ‘Abusuapanin’

Six persons have been remanded in police custody by the Tema District Court concerning the death of one Charles Martey Odam at Adjumador, a town close to Afienya, in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.

According to a newspaper report by The Chronicles dated May 18, 2023, the six persons are George Martey, 67, farmer; Nelson Anum Martey, 59, mechanic; Nii Marteye Martey Nathaniel, 39, businessman.

Michael Martey Morrison, 35, businessman; Thomas Martey, 34, Freelance Writer and Daniel Martey, 35, welder, all residents of Adjumador, were all remanded by the court presided over by Her Ladyship Siran Mahama.

The prosecutor, according to the report, while presenting the brief fact to the court, stated that the complainant, Martey Samuel Mensah, is a building contractor and the deceased, aged 70, was a Pensioner who lived in his eight-bedroom self-contained house at Adjumador.

The complainant, accused, and the deceased are all relatives of the Changha Martey Family of Adjumador, where the deceased is the family head.

The report added that one of the brothers of the deceased, George Martey, was not pleased with his headship of the family.

The accused, as a result, has been abusing and threatening the deceased without justification. The deceased shared a room with his 27-year-old daughter, Judith Merley Martey, a pharmacy assistant.

The newspaper went on to narrate that on November 1, 2022, during the day, all the accused people, aside from Daniel Martey and the witnesses Elizabeth Tetteh and Samuel Narh, appeared before the Tema Community 8 Police regarding a plot of land that was the subject of an investigation involving the accused people and the witnesses.

At the time of investigation by the police of the Community 8 station, George Martey announced himself as the family head of the Changha Martey Family of Adjumador.

Elizabeth Tetteh, who is the witness in the case, disclosed that the deceased was rather the family head and not George Martey. This led to exchanges between them.

The police scheduled them for another meeting on November 4, 2022, for George to produce his family head, Charles Martey Odam, who is now deceased.

The newspaper chronicled the series of events that transpired leading to the killing and subsequent arrest of the six persons below:

On November 1, 2022, Michael Martey Morrison, in the afternoon, contacted the complainant on the phone and registered his displeasure about the family headship and demanded to have a meeting with the complainant and the deceased.

On November 2, 2022, at 1:00 am, the witness, Judith Martey, was awakened by a sound from a gunshot but did not know the actual direction from which the gun was fired.

She woke up around 4:00 am, the usual time she began her daily chores and prepared to take her son to school and continued to Afienya, her workplace.

On the same day, at about 11:00 am, Judith received a phone call from her uncle, Quarshie Isaac Martey, to the effect that masons working for her father (deceased) had gone to the house to work but were unable to find her father.

Both Judith and Isaac rushed home, opened the deceased’s door, and found his lifeless body by the side of his bed in a pool of blood.

A complaint was lodged, and investigations were initiated. Two spent cartridges were retrieved behind the deceased’s bedroom window.

Police preliminary investigation disclosed that the death of the deceased was a result of the dispute over who becomes the rightful person to be the head of the family.

Crime Scene experts who visited the scene picked fingerprints and other evidence which are yet to be matched with those of the suspects.

Source: Ghana Web

90 Ghanaians deported from Dubai arrive in Ghana

About ninety (90) Ghanaians who were illegally staying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived in the country between May 19 – 20, 2023.

The deportees were in two batches via Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines and went through necessary processes of the Ghana Immigration Service at the Kotoka International Airport before being handed over to the National Investigation Bureau (NIB) for further action.

MyNewsGh.com confirmed that most of them through fake recruitment agents travelled to Dubai illegally while others had overstayed their visas.

It is gathered that over 431 such persons are currently in Dubai with a number of them said to be in detention after being promised lucrative jobs by agents who smuggled them into the country only to be faced with a different reality.

Sources at the Ghana Immigration Service revealed to this portal that more deportees are expected in the coming days as the number that has so far arrived in the country is just a fraction of those expected.

It would be recalled that late last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI) said efforts were underway to evacuate some 431 Ghanaians who had been detained in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Comprising 341 males, 88 females and two children below the age of three, they were lured there by some agents who promised them jobs in Dubai and other cities in the UAE.

They have been detained at Al Tawadi Medical Centre and the Immigration Centre in Dubai, alongside an unspecified number of African migrants who have suffered the same fate.

A statement issued by the MFARI said the government was collaborating with the authorities of the UAE to bring the stranded nationals back home safely.

Source: Ghana Web

21 facts you probably did not know about Dangote’s oil refinery

Africa’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote is expected to commission the world’s biggest private oil refinery on May 22, 2023 known as Dangote Integrated Refinery and Petrochemicals Complex.

The multimillion-dollar project which commenced in 2013 will become the largest single-train oil refinery in the world, also making it the largest to be established in Africa and 7th largest oil refinery in the world.

The Integrated Refinery and Petrochemicals Complex is located in the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos-Nigeria and has the capacity to process about 650,000 barrels per day of crude oil.

It is said that about $25 billion was earmarked for the construction and establishment of the oil refinery.

Here are some 21 facts about the oil refinery

1. It is located in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, covering a land area of approximately 2,635 hectares.

2. The refinery is powered by a 435-megawatt (MW) power plant.

3. The refinery is the world’s largest single train with a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day with a 900 KTPA Polypropylene plant.

4. At full capacity, it can meet 100% of the Nigerian requirement of all refined products and also have surplus for exports.

5. It is designed for 100% Nigerian crude with flexibility to process other crudes.

6. It has self-sufficient marine facility with ability for freight optimization being the largest single order of 5 single-point mooring (SPMs) anywhere in the world.

7. Diesel and gasoline from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications.

8. The refinery design complies with World Bank, US EPA, European emission norms and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms.

9. It incorporates state-of-the-art technology.

10. It is designed to process large variety of crudes, including many of the African crudes, some of the middle eastern crudes and the US Light Tight Oil.

11. Construction started off after 65 million cubic meters of sand dredged, costing approximately €300 million, using the world’s largest dredgers.

12. Purchased over 1,200 units of various equipment to enhance the local capacity for site works.

13. About 332 cranes were purchased to build up equipment installation capacity.

14. In it is built the world’s largest granite quarry to supply coarse aggregate, stone column material, stone base, stone dust and material for breakwater (10 million tons per year production capacity).

15. It has a developed port and constructed two quays with a load bearing capacity of 25 tons/square meter to bring over dimensional cargoes close to the site directly.

16. Constructed two more quays in the port with a capacity to handle up to Panamax vessels to export, two quays to handle liquid cargoes. The port will have six quays, including a roll on/roll off quay.

17. In the course of the civil works, 700 piles were drilled on some days, with total number of piles up to 250,000.

18. The refinery has 177 tanks of up to 4.742 billion liters capacity.

19. Dangote is one of the few companies in the world executing a Petroleum refinery and a Petrochemical complex directly as an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.

20. Trained 900 young engineers in refinery operations abroad. Mechanical Engineers were trained in the GE University in Italy. Process Engineers were trained by Honeywell/Universal Oil Products (UOP) for six months.

21. Once the oil refinery is kick-started, the price of premium motor spirit (Petrol) will crash to 10 Naira per liter.

Source: Ghana Web

5 Ghanaian forwards who failed to glitter for the Black Stars

It is no doubt that Asamoah Gyan remains Ghana’s best forward in the last decade in terms of numbers.

With over 50 goals to his credit, Gyan’s name continues to ring a bell in the ears of Ghanaians with the impact he made with the Black Stars since he officially marked his debut in 2003 in a World Cup qualifier.

Fear continues to grip Ghanaians about a possible replacement for Gyan as the 37-year-old striker last played for the Black Stars in 2019 following their disappointing AFCON campaign in Egypt.

However, the narrative still remains the same as the Black Stars continue to search for a lethal forward despite opening its doors to other great forwards.

In the last decade, a few good strikers popped up on the scene with great qualities but failed to explode when the opportunity came calling.

Ghanaweb looked into five strikers who showed great exploits but failed to glitter for the Black Stars.

Dominic Adiyiah

The 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup top scorer was the toast of most European clubs following his outstanding campaign in Egypt.

He made his official debut in 2009 and fast-forward, he was drafted into the Black Stars team ahead of the 2010 AFCON World Cup in South Africa and Angola respectively where he subsequently went on to sign for Italian powerhouse AC Milan.

Many thought he would replicate the same for the Black Stars after grabbing the Top scorer and Most Valuable Player award in 2009, but it ended abruptly for Adiyiah where he made only 20 appearances and scored 4 goals between 2009 and 2013.

Prince Tagoe

Popularly called ‘Prince of Goals’, due to his striking prowess, he formed a solid striking partnership with Asamoah Gyan with the Black Meteors (U-23) between 2007 and 2008.

Tagoe was undoubtedly the best forward when he joined Hearts of Oak on loan from lower-tier side Midtjylland-Mamobi and went on to clinch the league’s top scorer with 18 goals.

He had a smooth transition having played at the U-20 level between 2005 and 2006 where he made his senior debut against Togo in a friendly and was included in the final 23-man squad by former trainer Rakomir Dujkovic for the 2006 AFCON in Egypt.

Standing at 6ft 2 inches tall, Tagoe played at the 2006, 2012 AFCON and the 2010 World Cup, making 37 appearances with 7 goals between 2006-2012.

Abdul Majeed Warris

Warris had a stunning two-year stay with Swedish side BK Hacken where he scored 26 goals in 55 games, earning him his first call-up to the Black Stars in 2012 under former coach Kwesi Appiah. He was included in Ghana’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The former Right to Dream product had 4 goals in 31 games for the Black Stars since 2012.

Caleb Ekuban

Ekuban ws eligible to play for either Ghana and Italy but chose to represent Ghana in 2018.

He received his maiden call-up in 2019 for AFCON qualification where he scored his first competitive and debut goal for Ghana against Kenya in an AFCON Qualifier in 2019.

Ekuban is a striker known for his pace, technical ability and strong physique but sadly featured only 13 times and registered 3 goals.

David Accam

Accam received his first call-up to the Ghana national team for a 2014 World Cup qualification match against Sudan in March 2013, in which he was an unused substitute.

He made the provisional 26-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by former coach Kwesi Appiah but was dropped for the final 23-man team.

He finally made his debut for Ghana as a substitute in a 2015 AFCON qualifier and was selected as part of Ghana’s preliminary squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Between 2014 and 2017, Accam had one goal in 12 games for Ghana.

Source: Ghana Web

2022/23 GPL Week 31: Match Report – Bibiani Gold Stars 2-0 Tamale City

Bibiani Gold Stars defeated Tamale City 2-0 in their match week 31 game which was played at the Duns Park on Sunday afternoon.

Bibiani Gold Stars started the game very well controlling the midfield and pushing more men forward. Tamale City remained solid at the back to prevent the team from conceding early.

As the game headed to half time the away side made good runs into the Bibiani Gold Stars box but their efforts did not produce goals.

Both sides headed to the dressing room for half time with a goalless result.

After the break, Bibiani Gold Stars put pressure on Tamale City and they were rewarded for their efforts.

The home team was given a penalty by the referee and former Accra Hearts of Oak striker Abednego Tetteh stepped up to make it 1-0 in the 49th minute.

Kingsford Boafo replaced Emmanuel Appau in the 66th minute as Gold Stars continued to search for goals.

Abednego Tetteh scored his second goal and Gold Stars’ second in the 78th minute.

Gold Stars is 5th on the league table with 45 points and Tamale City is 15th with 39 points.

Bibiani Gold Stars will play relegated Kotoku Royals in their next game while Tamale Cuty will face Sarmatex.

Source: Ghana Web

2023 Scancom PLC virtual annual general meeting to be held on Tuesday 30th May

Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) will hold its fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually on Tuesday 30th May 2023. The virtual meeting will be streamed live from the Company’s Head Office at MTN House, Independence Avenue from 11AM GMT.

The agenda for the AGM will be the following:

Ordinary Business

• Receive and consider the Audited Financial Statements together with the reports of the Directors and Auditors thereon for the year ended 31st December 2022;

• Declare a final dividend for the year ended 31st December 2022;

• Appoint Mrs. Neo Phakama Dongwana as an independent non-executive director of the Company;

• Approve the payment of Directors’ fees; and

• Authorize the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditor for the financial year 2023.

The AGM will also be held to consider the following special business:

• To approve by special resolution, the amendment of the company’s constitution to align with the Securities and Exchange Commission Corporate Governance Code, 2020 (”SEC Code”), the Ghana Stock Exchange Listing Rules (“GSE Rules”) and any other applicable law;

• To approve by special resolution the amendment of the Constitution of the Company to include the appointment of a person by the Board of Directors, as a director either to fill a vacancy on the Board, or as an addition to the Board subject to Paragraph 10(9) of the SEC Code and Rule 36 of the GSE rules; and

• To approve by special resolution for all Shareholders to have, in addition to cash, the option of a non-cash dividend payment (scrip dividend).

Shareholders can participate in the virtual meeting via www.mtnghagm.com from 11:00AM GMT on 30th May 2023. Participation through the virtual link will be free for all Shareholders on MTN’s network. MTN will reimburse Shareholders on MTN’s network who are charged unintentionally.

Alternatively, Shareholders who do not have smart phones may participate in the AGM by (i) dialing +233244300025; (ii) entering the access code 8000; or (iii) entering the conference pin number 056789.

A unique token number will be sent to Shareholders by email and/or SMS from the 21st of May 2023, to grant access to the AGM. Registration for the AGM will start at 9:00AM.

A Shareholder may appoint a proxy to attend virtually and vote on their behalf. Such a proxy need not be a Shareholder of the Company. A copy of the Proxy Form may be downloaded from www.mtnghagm.com completed, signed and sent via email only to info@csd.com.gh as soon as possible and in any event not less than 48 hours before the time appointed for the meeting.

In order for Shareholders to review the 2022 Audited Financial Statements before the AGM, a copy has been uploaded online and can be assessed at www.mtnghagm.com.

Voting during the AGM will be done electronically by dialing USSD code *899*0#. Shareholders who do not submit proxy forms prior to the meeting, may vote using their unique token number.

For more information on the MTN Virtual AGM, Shareholders may contact info@csd.com.gh or call 0302 906 576 or 0303 972 254.

Source: Ghana Web