Tinubu’s governance: ‘Don’t be unhappy, let the process play out’ – Popular socialite tells Nigerians

Veteran Nigerian artiste Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa who is widely known as Charly Boy has advised Nigerians not to be upset with the state of their country ahead of the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

The singer revealed this in a post on his Instagram on Sunday, May 28, claiming that many people are dissatisfied with the way matters relating to the 2023 election in Nigeria have turned out.

Charly Boy claims that it appears that many Nigerians’ goodness and desires have lost out to evil and depravity.

According to him, it’s crucial for people to remember to be kind to themselves and that things are still in progress.

He wrote: “I know many pple are sad and unhappy about how Nigeria has panned out. It feels like evil and wickedness has won over goodness and the desire of millions of Nigerians. Don’t be unhappy

Be gentle with urself and let the process play out.

“Just remember, it’s not yet over. For now, smile and make urself a priority. A very happy, peaceful and reflective Sunday my people. God is able.”

Source: Ghana Web

Teshie family loses case in 72,000 acres of Accra lands at Supreme Court

The Numo Nmaishie family of Teshie has lost a case at the Supreme Court over its claims that it owns over 72,000 acres of land in Accra East, in the Greater Accra Region.

A unanimous decision at the apex court of the land saw the attempt by the family to lay claim to large expanse of land, which comprises about 70 townships and villages, crashed.

A report by myjoyonline.com stated that the court was presided over by Justice John Dotse.

It added that the ruling of the Supreme Court restores an earlier court order in 2011 which indicated that “the disputed towns and villages and their adjourning lands are not under the authority of the Numo Nmaishie family.”

By this ruling, the Supreme Court has directed that the name of the Numo Nmaishie Family be deleted from the records of the Lands Commission as the owners of the lands in the dispute.

Communities that fall within this enclave include Madina, Adentan, Oyarifa, Adjankote Hill, East Legon, North Legon, Pantang area, UPSA area, Ashesi University area, Adjirigano and others.

Background as provided by myjoyonline.com

What started as a compensation claim has led to this dispute seeking a determination of whether the Numo Nmaishie family of Teshie are owners of 70 villages and towns and land which they claim covers over 72, 454.09.

This follows the state acquisition of 25.031 acres of land on Adjankote Hill by the government of the National Liberation Council which numerous claims were pursued for compensation.

The State Land Tribunal, set up and chaired by Abban J. declared the chief of Brekuso Nana Adu Mireku III as entitled to compensation against the Numo Nmaishie family of Teshie and the Dowouna family of Osu.

The Nmaishie family then mounted an appeal against the decision in suit No. CA 49/80 as reported in the case of RE: Adjankote Acquisition; KLU Vrs Agyemang III.

The then court of appeal decided that the Numo Nmaishie family and their grantees and licensees owned the lands and villages almost contiguous to the 25.031 acres of land compulsorily acquired by the state at the Adjankote Hill area and as such they were entitled to compensation from the government for the acquisition.

The decision by the Court of Appeal that the Nmaishie family were owners of the land contiguous to the acquisition area therefore firmed that the seventy villages and land covering about 72, 000 acres which were contiguous to the acquisition area also belong to them.

The Plaintiff argued that the judgement of the court of appeal was procured by fraud, principally because the court was misled in relying on a composite plan which listed 70 villages and towns as belonging to the Numo Nmaishie family.

For the plaintiff, most of those villages do not belong to the family yet but they misled the court and appointed a surveyor at the time to prepare a composite plan to include those villages.

Source: Ghana Web

Tariq Lamptey opens up on training with Michael Essien at Chelsea

Brighton and Hove Albion right wing-back Tariq Lamptey has opened up on how he was privileged to share the same training pitch with former Ghana and Chelsea star Michael Essien.

According to Tariq, he got to train with Essien towards the end of his career as a youngster with the Chelsea Academy.

“There were a few times I watched him play and was lucky to have trained with him as well towards the end of his career. You can see the strike and technique he had on the field,” he said on the Citi Breakfast Show.

He named Essien as one of the heroes he admired and loved to watch when he was a youngster.

Tariq began his career at the age of 9 when he joined Chelsea Academy in 2008 after he was scouted playing grassroots football for his local team, Larkspur Rovers.

He spent 11 years with the youth team before he made his senior debut for the senior team in 2019.

Tariq suffered a knock during Brighton and Hove Albion’s 4-0 home win against West Ham on March 4 and has since not recovered. Joel Velman replaced him in the 16th minute of that game.

Following further assessments, the English-born Ghanaian sustained a knee injury which saw his season cut short, but he managed to make 23 appearances and scored one goal in all competitions for Brighton to secure a spot for next season’s UEFA Europa League.

Regarding his injury return, Tariq, 22, said, “I’m working hard to recover, and I should be back soon.”

Source: Ghana Web

Wesley Grammar, Hotcass dominates HD+ Kids Armwrestling competition

Young pullers from Wesley Grammar Senior High and Holy Trinity Cathedral were the toast of fans on Saturday as both schools dominated the Accra edition of the HD+ Kids Armwrestling Season II at the Labone Senior High School with over hundreds of kids converging to witness who books a place at the finals of the second season of the HD+ Kids Armwrestling Championship.

It was an amazing show of strength and passion among participants between the ages of 12 to 18 in both male and female categories who were eager to come victorious at the end of the day.

In the men’s 60kg, Lovia Junior High School’s Leonard Tetteh came first after giving his opponents a tough game in his campaign to win the category.

Charles Cobbinah of Holy Trinity Cathedral Senior High School and Richmond Aboagye of Wesley Grammer Senior High School having tried their best managed to gain a spot in the top three, finishing second and third respectively in that category.

National Champion, Rachael Lankai who came first in the National Armwrestling Championship female 65kg category, once again gave a mind-blowing performance in the female 60kg after cruising past Mabel Yeboah of Ebenezer Senior High and Sarah Quartey of Wesley Grammar to be crowned champion.

Elsewhere in the men’s 70kg, Desmond Mensah of Bishop Mixed School won the top honours with Steven Bennin from Holy Trinity Cathedral Senior High School (HOTCASS) and Henry Otoo also a student of St Thomas Aquinas grabbing silver and bronze.

The dominance of Wesley Grammar to always find themselves in the top three continued as Gloria Afoagbadzi secured a third place in the female 70kg category, failing to stand Blessed Abeka Nunoo of Osu Salem Senior High School and Nanka Bruce JHS’s Evelyn Steven who finished first and second positions respectively.

Tagged as the clash of titans was the men’s +70kg category where supporters witnessed a fierce encounter among the pullers as they kept their eyes on the top spot.

At the end of the day, the boys were separated from the men with Nathaniel Adjei of La Presbyterian Secondary School coming first as KATECO’s Clement Korto and Francis Kweku Annan from Labone came second and third.

Ayisha Abdulai of Beacon International JHS also overpowered Eugenia Ntow of HOTCASS and Jasmine Quarshie from Accra High School who finished first and second runners-up in the female +70kg category.

Winners took home cash prizes, medals, certificates, goodies from SES HD+ Ghana, and souvenirs from Twellium Industries, Charcoal Toothpaste from Royal Dach Pharmaceuticals Limited, Afriyie Sanitary products from Wadada Ventures, Swaggers Resto-Pub and K-Balm from Kofikrom Pharmacy.

Speaking in an interview with the media, Mrs Adelaide Ahovy Abbiw-Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the title sponsors, SES HD+ Ghana Limited, commended the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF), led by its President, Mr Charles Osei Asibey for maintaining the competitiveness of the championship.

She noted that there were discussions to extend the competition to other regions who had also shown interest in the global sport.

GAF together with SES HD+ after a successful maiden edition of the kids Armwrestling Championship, increased the regions from three to five in its second season to aid others to also participate.

“It’s a sport that is for everyone, and it allows you to play Armwrestling anywhere, you just need a flat surface. You don’t need to go to a pitch or need any special equipment. I want to urge parents that Armwrestling is a very safe sport, you just need the right technique to apply,” she noted.

This youth development initiative has been powered by the Ghana Armwrestling Federation in partnership with SES HD+ Ghana Limited and supported by the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Authority, 442Media Production, BlynkxliveGH, GNTV Junior, ETV Ghana, and Joy Prime.

The next stop for the HD+ Kids Armwrestling train is the Methodist Girls Senior High School in the Eastern Region on Saturday, June 17.

Source: Ghana Web

Why I chose to play for Ghana – Tariq Lamptey details

Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Tariq Lamptey has disclosed what informed his decision to switch nationalities from England to play for the Ghana senior national team.

Born and raised in England, Tariq Lamptey represented England at the youth level and was on close to playing for their senior team, the Three Lions but made a switch in 2022, ahead of the World Cup.

Tariq Lamptey recalled that his decision to turn his back on the Three Lions came when he visited Ghana in 2022 for his charity work.

According to him, many football fans showed him love and urged him to to play for the Black Stars. He noted that he finally decided to play for the Black Stars after he went to the Cape Coast Stadium to watch Ghana vs Madagascar match.

“I think one of the big things was when I was doing my charity last summer and you see the people and the amazing feeling they give you, I’m grateful for the support and that obviously made the decision,” Tariq Lamptey said as monitored by GhanaWeb on Citi TV.

He added that his upbringing in a Ghanaian home also contributed to his decision-making process to play for the Black Stars.

“I don’t even see it as a big difference only my dad and mum are from Ghana and I was brought up in a Ghanaian household and you have values from both England and Ghana, you get the best of both to be honest,” he stated.

Tariq Lamptey joined the Black Stars in September and was part of Ghana’s squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Source: Ghana Web

Why social media users are calling for Nana Agradaa to be cancelled

When popular Ghanaian fetish priestess, Nana Agradaa, came out as a born-again Christian, a section of the public punched holes into her credibility, especially in regards to pastoring a church a few months after her switch.

A recent video that captured Agradaa who has rebranded to Evangelist Patricia Oduro Koranteng aka Mama Pat advertising a special anointing oil which she calms can enlarge the manhood has caused outrage.

Mama Pat in the viral video bragged about how the oil which is on sale at her church can bring sexual satisfaction to a man dealing with low self-esteem.

“If you are shy to approach women because of your tiny manhood, we will help you get a bigger one. Come purchase our ‘Yesu Mogya Oil’ together with some secrete herbs…this direction should be done at dawn, just rub it on your manhood and watch it enlarge to your preferred size. Desist from using it when you obtain your preferred size,” she stated.

Some aggrieved Christians hammered that her recent utterances and actions do not paint a good picture, especially for the church to which she now belongs.

Others gave reasons why Mama Pat should be cancelled and her activities in the country halted.

Source: Ghana Web

The nexus between Ghana and politics (Ghana and the world in focus)

There is a ‘Nexus’ (relationship, connection, etc.) between politics and economics. Thus, a dysfunctional or tanking economy has a direct impact on the geopolitics of a state. Likewise, an unstable political system; either democratic, totalitarian, authoritarian, dictatorial, etc. has a direct

impact on the economy.

Illuminating further, political instability drives Investors away thereby resulting in a reduction in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as Foreign aid/grants from both bilateral and multilateral partners.

With this (reduction in FDI/Aid), State economies are affected negatively

and citizens bear the brunt of a tanking economy. In the face of such hardships, the political system itself becomes ungovernable due to incessant agitations, frequent industrial action, and a surge in crime and violence. Clearly, from the aforementioned, politics and economics are inextricably intertwined, with each affecting the other.

The exercise of economics and politics in Africa go a long way to affect how economies are run and the magnitude of impact that follows when hit with a pandemic like Covid19. As economics is primarily about studying and influencing the economy, politics deals with the theoretical aspect and practice of influencing people through the exercise of power – government, elections,

and political parties.

This presupposes that economics is meant to be non-political in theory in its

decision-making process about the foundations of jurisdictions manned by politicians voted into power by the people. In the case of Ghana, an ideal economist will shun away biases in proffering solutions to the economic quagmire that the country has found itself in.

When such solutions are proffered with zero political undertones, political holders will then decide the fate of whether to implement same or not therefore, there exists a strong connection between economics and politics.

Zeroing it down to Ghana, it is public knowledge that elections in the country are fought on the performance of one key indicator – the economy. How well the economy is doing and how it is picking up after the ravages of Covid19 gives a glimpse of how the 2024 elections will turn out.

We have heard the daily discussions of how unstable the Ghanaian Cedi is performing relative to other world currencies such as the American dollar and the British pound sterling. The performance of the currency is an indicator of how importers will pay highly or otherwise in importing goods to Ghana as it is an import-based economy to a large extent.

One interesting aspect that has been overlooked in this whole issue of the relationship is how economists have allowed their expertise to be clouded with politics in designing economic policies for the country. We have economists who seem to be highly neutral when it comes to giving professional advice that has to do with the overall functioning of the state whiles others are not.

This means, if we set out to task different economists to design and report on the desirability of Ghana’s income tax cuts for the rich, there is a high chance that their proposals will reflect their political orientations because evidence abounds to support tax cuts just it is for higher taxes. This further goes to cement the fact that economics and politics are intrinsically woven.

To further stretch the conversation, we look at the implementation side of the economic policies set by professional economists. How then do those policies get implemented? It needs political power or support to create a functioning system. The passage of Ghana’s most controversial e- levy was a result of the support garnered from leadership. The policy was debated in the Parliament of Ghana, and a vote on its approval, thereby giving consent to the policy.

This is a simple case of “one needing the other to function”. Still, at the local level, we have the fiscal policy which is set by the government, and the

monetary policy championed by the Bank of Ghana. Fiscal policy has to do with the use of government revenue and expenditure to influence the smooth running of the economy while monetary deals with the macroeconomic policy laid down by the Bank of Ghana (central bank).

These two sides have a relationship between political officeholders and economists. When we move from the domestic level of analysis to the international one, the nexus between politics and economics is clearly demonstrated in the ongoing crisis and demonstrations in Europe.

The ravages of COVID-19 and its aftermath, the recent Russia-Ukraine war, the

imperfections of crony capitalism, corruption, and maladministration by populist politicians from the right and the left political divide have resulted in economic turmoil for nearly all African countries, Asia and Latin America.

Taking Ghana as an example, the Ghanaian economy has been ravaged by the pandemic, Russia- Ukraine war, maladministration, and wanton corruption as well as fiscal indiscipline, and humongous government.

To state the obvious, no single country has been spared from the ramifications of the ongoing situation in the international system but for the degree of the impact. It is pertinent to note that the economic and strategic miscalculations by the major powers in the ongoing ‘Cold War 2’ has also greatly impacted both domestic politics and the economies of many nations.

In cognisance of the above, it is worthy to note that there is a ‘complex interdependence’ between and amongst states in todays global system. And as such, Global challenges require global and multilateral approaches and solutions; rather than belligerent confrontational unilateralism. There is, therefore, the need for détente and rapprochement between and amongst

major powers!!.

The government of Ghana must embrace lean government, ensure fiscal discipline, sanitise the foreign exchange market, recalibrate our import substitution mechanisms, etc!!

Source: Ghana Web

Why my uncle announced that my dad, Fela Kuti died of AIDS – Yeni Kuti

Yeni Kuti, daughter of Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has revealed that the decision by her uncle, Dr Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, to announce that the late singer died of Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was initially rejected by them, the deceased’s children.

She said they later agreed for their uncle to make the announcement after a series of persuasions from family members.

Yeni disclosed this in a recent chat with media personality, Chude Jideonwo.

The dancer said she later discovered that her uncle’s decision was the best because it put speculations about the cause of the death of the legendary musician to rest permanently.

She said, “Then, I didn’t think the decision by his brother [Dr. Olikoye Ransome Kuti] to announce that he [Fela] died of AIDS was the best.

“I remember we [Fela’s children] had a big fight with my uncle at a time. They had already diagnosed Fela with AIDS at the hospital.

“Uncle Koye wasn’t in town when the diagnosis came. And he came maybe about two days later…Then he called us, Femi, Shola and I, ‘you know what has happened, I’m going to announce to the press that he has AIDS.’

“We said, ‘No, way’. At that time, we still thought Fela would survive. We said, ‘look, it’s not your place to announce that Fela has AIDS, if Fela survives, let him.’ And he said, ‘Okay, you have a point.’

“But then, Fela now died. And he [Dr. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti] said he is going to announce that Fela had AIDS.

“We quarrelled with him. The whole family started talking to us, ‘it’s not good to lie, people are still going to discover.’ So, reluctantly, we agreed.

“But I have to say it now, I think it was the best decision that my uncle made. If he had not announced it, till now they [journalists] will still be doing underground ‘what killed Fela?’”

Source: Ghana Web