Arnold challenges Fameye’s low diaspora event attendance narrative

Fameye’s assertion that Ghanaians abroad refuse to attend events organized by Ghanaian musicians outside the country has been refuted by Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo, an entertainment journalist, who has raised questions about the promotional strategies employed in marketing the show.

In an interview with Berla Mundi on TV3, Fameye said that many Ghanaian acts are forced to cancel their shows due to apathy from the Ghanaian community in the diaspora.

The musician compared the situation to that of Nigerian musician Wizkid and blamed the Ghanaian community internationally for not supporting artists when they go out to perform.

“Since I blew up in 2019, I have played shows in UK and America. I have gone with other people and it didn’t work for us. Even if it would work for us, the Ghanaians have to be the majority there and even that, they are shy to tag along,” Fameye is quoted to have said.

He continued: “Why do Ghanaian artists keep cancelling their shows? They don’t come. If Wizkid holds a show, even if the show is four months away, it will be sold out. I’ve witnessed it, in New York, and I don’t want to mention names. Big, big names from here. Just last year, they had a concert in a small place. Not even ten people showed up. If I mention names, you would be surprised.”

But Arnold during a submission on UTV’s United Showbiz, monitored by GhanaWeb, questioned the promotional strategies by event promoters, downplaying the ‘shy’ narrative spewed by Fameye.

According to Arnold, some Ghanaian musicians have had successful events abroad, hence, Fameye’s account is problematic. He argued that the level of enthusiasm and exuberance from the public are whipped up through strategic marketing and promotion.

“We’ve seen how Ghanaians abroad received and patronize the events of Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, King Promise, and co. I don’t see a pint of shyness,” said Arnold. “I have worked over a period and a favorite artiste who is popular and has pedigree is coming to my vicinity and I say I’m shy? I won’t appear? How? It beats my mind.”

“He said if it’s a Wizkid show, the Ghanaian would make sure he seeks permission from work or go on leave within that period. Let’s even assume Fameye is right. Why do you think the Ghanaian would do that? Because Wizkid is popular, his song is popular and whoever is doing the event has promoted it to the extent that you cannot afford to miss it,” Arnold added.

Source: Ghana Web

Brandon Thomas-Asante grabs assist in West Brom’s defeat to Huddersfield Town

On Saturday afternoon, Brandon Thomas-Asante grabbed an assist in West Brom’s 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

Brandon Thomas-Asante started the game at The Hawthorns and lasted 74 minutes. Josh Maja replaced Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Both teams had opportunities, but Neil Warnock’s visitors claimed the lead at halftime, with Delano Burgzorg hitting a volley past Alex Palmer in the 33rd minute and the Baggies unable to respond before the break.

In the second half, they quickly found an equalizer. Brandon Thomas-Asante set up attacking midfielder John Swift for a shot on goal, which he calmly made to tie the score at 1-1.

Jack Rudoni of Huddersfield Town’s left-footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner gave the visitors the winning goal in added time. Jack Rudoni’s goal was assisted by Kian Harratt with a cross.

West Brom will play Bristol City in their next league game.

Source: Ghana Web

Nothing wrong with Mahama’s judiciary comment – Dr Apaak

The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has jumped to the defence of former President John Dramani Mahama over recent comments he made regarding the independence and impartiality of the judiciary in Ghana.

This comes after John Mahama’s accusations against President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, alleging that the President had intentionally appointed individuals with strong affiliations to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the judiciary.

The former president said that this move by the president was aimed at shielding the government from accountability.

In a tweet, Dr Apaak said he sees nothing wrong with what the former president said.

“Nothing wrong with the comments made by JM regarding the current state of our judiciary. Is it not a fact that NADAA has packed the bench; and appointed card-carrying NPP members as judges? Until the hypocrisy stops our democracy will continue to be on the brink of collapse,” the tweet read.

Source: Ghana Web

How hurricanes came to be given female, male names

Hurricanes are types of storms called tropical cyclones, which form over tropical or subtropical waters.

While they come with a lot of destruction, there is something quite interesting about how they are named.

For years, we have seen, read, and heard various names being attributed to hurricanes that have hit different places globally.

On Wednesday, August 30, reports emerged about Hurricane Idalia making a landfall in Florida – the United States of America as a Category 3 hurricane in an area known as the Big Bend region.

The hurricane came with it, heavy rains and powerful winds across the Southeast, leaving parts of Florida’s west coast with “significant damage.”

It was the most powerful hurricane to slam the Big Bend region in more than a century. The storm left thousands of homes damaged in Florida – some with shredded walls and roofs, others with murky, waist-high floodwater.

In the face of this, we take a look at the interesting history behind the naming of these events and how they came to be a thing.

Before a storm is named, it must have sustained winds of 39 mph. Once this wind reaches 74 mph, it becomes a hurricane.

How it started:

According to the World Meteorological Organisation, the naming of storms – tropical cyclones, started several years back to help with the easy identification of storms in warning messages and to help people with easy attribution and remembrance.

In the past, storms were given names according to the place they hit or latitudes and longitude numbers.

The 1900s started seeing feminine names being used to name storms until meteorologists decided to use names from a list arranged alphabetically. Before the end of the 1900s male names had been introduced for storms forming in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the 1950’s, the National Hurricane Center in the United States originated a list of names to be used for storms and they have been maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organisation.

The original list featured only women’s names and in 1979, men’s names were reintroduced and both were alternated.

How naming works now:

The World Meteorological Organisation has 6 lists of 21 male and female names that are rotated every six years. These names are alphabetically arranged with exceptions to the letters Q, X, Y, U, or Z which don’t begin any of the names.

For example, in 2023, hurricanes have been named; Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold with the most recent being Idalia.

These names will be reused in 2026, in six years.

However, if there happens to be more than 21 storms in one season, the Greek alphabet is used to name additional storms. This method had to be used in 2005, a year in which there were 27 recorded hurricanes, according to the National Hurricane Center.

When hurricane names are retired:

There is an exception to the reuse of names for storms every six years. Some names are retired; yes, when the storm is deemed to have destroyed a lot of properties, created massive havoc, and killed many, it is considered insensitive to repeat the name for another storm.

In this case, at an annual meeting by the WMO Tropical Cyclone Committees (called primarily to discuss many other issues), the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. This means that the particular storm name is retired.

Infamous storm names such as Mangkhut (Philippines, 2018), Irma and Maria (Caribbean, 2017), Haiyan (Philippines, 2013), Sandy (USA, 2012), Katrina (USA, 2005), Mitch (Honduras, 1998) and Tracy (Darwin, 1974) are examples of storms whose names have been retired.

In 2021, Hurricane Ida caused massive havoc in Louisiana in the United States. The same was experienced with Hurricanes Fiona and Ian in 2022.

Here is the list of names for the 2023 hurricane season:

Arlene

Bret

Cindy

Don

Emily

Franklin

Gert

Harold

Idalia

Jose

Katia

Lee

Margot

Nigel

Ophelia

Philippe

Rina

Sean

Vince

Whitney

Source: Ghana Web

Expect more explosive scandals – Okudzeto Ablakwa to Ghanaians

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said Ghanaians need to brace themselves up for more explosive scandals in the Akufo-Addo-led government.

According to him, he will stop the exposés when the scandals end.

In a Facebook post sighted by GhanaWeb, the lawmaker said, “Ghanaians should expect more explosive scandals to be revealed in the coming days. If the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government cannot stop creating scandals; we can also not stop exposing their scandals. When the scandals stop — the exposés will stop.”

Okudzeto Ablakwa opined that revealing the rots in government has saved suffering Ghanaian taxpayers billions of Ghana Cedis.

He added that his investigative culture will continue even if his party – National Democratic Congress (NDC) – comes to power.

The North Tongu MP explained that, “When politicians and other public officials know their conduct and decisions cannot be hidden but will be subjected to strict standards of transparency and accountability, our democracy becomes truly hygienic.”

“The public purse would therefore be genuinely protected so national resources can be redirected into creating better living conditions and opportunities for the people,” he added.

Meanwhile, some exposés conducted by the North Tongu MP include the famous National Cathedral and kitchen scandals.

The kitchen scandal, he said, saved the nation GH¢187 million in judgement debt.

Source: Ghana Web

How young leaders can maximize their participation at the Africa Climate Summit

The upcoming Africa Climate Summit, scheduled from the 4th to the 6th of September, 2023, is a momentous occasion that brings together the continent’s brightest minds, activists, and young leaders in the fight against climate change.

As young people, your participation in this summit is not just an opportunity; it’s a responsibility. Here’s how you can make the most of your involvement:

Stay Informed: Before the summit begins, familiarize yourself with key climate issues affecting Africa and the world. Understand the latest climate science, policies, and initiatives. This knowledge will empower you to engage in informed discussions and advocate for meaningful change.

Connect and Collaborate: The summit is a networking goldmine. Engage with fellow attendees, share your experiences, and collaborate on projects and initiatives. Building relationships with like-minded individuals can lead to powerful partnerships that drive climate action forward.

Prepare Your Message: Whether you’re giving a presentation, participating in a panel discussion, or simply joining the conversation, know what you want to say. Craft a clear and concise message that highlights your passion, knowledge, and commitment to climate action.

Engage in Discussions: Don’t be a passive observer. Attend workshops, sessions, and side events that align with your interests and expertise. Actively participate in discussions, ask questions, and contribute your insights to enrich the dialogue.

Leverage Social Media: Use social media platforms to amplify your voice and share the summit’s highlights. Create engaging content, use relevant hashtags, and connect with a broader audience beyond the summit walls.

Advocate for Youth Involvement: Advocate for youth representation and engagement in climate policy decisions. Make sure your voices are heard in shaping the future of climate action, as young leaders often have fresh perspectives and innovative solutions.

Take Notes and Document: Keep a journal or take digital notes during the summit. Document key takeaways, memorable moments, and inspiring quotes. Your reflections will serve as a valuable resource for future projects and collaborations.

Be Solution-Oriented: Climate change is a complex issue, but it demands practical solutions. Focus on actionable steps and projects that can make a tangible impact in your community or region. The summit is a platform to showcase and garner support for your initiatives.

Embrace Diversity: Embrace the diversity of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds at the summit. Learn from others, be open to different viewpoints, and use this cross-cultural exchange to enrich your understanding of climate challenges and solutions.

Stay Committed: After the summit concludes, don’t let the momentum fade. Continue your advocacy, education, and actions to combat climate change. Engage with local organizations and initiatives to effect change in your community.

The Africa Climate Summit is an incredible opportunity for young leaders to drive climate action forward. Your passion, energy, and commitment can inspire change on a local, regional, and global scale.

By staying informed, connecting with others, and taking concrete actions, you can maximize your participation and contribute significantly to the fight against climate change.

Source: Ghana Web

Fetish priest calls on Otumfour over lock-up of his shrine by alleged thugs

A fetish priest who has had his shrine locked up is currently calling on Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to come to his rescue.

Speaking to the media, the worried priest, Opanin Boadi Panin Ababio who is the Obrempong Agyemang Tano Bosomfour said his shrine has been locked up for almost a year now without any justifiable reasons.

Expressing how the situation has negatively impacted him and the people who visit the place for consultation and other healing purposes, Opanin Boadi Panin Ababio said the gods were not happy.

He has however appealed to the Ashanti overlord Otumfour Osei Tutu II to come to the rescue.

Accusing some thugs of storming the palace to lock up the shrine, the Tano Bosomfour further fingered the chief of Kwamo for being the brain behind the closure of the shrine.

According to him, Tano which is supposed to be spiritually fortified before the Sikadwa is now striving with hunger due to the shrine’s closure resulting from abuse of power by the Kwamo chief.

“What is the meaning of this? That’s why I’m pleading with our overlord. I have gone to inform him already. He assigned Baffour Sumankwa but he did nothing, and I’ve informed him again that the Tano shrine has been locked up. Tano is sadly going to eat outside during this Akwasidee, all because of the closure. I’m pleading with Otumfour, I’ve already whisper into his ears and I’m doing that again because I’m not supposed to stand before him according to traditions. I have said it once, twice and at this third time I’m saying it through the media. I’m pleading with him to send one of his spiritual wives to come here to unlock the shrine so that the Tano will stop eating from outside. I’m pleading because Tano is supposed to eat during Fodjour before the Sikadwa eats on Awukudae,” he said.

“Who is he to lock up Obrempong Agyemang Tano for more than ten months now, something even the Asante overlord cannot do? I’m therefore pleading with Otumfour to come to the rescue of this unfortunate situation so that Obrempong Agyemang Tano can eat inside the room,” he appealed.

Giving a brief history of the Tano Agyemang shrine, the Bosomfour who is also the Ekuona Abusuapanin of the area indicated how the Obrempong Agyemang Tano Bosomfour played a major role in the formation of the Ashanti kingdom.

According to him, when it comes to many war victories and the many successes chalked by the Ashanti kingdom, it also played a major role in it.

Revealing how Asante can never forgo the Tano shrine, the worried priest called on Otumfour to immediately act on the matter to help rescue the situation.

He also appealed that thorough investigations be conducted so that perpetrators of the act be brought to book.

Source: Ghana Web

Asante Kotoko announce signing of Michael Kyei Dwamena from WAFA

Asante Kotoko have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Michael Kyei Dwamena from WAFA, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.

Dwamena sealed his move from the academy club on Sunday morning, having completed his mandatory medical examination on Saturday.

The highly-rated midfielder has penned a three-year contract for the Porcupine Warriors as he reunites with head coach Dr. Prosper Narteh Ogum.

The former WAFA skipper started his journey from WA Suntaa before spending three seasons at the Sogakope Arena.

He made 26 appearances across two seasons in the Ghana Premier League before the team was relegated to Division One last season.

Dwamena is noted for combining an excellent reading of the game, breaking up opponents’ attacks, and also an impressive distribution of passes.

He tells Asante Kotoko media, “Playing for Asante Kotoko has always been part of my dream growing up.

“Moreover, the coach [Prosper Narteh Ogum] is someone I have worked with before, and his understanding of the game excites me a lot, and I am confident that together, we can achieve something great here.”

Dwamena played under Dr. Ogum at WAFA in the 2020-21 campaign.

Source: Ghana Web