Accra in Paris Concert: I don’t know if it’s happening this year, I just gave a push – Anne Sophie Ave

It is almost a year now since the ‘Accra In Paris’ concert spearheaded by Anne Sophie Avè was organised in Paris, France.

The event was put together by the French Embassy in Ghana and former French Ambassador to Ghana H.E Anne Sophie Avè. This was in partnership with astute media personality Nathan Kwabena Anokye-Adisi (Bola Ray) and his Empire Entertainment team.

The conversation among Ghanaians is whether there would be another edition this year. Especially when the ever-loving Anne Sophie is no longer at the helm of affairs at the French Embassy in Ghana.

Anne Sophie Avè speaking in an interview with Sammy Kay on the Go online show, indicated she does not know if it will happen this year.

According to her, the question as to whether the “Accra in Paris” will happen should be directed to the French Embassy. She said it would not be fair to sit on her successor.

She however added that, the new France ambassador has taken over and doing his way. The France Ambassador for Public Diplomacy in Africa said she just gave a push but the project can be carried out.

That notwithstanding, “Akosua” explained that the Accra in Paris concert can be taken over by an event organiser. She however admitted the tediousness in putting up such a concert. And added that, her role was a bit outside her normal duties.

Anne Sophie Avè and Ghanaians showed up for Accra in Paris concert last year

During last year’s edition, Ghanaian artistes, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Kwabena Kwabena alongside their french counterparts Passi and Orti moved the crowd. Somewhere in between, singer Fameye hopped on stage to thrill fans with his collaboration with Orti.

H.E Anne Sophie, Bola Ray and several dignitaries were all present to grace the concert.

The event had a packed auditorium at the Elysee Montmartre. It created a buzz and quickly jumped into the trending topic on social media at the time.

Some of the headline acts were Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Kwabena Kwabena. They dished out back-to-back hit songs with the hyped-up fans from all walks of life.

Source: Ghana Web

The Lowdown: Fiifi Boafo speaks about the challenges in Ghana’s cocoa industry

The rise of cocoa-smuggling activities in Ghana has been a hot topic for some weeks now.

This week on The Lowdown, we discuss the interventions made by the COCOBOD to salvage this growing menace and the punishments due to those involved in it.

Fiifi Boafo, head of the public affairs department at COCOBOD tells Daniel Oduro about the progress that has been made by the cocoa regulator in this edition of The Lowdown.

The PRO also touches on some effects the smuggling of cocoa from Ghana to neighbouring counties has had on the revenue generation of the company.

Lamenting the low yields of cocoa from the Volta Region this year, he said “When you go to Volta Region, it’s the worst of all. In Volta Region the cocoa that we bought this year, if you compare to last year which was our lowest in recent years, it is not even up to 10 percent of what we did last year.”

Source: Ghana Web

I was beaten just because my mum was Nana Adwoa Awindor – Efya

Born Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor, the neo-soul vocalist whose mother, Nana Adwoa Awindor became a household name following the popular ‘Greetings From Abroad’ show, has said she was beaten in school just for being the daughter of the renowned TV personality.

The product of Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School said on the Doreen Avio Show that it was “very stressful” being the daughter of the host of Ghana’s first international link TV show, growing up.

“There was a lot of pressure,” Efya Nokturnal recalled her days at the Kumasi-based school.

“I got beaten up because of my mum when I went to secondary school. They see your mum on TV and they’ll say you think you’re Nana Adwoa Awindor’s child so… ” she said and indicated they smacked her after making these remarks.

Sounding excited about her recollections in the interview monitored by GhanaWeb, the musician said the narrative changed when she became a sports girl and represented the school during athletic competitions.

“…you can’t touch me because I added value to myself for the school. If you beat me, we’ll see who will win the 200 meters,” she said.

She noted that it was fun growing up and had a lot of activities, including editing her mother’s shows.

Due to her personality, she could gel with people and they related to her nicely when she stepped out with her parents at the time.

She said: “I was a very outspoken child and very confident so I didn’t have a problem with blending in. anywhere I’d go, I’d find a way to make myself fit in one way or the other. Also, I have an amazing sense of humour, and an amazing spirit. So, the vibe will always be right if you’re not bringing negativity to me.”

Source: Ghana Web

Lemonade Finance puts smiles on faces at the Nyamedua Orphanage

Lemonade Finance is a cross-border payment solution that enables Ghanaians in the Diaspora to send money home. Last year, the brand announced the signing of Deloris Frimpong Manso, John Dumelo, and Dr. Likee as brand ambassadors.

The company’s mission is to improve the financial lives of immigrants everywhere in the world. One that is inclusive and that works for them. This goal extends to empowering Africans, at home and abroad.

On the 1st of April 2023, in collaboration with brand ambassador, Delay, the company put together an event for the children at Nyamedua Orphanage, Accra.

To put a smile on their faces with a heartfelt and activity-packed party. In addition, the team made a donation of food items and stationery to the children. A monetary donation of GHS 50,000 was also made to the management of the orphanage.

This event is the company’s maiden Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program in Ghana. It’s one of the ways the brand aims to give back to its communities.

“We were given a warm welcome when we launched in Ghana, and for that, it is just right to give back to the Ghanaian community. This is the first of many more to come. The children deserve this and many more.” according to Precious Ama Kwartema Oduro, Lemonade Finance’s country manager

“Lemonade Finance is a trusted brand here to serve Ghanaians, giving back to society is a great initiative and I just had to support them. I believe this is a company Ghanaians should show love and support to, a company that believes in giving back to society”.

During the visit, friends and employees of the company spent time with the children, playing games and singing songs. The money donated will be used to improve the living conditions of the children.

Paul Anaba, a representative from Nyamedua Orphanage expressed their gratitude for the donation and the visit, We have never received a donation of this sort before, God richly blesses Lemonade Finance for remembering us and giving back to the Ghanaian community. The kids are very grateful. I urge everyone to use Lemonade Finance, an organization that shows love to the community is an organization we should all support.

Source: Ghana Web

Police gun down ‘notorious’ galamsey site robber

Some unknown assailants have reportedly gunned down a notorious gang leader believed to have been known for terrorizing illegal miners within the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region.

According to a report, this was confirmed by Justin Afful, the Assembly Member of the Benso Electoral Area.

He explained that the slain, Agye Nyame Sulemana, A.K.A. Sulley, was killed while on his way back from an ‘operation’, with his gang members.

He is reported to have been shot along with other members of the cartel.

“He has a gang, and they have been terrorizing residents in my electoral area. They mostly block roads and rob innocent people of their valuables. They come with guns, knives, and other ammunition. They came for one of such operations last Thursday evening and were returning with their booty when a bullet from an unknown location hit some of the members,” the Assembly member indicated.

The report added that although Agye Nyame Sulemana was rushed to the Effi Nkwanta Regional Hospital, he did not make it out alive.

The other members of the gang, who were also caught up in the attack, sustained only minor injuries.

Giving further details on how the gang was intercepted, the Assembly Member, Justin Afful, said that the Ghana Police Service had received a tip-off, which they followed through on.

“Whenever the miners in my area are on break, these armed robbers will come around with their ammunition, threaten them and take all their gold and money. Anyone who refuses to comply would then be attacked. We still don’t know the person who shot them,” he indicated.

The police further arrested the two other gang members, who were being treated for minor injuries and are currently in the custody of the Tarkwa Police Command.

Meanwhile, Maame Rejoice, the spouse of the slain Agye Nyame, has since refuted reports that her husband was an armed robber.

She also indicated that she is yet to see the corpse of her husband, although she has heard about his death, the report added.

Source: Ghana Web

Ghana to host clean energy training centre for infrastructure development in Africa

The US Department of Energy has selected Ghana as the host country for the clean energy training Centre for infrastructure development in Africa.

The decision was made known by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation in the Office of Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Ms. Aleshia Duncan when she paid a four-day official visit to Ghana.

While in the country, she paid a courtesy call to the Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and the leadership of the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).

The purpose of the visit was to familiarise herself with the activities of Ghana’s nuclear power programme and the progress made so far.

Ms. Duncan expressed the interest of the US Government in establishing a clean energy training facility in the country to help build the country’s capacity and to also help fight climate change by reducing the country’s carbon emissions.

She said that some virtual training programs had already started as part of the plan to establish the training center and that plans were afoot to establish the facility, which would serve not only Ghana but the entire African continent.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary explained that the modalities concerning the establishment of the training center had been discussed with Nuclear Power Ghana, the owner and operator of the plant, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Authority and the Nuclear Power Institute, the technical arm of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO).

The meeting identified some key priority areas of training and development in support of the nuclear program. Some highlighted areas of development were the establishment of a cybersecurity research hub to improve the country’s capacity to deal with the challenges posed by the evolving threat of cybersecurity, a training and licensing regime for craftsmen to meet international standards, a training facility to offer hands-on training to students and nuclear professionals, and the establishment of a reactor simulator facility.

Source: Ghana Web

It’s time to return, no one will ‘chew you up’ – Kwami Sefa Kayi tells NDC

The host of Kokrooko Show on Peace FM, Kwami Sefa Kayi, has asked the members of the National Democratic Congress to return to the show after three years of boycott.

According to him, it is time for the party to move on, adding that nothing will chew them up if they appear on the show.

He made this comment when he asked the Member of Parliament for the Odododiodio constituency, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, when he would come to the studios.

Member of Parliament for the Odododiodio constituency, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, in response, said until the party revokes the sanction, he won’t come to the studios.

“If my party revokes the sanctions on you, I will come (to the studios). I think we have to resolve the issue; the party has informed you that it’s the structure of panelling.”

Kwami Sefa Kayi, who added that the issue has been resolved, thinks the party should return to the studios.

“…Between you and I, there is nothing to solve as we have spoken about it. It’s been three years; we’ve finished this matter. I think it’s time to move on. You should come, no one will chew you up,” he said.

In May 2020, the National Communication Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) informed its communicators, media monitors, and officials that the party has boycotted Peace (104.3) FM’s morning show Kookrokoo.

This decision, according to the party, was occasioned by the unfair panelling system that the production team of that program has continuously foisted on the NDC over some months.

Specifically, the reason for this boycott has to do with the unreasonable decision of the producers and host of the program to permanently reserve one (1) of the two (2) slots the party has traditionally had on Wednesdays on the show to Mr. Allotey Jacobs, who is often introduced by the host of the program as a “Social Commentator with strong leanings to the NDC”, ostensibly to spite the NDC.

Source: Ghana Web

Shut up if you’ve nothing positive to say about Fotocopy – Father

Qwaachi Classic, the father of Fotocopy, a young Ghanaian musician, has asked critics of his son to shut up if they have nothing positive to say about him.

He claimed that if his son lived in another country, he would be cherished and revered, but in Ghana, people are attacking him and making inappropriate remarks about him.

Speaking on Rainbow Entertainment, he stated that his son recently organised the ‘I am Kasoa Concert,’ which drew a large crowd, but people are not commenting on it and are focusing on the negatives.

“I don’t care what others think of my son. I don’t pay attention to what people are saying. The boy is accomplishing a lot for his age, but no one is talking about it. He has received numerous awards, including the Ghana Music Awards USA. The boy, who is only nine years old, has managed to draw a crowd of over 5,000 people, including members of our Muslim community. So imagine how many people would have been there if they hadn’t been tasting, but no one is talking about it. The concert took place in a Zongo community.”

He stated that he will continue to invest in the talent of his son because he is doing extremely well.

“Nobody is talking about how much the boy is doing for his age. They forget, whether they like it or not, that the boy is now a big brand. If my son can say something and have it trend for more than a week, he is now a big brand.

“Ghanaians must accept his stature. Why isn’t anyone mentioning the good things he’s doing? He cancelled multiple shows with all of the A-list performers, and no one is talking about it. If they are not discussing his positive aspects, they should not discuss his negative aspects “He went on to say.”

Source: Ghana Web