Shakira’s diss track breaks Latin Youtube viewing records

A hit song by Shakira about her ex-partner Gerard Pique cheating on her has broken YouTube records.

The video for Out of Your League has been watched more than 63 million times in 24 hours, making it the most-watched Latin song in that time period.

Shakira, 45, separated from former Barcelona footballer Pique, 35, in 2022 after more than 10 years together.

The pair also have two children together.

This four-minute pop song is the first time Shakira and Argentinian producer and DJ Bizarrap have worked together.

Shakira joins a hallowed list of Latin performers to break YouTube records – including J Balvin, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

It’s not her first song about the breakup – Monotonia came out three months ago, but was more of a heartbreak song than one vying for revenge.

In the diss track, Shakira sings about Pique’s new alleged 23-year-old partner.

She says she is “worth two 22-year-olds” and compares the relationship to swapping “a Ferrari for a [Renault] Twingo” and a “Rolex for a Casio” in Spanish.

The Colombian singer also references her run-in with the Spanish authorities, who claim she has failed to pay €14.5m (£12.8m) in income tax.

Shakira appears to say in the song that Pique left her whilst all this was going on, with her in-laws as neighbours.

She criticises his workout technique too – singing “lots of time at the gym, but your brain needs a little work too”.

Gerard Pique has not responded to the song online, but has been posting about his new seven-a-side project, King’s League.

The pair released a statement when they split in June last year, saying they were focusing on co-parenting their children Milan, nine, and Sasha, aged seven.

Source: Modern Ghana

Let’s choose Bawumia to lead the NPP in Election 2024 – Former NPP Organiser?

Yaw Dabie Appiah Mensah, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bono Region has implored delegates preparing for the NPP’s presidential elections to re-think and vote for the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to lead the party in the Election 2024.

     As the head of the government’s economic management team, he said the Vice President had proven critics wrong, brought the economy on track and restored the confidence and hopes of many Ghanaians in the midst of the global economic crisis.

    Mr Mensah, a former organiser of the NPP in the then Brong-Ahafo Region made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Odomase in the Sunyani West Municipality on Monday.

    He explained that the Election 2024 remained crucial, and it would not be easy for the NPP to break the nation’s eight-year political circle between the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

    Mr Mensah said the Veep was not only a suitable flagbearer to lead the NPP in the next general election, but also the “right President Ghana needs in the midst of the terrible economic situation across the globe.”

     “The Veep has stood the test of time and he knows and well understands the current national economic situation. If we do not want to run the country’s economic development back and forth, then we must all accept and allow Alhaji Dr Bawumia to lead us to election victory in 2024,” he said.

     Mr Mensah said although all the personalities who had shown interest to contest for the NPP’s flagbearership slot so far, were all ‘good presidential materials’ and had proven track records in the country political space, and it would be in the supreme interest of the party if the delegates endorse the vice president.

    “This is because, Dr Bawumia has not only marketed himself, but has also proven to Ghanaians that he holds the key to national economic reconstruction. Ghana’s economy is now gaining momentum because of Dr Bawumia’s abled economic management team,” he stated.

    “We must also be reminded that we need a presidential candidate who can lead the party to equally share or maintain or add more votes to the NPP votes in the Northern region. We should not try to overlook some issues because we all know the voting pattern in the North. Elections are numbers and we have to choose a candidate who can bridge the voting gap in the North,” Mr Mensah added.

    The Former NPP Organiser said he hoped that the party’s presidential elections would not divide the NPP’s rank and file, saying the Election 2024 was very close and “we must all try and avoid all tendencies that can narrow our political fortunes”.

Source: Modern Ghana

5Five lied to me, they never paid me after producing ‘Muje Baya’ – Appietus alleges

The controversy surrounding defunct Hiplife music group 5Five’s smash hit song ,’Muje Baya’ has taken a new spin.

The controversy started when the producer of the Song, Appiah Dankwah, popularly known as Appietus was accused of stealing a beat from a South African song, ‘Amerido ‘by DJ Crido.

Appietus, admitted to the accusation and explained that it was 5five who brought the beat to “me… that was the first time I sampled someone’s beat for a song.”

After 13 years, the legendary Ghanaian music producer has precipitated another controversy around the same song.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on Citi TV’s entertainment talk show ‘Upside Down’ – hosted by multi-talented broadcasters, Frema Adunyame and Nana Tuffour on Sunday, Appietus who was revealing how the ‘Muje Baya’ song was produced said the award-winning group failed to pay him after producing it.

According to Appietus,”after recording the song, they told me they were going to show it to an investor- the next moment I heard the song playing on radio, they lied to me.”

He stressed that the song took just one week to become one of the monster hit songs in Ghana.

Appietus has produced over two hundred and fifty smash hit songs . 5Five’s ‘Muje Baya'[Move Back] remains one of his all time hit productions.

5Five is a defunct Hiplife music duo involving Luther Asamayi (Pappi) and Jeffery Opoku Agyekum (Killi). ‘Muje Baya ‘ was released in 2010.

Source: Modern Ghana

How I became a drug addict, smuggler and a truant street Lord – Dr. Likee reveals

Ghanaian comic actor Dr. Likee with the real name Ebenezer Akwasi Antwi has recounted his past life as a gangster.

Ras Nene, as he used to be called, said he started drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes at a very tender age, approximately at the age of 8.

According to him, he used to watch over his Auntie’s drinking spot. He noted that whenever the bar was left under his care, he steals some of the alcohol to drink.

Speaking in a recent episode of the Delay show, the YouTuber revealed that he also used to pick up used cigarettes on the ground to smoke, which eventually compelled him to follow a certain man to smoke wee (marijuana).

“Never send your child to buy cigarettes or even smoke in their presence.” Sometimes when someone smokes, drops it on the floor, and quenches it, the fire isn’t completely out. So in that case, I’m compelled to pick it, hide behind the house, and smoke the rest of it. That’s how it started,” he said.

“I became stubborn because I was earning some money from my scrap trade, and the smoking habit made things worse. My mother would sit me down severally to advise me, but I wouldn’t listen, and gradually I was introduced to marijuana by a friend,” Dr. Likee told Delay, as quoted by Pulse.

According to Dr. Liked, “I used to control the street. I had big men who covered me, so I was making a lot more money.

“I had weapons to scare away customers who had ulterior motives.”

Dr. Likee noted that his name, Nene, is a corrupted form of Anini, which is the name of a certain notorious Nigerian criminal in Lagos, Nigeria, who used to be his mentor at the time.

“My boss at that time named me after a notorious criminal in Lagos called Anini. So people could not pronounce it properly, and that’s how it became “Ras Nene,” revealed the actor.

He then recounted his days as a drug dealer and how he was frequently arrested and taken to court, saying, “In my mid-20s, I crossed the Libyan desert several times with drugs. I was doing drugs until my early 30s, and I became a Yaro. I had boys who worked for me, and I only came for my settlements. “Smuggling drugs was also part of his dealings.”

“There was this drug called bond. I used to smuggle it from Togo into the country. We hide them in the tubes of trailer car tyres and take them out when they arrive in Ghana. I was dealing in crack as well,” he stated.

“I have been to court seven times, although I lost only two cases. I was dealing drugs until it landed me in jail several times, but that was the place I learned my lessons,” he added.

Source: Modern Ghana

1D1F: It’s complete waste of resources – Minority claims after analysing programme

The Minority in Parliament has described as a complete failure and waste of resources the government’s flagship industrial programme, One-District-One-Factory (1D1F).

This is after analysing the five key objectives of the policy initiative that was meant to turn around the fortunes of the Ghanaian economy.

According to the Minority group who are made up of Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), not a single objective of the 1D1F policy initiative has been achieved or is on track of being achieved after almost seven years of its implementation.

The analysis which was conducted by the group’s members serving on the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism focused on key information on the 1D1F in the Annual Budget Statements (2017 – 2023), the Macro-Ecomomic Impact of two Different Industrial Development Pathways in Ghana (Report) – 2020, Ghana Revenue Authority (Customs Division), Ministry of Finance (Financial statement 2023, World Bank Country (Ghana) Report 2017, and the Ministry of Trade & Industry website had one key objective.

It was meant to determine whether each of the five key objectives of the 1D1F policy initiative has been met, or it’s in the process of being met or has not been met at all.

Background

The One-District-One-Factory policy initiative is a key component of the Industrial Transformation Agenda of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government.

The concept was first introduced by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives by the NPP Administration, as part of an integrated programme for Accelerated Growth and Industrial Development. It was originally designated as the Rural Enterprises Development Programme was later rebranded as the District Industrialization Programme (DIP).

It was designed as a comprehensive programme for rural industrialization, involving the setting up of at least one medium to large-scale factory in each of the administrative districts of Ghana.

The 1D1F Programme was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on August 25, 2017, at Ekumfi in the Central Region.

Among the five key objectives of the programme are:

1. To create massive employment, particularly for the youth in rural and peri-urban communities, thereby improving income levels and standard of living, as well as reducing rural-urban migration;

2. To add value to the natural resources of each district and exploit the economic potential of each district based on its comparative advantage;

3. To ensure an even and spatial spread of industries and thereby stimulate economic activity and growth in different parts of the country;

4. To enhance the production of local substitutes for imported goods, thereby, conserving scarce foreign exchange; and

5. To promote exports and increase foreign exchange earnings to support the government’s development agenda.

The Findings

The analysis on the five key objectives of the 1D1F which commenced in September 2022 and ended in December 2022, concluded that “In the light of the limited time remaining of the party in government, and considering that only a limited number of factories, whether green or brownfields are running, it can be concluded that the policy is not working and has not made any progress in the quest to moving the country from an agro-based economy to an even semi-industrialized economy”.

Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Friday, January 13, 2023, over the outcome of the analysis, the NDC MP for Ellembelle and Ranking Member of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, said the state of the 1D1F is very bad considering the millions of Ghana Cedis that have been invested into the policy initiative.

Accompanied by the NDC MP for Bole and deputy Ranking Member of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, Hon. Yusif Sulemana, the duo took turns explaining the findings on each of the five key objectives of the 1D1F Programme.

Employment

Speaking on the 1D1F objective of creating massive employment for the youth, Hon. Buah contended that the findings of the analysis revealed that it was very difficult to see how this objective was being achieved considering the outcome of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) which noted that only 13.8% in rural areas are employed, with the majority outside of the labour force.

“Another critical finding worthy to note is that, according to the 2023 Budget Statement, there are sixteen (16) Government flagship programmes for 2023. A budget of GH¢9.2 billion has been allocated for these projects. Surprisingly, only about GH¢203million representing 2.2% has been allocated to fund 1D1F projects, a clear indication that the Nana Addo/Bawumia-led NPP Government is not serious about its industrial transformation agenda they have been making so much noise about. More funding for these projects in the rural areas will create the needed jobs, thereby, helping to alleviate poverty. On the face of the records based on the analysis done, the Nana Addo/Bawumia-led NPP Government is not committed to its own flagship 1D1F policy initiative”, he noted.

Value Addition

With regards to the 1D1F objective of value addition to the natural resources of each district, Hon. Buah noted that it was only agro-processing and chemicals and pharmaceuticals that benefitted immensely from government stimulus package initiative, with a paltry resources going into livestock, plastics and packaging, electricals and electronics and garments & textiles.

“This clearly contradicts the objective of adding value to our natural resources based on comparative advantage and on the objective of even and spatial distribution of factories. This means that there is no significant impact of value addition to our natural resources”, he noted.

Even and spatial distribution

Touching on the third objective of even and spatial distribution of factories, the Ellembelle lawmaker indicated that about 70% of the industries under the 1D1F programme are located in the regional capitals of Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern regions.

For instance, he noted that the data revealed that 76 of the projects are located in the Greater Accra Region, followed by the Ashanti Region which has 54 factories while the Eastern Region has 37 projects. However, the Savannah Region has 4 projects while North East and Oti Regions have three projects apiece, thereby, defeating the objective of the policy initiative. Besides, majority of the factories under the 1D1F programme were existing factories that were only given some financial support for expansion and captured under the programme as a beneficiary of the initiative, he stressed.

Enhancing local production

Further commenting on the 1D1F programme, Hon. Buah noted that the objective of enhancing the production of local substitutes for imported goods, thereby, conserving scarce foreign exchange has also not been met considering the fact that imports of local substitutes such as rice and sugar have continued to skyrocket since 2017, with the forecast showing the same trend beyond 2023.

“This is why President Mahama constructed the Komenda Sugar Factory to save us some foreign exchange and also contribute to making the Cedi stronger. Seven years in power, what has happened to President Mahama’s Komenda Sugar Factory? The current troubles with the Cedi alone show that this is an abysmal failure. There is no production of local substitutes and there is no conservation of scarce foreign exchange. Importing 4.21 million metric tons of sugar and

10 million metric tonNE of rice in 2022 alone indicates that nothing has changed, and this objective has not been met. Another finding which should be of concern to all is that there is a huge gap between agriculture, industry and services, three of the main sectors of the economy. The data revealed that the 1D1F is not bridging the gap between agriculture and industry. While agriculture is projected to experience growth in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 and beyond, industry is projected to drop steeply”, he underscored.

Source: Ghana Web

Unity in diversity key to breaking the eight – Justin Kodua

Mr Justin Kodua Frimpong, General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has touted the party’s unity in diversity as key to consolidating its gains in the 2024 elections.

He said the party’s resolve to break the eight-year electoral jinx could be realized if members remained united and worked diligently in peace and harmony to fast-track development.

Mr Frimpong gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the Central Regional unity talk conference arranged by the party on Sunday.

The meeting assembled scores of party stalwarts including national, regional, and constituency executives, former appointees, and Chief Executive Officers among many party faithful to resolve their differences and broker peace for a formidable front.

Held under the theme: “Reconciling the rank and file of the NPP in Central Region to break the eight,” Mr. Frimpong expressed gratitude to all party faithful in the region for giving their best for the party’s victory in the 2020 general election.

“We are determined to bury our differences and bring on board all those who because of one reason or the other decided to fall back in the party. We need all efforts and energies of members to break the eight agenda.

“I am happy that members of the party have resolved their differences because it will take a united NPP to win the next general election,” Mr. Frimpong stated.

Earlier, Mr Roberts Kutin Junior, Central Regional Chairman of the party, in his welcoming conciliatory address said the Region was poised to work hard to win back its lost Parliamentary seats to give the party victory in 2024.

He said the master stroke for bringing differing elements within the party’s space, hinged on the use of a deliberate tool of interaction to open spaces for people to express their concerns most respectfully and appropriately.

“In the run-up to all elections within the structure of our party within the Region over the past years, a lot went on, and I believe it is part of the electoral process in getting officers to lead at the various levels of the party.

“Social wound healing must be deliberate, and it means, we must discuss our pains and resolve as a group to let go of them and forge ahead with a common purpose and aspiration. This allows us to right our wrongs, better our rights, reason together as we lace our boots to break the eight,” he noted.

Additionally, he said, the party was not oblivious of the fact that breaking the eight was beyond the tagline but ensured that party folk forged ahead in unity, hard work, peace, love, and tolerance knowing that, the people of Ghana counted on them to turn the economic fortunes around.

He express joy in members’ commitment to peace and encouraged all to remain resolute and work assiduously to achieve the objective of breaking the cycle of eight-year jinx.

Source: Modern Ghana

Capitation grant inadequate to support inclusive education-GFD

The Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD) has called on Government to increase grant allocation for schools to support inclusive education and enhance effective administration of schools.

Mr George Frimpong, the Central Regional President of GFD, said government’s inability to release the capitation grants on time was another hitch adversely affecting quality academic work.

Schools he noted were not able to provide teaching and learning materials for students due to the unavailability of funds.

The capitation Grant is a policy initiated by the government to eliminate extra fees and charges at the basic school level.

Speaking at the Regional Child Protection Committee meeting and dissemination of Ghana report to UN, Mr Frimpong said children living with disability were struggling to access education, hence the need for Government to prioritize inclusive education in the country.

The meeting was geared towards accessing the wellbeing of such children in the Region, identify the challenges confronting them and devise strategies to address the issues for their growth.

It was organized by the Department of Children with representatives from the Department of Gender, National Youth Authority, Ghana AIDS Commission, Ghana Health and Education Services attending.

Others were the Ghana Immigration Service, the Legal Aid, the Narcotics Control Commission, and the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE).

He said children with special needs required and deserved special care and attention to unearth their talents and potential to enable them to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country in future

‘The capitation fund is inadequate, and so children accessing inclusive education suffer because they do not get the needed support from the state which should prioritize their needs, and there must be a way out to help them’ he added.

Mr Frimpong said the current educational system was a hindrance to PWDs achieving their full potential, adding that “if the environment is friendly, we can participate fully and contribute to development.”

Hence, he called for a comprehensive mechanism to address factors militating against the progressive march of PWDs in general to improve their standard of living.

Ms Grace Kensah, an Assistant Programs Officer at the Department of Children, said protection of children was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the country.

Violence against children, she noted, was widespread and therefore all institutions should be further strengthened to help resolve and reduce the menace to its barest minimum.

Ms Kensah called on parents to prioritize the safety and protection of their children and urged the public to report any form of child abuse to the appropriate institutions.

Mr David Allan Paintsil, an Assistant Director at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), said the healthy development of children was crucial to the wellbeing of every society.

Children, he observed, were vulnerable and therefore, activities geared towards their development should be supported by all.

Reports reaching the RCC, he indicated was that parental neglect was high in the Region and it was time to bring all hands-on deck to fight the menace.

“Proper parenting is the surest way of producing quality children for the community and country as a whole” Nr Paintsil added.

Source: Modern Ghana

2022 CHAN: Annor Walker not deterred by past Ghana achievements

Head coach of the Ghana national team, Annor Walker says the team is not fixated on Ghana’s previous run in previous TotalEnergies African Nations Championship tournaments, but his side is fully focused on this year’s edition which they have control over.

The Black Galaxies coach was speaking from the Chahid Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine, where Ghana will officially kick off their CHAN campaign against debutants, Madagascar on Sunday evening, at 20h00 GMT.

The west African giants come into the tournament as one of the strong contenders of the competition, having reached the finals twice during the 2009 and 2014 editions respectively.

Asked on whether he believes this current squad can go all the way and lift the trophy that has eluded them at the last hurdle on two occasions, Walker said he does not want to put pressure on his players by reminding them of previous results but wants his side to focus on doing well and making Ghana proud.

“We have seen what the previous squads have done, and it is truly remarkable. However, the past is behind us, and we are looking forward to what is here in front of us, which we have control over. We are looking forward to getting to the finals and yes lifting the cup. With that said, we are not thinking of the past, but we are thinking of the present and what is ahead of us,” said Walker.

The coach also touched on the exciting talent and diversity of the squad that he has assembled for the tournament, saying that people will see what the rest of the clubs in Ghana have to offer in so far as local talent is concerned.

“I have players who are playing in Division 1 of Ghanaian football that I have included in the squad. I did not only select players from the big clubs as many people expected. From looking at the squad, we can safely say it is represented by at least ten different clubs from Ghana, which is why I believe this tournament is important in that, it exposes local talent for the world to see”, concluded Walker.

The coach was joined by his captain, Gladson Awako, who said the team had prepared well ahead of tomorrow’s clash and that the confidence in the camp is quite high amongst the squad.

“We are here to compete. No one goes into a competition to lose. We are confident and looking at the camp, each player is looking good and confident. Our preparations have gone very well, and we played two competitive friendlies in Egypt as well as here in Algeria to fine-tune our preparations. If we carry on with the same momentum, I think we should have a good tournament”, said Awako.

Source: Modern Ghana