Documenta AudioViz launches free filmmaking masterclass for young Ghanaians

Documenta AudioViz (AV), a multimedia production company, has launched and held a Masterclass programme aimed at providing training for young aspiring talents interested in creating their own projects in the film industry. The Programme, with support from the KGL Foundation, is also to impact the lives of aspiring creatives in Ghana who would otherwise not have access to industry experts who could support their growth. The Programme brought experienced professionals in the film and television industry, who took participants through photography, cinematography, directing, graphic designing, lighting and content creating. It was free for young creatives between ages 18 and 25. Mr Mawuli Afatsiawo, Director, Documenta AV, said the Company had produced projects for both local and international clients. It has produced commercials, documentaries, corporate and government projects that run across various media platforms. He said: ‘It has been my vision to transfer my knowledge to the next generation of creators to help Ghana become a source of top talent in Africa. It is the perfect opportunity to put together such a class once we received the support of KGL Foundation.’ Nana Yaw Yebaoh, Director and Filmmaker, who provided expert knowledge on the importance of lighting when creating, said: ‘As a filmmaker, the most important thing is to focus on what your motivation is.’ He highlighted the need for proper lightening, saying proper lighting was valuable in film and still photography. ‘Don’t fight light, you want to use the light to your advantage so you find a way to work with it effectively,’ he added. Nana Yeboah urged and inspired the young creatives to identify their passion and dream and work hard towards it. ‘The next batch of creatives will be selected for the second Creative Masterclass set to take place later this month. Young creatives can apply by visiting the website www.documentagh.com/masterclass.’ ‘No experience is needed to apply. Applicants need to have a willingness to learn and have a strong desire to pursue a career path in the film, TV and graphics industry. They must also be a resident in Accra or Tema to participate. ‘

Source: Ghana News Agency

You have gone wrong, repent – Prophet Oduro charges Akufo-Addo

Prophet Oduro, founder, and leader of the Alabaster International Ministries has beckoned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to repent.

In a sermon delivered in his church shortly after the State of the Nation Nation Address on March 7, 2023, Prophet Kofi Oduro explained that the entire country is on the wrong side of God due to the sinful ways of the citizenry.

He explained that the process of repentance and purification must begin with President Akufo-Addo who he claims has veered off the path of God.

According to him, the president and leadership of the country must set an example for the rest of the country to follow.

“Ghana repent. I want to begin from His Excellency…Ghana have sinned and since you are our leader, repent first and we will all repent and follow you. Repent your excellency, repent. As a leader, you have gone wrong. Repent”.

Additionally, Prophet Oduro beseeched the patriarchs and religious leaders of the country to also repent because “there is blood on our hands”.

Prophet Oduro has been vocal on issues of national interest, calling out the government for not delivering on its promise to Ghanaians.

Prophet Oduro also hit out at the government over its treatment of pensioner bondholders and urged the government to desist from such acts.

“I stand here with a heavy heart to respectfully say this to you, Sir, the Lord is telling me, pride takes everybody down. And if you continue to be proud, you will go down without remedy. Your government will be the worst in the history of this country”, he stressed.

The preacher continued, “Your excellency if you continue in the arrogance of speech and the pride of your life, you will never see the solution and you will never see the remedy.

I stand here as a man of God and as a prophet of God, not needing anything from you except your repentance and your humility. If not, Ghana is going into destruction”.

Source: Ghana Web

Transformation of Ghana Should be Engineered – Prof. Alex Dodoo

The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Professor Alex Dodoo, says Ghana needs to take engineering seriously in the country’s transformation. He said the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria had shown the world and Ghana, in particular, that we have to take engineering seriously. Speaking during a meeting with the management and top officials of the Engineering Council of Ghana recently, Prof. Dodoo said the Ghana Building Code, which was launched by the Vice President, is the most modern in the world at the moment. According to him, it is in line with the President’s call to ensure that all buildings in Ghana are resilient, as the country is situated in an earthquake zone. He said to enforce the tenets of the Building Code, which is to ensure that buildings and structures in Ghana all meet the standards to protect lives and facilitate trade, institutions such as the GSA and the Engineering Council, must partner to make it possible. He pledged the Authority’s support to the Engineering Council to enable it to carry out its mandate. ‘At GSA, our core mandate is consumer protection and trade facilitation. The new GSA Act places emphasis on research, education, and publication,’ Prof. Dodoo noted. ‘We, therefore, need to partner in the engineering of safer buildings and creating jobs for the Ghanaian space,’ he added. For his part, Dr. Kwame Boakye, the Board Chairman of the Engineering Council of Ghana, who led the delegation, also called for a more closer and aggressive partnership between the two bodies to promote and enforce standards in the building and construction sector of the country. Dr Boakye said that it was important that the country recognised the Engineering Council as a key stakeholder in its development. ‘Engineering has a key role in maintaining good practices and standards. Standards are not meaningful if we do not enforce them,’ he noted. ‘In order to ensure that the populace adhere to standards, especially in the built environment, we have to enhance our long-standing partnership by collaborating effectively in educating the public about the standards and enforcing them,’ he added. It was agreed during the meeting that the two bodies commit to the partnership by reviewing and expanding the terms spelt out in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed in 2021. The 2021 MoU was to ensure strict compliance to the use of engineering products and engineering best practices as well as to promote public education on engineering practices and use of engineering products.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s break ‘digital poverty’ confronting women-Deputy Minister

A deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has asked Ghanaians to lend more support to government to break ‘digital poverty’ confronting women and girls. Madam Francisca Oteng Mensah, who is also the Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, said she could see a new form of poverty (Digital) confronting the world, adding same was growing and intensely gendered. ‘I see a new form of poverty confronting the world. That is digital poverty, which is growing and intensely gendered. The digital age has generated unparalleled opportunities for empowerment of women and girls. However, women and girls remained lessened in this digital space. ‘They are less likely to use digital services or enter tech-related careers, and significantly more likely to face gender-based violence through ICT.’ The Deputy Minister was speaking at Kings University College’s celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day at Aplaku in the Greater Accra Region. The celebration was held by the University’s Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations. It was under the theme: ‘Digital: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’. The Deputy Minister noted that throughout history, the central role of women in society had ensured stability, progress, and long-term development of nations, adding the celebration of women was an indication that the world had come to accept the need to acknowledge the impact women made in many areas of development. The Deputy Minister said that digital technology, with no doubt, had presented an opportunity to narrow gender gaps by enhancing access to welfare, financial, and information services. She was elated that through digital technology, women could have their own bank accounts through mobile banking. ‘Access to digitally transferred resources allows for greater, privacy, security and help overcome prevalent social norms.’ She, therefore, appealed to all and sundry to increased advocacy not only for gender equality but more importantly gender equity. ‘While equality seeks to provide each individual or group of people with the same resources or opportunities, equity recognises each person’s peculiar circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to attain an equal outcome.’ Madam Oteng Mensah said, ‘we need to understand the unique needs of our women and girls, come up with innovative technologies to satisfy these needs in a way that puts them par with their male counterpart’. The MP noted that though digital technology had contributed remarkably to socioeconomic development, but there were higher rates of sexual discrimination. ‘Domestic violence reports have also increased in many countries and this violence may be physical, sexual, verbal psychological or economic abuse, happing in homes, streets and increasingly online.’ Regrettably, she said women and girls were more likely to be targets of online violence and that violence worsened during the COVID -19 pandemic. According to her online sexual exploitation and abuse of children had reached crisis level, with girls featuring in most online and abuse materials. Madam Oteng Mensah said there was ‘ an urgent need to address this online abuse and to turn the tables and harness the power of technology as a force for good and also for gender based violence prevention and response. ‘We need to close the digital gender gap and ensure technology is safe and accessible to women and girls. There is the need for effective solutions targeted at both barriers which force women out of STEM jobs.’ She said ‘ without equal representation in those fields (STEM), women participation in shaping technology, research and investment and policy will remain critically limited.’ Professor H. H Mensah, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Governance, and International Relations of the University, said women were nation builders hence the need to expand their access to education. Professor Mensah appealed to government to roll out programmes that would encourage women to take leadership in the public sphere.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Murder of Imoro Sherrif: Police announce key arrests

The Police said Friday night that they have arrested the key suspects involved in the murder of Imoro Sherrif, the soldier who was found dead at Taifa Ashaiman on Saturday, March, 4. This follows a week of sustained intelligence-led operation, they said in a social media post. It said the full details of the arrests made by the Police on Thursday, March 9, and at dawn on Friday, March 10 within Ashaiman and its environs would follow. The body of the young soldier, who was a trumpeter with the Ghana Armed Forces Band, stationed at Sunyani in the Bono Region, was interred at the new military cemetery at Tseaddo near Teshie, in the Greater Accra Region, on Thursday. The burial followed an autopsy at the 37 Military Hospital mortuary days after he was pronounced dead. A brief and emotional ceremony was held for him at which his colleagues and family paid their last respects at the 37 Military Hospital Mosque. The National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, led the prayers after, which some rites and military traditions were performed to pave the way for the internment Imoro Sherrif was killed by some persons after visiting his family in the town, the Military said in a statement, on Tuesday. News of his murder necessitated a ‘search and arrest’ operation by the Military with reports of some excesses. Authorities have since apologised for the manhandling and beating of innocent persons during the arrest of more than 100 people. Nearly all those arrested have been released, with some handed over to the Police for further investigations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bar attendant weeps as Court orders her detention

A bar attendant, who allegedly intentionally and unlawfully caused harm to a drinking bar operator with a broken bottle wept bitterly when she was remanded by an Accra Circuit Court.

Patience Adowa aka “Priscilla,” aged 27, is charged with causing harm and pleaded guilty.

The Court presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah, convicted the accused person on his own plea but deferred sentence and remanded her into Police custody for a pregnancy test to be conducted on her.

The matter has been adjourned to March 16, 2023.

Prosecuting Police Inspector Daniel Danku told the Court that the complainant Cecilia Owusu was a drinking bar operator.

The prosecution said both the accused person and the complainant were residents of Circle ECOMOG.

It said on September 2, 2022, at about 0200 hours, the complainant was asleep when she heard some unusual noise in front of her door, so she opened her curtains only to find out that some ladies were fighting, including the accused person whom she had not been on good terms with for some time.

The Prosecution said the complainant came out and ordered them to leave because they were disturbing her sleep.

It said the other ladies left but the accused person ignored her and rather took offence and started raining insults on the complainant which resulted in a fight, and both were separated.

The Prosecution said, “as if that was not enough, on the same day, whilst the complainant was busily removing her clothes from a drying line, the accused person emerged from behind and stabbed the complainant with a broken bottle on the right arm and took to her heels.”

It said on September 5, 2022, the complainant reported the matter to the Adabraka Police Station where she was issued a medical report form for treatment.

The Prosecution said the accused person was subsequently arrested and handed over to Adabraka Police and admitted the offence during interrogation.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC Ketu North Primaries: Dzodze Youth wishes Agumenu well

The Dzodze Youth Club (DYC) has given its blessings to Dr Donald Senanu Agumenu, a Ketu North Parliamentary Candidate hopeful for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). This was after Dr Agumenu, a patron of the Club, officially informed it of his intention to contest the Primaries and possibly represent the NDC in the Parliamentary election in the Constituency. Dr Agumenu said as a son of the land with great leadership potentials, he saw it prudent to contest for the race that may eventually lead him to becoming a Member of Parliament for the area to change the Constituency’s narrative. He said politics propelled the development of every society and was confident becoming a political leader would give him more opportunities to continue his good works to the people. The DYC led by its Chairman, Mr Atsu Avuglah, was appreciative of the supports Dr Agumenu had extended to the Club over the years and wished him the best in his new path. The Chairman said DYC was a social and philanthropic entity with focus on helping members and growing the local economy and cautioned against delegates and supporters of political parties associating it with party politics.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Eliminate political bullying to encourage women’s active participation in politics-Alabi

Professor Goski Alabi, Consulting President of Laweh University College, Accra, has called for the elimination of political bullying of women in the public space to encourage their active participation in politics. According to Prof Alabi, although many women are achieving remarkable feats in trade, education, business, ICT, and other endeavours, they are afraid to get involved in active politics and repeat similar feats, for fear of verbal attacks. A statement issued by Laweh University College, Accra, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Prof Alabi made the call in her opening remarks as the chairperson during an event organized by the Executive Network in Accra, as part of activities marking the International Women’s Day on the theme ‘Strategically Position Your Brand in 2023.’ She observed that young ladies were sometimes not spared from cyberbullying. ‘They are dissected and intimidated, among others, and these tend to destroy their pride,’ Prof Alabi stated ‘Women can never be men and men can never be women. We are biologically different. I don’t?believe in feminism, but believe in gender equity, where both men and women are offered equal opportunities to contribute to the table.’ She advised women not to allow themselves to feel inferior; saying ‘No one can make you feel inferior unless you agree to it.’ The Executive Network consists of captains of industries and has among its aims, to strategically position businesses and leverage their networks for competitive advantage.

Source: Ghana News Agency