Lyrical Joe elated to reach the pinnacle of Ghanaian rap

Accra, May 13, GNA-Reigning Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Best Rapper of the Year, Lyrical Joe has expressed delight with his steady progress in the music industry having started this journey more than eight years ago.

Lyrical Joe also won ”Best Rap Performance” at this year’s VGMA with his “5th August” song, beating off competition from the likes of Sarkodie, Strongman, Obibini, Amerado, and Teephlow.

Speaking in an interview with GNA Entertainment, Lyrical Joe noted that his steady rise to the top of Ghanaian rap music had been challenging, especially with his style, but was delighted that Ghanaians are gradually accepting him.

  ”I am really happy that Ghanaians are tuning into my style. We have come very far to win this award, and it shows how bright the future is and fans should expect more fire, “he said.

Lyrical Joe went on to say that he hopes to get more collaborations in the near future, as well as dropping bangers for music loving fans.

The rap sensation is currently promoting his new single ”Win

Win” featuring Kelyvnboy which is available across various streaming platforms. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Screening of children’s eyes must be done periodically – Principal Optometrist

Children’s eye screening must be a periodic health activity to save them from future complications, Dr Alfred Gardemor, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Optometric Association (GOA), said on Thursday.

Without frequent eye care, potential eye disorders may not be detected and treated on time, which may affect children’s performance in school and their general well-being.

Dr Gardemor, also the Head of the Optometric Centre, Nsawam Government Hospital, said this at the Ghana News Agency and the GOA public sensitisation programme, dubbed: “GNA-GOA: My Eye! My Vision!

The fortnight initiative is a collaborative campaign to promote access to specialised eye care and draw attention to vision health.

It also challenges the public and policymakers to focus on vision as a health issue, which forms a critical component of human well-being but is often neglected.

Speaking on the topic; “Children’s Vision and Eye Health”, Dr Gardemor noted that the first schedule of eye screening for children should be at six months, and subsequently at three years, and then six years before the child enters school.

He referred to Ben Carson, an American politician and neurosurgeon, who had eye problems when he was little and because it was detected early, he was treated and he became the one who performed a first-time successful separation of conjoined twins at the back of the head.

Meanwhile, Dr Kwame Oben-Nyarko, the Chief Executive Officer of Third Eye Care and Vision Centre urged the public to refrain from acquiring spectacles from the wayside table-top dealers.

He said spectacles (glasses) were visual aids to enhance the quality of vision and protect the eyes from exposure to direct contact with several environmental factors, which could be detrimental to the eye.

“Therefore buying it from the wayside vendor could end up destroying your eyes”.

Dr Oben-Nyarko urged the public to acquire spectacles from either an eye clinic or an optical shop, stressing that the eye clinic usually had departments that tested for the spectacle prescriptions after several examinations by tests by the optometrist.

“Even though these processes may sound cumbersome, it is good to know the needs of a person before prescribing a spectacle,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Spend more on education than funerals: Tema Shipi advises residents

May 13, GNA – Nii Armah Sompuno II, the Shipi of Tema, has bemoaned the show of opulence and waste of monies in organising funerals by some residents of Tema at the expense of educating their children.

Nii Sompuno, who is also the spokesperson for the Tema Traditional Council (TTC) has, therefore, advised residents, especially women to desist from such acts and support the education of their children.

He said this at the presentation of school items to Form One Senior High School (SHS) by Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Tema East Member of Parliament, in collaboration with the Tema East Educational Foundation.

Nii Sompuno said while the Government was providing tuition-free education to children, it was the responsibility of parents to augment that by providing the needed study materials and others for their children to feel comfortable in school and learn.

“It’s worrying to see some school children in want while their parents engage in funeral activities as they have turned funeral grounds into a wealth of display spaces with some going to the extent of buying every funeral cloth even when they have no relations with the dead,” Nii Sompuno bemoaned.

The Tema Shipi stressed that such monies that were put into funeral clothes and parties popularly known as ‘gbonyo parties’ and ‘adekyaani’ (corpse party, and the day after respectively) could be channelled to support children in the community and family members to attain further education and a better future.

“Those of you who buy a lot of funeral clothes, but are not able to pay for the fees of wards should stop, it is unnecessary,” he added.

He said there were brilliant, talented, and skilful children in communities in Tema East who were unable to further their education due to financial restraints, and therefore appealed to the parents to channel their resources towards satisfying the educational needs of such children.

On the support from the MP to the students, he said it was commendable and therefore urged the students to put in their best at school to justify the aim of the project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

TMA intensifies education on food safety

Tema, May 13, GNA – The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), has rolled out a public health education campaign including one-on-one engagement with food vendors to educate them on food safety.

Mr. Wisdom Aditse, TMA Head of the Environmental Health Department, said the public health education campaign would also involve the use of a public address system and information vehicles to go around to educate the public.

“We want to constantly ensure the safety of the food dish out to the public, we don’t want people to go and buy contaminated food or consume any food prepared under unhygienic conditions and environment,” Mr. Aditse told the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Tema.

Mr. Aditse mentioned that the food safety chain at every stage including the production, transportation, storage, processing, and dishing out to the final consumer phases must remain free from any form of contamination.

“When we talk of food safety it’s right from the farm, source of water for the plants, how it’s transported from the farm, how it’s sold at the market, how it is cooked and served to the consumer,” he added.

The TMA Head of the Environmental Health Department indicated that a task force by the Assembly was checking on issues related to food hygiene saying that, the intensive sensitization and education were also, to increase knowledge of food vendors on food hygiene and safety.

“The office has disaggregated the task force into wards for the operation and each ward had a certain number of the officer who programmed themselves for the work,” he added.

He said premises inspection was key in promoting food safety and that it was done to ascertain the environmental needs and physical appearance of the surrounding.

“Anything that can be infringed on us all, that can lead to ill health or that compromise our health, we have to ensure that we eliminate it or put out mitigation measures in place to reverse the occurrence.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

I left Enyimba because they were fixing matches, says ex-Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda

Former Ghana goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda has revealed that he parted ways with Nigerian club, Enyimba because they were constantly fixing matches.

The former Ashgold shot-stopper joined the Nigerian side on a three-year deal in 2016.

However, Dauda parted ways with the club in 2019 and has now disclosed that his decision to leave the two-time CAF Champions League winners was due to match-fixing.

“There’s one particular reason why I finally decided to leave Enyimba FC. It’s all because of betting. Betting can destroy football,” he said on Angel TV, as quoted by Ghana Guardian.

“You know Nigeria is a big country. Sometimes, we can be on the road for two days traveling for an away game. We will go and lose a game but when we come on the bus, you’ll see some players happy.”

He added: “You’ll see some players pressing their phones, checking score lines of other league games. I later got to find out from one of our guys that some of the players in the team were betting on our matches.

“They were fixing the games. It was shocking. It was the reason I decided to leave because I can’t be part of this and it was a waste of time playing in games when some people have already planned the outcome,” he added.

Source: Modern Ghana

Sunyani Momo vendors appeal for more education on E-levy

Sunyani, May 13, GNA – Mobile Money (MoMo) Vendors in the Sunyani Municipality have appealed to the government to give adequate education on the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) for the public to understand its operations.

The appeal came through interviews conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) among some MoMo vendors within the municipality and its environs.

The implementation of the E-levy started on Sunday, May 1, 2022 with mixed reactions from the public, but the vendors believed more education needed to be done for the people to be better informed that “the E-levy charges are reasonable.”

That, the vendors said, would demystify the misconception and misinformation being propagated particularly by the opponents of the Government about it.

In his view, Kwame Amoako of Healing Jesus Enterprise told the GNA, though his daily customers had dropped from 70 to 40, the expectation by customers who came to transact business that exorbitant fees would be charged had minimized, unlike before the implementation.

”The MoMo system has been part of us and doing away with it is not easy, but the sensitization did not get down well with the people because most still harboured that perception of high E-levy charges and such notions must be cleared by the government”, he said.

Kaizer Sekyiwaa of Theophilus Enterprise also said she had not been affected much in terms of customers’ patronage, but she noticed more withdrawals were made on the Saturday, April 30 before May 01 implementation date.

Another vendor, Francis Fosu Jnr. of K. Jabaa Ventures said since the implementation of the E-levy, the majority of the transactions had been withdrawals, saying customers were not transferring monies and cited that between the hours of 0730 and 1130, only two customers had come to make money transfer, which was unusual.

Rakiya Sebah of Yelkoba Ventures stated the patronage had been low because her daily customers had reduced to around 40 instead of not less than 60 and attributed the situation to some of the people’s lack proper understanding about how the E-levy system was being operated.

Some of the vendors also quizzed if the issue was about inadequate education of the populace.

‘What are the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Information Services Department (ISD) doing if their primary mandates, among others, are to educate the masses about Government policies and programmes?” they asked.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nana Yaw Amponsah will be regarded as the best Kotoko CEO if he builds a stadium – Opoku Nti

Former Asante Kotoko chairman, Samuel Opoku Nti believes Nana Yaw Amponsah will be regarded as one of the best Chief Executive Officers of the club if he can lead the club to put up a stadium.

Kotoko over the years have been staging their home games at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Speaking in an interview, Opoku Nti noted that Kotoko’s plans to build a stadium has been long overdue and has to be accomplished.

“It’s time overdue and Nana Yaw if this vision will come to pass, his name will never be erased from Asante Kotoko’s history book, the genesis of Kotoko he will always be remembered,” Opoku Nti, who is also a former Ghana international told GhanaWeb.

“We have to encourage him, we have to give him the necessary support to be able to do that and it will help Kotoko in the future.”

In March 2022, the CEO of Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah revealed plans to build a 20,000-seater capacity stadium for the club if 100,000 fans are willing to donate $100 each.

Nana Yaw Amponsah said, “I will build a stadium for Asante Kotoko within 18 months if I should get 100,000 committed supporters to contribute $100 each. Anyone who pays $100 for the Asante Kotoko stadium project, will have his or her name and date of birth on the block forever.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Tanzania’s Ministries of Education, Schools2030 and UNICEF’s Data Must Speak research join forces to improve education in the country

12 May 22, Florence/London – UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Positive Deviance* Research is expanding into Tanzania. The research, which is now active in 14 countries, aims to improve education around the world by identifying best practices from schools that are doing well.

The Data Must Speak (DMS) Research identifies these ‘positive-deviant’ schools and explores why they perform better than others despite operating under similar conditions. Using a mixed-methods approach, positive deviant schools will be analysed to identify exceptional behaviours and practices. By working hand-in-hand with Tanzanian Ministries of Education (MoEVT and MoEST ) and local partners, promising grassroot education innovations can then be scaled to improve learning for every child.

Some Tanzanian schools involved in the DMS research will also be taking part in the Schools2030 project – a global initiative led by the Aga Khan Foundation which seeks to catalyse school-driven holistic learning innovations to improve quality teaching and learning across ten countries and 1000 schools. By identifying positive school-level trends and the factors that contribute to some schools outperforming others, the DMS Research will gather evidence that in the long term, will help efforts to scale positive trends to impact education systems and learners worldwide.

The data gathered through this research, which is funded by the Jacobs Foundation as part of Schools2030’s research workstream, will then be used to produce accessible and actionable recommendations on how to scale these local solutions to ensure that children’s learning outcomes can be improved nationwide and in the entire global learning community. Specifically, results from this research will support the mission of Tanzania’s Ministries of Education to strengthen the country’s public education systems. Key insights are expected to be incorporated within Tanzania’s ongoing Education Development Plan, and findings from future stages of the research will continue to feed into government education sector planning.

“Schools2030 and Data Must Speak share a core belief that teachers are the most important change-agents in education systems. This research partnership will allow us to identify and amplify examples of “what works” by teachers for teachers, to improving learning outcomes and equity,” said Dr Bronwen Magrath, Schools2030 Global Programme Manager.

“Partnerships are essential in our goal to inform systems-change and drive action towards greater educational achievement. This new partnership is hugely welcomed, and we look forward to exploring the insights that high-performing Tanzanian schools can offer our global research,” said Renaud Comba, Data Must Speak Research Manager at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.

Preliminary findings on contextual factors that contribute to school performance will be published by mid-2023 on the DMS research webpage.

The research will form part of broader discussions about how best to promote cooperation and dialogue between schools, systems and societies to improve holistic learning outcomes that will be taking place at the inaugural Schools2030 Global Forum in June 2022 in Dar es Salaam.

Source: UN Children’s Fund