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  • "I don’t let opinions affect me" - Yemi Alade reveals secret to scandal-free success

    Nigerian Music Sensation, Yemi Alade, renowned for her hit song 'Double Double,' has shared her secret to maintaining a controversy-free career. Speaking at the ‘Rebel Queen’ album listening party in Lagos, the award-winning artist revealed that her strategy is simple: she doesn't let other people's opinions affect her. “I don’t think about it (negative criticisms) too much. I’m just living my life because it’s only one life I’ve,” Yemi Alade explained. She emphasized the importance of disregarding negativity, adding, “Once I see or hear anything that doesn’t resonate with me I look the other way and I keep it moving. Because everybody is entitled to their opinions.” Yemi Alade’s ability to stay focused on her career and avoid scandals has made her a role model for many aspiring artists. Her resilience and self-assured approach have earned her numerous awards and a successful music career that continues to flourish. As she navigates the entertainment industry, Yemi remains dedicated to her art and true to herself, inspiring others to do the same. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Mr. Drew contemplates new record label after exiting Highly Spiritual Music

    Ghanaian Singer and Dancer, Andrew Nii Commey, popularly known as Mr. Drew, is on the brink of a new chapter in his music career following his departure from Highly Spiritual Music in 2023. The 'Case' hitmaker revealed in an exclusive interview on MX24 TV that he is currently exploring new opportunities, with a record label extending an enticing offer. Mr. Drew shared that this record label had previously approached him, and now they have returned with renewed interest, eager to sign him as an independent artist. The company mentioned having an open slot for a new artist after one of their current acts left, making the timing ideal for Mr. Drew to join their roster. Having risen to fame through MTN Hitmaker, Mr. Drew spent five years with Highly Spiritual Music, a label founded by renowned music producer and engineer, Kaywa. Despite his success, he decided to part ways due to unfavorable terms and conditions in his contract that he discovered later on. Reflecting on his journey with Highly Spiritual Music, Mr. Drew disclosed the significant challenges he faced, including financial struggles that once led him to consider selling his car. Despite these hurdles, he emphasized that his departure was mutual and amicable, with no lingering conflicts. As Mr. Drew contemplates this new offer, fans eagerly await his decision, hopeful for another chapter of hits and success. The prospect of signing with a new label could bring fresh opportunities and growth for the talented artist, setting the stage for an exciting future in his musical career. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Ghanaian Blogger, John Claude Tamakloe goes home on July 19

    The Ghanaian entertainment industry mourns the loss of renowned blogger and publicist John Claude Tamakloe, who tragically passed away in a devastating car accident. His burial is scheduled for this weekend, with private funeral services beginning on Friday, July 19, 2024, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Community 2, Tema. A thanksgiving service will follow at the same location on Sunday, July 21. John Claude, known for his influential role as the chief editor at Beeniewords.com , died in an accident while traveling with highlife musicians K.K. Fosu and KayBlez to a wedding performance. According to their driver, Nana Obiri Yeboah, a Benz car attempting to overtake another vehicle collided head-on with their Toyota Camry. The impact resulted in severe injuries for both musicians, while John Claude tragically lost his life. His untimely death has left a profound void in the entertainment industry. John Claude was celebrated for his unwavering dedication and significant contributions to PR and grooming projects for numerous artists, including Grammy-winning Morgan Heritage, Rocky Dawuni, and Sarkodie. His work and passion have left an indelible mark on the industry, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him. As family, friends, and fans prepare to say their final goodbyes, the legacy of John Claude Tamakloe's commitment and impact on Ghanaian music and entertainment will continue to be remembered and cherished. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Asante Kotoko beat Hearts 2-1 to lift inaugural Democracy Cup

    In a thrilling encounter at the Accra Sports Stadium, Asante Kotoko emerged victorious over arch-rivals Hearts of Oak, securing the first-ever Democracy Cup on Wednesday night. The match was organized to commemorate 30 years of parliamentary democracy in Ghana. This prestigious victory not only brought glory to Asante Kotoko but also earned them a ticket to the United States, where they will face Major League Soccer side DC United. The date for this highly anticipated match will be announced by the organizers soon. Both teams entered the Democracy Cup final following disappointing seasons and were determined to restore their fans' faith ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. Asante Kotoko struck first, taking the lead in the 30th minute with a penalty expertly converted by Justice Blay. The Porcupine Warriors held onto their 1-0 advantage into halftime, showcasing a solid defensive performance. After the break, Hearts of Oak equalized through a header from new signing Asamoah Boateng Afriyie. The goal sparked controversy as Kotoko's goalkeeper, Frederick Asare, was injured during the play. Despite the setback, the game continued with heightened intensity. Kotoko regained the lead when Peter Amidu seized upon a defensive error by Hearts of Oak, securing a 2-1 victory for the Kumasi-based side. This decisive goal clinched the inaugural Democracy Cup for Asante Kotoko and provided a significant morale boost for the team as they prepare for the upcoming season. On the other hand, Hearts of Oak's struggles continue, and the team must quickly find solutions to turn their fortunes around. Asante Kotoko's triumph in the Democracy Cup marks a promising start to their new season, reigniting hope and excitement among their supporters. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Dengue Fever outbreak spreads to Central region with 37 cases recorded

    The Dengue Fever outbreak in Ghana has spread to the Central region with the number of cases increasing to 37 in the last three days. Nine cases were first detected in communities in the Eastern region by health care workers using an appropriate Case Definition on July 14th. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) said only one of the infected persons was admitted and discharged. It said the remaining cases were stable and being managed at home. The Service said investigations carried out by Entomologists and Epidemiologists across adjoining districts in Eastern and Central regions indicated a surge in malarial-like conditions. GHS said more samples from suspected cases had been submitted to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for confirmation. The Service said it was orienting clinicians on the case definition at all levels, including CHPS compounds. It urged the public, especially those in the affected areas to prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using mosquito repellents. “If you must keep water containers around your home, ensure it is tightly covered, discard water in containers if the water is not being used,” it said. The Service urged farmers to ensure that receptacles that could collect water such as empty cocoa pods and coconut shells were discarded, crushed, and buried properly. It also urged the public to sleep in insecticide treated bed nets, avoid self-medication and report to the nearest health facility when experiencing high grade fever. Dengue virus, according to the World Health Organization, is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Cases are commonly asymptomatic or cause mild febrile illness. A suspected case is defined as any person with an acute febrile illness of 2-7 days duration accompanied by two or more of the following symptoms: Severe headache mostly in the forehead, sudden onset of high-grade fever, body aches – muscle, bone and joint pains, nausea and or vomiting and rash. Some cases will develop severe dengue, which may involve shock, severe bleeding, or severe organ impairment. The WHO says effective vector control interventions are key to the prevention and control of dengue and vector control activities should target all areas where there is a risk of human-vector contact, such as residences, workplaces, schools, and hospitals. Globally, over 7.6 million dengue cases have been reported to WHO as of 30th April 2024, this comprised about 3.4 million confirmed cases, over 16 000 severe cases, and over 3000 deaths. In Africa, from 1 January to 28 April, 13 countries are known to have ongoing active transmission of the dengue virus. Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, and the Seychelles, have recorded 32,925 dengue cases, 14 095 confirmed, 1051 severe cases and 57 deaths have been reported. The WHO says a circulation of three of the four dengue serotypes of the dengue virus- DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 has been identified in the WHO African region. The current priority countries based on dengue burden are Burkina Faso, Mauritius, and Mali. Source: GNA

  • Chief of Nahinso arrested after addressing dangerous roads neglected for eight years

    Nana Addo Boahen, the Chief of Nahinso in the Ashanti Region, has taken a bold stand to protect his community by repairing hazardous roads that have been neglected for eight years. Despite his efforts to improve safety, he now faces legal repercussions. Nana Addo Boahen explained that the poor condition of the roads is a result of extensive sand winning activities that took place years ago. "Some time ago, my predecessor and others won sand here, and the Asokwa Municipal Assembly collected levies" "This sand winning created a vacuum, making the roads dangerous," he stated. Frustrated by the inaction of local authorities, the chief decided to take matters into his own hands. "This place has become a death trap for my people" "I am doing my best to fix the situation, even though I was not the one who created the mess," he said. However, the Asokwa Municipal Assembly insists that Nana Addo Boahen did not follow the proper procedures before initiating the roadworks. As a result, he was arrested and later granted bail. The assembly's position underscores the importance of adhering to established regulations for infrastructure projects, but the chief's arrest has sparked a broader conversation about the urgent need for government intervention in local communities. Nana Addo Boahen's actions highlight the desperate situation in Nahinso and the challenges local leaders face when trying to address critical issues without adequate support. As legal proceedings continue, the focus remains on finding a sustainable solution to the neglected roads, ensuring the safety and well-being of Nahinso's residents. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • “I don’t earn my living by wearing the national team colors" - Dede Ayew

    Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew has opened up about the profound importance of Ghana’s National Men’s Football Team to him and his family, emphasizing the deep-rooted connection they share with the sport . Ayew made these heartfelt remarks during a lecture on sports psychology at the University of Ghana, where he used his illustrious career as a focal point. Reflecting on the numerous sacrifices he has made for the Black Stars, the two-time AFCON finalist underscored his steadfast dedication to the national team. As the son of football legend Abedi Ayew and nephew of former Black Stars forward Kwame Ayew, football is an integral part of his family’s legacy. “The national team is so important to my life, my family’s life. While many prominent figures in Ghana have come through this esteemed university, our path has always been through football" "Our life, my family, is about the game and from this country, not from anywhere else. So when we wear this jersey, for me, it’s all about sacrifices,” Ayew passionately stated. In a touching moment shared with University of Ghana Psychology Lecturer Dr. Collins Agyemang Badu, Ayew added, “I don’t earn my living by wearing the national team colors. I wear these colors out of pride and honor.” Currently a free agent, Ayew was absent from the Black Stars’ recent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Nonetheless, his unwavering commitment to the team is evident, as he views donning the national jersey as a matter of immense pride and honor, rather than a financial endeavor. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Akufo-Addo appoints Afenyo-Markin as new ECG Board Chairman

    President Akufo-Addo has appointed Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Effutu, as the new Board Chairman of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). This appointment was officially communicated in a letter signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, the Executive Secretary to the President. Mr. Afenyo-Markin will succeed Herbert Krapa, who has been appointed as the Minister of State at the Energy Ministry. Mr. Krapa had previously taken over the position from Keli Gadzekpo, who resigned on March 26. The letter announcing the appointment reads: "The President of the Republic has nominated Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin (MP), Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited." The letter also instructed the necessary steps to formalize the appointment: "Kindly take the necessary steps to give effect to the President's nomination in accordance with the Companies Act 2019 (Act 992) and the Regulations of the Company." Mr. Afenyo-Markin, known for his significant contributions to parliamentary proceedings and his leadership within the Majority Caucus, is expected to bring his extensive experience and strategic vision to the ECG Board. His appointment comes at a crucial time as the ECG continues to navigate the challenges of improving electricity distribution and addressing the energy needs of the country. The transition in leadership at the ECG Board underscores the government's ongoing commitment to strengthening the management of key state institutions. Mr. Afenyo-Markin's appointment is seen as a strategic move to leverage his expertise in governance and public administration to enhance the operations of the ECG. As the new Board Chairman, Mr. Afenyo-Markin will be responsible for providing oversight and strategic direction to the ECG, ensuring that it meets its mandate of delivering reliable and efficient electricity services to Ghanaians. His leadership is anticipated to foster greater accountability and drive reforms aimed at improving the financial and operational performance of the company. The President's appointment of Mr. Afenyo-Markin reflects confidence in his capabilities to lead the ECG through its next phase of development, addressing both current challenges and future opportunities in the energy sector. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • "State lands are not being sold to associates of Akufo-Addo administration" - Samuel A. Jinapor

    The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has firmly denied allegations that state lands have been sold or leased to associates of the Akufo-Addo administration. These allegations were brought forward by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, who accused the government of selling lands belonging to various institutions, including the Dubois Centre at Cantonments, Park and Gardens at Cantonments and Wa, Judicial Service at Cantonments, and Prisons Service at Roman Ridge. In a statement released by the Ministry, they categorically described the allegations as “false” and provided clarifications to address each claim. “For the avoidance of doubt, the lease and/or sale of the land at Roman Ridge, allocated to the Prison Service, the subject matter of the Member of Parliament’s allegation, was made in the year 2005, and certainly not under the current administration,” the statement read. This clarification emphasized that the transaction occurred long before the current government came into power, thereby refuting claims of recent sales to cronies. The Ministry further addressed the status of the Dubois Centre land, stating, “The land occupied by the Dubois Centre was acquired in 1897 by a Certificate of Title, dated 20th December 1897 for Government purposes" "The site is currently being occupied by the Dubois Centre, and the Lands Commission and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has no pending application for the grant of this parcel of land to any third party.” The Ministry also tackled the allegations regarding the Park and Gardens land and other state lands mentioned by Mr. Ablakwa. They assured the public that there are no ongoing processes to grant these lands to any third parties, dismissing the claims as baseless. By addressing these allegations, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources aims to maintain transparency and public trust in its operations. The Ministry reiterated its commitment to safeguarding state lands and ensuring that all transactions adhere to legal and ethical standards. The public was urged to rely on verified information and to disregard unfounded rumors that seek to undermine the credibility of the government and its institutions. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Ghana Police Service refutes allegations of secret recruitment exercise

    The Ghana Police Service has officially responded to comments made by the Hon. Member of Parliament for Wa West, Mr. Peter Toboo, regarding an alleged ongoing recruitment exercise at the National Police Training School. According to Mr. Toboo, this recruitment is taking place without any public announcement. In a statement released by the Police Service, they firmly denied these allegations, clarifying that no such recruitment exercise is currently underway. The statement emphasized the transparency and public nature of their recruitment processes, reassuring the public that any future recruitment will be properly announced and conducted openly. "We wish to state that the Police Service has not commenced any exercise of such nature," the statement read. The Police Service highlighted their commitment to maintaining integrity and transparency in their operations, urging the public to disregard any unfounded rumors. The Police Service also encouraged the public to seek verified information from official channels to avoid the spread of misinformation. This response aims to address any concerns and prevent any potential misunderstandings regarding the recruitment practices of the Ghana Police Service. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • MC Yaa Yeboah condemns use of derogatory slurs in Sista Afia and Efia Odo feud

    Ghanaian Media Personality and Entertainment Pundit, MC Yaa Yeboah, has voiced her disappointment over the use of derogatory slurs in public feuds between celebrities . In a recent discussion on Accra-based Neat FM, she specifically criticized musicians Sista Afia and Efia Odo for resorting to name-calling in their ongoing conflict. MC Yaa Yeboah argued that being involved in multiple personal relationships does not justify labeling someone as a “prostitute.” She emphasized that such derogatory terms are harmful and misrepresent a person's character. “If I am romantically involved with someone, we break up, I get involved with another person and it also ends, is that a reason to be labelled a prostitute?” she questioned. “Such labels do not define a person’s character and celebrities, especially females, should avoid perpetuating negative stereotypes and focus on facts rather than insults” MC Yaa Yeboah expressed her dismay over the public exchange between Sista Afia and Efia Odo, stating that their actions tarnish each other's reputations. “It disappoints me that Sista Afia and Efia Odo can resort to such slurs. You can say it’s good for the media attention, but in the process, you are tarnishing each other’s reputation,” she remarked. “It hurts me that when women are having a feud, they go about labelling each other as ‘ashawo’ and all that. That doesn’t define anybody, just stick to facts.” The renewed feud between Sista Afia and Efia Odo has garnered significant media attention and public reaction. The latest clash began when a bikini photo of Sista Afia was mistakenly identified as Efia Odo, leading to a series of insults. Sista Afia called Efia Odo an “industry machine,” implying her alleged associations with multiple male artists. In response, Efia Odo made derogatory comments about Sista Afia’s appearance and business ventures. The animosity between the two dates back to 2019, involving accusations and body-shaming. Despite a public reconciliation attempt in 2020, their relationship remains strained. MC Yaa Yeboah’s comments highlight the need for more respectful and constructive dialogue among celebrities, emphasizing that personal attacks only serve to harm reputations and perpetuate negative stereotypes. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • BREAKING NEWS: Unopposed Candidate, Achia Yeboah Sally suffers unprecedented defeat in KNUST Africa Hall Elections

    In an unexpected turn of events, Achia Yeboah Sally, the General Secretary aspirant for the Africa Hall at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has faced a historic defeat. Despite running unopposed, Sally lost the election with a striking margin, receiving 348 "NO" votes compared to just 189 "YES" votes. This result marks a significant moment in KNUST's history, making Sally the first student to lose an unopposed hall election. The outcome has sparked widespread discussion among the student body and beyond, highlighting the challenges and dynamics of student elections. Sally's campaign had initially seemed secure due to the lack of opposition. However, the election results indicate a different sentiment among the students of Africa Hall. The decisive "NO" votes signal a call for change or a rejection of Sally's candidacy based on her perceived qualifications or campaign approach. The defeat underscores the importance of student engagement and the potential for unexpected outcomes, even in seemingly straightforward elections. As the first KNUST student to experience such a loss under these circumstances, Sally's defeat serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of electoral processes. This historic event has already begun to generate considerable attention and debate within the university community, with students and observers speculating on the implications for future hall elections and the broader student political landscape at KNUST. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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