Friday, June 1, 2018

May God kill me if I don’t premiere video of Anas taking $100k bribe - Ken Agyapong

The turf war between Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central and ace investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas does not appear it may end anytime soon as the lawmaker has moved to the next gear of his threats.

Just when the tension of images he circulated this week purported to be Anas is dying down, the outspoken politician indicated that it was a curtain raiser and that the biggest exposé on the journalist will shock Ghanaians to the marrow.

He vowed to also premiere the video in his possession after June 6 to show the kind of person, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, insisting he does not make allegations in the vacuum.

Mr Agyapong alleges he has a video in which the Anas is reported to have confessed to a state prosecutor of receiving $100,000 bribe wondering why the person seeking equity does not approach equity with clean hands.

According to him, May God struck him dead if he fails to show the said video to Ghanaians maintaining that the approach used by Anas for his undercover investigations smacks of blackmail.

On Kumasi-based Fox FM monitored by, he said, “I will show Anas confessing to a state Attorney that he has taken $100,000 bribe if I don’t show may the living God kill me.”

An angry Kennedy Agyapong said, “Let Anas premiere his (investigative video on the June 6), I will also premiere my video titled “ WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMAN, so he should be ready.
Ken Agyapong leaks passport, more documents of Anas

“I will fight till my last breath to prove to the whole world that Anas is corrupt. He is an extortionist, a blackmailer and hardened a criminal. He is also evil and I will prove my point, I have my evidence that which I’ve gathered. The evil that men do lives after them,” he added.

Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, however, maintains that the claims made by the lawmaker against the journalists are untenable and mere speculations calling on him and other NPP members to stop the attacks.

“The NPP people who are out there attacking me and attacking Anas they are entitled to that. But they should not underestimate me or Anas or two of us put together. They should never underestimate, they should not underrate us in terms of our capability to defend ourselves and to challenge anybody who says he is a blow man, a Tarzan I don’t mean by friend Tarzan we are ready, willing and capable of standing the pressure and ruling the pressure back,” he warned

Friday, January 5, 2018

I’m in Ghana to reconnect with my family – Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe and Wife Nicole Ari Parker

Hollywood actor of German and Ghanaian descent, Boris Kodjoe, has described as “extra special” his return with his family to his father’s homeland, Ghana.

According to him, he is happy to be back home to partly reconnect with his family in Ghana, as well as let his children experience Ghana for the first time.

“It is extra special for us to be here in Ghana, my father’s birth country. Anytime we are here, we feel at home. The kids are here for the first time and it has been an amazing experience,” he said when NEWS-ONE chanced on him and the wife in Accra at the Movenpick Hotel on Tuesday.

Boris arrived in Ghana last Sunday with Nicole Ari Parker and their two children. He is in town to host AITEO CAF AWARDS 2017 scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). The event has also brought a number of international dignitaries to town, including soccer stars.

“It is double -whelming for me. Not only do I get to host an event that I have been watching for a long time, I have been a football player for a very long time. Growing between Ghana and Germany, football is number one. I have a number of friends who play in the leagues and so to be here to host and having us in Accra, it is a bonus for me,” Boris said about hosting the event in Ghana while he revealed he will be on stage with Nicole.

“This is also to reconnect with my family here and show my kids what Ghana is all about. They were very close to their grandfather and so to be here with them is amazing,” he added.

Boris shared his New Year’s message from Accra on Instagram saying, “Happy New Year from the Kodjoes.”

Boris was born to Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician, and Ursula, a German psychologist of partially Jewish descent.

According him, “I used to speak Ga when I was three to four years old and then I lost it all but I still can understand a lot.”

Boris expressed enthusiasm to co-produce a movie in Ghana to take to America. “I have been aware of what is happening in Ghana‘s movie industry. I produced a few TV shows in South Africa. I would love to produce some shows here. Maybe some movies. Maybe I could find a way to co-produce some stuff here and bring to America and not the other way round. I’m ready,” he added.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kantanka vehicle calls Akufo-Addo a thief

The Kantanka Mensah car called President Akufo-Addo a thief
when he alighted from it

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo seems to have found himself at the wrong end of the witty ingenuity of inventor Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Sarfo Kantanka.

A security feature installed in one of the vehicles outdoored by the Sarfo Kantanka automobile company exposes a third party who doesn’t own it but gets too comfortable over a period of time.

As is custom of Sarfo Kantanka products, all voice features/installations are in the twi local dialect hence it came as no surprise when the voice notifications from the car was barking orders to bystanders to pave way when it was reversing among other actions.

What however intrigued many gathered to watch the exhibits was when a car in which President Akufo-Addo was made to sit in to experience firsthand its features called the first gentleman of the land a thief after he alighted from it.

“Thief, thief… I’ve been robbed. Don’t you know that you are stealing from Odeneho Kantanka engineer 1? I’m not going to move and go anywhere. I’ll make noise until everyone is alerted of your presence”, the installed voice of the car announced.

The notification was met with a roar of laughter at the grounds. Perhaps to clear the air, Apostle Safo Kantanka explained that the President got that treatment because he was not the owner of the car.

President Akufo-Addo joined hundreds of Ghanaians to celebrate the innovative works of the founder of Kantanka Technology Center for Excellence of Apostle, Dr Kwadwo Sarfo on Sunday.

The 37th edition of the programme saw the display of locally made luxury cars including the Kantanka Mensah which is priced at GHC130,000 and the Kantanka Amoanimaa, which is sold at GHC70,000. Several other inventions were displayed.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Ghanaians try and repeat the same thing done in Romania- Kubolor

Just a few hours after the Prime Minister in Romania stepped down, controversial musician Wanlov the Kubolor took to his Facebook wall to express his feelings on the situation at hand.

According to Wanlov, Ghanaians should try and repeat the same thing done in Romania.

Just within last week, about 200,000 Romanians took to the street to demonstrate against the Prime Minister, Mr. Victor Ponta who they accused of corruption.

That bloody protest led to the death of about 30 people. As a result of this, the Prime Minister peacefully resigned from his governance and had charged the country to appoint a new person in his place.

Surprisingly, Wanlov the Kubolor seems to enjoy this show and has charged his fans on Facebook to ensure such thing is done in Ghana. As to the reason for such action, no one knows.

This is how he put it up on his facebook wall:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fire at Accra financial Centre near National Theatre

But for the timely intervention of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the Accra financial Centre located at Ridge would have been engulfed by fire.
The fire which affected the signage of the centre could not extend to other parts of the building following a prompt response by the GNFS which quickly deployed a team to control the fire.
Though the cause of the fire is not yet known, the Regional Commander for Greater Accra, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Ebenezer Simpson, said it could be as a result of an electrical fault.

The fire started at 6:10am on Saturday from one of the signage on the eight-storey building.
Mr. Smpson told Citi News’ Zoe Abu Baido that the security personnel on duty at the centre attempted controlling the fire but were unsuccessful and thus called on the fire service.

He said it took his men few minutes to get to the scene adding that they managed to put the fire under control. “It didn’t affect any property inside.
Also, nobody was hurt because we managed to get everyone out of the building,” Chief Fire Officer Simpson added.

This comes to three the number of fire incidents recorded in the country in the last few days.

A gas explosion at La in the Greater Accra claimed about six lives while scores of others were injured.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016InReview: Nigeria's 6 religious killings that happened in 2016

In 2016, Nigerians have seen many killed because of their religious convictions. These deaths have been deeply saddening as the bereaved have continued to cry out for justice.
As the year ends, is compiling a list of some of the religious killings that shook the country to its core, so that we might reflect on them and prevent such happenings in the new year.
1. Bridget Agbahime

Late Mrs Bridget Agbahime
Bridget Agbahime was a 74 year old Igbo market woman, originally from Imo state, who sold kitchen utensils in Kano.
On June 2, 2016, she was brutally attacked and killed at Kofar Wambai Market in Kano by a Muslim mob who accused her of blasphemy.
According to reports, she was pounced upon and murdered after she refused to allow a Muslim man perform ablution in front of her shop.
As expected, there was outrage and promises to bring the perpetrators to justice. The prime suspect in the murder, Dauda Ahmad was arrested, and so were four others: Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi.
However, six weeks ago they were all set free by the court and as at the time of this report, no explanation has been given. No justice has been served.
2. Eunice Olawale Elisha
Mrs Eunice Elisha
Mrs Eunice Elisha
Eunice Olawale Elisha was a 42-year-old mother of seven, who loved to preach. What she loved was one of the factors that led to her death on July 9, 2016.
The Ekiti state born indigene has lived in the Kubwa area of Abuja, with her family for many years before she lost her life in the early hours of July 9.
She was well known as a Pentecostal preacher. Reports have it that she was stabbed to death by suspected Muslim extremists.
Shortly after the body was discovered, on a Saturday, the police said they had arrested some suspects and had commenced investigation on the matter.
Yet up till now, about five months later, no suspects have been brought to justice.
3. Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel
Chimaije Emmanuel
Chimaije Emmanuel
Mr Methodus' death was reported by the Nigerian army as follows:
"At about 6pm yesterday, May 29, 2016, one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24-year-old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger state was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media."
The alleged Facebook post is yet to be presented, but it was said that he insulted the Prophet Muhammad in the post.
The Nigerian army quelled the resulting riot, there have been no reports of the prosecution of his killers.
4. 8 Christians killed in September 2016
Women weeping following a killing
Women weeping following a killing
On Sunday, September 18, eight Christians were killed as they left church according to the Catholic Herald in the UK.
During the same time, Islamic extremists, suspected to be Boko Haram killed more than 40 troops from a multi-national force in an attack on a convoy in north-east Nigeria.

5. 40 Christians killed in Kaduna
41-year-old Pastor Akut of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) said this about the attack on Christians in Kaduna state:
“We fled into the bushes, and some of us escaped to safer areas,” he said. “The attackers were in the hundreds and were well armed.
Some of them wore army uniforms, while others wore police uniforms. Some of them exchanged gunfire with the few soldiers stationed at the post office in the town, while others burned down houses of Christians.”
6. Zamfara 8
Religious riots
Religious riots
In August 2016, northern CAN has asked Christians to defend themselves whenever they came under attack, following the killing of eight Christians in Talata-Mafara in Zamfara state and a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Luka Ubangari, by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Unguwan Anjo in Kaduna state.
May we see less of such in 2017.

Former NDC General Secretary Josiah Aryeh reported dead

Dr. Josiah Aryeh


Former General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Nii Armah Josiah Aryeh has passed on at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

According to reports, he has been battling illness in the past weeks.
Shortly after 2004 elections, he was suspended from the General Secretary position following allegations of intended defection for monetary gains. The allegations have since proven to be false and he remains an NDC member.
Dr Aryeh resurfaced on the political scene in 2012 as the National Chairman of the Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings’ National Democratic Party (NDP).
He's a lawyer by training and a law lecturer at the Ghana Law School.

Dr Nii Armah Josiah-Aryeh was born in 1958 at Jamestown in Accra. From Accra High School and Achimota School, he read English, Modern History and Law at University of Ghana and was active in student politics.

He was called to the Bar in 1983. In April 1984 he left for the UK on self-financed postgraduate education, where he obtained LLM (LSE), Certificate in Law Teaching (UC, London) and PhD (SOAS).
He returned to Ghana in January 1998 as a private legal practitioner and Lecturer at his alma mater

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Atta Mills was poisoned - Owusu Bempah

Owusu Bempah

Controversial prophet, Isaac Owusu Bempah seem to have brought some closure to the mystery surrounding the death of former President John Evans Atta Mills.

According to him, the late President was “poisoned” by some power hungry people around him at the presidency.

Rev. Owusu Bempah’s comment comes after incessant demands for the autopsy report and an independent investigation into the death of Atta Mills.

Some political parties including the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) promised to investigate the mysterious death of Atta Mills.

But the controversial prophet on Adom FM’s midmorning show, Work and Happiness Thursday did not mince words claiming some people in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) killed Atta Mills.

He said, the late president was not only poisoned but his neck was also twisted to quicken the process.

Rev. Owusu Bempah noted that, the people who could not bear the thought of going into opposition strangled him [Mills] to death to pave way for their candidate.

The outspoken prophet dared the NDC to release the autopsy report to prove their innocence.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Facts you should know before elections 2016 - Kobina Ansah

Source: Kobina Ansah

Kobina Ansah

 We go to the polls on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 God willing. To vote or not to? Whatever your decision may be, know that...

1. Your vote may not necessarily put food on your table. However, it will determine the quantity and quality of food that gets to your table... and how frequently it gets there.

2. Whoever wins the elections, your utility tariffs and all other bills will never reduce. Don't go killing yourself for a politician!

3. Majority is not always right. Thus, if you don't care about voting, majority will make a choice for you!

4. Before you dare strangle someone because they belong to a different party, remember that irrespective of your differences, you both have the same red blood!

5. A change in government will have almost no significance if you're unwilling to change your bad attitude, especially, towards state property. The first change we all need is attitude change!

6. If you vote for height, don't expect to be led by a politician with foresight. Petty voting makes petty leaders!

7. Put as much faith as you put into your political party into your skills/talent. You'll be amazed what a gem you've been all this while.

8. Elections are almost always between two evils. It behoves on you to choose the lesser evil!

9. Electoral violence begins with gullible minds. Don't believe everything you hear/read about others, especially, in this time. Always verify!

10. Your vote is going to determine how good or bad the next four years will be for you. Vote for your future!

The writer is a playwright, an entrepreneur and columnist with The Mirror. Like his Facebook page for more motivation.



Lydia Forson is just a fake person who can write good English - A Plus

A Plus in an angry mood, chided the actress for calling the NPP intolerant

Controversial musician Kwame A Plus has jabbed Actress Lydia Forson over her comments suggesting the NPP will lose the December 7 elections, saying she is just a phony who writes good English.

The actress in a write up on her blog stated that the opposition New Patriotic Party may lose the December 7 polls if they remain uncircumspect in how they react to criticism with dissenting views.

In a backlash however, A Plus called Lydia Forson a mere sellout who uses her good writing skills to preach things she knows nothing about. According to him, the NPP is only acting in line with the National Anthem which admonishes every citizen to resist oppressors rule adding that the actress only wants Ghanaians to sit back aloof as the nation drowns in crisis, an act he says is unacceptable.

“you don’t want us to be angry with people who are spending our money, people who have taken our monies to go and plant trees and ended up saying they were burnt? ……you want them to be tolerant and happy?....that is how you want the country to run? You don’t know what is happening, you can only write good English and talk plenty…..”

He indicated that the party and its supporters will fight its ‘oppressors” to the core till the country is freed from what he describes as a failed economy. He promised to champion the cause for a fight against any opposing factor in the bid to change the country’s negative plight.

“I am coming to tell you to prepare for a battle, a battle that will determine your future, a battle that will put you in the history books of this country for being part of people who stood against corruption in this country…..we are going into a battle to write our names in a history book”.

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Bugri Naabu's bribery claims baseless, useless - Omane Boamah

Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

The Information Minister has described as baseless and useless claims by the NPP that President John Mahama and his brother tried to bribe its Northern Regional Chairman.

Dr. Omane Boamah challenged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to provide more evidence of its claims that the president tried to bribe its Northern regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu.

The opposition NPP has accused President John Dramani Mahama and his brother, Ibrahim Mahama, of attempting to bribe the Northern Regional Chairman of the party, Daniel Bugri Naabu.

Mustapha Hamid, who addressed the media, said the intention was to get Bugri Naabu to turn against the NPP’s flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, portray him as a divisive ethnocentric bigot and destroy his chances of winning the 2016 elections.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show, Friday, the Information Minister said the allegations were planned by the NPP to tarnish the image of the President in response to a press conference he (Omane) organised on Monday.

"I got this call on Monday after the press conference that that was what they were going to do...and I was in the car with my Deputy Felix Kwakye-Ofosu when the call came through so I was expecting it," Dr Omane Boamah claimed.

He said the claims were made "just to confuse" the people as the country goes to the polls in five days and stated categorically that "the President has not and will not bribe anybody let alone Mr Bugri Naabi. For what?"

He indicated that the government is ready to engage the NPP if they have "any shred of evidence that will pin President Mahama to this useless and baseless allegations."

But the Communications Director of the NPP speaking on the same platform insisted that President Mahama engaged in the act.

Nana Akomea dismissed suggestions that Bugri Naabu bought the car himself and concocted the story and insisted that that could have been easily traced through the records of the car.

"If that happened the records will show that Bugri Naabu came to this place, he bought this car for this amount, this is the cheque he issued, and this is the receipt he received," he insisted.

He was resolute that the NPP presented enough evidence to prove that that President Mahama and his brother tried to bribe Bugri Naabu to damage the NPP Presidential candidate.


iTel mobile introduces the new S11

Five free try winners

 iTel Ghana last Saturday launched onto the Ghanaian market its latest flagships, the S11. The new device blend beautiful form and materials with purposeful technology innovation to deliver true value and usability to consumers.

Over the years iTel mobile has developed a wide range of phone devices and with its 2 year presence in Ghana is growing to be a well-known brand.

The S11 device has a 5 megapixels auto-focus rear camera accompanied by a 5 megapixels front camera which adds more precision to camera usability and good quality objects. This resonate with its catch phrase “Snap the Best of You” has a uniquely designed features.

These features include an exceptional multimedia experience with its 5.0-inch IPS Super Bright screen powered by Quad-core 1.3GHz, 4x Cortex-A7 media Tek MT6580M processor. With an Andriod 6 Marshmallow, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM users can store all your images, videos, and heavy files on it’s 32 GB MicroSD card.

Michael Tuekpe, Digital Marketing Manager at iTel Ghana stated, “At iTel Ghana, we challenge ourselves everyday by anticipating the needs of our consumers and providing them with premium innovative devices that meet each need and budget, guaranteeing them of the best smartphone experience they can ever think of”.

The S11’s 2400mAh Battery capacity and an improve charging function cause the device to be fully charged in approximately 90 minutes, and can last up to 2 weeks after charging.

iTel Ghana took the opportunity to reward five free try winners who participated on the their facebook page competition with 5 S11 devices The S11 device are available in selected authorized iTel Mobile dealer shops nationwide.

Mahama should start writing his handing over notes - Owusu Bempah

Owusu Bempah

Controversial prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah is asking President John Mahama to start writing his handing over notes because he has lost the December 7 general elections.

Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah reiterated his claim that, God has rejected the President thus he cannot retain power.
The man of God disclosed this in an exclusive interview on Adom FM’s midmorning programme Work and Happiness hosted by Ohemaa Woyeje, Thursday.

Rev. Owusu Bempah who is also the founder and leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries alleged that, God is angry with President Mahama.

‘God has rejected President Mahama [because] there is too much blood on his hands and the blood is crying for vengeance’ he stated.

The Man of God stated unequivocally that, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo -Addo has already won the election spiritually and that it will manifest physically on December 7.

He added that, any man of God who claims President Mahama will emerge the winner in the elections is working with a different spirit.

“Nana Akufo-Addo has been ordained to win this election and nothing can change it. He is the chosen one by God to lead this nation’ he stressed.
Rev. Owusu Bempah called on President Mahama to prepare to hand over to Nana Akufo-Addo before the ballot is cast.

We have given Bugri Naabu several gifts in the past - Alfred Mahama

Daniel Bugri Naabu,Northern Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)

Alfred Mahama, the senior brother of President John Mahama, has expressed shock at the allegation by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the party's Northern Regional chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu, was offered a bribe by the president and his younger brother, Ibrahim Mahama, to betray the NPP's presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The NPP had alleged in a press conference on Tuesday that Mahama gave Bugri Naabu GHC500,000 cash and a Mistubishi V6 vehicle with the promise to give him an additional GHc3.3 million and a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle if he could say that Akufo-Addo was a divisive figure who hated northerners.

In an interview on Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen on Wednesday, Alfred Mahama reiterated the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s denial of the allegation, describing it as unfortunate and sad.

He said Ibrahim Mahama had been very benevolent to Bugri Naabu in the past and that he was surprised the NPP chairman stabbed him in the back.

"…When I heard NPP's allegations, I was sad because it's false", he said, adding: "We won't bribe Bugri Naabu to join NDC because he will not add anything to the party".

It said it was regrettable that Ibrahim Mahama was constantly being treated unfairly by members of the NPP, who he said had benefitted from his benevolence.

"Ibrahim is a benevolent man. Many NPP members have benefited from his kindness. I leave them to posterity", he said

Friday, August 12, 2016

North Korea has developed its own Viagra — and it claims the drug can solve almost anything

Many miracles seem to reportedly take place in the mysterious country of North Korea. From claims of their former leader having golfed 11 holes-in-one, to developing a cure for AIDS, the Hermit Kingdom is never short of extraordinary claims.
Its latest contribution to society, however, won't be needing a healthy dose of miracles to be true. Instead, its latest pharmaceutical product — developed by the state-owned Korea Oriental Instant Medicinal Center — seems to work as it should: treating sexual dysfunction.
Called Neo-Viagra, the purported “herbal medicine” is being sold in North Korea for between $12 and $15, with indications of it being ready for export.
After being analyzed in a lab, Pfizer, the pharmaceutical corporation that manufactures the original Viagra, found that around 50-milligrams of sildenafil, the active synthetic ingredient in Viagra, was present in the North Korean version.
A lab analysis of the two also showed stark differences. Besides looking completely different — Neo-Viagra being brown granules contained in a vial, whereas Pfizer’s version is a signature blue pill — Pfizer sells Viagra with 25, 50, and 100-milligrams of sildenafil.
But the differences don’t end there. Not only is Neo-Viagra claimed to treat both female and male patients, according to The Washington Post, the packaging also claims to relieve back, shoulder and knee pain, ease paralysis, and alleviate “kidney malfunction, sciatic neuralgia, high blood pressure and brain artery hardening.”
viagra fake Can you spot the fake Viagra pill? It's on the left.
This wouldn’t be the first time that North Korea has been caught hawking knock-offs of foreign products. In addition to manufacturing fake Viagra pills in the past, they’ve also been accused of producing counterfeit $100 “supernotes” and Marlboro cigarettes.
The isolated state has also been discovered to have a drug problem of a different sort. Reportshave sprouted with the notion that North Korea may be undergoing a major methamphetamine-abuse problem. Once a hub of opium production, after floods and natural disasters ruined their poppy farms, the state took to a different approach to producing a cheap and fast way of generating revenue in the black market.
It’s unclear whether or not this ambitious cure will ever make its way to consumers in the west, however, the product has already been found being sold in parts of China. As of now, North Korea may have to face legal ramifications — after The Post sent their sample of Neo-Viagra to Pfizer analysts, the pharmaceutical company stated that they were reviewing the possibility of patent or copyright infringements from North Korea.
All in all, illicit activities provide a major boost to the Hermit Kingdom's sidelined economy. A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies estimates that North Korea earns annually "$15 million to $100 million from counterfeiting, $80-160 million from cigarette counterfeiting, and a total annual criminal activities income of $500 million to $1 billion."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Visa on arrival in Ghana - What it means for Tourism and Hospitality.

Ghana has started a visa-on-arrival scheme at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for all African Union Nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with the country. All AU nationals affected by the policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel; they must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas according to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). This  is very great news for many travelers. However, what does it mean for the Tourism and Hospitality industries? Jumia Travel, Africa’s leading online hotel booking website looks at the advantages and disadvantages of this development to these industries.

For many travelers from African Union countries who plan on coming to Ghana either for business or for a vacation, this is welcoming news. What this basically means is that there is no need for running around embassies hustling for a visa before entering Ghana. All you have to do is be on that plane and you can acquire the visa once you arrive at the airport in Ghana. This eliminates the headache most travelers get  from the processes and the bureaucracy involved. Coming to Ghana has never been easier than this.
Secondly, the visa on arrival saves time and money. For many travelers, it was very time consuming filling out various forms and assembling many supporting documents to process a visa. The stress involved even discourages travelers and they tend to end the process as fast as they begin it. The monies involved in acquiring these visas also exorbitant. From transportation costs to visa fees and agent fees, some travelers end up spending so much money to secure a simple visa to Ghana which discourages them.

The new system means that more people will be willing to come down to this country as it has become very convenient, cheaper and less time consuming. For the hospitality industry, the more people who arrive in Ghana, the more need for accommodation (Hotels) and the more use of restaurants which means more business for stakeholders in the industry. For the Tourism sector, as more people are able to travel freely to Ghana, sales at tourist sites will be boosted and referrals from tourists to other travelers will also increase. There will be increased pressure on stakeholders to improve infrastructure and services in order to accommodate the large numbers of tourists trickling into the country.
On the other hand, many Hotels are already selling their rooms at high rates due to certain socio-economic factors. If the number of foreign entry increases a bit more, then rates will be out of range because of the need to compete and provide adequate and efficient services to these travelers. This will have an adverse effect on the hospitality sector and a rippling effect on tourism. If travelers have to pay huge fees to get comfortable accommodation, they will be hardly any money left at all to tour and visit historic destinations and attractions that will fetch good revenue for the nation.

Significantly, the issuance of visas on arrival is a very limiting service. Although highly beneficial, it is limited to only air travelers and doesn’t make room currently for travelers who enter Ghana by road and sea. This means that many African travelers who cannot afford to travel by air would not benefit and this will stop them from planning trips to many beautiful destinations in Ghana. What this also means is that, there will be long queues at the airport as every African traveler will be in line for a visa on arrival at the airport. This may be frustrating especially for the old, children or disabled.
Finally, making it easy for African travelers to get visas on arrival in Ghana means that a few people might enter the country and not return to their various home countries. This will have grave effects on the demographics of certain areas of the country, putting excess pressure on the already scarce resources.
The new visa on arrival policy for AU countries is a very good initiative and all stakeholders must ensure that it operates smoothly and with less disadvantages so as to grow the Hospitality and Tourism industries and cause a positive effect on foreign exchange and Ghana’s GDP.

Credit : JumiaTravel

No expectations, no disappointments; Africa is just Africa

The world’s second largest and second most populous continent with wonderful people and great countries endowed with rich history and heritage. This is Africa!
We are blessed with great resources and all it takes to impact the world and of course Africa is right up there when it comes to the shakers and movers of this world. However, there is often a grave misconception about Africa. A lot of people associate this great continent with wars, poverty and many negative attributes. A few others also exaggerate the success and potential of Africa. In both cases, the real picture is never painted about us. Jumia Travel, Africa’s leading online hotel booking website attempts to clarify this and create the real picture about Africa. Africa is just Africa.

Achievers - Indeed, the misconception about the impact and contribution of Africans to global development is often considered over the actual achievements of many great African personalities. We are blessed to have several world icons who have worked selflessly to impact the world through charity, leadership, sports, education, health, industry, religion and commerce.
A few high profile names include The late Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Haile Selassie, Abedi Pele, George Weah and Haile Gebrselassie who made diverse impacts on the world in humanitarianism, sports and politics.

Rich in natural resources - When we talk about richness in natural resources, Africa ranks right up there. With countries such as Ghana, Ivory coast and South Africa contributing gold and Cocoa as well as several minerals to the global stock exchange. Countries like Kenya and Tanzania are also very beautiful and have amazing tourist attractions.

Hard working and friendly yet highly industrious people - We are happy people. African’s are very friendly and welcoming. Most Africans are peaceful. Many outsiders usually are misguided by the notion that Africa is full of conflicts and wars. However, although some parts of Africa are hit with wars and crime, the continent is generally very peaceful with friendly and very accommodating people. The vast majority of Africans are also very hardworking and industrious.
Efficiency is a key element of an African’s DNA.

Rapid growth and business development - When many businesses want to expand across various continents, they often begin with Africa. This is because Africa provides a very fertile ground for rapid business growth and development. Many foreign businesses have succeeded in Africa because of the atmosphere, culture and resources of this great continent. The opportunities to expand and achieve are endless.

Now let’s take a look at some of the not so good sides of this continent.

Sustainability and Maintenance culture on the low - If there is a continent where businesses can collapse or fold up as quickly as they rise, that is Africa. Despite the many resources which this continent is blessed with, Africa is plagued with a very bad maintenance culture. Sustainability is not our most cherishable asset and we often struggle to keep facilities and services running for the long term. These days however, trends are changing and many strategic plans are being put in place to ensure that sustainability and maintenance is treated with decorum.

Corruption and Voodoo - It is often quite hilarious when Africa is tagged with corruption. The key question is, where in the world is there no corruption? In almost every corner of the world, corruption exists. The only difference is how publicized it is in Africa.  While corruption in other parts of the world is covered, in Africa, it is made so public. The same applies to voodoo popularly known as ‘’Black Magic’’. Many different tribes in the world believe in different things and have different practices which may be considered a bit scary or evil. However, once the practice or belief doesn’t harm any other person, it is deemed okay. The only problem here is, in Africa voodoo or ’’black magic’’ is touted as evil and unacceptable which mars the general beauty and outside value of this continent.

With all the above mentioned facts and more, one can confidently conclude that Africa is what it is. We have great room for improvement but it is highly imperative that anyone who lives outside the shores of this continent should have no expectations and no disappointments about Africa. Africa is just what it is. Expecting too much often gets us disappointed and underestimating the power of Africa is also detrimental. A balance must therefore be reached when talking about Africa. It is a very unique and blessed continent.

Credit : JumiaTravel

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