Friday, December 4, 2015

Pastor says it is wrong to preach Jesus Christ



Popular preacher and Prophet, Peter Anamoh of the Machaira of the Pneuman Foundation says it is wrong for people to preach about the personality of Jesus Christ.

Many Christian believers perceive Jesus Christ as their source of life and even equate him to God.

But Prophet Peter Anamoh who now heads the Restore Concept Organisation, says even Christ while he was on earth some 2000 years ago, did not in any way preach about himself but he chose to preach about the Kingdom of God.

He told Atinka News in an interview that Christ “preached a message that was about the Kingdom of God, which is the good news. He said, ‘I was asked to bring to the world, by my Father, God’ (Matthew 4: 17, Luke 4:43)”.
Prophet Peter Anamoh

“So the question now is, how come today’s church is preaching what they are preaching? Therefore, the religious church in this world has gone off track completely.”

Prophet Peter Anamoh is therefore of the view that preachers of today must rather focus on preaching the Kingdom of God rather than preaching Jesus as well as other messages which he describes as “very dangerous”.

“So brethren let us do the right thing now as He, Himself told the disciples He sent out 2000 years ago that, ‘if you go preach this message of the Kingdom of God or Heaven is at hand or near, (Matthew 10:7).

“Because as humans, He knew if he does not caution them, they will decide to preach their own messages as we are doing today, or they might preach things they saw Him do, such as the miracles, etc. and this will, in no doubt, mess the purpose of His coming and affect the salvation mission of mankind.”


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ghana is second most corrupt African country – Report

Corruption Protest

Ghana’s fight against corruption has been dealt another setback after the country was ranked as the second most corrupt African nation behind South Africa.

The corruption perception index by the Transparency International stated about 71 percent of people living in Ghana say corruption has increased over the last twelve months.

Most governments across Africa are also seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals, according to the new opinion poll.

In the report People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer, which spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country.

The majority (58 per cent) of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months. In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing badly at fighting corruption.

Despite these disappointing findings, the bright spots across the continent were in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Lesotho and Senegal. Citizens in these countries were some of the most positive in the region when discussing corruption.

Ghana is closely followed by oil rich Nigeria making up the top three worst performing nations in the corruption index.

For the first time, people reported business executives as highly corrupt. Business ranked as having the second highest levels of corruption in the region, just below the police.

The police regularly rate as highly corrupt, but the strongly negative assessment of business executives is new compared to previous surveys. Business was followed by government officials, tax officials, judges and magistrates, members of parliament, local government councilors, office of the Presidency, traditional leaders and religious leaders.

22 per cent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months said they paid a bribe.

Of the six key public services that we asked about, people who come into contact with the courts and police are the most likely to have paid a bribe.

Across the continent, poor people who use public services are twice as likely as rich people to have paid a bribe, and in urban areas they are even more likely to pay bribes.

“Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation. We call on governments and judges to stop corruption, eradicate impunity and implement Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals to curb corruption. We also call on the people to demand honesty and transparency, and mobilize against corruption. It is time to say enough and unmask the corrupt,” said Transparency International Chair José Ugaz.

Citi FM announces star studded line-up for Decemba 2 Rememba 2015, #D2R2015







The countdown to Ghana’s official Christmas party has begun in earnest with the announcement of the acts for the Citi FM Decemba 2 Rememba Concert, #D2R2015.

















The Ghana Music Artiste of the year and Afrodancehall star Stonebwoy Burniton, the #Telemo hitmaker Gasmilla, award winning ace Hiplife artiste Kontihene, Ghana’s most powerful music trio VVIP, talented engineer, rapper and vocalist E.L. and the sensational Fante rapper Pappy Kojo will take the stage during the concert to thrill patrons and usher Ghana into the Christmas festivities.


New entrants Atom and Wisa Greid shall join the hot line-up to thrill fans with their Yɛ wɔ kurom’ and ‘Ekiki Me’ hits respectively.

Ghana’s most sought after music trio VVIP will give patrons a night to rememba with their chart-topping singles and their timeless collection of classic Hiplife songs.

Stonebwoy and Kontihene were adjudged best performers at last year’s event by fans. With the crafty Gasmilla, energetic and timeless VVIP, talented E.L. and new sensations Pappy Kojo, Atom and Wisa Greid on the bill, who would emerge the fans favorite performer 2015?














                                                               
























#D2R2015 has some awesome packages for fans. Fans get the chance to win free tickets, souvenirs and more from headline sponsors Airtel Ghana and get to introduce their favorite performers on the night by participating in the Biggest Fan Competition.

To participate in the #D2R2015 Biggest Fan Competition, record a short video of you singing your favorite song of any of the artistes on the bill. Share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #D2R2015, and tag @Citi973 and @AirtelGhana.

Decemba 2 Rememba 2015 (#D2R2015) comes off on Christmas Eve, December 24 at the Accra International Conference Center.

Dress code is white tops and blue jeans.

JOVAGO BECOMES FIRST AFRICAN OTA ON GOOGLE HOTEL ADS



Africa’s N°1 Hotel Booking website, Jovago.com has been featured on the Google Travel Platform. This increases the scope of potential customers and the propensity to boost Jovago activities in Africa to a larger extent.


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December 1, 2015 — Africa’s leading hotel-booking website Jovago has been incorporated into the renowned Google Hotels Ads. This strategic collaboration aims to ease the process of hotel search and reservation for travellers in Africa. This would allow Google users access to the best deals at any time and at their convenience, through the Jovago.com platform thus granting a diverse range of users the chance to find and book hotels across the African continent.
Our main focus is to give travellers a wide range of  accommodation options suited for every budget. We understand that it is sometimes very frustrating to find and book hotels of one’s specifications in particular destinations. This is why we partner with formidable search engines like Google to make the search experience stress-free and effective. With such a relationship, your perfect stay is always just one click away.” explains Claire Staal, Country Manager for Jovago Ghana.
With a colossal inventory of 25,000 hotels in Africa accessible to customers both on and offline, the hospitality and hotel industry is well provided for. Jovago.com is live on the Google platform with about around 3800  hotels with a lot more properties to be added from its large inventory.
Google’s initiative enables a wider range of users to click on the hotel listings directly from the search engine results page and giving them access to Jovago’s properties in Africa with a guarantee of best prices. This service is also integrated with Google Maps, which grants the user the ability to see the exact location of the selected hotel while doing a price comparison at the same time.

Following the launch of its mobile application - Jovago.com Hotels Booking on the Android platform, its incorporation on the Google platform for hotel search and booking would further improve the user experience for potential customers and increase touch points through which Jovago is bringing the hotel business online.
About AIG
Africa Internet Group introduces and accelerates the online shift in Africa – for its people and its culture. It is committed to running successful and vibrant internet companies which boost the evolution of African online culture. AIG is the parent group of nine successful and fast-growing companies in more than 26 African countries, accounting for over 3,500 staff. AIG cares about entrepreneurship and brings together all the key elements required to build great companies: team, concept, technology and capital. Its network of companies includes JUMIA, Kaymu, Hellofood, Lamudi, Carmudi, Zando, Jovago, Lendico and Easy Taxi.

About Jovago
Jovago.com is an online hotel booking service with offices in Accra (Ghana),Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), Dakar (Senegal) founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as investors. Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jovago.com has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

X Factor 2015: Can Reggie 'N' Bollie really win The X Factor?

Their sense of humour has been a hit with the audience, but things are starting to get serious for the double act

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X Factor 2015 final 13: Reggie 'N' Bollie
X Factor 2015 final 13: Reggie 'N' Bollie Photo: Syco/Thames TV
They couldn't do it, could they...?
After five weeks of live shows, Reggie 'N' Bollie aren't just defying the odds, they're triumphing. Simon Cowell believes they'll be in the final, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini wants to rename The X Factor "The Reggie 'N' Bollie Show" and the public have voted in enough numbers to keep the Ghanaian duo out of the bottom three each week. Just how far can they go?
After their mash-up of Shut Up and Dance and Dangerous Love (by Ghanaian-born musician Fuse ODG) in the fourth week of live shows, the Reggie 'N' Bollie wagon showed no sign of slowing down. Nick Grimshaw encapsulated the mood when he suggested that the world needs artists like Reg and Bol at the moment.
"There's so much in this world going on that can make people feel sad," he said. "This just makes everyone feel so happy - it's pure escapism, and the energy in this room when you perform is incredible."
Week Five saw them perform twice - and they were even joined onstage by their children and mentor Cheryl at one point.
They have never been in the bottom two and the smart money says they'll survive next week and make the final. The public love them and, ultimately, it's the public, not Simon Cowell, who decides The X Factor winner.

From Ghana with love

Jolly (jollie?) Reggie ‘N’ Bollie have become firm fans’ favourites from the moment they bounced onto the stage like a pair of toddlers who’ve found the stash of Sunny Delight.
You kind of remind me of Beavis and Butthead, but you’re really funny
Simon Cowell
While their vocal performances aren’t the best, their sheer exuberance is infectious. “I feel like every day will be sunny with you guys” said Simon, who made a chart success of Zig and Zag so could easily help these guys to musical triumph. Every week we expect them to leave but the public love them…
“You kind of remind me of Beavis and Butthead, but you’re really funny," said Simon Cowell.
Back in their native Ghana, however, the duo are already musical stars. Bollie had a hit back in 2004 called You May Kiss The Bride (naw, romantic), while Reggie released three singles in 2006: Virgin, For Sale and Adoma.

Reggie 'N' Bollie cover Shaggy's It Wasn't Me - Week 1

However, if the hyperactive pair are serious about winning The X Factor(and evidence suggests they’re not particularly serious about anything) then surely now is the time for them to prove their musical chops and stop playing the comedy act.
Jumping about gamely to Who Let the Dogs Out is all very well but until the likeable pair show that they’re more than just a novelty act (caveat – they’re probably just a novelty act) then they’re simply making up the numbers.
Reggie 'N' Bollie's X Factor Journey
The cheeky chappies from Ghana might be low on actual musical talent but their infectious enthusiasm and joie de vivre has made them cult favourites
Reggie 'N' Bollie
Live Audition
Turn It Up - Reggie 'N' Bollie
Bounding onstage with their matching red pants, Menn on Point (as they were called then) promised to “turn the energy up” and, ominously, spoke of “world domination”. Their own tune, Turn It Up, brought a smile to judges’ faces and through they went. “You’re like Beavis and Butthead” trilled Simon.
Boot Camp
Unknown!
Mason Noise may have caused a stink about only getting 47 seconds of air time at Boot Camp but he hardly had cause for complaint – Menn on Point got none! But they went through, so it’s fine.
Six Chair Challenge
Cheerleader - OMI
No matching red pants this time, but the same berserk energy and total lack of self awareness as they continued their charm offensive with OMI’s Cheerleader. Cheryl “just had” to give them a chair. She didn’t have to! But she did.
Judges' Houses
Twist and Shout - The Top Notes
Surely this was where the newly rechristened Reggie ‘N’ Bollie’s journey would end? Surely the jolly but tone-deaf duo couldn’t get a place in the live finals? However, it turns out they could as their winning take on Twist and Shout caused singer Jess Glynne to exclaim that she “loved them”. It seems there is a place for fun in The X Factor after all.
Live Show No.1
It Wasn't Me - Shaggy
This Is Me was the theme for the first weekend on the live shows. And nothing says “Reggie ‘N’ Bollie” like a novelty rap song from the equally silly Shaggy. A typically hyperactive cover of It Wasn’t Me even managed to break Simon Cowell’s resolve – as well as branding them “great” and “fun”, he dubbed them “relevant”. Relevant!
Live Show No.2
You Don't Know You're Beautiful - One Direction
Reinvention Week was totally lost on the pair, as they reinvent – whether on purpose or not is up for debate – every song they cover. This time it is was One Direction’s You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful getting the R n B treatment. The judges were cockahoop. Rita Ora shouted “mash it up, mash it up, mash it up, boom!” which we take to be a sign of approval.
Live Show No.3
Who Let the Dogs Out? - The Baha Men
At this stage it seems like a hallucination but, no, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie are still in the competition and they sailed through the final seven after their cover of – what else? – Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men, though not before sending white hot fear through Simon Cowell’s bowels by pretending to be doing Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On. Lads!
Live Show No.4
Shut Up and Dance/Dangerous Love - Walk the Moon/Fuse ODG
Ok, we give in. We love Reggie 'N' Bollie too. Another week goes by and once again the Ghanian duo bring the party to The X Factor stage. "You're going to be in the final" said Simon. "This country is really falling in love with you". Cheryl went one step further and rechristened the whole thing "The Reggie 'N' Bollie Show".
Live Show No.5
Watch Me, Azonto - Silentó, Fuse ODG/Dynamite - Taoi Cruz
Reggie 'N' Bollie are this year's Leicester City, aren't they? Surely they can't win the whole thing and yet they won't go away... At what point do you have to say they're genuine contenders? How about after seeing off 4th Impact and making it into the final four? Yes, at that point, I'd say. 'I am excited about you!' honked Nick Grimshaw.

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