Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Adaklu Mountain - Undiscovered gold for Adaklu-Anyigbe"

(A GNA Feature by Anthony Bells Kafui Kanyi)

Ho, Aug. 27, GNA - Poverty is said to be a disease, but it becomes deadly when one fails or is unable to use resources at one's disposal to turn the situation around to improve one's standard of living. Adaklu Mountain, arguably one of the tallest and fascinating mountains in the country, has been 'lying low' with its tourist potentials for decades while people living around the mountain live in abject poverty.

This, perhaps, is due to the lack of knowledge of the Mountain's scenic beauty or the inability to exploit its potentials to turn around the socio-economic situation of the local residents and people in the entire Adaklu-Anyigbe District where it is located. The flat topped mountain, said to be home to different species of birds, animals, and origin of many streams, is located about 15 kilometers from Ho.

The Mountain whose height is yet to be ascertained, also houses different species of trees of economic value, historical caves of all sizes, local and exotic fruits on which monkeys, bats and other animals feed.

Information gathered indicates that some Germans in the then Trans-Volta Togoland used the top of the mountain to direct ships. At the top of the mountain is a pillar with the inscription, "Gold Coast Survey Triangulation Station."

Until recently, the Mountain was of no interest to anyone, apart from some indigenes who cultivate part of it for subsistence purposes. Some knowledgeable natives of Adaklu only sing the praises of the mountain in view of its height and not of its potentials, while other locals enjoy bush meat from its belly and logs for firewood and charcoal.

Communities around the Mountain live in abject poverty as many find it difficult to get three-square meals a day, when the potentials of the Mountain is there to be exploited.

Though some of the communities have basic amenities such as schools, pupils are more concerned about how to help their parents to get food from the farm for the house rather than being in school. As a result, some pupils go to school but perform badly either because of the lack of interest or the absence of concentration though they show signs of great intelligence.

Fortunately, Mrs Juliana Azumah-Menzah, Minister of Tourism, together with some government officials and some locals recently organized a tour to the top of the Mountain to draw attention to its tourist potentials, and to encourage the people to exploit the opportunity to improve their living standards. The tour, originally organized for a selected group of people, attracted many who joined the Minister's entourage including, Colonel Cyril Necku Rtd, Deputy Volta Regional Minister to climb the Mountain. The about 500 adventurers started the two-hour journey to the peak of the Mountain with great expectation and enthusiasm but only about 100 made it.

Mrs Azumah-Mensah who doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Area, dressed in a white three-quarter trouser with a white Obama T-shirt with the inscription "Yes We Can" started on a good note but was unable to reach the top of the Mountain, compelling some members of the entourage including some pressmen to retreat.

The rest of the team with some locals continued the journey and got to the top with different stories and experiences. Some voyagers got to the top limping having to scale big rocks, logs and heights while enjoying the fauna and the feel of the caves on the Mountain. Some courageous ones reached out to fruits on the Mountain to quench their thirst while others went in for the cool waters collected in the caves. The serene atmosphere at the top of the Mountain offered great reward to all climbers.

On the way back, however, every step downhill was an adventure until one got to Kodiabe and further to Helekpe with much ease to the durbar ground for a snack. Mrs Azumah-Mensah described the expedition as interesting and a good exercise. She observed that the Mountain could be used for climbing, hiking and parachuting and urged opinion leaders in communities around the Mountain to initiate a move in that direction to attract assistance from the government.

Mrs Azumah-Mensah advised the communities to build reception centres and some basic tourist facilities to attract both local and foreign tourists to the place. She also tasked officials of the Ghana Tourist Board who were on the expedition to develop a fact-sheet on the Mountain for future use.

Mr Nico Beunders, a Senior Advisor at the Netherlands Development Organization office in Ho, advised the communities to organize festivals for the climbing of the Mountain and cultural groups to entertain visitors.

He said his Organization would offer technical advice to use the Mountain as tool for the development of the area.

Togbe Agbobada, a Senior Divisional Chief of Adaklu-Anfoe, appealed to stakeholders to help build chalets at the flat surface on the top of the Mountain to host climbers and holiday makers who would wish to spend some hours and days at the top before descending. It would beautiful to see Adaklu Mountain transformed into a huge economic asset, a health resort and for sports. A dream come true for many children from the area who would benefit from the venture to enhance their living standards by way of improved educational and health facilities, potable water, good roads and electricity.

Did you know these international celebs were Ghanaians?

You admire them. You watch their movies, and listen to their songs and follow them on social media platforms. But did you ever know they are, either full or half, Ghanaians? Well, read the details below.

1. Peter Mensah – Actor

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Peter Mensah


Born at Chiraa, a town in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, Mensah moved to England with his father (an engineer), his mother (a writer) and two younger sisters, at a young age.

The celebrated actor moved to Canada 11 years ago. He is famed for his roles in ‘Tears of the Sun,’ ‘Hidalgo’, ‘300,’ and ‘Dead Space,’ and more recently the Spartacus series.

2. Forest Whitaker – Actor
Forest Whitaker


Forest is noted for his movies including ‘Bird,’ ‘Platoon,’ ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ and ‘Lee Daniels' The Butler.'

He was born on July 15, 1961. He couples as an actor, director, and producer and famed for earning a reputation for intensive character study work for films such

In 2009 the actor revealed to Oprah that he had traced his roots to Ghana and Nigeria.

3. Robert Bathurst – Actor

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 Robert Guy Bathurst

Robert Guy Bathurst is a renowned English actor. He was born in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1957.

Robert’s father worked as a management consultant in the Gold Coast. At the age of 18, he read law at the University of Cambridge and joined the Cambridge Footlights group. After graduating, he took up acting full-time.

4. Idris Elba – Actor

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Idris Elba


Idris Elba, an award-winning British actor, is known for roles in screen projects like 'The Wire,' 'Luther,' 'Thor' and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.'

Recently, Idris got movie lovers asking for more with his movie “Beast of no Nation.”

He is half Ghanaian, half Sierra Leonean.

5. Kofi Kingston – Wrestle
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Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah


Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, popularly known for his ring name Kofi Kingston, is a Ghanaian-American professional wrestler.

The 1981 born is signed to WWE.

Kofi is a member of The New Day (a professional wrestling stable performing in the WWE) along with teammates Big E and Xavier Woods.

6. Christopher James “Chris” Williams – Actor
 Christopher James “Chris” Williams


A graduate of Georgetown University. Williams has made appearances on numerous television shows including CSI and JAG.

Ghanaian by ancestry, Williams has guest-starred on ‘Monk’ in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy".

On February 3, 2010, Williams made an appearance on his older sister Vanessa L. Williams's series Ugly Betty playing Wilhelldiva Hater.

7. Vic Mensa – Rapper
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Victor Kwesi Mensah


Born Victor Kwesi Mensah, the rapper goes by the stage name Vic Mensa.

Half Ghanaian he is, Mensa is a hip hop recording artist from Chicago.. He is currently signed to Roc Nation

Mensa released his first major mixtape INNANETAPE, in 2013. He is the founder of the hip-hop collective SAVEMONEY.

His debut single "Down On My Luck" was released in June 2014

8 Vanessa L. Williams – Actress
Vanessa L. Williams


A DNA test is said to have revealed that Vanessa’s ancestry is 23% from Ghana. Born on March 18, 1963, the actress and singer is well known for her role as Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film ‘Soul Food.’

Vanessa, as well, is known for playing the television characters Wilhelmina Slater in ‘Ugly Betty’ and Renee Perry in ‘Desperate Housewives,


9. Freema Agyeman – Actress
Freema Agyeman

Agyeman was born in London to mother, Azar, an Iranian, and father, Osei, a Ghanaian.

In the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, the British actress played Martha Jones.


10. Michael Cowan – Film Producer
Michael Lionello Cowan


Cowan, a British film producer’s career span two decades.

His films have covered many themes and genres, such as science-fiction and adventure films. He was born in Ghana, to a Ghanain father and an Italian mother.

















11. Vincent Dery (Nico and Vinz) – Singer

Vincent Dery
The singing and songwriting duo, Nico & Vinz, are an African-Norwegian group.

Kahouly Nicolay "Nico" Sereba from Holmlia, Oslo and Vincent "Vinz" Dery from Lambertseter, Oslo.

Friday, February 5, 2016

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President Mahama to put more money in the pockets of Ghanaians

  President John Dramani Mahama                                 

President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the first term of his government focused on infrastructural developments and job creation across the country.

According to him, his second term will focus on "putting money into the pockets of Ghanaians".

He said having money without basic infrastructure is economically meaningless adding that it is better to sacrifice for more pressing needs in life.

“Times come when we have to squeeze ourselves a bit to do the precious things that we need in life. We cannot have money in our pockets when the roads are not good.

"What is the use of money in your pocket when you are sick and you cannot get a hospital to be cured. So sometimes when we are squeezing ourselves it is to do the essential things in life.

“It is good politics to say things are hard but the money we are raising, we are using for things that would benefit this country, you cannot have jobs when you don’t have social infrastructure, so we have spent these last four years to bring these social infrastructure back to scratch. 



“So when I win the second term then we will start putting money in your pockets,” President Mahama said when he commissioned the Fourth Community Day Senior High School at Nyanoa-Kwaobaah in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern region on Thursday.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sojourners

Chinasa Ogbuagu and Hubert Point-Du Jour star in Mfoniso Udofia's Sojourners, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar for The Playwright's Realm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Chinasa Ogbuagu and Hubert Point-Du Jour star in Mfoniso Udofia's Sojourners, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar for the Playwright's Realm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
(© Chasi Annexy)
Sometimes, the circumstances of a play don't need to be completely obvious in order to tell a captivating story. Such is the case with Mfoniso Udofia's Sojourners, a world premiere from Playwrights Realm (at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater) that cleverly draws the viewer into its mystery. By the end, you'll be hooked.
It is 1978 and Abasiama (Chinasa Ogbuagu) and Ukpong (Hubert Point-Du Jour) are a young Nigerian couple in Houston, Texas. Even though she is eight months' pregnant and studying hard for her biology degree, Abasiama works at a gas station to support the family. Ukpong doesn't work, but he does occasionally disappear for several days, returning with Motown records and beer that he has purchased with Abasiama's hard-earned money. Abasiama gives birth during one of Ukpong's walkabouts, leaving her in the care of Moxie (Lakisha Michelle May), a young prostitute who happened to be filling out a job application at the gas station. Although a complete stranger, Abasiama's countryman, Disciple (Chinaza Uche), happens upon the two women and decides to accompany them to the hospital. He thinks this is a meeting ordained by God. Moxie thinks he is a creep and wishes he would go away. Throughout, Udofia paints a captivating portrait of an irresistible patriarchy in which men abandon their wives for wanderlust and other men arrive to plant a flag in them — with the women ambivalently accepting everything.
We tend to lump together all immigrants from a certain country, but Udofia subtly exposes fault lines of class, gender, and upbringing when it comes to Nigerian-Americans: Ukpong clearly has the family resources to dawdle (and fail) through his American adventure. By contrast, the less-well-off Disciple behaves like Cort├ęs burning his ships on the Aztec coast: He has no other option but to conquer. Even though she's from a prosperous family, Abasiama worries what it will mean if she (the first of her family to study in America) returns to Nigeria with no degree. Through sensitive prose delivered in memorable performances, these sojourners seem real, their specific anxieties achingly familiar.
Chinasa Ogbuagu plays Abasiama and Lakisha Michelle May plays Moxie in Sojourners.
Chinasa Ogbuagu plays Abasiama and Lakisha Michelle May plays Moxie in Sojourners
(© Chasi Annexy)
Point-Du Jour is charming and sexy as Ukpong. At first, we cannot understand Abasiama's coldness toward him...until we get to know him better. The opposite is true for Moxie, who makes an extremely unpleasant first impression, but then wins us over. May naturally embodies the sharp-tongued hooker with a heart of gold, marching across the stage like she owns it. At one point, costume designer Loren Shaw audaciously outfits her in just a large sweater (no bottom), which May wears as if she is modeling the latest Versace dress.
His wild eyes peering from behind wire-rimmed glasses, Uche gives a performance befitting his character's name. His Disciple smiles through religious spasms and conversations with the spirit realm. He has a speech pattern that is simultaneously halting and deliberate, recalling Jeff Goldblum. When he waves his hand around Moxie's job application, he sends chills down our spines, making us believe that his magic is real.
Ogbuagu's performance is far more grounded, even world-weary, making Abasiama the most relatable character in the play. Her droopy eyelids speak of a lifetime of survival around charismatic and disappointing men.
Moxie (Lakisha Michelle May) and Abasiama (Chinasa Ogbuagu) look on in wonder and disbelief as Disciple (Chinaza Uche) works his magic on a job application.
Moxie (Lakisha Michelle May) and Abasiama (Chinasa Ogbuagu) look on in wonder and disbelief as Disciple (Chinaza Uche) works his magic on a job application. 
(© Chasi Annexy)
While the characters are crystal clear, the circumstances bringing them together are murkier. We know that Ukpong and Abasiama's marriage was arranged, but what is the relationship between their two families? How did Massachusetts-born Moxie end up walking the streets of Houston? How did Disciple scrounge enough cash to get a visa to study in the states? Key pieces of the story seem to be missing, lost to the fog of memory. Or perhaps they are still hiding, poised to reveal themselves in later installments (Sojourners is the first part of a multi-play cycle).
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (famous for his intimate extravaganzas at the Flea Theater) re-creates the emotional truth (and factual unreliability) of memory onstage, directing the piece with a cinematic flair. Much of this is facilitated by scenic designer Jason Sherwood's rotating set and sound designer Jeremy S. Bloom's vintage soundtrack. Smokey Robinson's "Shop Around" plays as the stage spins, showing us several overlapping scenes: Ukpong joyously fritters away his student visa, Disciple madly hacks at the typewriter, and the far more sullen Abasiama puts on her uniform for a day of work at the gas station. "Welcome to Fiesta," she shouts with a forced cheer.
With clear-eyed determination, Udofia has penned an immigrant's tale that is neither triumphal (like the wildly popular Hamilton) nor a complete refutation of the American Dream (like nearly every play by Eugene O'Neill). Rather, it is something distinctly more honest about the tradeoffs and sacrifices one makes to settle in a new land. Since this is only the first part of a larger series, I can't wait to see what this country has in store for Abasiama and her budding family.

Photos: Pastor Chris lands in Ghana for mega-crusade

Nigerian mega pastor, Chris Oyakilome has arrived in Ghana for a hyped-up crusade on Friday night at the Independence Square.
The pastor was welcomed by the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah at the Kotoka Interational Airport Wednesday morning.
- See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2016/February-3rd/photos-pastor-chris-lands-in-ghana-for-mega-crusade.php#sthash.A3uB0vKP.dpuf

Catholic Bishops of Ghana: Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Are ‘Time-Bombs’–‘Send These Men Back’

(CNSNews.com) – In reference to two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were transferred to Ghana in West Africa, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference there said it was a “wrong and dangerous” decision, that the two men were “not refugees but time-bombs” who clearly “pose a threat,” and that the government should send them “back to wherever they came from.”
In a statement with the headline, “Accepting Former Guantanamo Bay Prisoners in Ghana: Wrong and Dangerous,” the Bishops’ Conference noted that the ex-Gitmo prisoner Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef used to fight for Osama bin Laden, and the other ex-prisoner, Khalid Shayk Mohammed, had trained with Al Qaeda.
The bishops called on the Ghana government “to act responsibly and in the interest of the nation by sending these men back to wherever they came from.” (Their statement is posted at the Ghanaian news websiteCitifmonline.) 
The bishops also asked the government to answer several questions about the ex-prisoners, including “Does their presence not constitute or pose a danger to us?”
They further asked, “If indeed these two persons are harmless and if they have been ‘cleared’ of any terrorist act by the U.S. Government, as our Government and the U.S. Government and some others want us to believe, why were they not sent back to Yemen or Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan where they come from, or taken to the USA which found them harmless?”
“Ghana has been open to receiving refugees in the past but these two men are not in this category,” said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.  “We think that they are not refugees but time-bombs and so Government should do all it can to send them back as soon as practicable.”
Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef, left, and Khalid
Shayk Mohammed. (Wikipedia Commons.)
The government should not “risk the security of our land by hosting two former terrorists,” said the bishops in their statement.  “This is why we think sincerely and honestly that to have two ex-prisoners of very dangerous backgrounds walking freely on our land is a wrong move and wish to call on Government to repatriate them as soon as practicable.”
In conclusion, the Bishops’ Conference called on the Ghana parliament, religious leaders, and the media to advise the government to send the ex-Gitmo prisoners back. “We expect our Government to heed our humble call, if it is indeed a listening Government,” said the bishops in their statement, which was signed by the Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, the president of the conference.
Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef, 36, is a citizen of Yemen, who was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He was imprisoned at Gitmo in 2002 and released into Ghana on Jan. 7, 2016. Khalid Shayk Mohammed, 34 – not the architect of the 9/11 atatcks -- lived in Saudi Arabia and has claimed Yemeni citizenship. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NPP leaks photo of John Dumelo’s meeting

Nana Akufo-Addo, John Dumelo (on the left) and John Dumelo (second from the left)

Actor John Dumelo’s strong support for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and President John Mahama's government has never been in doubt.

From appearing in campaign adverts, jumping on campaign platforms to recently announcing that the NDC had fulfilled its promise to fix the power crisis (Dumsor) while presenting an award at the 2015 Ghana Movie Awards, John’s political stance and views were more than certain.

But now, the integrity of that support for the NDC is being questioned not by the NDC but by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The issue of John Dumelo’s loyalty to the NDC has been the subject of intense debate on social forcing the charismatic actor to fight for political breath. Loyalty to one party could simply kill your career!

Last week, the fine actor tweeted that: “I have nothing against Nana Addo, but I only see one person being sworn in come January 2017 and it’s not him (Nana)”.

Harmless it might seem; but the comment by John, who is known for his roles on screen and not politics, has triggered a wave of uncomfortable debates between John and the party Nana Akufo-Addo leads, the NPP. 

A Personal Assistant to the NPP Flagbearer, Francis Asenso-Boakye was swift to call the actor’s loyalty and credibility to question.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Asenso-Boakye reminded John of a meeting he held with Nana Addo where he declared his intension to support and campaigning for the NPP flagbearer.

He alleged that the actor said during a meeting some few months ago that he was “disappointed in the President [John Mahama] for supervising a corrupt and incompetent administration.”

“For which reason, you offered to go round the country and propagate the good message of Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP,” Asenso-Boakye added.

Now caught in a political web and in attempt to free himself, John Dumelo replied in a tweet that, “I never met Nana Addo secretly. The last and only time I saw him was in 2014, 2 clear years ago. #ichoosejdm.”

Francis Asenso-Boakye, clearly not finished with John yet, was back on Facebook to give the actor evidence of the meeting.
He posted a photograph of Nana Akufo-Addo, John Dumelo and himself with a third person.

Mr Asenso-Boakye added the remarks:

“Dear John Dumelo

"I see u are determined to stay on the course u have shamelessly embarked on. Very well, I will leave you to your fate.

"However, do permit me to submit this piece of evidence of your meeting with Nana Akufo-Addo. I'm sure it will refresh your failing memory.

"Let me reiterate the words of Nana Akufo-Addo to you: be a good role model!”
John, who was also not ready to go down easily, tweeted shortly after that:

“Do we pose and take pictures if we met secretly? I met Nana in 2014 and I've met JDM. #ichosejdm”.

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