April 2011


Musical Rising Black Star

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Leave your comments below and give the facebook thumbs up if you are “feeling” Akua’s singing…

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Ghana’s Future: Musical Rising Black Star

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Leave your comments below and give the facebook thumbs up if you are “feeling” K’Adu’s Black Star tune…

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Ghana News: Female thief sexually assaulted…

 

On Thursday March 31st at approximately 3am, a female student was arrested by some male students, after allegedly being involved in stealing laptops and mobile phones from her fellow students. It’s been reported that she was previously arrested for a similar act but was cautioned and released on bail under compassionate grounds.

It seems the woman in question had hit rock bottom after repeatedly stealing from her peers and caused frustration amongst the university students. This led them to take matters into their own hands and  the young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a number of male students who sought to seek revenge on the accused thief.

Despite the fact that she committed an illegal act, it seemed her punishment was taken to extreme measures. In video footage obtained my citifmonline.com, the male suspects tore her clothes into shreds and maliciously abused her. The victim expressed deep regrets pleading for forgiveness, but unfortunately it was too late.

Security officers managed to rescue her, where she was taken to the Police Station.  The Police along with the University authorities are investigating the case and the male suspects. It has not been confirmed as to whether the female is a Student at the University of Ghana (Legon).

Do you think this punishment was taken too extreme measures? How would you react if you found out that someone stole your laptop or your mobile phone?

By Linda Gyamfi

Wel He Did turn his Beck On Us!

Danny Welbeck: the villain?

Danny Welbeck’s introduction to the England-Ghana match in the 80th minute was met with a large chorus of boos and jeers from the travelling away fans. Unfortunately for Welbeck, he could not have picked a worse time to make his England debut having just a matter of hours before he declined the opportunity to represent Ghana at International level.

Having chosen to play for the England U-21 squad and at other youth levels, Welbeck’s defence is that it was merely a natural progression to move into the senior squad. So was the reaction of the Ghanaian support a bit extreme? And has Welbeck made a wise career move?

Despite being of Ghanaian heritage, Welbeck was born and bred in Manchester, England. His talent was spotted during his early teenage years by an English club, Manchester United. One can only assume that his native tongue is English much like many of his peers at his club. Considering this it becomes evident to see why he may have felt a slightly closer allegiance to England than Ghana.

But perhaps Welbeck should have also taken into account the less successful international careers of other players of African or Caribbean heritage that have represented England: having turned down Nigeria, Shola Ameobi of Newcastle United FC was a promising prospect but found opportunities to break into the England team hard to come by following his debut. Carlton Cole, of Nigerian and Sierra Leonean descent, appears to have suffered the same fate. Prior to these examples, the likes of Ian Wright and Andy Cole found opportunities to represent England rather restricted, despite the latter being the second-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. In fact, Emile Heskey remains England’s highest capped black striker and was still vastly unappreciated during his time.

In addition, Welbeck plays alongside Asamoah Gyan at Sunderland FC. The pair have forged an impressive partnership this season, amassing  a total of 16 goals thus far. One would presume that they could have continued and even developed this alliance for the Black Stars, had young Welbeck opted for Ghana.

It remains to be seen whether Welbeck’s decision may have an adverse affect on his future International career with England. But he is still young and, technically, not ineligible to represent Ghana until he plays in a competitive fixture for the Three Lions. A turnaround in decision appears unlikely, following the reception he was met with. It is his decision, however, and in hindsight of yesterday’s game, perhaps that it is better to save the jeers for the real villains of the game.

Kofi Gyamera-Mensa

Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew

 Since we are still basking the euphoria of the Ghana national team’s first visit to Wembley and the deserved 1-1 draw we earned. I thought I would stick with a football theme for this month’s profile. Now I know we have seen many great and legendary players to come out of the continent  of Africa; George Weah (Liberia), Jay Jay Okocha & Nwakno Kanu (Nigeria), Roger Milla and Samuel Eto’o  (Cameroon) to name but a few. However for me Mr Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew is top of the pile.

This is not a biased view because he is Ghanaian the clue is in his nickname ! I mean seriously if you are a footballer and you’re nicknamed ‘Pele’ (after the greatest ever footballer the Brazilian whose full name is Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento). Then that just speaks volumes for the type of player Mr Ayew was. Further evidence that the three time African footballer of the year (yes 3 time winner !) and father of current black stars rising star Andre Ayew, is the greatest ever African footballer follows below;

Abedi Ayew was born into a family in a small village called Oko near Dome at the northern outskirts of Accra. Abedi Pele was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe. One of the first great African players to make an impact on European club football, he played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France where he was very instrumental in Marseille’s prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s. Amongst his international accolades, he was often included in FIFA “All-star” selections and captained the African all-stars in their victory over their European counterparts in the Meridian Cup of 1997.

He was the captain of Ghana’s national football team for 6 years (1992–1998) and was one of the first African football players to finish highly in FIFA World Player of the Year lists in 1991 and 1992. He is arguably Africa’s most decorated and honored football player ever, winning the France Football Magazine African player of the year award 3 times, the BBC sports person of the year, and the Confederation of African Football version twice. He was also awarded the golden ball award for being the best player at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and was the “man of the match” in Marseille’s historic European Champions League final win over Milan in 1993.Abedi holds the record for most appearances at the Nations Cup Finals, beating even the legendary Roger Milla of Cameroon to the record. He made his first appearance at the 13th Nations Cup Finals in Libya in 1982 and for the next 16 years (ending at the 21st Finals in Burkina Faso) continued to grace the most prestigious football tournament on the continent, first as a member of Ghana’s squad rising to become captain in 1991. Aside from his acclaimed exploits at the 1992 competition, Abedi also earned much acclaim for his 3 goals at the 1996 competition – where he led Ghana to the semi finals of the competition despite critics expecting him to be in the twilight of his career.

In appreciation of Abedi’s devout services to the country, the Ghanaian government awarded him the country’s highest honour, the Order of the Volta (civil division). He thus becomes the first Ghanaian sportsman to be so honoured.In June 2001 he was nominated by the government of Ghana to serve as the next Chairman of the FA, an opportunity he later gave up for a more experienced former coach of Ghana .

So that is one serious footballing CV Mr Ayew has and I don’t think many players can or will match throughout their careers it’s just a shame a player of his ability never got to play in a world cup. Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew was indeed an African footballing pioneer and has paved the way for the likes of current Ghanaian stars, Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan. We salute you!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

 

African Comedy: Hilarious Comedy Sketch

So after watching this, the question is:
If the above video made you chuckle, feedback and comment below to let us know which part made you cry with laughter the most. Personally, the beginning when Simply Andy (“old man sitting down”) at the beginnings lips do that shaking movement loooooool

Me FiRi GHANA’s Editor’s Note

It’s another month and is anyone else shocked at how fast 2011 is flying by? Mefiri Ghana hopes to bring you the latest in all things Ghanaian so make sure you log in regularly to see what is in store and remember your opinions are the most important thing so share your thoughts by commenting on our posts and why not go the extra mile and share anything that tickles your fancy on Facebook lets keep the movement errr moving.

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 Audrey Indome

Ghanaian Celebrities: Ruff-N-Smooth

 

‘She get swagger, she be sweet like banana, she dey come from Ghana, ah ah she’s a diva!’ If you don’t this song then I really question your Ghanaian identity! And it’s not too late to jump on this song because I guarantee you will love it! Ruff-N-Smooth have made an impact on the Ghana music scene since their debut single ‘Swagger’, was released in August 2009. Since then, they have had success with their follow up singles ‘Sex Machine’ and ‘Azingele’ which features S.K Blinks.

Ruff-N-Smooth is made up of the duo Clement Baafoh (Akhan) and Ricky Osei Agyemang (Bullet).Though they had previously been on the music scene, it wasn’t until they teamed up together to form their group that they gained recognition not just in Ghana but in the Ghanaian communities around the world. ‘Swagger’, beat songs like Obrafour’s ‘Kasiebo’, V.I.P ‘I Think I Like Am’ to become the most played songs in public places and the radio in 2009.

Their release of their debut album ‘Life is Rough and Smooth’ on 14 September 2010 also proved to be hit, spawning the party anthem ‘Azingele’. The duo blends various styles of music, including R&B, reggae, hip-hop and afro pop to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their popularity has made them sought after musicians, playing gig after gig and shows after shows not just in Ghana but in Canada, US and Europe.

Things are definitely looking good for the duo as on March 30th they were unveiled as the new addition to Hype Records based in Canada. With a contract signed for the next three years, they hope that the management of their new label will take them a step closer to their dream of making it in the international music scene. They are now set to release their second album and there’s no doubt that they will not disappoint. In the beginning it was Ruff but it’s definitely Smooth sailing now for Ruff-N-Smooth!

Yaa Nyarko