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President Akufo-Addo unveils Ghana @60 logo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled the logo for Ghana’s sixty-year anniversary.

At a brief ceremony at the Flagstaff House yesterday, the President reiterated that the celebration which will be under the theme, “Mobilising for Ghana’s future” will be a modest one.

According to him, though such a celebration will come at a cost, he was counting on individual citizens and corporate Ghana to take the bigger responsibility in the cost.

“Marking such an occassion will come at cost but my ambition is to commemorate this occassion with the minimum or no burden at all on the nation”, he stated.

Touching on the logo, the president also said that the “Ghana@60 logo symbolized the diversity and unity of our country and the aspirations of the Ghanaian people for a dignified and prosperous future.”

Spotlight on New Black Stars Coach…

Avram Grant appointed as new Black Stars Coach

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After some thorough reflections and discussions, it is clear to see that a new light has shone admist the cloud of the unknown. It has been reported that Avram Grant has been appointed as the new Black Stars coach after agreeing a 27 month contract according to Ghana’s football association.

Does the name Avram Grant sound familiar? Let’s delve into some history of the newly appointed Black Stars coach.

Grant was the former coach for Chelsea who suffered defeat by Manchester United in the 2008 European Champions League final. He was most recently the technical director at Thai side BEC Tero Sasana. Avant Grant’s credentials include coaching at Partizan Belgrade from 2012 to 2014, during which time he directed the club to their fifth successive Serbian championship. Besides, Grant has international experience having spent four years at the helm of Israel’s national side. Grant replaces Kwesi Appiah who led the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but departed the job in September. It is also believed that Grant will lead the Black Stars in January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

GFA President Kwesi Nyantekyi had these generous words to say about the new coach:

Avram Grant is a motivator and an organiser. We needed someone with a certain stature or pedigree who can manage the egos of our players as well as their expectations and those of Ghanaians in general.

“He has managed a lot of top-class players, and coping with high profile players has been the bane of many African coaches. We believe his quality will turn things around for us.”

Who isn’t eager to see the new coach in action and see if he truly is the hailing hero that we’ve all been anticipating for. No pressure Avram Grant. We can only hope that he will be an inspirational force to our dear Black Stars.

Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)

Future of Ghana Networking Forum: WAM Campaign 30/01/2014

The Future of Ghana is in our hands ! – Time to build a network, mobilize and aid Ghana’s development

Have you always wanted to volunteer in Ghana or to get involved in helping to solve certain issues affecting our Ghanaian society? Then this is your chance to get involved.

What About Me (WAM) Campaign, in association with Me FiRi Ghana brings you the Future of Ghana Networking Forum. This event is aimed at providing a platform for young Ghanaian Diaspora primarily aged 18 – 35 years to network, discuss and gain more information about ways in which they can proactively connect with the development of Ghana.

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WAM, a charity which facilitates volunteering programmes for young Ghanaians in the Diaspora to work with orphans and other vulnerable children living in Ghana, will also share its experiences, successes, challenges since it begun its work 4 years ago.

The forum which takes place on Thursday, 30th January at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch, will be filmed for coverage for VOX Africa on Sky & DSTV and shared online through social media.

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Come and let’s together find ways to make our motherland a better place. The event runs from 18:30- 21:30 Greenwich Mean Time not Ghana Man Time, so don’t be late!

Date: Thursday 30th January

Where: ‘Rich Mix’ –‐ the cultural hub of London, 35-47, Bethnal Green Rd, London, Shoreditch, E1 6LA

Time: 18:30–‐21:00 (GMT)

 For more information on the WAM Campaign please visit the website – http://www.wamcampaign.org/

Maclean Arthur (@atoparties)

Arguably Ghana’s finest ambassador for Journalism: Komla Dumor dies aged 41

The “Boss Player” Gone To Soon

 

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Ghanaians, Africans, journalists in both Ghana & UK and purveyors of broadcasting the world over are in shock following the death of Ghanaian journalist and presenter Komla Dumor. The broadcaster who was just 41 suffered a suspected cardiac arrest at his London home  and leaves behind a wife and three children.

Affectionately known as the “Boss Player” by his legion of Ghanaian fans Dumor started his career as a presenter of the morning show on Ghanaian radio station Joy FM. It was during this time he was recognized by his peers in the country by winning the Ghanaian journalist of the year award in 2003.

He joined the BBC World Service in 2007 as a radio broadcaster and it was here he made his mark internationally. He hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme. In 2009 Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. Up until the he passed he regularly fronted the Focus on Africa programme on the BBC. He touched many people during his wide ranging career and has interviewed some of the biggest names such as Bill Clinton and covered the biggest events such as the World Cup 2010 in South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s funeral last year.

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It was only in November of last year that he featured in New African magazine’s  2013 list of 100 most influential Africans. It said he had “established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting, Who had considerable influence on how the continent is covered”. A statement which sums up just how far Dumor has come.

As an aspiring journalist myself Komla Dumor was someone I truly looked up to. He was an assured broadcaster who had such enthusiasm for reporting and was so passionate about Africa and telling her story. It was not surprising then that soon after his death was confirmed the tributes came pouring in from politicians, journalists and the like.

A true trailblazer for African journalism and one of Ghana’s finest exports in any profession may he rest in peace.

Komla Dumor Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Ghana Election result challenge in “final stages”

Supreme Court set to announce verdict sometime after 14 August 2013

 

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It’s been such a long process that some of you may have forgotten that the Ghanaian 2012 election result was actually in dispute as John Dramani Mahama was inaugurated as President and has quietly gone about his job running the country. However Ghana’s supreme court heard final arguments on Wednesday over whether it should overturn the results of 2012 presidential polls due to irregularities, in a case that has transfixed the nation at the time.

Just to recap the country’s largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party,  is challenging President John Dramani Mahama’s win last December, saying the vote was marred by irregularities and that their candidate Nana Akufo-Addo was the true winner. Mahama was elected with 50.7 percent of the vote in the December  election, which international observers said was free and fair. However the NPP cried foul, saying the election was handled improperly, and vowed to challenge the outcome in court.

The bulk of the NPP’s evidence consisted of “pink sheets”, which  were used to report the results from polling stations around the country. The NPP claims these sheets show a raft of improprieties, like ballot box-stuffing and voting by people who were not verified through a biometric system that was used for the first time in the December election.

Constitutional violations, malpractices and vulgarities have a material effect on the results,” Philip Addison, attorney for the NPP, told the court in closing arguments. Presiding justice William Atuguba announced that the court would  have a final hearing on August 14, then adjourn for a maximum of 15  days to deliberate before announcing its verdict.

If the court agrees with the NPP, it could order the country’s election commission to reverse Mahama’s election victory, which would be unprecedented and a stern test for Ghana’s democracy in regards to how they handle any power shift. In my previous blog post of 08/01/2013 Ghana Elections; NPP to challenge NDC Win at the time the petition was being filed by the opposition I questioned whether they had enough evidence to back up their claims but the fact they we have had a long standing trial indicates there was enough discrepancies to dispute.

Whatever verdict is announced later this month, this whole process has been good advert for transparent democracy in Ghana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Future of Ghana Debate

Question 3

 

To what extent are the conditions of roads in Ghana an issue for the nation’s development?

3.1 Can one say that the roads are a reason for the serious road accidents? Or is it careless driving?

3.2 Are the conditions of the roads an issue which we can help address? If so how?

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Question 2

 

From your perspective, what is the role of the Ghana High Commission in the UK?

2.1 In what ways would you hope the Ghana High Commission supported you and the Ghanaian community?

2.2 In an ideal world, in what ways do you feel we can support the Ghana High Commission?

Future of Ghana Debate

Question 1

 

As Ghanaians, do we have an obligation to keep our culture relevant within the diaspora?

1.1  What does it mean to be a Ghanaian? Speak the language, eat the food, wear the clothes…

1.2  Who does the responsibility lie with? Our Parents, our family, ourselves?

1.3  What are the reasons for other cultures such as the Asian community still keeping their culture relevant/alive whilst living in the diaspora?

Wish You a Happy Sunny Christmas…

 

 

Christmas_in_GhanaI miss being at home for Christmas. A week before Christmas day, mama and I would put up the Christmas decorations all around the house. The plastic Christmas tree with the fake snow, the fanciful lights, the blow up Santa, the balloons! We had the whole lot. Without the decorations it would not feel like Christmas. Those were the little things that I have come to associate with Christmas and this is no different in most Ghanaian households, and I guess it’s the same for most parts of Africa. Households, offices and streets are therefore decorated accordingly. However, I have been thinking about this over the years and it all seems well out of place. Why the tree with white dots all over it? Why Santa on a sleigh? Why was the stereo playing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…” on a bright sunny day in December? Santa would be drenched in sweat in that red and white suit and poor Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, I don’t think they can survive the heat and we do not even have any chimneys in Ghana for Santa to come sliding through. Most houses in Ghana have big fob off walls around them. On top of the walls are spikes of broken bottles and barb wire and behind the massive metal front gates lies one angry growling dog. Now I wonder how Santa is going to make it through to deliver his goodies.

Santa_Claus_Christmas_in_GhanaIt’s clear our idea of Christmas have been hugely influenced by the many Hollywood movies we watch and songs we hear. Snow, the Christmas tree, Santa Clause, the reindeers – all these are Western branding of Christmas. It goes without saying that these things bear no relevance to the true essence of Christmas – the birth of Christ. And it does not snow every Christmas as the movies would have us believe! Surely we should be putting our own Ghanaian/African imprint on Christmas, what we associate with it and how we celebrate it. I think we should swap the plastic trees for coconut trees and the snow for our white sands. Let’s associate Christmas with our beautiful beaches. Christ himself was a bit of a fisherman so I guess he would quite like this idea and most Ghanaians spend their Christmas holidays at the beach. We can make the Christmas season a big sales season for our magnificent beaches.

So how do we start this change? Well it’s a bit too late to do anything this year but I will make it a point to be in Ghana next Christmas. I will suggest to mama to bin her fake Christmas tree and replace it with a miniature coconut tree grounded in a pot of sand with all the lights and other décor. She will think I have gone bonkers and so will anyone else who comes to the house but I will explain my idea to them and hopefully it will catch on. I think it also a good idea to write to the television stations to get them to do the same in their studios. They may or may not but at least it will get them thinking. It will be a big step to rebranding Christmas in our own unique way. Well I will stop rambling on now, hope you all enjoy the Christmas season and to the good people in Ghana I wish you not just a happy Christmas but a Happy Sunny Christmas!

Afehyia pa ooh!!!

By Maclean Arthur 

Ghanaian News: Naa Kai Laryea – Unsung Hero…

Unsung Hero:  Naa Kai Laryea

With the GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards) just gone I thought I would bring to attention the courageous actions of young Ghanaian Londoner earlier this month. Naa Kai Laryea from Hackney is this person her brave actions resulted in the saving of a baby’s life.

Naa, who is just 16-years old, took control when she found lawyer Gianna Gudsell frantically screaming in the street, holding her 14-month old son Hector who was limp and unconscious. The 35-year old mum had been washing Hector in the bath last Monday when he slipped, hit his head and fell unconscious. Panicked, she ran screaming into Tudor Road, where Naa Kai, happened to be passing by.

Naa Kai who had completed a St John’s Ambulance first aid course at the South Hackney church she regularly attends, patted Hector’s back as he seemed to be choking, before he threw up and began breathing again. Naa said “because she knew what to do she was not scared”.

The ambulance arrived shortly afterwards, and although Hector fell into a coma at the Homerton Hospital, he is now safe and sound back at home. The ambulance had said it Naas actions were vital in Hector’s recovery. Hector’s mum was so grateful to Naa and said; “The ambulance came very fast, but it was essential that she was there… this experience gave me a nice feeling that the world is not unfriendly – you have people around who care for you even thought you don’t know them and that’s a nice feeling.

This serves as a reminder to me that I need to renew my first aid qualification as Naa’s story shows you never know when you might need it.

In a year that has seen negative headlines for our young people it’s good to see young people being so courageous, caring and responsible. Na Kai Laryea, Me FiRi GHANA salutes you!

By Ben Jk Anim-Antwi