• Akufo-Addo not interested in pursuing Appiah Stadium – Hamid

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not interested in pursuing political activist and sympathizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Frank Kwaku Appiah [Appiah Stadium], over the latter’s alleged claim that the President is a ‘Wee’ smoker, Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has stated. The comment comes on the back of the arrest and subsequent release of the NDC serial caller by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service.

    A statement signed by the Information Minister said the President was of the view that the incident had already been dealt with by the National Media Commission hence no need to pursue it.

    “H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo wishes to state that he is not interested in pursuing the matter in issue since same was ruled upon by the National Media Commission (NMC) on February 6, 2015. This followed series of publications in pro-NDC newspapers making similar claims. Lawyers for then Candidate Akufo-Addo took these newspapers namely The Al-Hajj, Enquirer, Informer, Ghanaian Lens and the Daily Post to the NMC to afford them the opportunity to substantiate their claims. They failed to do so, following which the NMC asked them to retract and apologize. The President is therefore, convinced that right-thinking Ghanaians recognize that Appiah Stadium is merely reciting from an NDC propaganda book, which has since been discredited” the statement read.

    There was a surge in agitations by a section of the public following the arrest of Appiah Stadium by Police in the Ashanti Region after an audio recording of him accusing the President of marijuana use surfaced. He was subsequently transferred to the Police CID headquarters in Accra where he was granted bail after scores of party sympathizers thronged the premises in the company of a team of lawyers to demand the release of the NDC serial caller Tuesday evening.

    Earlier, former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute and cousin of the President, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, suggested that it was wrong for the police to ‘handcuff’ Appiah Stadium, a situation he claimed, would make the President ‘angry’.

    He indicated that, the president will be “extremely unhappy” over the development.

    In a Facebook post, Gabby wrote, “These things shouldn’t happen. I can see the president being extremely unhappy about any citizen being arrested for allegedly insulting him. It goes against all that he stands for. I may not be privy to the details, but I know whatever the justification the President will not like this one bit.”

    Frank Kwaku Appiah who has meanwhile apologized for his comments is expected to appear before officials of the Police CID on Wednesday morning.

    I believe Nana Addo smokes ‘wee’ – Asiedu Nketia Source: www.ghanaweb.com

  • 2018 World Cup: No changes to Nigeria squad to face Zambia

    Nigeria have named an unchanged 23-man squad for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month.

    The Super Eagles face 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners Zambia at home in the south-eastern city of Uyo on 7 October.

    If Nigeria can win the tie they will seal a sixth World Cup appearance.

    Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is named again after he was forced to withdraw from September’s two games against Cameroon due to injury. Group B after four matches Nigeria 10 pts Zambia 7 pts Cameroon 3 pts Algeria 1 pts

    Leicester trio of Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho are also included, while former England youth international Ola Aina could make his long awaited debut.

    Experienced China-based duo of captain John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo, as well as Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses complete a strong squad.

    “I’m happy to be called up again because it’s always a great honour to play for my country,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.

    “We know Zambia is a strong team and they will come with full determination in Uyo, we cannot not engage in irrelevant pre-match talking but deliver on the pitch.

    “I’ve never played at the World Cup and like my other colleagues we all want to be in Russia, this is like a final for us.”

    The Super Eagles are top of Group B with ten points, while Chipolopolo lie second with seven points following a 1-1 draw with Cameroon and home and away triumphs over Algeria.

    Three-time African champions Nigeria first appeared at the World Cup in 1994, where they reached the second round. They also played at the 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

    Nigeria squad:

    Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)

    Defenders William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)

    Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

    Forwards: Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

    Standby: Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)

    Source: bbc.com

  • I’ve been poor before and I know how it hurts – Shatta Wale

    Dancehall King Shatta Wale has said he has been poor before and knows how it hurts to be poor.

    According to him, poor people are the ones that brag about their wealth because their sufferings hurt so badly.

    The Dancehall artiste in a post on Facebook said he knows how it hurts to be poor saying“i have realized people who talk too much are the ones suffering the most.i have been there before”.

    Adding that “Poverty is a great disease”.


    Source: mynewsgh.com

  • ‘David’ Mugabe stood up to ‘Goliath’ Trump at U.N. – Zimbabwe veep

    Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s Vice-president has declared his boss as a ‘David’ who stood up to a ‘Goliath’ in the person of U.S. President Donald Trump at the just ended United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    Mnangagwa was speaking at a reception held on Monday at the Harare International Airport for President Mugabe on his return from New York. “Our David (President Mugabe) stoop up to Goliath (Donald Trump). President is the man among men who managed to silence Goliath,” he is quoted to have said.

    According to him, the massive crowd that gathered to welcome the 93-year-old back home was in support of how me had managed to ‘undress’ President Donald Trump.

    >b/>Mugabe asks Trump to blow his trumpet for peace

    The David – Goliath reference was contained in a part of Mugabe’s UNGA address where he called on Trump to ‘blow his Trumpet’ in the interest of global peace after referring to him as the ‘giant gold Goliath.’

    “Some of us were embarrassed if not frightened by what appeared to be the return of the biblical giant gold Goliath. Are we having the return of Goliath to our midst who is threatening the extinction of other countries?” he said.

    “May I say today, the President of the United States Mr Trump; please blow your trumpet. Blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness, dialogue which we have always stood for and which is in the charter of the United Nations,” he added.

    He went ahead to issue a caution to Trump: “We have resisted it when it was in the form of imperialism as we fought for our own independence, our own culture, our own sovereignty to be masters of our own destiny. That’s why we call ourselves free today because the monster of imperialism was defeated by us”.

    Before taking the podium to deliver his address, Mugabe made the headlines when photos showed him ‘resting his eyes’ on the first day of the summit. Incidentally, it was at the time that Trump was delivering his first address to the packed U.N. hall.

    Source: africanews.com

  • Afia Schwarzenegger finally single and ready to mingle

    Actress cum comedienne Afia Schwarzenegger has announced her new status after yesterday’s court hearing in a post that reads “Dust yourself and move on…cos the grace of God is not condemning you”

    Afia’s marriage collapsed 10months into the union with Mr. Abrokwah when her husband allegedly caught her in bed with another man and took videos of her which got viral on social media.

    According to the post, the comedienne who has had a lot of backlash from the public after the incident seems to have brushed it off quickly and moved on.

    “As long as you define yourself by what u did or what has been done to you….you are ruined, “she wrote

    In a pose showing her that her ring finger has no ring on, the comedienne seem to send message across that she is finally single and really to mingle

    See post below:


  • Iranian breaks world weightlifting record

    Iranian Sohrab Morad, broke an 18 year old Asian record at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

    It was a great moment of history, as the Rio 2016 Olympic champion set a new aggregate total lift mark of 413kg in the men’s 94kg, with the thrilling performance,

    Moradi, who celebrated his 29th birthday last Friday, followed a 185kg lift in the Snatch by hoisting 228kg in the Clean and Jerk before raising his hands in triumph to take the crowd’s applause.

    The previous record, set by Akakios Kakiasvilis of Greece, was achieved in 1999.

    “This is the result of many years of work and I am very happy and delighted for my efforts,” said Moradi.

    “One of my goals as an athlete was to win an Olympic championship. This is important. But this one is also important because I really wanted to do it. I am happy to do this,” he said.

    Source: ghananewsagency.com

  • President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is still a ‘wee’ smoker! – Asiedu Nketia

    General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cannot deny the fact that he smokes ‘wee’.

    According to him, until the president publicly denies a publication by Wikileaks that he is on drugs, he (Asiedu Nketia) will also tag him as a ‘wee smoker’.

    General Mosquito’, as he is affectionately called in politics, stated on ADOM FM that he sides with NDC popular serial caller Frank Kwaku Appiah popularly known as Appiah Stadium, who allegedly claimed the president is a ‘drug addict’

    Appiah Stadium, whose audio surfaced online raining insults on the president, has however apologized for his behavior – but the NDC Chief Scribe said on ADOM FM that “What Appiah Stadium said is the truth”.

    Adding that, “the issue of drug use is now an albatross tightly fixed around the neck of the President. Akufo-Addo has not cleared himself after Wikileaks said he smokes wee so I believe (what Wikileaks published).”

    Source: peacefmonline.com

  • Akufo-Addo will be angry over Appiah Stadium’s arrest – Gabby

    A relative of President Akufo-Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko says the President will be upset over the arrest of maverick NDC member Frank Kwaku Appiah commonly known as ‘Appiah Stadium’ by the Police.

    Appiah stadium is being held for labeling President Akufo-Addo as a “drug addict” even though he has apologized for the insult.

    He is currently being transferred from Kumasi to the Police Headquarters in Accra for further interrogation.

    Commenting on the development on Facebook, Gabby wrote: “These things shouldn’t happen. I can see the president being extremely unhappy about any citizen being arrested for allegedly insulting him. It goes against all that he stands for. I may not be privy to the details but I know whatever the justification the President will not like this one bit”.

    Meanwhile, the Ashanti regional branch of the NDC has in a statement called on the Police to immediately release their member or face their wrath.

    “We demand the immediate release of Appiah Stadium from police custody now in the interest of the stability of the State. His arrest has no basis in law and we find it as an attempt to suppress FREE SPEECH.

    “We have witnessed criminal attacks on the Courts and Security Appointees in Ashanti Region where the Security of the State allows these miscreants to walk freely from Justice,” the statement said.

    It added: “We have witnessed lawlessness to the hilt in the Ashanti Region exposing the weakness of our Security Agencies in the face of political power. If President Akufo-Addo wants to re-criminalize FREE SPEECH, he can sponsor a legislation on it to Parliament – until that is done, we will not allow any citizen to suffer for Speaking his mind in this country. The NDC YOUTH in Ashanti Region demands the release of Appiah Stadium Now”.

    Source: Starrfmonline.com

  • Africa must industrialise to fund and implement SDG’s – President

    Africa must be efficient and effective in mobilising resources and look beyond the benevolence of others to finance the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

    He said African countries ought to change their economic structures from that of dependence on the production and export of raw materials, to that of industrialised, value-added-based economies to be able to fully finance and convert the 17 UN SDG’s into concrete outcomes for their peoples.

    President Akufo-Addo gave the advice when he delivered the keynote address at the Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Development at the auditorium of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, on Monday.

    With the SDG Agenda, estimated to cost between 3.5 trillion to 5.0 trillion dollars yearly, coupled with recent donor fatigue, the President said; “There can be no future prosperity for our peoples, in the short, medium or long term, if we continue to maintain economic structures that are dependent on the production and export of raw materials.

    “We are a continent reliant on foreign aid, despite economic growth in parts of Africa significantly outpacing the global average. Truth be told, the full implementation of the SDGs in Africa cannot be done with a mindset of dependence.”

    With Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire producing nearly 60 per cent of the world’s cocoa but with gross earnings of only 5.75 billion dollars out of the 100 billion dollars chocolate market in 2015, the President said such scenarios could no longer continue.

    “We certainly cannot finance the vision of building sustainable development on the continent with such scenarios… We must add value to our resources, and we must industrialise. Unless we do so, we cannot finance on our own implementation of the SDGs. The agenda surely has to be an Africa beyond Aid.”

    “We need to build an Africa that is able to look after her peoples through intelligent management of the resources with which she has been endowed, and embark on a new path. This path offers a new Africa. It is an Africa that will be defined by integrity, sovereignty, common belief, discipline, and shared values. It is one where we aim to be masters of our own destiny, and establish an Africa beyond Aid.”

    A section of the gathering

    President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his government had introduced measures to stimulate the private sector, through the introduction of a monetary policy that was stabilising the currency, reducing interest rates, and reducing significantly the cost of borrowing, in addition to a raft of tax cuts to bring relief to and encourage businesses.

    He said it was the competitiveness of Ghanaian enterprises, particularly in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors, that would determine Ghana’s capacity to create wealth for her youth and women and the sustainable development of the country.

    “The competitiveness of Ghana’s private sector is key to addressing issues of inclusion, economic development and growth of Ghana. That is the way to building a self-reliant Ghana, with a strong economy capable of generating jobs and prosperity for the mass of her people,” he added.

    Source: ghananewsagency.org

  • Mahama is sponsoring Appiah Stadium to attack Rawlings – Kankam

    The Editor-In-Chief of the Informer Newspaper Andy Kankam, has dared former President John Dramani, that if he is not behind what Appiah Stadium a sympathizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is doing he [Mahama] should issue a statement by close of day today [Monday] to disown him.

    The maverick sympathizer of the NDC has reportedly described former President JJ Rawlings as an immature politician for suggesting that the NDC would not be able to win the 2020 polls if they fail to purge themselves.

    Former President Rawlings in a recent interview with TV3 said he would wish the NDC captures power in 2020 but questioned the readiness of the party. ‘’Let me simply say, that I will very much want to see the NPP beaten but do we have what it takes? Do we have the capacity to be able to wrestle power from them,’’ he questioned.

    Mr. Rawlings was clarifying a widely reported story that captured him saying that it will be difficult for the NDC to regain power. The former president clarifying the statement said if the NDC would win power in 2020, there are a lot of issues it must address indicating that the party has lost its moral grounds.

    The comments did not go down well with some individuals including a diehard supporter of the NDC Appiah Stadium, who has lambasted the former president and described him as a an immature politician.

    But responding to the issue on Rainbow Radio Andy Kankam slammed Appiah Stadium, described him as a nobody and accused him of doing Mahama’s bidding.

    According to him, former President Mahama is sponsoring Appiah Stadium to attack the founder of the NDC. ‘’When I Andy Kankam was beaten by former President Kufour’s bodyguard in the full glare of the late Mills where was Appiah Stadium? ‘’…so today it was an opportunity for former President Mahama to become president and so Appiah Stadium is a fan.

    I am daring former President John Dramani Mahama that if he is not behind what Appiah Stadium is saying; insulting Rawlings, he should immediately by close of day issue a statement to disown Appiah Stadium for insulting former the founder of the party that he is politically immature,’’ he said.

    The attacks by Appiah Stadium he noted has vindicated Mr. Rawlings’ call on the party to purge itself and restore its integrity because it has lost touch with the grass root.

    Andy Kankam insisted that Appiah Stadium is doing ‘’this to please Mr. Mahama and so he must come out to disassociate Appiah Stadium’s comments…If he [Mahama] fail to do so, then people are watching. People will decide for themselves. What the founder has said is simple.

    Who did not know it? We all knew how our grass root was disrespected…So this is what the party’s founder is saying. The arrogance and disrespect for party structures must stop,’’ he noted.

    Source: rainbowradioonline.com

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