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  • 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”.


  • Stonebwoy not worried about performing on ‘plywood’ stage

    Internationally renowned Ghanaian dance hall artist, Stonebwoy, has stated that he’s not ashamed about performing on a plywood stage after Ghanaians made an uproar about the issue.

    After a footage of Stonebwoy performing on a plywood stage went viral, some Ghanaians expressed a sense of disappointment at what they saw as Stonebwoy stooping too low, especially considering his international brand.

    Responding to his critics in a recent interview with 4Syte TV, Stonebwoy’s stated that he was happy to have performed there because, this being the second year, the event is still in its infancy and he wants be able to say that he was there at the beginning.

    “I saw that article also because I am very active on social media. I felt the person just wanted to say something because stages are built and these are young people who are trying to build something,” he stated.


  • I’ve made Shatta Wale relevant in Ghana Music Industry – Stonebwoy

    Dancehall Artist, Stonebwoy has said Shatta Wale will remain irrelevant in the music industry when he stops talking about him (Stonebwoy)

    According to him, the constant shades thrown at him by the “Taking Over” hitmaker makes him relevant and therefore if he puts a stop to it, his career will be dead.

    Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Hitz FM, The ‘Mightyelele’ hitmaker said “None of his negative comments baffles me because it’s obvious the day Shatta Wale stops talking about me that will be the end of his career”.

    “Obviously, I play a very big role in his music career, instead of him trying to punch me all the time he should rather use a different strategy because I’m far ahead of him,”he added.


  • My presence intimidates Shatta Wale – Stonebwoy

    Dancehall act Stonebwoy has revealed, in his view, what prompts the constant personality attacks masterminded by arch-rival Shatta Wale against him.

    The BET Award winner stated categorically that Charles Nii Amarh Jnr, better known as Shatta Wale, feels intimated by his presence.

    Stonebwoy in an interview with KMJ on DayBreak Hitz on Hitz FM said that, the threat he poses to Shatta Wale in the music industry could be cited as the reason for his unwarranted attacks on him.

    “That is what he does…I don’t know why he feels so intimidated,” Stonebwoy wondered.

    According to the ‘Wogb?j?k?’ hitmaker, he was informed of the insults hurled at him by Shatta Wale when the latter mounted the stage at the 2017 Ghana Meets Naija UK edition.

    “Immediately I got off stage, I headed out but I heard a lot of things I wouldn’t want to pay attention to,” he stated.

    The self-acclaimed President of BHIM Nation, however, encouraged Shatta Wale to “chill and “take it easy”.

    When asked if the SM Boss rides on these attacks to gain public attention, Stonebwoy responded in the affirmative.

    “Yeah. I think it is. It makes a lot of sense to say that. Absolutely because the day he stops beefing me or any of us then what?

    Stonebwoy concluded that Shatta Wale rides on their “beef” to remain relevant in the music industry as well as sustain his movement.


  • 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.


  • Nollywood’s Mr Ibu to shoot a movie on xenophobia

    Popular Nollywood actor, Mr John Okafor aka Mr Ibu, says he is planning to shoot a movie highlighting the evils of xenophobia.

    Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday that majority of the actors would be South Africans while others would be drawn from Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Ghana and Botswana.

    He said that the script of the movie was being written by some gifted writers while planning and pre-production had commenced.

    “ I have plans to shoot a film on xenophobia. I will use mainly South African actors who will work with others from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya and Botswana.

    “ What I want to achieve in the movie is to turn the table around and help in promoting peace on the long run,’’ he said.

    Okafor also said that the film would be shot on locations in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana.

    “ The pre-production is on now. The scripting is also on. When I return to Nigeria, we will meet with the directors and technical crew to discuss the effects of the plot.

    “ When the plot impacts on our thinking, then we would have achieved something, ” he said.

    The actor said the next phase would be to visit the concerned countries for auditions to determine those eligible to act in the film.

    Okafor said that Nollywood movie industry was still growing and would achieve set targets.

    He also said he had done more than 300 movies since his debut in December, 1978.

    Mr Adetola Olubajo, President, Nigeria Union, said the body would partner with Okafor on a social cohesion programme.

    “ We are planning a programme aimed at creating synergy and social cohesion between Nigeria and South Africa.

    “ It will take place next year and we want Okafor to be part of it,” he said.


  • Pratt flays Bawumia for flouting Akufo-Addo’s directive

    Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has commended President Akufo Addo for giving a ‘very matured’ speech at the launch of the free SHS policy.

    President Akufo-Addo during the launch of the free SHS programme at the West African Secondary School (WASS) at Adenta in Accra on Tuesday urged politicians to take politicking out of the free SHS policy.

    Hours before the official launch, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia took to his facebook page to deride critics of the free SHS program (especially members of the National Democratic Congress) who had described the policy as an “election gimmick”, a “hoax” or “fraud” .

    In the post, Dr Bawumia said: “we thank God. They said it was impossible. They said it was an election gimmick. They said it was a hoax. Today, the impossible has become possible. Today, Free Senior High School education is here. We thank God for the vision and fortitude of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo… God bless our homeland Ghana”

    But the post appears not to have gone down well with Mr Pratt.

    He cannot comprehend why the President asked that free SHS should not be politicised, yet the Vice President and other NPP communicators went on to engage in politicking and propaganda.

    “I must say this…the President’s speech in launching the programme was extremely matured…I heard the President say that nobody should reduce this SHS programme to a propaganda war….unfortunately, it does not appear that many people in his government listened to him…because in that very moment, Vice President Bawumia, party communicators were dissing everybody; calling them all kinds of names…they didn’t listen to their own president and that is a problem…” he said during a panel discussion on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji, Saturday.


  • Rawlings not sole founder of NDC – Alhaji Sani

    Claims that former President Jerry John Rawlings is the sole founder and major brain behind the formation of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is being challenged by stalwart of the party ,Alhaji Mohammed Sani.

    “There are lots of founders. I am not saying Jerry John Rawlings is not a founding member but he is not the only founder of NDC. All districts in Ghana we have founders everywhere so he alone cannot claim to be a sole founder”

    “Every political party in the country has founding fathers. No party can operate without founding fathers according to our laws ” Alhaji Mohammed Sani pointed out on a local radio station.

    Speaking on Kumasi-based Nhyria FM, he said, it is time the people start seeing former President Rawlings as ordinary founding member and not the owner of the NDC party.

    Mr. Rawlings during the commemoration of this year’s 38th Anniversary of the infamous June 4 disagrees with assertions by former President John Dramani Mahama that a “lame horse” was the cause of the party’s loss in the 2016 polls.

    According to the founder of the party, practices such as greedy, selfishness and corruption which were contrary to the values of the June 4 uprising contributed to the hefty defeat in the last general elections.

    However, commenting on the issue, Alhaji Mohammed Sani stated Mr. Rawlings made that accusation against the current executives of the party out of bitterness and must be disregarded despite his status as a statesman.

    “Mr. Rawlings got it wrong in accusing the party leadership of being corrupt. He also got it wrong when he said we planned to eliminate him from the party. A lot of things he has said about the party in the past are lies….he should know that we are practicing democracy. He should learn to be truthful”

    “When he wants something from you and you don’t give him you become his enemy. If he asks you to come at a particular time and you delay just a minute that one too you are his enemy. ..Rawlings wants to tune people like radio sets” he added.

    Alhaji Mohammed Sani rather accused former President Rawlings of being corrupt calling state security agencies to investigate him as former head of state.


  • Beg Rawlings to rejoin party – NDC executives urged

    A former District Chief Executive for Sekyere East, Kwadwo Addae, has asked the rank and file of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to apologise to party founder and former President Jerry John Rawlings to aid the rebuilding of the NDC.

    According to him, the neglect of Mr Rawlings ahead of last year’s polls resulted in the massive defeat of the party, therefore if the NDC will make any inroads in the next general elections, the executive must find ways of reconciling with the former President.

    A statement he issued on Friday May 26 said: “Ever since the NDC lost the election to the NPP, I have had the opportunity to talk once to Dr Kwabena Duffuor, former Finance Minister, on phone and I told him that any attempt to build the NDC to a winsome political party, we need to seek the active involvement of H.E Jerry John Rawlings; without him, any attempt will be a total failure.

    “Rawlings is the founder and pillar of NDC. We must not lose sight of Rawlings signing the manifesto of NDC with his blood. H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, in his desperate wish to become the President of Ghana, saw the urgent need to get closer to the Rawlings family, first through Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.

    “NDC activists couldn’t be smart enough to see through the actions and inactions of Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and withdrew from Nana Konadu and disgraced her and the Rawlings family. Those who felt the NDC could stand the test of all the wrangling in the NDC without Rawlings and his family should have known that NDC could not do anything without Rawlings. Without Rawlings, NDC would definitely be existing only as an opposition party. The opportunity is there for serious NDC members to shed their pride and go to Jerry John Rawlings and be bold to say to him: ‘Rawlings, we are sorry for all that has happened to you in the party (Abofra dwons? gu n’agya nan so a ontwa ntwene)’ and then apologise to him to plead with him and talk to his wife and join hands for the revival of the NDC.”

    In a subsequent interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Friday May 26, Mr Addae said: “Dr Kwesi Botchway’s team should take the initiative for the survival of the party. Recently when some disgruntled people put it on social media platforms that H.E. Jerry John Rawlings was dead, it got me shocked. Thank God it turned out to be false. If it had been true that Rawlings had died, NDC in its present situation would also have died with him. His burial would have been the burial of NDC. We must act as the prodigal son and shed our pride and go to Rawlings – founding father and pillar of the NDC – and simply tell him to forgive and forget.”

  • Galamsey fight: National House of Chiefs must get involved – Nana Prah

    The Paramount Chief of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, and a member of the national house of chiefs, Nana Prah Agyensaim plans to propose to members of th National the need to use their good offices to help win the fight against illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.

    Nana Prah believes this proposal will directly get members of the House of Chiefs to support the campaign as people who have great influence on their subjects in the affected areas.

    He made the comments when Lands minister, John Peter Amewu, his two deputies and a team from the Lands ministry, paid a courtesy call on him, at Assin Kushea in the Central Region.Nana Prah Agyensaim encouraged all to rally behind the ministry to win the fight against illegal mining.

    He stated “it is my intention to raise this matter [illegal mining] at the next National House of Chiefs meeting. This matter is long overdue and we must overcome it and Nananom will add their voice to it soon,” he hinted.

    Asked by Citi News‘ Kojo Agyeman why the House was yet to make its position known on the fight against illegal mining public, Nana Prah said the House was only constituted this year and was still finding its feet.

    Nana Prah, who is also a member of the advisory board of Lands and Natural Resources Ministry said the effects of illegal mining on the environment was dangerous and that it was time it was brought under control.

    According to him, the influence of traditional rulers in the fight against illegal mining cannot be underestimated.

    “We are all guilty of this menace. Its been long overdue and the time is now to stop this canker. A country without water bodies and land is not a country and galamsey is destroying the land and the water bodies,” Nana Prah noted.

    By: Kojo Agyeman/

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