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Profile of President Akufo-Addo As He Turns 74 Today

Nana Akufo-Addo was born on March 29, 1944, to Edward Akufo-Addo and Madam Adeline Akufo-Addo and hail from Kyebi in the Eastern Region.

Nana Akufo-Addo is married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo (nee Griffiths-Randolph) with five daughters.

Nana Akufo-Addo was raised at Swalaba in Accra (Accra Central) and in the Nima area of Accra.

Educational Background

Nana Akufo-Addo received his primary education at the Government Boys School and went to Orielly Secondary School, and later at the Rowe Road School (now Kimbu), both in Accra Central. He went to England to study for his O Level and A Level examinations at Lancing College, Sussex.

Nana Akufo-Addo He returned to Ghana in 1962 to teach at the Accra Academy before going to read Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1964, earning a BSc(Econ) degree in 1967.

He subsequently studied law in the UK and was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in July 1971. Akufo-Addo was called to the Ghana bar in July 1975 along with notable Ghanaian politicians such as Nana Ato Dadzie and Tsatsu Tsikata.

Nana Akufo-Addo stayed in France for three years as a lawyer at the now-defunct New York-based international law firm Coudert Brothers. Apart from the welcome exposure to the dynamics of international corporate transactions, his stay in France also made him fluent in French.

Akufo-Addo has served on the boards and committees of a number of political, legal, and social organizations in the country.

Nana Akufo-Addo was the first Chairperson of DHL, Ghana Limited; Chairperson, Kinesec Communications Company Limited, publishers of The Statesman and the first Chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Nana Akufo-Addo was well known for giving free legal assistance to the poor and fought for the rights and liberties of the Ghanaian people. Indeed, many of the important constitutional cases of the modern era, which, inter alia, protected the independence of the judiciary and the right of the citizen to demonstrate without the police permit, were undertaken by him. He is acknowledged as one of the leaders of the pro-democracy movement in Ghana.

At the age of 33, Akufo-Addo became the General Secretary of the broad-based People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ), which was composed of political stalwarts such as Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa, William Ofori-Atta, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, Adu Boahen, Sam Okudzeto, Obed Asamoah, Godfrey Agama, K. S. P. Jantuah, Jones Ofori-Atta, Johnny Hanson and Nii Amaah Amartefio (“Mr. No”). This group led the “NO” campaign in the UNIGOV referendum of 1978, ultimately bringing about the downfall of the Acheampong military government on 5 July 1978, and the restoration of a multiparty democratic rule to the country in 1979.

Akufo-Addo had to go briefly into exile after the referendum, when his life was in danger. But, from Europe, he could be heard constantly on the BBC World Service, fighting against the military rulers back in Ghana and calling for a return to democracy.

In 1992 Nana Akufo- Addo became the first national organiser of the NPP and, later that year, campaign manager of the party’s first presidential candidate, Prof. Albert Adu Boahen, the man of courage who broke the “culture of silence” in Ghana.

Political career

In 1995 he led the famous “Kume Preko” demonstrations of the Alliance For Change (AFC), a broad-based political pressure group, which mobilised thousands of people onto the streets of Ghana to protest the Value Added Tax (VAT) initiative which was being introduced by the government of Ghana under the then President Rawlings.

Nana Akufo-Addo contested as NPP Presidential Candidate in 1998 for the first time and came second to J A. Kufuor. In 1998, the new NPP National Officers were elected in August, just two months after that they held the National Congress to elect the 2000 flagbearer. Nana had just 2 months to campaign and competed against a candidate who got 39.60% in the 1996 presidential election, J A Kufuor.

The cry was for ‘No Change.’ ‘No Change’ won. Nana understood and accepted the verdict of the delegates like a loyal and disciplined party man.

Nana Akufo-Addo resigned from the Kufuor government in July 2007 to contest for the position of Presidential candidate of his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the then ruling party of Ghana, for the 2008 elections. Competing against 16 others, he won 48% of the votes in the first round of that election, but was given a unanimous endorsement in the second round, making him the party’s presidential candidate.

In the 7 December 2008,the presidential race, in the first rround he received more votes than John Atta Mills, the eventual winner. In the first round, Akufo-Addo received 4,159,439 votes representing 49.13% of the total votes cast, placing him first, but not enough for the 50% needed for an outright victory. It was the best-ever performance for a first-time presidential candidate in the Fourth Republic. In the run-off, Mills received 4,521,032 votes, representing 50.23%, thus beating Akufo-Addo.

Akufo-Addo again contested in the 2012 national elections against the NDC candidate John Mahama and lost.

In March 2014, Akufo-Addo announced that he would be seeking his party’s nomination to run in the 2016 Presidential elections, confirming what some of his supporters had said publicly.He is regarded as the frontrunner in the bid to be the NPP’s presidential candidate.

However, Akufo-Addo took time off to serve as Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the South African elections in 2014.

Akufo-Addo is a non-smoker. He does not drink alcohol. He was a great sportsman and goes for early morning walks with his wife, Becky. He boxed as a boy. As a young man, Nana played football in the university soccer team at Legon. He also played alongside Edward Boateng, Anue Cofie and Jones Attuquayefio for the Real Republikans.

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”I Will Marry My Husband Again – The Late Ebony’s Mother Promises & Thanks Ghanaians For Support

– ”I will marry my husband again”, Ebony’s mother stated when interviewed.

Information available to the press on what led to the divorce of Madam Beatrice Oppong and Mr. Opoku Kwarteng are disappointingly scanty. Regardless the fact that divorce looks alien in the African cultural context, most people have started advocating for the reunion of Madam Beatrice Oppong and Mr. Opoku Kwarteng.

READ ALSO: Video: The Heartbreaking Moment At Ebony’s Final Funeral Rite

Well, Madam Beatrice speaking to DJ KA on Kumasi-based Silver 98.3 FM thanked family, friends and sympathisers who graced the late Ebony’s occasions starting from her one-week observation through to her burial.

“The love shown to the late Ebony and the family is beyond measure. We never thought Ghanaians love her like that. All that I can say is that may God replenish whatever sympathisers have lost in the mourning of Ebony”, she said.

READ ALSO: Ebony Was A Kind, Prayerful Christian’ – Manager

More importantly, when the host probed if she’s willing to reunite with her husband, Madam Beatrice responded in affirmative. The host, DJ KA asked that;

“I was delighted to see you walking with Mr. Opoku Kwarteng at the funeral and it was lovely. So, can you promise that you’ll marry him again?”, she smilingly responded YES.

If this is anything to go by, then let’s hope Ebony’s parents being Madam Beatrice Oppong and Mr. Opoku Kwarteng settle their difference and come back as couples.

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Shatta Wale Beats His Contenders, Takes Home The Song Of The Year Award

The Dancehall king, Shatta Wale took home the ultimate award, Song of the year Award (inclusive of Producer of the song, Song writer, Sound engineer of the song and performer of the song), at the first edition of 3Music Awards.

The awards sponsored by Media General Group in partnership with Ark Events held on Saturday March 24th, 2018 at the Accra International Trade fair centre ended successfully as many musicians took home awards.

The maiden edition was hosted by the beautiful Joselyn Dumas and the Ghana boy D- Black.

Nominations of the Award scheme were based on songs released within October 2016 to September 2017.

The glamourous event was filled with great personalities from the Entertainment industry.The Minister of Information, Mustafa Hamid, Kweku Sintim-Misa (KSM) and several others were all present at the event.

The show which was opened with an interesting poetry by Ghana’s very own Chief Moomen, had several acts billed for the event .

Stonebwoy, Obibini, Teephlow, Joyce Blessing, Joe Mettle, Sista Afia, Ex- Doe, Chicago and several other acts came through with a massive performance.

The 3Music Awards Sheme awarded Joy Fm, Peace Fm, Graphic Showbiz, TV3 Network, Chaterhouse, among others for Outstanding Achievements.

Here is the full list of Winners of the first ever edition of the 3Music Awards:

Best Ghanaian International Act of the Year
Stormzy (UK)

AFRICAN ACT OF THE YEAR
Davido (Nigeria)

INSTAGRAM STAR OF THE YEAR
Stonebwoy

FACEBOOK STAR OF THE YEAR
Shatta Wale

MOST EVENTFUL SNAPCHAT CHANNEL
Becca

FAN ARMY OF THE YEAR
Shatta Movement

DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Mic Smith

BEST TWITSTAR
Stonebwoy

BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Total Cheat by Fancy Gadam feat. Sarkodie

GOSPEL ACT OF THE YEAR
Joe Mettle

HIGHLIFE ACT OF THE YEAR
Kumi Guitar

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ACT OF THE YEAR
Sarkodie

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ACT OF THE YEAR
Stonebwoy
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
1. Overdose by Sarkodie feat. Jesse Jagz

VIRAL SONG OF THE YEAR
One Corner by Patapaa

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Highest by Sarkodie

BREAKOUT ACT OF THE YEAR
Maccassio

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Galaxy

FEMALE ACT OF THE YEAR

Late Ebony Reigns

MALE ACT OF THE YEAR
Shatta Wale

SONG OF THE YEAR

Ayoo – Shatta Wale

Source: Akrasibridget.com

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‘Ebony Was A Kind, Prayerful Christian’ – Manager

Ricky Nana Agyeman, the Manager of deceased Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns has eulogized the singer, describing her as a kind and prayerful Christian.

Ebony Was A Kind, Prayerful ChristianAccording to Ricky Nana Agyeman, popularly known as ‘Bullet’, contrary to the perception many had, Ebony was a committed Christian who occasionally had prayer sessions with prophets and Christian leaders.

Ebony Was A Kind, Prayerful Christian

“Contrary to the reports widely circulated and the unfounded perception that Ebony was untrained and from a nonreligious background, Ebony was the exact opposite. Ebony was a Christian and indeed worshiped anytime she had the opportunity at the Golden Centre church in Madina.

“She was prayerful and had prayer sessions with a number of pastors, prophets and Christian leaders. Ebony was kind, respectful and a philanthropist. She occasionally went to orphanages to donate.”

Ebony Was A Kind, Prayerful Christian

Ebony died on February 8, 2018 along with two others in a car accident while returning from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region, where she had gone to visit her mother.

The funeral of the late artiste was held at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

A vigil concert was held at the Trade Fair Centre on Friday night in honour of the starlet.

Hundreds of friends, colleagues and fans were at the State House to bid farewell to the deceased starlet.

More sympathizers were seen at the funeral grounds to mourn and pay their last respects to the “Maame Hw3” and “Sponsor” hitmaker.

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PHOTOS: Ebony’s Bodyguard Lance Corporal Vondee Laid To Rest

Ebony’s bodyguard Lance Corporal Francis Atsu Vondee has also been laid to rest in his hometown Adidome in the Volta Region.

As at now his final funeral rite is also ongoing and people cant stop crying.

Ebony's Bodyguard Lance Corporal Vondee Laid to rest

Tears are flowing. Endless wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The mortal remains would be buried later today at their family cemetary.

READ: Video: The Heartbreaking Moment At Ebony’s Final Funeral Rite

Thanks giving ceremony will be held tomorrow.

 

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Video: The Heartbreaking Moment At Ebony’s Final Funeral Rite

As we speak, Ebony’s final funeral rites is taking place at the forecourts of the State House.

Ebony’s Final Funeral Rite

Ebony’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kwarteng all heart broken were seen paying their last respect to their lost daughter.

READ ALSO : Ebony Needs Love Not Insults – Sonnie Badu

Ebony’s Final Funeral Rite

ALSO READ: VIDEO: Go After My Killers; Ebony Tells Mum Through A Lady

No parent has to bury their child but unfortunately, it happens and we have to deal with the pains.

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VIDEO: ‘I’m Going Straight To Hollywood That’s Why I’ve Started Speaking English ‘By Force”- Don Little

Diminutive actor, Don Little has excited the social media community by saying he wants to end up in Hollywood sooner than later and that’s why he has started learning how to speak English vigorously.

Don Little
Don Little

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In an exclusive interview with celebrity blogger, Attractive Mustapha, the Kumasi-based actor said the only hindrance could be his lack of fluency in the English language and said that’s why he is putting in enough efforts to learn the language to enable him achieve this ambition.

READ: Roselyn Nggisah Heavily Pregnant; Father Of Baby Unknown

He said:

“For now I have decided to start speaking English language in every movie I star in, whether I will get the language wrong or correct I believe it doesn’t matter”.

Don Little
Don Little

Being cast in a Hollywood movie remains a dream for many mainstream and aspiring actors in Africa. Abraham Attah had his breakthrough with Beast of no Nation and now he’s repping Ghana to the fullest.

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Video source: attractivemustapha.com

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Roselyn Nggisah Heavily Pregnant; Father Of Baby Unknown

It was reported early in the month of March that actress Roselyn Nggisah has postulated in an interview that her prayers for marriage keeps delaying.

But as we are all looking forward to hearing from the actress to announce her wedding someday, she has instead surprised Ghanaians especially her fans with pregnancy. Although the man behind the pregnancy is anonymous to the public but it’s obvious she’ll end up like Yvonne Nelson – Born One!

Roselyn Nggisah

Regardless the actress who appears to be happy shared a picture of herself on her Instagram page with a caption suggesting that she would be a mother soon. Roselyn Ngissah wrote;

“Very soon…. My pregnant self….”

The plus size actress on number of times has expressed her desire to settle down with a man whenever the opportunity presents itself. Therefore, with her current pregnancy state, it is obvious that Roselyn Ngissah has one of her dreams fulfilled.

Roselyn Nggisah
Roselyn Nggisah

But then, trust Counsellor George Lutterodt to jump on this to throw shades at the sensational actress for not doing the needful – marriage before pregnancy.

See official post below:

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Very soon…. My pregnant self….

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Mahama Jabs Mensah Otabil; Calls Him A Hypocrite

Former President John Dramani Mahama has thrown a subtle jab at the founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Dr. Mensa Otabil, over his recent claims.

According to John Mahama, the same people who aggressively criticized his administration have lost their voices to the wrongdoings of the Akufo-Addo led administration.

Addressing some NDC supporters in the UK, Mr. Mahama said he is surprised at the way the media and other prominent individuals are tolerating the level of cronyism under the NPP administration.

John Mahama

He continued: “Something is pardonable when one government is in power but when another is in power it’s unpardonable, things that the media would have been so loud about under my administration, it happens every day and it’s like it’s business as usual. That is the hypocrisy of our civil society and religious and traditional leaders, everybody is quiet, suddenly some say they don’t watch TV anymore and that they watch animals.

“In our time they were not watching animals, they were watching political discussions. You’re now tired of too much politics…you’ll be tired, because your darling government is super incompetent and so you’re tired of hearing the analysis, that’s the hypocrisy we face in our country. So let us not buy into their propaganda”.

Mensah Otabil
Mensah Otabil

The founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Dr. Mensa Otabil on the event of the church’s 34th-anniversary service on Sunday 4th March said he would rather watch animal kingdom than follow media discussions in Ghana.

“I will watch animals. I’ll watch cheetah, I’ll watch lion, I’ll watch antelope anytime… I’ll watch giraffes anytime because at least they’ll tell me how to hunt, how to get to your goal, how to avoid being eaten. I’ll learn that from an antelope. At least I’d come back and say: nobody will eat me. But you listen to Ghanaian radio, watch Ghanaian TV and you wonder; are we still here, the mediocrity?”.

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Zylofon Boss, Nana Appiah Mensah Offers Scholarship To Dhat Gyal; From SHS To University

Zylofon Boss, Nana Appiah Mensah has extended a helping hand to Dhat Gyal.

Dhat Gyal

The young talented singer in an interview with Attractive Mustapha disclosed that she dropped out of school due to financial constraints and her only means of support which was her mother, also died in a fatal accident making her chances of enjoying a secondary school life impossible.

She, therefore, made a humble plea to the general public for support to continue her secondary school and to God be the glory her pleas and prayers has been answered in 1000 folds.

Well, the 2018 VGMA Unsung Nominee has just got her prayers answered.

According to a report by entertainmentgh.com, NAM1 has decided to help Dhat Gyal by granting her a scholarship under the umbrellas of Zylofon Arts Fund.

Nana Appiah Mensah

Interestingly the scholarship programme is set to cover all her educational needs right from the secondary to tertiary levels and all the schools will be of her own choice.

Zylofon Arts Fund is a laudable initiative rolled out by Zylofon Media to support persons in the creative arts industry have access to an interest-free loan to support their works. During its launch, it was announced that an amount of $1 Million has been pumped into the fund by NAM1 which will be disbursed to all who have applied and duly meets the stipulated criteria.

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Checks also revealed that Zylofon Music will be helping the music career of the singer, its unclear if they will eventually sign her but with Zylofon, everything is possible.

source: Celebrities.co