Highlife artistes are capable of filling 02 Arena – KK Fosu

Ghanaian musician KK Fosu believes Highlife artistes have the capability of filling up the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom.

KK Fosu’s assertion comes in the wake of Medikal’s successful concert at the 2800-capacity O2 Indigo Arena, which was sold out and witnessed some thrilling performances.

According to KK Fosu, he was elated with the huge success of the concert, but says Highlife artistes have the potential to pull a massive crowd at the main O2 Arena.

‘Highlife music is big out there, and I believe some of our Highlife artistes can fill the 02 Arena. Sometimes we underestimate the popularity of Highlife music on the global stage.

‘I have performed all around the world, and the reception I receive performing Highlife is just amazing. I believe one day a Highlife artiste will fill up the 02 Arema,’ KK Fosu told GNA Entertainment.

KK Fosu, however, stated that there would have to be unity among Highlife musicians to fulfil this dream of filling the 02 Arena and other big arenas in the

‘Highlife musicians would have to come together and support each other to make this a reality, just like what the likes of Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, and Medikal have done,’ he said.

KK Fosu has been active in 2024, dropping two singles, ‘Back to Sender’ and ‘Yaa Boatemaa,’ which are available across various digital streaming platforms.

The legendary musician is expected to host a massive concert later in the year to mark his 25 years in the Ghanaian music industry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ketu North: NDC holds ‘Victory Health Walk’ ahead of December polls

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has organised an event, dubbed: ‘Victory (Dzidudu) Health Walk’ at Dzodze in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region ahead of the 2024 general election.

The aim was to project Mr Edem Eric Agbana, the party’s parliamentary candidate for the area, and Mr John Dramani Mahama, the Flagbearer and campaign vigorously for them to win the election.

Mr Mawutor Agbavitor, the Volta Regional Chairman of NDC, called on all eligible voters to vote massively for their young and energetic candidates to rescue the nation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

‘The 2024 general election is going to be between the NPP and Ghanaians because almost everybody is feeling the heat of hardship,’ he stated.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, a former Minority Leader in Parliament, appealed to all party faithful and sympathisers to campaign vigorously to ensure victory.

He said the NPP Administration deserved no more years to rule since many had expressed dissatisfaction with its performance ‘due to t
he unbearable hardship they have brought to the country.’

Mr Agbana, on his part, called on party members and supporters to embrace unity and togetherness for victory.

‘Dzi?u?u Z?li’ is to give the signal that NDC is poised to take power from this incompetent NPP government and bring back smiles, happiness, and hope to all.’

He said Mr John Mahama remained the only candidate to fix the socio-economic, political, and other challenges of the country.

Mr Dotsey Torsu Galegbelime, the Ketu North Constituency NDC Communications Officer, said the party had learned from its mistakes adding: ‘This has brought more power and energy so the wind of victory is blowing for the NDC.’

The event, despite the early morning rainfall, was highly attended by dignitaries and residents in and around the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Avoid negative propaganda and focus on December 7 polls-Abu Kansangbata

Mr Abu Kansangbata, a former Deputy Upper West regional Minister has called on the National Democratic Congress to hit the ground running with winnable campaign messages devoid of Propaganda.

That, he said would sink into the minds of discerning minds and subsequently attract more votes.

In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Sunday, Mr Kansangbata entreated each NDC constituency, Polling station executive and volunteers to capitalise on the momentum and organize many house to house, door to door campaigns.

He urged them to dwell in areas such as Health, Agricultural, Education, Energy, Security, Water and sanitation, Creating enabling environment for ‘FDI’ foreign Direct investment in the country.

‘ Comparatively, with the current economic environment , it is not good for foreign Investors to invest their resources. And largely, the report is available for every single Ghanaian, under the leadership of JDM, his modesty, honest, sincerity has a transformational leader. A leader who res
pects culture and traditions.’

He said if they had to take back power then they must work hard with trustworthy analysis and workable strategies for 2024 victory.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Election 2024: Ablekuma West Constituency; The story of parts of Dansoman we are not told

It’s a Wednesday morning at Exhibition Down, a community in Dansoman-one of the biggest estates in West Africa -located in the Ablekuma West Constituency of the Greater Accra region.

Despite the torrential rain the previous day, the streets look so dry and clean appealing not only to the homeless.

The bungalows, painted in different colours, sat side by side like polite, well-dressed men.

Occupants of the bungalows, mostly middle class, are going about their usual businesses. Some commuting to work in their private cars, others, public transport.

Scores, who own mini shops have opened the shops, with tge streets getting busy as usual.

The contrast is the situation at Opetekwe, a community just two kilometers away from Exhibition Down.

Despite the brightness of the Sun that morning, some homes are still submerged.

Hundreds of people are finding it difficult to move about with flood waters covering every space.

The community looks unplanned and the absence of drains appears to cause flooding anytime it

The joy of leaving the countryside or other slums in Accra to live at Dansoman seems to be diminishing gradually.

They did not know that the good stories about Dansoman means they must pay good rent to live happily here, fondly referred to as DC.

Opetekwe is not the only area that gets flooded when it rains. Glefe, Gbegbeyise, Agege and Mpoasei also get flooded among a few others.

Some residents here are of the view that once they are closer to the middle class, they would benefit from some social amenities from central and local governments but it is appearing to be just a wild dream.

Comfort, a middle-aged woman, who has been living in Opetekwe for the past 25 years, says development has eluded them, lamenting that the community has no single storm drain though politicians promise them every election cycle and take their votes.

Voting pattern

In Ghana, sometimes, the development of a community is dependent on the number of votes a political party garners from the community.

Though may sound u
nacceptable, some politicians ‘drop’ this in formal and informal speeches.

Ablekuma West Constituency is one of the constituencies considered as a stronghold of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

It is one of the 45 newly created constituencies for the 2012 General Election.

It was previously part of the Ablekuma South constituency, which is also a stronghold of the NPP.

Available data on the official website of the Electoral Commission of Ghana shows that since the creation of the Constituency in 2012, the constituents have demonstrated their loyalty to the NPP by always electing its parliamentary candidate as their legislator.

In 2012, the incumbent MP, Ursula Owusu-Ekufful, who was the NPP’s Parliamentary Candidate, emerged as the winner in that election.

She polled 36,975 votes, representing 58.22 per cent.

The NDC’s candidate, Victoria Hammah, polled 26,153 representing 41.18 per cent votes while candidates for three other parties, the Progressive People’s party, Peoples National Congress and t
he National Democratic Party, managed to garner 291, 55 and 40 votes respectively.

Similarly in 2016, Mrs Owusu-Ekufful topped the chat again with 34,376 votes representing 56.96 per cent votes while NDC’s candidate, Diana Obenewa Twum, polled 20, 976 votes representing 34.76 per cent.

The 2020 elections was also not different from that of the 2012 and 2016.

As expected, the NPP’s candidate, Mrs Owusu-Ekufful emerged the winner. She polled 37,363 votes representing 54.27 per cent of the total vote cast.

Fighting floods and filth

The residents say despite this show of support through votes, their challenges remain unfixed.

While Opetekwe battles with flood and bad roads, Glefe, another densily populated neighbouring, is battling filth.

Unfortunately, floods and filth are not the only issues residents in these communities battle. They also have to deal with youth unemployment.

The Ablekuma West Constituency is one of the constituencies blessed with the abundance of water.

The Opetekwe community is situ
ated close to the Densu River, where the Pambros Salt Industries Limited produces it salt from.

That aside, there are other communities along the coast, with the possibility of making fishing a vibrant business venture.

But that is not the case. Many young people here are unemployed. All they do is to wander aimlessy in search of pleasure.

The GNA met with Godslove Attoh, a young man in his mid thirties, who has resided in Opetekwe for the past 30 years.

In the company of four other friends, Godslove recounts how unemployment in the constituency has compelled most of his friends to move to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

MP’s Accomplishment

The MP has acchieved quite a lot for the constituency, according to some residents.

She’s credited with loan schemes, ICT facilities, and classroom blocks, among others.

The cry, however, is that, the densely populated communities are not seeing much of developments.

Fact is that, the Constituency is big.

Perhaps the local Assembly and other development organisa
tions must help address the flooding and poor sanitation situations in the densely populated areas befitting the status of DC.

The political campaign season is here. Soon, politicians will be knocking at the doors of these residents. It must not be business as usual. Let’s change the Dansoman narrative. Lives of those in the densely populated areas, too, matter!

Source: Ghana News Agency

Data Link holds 19th matriculation ceremony

The Data Link Institute of Business and Technology, a non-profit tertiary institution, has held its 19th matriculation ceremony for freshmen and women in the graduate, undergraduate, and professional programmes for the 2023/2024 academic year.

A total of 288 students, comprising 170 males and 118 females, were admitted to pursue professional bachelor’s and master’s programmes.

Professor Stanley Moffatt, the President of the University, said matriculation announced the readiness of students to accept the challenges of higher education and the oaths admonished them to abide by the rules and regulations governing studentship on the various campuses.

This also confers the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of studentship.

‘You are here to make something for yourselves and add value to your life to become an ICT expert, a business manager, a professional, deserving of respect and the good life that comes with honest work and its reward,’ he said.

Prof Moffatt said the University provided many new things
to learn, albeit with challenges, as they adjusted to university life and study, adding that the tutors and staff were committed to ensuring the effective preparation of students to excel academically, socially, economically.

‘Data Link will give you the tools to reason, make judgements, ask tough questions, and become excellent critical thinkers, and it will also be a place where your hidden talents will be discovered, and your known talents fine-tuned,’ he said.

‘…So that you will become the person to go out to make the institution, country, and whole African Continent proud and positively impact the entire world.’

He, therefore, challenged the matriculants to be open minded towards taking up stewardship roles while working towards better service to the nation.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Keta NMTC appeals for support to fix damaged auditorium

Authorities of the Nurses and Midwifery Training College (NMTC) at Keta in the Volta Region have appealed for support to refix the auditorium of the school, whose roof was ripped off by rainstorm.

The appeal comes in the wake of a recent rainstorm that caused severe havoc at Anloga, Keta, and its surrounding communities destroying property.

Mrs Mabel Kafui Torku, the Principal of the College, told the Ghana News Agency that the damaged auditorium served as a lecture hall for more than 250 level 100 students of the Registered General Nursing Programme (RGNP).

‘This is a multi-purpose facility, which has been used for morning devotions and worship, assembly and social gatherings, main examination Hall as well as lecture hall to facilitate teaching and learning,’ she stated.

Its destruction had affected teaching and learning, as students had to be moved into other smaller classrooms, she said.

The situation had caused congestion, resulting in slow studies with teaching being done in piecemeal at the peak of
the second semester.

Mrs Torku lamented that the school would have no option than to resort to conducting examinations under trees if resolving the issue was delayed.

‘Students will be writing the examination at the end of this month, and we need the auditorium urgently since it is the only largest building that can contain them during our exams.’

Other challenges facing the school, she said, include inadequate computers for online studies, teaching and learning materials, student dormitory, and lack of well-equipped laboratory.

Mrs Torku, however, commended the staff for their relentless efforts in ensuring that all activities of the College were not halted.

Some students and tutors expressed worry over the damaged auditorium and appealed to corporate organisations, philanthropists, individuals, old students, and the Government to help solve the problem.

Source: Ghana News Agency