MUSIGA President, Obuor, Receives Humanitarian And Leadership Award

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President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kuffour, aka Obour, has been honoured with the Humanitarian & Leadership Award by the Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Bishops and Leaders Conference of Africa (EBLCA) for his relentless contribution to the nation.

According to the Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Bishops & Leaders Conference of Africa (EBLCA), Prince Kofi Nyantakyi, Obour’s award is based on his work as a national tuberculosis ambassador, a road safety ambassador and a climate change champion for the British Council in addition to being an executive member of Youth Icons Africa.

In addition to this, Prince Nyantakyi said the board of the EBLCA decided to confer the Humanitarian & Leadership Award on Bice Osei Kuffour in view of his work on a number of executive and advisory boards such as the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), the School of Performing Arts of the University of Ghana, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) and the National Commission on Culture (NCC).

The organisers of the awards scheme also cited the MUSIGA president’s ‘Obour-For-the-Girl-Child’ and the ‘Ghana Reads Campaign’, which seeks to promote reading and support the under-privileged girl child both financially and morally to take up education as a priority.

On his part, Obour expressed his appreciation to the organisers and urged other creative arts practitioners to use their celebrity status to take up social issues that would impact positively on society.

The EBLCA Africa Humanitarian Awards is a programme rising from the desire to recognise individuals and organisations who have distinguished themselves through outstanding lives that reflect their dedication to the highest principles of humanity. The award celebrates Africans who are devoted to the welfare of humanity, and it seeks to instill a vision of benevolence, persistence in purpose and prudential actions.

The EBLCA Awards is in the education, leadership, health, human rights and community service categories.

Nominees for the awards must be humanitarians who embrace the common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility and compassion.

They must also respect human diversity and improve the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative and compassionate acts, among others.

Akosua Agyapong in court for conspiracy in defrauding a man of Gh105,000

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Highlife musician turned gospel singer, Akosua Agyapong, has been hauled before the Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly conspiring with another person to defraud a businessman of Gh105,000.

According to GraphicOnline.com, the prosecution claims the musician and a man identified as Frank Agyemang ( alias Killer Boss) sold a land which apparently did not belong to them to the businessman.

The two have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and fraudulent transaction of land. At Tuesday’s hearing, Agyemang, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of Gh?160, 000 with three sureties with one to be justified.

The musician was, however, not present in the courtroom. Her legal representatives submitted a medical report which indicated that she was sick.

The hearing continues at the court, presided over by Mrs Cecilia Dapaa Mireku, on October 24, 2017.

The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ms Agnes Boafo, said the complainant in the case was a car merchant while Agyemang claimed to be a building contractor.

She explained that in February 2017, the businessman wanted a parcel of land by the roadside to display his cars for sale. As a result, he contacted Akosua Agyapong for assistance.

The musician, the prosecutor said, told the businessman that she had a plot of land for rent, but the businessman wanted an outright sale.

“Later Akosua introduced Agyemang to the businessman as her brother who had a one plot of land opposite the West Hills Mall for sale. The businessman after inspecting the land showed interest,’’ she said.

ASP Boafo added that the highlife maestro assured the businessman that the land was genuine and Agyemang was the rightful owner.

“They then took the businessman to the Lands Commission, went into one of the offices and came out with someone who confirmed that the land indeed belonged to Agyemang, and upon this, the businessman became convinced,’’ she said.

Afterwards, the prosecutor said, the businessman paid Gh105,000 for the land and later gave a Toyota RAV 4 vehicle valued at Gh100,000 to Agyemang for another plot of land.

“When the businessman went to work on the land, another person came to claim ownership of the land with original documents. He reported the matter to the police leading to Akosua and Agyemang’s arrest. Agyemang, however, released the vehicle to the police,’’ the prosecutor added.

History: The Untold Story of Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840 – 17 October 1921) (pronounced was queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire – now part of modern-day Ghana, appointed by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Opese, the Edwesuhene, or ruler, of Edwesu. In 1900 she led the Ashanti war known as the War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Yaa Asantewaa war, against British colonialism

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Early years: 

Born in c. 1840 in Besease, in central Ghana, Yaa Asantewaa was the older of two children. Her brother, Afrane Panin, became the chief of Edweso, a nearby community. After a childhood without incident, she cultivated crops on the land around Boankra. She entered a polygamous marriage with a man from Kumsi, with whom she had a daughter.

Prelude to rebellion:

During her brother’s reign, Yaa Asantewaa saw the Ashanti Confederacy go through a series of events that threatened its future, including civil war from 1883 to 1888. When her brother died in 1894, Yaa Asantewaa used her right as Queen Mother to nominate her own grandson as Ejisuhene. When the British exiled him to the Seychelles in 1896, along with the King of Asante Prempeh I and other members of the Asante government, Yaa Asantewaa became regent of the Ejisu–Juaben district. After the deportation of Prempeh I, the British governor-general of the Gold CoastFrederick Hodgson, demanded the Golden Stool, the symbol of the Asante nation.[2] This request led to a secret meeting of the remaining members of the Asante government at Kumasi, to discuss how to secure the return of their king. There was a disagreement among those present on how to go about this. Yaa Asantewaa, who was present at this meeting, stood and addressed the members of the council with these now-famous words

Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it were the brave days of Osei TutuOkomfo Anokye and Opuku Ware I, chiefs would not sit down to see their king taken without firing a shot. No white man could have dared to speak to the Chief of Asante in the way the governor spoke to you chiefs this morning. Is it true that the bravery of Asante is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you, the men of Asante, will not go forward, then we will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls on the battlefield.

Yaa Asantewaa was chosen by a number of regional Asante kings to be the war-leader of the Asante fighting force. This is the first and only example for a woman to be given that role in Asante history

The rebellion and its aftermath:

Beginning in March 1900, the rebellion laid siege to the fort at Kumasi where the British had sought refuge. The fort still stands today as the Kumasi Fort and Military Museum. After several months, the Gold Coast governor eventually sent a force of 1,400 to quell the rebellion. During the fighting, Queen Yaa Asantewaa and fifteen of her closest advisers were captured, and they, too, were sent into exile to the Seychelles.The rebellion represented the final war in the Anglo-Asante series of wars that lasted throughout the 19th century. On 1 January 1902 the British were finally able to accomplish what the Asante army had denied them for almost a century, and the Asante empire was made a protectorate of the British crown.

Yaa Asantewaa died in exile in the Seychelles on 17 October 1921. Three years after her death, on 27 December 1924, Prempeh I and the other remaining members of the exiled Asante court were allowed to return to Asante. Prempeh I made sure that the remains of Yaa Asantewaa and the other exiled Asantes were returned for a proper royal burial.Yaa Asantewaa’s dream for an Asante free of British rule was realized on 6 March 1957, when the Asante protectorate gained independence as part of Ghana, the first African nation in Sub-Saharan Africa to achieve this feat.

Social roles of Asante women:

The experience of seeing a woman serving as political and military head of an empire was foreign to British colonial troops in 19th-century Africa. Yaa Asantewaa’s call upon the women of the Asante Empire is based on the political obligations of Akan women and their respective roles in legislative and judicial processes. The hierarchy of male stools among the Akan people was complemented by female counterparts. Within the village, elders who were heads of the matrilineages (mpanyimfo), constituted the village council known as the ôdekuro. The women known as the mpanyinfo, referred to as aberewa or ôbaa panyin, were responsible for looking after women’s affairs. For every ôdekuro, an ôbaa panyin acted as the responsible party for the affairs of the women of the village and served as a member of the village council.

The head of a division, the ôhene, and the head of the autonomous political community, the ômanhene, had their female counterparts known as the ôhemaa: a female ruler who sat on their councils. The ôhemaa and ôhene were all of the same mogya, blood or localized matrilineage. The occupant of the female stool in Kumasi state, the Asantehemaa, and therefore, the united Asante, since her male counterpart was ex-officio of the Asanthene, was a member of the Kôtôkô Council, the Executive Committee or Cabinet of the Asanteman Nhyiamu, General Assembly of Asante rulers. Female stool occupants participated not only in the judicial and legislative processes but also in the making and unmaking of war, and the distribution of land

Place in history and cultural legacy:

Yaa Asantewaa remains a much-loved figure in Asante history and the history of Ghana as a whole for her role in confronting the colonialism of the British. She is immortalized in song as follows:

Koo koo hin koo

Yaa Asantewaa ee!

Obaa basia

Ogyina apremo ano ee!

Waye be egyae

Na Wabo mmode yaa asantewaa

The woman who fights before cannons

You have accomplished great things

You have done well”

To highlight the importance of encouraging more female leaders in Ghanaian society, the Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Secondary School was established at Kumasi in 1960 with funds from the Ghana Education Trust.

In 2000 week-long centenary celebrations were held in Ghana to acknowledge Yaa Asantewaa’s accomplishments. As part of these celebrations, a museum was dedicated to her at Kwaso in the Ejisu–Juaben District on 3 August 2000. Unfortunately, a fire on 23 July 2004 destroyed several historical items, including her sandals and battle dress (batakarikese) seen in the photograph above. The current Queen-mother of Ejisu is Yaa Asantewaa II. A second Yaa Asantewaa festival was held 1–5 August 2006 in Ejisu.

 

Do I need to be a graduate?

One of the big decisions you face is do you need to be a graduate? Not necessarily.

A recent UK survey showed that a quarter of University graduates earn less than people who have completed an apprenticeship.

And the lowest earning 40% of graduates are more likely to have part-time roles than people with an apprenticeship.

Why do employers value a degree?

Employers face a dilemma when looking for staff –how do they know who has the qualities they need from their staff? A degree acts as a filter for them, they know anyone who has achieved a degree has a certain level of intelligence, and the tenacity to start something and complete it.

But that’s about all it does tell them. Doesn’t seem much to show for all those years of studying, does it? Obviously you have the body of knowledge that goes with your degree subject, and the ability to carry out research too. You probably have maturity, the ability to absorb and assess information, and argue a case.

Essentially though it is a filter. It indicates a level of ambition, the ability to take on a project and manage it through a period of time. So it will get you through the door in a lot of companies, and get you to interview stage at least.

Graduate career schemes

But you still need to make the decision about the job itself. What exactly are you going to do?

Many large corporations run a graduate entry scheme, which is purpose built for this situation. They usually run for 2 or 3 years, and allow for each graduate to spend some time in each of about six departments, which will obviously depend on the company’s business. For example in a retail organisation it would include Buying, Merchandising, Store Management, Warehouse Management, Logistics, and Marketing.

The aim is for the graduate and the company to have a good look at each other, and find the best match for the graduate’s skills and the company’s requirements. At the end of the scheme the graduate will be placed in a department that ideally suits both them and the company. The bonus for the organisation is that there is a body of people recruited into the company in this way who have risen to become middle and senior management, who understand how all the departments work and fit together, which is vital in a large company.

It has other less tangible benefits too, in that people who have been through the graduate scheme will tend to know each other and as they will be the senior and executive managers of the future, can help immensely with interdepartmental cooperation.

It is not what you know, but who you know, in all walks of life, and many situations.

Graduate jobs

There is another dilemma once you have achieved your degree, and now need to get a graduate job. Unless you have studied a vocational degree such as nursing or paramedic, then the value of your degree is more difficult to define. You need to decide what your goals are, where you want to work, what kind of work are you interested in.

Look at job sites, and see what kind of work is available. Read the detail of the job specification to give you an understanding of what you would be expected to do on a daily basis. Check you have the skills required, if not, try to acquire them by taking a relevant internship or part time job, possibly unpaid. Or volunteer, or join professional clubs or networking groups that might help to build your skills.

List employers that interest you. Research them using company review site such as Glassdoor. Try to find out about the company, its values and culture, management, opportunities there.

Talk to anyone you know who works in a company you are interested in, and get feedback from them about the company and the work. You might even get to spend a few hours in the company.

Rapper Nelly arrested for alleged rape

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TMZ is exclusively reporting that rapper Nelly has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Washington.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the women claims the incident occurred while on the hip hop star’s tour bus in Washington, where he’s been performing with Florida Georgia Line, as they were set to hit the stage on Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.

TMZ added that the alleged rape occurred early Saturday morning at about 3:45 AM, and that Nelly has been specifically said to be the one who committed the act.

And TMZ also posted a video of Nelly appearing in good spirits while taking hits and blowing out smoke, hours before the arrest, telling fans that the first one to come up to him and say “all work and no play,” would be given four free tickets to “tomorrow’s” Ridgefield show.

Professionally known as Nelly, 42, the rapper, singer and actor whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM, TMZ reports, adding that he was in custody at the time their news story broke.

TMZ added that the alleged rape occurred early Saturday morning at about 3:45 AM, and that Nelly has been specifically said to be the one who committed the act.

And TMZ also posted a video of Nelly appearing in good spirits while taking hits and blowing out smoke, hours before the arrest, telling fans that the first one to come up to him and say “all work and no play,” would be given four free tickets to “tomorrow’s” Ridgefield show.

Professionally known as Nelly, 42, the rapper, singer and actor whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM, TMZ reports, adding that he was in custody at the time their news story broke.

Born in Austin, Texas, the rapper is best known for his Midwest sound, busting on to the scene with 2000 album “Country Grammar,” which sold over 8.4 million copies. His follow-up in 2002 “Nellyville,” brought memorable number one hits like “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland).’

Nelly’s lawyer commented to TMZ: “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.

Everyone’s career is unique

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If you consider twins who have been at school together and even took the same degree at the same university, they would have had slightly different life experiences at that point and would bring slightly differing skills and experiences to an employer.

Once they enter the world of work, experiences diverge further .There are different clients to work with, different staff to manage, different managers to report to, different products to work with , different problems encountered and overcome, different marketing campaigns to plan and execute.

So everyone’s career is unique because it is made up of many components. Their education, life experience, talents, and work experience, as well as their skills, knowledge and personality.

Career advice for teenagers

So how can you plan? The best advice I can give you is to get the best education you can. Study subjects that interest you. Keep as many doors open as possible.

This means keeping your options wide open. Don’t specialise too early. Try to learn a little about as many subjects as you can.

What if Albert Einstein had never studied theoretical physics? We would not have his famous theory of relativity, and quantum theory might never have been developed – maybe we would not have space travel.

Or if Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, had never become a pharmacologist? Medicine would be completely different. Many people’s lives would not have been saved by penicillin.

Or if John Lennon and Paul McCartney had never learnt to play the guitar? The rich and diverse world of music we enjoy would just not be the same.

So try as many things as you can, leisure activities as well as educational. Join in at sports, learn a musical instrument, go ice-skating and swimming, take up golf –perhaps you will find a career in leisure?

What about politics and current affairs –do they interest you –maybe you are a future Prime minister or news reporter?

And take your education seriously too .Qualifications can open doors for you, and lack of qualifications can mean some doors remain closed.

For example many large corporations have graduate entry schemes, and these are the best route to management. We will look at that in more detail later.

But not everyone is academic, and some of us are destined to work in other sectors, perhaps the caring sector, or leisure. So be realistic, assess your academic ability with career advisors, family and teachers. Go as far as you can with education, but when you are no longer enjoying your studies, perhaps it is time to look for something else.

Lifetime learning is a well-accepted principle now, and you can always come back to studying later. Bear in mind though that “later” you may have family and responsibilities that will make returning to study a challenge economically .That’s why it is best to go as far as you can in your youth when you don’t have any other responsibilities.