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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is confident that the African peoples shall work to take Africa to where it deserves to be, as a prosperous and dynamic member of the world community, stressing that “we need to, and we shall move Africa Beyond Aid.” At an event organised by the Royal Africa Society, Facebook and the Ghana 60 years on Committee, on the theme “Africa Beyond Aid”, on Tuesday, 21st November, 2017, President Akufo-Addo noted that Africa no longer wants to be the default place to go to find the footage to illustrate famine stories. “We no longer want to offer the justification for those who want to be rude and abusive about Africa and her peoples. It is time to build our economies that are not dependent on charity and handouts… We have learnt from long and bitter experience that, no matter how generous the charity, we would, and, indeed, we have remained poor,” he said. Describing Africa as a rich continent, and, currently, with the world’s second fastest economic growth rates, the world’s fastest-growing region for foreign direct investment, and in possession of nearly 30 percent of the earth’s remaining mineral resources, the President bemoaned the fact that the masses of the African peoples remain poor. With Ghana endowed with natural resources, the President stressed that “we can, and we should be able to build a Ghana which looks to the use of her own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country.” Making reference to the cocoa industry, he noted that Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, who produce 65% of the world’s output of cocoa make less than $6 billion from a cocoa industry that is a $100 billion industry. “If we simply ground and sold the cocoa in paste form, instead of selling the cocoa beans, we double our earnings. In much the same way as we would double our earnings from gold, if we sold it refined, than in its raw state. We are determined to process these products,” he said. The President stated that nations it is time that African countries were responsible for processing their own resources, adding that it is time that “we, in Africa, manage our resources well, to generate wealth for our populations.” During the past 20 years, President Akufo-Addo stated that the countries that have made rapid economic strides have been the ones that have encouraged high levels of investment in entrepreneur development, and the ones that have promoted and developed a culture of accountable governance, free of corruption, and where institutions of state see themselves as independent public entities serving the wider public interest, not the temporary conveniences of the governments of the day. “We have a responsibility to make our countries attractive to our young generation. They should feel they have a worthwhile future, if they stay and build their nations. We should be, and are shamed by the desperation that drives a young person to attempt to cross the Sahara on foot, and the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats, in the hope of finding a better future in Europe,” he added. The President continued, “We are not disclaiming aid, but we do want to discard a mind-set of dependency and living on handouts; it is unhealthy both for the giver and for the receiver.” Illicit Flow of Funds from Africa Touching on the report of the panel, chaired by the highly respected former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, on the illicit flow of funds (IFFs) from Africa, President Akufo-Addo noted that Africa is losing, annually, more than $50 billion through illicit financial outflows. The report, according to the President, revealed that between 2000 and 2008, some $252 billion, representing 56.2% of the illicit flow of funds from the continent, was from the extractive industries, including mining. He added that recent reported events between the government of Tanzania and the mining companies, that operate there, ought to give all of Africans cause for pause. “No one is going to sort out these matters for Africa, except Africans themselves. We need to have our own bright and sharp lawyers to keep us abreast with the sharp and bright lawyers that our trade partners have. We need to have our own bright and sharp technologists to keep us abreast with our competitors,” he said. With the vast majority of the population being young, the President said it is in the interest of the whole world that Africa works. “Even if the developed world had the means today, and were, indeed, minded to do so, it could not provide the aid that would keep Africa a sustainable part of the world. We do not want to remain the beggars of the world, we do not want to be dependent on charity,” he said. New Paradigm of leadership To this end, President Akufo-Addo urged African leaders to do everything whatsoever they can to strengthen the African Union (AU). “With Africa’s population set to reach some 2 billion people in 20 years time, an African Common Market presents immense opportunities to bring prosperity to our continent with hard work, enterprise, innovation and creativity. It is evident that the time for African integration should be now. Hence, the importance of the success of the Continental Free Trade Area,” he added. It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo advocated for a new paradigm of leadership on the continent. The new African leaders, he said, must be committed to governing their peoples according to the rule of law, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the principles of democratic accountability; and must be determined to free their peoples from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs, and must be bent on mobilising Africa’s own immeasurable resources to resolve Africa’s problems “This new generation of African leaders should help bring dignity and prosperity to our continent and its longsuffering peoples,” the President said.  
Rainbow Radio’s Entertainment Show Host, Agyemang Prempeh popularly known as Agyengo and the Mid-morning Show Host, Sokohemaa have picked up nominations for the 2017 GN Mobile Money People’s Celebrity Choice Awards. Agyemang Prempeh was nominated in the Favourite Male Radio Presenter Category. Sokohemaa was also nominated in the Favourite Female Radio Presenter and Favourite Female TV Presenter categories respectively.  The scheme is one that allows the public to solely decide which celebrity should be celebrated within a particular calendar year.  The awards this year cover the period from August 2016 to August 2017, she added. Pastor Mensah Otabil, Pastor Agyin-Asare, Apostle Kwadwo Safo, Bishop Daniel Obinim, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, Apostle Kpegah Tamakloe, Arch Bishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Reverend Estwood Anaba, Counselor Lutterodt and Imam Rashid were nominated in the Most Favourite Religious Personality category. Asamaoh Gyan, Dede Ayew, Richard Commey, Thomas Partey, Winful Cobbina, Duke Micah, Sadiq Adams and Isaac Dogbe were also nominated in the Most Favourite Male Sports Personality category.   In total, there are 17 categories up for grabs at the event slated for Saturday December 30, 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The nominee list for the GN Mobile Money People’s Celebrity Awards has been unveiled at brief ceremony. The ceremony which was held at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel, Accra saw board members for the award scheme, journalists, and officials from GN Mobile Money, GN Bank, GN Electronics and other subsidiaries under the Groupe Ndoum attending. There are 17 categories up for grabs including People’s Celebrity Awards; Actor, Actress, Comedy, Female Musician, Male Musician, Female Radio Presenter. The others are Female TV Presenter, Journalist, Male Radio Presenter, Male Sport, Female Sport, Male Presenter, Music Video, Religious Personalities, Social Media, Song and Movie.   Delivering an address on behalf of the entire board of the scheme, Mary-Ann Eyram Bashan described the awards as a prestigious one. According to her, the public’s participation in the process has been overwhelming comparing it to the first event which was under the name GN Bank People’s Choice Awards.   She said the scheme is one that allows the public to solely decide which celebrity should be celebrated within a particular calendar year.  The awards this year cover the period from August 2016 to August 2017, she added. She encouraged the media to promote the scheme because by doing so, the individual will also be promoting himself or herself. The event is slated for December 30, 2017 at the Accra International Centre.     The People’s Celebrity Awards Board comprises distinguished Ghanaians in media, the creative industry and sports. It is chaired by eminent broadcaster, Tommy Annan-Forson. Others members include Kwaku Sintim-Misa,  Nanabanyin Dadson, Ahuma Bosco Ocansey and Nana Poku. The rest are Osei, Socrates Safo, Patrick Yadaar, Bertrand Nana Turkson, Arnold Asamoah Baidoo and Fred Kyei Mensah.       The event is powered by Spyder Lee Entertainment.
The Speaker of Parliament for Zimbabwe has confirmed that President Robert Mugabe, has reigned from his position which he held since 1980. According to the BBC, the resignation  came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against the 93-year-old leader in a joint sitting of parliament. Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week's military takeover, and days of protests against his rule.   The news saw some Zimbabweans jubilating and expressing their joy.    
Gold Fields West Africa has revealed that it invested over $15 million in the over six-year sponsorship package for the Black Stars. President for Gold Fields West Africa, Alfred Baku, who made the revelation at a press conference to launch the fourth edition of the PGA Golf championship said, the company's sponsorship brought the team a lot of achievements including their first qualification to the world cup. According to him, it was not necessarily because of mismanagement that the mining giant, step aside their sponsorship for the national team but officials from the Ghana Football Association (GFA), approached the company and requested that they wanted other corporate bodies sponsor the team. He said the GFA also made a request for an increment in the sponsorship package since others were willing to give them above what Gold Fields provided. He added because the company wanted others to also come on board, they decided to step aside their sponsorship. He was emphatic that the company did not step aside because they had run out of cash. Alfred Baku said the company will continue to sponsor golf activities because the area has not received the necessary support. He was optimistic that, the sponsorship will go a long way to give golfers an opportunity to excel like how the national team excelled when they had all the needed support. The fourth edition of the Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Ghana golf championship at the Damang Golf Course in the Western Region, has been scheduled to take off from November 29-December 3, 2017. The tournament is being sponsored by Gold Fields Ghana Limited with support from Engineers and Planners, ATS, Gen Star and ZEN Petroleum. The PGA founded in 1970 has played a huge role in promoting golf in the country and ensuring they build a successful career for professional golfers in Ghana.   Gold Fields some few years ago, made an official pronouncement it would not renew its $3 million sponsorship package for the senior national team.    
Private legal practitioner, Cap. [rtd]lawyer Nkrabea Effah Dartey has said he will not agree with anyone who will suggest that, the delivery or quality of justice in the country is questionable. He explained, as a lawyer who has practiced for over 30 years, there’ve been instances where he has disagreed with rulings by the court. He added, that is why we have the court’s act and the constitution to facilitate an appeal when one is unsatisfied with any ruling by the court. He was responding to a statement made by the Asantehene at a forum organized by the Chief Justice, Siophia Akuffo in Kumasi yesterday [Monday]. The Asantehene in his address at the forum slammed the judiciary and with an example of the recent ruling on the Delta Force group wondering why individuals who stormed a court, and freed suspects on trial could be fined Ghc1,800 each. “If someone steals a goat and is fined GHc 5,000 and is additionally slapped with a jail term, how can people who invade a courtroom, overpower a security, release suspects and put the lives of a judge and staff in danger, and as their punishment are given a paltry fine of GHc 1,800 and discharged. Has justice been served?” “If such judgments come from the court, how can you prevent people from questioning the quality of justice delivered by our judges? Unfortunately, it takes only one case or very few cases for the quality of justice that you profess to deliver to be through into the woods.” “I hope and pray that by the end of this forum, such ramification of quality justice will be more meaningfully appreciated so we can all be witnesses for the realization of the vision of quality judges delivering quality justice,” he added.   However, lawyer Darteh says he respectfully and totally disagree with the position the Asantehene took. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legal practitioner who once expressed his interest to contest as president said, if someone says the quality of justice delivery in Ghana is questionable, I will respectfully disagree because we have the law of the jungle, where might is right and we have the law of the civilized human beings where the community and residents abide by the laws. He stressed that when you are not happy with a ruling, you should appeal and for instance the Delta Force case being used as an example; if I were the lawyer for the Delta Force, I would not have advised my clients to change their plea to that of guilty. We would have dragged the case for three years and that would have made Ghanaians lose interest in the case. There were so many strategies the lawyer could have used and these are all legitimate strategies,’’ he said. He said it is the duty of the police to prosecute beyond reasonable doubt in matters like this and the lawyer of the person being prosecuted, must employ strategies to defend his or her client and only persons who are not lawyers would be agitated.   He added, with the greatest respect to Otumfour, I am sure he didn’t speak through Okyeame. When you are criticizing particular cases you should be extra careful. I am sorry but this is my view. I maybe wrong but this is my genuine view.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the democracy Ghanaians intend to build and entrench will only succeed if it results in the building of a prosperous nation, and in people who are at peace with themselves and with the world. According to President Akufo-Addo, “the democracy that we seek to build does not end in casting votes, and electing a President and a Member of Parliament once every four years. We seek to build a prosperous nation with equal opportunities, where all citizens feel they have a stake.” The President indicated that never again should a Ghanaian citizen feel he has to join the desperados that cross the Sahara and drown in the Mediterranean Sea, because their own country holds no promise or hope. “I know there will always be those among us who would want to try and seek their fortunes in foreign lands. We would wish them well, and pray that they are treated with dignity wherever they go; but it should never be because there are no opportunities in Ghana,” he added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 20th November, 2017, when he delivered a speech on “Democracy and Development” at the Cambridge Union Society of the University of Cambridge, as part of his 3-day visit to the United Kingdom. Ghana’s infant democracy, the President said, has put the country on the path to sustainable development, which would improve the way the natural and human resources of the country are managed. “We are on the path to creating wealth and improving the lives of our people. We are determined to do that by transforming the structure of our economy. The neo-colonial economy, based on the production and export of raw materials, cannot form the basis of a new era of prosperity for our people,” he said. The President continued, “We have to move, and we are moving towards an economy of processed agricultural and engineering goods and services. That is the way to job creation on a mass base, and an improvement in the incomes of ordinary Ghanaians.” With widespread unemployment prevalent amongst the youth, which, in his view, represents the greatest threat to Ghana’s democracy and stability, President Akufo-Addo noted that only a performing, rapidly expanding economy that generates jobs can provide an urgent solution. To this end, in the short space of 10 months since his government took office, President Akufo-Addo noted that the country’s macro-economy has been stabilising. “The fiscal deficit, which stood at 9.5% at the end of 2016, has been reduced to 6.3%. Inflation, within the same period, has declined from 15.4% to 11.6%. Our economy has grown from 3.3% last year, the lowest in 22 years, to 7.9%. Interest rates are declining, and we are now witnessing a more stable cedi, our national currency. We are creating a business-friendly environment that should encourage significant investments in the development of our economy,” he said. The President indicated also that the determination of Ghanaians to build their democracy is further anchored in their deep-seated belief in the concept of the separation of powers as an active principle for the promotion of freedom and accountable governance, free of corruption. Democracy is working for us President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Ghanaians have agreed on a multi-party constitutional democracy, and a guarantee of individual freedoms under the rule of law, with these past 24 years of the 4th Republic turning out to be the longest period of stability and economic growth in sixty years of Ghana’s nationhood. “We are nowhere near where we ought to be, but the arguments have been settled, and, believe me, this has been a critical bridge for us to cross. And for our Ghanaian circumstances, we dare not undermine confidence in our young democracy,” he said. The President acknowledged that having a democracy would not translate immediately into the resolution of Ghana’s problems, “but I believe we, in Ghana, are in the position to be able to quote the English colossus, Winston Churchill, that ‘It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other ones that have been tried from time to time’.”  
The fourth edition of the Gold Fields Ghana Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Ghana golf championship at the Damang Golf Course in the Western Region, has been scheduled to take off from November 29-December 3, 2017. At a media briefing and ceremony to officially launch this year’s championship, President for Gold Fields West Africa, Alfred Baku, said the prize package has been increased by 40 percent. The prize money has been increased by 40 percent. In terms of the pro we’ve increased it by 25 percent.’’ The senior championship has for the first time being introduced, he added. The prize package for the senior championship is GHc15,000. He also announced that there would be cadis tournament. The cadis tournament he indicated would have the best 2 from clubs nationwide and they will compete and the best 5 will take home something. ‘’They are not going to be given money like our professionals…We are going to give them  full golf sets,’’ he added. He said the company was proud to be the headline sponsor of the annual championship. He said the sponsorship started four years ago on a small scale but has received major boost as other sponsors have come on board to sponsor the championship. The course he also stated would be more challenging than previous years. Alfred Baku said this year the championship will see participation beyond West Africa and because the prize package has been increased, more participants would want to participate. On why Gold Fields is sponsoring the championship, he said the company supported the Black Stars with over $15 million and we saw the value in that and the first year we supported them, they qualified for the world cup. He explained further that, because the Ghana Football Association wanted other corporate bodies to sponsor the national team, they decided to step aside their sponsorship and decided to support Medeama Sporting Club ''but if you look at the golf area, it has not been given the needed support and that touches our heart. We believe we’ve got the potential and the talent. However, the support is not there. If we support these professionals, they will go right up there…’’   The tournament is being sponsored by Gold Fields Ghana Limited with support from Engineers and Planners, ATS, Gen Star and ZEN Petroleum. The PGA founded in 1970 has played a huge role in promoting golf in the country and ensuring they build a successful career for professional golfers in Ghana.    
A woman believed to be in her 40s has reportedly slashed the fingers of her rival following a misunderstanding over a cassava farm at Sakyikrom in the Western region. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Odeshiaba Kwadwo Wusu, said the two rivals, Auntie Frimpomaa and Adjoa Fua married to one Opanyin Kwaku Nketia, fought on the cassava farm over who was to harvest the produce.   In the process of the fight, the suspect Adjoa Fua allegedly wielding a knife, attempted to stab her rival but the victim in an attempt to snatch the knife from her, had her fingers slashed.   The suspect has relocated to Accra after the incident and currently wanted by the police.    
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