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L.E.A.D. SERIES

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I have been very interested in attending events especially one that is being held in my Country Ghana, so when I came across the ad of the L.E.A.D series event and found out their guest speaker was my Blogging Mentor, I couldn’t help but register to participate and I didn’t regret attending the event.

Cordovogh

The L.E.A.D series which stands for Learn Evolve Apply Dominate is an event platform organized by 2131clubs  and Sky marshals which creates a connection between the stories of individuals across the globe that have developed their ideas and innovations to limits that has earned them not only high recognition, but affected positively, the way of life of many others. These stories of the achievers have become the strategy for success, followed by people who desire it. With a 100 events to be held, 100 speakers each representing their craft, and 100 talks, L.E.A.D series is poised to bring nothing but the best to its participants and the general public.

So far it has held 3 events here in Accra Ghana, the third edition just came on yesterday 30th July with renowned Ghanaian celebrity blogger Ameyaw Debrah, second edition had Nabil Alhasan, CEO of event factory Ghana. the guest to appear for the first edition was Reggie Rockstone, the originator of hiplife music in Ghana.

I didn’t get the chance to attend the first and second so I may not be able to write on how it went but my experience being a participant at the just ended third edition was fun and informative so I wouldn’t doubt the previous edition’s had been awesome. it began with a couple of documentary video show filmed by Sky Marshals and members of the 2131 club before the guest Ameyaw Debrah arrived, the interview began and we listened as he shared his life history first hand with the participants and a chance was given for 5 questions from the audience to be asked and before the event came to an end, the guest Ameyaw Debrah was presented with a gift and a citation.

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Cordovogh with Ameyaw Debrah

For more information about the l.E.A.D. Series go to http://www.leadseries100.com

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Entertainment

MEDIKAL’S DISTURBATION ALBUM SIGINING

 

The much anticipated Album signing event which was held at the West Hills Mall Weija in Accra on the 1st of July 2017 was an amazing event which attracted lots of charged up fans of the Rapper, the DISTURBATION album, which carries a massive 22 tracks with features from various Ghanaian acts as well  was launched on July 7 2017 but Medikal wanted his fans to enjoy a live performance, a copy of the album together with autographs before its release hence the Album signing event. I have been a big fan of MDK as he is popularly referred to since his rap tracks and style first hit TV screens and have been following his progress releasing hit songs after hit songs earning him various musical nominations some he has proudly won and some not.

I had fun at the event having gotten the opportunity to get a snapshot and autograph with the rapper amongst making a few new friends who share the same choice and taste in rap music Hahahahaha. Present at the event to support Medikal was Sister Deborah his girlfriend who is also a Ghanaian Musician, T.V Presenter and Model and features on track 9 & 10 of the album, Wanlov the Kubolor, Sarkodie, DKB amongst other musical acts….

You can read more about Medikal and his music at http;/Byheartboy.com/

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By: CordovoGH

Entertainment

The Game “Subway Surfers”

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I’ve had the game Subway Surfers on my mobile phone for some time and have played it a couple of times but didn’t have much interest in it until recently a friend showed me his scoreboard and the competition between facebook friends who are playing it, so I decided to begin playing it at level 14 between facebook friends have so far climbed up to level 19 , it was then that I decided to write something about this popular game which I know may be on almost every mobile game lovers.

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The game is about a graffiti kid being chased by a cop which begins the race and it’s played on different country levels with each country’s graphics being different one from the other. It has fascinating game tools that when put to good use, can help players throughout the game… example “Hoverboard” “Coin Magnet” which is my favourite, “Jetpack” “Super Sneakers” “Mystery Box” e.t.c.

Along the way, there are gifts and powerups which can be collected to help boost one’s portfoilio, there are awards given in the form of keys and these keys in turn can be used to start off from a position where a player’s game ended. There’s a lot I can say about this game but would urge all game lovers to give it a try as it can be downloaded both from the Google Play Store for android and the App store for ios.

 

Written by: CordovoGH

Entertainment

KimoSizzle_ “No Matter What”

KimoSizzle

 

KimoSizzle has released his maiden dancehall tune this May 2017 titled “No Matter What” which talks about the pursuit of Love.

KimoSizzle whose real name is Douglas Adda hails from Navrongo, the capital of Kassena-Nankana District in the Upper East Region of Northern Ghana. He had his Primary and Jhs education at Tono in Navrongo then proceeded to Sandema Shs. KimoSizzle says music for him has always been a passion since he began listening to his father who is a big fan of Reggae music and he will later say “ But I was much interested in Reggae Dancehall” hence he followed that genre and used to listen to international acts like Shaggy and Sean Paul and also named top Ghanaian dancehall artistes Iwan, Jupiter, Stonebwoy as his inspiration. “ I love good music with good vibes so any artiste who does good music with good vibes, I’m in with that person” KimoSizzle says.

He did his first track for his Secondary School’s 20th anniversary in 2014, his very first maiden track is “No Matter What” produced by DJ PC and has soon to be released singles “Give Thanks” “Don’t say you know me” and “What a world we live in”.

Currently KimoSizzle is a second year student of the Bolgatanga Polythechnic studying Procurement and Logistics Management.

 

By: CordovoGH

News

Ghana observes International Day for biodiversity

Biodiversity

Accra, May 22, – Ghana on Monday joined the global community to observe the International Day for Biological Diversity (biodiversity) emphasising the need to protect the Atiwa Range Forest Reserve for posterity.

A release issued on Monday and signed by Ms Patricia Appiagyei, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, entreated each and every citizen to serve as a biodiversity conservation ambassador.

It said each and every citizen should assist in the crusade to create the necessary education and awareness on the need to conserve the biodiversity resources and, by extension, project the tourism potential of Ghana

The Biodiversity Day was proposed by the international community to draw the world’s attention to the need to conserve biologically diversified resources that God has endowed humankind for survival.

The global theme for the celebration is: “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism,” and the Ministry was focusing on promoting tourism that does not compromise the biodiversity of the tourist.

It said government’s support for the environment had been largely driven by Article 36 (9) of the 1992 Constitution under its Directive Principles of State Policy.

The Directive states that: “The state shall take appropriate measures needed to protect and safeguard the national environment for posterity; and shall seek co-operation with other states and bodies for purposes of protecting the wider international environment for mankind”.

Article 41(k) also states: “The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen to protect and safeguard the environment.”

The release said those two provisions, therefore, enjoined Ghanaians as citizens to contribute to the protection of the environment.

It said the Sector Ministry and its collaborating partners would, however, like to draw more attention to the biological resources and tourism potential of the Atiwa Range Forest Reserve.

The Atiwa Reserve, a distinctive upland forest vegetation rich with a number of very rare species covering an area of 23,663ha, is located at Segyema in the Eastern Region.

The forests of Atiwa are more or less undisturbed natural vegetation, a rare phenomenon in West Africa. This reserve has numerous fauna species, some of which are endemic.

The reserve also has a wide variety of natural habitats such as streams, swamps, closed forests and natural clearings which support a rich variety of fauna such as Killfish (Epiplatyschaperi) and Walker’s barb (Barbuswalkeri) which have great potentials in the aquarium trade.

The tourism potential of Atiwa is further supported by the fact that it is one of 34 Global Biodiversity hotspots, one of Ghana’s Globally Significant Biodiversity areas, and also the nearest rain forest close to Accra.

Atiwa is an internationally important reserve as the range provides the headwaters of three river systems, namely; Ayensu, Densu and Birim, which together serve as the source of domestic and industrial water for local communities within its catchment areas as well as water for millions in Accra.

The Ministry is, therefore, using the day to highlight the potential of the reserve in bringing in more tourists and invariably development to the Atiwa area without sacrificing the biological resource endowments of the area.

The release noted that the Ministry had prepared a draft National Biodiversity Policy which is undergoing stakeholder consultations and reviews and that, when completed, a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan would be developed to operationalise its effective implementation.

It would serve as the underlying force for the protection of all biodiversity resources.

Source: GNA

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Ghana

History of Ghana

Ancient Ghana

Medieval Ghana (4th – 13th Century): The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval Ghana Empire of West Africa. The actual name of the Empire was Wagadugu. Ghana was the title of the kings who ruled the kingdom. It was controlled by Sundiata in 1240 AD, and absorbed into the larger Mali Empire. (Mali Empire reached its peak of success under Mansa Musa around 1307.)

Geographically, the old Ghana is 500 miles north of the present Ghana, and occupied the area between Rivers Senegal and Niger.

Some inhabitants of present Ghana had ancestors linked with the medieval Ghana. This can be traced down to the Mande and Voltaic peoeple of Northern Ghana–Mamprussi, Dagomba and the Gonja.

Anecdotal evidence connected the Akans to this great Empire. The evidence lies in names like Danso shared by the Akans of present Ghana and Mandikas of Senegal/Gambia who have strong links with the Empire.

Gold Coast & European Exploration: Before March 1957 Ghana was called the Gold Coast. The Portuguese who came to Ghana in the 15th Century found so much gold between the rivers Ankobra and the Volta that they named the place Mina – meaning Mine. The Gold Coast was later adopted to by the English colonisers. Similarily, the French, equally impressed by the trinkets worn by the coastal people, named The Ivory Coast, Cote d’Ivoire.

In 1482, the Portuguese built a castle in Elmina. Their aim was to trade in gold, ivory and slaves. In 1481 King John II of Portugal sent Diego d’Azambuja to build this castle.

In 1598 the Dutch joined them, and built forts at Komenda and Kormantsil. In 1637 they captured the castle from the Portuguese and that of Axim in 1642 (Fort St Anthony). Other European traders joined in by the mid 18th century. These were the English, Danes and Swedes. The coastline were dotted by forts built by the Dutch, British and the Dane merchants. By the latter part of 19th century the Dutch and the British were the only traders left. And when the Dutch withdrew in 1874, Britain made the Gold Coast a crown colony.

By 1901 the Ashanti and the North were made a protectorate.

Britain and the Gold Coast: The first Britons arrived in the early 19th century as traders in Ghana. But with their close relationship with the coastal people especially the Fantes, the Ashantis became their enemies. When the first Europeans arrived in the late fifteenth century, many inhabitants of the Gold Coast area were striving to consolidate their newly acquired territories and to settle into a secure and permanent environment. Several immigrant groups had yet to establish firm ascendancy over earlier occupants of their territories, and considerable displacement and secondary migrations were in progress. Ivor Wilks, a leading historian of Ghana, observed that Akan purchases of slaves from Portuguese traders operating from the Congo region augmented the labor needed for the state formation that was characteristic of this period. Unlike the Akan groups of the interior, the major coastal groups, such as the Fante, Ewe, and Ga, were for the most part settled in their homelands.

 

Political Movements and Nationalism in Ghana (1945 – 1957)
The educated Ghanaians had always been in the fore-front of constructive movements. Names that come into mind are –Dr Aggrey, George Ferguson, John Mensah Sarbah. Others like king Ghartey IV of Winneba, Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh I raised the political consciousness of their subjects. However, movements towards political freedom started soon after WWII.

This happened because suddenly people realised the colonisation was a form of oppression, similar to the oppression they have just fought against. The war veterans had become radical. The myth surrounding the whiteman has been broken. The rulers were considered economic cheats, their arogance had become very offensive. They had the ruling class attitude, and some of the young District Commissioner (DC) treated the old chiefs as if they were their subjects. Local pay was bad. No good rural health or education policy. Up to 1950 the Govt Secondary schools in the country were 2, the rest were built by the missionaries.

There was also the rejection of African culture to some extent. Some external forces also contributed to this feeling. African- Americans such as Marcus Garvey and WE Du Bois raised strong Pan-African conscience.

In 1945 a conference was held in Manchester to promote Pan African ideas. This was attended by Nkrumah of Ghana, Azikwe of Nigeria and Wallace Johnson of Sierra Leone. The India and Pakistani independence catalysed this desire.

Sir Alan Burns constitution of 1946 provided new legislative council that was made of the Governor as the President, 6 government officials, 6 nominated members and 18 elected members.

The executive council was not responsible to the legislative council. They were only in advisory capacity, and the governor did not have to take notice.

These forces made Dr J.B. Danquah to form the United Gold Coast Conversion (UGCC) in 1947. Nkrumah was invited to be the General Secretary to this party. Other officers were George Grant (Paa Grant), Akuffo Addo, William Ofori Atta, Obetsebi Lamptey, Ako Agyei, and J Tsiboe. Their aim was Independence for Ghana. They rejected the Burns constitution.

 

Economic and Social Development (Before 1957)
1874–Gold Mine in Wassa and Asante. Between 1946-1950 gold export rose from 6 million pounds to 9 million pounds.

 

                       Economic History highlights

         Economic and Social Development (Before 1957)

1874 – Gold Mine in Wassa and Asante.

Between 1946 -1950 gold export rose from 6 million pounds to 9 million pounds.

1898 – 1927  Railway expansion in Ghana.

1928 – Takoradi harbour.

1878 – Tetteh Quarshie brought cocoa from Fernado Po.

1885 – Cocoa first exported to Britain.

1951 – Revenue from cocoa was 60 million pounds.

Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) was founded in 1947.

1957 – Inherited 200 million pounds from Britain.

1957 to 1966

  • Development Projects/Policies:
  • socialist path to development
  • proliferation of state farms and industries
  • no linkages between farms and industries
  • universities and secondary schools (free for all)
  • health care facilities
  • negative NPV projects (e.g., Job 600)
  • WET (e.g., Akosombo Dam)
  • Price controls
  • emphasis on cocoa for export

Cost:

  • inheritance is fully spent (no more free lunch for the future)
  • balance of payment deficits
  • inflation
  • disguised unemployment
  • Foreign debts

1966 to 1972

  • Privatization of state farms and industries
  • university student loan scheme
  • families asked to take more responsibility for education
  • proliferation of private medical practice
  • blue print for sewage system for the whole country
  • devaluation to solve inherited problems
  • elimination of price controls
  • emphasis on staples for domestic consumption

Cost:

  • unemployment
  • foreign debts and servicing
  • cedi value allowed to fall
  • good excuse for military

1972 to 1979

  • Repudiate foreign debts
  • Operation feed yourself and industry
  • revaluation
  • price controls
  • import licensing
  • university loan scheme
  • CMB scholarships for education on whom you know basis
  • increase money supply

Cost:

  • Kalabule
  • inflation
  • smuggling

1979

  • seize assets from cheats
  • burn down makola, the citadel of kalabule
  • enforce tax code
  • price controls
  • rationing

1979 to 1982

  • relax price controls
  • reestablish credibility with donor and donor countries

Cost:

  • inflation persists
  • balance of payment problems persist
  • kalabule persists

1982 to 1984

  • socialist path to development
  • price controls
  • rationing
  • PDC’s in charge of distribution
  • WDC’s in charge an as part of the IMCC
  • use of force to control prices, smuggling
  • confiscate 50 cedi notes
  • blame the rich

Cost:

  • embargo on Ghana
  • Inflation
  • queuing
  • lack of medicine, food, transportation, etc.
  • Rawlings chain and necklace

1984 to 2000

  • Economic recovery program
  • free markets
  • layoffs at civil service
  • students bear more of cost
  • patients bear more of cost
  • stock exchange
  • PAMSCAD
  • more privatization of state industries
  • float the cedi
  • boost exports
  • VAT, then UNVAT

Cost:

  • inflation
  • massive unemployment
  • schools/health care is broken down
  • interest rate at close to 50%
  • Goods available but not affordable

 2001 – 2013

Following the successful completion of a two-term presidential rule — first time in post-Independence Ghana — and the peaceful hand-over of the reins of government across the political divide in 2001, the nation received what has been described as a “handsome democracy dividend”. In spite of this, or, perhaps because of it, fiscal excesses in the early years of the new Administration led to the failure and abandonment at the end of September 2002, of the three-year economic programme of 1999-2002 agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under its Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF).  This debacle was largely on account of:

  • higher-than-budgeted for public sector wage bill; and
  • Subsidies to the petroleum, water, and the electricity sub-sectors.

A successor programme agreed with the IMF for the period 2003 to 2005 required the removal of the petroleum price subsidies as conditionality. A policy of import parity pricing, meaning a full pass through of changes in the cedi value of world market prices of petroleum and petroleum products to domestic consumers was instituted.  A mechanism to give effect to this policy was also put in place. Consistent with the poverty reduction objective, the mechanism included cross-subsidization of products of importance in the consumption baskets of the poor — such as kerosene.

Given the high social and political costs involved, however, the policy was not consistently implemented.  Subsequent continued increases in international prices of petroleum and petroleum products were not fully passed through to domestic consumers. The Government of Ghana, apparently, could not countenance any such domestic price increases since (as was communicated to the IMF and the development partners) in its view, this could be politically “destabilizing”. In January 2005, with the 2004 elections out of the way, petroleum product prices were increased, on average, by 50 per cent.

Thereafter, the policy of full pass through of price changes in the world market, once more, was not consistently implemented resulting in significant losses and debt at Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) currently estimated at GH¢1.4 billion.

These experiences in the oil sector, concerned with subsidies, fiscal discipline and macroeconomic stability, serve to illustrate the futility and unsustainability of pursuing the strategy of macroeconomic stability with growth. They also show the possible high cost of procrastination in responding to shocks whose consequences linger on — in other words, better considered as permanent rather than temporary shocks. A good rule in economic policy management is that permanent shocks call for policy adjustment; temporary adverse shocks are best financed. Delayed responses to a persistent or permanent shock could accentuate costs which could be destabilizing.

  • GDP growth for 2012 is estimated at 7.1%, driven by oil revenues, the services sector and the strong export performance of cocoa and gold. Ghana’s medium-term growth outlook remains positive, thanks to large investments in the extractive industries, public infrastructure and commercial agriculture.
  • The successful inauguration of President John Mahama in January 2013, following the death of incumbent John Evans Atta Mills in July 2012, indicates further consolidation of democracy. The depth and maturity of the country’s democracy are being further tested by the New Patriotic Party case in the Supreme Court contesting the election results.

∗Despite significant progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the country continues to be challenged by MDG 4, reduce child mortality; MDG 5, improve maternal health; and the sanitation component of MDG 7

 

Source: Ghanaweb

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News

America to deport jailed illegal Ghanaian migrants

Robert Jackson, US Ambassador to Ghana
Robert Jackson, US Ambassador to Ghana

The fate of illegal Ghanaian immigrants in America remains on the balance as the US embassy to Ghana is predicting more deportations in the coming weeks.
So far, hundreds of Ghanaians have suffered deportation from the United States with others feared to have been behind jailed by law enforcement following the toughened immigration laws since Donald Trump was elected into office.

“There will probably be a charter aircraft coming with some Ghanaians in the next few weeks. A few are in jail. Most of them are at liberty but they have been informed by the immigration service that they must leave the United States,” Robert Jackson revealed in an interview with CitiFM.

Earlier, YEN reported of how some 104 illegal migrants who were deported from the United States of America (USA), refused to disembark from the plane that transported them to Ghana based on what some of them described as inhumane treatment by US authorities.

Aside the reported treatment of Ghanaians immigrants in the US, the American embassy in Ghana is entreating Ghanaians to stay away from visa fixes if they wish to stay in the states with a peaceful mindset.

But despite the harsh and tough immigration laws, many Ghanaians still strive to live the American dream.

This was after checks by YEN showed that close to 1.7 million Ghanaians applied for the US visa lottery in 2015 alone.

Source: Ghanaweb

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Ghana

All About Ghana

Ghana, a country on the West Coast of Africa, is one of the most thriving democracies on the continent. It has often been referred to as an “island of peace” in one of the most chaotic regions on earth. It shares boundaries with Togo to the east, la Cote d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea, to the south. A recent discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea could make Ghana an important oil producer and exporter in the next few years.

Coat of Arms

Ghana is located on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea only a few degrees north of the Equator. Half of the country lies less than 152 meters (500 ft.) above sea level, and the highest point is 883 meters (2,900 ft.). The 537-kilometer (334-mi.) coastline is mostly a low, sandy shore backed by plains and scrub and intersected by several rivers and streams, most of which are navigable only by canoe. A tropical rain forest belt, broken by heavily forested hills and many streams and rivers, extends northward from the shore, near the Cote d’Ivoire frontier. This area, known as the “Ashanti,” produces most of the country’s cocoa, minerals, and timber. North of this belt, the country varies from 91 to 396 meters (300-1,300 ft.) above sea level and is covered by low bush, parklike savanna, and grassy plains.

The climate is tropical. The eastern coastal belt is warm and comparatively dry; the southwest corner, hot and humid; and the north, hot and dry. There are two distinct rainy seasons in the south-May-June and August-September; in the north, the rainy seasons tend to merge. A dry, northeasterly wind, the Harmattan, blows in January and February. Annual rainfall in the coastal zone averages 83 centimeters (33 in.).

The man-made Volta Lake extends from the Akosombo Dam in southeastern Ghana to the town of Yapei, 520 kilometers (325 mi.) to the north. The lake generates electricity, provides inland transportation, and is a potentially valuable resource for irrigation and fish farming.

The country’s economy is dominated by agriculture, which employs about 40 percent of the working population. Ghana is one of the leading exporters of cocoa in the world. It is also a significant exporter of commodities such as gold and lumber. A country covering an area of  238,500 square kilometers

Geography

Location
Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo
Latitude: 5 degrees, 36 minutes north
Longitude: 0 degrees, 10 minutes east

Land boundaries: total 2,093 km, Burkina Faso 548 km, Cote d’Ivoire 668 km, Togo 877 km
Coastline: 539 km
Map references: Africa, Standard Time Zones of the World
Area -total area: 238,540 km2; land area: 230,020 km2 ; comparative area: slightly smaller than Oregon

 

Maritime claims:

  • contiguous zone: 24 nm
  • continental shelf: 200 nm
  • exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
  • territorial sea: 12 nm
  • International disputes: none

Ghana has an estimated population of 25,199,609 (July 2013 est.), drawn from more than one hundred ethnic groups, each with its own unique language. English however, is the official language, a legacy of British colonial rule.  The major ethnic groups in Ghana include the Akan, Ewe, Mole-Dagbane, Guan, and Ga-Adangbe. The subdivisions of each group share a common cultural heritage, history, language, and origin. These shared attributes were among the variables that contributed to state formation in the precolonial period. Competition to acquire land for cultivation, to control trade routes, or to form alliances for protection also promoted group solidarity and state formation. The creation of the union that became the Asante confederacy in the late seventeenth century is a good example of such processes at work in Ghana’s past.

Ethnic rivalries of the precolonial era, variance in the impact of colonialism upon different regions of the country, and the uneven distribution of social and economic amenities in post-independence Ghana have all contributed to present-day ethnic tensions. For example, in February 1994, more than 1,000 persons were killed and 150,000 others displaced in the northeastern part of Ghana in fighting between Konkomba on one side and Nanumba, Dagomba, and Gonja on the other. The clashes resulted from longstanding grievances over land ownership and the prerogatives of chiefs. A military task force restored order, but a state of emergency in the region remained in force until mid-August.

Although this violence was certainly evidence of ethnic tension in the country, most observers agreed that the case in point was exceptional. As one prolific writer on modern Ghana, Naomi Chazan, has aptly observed, undifferentiated recourse to ethnic categories has obscured the essential fluidity that lies at the core of shared ties in the country. Evidence of this fluidity lies in the heterogeneous nature of all administrative regions, in rural-urban migration that results in inter-ethnic mixing, in the shared concerns of professionals and trade unionists that cut across ethnic lines, and in the multi-ethnic composition of secondary school and university classes. Ethnicity, nonetheless, continues to be one of the most potent factors affecting political behavior in Ghana. For this reason, ethnically based political parties are unconstitutional under the present Fourth Republic. Despite the cultural differences among Ghana’s various peoples, linguists have placed Ghanaian languages in one or the other of only two major linguistic subfamilies of the Niger-Congo language family, one of the large language groups in Africa. These are the Kwa and Gur groups, found to the south and north of the Volta River, respectively. The Kwa group, which comprises about 75 percent of the country’s population, includes the Akan, Ga-Adangbe, and Ewe. The Akan are further divided into the Asante, Fante, Akwapim, Akyem, Akwamu, Ahanta, Bono, Nzema, Kwahu, and Safwi. The Ga-Adangbe people and language group include the Ga, Adangbe, Ada, and Krobo or Kloli. Even the Ewe, who constitute a single linguistic group, are divided into the Nkonya, Tafi, Logba, Sontrokofi, Lolobi, and Likpe. North of the Volta River are the three subdivisions of the Gur-speaking people. These are the Gurma, Grusi, and Mole-Dagbane. Like the Kwa subfamilies, further divisions exist within the principal Gur groups.

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Any one group may be distinguished from others in the same linguistically defined category or subcategory, even when the members of the category are characterized by essentially the same social institutions. Each has a historical tradition of group identity, if nothingelse, and, usually, of political autonomy. In some cases, however, what is considered a single unit for census and other purposes may have been divided into identifiable separate groups before and during much of the colonial period and, in some manner, may have continued to be separate after independence.

No part of Ghana, however, is ethnically homogeneous. Urban centers are the most ethnically mixed because of migration to towns and cities by those in search of employment. Rural areas, with the exception of cocoa-producing areas that have attracted migrant labor, tend to reflect more traditional population distributions. One overriding feature of the country’s ethnic population is that groups to the south who are closer to the Atlantic coast have long been influenced by the money economy, Western education, and Christianity, whereas Gur-speakers to the north, who have been less exposed to those influences, have came under Islamic influence. These influences were not pervasive in the respective regions, however, nor were they wholly restricted to them.

 

In 1957, Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast) became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence. After leading the country for nine years, the nation’s founding president Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in a coup d’état in 1966. After Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana was ruled by a series of military despots with intermittent experiments with democratic rule, most of which were curtailed by military takeovers. The latest and most enduring democratic experiment started in 1992 and it is what has gained recognition for Ghana as a leading democracy in Africa.

Ghana has several tourist attractions such as the Forts and Castles, The forts and castles which are along the coast of Ghana date back to the 15th Century and were built and occupied at different times by the European traders and adventurers from Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Britain to safeguard trading posts.

Several of them have changed hands on numerous occasions in bloody battles or by treaty, and all have a fascinating history.

All over Ghana, vestiges of the past remain for the visitor to discover. Relics, historic sites, national monuments, and of course our castles.

Today some have been restored and have a variety of uses while some are in ruins. Most are however open to the public. Most of the major international airlines fly into and from the international airport in Accra. Domestic air travel is thriving and the country has a vibrant telecommunications sector, with six cellular phone operators and several internet service providers.

 

Background Information:

  • Official Name: Republic of Ghana
  • Population: 25,199,609 (July 2013 est.) Life expectancy 56 years.
  • Official Language: English, Over 25 ethnic languages
  • President is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. (Sworn into Office Jan 7 2017)
  • Parliament has 275 members
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Ghana was worth 37.54 billion US dollars in 2015
  • The contribution of agriculture to the country’s GDP has suffered decline since 2009 from 31.8% to about 12.8% as at September 2015.
  • Export products are gold, cocoa, timber, bauxite manganese and electricity. Oil was found in 2007.
  • Economy relies heavily on foreign assistance and remittances from Ghanaians abroad
  • Currency is Ghana Cedi (GH¢)
  • Popular tourist destination includes: The National Museum located in the Greater Accra region, Lake Bosomtwi in the Ashanti region, Kakum national park in the Central region, Boti Falls in the Eastern region, Wli Waterfalls and Mount Afadjato in the Volta region, Larabanga Mosque and Mole National Park in the Northern region, e.t.c

 

Source: Ghanaweb

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by CordovoGH

Entertainment

National Theatre of Ghana to Host AU Day Show

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Ghana, One Voice Choir, National Drama Company, Akoo Show Choir and students from Queens International School in Accra, will on Thursday, May 25 perform at the National Theatre in Accra to mark this year’s African Union (AU) Day.

One Voice Choir of the NSO of Ghana
One Voice Choir of the NSO of Ghana

The 3.00pm show is dubbed “Awake and Build Africa.’ It aims at bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to promote patriotism and empower Africans to strife toward greater possibilities.

Conducted by Isaac Annor, the NSO is regarded by many as one of the best symphony orchestras on the continent. Its maiden 11-track album titled ‘The National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana Plays Ghanaian Classics’ was released recently and the 30-member orchestra is expected to play songs from the collection which contains compositions by artistes such as Agya Koo Nimo, Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Bob Pinodo.

Formed in 2004, the 53-member One Voice Choir performs a rich mix of gospel and patriotic songs as well as music that highlight social issues. The choir has delighted music lovers across the country and also in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire.

Based at the National Theatre in Accra, the widely-travelled National Drama Company has a wide repertoire and is noted for high quality productions.

‘Awake and Build Africa’ is an annual affair presented by One Voice Choir in collaboration with the National Theatre.

Source: Ghanaweb

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A Man’s Worries.. 

Before I got to my 30th birthday, my mind and thoughts began to ponder on the way forward after hitting the third decade of my existence on mother earth, I now had to begin taking proper care of my health precisely what I take in, lots of body movement (exercise) I love walking a lot so I believe I’m well fit. I got a chance to attend a journalism school which has always been an aim of mine and there, my mind further expanded to how the general public can be addressed to be educated and enlighten and entertained….  I thought to myself “if given the opportunity, I would love to spread a message across my country Ghana of the need to shapen the minds of every youth by both parents and the society, they are indeed the future and the future we anticipate can be more advanced and civilized a lot more than what we now see around us. 

My little Advice is to think back to our past, our fathers before us,  what did they do? How did they do it?  Regardless of the level of understanding and civilisation back then there is still a lot we can learn from the past and use to reshape our future. 

I love my Country Ghana 🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭

By: CordovoGH