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VW TO START ASSEMBLING CARS IN GHANA FROM NOVEMBER 2019

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) will start semi-knocked down (SKD) assembly in Ghana in November this year, giving its expansion into Africa additional momentum. Thomas Schäfer, chair and MD of VWSA, said the group has registered a company in Ghana and will finalise all the details for a joint venture with Universal Motors, its long-term partner in Accra, in the next four weeks.

This follows VWSA signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian government in September last year to establish a vehicle assembly facility in the country and assess the feasibility of introducing a modern mobility concept. Ghana will be the fourth new assembly plant VWSA has established in Africa.

The vehicle manufacturer already has operational assembly plants in Nigeria, Rwanda and Kenya and is involved in discussions with the Ethiopian government after signing a MoU with that government earlier this year on collaborating and delivering a joint vision for the establishment of a motor industry in the country.

The establishment of these assembly plants followed Schaefer in March 2017 taking over responsibility for developing and networking 49 African states that are part of a new sub-Saharan Africa region established by the German-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Regionalisation
The establishment of the fourth region is in line with the company’s regionalisation strategy for the Volkswagen brand. Schaefer said the new facility will start with the assembly of the Tiguan, Teramont and Passat and then probably go to the assembly of Polos.

He said the group is also considering assembling some Brazilian products in Ghana, including the Saveiro half-ton bakkie. Schäfer said the current vehicle market in Ghana is not a reference for future volumes because the automotive policy the Ghanaian government had put in place will effectively rapidly phase out used car importation over the next three years.

Schäfer said the company is setting up the initial phased SKD plant with an annual capacity of 5 000 units but plans to ramp this up to an annual capacity of 20 000 to 30 000 units soon.

I DON’T NEED FRIENDS IN MY LIFE ANYMORE – Akua Amoakowaa Mensah

GHANA’S Most Beautiful 2011 winner, Akua Amoakowaa Mensah, has disclosed that she is living a better life without friends.

According to her, she put her in trust in people she thought were friends in the early years of her marriage to Dr Kwaku Oteng, CEO of Angel Group of companies, only for them to betray her.

“I made a lot of friends right after my marriage but they didn’t help me. I had to do away with all of  them because the gossip was too much.

“I am better off now without friends. Some ladies will do anything to get what you have so me being without friends is really helping me live my dreams and I am very focused now,” she told Graphic Showbiz recently.

Asked how she handles the rumours about her marriage, Akua, who has been married for eight years said she sometimes breaks down because the stories are false.

“I can’t pretend such scandals or stories about my marriage don’t worry me. I feel very bad when I read those false stories but no matter what I do I can’t prevent them from happening,” she said.

Akua explained that the best way to handle such publications was to keep quiet and that had helped her a lot.

Asked whether her husband was a jealous man, the mother of three said it was normal for a man who loves his wife to be jealous.

Akua revealed that she still gets a lot of proposals from men but tells them she is happily married.

“I always say that as for the men they will come but it depends on the lady and whether she will allow herself or not”.

Akua had acting ambitions and even starred in about five movies but has to stop because her husband was not comfortable with it.

I RECEIVED SEVERAL DEATH THREATS OVER EBONY – Wendy Shay Reveals

RuffTown Records act Wendy Shay says of all the things she has suffered since she came into the music industry, the worst is the death threats she received over the late Ebony.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, Wendy said, she received several messages in the inbox of her social media pages asking her to quit music if she valued her life.

“I had death threats; people telling me all kinds of things like they will kill me if I do not stop music, if I do not stop being like Ebony. “I can never be her and I got confused because I was never like her, I have never wanted to be like her,” she said.

Wendy said what people did not know was that she is where she is today because of what Ebony stood for.

“Ebony stood for Afrobeats, she was herself and did what she loved. That inspired me and I fell in love with her. I had wanted to meet her but unfortunately she passed on. I was and I’m still a fan of Ebony,” she stated.

Rufftown Records is one label that has been able to make stars out of artistes they sign in a short time and Wendy Shay attributes it all to God.

“We are under the shelter of God, we do not joke with the God factor under this label and so I believe that is part of the reasons we are who we are.
 
“Bullet is also one person who makes sure his artistes are comfortable. He is good at that so it gives us no option than to be ourselves and excel in our dealings,” she stated.

Talking about her financial standing now Wendy said it was better.

“My status now is really better. I recall when our house got burnt, if I was not Wendy Shay, I’m wondering how I would have been able to survive or help my mom and brother get a roof over their heads,” she disclosed.

I DON’T BELIEVE HELL EXISTS!…WE ARE ALL GOING TO HEAVEN – Actress Nikki Samonas

Actress and Media Personality, Nikki Samonas waded into the religious controversy about the after-life by stating that she doesn’t believe hell exists.

The Ghanaian actress backed her claim in the interview with Zionfelix on the uncut show, by saying that God won’t punish anyone by sending them to hell since he created them.

“As a child of God, I don’t see why anyone has to go to hell. We are all children of God and nobody is going to hell. We are all going to heaven to enjoy” she stated.

She continued saying that;  “I can’t tell if hell is real. I don’t really believe it’s real, I don’t want to even think about it. Nobody wants pain, agony or torture. So to me, Hell is nonexistent. I’ll always think positive and I want my friends and family to think same.” On her relationship status, Nikki said her boyfriend stays abroad.

Watch her full interview below:

I NEVER DATED VICTORIA LEBENE – Kofi Adjorlolo Finally Opens Up

Veteran Ghanaian Actor and Broadcaster Kofi Adjorlolo has finally explained his rumored relationship with actress Victoria Lebene.

According to the legendary actor, he never had an amorous relationship with Victoria Lebene, adding that they are just good friends.

He added that the actress has never been his girlfriend and everything that ever happened between them was just friendship.

Kofi Adjorlolo further stated that Victoria invited him to her wedding but wasn’t able to make it due to his busy schedules.

“Victoria Lebene is just a friend and we were not dating. If you are famous everything about you is made public. For two years I never spoke about it because there is no truth in it.

It was just hype for her but I was only worried about my two children but I allayed their fears when they asked me about it. We are friends, she even invited me to her wedding but I was seriously working in Kumasi so I couldn’t make it.

Her husband is even my friend, we are cool. Lebene has never been my girlfriend”, Kofi Adjorlolo disclosed.

It was alleged that Kofi Adjorlolo and Victoria Lebene were in an amorous relationship for almost two years.

It was also reported that the couple broke up after the controversial marriage counselor Cyril Lutterodt jabbed Victoria for dating a man who is old enough to be her father.

However, Kofi Adjorlolo has debunked the reports explaining that he never had a romantic relationship with the actress.

Source: GhPage.com 

SOUTH AFRICAN MUSICIAN YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA’S DAUGHTER’S SHOP LOOTED IN XENOPHOBIC ATTACK

Legendary South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has cried out after people protesting against foreigners broke into her daughter’s shop and looted the items there.

Taking to Instagram, Yvonne Chaka Chaka shared pictures showing the damage done to her daughter’s shop.

She wrote, ‘I am dumbfounded, confused, frustrated and I’ve lost faith. People protesting broke into my daughter’s shop and looted. All in the name of foreigners must leave SA’.

‘No man is an island, my fellow brothers and sisters, we all need each other. Too much lawlessness. Mr President do something. Mr Cele do something. Girls are dying Children are dying women are dying.

‘On the other hand we are fighting our African brothers What is this world coming to. Life has become so cheap no respect for life and for one another. God have mercy’.

MAKE WISE INVESTMENTS INSTEAD OF NEEDLESS ‘BUTT’ SURGERIES – Actress Martha Ankomah To Women

Ghanaian actress, Martha Ankomah has admonished actresses as well as Ghanaian ladies to make wise investments rather than doing ‘butt’ surgeries just to enhance them or beautify themselves and become the center of attention on social media.

According to the actress, it is wiser to use your money for wise investments like buying land, building a house, helping the less privileged, supporting the work of God.

She further explained that it is needless to go for a ‘butt’ surgery just to impress people.

The actress also added that if someone loves you, it won’t be because of your ‘butt’ but that which comes from within that is your sense of reasoning and personality.

Martha went on to admonish ladies to learn how to apply wisdom and also said that according to medical practitioners, a ‘butt’ surgery comes with lots of alarming side effects.

Martha Ankomah is a Ghanaian actress, model, film producer, director, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and philanthropist who shot to fame several years ago.

“BURY ME IN LAGOS WHEN I DIE” – Ghanaian Millionaire Oscar Doe Put His Will In Public   

Ghanaian Millionaire King Oscar Doe, President & Executive Chairman of Doscar Group Holdings, has willingly shared information about how he wants his properties to be distributed in an event of his death.

Although he was quick to point out that he is not suffering any life-threatening ailment and that he has not received any death threats from anyone or organization, the multi-millionaire businessman on Wednesday released his private will, where he stated key things that must be done after his death.

Suprisingly, the philanthropist stated in the ‘Will’ that he should be buried in Nigeria; Ikoyi in Lagos specifically. He also stated that senior workers who have been running his companies for 10 years and above would be entitled to 10% shareholding in the company.

He also said that his properties should be sold and the proceeds lodged in his foundation account to continue the legacy of support for education.

Read the contents of the will below..

I, His Royal Highness, The Most Colourful Oscar Yao Doe Write My Own Will And Wish When I Die (That) My Family, My Friends, My Companies, My Business Associates Should Respect This Will. Doing Otherwise, God Will Strike.

1. My First Wish When I Die, Bury Me In Lagos, Specifically Ikoyi Or Victoria Island.

2. My Companies Should Continue To Contribute To And Take Care Of My Schools. My Properties Should Be Sold And The Money Lodged Into Doscar Foundation Account.

3. All My CEOs, Country Directors, D.Gs Who Have Worked With Me Up To 10 Years Should BE Entitled To 10% Shares Of My Company They Are In Charge Of.

4. 20% Share Dividends To Be Shared Among Those Who Are Part Of The Management Board.

5. One School Each In Ghana, Nigeria And Cote D’Ivoire To Bear My Name Should Be Built From My Personal Allowances, Salaries And Share Dividends.

6. I Have Already Given Full Education To All My Siblings, And Cousins, So They Have Already Been Taken Care Off.

7. I Have Also Sorted Out My Aunties, Uncles With Financial Support For Their Businesses. So, They Have Already Been Taken Care Of.

8. The Management Of Doscar Foundation Can Then Open Up To Contributions From Reputable Individuals And Organisations.

9.The Criteria Should Be Strictly For Those Who Have Done Selfless Works. Contributions From Individuals Or Organisations Who Are Known To Destroy Other People Must Be Avoided. The Doscar Foundation Activities Should Remain Strictly For The Support Of Education Only!

10. I Plead With The Hamoui Family, Kalmoni Family, Odaymat Family, Wolley Family, Irabor Family, Duffour Family, Nike Okundaye Family,Otunba Tolani Oladipo Family To Assist In Carrying Out This Will.

(However) Let Me Make One Thing Clear; I Have Neither Received Any Death Threats, Nor Received Any Intimidation From Anyone Or Organisation. I Do Not Have Any Chronic Diseases Or Any Incurable Illness! The Truth.

Perhaps, The Events Of Recent Years Have Really OPENEDy My Eyes! I Thank God.

LET’S BOYCOTT SOUTH AFRICA’S MTN IN GHANA – Actress Bibi Bright Tell Ghanaians

Ghanaian actress, Bibi Bright has advised her country folks to stop using MTN-which is a South African telecommunication company.

Bibi’s call comes on heels of the recent xenophobic attacks in some parts of South Africa on Nigerians and other foreigners which have claimed about five (5) lives and many others injured.

In a post on her Instagram page-which was sighted by zionfelix.net, the actress wrote: “Just left the Glo office! Ported my number from MTN (South African) company to Glo (my brother Nigerian) company.! Today it’s Nigerians, tomorrow is may be Ghanaians in SA been killed! Let’s not wait till it’s our turn!”

She added: “Ghanaian celebrities throw your weight behind Nigeria! The pain these videos caused me as a Ghanaian, i can imagine what our brothers and sisters in Nigeria are going through! No one deserves to die this way. This is too much! For South Africans to do this to us? This isn’t their first time! It will not be their last!”

Bibi Bright concluded: “I urge all my colleagues to entreat their fan base to port from Mtn to Glo!”

Source: Zionfelix.net 

#Xenophobic Attacks:ONE GHANAIAN SHOT IN SOUTH AFRICA

One Ghanaian has been shot in West Hills a suburb in Johannesburg province in South Africa last night in a fresh attack.

He was shot in the leg when violence erupted between some South Africans and foreigners in the area.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ program, Chairman of the Ghanaians Association in Kempton Park Johannesburg, Wofa Atta explained that they received a report of the attack Wednesday morning.

“However, I can confirm that he is in a stable condition and is also receiving treatment,”  he said.

He explained that he was shot in the leg but currently a Ghanaian team has been dispatched to the area to assist him.

He, however, added that police have been able to bring the situation under control but cautioned Ghanaians in any other province to contact their various groups or the Ghanaian mission when there is an attack in their area.

The government of Ghana should also get in touch with the government of South Africa to ensure that total peace is restored to enable them to continue with their daily activities.

The government has been urged to break ties with South Africa after another round of xenophobic attacks on Africans has left five dead and several shops torched.

Ghana’s left-wing political movement, Economic Fighters League has called for the severing of diplomatic ties with South Africa.

The statement signed by Fighter-General Hardi Yakubu said a break-off with the South African government will “force them to do the right thing.”

Human rights groups and several African governments have expressed worry that the South African government is doing little to deal with xenophobic rage.

The Nigerian government has summoned the South Africa High Commissioner while Zambia has warned truck drivers who work in the country to stay away.

Joining in the condemnation, the Economic Fighters League said the South African government ‘continues to deny the existence of the problem’.

South Africa’s Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that, “criminality rather than xenophobia” was to blame for the “senseless violence”.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also refused to call the attacks xenophobic describing it as ‘anti-foreigner violence’.

Source: Peacefmonline.com