GHANA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ASKS PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO TO DECLARE NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has observed with grave concern the increasing trend of confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Ghana and our national response  to this pandemic.

In a statement copied to the press, the GMA said being fully conscious of the threat posed by the pandemic, the disturbing trend of community spread and the obvious inadequate of capacity (logistics and human resource) of the nation’s health system, call on His Excellency the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo to declare a Nationwide Lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect.

“The Lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike, is a proven option backed by science and along with the other measures will ultimately be in our best interest,” the statement said.

“We call on all Ghanaians to support such move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic,” it added.

68 Confirmed Cases 

Ghana’s COVID-19 cases has risen to 68.

This was after 11 more persons who were mandatorily quarantined by the government tested positive.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as at the morning of 25 March 2020, a total of sixty-eight (68) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed.

Sixty-six (66) of these confirmed cases are being managed in isolation.

The sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the president. Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine.

As of 24 March, a total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive.

Source: Peacefmonline.com 

CANNABIS LEGALIZED IN GHANA FOR HEALTH & INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES

Parliament has passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill 2019, legalising the growing of some cannabis for health purposes.

The Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019 which transforms the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) into a commission with enhanced powers was passed late Friday night.

It empowers the Minister for Interior in consultation with other institutions like Ministry of Health to grant licenses for the production of cannabis of not more than 0.3 per cent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for industrial and medicinal purposes.

THC is one of the about 113 chemicals found in cannabis.

It, however, does not give a blanket license for the growing of cannabis in the country.

“It is illegal to grow or posses cannabis without a license. And also growing cannabis of more than 0.3 per cent THC (the one people smoke) remains illegal,” Kunbungu MP Ras Mubarak clarified after parliament approved the bill.

He urged members of the public to respect the law and desist from abusing it.

“Parliament hasn’t legalized cannabis for smoking. Possession of cannabis without lawful authority remains illegal. What we have approved is a different strain of cannabis, and vastly different from recreational cannabis which has more than 0.3 THC. This is not a license to smoke,” Mr Mubarak cautioned.

“There are real concerns about abuse. What we have approved is not the type people smoke. So those who are worried can be rest assured.

“And the law provides for stiffer punishment for people who cultivate or possess without lawful authority,” he added.

“What we have approved is not recreational marijuana. It’s important for people to understand the difference.

“As a country, we have to follow the science and numbers for the good of our country,” Mr Mubarak said.

The bill also gives the narcotics Control Commission the mandate to control and eliminate trafficking of prohibited narcotic drugs to ensure public safety and oversee the rehabilitation of people who become addicted to drugs.

The bill also ensures drug abuse will be treated as a public health issue and not only a law enforcement one.

The bill will now go to the president for assent before it becomes law.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL MAKE ME LEAVE MY HUSBAND – Beverly Afaglo

Ghanaian actress Beverly Afaglo has said nothing can make her leave her husband as she denies having a relationship outside her marriage.

According to reports, the actress had an issue in London recently with a certain man believed to be her boyfriend and sponsor.

It is alleged that the gemtleman left her after finding out about her marital status which has left her broken-hearted.

Refuting the allegations, the actress who is married to a member of musical trio Praye, Choir Master, speaking in an interview with Nana Romeo on Ayeeko Ayeeko on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, 19 March 2020 said: “I don’t easily get broken-hearted. It’s not possible. No one can break my heart except my husband.”

Explaining further, she said the rumours can destroy her marriage but “it will be difficult [to leave my husband], it will be difficult because they’ve tried and tested it. Me, my policy is that the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know. Even if you find someone who falls into the category of the type of guy you want, he probably has money and when both of you put your monies together, you will get double riches and be able to live a luxurious life but take into consideration his attitude.

“For now, he can lie to you that he’ll treat you well but after marrying him…then because of him you leave your husband? No! it will be difficult for me. I don’t know what can make me leave my husband. It will be difficult. The rumour is not true. I don’t have a sponsor in London.”

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO’S LEADERSHIP IS SHAMBOLIC – John Dumelo

Actor John Dumelo is still doing active political campaign amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and he has rated sitting President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo’s leadership as “shambolic” so far.

Dumelo who is currently aspiring to become NDC’s parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency in the upcoming 2020 polls, in a current interview said Nana Akufo-Addo’s governance is more talk and less achievement especially when is comes the area of infrastructure.

“The work he has done so far; I think it is just a bit shambolic.  The truth of the matter is that they borrow too much and yet there is nothing to show”.

John added that President Akufo-Addo and his government have done very little when it comes infrastructure as compared to what former President John Mahama did.

“What former President John Mahama did was infrastructure. When you are walking in town, you can confidently say John Mahama did this, did this and did that. But the truth of the matter is that we are sitting on money but we are still hungry and people don’t have money in their pockets”.

Asked what he would do for the creative arts industry if he goes to parliament, John said “As a whole, doing something for the industry might take certain steps or might take sometime but if you are vocal on the floor of parliament and you are championing the course of the plight of the people, then you see that you are doing thing and putting pressure on the government. So for me getting into parliament, every single day I will be championing the course of my creative industry people so that things will get better”.

John also spoke about his “One student, one scholarship” policy among other things.

Watch the full interview below:

Source: Eugene Osafo-Nkansah/Peacefmonline.com 

CORONAVIRUS IS NOT OUR FAULT, GIVE US FREE LIGHT TO STAY HOME – Efia Odo To President Akufo-Addo

Efia Odo is asking for free electricity supply in order to make it easier for people to comply, in the wake of the president banning public gatherings.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his second address to the nation after 6 coronavirus cases were reported in Ghana, said: “all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four weeks”.

Reacting to Nana Addo’s order and social distancing advice, Efia Odo took to social media to say that “at this point, all lights and utilities should be free! It’s not our fault this virus is in Ghana. Causing us to even be sacred to go on about our business. Staying home means more consumption of electricity! Mr President, please give us free.”

The actress who relocated from the U.S to Ghana via another tweet expressed her frustration of being in Ghana at this particular time after her lights were taking off after her first tweet. “So at this serious times, they’ve turned off the lights. Chaley me sef I kno no why I lef America” she wrote.

Read her tweets below:

“IT IS A SIN TO FEAR…CORONAVIRUS IS NOT OUR PORTION” – Actress Martha Ankomah Tells Christians

To counter the fear and panic among Ghanaians due to the coronavirus outbreak, Martha Ankomah is bringing hope to the people with the word of the Lord.

Ghana has recorded 6 cases of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic and that has heightened tensions among its citizens as the president has also ordered the shutdown of schools and suspended public gatherings including church services, as a preventive measure to avoid the spread of the disease.

However, according to Ghanaian actress, as Christians, it is a sin to have any form of fear amidst this outbreak.

“I know there is so much fear in the system because of Coronavirus. We are Christians and as Children of God, we are not made with the spirit of fear. The bible says it’s a sin to fear,” she said in a video shared after church.

Nevertheless, Martha Ankomah added Ghanaians must, however, adhere to the precautionary measures against the pandemic, such as the frequent washing of hands.

“Coronavirus is not our portion, we are more than conquerors,” she concluded her message.

MUSIC INDUSTRY IS UNFAIR TO MARRIED WOMEN – Rapper Lousika Insists

Being a female artiste in the Ghanaian music industry can be quite challenging; add in marriage and childbirth and the journey becomes even more difficult with some calling time on their careers.

Last year, when Afrobeats artiste Becca got married and had a baby, she told the Graphic Showbiz in an interview that she won’t be slowed down, however, she announced on social media that she was ending her music career to focus on her family and her other investments at the end of this year.

While Becca may have her own reasons for quitting music, for her colleague rapper Lousika, who also took time off to marry and have children just when her career was taking off, the music industry is not fair to female acts who get married or have children.

“I would say the industry is not fair to those who get married, especially the females and it is not a good thing. Marriage should not be a big deal but in our part of the world, it is and it is just unfortunate.

“Look at me, when I got married and became pregnant, I had to go on a break to take care of my family and I am yet to come back. I would say this has been favourable for me somewhat because I am not on any label but for someone who works with a label, it is something else.

“It is like they do not want to work with you, they think you cannot do it or be yourself, they think the excuses with family issues will be too much which is not fair at all.

“Who has asked the likes of Sarkodie and Stonebwoy if they will stop working to take care of the home? Does anyone expect them to do so? No. But for us, it’s like that should be your choice. Even when people want to book you for events, they are skeptical about it which is not a good thing at all,” she told the Graphic Showbiz.

Lousika, whose real name is Christelle Akua Sika Amankona, insisted that being mothers and wives did not make them weak. “The fact that being a mother comes with issues doesn’t mean we should be treated like we are weak.

“I run a business and if my staff calls me to say their son or daughter is not well, I have to understand but that does not mean it is the end of the world for the person. However, in the entertainment industry, that is what it feels like. Honestly, it is tough for us,” she stated.

Talking about her music career, the Opampam rapper said she was coming out with great stuff this year.

“This year, we have lots of things to do, music has always been my thing and even though I came out with some songs last year, I was not able to keep up but his year is going to be great,” she confidently stated.

Lousika had a word for her fans, “2020 is a year of positivity, the number is a lucky one and if we put our minds to it, we can achieve anything we want to,” she said.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

HOW DARE YOU DARE ME – Abeiku Santana To Nana Aba Anamoah

Two media personalities are going at each other days after the American rapper, Cardi B never showed up for a ‘Meet and Greet’ session with Ghanaian celebrities.

Broadcaster Abeiku Santana has again taken a swipe at journalist Nana Aba Anamoah for giving him an ultimatum to prove that she [Nana Aba] spoke ill about Despite Media for inviting Big Brother Naija Housemate Tacha to Ghana.

According to the host of ‘Ekwanso Dwoodwoo’ on Okay FM, after giving the ‘State of Affairs’ host evidence that she had had a Twitter conversation with her protégée Serwa Amihere about Big Brother Naija and events in the Big Brother Naija House, she [Nana Aba] cannot deny on Twitter that she does not know Tacha.

Abeiku Santana, who calls himself Mr Tourism before signing off his late afternoon show on Okay FM Wednesday, December 11, stated that Nana Aba Anamoah had always been vociferous about things happening in Ghana, that is, from politics through to social issues and entertainment, so he was surprised when she [Nana Aba] as the ‘girl’s prefect’ could not comment about things that happened at the Cardi B live in Ghana concert, where the event organizers disrespected some Ghanaian celebrities.

He said, “Nana Aba Anamoah you say you’re Sarkodie’s PR and also a fan of Shatta Wale; they have been disrespected by Nigerians who organised the Cardi B event in Ghana… and as girl’s perfect, you couldn’t speak, but you’re quick to speak your mind on politics and other social issues”.

“…After telling you to come and address these issues you give me an ultimatum that I should come and remove my mouth; how dare you, how dare you dare me, how dare you dare me, can you dare me, can you dare me; this should be your last warning. I’ve been advised so don’t dare me,” angry Abeiku Santana burst out in the studio.

He explained further that the Cardi B show was organised by Nigerians who used Ghanaians as the front liners and yet disrespected big artistes like Sarkodie and Shatta Wale (who used a helicopter to go and do his soundcheck) from not performing at the show which came off last Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Source: Ghanaweb.com 

MOST MARRIED MEN HAVE SIDE CHICKS; POLYGAMY MUST BE LEGALIZED – John Dumelo Advocates

Renowned actor and politician, John Dumelo has intimated that polygamy should be legalised in Ghana because there is nothing wrong with it.

Under the country’s civil laws, polygamy is considered to be an illegal lifestyle, even though a large part of the population who are Muslims and members of the African Traditional religion do not find any problem with it.

John Dumelo said on Citi FM that;

According to John Dumelo, women should also be allowed to chose multiple husbands because it is ‘perfect’ for both ways.

“I feel that there’s nothing wrong with it. I mean if our brothers and sisters who are Muslims are doing it perfectly, why not Christians? Provided you can take care of your family and your two or three wives that’s fine and I mean, I speak to a lot of Muslim friends of mine and they’re okay with it, personally I don’t believe in it but I feel it’s good for Ghana”.

John Dumelo again posted this on his Facebook and his IG pages but deleted it after sometime….Here is the screenshot;

SHATTA WALE, MANIFEST, MR EAZI, BURNA BOY, ANGELIQUE KIDJO OTHERS IN GRAMMY 2019 NOMINATION

Wizkid, Shatta Wale and more were nominated for their work on Beyoncé’s ‘Lion King: The Gift’ while Mr Eazi earned a nod for his contribution to Bad Bunny and J. Balvin’s ‘Oasis.’

The 2020 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and it looks to be a standout year for African artist.

Burna Boy has earned his first-ever nomination in the (albeit dubious) ‘Best World Music’ category for his celebrated album African Giant which features Ghanaian Rapper Manifest among others. Speaking with Grammy.com about the vision for the album back in August, the artist said: My vision is just to…shine a light on a place and on people and a situation and everything that there hasn’t been a light on for a long time.”

In that same category is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia, which pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Burna and Kidjo worked together on the track “Different” from African Giant.

Also nominated for Best World Music category are Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for their release Fanm D’ayiti (Women of Haiti), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest (conducted by Jules Buckley) and Turkish rock band Altin Gün.

Also nominated for his work on J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s Oasis is Mr Eazi. Several artists including Wizkid, Tiwa SavageYemi Alade and Shatta Wale are nominated alongside Beyoncé for their work on her The Lion King: The Gift album, which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album amongst others.

Funnyman Trevor Noah, who recently became the first African artist to sell-out Madison Square Garden, also earned a nomination in the Best Comedy Album category for “Sticks and Stones.”

Rapper, singer and flautist Lizzo is the most nominated artist with nine to her name. While the Grammy’s are often criticised for nominating the same African artists (and lumping them into one eye roll-worthy category known as the “Best World Music”) the inclusion of African Giant and other works from African does reflect an acknowledgement of the cultural influence of contemporary African pop music.

The 2020 Grammys are scheduled to air on January 26. See the full list of nominees below:

Album of the Year

Bon Iver – i,i
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep,, Where Do We Go?
H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her
Lil Nas X – 7
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

Record of the Year

Bon Iver – Hey Ma
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
H.E.R. – Hard Place
Khalid – Talk
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Post Malone – Sunflower

Song of the Year

Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Brandi Carlile – Bring My Flowers Now
H.E.R. – Hard Place
Taylor Swift – Lover
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
Beyoncé – Spirit
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Ariana Grande & the Social House – Boyfriend
The Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Post Malone – Sunflower [ft. Swae Lee]
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

Best Pop Vocal Album
Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift – Lover

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Andrea Bocelli – Sì
Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Barbra Streisand – Walls

Rap

Best Rap Album
Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
Meek Mill – Championships
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
Tyler, the Creator – IGOR
YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Best Rap Song
YBN Cordae – Bad Idea [ft. Chance the Rapper]
Rick Ross – Gold Roses [ft. Drake]
21 Savage – A Lot [ft. J. Cole]
Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]
DaBaby – Suge

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole – Middle Child DaBaby – Suge Dreamville – Down Bad [ft. J.I.D., Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, Young Nudy] Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy] Offset – Clout [ft. Cardi B]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
DJ Khaled – Higher [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Baby and Gunna – Drip Too Hard
Lil Nas X – Panini
Mustard – Ballin [ft. Roddy Ricch]
Young Thug – The London [ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott]

Rock

Best Rock Performance
Bones UK – Pretty Waste
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
Brittany Howard – History Repeats
Karen O & Danger Mouse – Woman
Rival Sons – Too Bad

Best Metal Performance
Candlemass – Astorolus – The Great Octopus [ft. Tony Iommi] Death Angel – Humanicide
I Prevail – Bow Down
Killswitch Engage – Unleashed
Tool – 7empest

Best Rock Song
Tool – Fear Inoculum
The 1975 – Give Yourself a Try
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
Brittany Howard – History Repeats
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land

Best Rock Album
Bring Me the Horizon – amo
Cage the Elephant – Social Cues
The Cranberries – In the End
I Prevail – Trauma
Rival Sons – Feral Roots

Best Alternative Music Album
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
James Blake – Assume Form
Bon Iver – i,i
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Thom Yorke – Anima

R&B

Best R&B Performance
Daniel Caesar – Love Again [ft. Brandy]
H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Lizzo – Exactly How I Feel [ft. Gucci Mane]
Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
Anderson .Paak – Come Home [ft. Andre 3000]

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Bj the Chicago Kid – Time Today
India.Arie- Steady Love
Lizzo – Jerome
Lucky Daye – Real Games
PJ Morton – Built for Love [ft. Jazmine Sullivan]

Best R&B Song
H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Emily King – Look At Me Now
Chris Brown – No Guidance [ft. Drake]
Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
PJ Morton – Say So [ft. JoJo]

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI
Liz – Cuz I Love You
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
Nao – Saturn
Jessie Reyez – Being Human in Public

Best R&B Album
BJ the Chicago Kid – 1123
Lucy Daye – Painted
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
PJ Morton – Paul
Anderson .Paak – Ventura

Dance

Best Dance Recording
Bonobo – Linked
The Chemical Brothers – Got to Keep On
Medusa – Piece of Your Heart [ft. Goodboys]
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Underwater
Skrillex and Boys Noize – Midnight Hour [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Apparat – LP5
The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
Flume – Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace
Tyco – Weather

Comedy

Best Comedy Album
Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time
Ellen DeGeneres – Relatable
Aziz Ansari – Right Now
Trevor Noah – Son of Patricia
Dave Chapelle – Sticks and Stones

Remix

Best Remixed Recording
Madonna – I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)
Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter (Wuki Remix)
Jorja Smith – The One (High Contrast Remix)
Mild Minds – Swim (Ford. Remix)
Maria Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix)

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Various Artists – The Lion King: The Songs
Various Artists – Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Various Artists – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl
Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones: Season 8
Hans Zimmer – The Lion King
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Chris Stapleton – The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry – Girl in the Movies
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)
Beyoncé – Spirit
Thom Yorke – Suspirium

Packaging

Best Recording Package
Voces Del Bullerengue – Anónimas & Resilientes
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell
The Muddy Basin Ramblers – Hold That Tiger
Bon Iver – i,i
Intellexual – Intellexual

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Thom Yorke – Anima
David Gray – Gold in Brass Age
John Coltrane – 1963: New Directions
Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker – The Radio Recordings 1939-1945
Various Artists – Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary

Best Album Notes
The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions – Judy Cantor-Navas
The Gospel According to Malaco – Robert Maravich
Pedal Steel + Four Corners – Brendan Greaves
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Jeff Place
Stay ’68: A Memphis Story – Steve Greenberg

Producer

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Finneas
Ricky Reed

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
The Chemical Brothers – We’ve Got to Try
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
FKA Twigs – Cellophane
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Official Movie)
Tove Lo – Glad He’s Gone

Best Music Film
Beyoncé – Homecoming
David Crosby – Remember My Name
Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
Various Artists – Shangri-La
Thom Yorke – Anima