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What Shatta Wale did was childish and stupid : Ayitey Anumle Oyanka

Fugitive Ghanain musician Shatta behind bars [iamge: courtesy]
West Africa—The West Africa’s Council of Internal Chambers of Commerce boss, Nii Ayitey Aumle Oyanka has said although the actions of the dancehall musician Shatta Wale were ‘stupid and childish’ the security should not treat him like an armed robber.

“What Shatta Wale did was childish and stupid but what about the pastor who stated the crap? This nonsense must stop in Ghana,” he stated.

His comment follows the detention of the controversial musician and three other accomplices for a week for causing fear and panic.

Nii Ayitey Anumle Oyanka further urged the public to be measured in their condemnation since humans are fallible of making mistakes in life.

“One time you are a hero, the next time you are neglected and destroyed completely by your own people.”

Noo Oyanka in an interview said the case should be properly investigated and measure put in place to avoid any future occurrences.

Nii Oyanka chief of Obileieman who doubles as chairman of Anamase Royal Alline Council and Abola Piam stated, “I feel sad when I see or hear a situation like this. I have been a victim of such a similar incident, where you want to salvage a serious situation or defend yourself and at the end of the day, you rather become the victim of the show.”

He continued, “Last two years my place was attacked by gun-wielding men and people were shot and the palace vandalized. The criminals were never arrested and I was put behind bars for defending myself in my own palace.

“When I hear people praising the current IGP I laugh, this man doesn’t tolerate nonsense or accept bribes and served short terms in a few offices because they refused to be corrupted. Today people are praising him because he is just the IGP whether they like him or not.

“Dr. George Akuffo Dampare wants to prove his doubters wrong but in doing so he must be lenient with people. Nobody is perfect and the laws should work properly to ensure there is no selective justice.”

MTN telco tops Forbes list best employer company 2021

MTN tops list as best employer telco in 2021 [Image:courtesy]
Africa—MTN Group Limited, formerly M-Cell, is a South African multinational mobile telecommunications company operating in many African and Asian countries.

The company has been recognized as the leading African communication telco on the recently revealed Forbes World’s Best Employers list for 2021.

As part of the survey, employees from across 58 countries were asked to rate multinational employers on aspects such as image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality, and social responsibility, the complete list features 750 companies.

This year’s ranking represents a significant improvement in various areas for MTN. Overall, we’ve improved from position 419 last year, to 132 in 2021. We have also moved up nine places in the global telco industry rankings to the second spot.

“This acknowledgment comes at a time when our sector is at the forefront of the changes that are happening in the world. In a year when we launched our new ambition 2025 strategy and EVP, Live Inspired, we are excited that this acknowledgment, as with many others we’ve received, will inspire people around our ambitions,” says Ralph Mupita, MTN Group Present, and CEO.

“We are humbled to receive this influential global recognition by Forbes, as people have found it difficult to be physically together, we had to step up as an industry to connect them with each other, connect companies with their people and customers, and of course, enable the delivery of new and essential services to communities.

“To achieve this, we’ve relied on our people, their skills, innovation, and can-do spirit that continues to shine bright alongside our brand,” says Paul Norman, Group Chief Human Resouce Officer.

He continued, “Through our Live inspired EVP, we aim to provide our employees with future skills, create a diverse and inclusive workplace and contribute to a sustainable environment.”

Ghana’s ballooning public debt is a threat to investors; Fitch Solutions

Fitch hints how investors are shunning away from Ghana because of its high public debt [Image:courtesy]
Ghana—Ghana’s high levels of public debt is likely to remain a concern for investors in the years ahead.

According to Fitch solution’s 4th Quarter 2021 country report, a sustained fiscal deficit albeit a moderately narrowing one will see the country’s debt stock continue to rise over the coming years. However, as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product, it should stabilize this year, and then gradually reduce in the long term.

“We are confident that Ghana will see somewhat narrower fiscal deficits and slower in public borrowing in the medium to long term. This will bring the debt –burden down somewhat a style percentage of GDP relative to early 2020.

“While a large debt load in itself is not a direct threat to financial stability, we do not rule out the debt load causing some problems over the long term due to the interest payments the debt entails,” it further said.

Fitch solutions said the budget deficit will narrow in 2022, albeit to a still wide 7.6% of GDP.

“We expect that as economic conditions normalize further in 2022, revenue will continue to recover and rise to 15.9% of GDP. Expenditure growth will moderate in line with the government’s medium-term fiscal consolidation objectives and consequently, we forecast total spending falling as a proportion of GDP to 23.5%.”

It is said expenditure will remain elevated in the coming months, and rise from 24.7% of GDP in 2020 to 25.6% in 2021.

Public sector salaries and benefits will remain the largest non-interest expenditure item, followed by grants to other government units.

The government expects the public sector wage to rise by 7.2% to 30.3billion in 2021.

However, Fitch solutions anticipate that growing political pressure for larger pays in cares as evidenced by threats in late July of nationwide strike action by university staff or pay demands, to result in higher than expected expenditure.

The budget also includes funding for the second phase of the government’s Ghana CARE ‘Obaatan Pa’ coronavirus support and recovery scheme, which includes funding to develop public healthcare capacity, procure vaccines, and provide support for local communities and businesses.

ExxonMobil considers scrapping Mozambique project

Exxon in contemplation of withdrawing assets from Mozambique [iamge:ciourtesy]
Mozambique—Exxon Mobil Corporation, stylized as ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas cooperation headquartered in Irving, Texas. It is the largest descendant of John D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil.

The company’s remade board of directors is debating whether to continue with major oil and gas projects, including an ongoing gas development project in Mozambique.

Exxon Mobil’s board of directors has expressed concerns about some of the company’s proposed projects, including a $30 billion liquefied natural gas development in Mozambique and another multi-billion gas dollar gas project in Vietnam.

While economies recover from the pandemic, oil and gas prices are multiyear highs and fossil fuels are in short supply. However, such energy megaprojects are costly and it often takes years for their investment to pay off.

In light of increased investor pressure to restrain fossil-fuel investment to limit carbon emissions and return more cash to shareholders, Exxon’s board members are weighing projects. The company is also under pressure from environmental and government officials to produce less oil and gas.

Discussions are taking place in connection with a review of the oil company’s five-year spending planning, on which the board will vote by the end of this month.

It’s unclear whether the board will make a final decision on the Mozambique or Vietnam projects during this review.

Benin parliament votes to legalize abortion

Parliamentarians vote to allow terminating of pregnancies in Benin [Image: courtesy]
Benin—West Africa’s Benin has voted to legalize abortion in most circumstances, the health ministry said on Thursday becoming of only a handful of African countries to do so.

Abortion was previously legal only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother’s lie was at risk, or if the unborn child had a particularly serious medical condition.

The new law says abortion may be permitted if the pregnancy is likely to aggravate of cause situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with the interest of women and the unborn child.”

The law was passed following a debate in parliament. It still needs to be ratified by the constitutional court before it takes effect.

According to Guttmacher Institute, a U.S based research organization. The law makes Benin a rarity in Africa. As of 2016, only Zambia, Cape Verd, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tunisia had relatively abortion laws.

Health Minister Benjamin Hounkapatin said, “This measure is going to ease the pain of many women who are faced with the distress of unwanted pregnancy, find themselves obliged to risk their lives by using unsafe abortion methods,”

He estimated that unsafe abortions are responsible for 20% of maternal death nationwide.

“This law will be welcomed by all medical personnel who deal with complications from abortions on a daily basis,” Hounkapatin stated.

According to the World Health Organization, (WHP), teenage pregnancy is common in Benin and only about 12% of people use modern methods of contraception.

SOUTH AFRICA: Judgment day for notorious killer cop, Rosemary Ndlovu Nomia

Rosemary in court to know her verdict on serial killing charges [image: courtesy]
South Africa–Alleged notorious assailant and policewoman Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu returns to court for judgment in her trial on Friday, marking one of the final chapters in a case that has gripped the nation.

As the case draws to a close, we have a recap of a damning previous testimony of the first hit man she allegedly approached to kill her cousin Gladys and her sister Joyce.

Nyabulo Kunena was the first witness to testify against Ndlovu when her trial kicked off in July. She was accused of killing six of those closest to her, including her romantic partner, Maurice Mabasa. She is alleged to have recruited Kunene to kill Joyce and her five children, as well as Gladys, But Kunene opposed the idea and turned to police to report her.

“When I looked at her I realized that she is unbothered about taking a life. She takes killing lightly. She likens killing a person to simply quashing an ant,” Kunene told the high court in Johannesburg.

Kunene is in witness protection after he alerted police and he learnt how, from behind bars Ndlovu was planning a hit on the investigation officer in the case, Sgt Benneth Keshi Mabunda.

Ndlovu has already been charged with conspiracy to murder Mabunda and will appear in court for this following the conclusion of her current trial. But knowing that Kunene’s life would be in danger following the thwarted plan to kill Mabunda, police decided to protect Kunene.

“I first met her when she came to arrest me along with another male officer. They had come to arrest me at my place of residence. I was charged for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm. That charge was withdrawn in court. “Kunene said.

Days after the charges were withdrawn Ndlovu drove past his house with another police officer. They called him over where she said she was pleased that the charges against him were withdrawn.

“I saw her again in 2017 when my sister Cebisile called me to her home. She is my cousin. I went there and was shocked to see her there. I told Cebisile you called me for a person who has arrested me before?” Ndlovu laughed it off and said she was not there on those matters. She said I should come in and sit down.

Minutes after, Kunene walked out and alert the authorities about Ndlovu’s frequency in their family, law enforcers arrived and drove the police away.

NIGERIA: After 3 months of hide and seek, the Federal government finally hands over Kanu to Judiciary

Kanu appears in court for trial [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—After speculations about his health and whereabouts since his rearrest in June, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, finally appeared in court for his re-arraignment yesterday, eliciting some joyous reaction in courts and most parts of the Southeast.

His trial has been delayed for three months when authorities failed to produce him in court.

Kanu was brought into the court premises in a heavily fortified security convoy led by a black Prado SUV at exactly 8:00 am. Many were skeptical as to whether he was actually in the convoy considering that a similar drama took place on July 27 he was first re-arraigned.

But two hours later Kanu who wore a white Fendi designer jumpsuit, was ushered into the courtroom by security operatives to face a seven-count amended charge bordering on incitement, terrorism, treasonable felony, and money laundering.

The charges against Kanu, a British citizen, also included calling for secession, knowingly broadcasting falsehoods about President Muhammadu Buhari, and membership of an outlawed group.

Entrances leading to the court premises were barricades by a combination of gun-wielding department of State Services (DSS) operatives, the army6, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, and men of the Nigerian police, while a large number of security personnel were deployed to the premises and its surrounding to curb any break of law and order.

However, restriction of human and vehicular movements, baring of journalists from coverage as well as the harassment of lawyers, who had other matters in court, caused serious uproar and chaos within and around the court area.

Security operatives also forcibly dispersed the crowds of supporters who gathered nearby.

Though some select journalist finally made their way into the court premises they were strictly restricted from going into Court 2 by the DSS who was allegedly acting on the directive of the trial judge, Binta Nyako.

Kanu was first arrested in 2015 by disappeared while on bail in April 2017. His social media posts during his absence and Radio Biafra broadcasts outraged the government, which they said encouraged attacks on security forces.


Vera sidika and Brown welcomes bouncing baby Girl: “I felt Zero Pain while Giving Birth”

Vera Sidiaka Mung’asia and her lover, Brown Mauzo . [Image: queenveebosset
Nairobi, Kenya— Socialite Vera Sidiaka Mung’asia and her lover, Brown Mauzo welcomed a bouncing baby Girl who has been named Princess Asia Brown.

Vera took to social media to make the announcement to her over 2.1 Million followers on Instagram.

“20.10.2021 at 10:21am 🎊A princess was born🎊Asia Brown @princess_asiabrown. You will always be the miracle that makes our life complete.” She wrote.

“🙏God is great🙏 I’m So grateful we successfully delivered our princess @princess_asiabrown she’s such a healthy, beautiful & jovial baby 😍❤️🥰”

Among the many choices of delivery, the Beautypreneur, who has been documenting her Pregnancy journey said she chose CS and it was the right choice for her.

Vera shared her delivery experience, saying, “whoever said CS surgery was so bad and very painful lied. I felt zero pain. It was the best decision ever.”

“It has been 21 hours after surgery. Still, no pain at all and I can get up, walk around on my own. I felt good during surgery. I saw, heard everything even told stories with my anaesthetist with some old RnB music in the background.”

She added, after a very successful surgery and watching my baby come out crying, Gosh. Immediately I spoke to her, she stayed quiet. She knows her mother’s voice from womb days…can’t wait to share those videos someday”


Comic Nollywood Actor, Victor Osuagwu Reacts To Viral Video Of Pastor whipping His Members


clergymen whipping a section of church members. [Image: Snippset]
Witty Nollywood actor, Victor Osuagwu has described some preachers as agents of Lucifer while countering a video of a clergyman whipping a section of church members.

According to the viral video, the clergy is seen singing alongside the “Praise and Worship” team then turns to the congregation that lay down, dressed in Black on the pulpit.

Holding a waist belt, he repeatedly whips one member reposing at the edge.

“He is not dead,” the priest says. He is further joined by fellow clerics in belting the others. “It’s to test whether you are ready for the Ministry,” he said.

Low giggling is heard from a section of the congregation who stood watching their fellows receive a beating.

According to the Nollywood actor, this act is ungodly and a Display of foolery “God Is Truly A Merciful God. Some Pastors or Rather Preachers Are Agents of Lucifer. Trust Me, Only One Yansh Must Have Caused Dis Ungodly Display of Foolery” Osuagwu wrote on Instagram.

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TANZANIA: A family reunion fraught with pain

Tanzania’s Farewell Amor, a family reunion fraught with pain [Image:courtesy]
Tanzania—After years of being apart with kith and kin, reuniting a family after 17 years of separation proves to be an almost impossible task for a family in Tanzanian writer-director Ekwa Msangi’s Farewell Amor, a gripping drama set in Brooklyn, New York.

Inspired by the true story of Msangi’s aunt and cousin who had been apart from her US-based uncle for 24 years, she based the story on the what-if factor. Sadly her uncle recently died, which makes Msangi’s fiction even more heartfelt.

The story opens at John F Kennedy Airport in New York, where Walter, a taxi driver, picks up is wife, Esther, and teenage daughter, Sylvia.

The family originally from Angola fled the civil war to Tanzania, where Esther and Sylvia remained until reunion nearly 20 years later.

“I love Angolan music and I wanted to include that the film as a tool the family uses, as a language in fact, in order to reconnect with each other and themselves,” Msangi tells RFI, after a screening of the movie at Cinema Neerwaya in Ouagadougou for the Fespaco Pan-African film festival.

Not wanting to sacrifice their points of view, Msangi wrote the script to show the same event from each family member’s perspective.

As in the story based on her family, Msangi’s characterisation of Sylvia, the teenage daughter, played by Jayme Lawson, comes from her own experiences of immigrating to Brooklyn, where she now lives.

“You think it will be so easy and you’ll be living the life as you see on those music videos,” says Msangi.

“It’s not until you actually get there that the experience can be very shocking. It’s also very different depending on your class.” She adds.