2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: Full List Of Winners

The awards presentation at the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is over!

The awards show which saw several performances from Akwaboah, Kidi, Kwesi Arthur, Kuami Eugene, Epixode, Kofi Kinaata, Celestine Donkor, Medikal, King Promise, Adina, E.L, Nakorex and many others over a  2 day period saw Kuami Eugene make history as he won the Highlife Artiste of the Year for the third consecutive time.

Other winners on the night included Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur,  Medikal,  Diana Hamilton,  Dope Nation and many others.

Check out the full list of winners from the  2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Day 1 (Industry Awards)

Record of The Year – Bolgatanga Girl (Okyeame Kwame)

Engineer of The Year – Dan Grahl –  Bolgatanga Girl

Traditional Artiste of the Year – Tesa Cultural Group

Male Vocalist of The Year – MOG

Instrumentalist of The Year- Emmanuel Bludo

Female Vocalist of The Year – Celestine Donkor

Songwriter of The Year – Kofi Kinaata  (Things Fall Apart)

Best Video of The Year –  Killi Me (Cina Soul)

Best Group of The Year –  Dope Nation

Producer of The Year –  MOG Beatz

African  Artiste of The Year – Burna Boy

Best International Collaboration of The Year – (Lucky) Sarkodie ft Rudeboy

Unsung Category – Teflon Flexx

Lifetime Achievement Award – George Darko

Day 2 (Public Categories)

Gospel Song of The Year –  Agbebolo (Bread of Life) Celestine Donkor ft Gideon

Hilife Song of the Year – Things Fall Apart – Kofi Kinaata

Dancehall Song of the Year – Poverty – J Derobie

HipHop Song of the Year – Don’t Be Late – Kofi Mole

Hiplife Song of the Year – Omo Ada – Medikal

Afrobeats Song of The Year – Zanku – Dope Nation

Gospel Artiste of the Year –  Diana Hamilton

Highlife Artiste of The Year –  Kuami Eugene

Hiplife/HipHop Artiste of The Year –  Medikal

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of The Year – Ras Kuuku

Best Rapper of The Year – Kwesi Arthur

Best Collaboration of The Year – Ofeetsoor (Sarkodie ft Bright)

Best New Artist of The Year- Fameye

Album of The Year –  Sugar (Kidi)

Most Popular Song of the Year –   Things Fall Apart – Kofi Kinaata

Vodafone Green Ambassador 2020 – Gasmilla

COVID Heroes Award – Ghana Health Service (GHS)

Artist of The Year – Kuami Eugene

Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to Reopen to International Passenger Traffic by Tuesday, September 1, 2020

African Aerospace - Kotoka terminal lightens the load

The Ministry of Aviation and its agencies are putting in place robust measures to ensure the safe reopening of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to international passenger traffic by Tuesday, September 1, this year.

Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda; the Chief Director of the Ministry of Aviation, Ms Christina Edmund; the Managing Director (MD) of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Mr Yaw Kwakwa, and some officials of the Aviation Ministry,

The preparations include the installation of seven temperature thermal scanners and 70 sample-taking booths, floor markings to ensure social distancing, counselling units and standby ambulances at Terminal Three of the airport.

The protocols put in place are to ensure adequate physical distancing, the wearing of nose masks or coverings, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, health screening, contact tracing and the use of passenger health declaration forms.

The measures are in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Take-Off guidance for safe operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

An announcement on the reopening of the airport for international passenger traffic will be based on the successful testing of and simulation on the COVID-19 preventive installations tomorrow.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that, as of August 24, Rwanda and Kenya were the only African states in 100 per cent alignment with the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations.

Other African states, such as Ghana and Togo, were more than 90 per cent compliant, while The Gambia was about 81 per cent ready.

Visit

This came to light yesterday when the Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda; the Chief Director of the Ministry of Aviation, Ms Christina Edmund; the Managing Director (MD) of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Mr Yaw Kwakwa, and some officials of the Aviation Ministry, Airport Health Directorate and other agencies at the airport inspected health surveillance facilities at the airport which are germane to Ghana’s attempt to open up its airport and airspace to international travel.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during his 15th update on COVID-19 efforts, dropped the hint that the airport could be opened on September 1, this year, and this has triggered preparations towards the opening.

Under his instructions, the Ministry of Aviation, the GCAA and the GACL were to work with the Ministry of Health and its agencies to ascertain the country’s readiness to reopen the airport.

Satisfaction

Speaking to the media after the inspection, Mr Adda expressed satisfaction with the measures, saying: “As you can see, there is some serious work ongoing at the airport with the creation of 70 sampling booths and a testing department where the blood samples will be sent, tested and the report electronically sent.”

He explained that passengers who tested negative would be allowed to go, while those who tested positive would be held back by the Port Health Directorate,” he said.

Although the airport was not 100 per cent ready as of the time of the visit, Mr Adda expressed the hope that the work would be completed today.

The President would address the nation on Sunday and announce the way forward, depending on the outcome of the final testing and simulation of the COVID-19 preventive installations at Terminal Three, the minister said.

According to him, the airport would be disinfected as soon as the testing and simulation of the COVID-19 preventive installations were completed.

Observations

When the entourage got to the lower section of the arrival hall, five temperature thermal scanners had been fully installed, with adequate physical distancing marks on floors.

There were also benches at the terminal, while inscriptions encouraging the wearing of face masks were posted all around the walls.

At the upper level of the arrival hall there were construction works to fit cubicles, cashier counters, sampling booths and testing laboratories.

The minister expressed the optimism that the airport would be ready for opening by close of day tomorrow.

Results in minutes

Mr Kwakwa said the new installations would ensure that passengers were tested for the disease and given the results within 15 minutes.

He said all the arrangements had been done with huge passenger numbers in mind to prevent congestion during peak hours.

Although the testing capacity was not disclosed, the officials said they would stagger airline arrival to reduce congestion and testing backlogs.

Mr Kwakwa said the floor of both the arrival and the departure halls of Terminal Three had been marked, while hand sanitiser had been installed at vantage points for use in observance of the COVID-19 protocols.

He said the airport authorities had put adequate measures in place to ensure that the directive on the wearing of nose masks would be fully enforced.

He added that the systems at the terminal had been configured to allow for enhanced ventilation to curtail the concentration of any pathogens in the halls

Government Proposes Extending Covid-19 Lockdown in Ukraine Until Nov 1

Govt proposes extending coronavirus lockdown in Ukraine until Nov 1

The Cabinet of Ministers has offered to extend the coronavirus quarantine in Ukraine until November 1 due to the worsening of the COVID-19 epidemic situation.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this at a regular conference call chaired by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday, August 25, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the head of state.

“Over the past day, Ukraine recorded more than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases. The Cabinet of Ministers suggests extending the quarantine in the country until November 1,” the PM said.

Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv and Ternopil regions are suffering from the pandemic most of all.

At the same time, Shmyhal said that the total number of people infected with coronavirus in Ukraine since the beginning of the pandemic has exceeded 108,000.

Considering the negative dynamics of the incidence rate, the President supported the need to take preventive measures, in particular, the introduction of a ban on the work of night clubs and concerts.

“However, the quarantine should remain adaptive and not burdensome for entrepreneurs. Small- and medium-sized businesses should be able to properly organize their work in the new conditions,” Zelensky said.

As of August 25, Ukraine reported 108,415 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,658 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours.

Overwhelming Traffic Crashes The Hosting Website of Sarkodie’s Black Love-Virtual Concert

CEEK which is hosting the website after the few minutes of the starting time began to have serious technical challenges.

Most people could not log in and they took to Twitter to vent their anger and frustration.

CEEK has reacted to the issues and explain exactly what is going on. According to the hosting website for Black Love-Virtual Concert, the traffic is just too much.

Ghana alone is generating over 1.3 million viewers and over 200,000 others from other countries around the world.

The website couldn’t hold it so it crashed. However, it’s being fixed so Netizens and lovers of Sarkodie should hold on tight.

Ceek tweeted:

#SarkNation shut the web down. Due to overwhelming traffic, we are having some technical issues. Please standby we are working to resolve this. 1.5 million at once with more coming.

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NUGS SUMY EUROPEAN MEDICAL REASONING FELLOWSHIP HAD THEIR FIRST EVER CONFERENCE IN SUMY-UKRAINE

European Medical Reasoning Fellowhip (EMRF), had it first ever conference which was held at Sumy a city in Ukraine.
It was organized mainly by the National Union of Ghana students-Sumy Chapter.
This big Project was moderated and Supervised by Associate Prof. Of Medicine, Dr. Albina Zharkova.
This initiative was headed by the president and academic committee head, Wireko Andrew Awuah and Abdul Rahman Toufik respectively.
The program was scheduled to take place at the Sumy State University main campus (school Library)


According to academic commitee head, the main motive of the EMRF programme sought to engage the entire students populace in making good use of their time by researching and sharing ideas on selected topics by the board of dais.
Again, to make them come out of their comfort zones to meet and socialize with friends after a long indoor stay due to the covid 19 pandemic.
During the conference, they ensured that, strict precautionary measures were put in place.
Students were grouped into seven groups. Each group presenting about assigned topics followed by a Q/A session of which judges were present to pass their judges and comments.
At the end of the programme, students and teachers alike received awards, certificates, citations, etc.
It was a great and insightful conference that has come to stay. NUGS SUMY will organize it annually if not every academic year.

The EMRF board express their deepest gratification to the authorities of Sumy State University (SSU), Prof. Albina V. Zharkova and the National Union Of Ghana Students-Ukraine for the support and contributions.

PICTURES FROM THE CONFERENCE BELOW

19 Year Old Ugandan Student Contest For President.

 A 19-year-old boy has picked presidential nomination papers from the Electoral Commission. Hillary Humphrey Kaweesa, who is in his senior six vacation, and a former student of Mengo Senior secondary school is among the nine people who have so far picked presidential nomination papers ahead of next year’s general elections.

Kaweesa says that he attained three principal passes in the 2019 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations which makes him legible to contest for the presidency. He also says that he hopes to raise the Shs 20 million nomination fees from well-wishers. Among other requirements, aspirants are required to collect 100 signatures from every district to support their nomination.

“I have all the qualifications, am a good leader of course, and a Ugandan citizen. I have always been a counsellor and I have always aspired for big positions. I have been a big dreamer and an achiever. At Mengo generally, I was a class counsellor,” he said.

In 2017, MPs scrapped the presidential age-limit of 75 years. They also lowered the age eligibility for president from 35 to 18 years. Another aspirant Mathew Mutyaba also picked the nomination forms. Mutyaba, who is disabled and a lawyer by profession, says that he is confident of winning the presidency because he has been spiritually called to lead.

“I had a call inside of me after seeing my country the way it is and the way I was led by the spirit because am a God-fearing giant, and I take God to be number one. What has made me to come is that I have seen my fellow Ugandans really, they need to be touched upon, they need to be guided, they need to be helped in order to bring a low person to come to the level whereby he feels good or he appreciates in his or her country. I decided to come because no matter to the physical appearance because of what I am because in our fraternity we have a say that disability is not inability, so I decided to come in order to add on to where the former had reached…” said Mutyaba.

Mutyaba, who is 34 years, says that he has contested in several positions like the local council elections and the parliamentary seat, but lost.

“I have always scored less because the voters did not believe in me after looking at my physical disability forgetting that my inner ability is not like the physical one,” Mutyaba says.

Other aspirants who picked the forms on Wednesday include 46-year-old pastor Henry Byamukama, 41-year-old Christopher Alibankowa a retired military officer, and Simon Peter Serunjoji.

On Tuesday, other aspirants including, Robert Kyagulanyi, the leader from National Unity Platform (NUP) also picked presidential nomination papers. Though Kyagulanyi was not physically present at the Electoral Commission, his nomination papers were picked by Paul Simbwa Kagombe the senior administrative secretary for NUP.Former presidential assistant for special duties and Luwero Woman MP candidate, Elizabeth Lugudde-Katwe alias Dr. Nabatanzi is also among those seeking to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, accusing him of nepotism and corruption.

NUGS SAYS A BIG THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO AFTER RECEIVING A BRAND NEW 33 SEATER BUS

The National Union of Ghana Students wishes to extend its warmest gratitude to the President of the Republic Of Ghana, the sector Minister for Education,the CEO of Masloc and his entire management set, our Predecessors for heeding to the wails of the Union, and aiding us with a 33 seater brand new bus to facilitate the day to day manning of the core activities of NUGS. We unanimously laud our predecessors, especially, the Tinkaro led Administration for their selfless and yeoman’s job in facilitating the processes and needed details in securing this bus from Masloc.

The Union also counts on this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education, for his role in unifying NUGS and his unflinching support to the Union. We are forever grateful for all you have done for students and education at large across the country.

Further on behalf of students, parents and the youth movement of this country, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) extends a warm thank you to His Excellency, the President and sector players for their timely reconsideration of the ban placed on the 14 students who were caught in all forms of hooliganism as the WASSCE exams continued. We appreciate the mitigation process and with grateful hearts, we express our deepest appreciation for the President’s gesture.
Thank you.
ALUTA.

Signed
Nana Yaw Osei Bellucci
Secretary for Press and Information,
NUGS.

Approved
Isaac Jay Hyde
President, NUGS

NUGS-UKRAINE PRESIDENT AND VICE MEET WITH NUGS KHARKIV EXECUTIVES

Earlier today, The president of National Union of Ghana students (NUGS) Ukraine, Evans Amoateng and his vice Philip Bobbie met with it’s local (Kharkiv) executives led by Amos Ankomah and Michelle Kuma.

The meeting lasted for one and half hours and the discussion was solely on commending the individual executives on their effort incooperated in the union. They also empowered the executives to stay committed to the local and the major steps to be taken to help the union reach it’s goals.

They also showered praises on nugs kharkiv for being very vibrant interns of their works and also thank the executives the help they rendered during evacuating graduates students to Ghana.

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NUGS UKRAINE EXECUTIVES PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO TURKISH AIRLINE MANAGEMENT TO SAY THANK YOU

The national Union of Ghana students (NUGS) Ukraine executives, paid a courtesy visit to the management of Turkish Airline to show appreciation after a successful deal in helping the union with a charted flight evacuating Ghanaian graduate back home on 5th august,2020.

The team also touched on the way they could both collaborate for the interest of Ghanaians and africans in Ukraine .
The management of Turkish airline was so pleased and said” this was unprecedented and assured the team of their collaboration and future assistance.

The evacuation exercise begun about a month and a half ago. Due to the closure of the international borders, the past administration led by Mustapha Abdul Mumin together with the current administration led by Evans Amoateng worked to make this evacuation a success.