Ten KNUST Optometry Students Secure Highly Ranked Student Fellowship at American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) has awarded ten (10) students from the Department of Optometry and Visual Science, College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, with the prestigious Student Fellowship Award.

The Student Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in cutting-edge research and enhance their knowledge of modern technology deployed in eye care through lectures, workshops, poster presentations, and many more. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, these outstanding students defied the odds to participate in the first-ever virtual AAO Annual Meeting 2020 at home, and have completed the requirements to be Student Fellows of the Academy.

On 8th February 2021, Dr Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, OD, PhD, FAAO, a Fellow of the Academy, and a Lecturer in the Optometry Department KNUST presented the awards to the respective students on behalf of AAO.

Below are the names of the students who have earned this designation:

Isaiah Osei Duah Junior, Naa Adorkor Lomotey, Ben-Nathaniel Fosu, Joycelyn Arko Arhin, Earl Boadi Appiah, Lucy Akua Afriyie Karikari, Benjamin Baah Konadu, Christabel Arthur, Ewura-Ama Horthman, and Adwoa Owusuwaa Broni.

Each student received a certificate of completion and lapel pin. The students have also been granted complimentary registration for AAO Annual Meeting 2021 which will take place November 3-6, 2021 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, USA.

Congratulations on setting the pace! All the best in your endeavours, and keep making your families and KNUST proud!

Picture description: On the front row from left to right (Adwoa Owusuwaa Broni, Lucy Akua Afriyie Karikari, Ewura-Ama Horthman, Ben-Nathaniel Fosu), middle row (Isaiah Osei Duah Junior, Joycelyn Arko Arhin, Naa Adorkor Lomotey, Earl Boadi Appiah) back row (Dr Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, OD, PhD, FAAO, Benjamin Baah Konadu)

Ghana, UK Finalizes Trade Partnership Agreement

Ghana and the United Kingdom have signed a new interim Trade Partnership Agreement after days of negotiations, ending the Transition Period following the withdrawal of UK from the European Union

The agreement is expected to provide for duty free and quota free access for Ghanaian goods to the UK market and preferential tariff reductions for UK exporters to the Ghanaian market.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, “the agreement will enter into effect following the completion of relevant internal procedures required in both Ghana and the UK”.

Earlier this year, UK companies threatened to reject imports from Ghana as the country and Britain failed to reach a trade agreement, post Brexit.

Banana farmers were the hardest hit, losing about 20% of their exports to the UK and could have lost about 70% more if the agreement was not finalized.

The new agreement is said to reaffirm the deep interest of both Ghana and the UK to strengthen their longstanding trade and economic relationship.

The agreement also reflects the importance of integration between the West African States within the context of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and amongst African States within the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Read the full statement below:

Ghana Music Awards Organizers Decide to Lift Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy Ban

The board of the Ghana Music Awards has “decided” to lift its ban on Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy.

In a new interview, Robert Klah, Head of Public Events and Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse stated that the issue came up during its first meeting for the upcoming edition of the awards.

“It was in principle decided that the ban should be lifted,” remarked Klah to Andy Dosty on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM.

He also added that an official announcement will be made after organisers meet with the artistes and their management teams.

“There is a reason why this altercation happened and you want to be sure that they don’t resurface. You want to have that kind of conversation to understand and agree on how things should move.”

Background

Stonebwoy pulled out a gun on stage minutes before he was supposed to make a speech for his record win at the 2019 Ghana Music Awards.

The announcement that he had won the “Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ category for the fifth consecutive time was met with displeasure by Shatta Wale.

Stonebwoy apologized on stage, and later released a press statement apologizing for “the part” his conduct played in the incident.

Organizers of the scheme, CharterHouse banned the two artistes indefinitely following the brawl, and asked them to return the plaques they won for awards on the night.

A Ghanaian Student in Brazil Drowns And Dies In Waterfalls


Report from Gam Radio Africa Brazil indicates that a Ghanaian student, Kofi Akowuah Junior popularly called Junior or Fii among friends, studying in one of the universities in brazil has been reported dead on Saturday afternoon 31/012021. According to @itatiaiaoficial , despite attempts to revive him after he had drowned, Junior was pronounced dead by a local doctor on their way to the hospital in Minas Gerais a city in Brazil.

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BIOGRAPHY OF ALBAN BAGBIN, SPEAKER OF GHANA’S 8TH PARLIAMENT!

Born on September 24, 1957, at Sombo in the Upper West Region, Hon. Bagbin is a graduate of the University of Ghana (1977-1980) and the Ghana School of Law (1980 -1982).

He holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). The MP for Nadowli Kaleo and former Majority Leader started schooling at an early age at the Roman Catholic Primary School, Sombo, did his second cycle education at Wa Secondary School and ended at the Tamale Secondary School, where he earned his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level certificates before entering the University of Ghana in 1977.

From 1980 to 1982, he worked at the Bureau of Statistics and Statistical Service as the acting Secretary to the Statistical Service Board while between 1982 and 1983; he worked as Personnel Manager of the erstwhile State Hotels Corporation.Mr. Bagbin practiced as private legal practitioner in the Akyem Chambers, a firm of legal practitioners, consultants and notaries public, as a partner.

He is currently the longest serving a member of parliament, having served since 1993 when the first parliament under the 4th Republic was inaugurated. He has held a number of positions in Parliament since 1994 and capped his law making career with the ultimate, the Majority Leader and Leader of the House.In the first Parliament of the Fourth Republic, he was made the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Subsidiary Legislation and Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy and Member of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development.

In the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Mr. Bagbin was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs with oversight responsibilities for the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Electoral Commission, National Commission on Civic Education, Office of Parliament and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

He was also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 2001 to 2005.He was also the Vice-Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament. He did not run again for Parliament in the 2020 elections.

Anas sends warning to corrupt individuals

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Ghanaian international award-winning journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has issued a warning to persons engaged in perpetuating human rights abuses and corrupt practices of what is to be expected in the coming year.

At the end of every year, people, depending on their line of work, commit to resolutions that are used to guide their actions in the coming year and for Mr Anas, his resolution will be turning up the heat on people who fleece and pilfer Ghana’s national coffers as well as those who commit crimes of human right abuses.

Sharing a picture of himself on his Facebook page, the ‘anonymous Anas’ with his back turned towards the camera captioned the image with the message:

“Dear all, as we ready ourselves for 2021, let us not forget that we have only one Ghana! For the thieves who pilfer our national kitty with impunity and abuse human rights, there will be more fire on you in 2021. Happy New year.”

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Davido storms out of nightclub in Accra after alleged brawl with Burna Boy (WATCH)

Nigerian afro-pop star Davido reportedly clashed with fellow musician Burna Boy in a nightclub in Accra.

On Sunday night, the two music rivals reportedly engaged in a brawl at Twist nightclub in Accra.

Though the incident wasn’t captured on camera, Davido was filmed storming out of the nightclub after they were separated.

The cause of the brawl is yet unknown, however, Davido and Burna Boy have been engaging in some petty feuds since March of 2020.

It all began when they both decided to release their latest albums the same month and some song writing credit issues between Burna Boy and Davido’s signee Peruzzi.

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Nigerian music executive Paul O called Burna Boy and Davido, and Wizkid – who was present – to order in an Instagram post after the incident.

He called them his sons and described them as ‘afrobeats heroes’, adding that they should use their ‘super powers’ to ‘unlock greatness, set an example and lead the way’.

He wrote: “Dear Sons, African Giant, Baddest OBO, and biggest Star Boy. I love you guys, You all have made monumental strides to advance African culture around the world. Your music has helped to change the face of Afrobeats and turned it into one of the most popular music genres today. You all have worked so so so hard to achieve this status and we are proud of what you have contributed to music, as talented musicians, and most importantly as African men.

This year has taught us all valuable lessons about life, love, friendship, work and passion. Let’s not forget the reason we all started.

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Atwea Prayer Mountain to be developed into tourist centre

The Methodist Church is working in close partnership with the Sekyere Central District Assembly to develop the Atwea Prayer mountain into a monumental sacred religious tourist centre.

Right Reverend Robert Osborn Eshun, Bishop of the Effiduase Diocese of the Methodist church, who made this known said the mountain was now one of the most attracted areas for spiritual renewal and it was important to provide facilities to help visitors.

He was speaking at a public lecture to commemorate the relevance of the discovery and existence of the renowned prayer mountain.

It is located at Abasua in the Sekyere Central district and is considered as one of the most sacred religious and spiritual renewal sites, which attracts more than 40,000 pilgrims for spiritual cleansing and prayers every year.

It was discovered by one Reverend Osei Asibey, an evangelist of the Methodist Church in 1965, while he was travelling from Asante Mampong to Effiduase to preach the gospel of Christ to the people in the area.

The mountain, which was known as “Krobo Buo” by the local people, was believed to be the home of a powerful deity who was worshiped and served by a traditional priest for the people of the Abasua community.

After the death of the traditional priest, the deity was deserted and Rev. Asibey, passing through the area to Effiduase was said to have been led to the mountains by Angels of God, who charged him to develop the place into a restive centre for people to pray to seek the face of God to solve their spiritual and physical problems

It had since become the most preferred prayer centre for worshippers and believers from Ghana as well as other countries who visit, for a closer fellowship with God.

Rt. Rev. Eshun said the public lecture was to create awareness for the people to know and understand the historical, spiritual and economic contributions of the prayer mountain to the nation and the world at large.

He acknowledged and commended the immense contribution of Evangelist Richard Kwasi Afriyie, Manager of the Centre, for the remarkable infrastructural development in the centre under his stewardship.

Rt. Rev. Eshun said a strategic partnership for investment with the district assembly would not only help to improve the spiritual renewal, but the socio-economic development of the people in the area and called on the people of the Abasua community to keep their environment clean to make the place attractive to the people.

Shatta Wale Demanded $250,000 to Perform at Rapperholic 2020 – Sarkodie Reveals

Ghanaian hip-hop/hiplife performer Sarkodie has disclosed why Shatta Wale missed this year’s Rapperholic concert.

Although Shatta Wale performed at Sarkodie’s “Black Love” virtual concert which was held in August this year, he missed the Rapperholic concert.

Held at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre, on Friday, December 25, the 8th concert was stormed by music fans in and outside Ghana, particularly SarkNatives – the official fan army of the two-time BET Award winner.

The concert saw hundreds of fans of the musician throng the venue to witness another historic moment.

Top stars like Joey B, King Promise, Sista Afia and more made guest appearances, however, Shatta Wale – who resolved his grudge with Sarkodie at “Black Love” virtual concert – was nowhere to be found.

And according to Sarkodie, it was due to performance fee – which he says the controversial dancehall star demanded USD250,000 (equivalent to 1.4million Ghana cedis) when his team reached out to him.

He revealed this during a friendly banter with Shatta Wale on Twitter on Saturday, December 26.

It all started when on-air personality Jay Forley shared a throwback photo with Shatta Wale at the 2017 Rapperholic concert.

Actor,Waakye Finally Graduates From Bible School

Veteran Comic Actor,Prince Yawson,popularly known as Waakye has finally graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the My Life Theology University in Accra.

According to Waakye, several great Ministers of the gospel in the past have prophesied that he would be a Pastor so, finding himself in the Bible School to pursue his calling as a Preacher does not come as surprise to

We wish Reverend Waakye or probably more appropriate to refer to him as Rev Yawson,all the best in his new venture.