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Rename Kotoka International Airport after Kwame Nkrumah – Guru tells govt.

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Over the past decade, calls for renaming the Kotoka International Airport after Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah has been fierce and the latest to add his voice to such calls is popular hiplife artiste, Guru.

The vociferous artiste made an imperative call on the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to swiftly drop the name Kotoka and replace it with Nkrumah to serve as a monumental honour.

In the post sighted by GhanaWeb on Twitter, the artiste wrote, “Kwame Nkrumah International Airport… drop the Kotoka name”.

Meanwhile in May 2016, Dr Onzy Nkrumah, son of the late Nkrumah told Hot FM’s Odifour Kwabena Aware, host of “Nyasem Hwe” that his father will be extremely horrified to see the Airport named after Kotoka.

“My brother Odifour, naming the airport after Kotoka is very appalling. Kotoka was a thief, traitor, and a venom. I don’t think my father will be impressed at all. In fact, he will be horrified to see the airport named after Kotoka. Apparently, my dad should’ve been named after the Airport looking at his ideologies and legacy,” Onzy told Odifour with much passion.

History of Kotoka International Airport

Kotoka International Airport, was originally a military airport used by the British Royal Air Force during World War II in 1946. The facility was handed over to civilian authority after a successful pull-out by the military. In response to globalization and the growing demand for air travel at the time, a development project was launched to reconfigure the structure into a terminal building in 1956.

The completion of the project set the stage for Ghana Airways to use the airport as its base in 1958. The airport was originally designed and commissioned to accommodate a maximum of five hundred thousand (500,000) passengers annually. In 1969, the Accra International Airport was renamed Kotoka International Airport.

The airport has since witnessed significant improvements in infrastructure and facilities to meet the growing demand.

In the year 1990, a phased programme to develop the Kotoka International Airport was launched. The first phase began from 1991 -1993 and included the rehabilitation and asphalting of the runway, refurbishment of passenger terminal and control tower block, construction of Arrivals/Immigration Hall, construction of Transit Hall, construction of dedicated freight terminal and installation of new navigational aids and updating of the Master plan for KIA.

The second phase began from 1997-2005 and involved the expansion and refurbishment of the arrivals/baggage reclaim hall, extension of the freight terminal by 60% capacity, remodelling of duty – free shops to international standards, extension of runway by 550 metres, construction of a dedicated apron for freight aircraft, refurbishment and expansion of the departure check-in area, installation of baggage handling & screening system, improvement of departure/immigration area, construction of terminal forecourt (now Airport Square) to separate arrival and departure areas (different levels) and provide a sheltered facility for meeters and greeters/general public.

In November 2004, a new civil aviation law, the Civil Aviation Act, 2004 (Act 678) was enacted. The law mandated the separation of the airports management functions of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to a new entity. The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) was eventually set up for that purpose. The objective was for GCAA to focus on its role as the Regulator of the air transport industry and provider of air navigation services. In line with the Act, GACL was incorporated in January 2006 but commenced operations in January 2007 with the responsibility for planning, developing, managing and maintaining all airports in Ghana.

After the decoupling of the GCAA, GACL continued with the development programme for Kotoka International Airport. In 2009, the third phase commenced and included the rehabilitation of taxiways, main passenger apron, drainage systems, runway 21 touch down zone, rehabilitation and extension of fuel mains, installation of aeronautical ground lighting systems, provision of pavement management systems and the construction of a fire station.

Until the last quarter of 2010, Kotoka International Airport (KIA) had only two boarding gates. GACL in partnership with the United Airlines and Star Alliance constructed three additional boarding gates to improve facilitation. Three more gates have subsequently been constructed bringing to eight (8) the number of boarding gates at KIA.

Why the airport was named after Kotoka

The Late Lt. General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka was the first coup maker in Ghana whose National Liberation Council (NLM) overthrew Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on February 24, 1966.

Subsequently, he was killed a year after the coup at the forecourt of the country’s Airport, which informed the naming of the national airport after him.

Below is Guru’s tweet;

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Full list of nominees at MOBO Awards 2020

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The full list of nominees for MOBO Awards 2020 is finally out.

The annual music award presentation honouring achievements in “music of black origin”, including hip hop, grime, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel, and African music have been on hiatus for the past 2 years.

This year’s event will have a virtual ceremony hosted by DJ and TV presenter Maya Jama alongside vocalist and online entertainer Chunkz.

Ghanaian musicians, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale bagged a nomination in the Best African act category.

Check out full list of nominees below:

Album of the year
J Hus – Big Conspiracy

Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head

Mahalia – Love and Compromise

Nines – Crabs in a Bucket

Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Best male act
Headie One

J Hus

Stormzy

Nines

AJ Tracey

Young T & Bugsey

Best female act
Lianne La Havas

Ms Banks

Tiana Major9

Mahalia

Darkoo

FKA twigs

Song of the year
Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush (feat Headie One)

Digga D – Woi

Darkoo – Gangsta (feat One Acen)

Tion Wayne – I Dunno (feat Stormzy & Dutchavelli)

Abra Cadabra – On Deck

Best newcomer
Aitch

Alicai Harley

Darkoo

Dutchavelli

Ivorian Doll

M1llionz

Miraa May

Pa Salieu

Shaybo

Tiana Major9

M Huncho

Loski

Video of the year
Bree Runway – Apeshit (directed by Will Hooper)

Nines – Clout (directed by Charlie Di Placido)

NSG – Lupita (directed by Kevin Hudson)

Jorja Smith – By Any Means (directed by Otis Dominique)

Knucks – Home (directed by Ray Fiasco)

Kojey Radical – 20/20 (directed by Charlie Di Placido)

Best R&B/soul act
Wstrn

Tiana Major9

Michael Kiwanuka

Mahalia

Lianne La Havas

Best hip-hop act
J Hus

Nines

Ms Banks

D-Block Europe

Krept & Konan

Potter Payper

Best grime act
Ghetts

P Money

Manga Saint Hilare

Capo Lee

JME

Best international act
Burna Boy

Drake

Koffee

Megan Thee Stallion

Pop Smoke

Popcaan

Roddy Ricch

Rema

Shenseaa

Summer Walker

HER

Lil Baby

Best album (1 September 2017 – 31 August 2019)
Dave – Psychodrama

Kano – Hoodies All Summer

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss

Nines – Crop Circle

Little Simz – Grey Area

Best African act
Burna Boy

Tiwa Savage

Davido

Fireboy DML

Rema

Master KG

Adekunle Gold

NSG

Afro B

Wizkid

Stonebwoy

Shatta Wale

Best reggae act
Popcaan

Koffee

Lila Iké

Buju Banton

Protoje

Best gospel act
Calledout Music

Noel Robinson

Guvna B

The Kingdom Choir

Shekinah

Best jazz act
Moses Boyd

Joe Armon-Jones

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes

Yazmin Lacey

Ego Ella May

Best producer
Jae5

808 Melo

Sir Spyro

TSB

Steel Banglez

M1 On The Beat

Best performance in a TV show/film
Kane Robinson as Scully – Top Boy

Michaela Coel as Arabella – I May Destroy You

Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong – Sex Education

Jessica Plummer as Chantelle – Eastenders

Michael Ward as Marco – Blue Story

Damson Idris as Franklin Saint – Snowfall

Best media personality
Munya Chawawa

Chunkz

Yung Filly

Mo Gilligan

Clara Amfo

Maya Jama

Henrie Kwushue

KSI

Harry Pinero

Zeze Millz

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Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy Nominated for 2020 MOBO Awards ‘Best African Act’

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Ghanaian Dancehall arch-rivals, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy have been nominated for Best African Acts category at the MOBO Awards 2020.

The two icons will be competing with other African musicians like Wizkid, Davido, Master KG, Burna Boy, Rema and more.

Mobo Awards which celebrate music of Black origin, have announced the nominees for their first ceremony since 2017.

The 2020 Edition will be held on Wednesday December 9 Live on YouTube.

See Full List of Nominees below:

Album of the year

J Hus – Big Conspiracy

Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head

Mahalia – Love and Compromise

Nines – Crabs in a Bucket

Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Best male act

Headie One

J Hus

Stormzy

Nines

AJ Tracey

Young T & Bugsey

Best female act

Lianne La Havas

Ms Banks

Tiana Major9

Mahalia

Darkoo

FKA twigs

Song of the year

Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush (feat Headie One)

Digga D – Woi

Darkoo – Gangsta (feat One Acen)

Tion Wayne – I Dunno (feat Stormzy & Dutchavelli)

Abra Cadabra – On Deck

Best newcomer

Aitch

Alicai Harley

Darkoo

Dutchavelli

Ivorian Doll

M1llionz

Miraa May

Pa Salieu

Shaybo

Tiana Major9

M Huncho

Loski

Video of the year

Bree Runway – Apeshit (directed by Will Hooper)

Nines – Clout (directed by Charlie Di Placido)

NSG – Lupita (directed by Kevin Hudson)

Jorja Smith – By Any Means (directed by Otis Dominique)

Knucks – Home (directed by Ray Fiasco)

Kojey Radical – 20/20 (directed by Charlie Di Placido)

Best R&B/soul act

Wstrn

Tiana Major9

Michael Kiwanuka

Mahalia

Lianne La Havas

Best hip-hop act

J Hus

Nines

Ms Banks

D-Block Europe

Krept & Konan

Potter Payper

Best grime act

Ghetts

P Money

Manga Saint Hilare

Capo Lee

JME

Best international act

Burna Boy

Drake

Koffee

Megan Thee Stallion

Pop Smoke

Popcaan

Roddy Ricch

Rema

Shenseaa

Summer Walker

HER

Lil Baby

Best album (1 September 2017 – 31 August 2019)

Dave – Psychodrama

Kano – Hoodies All Summer

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss

Nines – Crop Circle

Little Simz – Grey Area

Best African act

Burna Boy

Tiwa Savage

Davido

Fireboy DML

Rema

Master KG

Adekunle Gold

NSG

Afro B

Wizkid

Stonebwoy

Shatta Wale

Best reggae act

Popcaan

Koffee

Lila Iké

Buju Banton

Protoje

Best gospel act

Calledout Music

Noel Robinson

Guvna B

The Kingdom Choir

Shekinah

Best jazz act

Moses Boyd

Joe Armon-Jones

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes

Yazmin Lacey

Ego Ella May

Best producer

Jae5

808 Melo

Sir Spyro

TSB

Steel Banglez

M1 On The Beat

Best performance in a TV show/film

Kane Robinson as Scully – Top Boy

Michaela Coel as Arabella – I May Destroy You

Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong – Sex Education

Jessica Plummer as Chantelle – Eastenders

Michael Ward as Marco – Blue Story

Damson Idris as Franklin Saint – Snowfall

Best media personality

Munya Chawawa

Chunkz

Yung Filly

Mo Gilligan

Clara Amfo

Maya Jama

Henrie Kwushue

KSI

Harry Pinero

Zeze Millz

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Stonebwoy Finally Reacts To Samini’s Endorsement For The NPP

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Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has finally reacted to his Godfather Samini’s endorsement for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Samini dominated major headlines after he released an endorsement song for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) dubbed ‘Kpoyaka’.

Stonebwoy reacting to his former boss Samini endorsing the ruling New Patriotic Party(NDC) said that he cannot judge Samini for endorsing a political party.

” I cannot judge somebody on his own understanding and we all saw the video that Samini did in 2016 which has come back to be a controversial one. I think people should give him the opportunity to express himself better to tell us why he has endorsed and I think he did that in the song already for the things that party in government has been able to do and he is throwing his support behind the party.” Stonebwoy disclosed in an interview on Accra based Joy FM.

“But for me, my thing is that I believe in there is money to be made, however, wherever but I as a musician being tasked like this as a Unifier I will love to remain a unifier and leave the politicians to play their politics. If I go to vote I know where I will put my vote but I will not with the position am in now “ He added.

Stonebwoy indicated that Politicians should not only use celebrities during only elections time but they can be used within their tenure of government.

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