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Kumasi set for historic 63rd Independence anniversary celebration

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The residents of the Garden City of Kumasi, with their guests, are euphorically awaiting the hosting of the 63rd National Independence Anniversary, on Friday, March 6.

Thus, much of the conversations around town, especially among the youth, are about the facelift the city has gotten and the joy to be part of the historic event.

“We have been watching this important event year, after year from afar, today, it is near us, and I can’t just wait for tomorrow. I’m so glad to be part of this history,” Osei Kwame, a 49-year-old teacher, sums it up to the GNA.

The main Baba Yara Stadium, the venue for the event is a sight to behold as it has been bedecked with red, yellow, green and black buntings and ribbons, which reflect the national colours.

Those in the trade and commerce businesses are cashing in to make good sales.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will address the anniversary parade, which would be attended Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and other high profile personalities.

Dr Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, is the Guest of Honour for the occasion, which is being marked under the theme: “Consolidating Our Gains”.

It is the first time the national event is being hosted in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city and this has sparked a lot of excitement among the residents.

A massive clean-up exercise held during the past weekend to spruce up the city has left the inner city and most areas in the Central Business District cleaner than ever.

For the various security agencies, it has been drills and dress rehearsals to hold themselves in readiness to provide security for the invited guests and the general public.

The Police have come out with measures to beef up security and ensure easy vehicular flow in the city.

These include air patrols by the Ghana Airforce, temporary closure of some major roads linking the 42, 000-capacity Sports Stadium, designation of car parks and inspection of hospitality facilities by the Ghana Tourism Authority Taskforce.

A statement issued and signed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Godwin Ahianyo, in-charge of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit, copied the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the Stadium and its environs would be declared a security zone on Friday, March 06.

Consequently, the Afful Nkwanta Traffic Light – Stadium, Asokwa Mall Traffic Light – Stadium, Unity Oil Station – T. I. Ahmadiyya SHS and Brigina – Stadium link roads would all be closed temporarily.

Additionally, no vehicle would be allowed to park at unauthorized places, while all vehicles entering the Stadium would undergo strict inspection and checks.

The statement pointed out that only vehicles with VVIP stickers would be allowed entry into the inner perimeter of the Stadium, and that, the Heroes Park had been designated as car park for the Diplomatic Corps.

The military and police, it said, had been put on high alert ahead of the programme, warning those who intended to perpetrate a crime or foment trouble to advise themselves.

Meanwhile, the military and police have intensified highway patrols, and various sensitization programmes put in place to create awareness on the security measures.

The GNA’s checks on the hospitality joints showed that most hotels have been fully booked by the countless visitors who would throng the city for the auspicious occasion.

The myriad of eateries, including traditional food joints, are also leaving no stone unturned as they poise to impress visitors with delicious, unforgettable Asante traditional culinary.

By Orders in Council (1901), Britain declared the southern territory of Ghana a colony by settlement, with the northern territory a protectorate and Ashanti becoming a colony by conquest.

The second half of the 20th Century, however, saw mounting national pressure against colonialism, making Britain agree to formally grant the Gold Coast its self-rule on March 6, 1957.

Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah became the independence President and

with him at the forefront of the struggle were Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, Ebenezer Ako Adjei, William Ofori Atta and Edward Akufo-Addo.

Collectively, they became known as the “Big Six”.

Source: GNA

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Kpone Chief Finally Details Why He ‘Disrespected’ Nana Addo And Walked Out On Him At A Durbar Ground

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The Paramount Chief of Kpone, Nii Tetteh Otu II, the chief who allegedly walked out on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a durbar at Kpone has finally spoken up.

A video circulating on social media indicates that on Sunday, October 25, 2020, he walked out on the president.

According to Nii Tetteh Otu II has revealed that the video circulating on social media about the incident that occurred at the durbar ground has been taken out of context,

In a news item on TV3s news 360, the Kpone paramount chief revealed that under no circumstances will he ever disrespect the president of Ghana.

When questioned as to what caused him to raise his hands and speak on top of his voice to the hearing of other, the chief said some council members were saying something he didn’t agree with.

He explained that he got furious at the durbar because he felt the ground breaking and sod-cutting in the town was becoming too much.

Nii Tetteh Otu II said what he wanted to see were the completed projects in his town which shows that the government is truly undertaking developmental projects and has the people in mind.

He however, urged people to disregard the video circulating with a commentary stating that the video has been wrongly interpreted.

 

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AritaGlobe Foundation Takes Breast Cancer Education To Markets In Accra

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As part of efforts to fight against breast cancer, AritaGlobe Foundation Saturday, October 24, 2020 held it’s maiden Breast Cancer Market Education to create awareness about the existence of the disease and the need to prevent it.

Moving the campaign to the market, hundreds of market women from the tema station and Makola markets, both in the capital were educated and informed about the deadly disease and the need for them to take steps to prevent cancer of the breasts.

Speaking in an interview with Radjtv, Founder of AritaGlobe Foundation, Princess Arita Anim explained that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year and it is  the most common and the second most fatal cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries, we therefore decided to bring our campaign to our mothers in the markets, specifically Tema station and Makola markets because of the inability of most of them to have access to their television sets as a result of the nature of their work and those who even come along with radio may not necessarily listen to it but moy be focused  on calling customers to purchase their products.

“We do not want to leave our mothers out of the game that’s why we are here to educate and inform them about the existence of breast cancer and the need to have for breast health” she stressed.

Some of the market women who spoke to Radjtv, expressed their gratitude to the Foundation for the education. One market woman, Madam Nelsa Appiah said “I am very excited about the education from AritaGlobe foundation, although I have heard about the disease, I haven’t had time to find out the effects of the disease because I’m always busy selling but I am happy the AritaGlobe foundation took time off their schedules to educate me. I am grateful to them”.

The education was on the theme, “knowing it exists is not enough: Get informed. Pass it on.

Meanwhile, the foundation will on October 31, collaborate with the P.K Breast Cancer foundation to organize a free breast screening exercise at the Glowlamp International School, located at Spintex.

Story by Selasi Agbagba

 

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PK Breast Cancer Foundation Partners AritaGlobe Foundation on Free Breast Screening

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P.K Breast Cancer Foundation in collaboration with AritaGlobe Foundation will on Saturday, October 31, 2020 hold a free breast screening and guidance at the Glow lamp Pentecost Church located at Spintex, Accra from 10 am – 6pm.

The free breast screening exercise, forms part of the foundation’s vision to help breast cancer victims both in Ghana and abroad overcome their fears. The month of October has been known for breast cancer awareness month and it is a yearly campaign that intend to educate people about the importance of early screening, test and more. The month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease and also offers information and support to those affected by the disease. The campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 yearly.

According to the founder of PK Breast Cancer foundation, Madam Perpetual Konadu Oduro-Agyei, while serving as the breast cancer awareness ambassador, her passion for breast cancer victims grew much stronger hence her decision to make it a lifetime job.

Speaking to Radjtv News ahead of the breast screening exercise, Mrs Oduro- Agyei urged all and sundry especially women to come for the check up because early detection always saves lives.

“This year, we are in a collaboration with the  AritaGlobe Foundation to do a free breast screening and guidance. We believe it is going to be a double success program because, AritaGlobe Foundation is also doing massively well in terms of education and publicity. They are using the internet, outdoor programs on the streets, in the markets to reach out to more people in and around the world which will really go far to help in the fight to eradicate breast cancer from Ghana and beyond. And we expect that 31st exercise shall be live changing – early detection saves lives” she said.

*About PK Breast Cancer foundation*

PK Breast Cancer Foundation was founded by Miss Perpetual Konadu Oduro-Agyei on September 28th, 2016 after winning the Miss Pink Ghana 2016 pageant. Since 2016, PK Breast Cancer Foundation has been able to pay for surgery for six (6) breast cancer victims, and have traveled to more than 10 towns in Ghana to organize free breast screening exercise.

Also, their source of funding and support are mostly from Members of Parliament, Chiefs, philanthropists, and well-meaning individuals who also share the same interest with the foundation.

However, PK breast cancer foundation  believe everyday should  be an opportunity to create awareness about breast cancer, because the more the education, the less cases will be recorded yearly or even no more.

Story by:Selasi Agbagba

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