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Archbishop Duncan Williams prays at Trump’s inauguration in US

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Archbishop Duncan Williams on the podium praying for the congregation. Prez Trump & Vice Mr. Pence in front row

One of Ghana’s leading men of God and head of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan William was amongst a few distinguished invited guests who graced the inauguration of United States President, Donald J. Trump and his vice, Mike Pence.

A pre-inauguration church service which was held about an hour to the main event saw the Ghanaian archbishop, pray for the incoming administration and asked God for wisdom for the Trump government.

US Vice President elect, now the substantive vice president Mike Pence tweeted a picture of the service in which Archbishop Duncan Williams was seen praying for them and a couple of other pictures of the clergy at the event.

He is the first Ghanaian in that capacity to be present at an event which was watched the world over.

The inauguration which took place around midday (US time) was attended by four of the five living US former presidents – Jimmy Carter, George Walker Bush, Bill Clinton and immediate past president Barrack Obama. George Bush Snr. who is also a living former president is in hospital receiving treatment for pneumonia.

Addressing the thousands that had gathered at the ceremony, the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump indicated that “a new vision would govern our country… we will put America first in all aspects of negotiations and agreements.”

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

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Afcon 2017: Avram Grant set to leave Ghana after tournament

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Avram Grant has given a strong indication his time as Ghana coach will end after the Africa Cup of Nations. The 61-year-old former Chelsea coach’s contract expires at the end of the tournament in Gabon.

“I came for two years in Ghana, we extended to two years and three months because we qualified for the Nations Cup,” Grant told BBC Sport.

“I will always take good memories from here, but hopefully the last memory will be the best one.”

Leading Ghana to the title in Gabon, and ending the Black Stars’ 35-year wait to win the Nations Cup for a fifth time, would be a sensational way for Grant to sign off.

And it would help to ease the pain of losing on penalties to Ivory Coast in the final two years ago.

Grant’s side are on track in Gabon and will book a quarter-finals place if they beat Mali in their second Group D match on Saturday, having defeated Uganda 1-0 in their opener.

Regardless of whether Ghana go all the way or contrive to fail to qualify from their group, Grant’s comments appear to confirm he will soon be employed elsewhere.

Grant has been linked with job offers from China and Australia, but when asked what his next move will be Grant was non-committal.

He said: “I am happy with what I have achieved in my career. In my life I never plan. What will happen, will happen. Let’s see.

“I am looking forward myself to see what will happen.”

Source: BBC

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Osafo Marfo, Ofori-Atta, Kan Dapaah face vetting committee today

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The first four of President Akufo Addo’s ministerial nominees would be facing parliaments vetting committee today Friday Jan.20, 2017 as the new government takes shape.

The first four are, Yaw Osafo Marfo – Senior Minister designate and he would be followed by Kan Dapaah who is the Minister of National Security designate.

The third appearance would be by Ken Ofori Atta – Finance Minister designate and the last appearance would be by Dominic Nitiwul – Defense Minister designate.

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Yaw Osafo-Maafo Senior Minister designate

There have been concerns raised about some of the ministerial appointments eg. Senior Minister which would be Osafo Marfo, a former Finance and Sports minister under the erstwhile Kufour government.

The question being asked include, ‘what is the meaning of the post and what would his role be?’ amongst several other questions.

Mahama Ayariga, a member of parliament is one of the people raising concerns about the responsibilities of the Senior Minister position alleging that the president is allegedly creating a “Prime Minister position.”

Parliament has constituted a 26 member appointment and vetting committee made of 10 members of the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) with the remaining 16 being members of the Majority New Patriotic Party (NPP)

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin


Akufo Addo’s nominees to be vetted on Saturday

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Parliaments vetting committee would be vetting President Akufo Addo’s nominees on Saturday as part of efforts to expedite the process so the minister designates can get to work as quickly as possible.

A 26 man vetting committee has been put in place to begin work on Friday January 20, 2017. The committee will then sit on the Saturday January 21 to continue with the process.

It will resume on Monday January 23 and continue until all the 36 ministerial nominees submitted to parliament are vetted.

President Akufo Addo has given indications that names of the 10 regional ministers would be submitted to the House of legislature on January 24 when it resumes from recess.

Below is the time table for the vetting process:

Friday Jan 20, 2017
Yaw Osafo Maafo – Senior Minister of State nominee,

Albert Kan Dapaah – Security Ministry nominee

Ken Ofori-Atta – Finance Minister nominee

Dominic Nitiwul – Defense Minister nominee

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Gloria Akuffo – Attorney-General & Justice Minister nominee

Ambrose Dery – Interior Ministry nominee

Monday, Jan 23, 2017
Hajia Alima Mahama – Local Government & Rural Development Minister nominee

Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen – Trade and Industry Minister-nominee

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto – Agriculture Minister nominee

Boakye Agyarko – Energy Minister-nominee

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
Shirley Ayorkor Botchway – Foreign Affairs Minister nominee

Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh – Education Minister nominee

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu – Health Minister nominee

Full list of 26 man Appointments / Vetting committee:

Joseph Osei-Owusu (MP for Bekwai and First Deputy Speaker) – Chairman

Adwoa Safo (MP for Dome Kwabenya and Deputy Majority Leader)

Kwesi Ameyaw Cheremeh (MP for Sunyani East and Majority Chief Whip)

Dominic Nitiwul (MP for Bimbilla)

Samuel Atta Kyea (MP for Abuakwa South)

Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Manhyia South)

Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover (MP for Tema East)

Ursula G. Owusu-Ekuful (MP Ablekuma West)

Joseph Kofi Adda (Navrongo Central)

Joseph Cudjoe (Effia)

Patricia Apeagyei (Asokwa)

O.B. Amoah (Akwapim South)

Kofi Amoako Hene (Atebubu)

Anthony Karbo (Lawra)

Barbara Asher Ayisi (Cape Coast South)

Micheal Yaw Gyato (Krachie)


Haruna Iddrisu (Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South) – Ranking Member

Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak (Minority Chief Whip and MP for Asawase)

Mahama Ayariga (Bawku Central)

Sampson Ahi (Bodi)

Eric Opoku (Asunafo South)

Bernice Adiku Heloo (Hohoe)

Joseph Yieleh Chireh (Wa West)

Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye (Odododiodioo)

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (North Tongu)

Alhassan Suhuyini (Tamale North)

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin

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#AFCON2017: “Bring Back The Cup” – Mahama urges Black Stars

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has charged the Black Stars of Ghana to play their hearts out to ensure that they bring back the trophy.

The former president, whipped up national support for the stars in a tweet on Tuesday Jan. 17 saying “the AFCON cup has eluded us for far too long. Let’s support our Black Stars.”

The stars play their first match against the Cranes of Uganda in the ongoing tournament in Gabon. The last time the Black Stars won the trophy was almost 35 years ago and the former president is asking the stars to end the country’s trophy draught by coming home with the cup.

Apathy against Star
Although there is an African nations tournament which is the biggest sporting event on the continent, there seem to be general apathy against the Black Stars following their recent form and seeming interest in money instead of nation pride which comes with playing for the country.

At the last tournament in 2015 however, although there was similar apathy, the performance of the stars attracted enthusiastic fans to rally behind them in the final stages of the tournament.

They managed to get to the finals, a feat many a supporter least expected and based on that national support went high.

They lost out to Ivory Coast in the final on penalties.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin

Grant leads Ghana into a second successive Nations Cup

‘Trophy repellent’ Grant looking for the midas touch as he leads Ghana again

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Grant leads Ghana into a second successive Nations Cup

Grant leads Ghana into a second successive Nations Cup

It is May 21, 2008. The mastery of English Football had made its way to the land of the Tsars. It was a huge night for the meagre club amongst the two who had reached the pinnacle of European football for the very first time in the history- a feat their owner, a Russian mogul was somewhat obsessed with. The other club had been there, done that and were only looking to add on.

There was pressure. It was colossal- the sort of pressure you wouldn’t remotely want in your day to day engagements. So after a Ronaldo goal, several bust ups, a customary Lampard goal and a Drogba red card, the game went into penalties.

It all went well until Cristiano Ronaldo missed his- the third in the sequence. It sparked loud cheers. Cheers that later led to jeers for the self obsessed Portuguese who had had a fine ride up until that point.

The kicks that followed were expertly taken albeit Van der Sar coming close a few times. The final kick in the 5 kick sequence dawned and the onus lied on Captain John Terry to send the Rent Boys to the Promise land.

We all know what happened next from the run-up to the slip and to the ball effectively clipping the side of the post before going wide. It typified how beautiful brutality in football can be. And who was the man at the helm during this period of heartbreak? Avram Grant.

Grant, a close associate of Roman Abramovich took over the reins when Jose Mourinho was sacked in 2007 and when many believed he wouldn’t necessarily do much for the club, he reached unchartered waters- The UEFA Champions league final- although tipped as favourites, he lost it to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The depressing look on his face told of a man who was secretly telling himself “NOT AGAIN”. Grant’s nearly status had reached a point where it was almost impossible to forget or forgive. In a land of “nearly men” coaches, Avram will be prince of the principality.

After that loss, he was fired and off he packed his bags and went South to the Fratton park where the ever loving Portsmouth fans had opened wide arms to welcome him. In the eyes of the Portsmouth’s devoted fans, Grant’s talents of leadership rivaled those of world leaders who contributed their quota to attain world peace.

He had acquired the most peculiar cult of personality. The Israeli took them all the way to the FA Cup final- Portsmouth’s second in three years. He lost 1-0 to his former employers- a 59th minute Drogba goal. He was still loved all through the south for how he had made the small club dream.

Grant was appointed as coach of Ghana in December 2014 and tasked to get the Black Stars back to the level everyone knew of them before the 2014 World Cup fiasco. The impending Cup of Nations in 2015 wasn’t his main priority. Although losing his first game against Senegal at Africa’s flagship soccer event, the former West Ham manager took Ghana to the final of the tournament- a first since 2010. The whole of Ghana sat through a painful final, hitting the post twice from Christian Atsu and Andre Ayew.

120 minutes passed and it was time for the dreaded lurgy: penalty kicks. A stage not many Ghanaians love to reach, a stage Ghana has not particularly performed well. And here we were with Grant as manager… Although we started on a good note, misses from Acheampong and Afriyie Acquah set the country back to square one.

We blew an advantage. We had bottled it again. It was another final appearance of despair. Ghanaians were nursing heartbreak wounds again from losing in another final. The tears of the older Ayew were unbearable. Photos of Asamoah Gyan commiserating his deputy became a notable trademark of the Black Stars in 2015.

Then again, as Grant has seldom tired of saying in his grim days of administration: “Football is all about love”. It is all about the love he feels from the supporters grateful for his revival of a lost commodity in the Black Stars: Unity. As he has said many times, “I love it here in Africa. I want to be here. Coaching here is good for me and I want to win with Ghana”. Ghanaians can only hope his “nearly” status ends at this tournament- the 2017 Cup of Nations.


  • Champions league: 1
  • Premier League: 1
  • FA Cup: 1
  • Carling Cup: 1
  • Isareli Premier League: 6
  • Israeli Cup: 5
  • Israeli Toto Cup: 3

What Ghanaians want from Grant at AFCON 2017.

It is just one thing, the trophy. Many Ghanaians of the present generation have never seen the Black Stars lift a major trophy. Although we have been given some spectacular performances like playing the World Cup and reaching the quarters for the first time in South Africa, many want to see a trophy. The Black Stars have lost the love of the fans mainly after the Brazil fiasco and it will only take a trophy win to restore their pride and fandom.

Grant might have had his problems but he has his moments. The jury is out to judge him this time and he has no reason to fail. He has picked players he can trust- an eclectic mix of the young and old. He has come under intense scrutiny for leaving out Majeed Waris and Raphael Dwamena who have both scored about 30 goals between them and has in effect gone for Bernard Tekpetey who has played just twice for Schalke this season. A young boy many have not seen but Grant won’t stop waxing lyrical about.

Grant’s journey begins today and whether it will be successful or not will depend on him. He is quietly optimistic, he is brimming with confidence and maybe, just maybe this could be his purple patch.

Winning the trophy will be a tall order knowing we have nearly man Grant at the helm. But if the Ranieri story is anything to go by, it is that as some point things work out and hopefully on the 5th of February, the Israeli can finally scream DILLY DING – DILLY DONG.

By Yaw Ofosu Larbi|TV3 Sports|Ghana
Twitter: @3newsgh

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Police have no right to seize keys of recalcitrant drivers – MTTD Boss

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The Commander of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has warned that it is unlawful for police to remove the ignition keys of vehicles while on duties on roads.

He has also warned that police officers have no right to remove stickers of drivers when they are arrested for road traffic offence.

ASP Adusei Sarpong’s warning is based on the numerous complaints by drivers, especially, commercial drivers that some MTTD police officers who are detailed to various check point have the penchant of removing the ignition keys and vehicle stickers of drivers.

Some police officers even go to the extent of fighting with the drivers.

Speaking on the issue on Onua FM’s Yen Sempa, ACP Adusei Sarpong said under no circumstance should a police officer on duty take the law into their own hands and remove the keys and stickers of a driver.

He explained that if a driver is being recalcitrant, the police can take the details of the driver and process him for court with or without his presence.

He said at the court, the police can secure a court order to arrest the driver and if that order is given, the police has the right to arrest the driver anywhere they see him.

ACP Adusei Sarpong further added that this is what the law says and not seize the keys and stickers of the driver.

Asked on what a driver should do should a police officer seizes his key and stickers, ACP explained that such driver should report to the nearest police commander for actions to be taken against the said police officer.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|
Twitter: @3newsgh


Nana Akufo-Addo was on a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region

We’ll better life of farmers especially women in Agric – Nana Addo

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Nana Akufo-Addo was on a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region

President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo Addo has given indications that special policies and programs would be implemented within the next four years to better the life of farmers in the country especially women in agriculture.

The president Akufo Addo bemoaned the poor state of Ghana’s agriculture indicating that the stressful and manpower based process makes it unattractive for the youth of the country who may be interested in the pursuing this path.

In view of this the president has indicated that for the next four years his administration would modernize the profession which he says is a pivotal part of Ghana’s growth and development.

He said “governments vision for the next four years is to modernize agriculture, improve production efficiency, achieve food security and profitability for our farmers.

“District Assemblies and traditional authorities will be assigned specific roles in agriculture development and we will adopt policies specifically targeted at supporting women in Agriculture” Nana Addo added.

The president was speaking at the 2017 edition of the New Years School which is aimed at raising and discussing national issues that shape government policies.

This year’s theme is on Agricultural development and ICT.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin

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Implement 5yr Gender & Social Protection agenda – Minister designate urged

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Otiko Afisa Djaba is Minister designate for Children, Gender and Social Protection.

The incoming Gender, Children and Social Protection minister has been urged to consider the five year development agenda, drafted by the immediate past minister or else the ministry may not make desired progress in good time.

The five year strategic plan(2017-2021) which was created after wide consultation with interested stakeholders captures issues regarding the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program, concerns over persons living with disability, the school feeding program amongst others.

These according to Awo Aidam Amenyah, a gender activist and head of J-Initiative, are the key priority areas in the strategic plan which are similar to promises made by the New Patriotic Party in their manifesto which the minister would be working with therefore it is important to align the key issues in the manifesto to the existing framework.

“When I looked at the present governments manifesto, chapter 11 talks about social development and under that the focus is more on persons with disability, school feeding program and LEAP and all of these are all captured in the five year framework as well.

Speaking on TV3’s Midday Live, madam Awo Aidam Amenyah said “I am expecting the gender minister designate when confirmed to work within the framework setup by the previous government. We are looking forward to seeing a transformative change which should be reflective in the lives of every beneficiary including young girls.”

“So I don’t want the situation where the minister will come and throw overboard what has been done by the previous government and start entirely new things. If we want to see a change, I feel the change must feed into a system and that system is the five year strategic framework in place.”

Otiko Afisa Djaba has been named minister designate for the Gender, Children and Social Protection ministry and she has been asked to continue the agenda of the previous government if the ministry is to succeed in addressing the gender inequality in Ghana.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||
Twitter: @3newsgh

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“Go for Gold” – Nana Addo tells Black Stars

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President Akufo Addo has charged the Black Stars of Ghana, participating in the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2017) to “Go for Gold” whiles wishing the entire technical and management team well.

The President told the team that it was “time to end our 34 year wait for the AFCON trophy” and ensure that they bring the trophy home.

These were contained in a goodwill tweet to the Ghanaian delegation ahead of the tournament hosted by Gabon.

The black stars are among 15 other countries meeting to battle it out for the ultimate prize and bragging rights.

Ghana has attempted severally to win the trophy which has eluded the country for almost 35 years. At the last edition which was in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana managed to make it to the finals but lost on penalties to neigbouring Cote D’Ivoire.

The Black Stars kick of their campaign on Tuesday January 17th January, at the Stade de Port-Gentil against the Cranes of Uganda.

There is low optimism in the country about the tournament but information from the camp of the Black Stars shows they are in high spirit ahead of the tournament.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin