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[Video] Lying and squatting to learn; the dilemma of Kulkpong pupils

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They attend school everyday hoping for a conducive environment for studies, but that is a mirage for the pupils of kulkpong Primary School in the Upper West Region.

For these pupils, sitting on a desk to have their lessons is a luxury they cannot afford, hence they uncomfortably sit, lie or squat on the floor for hours to listen to their teachers and do classwork daily.

Watch the full report of the dilemma of the pupils reported by TV3’s Bright Nana Amfoh on Mission; a development-oriented news programme on TV3 sponsored by Star Ghana with support from DANIDA, UK Aid and the European Union.


Post-Atomic Explosion: A rallying cry for overhaul of overpass

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“Did you come by way of Atomic Junction,” she asked when I got down at my bus stop at Adjei-Mensah near Wisconsin University College in North Legon, about 400 meters away from the Atomic Junction explosion ground zero.

“Yes, I did,” I answered.

“And it was free of the usual traffic,” I added.

“As for me I will never use that side,” she expressed her fears. “That overhead [road] has to be pulled down and re-constructed. Even my sons at our home felt the quake [from the explosion], how much more a bridge so close to the gas station?”

My neighbour has not been the only one who has expressed similar concerns about the overhead bridge at Atomic Junction.

Many have said same and think engineers must be deployed to the site to test the solidity of the overpass after the explosion.

I visited the site on the morning of Sunday, October 15, exactly eight days after the deadly explosion.

All combustibles around the explosion site have been destroyed

Officially, seven persons lost their lives though others literally lost their breath after having run long distances to escape the ‘chasing’ fire.

One of the dead was a cameraman with Net 2 Television, one of the media firms of Kencity Media Ghana Limited.

The late Mohammed Ashiley Yakubu is reported to have fallen to his death from the overpass, where he was capturing the incipient stage of the explosion from.

I was shown the spot he was standing to take the shot. Was it a case of tremor of the infrastructure that pushed him down?

“Yes. The second blast was very intense,” Kofi Takyi, a security man at Atomic Junction, said.

“Look, I ran up till [the Madina-Zongo mosque] and could still feel the heat,” added Kofi Takyi, who saw the leakage of the gas from the tanker, said. “You ran but you feel being dragged backwards by the fire.”

Listen to Kofi Takyi’s account of the deadly explosion:

He was quick to add that the whole infrastructure needs to be overhauled.

“I don’t think this roundabout has served its purpose. There is always gridlock traffic here,” he told me in local language Twi.

“Even the tankers which bring gas and fuel to the stations here find it difficult to turn at the [Atomic Junction] roundabout,” he said.

“How can they build a road whose pavement is larger than the street?” he mocked.

‘Chichinga seller not to blame’

Kofi Takyi was helping a coconut seller, who had returned to pick up the bits and pieces from his produce.

Synn, as he told me he is called, said he has not been outdoors since the incident on Saturday, October 7 as a result of damage to his eyes.

He has not visited any health facility since then as he complains everything he had – including his money – was burnt.

He said while escaping from the blast, some of the sparks entered his eyes.

Another fuel station opposite the explosion site has been opened for business, a week after the disaster

But he was much more concerned about the compensation to be given to the affected traders.

An emergency post was mounted by the National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) to audit the damaged items.

“When I went [to the emergency post], I was told someone had registered as the seller of coconut,” he complained to me.

“This cannot happen. I have to be compensated. Even Nigeriens have been registered to be compensated.”

Curious to know who were the Nigeriens, I probed further.

Some of them sold grilled meat – popularly known as chichinga – at the bus station, the coconut seller mentioned.

The cause of the fire has been traced to the chichinga seller, who has since been picked up to aid investigations, I was told.

But Synn says the seller’s arrest was wrongful.

“He is not to blame,” he protested. “This is a disaster caused by the leakage of gas. If those at the gas station had performed their duties well, there would not have been the explosion.”

He said of the overhead: “I think they should come and check the overpass because the intensity of the fire where I got to and this overhead [road] still in place give [me] cause to worry”.

I proceeded to find out more from a civil engineer about the state of an overpass like that at Atomic Junction after such a disaster.

“Well, there could be some damages to it but a crack search needs to be carried out first,” said Samuel Ayitevie of AS Consult.

He recommended a forensic test of the overhead road for possible fission left by the explosion.

“I was taken aback when I saw scores of people on the overpass watching happenings on the [Sun]day after the disaster. It could have been worse. Even their weight may have had an effect on the bridge. So, the civil engineers must act now before a disaster occurs in the near future.”

As to whether authorities will heed to this call or not is a matter of time.

But one cannot turn a blind eye to the physical damage made to every plastic-coated material in the precincts of the explosion and definitely the bridge may have had its toll but the extent of damage and whether the damage requires a second look at the overhead intersection is what the experts have to do pronto.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Don’t follow ‘malicious’ social media – Rawlings advises Media General

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings says the media has a bigger role to play in rebuilding the moral fabric of the Ghanaian society.

Programmes ought to be created to right the menace in society in the areas of religion, culture and education, he said.

“The media should understand the power it possesses and be aware of the fact that most people in rural Ghana easily accept what’s on television as truthful and using the media to portray unacceptable things creates a ripple effect on the populace and soon everyone is engaged.”

Mr Rawlings gave the admonishing on Wednesday when leadership of Media General, mother company of TV3, MG Radio (3FM, Onua FM, Akoma FM and Connect FM), MG Digital ( and Adesa Productions, paid a courtesy call on him at his office at Ridge in Accra.

According to the ex-President, it is obvious social media is competing with mainstream media but he charged Media General to remain truthful and maintain its gate-keeping role.

Mr Rawlings expressed worry that usually for the desire to be the first to break news, mainstream media seem to lose credibility by following the “malicious nature” of social media, leading sometimes to a ridicule of persons who ought to be honoured.

He charged the media to support local producers in producing content accustomed to Ghanaian culture.

“It’s time to tell the story of Ghana,” he stressed.

‘Beautiful ones born’

He cited, for instance, that the beautiful ones are born and the media have to give them the opportunity to express themselves.

Else they would be suppressed by the corrupt environment created, he observed.

Mr Rawlings, who is the longest reigning Ghanaian leader, was concerned the media appear focused on profit which affects the quality of content required in shaping and forming society.

On the African society, he said it is time the continent had a voice in telling its own story so Africa can have a good representation of its culture and identity.

He said the influx of foreign content does not help in the growth and developmental process of Ghana, and Africa as a whole.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Media General, Pearl Esua-Mensah, who led the delegation, stated that her firm is committed to producing quality content as well as supporting the local industry and its content.

By Ayerkie Narnor||Ghana 


[Video] [email protected]: Akufo-Addo faces off with Mahama in heated debate

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Little did the two know that they would climb to the highest political office in the country when they debated on TV3’s Hot Issues 17 years ago.

Former President John Dramani Mahama was the Minister of Communications then and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was an outspoken member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), fighting hard to clinch power for the first time in the Fourth Republic.

The debate was on Ghana’s status and position in the world’s geo-politics. The entire episode will be rebroacasted on Saturday at 1:00pm

Watch the video below:

[email protected]: [Video] A past to remember, a present to celebrate, a future bright!

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A group photo of some of the old and new staff of TV3

Ghana’s leading free-to-air- television giant, TV3 Network Limited, on October 1, 2017 turned 20 years. Since 1997, the station has held the ground as the leader in the industry, churning out great personalities, big stories that have impacted positively on the lives of the people, and set the standard for others to follow. 

In this short documentary, we take you down memory lane on among others, how the station started and the key people who have helped build the TV3 brand as well as the way forward for the station.


GMB 2017: Volta Region showcases Tsekumah Christine Edem [Photos]

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A huge durbar was held in the Volta Region of Ghana in honour of  24-year-old Tsekumah Christine Edem, the Region’s representative for this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful.

Beaming with excitement, Tsekumah Christine Edem was royally dressed as she danced, smiled, waved and assured the people of her region who came from far and near just to steal a glance at her and the zeal and determination to bring the crown home.

Showering her with gifts, her people pledged unwavering support when the show begins.

Below are photos of the event:


GMB 2017: Central Region showcases Baaba Botchway [Photos]

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Radiant as ever, 26-year-old Helena Baaba Botchway,  who will represent the Central Region in this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) pageant was outdoored to the people of her region over the weekend.

Member of Parliament for the Effutu Constituency Alexander Afenyo-Markin was present at the occasion and in support of Helena.

The people of the Region showed up in their numbers to pledge their support and she assured them of bringing the coveted crown to the Central Region.

Below are photos of the event:


Photos: Maj. Maxwell Mahama’s final journey on earth

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The fallen hero, late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama who was slain in line of duty, has been laid to rest with full military honours.

A burial service was held at the forecourt of the State House in Accra on June 9, after which he was buried at the Osu Military Cemetery.

His family, dignitaries and sympathizers were present to bid farewell to the fallen hero.

Present at the burial ceremony include the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia  and his spouse. The First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, former president John Dramani Mahama, ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, Chiefs,  Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers of State and Members of the Parliament were all present to mourn with the family of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama.

Major Maxwell Adam Mahama rest in perfect peace.

Below are photos of the burial ceremony

By Ayerkie Narnor|Ghana

Taking over! It’s Alfred, Natalie ‘things’ on News360

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The pair get interactive a few minutes before news360

Like the air we breathe, they have become hard to do away with whenever the clock ticks 7pm on weekdays.

Indeed,  news on television in Ghana has been completely ‘taken over’ by Alfred Ocansey and Natalie Fort.

Not only do they exhibit much intelligence during analyses and interviews, but dazzle on our screens with style and professionalism.

Alfred making a point to Natalie during a conversation

These two without a doubt have brought a new dimension to News360 with their unique presentation styles which add to the informative package News360 brings to its viewers in Ghana and across the globe.

Natalie has a lot of hobbies which include playing the piano, listening to classical music, watching golf, swimming, reading self help books and biographies. She also has a professional modelling background.

Alfred loves to read and he is also very passionate about football. Alfred played alongside Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan at Accra Academy Senior High School.

The faces of News 360 on TV3, Alfred Ocansey and Natalie Fort are a complete package menu ready to be consumed by loyal viewers of TV3.

A few minutes to go on air and sound engineer ensures microphone is fixed

Alfred takes his turn

The make up ritual can’t be left out

Alfred seems to be enjoying the smooth brush

He gets interactive on News360

News360 airs Monday – Friday from 7-8pm on TV3

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