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Smoke, If You Struggle To Learn – Yaa Pono To Legon Students

Ghanaian rapper Yaa Pono has advised students of the University of Ghana to smoke whenever they have difficulty in learning.

He said this during his performance at Jubilish Hall Week Artiste Night last Saturday at the University of Ghana.

In the course of his performance, Pono paused and proffered this advice: “I have an advice for you. If you learn and are not able to grasp, smoke.”

Although it is not clear which substance the artiste had asked the students to smoke, some have inferred that it could be marijuana, an illegal substance in Ghana. Their inference is premised on the widely held notion by some people that the marijuana helps one in gaining retentive memory.

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The artiste who has a couple of songs on smoking recently told Kwame Bee of Kasapa FM in an interview that he smokes.

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The issue of legalising marijuana in Ghana has been a debatable one. Few years ago, rapper Kwaw Kese was arrested for smoking the illegal substance in public.

Even though health experts have enumerated the harmful effects associated with smoking there have been advocacy by reggae musician Blakk Rasta,Kwaw Kese and other artistes for the Ghanaian government to legalise the substance.


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Prophet Kumchacha Seeks Injunction Against ‘One Corner’ Dance

The Founder and Leader of the Heaven’s Gate Ministries, Prophet Nicholas Osei, popularly known as Prophet Kumchacha has revealed that he would do whatever it takes to legally stop the trending “one corner” dance.

The outspoken Prophet said he is heading to court to seek an injunction on the “One Corner” song because the song is destroying lives in the country.

According to him, the song is destroying Ghanaian children and some adults and it has increased promiscuity among the youth of the country.

Speaking to Kofi TV, the Pastor said there is the need to condemn the song before it destroys the country. He added Christianity teaches that if anything bad is going on, you have to speak out about it. So as a Christian, he can’t sit quietly and watch people destroyed.

“The song is destroying people so I am on my way to seek court injunction against it. I am going to seek injunction to completely ban the song and it shouldn’t be played publicly again”.

His described the song as a stupid one. “One corner is a stupid song! Is this how our forefathers did music?”

To him, songs are supposed to inspire people and help change their ways but that has not been the order of the day indicating that current songs rather deteriorate morality in the country.

The Preacher said he would pray the court to prevent any individual from playing the song in any public space.

Watch the full interview below:


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Stonbwoy’s Wife Discharged From Hospital

Wife of Dancehall act Stonebwoy, Dr. Louisa Ansong who was hospitalized after sustaining an injury as result of an alleged knife attack, has been discharged from the hospital.

A management member of the “Baafira” hit maker tells that Louisa was rushed to hospital on Saturday night September 30, after she felt a sharp cut at her back and started bleeding inside a tent meant for her and her husband.

Thankfully, she was discharged from the hospital yesterday, Sunday October 1 and she is currently recovering in the comfort of her home.

“She has been discharged and currently recovering at home. She is very well and thank God everything is fine now”, the source told

Stonebwoy’s management also dismissed rumors that Dancehall artiste Shattawale who was there to support Stonebwoy, could have a hand in the attack.

Management insists that, Ghanaians should stop drawing conclusions and making false judgments when things happen coincidentally making it clear that Shattawele doesn’t have any associations with the said incident.

“This has nothing to do with Shatta Wale or his presence there. He genuinely came to support his brother and let me state that the incident happened over an hour before Shatta Wale come to the event”.

Both management and family of Stonebwoy have been with Stonebwoy’s and his wife ensuring that everything is fine with her.

Mrs. Satekla had a cut at her back when some criminals cut Stonebwoy’s tent with knife. It happened just when Stonebwoy was about to mount the stage at his own “Ashiaman to the world” concert and she was hurriedly rushed to the hospital. Stonebwoy who was able to entertain thousands of his fans, in spite of the bad news, rushed to see his wife immediately after his memorable performance.

The concert happened on Saturday 30th September in Ashiaman with a huge crowd of bhimnation fans, cheering and dancing to all performances from all artistes who performed on the night.

Stonebwoy confirmed the incident on his Instagram page immediately after the concert saying it was an attack targeted at him ”attack targeted on me but mistakenly chanced on my wife but I still delivered for my people. #iwillfindem”.

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NPP Chair Goes Wild Destroys Cooking Utensils Of School Feeding Programme

School children at the Wassa Akropong RIIS Presby Primary school in the Wassa Amenfi East District of the Western Region were starved on Friday, September 29, 2017, following the destruction of f their food and cooking utensils.

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The over 500 school children who were already salivating and thanking government for the continuation of the school feeding programme had to swallow their saliva as a group of young hefty men destroyed the food and vandalised the pantry.

It was later alleged that, the young men were ordered by the constituency chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area, Nana Asafoankye Badu whose wife is the caterer for the school feeding programme in the school.

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This was allegedly due to the fact that, the NPP’s chairman had a serious quarrel with his wife, and therefore decided to cancel the contract since it was through his influence that his wife was awarded the contract.

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Teachers, pupils and some parents who were around when the incident happened were seen helpless as they could not stop the perpetrators for the sake of their lives.

“Some people are above the laws of Ghana. These same Asafoankye boys beat a fellow NPP man mercilessly here in the full glare of people, but nothing happened to them”, a concerned citizen told Today.

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Meanwhile residents of Wassa Akropong and its environs whose wards attend the school have appealed to the Western Regional Minister, Ministry of Education and the President to, as a matter of urgency call Nana Asafoankye Badu to order and stop him from further trampling over other people’s rights.

Source: today


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White House releases salary info for Trump’s aides

Donald Trump’s White House is stocked with 25 staffers who hold the title of “assistant to the president,” according to a disclosure released Friday, which also revealed that nearly two dozen aides all earn an annual salary of roughly $180,000.

The White House posted the salaries of its executive office staff in a 16-page document detailing the earnings of nearly 400 individuals — 18 are “detailees,” a distinction for people who were pulled from other agencies or organizations to temporarily serve in a White House role. The document was also shared with Congress, an annual requirement of administrations since 1995.

The president’s core West Wing staff dominate the top tier of earners, with the Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist and senior counselor Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer, counselor Kellyanne Conway, spokeswoman Hope Hicks and social media director Dan Scavino all earning $179,700.

The West Wing has always been a competitive place, but Trump’s White House has been especially intense as aides are often forced to respond in real time to the president’s erratic tweets and frequently compete for the president’s ear. Trump’s communications shop has also struggled to contain the sprawling Russia investigations examining possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

His top communications aides are joined by senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, legislative affairs director Marc Short, counsel Don McGahn and communications director for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, who make the same salary of $179,700.

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Oval Office operations director Keith Schiller earn $165,000. Other notable staff salaries include strategist Sebastian Gorka ($155,000), first lady Melania Trump communications director Stephanie Grisham ($115,000) and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn ($30,000).

Cohn told POLITICO his $30,000 salary was to cover the cost of health insurance.

Only three staffers — first daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and intergovernmental and technology aide Reed Cordish — take home no pay from taxpayers, according to the disclosure.

Kushner’s personal assistant, Avi Berkowitz, is paid $115,000 — more than any other assistant in the White House. By comparison, Bannon’s assistant’s salary is $40,000.

The Trump White House’s inaugural salary disclosures also show that it has nearly 100 fewer staffers than President Barack Obama had in 2016. Obama’s White House had 473 aides, with 19 assistants to the president.

Nine Obama aides earned top salaries of $176,461, and only one staffer, consultant Susan Davies, went unpaid. And Obama’s body man, Brian Mosteller, took home $60,000 less than Trump’s long-serving bodyguard, Keith Schiller.

Here are the salaries of some of the top officials in the current White House:

Reince Priebus, chief of staff, assistant to the president — $179,700

Steve Bannon, chief strategist, assistant to the president — $179,700

Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, assistant to the president — $179,700

Sean Spicer, press secretary, assistant to the president — $179,700

Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications, assistant to the president — $179,700

Dan Scavino, director of social media, assistant to the president — $179,700

Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser, assistant to the president — $179,700

Marc Short, director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, assistant to the president — $179,700

Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, executive secretary and chief of staff for the National Security Council, assistant to the president — $179,700

Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council, assistant to the president — $179,700

Rick Dearborn, deputy chief of staff for legislative, Cabinet, intergovernmental affairs and implementation, assistant to the president — $179,700

Omarosa Manigault, director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, assistant to the president — $179,700.00

Don McGahn, counsel to the president, assistant to the president — $179,700

Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism — $179,700

Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, assistant to the president — $179,700

Lindsay Reynolds, chief of staff to the first lady, assistant to the president — $179,700

Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, assistant to the president — $179,700

Sarah Sanders, principal deputy press secretary, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000

Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office operations, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000.00

Peter Navarro, director of trade and manufacturing policy, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000

George Gigicos, director of presidential advance, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000

Sebastian Gorka, strategist, deputy assistant to the president — $155,000

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady, special assistant to the president — $115,000.00

Lindsay Walters, deputy press secretary and adviser to the press secretary, special assistant to the president — $115,000

Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, assistant to the president — $30,000

Ivanka Trump, adviser to the president — $0

Jared Kushner, senior adviser, assistant to the president — $0

Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives — $0

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Uganda bans female civil servants from wearing cleavage revealing cloths

Public servants in Uganda are facing a strict dress code after the government issued a circular warning them to “dress decently”. Female staff have been told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses.

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Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers should not be tight-fitting. Staff failing to comply will be disciplined. The guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Public Service apply to all non-uniformed civil servants. But there is a feeling that female staff are the main focus on the new rules.

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While women will be allowed to wear pant-suits, they have been warned not to wear any tight-fitting clothing. Dresses and skirts must at least be knee-length. Uganda is a conservative society and women have previously complained of being harassed if they wear mini-skirts in public.

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The Ministry of Public Service’s director of Human Resources, Adah Muwanga, said they had to act after receiving complaints: “We were approached with complaints that, specifically lady officers, were dressing in an unacceptable manner, with mini-skirts and showing body parts which otherwise generally should be covered in Ugandan society,” she told the BBC.

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She said the ministry has overall responsibility to guide on the administration and management of the public service and “this is how we want the public to view us”. The circular further states that accessories should be modest, while long fingernails of more than 3cms (1.5in) with bright or multi-coloured nail polish are also not permitted.

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Flat, open shoes are ruled out, except in cases where one can prove that it is for medical reasons. Men have been told they should keep their hair short and neat, and not wear brightly coloured clothes. The circular is derived from Public Service Standing Orders on dress code, put in place in 2010.

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However, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire in Kampala says the dress code does not seem to have been paid much attention to up to now. Mrs Muwanga said that staff who failed to comply with the new enforcements would be cautioned at first, and repeat offenders would face disciplinary action.

However she added “there is always room for review”.

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‘Efiewura’ Star Did Not Marry But Gave Birth To Six Kids With Different Women” – Brother

Brother of the late Kofi Agyiri, an actor in the popular ‘Efiewura’ series which airs on TV 3 has said his brother acted his womanising behaviour in the series that got Ghanaians glued to their TV sets.

According to him, his brother has six children with six different women and for that reason, he could play his role very well because, in real life, he is able to date several women.

He, however, mentioned that although his brother was a womaniser, he was a very responsible gentleman who worked tirelessly to take care of his six children and their mothers.

Ghanaian actor Kofi Agyiri of EFIEWURA fame is dead

“Surprisingly, my brother never married! He gave birth to six (6) kids with different women accordingly. More importantly, the late Kofi did his possible best to take good care of the kids as well as his baby mamas. It’ll interest you to know that his ‘womanising’ character as exhibited in Efriewura is a fair representation of his real human behaviour.”

Kofi Agyiri died on Friday after years of battling kidney failure.