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We Are Ready To Perform Funeral Of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II – Family



The Head of the Andani Royal Family, Yoo-Naa Abukari VII, and the Kampakuya-Naa, Yakubu Abdulai Andani, have indicated their readiness and preparedness to hold the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa, Yakubu Andani II, from Friday, January 4, 2019.

This was after the Vo-Naa, Mahamadu Bawa, conveyed the message, on behalf of the Andani Royal family, to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Jubilee House, the seat of government.

A statement issued by the Jubilee House Communications Bureau explained that, speaking at the brief ceremony, the Vo-Naa, who is Chairman of the Funeral Committee, noted that “with the final funeral rites of Yaa-Naa Mahamudu Abdulai about to end on Friday, December 28, 2018, the Andani Royal Family is ready and willing to commence the funeral rites of Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II on January 4, 2019, and complete it on January 18th, 2019.”

He also used the opportunity to thank President Akufo-Addo for helping to ensure “a united Dagbon”, and, thus, invited the President to the final funeral rites of Yaa-Naa Yakubu set to be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Vo-Naa Mahamadu Bawa also urged government to continue to do all it can to bring the killers of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II to justice, so as to bring closure and finality to the matter.

The children of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani also reiterated their commitment to the success of the Dagbon peace process.

“We the children have made it clear that whatever we have to do or we must do to ensure that Dagbon gets lasting peace, not a short-term one, we are out to do
it. We are with our President today, and we have made it known that whatever that must be done, as children of the late Ya-Naa, we are ready to do it,” Mohammed Alhassan Andani added.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude to the Head of the Andani Royal Family for the message, describing it as one “that everybody in Ghana will be very happy to hear today, and, as coming at the end of the year for those of us who are Christians, can be described as a big Christmas present.”

The President was overjoyed that the process for the holding of the funerals of Naa Mahamadu Abdulai and Naa Yakubu Andani II was going on peacefully.

The compromises made along the way by the Abudu and Andani Royal Families, President Akufo-Addo said, are signs of the commitment to the process and the
restoration of peace and normalcy to Dagbon by both families.

“You can never make peace without compromises, and I think, in so far as those compromises have been made and where we are today, it is to the credit of the
entire people of Dagbon and to you, the leaders, that you have heeded the advice for peace,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “I am particularly happy that, in my time as President of the Republic, these funerals can finally take place, and honour be
done to them according to custom.”

He assured the Andani Family that the events that led to the death of Ya Naa Yakubu Andani can never go away, and assured that “whatever needs to be done to unearth the truth has to continue to be done. I am a firm subscriber to that point of view. Criminal conduct can never go away, there has to be accountability for it.”

The law enforcement agencies, he said, will need the co-operation of the people of Dagbon in order to help unravel the truth about the death of Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II.

President Akufo-Addo congratulated the Yoo-Naa, the Kampakuya-Naa, and the elders of Dagbon for their sense of responsibility and statesmanship in bringing the process thus far.
“We will continue to count on you to shepherd us through the rest of the process, and then have a new Ya-Naa duly installed, who can bring all of Dagbon
together, again, to become one of the most important traditional areas in our country,” he added.

Credit: Jubilee House Communications

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Ghana 4th on CNN Travel’s list of places to visit in 2019



CNN Travel has released a list of 19 places to visit in the year 2019.

Fourth on the list is Ghana, a country with some of the world’s most diverse and amazing tourist sites.

In a news report by CNN, Ghana, which is West Africa’s poster nation for economic success and political stability is hoping to trade up its tourism status for 2019, with a campaign targeting the African diaspora whose ancestors were victims of the brutal slave trade of centuries gone by.
Ghana’s ‘Year of Return’ marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in North America.

It’s a somber recognition of the evil that befell Ghana’s past inhabitants and their descendants and the strength with which they’ve faced it.

“Legacies of the slave trade are unavoidable. Cape Coast Castle, one of many historic coastal forts, was where slaves were held before being dispatched to America and the Caribbean.”

“This brutal and fascinating reminder was visited by the Obamas in 2009 and Melania Trump in 2018.”

For all the sobriety of this anniversary, what also awaits visitors to Ghana is the warm, intoxicating embrace of a country completely at ease with its identity rushing headlong towards a bright future.

The capital, Accra, crackles with the dynamism of a city on the upswing, with a nightlife scene to match.

For those wanting to escape its relentless excitement, Ghana’s 335-mile coastline boasts empty surfing spots like Cape Three Points, while its many protected wildlife zones, including Mole National Park, are home to wild elephants, Nolan warthogs and spotted hyenas.

Beating Ghana to the first three spots on the list are Christchurch, New Zealand; Egypt and Fukuoka, Japan.

Other places are Grand Canyon, United States; Hawaii Island, United States; The Hebrides, Scotland, UK; Jaffa, Israel; Kerala, India and Liechtenstein.

The rest are Lima, Peru; New York City; Normandy, France; Oaxaca, Mexico; Oman; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; St. Barts, French West Indies; Space Coast, Florida, United States and Weimar, Germany.


In July, 2018, ‘CNN And Be Ghana’, a video documentary on Ghana’s slave castles was aired on CNN’s programme, Inside Africa.
In one month, the video went on air globally, with about 5,416,000 people watching it, many of them seeing it more than once.

The documentary was part of a campaign by the government of Ghana to market the country as a tourism destination.

The campaign, an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, was on air from June 11 to August 5, 2018.

The 30-minute television documentary focuses on the Elmina castle. In it, CNN’s cameras follow the journey of a man who gave his name as Bartels, a diaspora African. After years of searching, he had traced his roots to Elmina and wanted to see and hear at first-hand what his ancestors went through from capture to shipment to the Americas.

Even though some people criticised the move, saying the cost of the project (US$200,000.00) was too high, Catherine Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said the government’s expectations went beyond financial returns.

“Yes, we need the diasporan Africans to come in their numbers. In fact, I have told myself as Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture that 20,000 tourist arrivals from North America is not enough. We need in excess of one million African Americans to respond and come to Ghana.”

Catherine Afeku has been severely criticised by stakeholders of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture for not living up to expectation.

However, she has, on countless times assured the stakeholders that government is putting its act together to get all their problems addressed.

By: Kwame Dadzie | | Ghana

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President Akufo-Addo opens Zongo for Peace and Development conference January 8



Inna-Cities & Zongo Dov’t Min. Dr Mustapha Hameed

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to open the maiden Zongo for Peace and Development (ZOPAD) conference in Kumasi on January 8, 2018.

The conference is expected to be a convocation of Muslim Chiefs, Imams and key players in such communities as government seeks their opinions in it’s developmental agenda.

Ahead of that, the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid is calling for tolerance as government rollsout more development projects in such communities as a way of bridging the development gap.

He said at a press launch in Kumasi Wednesday, January 2, that promotion of peace is a key ingredient to trigger development, urging his fellow Muslims especially those residing in the Zongos to cherish peace and eschew violence.

Dr Hamid said his ministry was set up by the President purposely to engender development and bridge the gap between the Inner Cities and Zongo communities.

“To ensure this development, residents of the various Zongo communities must learn how to live in peace and harmony.

“We are, however, aware that development can only be built on a foundation of peace. So even as we seek to bring development to Zongo communities, we realise that it is also correct and indeed our duty to ensure that those developments sit securely on foundation of peace”, he said.

Dr Hamid said the Zongo communities were mostly made up of people with different cultures and religion which sometimes instead of promoting peace, creates misunderstanding and conflicts.

“These differences in the communities can help foster development in the communities if we learn how to cooperate and understand each other,” he said.

The former Minister of Information said the ZOPAD conference aims among other things, to bring key players in the Zongo communities to weave these differences into beautiful tapestry of cooperation, understanding and development.

He said some values such as brotherliness were considered sacred in the Zongo communities but which are gradually being lost.

“To reverse the narrative and negative stereotype of Zongo communities as violent habitats, the residents must all come together to live in peace in order to attract developments,” he said.

He said throughout Ghana’s history, the people of Zongos have been instrumental in contributing to the growth and prosperity of the country and this must be sustained.

“The Zongo communities have been able to produce some well-known prominent and responsible people for the country of which I am proud to be one.

“We believe that residents of Zongo communities today, owe it to these people of by-gone era, to relive the excellent qualities that have enabled these people to engrave their names, not only on monuments, but also in the hearts of men and women”, he said.

By: Daniel K. Kenu|Graphic Online

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Tamale Based Radio Presenter killed By Truck On New Year’s Day



A Tamale-based Radio Presenter, Mohammed Shamsudeen Rufai popularly known as DJ Fabregas has been confirmed dead. He was confirmed dead after he was run over by a tipper truck on New Year’s Day.

The deceased was on a motorbike with a lady believed to be his girlfriend who survived the ghastly accident but is said to be in critical condition at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

According to DJ Waris, a colleague with North Star Radio, the incident happened on Tuesday dawn at Lamashegu a suburb of the Tamale Metropolis while he was returning home after the launch of a music album by one Kasi Survivor.

In his account, one Damba who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DM Links witnessed the sad incident.

The body of Mohammed Shamsudeen Rufai who until his sudden demise was with Amana Radio has been deposited at the morgue of the Tamale Teaching Hospital pending an outcome of police investigations and autopsy.

May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace!

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