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Make Nareligu Capital Of New North East region – Mamprugu Overlord

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Overlord of Mamprugu, Nayiri Nabohagu Mahami Sheriga

The Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, Nayiri Nabohagu Mahami Sheriga has put forward a strong proposal for Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi Municipality to made the capital the new North East Region.

“I want Nalerigu to be the regional capital of the North East Region because we are all Mamprusis and we are one” he told some journalists on Friday.

According to him, Nalerigu is strategically located at the centre of the new region and would be convenient for all the people in the region.

Nabohagu said this when he addressed the media at his palace on Friday after the declaration of the result of the referendum.
His comment was greeted with wild jubilation from the thousands of residents who massed up at the palace to listen to his address.

He thanked the people of the area for coming out in their numbers and overwhelmingly endorsing the creation of the North East Region.

The Nayiri called for peace and unity among the people to enable development to thrive in the area.

The people in the North East region voted overwhelmingly to endorse the creation of the new region out of the current Northern Region.

Out of the total of 252,575 registered voters in the area, 205,121 voted YES representing 99.8 per cent in support while 447 representing 0.2 per cent voted No.

Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the North East Region is charged as thousands of people have thronged the Nayiri palace jubilating amidst singing and dancing.

By: Fugu Mohammed|Daily Graphic

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

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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.

Background

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 | citinewsroom.com | Ghana

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

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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

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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!

Source:MynewsGh.com

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