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Rawlings To Address June 4 Durbar At Nungua.

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings and other leading members of the June 4 uprising will on Tuesday address a grand durbar of chiefs and people at the Nungua Traditional Authority Park, to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 uprising.

According to the anniversary planning committee the durbar, which commences at 8.30am will commence with a parade of young cadres, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony for the departed heroes after which solidarity messages will be delivered by a host of dignitaries including NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia and cadre, Eric Bortey.

This year’s celebrations have been under the theme, ‘Developing a national character for sustainable good governance”, and has already seen two commemorative events – a tree planting exercise on Saturday May 25 and an anniversary lecture delivered by Professor John Bright Aheto at the University of Ghana Business School on Wednesday May 29.

The June 4th Revolution or June 4th Uprising was an uprising in Ghana in 1979 that arose out of a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army.

It was sparked when the then military government of the Supreme Military Council (SMC II) of General F K. Akuffo put then flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings on public trial for attempting to overthrow the government on May 15th 1979. This happened because Rawlings was a junior soldier in the Ghanaian Army who with other soldiers were refused to be given their salaries.

Rawlings turned the trial against the government by accusing it of massive corruption and requesting that his fellow accused be set free as he was solely responsible for the mutiny. He was incarcerated for sentencing. His diatribe resonated with the entire nation as there was massive suffering.

In the night of June 3rd 1979, junior military officers including Major Boakye Djan broke into the jail where Rawlings was being held and freed him, and ostensibly marched him to the national radio station to make an announcement. The first time the public heard from Rawlings was a now legendary statement that he Rawlings had been released by the junior officers and that he was under their command. He requested all soldiers to meet with them at the Nicholson Stadium in Burma Camp in Accra.

The entire nation went up in uproar. The soldiers rounded up senior military officers including three former heads of states, General F. K Akuffo, Ignatious Kutu Acheampong and Afrifa for trial. They were subsequently executed by firing squad.

The celebrations are also being observed across the country with lectures and durbars at various local venues.

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Ghana To Host Africa’s First Ever Global SDGs Youth Summit.

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Ghana has been announced as the first Country to host the Global SDGs Youth Summit – Africa’s biggest SDGs Youth Summit.

Lead by the tireless work and Advocacy of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is also the Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, with the mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.

Due to the extraordinary work and dedication by the SDGs Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, Ghana is once again writing history as the first country to host the Global SDGs Youth Summit. Over a 1000 young people from 25 countries will be in attendance alongside some of the most prominent youth speakers and activists from across the world.

At the GLOBAL SDGS YOUTH SUMMIT, the sole focus is to activate young people to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The platform embraces young people’s diversity in all its forms. Together with partners around the world, the event is vested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and global citizenry skills needed for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, the events and its related initiatives are catalysts for change. The Summit is guided by all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Head of Global Operations, Amb. Kwame A.A Opoku remarked “Our mission is to empower and connect young leaders and change-makers from across the continent to strive together to create a sustainable world free of war, oppression, exclusion, and poverty. Through a global network, programs, action, we are harnessing the power of collaboration as a catalyst for greater understanding, shared learning, and sustainable action with a regional focus on the SDGs.”

According to the Head of Global Strategies and Ambassador for Tourism, Arts & Culture Matthew Mensah, young people need to be empowered towards the achievement of the SDGs. “Provided with the necessary toolsets, opportunities and support, young people will be a driving force in not only reversing the Climate decline but also achieving the United Nations SDGs by 2030 and the African Union 2030 Agenda” he added.

The event is in partnership with the SDGs Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, Reset Global People, Global Health PR, AWAKE, Ghana Tourism Authority, Visit Ghana, Year of Return, GIPC, Youth Employment Agency, University of Ghana, Azania Chamber of Commerce and Global Media Alliance and DDP.

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AFRONATION: SMADE Reveals The Secret Behind Choosing Ghana For The Maiden Edition.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - Nigerian entrepreneur, Co-Founder Of AfroNation Festival and prolific events promoter who is bringing the African Diaspora together through Music and entertainment, SMADE, christened Adesegun Adeosun Jr., has highlighted and accentuated the protocol factors his team considered before designating Ghana to host the maiden African edition of the Afronation concert.

This year, Smade and his partner, Obi Asika, founder of Echo Location Talent, a leading talent management agency who covers many of the most well-know urban acts globally are hosting the first installment of their already sold-out festival, Afro Nation. The festival took place on the beautiful beaches of Algarve, Portugal August 1-4. They will host a second edition of the fest on Laboma Beach in Accra, Ghana December 27-30.

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Burna Boy at Afronation, Portugal.

The festival will have performances from some of the biggest names out of Africa right now like, Stonebwoy, Davido, Shatta Wale, R2Bees, Olamide, D'Banj Wizkid, Alkaline and Burna Boy. There are going to be beach parties & boat parties; and expect delicious African food and amazing African fashion. It’s going to be good vibes all around

According to SMADE, the first African destination of the biggest urban music beach festival had to have a beautiful weather and be accessible to the people spread all over, Africa and Europe. He added that, they chose Ghana because it is affordable for the festival goers and has good vibes, and also has a strong link to African history.

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Afronation, Portugal.

He also revealed that, the freedom from disturbance; tranquillity or peace, uninterrupted flow of electrical power and the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers; hospitality nature of Ghanaians has made the country the preferred location on the African continent and in the West African region, respectively, to host Africa's edition of the festival.

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Afronation, Portugal.

Ghana’s stunning coastline runs 560 kilometres from Aflao in the Volta Region to Cape Three Points in the Western Region. With an average temperature of 30 degrees in December, it’s no surprise that we’ve chosen this incredible location as our next festival destination. Amazing beaches can be found in abundance along the Ghana coastline, the ever-popular Laboma Beach being one of them. Just five miles south of Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, Laboma will turn into a festival paradise.

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Laboma Beach, Ghana.

Meanwhile, speaking in an interview with www.georgebritton.com's budding Journalist; Gerrard-Israel, Mr. Adesegun Adeosun Jr. revealed that, a cross section of Nigerian entertainment couriers (gatekeepers) and the creative arts & culture practitioners are having some detasteful feeling towards him for not hosting the festival in Nigeria. According to him, the gatekeepers stated that, hosting the project in Nigeria would have increased the per capital income of the country, and also boost tourism.

You can find afronation online at  afronationghana.com  and on Instagram @afronation & @afronationghana for all updates as they come.

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Patoranking Thrill Paul Kagame, Others At Youth Connekt Africa Summit – 19 In Rwanda.

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African reggae/dancehall, superstar Patoranking, graced the Youth Connekt Africa Summit recently in Kigali, Rwanda, speaking briefly to over 7,000 representatives from across Africa, on his take as an artist from Nigeria; on the relationship between youths and the government.

He highlighted a few issues we share as Africans relating with each other, one of which is our lack of love for one another, the boundaries built high in the form African visas and other man-made obstacles that prevent us from embracing and communicating with one another.

He also got to meet the longest ruling President of Rwanda- President Paul Kagame, who has not only changed the face of Rwanda as a country but has also invested in its youth, yielding huge returns for the country. Youth Connekt Africa Summit is a gathering of African youths and personalities to discuss, share, iron out, impact and create a change amongst Africans, building more networking opportunities for African youth and representatives from all over Africa.

An energetic, yet engaging performance from the African superstar at the concert later that night had everyone, dignitaries included on their feet, gyrating to his catalogue of hits. Performing live with his band- Fire Republik was the highlight of the night.

On his last day in the city of a thousand hills, Patoranking paid his respects at the Kigali Memorial Centre to the Rwandans that lost their lives in the Genocide of 1994. His last night in Rwanda had him at dinner with Chelsea FC legend, Didier Drogba whom he met earlier at the memorial.

We can boldy say that this is definitely not the last visit to Rwanda by the award-winning artist as he has shared her tears and called her his home also.

(Source: talkmediaghana.com)

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VRMG Boss, Edem Announces Edem Fest’19.

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VOLTA REGION, GHANA - Ghanaian rap recording artist, and entertainer christened Denning Edem Hotor, who is professionally known for his musicianship as Edem (@iamedem), has revealed the date and venue for the 2019 edition of the most attended annual outdoor musical concert tagged, "Edem Fest"

Schedule to occur on 1st November, 2019 and to be hosted at the Aborigines Beach Resort, Edemfest was conceived as part of brand Edem’s Corporate Social Responsibility, as an avenue to remind Ghanaians of an illustrious heritage as a people, and a wake-up call for them to preserve the very culture that makes them unique.

This year's edition of the festival is aimed marking the "Year Of Return" initiative by Government of Ghana, as the Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG) boss also has the objective of inculcating a sense of Pan-Africanism on the minds of the diaspora who will be touring Ghana.

This year's edition of the festival will roll out to be the third since its inception. A day-long event highlighted by a grand musical concert, Edemfest consists of various activities catering to art, culture, tourism, and business. Previous editions were held on the Keta High Street, and Aborigines, with the core aim of raising awareness on illegal fishing and tackling sand winning, and open defecation respective.

The event will be attended by over 20,000 patrons —double of the number they recorded last year. It is clear that Edemfest 2019, aside reconnecting Ghanaians to a wonderful heritage and reviving confidence in their potential, will go a long way towards contributing to the economic development of the area, as well as fostering budding talent from there.

Edem’s career began modestly — pounding on school desks and sleeping on studio floors. And so, he considers it a great blessing to reach the heights that he has, and to possess an influential voice. Whenever he sit to reflect on his journey thus far, his heart brims with joy, but at the same time, he reminded of the responsibilities a person in his position automatically assumes —one to leave his society better than he met it. Undoubtedly, music is a powerful tool, and his music has constantly served as a great platform to share his story, and inspire fellow youth who nurse hopes of a better life.

Edem appeared on Voice of America where he talked about his “Nyedzilo” video, which features Mavin Records’ very own Reekado Banks, and his videos such as “The One”, featuring Sway that talks about Africa’s liberation and his award-winning song Koene that were previously featured on Music Time Africa by Heather Maxwell and Vincent Makori.

In 2006, he released his first radio hit single “Witine Woshi”, which translates as “we came and they ran”. It gained much popularity in his region and added to his underground reputation. That year, he got together officially with The Last Two Entertainment Group, headed by the hit maker Hammer of The Last Two. This label is responsible for artists including Obrafour in 1999, Tinny and the madman Kwaw Kesse in 2005.

Edem appeared at live shows, significantly as the opening act for the John Legend concert at the International Conference Center in Accra in 2000. Before his debut album, he collaborated with other acts, especially with Obrafour. He went on a national tour with Obrafour.

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