One of Africa’s most-celebrated authors and playwrights, Ghanaian Ama Ata Aidoo, has died aged 81.
A renowned feminist, she depicted and celebrated the condition of African women in works such as The Dilemma of a Ghost, Our Sister Killjoy and Changes.
She opposed what she described as a “Western perception that the African female is a downtrodden wretch”.
She also served as education minister in the early 1980s but resigned when she could not make education free.
In a statement, her family said “our beloved relative and writer” passed away after a short illness, requesting privacy to allow them to grieve.
A university professor, Ata Aidoo won many literary awards for her novels, plays and poems, including the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Changes, a love story about a statistician who divorces her first husband and enters into a polygamous marriage.
Her work, including plays like Anowa, have been read in schools across West Africa, along with works of other greats like Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe.
When asked by BBC HARDTalk’s Zeinab Badawi in 2014 if she regarded herself as a writer with a mission, she replied: “In retrospect, I suppose I could describe myself as a writer with a mission. But I never was aware that I had a mission when I started to write.
“People sometimes question me, for instance, why are your women so strong? And I say, that is the only woman I know.”
She was a major influence on the younger generation of writers, including Nigeria’s awarding-winning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
“When I first discovered Ama Ata Aidoo’s work – a slim book on a dusty shelf in our neighbour’s study in Nsukka [in south-eastern Nigeria] – I was stunned by the believability of her characters, the sureness of her touch and what I like to call, in a rather clunky phrase, the validating presence of complex femaleness.
“Because I had not often seen this complex femaleness in other African books I had read and loved, mine was a wondrous discovery: of Anowa, tragic and humane and many dimensional, in Aidoo’s play set in the 1800s in Fantiland; of Sissie, the self-assured, perceptive main character of the ambitious novel Our Sister Killjoy, who wryly recounts her experiences in Germany and England in the 1960s; or of the varied female characters in No Sweetness Here, my favourite of Aidoo’s books.”
Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Burna Boy included her powerful criticism of colonialism and ongoing exploitation of Africa’s resources in his song Monsters You Made in 2020:
“Since we met you people 500 years ago. Look at us, we’ve given everything. You are still taking. In exchange for that, we have got nothing. Nothing. And you know it. But don’t you think that this is over now? Over where? Is it over?”
Ama Ata Aidoo was born in a small village in Ghana’s central Fanti-speaking region in 1942.
Her father had opened the first school in the village and was a strong influence on her.
At the age of 15 she decided that she wanted to be a writer and within just four years, had achieved that ambition after she was encouraged to enter a competition.
“I won a short story competition but learned about it only when I opened the newspaper that had organised it, and saw the story had been published on its centre pages and realised the name of the author of that story in print was mine,” Ata Aidoo once said as she looked back at her career.
“I believe these moments were crucial for me because … I had articulated a dream… it was a major affirmation for me as a writer, to see my name in print.”
She went on to study literature at the University of Ghana and became a lecturer, publishing her first play in 1964.
After her 18 month-foray into politics she went into self-imposed exile in Zimbabwe for a time and became a full-time writer.
Aido Network International Incollaboration With Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng Slated Royal Gala & Exhibition For November 25
Aido Network International Incollaboration With Cynthia Adu Boaten Slated Royal Gala & Exhibition For November 25
Mark your calendars for an electrifying celebration of culture and exhibition as Aido Network International Incollaboration With Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng takes over London on 21st December, 2023.
The highly appreciated event, royal gala, dinner and exhibition is set to be the biggest event in London, promising unforgettable experience of all ages.
Organized by H.H Jones Eganga and Queen Grace in London collaboration with award-winning gospel singer, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng.
This beautiful event will take place at Hilton hotel, Croydon – London at exactly 4pm to 10pm.
Aido Network International and Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng is inviting all chiefs, ministers, pastors, companies etc to come and support this beautiful event.
This beautiful gala night eventis organised for fundraising to the needy and the less privileged.
Check the the flyer for more info
You can also visit their website aidonetwork.org
“Prove To Me If The Prostitutes Are Staying In My Apartment” – Bishop Daniel Obinim Dares Shatana
These couple of weeks have seen musician Shatana, go back and forth with leader of International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim over a video that surfaced around the same time.
The video which was taken by Shatana saw some alleged number of prostitutes plying their trade in front of Bishop’s church. To add salt to injury, these alleged prostitutes purported that they lived in one of Obinim’s apartment s which were a few blocks from the church’s premises.
They also claimed, they had to pay 2,000cedis to foot the rent fee of the room. Shatana explained this situation in an interview on Kingdom FM last week.
Bishop Obinim who saw this as demeaning has rebutted the allegations fiercely with explanations. At a church sermon last week in his church, he expressed that the stories are all untrue and cooked. He further dared Shatana to provide evidence if she thinks her story is true.
This is the third time Angel Obinim has responded to the story. Well, Shatana is yet to counter what Bishop has said.
Esther Issaka Music Set To Release “Oseeye” On August 27
The long-awaited song of Ghanaian contemporary gospel singer and songwriter, Mrs. Esther Issaka, known as Esther Issaka Music in the gospel music industry, is set to be released on August 27, 2023.
She talked about her new project in a post on her social media platforms.
“Let no one cause you to think that you are a failure. Victory is God’s nature. Once you are His, oseeye shall be your song.
We are not alone. Christ is with us, goes ahead of us and defends us. Surely, Oseeye shall be our song. Jesus did not promise us a challenge free Christian journey. He rather assures that we shall not consumed by the fire and the waters shall not devour us.
Oseeye is our song”.
Now that the release date has been announced, Mrs. Esther Issaka wishes Oseeye will bring hope, encouragement and joy into the hearts of all who will hear this tune.
The official release date for this song is set to be released on August 27, 2023.
Esther Issaka’s personal life is a testament to her grounded and faith-centered approach. She is married to Rev Dr. Suleman De-Graft Issaka, a Pastor of the Church of Pentecost. Together, they are blessed with four children: Nkunim, Adom, Adepa, and Abapa. Her role as a pastor’s wife has added another layer of responsibility and influence to her journey, further reinforcing her commitment to her faith and her musical ministry.
In 2021, Esther Issaka made a significant mark with the release of her single “Odihene,” which resonated powerfully with her followers and garnered widespread acclaim. This achievement underscores her ability to blend spirituality with artistic excellence.
Please follow her for updates regarding this release @estherissaka_muisc on all social media platforms.
“People Even Have Sex On Atwea Mountains”, Angel Obinim Replies Shatana
The internet has been full of banters these couple of weeks. One which is fast gaining roots is that of artiste, Shatana and Bishop Obinim’s. It has sparked serious concerns outrages on the information super highway.
It has been a week when Shatana alleged that there has been a couple of sex workers plying their trade in front of the House of the Lord, where Bishop Angel Obinim sheperds. When Shatana decided to drive them away from the premises because it is blasphemous, she was met with a mouth gaping revelation. That Bishop Obinim owned the apartments that housed them (prostitutes), and they had to pay 2000cedis every month or face eviction.
This got to Shatana so much that she released the video and called the Ghanaian christiandom to be up and doing. The video then sparked heavy appeal and reaction.
Bishop Obinim who saw the need to explain the situation because it tarnished his image has responded to the claims made by Shatana. He said indeed he owned the apartments and he has rented it out to girls, some of which are Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghanaians, etc
Bishop Obinim further said although he owned the apartments, he has not given any tenant the power to use it as a brothel. Nonetheless, he explained that he could not control a tenant who decides to use her body for material gains. He also expressed that he has gone to the house to preach to them and pray on countless occasions but to no avail. He further said, people have been desecrating business areas, official and public places, and many more since time immemorial. He gave an example of how once he saw a pastor and his singer having intercourse on Atwea Mountain’s Prayer Camp. Lastly, he stated that the said apartments of his was not near the church premises.
Shatana is yet to rebut what Bishop Angel Obinim has said.
Watch the video of what Obinim said and the interview of Shatana explaining how she saw the place.
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His Excellency Felix Hator, The Selfless Ghanaian Consul Who Helped Team Wanderlust In Mauritania, en route London
The entire nation became extremely gleeful when a Team of Ghanaian citizens took a daring task to travel by road from Accra to London. The 10,000 kilometres’ journey which took them at 13 days through various countries saw them plying numerous countries from Africa through Europe and finally to their final destination, London.
This was not just a dotingly remarkable achievement but also, another historic feat since the news broke out. It took social media platforms by frenzy midway through their journey when the Team finally announced via their social media platforms that they’d embarked on such this ‘exceptional’ trip.
Just like any other travel would have it, it didn’t come easy for these Team of Ghanaians on their trip. No, there was no disaster! But as protocols would demand, they got into some few ‘glitches’, especially when they got to Mauritania. There in Mauritania, a very patriotic diplomat, His Excellency Felix Hator, came through for them.
His Excellency Felix Hator, Ghana’s Consul to Mauritania showed the Team tremendous hospitality when the Team entered into the country (Mauritania). Not only did he come to their ‘rescue’ but he showed extreme care and support for Team Wanderlust. Furthermore, he added a letter of support from his outfit to the high Office of Mauritania that allowed his fellow Ghanaian Citizens to use Nouakchott as a route to continue their journey into Europe and finally into UK.
H.E Felix Hator hosted and fêted Team Wanderlust and made them feel comfortable while showing them some of the amazing projects he’s on with other fellow Ghanaian citizens who are based there and working with him. This is a true mark of a patriotic statesman we should emulate and replicate for our fellow Ghanaian men and women everywhere in the world.
H.E Felix Hator, though would not want to highlight this himself for ‘media clout’ it is very key to celebrate him for his kind gesture to Team Wanderlust; he led them through Nouakchott with a full drive till they reached the Moroccan Border and finally journeyed on to their final destination.
Below is a video snippet of Team Wanderlust celebrating HE Felix Hator for the support.
(Story: Elorm Beenie)
Nigerian Singer Wizkid Loses His Mother
The famous Nigerian singer Wizkid, whose real name is Ayodeji Balogun, has sadly lost his mother.
Wizkid’s mother, Mrs Jane Dolapo Balogun, passed away at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday.
Confirming the news, Sunday Are, Wizkid’s manager for a long time, shared that Mrs Balogun passed away during the early hours of Friday.
“Yes, she passed away this morning, around 1:30 am,” said Sunday Aaare.
The late Mrs Balogun was also the mother of two other children, Yetunde Balogun and Lade Balogun.
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The SRC President H.E Isaac Aryeetey is changing the narrative of student leadership status on campus, proving to the student community and management that-he is a man of his word, this initiative was applauded by the Vice Chancellor and other principal officers of the university, for contributing in creating a more convenient and a sustainable campus for patronage of both staffs and students. It is of no surprise he won the SRC Presidential seat defying all odds and setting unparalleled record with the highest win percentage of 67.96% for a presidential candidate, this is no joke.
Today’s achievement is a testament and a validation of his leadership skills, dedication and commitment to the job, indeed we are witnessing history in the making.
The SRC President H.E Isaac Aryeetey addresses the student community.
In his words, he said; on several instances students fall sick, to which there is no available transportation system to quickly convey the student to the hospital, hostel representative, hall presidents in the year 2022 have to run to the street in search of taxi, leaving the ill student at the mercy of time.
In response to this alarming situation, I promised the entire student populace a better transportation system through an effective sustainable advocacy.
Resilience is not achieved in isolation. We will actively seek and nurture collaborations with other academic institutions, industry partners, and community organizations. Through strategic partnerships, we can leverage collective strengths, share knowledge, and access resources that will bolster our resilience and enhance our impact on society.
A year ago, I promised in bringing a sustainable solution in the transportation challenges and create a more convenient, eco-friendly, and enjoyable campus experience for everyone.
After several negotiation with management in collaboration with the Dean of Students, I had the permission from management on the 3rd of March 2023, to embark on the journey to bring onboard major stakeholders to aid satisfy one of the most pressing needs of students-Transportation.
By implementing this initiative, we can collectively work towards creating a greener, healthier, and more sustainable campus for generations to come.
I want to reaffirm my commitment to remaining resilient in the face of challenges. My administration understands the importance of adaptability, innovation, support, sustainability, partnership, and empowering our students.
As we forge ahead on this journey, I invite each of you to actively contribute your ideas, expertise, and passion. Let us collaborate and build a brighter future for our institution, where resilience is not just a word but a guiding principle that propels us towards greatness.
Thank you for your unwavering support, and I am confident that together, we will continue to make a positive impact in the lives of our students and the broader community.
Campus Ride- Safe, Reliable, Convenient (S.R.C)
In Attendance was;
Head of the security unit
The Reginal MTTD Commander
Proxy of Vice Chancellor
Dean of Oric
Coordinator of Demha
Head of UMaT Clinic
All Senior Hall Tutors
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