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The CEO Of The Ghana Free Zones Authority Embarks On A Regional Tour

“It is our mandate as an institution to support you to achieve more exports as Ghana takes the needed steps to address its structural economic setup. Accelerating our export drive is imperative to becoming the Ghana we want. ” -Amb. Mike Oquaye Jr.
With these words, the CEO of the GFZA kicked off a week-long engagement with licensed free zone companies in the Ashanti and Western Regions of Ghana.
With two enclaves in the western region and one in the Ashanti region, Ghana’s lead agency for regulating the free zones scheme and Ghana’s Special Economic Zones remains ready to do more.
Amb. Mike Oquaye Jnr. and his team kicked off the customer-facing engagement in the Ashanti Region.
His first stop was at Angel FM, where he answered questions from listeners and the presenter centered on the mandate of the institution and the plans Ghana has to accelerate the development of the Great Kumasi Industrial City Project.
The CEO stressed the need for Ashanti-based industrialists with export orientation to take advantage of available incentives
As part of the regional tour, the team visited Juaben Oil Mills Limited, an agro-processing company at the heart of adding value to oil palm, among others.
After touring the factory and engaging with its leadership, the GFZA team then paid a courtesy call to the Omanhene of the Juaben traditional area, Nana Otuo Siriboe II.
Amb. Mike Oquaye thanked Nana for his continuous support for industrialization and for guiding and shaping the growth of Juaben Oil Mills from inception to date.
Nana Otuo Siriboe II commended Amb. Mike Oquaye for his stellar performance at the GFZA and urged him to do more to achieve the mandate given to him by the President on behalf of the Good People of Ghana.
The GFZA then visited OLAM Ghana Limited, one of Ghana’s largest licensed agro-food processing firms. OLAM Ghana is an adept buyer and exporter of processed cocoa, cashew, and rice in Ghana.
Amb. Oquaye encouraged OLAM to do more for the sector as he committed to working closely with the company to clear bottlenecks that might impede their growth
The next company visited by the team was Logs & Lumber Ghana Limited, one of the leading timber logging and processing companies in Ghana and the West African sub-region. Amb. Mike Oquaye noted the company’s concerns and committed to working with other state actors to address them.
In the Western Region, Ambassador Oquaye and the team paid a working visit to the Regional Minister, Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, to discuss pertinent land-related issues before heading to the Lands Commission with the team.
Before meeting the Regional Minister, Amb. Mike Oquaye was interviewed extensively on Skyy FM during which he updated listeners on a wide range of issues about Free Zones and its activities in the Western Region.
The GFZA team then met with the CEO and management team of Wayoe Engineering & Construction Limited, one of the largest privately-owned Ghanaian engineering and construction companies in West Africa.
The group toured the new factory of the company to get a sense of the investment the company had made and its growth potential. Amb. Mike Oquaye committed to working closely with the company to find lasting solutions to some identified problems.
The team then visited Amalitech Limited, a social enterprise that harnesses the potential of remote work to build the future of work in sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking at the end of the one-week working visit, Amb Mike Oquaye expressed satisfaction with the achievements of many of the institutions in the two regions.
He also charged the regional heads of the GFZA to continue delivering value to all GFZA-licensed businesses.
Mr. Ziblim Alhassan, Director of Administration and Human Resources; Mr. Jesse Agyepong, Director of Corporate Affairs; and Mr. Lawrence Osei-Boateng, Director of Business Development and Research, accompanied Ambassador Mike Oquaye on the working visit. He was also accompanied by Mr. Ricky Osei Owusu, Regional Head of the Ashanti Region; Hajia Hanatu Abubakar, Regional Director for the Western Region; Mr. Fred Agyei-Gyane, Manager in Charge of Compliance; and Mr. Harry Ansah, Personal Assistant to the CEO.


A Historic Coronation: Celebrating Chief Alhassan Tariq Saeed Set To Take Place On 4th August

In the heart of Odumase near the SDA school in Sunyani, a momentous occasion is set to unfold on the 4th of August, 2024. The coronation ceremony of Alhassan Tariq Saeed, our esteemed Hausa Chief known fondly as Chief Saeed(Mai Martaba ), promises to be a landmark event, heralding a new chapter in the rich tapestry of our community’s history.
Chief Saeed’s ascension to the revered position of Mai Martaba is not merely a ceremonial tradition but a testament to his unwavering dedication, leadership, and service to our community. Through years of selfless commitment and vision, Chief Saeed has exemplified the qualities of a true leader, fostering unity, progress, and prosperity among our people.
The significance of this coronation extends far beyond the ceremonial rituals. It signifies continuity and the preservation of our cultural heritage, rooted deeply in the traditions of the Hausa people. As we gather to witness this historic event, we reaffirm our collective pride in our identity and traditions, cherishing the values that bind us together as a community.
Friends and family from near and far are invited to join us in celebrating this auspicious occasion. For further information and inquiries, please contact us at +233 54 250 2003 or +233 24 282 5701. Together, let us commemorate Chief Alhassan Tariq Saeed’s coronation with joy, reverence, and a renewed sense of unity for a promising future ahead.
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Denel’s Foundation To Organize Health Screening This Year

Denel’s Foundation, a non-governmental organization, has outlined its activities for the year, with a health screening climaxing the activities. 


Under the theme one in a million, this year’s activities are tilted towards the health sector.


This year’s activities includes a media tour, school tour, a community outreach and finally a Massive health screening and seminar to climax the activities. 


Since 2022, Denel’s Foundation has found a way to support people in need. In 2022, the foundation began its journey by donating food items and clothes to the Royal Seed Orphanage, which catered for over 100 children and 65 young adults. 


In 2023, the foundation donated medical supplies to the Pentecost hospital and offered financial assistance for ten (10) hepatitis B and diabetes patients. 


There was also an educational drive on the risk of diabetes and how people take care of themselves.


This year’s activities start in July and climax in August.


About Denel’s Foundation 

Denel’s Foundation is a non-governmental organization aimed at improving the lives of individuals and communities across the African continent.

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Anthony Dela: Revolutionizing Facebook Monetization And Empowering Creatives In Ghana

In the bustling world of social media, where individuals strive to carve out their niche and monetize their passions, one Ghanaian trailblazer stands out: Anthony Dela. With a keen eye for opportunity and a heart of gold, Dela has not only revolutionized the art of Facebook monetization but has also become a beacon of hope and empowerment for creatives in Ghana and beyond.
Anthony Dela’s journey into Facebook monetization began with a simple desire to share his expertise and insights with others. Armed with determination and a deep understanding of social media dynamics, Dela embarked on a mission to unlock the potential of Facebook as a revenue-generating platform.
Through trial and error, Dela honed his skills, experimenting with various strategies and techniques to optimize monetization opportunities on Facebook. From leveraging engaging content to mastering the intricacies of audience targeting, Dela’s dedication to his craft soon began to pay off.
What sets Anthony Dela apart is not just his success in monetizing Facebook but his unwavering commitment to empowering others along the way. Recognizing the potential for growth and innovation within Ghana’s creative community, Dela has made it his mission to share his knowledge and expertise freely through comprehensive tutorials and mentorship programs.
With a focus on nurturing talent and fostering a culture of collaboration, Dela has inspired countless creatives to pursue their passions and turn their dreams into reality. His genuine engagement with his followers, coupled with his willingness to share both successes and failures, has earned him the trust and admiration of aspiring entrepreneurs and content creators alike.
Beyond his achievements in the realm of Facebook monetization, Anthony Dela’s philanthropic endeavors further underscore his commitment to making a positive impact on society. With a portion of his earnings dedicated to supporting charitable causes, Dela exemplifies the spirit of giving back and paying it forward.
By using his platform not only to generate wealth for himself but also to uplift others in need, Dela embodies the principles of compassion and generosity, setting an example for others to follow.
As Anthony Dela continues to pave the way for aspiring entrepreneurs and content creators, his influence shows no signs of waning. Through his social media channels, including Facebook (@Anthony Dela) and Instagram (@iamheldigfda), Dela invites individuals to join him on a journey of discovery, innovation, and empowerment.
Whether you’re looking to unlock the full potential of Facebook as a revenue stream or seeking guidance on how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of social media, Anthony Dela offers a wealth of knowledge and support to help you succeed.
Embrace his expertise, follow his lead, and together, let’s create a community where creativity thrives and dreams become reality. Anthony Dela: a trailblazer, a mentor, and a force for positive change in the world of social media monetization.
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U.S. Army Major, Kojo Dartey, Guilty After Smuggling Guns To Ghana In Blue Barrels Of Rice

A federal jury convicted a United States Army Major, currently assigned to Fort Liberty, on charges of dealing in firearms without a license, delivering firearms without notice to the carrier, smuggling goods from the United States, illegally exporting firearms without a license, making false statements made to an agency of the United States, making false declarations before the court, and conspiracy.


Kojo Owusu Dartey, age 42, faces a maximum penalty of 240 months when sentenced on July 23, 2024.


“We are partnering with law enforcement agencies across the globe to expose international criminals – from money launderers to rogue international arms traffickers capable of fueling violence abroad,” said U.S Attorney Michael Easley.  “Through a partnership with Ghanaian officials, this rogue Army Major was convicted at trial after smuggling guns to Ghana in blue barrels of rice and household goods. I want to thank the Ghana Revenue Authority and the International Cooperation Unit Office of the Attorney-General of Ghana for their assistance in the investigation. I also commend the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attachés to U.S. Embassy Accra and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs of the Department’s Criminal Division for their significant assistance to this prosecution.”


“Far from being a victimless crime, firearms trafficking threatens public safety across our nation and beyond,” said Toni M. Crosby, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Baltimore Field Division. “The Baltimore Field Division is proud to partner with the Ghana Revenue Authority and ATF’s Charlotte and Louisville Field Divisions for this investigation, which has kept firearms off the streets — preventing them from being used in any number of killings and other crimes — and ended this international firearm trafficking scheme.”


According to court records and evidence presented at trial, between June 28 and July 2, 2021, Dartey purchased seven firearms in the Fort Liberty area and tasked a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to purchase three firearms there and send them to Dartey in North Carolina.  Dartey then hid all the firearms, including multiple handguns, an AR15, 50-round magazines, suppressors, and a combat shotgun inside blue barrels underneath rice and household goods and smuggled the barrels out of the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, on a container ship to the Port of Tema in Ghana.  The Ghana Revenue Authority recovered the firearms and reported the seizure to the DEA attaché in Ghana and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division.  At the same time, Dartey was a witness in the trial of U.S. v. Agyapong. A case that involved a 16-defendant marriage fraud scheme between soldiers on Fort Liberty and foreign nationals from Ghana that Dartey had tipped off officials to. In preparation for the trial, Dartey lied to federal law enforcement about his sexual relationship with a defense witness and lied on the stand and under oath about the relationship.



Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the verdict. The ATF, Army Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Export Enforcement investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Diaz prosecuted it with technical assistance from David Ryan, DOJ Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.



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Gospel Musician KODA Is Reported Dead

Gospel musician Kofi Owusu Dua Anto, known as KODA, has passed away.


Fellow Gospel musician and friend, Nii Okai confirmed the news of his death.


“KODA passed onto glory in the early hours of Sunday, April 21, 2024.


Let us pray for the family as we all process the news of his transition,” he wrote.


Although he did not give further details as to how he died, unconfirmed reports say he died from a sickness he was battling with.


He was 46 and left behind a wife and three children.


Kofi Owusu Dua Anto (KODA) was a Ghanaian gospel singer, songwriter, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana.


Celebrated as one of the definitive sounds of Ghana’s influential contemporary gospel music, KODA was a multi-award-winning artiste passionate about sharing the gospel and helping shape the sound and music direction of others through music production.


He produced music for the likes of the late Danny Nettey, Ps. Joe Beechem, Nii Okai, Halal Afrika, Eugene Zuta, and more.


KODA’s discography includes 3 studio albums, 2 live albums, and 2 instrumental/ jazz albums.


‘Keteke’ was his 6th vocal album.


He is well-known for popular gospel songs such as ‘Nkwaa Abodo’, ‘Nsem Pii’, ‘Adooso’ and ‘Hossana’.


Source: Myjoyonline

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Ghanaian Fashion Collective Free The Youth Recruits Kwesi Arthur For Debut Single “Who Dat Boy?”

Ghanaian fashion collective FREE THE YOUTH – who have taken the streetwear scene by storm and have been featured in VOGUE, The FADER, and NATIVE – make their first foray into music releasing their debut single, “WHO DAT BOY?”, available to stream now on all digital platforms via LVRN Records/The OrchardLISTEN HERE.

Produced by Quantum, the Accra-based, 10-person collective have leveraged their influence within the music space – collaborating with some of the hottest talent from the continent. On “WHO DAT BOY”, they enlist Kwesi Arthur for a debut single that perfectly fuses afro sound with drill to deliver what will no doubt be the soundtrack to every ‘fit check’ video on social media.


“We made Who Dat Boy with our boy Kwesi Arthur and it’s just one of those songs that we want the youth to rage to. ”


The release of ‘WHO DAT BOY?’ is not just a foray into music for FREE THE YOUTH but a continuation of their mission to empower and inspire through a unique cultural narrative. The collective expands their “selling stories, selling hope” mission into the music arena with distinctive, off-the-wall style and unabashed confidence. As they continue to challenge conservative norms that stifle creativity in Ghana, FREE THE YOUTH aims to free the youth, one beat at a time.


FREE THE YOUTH is a community, a movement led by young creatives passionate about empowering all African youth to connect through the arts and street culture.

FREE THE YOUTH is at the forefront of the African creative and streetwear scene. Since launching in 2015, the brand has grown with its cultural influence firmly established throughout Africa, Europe and USA in particular. With cutting edge designs, annual limited edition pieces and international collaborations, the brand has built a strong reputation and loyal community.

Stream FREE THE YOUTH’s new single “WHO DAT BOY?” out now via LVRN Records/The Orchard.

Listen to “WHO DAT BOY?”
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For more information on FREE THE YOUTH, please contact:
Michael Tomczak at The Orchard
Director, Publicity, Artist & Label Services

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Veteran Nigerian Actor Amaechi Muonagor Dies

Veteran Nollywood actor, Amaechi Muonagor, is dead.


According to multiple reports, the beloved actor, known for his memorable roles on screen succumbed to death after a protracted battle with kidney disease.


The tragic news of Muonagor’s death hit the internet on the evening of Sunday, March 24, 2024.


The news of his death comes barely one week after a video circulated online showing the 62-year-old actor lying still in bed, requesting financial aid to support his kidney transplant.


In a social media post last November, Muonagor’s cousin, Hon Tony Muonagor, posted a picture of him sitting next to the ailing actor on a hospital bed, stating that he wants the public to know the situation with his relative.


He later went into details of how the Nollywood legend had been battling kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke. He said though Muonagor had been managing his diabetes over the years and living his life, he was undergoing weekly dialysis at the time of the post.

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Naa Dzama’s Record-Breaking Bid: Ghanaian Presenter To Attempt Longest Radio Talk Show

Ghanaian Presenter Naa Dzama is gearing up to make history by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest radio talk show. With her sights set on surpassing the current record held by Australian Mario Bekes, Naa Dzama’s ambitious endeavor is slated to begin on March 28 and conclude on April 1, 2024.


Mario Bekes, who set the current record in 2023 with a remarkable 55-hour and 26-minute live talk show in Sydney, Australia, is renowned for his motivational podcast, “Life, the Battlefield.” Through his podcast, Mario aims to inspire, educate, and bring positivity to individuals worldwide.


Naa Dzama, a popular figure in Ghanaian media, has expressed her determination to exceed Mario’s record. Alongside her dedicated team, she has already commenced preparations for the Guinness World Record attempt. Their meticulous planning and unwavering commitment suggest that Naa Dzama’s bid for the record is poised for success.


As Naa Dzama embarks on this groundbreaking challenge, she not only seeks to cut her name in the annals of radio history but also to inspire and captivate audiences with her engaging talk show. Her record-breaking attempt promises to be a testament to her passion for broadcasting and her unwavering dedication to pushing boundaries in the world of radio.

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Nigerian Actor Mr. Ibu Reported Dead

Celebrated Nigerian actor and comedian John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu is reported dead.


According to multiple reports, the actor died on Saturday, March 2, 2024.


The family is yet to speak about the new development.



The actor was hospitalized a couple of months ago after suffering from a serious sickness that led to one of his legs being amputated.


A statement from the actor’s family said that his leg was amputated to save his life.


Doctors had no choice but to sever the limb “to keep him alive”, a statement on his Instagram page read.


The statement went on to further reveal that the actor had undergone seven successful surgeries.


“… but to keep him alive and increase his chances of recovery, one of his legs had to be amputated. This development has been hard on us all, but we’ve had to accept it as Daddy’s new reality to keep him alive.”


The family went on to continue to appeal for help.


“Please, we are still soliciting support from well-meaning Nigerians as, at this stage, Daddy is still very delicate, and he needs all the help he can get.”


“Thank you, everyone, the Okafor family is grateful and we don’t take you for granted. In due time, Daddy will personally acknowledge everyone who supported him during this period as soon as he’s stable.”




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A post shared by John Okafor (@realmribu)


Mr Ibu’s health issues first came to public attention last October, when the family posted a video on social media of the Nollywood star celebrating in hospital. In the clip he asked his fans for help with medical bills, eliciting a huge response.


The actor became famous 20 years ago in the Nigerian comedy Mr Ibu – which became his nickname. It is still regarded as one of the best Nigerian performances in a comic role.


He went on to act in several other notable movies in Nollywood, as Nigeria’s multi-billion-dollar film industry is known, in a career that has spanned more than two decades.


The star told a local newspaper a few years ago that he had a total of 13 children some of whom were adopted.

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Introducing A TRAVEL & TOURS, A Revolution In Africa

An emerging travel and tour company, A Travel & Tours shows impactful significance in the hospitality and travel and tourism industry.


In recent times, the agency seeks to be identified as a revolutionist in the global market. With a team of experts, dedicated and committed to their values, they founded A Travel & Tours with the vision to make travel accessible to everyone. As passionate travelers, they understand the needs and desires of budget travelers, solo adventurers and culture explorers. They pride themselves in creating travel packages that suit the interests and preferences of their clients. With their extensive knowledge of different destinations and network of partners, they strive to provide the best travel experiences.



A TRAVEL AND TOURS is a diversified travel and tour company based in Antwerp, Belgium. They are focused on providing comprehensive travel and tourism packages to people around the world. The company offers a wide range of services, including Flight & Ticket Booking, Visa Acquisition, Travel Advisory, Car Rentals, Airbnb & Hotel Reservations, Tours, Cruise Ship Services and Events Management. They strive to provide their clients with unforgettable travel experiences and enable them to explore new cultures. From crafting personalized itineraries to ensuring seamless travel experiences, they’re dedicated to meticulously planning every detail of your journey.


It is truly evident that the company is on a rapid path to become a major enabler in the travel and tourism landscape across the world.


Location/GPS: Maréestraat, 20 Box 101.
2140 Antwerpen, Belgium.
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Article By: Kobby Loam

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