The Footage Was Obtained Legally – GTA Responds To Kirani Ayat
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has responded to a claim of intellectual property infringement made by Ghanaian musician Kirani Ayat.
The Authority stated in a statement released on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, that “the footage in question was acquired legitimately
from a bespoke creative agency as part of a project in 2019.”
It was also revealed that the aforementioned video had been played several times locally and internationally without incident in accordance with the terms agreed with the agency and not as alleged.
Read the full statement below.
Our attention has been drawn to a tweet by Kirani Ayat and a publication by GhanaWeb regarding a video produced by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), which has been shared on our platforms since 2019 and recently on the social media handles of the President.
For the record, the footage in question was acquired legitimately from a bespoke creative agency as part of a project in 2019.
This video has thus been played severally locally and internationally without any issue. The content was used in accordance with the terms agreed with the agency and not as being alleged.
According to Clause 2 (b) of the MOU signed with the Agency (Obligations: Responsibility of the Agency), the Agency was to “Deliver imaginative and impactful social strategies, such as content or documentaries for the use of GTA ‘as it so wishes’.
The agency delivered the content to the Authority, and the Authority used the content in accordance with the terms of the MOU.
The above notwithstanding, since the Authority became aware of the tweet from @kiraniayat, we have reached out to the Agency to deal with the matter. This is without prejudice to any legal options available to the Authority against the Artiste and/or Agency or vice versa.
The Authority has been very supportive of the Arts and has created platforms for engagement and performances for our Artistes, and we will continue to do so in our quest to make Ghana the preferred tourism destination.”
On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, Kirani Ayat called out the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo for sharing a campaign which used portions of his creative piece without any prior arrangements.
In a tweet, he wrote;
“The president of Ghana has used my video “GUDA” in this ad to promote Ghana. I was actively reaching out to the Ministry of Tourism in 2018/19 to use this video to push tourism in the North and got NO reply, yet today it’s in an ad and no one reached out to me for permission.”
The president of Ghana has used my video “GUDA” in this ad to promote Ghana. I was actively reaching out to the Ministry of Tourism in 2018/19 to use this video to push tourism in the North and got NO reply, yet today it’s in an ad and no one reached out to me for permission. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/vLnAP0bRqf
— Kirani Ayat 🌍 (@KiraniAYAT) September 27, 2022
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Pap Jay And Friends Provides For Indigent
Radio presenter, events MC and philanthropist, James Yebuah Mensah popularly known as PapJay has honoured his promise of feeding people on the streets of Kumasi.
Through his newly formed initiative, PapJay and Friends, the Mid Morning Radio Show host on Y102.5FM on Boxing Day (December 26, 2022) hit the streets of Kumasi to feed 200 street children with hot meals and drinks after a successful Waakye Connect Event.
The remarkable venture was in fulfilment of his commitment to giving back to society.
Waakye Connect Event was held earlier at the Greenwood Event Center on 18th December 2022.
The maiden edition of Pap Jay and Friends (Kenkey Edition) saw donations and proceeds going to the mother and Baby Unit of the Mampong Government Hospital.
Pap Jay and Friends is a non-profit Food and Charity event that helps people socialize and eat their favourite meals to their satisfaction with the aim of raising funds and putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged.
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Former GIMPA SRC President Threatens To Sue Alma Mater
The GIMPA SRC President for the 2018/19 academic year, Joseph Osei Mensah, and his executive were accused of embezzling GH70,000 prior to the end of their tenure in office by the then Dean of Students, Prof. Anthony Mawuli Sallar.
As a result, the school withheld his diploma while an investigation was conducted.
The SRC Vice President, Kwadwo Yeboah Darkwah; the SRC Treasurer, Felix Kwasi Donkor; the SRC PRO, Jeffred Okoe Aryeetey; the Finance Committee Chairman, Emmanuel Ashaley Djanie; and the Chairman of the Social Planning Committee, Bright Ayi Junior were also affected.
When the new SRC administration took over, they conducted an independent investigation into the situation.
The outcome established that Mr Osei Mensah and his colleagues were not guilty, stating that the previous administration handed over an audited account in a proper and transparent manner.
As a result, on February 4, 2020, the students’ leadership issued a press statement to clear the former SRC president of the allegations, stating that the SRC’s finances were in order and that there was no embezzlement as reported by the then Dean of Students.
Management, however, was dissatisfied and formed a committee led by Professor Philip Osei Duku, the then Deputy Rector, with other members to investigate the matter further.
Other members included GIMPA’s then-secretary, Julius Atukpui (retired); Dr Lord Yevugah Mawuko, Head of the Department for Public Schools; James Abrah, Director of Finance, and Charity Hayford, who served as Committee Secretary.
The Committee submitted its report in August 2020, after three months of investigation.
He does, however, want the Committee’s recommendations to be fully implemented, with a focus on a release that clears him and his colleagues.
“It is important to note that the recommendations as captured in the Committee’s report, was further tabled at the Central Administration Committee of the Institute, chaired by then Rector, Prof. Phillip Bondzi-Simpson and was further affirmed, which gave the Secretary of the Institute the green light to proceed with the full implementation of the Committee’s recommendations.
Unfortunately, the GIMPA Management has failed to faithfully carry out the full implementation of the recommendations for nearly three years,” he lamented.
The accused’s certificates, however, have been released by the school.
List Of Statutory Public And Commemorative Holidays In Ghana For 2023
The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Ghana has outlined the list of statutory public and commemorative holidays for the year 2023.
Starting off on January 1, 2023, which is the New Year, the holidays end on December 26, which is Boxing Day.
The general public has been notified that Saturday, 7th January 2023 marks Constitution Day which is a Statutory Public Holiday.
However, in view of the fact that 7th January 2023 falls on a Saturday, the President of the Republic of Ghana, has by Executive Instrument (E.I), in accordance with Section 2 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Days Act, (Act 601) declared Monday, 9th January 2023 as an additional Public Holiday which should be observed as such throughout the country.
Below is the full list of Statutory Public And Commemorative Holidays In Ghana For 2023.
I Finally Accomplished The Most Important Thing In My Life – Michael Blackson Commissions New School In Ghana
Congratulations are in order to American-Ghanaian-Liberian actor and comedian Michael Blackson.
The comedian who recently commissioned a fully furnished school named after him (Michael Blackson Academy) in his hometown Agona Nsaba in the Central Region of Ghana says he is finally an accomplished man.
He made this known during the commissioning on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. The actor also explained the motivation behind establishing the school and the choice of Agona Nsaba as the location.
“I finally accomplished the most important thing in my life which is giving back to the children a chance to become great. Greatness starts with education and a foundational education should not come with financial barriers. Why Agona Nsaba? This is where my life started. This is where my mother was born. Right here on the soil, we’re standing on.” he said.
Students will be provided with free education, food, uniforms and more.
My school is FREE, You don’t pay nothing, Just Pat attention- @MichaelBlackson 😊#Blogger pic.twitter.com/iqVJfsLMcv
— #GenerationalThinker (@KobbyKyei_) January 3, 2023
Michael Blackson cut the sod for the construction of the edifice in 2020 and announced its readiness 2 years afterwards.
LIVE UPDATES: Grand Commissioning Of Michael Blackson Academy at Agona Nsaba in the Central Region. @MichaelBlackson is an American-Ghanaian Actor/Comedian.
The Comedian built this school to help improve the quality of education for the people of Nsaba where he hails from. pic.twitter.com/3WJMLB3RGs
— #GenerationalThinker (@KobbyKyei_) January 3, 2023
BEAUTIFUL MOTHER ❤️😊
LIVE UPDATES: Grand Commissioning Of @MichaelBlackson Academy at Agona Nsaba in the Central Region.
He’s is an American-Ghanaian Actor/Comedian.
He’s built this school to help improve the quality of education for the people of Nsaba where he hails from. pic.twitter.com/VStN7MAnhk
— #GenerationalThinker (@KobbyKyei_) January 3, 2023
Soccer Legend Pelé Will Spend Christmas Hospitalized As Cancer Advances
Brazilian soccer icon Pelé’s cancer ailment has progressed further and he needs care for renal and cardiac failure, according to his medical team. His family indicated he will stay in a hospital in Sao Paulo for Christmas according to a CNN report.
Pelé, 82, has been undergoing medical treatment since a cancerous tumor was removed from his colon last year. This latest medical stay, according to doctors, will bring a “re-evaluation of the chemotherapy treatment over the colon cancer identified in September 2021,”
The three-time World Cup winner, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has been under treatment for a respiratory infection in addition to his other health setbacks.
One of the soccer star’s daughters, Kely Nascimento-DeLuca explained that her father suffered a COVID-19 infection, despite being vaccinated “with all doses,” as a result of the chemotherapy that had made him more fragile.
Pelé posted on Instagram Sunday commemorating Argentina’s victory in the World Cup final. The photo depicted the team hoisting the trophy. Pele praised team captain Lionel Messi, rising sensation Kylian Mbappe of France, and surprise semifinalist Moroccan team for their play.
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Pelé himself played in four World Cups, winning three in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He scored 12 goals in the 14 games. During his professional career, he scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.
Elizabeth Amoaa Aka Speciallady Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree Of Letters
Elizabeth Amoaa, popularly known as the Ghanaian woman with two vaginas has received a honorary doctorate degree of letters from American Bible University.
Honorary doctorate degree of letters are awarded to individuals who have been identified as rare exemplars and have enriched the humanities in particular, or humanity at large.
Elizabeth has showed an outstanding achievement in her philanthropic and advocacy work over the years.
Since 2017, her NGO ‘Speciallady Awareness’ has consistently carried out outreach projects in educational establishments and communities in Ghana to raise awareness on reproductive health disorders and combat menstrual poverty.
She established Speciallady Awareness after experiencing a long health history of medical negligence and complications.
The NGO has successfully donated sanitary products and medical items worth thousands of pounds in Ghana.
Elizabeth has made international headlines in over 150 countries with her story being born with a rare congenital abnormality called uterus didelphys.
Uterus didelphys is a rare congenital condition where a female foetus is born with two uteruses, sometimes the baby has two cervixes and rarely two vaginas.
A uterus starts as two ducts. As an unborn baby (foetus) develops, these ducts join together to create the uterus. In Elizabeth’s case the two ducts failed to join together.
She also suffers from severe endometriosis, uterine fibroids and other reproductive health issues.
Elizabeth took a stance and became a Woman Reproductive Health Advocate to encourage other women to seek early diagnosis and appropriate treatment to prevent future medical complications.
Elizabeth happens to be the first black woman in the world to share her story.
She continues to campaign for an early medical intervention for women and girls suffering from reproductive health disorders.
She is the author of the book ‘The Unspoken Identity – The Woman with Two Vaginas.
The book narrates Elizabeth’s journey in discovery of her rare congenital abnormality and other reproductive health issues.
Congratulations Dr Elizabeth Amoaa.
ExGlo Foundation Supports Livelihood Projects
A nation who does not invest in their young ones isn’t worth dying for they say; in lieu with this adage, ExGlo Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Ghana has been at the forefront of championing charity initiatives as well as educative and well-meaning programmes to help not only the young ones but people in need and support, across various spheres.
ExGlo Foundation recently undertook 2 initiatives worth highlighting. The first one done in Tamale, capital of the Northern Region of Ghana saw Senior High School Girls undergoing training that will be able to equip them for business start-ups after school.
This year, the foundation selected 2 regions and identified two beneficiaries for its activities. The Northern Region and the Central Region were selected with specific reference to the Tamale Girls Senior High School in the North and the Srafa community in the Central region. The objective of the foundation this year was to engage these beneficiaries in skill development training and also to offer educational assistance to the Srafa D/A Basic school.
The rationale behind the skill development training was based on the needs assessment carried out before the training. We discovered that, with regards to the Tamale Girls, most of the students were more likely to venture into entrepreneurship to make a living for themselves after school. But there are little to no skill acquisition avenues in the school and the few existing ones are expensive and thus unaffordable hence they are not able to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations when they leave school. This is a major problem in our target regions and most of the students involved in this end up becoming delinquent and living reckless lives. Most of the girls become pregnant after a few months of coming out of school with little or no financial support for themselves and their kids.
For the Srafa Community, they discovered that the women in the community are mostly engaged in farming which serves as their only source of income for themselves and their families. Since farming is a seasonal occupation, these women become financially handicapped when it is not yet the farming season. Most of the women in this community are also housewives who have no particular skill to support their families financially aside farming.
As part of their mission as a Foundation, they decided to equip these girls and women with various skills that can help them attain some level of financial freedom.
Skill Development TrainingaAt Tamale Girls Senior High School:
On the 12th of November, 2022 the ExGlo foundation visited the Tamale Girls Senior High School to train them in liquid soap and bead making. As stated early on, the aim was to equip them with these skills to prevent them from being idle and delinquent after school and also acquire entrepreneurial skills to help them in the future.
Skill Development Training at Srafa Community and Donation Of Essential Items to Srafa D/A Basic School
On the 18th of November, 2022 the ExGlo foundation visited the people of Srafa in the Central region. The visitation was in 2 folds. The first half of the program was to donate some essential items the school needs to facilitate learning and some menstrual hygiene items the female students requested for during the needs assessment conducted. Items donated to the school included marker-boards, sanitary pads, towels, soaps, African print cloths (to cover themselves with it in the washroom when changing), dozens of panties and a cupboard where all these menstrual hygiene items can be kept. ExGlo foundation also repaired the spoilt hand wash basin in the washrooms for them and fixed the marker-boards as well.
The second phase involved the entire community, but mostly the women. The aim was to engage them in making shampoo, liquid soap and pastries, which was very successful. The women were equipped with these skills to help them generate extra income to support themselves and their families.
Source of Funding for This Year’s Projects:
The key sponsors and collaborators for this year’s activities are the management of St John’s Hospital and Fertility Centre, Tantra Hill Roundabout, Accra as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Western Premier, Accra Airport Hotel. Other contributors included Mr Michael Sandow Ali (the chairman of the board), Abeiku Aggrey Santana, Prof. Joshua Y. Abor, Prof. Mrs. Vera Fiador and other family and friends. We are grateful to all our patrons, sponsors and contributors for helping us teach these disadvantaged community members how to fish instead of giving them only fish. God continue to bless their kind hearts.
The foundation would like to thank our hardworking volunteers who helped to make these projects successful. The team was led by Ms Nancy Abena Manko, the Project Manager for the Foundation with oversight provided by the Executive Director, Dr. Patience Aseweh Abor.
Our volunteers for this year’s projects were;
Ms. Priscilla Wiah
Ms. Hannah Ampomah
Ms. Winifred Bakari Soale
Ms. Rahama Issahaku
Ms. Jennifer Yaa Andorful Wilson
Nana Tawiah Gaisie
Mr. Kwesi Ohene-Djan
Mr. Samuel Quansah
Mr. Moses Quarshie
Ms. Alberta Koffuah
The ExGlo foundation initially targeted the Central, North, Upper East and The Upper West Regions for skill development training but due to financial constraints, we were able to focus on just 2 Regions. They are appealing to the general public, other NGOs, organizational bodies et al to help our cause so we can reach out to more beneficiaries. Thank you.
For donations and further information, please contact them via email: email@example.com or on phone via 0264234016 or 0245581612 or via their website www.exglo.org
About ExGlo Foundation
As part of our Vision statement, ExGlo Foundation is dedicated to partnering and working closely with various stakeholders to ensure that the people of the rural areas of the Central, Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions enjoy access to a decent education, healthcare, and sustainable livelihood projects to improve their lives. we have been dedicated to this goal since 2012. In the past 8 years, we have engaged in various activities which include but are not limited to helping some brilliant but deprived students to complete school through the payment of their fees, donation of stationeries, student and staff tables and chairs, clothing and other essential items. The foundation also organized health talks and screening, offered career guidance to its beneficiaries, and as well as skill development training.
Membership of ExGlO is open to professionals, graduates, graduate students, foundations, corporate bodies, or anyone interested in helping the organization to achieve its aims and willing to abide by the rules and regulations.
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‘Power Rangers’ Star Jason David Frank Dies At Age 49
Frank was best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” television series, which ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1996.
Former “Power Rangers” star Jason David Frank has died, his manager confirmed. He was 49.
“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being,” manager Justine Hunt in a statement. “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”
The cause and manner of his death have not yet been released.
Frank was best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” television series, which ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1996. According to his IMBd page, Frank’s character appeared in 225 total episodes, more than any other ranger.
Though he began as the popular Green Ranger, Frank’s character transformed into the White Ranger, Red Zeo, and Red Turbo Ranger before returning as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger in 2004. The actor has also starred in both “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Movie” in 1995 and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” in 1997.
Source: NBC News
Glitz Galleria Maiden Edition Of Entrepreneurship Made Easy Successfully Launched
Glitz Galleria opened its doors to the general populace after initiating their “Entrepreneurship Made Easy” which was successfully held on 7th November, 2022. The event successfully happened after creating more awareness on social media with the initiative. The flyer of the launch caused a stare on the media which amassed a lot of anticipation and attention.
It was an insightful pursuit which was well presented to the general populace and the nation at large. The main motive; “Dare to dream” really aligned with its purpose earlier today at the launch. Entrepreneurship made easy is targeted at inspiring, motivating and encouraging all artisans and aspiring entrepreneurs who have low sense of self-belief in whatever field of work they find themselves in.
This great seminar was an insightful one which is expected to create an impact in the nation and among all entrepreneurs from different fields across the nation. In the quest for posterity, Mrs Albertha Bossman and her able team intends to initiate a huge network which will bind all of these participants together. The aim of that particular network is to support each other to win in their respective fields of work, they also aim to create life changing , high values experiences driven by the passion to make impact in the lives of people. “Entrepreneurship Made Easy” made a huge step ahead to inspire an elderly man who also graced the event. The maiden edition also recorded a good number of people who vacated all the way from Kumasi to Accra for this wonderful occasion.
The grand maiden edition felt the honorable presence of special guest speakers such as Media Personality; Maxbel Coleman of Kantanka TV; CEO of Maxbel Consult , Fashion Fusion Ghana & Maxbel Modeling Agency, Madam Afua Asantewaa Aduonum; CEO of Askof Productions, Dr Charity Twumasi Ankrah; CEO of Chartma Herbal Center.
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Ghana Tourism Authority And Kirani Ayat Reach An Agreement Following A Copyright Infringement
The Ghana Tourism Authority and rapper Kirani Ayat have reached an agreement after the
former was accused of violating the musician’s intellectual property rights.
This was after they used footage from Kirani’s ‘Guda’ video as part of a tourism reel.
According to a statement posted on Kirani Ayat’s Twitter page, “the parties have reached an
amicable agreement in settlement.”
However, no specifics about the agreement were provided.
Aside from reaching an agreement, the rapper and the GTA will work together on a number
of projects to promote Ghana.
“Ayat appreciates all support from the good people of Ghana throughout this process,”
according to a section of the statement.
Announcement of settlements.
To the good people of Ghana, thank you. 🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/5JM6H2WyCe
— Kirani Ayat + The Spireeet 🌍 (@KiraniAYAT) October 31, 2022
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