D Black tours Cape Town

DblackboiGhanaian rapper D Black has been holidaying and touring Cape Town, South Africa, where he also hinted he was recording his new music with South African based musician and BET Nominee, Donald In Denial.

The “Oh Vera” crooner made the announcement about his feature with Donald last week on social media when he tweeted about his activities in South Africa.

“Studio! New music with South Africa’s Donald In Denial,” he said when he posted his studio photos with Donald on Instagram.

It is his second feature in a week after reports of him recording with Kwaw Kese, who was just released from police cells after he was arrested for allegedly smoking in public.

D Black seemed to be having best of holiday moments out there as a tourist in South Africa.

He toured different places in Cape Town including the historic Robben Island prison where the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela, was kept as political prisoner for 27 years.

He had the privilege to meet with ex-South African political prisoner Sipho Nkosi who was also jailed from 1986 to 1991.

He was also at Camps Bay, Table Mountain and the Cape Town Harbour, some of the best tourism destinations in the South Africa.

Review punishment given to public figures – Socrates Sarfo

SocratesquitsFilmmaker Socrates Sarfo has called on the Attorney General’s office and lawmakers in the country to review punishments given to celebrities or public figures who commit menial crimes.
According to the ‘Hot Fork’ moviemaker, celebrities or public figures who are jailed for smoking marijuana could be influenced negatively by other hardened criminals they meet in prison.
“Sometimes certain crimes do not make you dangerous to society. If someone uses narcotics like marijuana, should that person be put in a confined area in which the environment or the people in there can motivate him or her negatively?
Don’t we know that sometimes we make society create negative human beings into the system?” Mr Sarfo quizzed on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review.
He stated that it was about time the courts considered sentencing certain individuals –depending on their crimes- to doing community service which in turn would benefit society directly.
“Psychology teaches us that show me your friend and let me show you your character. You can spend just a day with a person and he or she will succeed in changing your behaviour or your perception on something. I’m taking it through this medium to the Attorney or whoever is listening that we beg, they should take these things into consideration.
Sometimes depending on the crime or offence of the individual, he or she should be made to do community service like cleaning gutters or something. In other countries we see these things,” he said.
Currently several celebrities like Kwaw Kese and Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD), among others, have found themselves in the firm grip of the law.

AFCON 2015: Mohamed Yattara expects tough encounter against Ghana

Mohamed YattaraMohamed Yattara, the Guinea striker who scored against Ghana in Tamale in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, says he expects an open and exciting encounter when the two sides clash in the quarter-final of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

The Syli National got the luck to advance to the last-eight after they were tied on the same statistics with Mali.

A lot had to be drawn to determine the team to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Sunday will be a rematch between West African foes Ghana and Guinea after they also clashed in the qualifiers with the Black Stars winning 3-1 at home and picking a 1-1 draw in Guinea.

Yattara, who scored against Ghana in Tamale, said he expects a very open West African derby on Sunday in Malabo.

“We are going to play against a very good Ghana side, a team who we know well, but who also knows us well. I think the game will be very open. We know that we are going to face great players who are used to compete in big competitions,” he said.

The winners of this clash will battle the winners of the match between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia for a place in the Championship game on February 8 in Bata.

Andre Ayew rated as the best contributor to goals at AFCON 2015

Andre Ayew ShoutGhana winger Andre Ayew has been rated as the best contributor to goals so far at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea by a leading football statistics agency.

According to one of the world’s leading football statistics agencies Whoscored, Ayew is the most important and leading contributor to goals in Africa’s flagship football tournament.

The Marseille playmaker has been influential for the Black Stars in their march to the quarter final by scoring in the final goal that secured the 2-1 victory over South Africa on Tuesday.

He set up defender John Boye for the first goal that helped the Black Stars to equalize before his goal that steered Ghana to top the Group of Death.

In Ghana’s opening game against Senegal, Ayew opened the scoring in the match that saw the Black Stars lose 2-1 to the Teranga Lions in the Group C game.

As a result of his contribution, Ayew has now been rated as the most important contributor to goals in Africa’s most important sports competition.

“André Ayew: Has directly contributed to more goals (3) than any other player at the Africa Cup of Nations #AFCON2015,” Whoscored posted about the contribution of the youngster.

Ayew’s goal secured a fifth straight Afcon quarter-final berth for the Black Stars and made sure Ghana recorded a first ever win against Bafana in the competition.

GBC plans to sue radio stations over AFCON 2015 broadcast rights

Gbc LogoThe Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is planning to take legal action against private-owned radio stations for running commentaries on the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations without the broadcast rights; DailySoccerGhana.com can exclusively report.

Most radio stations took advantage of GBC’s delay in the acquisition of the AFCON 2015 broadcast rights to start running commentaries on the matches without seeking the approval of the state broadcaster.

The state’s oil exploration firm, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) sponsored GBC’s purchase of the tournament’s broadcast rights from Sportfive.

Radio stations interested in broadcasting games at the continental competition are expected to contact the GBC through Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association for the broadcast rights.

Boye is first Ghanaian player to score against South Africa

John Boye ScoresDefender John Boye is the first Ghanaian player to score against South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The Turkey-based centre-back scored the opening goal for the Black Stars in their 2-1 comeback win over the Bafana Bafana to reach the last eight on Tuesday

Prior to beaten the South Africans, Ghana had remained winless against them in three previous AFCON matches.

The West Africans had lost two and drawn once and had not scored against their opponent. But that all changed after the Kayseri Erciyesspor defender broke the jinx.

Grant is a blessing to Ghana – Agyemang Badu

Emmanuel Badu 09.11Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu believes Avram Grant is a blessing to the west African country.

Grant, who took over the Black Stars late last year, has steered the Black Stars to the quarter-finals stage of the Africa Cup of Nations 2015.

The Udinese midfielder said the four-time African champions won their last two group games to make it to the last-eight because the Israeli is a very good coach.

“He is a wonderful man; not even as a coach, but as a person,” Badu told Accra-based Joy FM. “Apart from the coaching side, he is very inspirational. He is one of the coaches I have met in my life who give confidence to his players and this is what keeps us going.”

He added: “Every time he sets an example for you to know that you can do it; just focus, concentrate and you will do it. With such a great coach and good man like this, I think he is a blessing to mother Ghana.

“We adapted to his strategies because we are all professionals. We have adapted so well that I was even surprised how we adapted so well like that.”

Ghana will play Guinea in the quarter-finals of the Afcon 2015 on Sunday.

Corruption is hurting Ghana – Rev Adu Simon

Photo CorruptionReverend Adu Simon, Founder and General Overseer of Almighty Redemption Chapel International, has called on Ghanaians to desist from corrupt practices that tend to retard the progress of the nation.

He bemoaned the upsurge of corruption in every facet of the Ghanaian society.

Rev Adu Simon who made the call in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Sunyani said irresponsible parenting, recalcitrant children, lazy teachers, bribe giving and taking by civil and public servants as well as power struggle and gossip in our churches, is fuelling corruption.

He said people suffer curses and hardships when they do evil against the State.

Rev Adu Simon, therefore, urged Ghanaians to shun all forms of evil and do good, in order to receive abundant blessings.

What is more ironic, according to the man of God, is the fact that the Ghanaian society is made up of about 60-70 per cent Christians and “if this large army of citizenry could demonstrate true Christian principles and values they could make greater positive impact of righteousness on the nation and make right all the wrongs in the country.

“These same Christians are found at homes, schools, communities, churches, workplaces and the larger Ghanaian society, so if there is high rate corruption in the country, what difference do we make to kill this canker? ” he queried.

Rev. Adu advised the citizenry to respect the elderly and people in authority, and urged Christians to lead righteous lives in order to change society for the better.

Kwesi Pratt: Africans should be happy about Mugabe’s AU appointment

Kwesi Pratt Jnr MasaA member of the Socialist Forum, Kwesi Pratt has said Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe is perfectly eligible and qualified to chair the African Union (AU).

The 90- year -old leader will replace Mauritania’s Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz but concerns about how the West, which is not in favour of his long stay in office will deal with the AU during his term of office.

Commenting on these concerns on Eyewitness News, Kwesi Pratt dismissed those assertions, saying: “who says that Mugabe is a dictator. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America has killed thousands of people around the world with many strikes. Did he consult his people? Did he go to congress? So what makes Mugabe a dictator…” he asked.

“Mugabe is …eminently qualified to chair the AU like any other African head of state is qualified to chair the AU,” he added.

The ace broadcaster also pointed out that concerns about his age were unnecessary, saying “… The Queen of England is much older than Mugabe. The Queen of England has been on the throne for much longer than Mugabe, why are we not discussing that?”

He noted that Africans should be elated about Mugabe’s appointment as the Head of the AU since he and other African leaders had fought for the continent’s independence.

“…You also have to understand that Mugabe is an African hero. He is one of the pioneers of African liberation along with Nelson Mandela, … along with Kwame Nkrumah … these are the heroes of Africa whether you like it or not and indeed what Mugabe stands for is very very popular in Southern and Eastern Africa”