“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Ghana in an amount equivalent to SDR 664.20 million (180 percent of quota or about US$918 million) in support of the authorities’ medium-term economic reform program,” the IMF said in a press statement issued on Friday.

The IMF board has approved Ghana’s request for a bailout programme to help stabilize the country’s economy.

Ghana is expected to get 918 million dollars spread over three years following the board’s approval.

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Ghana in an amount equivalent to SDR 664.20 million (180 percent of quota or about US$918 million) in support of the authorities’ medium-term economic reform program,” the IMF said in a press statement issued on Friday.

This will result in about 300 million dollars being advanced to Ghana every year.

The first disbursement of about 100 million dollars is expected to hit the Bank of Ghana’s accounts in the coming weeks.

“The program aims to restore debt sustainability and macroeconomic stability to foster a return to high growth and job creation, while protecting social spending. The Executive Board’s decision will enable an immediate disbursement of SDR 83.025 million (about US$114.8 million),” the statement noted.

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Priscilla Sitienei, a Keyan woman aged 90 years goes to class with six of her great-great-grandchildren. It is believed that, she is the oldest primary school pupil in the world. Priscilla in class four sits at the front and listens attentively during lessons. She joined Leaders Vision Preparatory School 5 years ago, and has served as a midwife in her village of Ndalat in the Rift Valley for 65 years. Amazingly, she has helped some of her own classmates aged between 10 and 14 to deliver.

Affectionately known as Gogo, meaning grandmother in the local Kalenjin language. She says at 90, she is finally learning to read and write.. an opportunity she never had as a child. Priscilla said her reason to return to school is to be able to read the Bible and also inspire children to get an education.

According to the headmaster David Kinyanjui believes “Gogo” is an example to the rest of her class and we are very proud of her. She is loved by every pupil as she tells stories to her classmates under trees near playing fields to make sure her knowledge of local customs are passed on. Some pupils also love her because she keeps them in order, and shuts them up when they make noise.

Her other reason for wanting to have education is to pass on her midwifery skills and write down her knowledge on herbal medicine to the next generation.

” I want to say to the children of today,especially girls, that education will be your wealth, don’t look back and run to your Father” She says.

Priscilla “Gogo” Sitienei own’s lesson testifies that “It is never too late”.

It’s Never Too Late To Follow Your Dreams! What’s your dream for 2015? Turn Your Dreams Into Reality!  It’s your year to achieve new results! #Africa 

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December 25 is the traditional anniversary of the birth of Christ.  each year,  Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods and  others look at it as a chance to spend quality time with family and friends.

But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus’ birthday?

So, is it Christmas, or Xmas?

It’s not unusual to see ‘Christmas’ shortened to ‘Xmas’. The New Testament in the Bible was written in Greek, and the word Christ begins with the letter X…

December 25 was selected as the day to commemorate it by the Western Church sometime in the fourth century…For Christians, Jesus is the thing the signifies new life, and the early Christians thought that having a celebration at that time of year too was a good fit. It was Pope Julius I who officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December…

Luke 2…

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told….

serena williamsSerena Williams is officially the WTA year-end No.1 for a 4th time, Serena previously won in 2002, 2009 and 2013.

“It’s pretty awesome, I never, never thought I would be playing this long. Or if I were playing this long, I figured I’d be playing doubles. Definitely not being No.1 in the world in singles” Serena Williams

Serena credits her success to her personality … “My personality is I’m a fighter, as you can see, and I never give up. I work very, very hard for everything. Whether it’s my serve or return, I work hard for everything. And it’s good to see some of the results from that”…

The best tennis player ever! Proud of you Serena keep up the good work!

William Pooley A British volunteer nurse who survived Ebola said he is returning to West Africa where he caught the disease “because there is still a lot of work to do out there.” William Pooley was the first known U.K. citizen to be infected in the current outbreak but made a full recovery after he was flown to London in a military plane in August and treated in isolation with the experimental drug ZMapp.

The 29-year-old said Wednesday that he is preparing to fly back to Sierra Leone to help fight the outbreak that has claimed almost 4,500 lives. “I know my mum and dad are worried but they know it’s something I have to do,” he said while at a training session for U.K. health workers who have volunteered to help on the ground to combat the spread of the disease.

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In her recent Hip Hop Song titled “My Light”Zakisha Brown talks about how our energy never dies. And how you can not Dim her light.

My light was shot in Ghana. Sakomono, Golf in Tema. This song is an Energy Song. Her powerful lyrics can relate to everyone.

She will not match whatever negative energy you are bringing to her but instead she will raise her own vibration no matter what energy you are coming to her with.

She also speaks on how she will continue to spread the blessings she receives because whatever you put out there will be multiplied back.

In her first verse she raps “Tired of Frenemies sending me Negative Energy, are you a friend or an enemy ? Pick your identity. You can not be in between!”

Symbolizing how people need to be clear on their intentions when they want to play a role in her life.

We can all relate to people who’s energy and smile turn out to be fake with evil, selfish and greedy intentions.

She then continues to say

“I need people with empathy people with dreams , people who say what they mean. I don’t need jealousy there’s enough food on the table for you to be able to eat!”

She needs honesty. Say what you mean and mean what you say. No pretending. Furthermore, having an Abundance mindset is mandatory to attract the right people and life we want.

Not living with a scarcity mentality where we think we never have enough. Or that we may have to steal, manipulate, control, or force our way in life. There’s more than enough money, food and wealth to go around!

Zakisha Brown has been in Ghana for over 4 months. She was invited into the Jubilee House, office of the President to meet with the head of Diaspora Affairs for Year of Return and Beyond the Return Mr Ababio.

Zakisha was also highlighted on major TV and radio Stations in Ghana such as, NET2TV, MetroTV, YFM, and much more.

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God Bless Ghana and Make the Nation Great and Strong

Unlike other African counties who have experienced violence in their elections, Ghana remains relatively free from violence during elections due to its peaceful democratic change of government since becoming a republic and conducted its first general elections in 1992.

Known as a multi-party democratic state since 1992, the votes cast by the citizens have always been huge among only two parties, the NPP and NDC making them the major parties to rotate power smoothly since 1992 in the country.

 

The electoral commission of Ghana continues to take significant steps to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections before, during and after elections.

The steps involve institutional bodies locally and internationally that influence elections in the country to administer free and fair elections through, in-depth monitoring of voting, setting up task forces to ensure safety and security at polling stations, investigating electoral registrations and initiating public awareness campaigns for peace.

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Over the years, elections were conducted among the various constituencies and polling stations among the 10 regions of the country.

Nonetheless, under the NPP administration led by the incumbent president Nana Akufo Addo, which began in January 07 2016, as part of the party’s policies was the extra division of some regions due to large distance between the capital cities leading to less developmental projects in cities far from the capital cities.

Hence Monday December 07 elections in Ghana was conducted among sixteen regions including, the Western North, Western, Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Oti, North East, Savanna Regions carved out of the then Western, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana.

A total of 275 constituencies represented in parliament, there were 33,000 polling stations where more than 17 million registered voters were expected to cast their votes around the sixteen regions in Ghana to elect a president from 12 presidential candidates including the two main political party’s contestants, incumbent NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and opposition NDC’s John Dramani Mahama.

Also, representatives of the 275 constituencies in parliament to be elected by electorates from a total of 918 contestants among the 16 regions.

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Although after 48 hours of painstaking vote counting without the official declarations of the results by the electoral commission of Ghana, provisional result projections endorsed by the electoral commission of Ghana according to reports, shows that the NPP or the ruling party is in a comfortable position to rule on a second term with a little over 50 percent against NDC John Dramani’s about 48 percent from 14 regions, out of 16 regions.

 

So far, the numbers from the strong holds of the party rivals gives quite close gaps unlike the elections in the past years. The swing regions which are the central and western regions shows narrow margin between the leading party NPP and opposition party, NDC.

Reports trooping in have also revealed that the NDC parliamentary candidates are likely to obtain more than half of the seats in parliaments making the elections “skirt and blouse” if NPP’s Akufo Addo should be officially declared as president of the 5th Republic.

 

Party officials and Ghanaians at this point are waiting patiently for the final verdict from the EC. Stay tuned for more updates.

Today, President Akufo-Addo Launched Gh¢1 Billion Cap Business Support Scheme.

The coronavirus pandemic originating from Wuhan, China, spreading across the world has not left Ghana exempted from contracting the deadly contagion.

Ghana government is currently supporting households by absorbing utility bills, increasing salaries of frontline health workers and providing PPE’s as they tirelessly work and risk their lives.

The Ghanaian government is  building new healthcare centres and a lot more to help ease the pressure on NHIS.

The international monetary fund (IMF), which seeks to help improve economic activities and poverty reduction of it member states, has come to the aid of Ghanaians during the phase of financial instability in this period of struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.

As a member country of the financial institution, Ghana requested for financial support from the IMF to help contain the Coronavirus Pandemic. The request which was made in late march was approved on April 13, 2020 by the fund.

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An amount worth $1billion loan was withdrawn from the multilateral lender’s Rapid Credit Facility to support Ghana in the fight against the virus.

The financial institution’s report stated that, Ghana has been seriously hit by the virus and the situation has resulted in the setback of Ghana’s economic growth since the government is taking positive actions suitably containing the virus.

According to the executive board of the IMF, these actions will definitely cause pressure on the country’s revenue resulting in external financial needs for the country.

The financial institution said again that, the $1billion budget withdrawn from their rapid credit facility ‘

Will help Ghana government to carry out projects that will increase its income, address its crucial financial prerequisites, boost the country’s confidence and to generate aid from other development…

 

Source: The Presidency, Republic of Ghana

Is That Time Of The Year Again! Made In Ghana UK The 4th Edition

Made in Ghana UK Fashion Show, will take place on 21 March 2020. The event is organised by the made in Ghana UK Foundation, LaboroGH and Musicbiz Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana High Commission UK.

The event, is not to only showcase the Ghanaian heritage but also, to create opportunity for promoting the Ghanaian culture, products and services through exhibition.

Even though the event has continuously been held in Manchester, by popular demand the 4th edition season will be held at the Discovery Centre in London.

 

 

Made in Ghana” will seek to specially honor ten deserving brands, personalities and organisations that are practically endorsing Made in Ghana Products and Services.

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This year, it is anticipated that more than 2,000 Ghanaians and Africans in London will be attending.

There will be two main activities dubbed “Made in Ghana UK Exhibition” and “Made in Ghana UK Fashion and Concert”, to help pull a lot of Africans especially Ghanaians to attend the program.

Made in Ghana will be of great interest and opportunity for small-scale enterprises, brand ambassadors, entrepreneurs, real estates and many more who are mostly Ghanaians based in the U.K or other nationals from all walks of life.

Officially, “Made in Ghana” UK 2020, will be launched at the Ghana high commission on February 15, 2020 in order to disseminate important information about the MIGUK to the public and prospective traders.

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Special guest speakers are H.E Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Ghana High Commission, Her Excellency Rita Iddi, Deputy High Commissioner and Mr. Seth-Twum-Akwaboah, CEO of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) 

Sponsors Includes: Exim Bank Ghana, RIA Money Transfer, the Royal Senchi, Acquah Safari, JB Forge, Ghana Music Fund and more.

 

 

Media Partners and Supporters : African Celebs, Miss Ghana UK Foundation, Showbiz Africa, Amari Heritage, Kato Enterprise.

More Sponsors, Media Partners and Supporters to be announced.

 

Artist performing live includes Joey B, You Don’t want his performance!

 

Joey B shot to prominence with his single,” Tonga”. The artist who is originally called, Darrty Paa Kwesi Bannerman-Martin was brought up in cape coast, in the central region of Ghana.

 

Joey B found love for music at an early age and used to do ghost writing for a music group he belonged entered into music officially in 2011, before graduating from the university in 2012,

He has worked with artist and producers like, Lil Shaker, Jayso, Sarkodie, EL, Edem, Fuse Dog and several others. Other songs by the artist include, “Strawberry Ginger”, “Pinch Ma Nips”, “Otoolege”, “Baby Mama”, “Wow” just to mention a few.

Joey B became the first African artist to be endorsed as Adidas brand ambassador in 2015.

Today, he’s among African artistes with great fan base and gained popularity all over the world. He belongs to a record label known as “Skillions” and has eighty-nine albums.

 

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