Twitter announces it plans of opening a branch office in Ghana as the headquarters. This makes Ghana Twitter’s first Africa office.

Jack Dorsey CEO of twitter thanks Ghanaians and  President Nana Akufo-Addo for welcoming ‘Twitter Ghana’.

According to reports employees based in Ghana who will be working remotely under the work-from-home policies of the tech company until the main office for operations is established as planned.

 

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The statement sought to seek employees with requisite skills to occupy positions including engineering, marketing and communications specialists.

It was revealed in the announcement that, Ghana was specifically chosen because of its support for freedom of speech and free online expressions contributed to the company’s decision.

Again, it was stated that the existence of the latest secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area in Ghanaian capital, Accra also supported the decision.

Twitter is now officially in the Continent!

Ghana is a country in Western Africa with an estimated population of 31 million people. The capital city of present-day Ghana is Accra.  Ghana achieved its independence from colonial rule in 1957.

Ghana was the first black African country to achieve its independence led by the famous Pan-African leader Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah…

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Join us in wishing The 5th and incumbent president of the 4th Republic of Ghana,  President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Vice President and all the new members of parliament  a huge congratulations!

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was also sworn in as the Vice President of Ghana.

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Dignitaries who attended the swearing in of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo and  Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia includes: Former President of Ghana, H.E. John Kufuor,  President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D’Ivoire, US Ambassador to Ghana Honorable Stephanie S. Sullivan..

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Congratulations are in order! Ghanaian sitting president and leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wins 2020 elections to serve for a second term as well as his final term in governance.

This comes after the Electoral Commission of Ghana officially declared the presidential results for the December 07, 2020 elections on the eve of Wednesday, December 09, 2020.

 

President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo won with 6,730,413 votes constituting 51.59 percent of the total valid votes cast   against the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by John Dramani Mahama with 6,214,889 votes constituting 47.36 percent.

Despite the Covid 19 fears, Ghana’s election was held smoothly with the necessary precautionary measures taken against the virus and ended in a peaceful mode following the official verdict by the EC.

Chairperson of the EC, Jean Adukwei Mensa congratulated the winning party for the incredible achievement and applauded the EC officials and all other institutional bodies who contributed to the peaceful elections in this pandemic era.

The EC stated that one constituency had its result being doubtful but the figures there wouldn’t change anything even if they are to be in favour of the NDC.

The election officials took their time to carefully count the votes at various polling centers for a maximum of 2 days before coming out with the official announcement regarding the winning candidate for the presidential elections.

For about 20years, Ghana has carried out democratic transfer of power successfully against several African countries engaging in violence with this year’s elections.

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Throughout these years, in Ghana’s general elections, the two major candidates sign a bond for peaceful election prior to the day electorates go to the polls.

On Friday December 04, 2020, the leading parties signed an agreement to resolve any differences in courts to prevent potential disagreement and violence during and after the elections.

Now the NPP have been given another chance by Ghanaian citizens to continue their work in office which emphasizes on campaign policies such as the free education, one district one factory, employments among others.

The result has called for jubilations around the regional strongholds of the NPP with a lot of congratulatory messages showered on the president’s page and all other social media platforms.

Political leaders around the world have also congratulated the president for his success.

President Akufo-Addo who is 76 years became Ghana’s president in 2017 on his third competition after losing for two consecutive times as presidential candidate for the New Patrotic Party (NPP).

For the third time, he contended with John Dramani Mahama who is 62 years in the electoral race and winning in the third elections makes him a second time victorious against the opposition following former president Mahama’s victory in 2012 elections.

Congratulations to the president- elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for another tenure in office.

 

Photo Credit:  Nana Akufo-Addo

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.

Congratulations are in order ! The president of the republic of Ghana has been elected as the newly chairman of the ECOWAS today at the current 57th ECOWAS conference held in Niamey.

The ongoing summit will see all heads of state in West Africa brainstorming reports from the 44th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and review issues pertaining Security Council, COVID-19 situation in West Africa, the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme among several others.

President Akufo-Addo is said to have taken over from the outgone ECOWAS chairman President Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.

His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo currently doubling as the chairman of the ECOWAS will be given the platform to give his acceptance speech at the summit later in the day.

Leading the Ghanaian delegates to the ECOWAS summit, president Akufo-Addo left Ghana today and was accompanied by some selected Ghanaian officials including,

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Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance; Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison; the Foreign Ministry and officials of the Presidency.

Following ex-president John Dramani Mahama’s selection as ECOWAS  chairman during the 44th Ordinary Session in 2014. 

He chaired the discussion and took over from Ivorian President Allasane Ouattara, Akufo-Addo becomes the next Ghanaian president to occupy the esteemed position.

Once again congratulations Mr. President on this new chapter for service to humanity.

Photo credit:  President Akufo-Addo (twitter)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) which began on 21st January this year is an annual three days meeting where international leaders, celebrities and forerunners of civil society  come together to discuss major global issues and brainstorm on possible solutions to address such problems.

The forum was held in Davos in the Switzerland every year.

 

As part of the program, various personalities including powerful political leaders, businesspersons from across the world prepare a particular speech regarding both progress and glitches faced by their continent, country and its effect on the world at large.

This year’s summit fell on the theme, “Stakeholders for Cohesive and Sustainable World”.

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World leaders included Ghanaian president Nana Akufo- Addo, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook; Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi among other guests were present.

On Wednesday night, President Nana Akuffu-Addo addressed the global investor community. 

According to Nana Addo,

’21st century was for Africa with Ghana being the head, and it is going to be so, God willing”.

He further explained that, Ghanaians were kind, welcoming, hospitable, generous, hardworking and blessed with valuable natural resources…’

He spoke about a lot of business investments opportunities, stability of governance, strong judicial system and many more which Ghana possesses to create more avenues

for collaborations with the developed countries and well vested business leaders to help Ghana and Africa attain a stable economy…

 

 

Ghana will host the major yearly music and arts festival show “Afro Nation”, for five subsequent years.

The deal was sealed in the presence of Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo by Mr. Akwasi Agyemang,

 

the CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority and Event Horizon Entertainment Ltd, organizers of Afro Nation festival in London.

, on the sidelines of the UK Africa Summit., on the sidelines of the UK Africa Summit.

 

This agreement is part of the Ghana government beyond the year of return project plans which main purpose is to involve Africans in the diaspora.

As well as all individuals of black descent in trade and investments co-operation, skills and knowledge development in a more positive direction.

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Creating awareness of this plan to the public, Gabby Othere Darko, shared a picture of president Akuffo -Addo at the ongoing UK Africa summit on his social media handle with the caption

“Ghana signs a five-year deal to host afro nation in Ghana annually. Fantastic news for traders and ravers!”

 

This means, businesspersons, stakeholders, small scale and large scale enterprises can at least have a 5-year business deal to focus on and to use well during the expected annual charismas trade.

Ruddy Kwakye, the Executive Producer of Afro Nation Ghana disclosed in an interview with Joy News that, the operators of the music beach festival have seen the impact of holding the festival in Ghana.

 

He concluded that, although they’ve come to a consensus, but the team will soon finalize the details on the dates, venue of the event and those who will participate in the upcoming music festival.

 

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Today, 18th November, 2019, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana paid an official visit to Abu Dhabi,  at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Some of their discussions was mainly about deepening the ties and the bonds of friendship that exist between Abu Dhabi and Ghana.

They concluded by signing a five  co-operation agreements

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President Akufo-Addo will be visiting  Angela Merkel of Germany next. He will then be in the UK for a private visit and finally return to Ghana on 26th November, 2019.

Did you know this year is the year of return in Ghana? Read more about THE YEAR OF RETURN 2019

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African Best President

Leaders of Tomorrow, a Canadian-based research institute has crowned Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the 2018 most preeminent African president.

The World Vision Forum buttressed the decision as the United States-based research organization also named Nana Akufo-Addo the first in Africa and third visionary president across the globe.

These awards have made many wonders what the cerebral president could have done to claim the highly esteemed accolades; after all, there are numerous visionary presidents in the world.

They reported that the self-disciplined president has been up and doing since he was elected in 2016 with numerous favorable policies including free education for all until secondary level, pivotal developmental goal and resolute commitment to tackle corruption.

Akufo Addo named as Africa’s best president

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The Canadian-based research institute further stated that his administration remains the most transparent and near-total corruption-free in the history of the country’s democracy when compared with other past presidents. It was also noted that his activeness, humility, and exceptionality among other African leaders, inspired the award – he is called the best among equal.

It is no news that two of the nominees of the 2018 Leaders of Tomorrow’s award have left their respective offices; Ian Khama, the formal Botswana president, who is succeeded by Mokgweetsi Masisi in April 2018 came second.

The former Mauritian president, Ameenah Gurib, left office in March 2018 was voted third. Seychelles president, Danny Faure was forth while Adama Barrow, Gambian president was voted fifth in the lucidly transparent research voting process.

The 2019 Year of Return

Nana Akufo-Addo recently began a campaign ‘The 2019 Year of Return’ to attract Ghana citizens in the diaspora to their motherland through quality health care, education, improved security and economy to promote SMEs and other thriving businesses in the country.

He noted that the Ghanaians in the diaspora could play a vital role in African development, saying that China benefitted from the vast experience and knowledge garnered by her emigrants that ended up investing in their home nation following their extended stay abroad.

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William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, born March 29th. 1940 has served in numerous Ghanaian public offices including the Attorney General of Ghana (2001 – 2003), Member of Parliament (1997 -2004 and 2005 – 2009) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2003 – 2007) among others.

The ever determined political icon contested for presidency in 2008 and 2012 under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and lost to the candidates of the National Democratic Congress’ John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama respectively.

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However, his steadfast ambition and his determination to bring qualitative change to his country made him contest for the third time and won under the same political party.

The Ghanaian president enrolled in the prestigious University of Ghana, Legon and earned a B. Sc. Degree in Economics 1967. He also served the Inner Temple as an apprenticeship, otherwise known as the Inns of Court before being called to bar in 1971.

Nana Akufo-Addo has bagged the needed experience in all the corners of life to prepare him for the position he now occupies, and that has helped him in sailing the ship of his country to safety.

Huge congrats! Keep up the good work!

 

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Akufo Addo Urges Asamoah Gyan To Reconsider Retiring from Football

Ghanaians have been dealing with the shockwave of the retirement of a successful striker Asamoah Gyan. Gyans decision to retire from his position at the Ghana National Team was met with mixed feelings, some people were upset and angered so many fans.

He must have gained so much value throughout his career that the president forced him back to the game. Let’s now talk about the protagonist of the story: Asamoah Gyan.

At the age of 17, he signed for the Italian football team Udinese while also temporarily playing at another Italian club called Modena. He appeared in the 2006 World Cup, which increased his fame and attracted the attention of other football clubs in Europe.

The Russian Lokomotiv Moscow was among the clubs that wanted to sign a deal with him. Instead, he decided to extend his stay at Udinese by signing a 5-year contract.

In 2008, he was transferred to the French football team Stade Rennais. He was more active in the season 2009-2010, scoring 13 league goals in 48 games. His stay in Stade Rennais was short-lived and he signed another deal with Sunderland, his first deal with a Premier League club.

The season 2010-2011 was a golden one for him since he scored the majority of the goals in the League Cup against Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Stoke City.

He spent a temporary season in UAE’s Al Ain FC, during which he scored 22 goals. The following year, he signed another contract with Al Ain as the top goal-scorer. Although he had extended his stay until 2018, he decided to leave Al Ain for Chinese Super League club Shanghani SIPG.

His weekly salary made him one of the highest earning football players in the world. As of 2017, he was still a striker at the Turkish club Kayserispor.

His international career was just as bright and eventful. In 2006, he became the very first and the youngest player to score for Ghana in FIFA World Cup, with four goals in seven matches. He appeared in 2008 and 2010 African Cup of Nations and scored many penalties.

In 2010’s World Cup, he successfully scored against Serbia and Australia, carrying the team up the tournament’s quarter final, although the team got defeated by Uruguay later on. In 2014, he was the captain of Ghana’s Black Stars, the team played with United States, Portugal and a tie against Germany.

A few weeks ago, he was replaced by Andre Ayew as Ghana’s team captain by the coach. Gyan made a decision to retire from international football. Whatever his decision was based on, we’re not interested. We just don’t want him to retire.

Interestingly, he was later convinced by the President Nana Akufo-Addo to reverse his decision in less than 24 hours after his initial announcement. He is currently preparing for the next African Cup of Nations.

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The football legend  took to his social media with the press release and  the message below

‘A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded. I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy. 🙏🙏’  We’re glad he’s back!

 

Besides his football career, he has been hosting boxing events, encouraging young boxers from Ghana to participate the events. He loves singing as well. 

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Photo Credit: Asamoah Gyan