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Abeiku Santana, First National Bank And Others Join WWII Veteran Joseph Hammond On His Last Walk

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During the heat of the Covid-19 pandemic in
Ghana, Abeiku Aggrey Santana and his partners Derrick Cobbinah,
Africa’s Project Officer for the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and
CEO of Forces Help Africa and GUBA Foundation supported and brought to
light the activities of WWII veteran Joseph Hammond who recorded a walk of 14
miles in a week as part of a fundraiser to support Africa’s front-line workers.

The 95-year-old Ghanaian World War II
veteran walked 3.2 kilometres (two miles) each day to reach his target on
Africa Day in Accra and raised almost £43,000.

This gesture by this noble man went viral
in the international media including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, DW, France 24 and
Washington Post. It also attracted a number of corporations and individuals to
reciprocated the goodwill and stretch their arm of support to the
veteran. 

Today, the First National Bank that
launched ASPIRE (Accelerated Support for Pandemic Intervention and Relief
Effort) a fews months ago to assist government and its stakeholders in
mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has donated an amount of Ghc
12,000 (Twelve Thousand Ghana Cedis) to Mr Hammond. Speaking to a session of
the media, Mr Dominic Adu, the first Ghanaian CEO of the bank said they were
proud to be a part of his last walk and to share in his story, it is their
fervent hope and prayer that First National Bank will look back in the future
and also tells their story as the best bank that ever existed in Ghana.

Consequently, Ghanaian Billionaire,
Philanthropist and Prince of Africa, Nana Kwame Bediako proudly known as
Freedom Jacob Caesar and his New Africa Foundation who has been showing a
greater level of generosity amidst the covid19 pandemic also donated a fully
furnished house to Veteran Joseph Hammond who lived 75years of his life in his
family home in Accra to support him. 

WO1, Joseph Hammond who was inspired by the
story of Captain Tom Moore becaming a national hero in the United Kingdom for
raising 33 million pounds ($40m) to help NHS before turning 100 was full of
praise to the Philanthropist and the First National Bank and thank them for
leading the path, he admonished selfishness in the Ghanaian populace and urged
us to continue to support the less privileged in anyway we can. 

Other veterans including Russia’s Zinaida Korneva(97) and British’ Dabirul Choudhury(100) also has bagged similar stories of success for their yeoman’s job.

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Ray Styles Of Penciled Celebrities Announced Dead

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The Creative Director of Penciled Celebrities artist, Emmanuel Apraku, otherwise known as Ray has on Thursday, October 1, 2020, passed away after battling kidney cancer for months, according to an official statement from the family.

His family shared a statement to announce his passing.

“I regret to announce the passing of 𝐄𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐤𝐮 𝐀𝐊𝐀 𝐑𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬. This occurred on October 1st at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India. Please continue to pray for the soul of 𝐑𝐚𝐲. He fought a good fight but unfortunately lost the battle.⁣⁣⁣
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The Maker needed His artist back. Thank you for giving Ray his flowers before his demise. He felt the love and appreciated each and every one of you. ⁣⁣⁣𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮

⁣⁣⁣Last month, news of Ray’s health condition went viral on social media with several celebrities and social media users contributing to a Gofundme account created for his medical bills.

Below are photos of his works;

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The Pan African Heritage World Set To Build A Thirty Million Dollar Museum At Winneba

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The Pan African Heritage World group has set out to build a thirty million dollar museum at Winneba in the Central region to tell the African story through the voices of those who matter.

Vice Chair of the Pan African Heritage World Museum, Maisie Howell says the museum will not only house artifacts and research materials, but will also have “a kingdom of African kings and the story of their kingdoms.”

“There will also be a herbal garden in the museum for relaxation and reflection as well as a space for artisans and creatives to exhibit their works,” she told 3news.com’s Komla Adom.

President Akufo-Addo has already pledged support for the project, expected to be a center for all things African history. Maisie Howell says the president would lead the horde of dignitaries who have endorsed the project, to symbolically mark the beginning of the historic venture.

Beyond hosting treasured artifacts and monuments – the museum would also celebrate the African past.

But how does the non-governmental organization hope to raise funds for the project?

“By 2022, we hope the project would be completed. The board has brought together an eminent team of academic professionals in all the disciplines that we need to bring this story together,” Maisie noted.

A brainchild of the founder of the African University College of communications (AUCC), Kojo Yankah, in twenty four months, the project would be a picturesque view along the Pomadze hills.

The four-floor edifice would be a major attraction while also serving the important role of projecting the African story, by Africans, through African voices!

(Source: 3news)

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Watch: Bibie’s Song ‘Tout Doucement’ Performed On The Voice Kids 2020 – France

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The Voice Kids – France resumed its seasonal auditions airing on Saturday, 13th, September on TF1(Television France 1) nationwide. A young contestant by the name, Chloè perfomed ‘Tout Doucement’ an iconic song originally wonderfully interpreted and made famous in the 80’s by Bibie also known as (Bibie Brew) a renowned Ghanaian, French international singer known to French audiences worldwide.

Bibie
is reputed for making this very beautiful evergreen song ‘Tout
Doucement’ a massively successful smash hit in France and French
territories: Europe, Africa, Asia and the America’s (North and South).
Her songs are known literally every where the French language and
culture is spoken and lived. ‘Tout Doucement’ sold over 1 million copies
in less than 3 months of its maiden release in 1985, remained top of
the hit parade for weeks on the French International music sales and is
still selling and played today.

Bibie is Ghana’s first female
singer to be internationally recognized by her incredible success in
record sales at the time and a natural popularity in France and Europe
till now. She’s also the first Ghanaian female artist to sell a million
copies of a song internationally. Bibie is a household name in France
and loved by a very wide French audience worldwide. She is not only
considered as a legend due to her iconic song and six French albums that
followed over her 35 year career as a performing and recording artist
in France – she is an outstanding contribution to the popular French
music culture and also to the developing Creative Industry of Africa.

Since
2007 in Ghana, Bibie founded the New Morning Arts Café & Creative
Centre where she dedicates her years of experience and gift of music
mentoring, coaching and assisting in the development of African talents.
Though very discreet about her life, Bibie’s contributions as a
Ghanaian and African international artist in the music industry in
general is very notable. Thank you Bibie for your amazing legacy to the
creative arts and thank you France for celebrating our African music
legend.

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Art On The Beach – Weekly Art Exhibition Series Kicks Off

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Ozzies Beach Palace has teamed up with TIC Ghana to introduce a weekly art exhibition dubbed ”Art on the Beach”. The two-day exhibition will give artists all over the country the opportunity to exhibit their works on a regular basis.

Ozzies Beach Palace aims to give its customers the full cultural experience with the addition of art to its already existing vibe of great live music and good food. The first edition kicks off this weekend with an art exhibition by Courage K. Hunke.

The art exhibition will be open on Saturday & Sunday (12th & 13th of September) from 12pm to 7pm each day. Ozzie’s Beach Palace is located at South Labadi Estate, adjacent to the Sandbox Beach Resort.

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