Some 32 Ghanaian football lovers who traveled to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have been left stranded in the capital, Moscow.
In a Citi News interview, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu said his office was alerted by the Russian authorities about the development.
He said with the assistance of the Nigerian embassy in Russia, spaces were secured on a Nigerian chartered flight to evacuate the stranded persons. The Deputy Minister disclosed that 20 of the Ghanaians are currently in Abuja, awaiting a connecting flight back home.
“Luckily for us, we had very good cooperation with the Nigerian Ambassador in Moscow. Nigeria was in the World Cup, so they had chartered a flight for their supporters to be sent back to Nigeria. We agreed that they could get us some space on our aircraft.
“They got us 20 of these stranded supporters on this Nigerian flight to Lagos. As we speak, I am aware that our mission in Abuja had made plans for our colleagues to be brought back to Accra. Four of them are going to procure so they should be in Ghana by now. The outstanding number is eight who are being kept in a hostel, and we are making plans to keep them out of Moscow as quickly as possible.”
In April 2018, a similar development occurred after it emerged that 50 Ghanaians had been deported from Australia after they were deemed to be “non-genuine travelers” posing as journalists for the Commonwealth Games.
According to Australian authorities, although all the affected persons had the necessary accreditation, they were not convinced the reported persons were real journalists.
Many were said to lack necessary journalistic tools like smartphones, recorders or cameras and had no idea about the sporting disciplines they were going to cover.
Following this, the government referred the case to the National Security for investigations to begin.
The Minority in Parliament, however, rejected this move, insisting on an investigation of the scandal independent commission of inquiry under article 278 of the Constitution of Ghana.
In the midst of the probe into the scandal, the office of the Deputy Secretary-General of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Rev. Richard Quarcoo, was ransacked.
Following the mammoth announcement of a jaw-breaking sponsorship package of $10m dollars for the Ghana Premier League as title sponsors, many would think that players of Star Madrid are enjoying a honeymoon, but the story could be the opposite.
Owed winning bonuses for seven matches in the national Division One League, players of Star Madrid – a club owned by business tycoon Nana Appiah Mensah, have also been asked to go home without salaries for the month of July despite having binding contracts with the club.
Is it possible that Nana Appiah Mensah isn’t aware of this development?
Bankrolling several companies in the entertainment and financial sectors, many Ghanaians believe that players of Stars Madrid are on cloud nine since the owner of the club is filthy rich and has always called for equal support towards the development of the country.
But some of the players who spoke to 442gh.com on the basis of anonymity for fear of victimization recounted their experiences at the club.
“It’s a well-branded club which keeps attracting even some of the biggest stars in the country because of the owner Nana. But when you are finally signed-on, the treatment is different. We have not been paid our winning bonuses for seven matches now and they have asked us to go home without our salary. I don’t think it’s fair,” one player noted.
Despite that, some of the players believe that their conditions of service are better than some Premier League clubs and do not see the non-payment of winning bonuses as an issue.
“In fact I wish I don’t talk about this issue. When we were leaving camp, some of my playmates started complaining but I told them they have to reason. All our signing-on fees have been paid in full and our salaries are paid promptly.
“So why must we talk about this in the media? I don’t know why they’ve not paid the winning bonuses but I know they will surely pay. We just need to be patient. If this Anas thing had not come, I know our salary for July would have been paid as well,” another player retorted.
Other players believe the bankroller of the club Nana Appiah Mensah is oblivious of the development arguing that he wouldn’t permit that treatment if he’s aware.
“For me, I know Nana Appiah is not aware of this. When we complained about our winning bonuses, Bola, our General Manager, told us he gave us the first and only bonus from his heart, so as and when he deems fit, he will give us something. So it means we are not even entitled to it, meanwhile it’s in our contracts,” another player angrily said.
But head coach of the side Michael Osei disputed the players’ assertions insisting they must be grateful for how they have been treated in the club so far.
“Forget about the players,” Michael said.
“They are ungrateful. They were given handsome signing-on fees and they will not talk about that. They are now complaining about winning bonuses. Disregard what they are saying,” he added.
Despite all these, there is cause to believe that not all the players are happy at the club with the treatment they are receiving at the club.
Is it a case of all that glitters is not gold?
Ghanaian Gospel musician Obaapa Christy some weeks ago expressed her interest to collaborate with Sarkodie and Stonebwoy for her new album.
Most Ghanaians are of the view that Stonebwoy and Sarkodie may not agree to Obaapa Christy’s offer.
However, Reggae dancehall artist has responded to Obaapa Christy’s utterance saying he’s ever ready to collaborate with her.
” I am so honored and would want to sing with her because musicians need each other’s support to grow and serve the masses with good music,” Stonebwoy stated in an interview with SVTV AFRICA
The dancehall artiste who is currently on a world tour continued to say that he as a dancehall artiste isn’t preaching Satan or sin hence he has no reason to say no to Obaapa Christy.
Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly known as Shatta Wale says he is the richest musician in Ghana.
He boasted in an interview with Naa Ashorkor on Joy FM’s “ShowbizAtoZ” show, Saturday.
According to the “Ayoo” hitmaker, no musician is anywhere close to him when it comes to wealth made from music.
“I am not rich but I am the richest artiste in Ghana. Don’t let anyone lie to you. I made all my money from music…”
Asked if he could approximate how much he is worth, Shatta simply said “It’s a godly number. My fans know how rich I am. If I am a soldier they know the ammunition I have. That’s why when I release a song they wanna learn it.
Shatta added that some boys from his camp are richer than most musicians.
“Some of my boys are even richer than some artistes in Ghana…” he boasted.
Deloris Frimpong-Manso popularly known as Delay is a polished version of Afia Schwarzenegger—in fact, this is where the loosely translated adage “a crab does not give birth to a bird” takes its full form.
The rivalry between Delay and Afia Schwarzenegger seems to come from the fact that one has been ungrateful to another—but in reality, it’s about their clashing disgusting similarities.
Well, the self-professed queen of comedy, Afia Schwarzenegger in an interview with blogger Zionfelix refuted claims popular perception that she’s gained her popularity from her association with Deloris Frimpong Manso.
When quizzed about how she gained her popularity from Delay’s television show ‘Afia Schwarzenegger’ quickly discarded that mindset and as a matter of fact, it was through Afia Schwarzenegger that people got to know Delay.
“It was through Afia Schwarzenegger that people got to know Delay” she said.
Besides, loudmouthed Afia described Delay as a failure when the host, Zionfelix asked a follow-up question about her former boss.
“I don’t want to talk about failures” she responded.
There comes a time in many relationships when the question of how many people each person has slept with crops up in conversation.
While on average men in opposite-sex relationships reportedly have a higher number of sexual partners than women, it seems that they may be prone to exaggeration when remembering their past bedroom encounters.
A new study has claimed that men are more likely to estimate the number of people that they’ve had sex with, which is why their numbers may surpass those of women.
On the other hand, women are more likely to recall the exact number of people that they’ve slept with.
Researchers from the University of Glasgow decided to explore the disparity between the number of sexual partners men and women claim to have had with members of the opposite sex.
The team assessed data from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3), a sample survey of 15,162 Britons, which found that men had an average of 14 sexual partners and women had an average of seven following interviews conducted with individuals aged between 16 and 74 from September 2010 to August 2012.
The study, which was published in The Journal of Sex Research, came to the conclusion that there were three main reasons why the men polled had approximately double the number of partners than the women.
The first was that the men had a greater tendency of reporting “extreme values”, meaning that they exaggerated their figures rather than providing definite amounts.
This was implied in the data due to the inclination of the male participants with higher numbers of sexual partners to pick round numbers when asked about their total figures.
Secondly, the women preferred to count the exact number of people that they’d slept with, which is why their answers were more accurate.
Lastly, the men and women were found to have differing stances on casual sex.
Women were less likely to describe one-night stands as “not wrong at all”, which could have consequently led to some of them omitting people who’d they’d slept with on one-offs from their final counts.
The research team, which was lead by Dr Kirstin Mitchell, senior research fellow in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow, has stressed the importance of being aware of one’s number of sexual partners as a matter of health.
“Accurate reporting of sexual partners is crucial to a wide range of sexuality research, including measuring trends in sexual behaviour assessing individual risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and estimating the rate and modeling the impact of STI/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission in a population.”
In June, contestants on Love Island were criticised for “sex shaming” following a challenge where they had to guess how many people they’d each slept with.
For someone who seems to be doing very well as a music video director, one would wonder what would make John Fiifi Mensah, consider shooting porn movies but that is exactly what he says he will do.
John Fiifi Mensah, who has shot music videos like Stonebwoy’s Mightylele and Run, Shatta Wale’s Low Tempo, Sarkodie’s Baby Mama, Guru’s Problem and MzVee’s Come and See My Moda, told Showbiz recently that he has no problem shooting porn movies if the offer is good.
“I have not come across any private company or individual who needs my services but I would not hesitate to shoot it. I am professional at what I do and it’s no big deal for me,” he said.
Asked if shooting porn will not affect his brand, John, who has had the opportunity to also shoot movies such as I Love You But, Selfie, Apples and Bananas and The Corner said it wouldn’t because those who have worked with him can testify that he is good at what he does.
“Anyone I have worked with in the past wouldn’t have a problem with me because I shot a porn movie. In fact I would be building my C.V if I shoot good porn and those who love it appreciate it. My services will be required internationally,” he said.
Won’t he be aroused shooting such a movie? John responded that “I don’t think I will have any sexual feelings because I am professional at what I do. Secondly I have shot semi-nude videos and this one will be no different,” he said.
Talking about his job, John said shooting videos pays well depending on who you are working with. “I will always prefer to shoot music videos than movies because the musicians understand the work better. A musician spends very well on a music video compared to the movie people,” he disclosed.
According to him, it saddens him when Ghanaian musicians travel outside the country to shoot music video whiles a good director can do the same job with the same budget in Ghana.
“When I shot Stonebwoy’s Mightylele, many thought I shot it in South Africa but I made it clear that everything happened in Ghana. It’s about time we start believing in our own,” he added.
John Fiifi Mensah has been in the business for seven years and sees himself going global in the next three years.
He disclosed that he has been getting calls from Nigeria and other African countries to shoot music videos and it’s a positive sign that he will get there soon.
YEN.com.gh has sighted photos Tracy Sarkcess, wife of Africa’s ‘Highest’ rapper Sarkodie, and she is looking stunning.
Tracy is captured in an awesome moment with her daughter Titi, and mom and baby really look good together Apart from her dazzling beauty in the photos, another thing that caught YEN.com.gh’s attention is Tracy’s ring.
YEN cannot tell if it was deliberate or not but Tracy Sarkcess has posed in a way that her ring would never miss anyone’s attention.
In one of the photos, she has stretched only her ring finger on her daughter’s leg so that the ring was the only thing standing out.
Her posture looks very calm and there is a look of satisfaction on her face.
Tracey Sarkcess got married to her long-time boyfriend Sakordie after reportedly dating for fourteen years.
All that while, she was called a baby mama because she eventually bore a child for Sarkodie.
However, she is no longer known as baby mama, she is Mrs. Owusu-Addo, therefore, her satisfied look in the photo is simply appropriate.
Their star-studded wedding was held on July 21, 2018, following the customary marriage on July 17, 2018.