Some friends hated me, thought I was a threat to their husbands – Afia Akoto

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Source: Ghana Guardian

You’ve heard many times how much damage you do to your self-esteem when you bash yourself with criticism. But did you know that when you mentally bash other people, even in the privacy of your own mind, you’re actually hurting yourself physically as well as psychologically?

Well, a Deputy Communications Officer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Maame Afia Akoto, has advised people (women), to stop gossiping about others and tap into their blessings.

Her comments were in solidarity with famous Ghanaian media personality, Nana Aba Anamoah after she was subjected to names calling and bashing for being gifted with a new Range Rover on her birthday.

In a lengthy write-up on Facebook, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MASLOC, could not fathom why people will be envious of the popular journalist after being rewarded by God for fighting her many silent battles all alone.

“I write this because Nana ABA like me, may not be perfect but honestly she has fought many silent battles alone and God keeps honouring her publicly”, portions of her writeup indicated.

The wife of NDC’s Chief Biney, recalled how some of her own friends hated her for nothing sake, thinking she was a lesbian or perhaps a threat to their boyfriends and husbands. She said while some thought she had undergone a surgery to be curvaceous, others prayed and plotted she gets fired for marrying an NDC stalwart.

“I have some friends hear who sometime back, felt or feel I was/am lesbian, feel or felt I was or am a threat to their boyfriends and husbands so hated me. Some even think I have undergone surgeries, some even prayed and plotted I get sacked because I married an opponent. People may hate you because of what others told them or because you have a courage they don’t have”, she said.

Read her full writeup below:

Someone got married, they will sit back and gossip “this won’t last” or “she snatched someone’s husband” or “she is after his money” … my sister stop this witchcraft and tap into people’s blessings. Someone got a gift of a car or latest iPhone oh “it’s fake”, “fake number plate” or ” “china phone” … someone struggles to have a child “oh are you sure it is her baby” or “IVF” or “surrogate” if you think it comes easy go try some. We talk too much about everything others have making it difficult to get our own blessings.

Look I have heard many things about myself that sometimes I sit back, look at those people and I just say may their own expectations delay. I don’t envy others successes so far as they worked for it even if through their VJ it is none of my business, neither is it yours.

I don’t judge people who overnight develop all the curves in the world. Because at the end of the day they don’t account to me nor you. You may have suffered to have your first car , you may have suffered to find true love, you may have struggled to build a career. It doesn’t mean you have the right to run people down, hate them and talk ill of them.

I have some friends hear who sometime back, felt or feel I was/am lesbian, feel or felt I was or am a threat to their boyfriends and husbands so hated me. Some even think I have undergone surgeries, some even prayed and plotted I get sacked because I married an opponent. People may hate you because of what others told them or because you have the courage they don’t have. Well I came here to give you one advice. Stop hating, stop being bitter, stop envying and be happy for others.

I always get excited when I see men surprising their women with gifts. And God honours me in this same place, infront of the same people who called me names and hated me for no reason. I write this because Nana ABA like me, may not be perfect but honestly she has fought many silent battles alone and God keeps honouring her publicly. Cheers to many more gifts, honour and a happy ending for all who will from today stop hating and be happy for others. I win my battles on my knees.

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Queen to honour Ghana’s fundraising WW2 veteran

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A 95-year-old Ghanaian World War Two veteran is to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth for his fundraising efforts.

Private Joseph Hammond walked two miles (3.2km) a day for a week in May, raising $35,000 (£28,000) for frontline health workers and veterans in Africa.

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Private Joseph Hammond wants to raise $600,00 in total© Forces Help Ghana/GUBA Foundation Private Joseph Hammond wants to raise $600,00 in total“I was overwhelmed and filled with joy,” he said on hearing he was to get a Commonwealth Point of Light award.

He said he had been inspired by fellow veteran Capt Tom Moore, who raised more than £32m in the UK to fight Covid-19.

Capt Moore completed 100 laps of his garden in the run-up to his 100th birthday in April for NHS charities.

This prompted Pte Hammond to start his own campaign to raise money to buy personal protection equipment (PPE) for health workers and to protect vulnerable veterans on the African continent.

He started each day’s walk in the capital, Accra, early in the morning so he could complete his two miles before the heat and humidity of the day peaked, reports the BBC’s Thomas Naadi.

He wanted to raise about $600,000 in total, so the former Ghanaian soldier, who like Capt Moore fought in Burma, hopes donations will continue to be made, our reporter says.

‘He is a force of nature’

Iain Walker, the UK high commissioner to Ghana who joined Pte Hammond on his walk, said the Queen presented Points of Light awards to outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth who changed the lives of their community.

“Pte Hammond exemplifies these qualities. It has been a privilege to get to know Pte Hammond and to experience his selflessness,” he said.

“He is a force of nature and an inspiration to many, including me.”

Pte Hammond, who was drafted into the Royal West African Frontier Force at the age 16, will receive the award at the UK High Commission in Accra at a date still to be decided.

“This is marvellous, this is wonderful, it’s beyond my comprehension,” he tweeted in a video produced by the Guba Foundation and Forces Help Africa, the two non-governmental organisation helping him in his fundraising efforts.

“Surprises keep coming – I’m short of words, I don’t know what to say,” he said.

Earlier this month, he had received a letter from Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandson, commending him on his walk.

Pte Hammond had met Prince Harry, who works to support veterans, during an event at the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in London last year.

Three years after the end of World War Two, Ghana, then the Gold Coast, was rocked by riots following the killing of three Ghanaian veterans who had been demanding compensation for their service during the conflict.

It became a milestone in Ghana’s struggle for independence, which was achieved in 1957.

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Election 2020: NDC’s manifesto to be outdoored soon – Ablakwa

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

The opposition NDC has hinted that the manifesto on which its campaigns ahead of the December polls will be based on is ready and will be outdoored in the coming weeks.

This was revealed by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who spoke on behalf of the party at the just ended weekly press briefing held on Monday, June 15 2020.

Okudzeto Ablakwa said the party has concluded its research and consultations into developing a manifesto which resonates with the needs of the ordinary Ghanaian.

Thus, the party in the coming days will embark on facts and data-backed campaign across the country, aimed at reclaiming the lost presidential seat.

“Our manifesto is ready and we’ll outdoor it in the coming days. I don’t want to take the wind out of the sails of the manifesto team so I won’t speak about it…we’ll embark on fact, data-backed campaign soon…,” Ablakwa said.

The flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama has in recent engagements said the party will adopt and campaign strictly according to a “bottom-up” manifesto for the electioneering campaign.

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Voters register: Dormaahene fumes at John Boadu over ‘attack’ on chiefs

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Some chiefs in the country are fuming at the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party John Boadu over his reported claim that any chief who decides to intervene in the ongoing impasse between civil society groups and some political parties against the compilation of a new register and the Electoral Commission is engaging in lawlessness.

In an interview on Accra-based Neat FM, Mr. Boadu said the statement by the National House of chiefs warning the EC not to disenfranchise any Ghanaian in the upcoming voter registration exercise amounts to siding with the opposition.

He further noted that the subsequent attacks on the EC by the chiefs for failing to honour an invitation by them smacks of lawlessness.

But the Omanhene of the Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II has expressed concerns over the claims of the NPP General Secretary.

He took a swipe at Mr Boadu for denigrating the image of chiefs in the country.

In an interview, the Dormaahene said the comments were in bad taste. He called on the leadership of the NPP and the president to call Mr Boadu to order.

John Boadu leads a big party, he must be careful, as chiefs we don’t just get up and talk anyhow. We know our role and so we know what we are talking about. I have seen many regimes go and come but the Dormaa stool is still here. I witness that of Rawlings, Kufour, Prof Mills, John Mahama has come and gone and so will Nana Addo. Don’t they know they will also leave power at some point? How can John Boadu describe us lawless? We have invited but they don’t want to come and instead of people John Boadu to condemn it he’s rather insulting us. Well I know very soon they will be coming around for campaign and we will be here waiting for them.

Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The National House of Chiefs is unhappy over the Electoral Commission’s (EC) purported refusal to meet with them over concerns about the compilation of the new voters register. The chiefs are accusing the EC of refusing to honour its invitation after some political parties petitioned the House over the matter.

The Vice President of the National House of Chiefs, Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, in an interview with Citi FM said the posture of the commission was worrying.

“Other parties petitioned the house because of this hullabaloo. We heard from them [parties] and we said that then we need to hear from her [EC] so that we can also see how best we can be advised.”

“if you are not able to honour our invitation let someone come from any of her branches to Kumasi and inform Nananom, that she can not make it, but none of that happened. As a matter of fact, we don’t know why she [Jean Mensa] doesn’t want to see us or avail herself to the house, whatever it is, we have no idea.”

Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII further urged all political parties to prioritize peace and unity, before during and after the elections.

“We want every Ghanaian to comport him or herself in a good manner. If they do not want [the new register, then that is up to them]but that is the decision of the government. But I also want to ask politicians to conduct themselves well because sometimes a party will say it will not all and there will be a whole lot of things.”

Ensure that no one is disenfranchised

The National House of Chiefs in an earlier statement asked the EC to ensure that no Ghanaian is disenfranchised ahead of the 2020 General Elections. The Chiefs in a statement bemoaned the EC’s failure to honour their invitation to dialogue, on the new voters’ register which they say is central to the escalating tension in the country.

“Central to the escalating tension is the decision of the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters register. Unfortunately, the EC failed to honour invitations to the National House of Chiefs, when our traditional leaders wanted the opportunity to promote dialogue in the interest of peace. We want to call on the EC to make peaceful conduct of this year’s general elections its primary objectives. It would require, among others, that no qualified Ghanaian is disenfranchised, and that the elections are free and fair,” the House of Chiefs said.

The call by the House of Chiefs come at a time when the Electoral Commission (EC) has issued a roadmap for the compilation of a new electoral roll.

IMANI, ASEPA petition Asantehene

Two Civil Society groups, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) and IMANI Africa have also petitioned Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to call on the Electoral Commission to rescind its decision to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections.

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Sekondi-Takoradi MCE died of coronavirus – Akufo-Addo confirms

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President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has revealed the cause of death of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam.

According to President Nana Addo, his late appointee died after being infected with the novel coronavirus disease.

Mr. Sam reportedly died Friday afternoon after a short illness weeks after his driver reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

News went viral that he died of the virus but family sources debunked the assertion.

However, President Akufo-Addo, while addressing the country for the 11th time on measures his administration is putting in place to fight Covid-19, said the statesman died of the virus.

He eulogised the late Sekondi/Takoradi MCE and commended him for ensuring social distancing in markets under his jurisdiction.

“Permit me to pay brief tribute to the memory of an old and valiant colleague in the struggle of the New Patriotic Party and in the work of the Akufo-Addo government, the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, the Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. K.K Sam, Egya Sam to me and many, whose efforts in enforcing social distancing protocols at the Sekondi and Takoradi markets were, recently, highly commended by me, and who sadly passed away on Friday, as a result of a COVID-related death.

May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection, when we shall all meet again,” he said.

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Akufo-Addo confirms Health Minister’s coronavirus status

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has confirmed the health status of the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, who has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

According to him, the hardworking Health Minister contracted the Coronavirus in the line of duty.

“Let us also wish our hardworking Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, MP for Dormaa Central, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty, and is in a stable condition,” Akufo-Addo said in his 11th televised address to the nation.

Akufo-Addo expressed his condolence to the family of the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Anthony K.K Sam, who passed away as a result of contracting the novel Coronavirus.

To him, K.K Sam’s “efforts in enforcing social distancing protocols at the Sekondi and Takoradi markets were, recently, highly commended by me…May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection, when we shall all meet again.”

Ghana has currently recorded 11,964 Coronavirus cases with 4,258 recoveries and 54 deaths.

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You will be dealt with ruthlessly if you disrupt voters registration process – NPP warns

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Source: My News GH

A member of the Government’s Communications Team, Hajia Ama Frimpong has cautioned that security personnel will deal ruthlessly with any individual who tries to disrupt the voter registration process.

The Electoral Commission has earmarked June 30 to start compiling a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 elections.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the other hand, is challenging the Electoral Commission’s s(EC’s) insistence on the use of the Ghana Card and Passport as the only form of identification for the registration exercise.

The NDC has said it will resist the process with its last breath to ensure the exercise it described as illegal, does not take place, further arguing that if it does, it will mean a total extinction of the NDC from the country’s body politic.

Reacting to the stance of NDC amidst threats by some persons to violently disrupt the process, Hajia Ama Frimpong who is a member of the government’s communication team has issued a barrage of stern warnings to any individual or group planning to disrupt the process.

According to her, no one has the right to stop the Electoral Commission from undertaking the imperative exercise so they should not harbour any form of fear because its their right to and that cannot be trampled upon by any individual.

She noted that the Security Agencies in the country are very prepared to deal ruthlessly with people who will disrupt the registration exercise across the country. To this end, she urged the youth not to allow themselves to be manipulated by hungry politicians who will use them to serve their parochial interests.

“No one can prevent you from going to exercise your rights. No one can prevent you from going to register for the new voters register. Go and exercise your right because what you’re going to do is enshrined in the constitution. If any individual doesn’t know and they try to disrupt the process, the security personnel will deal ruthlessly with such people and if they’re able to stand such treatment, they won’t go back to their old ways”.

“If you’re being sponsored by someone to come and disrupt the process, have a rethink of your decision because when you’re taken away, such persons will not come to your aid. You’ll rot in jail without seeing their faces so don’t be used to disrupt the registration exercise,” she said.

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Pius Hadzide ‘chokes’ as he attempts to defend Akufo-Addo’s comment on Mahama’s ‘Green Book’

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide had a torrid and nerve-wracking time on Newsfile validating President Akufo-Addo’s claim about the infrastructure record of the Mahama government.

Earlier in the week, President Akufo-Addo rubbished the much-touted road projects undertaken by the previous government, stating that it existed only in the ‘Green Book’.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that Mr. Mahama’s “so-called unprecedented projects only exist in their Green Book”.

On the June 13 edition of the show, Pius Hadzide was paired with a deputy communication minister under the Mahama government to discuss the President’s allegations.

In his opening remarks, Pius Hadzide made a comment which according to the host was at variance and a shift from what the President said.

Pius: … So it is only fair to suggest that if you indeed promised and assured us the roads were fixed and that you had put those roads in the green book and now people are complaining of the roads then you may have misled the people or insistence that the roads do exist ..”

Samson Lardi:” You said it is only fair to suggest, did the President suggest?”

Pius after having a second listening of the Nana Akufo-Addo’s comment said that “My understanding is that it was a fair suggestion to make and he was indeed making a suggestion that it was misleading what was put in Green Book. The people were hoodwinked and in fact, misrepresentation was done on the part of the previous government.”

Unconvinced by the Minister’s assertions, the host requested a replay of the comment for the third time after which he questioned him again.

Pius then ‘huffed and puffed’ in trying to back his earlier stance, stating that “I am having a discussion and for me what the President said is a factual representation of what is on the ground. The unprecedented development that we were told. That roads were so smooth that riding on them you could fall asleep. Those fantasies did not exist on the ground.

After that dramatic episode, Pius was then impressed upon to prove his allegations by pointing to one project in the book which in his estimation exists not.

The former Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports could not point to any of the projects but said “I can understand what exercise you want us to engage in but I think that we must put the President’s comment’s in context. For instance, the Tema road project was it not indicated in the green book? The Terminal three, was it not indicated in the book?

After several unsuccessful attempts by the host to have the Minister identify a single project in the book that does not exist, Pius then sought refuge in a supposed call from an Ada resident who claims that the construction of the Ada Coastline defence wall as stated in page 60 of the book was untrue.

A check by the host and Pius himself revealed that there was no mention of the said project in page 60.

The Minister also admitted though some of the projects do exist, the NDC cannot claim credit for them.

“The projects in the Green Book partly exist and partly paint a misleading picture…in fact some of us long ago held the view that it is a fraud…some of the Green Book pictures were artistic impressions,” he said.

Social media reactions

On social media people have been reacting to the Minister’s performance with trolls and condemnations about his performance on the show

Ing. Nii Afotey Kwei 🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭@niiafoteyquaye

The whole Ghana, nobody make hot pass Pius Hadzide this morning

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BABA SADIQ@sadiqabdulaiabu

Rescue mission for happen right now. Pius Hadjide is bleeding bad bad. @FelixKwakyeOfo1 keeps jabbing and throwing all the relevant punches. It’s clear the Nana Addo rose on the basis of lies. Time really just exposed the NPP and is vindicating @JDMahama.

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Elias Fairchild: || #Wenodeyhear || #NoLongTalk@TheFairchild_

I’ve been saying that don’t be pairing Pius with Felix Kwakye. See how the Pius is suffering.

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𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒏 𝒀𝒂𝒐@citizenyao

This is the Holy Book of the NDC called The Green Book tormenting the entire NPP. Pius confirmed on that, Nana Addo lied about the green book. The entire NPP is yet to point out a single project in the green book that never existed. The NPP came into power with lies and

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Baba Mohammed 🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭@Dorsty1R

Hahahaha
Pius will never like to encounter Felix ever again

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Peter Doe Jnr 🌠💫@PeterDoeJnr1

Samson: Pius this is the point out which projects that @NAkufoAddo said only exist in the but not on the ground.

Pius: Let @FelixKwakyeOfo1 show us. 😀😁😀

The camera man still rolling on the ground laughing.

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Nii Adamah Sackey, Esq@dessack

is the one platform you can’t get away with propaganda on. You either back your claims with facts or you’ll be found out like Pius Enam Hadzide this morning. We must do our politics devoid of blatant propaganda and untruths.

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Nii Adamah Sackey, Esq@dessack

is the one platform you can’t get away with propaganda on. You either back your claims with facts or you’ll be found out like Pius Enam Hadzide this morning. We must do our politics devoid of blatant propaganda and untruths.

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Yayra Koku@YayraKoku

Pius Hadzide is the English version of Wontumi…

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Mr. Slim@ebenezer_slim

But for politics and blatant propaganda, Pius Hadzide would have been a very fine gentleman.

I feel bad seeing him become a merchant of mischief. Sad.

Lol Sampson is clearly not interested in his submissions anymore. Watch how he has started distracting Felix Ofosu.

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GH¢51 million judgement debt: Government knows all beneficiaries – Woyome

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Businessman and member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alfred Woyome, has said the government of Ghana is in a better position to tell Ghanaians the people who benefitted from the GH¢51m judgment debt paid him by the state.

According to him, EOCO has all the evidence therefore government should come out with details on how the money was disbursed.

Speaking on Face2face show on CitiTV, the embattled businessman said the government of Ghana is in a better position to tell you how much money has gone to “who and who. They had EOCO take all the accounts. They know and have all those evidence. They know where this went to and where that went to. They should come out and tell the people they should bring the money.”

Alfred Woyome has been engaged in a legal tussle with the government since 2013, after the Supreme Court on June 14, 2013, ordered him to refund all monies wrongfully paid him in the form of the judgment debt.

The businessman has since maintained that he is innocent in the matter and has tried unsuccessfully to seek redress at different courts.

In 2019, The Supreme Court ordered the sale of properties discovered by the state to belong to the embattled businessman to defray a GH¢51.2 million judgement debt paid him which the country’s apex court has ruled must be refunded.

According to the court, a claim by the now-defunct UT Bank that Mr Woyome used two of his houses at Trassaco as collateral for a loan could not be proven.

After some months, the Minister for National Security, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, suggested that assets of private businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome, which were to be auctioned by the state to defray some money he owes the state should be surrendered to the state to “obviate the need for an auction.”

This follows the inability of the auctioneer to sell Mr Woyome’s assets due to fears by potential buyers that the properties will be restored to Mr Woyome by future governments.

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I speak of black freedom

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Columnist: Joseph Akyeampong

In these crazy times that have seen the killing of George Floyd attract global outrage, one question stuck in my mind for my race is: How do we get out of this? We are marching, protesting, demanding justice and equal opportunity.

Well, we have done all these things before – Civil Rights Movement, Million Man March – and now Black Lives Matter (BLM). Such movements have had some impact, but we are not there yet. Is there hope? One source of encouragement for me is that this young generation (black, brown and white) is standing together in solidarity against discrimination and racial injustice, but I think that’s still not enough. For me, four things must happen to liberate all people of African descent:

Increase black education and enterprise

The more blacks that are educated around the world, and the more black businesses we create to compete with the Amazons, Microsofts, Alibabas etc., the more leverage and economic power we’ll have. Can our black millionaires and billionaires create and put more funds into black education and enterprise, like Magic Johnson provided $100 million for minority-owned businesses? We need to do more of that by investing in ourselves – education and business is the key.

Build our defense capabilities (In Africa)

We need to build our own defense systems (weapons, missiles, tanks, aircraft carriers, cyber-security, increase military force etc.). This way we can defend ourselves. For instance, when tensions flare in Africa, the Western world sends their troops and weapons to destroy our nations, simply because our defense capability is weak and all we have is sourced from them. We need to build our own to be able to defend ourselves. A people that can defend themselves cannot be oppressed.

Strengthen our economies (In Africa)

We are called the 3rd/developing world after our economic and human resources were depleted; and Western ideologies, political and economic systems were instituted in our countries. Yet, our leaders accept this label. We need to be serious with building our economies and creating opportunities for our people. We need to strengthen intercontinental trade and become one strong economic block. Thank God for AfCFTA – the largest in the world. That’s how strong we are and can be, but when we hear of countries like Nigeria closing its borders to trade, it defeats the purpose.

Repatriation (The diaspora)

Sometimes I feel the Civil Rights Movement leaned too much toward Martin Luther King’s integration agenda. While it was all good and we thank God for seemingly realizing the dream (have we really?), I feel like we should have paid equal attention to Malcom X and separated ourselves culturally and economically. White America is simply created by black sweat but not for blacks. Perhaps, we shouldn’t force ourselves to fit in. To this, I call on our African leaders to wake up, and follow the example of Ghana (Year of Return and Beyond The Return), to create an environment for people of African descent to be able to return to a place they can call home and feel safe.

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