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Veteran Nigerian actor, Mr Ibu has passed on

Veteran Nigerian actor, John Okafor popular known as Mr Ibu has passed. He was sixty-two years of age. According to Vanguard Nigeria, the actor passed away in a hospital. His cause of death is yet to be made known to the public. Months of poor health preceded Mr. Ibu’s death. The actor’s family disclosed in October 2023 that he had been dealing with health problems and he had undergone numerous surgeries. He had earlier launched a fundraiser and made an impassioned plea to help pay for his hospital costs in Lagos. Mr. Ibu said to have suffered a “strange and dangerous illness” that had kept him hospitalised for two weeks. The actor also celebrated his birthday with the best wishes for a quick recovery within that same time frame. However, Mr. Ibu had his leg amputat...

IMF Boss Kristalina Georgieva throws support behind the new Finance Minister

Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has welcomed Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, the new Finance Minister. She believes that Dr Amin Asam’s leadership will be crucial in sustaining Ghana’s reform effort and building on the current momentum of strong programme performance and gradual economic stabilisation. She directed Dr. Adam to make efforts to restore stability to Ghana’s economy. In the most recent reshuffling, the President promoted Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam from Minister of State to substantive Minister of Finance. He replaced Mr Ken Ofori-Atta. In a congratulatory message, the IMF director stated, “Your leadership will be crucial in sustaining Ghana’s reform effort and further extending the current momentum of compe...

Lady Accuses Rapper, EL, of Groping and Sexual Abuse

The artist Elorm Adablah, better known in showbiz as EL, has been accused of sexual abuse and groping by a Ghanaian woman on Facebook who goes by Edna FG. She said in a Facebook post that the rapper has been pressuring female musicians who come to his recording studio in the Nyaniba estates to have sex. She stated that in 2009, she paid EL for a recording session, but she was never given the opportunity to record her songs and was forced to sit for hours as the rapper entered the room with several young ladies. She went on to say that EL “demanded sex and groped her” at another studio in Osu, where they met again a few days after she paid for a recording session at his studio but was unable to record there. She claimed that when EL thence asked her to meet him at a hotel, she d...

Niger, Mali and Burkina announce withdrawal from ECOWAS

“After 49 years of existence, the valiant people of Burkina, Mali, and Niger announced with much disappointment that their Organisation has moved away from the ideals of founding fathers and Pan-Africanism,” read a joint statement from the military rulers released on Sunday, January 28. Colonel Amadou Abdramane, spokesman for the Niger junta, said, “The organisation notably failed to assist these states in their existential fight against terrorism and insecurity.” In an attempt to force the military rulers of the Sahel to restore democratic administration and hold elections, the regional union has implemented a number of measures, but to no avail. The military leadership have not provided a precise timeline for returning constitutional authority to the countries fol...

US approves nation’s first ‘lab-grown’ meat

On Wednesday, U.S. officials allowed the sale of chicken created from animal cells for the first time, allowing two California companies to deliver “lab-grown” poultry to the nation’s restaurant tables and, eventually, supermarket shelves. The Agriculture Department approved Upside Foods and Good Meat, which had been racing to be the first in the United States to sell meat that didn’t come from slaughtered animals — what’s now known as “cell-cultivated” or “cultured” meat as it emerges from the laboratory and arrives on dinner tables. The move ushers in a new era of meat production geared at minimising animal suffering and substantially decreasing the environmental implications of grazing, growing animal feed, and animal waste. “I...

The University of Ghana wants High Court Judge Obiri replaced over impartiality

Lawyers for the University of Ghana have written to the High Court’s Commercial Division, raising concerns about the impartiality of presiding judge Justice Francis Obiri in the case between the University and some Commonwealth Hall students. Justice Obiri presided over an injunction application filed by students against Ghana’s premier university. According to University lawyers, Justice Obiri sat on the case without allowing the University to cross-examine the witness, Lawrence Edinam Egleh. Justice Obiri is accused of granting the deponent’s reliefs on Thursday, February 9, despite the fact that the defendants had not even received the application. According to an affidavit filed by a Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Godwin Awandare, the trial judge, despite being offici...