GhanaWeb News Summaries from January 19, 2021
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Ken Ofori-Atta to survive one term finance minister jinx?
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Ken Ofori-Atta to survive one term finance minister jinx?


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"Since the 4th republic, no finance minister has made a second term even when the president who appointed them gets a second term."
"If Ken Ofori Atta is made a minister for finance. This will be the first time that Ghana will have the opportunity to give a finance minister a second term", he said.


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I had no idea Mr Eazi was dissing K.K Fosu on my 'Dondo' song
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I had no idea Mr Eazi was dissing K.K Fosu on my 'Dondo' song


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If you would recall, Ghanaian highlife musician, K.K Fosu described Nigerian singer-Mr Eazi as a lazy musician during an interview with ZionFelix on the 'Uncut' show some years ago.
Following this, Mr Eazi threw some shots at K.K Fosu after he was featured on the remix of Kwaw Kese's 'Dondo' song with Sarkodie, Medikal and Skonti.
According to him, Mr Eazi's verse sounded pleasant to his ears before he heard K.K Fosu's shots targeted at Mr Eazi.


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Pastor encourages sex before marriage; says God is not against it


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Interviewed on Ghana's number one adult show 'In Bed with Adwen' which airs on eTV Ghana, he told host, Adwen the Love Doctor that God exempted Himself from marriage the moment Adam told God that it was the woman that He gave to him who caused him to sin.
He noted that the part of the Bible that says 'He who finds a wife' means that the man is to find his own wife and not that God is to find a wife for man if sex is what a man needs to experience with his partner to be able to decide if she is really his lost rib, he is free to do because God has already exempted Himself from the act of marriage.
According to the apostle, pastors do not validate marriages, they only bless them the actual act of marriage is that which involves the meeting of the family members of both the man and the woman, and the pastor does not necessarily need to be involved.


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Focus more on agric sector investment to improve economy
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Focus more on agric sector investment to improve economy


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He said while many industries last year shrank amid the coronavirus pandemic, the sector recorded significant growth hence the need to focus more on it.
He said "Though the planting for food and jobs is working, I think we can do more than that, we can do better than we are doing. We have to do more investment because during the Christmas I understand poultry prices shot up and also egg prices shot up. It means that something was wrong with our local poultry production in Ghana. I believe the planting for food and jobs has not achieved its benefits 100 per cent, there is more room for improvement."


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Coronavirus: Kojo Cue postpones 'For My Brothers Concert'
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Coronavirus: Kojo Cue postpones 'For My Brothers Concert'


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In a Twitter post, Kojo Cue wrote, "#FMBconcert Update As much as I want to share this experience with you, I can't knowingly put you in harms way.
Kojo Cue's For My Brother Concert was scheduled for the 6th of February, promising fans an amazing Concert.
Reacting to the news some fans were pleased Kojo Cue thought of the health and safety but, others feel disappointed by the current development.


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WAFA striker Daniel Lomotey arrives in Tunisia to sign for AS Soliman
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WAFA striker Daniel Lomotey arrives in Tunisia to sign for AS Soliman


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Lomotey left Ghana for Tunisia on Monday night and arrived on Tuesday morning upon the invitation from Soliman.
The former Ghana U20 striker will a two-and-a-half years contract with Soliman after completing all other formalities of his transfer.
Lomotey's contract with WAFA would expire in June 2021.


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Thomas Partey thriving within Arsenal's newfound stability
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Thomas Partey thriving within Arsenal's newfound stability


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As Arsenal have toiled through much of the season without summer acquisition Thomas Partey, this is a question that seems increasingly relevant.
Since then Partey's Arsenal career has seemed to stand still; so much so that his excellence at Old Trafford now seems almost illusory, especially with empty stands providing a gloomy, surreal backdrop.
Within Arteta's 4-2-3-1, Partey would most obviously slot in alongside Granit Xhaka; the Swiss international offering the metronomic passing from deep, and the Black Star providing the athleticism and ball-carrying.


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GFA to close down venues where clubs flout 25% fans attendance rule


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In a letter addressed to the respective clubs participating in the 2020/21 Ghana football season, the GFA indicated that they will not hesitate to revoke the license of clubs that disregard the 25 percent fans attendance rule and the Coronavirus regulations.
The GFA has observed with disquieting concern via our various monitoring platforms and reports that clubs are continuously failing to fully enforce the GFA COVID-19 Matchday Protocol adopted before the start of the season.
"We are also reminding clubs that the GFA will not hesitate to enforce Article 6 of the GFA COVID-19 Matchday Protocols especially playing matches behind closed doors if any club fails to comply with the protocols."


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Newly-signed Cagliari midfielder Alfred Duncan handed debut start against AC Milan
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Newly-signed Cagliari midfielder Alfred Duncan handed debut start against AC Milan


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Duncan joined the Islanders on a loan deal from Fiorentina over the weekend.
The 27-year-old was named in the matchday squad for the crucial clash against high-flying Milan on Monday.
Coach Eusebio Francesco has however handed a starting berth to the Ghana intentional, pairing him with Razvan Marin and Gaston Pereiro in a three-man midfield.


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GFA Technical Director hints of plans to create identity for Ghana football
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GFA Technical Director hints of plans to create identity for Ghana football


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The 56-year-old German was appointed by the GFA in October last year to head the technical aspect of Ghana football.
Armed with this information, Lippert says an identity which is tailored for Ghana football can be created so that Ghanaian clubs and national teams will play according to that specific style.
"There is always very fast expectations of the Technical Director but the job is not done in three months or one year. First of all, you have to do an assessment to see where we are. It's not easy because you must first find the identity of football in Ghana."


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Asante Kotoko releases Southampton partnership promo video
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Asante Kotoko releases Southampton partnership promo video


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Kotoko has now released the video done by the English side to promote their new partnership.
This Asante Kotoko's second partnership deal with an English Premier League club after signing the first one with Sunderland ten years ago.
Asante Kotoko SC becomes Southampton's first professional club partnership in Africa adding to a range of partners across North America, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.


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Starboy Kwarteng to celebrate Ebony's birthday with Mampong school for the blind
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Starboy Kwarteng to celebrate Ebony's birthday with Mampong school for the blind


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Late Ebony Reigns died in a gory accident on the Sunyani road. According to Starboy Kwarteng, he wants the birthday of his late daughter which falls on February 16 every year to be remembered as special jollof day because jollof was the favorite food of Ebony.
He said: "We celebrate her royal majesty, Ebony reigns memorial birthday with the students and staff of Mampong Akropong school for the blind and deaf, this year."
"I can't express my joy to host these physically challenged persons on this special day. Truly, the WONDER CHILD lives on. May her memories console us forever."


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Asante Kotoko, Southampton enter into partnership agreement


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Kumasi Asante Kotoko have announced a partnership agreement with Southampton.
As part of the deal, the English club will help Asante Kotoko to develop their youth system by attending player development programs in the UK. Southampton will also support the development of Asante Kotoko's commercial and operational strategy through collaborating on key projects.
"This partnership enables us to plug Asante Kotoko into Southampton in such a way that Kotoko functions like Southampton. Kotoko would have everything Southampton has but to a level that reflects our different budgets".


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Nominations for 22nd edition of VGMAs opened
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Nominations for 22nd edition of VGMAs opened


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The organizers on their website said: "On behalf of the Board, headline Sponsor, Vodafone, and other partners, we are Pleased to inform musicians, music industry practitioners and members of the general public that nominations for the 22nd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards officially open."
Eugene Kwame Marfo known by his stage name as Kuami Eugene was in 2020 reigning VGMA Artiste of the Year.
He took home the most prestigious award ahead of other contenders which included Gospel musician Diana Hamilton, Sarkodie, Medikal and Kofi Kinaata at the 21st edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.


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Cedi to trade GH¢6.45 against US dollar by end of 2021
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Cedi to trade GH¢6.45 against US dollar by end of 2021


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For 2020 which was an election year, the value of the cedi shed 3.9 percent to the US dollar and was tipped as the currency's best performance since the 1992 election.
To address a further depreciation of the cedi and stabilize the economy, the Bank of Ghana plans to inject US$775 million through its forex forward auction initiative for the first quarter of 2021.


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Watch moment an Accra Hearts of Oak fan was spotted eating Banku and okro soup in the stadium


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The happy fan having a feast whilest the match was still ongoing.
This time around, man has been sighted feasting to balls of banku and a big bowl of okro Soup while serving his eyes to a Hearts of Oak football match.
Hearts of Oak fans are the most exciting and daring ???? pic.


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Kwaw Kese details why he divorced his American wife
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Kwaw Kese details why he divorced his American wife


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Speaking about why his marriage with his American wife, Ann ended after six years of being together, in an interview with ZionFelix on the 'Uncut' Show, Kwaw Kese stated that love goes where love is.
Sadly, Kwaw Kese said their love for each other diminished at a point.
Kwaw Kese explained that they both agreed to part ways.


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Ghana plans to issue US$3.9 billion in bonds in first quarter
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Ghana plans to issue US$3.9 billion in bonds in first quarter


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It said GH¢19.7 billion cedis would be used to roll over maturing bonds, while 2.6 billion is fresh issuance to meet the government's financing requirements.
The calendar showed that the government plans to issue 91-day and 182-day treasury bills weekly, while 364-day treasury bills will be issued every two weeks.


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Celestine Donkor, MOG, others ready for Ghana National Gospel Music Awards 2020
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Celestine Donkor, MOG, others ready for Ghana National Gospel Music Awards 2020


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The program is scheduled for Saturday, February 20 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Award-winning artistes, Celestine Donkor, MOG, Jayana, and Gifty Adorye are gearing up for the 4th edition of the Ghana National Gospel Music Awards.
Set for Saturday, February 20 at the Accra International Conference Centre, the one-night-only experience promises to be an inspirational night with splendid ministrations from all six top artistes.


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Oscars Committee laughed at 'Tettey Quarshie' movie
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Oscars Committee laughed at 'Tettey Quarshie' movie


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Leila emphasized that the committee members said they do not know what Ghanaian movie to present for the awards.
According to her, the committee members laughed and stopped watching the screening of the Heroes of Africa movie after they saw a 'Fernando Po' text on the screen.
Leila Djansi elaborated a movie with a good image representing the country should not be only about our culture and identity-but the skill of the filmmakers is also necessary.


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