Christele Codo crowned Miss Health Ghana 2023

Christele Codo, a hairstylist and public health student, was crowned the 2023 Miss Health Ghana at the culmination of the annual beauty pageant, which took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Sunday.

Dr. Omaima Mohammed Arab placed first runner-up; Lawrencia Bessah Esinu, a physician assistant, was second runner-up.

Dauda Faridatu and Dora Debra placed third and fourth runner-up, respectively.

The 10 finalists had competed in a fashion show and showcased amazing presentation skills, and the five-panel female judges, which included Dr. Grace Buckman, May Meskawi, Anne Coolen, Shallie Abbiusi, and Dr. Hannah Lisa Tetteh, came up with the aforementioned verdict.

This year’s event, hosted by former Queen Ohemaa Achiaa Agyekum, was themed ‘Health for All,’ which was aimed at creating awareness of the need to seek health care, especially for women and children.

Ms. Christele Codo, in her remarks, expressed gratitude for all who supported her on her road to success. ‘I would like to say a big thank you to every
one who supported me from here in Ghana and everyone around the world. Their words of encouragement boosted my morale, and I fought through to the end,’ she said.

Ms. Codo said she was poised to undertake various projects, which include the need for self-care with regard to effective hair therapy among women to prevent the spread of viral, fungal, and bacterial diseases.

She added that empowering women and sensitising the public about the need for health care in various diverse health areas

Madam Gladys Akyere Rockson, Chief Executive Officer of Lamrock Agency, the organisers of the pageant, also congratulated all the finalists for their brilliant displays.

‘I want to, first of all, congratulate the queens for their efforts, and I am hopeful that they will go out there and impact society.

‘Health, as we all know, is of the utmost importance to all, and we decided to create this platform to sensitise the masses about various issues, including the need for health and women’s empowerment,’ she said.

Gladys also said her outfit intends to give 10,000 menstrual cups for free as part of their campaign to promote healthy living.

This year’s Miss Health Ghana was supported by Sonotech, Gino, Belaqua, Accra City Hotel, Labadi Beach Hotel, and Matrix, among many others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Obuasi East Assembly to build 1,080-bed capacity hostel for KNUST-Obuasi

The Obuasi East District Assembly has partnered CRISSPAN company, an Obuasi-based construction firm to construct a three-Storey hostel facility for students of the Obuasi campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST-Obuasi)

The 1,080 -bed capacity hostel is expected to address accommodation challenges facing students when it is completed within 24 months.

Established in 2019, the KNUST-Obuasi Campus, which is the first public tertiary institution in Obuasi, has been grappling with accommodation challenges as nearly 3,000 students struggle to find decent accommodation.

Currently, students are making do with available hostel facilities provided by the school and private individuals, which are woefully inadequate for the increasing student population.

It is based on this background that the Obuasi East District Assembly is taking steps to salvage the situation by partnering CRISSPAN to construct a new hostel facility under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

At the sod-cutting
ceremony for the first phase of the project, which would provide accommodation for 432 students, Madam Faustina Ammisah, the District Chief Executive (DCE), said the initiative was aimed at finding a lasting solution for the accommodation challenges confronting the school.

‘We had to look around to see the appropriate remedies out there.

Key to this was the unavailability of land so we decided to pull down some old, dilapidated bungalows which AngloGold Ashanti relinquished to the Assembly some time ago,’ she observed.

She was optimistic that the completion of the project would create room for more students to be admitted.

Prof. Lawrence Darkwa, the Coordinating Dean of KNUST-Obuasi Campus, welcomed the project which he said would address a key challenge facing the university.

He said efforts were ongoing to make the Obuasi Campus a fully-fledged University, hence the need to upgrade facilities in the school.

He also spoke about the need to improve teacher-student ratio in the University and called on t
he government to give financial clearance for more lecturers to be recruited.

Nana Serwaa Bruwaa II, Queen Mother of Akrokerri Traditional Area, commended the Assembly for initiating such a laudable project to sustainably address the accommodation needs of the university.

‘I am particularly excited about this project and see it as step in the right direction because the Assembly has put the land into good use for the benefit of the district,’ she stated.

She was upbeat about the prospects of the University, stressing that it would contribute to improving the local economy of Obuasi and offer the youth of Obuasi and Adansi quality tertiary education.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Interfaith Tourism World Club Launched to Promote Unity Through Travel

Accra – The Interfaith Tourism World (ITW) Club, aimed at fostering unity among diverse faiths through travel, has been launched in Accra. This religious tourism club, comprising over 250 members, focuses on exploring the rich diversity of tourist sites in Ghana and beyond.

According to Ghana News Agency, President of the ITW Club, the initiative recognizes the significant role of religious heritage in reflecting the identity of a territory and its monumental value. He noted that religious tourism, encompassing pilgrimages, sacred site visits, and travel for worship or mission, is a vital niche within cultural tourism.

Boateng elaborated on the club’s mission, which extends beyond mere sightseeing. The club aims to shift perspectives and provide members with enriching experiences that allow them to see the world in a new light. He stressed that the club seeks to bridge the gap between different socioeconomic groups and foster unity among religious communities in Ghana.

Members of the ITW Club will enjoy a range of benefits, including travel, tour advantages, and social benefits. Boateng also mentioned plans for career guidance in tourism-related fields and recognition for members contributing positively to communities during exhibitions and fairs.

The club also plans to support its active members with financial aid and mutual support, including participation in literacy programs. Boateng announced a partnership with Adom Group of Companies and ANB Acrylic Limited to undertake a painting project for the Rising Star Orphanage home in Dodowa and make donations to selected individuals and orphanages as part of their social responsibility efforts.

Mr. Kofi Atta Kakra-Kusi, Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs at the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), highlighted the significant contributions of tourism to the nation’s development. He expressed the GTA’s support for clubs like ITW in elevating the tourism industry and boosting the economy. Kusi emphasized the critical role of domestic tourism and expressed optimism about the club’s impact on attracting more tourists, especially from the diaspora.

Madam Alisa Osei-Asamoah, President of the Tour Operators Union Ghana (TOUGHA), praised the establishment of the ITW Club as a great initiative for promoting tourism. She assured that TOUGHA would collaborate with the ITW Club to advance the tourism industry, particularly in domestic tourism.

The event concluded with the introduction of the ITW Club’s executive members, including Ernest K. Boateng as President, Faustina Yakubu as Vice President, and other key officers.

Tatale Paramount Chief Launches 2024 Bassare Yam Festival, Emphasizes Cultural Heritage

Tatale, Ghana – The Paramount Chief of Tatale, Obore Yankosor, has officially launched the 2024 Bassare Yam Festival, calling on Bassares living outside the traditional area to actively participate in the upcoming celebrations. The festival, a longstanding cultural event celebrated for hundreds of years, is an integral part of the Bassare community’s heritage.

According to Ghana News Agency, the festival represents a vital connection to the past, bridging the gap between generations and providing a sense of direction and purpose. He lamented the decline in the observance of certain cultural rites and emphasized the importance of festivals like the Bassare Yam Festival in maintaining cultural identity. The festival offers an opportunity for Bassares, both within and outside Ghana, to reunite with their families and engage in the community’s development agenda.

The paramount chief highlighted the festival’s significance as a time to mark the end of the farming season and prepare for a new season of cultivating yams, the community’s staple crop. The celebration involves appeasing and pacifying the gods for a successful season, along with performing individual and clan sacrifices for sanctification and protection.

The 2024 festival is scheduled for September 14, with an annual durbar of chiefs planned for the second week of September each year. Obore Yankosor expressed that the festival would be a time to reflect on the community’s journey towards development, unity, and peace, acknowledging areas that need improvement and strengths to be sustained. The celebration also symbolizes victory over famine, known locally as ‘likpaasil’.

A committee will be formed to prepare for the festival, as announced by the chief in his closing remarks. Mr. Henry Mbini, who chaired the launching event, spoke of the festival’s potential to attract development by inviting investors, politicians, NGOs, and others to join the celebrations. He emphasized the importance of yam farming in Tatale, urging farmers to adopt modern agricultural practices for increased production and to avoid indiscriminate bush burning that could damage crops during the dry season.

The event was attended by various chiefs, including Obore Kwawai Simon – Lakpale, Obore Kojo Magalo Sheini, Queen Mother of Tatale Yaa Mbola, Ali Jimba Bekanbanbi, Obore Poku Ngariba Bebubagbu Sogloo – Bore Kpante Batube, among others.

Adaklu-Kodzobi: Community Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Bliza Festival

Adaklu-Kodzobi, November 21: The Adaklu-Kodzobi community in the Volta Region marked the 40th anniversary of their Bliza (Corn Festival) over the weekend. The theme for this year’s festival was ‘Forty Years Journey: Building the capacity of the youth through quality education for development,’ attracting hundreds of natives for a homecoming celebration.

According to Ghana News Agency, Chief of Adaklu-Kodzobi, the festival served as a platform to galvanize support for the socio-economic development of the farming community. He emphasized the role of chiefs in driving community development and welfare and expressed his commitment to these goals. Togbe Dzegblade called for local support to foster growth and advised the youth to actively contribute to development rather than solely relying on government projects.

He also advocated for collaboration among chiefs in the Volta Region to create employment opportunities for the youth. Madam Juliana Kpedekpo, Adaklu District Chief Executive, emphasized the collaborative nature of development and commended the community’s self-help initiatives. She highlighted the strategic impact of education on people’s lives and encouraged the youth to prioritize their education. Kpedekpo mentioned several government initiatives and programs aimed at youth development since 2017, urging young people to capitalize on these opportunities.

The festival, which began in 1983 as a small event to thank God for a bumper corn harvest, has grown into one of the largest in the Adaklu district, drawing participants from neighboring communities. The event also included a fundraising effort for the completion of the community’s information center project, raising over 40,000 Ghana Cedis.

Sakumono Gears Up for the Ninth Edition of Viva Cristo Rey Concert

Sakumono, Ghana – The Christ the King Anglican Church (CKAC), Sakumono, is set to host the ninth edition of the Viva Cristo Rey Gospel Concert this weekend on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The event, a part of the Parish’s evangelism initiative, aligns with the 2023 Anglican Diocese of Accra’s theme of ‘Affirmative Discipleship’.

According to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) , this year’s concert, named ‘Viva Cristo Rey 9.0 – A Nite with the King’, will take place at the Holy Child School Park in Sakumono at 1700 hours. The concert will feature renowned gospel artist Minister Kweku Teye, alongside other notable gospel musicians and groups such as Kings Praise (Host Band), CKAC Choir, Courageous Voices, and Royal Vine Gospel Jama Group.

The previous edition of the concert showcased various gospel groups, including the Blessed Harp Choir, Sanctified Voices, and Chosen Vessels. The Viva Cristo Rey concerts have historically featured performances by some of Ghana’s gospel music luminaries, such as Uncle Ato, Pastor Joe Beechem, and Joe Mettle.

The concert is expected to attract worshippers from churches in the Sakumono area and beyond for an evening of worship, praise, and prayer. The Organising Committee anticipates a spirit-filled atmosphere, aiming to fulfill the Great Commission of spreading the gospel of Christ.

Rev’d Fr. Roland Kpoanu, the Parish Priest of CKAC, emphasized the concert’s role as a powerful evangelism tool and invited Christians and non-Christians from Sakumono, Tema, and nearby areas to experience this spiritual event. Mr. Paul Yeboah Asuamah, People’s Warden at CKAC, highlighted that the concert would offer a mix of electrifying performances and prayer, creating a sacred experience for attendees.

Cairo Celebrates the Historic Splendor of Ibn Tulun Mosque

Cairo – The Mosque of Ibn Tulun, an architectural marvel in the heart of Cairo, stands as a testament to the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Recognized as the oldest and largest mosque in Cairo, this impressive brick wall structure is a major draw for tourists and a symbol of Egypt’s illustrious past.

According to Ghana News Agency, Nii Martey M. Botchway, who recently captured the essence of the mosque’s architecture, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun was constructed in the ninth century. Ahmad Ibn Tulun, a slave-soldier who rose to prominence and was appointed to govern Egypt under the Abbasid Caliphate, commissioned its construction. The mosque covers an expanse of approximately six acres, showcasing the grandeur of Islamic architecture during that era.

The structure is divided into three main sections: the prayer hall, a vast courtyard designed to separate the sacred space from the secular external environment, and a 13th-century Fauwara fountain. This fountain, which occupies the center of the courtyard, is a later addition that replaced the original 9th-century gilt-domed version, further enhancing the mosque’s aesthetic and historical value.

One of the mosque’s most iconic features is its exterior spiral staircase minaret, which distinctly marks the Cairo skyline. This unique element not only adds to the mosque’s visual appeal but also serves as a symbol of the city’s enduring Islamic architecture and cultural legacy.

The Mosque of Ibn Tulun continues to captivate visitors with its beautiful architecture, standing as a proud reminder of Cairo’s significant role in the historical development of Islamic art and architecture.