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Today In History: February 24, 1966; The day Kwame Nkrumah Was Overthrown

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Today In History: February 24, 1966; The day Kwame Nkrumah Was Overthrown

Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had wanted to industrialize the nation within a generation and everything was on course until some disgruntled and self-serving Ghanaian soldiers staged a coup on February 24, 1966 to oust him.

Nkrumah was deposed by a joint military and police operation led by National Liberation Council and alleged to also be under the supervision of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Prior to his overthrow, Dr Nkrumah had left Ghana two days earlier for Vietnam-Hanoi in what would be a mission of no return. He went away on a peace mission with the premise of initiating Ghana’s fellow Commonwealth nations to ending the Vietnam war.

While he was away, the Americans seemed convinced that the downfall of Ghana’s outspoken and authoritarian leader was imminent. Nkrumah had suffered some fallback within his own military and police over some decisions he took against senior officers.

The coup which was code-named; “Operation Cool Chop” lasted 24 hours and saw the statue of the president smashed to pieces right outside Ghana’s Parliament House. The piece was defaced and battered to the ground while people went out to jubilate.

In what would be a major setback, not only for Ghana but for Africans as a whole, workers throughout the country staged massive demonstrations to mark the new regime after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah.

A video in GhanaWeb’s possession showed the events that marked what would be a dark but jubilant day for some Ghanaians.

In the early hours of the morning following Dr Nkrumah’s overthrow while he away in Hanoi, workers, students, children and citizens thronged the streets of Accra in a big procession from the Hall of Trade Unions through the capital’s principal streets dancing, singing and jubilating over Nkrumah’s overthrow.

As the demonstrations erupted men, women and children are seen with placards on the streets with inscriptions such as “No more hero worship. Ghanaians are now free”, “Nkrumah is a wicked man”, “No more Nkrumaism” among others.

An eye-catching moment in the video is one with a bizarre drawing of President Nkrumah with the inscription on it “Sasabonsam”, a popular term now described as ‘Devil’.

Earlier, before Nkrumah’s overthrow, he had received a rousing hero’s welcome after he was released from prison on February 12, 1951 following a win for his party, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the general elections.

This followed his arrest in 1950 after he was accused of leading a ‘disturbing positive action’ campaign against the British colonial rule in the then Gold Coast.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Check Out 10 Visa-Free vacation Destinations For Ghanaians In 2021

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Check Out 10 Visa-Free vacation Destinations For Ghanaians In 2021

Vacations have just gotten better. With these visa-free countries, you can now fulfill your travel dreams to some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

You can now visit some magnificent scenery, natural beauty, and breath-taking seascapes, participate in exciting activities, shop until you drop, and savor delectable cuisine.

Vacations have just gotten better. With these visa-free countries, you can now fulfill your travel dreams to some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

You can now visit some magnificent scenery, natural beauty, and breath-taking seascapes, participate in exciting activities, shop until you drop, and savor delectable cuisine.

Countries around the world are vying to be the top business and travel destination. In light of this, these countries have recognized in terms of travel that visa requirements can be a deterrent to tourists and those looking to establish businesses. As a result, they have fairly adjusted the threat with some visa-free strategies to improve free movement.

Being able to see the New Year (2021) is a great achievement.

While things and activities are bouncing back gradually and restrictions are also being eased, it is just okay and more relaxing to get a hideout or a normal site where you can clear all the panic, anxiety and stress that coronavirus came with.

For a never forgetful experience, here are some tourist destinations that are visa-free to Ghanaians you should try.

Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometres. The islands offer scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks. Ghanaians can visit Vanuatu for 30 days without visa.

  • Cambodia

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and the Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. Ghanaians can visit Cambodia for 30 days without visa.Cambodia Pulse Ghana

  • Philippines

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines consists of about 7,640 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south. Ghanaian can visit the Philippines for 30 days without visa.Philippines Pulse Ghana

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a southern Caribbean nation comprising a main island, St. Vincent, and a chain of smaller islands. With yacht-filled harbours, chic private isles and volcanic landscapes, it’s known for its major sailing destinations such as reef-lined Bequia Island off Admiralty Bay, bordered by white-sand beaches like Princess Margaret. Ghanaian can visit Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for 30 days without visa.Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Pulse Ghana

  • Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean nation near Venezuela, with distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, hosts a boisterous carnival featuring calypso and soca music. Numerous bird species inhabit sanctuaries such as the Asa Wright Nature Centre. The smaller island of Tobago is known for its beaches and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which shelters hummingbirds. Ghanaians can visit Trinidad and Tobago for 30 days.Trinidad and Tobago Pulse Ghana

  • Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain.

The stipulated length of time for which a Ghanaian can stay in this country without a visa is 3 months.Tanzania Pulse Ghana

Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation.

Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Ghanaians can spend at least 6 months in this country without a visa.Barbados Pulse Ghana

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean. No visa is required for Ghanaian for as long as you want to stay there.Cape Verde Pulse Ghana

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals. Here, a Ghanaian can spend at least 30 days without a visa.Seychelles Pulse Ghana

Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with the Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Here, Ghanaians without visa can spend about 30 days.undefined Shutte

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Sonnie Badu: Age, Parents, Hometown, Wife, Ph.D., Net-Worth, Career, and Awards

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Sonnie Badu Biography: Age, Parents, Hometown, Wife, Ph.D., Net-Worth, Career, and Awards
Sonnie Badu is a Ghanaian-born multiple award-winning International Gospel singer-songwriter and an influential figure in the African Gospel music scene.

He is known for his work as a philanthropist, businessman, TV Presenter, producer, motivational speaker, author, Pastor and for his long-running success as a musician.

Sonnie Badu began his ministry at a very young age, singing in his hometown of Ghana Accra. Let’s take a look at his biography below:

Sonnie Badu Age, Hometown and Early Life

He was born on the 30th of November in the United Kingdom before the family relocated to Accra, Ghana where he grew up. He is the second out of four children from his parents.

Sonnie was raised under a strict Christian upbringing, his father, Reverend Agyeman Prempeh, a prominent pastor in the capital city of Ghana, Accra would wake his children up with a cane for Church every Sunday.

When he was 18 years old, Sonnie became seriously ill. Nobody could figure out what happened to him, and the boy was fading by the minute.

When he thought that there was nothing else to hope for, Sonnie turned to God and promised to dedicate his life to worshipping Him if only the Lord let him live.

God heard his prayers and made the disease go away. This was the moment when Sonnie made a decision to become a minister. However, this was not as simple as it might have seemed. Sonnie admitted that life was not easy for him for quite some time.

He shared that he used to work at Tesco’s, McDonald’s, Dixon’s, Boots and Jones Bootmaker before the start of his career. He cleaned universities while his peers got to study there.

At one point, Sonnie was homeless and had only one suit to wear to church, but that did not diminish his faith in God. He believed and waited for his moment. And the Lord delivered.

Sonnie Badu Private Life and Family

Sonnie was born to parents Prempeh Agyemang and Julia Agyemang in the United Kingdom. He is the second of 4 children.

Both parents were Ministers of the Gospel of Christ and brought their children up in the Lord. It is, therefore, no surprise that Dr. Sonnie Badu is where he is now.

He married Miss Ann-Marie Davis and the couple is literally couple goals at the moment. They are blessed with four children.

Sonnie Badu Career, Awards, and Nominations

Sonnie Badu began his musical career at a very tender age, under the tutelage of his father, a prominent preacher in his hometown of Accra, Ghana.

His decision to become a gospel singer has to do with a close encounter with death at the age of 18 when he was struck with a deadly virus.

He recounts that it was in this moment as he lay on the hospital bed slipping in and out of consciousness with his mother singing hymns into his ear that he made a vow to rededicate his life to God if he pulls through.

It seemed like an irresistible offer to God as immediately he entered into that covenant, his body began to regain strength. It was then that Sonnie Badu ‘The Worshipper’ as he is popularly known was born.

In rising to the pinnacle of achievements, his hall of fame is replete with these significant laurels: he organized the first Africa worship concert in the UK, a congregation of High Commissioners, and ambassadors.

In 2009, he received numerous honours and accolades for his contribution to the gospel community, winning a BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Fashion and Film Award) in the category of Best Gospel Artist.

He was also the recipient of three awards at the Gospel Music Awards Italy in the categories of Best Gospel Artist in Europe, Best Worship Artist of the year and Best Worship song for the smash hit single ‘Covenant Keeping God’ and to crown the year, he has decorated the Best Gospel Male at the British Gospel Music Awards.

He added to his resume best worship song, video of the year and best male contemporary in the recent Africa Gospel Music Awards in the UK.

In 2010, Minster Badu received the two awards in the course of one month: Best Gospel Artist at the 2010 African Music Awards (AMA) held at the Wembley Arena in London on October 15th, 2010 and Best Musician at the GUBA Awards which was held in London on October 24th, 2010.

For Sonnie Badu, it is an honour and privilege to stand and lead God’s children in the art of spiritual intimacy.

His ministry houses the presence of God and where God’s heart is, His hand will be. Testimonies of healing and breakthrough follow him wherever he sets up to praise.

He has performed in a number of countries alongside gospel music stalwarts such as Bebe and Cece Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi Alvin Slaughter, Kierra Kiki Sheared, Noel Robinson, Muyiwa, Kurt Carr, Lionel Richardson, Ron Kenoly, Juanita Bynum and more.

In 2008 he launched the annual ‘Sonnie Badu Worships’ program. So far the event has been held in London, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New York, Maryland, Atlanta, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Ghana and Canada, and its reputations continue to spread with more nations coming on board in the new year.

At the moment, Sonnie’s main task is to help improve the lives of those less privileged in Africa and indeed other parts of the world. In this regard he has stepped up his Ministries Charity Project, ‘Thy Dwelling Place’ Orphanage.

He is currently the head pastor and founder of the Rock Hill in Atlanta, USA.

Sonnie Badu Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

He goes by the handle @sonniebaduuk on Instagram, @SonnieBaduuk on Twitter and SONNIE BADU on Facebook.

Sonnie Badu Latest Songs

He has quite a number of songs to his credit. Among them is the worldwide hits Baba, Still You Reign, I Hail You, Faithful God among others.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Woman Gives Birth Twice IOn The Same Day To 2 Twins

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Woman Gives Birth Twice IOn The Same Day To 2 Twins

A woman gave birth to twins on the same day, despite the fact that she became pregnant with each child three weeks apart.

Rebecca Roberts and her partner Rhys Weaver, according to reports, had struggled with infertility for years.
The couple decided to use fertility drugs to increase their chances of having a child.

Then Roberts discovered she was pregnant — and got pregnant again while pregnant.
She took to Instagram to express her surprise at the development, which she described as a miracle.

The couple opted for fertility medications to enhance their chances of bearing a child.

Then, Roberts discovered later that she was pregnant — and, while pregnant, got pregnant again.

She took to her Instagram page to express her dismay at the development which she said was a miracle.

Health experts say all three of those mechanisms have to go wrong for superfetation to occur, usually due to fertility treatments.

Superfetation comes with risks since the fetuses are growing at different stages of the pregnancy.

Insider.com reported Roberts as having said that her fertility medications influenced her ovulation, allowing her to ovulate again three weeks after her first conception.

Doctors had told her that her younger child, Rosalie might not survive but that prediction failed, fortunately.

“What came after getting pregnant was just such incredible hard work,” Roberts told GMA. “It wasn’t all happy and rainbows like you expect pregnancy to be. It was quite scary.”

She gave birth at 33 weeks prematurely because of a problem with Rosalie’s umbilical cord that prevented her from growing properly, according to reports.

Noah, her son weighed four pounds, 10 ounces, while Rosalie weighed two pounds, seven ounces and they both spent time in the NICU due to premature birth.

“Our babies are absolutely amazing. They are really special and I just feel so happy that I’m their mom and I get to share this amazing journey with them,” Roberts said on Instagram after being reunited with her lovely babies.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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