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Court orders arrest of Afia Schwarzenegger’s ex-husband, Lawrence Abrokwa

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An Accra Circuit Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Lawrence Abrokwa, the ex-husband of Afia Schwarzenegger for failing to appear before it on March 23rd 2020.

The court presided over by Mrs Justice Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, a High Court judge sitting as an additional Circuit court judge, was expected to deliver its judgement yesterday in the case in which Abrokwa was being held on two counts of domestic violence to emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, the threat of harm, assault, the publication of obscene material, carrying an offensive weapon, causing unlawful damage and stealing.

Abrokwa at the last sitting failed to appear in court and the trial judge adjourned the matter to Monday, March 23, 2020.

When the case was called on Monday the accused’s counsel told the court that he has made several calls to the accused but to no avail.

The court, therefore, issued a bench warrant for his arrest and adjourned the matter to April 1.

Sergeant Opoku Aniagyei held the brief of the Prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire.

The accused had pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000.00 bails with three sureties, who should be gainfully employed.

Afia Schwarzenegger publicly forgave her ex-husband through a social media post recently.

“I forgive you and set you free”- Afia Schwarzenegger pens letter to ex-husband Abrokwa

Background

The Prosecution had earlier told the court that the complainant, Afia Schwarzenegger, and Abrokwa were legally married and lived together at Dome Pillar Two, a suburb of Accra, in the house of the complainant.

According to the Prosecution, about three weeks before the domestic incident, Abrokwa packed his things and left the house for Dansoman, following persistent misunderstanding between them.

He said on August 29, 2017, Abrokwa was informed by their house help, one Afia Nyamekye, there is a male visitor with her mistress who would be spending the night with her.

The Prosecution said based on this information, Abrokwa armed himself with a kitchen knife and a bottle containing some liquid purported to be acid.

The prosecution said Abrokwa proceeded to the house of the complainant, scaled the wall and entered the compound.

He said the accused found a strange private car, which he believed belongs to the visitor parked on the compound and deflated two tyres of the said car, and entered the house through the back door, with the assistance of the house help.

He said the accused entered the bedroom with his mobile phone and forced the bedroom door opened and found Afia and her male visitor naked in bed.

The Prosecution said Abrokwa threatened them to stay put as he had found them for him to video them, or else he would pour acid on them to cause harm to their bodies.

The prosecution said the male visitor managed to escape during the confrontation, but Afia was prevented by Abrokwa, who ordered her to go on her knees, to declare herself as a prostitute, while he held the bottle of the alleged acid in his hand.

He said Afia obliged to his instructions, while Abrokwa continued his video filming of the complainant in her nudity amidst pleas from her to stop.

The Prosecution said in the process, Abrokwa assaulted Afia and chased her out of the house.

He said Afia escaped to a neighbour, who eventually clothed her.

The Prosecution said the accused then transmitted the nude videos of his wife to his second mobile phone before reporting the matter to the Police with all the items belonging to the visitor and the first phone used for the video.

He said when the complainant went to the house later, she alleged that her bedside drawer had been forced opened and 2,000 dollars and 500 pounds had been taken by the accused.

He said the complainant reported the matter to the Police and Abrokwa was arrested, cautioned and granted bail later.

According to Prosecution, whilst the case was being investigated, Abrokwa transmitted the video from his phone to Afia’s father on his phone on September 1, 2017.

He said the video, however, went viral on social media and the bottle containing the said acid was sent to the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for examination.

He said on September 13, 2017, the Police received a report from the GSA that the content in the bottle was water and not acid.

Afia and Abrokwa got married at a private marriage ceremony in South Africa on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in a church at Florida Lake in Johannesburg.

“I wanted to kill that guy and kill myself”- Afia Schwarzenegger on marital woes with Abrokwa

SOURCE: GNA

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode win Grammy Best Global Music Performance

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode have  won the 2023 Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for Bayethe. (more…)

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Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

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British actor of Ghanaian and Senegalese heritage, Idris Elba has paid homage to the Ashanti King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II as he attended Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks.

Earlier in the week, Elba revealed that he and his partners have undertaken some groundwork aimed at facilitating the building of a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa.

Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Jubilee House, the actor explained that although so much can be achieved in the film industry in Africa, facilities are lacking.

Hence, Idris Elba is convinced that the project, when completed, will be robust and competitive to attract filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.

“Currently, we call it West African Studios, but that’s a working title. We’ve been working on this for three or four years to raise a plan that puts a facility at the centre of African filmmaking. There’s a lot for African filmmaking, but the facilities are lacking.”

Idris Elba added that although their plans are in place, they believe that there needs to be policies that would encourage filmmakers to make the trip to Ghana and other West African countries.

He stated that in their preparations and research, they put together the parameters for the policy, adding that they sought to understand what international filmmakers need from Ghana.

The ‘Beast of No Nation’ actor stated that without the policy framework, the country can have as many film studios as possible, but it will not attract filmmakers.

“We realized that policy is where the actual groundwork needs to be laid. We’ve studied the models of South Africa, incredible incentive packages, Greece, Morocco and these are all places where they realize the value of the filmmaking and they’ve brought that policy into play.”

“National Film Authority has done the work and put together a very comprehensive plan to propel Ghana into the forefront. It needs to be robust and competitive to the rest of the world. We believe for sure that Ghana should step up in terms of attracting those filmmakers. I’ve come and seen you and presented to you essentially, just the parameters of what we need to do.”

President Akufo-Addo assured Idris Elba that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is developing a policy framework to guide filmmaking in the country.

He advised that the director of the Creative Arts Agency will liaise with the Tourism Minister to look through the proposal presented, in relation to what the Ministry is doing to ensure there are no gaps.

He stated that this will ensure the film industry has a comprehensive document that guides their activities.

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Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artist, Stonebwoy has been captured in a studio with American singer, Jordin Sparks following their recent meeting in Los Angeles. (more…)

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T-Ben Miller drops new single “Soldier”, ahead of EP release – LISTEN

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T-Ben Miller has come for the girls again with a new single. This time he comes as a “Soldier”, the title of the song. As the Valentine’s Day season approaches and the world is celebrating February as the month of love, it is appropriate to find the song that syncs well with the ladies.

T-Ben already has hinted about an upcoming EP due for release in early 2023 titled “No Bad Times”, from which he has released some few singles already. But “Soldier” is a side step teaser he wants to share with his fans especially his ladies ahead of the catalogue release.

Listen to “Soldier” here on Digital Stores: https://li.sten.to/tbenmillersoldier

A year ago he relaunched himself with an all new set of records and upgraded version of his creativity. He has since been consistent with releases. T-Ben Miller is an alumni of Ho Technical University who is now fully into doing music and majors in Afrobeats. Follow him across social media on the handle @iamTBen.

 

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