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Ghanaian passport holders to travel to UAE without visa

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Ghanaians seeking to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon do so with ease following the approval of visa free deal between the two countries.

An agreement to offer visa free entry to Ghanaians and UAE passport holders has been approved by Parliament.

The visa waiver agreement, which was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Ghana and the UAE on mutual exemption of entry visa requirements, is in respect of diplomatic, service/special and ordinary passport holders.

According to a statement by the Parliament of Ghana, “The MOU is restricted to holders of diplomatic and other official passports which categories are noted to be easy to manage given the fact that their holders are often public officials whose background and conducts are within the purview of the public and state security apparatus.”

The agreement was executed on November 18, 2019 with the object of waiving the visa requirements for these passport holders in Ghana and the UAE, who can stay for a period not exceeding 90 days.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, presented the MoU to the House on May 26, 2021, which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration and report in accordance with Order 140(4) and 183 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

Chairman of the Committee, Bryan Acheampong indicated that during a presentation of their report that Ghana/UAE had had fruitful cooperation, indicating that the two countries were desirous to take the bilateral relations to another level.

According to him, the agreement constitutes a comprehensive framework on visa regimes for both countries and does not impose obligations on the two parties to admit people who are considered to be of questionable character into their territories.

He reported that neither did the MoU impose any financial obligation on the two countries nor provided direct financial gains from its implementation.

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The Abetifi MP said the agreement had been fashioned in a way to create a win-win situation for both countries, and added that relaxed visa entry requirement is expected to yield tremendous benefits to citizens of Ghana and UAE through improved relations, trade and bilateral co-operation.

Mr. Acheampong stated that visa waiver arrangements to facilitate the movement of diplomats and government officials are common, except that this one makes ordinary passport holders beneficiaries.

By Ernest Kofi Adu, Parliament House (DailyGuide)

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Ghana Comedy Awards Unveils Nominees for 2024 Edition

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The much anticipated Ghana Comedy Awards scheme has officially announced the Nominees for the 2024 edition which begins the new journey after the official split of the Awards from its old joint name, Comedy & Poetry Awards.

The Scheme is currently the most talked about project as it throws light on celebrating the unique creativity of Comedians who work tirelessly, entertaining us with their unique humoric talents in Ghana.

The Ghana Comedy Awards, can boast as the most credible Awards scheme dedicated to honor the Comedy Industry and as long to provide unique opportunities to discover creativity in the Comedy fraternity.

The nominees for this year is indeed a solid statement of the growth of the Industry as it recognizes hard working and dedicated Comedians in Ghana and beyond.

Below are the names of the Nominees as per the category they fall;
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PERSONALITY CATEGORIES:

1. Comic Cartoonist/Animator of the Year
a. Tales of Nazir – Louis Cage
b. Tilapia the Cartoonist
c. Hay Toons – Jerry Hay
d. Akosua the Cartoonist
e. Adventures of Dingo – KS STUDIOS
f. Abonsam Cartoons – Bright Ackwerh

 

2. Comedy Skit Act of the Year
a. MJ the Comedian
b. Bombo Marley
c. David Entertainer
d. Vivian Gil Lawrence
e. Comedian Waris
f. Made In Ghana
g. Bismark the Joke
h. Seniorman Layla
i. Aka Ebenezer
j. Jeffery Nortey
k. Erquah Official
l. Kyekyeku
m. SDK Dele

 

3. Most Popular Comedian of the Year
a. Clemento Suarez
b. OB Amponsah
c. Foster Romanus
d. Lekzy Decomic
e. Jacinta Ocansey
f. DKB
g. Aka Ebenezer

 

4. Standup Comedian of the Year – (The KSM Award)
a. OB Amponsah
b. Lekzy Decomic
c. Ebenezer Dwomoh
d. Foster Romanus
e. Okokobioko
f. DKB
g. Jacinta Okansey
h. ID  James Brown
i. Parrot Mouth

 

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5. Comedy Theatre/Play Act of the Year
a. Jeneral Ntatia
b. Docter So
c. Clemento Suarez
d. Efua Dell
e. William Odartey
f. Gideon Amoako (Ntim Nation)
g. Foster Romanus

 

6. Comedian of the Year
a. OB Amponsah
b. Foster Romanus
c. DKB
d. Clemento Suarez
e. Jacinta Ocansey
f. Lekzy Decomic
g. Ebenezer Dwomoh
h. Aka Ebenezer

 

7. Comedy Actor of the Year
a. Enock Darko
b. Berma Bediide
c. Aka Ebenezer
d. Bismark the Joke
e. Don Little
f. Jeffery Nortey
g. Kyekyeku
h. Jeneral Ntatia

 

8. Comedy Actress of the Year
a. Vivian Gill Lawrence
b. Efua Dell
c. Gyimidi
d. Maame Esi Forson
e. Roselyn Ngissah

 

9. Comedy Discovery of the Year
a. Kwame Obed
b. Comedian Unknown
c. Papayaw Ataamle
d. Small Pitah
e. Kwaku Forty

 

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10. Comic Influencer of the Year
a. Comedian Waris
b. Mj the Comedian
c. Foster Romanus
d. Jeneral Ntatia
e. Felicia Osei
f. Clemento Suarez
g. Jacinta Ocansey
h. Made In Ghana
i. Erkuah Official
j. OB Amponsah
k. SDK Dele

 

11. Comic Media Personality of the Year (Radio/TV)
a. Odi Ahenkan Kwame Yeboah – Peace FM
b. Dan Kweku Yeboah – Peace FM
c. Kwame Oboadie – Adom FM
d. Geovani Caleb – 3fm/TV3
e. Papa Shamo – Onua FM
f. Kwabena Marfo – Peace FM
g. Felicia Osei – Onua FM
h. Oliver Kahn “Ship Dealer”  – Pure FM
i. Mr. Katah – Pure FM

 

12. Comic MC/Orator of the Year – (The Fritz BaffourAward)
a. Mr. Katah
b. Ato Pa GH
c. Kwame Oboadie
d. Odi Ahenkan Kwame Yeboah
e. Okokobioko
f. Unkle Kubby
g. Dan Kwaku Yeboah
h. MC Shegelaborbor
i. Geovani Caleb
j. Parrot Mouth
k. Foster Romanus
l. Clemento Suarez

 

13. Comic Music Act of the Year (Bob Okala Awards)
a. Ajeezay
b. AY Poyoo
c. Obaapa Gladys
d. Funny Face

 

14. Female Comedian of the Year (Araba Stamp Award)
a. Felicia Osei
b. Afia Barcelona
c. Vivian Gill Lawrence
d. Jacinta Ocansey
e. Efua Dell
f. Maame Esi Forson
g. Gyimidi
h. Erkuah Offcial
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Queen Drie hints at new release, “WOMAN”, empowering women through music

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Ghanaian-American music, sensation Queen Drie is gearing up to inspire and empower with her upcoming release, “WOMAN,” set to drop on March 8th, just in time for International Women’s Day.
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Chris Attoh Reveals Why He Left Ghana For Nigeria

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Celebrated Ghanaian actor, Christopher Keith Nii Attoh, professionally known as Chris Attoh has not too long ago opened up about his decision to concentrate more on the Nigerian film industry. (more…)

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Mr. Ibu suffered a cardiac arrest – AGN President reveals

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Emeka Rollas , the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, (AGN) has disclosed the cause of death of renowned Nollywood actor, John Okafor, widely known as Mr Ibu. (more…)

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MUSIGA to organise concert for up and coming artistes on 6th March – Bessa Simons

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The Musician’s Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is gearing up for an exciting musical showcase as they announce a concert dedicated to up-and-coming artists scheduled for the 6th of March, 2024. (more…)

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Chef Faila’s cook-a-thon attempt unsuccessful

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In a culinary spectacle that captured the attention of food enthusiasts in Ghana and worldwide, Ghana’s Chef Faila’s bid for the longest cooking marathon has taken an unexpected turn as the Guinness World Records (GWR) committee has disqualified her attempt.


The seasoned chef, born Failatu Abdul Razak, aimed to surpass the existing record record for continuous cooking, showcasing endurance and tremendous cooking skills.

The disqualification hinged on adherence to predefined guidelines, a crucial aspect of GWR endeavors.

In a statement shared on Facebook on Sunday, March 3, 2024, the culinary sensation, despite the unfortunate news conveyed her appreciation for the overwhelming support received throughout her culinary endeavor.

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“A statement from the Records Management Team cited a violation of the rest break rules, resulting in an unsuccessful attempt,” the statement said.
Regardless of the setback, GWR commended Chef Faila and encouraged her to pursue future record attempts.

Although this attempt did not result in a world record, it has been an invaluable experience. I am proud of the dedication and hard work put forth, and I am committed to continuing to push boundaries in the culinary world,” she added.

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