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How baby Aseda, a child with Down syndrome, made it to the finals of Cussons Baby Photo Contest

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For babies with Down Syndrome, partaking in a public photo contest maybe a tedious task and probably way out of the question. However, 2 years old Abriella Aseda Buabeng, broke down barriers and made it to the final stage of the Cussons Baby Contest 2021.

Born on 3rd of July 2019, little Abreilla was diagnosed with down syndrome just two weeks after she was born. Her mom, Sel Buabeng had rushed her to the hospital after an episode of fever and noisy breathing when her diagnosis was made.

 

Down syndrome (DS)  occurs when an individual is born with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome instead of the regular pair. This is not caused by any health condition of parents or any medication. It just occurs by luck, just like winning the lottery. It is estimated by the WHO to occur once in every 1100 live births. Parenting a child with Down Syndrome can be very challenging but also filled with many blessings and life lessons.

As a result of Down syndrome, Aseda was born with a congenital heart defect, Ventricular Septal Defect. A hole in one of the chambers of her heart, she also has Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep disorder due to enlarged adenoids and tonsils.

For baby Aseda, getting a common cold always almost ends with a hospital stay for her. At 23 months old, Aseda is not walking, yet, but she’s sitting unsupported, and crawling wherever she wants to go in the house. She’s also learning to communicate her needs very well, though she is yet to start using words.

These little efforts made by Aseda so far were achieved because her parents have a multidisciplinary team working with her on a daily basis,  a team of trained and competent speech and language therapists and Physio Therapists. Her family is yet to have access to occupational therapy, something that Aseda needs urgently.

Taking care of a child with special needs can be financially draining. It is also emotionally and physically draining to her parents because they’re always moving from one Doctor’s appointment to another and from one therapy to the other.  The lack of sleep, the inconsiderate comments from people e.t.c, are but a few of the challenges Aseds’s parents face on a daily.

Most hospitals in Ghana are not equipped to cater for the needs of special kids. For instance, baby Aseda’s parents commute from Accra to Tamale in order to access specialists and therapists who can respond to Aseda’s health needs. Ghana has only one Pediatric Cardiologist consultant who has to take care of the thousands of children with heart diseases in the country. There is also a lack of  public mainstream schools that can cater for the needs of  special kids, hence school is currently out of the option for Aseda.

Although Aseda and her parents are going through such difficult times, her mom decided to enter her into the Cussons baby Contest because she felt Aseda had all the qualities. For Aseda’s mom, she wanted to pass a message across that children like Aseda are beautiful blessings that the world needs to see, and that though they may have some delays they’ll always achieve if we believe in them and give them the opportunity to.

 

 

Aseda’s mom did not ask for any preferential treatment throughout the stages of the contest, she was given equal treatment like her colleagues. There weren’t any exceptions made for her because she didn’t need it at any point.

Aseda made it to the final stage of the contest, but wasn’t able to pick up the ultimate prize. Her win, according to her mom, would have been a big encouragement to the down syndrome community in Ghana and the special needs community at large, as well as made some money for her upkeep.

Aseda’s parents are proud of her and all she has achieved and they wish to let parents know that although it can be difficult, they’ll like to encourage them to keep believing in their children.

“It can get tiring at times, but our children will always be beautiful stars waiting to shine. All children especially children with special needs have all it takes to achieve everything and do great things if they are given the opportunity.”

Aseda’s story is an inspirational one, and her parents hope that by sharing, someone on the same journey as them, may not give up but keep hope alive.

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal remanded in prison custody for 5 day

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been ordered by an Accra Court to be remanded in prison custody for 5 days. (more…)

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Photos and Videos from Sika Osei’s stunning Ghana/Naija traditional wedding

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Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Sika Osei on Thursday, October 21 2021 tied the knot in Accra with her Nigerian fiancé in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony. (more…)

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Showmax Premiers Ghana Jollof

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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You asked for the country to be fixed and it is being fixed- Prince David Osei reacts to Shatta/Medikal arrests

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Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has opined that the current arrests of Shatta Wale and Medikal are true examples of the country being fixed.

Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

While the protest has gone silent over the last couple months, the current actions by the new IGP has Prince David Osei agreeing that indeed the system was being fixed.

On Tuesday and Thursday night, Shatta Wale and Medikal were both arrested by the Police for committing various crimes.

Reacting to their arrests, Prince David Osei, who is a staunch member of the NPP, on Thursday evening shared on his Instagram stating that Ghanaians asked for the country to be fixed and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

“Did I hear someone say fix the country? Well the power that be heard your plea and is fixing the country. Ghana will prosper. Good night,” he shared.

He added; “In a country where the law works, the people prosper. 24/7 the system is working.”

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Medikal arrested for flaunting gun on social media

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Rapper, Medikal has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media.

Medikal was with his wife, Fella Makafui, at the Accra Regional Police Command charge office.

He was brought to the station by police and is currently in police custody.

One of the lawyers who represented Shatta Wale, Jerry Avenogbor, was sighted at the police command but it remains unclear if he is going to represent Medikal in this case.

This comes a few hours after dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, and four other people were remanded into police custody following an alleged gun attack that turned out to be a hoax.

They were remanded by an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday, October 21, 2021, during their first appearance in court.

Medikal was at the court premises to offer support to Shatta Wale.

Shatta Wale was picked up by the police for spreading false news about an assassination attempt at his residence in Accra on October 19, 2021.

 

Source: Citinews

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Watch: Medikal reportedly arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media

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According to a CITI TV report, Ghanaian rapper, Samuel Adu Frimpong, aka Medikal, has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media. (more…)

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