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IOM Ghana Ambassador, Kofi Kinaata premieres 'No Place Like Home' music video

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PKE Photography 341IOM Ghana launched the song and video No Place Like Home by Kofi Kinaata, Goodwill Ambassador on Safe Migration in Takoradi on 26 April 2018. The launch was part of a three day awareness raising campaign on the dangers of irregular migration conducted in the Western Region, one of the main areas of origin for Ghanaian returnees from Libya.   The Ghanaian Rapper and Songwriter (Kofi Kinaata) was appointed the UN Migration Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador to promote safe migration in Ghana in November 2017. Through the song, but also through direct engagement with communities and youth, Kofi Kinaata will support the Agency’s awareness raising campaigns.   The song encourages the listener to think critically about the choice to migrate irregularly – saying that in our haste to make money, we forget that the grass is not actually always greener on the other side and that there are opportunities in Ghana.   Kofi Kinaata drew inspiration for the song from personal experiences of friends from Takoradi who have migrated irregularly as well as from a recent trip to the Brong Ahafo Region where he has accompanied IOM in sensitization tours in Sunyani and Nkoranza. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFukHyBS1YU&t=14s In 2016 alone, 5,636 Ghanaian migrants arrive in Italy by sea, an increase from 4,431 in 2015. Most Ghanaians trying to reach Europe travel through Libya, where currently tens of thousands of the estimated 700,000 migrants living in the country suffer horrendous human rights abuses. Since June 2017, under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Ghana, IOM has supported the return of 496 Ghanaians from Libya, and is in the process of facilitating their reintegration in their communities of return.   Awareness raising sessions were carried out with communities in Takoradi, New Takoradi and Sekondi in the Western Region through community events, focus group discussions and radio talk shows. Kofi Kinaata also accompanied IOM Ghana staff, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) officers and members of the European Union Delegation to Ghana to his alma mater, Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI) to speak to the students on the dangers of irregular migration and the importance of making informed decisions.   IOM Ghana also took this opportunity to award three young Ghanaians who emerged winners for the “Make It Happen In Africa” Competition, aimed at highlighting the opportunities for youth in Ghana. The winner submitted a video explaining the potential of agriculture to curb poverty and hunger in Ghana. He’s the founder of “I think Agric”, a NGO focused on changing the mentality that agriculture is a punishment and a career only for the poorest. He is also the co-founder of Youth Feed Ghana, a project which establishes farms in rural communities.   The launching of “No Place Like Home” and the awards ceremony for “Make it Happen” in Africa contest was attended by community members, youth as well as special guests including the Regional Minister, Metropolitan Chief Executive and Traditional and Religious Leaders.   Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, the Chief of Mission for IOM Ghana congratulated the three young Ghanaians for their contribution in highlighting the opportunities that are available to youth in Ghana. She also said “it is of utmost importance that we continue to explore all avenues of raising awareness amongst the youth in Ghana on the real dangers of irregular migration, and even more importantly how they can access opportunities that exist here in Ghana.”   The awareness raising activities in Western Region were supported by the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Ghana funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The Make it Happen in Africa and development of the song and video “No Place Like Home” was supported by the German Federal Foreign Office under the project Aware Migrants – Engaging Communities in West Africa.]]>

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Funke Akindele Emerges Lagos Deputy Governorship Candidate

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Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele has been chosen as the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos. (more…)

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US court postpones sentencing of Hushpuppi to September 21

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A United States Central District Court in California has postponed the sentencing of Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi for the second time. (more…)

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US court postpones sentencing of popular scammer, Hushpuppi to September 21

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Judge Otis Wright of a United States Central District Court in California has postponed the sentencing of Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi to September 21. (more…)

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Paul Okoye says the only thing moving forward in Nigeria is their music and entertainment

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Singer, Paul Okoye of Psquare has said that the only thing moving forward in Nigeria is music and entertainment. (more…)

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Diamond Platnumz confirms marriage to his record label signee?

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Tanzanian music star, Diamond Platnumz has hinted on being married to his record label signee, Zuchu. (more…)

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Police brutality is slapping someone cooperating and already in cuffs – musician NY Melody

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The Ghana Police Service arrested 29 people on Tuesday after dispersing a violent anti-cost protest in Accra with tear gas. The protest took a turn for the worse when protesters engaged in a violent exchange with police, injuring 12 officers and leading to the arrest of some of the protesters.

Following the incident, many Ghanaians, both inside and outside the country, have come out to condemn the police and protesters’ violent actions.

One video that went viral from the incident showed a police officer beating a handcuffed protester who was clearly not resisting arrest. The video sparked an online outrage, with “Be My Love” singer NY Melody among those quick to condemn the officer’s actions.

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The musician later posted a video in which he expressed his disappointment at seeing the video. For him, the police officer was abusing his authority, and slapping someone who was already handcuffed was completely unnecessary.

“We live in a democracy, and in a democracy, we have the right to demonstrate when something bothers us.” The police, also known as “Peace Officers,” are supposed to keep the peace and order no matter what environment they are in.”

Imagine what would have happened if the protesters had retaliated in response to the slap. The cops should have known better; they should have some emotional intelligence. “Police brutality is slapping someone already in cuffs who isn’t resisting arrest.” he said.

Source: Fenuku Augustine.

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