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Okyeame Kwame writes: What about the Founding Mothers?

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Last week, we marked Founders’ Day and celebrated it as a national holiday. Many well-intentioned Ghanaians paraded a popular picture of the prominent people who helped to found Ghana. There were six males – not a single female. The inscription that accompanied this picture was “founding fathers.” That made me feel an immediate surge of disappointment.

That was when I decided against celebrating the occasion on social media. I was so confused by the inscription ‘founding fathers’ that I started to question why there was not a single female named among those who struggled for independence.

That led to my next series of questions: Didn’t any woman participate in the legislation of pre Ghana Gold-Coast to create the laws that will set Ghana free? Didn’t any woman go to jail for her stance on the truth in the fight against colonialism?

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The answers are obvious that women participated in the independence struggle directly and indirectly. But hold for now; we will come back to this point.

The term “founding fathers” is not only discriminatory but also a perpetration of an idea that deprives us of tapping the full potential of women in our society. Consciously and unconsciously, we dismiss the capacity and contributions of women to our society, and most of us carry on not seeing anything wrong with these practices.

Founding fathers? Really? Where are the founding mothers? Did women not play any significant role during the struggle for independence? Were women just sitting aloof on the sidelines and just watching these amazing men found the nation? I guess not.

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Why then have we allowed this injustice to continue all these years, and ignore the contributions of our Founding Mothers on such an important commemoration?

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Religion and tradition have done a lot of good for our society. However, one area these two prominent forces have woefully failed our society is how we value or recognize our females. As a group, we have employed socio-cultural, religious and physical tactics to perpetuate the misconception surrounding masculine superiority.

In Akan societies, it is very common to hear the phrase “Mmaa y3 mmoa” (meaning women are animals). Such words are sometimes uttered publicly by elderly and influential males in the society.

In African Traditional Religion, a menstruating woman is considered unfit to pray to the Gods. In Christianity, 1 Cor 14 : 34 , women are instructed to keep quiet in the church. In Islam, the Holy Quran 2:282 says the witness of one male is worth that of two females. In Buddhism, women are restricted from entering the Holy Pagoda in some temples in Thailand. Before you think these are just quotations, let me remind you that key doctrines have been built on these scriptures. In some churches, for example, women are not allowed to be pastors – they can only be deaconesses.

Religion and tradition have done a lot of good for our society. However, one area these two prominent forces have woefully failed our society is how we value or recognize our females. As a group, we have employed socio-cultural, religious and physical tactics to perpetuate the misconception surrounding masculine superiority.

This problem is more disturbing when you consider how many women have accepted their discounted place in society. You probably know a woman who will defend this discriminatory practice that is hurting our society and diminishing the self esteem of many of our young females.

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In many of our communities, the woman is confined to reproductive functions like mating, nurturing and protecting her offspring while the man is associated with creativity, exploring and amassing wealth and fame. A female child is often raised to become an obedient wife while a son is taught how to dominate his world. Therefore, when we talk about our nation’s founders, we don’t see any need to acknowledge the contribution of our female counterparts. That’s troubling and we need to do better than that.

Mabel Dove Danquah was a journalist, political activist and one of the unsung heroes who offered support to the C.P.P. after its formation. She entered politics in 1950 before Ghana’s independence and became the first woman to be an elected woman of the African legislative assembly. Not only did she contribute to the laws that would set Ghana free from colonialism but also for the entire continent of Africa.about:blank

So, can we have a do-over and take a moment to honour our Founding Mothers and not only the fathers? Could we do better in acknowledging women in our society and national life? I firmly believe we can. I firmly believe so, that is why I’m raising this issue.

Respectfully question your religious leaders about doctrines that relegate women into the background. Speak up when your peers at work use disparaging words to dismiss women. Actively affirm young girls you know and help them believe that they are no less than their male counterparts just because of their gender.

Now my questions:

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1. Which other women who contributed to the fight for independence would you like to celebrate? It’s OK to Google your answer.

2. Do you think men who discount women are generally afraid of the strength of a woman or just ignorant?

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Ghana: Wendy Shay crowned as Top Female Artist for the third time

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Boomplay Ghana’s user insights for 2023 are officially in and the streaming services’ listeners have spoken: Wendy Shay is again the undisputed Queen of Ghanaian music for the second time in a row. The RuffTown Records star clenched the position of Top Female Artist from Diana Hamilton and Gyakie, who came in at #2 and #3 respectively.

“I am so delighted to have topped this category two times in a row and for a third time,” Wendy Shay shared. “I want to say a big thank you to the fans; this is all them and I don’t take this moment for granted. It means the world to me. Trust me, 2024 will be an amazing year.”

Wendy Shay is not a newcomer to such triumphs. The sensational singer, whose streams on Boomplay sit at a whopping 63.8M, replicated this feat in 2020 and 2022, spotlighting her knack for industry-leading hits. The ‘Survivor’ hitmaker has been terrific since her debut in 2018. She has won multiple awards and nominations, breaking into Ghana’s Top 30 Influential Women in Music as per the 3Music Awards.

As the year draws to a close, music platforms worldwide are accustomed to publishing annual reports of their streaming analytics with fans and Boomplay is no exception. The latest from the platform, dubbed #BoomplayRecap2023, gave a peek into user insights and heralded big wins for the company. This year, the platform’s catalog increased to 120 million songs, with over 10 million artists and 7,500 content providers now a part of what continues to be Africa’s premier streaming platform.

If you’re a fan of Wendy Shay, don’t miss the opportunity to stream her latest song ‘Africa Money’ on all music stores here: https://onerpm.link/africa-money

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Fred Amugi shares early career struggles, recalls accepting roles for a GH₵20 payment

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Renowned Ghanaian actor Fred Amugi shared insights into his early struggles in the industry, recalling a time when he received a meager GH₵20 for a role. (more…)

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Stonebwoy to bring Dancehall superstar Jahmiel to BHIM Concert 2023 at Accra Sports Stadium

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International musician Jahmiel has been announced as the guest headline act for popular BHIM Concert, a Africa-caribbean music concert created by musician Stonebwoy. (more…)

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Black Sherif Shines atop as the most streamed Ghanaian artiste on Boomplay in 2023

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Ghanaian superstar, Black Sherif has once again been named the most streamed artiste for 2023 on the digital streaming platform, Boomplay. (more…)

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From Good Deeds to Grooves: Mr. Drew’s Seleey Concert Lights Up Mallam

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The third edition of Mr Drew’s annual event dubbed Seleey Concert was held last Saturday 25th November, 2023 at the Kokroko Station in Mallam.

 

The musical concert, which was put together by Big Lala Entertainment Ltd, attracted several thousands of avid music lovers from far and near Mallam-Gbawe.

 

Fameye, Bisa KDei, Kofi Mole, Lasmid, Sefa, Keche, Fancy Gadam, Olivetheboy, Krymi, Quamina MP, Kelvynboy and J Derobie were among the many artistes who graced the massive stage with never to be forgotten live performances at the concert, dropping back to back hits which kept the teeming crowd entertained. There were also eclectic dance performances by Incredible Zigi and his Afro Zig crew, the iTwinz and other notable dance groups.

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The man of the night, Mr Drew, also mounted the stage to give live renditions of his hit songs backed by the band masters and crowned it with an amazing delivery of his 2023 hit song Case with the help of the featured artiste; Mophty Legacy, which charged up the crowd for a great ending.

 

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On Friday 24th November, prior to the main event, Mr. Drew donated to the  New Gbawe Cluster of Public Schools as a social responsibility to give back to the society that raised him. Items donated include; bowls and spoons to aid in the school feeding programme, whiteboard markers, board cleaners, exercise books and stationery.  Refreshment was provided by ‘Yah!’ ice cream to over 1000 pupils. Boxes of Indomie noodles from Indomie Ghana were also donated to the school.

 

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A football match between the youth of Mallam and the Gbawe youth Alliance was played at the start of Saturday as part of the activities preceding the main event to foster unity amongst the youth and people of those communities.

 

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Video games were set up by the Canvic Records Esports teams, where young enthusiastic players took turns to battle each other for video game supremacy.  Other physical games were also available including snooker, table tennis and foosball.

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Yhaw Hero hits the ground running with debut EP “Yours Faithfully”

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Yhaw Hero hits the ground running with debut EP “Yours Faithfully”

After garnering so much attention and buzz, Ghanaian artist, Yhaw Hero has finally released his debut EP “Yours Faithfully”. The project is an open letter from the rapper to his fans, as he gives them more insight into his life and his thought process.

Before the EP dropped, fans got served ‘Bra Fie’ and ‘11 Six’. ‘Bra Fie’ was a song of assurance from Yhaw to his mom–who hadn’t seen her son in a while, that he would return once he’s made it on the streets. ‘11 Six’ on the other hand, is a song that delves into the struggles of the youth and the bad leadership that plagues our political space. It’s a song that serves as an advocacy and even a protest of the status quo.

The EP has seven songs and one feature from Nigerian star, Jeriq. It shines nonetheless, thanks to its nifty writing and production. “Yours Faithfully” has been gradually climbing the charts since its release with fans and critics already giving it a positive reception.

Yhaw Hero’s “Yours Faithfully” EP is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://azuri.lnk.to/YoursFaithfully

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