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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.

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.

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:

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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Shatta Wale goes on his knees to apologise for his absence at Hogbetsotso festival

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Ghanaian Dancehall artist, Shatta Wale has taken a visit to the management of Ebony Condoms to apologise for his absence at the Hogbetsotso festival. (more…)

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Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana breaks silence after being dropped from world cup team

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Cameroon goalkeeper, Andre Onana, has finally broken his silence after being kicked out from his side’s World Cup squad. (more…)

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I did not say the car was mine- Fella Makafui clears the air on recent Chevrolet flaunt

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Over the week, Ghanaian actress, Fella Makafui was spotted in a sweet Chevrolet Corvette. (more…)

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Sarkodie performs with a live orchestra on BBC radio 1Xtra’s “Afrobeat Concerto

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Africa’s most-awarded rapper, Sarkodie fascinated online viewers with an incredible performance of his smash hit songs “Rollies and Cigars “ and “Lucky” on BBC radio 1Xtra’s “Afrobeat Concerto.” (more…)

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MTN Ghana And Boomplay Partner To Offer Special Data Bundles And Subscription For Music Streaming

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MTN, Ghana’s number 1 telecommunication company in partnership with Boomplay, Africa’s largest music streaming and download platform, is making music streaming and download more accessible and affordable to its users and cherished customers.

 

The partnership outdoors special data bundles and subscription plans that will give MTN users access to Boomplay’s over 90 million songs and unlimited offline playback of downloaded songs. Subscribers will also enjoy an ad-free listening experience while saving money when they opt for the daily, weekly or monthly subscription along with its corresponding data bundles.

 

The plans on offer are:

 

Boomplay x MTN Data Bundle Plan:

AmountPackage
GHS 4.5Boomplay Daily Subscription + 500MB data bundle
GHS 13.5Boomplay Weekly Subscription + 1GB data bundle
GHS 30Boomplay Monthly Subscription + 3GB data bundle

 

Boomplay x MTN Subscription Plan:

AmountPackage
GHS 2Boomplay Daily Subscription
GHS 9Boomplay Weekly Subscription
GHS 17Boomplay Monthly Subscription

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Speaking about the partnership, Boomplay Ghana’s General Manager, Elizabeth Ntiamoah-Quarshie said, “Having MTN as a key partner in our strides to make music streaming and download more affordable offers an exciting prospect for the future of our music industry and streaming culture. With this partnership, we are making our catalogue of over 90 million songs available to MTN subscribers at a cost lower than users on regular data plans. Users also have daily, weekly and monthly subscription options to choose from. Ultimately, this means more music to discover, stream and download on Boomplay. At the same time, artists and content providers can earn more streaming royalties and reach a wider audience.”

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Commenting on the partnership, Chief Commercial Officer of MTN, Mr. Noel Kojo-Ganson said, “This partnership is great news for all our customers. Due to the diversity and multiplicity of Boomplay’s music collection, our customers will have more choices, more value and better control over what they can listen to. This partnership will make music more affordable and accessible to our cherished subscribers, many of whom are music lovers.”

 

With high internet costs limiting the potential of the digital music economy in Africa, Boomplay views telecommunication partnerships as essential to its advancement strategy and the progress of Africa’s music streaming culture. This partnership with MTN Ghana reaffirms the streamer’s commitment to empowering the African music ecosystem to unlock its potential.

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African Legends Night Unveils Music Legends Hall of Fame

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African Legends Night has unveiled its first-ever Music Legends Hall of Fame list to celebrate African music legends as part of celebrations to mark 10 years of African Legends Night.

 

The Legends Hall of Fame is an annual induction list of all legendary musicians who have performed at African Legends Night. Over the ten-year period, African Legends Night has witnessed 20 headliners from a number of African countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, DR. Congo, Namibia, South Africa among others.

 

The Hall of Fame is also to recognize music legends who have consistently excelled in their endeavor of work in a long period.

 

Commenting on the initiative, Ernest Boateng, CEO of Global Media Alliance said “We recognize the immense contribution of musicians in projecting the face of the African continent positively. Our inductees are musicians who have had an impact in our society hence the Hall of Fame is to celebrate their achievements and major milestones in the course of their music careers.”

 

In no particular order, below are the musicians who made the first-ever Legends Hall of Fame lists:

 

  • Hugh Masekela
  • Daddy Lumba
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka
  • Kojo Antwi
  • Femi Kuti
  • Amakye Dede
  • Kanda Bongoman
  • Awilo Longomba
  • George Darko
  • Ofie Kodjoe
  • Freddie Meiway
  • Ben Brako
  • Gyedu Blay Ambulley
  • Samini
  • Nana Tuffuor
  • Akosua Agyapong
  • Amandzeba Nat Brew
  • 2Face Idibia
  • Rex Omar
  • Ofori Amponsah

 

The African Legends Night is a premium pan-African concert which recognizes and celebrates living African music legends.

 

African Legends Night this year is sponsored by HD Plus, Ghana Gas, Ghana Tourism Authority, Beyond the Return, Perception Management International and Silverbird Cinemas with media partners – MX24, eTv, Citi FM, YFM, B&FT, Happy FM, Daily Guide, Ghanaweb, AmeyawDebrah, NYDJ Live, Oman FM and Net2 TV.

 

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