Ahanta has lost its glory and shine in present Ghana. We are regarded as minority ethnic group with no social, political and economic relevance in the affairs of Ghana. It's like we have nothing on the table to offer socially, politically and economically.

Even in Sekondi-Takoradi, we have allowed ourselves to be relegated to the background and have become more of second class citizens who feed on leftovers and crumbles falling from the dinning table. We have stakes in nothing as far as Sekondi-Takoradi is concerned but who do we blame for all these woes ? I blame no one other than ourselves but the question, is it too late to wake up as people and take our place? I think it is not.

For more than 10 years, I have been researching on Ahanta and trying to trace our roots as people by connecting the dots and the missing links. In these years of researching on Ahanta, some of the things I have found beat my imagination. They are mind boggling and often leave me in me in awe if I look at the present state of Ahanta. We are failing our forefathers, ourselves and the generation to come after us.

How did we end up with high poverty levels and completely disintegrated as people when our forefathers and ancestors lived in glory and riches? Other tribes which suffered similar fate as we, have put the past behind them and moved on. They are rallying their strength socially, politically and economically for their collective well-being and interests but unfortunately my beloved Ahanta still lie in desolation nursing fractures of colonial wounds. To wake up and heal from colonial wounds and take charge of our destiny since the colonialists are long gone

The Ahantas are believed to be part of the Akan waves who were on migration from old Ghana through Bono and around 1229, they crossed the Pra river with their leader who was described by his followers as the one who possessed whimsical powers. They soon settled between Pra and Ankobra rivers and organized themselves into chiefdoms with the king himself residing at "Owulosua" which later came to be known as "Owusua" and came to be known as Busua by the colonialists. Between 1300 and 1400, they had already mobilised themselves into a powerful force occupying the territory between Pra and Ankobra rivers and the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Shama to Axim and beyond.

They came into contact with the Europeans particularly the Dutch around 1590 and early 1600s. They established friendly relations with them initially until the Dutch wanted more out of the their friendly relationship with Ahanta. At some point in time, the Dutch wanted the whole of Ahanta for themselves and that was when the hostilities between the Ahanta chiefs and the Dutch begun. The climax of the hostilities were the events which lead to death of Badu Bonso II and several Ahanta royals. Several others were also shipped to Dutch Indies and were made slaves in sugar plantations. For more than 10 years, no king was placed on the throne in Ahanta because the Dutch had deployed heavy military presence in Ahanta.

In the Dutch - Ahanta war which led to the death of Badu Bonso II, the Dutch invaded his palace after killing him and made away with all the gold dusts stored in the palace since the foundation of Ahanta. They also took away other treasures, chieftaincy regalias, precious stones and jewelries belonging to the king and the queen. They had heard that Badu Bonso II had a lot of gold dusts and other precious stones in his palace so as soon as they killed him, led by General Verveer, they stormed his palace and made away with everything. Apemenyim which was known to be source of gold and wealth of the kingdom at the time was completely destroyed together with prominent towns like Busua and Takoradi.

Whereas we are reminiscing the pains and agonies inflicted on us by the Europeans particularly the Dutch, we can also credit them with facts of records they left behind giving us the true state of Ahanta and its riches before they raped and robbed of everything. Apart from oral traditions and folklore handed down to us by our forefathers, the Europeans themselves kept accounts of their encounter with Ahanta and that partly confirmed what our forefathers and ancestors told us. One of such European who recorded his encounter with Ahanta was Bosman, the Dutch explorer who toured Gold Coast in the 17th century.. Douchez, F. (1839), Tengbergen, H.F. (1839) and Van Dantzig, Albert (2013) some of the recent European sources on ther encounter with Ahanta.

The early Europeans who came into contact with Ahanta described their king as the one who wear gold clothes and also sat on gold. They further described him as one who is rarely seen in public unless on special occasions, festivals and gathering of the people. They also mentioned that the king had his palace close to sea where a lot of whales are found. Of course! Still the palace of king of Ahantas is found at Busua and Ahantas themselves hold the account that they came this earth through the mouth of a whale. In as much as this appears to be a myth, it proves the fact and the significance of titles of Ahanta kings which suffices with "Bonso" meaning the whale which is known to be the biggest creature in both the sea and on the land

Europeans again described the king of Ahantas as one who has the power to grant life and death. If he forgives you, you are made to serve in his palace for a number of years and on the grand day of the festival, you would return to your village and people. If he condemns you to death, there is an execution square deep in the forest where they would kill you and bring your head to him as a proof. This is to ensure that the executioners carry out strictly the orders of the king. If he speaks, it is final and no one dare to challenge the words of the king. The one who does that will be put to death. Their king is greatly feared, they said.

They described the festival of Ahantas as one which is accompanied by drumming and dancing during the nights at the square. During the day, a strict ban is placed on noise and other activities because It is believed that their ancestors and gods will be visiting them with fortunes to have good harvest in the years ahead. A lot of sacrifices are made to appease their gods and ancestors and on the grand day of the festival, chiefs and people would come from all the villages and gather at the square of the king's palace to pay homage. Their king would then sit in public to receive gifts brought to him from all the villages. The grand festival lasts for about a month with full of activities after which the people would return to their village by walking.

They described our rivers and streams to have their banks covered with dusts of gold and they described Ahantas as natives who have gold in abundance. The above description is typical of how the Europeans describe many Akan states they came into contact with and Ahanta is not different. The history of Akans and gold can be traced from the golden kingdom of Kush through the old Ghana empire where the Akans were known to have been trading in gold and other precious metals. The story of Ahanta couldn't have been any different from all other Akan states. Ahanta was a state of gold and until the Europeans particularly the Dutch looted everything and left Ahanta in tattered penury.

We are now left with rifted chieftaincy and political fronts which is deepening our woes and agonies more than what the colonialists inflicted upon us but it is still not late to wake up and build Ahanta.

Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III

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Takoradi has always been the pride of Ahanta and will continue to be despite the language shift from Ahanta to Fante. There are many factors to that and hopefully history will correct itself someday for Ahanta to gain its lost glory in Takoradi. Natives of Takoradi have always identified themselves to be Ahantas and that alone brightens the future for us and hopefully with concerted efforts, we will make things right.

As far as Ahanta is concerned, there has not been any group of people who have been loyal to the traditions of Ahanta more than the people of Takoradi. It used to be one of the strongholds of Ahanta in ancient times until very recently when everything turned upside down in Takoradi making it to lose its Ahanta fragrance.

I hear there has always been litigations to cede Takoradi from Ahanta Traditional Council and that saddens me a lot. Oh my beloved Ahanta! Where did we go wrong? How did we get here?

Know and understand that unity is strength and for that matter no combined forces can break brooms if tied together. It is time to pull our strength and come together as one people with common destiny than continously allow ourselves to be used to serve the interest of others against our own collective well-being. We still have chance to make things right for ourselves and our future generations.

Takoradi has always remained the largest, prominent and most influential town in the history of Ahanta. Whereas Owusua (Busua) remained the central seat of government, governance and politics, Takoradi remained the seat of commerce and the "life wire" of ancient Ahanta. When the Europeans came to Gold Coast, they described Takoradi as "populous" and why popolus? They found more people living in one town or village in Takoradi more than all other places they have been, especially along the coast of West Africa.

Life in Takoradi was already "cosmopolitan" and booming before the arrival of the Europeans. Life there has always been vibrant with trading and commercial activities way before our European friends arrived on the shores of Takoradi. The Ahantas of ancient days were converging there for their trading and commercial activities. It also served as a link between the coast and those Ahantas in the hinterlands. In fact, we were told that it used to be a large market center in ancient Ahanta.

Whereas the native name of Takoradi has been buried deep in the crust of the earth, the current name traces its origin to Fort Tacaray also known as Fort Wisten which was built by the Dutch in 1665. I have heard several accounts and narrations including one of a certain "Ntakor tree" under which the forefathers of Takoradi were believed to have first settled but that narration is actually very inconsistent with Ahanta. The argument that Takoradi means "NTAKORASE" which is translated to mean under the "Ntakor tree" does not resonate with Ahanta but this is academic exercise and a subject of research. I on the other hand find the Tacaray narration more appropriate and convincing as it shows how the "Tacaray" became corrupted and eventually came to be known as Takoradi that we know today.

Fort Tacaray as I earlier mentioned was built in 1665 as a trading post for the Dutch but the native Ahantas protested them constantly. The natives of Takoradi have a long history of protesting and resisting the Europeans, particularly the Dutch. They never wanted to have anything to do with them and let alone to find them on their shores so they were constantly at war with them. Whereas the Europeans seemed to have found comfort in the neighboring town of Sekondi, the natives of Takoradi were always at war them and that made Wellin Bosman the Dutch explorer who toured Gold Coast in 1700s to describe Ahantas as martial. Martial because they were always protesting and fighting them.

In 1864, Fort Tacaray was again destroyed probably because of Ahanta resistance and left abondoned by the Dutch. In 1864, Badu Bonso II had been killed and for more than 10 years the Dutch had prevented installation of a new Ahanta king by maintaining large presence of military and deployments in Ahanta particularly in Busua but the Ahantas were involved in guerrilla tactics with the Dutch. However, a Dutch map of 1791 showed that the Dutch renewed their presence there and actively involved in trading activities until 6th April 1876 when the Dutch sold Fort Tacaray together with all their possessions in Gold Coast to the British and left.

In fact, that is the exact spot where Badu Bonso II killed then Dutch governor of Gold Coast Tonneboeijer during the first Dutch-Ahanta war of 1838. Badu Bonso II had killed two Dutch officials who were dispatched by Tonneboeijer to have him arrested and brought to him at Elmina castle whether dead or alive but when the news got him, he decided to go and have Badu Bonso arrested by himself. When Badu Bonso II heard that Tonneboeijer was heading to Ahanta with forces to have him arrested, he met them at the site of Fort Tacaray and in less than 30 minutes, Badu Bonso II had annihilated the forces of Tonneboeijer and had him killed at the entrance of Fort Tacaray and took his head to his palace at Busua.

That very action of Badu Bonso II attracted reprisal attacks from the Dutch when the news reached Haque and in July 1838, the Dutch launch a reprisal attack on Ahanta after they brought mercenaries from Haque lead by General Verveer. In second Dutch-Ahanta war of 1838, Badu Bonso II himself was killed and several Ahanta nobles and royals were captured and sent to Elmina to be transported to Dutch West Indies. Takoradi was completely destroyed and left in ruins. After the war, the natives returned and resettled until the Dutch left in 1876.

Where we see as Takoradi of today is is not the original township. The original settlement is somewhere near Takoradi Harbour along the Coast. In fact, there were dotted Ahanta settlements there but were all relocated to pave way for the construction of Takoradi Harbour in the 1920s by Gordon Guggisberg's colonial administration. It the reason why the current city of Takoradi is one of beautifully outlayed cities in Ghana. The English modelled it to look like their cities in England.

As years go by the name Tacaray corrupted and by 1700s, the Dutch themselves called the place Taccorari and similar pronunciations by other Europeans like the Portuguese, the Germans, the Danes and the Swedes. In 1880s the place had come to be known as Takorady and then eventually Takoradi as we know today.

Takoradi is Ahanta land and remains our pride.

Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III

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The traditional food for the people of Ahanta is "Foomfoom" and the best of it is the one prepared with RED MAIZE also known as "Abele Azani" in Ahanta language. Preparing "Foomfoom" is a bit hectic and time consuming but it is actually what a traditional Ahanta man or woman would want to have as his or her last meal of the day. Why? Our forefathers said it cures and heal us of our diseases, sicknesses and grant us long life with good health.

Aside being their traditional food, Ahantas believe in the spirituality of "Abele Azani". For them, "Abele Azani" is a source of long life and good health. They believe it has spiritual connotations and ancestral connections which tightens the bond between the living and the dead. They consider it as a weapon to drive away demons and evil forces their homes. It fortifies them against dark powers and misfortunes but bring them good luck and fortunes during planting and harvesting seasons. Today, Ahantas especially those in Sekondi-Takoradi have lost touch of "Abele Azani" and it spirituality. That is very sad and it tells our true state as people and reasons why meaningful Ahantas should be worried.

In 1700s, Wellin Bosman the Dutch explorer toured Gold Coast and on reaching Ahanta, he noticed that they were the only people in then known Gold Coast and other places he had toured in Africa who had the "Abele Azani" which he described as SWEET. He further described how Ahantas were religiously , spiritually and customarily attached to these red grains apart from using as a staple food. They performed almost all their customs and practices with it and in fact, their whole lives as people centered on it.

How Ahantas came to possess this maize remains a mystery but our oral traditions and myths say that it is the exact maize that Dwarfs handed over to Akpoley when he chanced on them dancing while he was on a hunting expedition. There other accounts which say that maize in general was introduced to Africa by Portuguese from South America but Bossman's account indicates that the RED MAIZE was unique to only Ahantas. If this is true, then Akpoley's account certainly predates the arrival of Europeans in Africa though one should admits inaccuracies in oral traditions and myths. In as much as we should admit inaccuracies in oral traditions and myths, we should also admit the fact not everything good came from Europe to Africa.

Our oral traditions and myths narrate that Ahanta had been hit with intense famine as soon as they settled at their present locations after long years of migration from Bono. Akpoley being one of Ahanta's chief hunters was on a hunting expedition to find food or possibly another suitable area for settlement considering the intensity of the famine. In the course of his expedition, he chanced on Dwarfs dancing under a certain palm tree. He hid himself and studied how they danced for several days and in one of days, the Dwarfs noticed his presence and caught him. He pleaded with them to spare his life and also narrated how hunger was killing his people. Out of pity and mercies, the Dwarfs spared his life. They also gave him some red grains and asked him to go and grow it to feed his people and that was how the Kundum festival celebrated by Ahantas and Nzemas begun. The Dwarfs also taught him how to dance the ABISA which eventually became the traditional dance of Ahanta and Nzema people and the official dance for the Kundum festival.

Today in Ahanta, Kundum is gradually fading away with the Abisa dance. It is only celebrated in villages around Agona Nkwanta. Kwesimintsim has also been celebrating it and that is really commendable by the chief of Kwesimintsim, Nana Egozi Esoun VII and his people. They are probably the only people in Sekondi-Takoradi who are keeping alive traditions and spirituality of Ahanta in Sekondi-Takoradi. It saddens some of us how we are throwing away such dignified cultural heritage bequeath to us by our forefathers. We are greatly losing touch with our spirituality as people and the very reasons why many Ahantas especially the youths shy away from their identity.

Indeed, Wellin Bosman is on record to have been the first European to witness the Kundum festival in Ahanta and he gave a vivid account on how it is celebrated with "Abele Azani" featuring prominently in all activities as far as Kundum is concerned. He spoke about how they used it to prepare all their meals as well as performing other practices including spiritual fortifications with it. On the Kundum festival, Bosman spoke about how Ahantas danced at nights in circular forms around fires with bangles tied to their legs. They would stamp their feet hard on the ground with the bangles making noise. They also used the same formations when they are going to war.

While growing up with my grandmother at Apemenyim, she held certain spiritual and traditional beliefs about "Abele Azani" that wondered me. She treated it with some kind of reverence and specialty. She always made me feel that our whole lives as people depended on it. I never understood her until I started researching on Ahanta and red maize. In fact, I never believed my grandmother in those and felt she was being overly superstitious with her beliefs in "Abele Azani" but she kept on telling me that I would understand it someday and I guess I have understood it now.

Even though we lived on subsistence, we sometimes had enough maize and sold some of them for cash for household needs and my grandmother would sell most of her farm produce but certainly not "Abele Azani". No matter how she is in need of money, she would never sell it but would rather give it out freely to anybody who needs it. If I ask her, she would tell me "Abele Azani" is not for sale. She would never trade "Abele Azani" for anything that bring money. According to her, their forefathers cautioned them not to trade it for money and wealth but rather they should give it out freely to anybody who is in it need of it.

She recounted to me how in the olden days, Badu Bonso would call all his sub-chiefs in the kingdom to gather at his palace in Owusua (Busua) and share among them grains of "Abele Azani" . He would then charge them to grow it into larger folds and return some to his palace after harvesting so that he does not ran out of stock. The chiefs would return to their various communities and share the grains to heads of various families and households and also charge them to produce them in folds just as Badu Bonso charged them. Tthis is done every year to religiously ensure the sustainability of "Abele Azani" in the Ahanta kingdom. Sharing of the "Abele Azani" signifies the beginning of the planting season for Ahantas and after harvesting, the first yield must be sent to Badu Bonso at Owusua and failure to do that can result in your death based on the orders of Badu Bonso. To those who were faithful to this ancestral tradition, rewarded with dusts of gold and elevated some chiefs for keeping faithful to this tradition to ensure that Ahanta does not go back to the days of famine as it happened in Akpoley's days.

She further narrated how "Abele Azani" signified the passage between life and death in the Ahanta beliefs and customs. She recounted in the olden days in Ahanta and how Abele Azani was considered the most important family inheritance that must be shared equally among members of a family before one's death. It is the reason why she always had some grains of "Abele Azani" hidden somewhere and ready to share before her death.

If an elderly person in the family calls family members together and shares his or her stock of "Abele Azani" among them, it signifies that he or she is prepared to leave the world of the living and join the ancestors. Soon after sharing "Abele Azani" among family members, that person may not live beyond one week. It is for this reason that every Ahanta must have some stock of "Abele Azani" and pass it on to the family members before dying else it is believed that the ancestors will not welcome such a fellow in their midst.

Today Ahanta has lost in touch with "Abele Azani". I personally don't remember the last time I set my eyes on Abele Azani and let alone to taste it. How sad when we cherish the culture and practice of others and spite our own which gives our identity and spirituality as people.

Things are not the same anymore in Ahanta and I am very worried.

Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III

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On 18th June 2020, I went to my bank at Madina for transactions. I ended up leaving the banking hall unable to complete my business because I was heavily stigmatized as a survivor of COVID-19 but I was going to face the situation head-on.

Since I returned from COVID-19 treatment center, I have managed to surge above tides of stigmatization but what I experienced at the banking hall that day was really heartbreaking and a situation that made me very worthless as a human. It was really humiliating but I was not disappointed and discouraged.

After 22 days in quarantine, I needed some cash to sort myself out so I went to my bank at Madina, here in Accra for some quick transactions. I have a very good relationship with them but it has been a long time I went to banking hall to for transactions. Since the bank changed its name, I have never entered the banking hall. I usually sort myself out from the ATM and go my way but that day I needed to withdraw more cash and also do other transactions so it was imperative I go to the banking hall.

On entering the bank premises, I really appreciated their strict protocols in place to prevent infection and further spread of COVID-19. At the entrance, there this “Veronica bucket” filled with water. By the side of the “Veronica bucket” is liquid soap and tissue paper to satisfy the hand washing protocols. There is also a security guard who would direct anyone entering the banking hall to first wash his or her hands. The interesting thing is that one would have to use his or her foot to operate the “Veronica bucket” and that was my first time of seeing one like that.

Upon entering the banking hall, there is also another security guard who would ensure that your nose mask is properly fixed before directing you to a seat. Without nose mask, he would turn you away irrespective of your status as it is boldly written on the glass door “NO NOSE MASK, NO ENTERY”. Upon entering, the security guard would check your temperature with an infrared thermometer and again direct you to apply some hand sanitizer on your hands before directing you to sit down after asking you what you want to do in the banking hall.

After every one hour, the cleaner would come and disinfect the whole banking hall and clean all surfaces. I really loved and appreciated their stringent protocol measures in place to prevent the spread and infection of COVID-19 in the banking hall. That is exactly what many corporations and intuitions should do to protect their staffs from COVID-19 infections in these perilous times.

In spite of all the stringent and beautiful protocol measures in place, I left the banking hall unable to do my transactions because I was heavily stigmatized by people I thought are so professionals enough to know the dynamics of the time we find ourselves in. I felt very worthless as a being but I would return the following day very confrontational and not ready to tolerate "nonsense" of any kind from them in the name of COVID-19 stigmatization.

When I entered the banking hall, the security guard directed me to a seat and asked to sit down and wait till it reaches my turn so I sat down waiting patiently. It later got to my turn so I walked to my scheduled desk. The lady gave me a beautiful smile and a warm reception. She then directed me to sit down while still smiling to me and I smiled back. She was actually giving me best treats as a customer of the bank. She is not known to me but she was just doing her work as a staff of a bank whose ultimate responsibility is to give customers the best of treats and so I was happy with her.

I was in one of the locally made nose masks and I was really forcing to hold it to my nose as it was always slipping off my nose. Then a conversation struck and I told her I am in hurry to go home because I do not want to take chances as a former survivor of COVID-19. That suddenly changed everything and the beautiful lady with glowing smiles turned ugly instantly. She put on a frowned and hard face. Suddenly everything was not working as she kept shouting the system is not responding. All her beautiful smiles went away all of a sudden.

I sat waiting for the system to respond and pretended to watch something on my phone. While I was still sitting, she called the cleaner to come and clean her desk and where I am sitting but I still never minded because I have seen too many of such characters as a Police Officer. I was still pretending to watch something on my phone. I realized that another lady had come to join her. She then pointed finger above my head and whispered something into her ears but I was calm and smiling at whatever that was going on.

After a while, it became obvious that she was not going to attend to me because I had mentioned that I survived COVID-19. I then asked her whether she is afraid of me. I also asked her what if I never mentioned that I once got infected with COVID-19 and recovered? Would her attitude towards me changed?

I left the banking hall without finishing my transaction but not disappointed because the name of COVID-19 actually sound scary and probably I would have reacted the same way as she did in these times that all are try to stay safe. In fact, no one wants to hear the name of COVID-19 and let alone smile with people who once got infected so I understood her.

I left the banking hall but vowed to confront the issue at all fronts just to ensure that another COVID-19 survivor is not treated like that, especially by bank staffs who are supposed to know better. As soon as I left the banking hall I sent a mail to management of the bank and titled it “LET’S END COVID-19 STITGMATIZATION” and narrated my experience in the banking hall that day. Not quite long there was a response to my mail asking for my phone contact. As soon as I responded with my phone contact, I received a phone call from their sales manager who apologized to me almost in tears. She promised that she was going to query them but I insisted she should not but rather, they should provide the platform for some of us who survived COVID-19 to share our experiences with them to help reduce psychological fears associated with COVID-19 as that will go a long way to enhance their customer relationship in these times that we are all suspecting one another of COVID-19.

The following day I returned to the banking hall more confident that before. As soon as I entered the banking hall, I requested to see the manageress. I was directed to sit down and wait as there was another customer with her. This time I had put on a very hard face and not ready to tolerate any "nonsense" in the name of COVID-19 stigmatization as I experienced yesterday. I knew very well that that they have gotten reactions from mails I sent to their management.

Finally. I met the manageress and as soon I mentioned my name, she put on a very beautiful smile. I recounted my experience in the banking hall the previous day and she quickly apologized for whatever that happened. I took the opportunity to narrate to her my experience as a police investigator in these times of COVID-19 pandemic.

I told her how I suspected someone I was working on to be infectious but when I took the test with him, I ended up being positive and he was negative. I narrated briefly with her my experiences as one who got the virus and recovered and I told her that if there is someone to be scared of, it is those have never undergone COVID-19 test but not me because I have survived it and even in my case, my wife and son who stay under the same roof with me tested negative.

After several apologies, the manageress walked me to the desk and this time the lady saw me, smiled and greeted me. The manageress herself sat down with me to ensure that I go through with everything that I came to do in the banking hall successfully. I also noticed that lady was putting up a very positive attitude towards with a lot smiles once again. She was just at her bests again and realizing that, I asked the manageress to leave us and she left. I then took the opportunity to share my little experience with the lady. She also apologized to me and we all smiled. I left the banking hall with a lot of smiles and with a sense of a dignified human being.

I do not blame the lady for the treatments she gave me and that is why I insisted that her employers should not query her. Querying her will not solve the problem but what is really likely to solve the problem is when organizations give their personnel and staffs adequate knowledge and training on how to handle their customers and clients in these perilous times because they are also mindful of their lives and their families. Stigmatization is heightening because of ignorance and there is the need for organizations and intuitions to arm their staffs and personnel with adequate information on COVID-19.

I want end this by appreciating the management of the bank for their swift response to complaints. I would also appreciate the manageress at Madina branch and lastly the very lady who initially gave me that ugly treatment but later got to know that we are all in this COVID-19 crises together and no need to stigmatizing the one who survived it.

Together we can end the stigmatization.

Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III*

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Meet the multiple award-winning CEO: Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson

To be named among the Most Respected CEOs in Ghana is an enviable recognition and no mean achievement.

This is a dream nurtured by many yet only few have achieved.

But for a heroine like Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson, she is already living this dream with little or no effort.

This was made possible through utmost dedication, perseverance and dint of hard work backed by her loyalty to customer satisfaction in discharge of her duties as a revered Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a leading Facility Management Company.

Alluring Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson is a gem, a woman of dignity and integrity, a great achiever, a strong believer in God, a loving mother of all, a philanthropist and above all a star.

She is the CEO of the City Facilities Management Limited, a leading Ghanaian facility management company with a global reach which provides expert services to clients in realization of their problems, combining construction facilities, energy and asset management solutions, delivered by dedicated and expert teams towards achieving customer satisfaction.

This was at a night dedicated to celebrate and honor the most outstanding Chief Executives in corporate Ghana across a wide range of sectors.

The night witnessed the indefatigable Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson honoured with multiple awards to her credit.

In both categories of awards; the Facility Management and Commercial Cleaning Services, she was adjudged the winner of the year in the sector.

For those who knew her reputation, could not hold back but commended her highly for the recognition and concluded that she really deserves it, adding that, this goes to complement her wonderful deeds in the public sector.

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CEO of City Facilities Management wins Most Respected CEO at 2022 Ghana Industry CEO Awards

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the City Facilities Management Limited, Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson has been adjudged the Most Respected CEO of the year with two prestigious awards to her credit under the Facility Management and Commercial Cleaning Service categories respectively at the 2022 Ghana Industry CEOs Awards ceremony held at the plush auditorium of the Labadi Beach Hotel on eve of Friday November 18, 2022.

The 2022 Ghana Industry CEOs Awards are the fifth of an annual awards scheme aimed at identifying and publicly recognizing the most outstanding Chief Executives in corporate Ghana across a wide range of sectors. Eligible awardees include CEOs of both private and public sector corporations and institutions.

The scheme witnessed the selection of the awardees by the Ghanaian public who first nominated CEOs for shortlisting, following verification of the nominations; and who subsequently voted for the shortlisted nominees with those receiving the highest votes in each sector category being declared winners by the scheme’s official Validation partners.

Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson’s good deeds were celebrated and honored in two folds when she picked up the two (2) prestigious awards; 2 medals, plaques and beautiful certificates of honor amidst rapturous cheers and jubilation at the colorful ceremony which marks the highly anticipated event greatly patronized by dignified CEOs , celebrities, traditional authorities including crème de la crème of the society.

Expressing her heartfelt joy in an interview just after receiving the accolades, the Ghana’s Most Respect CEO, Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson averred that her excitement knew no bounds when her name was pronounced a winner for the two categories of the esteemed awards but it never came as a shock to her owing to the commitment, dedication and hard work exuded in discharge of her duties strongly backed by her diligent working staff at the City Facilities Management Services Ltd. which is shaping the Commercial Cleaning Service sector in Ghana and beyond.

Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson who derives her motivation from helping others including guaranteeing optimum client satisfaction said she looks up to the wonderful support she enjoys from her working staff regardless of the challenging economic times the country is faced with which is affecting businesses.

"They have been the backbone of the company and very supportive. I have seen that even in these challenging times we are currently going through, they’re still working assiduously with excellence and I feel so excited to have such working staff around me".

When asked what the future holds for her outfit as far as winning the prestigious award is concerned, the City Facilities Management Limited, CEO said:

“Well, honestly more business but more importantly for us to be recognized then, that means that we’ve been doing something right so we want to continue to maintain the standards if not even go higher than we are doing right".

She furthered: “To always uplift the standard and make Ghana proud, that it is not only done in Europe or elsewhere but we can do it right here”.

City Facilities Management Limited is a quality, non-stop building maintenance contractor which provides expert services and support to clients in realization of their problems, combining construction facilities, energy and asset management solutions, delivered by dedicated and expert teams to achieve customer satisfaction.

CFM provides prompt and efficient services by attaching the utmost sense of urgency when it comes to client satisfaction. Their cleaning standards are, procedures and schedules are of international standards.

The awards night witnessed CEOs of both private and public sector corporations and institutions celebrated for excellence in various categories. For winners of GH Titans Awards category, Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministry, Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Mr. Gopal V. Vasu, Managing Director of M&G Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Dr. Daniel Mckorley, CEO of MCDAN Group was honored among hosts of others.

For the Ingenious Banking Sector, Mr. Daniel Asiedu, Managing Director of OMNIBSIC Bank emerged winner while Dr. Abraham Ato Ahinful pronounced winner under the Product Distribution awards category.

Source:Joseph Wemakor

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Human Rights Reporters' Joshua Adjei writes: The rights of the child is paramount

It is true that every parent wants the best for their children and will want to instill discipline into their wards to make them better. However, the way and manner at which some children are treated by their parents are very inhumane and unspeakable.

The Ghanaian child has to be respected because everyone including children, whether black or white, male or female and regardless of place of residence has fundamental human rights that needs to be respected. It is so heart-breaking to see the way some children are subjected to all forms of abuse in the name of instilling discipline.

It is also rather unfortunate that all these abuses are occurring right under the nostrils of the Ghanaian Laws concerning human rights, particularly the rights of the child.

The expose by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) which displayed the heart-breaking photograph of a young girl who had both hands and legs tied up and almost naked for several hours by her own father is a breach of human rights at its core.

This is absolutely inhumane and ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms.

Treating a girl of that age in that manner is not something any teenager will wish for. Clearly, the rights of the child have been infringed upon. She has been treated like an animal instead of a human being.

This treatment, apart from it being an infringement upon her right as a child, also has lots of psychological and emotional impact in her relationship with others in the society.

This will be due to the stigmatisation she would be subjected to by her peers and will also live in fear of others in the society.

But what does the law say about this brutal act? Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment”.

This law about human rights has clearly been breached and made of no effect in this case. Also, article 2 of the children’s Act 1998 of the constitution of Ghana states that the child’s best interest is paramount and needs to be upheld.

This brutal action is definitely not in the best interests of any child. Also article 6 of the Children’s act indicates that every action towards the child should be to his or her survival and development.

With this I doubt any child can survive and develop in this hostile environment.

The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) did a marvelous job by exposing the unfortunate saga which broke out on Friday July 15, 2022. Since then, it’s Executive Director, Joseph Kobla Wemakor and the team has never rest on their laurels made several follow-ups on the matter which led to the intervention of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s Department of Social Welfare and Community Development Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP).

The end result which brought the good news about the rescue of the child in September which was celebrated by the world.

This is a gesture the Human Rights Reporters Ghana really welcomed and applauded and even carried out in a publication which attracted global attention as a form of recognition for a brilliant job done by its stakeholders; the Social Welfare Department and the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection.

But since this noble intervention by the Ghanaian authorities, no attempt has equally been made to bring the perpetrator of this heinous crime to book.

The Human Rights Reporters Ghana has learnt with utmost shock father of the victim, Yaw Asanga, a former security officer; an employee of Okomfo Anokye Hospital in the Ashanti Region is still walking a free man despite assurances from Mr. Godfred Abogo, the Unit Head for the Department of Social Welfare at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly that he is under investigation and would surely be handed over to the police for prosecution.

The question is, five (5) months ago since this issue broke out, what has stopped the Ghana Police Service from prosecuting this criminal through support from the KMA Department of Social Welfare in the Ashanti Region?.

We are much aware that the Ghana Police Service is privy to this sensitive saga which has become of a public interest due to its magnitude.

We are also of a firm belief that both institutions are working together for the common good of humanity and to resolve issues of this nature as far as human/child rights are concerned. So what stops them from doing their work?

Beyond the shock, the Human Rights Reporters Ghana is also learning that one of its sources (an eyewitness of this saga) almost got lynched by the same perpetrator last month for reporting the incident to the staunch human rights group which led to the rescue of the 7-year-old victim.

According to the HRRG’s beleaguered source who narrowly escaped from being lynched, Yaw Asanga (perpetrator) mobilized a group young men to beat him up after they chased after him upon his visit to the same vicinity where the bizarre incident happened.

He however, escaped through the intervention of a woman (a “Good Samaritan”) who came to his rescue by opening her house gate to him to hide in the house after which he managed to escape through the backdoor. The HRRG’s source (name withheld) wondered why his good deed which led to the rescue of that unfortunate child would land him into trouble to the point of even costing his dear life.

Quite a sad development there. This could only be attributed to the porous work done by the authorities for not bringing Yaw Asanga, the perpetrator to book. The Human Rights Reporters Ghana is currently investigating this matter which has become of grave public interest thoroughly and would make its outcome as soon as possible.

As a concern advocate for the speechless, I suggest that this matter should be looked into very well and all those involved in this child's maltreatment should be dealt with ruthlessly according to the law. This will serve as a deterrent to anyone who flouts the laws governing the fundamental rights of the Ghanaian child.

The Department of Social Welfare at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly must visit the drawing board at once and help complete the good work it has started. It should collaborate with Ghana Police Service to arrest and prosecute Mr. Yaw Asanga, the tyrant who brutally assaulted, tortured and abused his 7-year-old girl for stealing a ‘common’ biscuit.

I humbly call on the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service, Dr George Akuffo Dampare and the Minister Gender Children and Social Protection, Lariba Zuweira Abudu to immediately step in and put pressure on their men to work to ensure that justice is served the victim and the perpetrator is brought to book to serve as deterrent to others law breakers.

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Only 14% of Ghanaians use clean fuels – 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia laments

Ghana’s Second Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Samira Bawumia, has bemoaned the poor adoption of clean energy in Ghana, with statistics showing that most people use unsafe options.

Mrs. Bawumia, an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, highlighted the latest data pointing to the fact that “about 14% of the population currently cook with clean fuels and technology and 32% are using improved cookstoves”.

This marks a “slow but steady growth” after Ghana adopted the ISO standard for clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions.

The Second Lady of Ghana, who has been on a relentless campaign for clean energy, observed that there had been efforts to set a minimum standard, develop labels, and upgrade testing centres, all in an effort to ensure world-class market development of clean cooking solutions in Ghana.

Currently, the Ghanaian government is also promoting the adoption of LPG by 50% as the primary cooking fuel by 2030.

Mrs. Bawumia made these known at the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum in Accra on October 11.

Delivering the opening remarks at the event, which witnessed a high attendance by global leaders, she revealed that globally, especially in some developing countries, more than 2.5 billion continue to rely on wood, coal, charcoal, agriculture residues, or animal dung to cook their meals and heat their homes.

“These homes become dangerous places to be, simply because the energy sources they use release high levels of pollutants that are harmful to their health,” She said.

She was particularly concerned that the lack of access to clean cooking in sub-Saharan Africa remains acute.

“It is the only region where the number of those without access continues to rise. The share of those with access just increased from 15% in 2015 to 17% in 2020,” she noted.

Explaining reasons for adopting clean cooking methods, she stated that air pollution causes more than 7 million deaths every year, with 1.1 million deaths occurring in Africa.

“Household air pollution, which is driven largely by indoor cookstoves, accounted for 700,000 fatalities, while increased outdoor air pollution claimed four hundred thousand 400,000 lives.

“In Ghana, the World Bank estimates that sixteen thousand (16,000) people die prematurely from air pollution every year. Each number in these millions represents a mother, father, son, daughter, or friend who is loved by his / her loved ones. These deaths are avoidable and unacceptable,” She emphasised.

To support her resolve for clean cooking initiatives, she cited the State of Global Air study, which pointed out that about 236,000 newborn infants are estimated to have died of air-pollution-related causes in sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition, studies by a team of researchers led by Boston College and the UN Environment Programme examining the toll on children’s developing brains revealed that air pollution exposure to infants and young children resulted in the loss of 1.96 billion IQ points across the continent.

“This will no doubt have serious consequences for the future of the continent,” She stressed as she called on leaders to formulate clean energy policies.

As global leaders aim to achieve net zero by 2050, Mrs Bawumia quickly added that “clean cooking is an essential part of achieving this”.

She was of the view that emission reductions have to go hand-in-hand with efforts to ensure clean energy access for all by 2030.

Therefore, she identified sound public policies, a holistic approach, and long-term commitment from all development actors as some factors that will make the objective a reality.

“Reducing cooking emissions is critical to reducing forest degradation, improving health, empowering women, and children, protecting the environment, and helping achieve numerous other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We will be letting down a significant portion of the world population if we pay only lip service to clean energy access, particularly clean cooking, especially in Africa.

“Let us choose to strengthen partnerships to better effectively address the issues of clean energy solutions. The cost of inaction is too high; we must act now!”

Having been at the forefront of clean energy campaigns, Mrs Bawumia lobbied for the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum to be hosted by Ghana.

It follows a highly successful WHO programme in Geneva, Switzerland, where Mrs Bawumia called on world leaders to take immediate action to increase access to clean energy.

Some of the global leaders who participated in the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum include H.E. Ingrid Mollestad, Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana; H.E. Virginia A. Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana; Honorable Katja Lasseur, Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy in Ghana; Vincent Wierda, IDE Energy Lead, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Capital Development Fund; Carla Montesi, Director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships; Dymphna van der Lans, CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance; Shirley McAlpine, Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates; Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Founder and CEO of the Energy Nexus Network; Dr. Leela Hazzah, Executive Director & Co-founder, Lion Guardians and Co-founder & Leadership Council, WE Africa; Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy; Ashvin Dayal, Senior Vice President Power and Climate, Rockefeller Foundation; and H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana; and Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy, Ghana.

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Unwarranted arrest, detention of civilians worrying– Human Rights Reporters’ Joseph Wemakor discusses police brutality in Ghana

Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Wemakor asserts that the Ghanaian police service lacks human rights education, a situation significantly contributing to the incessant police brutality which eventually amounts to wanton violations of people’s freedom and fundamental human rights which is indeed worrying.

Mr. Wemakor contends that unless the police administration put its right foot forward to ensure their men in uniform are properly schooled on human rights in order to be armed to the teeth with the information, knowledge and skills required to work with, Ghanaians would continue to bear the brunt of the relentless brutalities and unprofessional conduct by some unscrupulous police officers against members of the public which put lives at risk.

In an interview with Victoria Beeko Danso, host of HB Pulse on Homebase TV, during the wee hours of yester when he appeared on the show to discuss on the topic: “Police Brutality” on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the staunch human rights activist enlightened the public on the shortcomings of the Ghanaian police while citing a typical case of police brutality which his attention was recently drawn to, to buttress his point.

In the case which smacks of an assault perpetrated against two unarmed civilians as a result of unprofessional conduct exhibited by some police officers due to unwarranted arrest and detention without any official charges for wrongdoing.

One of the victim, 23-year-old, Richmond Amedey who assists his father with sales in his drinking bar near his residence located at Dawhenya-Abbey near Prampram in the Greater Accra Region was allegedly picked up on the eve of Friday September 23, 2022 together with two other young men under a mysterious circumstance by the Devtracco Estate police patrol team.

According to the HRRG’s sources, the police officers numbering seven (7) who are members of the patrol team in the company of ACP Foli, their commander barged into the drinking spot on that fateful night at exactly 8:00pm where Richmond was on duty and without any formal introduction, interrupted the ongoing activities and commenced a search on anything they laid their hands on including opening bottles containing liquors meant for sale in a manner which demonstrates sheer unprofessionalism.

Some of these officers were alleged to have covered their faces with black masks in a bid to conceal their real identities which is uncalled-for.

They were not bothered to even ask of the whereabouts of the parents of the young bartender when thy barged into the spot, let’s alone keep them informed about their mission but went straight ahead to carry out their nefarious operation with show of bravado.

It was not clear what they might be looking out for which prompted the visitation and the quest for the unwarranted search. From the look in their faces, one could see that these men in uniform were on a target to hunt down someone upon a tipoff.

Unfortunately their search was conducted without a proof of a search warrant or any form of identification to indicate their intention.

Despite their eager search, it emerged that they could not find what they were actually looking for so they became frustrated, dejected and worried in the end.

They have therefore decided to make away with a jackpot machine (Chinese game) owned and operated by the drinking spot.

This, however did not go down well with Richmond therefore he protested to ask the officers the reason for action without any prior information.

It appears the action of the young man might have provoked the officers to unjustly pick him up and have him dragged into their waiting patrol vehicle where he was whisked away to the Devtracco Estate Police Station in company of two others who were picked along the road.

When he asked what his offence was, he was simply told to come and defend the jackpot machine upon visit to the station.

But upon reaching the police station, he was put straight behind bars together with one of his accomplice without even asked to defend the machine contrary to the assertion of the police prior to his arrest.

Fortunately, one of them (third person) was released instantly upon reaching the police station through the demands of an unknown phone caller on the pretext that he had developed a mental problem.

It wasn’t clear who that unknown caller might be and why he gave such an order for the immediate release of the boy which the police Commander complied with without any hesitation.

The long and short of it all was that Richmond Amedey and his colleague spent 3 nights unjustly and unlawfully behind bars for no official charges of wrongdoing levelled against them despite efforts by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana boss and his lawyer to get them released.

Mr. Wemakor observed that he got infuriated at the conduct of the police officers when the case was reported to him via a distress call during the wee hours of Saturday September 24, 2022.

He sought to intervene for the immediate release of the victims and requested for the contact details of the Devtracco Estate Police Commander, ACP Foli which he gladly received from the victim’s father, Godwin Amedey.

But his good efforts were thwarted by the police commander ACP Foli who ignored all his numerous phone calls.

“Upon receiving a distress call pertaining to this unfortunate incident, I did not hesitate to request for the contact number of Commander ACP Foli to intervene for the immediate release of the victims at all”.

“My calls went unanswered for three (3) consecutive times when I first placed a call to him upon receiving his contact. I later sent him a text message introducing myself and my intention of contacting with the hope that he might return my call but to no avail.

“I waited anxiously to hear from him but still no sign of his call therefore I initiated another call and then I was fortunate to hear him answer me.

I quickly introduced myself to him again and reminded him of my intention, but guess what instead of going ahead to confirm to me whether his men have truly arrested and detained the young men the night before when I demanded to know from him.

According to Mr Wemakor, ACP Foli rather chose to ask him a question: “Are you interviewing me or asking me a question?”.

He wondered why a whole police commander would behave in such an unprofessional manner of asking his boys to go and unlawfully arrest and detain unarmed civilians for three (3) good nights without any charges of crime levelled against them.

The two (2) victims were later freed on Monday September 26, 2022 afternoon after unjustly spending 3 nights in the police custody but the controversies surrounding the entire case still persists with its challenges for the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) to explore and unravel to name and shame these officers who misconducted themselves.

Unfortunately, Richmond Amedey (victim) could not tell his story when contacted on phone during the show due to technical challenges.

One question that remains in mind is that what could be the reason for the needles action taken by the Devtracco Estate police patrol team to arrest innocent civilians when it is clear that they have not committed any crime?.

Another question is why was 3 people (suspect) picked up and one person got released that same night at the police station while the other 2 were meant to spend 3 nights behind bars unjustly?

Surely, this show will uncover all the mysteries surrounding this saga and offer you more insights into the police brutality phenomenon in Ghana.

Don’t miss the next week edition of the HB Pulse on Homebase TV with your host, the talented and elegant Victoria Beeko Danso.

Watch a video on the discussion below:



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McGharbins Network partner HRRG, NYA, PLO Lumumba Foundation et al. to stage the biggest youth gathering in Volta Region

All roads lead to the plush auditorium of the Ho Technical University in the Volta Region on Friday 7th to Saturday 8th October 2022 for the biggest youth gathering to be staged in the history of Volta Region for that matter Ghana.

Dubbed: "McGharbins Youth Connect - Fill The HTU Auditorium" is a brainchild of McGharbins Network, a youth-led advocacy group working in the Volta Region strongly supported by the Volta Regional Youth Network, Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO, Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs, National Youth Authority (NYA), LoveAid Foundation, PLO Lumumba Foundation Ghana and hosts of other youth groups in the Region.

The event which comes on the theme: “PURPOSE, PASSION AND PROFIT” is an avenue for young people to connect and identify their purpose, passion and above all the opportunity to realize their full potentials in life while maximizing it to make profits.

It is also geared towards promoting safe spaces for the youth and young people to learn and cultivate essential skills necessary to thrive in the system.

Executive Director of McGharbins Network, Albert Gharbin in an interview with the Human Rights Reporters averred that the much anticipated : "McGharbins Youth Connect - Fill The HTU Auditorium" is the biggest ever youth gathering event to hit the Volta Region aiming to connect young people to opportunities, empower and build their capacities in policies, decision making and leadership to help them thrive in life.

“It seeks to bring together policymakers, children, youths including other stakeholders in the Volta Region to discuss on the topic: “The Volta Regional Development Plan” in alignment with our “National Development Agenda” and within the broader context of the Global Goals".

The 2-day historic event is also expected to bring together young entrepreneurs to collaborate and take advantage of some opportunities being offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to businesses and boost tourism for the numerous tourist sites in the Volta Region.

In addition, it would help promote climate action through public awareness of the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) framework as a means to foster local participation, inclusion and build long lasting solutions through the bottom-up approach.

The event will be graced by a line-up of distinguished speakers including Moses B. Arthur, Cwesi Oteng Desmond, Prof. Tonisha Tagoe, Daniel Sarpong, Jesse Agyapong and many others.

The keynote address will be delivered by Kwame A.A Opoku, a Futurist, Global Keynote Speaker, Web 3.0 Builder, Communication Aficionado, Investor, SDGs Advocate & Business Coach.

Mr. Opoku also doubles as one of Africa’s Most Sought After Business and Digital Transformation Coaches with over 15+ Years Experience across 80+ Countries in 4 Continents.

The much-awaited McGharbins Youth Connect event is also intended to help accelerate the quest of developing “GREEN” innovations in the Volta Region and boost Agribusiness.

All youth residing in Volta Region and beyond are cordially invited to fully participate and explore the wonderful opportunities at stake.

Tickets are available for grabs at GH¢20.00 (Regular), GH¢50.00 (VIP) and GHGH¢100.00 (VVIP).

For tickets or more information about the event, please call 0248968311/ 0207409956 or Email: [email protected]


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International fashion designer Priyanka Mallick joined at COP27, Egypt.

International fashion designer Priyanka Mallick joined COP27 in Egypt , virtually. She is a community adviser and member of the United Nations International and the Royal Commonwealth Society of the United Kingdom. She attended the meetings of the Food System Pavilion by FAO and UNFCC. She raised her voice about the climate emergency , hunger crisis, and gender equality for climate justice.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters.

“This outcome moves us forward,” said Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. “We have determined a way forward on a decades-long conversation on funding for loss and damage – deliberating over how we address the impacts on communities whose lives and livelihoods have been ruined by the very worst impacts of climate change.”

Set against a difficult geopolitical backdrop, COP27 resulted in countries delivering a package of decisions that reaffirmed their commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The package also strengthened action by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change, as well as boosting the support of finance, technology and capacity building needed by developing countries.

Creating a specific fund for loss and damage marked an important point of progress, with the issue added to the official agenda and adopted for the first time at COP27.

Governments took the ground-breaking decision to establish new funding arrangements, as well as a dedicated fund, to assist developing countries in responding to loss and damage. Governments also agreed to establish a ‘transitional committee’ to make recommendations on how to operationalize both the new funding arrangements and the fund at COP28 next year. The first meeting of the transitional committee is expected to take place before the end of March 2023.

Parties also agreed on the institutional arrangements to operationalize the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage, to catalyze technical assistance to developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

COP27 saw significant progress on adaptation, with governments agreeing on the way to move forward on the Global Goal on Adaptation, which will conclude at COP28 and inform the first Global Stocktake, improving resilience amongst the most vulnerable. New pledges, totaling more than USD 230 million, were made to the Adaptation Fund at COP27. These pledges will help many more vulnerable communities adapt to climate change through concrete adaptation solutions. COP27 President Sameh Shoukry announced the Sharm el-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda, enhancing resilience for people living in the most climate-vulnerable communities by 2030. UN Climate Change’s Standing Committee on Finance was requested to prepare a report on doubling adaptation finance for consideration at COP28 next year.

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The author Writer Bhaiya finally spoke about his life and revealed where he hailed from

Writer Bhaiya, also known as Aditya Singh, is an Indian Author who published the book “The Cycle of Reasons: — 24 Reasons”

Writer Bhaiya has been yielding unreleased compositions for years when publishing houses were more well-known than self-publishing. On the occasion of his birthday, he addressed a group and shattered his curtain of silence when questioned about his childhood, career, and personal life.

Statement over Early Life

In response to a question regarding how his life drove him to reserve Writer Bhaiya as a pen name unintentionally; as mentioned by him on his Instagram story, the beloved author Writer Bhaiya made the following statement:-

“I go by the pen name Writer Bhaiya online as a token of love, but as the proportion of people is cognizant, my forename is Aditya Singh stepped into the world at merely six months as a premature baby in Mumbai on October 2nd.

In the 20th century, my family immigrated to Mumbai from Bihar. I attended high school in Mumbai. As a young child, I caused trouble and was typically mischievous to everybody around me. I grew up to be a reserved person in school after a certain age as a response to childhood and generational trauma.

Everything in 2016 began abruptly as a part of my chaotic life when I began to express myself with a pen in my hand on a piece of paper after sobbing one day over not being able to express myself how I wanted to. As a teen, I started to compose Hindi Shayari and poems. I eventually started penning fictional short tales, poetry, and letters devoted to my friends with compassion and love. My life took unexpected turns in 2017, which bounded me to chronicle my suffering in a journal.

I joined Instagram in 2017. In 2018, I began sporadically sharing my writings on Instagram Stories. My composed piece of prose on stories caught the attention of my loved ones & acquaintances more often than in everyday life, where I would disguise most of my crafted work. As time passed, my acquaintances began referring to me as a WRITER. Pairing the title my companions drew me and the premise that I was a Bihari dwelling in Mumbai, some people alluded me as Bhaiya in an unkind and insulting manner, prompting me to share the title: — Writer Bhaiya as my PEN NAME.

In the years 2017 and 2019, I suffered from depression twice. I battled ADHD struggles for years without recognising it was ADHD, and have been dealing with anxiety and panic attacks for two years. Since 2018, I have produced unpublished works every year and have worked as a ghostwriter for a year on different platforms.”

Statement over Career

Writer Bhaiya outlined his family in regard to his story to a person in the group who hugged him and sobbed in front of him questioning; if people are worthy of lingering as writers despite disobeying their parents.

“My family was unaware of the outcome of fear I held to my heart to notify them that I had released my first book after penning articles for entities and ghostwriting for savings on the internet because I had never aspired in childhood to stand destined as an author.

In 2022, I published a book titled “The Cycle Of Reasons:- 24 Reasons” as everyone present here is aware.

In an effort to; safeguard one life, I penned 24 reasons to continue existing in the world and journeying as a wanderer in pursuit of serenity and tranquilly and to recognise his responsibility to others as a writer and a debut author. Follow where your heart leads you with your career,” says Writer Bhaiya implies them that they can if they have a lamp in their hearts.

Statement over Personal life

Adding to his previous answer, Writer Bhaiya said, “I was born in a Hindu Family. I had strong ties with my family while I was young, but as I became a grown-up, my ties with them were erratic and periodically unfortunate as the clash of trauma made me numb as a teen.”

In striving to retain a boundary among his personal, social, and professional lives, writer Bhaiya adheres to a professional code of ethics. As a response, he denied politely asking to refrain from such questions, which made limited information to be verified; about his personal life in general.

However, he is said to have a girlfriend who has been with him since they were in high school.

His depression in 2019 drove him to consider suicide a second time, and he disclosed as considerably on Instagram, saying that if the light didn’t break through the sea of his darkness, he almost gave up on life.

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