Royal Philips Road show in Africa: Ghana to Get a Digital Display of its Historic Monument from Royal Philips Electronics

Ghana's Independent Monument since A.D 1957

Ghana’s Independent Monument since A.D 1957

The Dutch electronics giant, Royal Philips has announced that is giving Ghana a digital display of its historic monument at the country’s city square in the capital, Accra.

This according to Philips is a spectacular illumination of Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument with its latest LED lighting technology, boosting the beautification of the city of Accra and cutting energy consumption by 80%.

Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument is one of the most important landmarks in Ghana and the place is revered by most Ghanaians and Africans in general as the place for the emancipation of the African people from colonialism.

The area also includes a city square which is also one of the largest city squares in Africa. It was built by Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 and was dedicated to Africans who were being colonized by Western imperial powers at the time. Ghana was the first country in Sub-Sahara Africa to gain independence in 1957 from the Great Britain.

The Dutch diversified Technology Company is showcasing its LED lighting solutions in Ghana as part of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Road show.

The road show according to Philips focuses on key challenges facing Africa today and the need for energy-efficient lighting. Philips has therefore committed to lighting up and illuminating iconic monuments in every city it has visited during the road show with its latest LED technology, lighting makeover of historic and well-recognized monuments across the Ten African Cities it has projected to cover during the road show.

Philips said its digital LED lighting technology creates more light, while making it more focused and controlled. This state-of-the-art lighting system will allow the Black Star Monument to minimize light spill by directing the light exactly to where it is needed; emphasizing the vertical elements of the structure.

The company also added that has provided all aspects of the LED lighting at the monument, including design consultation, management of the installation with local contractors, programming, commissioning and overall project management.

Chief Executive Officer of Philips West Africa, Abdallah Hussein said in statement copied to the NationalTurk that his company is very proud to have brought innovation to Ghana which would benefit the country.

“The spectacular lighting of the Black Star Monument in Accra demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty in lighting, we are very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this iconic monument and contributing towards the preservation of Ghanaian heritage”.

“For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument. The lighting really had to enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it. We are very proud of the final result; this reflects how Philips’ lighting innovations provide completely new opportunities to policy makers and governments to enhance city beautification and at the same time contribute to energy saving”, Mr. Hussein said.

The new lighting solutions from Philips will highlight and enhance the architectural, structural quality and aesthetic beauty of the city of Accra, making it one of the most iconic cities in Africa.

Ghana’s city square attracts a lot of tourists around the world and tourism expert say this innovation by Philips would increase the number of tourists to Ghana.

Tourism is one of the areas in the economy the Ghanaian government has targeted of exploring to be able to attract investors and tourists all over the world into the country.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa Tourism News

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African World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana Eliminates Zambia from Brazil 2014

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi to reach the playoff of Brazil 2014 World Cup

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the second capital, Kumasi on Friday evening, which provided one of the best entertainments in football.

The victory secured by the Black Stars ensures that they have booked their place in the playoff of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.

An 18th-minute controversial header by Abdul Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow gave the hosts an early lead before Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah doubled the lead  just after the hour mark to give Ghana a precious home win over Zambia, who were in a must-win situation to advance to the final round.

Zambia pulled one back in the 72nd-minute through a carpet shot by Nathan Sinkala of TP Mazembe but the visitors could not go any further.

Ghana’s squad witnessed the return of stars Michael Essien and Andre Ayew, who returned after a long absence to help the team avoid any upset against the 2012 African Cup of Nations winners.

Ghana won their group D with 15 points while Zambia finished second with 11 points. Sudan is set to host Lesotho in the final of the Group D game on Sunday. Both sides have two points.

The rest of the final face of the group stages will be decided on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Group A: Saturday: Central African Republic v Ethiopia (Brazzaville), South Africa v Botswana (Durban)

Group B: Saturday: Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea (Freetown), Tunisia v Cape Verde (Rades)

Group C: Saturday: Gambia v Tanzania (Bakau), Ivory Coast v Morocco (Abidjan)

Group D: Ghana 2-1 Zambia (Kumasi, played), Sunday: Sudan v Lesotho (Omdurman)

Group E: Saturday: Burkina Faso v Gabon (Ouagadougou), Niger v Congo-Brazzaville (Niamey)

Group F: Saturday: Kenya v Namibia (Nairobi), Nigeria v Malawi (Calabar)

Group G: Sunday: Zimbabwe v Mozambique (Harare), Tuesday: Egypt v Guinea (Alexandria)

Group H: Sunday: Benin v Rwanda (Porto Novo), Tuesday: Algeria v Mali (Blida)

Group I: Sunday: Cameroon v Libya (Yaounde), Togo v DR Congo (Lome)

Group J: Saturday: Angola v Liberia (Lubango), Senegal v Uganda (Marrakesh)

Issaka Adam / NationalTurk Africa Sports



Kenya ICC Row: Kenyan Parliament Officially Accept Motion to Leave the ICC

The Kenyan Parliament has accepted a motion to quite the ICC

The Kenyan Parliament has accepted a motion to quite the ICC

Kenyan Members of Parliament have officially approved a motion to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) following an emergency debate between the government and the opposition.

Opposition Members of Parliament boycotted the vote but the bill will be introduced back to the house in the next 30 days for it to be finally ratified.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has charged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President, William Ruto with crimes against humanity following violence that broke out after disputed elections in 2007, in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were on opposite sides during the 2007 election but formed an alliance for the last ended elections to beat long time opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

The Kenyan parliament is dominated by the Jubilee coalition formed by the current ruling government and opposition leader, Raila Odinga described the pulling out of Kenya from the ICC as “capricious” and “ill-considered”.

But the majority leader in parliament, Adan Duale told reporters after the bill was accepted that the United States of America had refused to sign the Rome Statute which establishes the ICC to protect its citizens and soldiers from potentially politically motivated prosecutions, and that Kenya should follow the same trend.

“Let us protect our citizens, let us defend the sovereignty of the nation of Kenya, the President and the vice President were lawfully elected and the government would take steps to immediately withdraw from the Rome Statute’’, Mr. Duale stated.

Meanwhile, the ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah told the BBC African Service that Kenya’s withdrawal would have no bearing on the cases against the two men.

“A withdrawal has an effect only for the future and never for the past, the ICC will go ahead to press charges against the two men and their failure to cooperate with the ICC could lead to International Arrest Warrant issued against them’’, he said.

In May this year at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, the African Union strongly accused the ICC of hunting Africans because of their race.

The International Criminal Court was set up in 2002 to deal with genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The Rome statue establishing the ICC has been ratified by 122 countries including 34 countries in Africa.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

South Africa Mine Strike: Massive Mine Strike Grips the Republic of South Africa

Massive mine strike has gripped South Africa

Massive mine strike has gripped South Africa

Labour Union groups in the Republic of South Africa have said that some 80,000 gold miners in the country have gone on an indefinite strike to call for increment in their wages.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for a 10% wage rise but their demands have been kicked against by mines authorities. Mines authorities say they can afford 6% but it has been rejected by the workers.

President Jacob Zuma has appealed to the mineworkers to accept the offer amid looking for a solution to avert a stoppage that will hurt Africa’s largest economy.

Analysts say the strike by the mineworkers could cost South Africa more than $30m a day in lost of output that will be a significant blow to the South African economy.

Mine authorities also say it could lead to gold mines closing and thousands of jobs being lost, following a fall in the price of gold on the work market.

Spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, Charmane Russell told the Reuters African Service that the miners are determined not to go to work until their demands are met.

“It has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground, they wants their demands met at all cost’’, she said.

There were unsubstantiated claims that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it is determined to end the culture of low pay to mineworkers dating back to the apartheid. Apartheid which was the rule of only the minority whites ended in 1994, Nelson Mandela led the struggle.

According to government statistics, the average South African miner’s monthly pay including personal allowances and benefits is estimated to be around 15,840 rand ($1,500) at the end of last year.

But analysts say mineworkers see that they are due a bigger share from the multi-billion-dollar industry establishment by the mines companies which is largely owned by the whites.

South Africans were shocked last year when police shot dead 34 platinum miners during an unofficial strike at the Marikana Mine close to the city of Rustenburg.

Issaka Adams NationalTurk Africa News






Blaise Compaore Assassination Attempt: Burkina Faso President Survives Deadly Assassination Attempt

President Blaise Compaore  survived an assasination attempt over the weekend

President Blaise Compaore survived an assasination attempt over the weekend

Officials in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou have told reporters that President Blaise Compaore has survived an assassination attempt by a fugitive ex soldier.

Romuald Tuina, an ex-deserted soldier of the Regiment Security at the Presidency (RSP) was reportedly to have broken into the Presidential Palace over the weekend unnoticed by the presidential guards.

Mr. Tuina was said to have then opened fire on the office of the president but a quick response by the security forces, shot him dead instantly.

The Fasozine Newspaper quoted deputy prosecutor of the Burkina Faso High Court, Blaise Bazie as saying that Mr. Tuina was shot because he had tried to break into the Presidential Palace and carry out what was believed to be assassination of the president.

“A former soldier named Romuald Tuina was killed in the crossfire between military and him on the night of August 30, 2013, he was wearing a military uniform improperly and tried to deceive the vigilance of a sentinel and had attacked a guard regiment of presidential security and nearly got the President”, Mr. Blaise Bazié told the Fasozine Newspaper.

Romuald Tuina on 11 April 2012 was said to have robbed a bank in a broad daylight in Ouagadougou and carried more than seven million CFA francs and fled to neighboring Cote d’Ivoire.

The fact that a wanted soldier could successfully penetrate presidential security has raised concerns about the efficiency of the country’s security situation especially at the Presidency.

President Blaise Compaore came to power in 1987 in a bloody coup d’état in which the then-president, Thomas Sankara was assassinated.

But Mr. Compaore has insisted that Sankara’s death was an accident, but the circumstances surrounding Sankara’s death was never being investigated.

Mr. Compaore reversed many of the Sankara’s policies, claiming that his policies were a rectification of the Burkinabe revolution.

Burkina Faso attained full independence from France on 5 August 1960. The person who spearheaded the independence was Maurice Yameogo, the then leader of the Voltaic Democratic Union (VDU) and later became the first President of the country.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

Ghana Election Petition Challenge: Ghana’s Supreme Court Throws out Election Petition Challenge against President Mahama

The Supreme Court of Ghana has upheld President Mahama's victory

The Supreme Court of Ghana has upheld President Mahama’s victory

The Supreme Court of the Republic of has dismissed an election petition by the opposition to annul and overturn President John Mahama’s victory in last year’s general elections.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) alleged in court that Mr. Mahama won the election fraudulently but Mr. Mahama and his ruling National Democratic Party (NDC) denied the allegation strongly.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) had asked the court to annul some four million votes, alleging the result was tampered with to guarantee Mr. Mahama victory in the first round of the election.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) argued that any mistakes made by polling station officials while recording ballots was not an attempt to subvert democracy, and there were insufficient grounds for the court to overturn the result.

But the nine member Supreme Court led by Justice William Atuguba stated on clear terms that Mr. Mahama was “validly elected’’ by the people.

President Mahama of Ghana

President Mahama of Ghana

Leader of the opposition party, Nana Akufo-Addo told reporters after the court ruling that he is highly disappointed in the ruling but he accepts the ruling unconditionally and urged his party supporters to do likewise.

“Everything in my bones, in my upbringing and in what I have done in my life thus far makes it imperative that I accept the decision made by the highest court of the land, however much I dislike or disagree with it. I am saddened by the verdict and I know many of our supporters are saddened too. We must embark on the path that builds rather than destroys to deal with our disappointments’’, Nana Akufo-Addo told reporters after the ruling.

The ruling was announced live on television and radio to show as a sign of judicial transparency which Ghana has Africa championed.

After the ruling, crowds of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters emerged to stand on the court stairs, singing and waving white handkerchiefs and jubilating.

President Mahama and his vice, Mr. Amissah Attah watched the proceedings at the Flagstaff-House which the official office for government businesses. Mr. Mahama posted on his Facebook page that the court’s decision has cemented Ghana’s credentials in democracy in Africa.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a confirmation that Ghana is a stable democracy and an example of free and fair elections for all African nations. Now, it is time to look into the future. I urge all political forces to put aside their differences and to work together so everyone will lead a better life. We all have a duty to the people to work so our country remains united. I pledge to all, the people who voted for me or the people who voted for the other candidates, to extend a hand to the NPP and all political forces in order to achieve the unity we need and want. It’s time to unite’’, President Mahama wrote.

Ghana, the first country in Sub- Sahara Africa to gain independence is generally seen as a beacon of democracy in Africa as it has practiced multi-party democracy since 1992.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

Boko Haram Attack: 20 Vigilante Group Members killed by Boko Haram in Bono State

Dozens of Vigilante group members were killed by Boko Haram over the weekend in Nigeria

Dozens of Vigilante group members were killed by Boko Haram over the weekend in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants have gun down 20 vigilante members in what is believed to be Boko Haram trying to fight back against the group in the northeast.

Vigilante groups are local residents who serve as a neighborhood watchdog by helping the joint security forces to drive out Boko Haram from the area. And Boko Haram is trying to take revenge against the group because of its contribution to the security forces.

An anonymous military official told local reporters that the killings occurred in two separate attacks on Sunday and Monday.

He said on Sunday, Boko Haram fighters disguised themselves in military uniforms and stormed a meeting places of one the vigilante group in Bama, opening fire and killing 14 members of the group instantly.

The second attack took he said, took place on Monday night in the village of Damasak, which is some 200km away from the State capital Maiduguri.

Boko Haram fighters attacked the Civilian Joint Task Force, as they were sleeping in a guesthouse and opened fire killing 6 and injuring dozen others.

“The attack took place in the border town of Damasak, 200 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of the Boko Haram ideology, the report we got from Damasak confirmed that the six members of the vigilante group were also jewelry vendors who took time off to attend the weekly Damasak Market to sell their wares, Boko Haram members then trailed them to where they were sleeping’’, the military official was quoted as saying.

These attacks by Boko Haram comes as the group is believed to be loosing grounds against the security forces with the military saying that its internal intelligence suggests that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau might have been killed in a shoot-out with the security forces between 25 July and 3 August this year. There has been no comment from the group on the death of its leader.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in 3 northern states on May 14, and deployed thousands of troops to halt the insurgency, acknowledging that militants had taken control of some towns and villages in the north.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009 which have cost an estimate number of 3,600 lives, and saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News