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



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

Strange News: Kenyan Man Admits in Court Killing a Ghanaian and Eating his Heart and Brains

Alexander Kinyua, 22, was arrested on 19 May by Maryland police after finding body parts in his home which they believe may belong to his missing roommate from Ghana Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie.

Alexander Kinyua, 22, was arrested on 19 May by Maryland police after finding body parts in his home which they believe may belong to his missing roommate from Ghana Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie.

A Kenyan citizen in the United States of America has strangely pleaded guilty in a US court for killing a Ghanaian housemate and eating his heart and brains in a strange circumstance.

Alexander Kinyua, 22, was arrested on 19 May by Maryland police after finding body parts in his home which they believe may belong to his missing roommate from Ghana Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie.

But Kinyua strangely told the Harford County judge in Maryland that he killed his friend, Agyei-Kodies with an axe and ate his heart and brains.


Judge Stephen Waldron considering what he posted before committing the offence and his plea in court, found him not criminally responsible for the act due to what he termed as mental illness he might be suffering.

The ruling means that Kinyua, who prior to the bizarre incident was a Mechanical Engineering student at Morgan State University, will now be committed to a mental health facility indefinitely. He was quickly whisked away to the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital after the ruling by the State Police.

Alexander Kinyua emigrated from Kenya with his parents to the United States as a child and became a U.S. citizen subsequently.

Agyei-Kodie who from Ghana, was a student at the Morgan State University and was staying with the Kinyua family pending deportation to his home country (Ghana) due to non-compliance with the terms of his visa.

He then met Antony Kinyua; the father of his alleged killer who was also pursuing a doctoral degree at Morgan State University and decided to allow him stay with him in his house until his deportation time in due.

But Agyei-Kodies was reported missing and Kinyua’s brother reported to the police that he has found something that look like a body parts in two tins in the basement of Kinyua’s room.

Kinyua was then arrested and he confess of killing the Ghanaian and dismembered his body, consumed the heart, hid the head and hands in the home and placed the remaining body parts in a trash bin in a nearby church parking lot.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News


Ghana Tourist Attraction: The Legacy of the Mole National in Northwestern Ghana

Elephants are common in the park

Elephants are common in the park

The Mole National Park in Ghana over the years has proven to be one of the best wildlife reserve on the African continent dating back as far as pre colonial era in the then Gold Coast now Ghana.

The park is located in the Upper West region of Ghana specifically, on the northwestern on a grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation believed to be 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park.

The nearby town to the park is the famous town of Larabanga which also has one of the oldest and wonderful Mosques in Ghana and West Africa in general which can be compared to those in the historical town of Timbuktu in Mali.

Tourists preparing to take a stroll in the park

Tourists preparing themselves to take a stroll in the park with their Land Rover

The park covers an area of 4,840 km2 of undulating terrain with steep scarps and its beautiful vegetation of pristine Guinea savanna with gallery forests along the rivers and streams in the park.

The park’s land was set aside as a wildlife reserve in 1958 by the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah but poachers and encroachers started living around the reserve, making it unable to serve the purpose upon which the land was reserved.

By 1971, the poachers and the encroachers had grown to be a small human population living around the park due to poor enforcement of wildlife laws in Ghana then.

The Larabanga Mosque which is believe to be the oldest Mosque in West Africa not far from the Mole National Park

The Larabanga Mosque which is believe to be the oldest Mosque in West Africa not far from the Mole National Park

But the then government in that same year took pragmatic measures to relocate the population who had grown a little in numbers to a different place and the land was designated as a national park for wildlife reserve for the Republic of Ghana, with wildlife division established in the area to strictly enforce wildlife laws governing wildlife parks in Ghana.

This indeed brought about a new beginning in the history of the Mole national park which today has stood the test of time in terms of the contribution it has given to Ghana and the West African sub-region.

Over the years, the park has become an important study in the area for scientists because of the removal of the human population from within the park allowing for some long-term studies, in particular, of relatively undisturbed sites compared to similar areas of densely populated equatorial West Africa wildlife areas.

It is believed that one of the findings of the studies done on the park has revealed that resident population of about 800 elephants, for example, indicates that elephant damage to large trees varies with species.

A monkey playing with its baby

A monkey playing with its baby

So therefore, it was established that elephants have a greater tendency to seriously injure economically important species of cash trees such as Burkea africana, which is an important tropical hardwood in Africa, and the Butyrospermum paradoxum, the source of shea butter which is also by far, one of the source of livelihood for the people living in northern Ghana.

This study has enable scientists to make a very good generalization in the analysis of wildlife reserve in the West Africa sub-region.

The Beautiful Lovi and the Mole Rivers flows through the park making the centre of the park very fascinating and exciting scene to witness but during the dry season, it leaves behind only drinking holes because of the low rainfall the area receives annually.

The park receives as low as 1000 mm per year of rainfall which indeed is at very low limit considering the nature of the park and the kind of species inhabiting the park but yet still, the park is able to survive this long dry season which normally start from November to May in Ghana.

There is satellite at the Mole National Park to facilitate communications

There is satellite at the Mole National Park to facilitate communications

The park according to statistics, homed about 93 mammal species, and the large mammals of the park include the elephant’s population, hippos, buffalo, hyenas, lions and leopards Zebras and warthogs. But the authorities of the park say it was initially considered a primary African preserve for antelope species including kob, Defassa waterbuck, roan, hartebeest, oribi, the bushbuck, and two duikers, the red duiker and yellow-backed Duiker.

Monkeys too are not left behind among the species in the park and it include Olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the green vervet and patas monkeys are the known species of monkeys resident in the park.

As many as 33 species of reptiles including slender-snouted and dwarf crocodile, snake among others are the known reptiles found in the Mole National park.

The park in its wide view

The park in its wide view

A tourist from Romania could not hold what she thought was a magic by how close she came into contact with the elephants, during her visit to the park and she told the NationalTurk tourism team that it was exciting and an adventure for her.

“Quite exciting to have a view of nature at its best in Ghana, I was thrilled by how close we could get to the elephants’’.

For the birds this site gets high marks. It’s absolutely breathtaking to go bird watching in Mole. The kobs, monkeys and wart hogs are present mostly all year round, but still no lions, leopards or hyenas spotted in a while.

Elephants more likely in the dry season but you could get lucky in the rain watching them crossing the dusty roads in the park or sometimes coming to the rest house to relax their huge bodies.

There are local flights from the capital Accra to the northern parts of the country and the few kilometers from the northern regional capital Tamale, can be done in luxury buses to the park.

A motel for visitors is available at the Park headquarters in the town of Mole and parks guards are also available anytime to take visitors and tourists round the park.

The Ghana government is currently leaving no stone unturned in the tourism sector and is calling for tourists from all over the world to patronize Ghana’s tourists attraction sites as the country is force to reckon with in good hospitality in tourism on the African continent.

All in all, Mole national park is a great wonderland of safari and every visitor on tourism mission to Ghana need to see it.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Tourism News



China Illegal Miners Arrest: 124 Chinese Citizens arrested in Ghana for Illegal Mining

These Chinese illegal miners were arrested in the Ashanti Region of Ghana by the Ghana Immigration Service

These Chinese illegal miners were arrested in the Ashanti Region of Ghana by the Ghana Immigration Service

Immigration officials in Ghana have said that at least 124 Chinese illegal miners have been arrested for engaging in small scale mining.

The Chinese illegal miners were arrested in various locations in Ghana including the Ashanti, Western, Central and the Eastern regions of Ghana in a special operation by the security service.

Laws governing mining in Ghana strictly prohibits foreigners from engaging in small scale mining in the country. Small scale mining is sole reserved for the local people to help them develop their initiatives in the transformation of the mining sector and as a source of employment.

Immigration officials confirmed that most of those arrested were mining illegally without visas, work and residency permits and that they are being currently held in detention at the Immigration Headquarters in the capital Accra.

The Chinese embassy spokesman in Ghana Yu Jie confirmed to reporters that such an arrest has taken place and that they are negotiating with the Ghanaian government for their release and repatriation back to China.

He added further that they have already cautioned all Chinese nationals in Ghana to strictly abide by the related laws and regulations in Ghana.

But he however failed to give further details about how they managed to arrive in Ghana without proper documentation.

This arrest is part of an ongoing crackdown on foreign nationals working in small-scale gold mines especially Chinese nationals. The Chinese nationals have turned Ghana into their province engaging in all forms of illegalities thereby prompting nationwide out cry of the activities of these Chinese in Ghana.

In October last year, a Chinese boy was killed during a security crackdown on an illegal mining amid violent clashes between the Chinese nationals and the indigenous people living in the gold deposit areas in Ghana.

Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Inusah Fuseni has given a stern warning to foreign nationals who engage in these small scales mining to desist from it or face the wrath of the government.

“We have warned all nationals engaging in these illegal mining to desist from it, this government is ever ready to flush them out because they are destroying our lands and I hope that the immigration service will cooperate with us’’, Mr. Fuseni said on Good Morning Ghana, on the Metropolitan Television Network.

Most Chinese workers flock to Ghana in search of gold in a very rush way with the assistance of some unscrupulous local people aiding and abetting their activities.

Most of them are from impoverished county of Shanglin in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region with the hope that their fortunes will change as a result of the gold deposit they imagine in Ghana.

Ghana is believed to be Africa’s biggest gold producer after South Africa, producing more than 1.6 million ounces in the first half of 2012, according to official figures on the international market.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News





Ghanaian Illegal immigrant rampage in Italy: suspect kills one person with pickaxe in Milan and injuring others

A Ghanaian illegal immigrant  has killed one person and injuring others with a pickaxe in the Italian northern city of Milan

A Ghanaian illegal immigrant has killed one person and injuring others with a pickaxe in the Italian northern city of Milan

Police in the Northern Italian city of Milan have said that an illegal Ghanaian immigrant has gone on rampage with a pickaxe in the city, killing a passer-by and wounding four others.

The suspect named as Mada Kabobo believed to be 21 years of age has been arrested by the Milan city Police and is in Police custody currently.

The killed man is 40 years who reside in the northern suburb of the city but the two of the four people injured are said to be in a very critical condition in hospital.

The motive of the attack by the suspect still remain unclear to police detective but police officials say they will do anything possible to unravel the motive behind the attack.

But also Police confirmed Mr. Kabobo was in the country illegally, and had previously been arrested over a variety of alleged offences including theft and robbery.

The Ghanaian Foreign Ministry has not commented on the issue and it is unclear whether the suspect will be deported to Ghana or will be tried in Italy.

Illegal immigration to Europe in Africa is very common as a result of hard living and economic conditions coupled with high rate of unemployment.

Some of these illegal Immigrants sometimes end up drowning in the Mediterranean Sea or in the desert to the far east of the Northern African countries borders.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News