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The Accra Times Weekly Round-Up: Battle for John Kumah’s Seat, Airport Cocaine Allegations and the Jollof War

John Kumah's Seat, Rwanda Marks 30 Years Since Genocide, Cocaine Scandal, Jollof Rice Rivalry, Bobrisky's Sentencing, Bawumia's LGBTQ Stance

Whew! What a week it was! Nine contenders fought for John Kumah’s parliamentary seat, Rwanda solemnly marked the anniversary of its Genocide, and a spicy scandal involving cocaine smuggling at an airport—talk about high-flying drama!

But hold onto your hats because that’s not all! We witnessed the legendary Jollof rice rivalry making a fiery comeback in a Chase ad while the ever-colorful Bobrisky faced the music with a sentencing that had tongues wagging. Meanwhile, VP Bawumia made waves with his stance on LGBTQ rights, stirring up discussions left and right.

Amid it all, we bid farewell to the esteemed Mawuena Trebah while filmmaker extraordinaire Blitz Bazawule set the stage for his next big project – lights, camera, action! And let’s remember the shake-up at SSNIT with a leadership change that’s sure to have ripple effects.

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Nine Cleared to Battle For John Kumah’s Seat.

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The Party’s vetting committee gave nine NPP members aspiring to represent the Ejisu Constituency in parliament the green light to compete for the candidacy.

Rwanda Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Genocide

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Rwanda initiated 100 days of commemorations for the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, which claimed 800,000 lives, mostly Tutsis, at the hands of Hutu militias.

Ghana Airports Company Acts on Cocaine Smuggling Allegations

Following a cocaine smuggling scandal at Kotoka International Airport, Ghana Airports Company Limited took action, interdicting several employees, including a senior officer, amid revelations of complicity.

Jollof Rice Rivalry Reignites in New Chase Bank Ad

Michael B. Jordan’s involvement in a Chase Bank campaign sparks renewed debate over West African Jollof rice supremacy, emphasizing cultural pride and culinary identity.

Bobrisky Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested and detained controversial social media figure Bobrisky over abuse of the Nigerian Naira currency notes. Bobrisky received a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to currency abuse charges in Lagos.

VP Bawumia Opposes LGBTQ Rights

VP Bawumia voiced his opposition to homosexuality during Eid prayers in Kumasi. Additionally, Parliament requested the transmission date of an Anti-LGBTQ Bill from the Presidency.

Passing of Mawuena Trebah

The passing of Mawuena Trebah, sister of late media icon Komla Dumor, marks the end of a distinguished chapter in Ghanaian leadership and advocacy.

Blitz Bazawule to Direct “Black Samurai”

Blitz Bazawule’s appointment as director of WarnerBros’ “Black Samurai” film signifies a significant milestone for African representation in Hollywood, drawing inspiration from the legendary tale of Yasuke, the first Black samurai.

New SSNIT Boss Appointed Amid Controversy

President Akufo-Addo’s appointing Kofi Bosompem Osafo-Marfo as the new Director-General of SSNIT has sparked debate over nepotism and transparency in public appointments.



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