Inside April10, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 4/9/18 9:15 PM Page 9 12 DAILY Politics WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH HERITAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 Help Liberia to succeed • President Weah to President Akufo-Addo THE PRESIDENT of Republic of Liberia, George M. Weah, has extended a passionate appeal to the Government of President Akufo-Addo and people of Ghana to help Liberia to progress and succeed. “I am young, I agree, but you are my big brother, and I know that you will help Liberia to succeed,” he appealed. The Liberian President made this known on Friday, April 6, 2018, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, as part of a twoday visit to Ghana. The purpose of the visit, in the words of President George Weah, is to “renew the bonds of friendship and solidarity that there are between the Liberian and Ghanaian people.” According to him, “Liberia came a long way, and without Ghana we will not be standing here today. Ghana hosted us, today we can never repay, we just have to make sure that our people continue to relate cordially, and I can assure [you] that the relationship that has existed between our governments will also be mutually •President Nana Akufo-Addo in a tete-a-tete with President Weah beneficial.” Expressing his appreciation for the role President Akufo-Addo has played in strengthening the African Union, he noted that “when we travel to AU meetings, like we did the last time in Addis Ababa, you realize that when a big brother speaks, you look and listen to him, and you know what is to be done.” He pledged to work towards strengthening the existing relationship between Ghana and Liberia, saying “Ghana is my home, and we are here not to just come sightseeing but to reassure you that the relationship we have will be sustained and strengthened.” President Akufo-Addo, on his part, referenced the longstanding, personal relationship between himself and President Weah, which predates their current respective presidencies, and described the Liberian leader “as a symbol of the progress that Liberia is making after the trauma of the civil war.” He said, “I have known him for some time because we share many characteristics, one of which has been persistent efforts to arrive at where we are today. I believe it was a set time as it was mine. One of the things that I have discovered about him is his honesty and also his commitment to the welfare of his people. That is what has brought him this far.” Commending the efforts of former President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he said, “the first female elected leader on our continent did a great deal of work in trying to consolidate the peace, after the years of the traumatic civil war. And one of the most important outcomes of that process of consolidation is that she was able to organise elections which allowed for the first time, I believe, in over 17 years, a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected leader of Liberia to another.” The President continued, “That is the measure of her achievement, and it is also a measure of how far Liberia has come to put its past behind it, and, in doing so, she chose as her successor a man who is already world famous in his other life as a sportsman, and who has now become a symbol of the hopes of the majority of the people of Liberia, especially of its youth.” President Akufo-Addo also touched on the happenings in the Region, and asked for a realist view of the imminent threats and opportunities confronting it. “The world is going through some difficult moments, all kinds of new arrangements are appearing, and we, here in the West African region, must continue to deepen the contacts, the links, the friendships between us in West Africa, so that the challenges of the 21st century, the challenges of rapid economic growth, inclusive economic growth that makes it possible for all our people to be part of the process of development, so that we can successfully meet those challenges within the context of democratic values and democratic institutions. So it is a particularly happy day for us in Ghana, and for me personally to be able to welcome to our country this famous man who, even before he became a president, was a household word in Africa,” President Akufo-Addo concluded. Malaria prevention programmes integral to ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda – Rebecca Akufo-Addo THE FIRST Lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has stated that taking the necessary steps to vigorously fight malaria will have positive implications for human development and business and economic growth on the African continent. As a result, the realization of the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda can be achieved when we have, amongst others, an educated, skilled and healthy workforce. Mrs Akufo-Addo made this known when she addressed relevant stakeholders and industry players at the Corporate Award Ceremony of the Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) Project and GBC Health Corporate Alliance on Malaria Africa (CAMA)’s West Africa ‘Zero Malaria Now’ on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Royal Kempinski Hotel in Accra. According to her, just as there is ample evidence that malaria impedes the overall economic development of Ghana and other countries of the sub-region and considering that we need a healthy future workforce for our economic development, it is about time malaria is completely eradicated. “Malaria is also absolutely bad for business. Malaria depletes the workforce and reduces productivity. Sick employees stay home, and companies are compelled to spend huge amounts on their healthcare. The corporate heads here can testify that this affects your profitability. And it is not only businesses that lose. Families lose and governments also lose,” she explained. She continued that because malaria is both a disease of poverty and a cause of poverty in the West Africa region, I commend private sector organizations within the West Africa sub-region, who have taken steps to help control this disease, by •Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo protecting their employees and communities. Touching on the benefits of mitigating the disease, she stressed that “when we eliminate malaria, Ghana would reap enormous benefits. We would quicken our pace of development and become more self-reliant. This applies to all countries within the sub-region too. The subregion must fight malaria together, for faster economic transformation. This is important because of the movement of people across borders in our sub-region.” “We must create a malaria-free belt in West Africa,” Mrs Rebecca Akufo- Addo succinctly reiterated. Known for her affinity to the cause of children and women, she held that the most vulnerable of the victims of malaria are women and children, and added “as an advocate for the well-being of women and children, malaria greatly inhibits a woman’s ability to effectively complete household tasks, including childcare.” “Children affected by malaria miss school, which obviously affects their ability to keep up with their mates. Younger children who contract cerebral malaria suffer brain damage that may result in life-long learning difficulties.” Accordingly, “when we eliminate malaria, Ghana would reap enormous benefits. We would quicken our pace of development and become more self-reliant” and the prospects of our young ones towards a better future could best be realised. The event is to recognize and honour companies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing the disease through innovative and sustainable programmes and have continually taken steps to demonstrate that malaria prevention is an important element of economic development for malaria-endemic countries.
13 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 BY ABIGAIL ASARE DJ Lord out with two new tracks BY ERICA ARTHUR ONE OF Ghana’s arguably preferred disc jockeys on Live FM’s morning show ‘LBC’,DJ Lord, has released two singles titled ‘Kuntu’ and ‘One Time’. Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, the award-winning DJ said the two singles are his first for 2018. He features the front-man of OvaDrive music label and ‘My Baby’ hit maker Magnom on danceable and catchy ‘Kuntu’, which was produced by Moor Sound. According to him, ‘Kuntu’ is about a girl who is constantly demanding sex from DJ Lord. Everywhere and anyplace the girl is always demanding for sex and he seems to enjoy the attention but at the same time complains about the girl’s behaviour. DJ Lord’s second single ‘One Time’, a mid tempo fresh fusion of Afrobeats and dancehall, features Supa Gaeta and produced by David Acekeyzis. Supa Gaeta thrives on this merge with a sound that draws parallel to Jamaican and UK contemporaries, as he strays away from traditional African sounds and taps into a new wave that proves palatable to overseas appetites as well as one’s home base. On “One Time”, Supa Gaeta is intoxicated with the love of a girl and convinces her to be in his bed. He flatters the girl and tries his best to prove he is good for her. • DJ Lord Give young creatives chance — Herman Suede BY RAMSON ACQUAH-HAYFORD • Herman Suede performing at this year's Pent Hall Week celebrations FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD musician Herman Suede has admonished parents and event organisers to make room for young creatives to explore and utilise their talents for the greater good. According to young Suede, "I feel young people are not given enough opportunities to flourish or achieve their dreams, parents and guardians would rather prefer their children to stay on the safe side by venturing into less risky fields of work rather than guiding them to explore their talents." He indicated that events management companies and other stakeholders barely made room for teenagers in their productions, something he says stifles creativity of young people because it prolongs their exposure. "Because I am young, some people don’t take me seriously when it comes to my craft. "But I have been lucky, my school, my team, the production companies I have worked with and my family all believe in me and have been supportive so I’m building on that," he said. Suede, who was speaking in an interview with the DAILY HER- ITAGE after a video shoot, talked about his videos, which are still undergoing production. "In all I’ve shot three videos, the ‘Questions’ video was produced by Random FX, and my two other videos for my songs ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Wavii’ were both directed by Exposure Network Limited. They are all coming out very very soon. In terms of concept ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Questions’ are both about love and relationships while 'Wavii' depicts a young fashionable guy who exhibits his 'swag'. About Herman Suede Born Jason Herman Bortei-Doku, the young chap is a composer and a songwriter who found his love for music at the tender age of five. It was around the time that he started his formal music lessons in school, where he majored in classical music on the piano. He is a student of Tema International School(TIS) and has found a way to merge his school life with his budding music career. Suede has three songs to his name, ‘Be Mine’ ‘Wavii’ and ‘Questions’, heavily influenced by Afro-pop, RnB and Rap. All three songs were composed at age 14 with D3MZ (Edem Cofie). He told the paper that he sources inspiration from Drake, Maleekberry, King Promise, Davido, Mr Eazi and Joey Badass. Ghanaian DJ, producer Juls join Jay Z’s streaming service UK-BASED Ghanaian DJ and producer Juls has been added to a crew of playlist curators for Jay Z’s streaming service, TIDAL. Known as the DJ selector crew, the individuals introduce subscribers of the service to new and exciting music. As part of his responsibilities, Juls will curate what he calls “Afro Fusion” playlists for the service. Juls is credited as the pioneer behind the new Afro beats sound, producing hit songs like ‘Skin Tight,’ ‘Holl Up,‘ ‘Anointing,’ ‘Shitor’ and ‘Bankulize’ for Nigerian act Mr Eazi every month. In January 2018, he released a five-track ‘Ojekoo’ to critical acclaim. It featured Bisa K’dei, Burna Boy, Adekunle Gold, Moelogo, Siza, DJ Tunez, Culan Luke, TayI War and Nonso Amadi. He won ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Ghana Music Awards UK, and earned a ‘Best African Act’ nomination at the 2017 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO). He djed at the 2017 SXSW in Texas, Hill’s Diaspora Calling in New York and Encore Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Lauryn Hill, Sarkodie, WizKid, Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Kojo Funds, M.anifest, Efya, E.L, and Yemi Alade are some of the highprofile artistes he has worked with. Born Julian Nicco-Annan, he is an awardwinning producer and Disc Jockey. He was born and raised in Clapton, East London, and left England for Ghana when he was 11. He attended North Ridge Lyceum and Akosombo International School for his basic and secondary education respectively. Nicco-Annan holds a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Masters in Finance from the University of Surrey in the UK. •DJ Juls