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DIGITAL NO. 100830 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

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• Nii Kotei

Dzani

• Hon. Francis

Addai-Nimoh

• Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, NDC

National Chairman

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EOCO freezes Kotei

Dzani’s assets

BY KOBINA WELSING

THE ECONOMIC

and Organised

Crime Office

(EOCO) has

frozen the assets of

Council of State member and

founder of now defunct First

Trust Savings and Loans and

Ideal Finance, NiiKoteiDzani.

His assets include 41 bank

accounts of Ideal Finance, vehicles

and landed properties.

MrDzani went to the High

Court for an order to set aside

an invitation extended to him

by EOCO on November 8,

2019, as well as an order to restrain

EOCO from disrupting

his activities without lawful excuse

and due process of the

law.

But, in its ruling on February

7, 2020, the court, presided

over by Justice AfiaSerwaaAsareBotwe,

said the application

had no merit.

“The application is hereby

dismissed,” she stated.

Mr Dzani had argued that

EOCO was essentially harassing

him in a way that made

‘nonsense’ of his status as a

member of the Council of

State.

But the court presided over

by Justice AfiaSerwahAsare-

Botwe, ruled in favour of

• Nii Kotei Dzani

EOCO that its dealings with

MrDzani had been fair and at

all times acted within the mandate

of its establishing law.

Dzani, after the application

had been dismissed, filed a notice

of appeal against

the decision of the

High Court.

The applicant also

filed an interlocutory

injunction against

EOCO, seeking, among

other reliefs, an order

to stop EOCO from

investigating him,

pending the final determination

of the appeal;

restrain EOCO from

arresting him and restrain

EOCO from harassing

him.

According to the

judgment of the High

Court, the case for the

applicant was that in or

about August 2019, the

Bank of Ghana (BoG)

revoked the licence of

Ideal Finance and

placed it on receivership.

On November 11,

2019,Dzani received a

letter from EOCO

inviting him to avail

himself on November 13, 2019

for questioning in relation to alleged

tax evasion and money

laundering, but he asked his

lawyers to write to the anti-graft

The applicant also

filed an

interlocutory

injunction against

EOCO, seeking,

among other

reliefs, an order to

stop EOCO from

investigating him,

pending the final

determination of

the appeal;

restrain EOCO

from arresting him

and restrain EOCO

from harassing

him.

agency requesting a change of

date, as he was attending an official

assignment in his capacity

as a member of the Council of

State.

The applicant stated that on

November 14, 2019, in the

company of his lawyer, he went

to the EOCO office, where he

had to wait for about three-anda-half

hours before he was attended

to.

Court rejects Ofosu-Ampofo request

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh

THE COMMERCIAL Division of

the Accra High Court presided

over by Justice Samuel Asiedu has

dismissed an application on notice

for stay of proceedings pending an

appeal by the National Chairman

of the National Democratic

Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-

Ampofo.

The NDC chairman, who has

been charged together with

KwekuBoahen, a national

communications officerof the

party, with conspiracy to cause

harm and assault on a public

officer, was appealing against the

court's decision to admit into

evidence the witness statement of

Tony Lithur, counsel for the applicant,

said that decision was against the

practice direction even though they

had the opportunity to cross-examine

the witness on it.

one Benjamin Nana AmpofoAgyei,

the first prosecution witness the

State had called.

It was the applicant's case that

the court adopting into evidence

the witness statement which had

been disowned constituted a

miscarriage of justice, and the

court erred in that process.

Tony Lithur, counsel for the

applicant, said that decision was

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Tension at Asante

Manpong NPP

• Over Addai-Nimoh’s nomination controversy

NEWS DESK REPORT

THERE ISan uneasy calm in

the Asante Mampongconstituency

of the New Patriotic

Party as reports are

emerging that the constituency

Chairman, Luther Asare,has refused

to accept the nomination forms of

Francis Addai-Nimoh.

The former lawmaker of the area

had gone to submit his nomination

forms to contest the upcoming NPP

constituency primaries in April, but

was turned away at the constituency

headoffice in Mampong.

Constituency executives at Asante

Mampong in the Ashanti Region

have rejected nomination forms submitted

by former MP and presidential

hopeful, AddaiNimo. According

to Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako, the

forms were submitted by a delegation

of five, including supporters of

the aspirant.

The chairman of the elections

committee, MrGyesiNimako,

said he is blind and

cannot read the writings on the

forms.

The constituency chairman

added the forms could not be

accepted because the incumbent

Member of Parliament has informed

him that he and his followers

were on their way to

submit his form so MrNimoh’s

nominations could not be accepted

until Thursday.

The former MP was denied

access to the forms by the constituency

Chairman, claiming

the forms had run out of stock

on the very day the forms were

given to the constituency executives

at a meeting between regional

and constituency

executives of the party.

This forced the aspirant to

pick his nomination at the regional

office of the party in Kumasi.

Meanwhile of supporters of Addai

Nimoh and those of the MP for the area,

Kweku Ampratwum Sarpong have been

involved a free for all at the party’s constituency

officer. The fight has resulted in

five people getting seriously injured.

GHOne TV back on air

YOUR CREDIBLE and

unbiased news and entertainment

channel GHOne

television has resumed

regular programming,

starting with the Morning

Show GH Today

It comes on the back

of reports of staff having

impasse with management

over some grievances.

Starrfm.com.gh sources

say management has met

the staff over their concerns

and resolution is

being discussed at the

highest level of the company.

The Accra-based

GHone TV has won several

awards through its reporters

since the EIB

Network purchased and

transformed it from an

entertainment brand to a

mixture of news, current

affairs and entertainment

station.

Starrfm.com.gh sources

say management has

met the staff over their

concerns and resolution

is being discussed at the

highest level of the

company.


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Community 2 Shell service

station goes solar

VIVO ENERGY

Ghana, a Shell licensee,

has reopened

its second

solar-powered Shell

service station in

Community 2 in Tema.

The station is the second after

Airport City Shell to be powered

by solar energy to reduce the

company’s carbon footprint and

ensure energy efficiency in its operations.

In an interview, the Managing

Director of Vivo Energy Ghana,

Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara, said

the initiative was in line with the

Sustainable Development Goals 7

and 13 and that the company was

committed to developing a number

of solutions to reduce energy

usage impact on the environment.

“We work hard, in partnership

with Shell, to develop more efficient

products that reduce our impact

on the environment. Our

Shell Fuel Save improves combustion,

boosts efficiency and saves

fuel. Shell lubricants 5W30 and

5W40 are also made from base oil

•Mr Ben Hassan Ouattara (2nd L), Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, cutting the tape with the

help of some industry stakeholders at the opening ceremony

created from natural gas with virtually

none of the impurities

found in crude oil,” he said.

Reopening the station, Mr.

Ouattara said the new Community

2 Shell service station, which

models the company’s growth and

modernisation plan, has a twopump

island canopy with a modern

lube bay, a semi-automatic car

wash and a tyre centre.

Additionally, the station has

the new shop format welcome to

provide a warm, delightful and

modern shopping experience to

its customers. It also has the welcome

bakery under the management

of Bakeshop Classics, to

provide customers with quick

breakfast, snack and other exciting

products.

Mr. Ouattara reaffirmed Vivo

Energy’s commitment to constantly

provide an exceptional retail

experience at Shell service

stations, reaching more people

with better products and services.

The Chief Inspector, Director,

IM and HSSE at the National Petroleum

Authority (NPA), Mrs.

Esther Anku, commended Vivo

Energy Ghana for setting and

maintaining high standards in the

industry, which is evident in its

operations.

&Env.

Let’s avoid indiscriminate

coughing in public, GHS alerts

THE GHANA

Health Service

(GHS) has cautioned

Ghanaians

against indiscriminate

coughing in

public, as the Service heightens

surveillance to avert any possible

outbreak of the coronavirus disease

in the country.

“Spitting and coughing indiscriminately

in public places must

be controlled to avert any outbreak

and spread of the coronavirus,”

says Dr. Kofi Issah, the

Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional

Director of the GHS.

Speaking at the opening session

of an annual meeting of the National

Health Insurance Authority

(NHIA) in Sunyani to review operations

in 2019, Dr. Issah implored

the general public to report

suspected case of the virus to the

GHS.

He indicated that though the

GHS and its partners had heightened

surveillance, concerted efforts

were required from all

stakeholders to make the country

alert, respond positively and to

forestall any possible outbreak of

the deadly- flu-like virus.

Dr. Issah advised health workers

to treat their patients with

courtesy, saying, “Under no circumstances

should the sick remain

at the mercy of the health

worker.”

Mr. Joseph Mensah, the Bono,

Bono East and Ahafo Regional

Director of the NHIA, said the

NHIS chalked up great success

last year and commended the staff

for their efforts.

He said plans were far advanced

for four additional offices

of the Scheme to be opened in the

three regions, and urged the staff

to intensify public education on

the electronic renewal of membership.

Mr. Mensah said the NHIA

was aware of many of the challenges

confronting the Scheme

and assured the meeting that it

would soon pay service providers

all outstanding claims.

“Spitting and

coughing indiscriminately

in public

places must be

controlled to avert

any outbreak and

spread of the coronavirus,”

says Dr.

Kofi Issah, the

Bono, Bono East

and Ahafo Regional

Director of

the GHS.


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Information ministry holds end of

year durbar, awards ceremony

THE MINISTER of

Information, Kojo

Oppong Nkrumah,

has admonished

staff of the Ministry

and the Information

Services Department to add value

to themselves and the institutions

they work for and not rely solely

on their institutions to do that for

them.

He said nobody would come

from outside to transform the

Ministry and the Department if

the staff were not willing to help

do that.

“Not even management can

do that alone without the output

of staff ”, he added.

The Minister made these remarks

at the end-of-year staff durbar

and awards ceremony at the

Ministry, which saw Mr Elikem

Kofigah of the Ministry of Information

emerging the overall best

worker for the Ministry of Information

and Madam Josephine

Brown, a secretary of the Information

Services Department,

emerging as the overall best

worker for the Department and

winning for themselves an HP

Probook 15 laptop each.

The Minister implored the staff

to focus on important things in

2020 and not dwell on complaining

at every opportunity they got

but should focus on the positives.

He added that in 2020 no staff

member should be self-centred

but pay attention to the needs and

challenges of their colleagues. It is

only then, when a colleague is

going through some challenges it

would be recognized and if any

help has to be given, it is done to

avoid any unfortunate eventuality.

He thanked all Staff and Management

for the work they did to

make the Ministry and Department

succeed in 2019.

He promised to do his

best to make the ISD

transformational agenda

come to fruition.

In all, six staff members,

three from the ministry

and three form ISD

won various awards for

their outstanding performances.

The 1st Runner-up,

Mr. Mawuli Segbefia

from the ministry and

Madam Phyllis Nunoo

from the ISD won a 40

Sumsung television each

with the 2nd Runners-up,

Madam Gifty Ofosu-Fiator

and Joseph Oninku

from the Ministry and

ISD respectfully winning

for themselves Nasco

medium-size fridges.

The staff members

were glad that for the

first time they were experiencing

such an event

and were happy for the

initiative which would propel them

to give their best in all they do.

Source:

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Court adjourns

‘kidnappers’ case again

BY EMMANUEL OHENE GYAN

A TAKORADI District Magistrate

court has once again

adjourned a case in which

two Nigerians are standing

trial for allegedly kidnapping

and murdering four girls

from Western Region’s capital

city of Takoradi to March

19, 2020.

On February 5, the State

Attorney, Adeliade Kobiri-

Woode, dropped the previous

charge of kidnapping against

the two accused persons,

John Orji and Sam Udoetuk

Wills, and rather preferred a

fresh charge of murder.

Police prosecutor Chief

Inspector Bernard Paa Arhinsah

told the court presided

over by His Worship Michael

Ampadu to adjourn the case

to allow the Attorney General’s

Office conclude a bill of

indictment for committal proceedings

to commence.

Raymond Archer’s company

demolition act of vindictiveness

• Says NDC

BY KWAME ACHEAMPONG

THE NATIONAL Democratic Congress

(NDC) has condemned the

demolition of Raymond Archer’s

company by officials of the National

Security.

According to the NDC, the action

was an act of “cowardice and vindictiveness”

by the Akufo-Addo administration.

Officials of the National Security

Sunday night stormed the premises of

factories owned by former journalist

Raymond Archer at the Trade Fair

Centre in Accra and demolished

them.

Several properties of Universal

Labels & Packaging Co. Ltd and

Colour Planet Limited were destroyed

by the state security agency.

Speaking to Starrfm.com.gh, a

broken Archer said he was shocked

by the action of the National Security.

“I have occupied this facility since

the time of Kufuor. I have been here

for more than 10years. They came to

me and said I should move out because

they want to redesign the trade

fair [site]. I told them I cannot just

move the company out like that and

the matter is still in court. I filed an

appeal to an initial ruling by a court

that they take over the facility,” he

said.

He further lamented: “We built a

beautiful factory that employs over

120 workers. There are a lot of products

we are doing now we are the

only factory in Africa that can do this

kind of works. So to see our government

target a business like this and

break it down midnight is really unacceptable.

“We are citizens here. How do you

destroy one’s business because you

want to bring another person’s business

using politics? If you destroy my

business with politics, then what? If I

also get power, I also break it down?

Where did we go as a people?

“ And this business has nothing to

do with politics. In fact, when I was

doing this business, I specifically decided

not to do government projects

purposely because I didn’t want the

politics in my business. Every work

we’re doing here is for the private sector.”


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Editorial

Dredge waterways to stem flooding

THERE ARE indications that

the rains will set in any moment

from now and flooding in floodprone

areas across the country,

particularly Accra, Koforidua

and Kumasi, may occur.

The truth is that in other

jurisdictions settlements are

planned as plots for houses,

schools, roads and other

imaginable facilities are

demarcated long before

structures are raised, making it

difficult for individuals and even

organisations, both state and

private, to raise structures

anywhere.

Meanwhile in our case, it may

not be wrong to say there is

absence of planning or planning

is haphazard, if we think there is

some. And the blame can be put

on state agencies mandated to

ensure planning of settlements

in the country because their

inaction in particular has

resulted in all this environmental

mess.

Do we then have to live with

the mess forever and look on

while those who unfortunately

bear its brunt suffer? The

answer is an emphatic NO. This

means while the individual can

do little, the State can do much

more to save the situation. And

some of the ways to contain

flooding are construction of

gutters, dredging and widening

ofwaterways that carry

floodwaters into the sea or any

other safe water body.

In Accra, for instance, the

Odaw river carries most of the

floodwaters into the sea so it

becomes very imperative the

Odaw is dredged regularly and

speedily too. It is also important

that its course must be widened

and at least its banks concreted

just as former President J. A.

Kufuor did from Adabraka

through Alajo to Abofu.

If Odaw and major

waterways in the country are

treated this way, flooding would

reduce even if it is not

eliminated.

Meanwhile those living along

the Odaw, particularly inBohye,

Haatso, Dome Pillar 2, Christian

Village and Abofu, are appealing

to the government to, at least,

dredge the stretch of the Odaw

running through their

communities to save them from

perennial flooding this year.

Court rejects Ofosu-

Ampofo’s request

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against the practice direction

even though they had the

opportunity to cross-examine the

witness on it.

He, however, prayed the court

to stay its proceedings while they

test the court's decision at the

Court of Appeal.

Mr Asiamah Sampong, Chief

State Attorney, while opposing to

the application, said the witness

statement was made available

during the case management

conference and wondered why

the applicant did not raise any

objection.

He said the application was

frivolous and unmeritorious and

prayed the Court to dismiss the

application.

The court, presided over by

•Kweku Boahen, Deputy Communications

Officer, NDC (L) and Samuel Ofosu-

Ampofo, NDC National Chairman (R)

Justice Samuel Asiedu, after

hearing the application from

Tony Lithur, ruled that the

applicant did not disclose any

exceptional circumstances for the

grant of the application.

The court further ruled

thatthe grant of the application

would unnecessarily impede the

expeditious trial of the case.

The court further said an

application on notice for stay of

proceedings did not constitute a

stay and therefore the application

seeking stay pending the

determination of the Court of

Appeal is refused.

It would be recalled that

Benjamin Nana AmpofoAgyei,

the first witness the State had

called, denied knowledge of the

content of the statement

prosecution tendered, even

though he signed it.


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‘Womba Africa’ made Ghana proud

at American Got Talent audition

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NINE MEMBERS of

the traditional

African drumming

group Womba

Africa had just endured

a six-hour

flight from Ghana to Cairo followed

by a 12-hour flight to John F.

Kennedy International Airport.

Now, immigration officials at JFK

were detaining them. “How are you

going to survive here?” the group

was asked.

The group had one-year cultural

visas, little money in their pockets and

two goals. One was to earn enough

money with their music to not only

support themselves but also to send

to family in Africa. The other: to

compete on the television show

“America’s Got Talent.”

Yes, the campy American talent

competition show that has become a

springboard for every sort of performer

— from singers

and magicians to comedians and ventriloquists

— is wildly popular in

Ghana, said Fredrick Quaye Odai, the

group’s 29-year-old founder. “If you

don’t see it on TV, you see it on

YouTube.”

Most of the men had come from

humble circumstances. Most had parents

who paid the fees for them to attend

high school, but three, including

Quaye, did not. (Free high school in

Ghana began in 2017.)

Quaye had been on his own since

the age of 16, when his mother died;

his father had died earlier. For three

months, Quaye was homeless. Now

and then he would scrape together

enough money to rent a room in a

guest house and sleep.

Quaye managed to save up the

equivalent of $200 to buy a sewing

shop. It was a plywood box, the size

of a small room. He divided it in half,

selling the clothing he made on one

side and sleeping on the other.

When the shop fell apart, he traveled

all over Ghana, selling television

antennas from a cart. He often

slept outside to save money.

Quaye started playing music casually

in 2010. “It filled my soul with

joy,” he said.

In 2016, he founded Womba

Africa. The group worked on their

music full time, eventually playing

larger shows. Every night for a year,

Quaye reached out via the internet

until he finally found people to help

them take their music to the United

States. The group’s name reflected his

drive.

“Womba means ‘we are coming,’”

he said. “We are coming with something

new. We are coming with energy.

There’s some power push in that

word.”

At JFK, the men produced documents

showing they had bookings to

perform, though not enough to cover

the living expenses for nine men for a

year. The questioning dragged on for

three hours, according to Quaye.

Somehow, the men made their

case and were granted entry into the

country. Quaye wasn’t surprised.

“When you think negative you get

negative, and when you think positive

you get positive, so nothing is impossible,”

Quaye said. “Everything is possible.”

They had made it in. But their

challenges were just beginning.

Welcome to America?

After retrieving their luggage,

which contained only clothing, costumes

and musical instruments, they

went to board a bus for the sevenhour

ride to Rochester. But they were

told that some of their drums were

too large. The men had to leave their

large drums behind in the cargo area

at JFK.

They had chosen Rochester as

home base because they knew one

person there.

Love Borketey, a Ghanaian dancer,

met Shanna Fiorucci, an American,

when they both were living in Ithaca.

When his visa expired, they spent

2½ years apart, then married in

Ghana. They are now living in

Rochester; he is an unofficial member

of Womba Africa while he awaits documents

that will allow him to work.

A week after Womba Africa arrived,

two members returned to New

York City to retrieve the drums.

The Ghanaians actually found it

easier to move around in Manhattan

than their home city of Accra, where

vehicles and humans move tightly together

in the same space. But navigating

proved difficult. In Accra, they

would find their way by landmark —

go to the tree, turn left, look for the

pink building — but in New York

City the buildings all looked the same.

They had to use addresses, which they

weren’t accustomed to in Ghana.

The drums retrieved, they found

someone at the airport to drive them

to Rochester at a cost of $500.

Then came delays in receiving Social

Security

cards,

which they

needed to get paid

for their work.

Another hurdle: Rochester’s climate.

On the day they arrived, in October,

the temperatures were in the 50s,

but the men were accustomed to yearround

highs in the 80s. Shanna’s

mother, Anna Fiorucci, came to their

aid, collecting and delivering coats,

clothing, bedding and supplies from

her local community in Rush.

Within weeks, an early cold snap

brought a dusting of snow. Delighted,

the men headed outdoors to take

smiling selfies to share with people

back in Ghana. But the men would

come to find the snow as an obstacle,

and would forget to dress appropriately

for the weather.

In mid-November, Quaye and

Stephen Nanakojo Asare needed to

return to New York City to retrieve a

shipment of a dozen small drums. To

get to the bus station, they biked two

miles in a snowstorm that dropped

11.3 inches on the city. They didn’t

wear boots.

“It was hell,” Quaye said, laughing.

“There was nowhere to hide so we

have to just keep going.”

Again, in New York, there was

trouble

getting

their

drums

on the

bus. But

this time,

two workers

and the

manager were

from Ghana.

Speaking to them in

Twi, Quaye eventually persuaded

them to let the pair board the

bus.

Others would soon join in Womba

Africa’s quest.

From landlord to Womba

kin

Aaron Rubin and Kate Huggler-

Rubin were on a cross-country bike

trip when they got a call from Shanna,

their tenant and next-door neighbor.

The couple owns many buildings in

the 19th Ward, a racially, ethnically

and economically diverse neighborhood

in southwest Rochester.

Shanna told them about a music

group from Ghana that was on their

way to Rochester and looking for

housing.

“That sounds fun,” Aaron remembers

thinking. He told her that he

would have space for them.

Once the group arrived, he was

less happy to learn that they did not

have enough money for rent or even a

security deposit. But he soon became

curious about the men.

When he saw them walking down

Genesee Street carrying huge jugs of

water on their shoulders, he stopped

to ask them what they were doing.

They responded that they were purchasing

their drinking water. He told

them they could drink from the tap. It

was a welcome surprise to the Ghanaians

— the tap water back home

was not drinkable. He also taught

them how to use a washer and dryer.

He was puzzled to find buckets in

the men’s bathtub. The men explained

that in Ghana, most would bathe by

pouring water over themselves and

then, wearing only a towel,

would carry the bathing water to a

central spot for drainage.

The men purchased cellphones for

keeping in touch with family and

friends in Ghana, but they didn’t have

access to the internet. They took to

ringing the doorbell of the Rubins’

home, asking to use their internet.

“I’d just come home and there’s

like three guys on our front porch,”

Aaron said. “We’ve got nice chairs out

there and they’re sitting down relaxing.

I’d bring them food and stuff.”

The men started doing odd jobs

for Aaron to help cover the rent. He,

in turn, secured several donated bicycles

from R Community Bikes. When

they needed a lift, he would drive

them. On one trip, they passed a dead

deer on the side of the road. The men

asked Aaron to stop so they could

skin it; they needed a hide to repair

some of their drums. Aaron kept

driving.

Within a week, Aaron and his

business partner, Mick Castellucci,

were using their company’s box truck

to transport the band to gigs.

Quaye said he’s grateful for the assistance

from the Rubins and Mick.

“They’ve been so good to us,” he

said. “They’ve been wonderful. It was

a miracle to us.”

They named Aaron their U.S. manager

and “Womba kin.” Mick, who

has helped them negotiate

contracts, has been given the honorary

title of asafoatse — warrior

— because “he fights for us.”

Drumming anywhere and

everywhere

Music is part of the fabric of life

in Ghana. Even fufu, an iconic dish

made with cassava and unripe plantains,

is mixed and pounded with a

distinctive POOM-pa POOM-pa

sound.

Like the pounding of fufu,

Womba Africa’s music is defined by

rhythm. Julian Bortey Kwandahor,

Raymond Odai Laryea, Quaye and the

others play various drums and handheld

percussion instruments that build

the backbone for soft, melodic tunes

featuring Stephen on flute and Sampson

Okoe Ofori on xylophone.

Louder pieces feature joyful, spirited

drumming on large, resonant

drums called fontomfrom, which send

beats pulsing through your

body. Samuel “Artist” Odaikwesi

Laryea leads call-and-response songs

and adds loud, birdlike calls to the

higher-energy numbers.

Reporter Tracy Schuhmacher focuses on

Rochester’s food and drink scene and human

interest stories. Email her at TracyS@Gannett.com.

Follow her on Twitter or Instagram

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Partey propels

Atletico Madrid

to pip Liverpool

MIDFIELDER

THOMAS Partey

produced a man-ofthe-match

performance

as Atletico

Madrid took a first leg advantage

against Liverpool in the UEFA

Champions League last 16.

The tireless midfielder was exceptional

in the heart of midfield, winning

and distributing balls effortless

in a battle that saw him get the better

of Liverpool's midfielders.

Saul Niguez netted the only goal

of the game after just four minutes

when Atletico took advantage of a

slow Liverpool in the early minutes.

The Spanish midfielder was quick

to fire home after a corner came off

the boot of Fabinho.

The Reds, however, had their own

chances, which fell to Mohamed

Salah, who headed wide, and Captain

Jordan Henderson, whose hooked

shot just missed Jan Oblak's far post.

The win gives the Rojiblancos an

important lead following a masterclass

defensive performance and will

travel to England for the second leg

on March 11.

•Thomas Partey

King Faisal seek

compensation from GFA

• After being moved to Obuasi

THE OWNER and bankroller

of King Faisal, Alhaji Grusah,

has written to the Ghana Football

Association seeking compensation

after being moved to

Obuasi to honour its match

against Legon Cities.

King Faisal, who play their

matches at the Baba Yara

Sports Stadium, had to find a

new venue after the National

Sports Authority

on Monday issued

a statement that

the Baba Yara

Sports Stadium

has been shut

down for renovation

works.

Due to this,

King Faisal, who

were to host

Legon Cities on

Wednesday at the

Baba Yara Sports

Stadium in the

Ghana Premier

League midweek

fixture, have had

their match

rescheduled to

Thursday at a different

venue.

According to Grusah, after

the stadium closure, he submitted

a letter to the country's

football body telling them that

he has adopted Assin Fosu as

its new home venue but the

GFA has chosen a different

venue for him.

Speaking to Happy FM, he

indicated that honouring its

home matches at the Len Clay

•Alhaji Grusah

Stadium in Obuasi will come

at a greater cost to him, hence

seeking compensation.

"I have written to the GFA

that I prefer Assin Fosu but

they asked us to play our game

against Legon Cities FC in

Obuasi. Just because I want

the betterment of Ghana football,

we will play Legon Cities

FC in Obuasi for just this

week," Grusah told

Happy FM.

Is the Dewu park or

Liberty park better than

the park in Assin Fosu? I

need compensation because

I will be travelling

outside Kumasi so I will

incur extra expenses

We will get help and

accommodations free in

Assin Fosu, unlike

Obuasi. That place is like

a home to us so we will

be comfortable there.

The rescheduled

match between King

Faisal and Legon Cities

comes off at the Len

Clay Stadium on Thursday,

February 20 at 3:00

pm.

Kotoko worried over

Kumasi Stadium closure

— Kotoko coach Maxwell Konadu

ASANTE KOTOKO

coach Maxwell Konadu

says the shut-down of

the Baba Yara Sports

Stadium for renovation

works could derail their

title chances.

The Porcupines,

who play their matches

at the Baba Yara Sports

Stadium, have been

asked to find a new

venue after the National

Sports Authority

on Monday issued a

statement that the Baba

Yara Sports Stadium

have been shut down

for renovation works.

The Kumasi-based

club last Sunday finished serving

a 3-match Baba Yara Stadium ban

slapped by the Ghana Football

Association following a shooting

incident in their match day 3

game against Berekum Chelsea.

Out of the 3 games, they won

one and drew twice and Maxwell

Konadu said playing without the

12th man proved a little bit difficult

for them.

According to him, after serving

the Baba Yara Stadium ban

and looking forward to seeing

their supporters troop to the stadium

in their numbers and destabilise

their opponents, then they

were dealt a major blow with the

•Kotoko Coach, Maxwell Konadu

stadium closure.

The former Blacks Stars assistant

coach indicated that he is

disappointed with the Stadium

closure and admitted the club's

title ambitions have been dealt a

major blow.

"We weren't happy when we

heard the news but also renovating

the infrastructure is a good

call since it will benefit all of us

in the long run."

"It's a bitter pill to swallow but

we have accepted our fate and

looking for a new venue. The

change of venue could derail our

title chances but we can still win

it."


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