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“My previous relationship didn’t go down well, so I don’t want to run into a relationship now” – Kuame Eugene

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Lynx Entertainment artist, Kuami Eugene has revealed  a little information about his dating life in a recent interview with Lark TV, the Rock Star revealed that his past relationships hasn’t been good at all.

He added that he is in no rush to enter into any affair right now but will gladly do so once if he gets in touch with the right person.

“My previous relationship didn’t go well, so I don’t want to have a relationship right now, but if I meet the right guy and we connect why not, I’m single and waiting for the right lady for now.”

It was rumored that he is dating Rufftown artist and Uber Driver hit maker, Wendy Shay.

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Is Religion Empowering Or Oppressing Women? Here’s What You Must Know

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Religion makes and unmake women, just as women have suffered from the various aspects of society, religion has contributed to put them in marginal situations though they contribute numbers and ither resources to the the growth abd sustainability of religious denominations. Religion can be used by individuals, grouos and societies in a variety of ways, it can serve to oppress or liberate, to comfort or to kill. It is an extremely powerful resource which has been intimately involved in the construction of the world. As a cardinal force which binds race ahd religious groups together, religion equips people with the sense of Identity by providing a code of life, governing all aspects of life and determining convictions of it’s followers.

Influenced by culture and traditions, the provisions of various holy books and scriptures has given a lot of regulations that do not work in favor of women. This has affected the perception and treatment of women not only in the religious organizations but the larger society as well.

For a long time in life, women have been the staunchest supporters of religion but have been held captive by sexist ideologies. Support for using inclusive language in worship when referring to humans has increased somewhat in the last few decades but fewer people are comfortable with inclusive language referring to God. From the interpretation of various religious scriptures, women have been told to endure being beaten, cheated on, being marginalized in several ways, there by eroding their self esteem. Women in the church for instance are not too often empowered but enslaved to certain ideologies and traditions which have kept them bound. Wonen are seen passive recipients of brainwashing. Religious institutions and traditions are mainly men’s territory, thus women are kept behind the veil in the oriental world.

Jewish for instance did not regard women as neccessary but merely as helpers to men. Jewish has a rigid masculine concept of God who was the ‘God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob” but not the “God of Sarah, Rebecca or Rachael”. To St. Paul, it was a taboo for women to speak in the church. She was to ask her husband at home if there was anything thst she wanted to know. In Islam, women could only lead prayers for a congregation of women. And in the mosque, women are not to stand in the same row witg men but separately behind the rows of men. Religion has done a good job of teaching women that the man is the head of the house and that any good Christian woman will take what jer man gives out and keep her mouth shut.

In the name of religion, there are practices where female children between 6 to 8 years are forced to become the “Maidens of God”. Once dedicated, they become unable to get married, and are sometimes raped by temple priests and dominant caste men. For most religions, the underlying message is that women were created for one reason: to make babies and to do the bidding of her husband. Thstca wife’s primary function is to satisfy ger husband sexual needs and bear him children.

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Leadership of most religious organizations has been for hundreds of years dominated by men. However, it gas has always been known if not acknowledged, that much religious work as well as support of the institution of church has been done by women. Only within recent decades have women been admitted into the leadership roles such as priesthood of many religions. In others, their access to clergy and other leadership roles is still a topic of debate.

In the African traditional religions, women are duly respected and recognized to feature prominently. There are some perceptions and practices which do not work in their favor and as such marginalizes them in the entire traditional society. There are apparent prejudices shown to women in religion by virtue of their sex. Though they are not regarded as producers of life, they are also seen as spiritual sources of danger maybe as an influence by the story of Adam and Eve.

A traditionalist woman doing rituals

The ritually dangerous nature of women is expressed in notions about the polluting nature of blood, especially the blood of menstruation and childbirth. It is such notions of pollution which underlie rituals intended to separate women in their menstruation or those who has just given birth to be unclean from contact with others to prevent spiritual pollution. As such women in their menstruation or those who have not reached menopause are often prevented from entering shrines, sleep with their husbands, cook for their husbands, performing some rituals or in the real traditional sense from reside in certain parts of the house. Sex with women in her menstrual period is strictly forbidden, these practices in other words ‘taboos’ are all for spiritual purposes to prevent ‘uncleanliness’ (holiness).

There are biblical writings and interpretations that place women in an inferior situation or as subordinates to men. The dominant form of Christianity enforced that families in which men as husbands and fathers ruked overvtheir wives and children were partcof the divinely created and mandated order for society. In the view of this, efforts to give autonomy or equal rights were considered to constitute a rebellion against the word of God. The damaging impact such doctrines have had on women can not be downplayed. Concerning domestic abuse, wives have been expected to demonstrate their obedience to God through silent and prayerful suffering, attempting to change their husbands by leading an exemplary godly life.

In the creation story, it is portrayed that women are created equal to men. In the first story (Genesis 1: 1–26:27) man and woman, who are not given names in this story, are created simultaneously, and both are made in the image of God and given dominion over the earth. In the second story (Genesis 2:7-24) Adam, the male, is created first, followed by the creation of the animals. Eve, the woman, is created last from the rib of Adam, because no suitable helper for Adam could be found among the animals. It is clear from the first story that since men and women are both made in God’s image and were created simultaneously they are equal. Meanwhile in the second story the woman appears to derive her existence from man, created for him and to be dependent on him. The creation of woman as the final act of creation does not mean that she is secondary or subordinate to man. Again, the woman being made from the man’s rib does not indicate that she has no
existence apart from him. Rather, the man in declaring that woman is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23) indicates that they are both made of the same substance and thus are in their essence the same.

In the Islamic religion, The religious practices of women and men were basically the same in the first centuries. Both men and women were given religious education, they participated in the daily prayer at the Mosques and led in worship.
After the death of the Prophet Muhammad, women’s status in the religious institutions and the broader Islamic culture declined as a
solidation of religious power into male hands. This was because the religion spread to areas which were more rigidly patriarchal then the Arabian Peninsula where the religion originally emerged from.

Muslim women have since become a narginalized group who are subject to the harsh effects of multiple layers of oppression including gender, ethnic, race, class and spiritual oppressions. The woman and girls are not safe from violence and exploitation. Most poor Muslim women often face the brutality of a male-dominated society. Many pressures are put on Muslim women from culture, religion and patriarchy. According to old Muslim values, it is the female who bears the family decency and the males are to defend it at any cost. In simple words, it is the woman or girl who must pay with her life for any dishonor that befalls her family and society due to her actions. In most Arab societies, women are solely responsible for the protection of their virginity, the loss of her most precious asset in incidents, other than in proper marriage, would inevitably lead to death. These conservative religious teachings are results of personal radical ambitions and age-old beliefs of depriving the feminine society. As a result, marriage is very prominent for women in Islam. They are even coerced to marry kins. The combination of an insular community, the accepted practice of wife beating as a symbolic gesture and the very high importance put upon marriage by Islam creates a difficult situation for many Muslim women.

A Muslim woman standing in front of a mosque

Therefore, since today nearly two-thirds of the world’s population identify themselves with one of the major religious traditions discussed, it is important to know that religious voices do have something decisive to contribute to the efforts to develop equitable social structures.

Moreover, since the empowerment of women in all spheres of life is necessary to address development issues, the female and mostly male religious voices have something constructive to add to the discussions about issues of gender equality.

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Things Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Did To Win Independence For Ghana That You Probably Didn’t Know

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First President of The Republic Of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah arrived in the Gold Coast in August 1947, determined to form his own political party. He honestly stated in his autobiography that he saw the invitation to become the secretary of the United Gold Coast Convention party as an opportunity to implement his own agenda.

Kwame Nkrumah inspired by communist ideals formed what is terms a ‘Vanguard Group’ of the West African national secretariat with a title ‘The Circle’, visualized as a gruo of politicians from various parts of West Africa menbers who were to work secretly in their own countries, ostensibly towards a ‘Union Of Socialist States Of Africa’, similar to the Soviet States Republics. Nkrumah’s contacts were firmly with the political left wing. He was impressed by the teachings of Carl Max and Lenin, Musolin and Hitler believing that their teachings held the secret of banishing imperialism from West Africa. In his own autobiography, he did not mence words when he declared that he had learnt and gained great deal of ideas from those renowned dictators.

Kwame Nkrumah carried in his pocket a Communist Party membership card. He eventually abandoned the idea of legal studies as he became more and more eager to involve himself in the battle for the emancipation of his beloved country – the Gold Coast and the entire continent of Africa.

Kwame Nkrumah with the president of the republic of Guinea in 1968, Shirley Graham Du Bois.

Perhaps with an ambition to take up the mantle of leadership of Africa. Nkrumah grabbed the opportunity he had been looking for when he received an invitation from the leaders of the newly inaugurated political party – the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) to become the secretary.

He honestly informed the UGCC leaders of the financial predicament in which he found himself while in England and pleaded for financial assistance to enable him to pay for his flight home. On receipt of Nkrumah’s cablegram, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah who was anxious to have a permanent and competent secretary to man the secretariat of the UGCC persuaded the financial giant of the UGCC Paa Grant to send as much as £100 to Kwame Nkruman. Later that year, Nkrumah packed his bags and left for home – Gold Coast.

Within two months of his assumption of office as general secretary, he and his senior colleagues were imprisoned for a trumped up charge of their part in the organization of the boycott of foreign owned stores and goods led by a chief, Nii Kwabena Bonne – the Osu Alata Mantse.
While Nkrumah and other UGCC members were languishing in prison, the British government appointed a commission led by Mr. Aiken Watson to inquire into and report on the recent disturbances in the Gold Coast and the underlying causes, to make recommendations on any matter arising from the inquiries. This was followed by the appointment of an all African commission under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Coussey charged wuth the responsiblity of drawing up a new constitution for the Gold Coast.

On their release from prison, the leader, Kwame Nkrumah having familiarized himself with all the structures and key activists of the branches of the UGCC particularly, the Young Wing began to indulge in underhand dealings prejudicial to the solidarity and unity of the mother party – the UGCC. The leadership of the UGCC had no alternative than to relieve him of his post as the general secretary.

In effect, he virtually converted the committee on the Youth organization (CYO) of the UGCC which was headed by the two main personalities namely, Kojo Botsio and K.A Gbedemah as secretary and chairman respectively to form what was to be known as the Convention Peoples Party (CPP). By then the CYO had grown into a powerful organization capable of challenging and toppling the parent party.

When Nkrumah realized that the Cousset committee proposals were pavinv a way for the take over of yhe administration of the country in nit too distant future, he gree increasingly impatient with the moderate lawyers and traders – the Danquah’s and the Paa Grant’s who still controlled the UGCC. He felt that his colleagues in the UGCC were deliberately dragging behind the pace of of the agitation for self rule and in order to use the support of the masses made an unfounded allegation to bribery and corruption against the leaders of the UGCC. Nkrumah proved to be very dishonest because he knee that the British government did not have to bribe anybody to refuse granting self rule to any Colony.

The approach to attain self rule was the cause of the conflict between Kwame Nkrumah and the leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention party. While J.B Danquah and his colleagues of the UGCC believed in step by step approach to free the country from the colonial rule, Kwame Nkrumah wanted self governance without delay. He declared ‘we prefer self government with danger to servitude in tranquillity’. Nkrumah won the masses by the deceptive slogan ‘Self Government Now’ and yet it took him almost 8 months to get independence for the people.

Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu pinning club’s badge on the chest of Kwame Nkrumah (middle, all white) after the Spanish giants visited Ghana and were held by the Black Stars to a 3-3 draw in 1962.

When the Coussey Commission weighty proposals were made public, Nkrumah convened a Ghana Peoples Representative Assembly at a few days notice and the Assembly withvno impudence rejected the Coussey. Report and demanded immediate independence. Although the Assembly had no constitutional significance, it had kne advantage over the Coussey Commission. When he perfectly expressed the impatient nationalism of a great many citizens of the country. Nkrumah encouraged by the reaction of the masses began to preach his nee doctrine of ‘Positive Action’, the Trade Union Congress declared her support for the action taken by Kwame Nkrumah and called for a strike. Kwame Nkrumah saw this as an opportunity to call for a national strike.

The ‘Positive Action’ with it’s attendant strike action dislocated national life fron January 6, 1959. In the course of the disturbances which followed the strike, two policemen lost their lives. Nkrumah and some leaders of the Convention Peoples Party were arrested, tried and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment on charges of inciting workers to go on illegal strike with sedition.

Under the existing law, a terms of imprisonment nit exceeding one year did not disqualify Kwame Nkrumah from being on the electoral roll and from standing for election. Nkrumah took advantage of this law and filed his papers ti stand fir election which was held in February 1951. Nkrumah won his seat while his CPP won all five directly elected seats and 29 of the 33 seats conducted through the electoral colleges. Sir Charles Arden Clarke had no choice but to concede victory to Kwame Nkrumah who was nearing the end of his first one year sentence in James Fort prison.

Kwame Nkrumah was the next day ushered into the presence of the Queen’s Representative to be entrusted with the responsibility of forming a government.

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This Is The Real Reason Why Gold Coast Was Renamed Ghana

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In 1874 after the British has successfully merged the independent states of Ghana into one territory, they proclaimed it as a Crown Colony and named it the Gold Coast.

87 years later, Gold Coast was changed to Ghana on attainment of Independence, following a research conducted into the origin of Akans among the inhabitants of the country. The research revealed that the Akan tribe which contribute more than half of the country’s population migrated from the south-eastern Mauritania and part of Mali known as the Ancient Ghana. So they came to conclusion that as their mind is made up about changing the name giving to them by a foreigner (Gold Coast), why not replace it the name of the place that most of the country’s population originally originated from – which is the Ancient Ghana.

Below is a brief history of the ancient Ghana and what inspired the Asantes to move to current Ghana.

The ancient Ghana Empire existed between 750 and 1036 and derived her power and wealth from the trans-saharan trade in gold and salt. Much of what is written about the empire come from Arab historians and researchers, such as Al-Hamdani who described Ghana as having the richest gold mines on earth, mostly situated at Bambuk on the Upper Senegal River.

The citizens were well known for their trade in slaves and copper in exchange for textiles, beads, and other finished goods. The capital city of the ancient Ghana known as Kumbi Saleh was built on the edge of the Sahara and it rapidly became the most dynamic and important southern terminals of the Saharan trade routes. Ancient Ghana became one of the major trading centres with it’s route taken by traders of the Maghreb to Ghana, starting inNorth Africa in Tahent coming down through Sjilmasa in Southern Morocco. From there the trail went south and inland, running parallel with the coast, then South- eastwards through Audaghust and finally ended in Kumbi Saleh.

Eventually, Islam was introduced into the country by traders who were mostly members of the Islamic religion. Islamic worshippers developed their own community at a distance away from the king’s palace. They had their own mosques and schools while the King retained his traditional beliefs. The two religious beliefs were bound toresult in a conflict between the adherents and the traditionalists. The King by tradition and customary practice had to exercise some sort of control over the entire country which included the state of Takrur which had adopted Islam as it’s official religion. Nonetheless, the King drew on the book-keeping and literary skills of Muslim scholars to help run the administration of the empire.

Evidence produced by archaeologists confirms the vibrancy and prosperity of the ancient Ghana abound in sheep, cows and even goats. But by the end of the 12 century, the country was faced with a disaster. Draught! Had begun with a long-term effect on the land and its ability to sustain cattle and cultivation. In addition to the woeful effect of the draught which resulted in famine and it’s untold hardships, the King also had lost his monopoly of the trade which was the mainstay of the economy of the country ancient Ghana. In the 11th and 12th centuries, new gold fields had been discovered at Bure in modern Guinea with new trade routes opening up further east. Ghana from that time became the target of attack by the Sosso ruler, Sumanguru. It was generally believed that the attacks on Ghana were spearheaded by the Almoravid muslims who came from North Africa to invade the country.

The muslims whose population had gradually grown over the years began to force the indigenes of the ancient Ghana to accept Islam as a national religion. The traditionalists initially put up resistance which resulted in civil strife, as more and more muslim reinforcement came from North Africa to support the Muslim community to overcome the indigenous resistant forces.


From this conflict emerged the Malinke people under a new dynamic ruler Sundiaka Keita. With the advent of the Malinke dwellers, a new Empire surfaced which eclipsed the ancient Ghana. This new empire was later discovered to be the Mali Empire. As the Muslims intensified their attacks on the indigenes, they decided to migrate southwards, Groups of families traveled several months through the desert until they crossed the White and Black Volta Rivers and settled at Takyiman in the savanna forests of Bono.
After a while, some of the families decided to continue the journey down the south with individual families settling in the forest areas whilstvothers moved further down and settled on the coastal lands.

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