Love Foundation Club to Embark On Nationwide Educational Support Tour

As part of her mission to alleviate human sufferings especially among children, Love Foundation Club, a well-known charity organization is out with a nationwide educational support tour.

The tour is to enable the foundation get access to deprived schools across the country so as to support these schools with some educational materials. This is to improve upon the quality of the education system for school children in rural areas across the country.

Speaking during an interview on Joy Prime TV’s New Beginning recently, Marcus Anafu the CEO of the foundation mentioned that the theme of this tour “to every child, quality education is key” captures the role of quality education in helping bring an end to children finding themselves on our streets which makes some of them end up losing their lives.

Love Foundation Club has played significant roles in helping make education better in several rural communities through donating educational materials like textbooks, exercise books, chalks, pens and pencils among others. The foundation also goes round giving lectures to young school children on things that can make them end up on the streets like teenage pregnancy.

The foundation seeks to make this educational tour her official project towards reducing streetism in our cities in addition to her premier initiative of adopting orphans and street children and building communities for the homeless.

Having gone to few deprived communities and schools to find out the real needs of school children and conditions affecting smooth and quality education in this communities, the foundation has identified the need to provide school uniforms, exercise books, chalks, pens and pencils and extra-curricula items like footballs and other sport items to these schools. This is because in some of these communities, some school children do not go to school because of the lack of these items.

The nationwide tour is partnered by Love Coated Yogurt, Ako Travel and Tours, Empire Ushering Agency, Barima TV, and Airlly Heritages. Corporate bodies and individuals can contact 0242509275 or 0202945723 to make enquiries or donate or support the project financial through the Stanbic Bank Account number 9040007119040 Love Foundation Club.

 

Akakpo Elikem Kwabla

Public Relations Officer

Love Foundation Club.

 

 

[Pt.2] Drug Abuse in Ghana: Causes, Effects & Solutions

Read Part 1 Here

…The instreaming of drug itinerants and quack doctors in our streets and at the doorsteps, has orchestrated to a high incidence of drug abuse. It is worthy to note that, not only in our homes and streets that one catches a glimpse of quacks plying their trade, but also in buses and in “troskis.” Their ability to entertain an audience, their sheer eloquence and the testimonies given by various people about the efficacy of their drugs are enough to sway a sick person or the young person to buy what they sell. Also, worthy to note is the fact that their drugs are inexpensive and so people cannot help but use them without qualified medical doctor’s advice.

 

Another factor responsible for the growing incidence of drugs abuse especially tramadol abuse is peer pressure or peer group influence. In schools especially, students tend to be lured by friends who are into the drug ‘businesses’. A young boy addicted to drugs may convince a colleague to drink alcohol, sniff cocaine, smoke marijuana or misuse tobacco substances in the name of fashion. Some youngsters who are determined not to defile their bodies with drugs are alienated, scolded, and given provocative names like “kolo, john, anti-so”, etc. To escape these cat-calls and mockery, some easily give up into the advice of abusing drugs in the nick of time.

 

Interestingly, advertisement has for the past decades have been one of the powerful tools used to lure men to misuse drugs in this country. On the wings of advertisement, young people get carried away by thoughts of fantasy. They begin to feel that they would in no time, beam with smiles, confidence and appear healthy like the smiling confident looking individuals in the advert who have been provident enough to do the right things at the right time. Elegantly dressed and as men and women of high social standing too, they have almost always, compelled their audience to accept them as role models through the quintessence of eloquence and high sounding catchy phrases and slogans like “Marijuana, the heavenly weed that opens the twin doors of wisdom and prosperity!” “Adonko bitters, bitters of the moment!. Brukutu, Barima nsuo” and etc. Deceptive as their behaviours and speeches are, several thousands of young talented people are influenced into imitating their lifestyles and habits.

 

Curiosity is also one of the factors that accounts for the misuse of drugs. Most young are very curious to find out what is contained in certain types of drugs especially tramadol and other alcoholic substances. They see others happily indulging in drugs. Often times, they find men and women of high social standing smoking and drinking profusely. They irresistibly gross anxious to find out what makes other people indulge in these drugs.

 

Drug abuse has is attendant problems. Most prominent among them is that it usually impairs the health of those who become addicted to the practice. Quite often, habitual users of strong drugs like tramol, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol become emaciated and completely dehumanized. Predictably, this leads to premature deaths. Habitual drug users are noted to be drowsy, lazy and totally unproductive. Though they may eat a lot, they lack the strength and conscience to contribute to the growth of a country’s economy. In most situations, the illegal use of drugs leads to mental illness. A drug addict easily breaks down psychologically. The abuse of drugs such as marijuana, alcohol and tramadol provokes acts of violence. Those who misuse such drugs become fearless, aggressive, reckless and prone to acts of inhumanity. This, no doubt, disturbs social order.

 

To combat the drug menace, the following measures should be put in place. There is the need for a nationwide educational campaign, aimed at exposing every citizen to the dangers inherent in using un-prescribed drugs. As much as education is essential, it is equally important for the government to embark on a health revolution. In this respect, hospitals and well-equipped clinics should be established in all towns and villages in the country to give people access to qualified health professionals. As a matter of urgency, hospital fees must be reviewed to make them affordable to the common man. The National Health Insurance Scheme must be regulated enough to cover most hospital bills especially most medicines and laboratory tests which most patients find it very mind-blowing to afford. The government and the security agencies should not delay in waging a relentless war against users and traders of hard drugs like cocaine, tramadol and marijuana. Whenever they are caught, instant punitive measures should be meted to them. In addition, the government is advised to place a ban on the sale of the most commonly abused drugs in the country. Lastly, quack doctors and drug peddlers should be given proper training to enable them conduct their operations more efficiently and effectively. If not, they should be banned from carrying out their operations.

 

I hope the suggestions presented in this piece would be carefully considered to provide a lasting solution to this abuse of drugs especially tramadol (currently trending) in our country.

MLS Kelly Michael Agbesi

Keywordz19@gmail.com

0243075464

Drug Abuse in Ghana: Causes, Effects & Solutions

Written by MLS Kelly Michael Agbesi

Obviously, one of the ills plaguing Ghana today is the misuse of drugs specifically tramadol, and other forms of substances which are either poorly regulated or banned for use in the country. Like a strike of light to a petrol or a smoker puffing cigarette smoke in the sky, illegal use and abuse of drugs has engulfed our society so much that most of these young men and women are suffocating to death under its intense canker.

It is in the light of this unfortunate situation that I’ll carefully examine the menace, causes and effects of using the unprescribed drugs and suggest ways to ameliorate it.

First and foremost, any substance (with the exception of food and water) which, when taken into the body, alters the body’s function either physically and/or psychologically is referred to as drug. (Wikipedia 2018). Drugs may be legal (e.g. alcohol, caffeine and tobacco) or illegal (e.g. cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin).

For the crux of my discussions, tramadol abuse by the youth in recent times has become very important for national and for that matter international attention.

What is tramadol?

Tramadol (or “Tramol” as called locally) is an oral tablet and a prescription drug that is available as an immediate-release and extended-release tablet. Tramadol is a controlled substance. This means it can only be used with a doctor’s close supervision.

Why is it used?

Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. This substance can be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

How it works!

Tramadol belongs to a “class of drugs” called ‘opioid agonists’. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. It works by changing how your brain senses pain. Tramadol is similar to substances in your brain called “endorphins”. Endorphins bind to receptors (parts of cells that receive a certain substance). The receptors then decrease the pain messages that your body sends to your brain. Tramadol works in a similar way to decrease the amount of pain your brain thinks you are having. (https:/www.healthline.com/health/tramadol-oral-tablet).

Drug (tramadol) abuse is firmly rooted in the following factors. In other not to “cry the wolf”, the limited and difficult access to healthcare delivery in Ghana contribute to the abuse of the substance of play (Tramadol). Young people, especially, those living in the countryside, have no or little access to the various health facilities across the country.  The little available ones are nothing to boast of, due to the poor regulation of the facilities and inefficient accessibility by the use of the National Health Insurance Scheme (which is to regulate medical health-care for the citizens in Ghana. These occurrences makes it very difficult for them to have the opportunity to consult a qualified health professional in moments of sickness, trauma or injury.

Citizens placed on such happenings would only have to rely on “tramol” or any other substance readily available in their surroundings. After all, if there is no qualified health professional, a quack doctor or a chemist’s shop is nearby. What a pity!

Added to this are hospital bills which tend to be unaffordable. The lay person walking on the street is incapable of receiving quality health services in the country. No seer to predict the increasing cost of medications and all kinds of health services provided in the country’s hospitals.

The most disturbing is the embarrassment caused to the poor sick person. Though I do not have evidences to prove to the fact that sick people have to pay money before they could see the doctor but I believe this is one of the many reasons they stay in the corner and kick the bucket slowly but painfully. Is it any wonder for such poor people to shy from high cost medical care and resort to tramadol or street peddlers or buy from a chemist’s shop at a low cost?

Quite prominent among the use of tramadol by young people is the desire of most of them to enhance their performances in various fields of human behaviour. For instance, these young people use tramol and other unprescribed substances to enable them do physically challenging activities. Most of them who are students erroneously believe that some ‘special’ drugs like tramadol would give them the required fitness, strength and mental alertness to improve their performances in the tracks, academics and ability to ‘last long’ in bed.

MLS Kelly Michael Agbesi

Keywordz19@gmail.com

0243075464

Meet Eben: The Gentleman Making an Industry Out of Cocktails

The crave for special cocktails at parties and special events has risen lately and one young Ghanaian entrepreneur making an industry out of this opportunity is Ebenezer Tetteh, a professionally trained bartender and mixologist. Eben is the Founder of Ghanaian owned beverage mixology start up TAACOAM which infuses local Ghanaian and African spices into carefully crafted cocktails.

Training Session for Bartending & Mixology
Eben Presenting Certificate to Student

With Several years of experience in the hospitality industry Eben brings to play top notch professionalism and creativity in bartending and mixology. TAACOAM is still in its infant stage and barely a year old and has gaining several recognition from prestigious groups both home and abroad.

Get to know more about TAACOAM by logging on to www.taacoam.com

Why Most Bloggers Don’t Upload Upcoming Artistes’ Songs for Free

This is 2018, and you cannot successfully pursue music without the involvement of the internet. After recording, an artiste releases the music via the internet. Distribution is done through the internet. Like hell, Kanye West released the platinum-selling “The Life of Pablo” album exclusively online via streaming platforms. Artistes connect with their fans through social media. If we listened to certain DJs and radio presenters to know who’s hot, bloggers are the new guys who have taken over that.

Photo credit: Alfred Aborga

In Ghana, free music is distributed largely by bloggers. Music management bodies send official releases to bloggers, even before some radio giants get hold of it. Music bloggers can make or break artistes in this era. There’s significant friction between upcoming artistes and music bloggers, and I don’t think it’s going to end anytime soon. Well, I am here to break it down.

Upcoming artistes have a problem with bloggers refusing to upload their songs (and promote it), just as they do for mainstream acts. Mostly, upcoming artistes pay for song uploads on blogs. On the other hand, mainstream acts don’t give a penny to bloggers, but they still sweat, track release dates and time to get theirs uploaded. So it gets the upcoming artistes wondering if bloggers are really in support of GH music, and their craft.

Now, this is the untold story of a music blogger. What people have to see is, music blogging is a business, unless the person emphatically states it’s a hobby or a charity. In the end we all have to eat. Just as the artiste is searching for popular songs to see exciting paydays, a blogger pursues his/her passion and yearns to make a living off it. The big question here is, how does the blogger makes his/her money?

One of the most important terms in the dictionary of a blogger is “traffic.” The more people visit a website, to get new information or download music, etc., the more internet traffic is directed to a website. If a blogger has subscribed to an advertisement deal for ads to be displayed on the website, this traffic converts to money, which the blogger withdraws to maintain the site. And that’s the major source of capital for most bloggers. So it is left to the blogger to decide how to gain traffic.

From personal experience, I’ve known that outputs of mainstream acts drive traffic more than that of upcoming acts. Knowing this, would you choose focusing on uploads of upcoming acts if you were a blogger? Hell no! However, a few blogs, including SteezeHub.com have taken the risk of uploading songs from upcoming acts for free, just as is done for mainstream ones. But again, from experience, most of these guys don’t appreciate it. They’re selfish! They can be on a blogger’s neck to upload their songs, and after going through hell to do it, they turn around and share SoundCloud links, trashing your link. They forget it’s a win-win affair. I used my own internet bundle, time, energy, creativity and effort to upload your song, and the least you can do which is sharing the link to enable me get traffic you refuse to do?

In the end, it gives the blogger little to no reason to upload songs from upcoming artistes. Yes, we want to push GH music, but we don’t want to starve to death while at it. Bloggers invest a lot of money into the business — buying domains and hosting subscriptions, renewals, internet charges, and a whole lot. And just like any other business, we have to gain profit from it. This is what upcoming artistes should know and change their attitude. Maybe then can we see change.

‘The Come Up With Sebor’ to Revolutionize Ghana Music

In Ghana, the music scene is filled with a great deal of mainstream acts. However, there are a triple of that number in the upcoming front who are putting all efforts together to make it to the top. It’s as though they’ve created a virtual world for themselves which seem to be growing and welcoming a new member each day.

In the storm of the struggle to achieve greatness, here comes The Come Up show with Sebor. This programme is meant to give a platform for upcoming artistes to sell their craft or get heard and also for already established acts to tell their come-up story which can go a long way to guide and motivate others.

The Come Up will have a segments where artistes get to have live studio performances.

The presenter for the show, Sebor is the co-host & producer of the Dryve Of Your Lyf & the host of entertainment magazine show Lift Off on Saturdays which airs on Y102.5 FM.

The show will have it’s early releases on YouTube. Stay tuned for more information, and anticipate greatness.

Why Sarkodie Shall Continue to Remain Ghana’s Favourite Rapper

I define RAP as Rhythmic Afro-American Poetry. A rapper is a poet on a beat. Rap is a beautiful form of art. You wouldn’t have to wait for 30 seconds for one to finish a sentence. A lot can be discussed with 3 verses. I love rap! We’ve had rap legends, from Reggie Rockstone, to Obrafour and Okyeame Kwame. Although still not highly mainstream, rap continues to be loved by most music consumers in Ghana. Our biggest acts are mostly rappers. Sarkodie took over the rap scene in 2008, when he dropped that everlasting verse on “Keva.” Thence, a lot of rappers, especially the upcoming ones have mirrored his style. In 2009/2010, almost every rapper sounded like Sarkodie because he was the new rap standard.

With the definition of rap, and listening to Sark’s verses, I’d like to pose in the question, does Sarkodie really rap? Why is he loved so much by Ghana? Is he the best Ghanaian rapper?

One of the reasons why I love rap so much is that there are standards which one can use to determine whether one is a good rapper or not. The elements of rap are lyricism, poetry, concept, substance, punchlines, delivery and rhyming. Just as poetry is deep, rap is supposed to be deep. The beauty of listening to a rap project is having to discover something new every time you listen to it, and deciphering encrypted lines with multiple listens. Sarkodie is not that type of rapper. But the thing is, the average Ghanaian is not that type of listener.

The days that proverbs were much hailed are over. The youth of today don’t even want to race their minds with riddles. They prefer issues presented in the raw form, uncovered. That’s what Sarkodie brings to the table. He talks of relevant issues and current happenings with a touch of humour so well that you would love to hear more. His delivery ability is second to none, actually one of the best I’ve heard in the whole world. His rhyme scheme is of good standard. He’s not a punchline rapper who drops metaphors and a lot of literary devices in his verses. Due to that, some rap heads never enlist him as a topmost emcee, but that’s a negligible percentage of the audience.

No matter one’s age, you can relate to Sarkodie’s rap. He doesn’t disturb you with heavy vocabulary. He’s a representative for rap lovers in the ghetto, streets, ‘dadabee’ girls circles, and even staunch Hip-Hop heads. In the end, he’s a musician. The best music is necessarily relatable. The receiving end has to get an emotional connection to what is said in the song. Sarkodie weaves his verses so well in the Ghanaian setting, making it well picturesque.

Other rappers have tried to connect with the Ghanaian audience, but they never reach the level of Sarkodie, because he touches the heart of Ghanaians, and tells their stories. He publicly speaks their solemn and wild thoughts alike. Your punchlines ‘dey borst brains’ but Sarkodie’s verses are our words spoken by someone who understands us. 

Twenty-One C Events to Provide Memorable Enjoyment with History Making “In-Glow Party”

Twenty One C Events to Provide Memorable Enjoyment with History Making “In-Glow Party”
Twenty One C (21C) Event House collaborates with Mac-Dic Royal Plaza to organize the maiden edition of a party experience dubbed In-Glow Party. Twenty One C is an event house which is aimed at bringing quality entertainment to the youth. They believe to live a balanced life, there has to be exhilirating fun as you work hard. Hence, they organized Aced House Party in 2016 at Ages Lodge in Koforidua, and the event was an eyesaw.

This time, they’ve joined forces with Mac-Dic Royal Plaza, a 3-star deluxe and one stop facility is located in Koforidua, 80km drive from Accra, spefically found at Korle Medical Staff Village. The event which is promised to be one of a kind shall be held at Akyempem Night Club (in Koforidua) which is a facility inside the Mac-Dic Royal Plaza Hotel.

In an exclusive interview with the major organizer of the event who is also the CEO of Twenty One C Event House, Alan Rahim disclosed that the event is meant to serve as a welcome party for all freshers and continuing students of all tertiary institutions, especially the ones located in Eastern region. It shall also be a wild experience for all students in general as it will be a huge platform for socialization. He also added that the concept of the event is the use of ultraviolet and neon lights to cause ultra-illumination, hence the name “In-Glow Party.”

Famous social groups which its members are both tertiary and workers, such as BBF Perception GH, Bad Hauz Crew, among others have endorsed In-Glow Party and declared it as their official outing event. In-Glow Party has gained media attention so much that it was covered in last week’s edition of the Weekend Today newspaper.

Mark Friday, 22nd September on your calendar to be a day of extreme happiness. Artistes that are billed to set the party ablaze are Offei and Daylix from University of Ghana, Legon, Kasiebo repping African University College of Communication, Acydik from Kwahu Teachers’ Training College, and Kundabwoy. DJs who’ll keep the dancefloor busy and on fire include DJaymatic, Alonso of Kingdom FM, Tyma and Romeo of Radio 1. MCs that’ll keep the show rolling and make sure the night is never a bore are Aqweci Steeze, founder of SteezeHub.com and the sexy Ms Genni.

The party starts at 10pm, and the rate goes for a cool 20 cedis. Meet us at the Mac-Dic Night Club as we have ‘mad’ fun. You’re surely not missing this.