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Beach closure – Holiday makers in limbo

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An empty Ghanaian beach

Holiday makers were left stranded at various beach entry points across Accra on “Boxing Day” as the Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) enforced the closure of all beaches as part of efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The REGSEC, led by the Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey on Friday, (Dec 24, 2021) announced the closure of all beaches across the capital in an effort to stem a possible spread of COVID-19 during the Yuletide.

The Ghana News Agency reports that during a visit to some beaches in Labadi, Osu and Chorkor on Sunday, many of the entry points had been takenover by security personnel.

A few people who sneaked into the beaches were prevented from swimming by the security personnel who were patrolling the beaches.Speaking to the GNA, some holidaymakers bemoaned the timing of the directive and said it was causing discomfort to people who wanted to relax after a turbulent year.

Mr Isaac Neequaye, a holidaymaker, did not understand why the beaches would be closed while pubs and other eateries were allowed to operate at full capacity.

“We have been told since the outbreak of this pandemic to hold meetings in open, airy places to minimise the spread and the beach is an airy place and so the likelihood of it contributing to a surge in COVID-19 cases is neither here no there.

“I am very disappointed that I cannot have a bit of relaxation here because of this directive,” he said.

The situation was, however, different at some beaches in Dansoman where the security was absent, leaving many holidaymakers to have a free day.

Ms Cecy Adomako, 22, said all though she was aware of the directive, she and her friends decided to have fun because the festive period offered them the opportunity to catch up on lost time.

Some beach resort managers lamented the loss of investment made ahead of the Yuletide.

Mr Daniel M. K. Okeoti, the Chief Executive Officer of Laboma Beach Resort in Labadi, told the GNA that the directive had forced several groups, which had booked the Resort for events ahead of the festivities, to cancel their orders.

“The timing of the whole directive is wrong. How can you give such a directive barely a day to the festivity? We have made lots of investment just to keep this place and make it ready for our clients but now most of them have called off their events and canceled the orders.How do we recoup these investments?” He decried.

He appealed to the Greater Accra Regional Minister to reconsider the directive and allow the beaches to operate with strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Ghana and the rest of the world are witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases over the last couple of weeks, basically driven by the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

Ghana’s COVID-19 active cases as of Dec 21, 2021, stood at 5,112, with health officials warning of massive outbreak if measures were not put in place to curtail the spread this Yuletide.

Ghana’s COVID-19 active cases as of Dec 21, 2021, stood at 5,112, with health officials warning of massive outbreak if measures were not put in place to curtail the spread this Yuletide.

Meanwhile, nearly seven million (6,924, 267) doses of vaccine had been administered as of Dec 20.

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‘We don’t accept this type of dance here’ – Paramount Chief fumes at dancers who portrayed twerking as ‘borborbor’

Togbe Tepreh Hodo IV

Paramount Chief of Anfoega Traditional Area, Togbe Tepreh Hodo IV, has in an unceremonious way stopped a group of dancers from portraying the ‘borborbor’ dance in an indecent manner.

As a tradition of the Ewes in the middle belt of the Volta Region, the dance is a very prominent feature at every public gathering.

Having been performed since time immemorial, it is not only delightful to its people, it is seen as a tradition that has been passed on from one generation to the other.

Thus, when a group of dancers in an attempt to ‘spice up their show’ introduced sexually suggestive dance moves also known as ‘twerking’, the natives and their traditional leader could not watch on, unconcerned.

So at that very durbar of Chiefs during the Easter celebrations at Anfoega Akukome on Saturday, April 16, the Paramount Chief called off the group’s performance.

According to reports by The Spectator, activities lined up for the day were going smoothly until a borborbor group from one of the towns was called upon to entertain the gathering.

“The group brought on their best performance, moving to rhythm and good tunes before the Master of Ceremony (MC) signalled them to call it off, apparently due to their seductive dance move and somewhat indecent outfit,” the newspaper reported.

The dancers, however, defied the orders and continued the performance which prompted the Paramount Chief himself to step in and show them the exit.

“There is something called protocol but I will break it,” Togbe Tepreh Hodo IV said when he grabbed the microphone from the MC.

“We don’t accept this type of dance here. Don’t come and perform this kind of dance in our midst ever again,” he fumed in the local dialect.

Natives at the event lauded the order of the Paramount Chief.

They also expressed reservations on how some young people have sought to change the face of ‘borborbor’ with ‘inappropriate’ dancing styles.

Source: Myjoyonline

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Ga Traditional Council set to fast, pray for unity, peace for Ghana

The Ga Traditional Council (GTC) has revealed that it has rolled out series of policies towards its celebration of its annual Homowo festival which there would be fasting and praying to fast-track peace, unity and tranquility for the country.

This would occur during the period of its custom of ban on drumming and noise-making in the traditional area which has been officially set to commence from May 9 to June 9, 2022.

The Paramount Chief of the Ga Traditional Area, His Royal Majesty King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II has therefore called for peace and tolerance during, before and after the celebration.

Addressing the press in Accra, he reiterated the need for institutions within the Ga state, to celebrate this year’s Homowo festival in peace and harmony, devoid of violence.

The one-month-long ban according to the Paramount Chief is a custom that precedes the celebration of the Homowo festival of the chiefs and people of Ga Mashie.

The Ga Mantse urged the youth with emphasis to remain calm and disassociate themselves from any form of violence during the celebrations.

He called on the chiefs and elders of the area and its environs to ensure that the ban is enforced in their respective areas in collaboration with the local district assemblies.

He said a monitoring team had been put in place with special identity cards to ensure compliance with the ban with the support of the police, Asafoatsemei, and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Special Taskforce.

“They will visit flashpoints and arrest recalcitrant churches, noise makers, and those who will impersonate or imposters,” he said.

He noted that the GTC had reached an understanding with the orthodox churches and they had expressed their cooperation during the ban.

He admonished the the general public to take notice and observe the rules and regulations regarding the ban on drumming and noise making, and help to maintain the peace, harmony, and security within the Ga State.

“The GTC shall further count on the cooperation of the various stakeholders in ensuring strict observation and compliance with the Ga customs, practices, and usages,” he stressed.

Other  guidelines by the Ga State include;

  1. All worship centers should confine their activities to within their church premises.
  2. Noise making including clapping of hands, the use of tambourine, and other musical instruments should be avoided during this period.
  3. The positioning of loudspeakers outside church premises and mosques is banned during this period.
  4. Roadside evangelism and the use of megaphones and other loudspeakers should be totally avoided during this period.
  5. Funeral rites and their related activities are also banned within this period.

The Overload entreated all persons within the Ga State to comply with the ban, and refrain from making derogatory remarks about the rites, customs, practices, usages, and beliefs of the Ga people. 

This is who we are and we value our tradition and culture,” the emphasized.

By Philip Teye Agbove

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Zambian pastor baths female Church members; says direction from Holy Spirit

New Year Cross Overnight: Pastor Bath Female Members in Church, says Holy Spirit Directed him to do so

A Video of some young ladies been bathed at a Cross over service by a pastor in Church, on 31st night here has surfaced online and taken over the Internet.

According to the Pastor, bathing Church members n@k3d will cleanse them and make them Pure & Holy.

They had to remove their underwear before getting into the bath…

Is this also Divine and acceptable?

Source: Zambian Observer

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