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14-year-old single mother married off to 48-year-old man in Accra

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According to Starrfm.com, Naa (not her real name) got married off to Akwetey Alban Ashong, after the father of her 6-month-old baby disappeared after getting her pregnant.

The news website reports that Naa was 10 years old when her parents died, leaving her grandmother to care for her. The now 14-year-old got pregnant at age 14 and had to live on GHC2 a day as the father of her child disappeared.

“I was running errands for my grandmother when I met the first man who impregnated me. He left me to my fate after I told him I was pregnant. It was difficult at home. My grandmother has to shoulder the responsibility. It wasn’t easy at all,” the teenage mother is quoted to have said.

Her marriage to Akwetey Alban Ashong was facilitated by her guardian, Elizabeth Borley, who told Naa that she wanted to help her out of her predicament.

Then, with a bottle of schnapps, Naa became Ashong’s wife and lives with him currently.

“When I was told I will be married off to this man, I was happy because living with my grandmother was difficult,” Naa said.

Despite Naa being underage and any sexual activity with her might amount to defilement, a crime punishable by law, Ashong said he did not see anything wrong with marrying her.

“I don’t think it is criminal. I don’t pay heed to naysayers. She’s a woman who will soon grow and so I’m not worried at all”.

Elizabeth Borley who gave out Naa’s hand in marriage to Ashong insisted that she took the best decision for the young mother.

“It doesn’t bother me because she’s already delivered a child. It is better to marry her off than have another man impregnate her.”

Meanwhile, criminal lawyer Yaw Danquah is reported to have called for the arrest and prosecution of Ashong and all his conspirators as Naa has admitted to having sex with her new husband already.

“Yes! He has sex with me,” she said.

According to the UNFPA-Unicef program to accelerate action to end child marriage in the country, Ghana’s regions are recording a high prevalence rate of child marriages. On average, 1 out of 5 girls in Ghana is married off before their 18th birthday. In other words, the percentage of girls between 20 and 24 years old who were married or in a union by age 18 is 21% nationally.

This amounts to approximately 260,000 affected girls in the country. However, for girls living in the three northern regions of Ghana (Northern Region, Upper East and Upper West regions), this number increases to 1 out of 3 girls (34%). Marriage before age 15 does occur, although it is rarer for girls in Ghana (national prevalence of 5%).



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We’ll block roads, go on naked protest if fuel prices aren’t reduced – Drivers

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In a statement signed by the association’s national chairman, Paa Willie, and Public Relations Officer, David Agboado, it said the incessant and frequent fuel price hikes is no longer bearable to their members.

“Not long ago Driver Unions agreed on an increment of lorry fares which was due to the increment of fuel prices at the time.

“After a week of fare increment, prices of fuel have shot up again which directly affecting the increment of fares bring us back to zero profit,” the association lamented.

“The 20 %increment of fares at week was not even enough to compliment our sales and maintenance of our vehicles, but we managed considering our customers and knowing we’ll that salaries have not been increased.”

Prices of fuel have been on the increase for months now and have caused transport fares, prices of food and other commodities to skyrocket.

On Tuesday, there was another increment in fuel prices that shot up the price of petrol to GHC10 a litre.

The situation has compelled the drivers’ association to warn that: “We promising the government, if we don’t see a positive change in hike of fuel prices, then we will demonstrate,block major highways in the capital and go naked for them to feel our wrath.”

Read the full statement below:

NATIONAL CONCERNED DRIVERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA

CONFIDENCE TRICKSTER GOV’T EXPECT HIGHWAY ROAD BLOCKS AND NAKED

Cost of living within the country is gradually becoming unbearable as prices of goods and services keeps on increasing.

As an association, we have been observing and we have noticed that,the government always posed as a confidence trickster.

Not long ago Driver Unions agreed on an increment of lorry fares which was due to the increment of fuel prices at the time.

After a week of fare increment, prices of fuel have shot up again which directly affecting the increment of fares bring us back to zero profit.

We asking the government and the economic management team to deal with the rampant increment of fuel prices immediately or we will advise ourselves.

The 20 %increment of fares at week was not even enough to compliment our sales and maintenance of our vehicles, but we managed considering our customers and knowing we’ll that salaries have not been increased.

We promising the government, if we don’t see a positive change in hike of fuel prices, then we will demonstrate,block major highways in the capital and go naked for them to feel our wrath.

We believe the ordinary Ghanaian must suffer for the mismanagement and incompetence of the government.



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‘Bobolebobo’ hitmaker Minister Isaac Sie back with another hit ‘Kamale Mulele’ (LISTEN)

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“Kamale Mulele,” according to Isaac Sie, means ‘God is king,’ and it is inspired by the wonderful works of the creator and his kingdom that is about to come.

For Isaac Sei, God has unlimited attributes, and the title of his latest banger is just one of them.

Although the gospel star has been painfully sidelined by prestigious awards schemes in Ghana despite creating hit songs like “Boborebobo,” his latest song isn’t targeted at any award scheme. However, if it grabs the attention of awards schemes, he won’t deny them the honour.

Award is not the main objective for my latest single, but welcomed if it comes,” Isaac Sie disclosed in an interview. The DHE GILLY RECORDS label frontman advised his loyal fans who have been supporting his career and been through the thick and thin with him that they “should look up to God. He is KING!”

The song is available on all digital stores across the globe. Stream the full song below, and don’t forget to share your candid views.



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Cannes 2022: Tracey Boakye and Kofi Asamoah dazzle on the red-carpet in France

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Actress Tracey Boakye looked stunning for her debut appearance at the worlds most revered film festival in France, Cannes. Wearing an Elle Avril voluminous dress.

Kofi Asamoah also did not take it easy with his look. He came out looking dapper in a classic black bespoke tuxedo like a 007 agent. Kofi understood the red carpet culture.

Fred Nuamah also came is with quite an interesting style wearing a white shirt with a black bow-tie and black pants and torched up his style throwing on what seemed like an Agbada on it.

The trio are the only Ghanaians spotted so far at the Cannes Film Festival. This years Cannes festival also featured a tribute to actor Tom Cruise, Whose film Top Gun: Maverick is due to premiere at the festival. The actor won a surprise Palme d’Or award.

Cannes Film Festival has return to its full spectator capacity after the last two editions as a precaution on the COVID-19 restrictions in France.



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