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We Paid AFRIMA ‘Something Little’ for Hosting Right, Not $4.5 Million – Barbara Oteng-Gyasi We Paid AFRIMA ‘Something Little’ for Hosting Right, Not $4.5 Million – Barbara Oteng-Gyasi

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We Paid AFRIMA ‘Something Little’ for Hosting Right, Not $4.5 Million – Barbara Oteng-Gyasi

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Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has denied claims that the ministry has paid $4.5 million to host the All Africa Music Awards – AFRIMA for three (3) years.

 

In an interview with Nana Adwoa of Atinka TV, the minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture disclosed the government paid something little to the organizers of AFRIMA as a fee for the hosting right.

 

READ ALSO: ARTS PRACTITIONERS SHOULD BE ASSURED OF MY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT – BARBARA OTENG GYASI

 

Contrary to the earlier $4.5 million which was disclosed by the then minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku to have been paid by the government, Madam Barbara Oteng-Gyasi revealed the ministry never really paid that amount. What was paid AFRIMA was the hosting right. Another cost regarding the arrangement was borne by the government through the Tourism, Arts and Culture ministry.

 

“We didn’t pay $4.5 million. $4.5 million was what has been proposed but we paid them something little and we took care of the arrangement cost. We didn’t really pay AFRIMA $4.5 million. We only paid a little that will give us the right to host (AFRIMA) in Ghana. Fee for hosting right in Ghana is what has been paid. Most of the payments regarding the arrangements were bared by us. We never paid AFRIMA $4.5 million,” she revealed.

 

We Paid AFRIMA ‘Something Little’ for Hosting Right, Not $4.5 Million – Barbara Oteng-Gyasi

Madam Catherine Afeku, Former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

 

Ghana under the erstwhile minister Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku acquired 3 years right to host Africa’s biggest music awards scheme from 2018 to 2019.

 

Madam Catherine Afeku revealed that Ghana will expend a total amount of $4.5 million on the organization on three years edition of the All Africa Music Awards. This contractual obligation brought a lot of discontentment from the creative arts industry.

 

READ ALSO: “AFRIMA NEEDS SCRUTINY NOT SABOTEURS” – TOURISM MINISTER

 

However, when Madam Catherine was reassigned by the President of Ghana, the minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture Barbara Oteng-Gyasi during her vetting with the Appointment Committee on March 15, 2019, expressed her commitment in reviewing the controversial AFRIMA contract.

 

The 5th Edition of the All Africa Music Awards – AFRIMA is consistent with the government’s national development agenda to the growth of culture and the creative arts. It is estimated to boost the tourism economy of Ghana and the creation of opportunities for artists and investors in the culture and creative arts industry of Ghana.

 

Watch the interview with Nana Adwoa below:

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Asiwome Writes born Asiwome Tei-Mati is the Chief Writer at www.asiwomewrites.com, a blog for all credible and At the Moment Entertainment News. A blog designed for all Showbiz News, Interviews and Reviews in the Creative Arts industry in Ghana. Asi Wome is an entertainment enthusiast and journalist, a Communication Strategist and a radio and TV Entertainment, pundit.

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

COVID-19 will be defeated in 10 Days – Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

As the world grapples with managing and finding a lasting solution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Evans Yaw Tawiah has prophesied the defeat of the virus in ten (10) days.

The Apostle of Souls for Heaven Ministry, based in Koforidua in the Eastern Region revealed yesterday in a Facebook post, that the novel COVID-19 will be a thing of the past in 10 days.

“God has answered our prayers. In 10 days, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. Keep on trusting God,” he posted.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

The Apostle of the gospel, who also doubles as the owner of the Koforidua based radio station, Emak 97.7 Fm in an exclusive interview with www.asiwomewrites.com further stated that the defeat of COVID-19 which is in 10 days, starts from today, Monday, March 23, 2020.

“The Lord told me (Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah), in 10 days, starting from today, COVID-19 will be defeated.”

He, however, cautioned that times are evil and called on all to come to Christ because we are in the end-time.

READ ALSO: Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

Apostle Tawiah urged every Ghanaians to partake in the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo’s call for the nation to fast and pray on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

He also appealed to the general public to take all precautionary measures and the directives given by the Ghana Health Service and the president respectively.

 

Source: www.asiwomewrites.com | Ghana

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

SINGAPORE: About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery”, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng on Friday (Mar 6).

“We want cultural performances to continue during this time as the arts inspire us and lift our spirits, as long as necessary precautions are in place. This is what MCCY (Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth) agencies and institutions – including NAC (National Arts Council), NHB (National Heritage Board) and PA (People’s Association) – will commit to, where possible,” he said in his Committee of Supply speech.

“We also want to encourage arts and culture practitioners to take this opportunity to develop their capabilities and better position themselves for the future.”

READ ALSO: Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

Part of the S$1.6 million will include a subsidy of 30 percent for venue rental and associated costs for arts and culture activities from Mar 7 to Jun 30.

This will be applicable at national cultural institutions such as the Esplanade, Arts House Limited venues, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

In addition, the National Arts Council will provide a one-time, enhanced capability development grant for individuals and arts organizations.

The aim of this grant, which will open to applications from Mar 16, is to promote upskilling and organizational capability development, said Mr. Baey.

These two initiatives are part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget speech. The package was introduced to help stabilize the economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

READ ALSO: MUSIC: Lord of War – Ps Bennywood

“Arts groups and practitioners, including those who enjoy subsidized rentals under NAC’s arts housing scheme, can benefit from both initiatives,” said Mr. Baey.

The Package includes a training support scheme for self-employed persons, who will be paid S$7.50 per hour as training allowance when attending eligible programs.

NAC will continue working with SkillsFuture Singapore to curate arts and culture courses for arts freelancers to complement existing initiatives like the Arts Resource Hub.

“We encourage all eligible arts and culture professionals to tap on the available measures, including subscribing to the Arts Resource Hub, which is free, and prepare themselves for the post-COVID-19 upturn … We encourage arts practitioners to support one another during this time,” Mr. Baey said.

Source: Channel News Asia

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

The annual Kwahu Easter and all other activities associated with it has been called off by the Kwahu Traditional Area

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Following the directives from Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana on the novel Coronavirus – COVID -19 outbreak, the Kwahu Traditional Area has called off the annual Kwahu Easter celebrations.

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In a release dated March 16, 2020, and signed by Samuel Tuffour, registrar of the Kwahu Traditional Area, one week, forty days observation and funerals in Kwahu must be on hold indefinitely.

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

 

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