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Papa Penny – from entertainer to premier: ‘I can win back ANC votes, ahee’

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Music icon Papa Penny is adding more colour to his already colourful life. He is fighting to become the chair of the ANC in Limpopo and ultimately the province’s premier.

The ambitious Tsonga music legend, who has won the hearts of South Africans with his eccentric suits and unique hairstyles, believes he can turn the ANC’s fortunes around in Limpopo.

Papa Penny, real name Eric Nkovani, is campaigning to contest against Premier Stan Mathabatha at the ANC provincial elective conference, scheduled for next weekend.

Though his campaign has been met with derision within the ANC, he said he was serious about becoming party chair as he wants to end tribalism, unite the province and ensure that services are delivered to the province’s many ethnic groups equally.

He told News24 he wanted to become premier to end the domination of “Pedi” premiers.

“In Limpopo we have seven languages, but we are governed by maPedi all the time and there is no change. Even at the Presidency, there has been change – we had Xhosas, moZulu and now moVenda,” he said.

Back to the glory days

Papa Penny stars in a reality show, Papa Penny Ahee, which chronicles his life as a musician, a polygamist who has fathered 17 children and a community leader.

He is currently an ANC councillor in the Mopani municipality. When asked if people should take his campaign seriously, given that he is better known as an entertainer, he said: “That is my gift from God, but an artist is a politician, more than other people, because they are singing about peace. We are bringing people together with music.”

A confident Papa Penny said if elected he would return the ANC to its glory days, when it attained more than 80% in the province at the polls.

The party has suffered a steady decline in electoral support as the EFF and the DA challenge its dominance.

“Once they vote for Papa Penny, I am going to take the opposition down, we are going to win more votes. I will grow the ANC because I know how to campaign, I know how to talk. I am a public speaker and people believe in me and I believe in them,” he said.

Few people are even considering Papa Penny as an option for the top post. Mathabatha is widely expected to cruise through the contest to return as chair, after getting the backing of his biggest critics, the ANC Youth League in the province.

Tribalism is alive

Papa Penny emphasised his claims that tribalism was alive in the province, saying some ethnic groups are sidelined in the delivery of services.

“We don’t speak about tribalism but we see, eat and sleep it. That is wrong,” he said.

He pointed to the longstanding feud between residents of Vuwani and Malamulele that divided the communities along tribal lines, with one group refusing to be governed by the other.

Papa Penny accused Mathabatha of not leading by example but instead sowing tribalism in the province.

“I have been fighting with him that he is not fair, because in his executive there is not a single MEC who is Shangaan (Tsonga). We have also lost a lot of artists that are our legends, but he never attends the funerals. When we lost Ray Phiri he drove from here to Mpumalanga to say Phiri must rest in peace,” he claimed.

He also accused the government of neglecting Tsonga-dominated areas, lamenting that the main hospital, Khensani in Giyani, had all but collapsed with patients who suffer major injuries during accidents forced to go to Polokwane hospital, which is about two hours away.

‘There is no quota system’

Mathabatha’s spokesperson Kenny Mathivha has dismissed the claims. He said the province had always been plagued by allegations of one ethnic group dominating the other in various departments and spheres of government but there was no “scientific” proof.

He said all premiers since the dawn of democracy had strived to include all ethnic groups in their executives.

Mathivha dismissed Papa Penny’s claims that Mathabatha’s executive did not have Tsongas, counting at least two MECs.

“There is no quota system of how many you have, maybe Venda people should complain because there is only one in the executive,” Mathivha said.

“The person who is raising this is the most tribalistic person,” he said.

Papa Penny defended his campaign to become ANC chair, claiming to be the best councillor in the country working for the people.

“I am good to people. I am born in a poor family (sic). I work for people. I don’t want to see people marching for services, burning schools, those things are caused by divisions of calling ourselves by the language we speak. We have to create jobs, renovate our schools and clinics,” he said.

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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on

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The late Alex Ofori was a former Ghanaian National Dance Champion

•The late Alex Ofori was a choreographer and a fashion model

• He became much popular after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988

• The late dancer has been eulogized by popular Ghanaian media personality, Mr. Kwasi Kyei Darkwa

Former Ghanaian National Dance Champion, Alex Ofori, has reportedly passed on.

The late Alex Ofori who shot to fame after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988, has worked with the likes of Slim Buster, who won the championship in 1987, Ebenezer Ako Nai who also won in 1987, Terry Ofosu Bright, aka Sir Robot who won in 1989 and Reggie Rockstone among others.

Announcing his demise on Facebook on June 16, 2021, veteran broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) stated that the dance champion brought so much excitement and joy to Ghanaians whenever he got on a stage or dance floor.

He also eulogized him paving the way for new dance talents the country currently possesses.

“Rest in peace ALEX OFORI, Former National Dance Champion- Great Embassy Double Do, Dancer-Choreographer & Fashion Model. You brought so much excitement & joy to our motherland wherever you got on a stage or dance floor. With the likes of World Dance Champion Adjetey Sowah, unique breakdancer Reginald Osei aka Reggie Rockstone, Show dancers Firekiller, Como Basto, Carlos Alberto, Tee Pee & many enthusiastic young talents of the 80s & 90s, you helped turn what was your passion into a mainstay of live shows & television entertainment. Today, those talents you shared with the world just for fun, your labor of love has become a popular profession.”

“You & your colleagues paved the way for the talent we enjoy in dance choreography at national events & in numerous music videos. Life: How unpredictable you are. & how fragile we are,” he wrote on Facebook.

It can be recalled that the late Alex Ofori once represented Ghana at the World Dance Championship series at the London Hippodrome.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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VIDEO: Kennedy Agyapong celebrates 61st birthday in Dubai with his 16 daughters

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Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong celebrating his birthday with wife and children

• The Assin Central MP was swamped by his beautiful daughters at his 61st birthday party in Dubai

• Kennedy Agyapong turned 61 on June 16, 2021

• The lawmaker received and unwrapped some expensive gifts from his children

Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, joined his daughters in Dubai to celebrate his 61st birthday on June 16, 2021.

In a video making rounds on social media, the outspoken lawmaker was captured in a plush restaurant, swamped by his beautiful daughters and wife.

With the exception of Arnell, who is alleged to have been ‘disowned’ by Mr. Agyapong, the rest of his 16 beautiful daughters were seen seated at a dinner table with their father having a nice time.

Beaming with smiles, Mr. Agyapong one-by-one unwrapped the gifts presented to him by his children.

The all-white birthday party was climaxed with a kiss from his wife.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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One shot as sand winners clash with Okyeman taskforce at Adeiso

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Sand winners and Taskforce clash in Adeiso

One person has been shot in a clash between the Okyeman Environmental Protection task force and sand winners at Adeiso in the West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region.

The task force stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, arrested and handcuffed one Osae Kwame, a sand winner and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but were pursued by the youth who rescued him.

Later the taskforce members attacked Summertide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot one other.

Armed police responded to the distress calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signalled by Police.

They were given a hot chase but to no avail.

Information spread through the Communities leading to the youth mounting roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.

The angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

Due to the tension, Adeiso District Police command called on the Divisional Command for reinforcement to contain the situation.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartilages.

The five (5 ) suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police enquiry bail.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident.

He said the Regional Police Command has dispatched a team to the troubled area to help resolve the matter to restore calm.

Okyeman Environmental Protection Taskforce was formed over a decade ago to fight against illegal mining, illegal sand winning and illegal chainsawing.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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