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First PHOTO: Nollywood Actress Monalisa & Husband Ride Donkeys in Greece

Newly married couple Monalisa China and Victor Tonye Coker, pictured riding donkeys after getting married in Santorini, Greece on Sept 1st.

Ghana Has 137 Inmates On Death Row – Amnesty International

The Director of Amnesty International Ghana, Lawrence Amesu has revealed that there are 137 inmates currently on death row in the country’s prisons. He, however added that no one executed anyone over the past 23 years even though the courts continued to sentence people to death.

Speaking at the launch of Advocacy Toolkit for Abolition of Death Penalty in West Africa, Mr Amesu said he believed that Amnesty International’s submission with support from other civil society organisations and the opinion of the public had contributed to the recommendation that death penalty should be abolished in Ghana.
He said though West Africa was leading that progressive forward march, however, the Anglophone countries within the continent are dragging their feet while the Francophone countries including Senegal, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso had either abolished the death penalty or were doubling their steps towards achieving that.

Mr Amesu said the toolkit was very useful for t…

Rob Kardashian: I'm no longer diabetic

Rob Kardashian is finally speaking out about his life, his love and his health.
In the reality star's most extensive interview in years, he and fiancée Blac Chyna have landed on the cover of People. Kardashian, 29, talked about his hospitalization last year because of complications from diabetes, which he called "a big-time scare." "I had found out I had type 2 diabetes six months before, but I stopped taking my insulin," he said. "I didn't enjoy the routine." The youngest of the Kardashian siblings (and the only boy) said he felt like he was going to die. It was the wake-up call he needed to change his lifestyle, he said. At his heaviest the 6'1 Kardashian said he was about 300 pounds, and it was his weight gain which led to him becoming reclusive and missing sister Kim's wedding to rapper Kanye West in Italy in 2014. "I'm upset I missed my sister's wedding, but it was a personal decision," said Kardashian who skip…

Rape survivor Gabrielle Union addresses Nate Parker's case

Rape survivor and "The Birth of a Nation" co-star Gabrielle Union has written an opinion piece about Nate Parker's rape case.In the film Union portrays Esther, a slave who suffers a brutal rape. The actress writes in the Los Angeles Times of being raped at gunpoint 24 years ago in the storeroom of the Payless shoe store where she worked. Union said she has been troubled since news broke of "Birth of a Nation" star and director Parker being accused of rape while in college. Parker, who was acquitted, has since apologized. The accuser committed suicide in 2012.

"Since Nate Parker's story was revealed to me, I have found myself in a state of stomach-churning confusion," Union wrote. "I took this role because I related to the experience." 
The ensuing controversy has led some to question whether they should support "Birth of a Nation," which releases in October and had been expected to take the box office and awards season by …

Kenyan MP pushes for law to recognise intersex people

A Kenyan MP has asked the country's parliament to pass a law to recognise a third gender to end discrimination against those who identify as intersex .
Isaac Mwaura is also asking for funding for gender alignment surgery and a public awareness campaign to end stigma against intersex people.
"They see me as a curse," one person born female who later developed male physical characteristics told the BBC.

Intersex are people whose sex is neither completely male nor female.
James Karanja, who identifies as a male, told the BBC's Idris Situma in Nairobi of the anguish he's been experiencing. 
"My official name is Mary Waithera - the name that I was given by my mother after my gender was confused at birth. They thought I was a girl but I'm a boy."
Mr Karanja is currently undergoing a surgical realignment procedure, a costly medical expense beyond the reach of many. 
Mr Mwaura says it is for this reason that he is pushing his colleagues in parliament to al…

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov dies

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov, who dominated the Central Asian most populous nation for over 25 years, has died at the age of 78 after suffering a stroke last week.
Lola Tilliyaeva, one of the daughters of Karimov, announced the news on her Instagram account on Friday, posting a blank picture saying "he has left us... I am choosing my words, and cannot believe this".

The country's government and parliament also confirmed the death on Friday and said the funeral would take place in Karimov's hometown Samarkand on Saturday.
Uzbekistan's state television announced the death with the presenter saying: "Dear compatriots, it is with huge grief in our hearts that we announce to you the death of our dear president." Karimov's ruleThe former Soviet, whose brutal crackdown on dissent was widely criticised by rights groups, has been at the helm of the strategic country bordering Afghanistan from since before it gained independence from Moscow…

EL and Jojo about to go on tour with Ms. Lauryn Hill

Earlier this year, Ms. Lauryn Hill brought the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean to Brooklyn for the surprise Diaspora Calling! Music festival.

Today, Ms. Hill will be kicking off “The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series,” which will take her across North America, Paris and Tokyo.

And she’s not going alone.

Each show will feature performances from artists across the diaspora including Nas, Machel Montano, Kehlani, Talib Kweli, Little Simz, and Noname.

Nigeria will be represented by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 for the tail end of the tour.

And Ghana will definitely be present with EL and Jojo Abot joining for select shows.

Ms. Hill mentions, “The MLH Caravan allows me to continue the theme of unity and celebration of the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora while on tour this summer and fall. In these days of tension, tumult, and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment …

Bukom Banku in court for assaulting hairdresser who refused him a kiss

Controversial boxer, Braimah Kamako, affectionately known as Bukom Banku has been hauled before an Accra circuit court for assaulting a hairdresser, who denied him a kiss.

The boxer, whose career is struggling, damaged the victim’s Nokia phone valued at GHc40. According to the police charge sheet, Bukom Banku entered the shop of the complainant, Martha Nelson, and demanded a kiss from her. After her refusal to kiss him, the boxer allegedly slapped and punched the lady.

After the physical assault, he snatched her phone and crashed it on the ground.

Bukom Banku subsequently said he would replace her phone with a Samsung Galaxy. He is to reappear in court on Monday, September 5.

This is the latest allegation of assault brought against the controversial boxer who has had previous run-ins with the law but without any of them ending in a prison term.

In March 2016, he was arraigned and granted bail for allegedly assaulting three women after one of them rejected his request for sex. B…

Shatta Rako Weds Longtime Girlfriend (Photos)

The twosome had their traditional wedding at Tema Community 3 Friday morning.

The wedding was very private attended by close friends and family including Creative Director of Quophi  Akotuah Ghana, Michael  Addo and jewelry designer to the stars, Loria Esi.
Naa Adukwei is a television presenter and fashion designer.

Boy Had His Eyes Plucked Out By His Friends

Emmanuel Husseini (pictured) had his eyes plucked out by his friends who lured him to a bush in a village named Marti local Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State and removed them. The police is now searching for the friends who carried out this dastard act. Emmanuel says all he wants now is for his sight to be restored. So sad!
Source:  lindaikejisblog Photo credit: Rariya

PHOTOS: Facebook Founder, Zuckerberg Meets Prez Buhari

Facebook Founder, Zuckerberg Meets Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari


Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries

Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire.
The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone "exploding" during or after charging.
The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phone would be able to swap it for a new one.
Samsung said it had been difficult to work out which phones were affected among the 2.5 million Note 7s sold.

"There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,'' the president of Samsung's mobile business Koh Dong-jin told reporters. 
"It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety," he said.
The firm said it would take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices.
According to Samsung, the phone has been launched in 10 countries so far but with differen…

Mahama celebrates 1m Facebook milestone

President John Mahama has patted his Facebook fans on the back after recording one million likes on his official page.

In a short video to thank his fans, Mahama said the direct interaction he has had with his fans on Facebook has been beneficial because they have made him a “better leader.”
“Thanks to you all my dear friends. We’ve just achieved a major milestone. We are one million already on Facebook… The ultimate objective of politics is human interaction for progress and development and Facebook offers us the opportunity to exchange views, ideas and emotions in a direct manner,” Mahama said in the video.

“Because of this exchange, you know me better, and I feel, I know and understand you better too. You’ve made me a better leader and in a sense a better person. I hope that in turn I have made you proud of our mother Ghana… I am and forever will be one of you.”

Mahama, who is seeking a second term in office, has promised to do more to transform lives.

“This is why as your pre…

Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar

Action movie star, writer, director and martial artist Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Oscar for his "extraordinary achievements" in film.
The US film academy also voted to give the awards to editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the four as "true pioneers and legends in their crafts".
Chan, 62, starred in dozens of martial arts films in his native Hong Kong.
He went on to huge international success with hits like Rumble in the Bronx, the Rush Hour franchise, and the animation film Kung Fu Panda.
 The other three honorary winners have all had long careers in film. 
Anne Coates spent more than 60 years in movie editing, winning an Oscar for her work on Lawrence of Arabia; Lynn Stalmaster was involved with more than 200 feature films, including The Graduate and Deliverance; and Frederick Wiseman has made almost a film a year since 1967.
Their statuettes w…

Hurricane Hermine becomes first to hit Florida in 11 years

Hurricane Hermine has made landfall in northern Florida, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state in 11 years.
Hermine hit the Florida Gulf Coast early on Friday as a category one hurricane, bringing with it a heavy storm surge.
Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 51 counties as residents were braced for the dangerous storm.
Wind gusts reached 80mph (130km/h) on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

City officials in the state capital Tallahassee, which is in the path of the storm, said at least 70,000 homes were now without power.
Weather officials in the city warned of the risk of flash floods and urged people there to move to higher ground, but winds have now started to reduce as the storm moves inland.
South of Tallahassee, the town of Cedar Key has seen a 6.6ft (two-metre) storm surge, raising high tide to almost 10ft. Images from the town posted on social media showed significant flooding.
"It is a mess... we have high water in numerous p…

Melania Trump sues Daily Mail and US blogger for $150m over sex worker claims

Melania Trump is suing a British newspaper and a US blogger for $150m (£114m) over allegations she was a sex worker in the 1990s, her lawyer says.
The Daily Mail suggested Mrs Trump may have worked as a part-time escort in New York, and met husband Donald Trump, who is now running for the White House, earlier than previously reported.
The claims were "outright lying", lawyer Charles Harder said.
Both the blogger and the Daily Mail have since retracted their articles. 
"These defendants made several statements about Mrs Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation," Mr Harder said in a statement.
"Defendants' actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs Trump that her damages are estimated at $150m," Mr Harder's statement said.
Melania Trump complaint [414KB] He has filed the complaint before the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in the US state of Maryland.
Mrs Trump, 46, was born in…