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Peace Hyde interviews Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote in exclusive Forbes Africa TV Show

Undoubtedly Ghana’s most successful media personality, Peace Hyde has added yet another milestone to her long list of accolades. In what is being dubbed as the most prestigious talk show on the continent, Peace Hyde anchors the Forbes Africa TV show, My Worst Day which has already amassed over 60 million viewers across 16 countries in sun Saharan Africa via the pan African CNBC Africa channel on DSTV.
The show has the enviable reputation of being the only program, which interviews the continents billionaire and millionaire business tycoons. The riveting first episode features Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote who sits down with the winner of the 2016 African broadcaster of the year award and Forbes Africa correspondent to discuss the most challenging day in his business career.

In the half hour interview, which premiers on EIB Networks GH One TV Wednesday the 22nd of February at 5:30 pm, Africa’s richest man discloses the challenges he faced setting up the first cement fac…

American CEOs send letter to House: Kill the 'made in America' tax

More than a dozen chief executives from some of the nation's biggest manufacturing companies called on lawmakers Tuesday to overhaul the corporate tax code and embrace a controversial proposal that would reduce the cost of exports but penalize imports.
In a letter to House and Senate leadership, they argued that the current tax system penalizes American factory workers and restrains business investment and economic growth. Among the 16 executives who signed the letter are Dennis Muilenburg of Boeing (BA), Jim Umpleby of Caterpillar (CAT), Thomas Kennedy of Raytheon (RTN) and Gregory Hayes of United Technologies (UTX).
"We applaud your efforts to pursue tax reform that is both big and bold," the letter states. "Incremental tweaks will not level the playing field for American workers or dramatically reinvigorate economic growth."

The letter underscores the deep division within the business community as Washington debates the most sweeping changes to the …

Watch: Security man, cameraman clash before anthem-singing Akufo-Addo

A cameraman believed to be with the state broadcaster, Ghana Television (GTV) was heckled by a security man when he tried to capture President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo singing the National anthem.
He was interrupted just when he thought he had perfectly positioned himself to capture the president singing the anthem before he enters parliament to present his first State of the Nation Address on Tuesday.
A scuffled ensued when the officer tried to gently asked the cameraman move from his ‘perfect position’.
Not ready to move, the cameraman wrestled the officer in front of the President, who was stiff, while the national anthem was being played.
The incident drew a lot of attention from onlookers at the venue.
Watch the video below:

Beware of fake Ghana@60 cloth – Planning Committee

The planning committee of Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary Celebrations has asked Ghanaians to beware  of fake of anniversary cloth on the market.
A statement issued by the Committee on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 said that the planning committee of the anniversary has not launched its anniversary cloth yet.
The approved cloth, according to the statement, is currently under a secured production at a “well-known local textile manufacturer.”
Hence, all purported anniversary cloths “currently on sale at the market and in shops are not approved and consequently fake.”
The statement is in reaction to reports indicating that cloths meant for the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee are being sold in markets across the country.
The approved anniversary cloth, the statement said will be outdoored on Friday, February 24, 2017.
“Until then, anyone purchasing any supposed 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee cloth, does so at his or her own risk,” the statement signed by chairman of the…

Photos/Video: Angelina Jolie and her kids eat fried scorpions and tarantulas in Cambodia

Angelina Jolie is currently in Cambodia with her kids for the premiere of her film 'First They Killed My Father'. After opening up about her painful split from the father of her kids, Brad Pitt in an exclusive interview with BBC News, the actress taught the reporter about local cuisine and how to prepare some of the insects that are eaten in the Southeast Asian country.

'I think it's always been a part of the diet, the bugs,' Jolie explained as she and her children munched on tarantulas and scorpions. 'But I think there is a truth to the survival during the war of course. When people were being starved they were able to survive on things like this and they did.'

The mom-of-six who is making sure her children also have an appreciation for the local food, went on to explain how you acquire a taste for the native cuisine. 'Crickets, you start with crickets,' she informed the BBC reporter. 'Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up …

Soulja Boy claims Chris Brown has pulled out of their celebrity fight

Soulja Boy is claiming that Chris Brown has pulled out of their celebrity boxing match.
The pair have been involved in a feud on social media and had arranged to fight in Las Vegas over three rounds but a date was never announced.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was training Chris Brown while Soulja Boy was being put through his paces by another boxing star, Floyd Mayweather.
But the rapper has tweeted to say the $1m (£803,500) grudge fight is off.
"Chris brown manager called my manager last night and said the fight is off and he's not signing contract. Don't ask me about [it] no more.
"I aint gon say... he shook or nothing. I'm just gon say he don't wanna fight. simple. I can't force him to sign the [contract]."
The grudge started after Soulja Boy liked and left a comment below a picture on the profile of Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown's ex-girlfriend.
The pair posted several videos and pictures mocking and threatening each other as the a…

Kanye West begs Kim K to stop plastic surgery as he can't forget his late mum, Donda's tragic death at the hands of surgeons

According to a new report by RadarOnline, rapper, Kanye West has pleaded with his wife and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West to stop undergoing plastic surgery procedures as the death of his mum, Donda West, while undergoing cosmetic procedures still lingers fresh in his memory.
The report comes after Kim snap chatted this week about her visit to her plastic surgeon to remove her stretch marks gotten from pregnancy and child labour. Read the full report after below:
Kim Kardashian, is still in pursuit of plastic perfection ! After the 36-year-old beauty was spotted leaving Epione Beverly Hills, her go-to aesthetic specialist, a source close to the beauty told exclusively that her rapper hubby, Kanye West, has begged her to stop before it is too late.

“Kim has undergone cool sculpting because she said that she needs to look super-hot for New Year’s,” the RadarOnline source said.

“Kim would totally get liposuction, but Kanye would lose it because he is very agai…

FULL SPEECH: Akufo-Addo’s SONA 2017

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 delivered his first state of the nation address after his investiture as President of the land.
The president presented an outlook of the state in various sectors of the economy, as inherited from the John Mahama-led administration and also outlined his vision for the development of the country for the next fiscal year.

Below is the full speech:


Mr. Speaker,
It is good to be back here again in this Chamber, where I spent some 12 memorable years as a Member of Parliament. I recollect with nostalgia the vigorous debates of my days here as a Minority MP, and I have very fond memories of being on the Majority side also.

I can see some old faces from my first days here – like the 2nd Deputy Speaker, Hon. Alban Bagbin, whom I came to meet…

Annie~Joy writes: What Did life Give And Do You Like Your Location? Part 3. Be Inspired!

(We) the poor with our crying unto God for a change concerning our state but what we know is God bless a person through somebody. Be a blessing to our poor towns. Don't overlook us with the intention that we appreciate where we are and aren’t doing anything which can cause a change.  We have been putting on these dirty cloths over and over again just because we don't have. Our Leaders, our wealthy people in our country and society as well hear the tears of we the people who still live in an uncompleted mud houses in this our modern world.  While you show love to the orphanages, physically challenged people and others, remember us who live in the villages with no proper education, lack of clothing and shelter, no good infrastructures to make living comfortable. Some of our mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers and siblings died in poverty not because they never tried to come out but they didn't get the helping hand to drag them. Oh Life!! Where did you lo…

4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.
The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was to open, Police Minister Lisa Neville said.
The U.S. Embassy in Canberra confirmed that four victims were U.S. citizens. Texans Greg Reynolds De Haven and Russell Munsch have been identified by their families on social media as two of the victims.
De Haven's sister Denelle Wicht posted on Facebook that her 70-year-old brother had been killed "on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia" with friends.
The pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel.
The plane had taken off from Melbourne's second-biggest airport at Essendon for a golfing trip to King Island…

Legendary Jazz Guitarist Larry Coryell, 'Godfather of Fusion,' Dies at 73

Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell died Sunday (Feb. 19) at the age of 73 in his New York City hotel room, according to statement sent to Billboard from jazz publicist Jim Eigo.
Coryell, who passed away in his sleep from natural causes, had performed his last two shows this past weekend at the city's Iridium Jazz Club.
Known as the "Godfather of Fusion," Coryell was a pioneer of jazz-rock. He made his mark in the music world with his highly acclaimed solo work, releasing more than 60 solo albums in his lifetime. 
Coryell performed with mid-'70s powerhouse fusion band The Eleventh House and collaborated with jazz greats including Miles Davis, Gary Burton, Alphonse Mouzon, Ron Carter and Chet Baker.
Though his commercial fame didn't match some of his '60s-'70s guitar contemporaries, Coryell continued to tour the world and had planned an extensive 2017 summer tour with a reformed The Eleventh House.
Coryell was born in Galveston, Texas, on April 2, 1943. H…

Photos: D-Black (@DBLACKGH) Signs 3 New Artists To Black Avenue Muzik

For far too long, Ghanaian Record Labels have been very adamant leaving young and upcoming acts with no other option than to hustle their own way out to becoming relevant in the industry.

In as much as some of them succeed in pushing their brands/music without a major deal, the value a well structured Record Label brings to an artist can never be underplayed.  Earlier last year, Ghanaian Music Mogul / Entrepreneur Desmond Blackmore popularly known as D-Black in the showbiz circles announced his plans to sign new artists to Black Avenue Muzik which was once home to the Tonga smash hitmaker Joey B and saucy rapper Dee Money.  Everyone has since been on the lookout for the set of artists D-Black unveils for the fresh and brand new Black Avenue Muzik Squad! This dream team finally signed a deal over the weekend with Black Avenue Muzik and we think its safe to say we got all the juice on this exclusive news! We are told from reliable sources, DBlack signed 3 male artists thus the…

HSBC shares down as annual profit falls 62%

Shares in HSBC have fallen after the bank saw a sharper-than-expected drop in annual profits for 2016.
The $7.1bn (£5.7bn) pre-tax profit is 62% lower than the $18.9bn reported a year earlier.
HSBC attributed the fall to a string of one-off charges, including the sale of its operations in Brazil.
It said its performance had been "broadly satisfactory" given "volatile financial conditions" but warned a rise in global protectionism was a concern.
HSBC shares were down by 3.5% in Hong Kong.
Alluding to the US election and the UK's vote to leave the European Union, the bank said 2016 would "be long remembered for its significant and largely unexpected economic and political events".
"These foreshadowed changes to the established geopolitical and economic relationships that have defined interactions within developed economies and between them and the rest of the world," chairman Douglas Flint said.
"The uncertaintie…

Fox News Host Brenda Buttner Dies at 55

Brenda Buttner, a senior business correspondent and host of “Bulls & Bears” on Fox News, has died of cancer. She was 55. Her Fox News colleague Neil Cavuto made the announcement in an emotional tribute on his program Monday.
“Brenda was among the very first to put a kind female face to this once-staid old male batch of the business,” Cavuto said. “She took stock of life more than stock in life.”

Eric Bolling, another Fox News co-worker, tweeted his condolences Monday afternoon.

“Our colleague and my friend Brenda Buttner passed today. She fought cancer heroically. RIP Brenda. We will miss you.”

Before joining Fox in 2000, Buttner hosted CNBC’s “The Money Club” and served as a Washington correspondent for the cabler in the early ’90s.

A graduate of Harvard, Buttner began her TV career at NBC affiliate KCRL in Reno, NV.

She is survived by her two daughters.

President Mugabe rules out retirement ahead of 93rd birthday

Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, is celebrating his birthday today, February 21, 2017 as he turns 93, has ruled out retirement saying he has no 'acceptable' successor in place. 
In excerpts culled out from a radio broadcast that will later air this week, the world's oldest national leader, who has been in power since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, said:
'The call to step down must come from my party, my party at the congress, my party at central committee. But then what do you see? It's the opposite. They want me to stand for elections.'
'The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement, a successor who to them is acceptable, as acceptable as I am,' he added.
However, his wife Grace Mugabe who is seen as a possible successor if the president finally decides to retire had earlier stated that the citizens will still vote her husband's corpse even when he is dead.

Transport Agent Eric Mensah Picks Up First Weekly Prize Of Ghc10,000 In The Airtel "Wo MmerƸ Nie" Promotion

The first weekly prize winner in the Airtel ‘Wo MmerƸ Nie’ promo, Eric Mensah picked a cash prize of GHS10, 000 during a presentation ceremony in Adum, Kumasi. The proud transport agent who is based in Accra, could not hide his excitement during the ceremony as he indicated his plans to invest the prize money in his business.

The ‘Wo MmerƸ Nie’ recharge promo was launched only a week ago at the Kaneshie market in Accra with the aim of enriching the lives of Airtel customers and empowering them to pursue their dreams and aspirations this year.  As part of the promotion Airtel prepaid customers receive points whenever they recharge with GHS 2 and above.

These points accumulate overtime and customers with the highest accumulated points at the end of every day, week and month win prizes such as talk time, data bundles and smartphones for daily winners and cash prizes of GHC 10,000 and GHC 25,000 respectively for weekly and monthly winners. In addition, customers win instant pr…

“I Did Not Receive Or Give Out ‘Bribe Money’” – Muntaka To Bribery Committee

Minority Chief Whip and National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Asawase, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, has stated under oath that he never took any money from the Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Joe Osei-Owusu, to be given to some minority members as bribe.
Appearing before the five-member ad-hoc committee investigating the allegation today [Monday], February 20, the MP reiterated his position that he also never directly gave any money to Mahama Ayariga and other minority MPs, to convince them to approve the nomination of Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko.
“I have never been given any money from the Chairman Joe Osei-Owusu to be given to anybody telling that person that the Chairman has given me this money to give”.
When he was specifically asked to respond to the allegation that the said  bribe money of Ghc3,000 each for the minority MPs was returned to him upon realization that it was bribe money; the Asawase MP said ” Mr. Chairman this …

Jennifer Lopez Talks Dating Younger Men: ‘It Has Nothing to Do With Age’

Age is just a number for Jennifer Lopez. According to, the multi-hyphenate superstar set the record straight about her relationship status and revealed that she has no preference when it comes to how old a significant other is.
“I don’t date younger men. It’s not like you have to be younger, it’s not about that. You just meet people and if I go out with them, I go out with them,” Lopez, 47, told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show, airing Tuesday.
“If I like them, I like them and if I don’t, I don’t. It’s just about the person. It’s about who they are, it has nothing to do with age,” the mother of two explained.
Lopez’s last serious relationship was with 29-year-old dancer/actor Beau “Casper” Smart, whom she split from in August after dating on and off for five years.
“I dated Beau and he was younger and that was the first guy ever dating younger than me and then I got labeled right away,” Lopez said about her dating life.
“If they’re older, they’re older…